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Politically correct bad science

The accuracy of environmental science research is critical because decrees by the United States impact the world, along with the consequences of that science.  So, shouldn’t we question environmental science?  And, if that science is solid, shouldn’t questioning be welcomed, rather than feared?

One of the problems with  environmental science is that it can become politically influenced; leading the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and international organizations to conclusions  and rulings with too little questioning.

Moreover, the likelihood of reversing an erroneous EPA ruling is slim because hell can no longer freeze over now that global warming is “fact.”

“Give me the youth…”

What do a group of like-minded people do when they cannot convince society to agree with them?  How do they persuade society to not only acknowledge their values, but in the end to agree with those values?  

Look at the process of legalizing abortion.  Proponents first appealed to society, exaggerating the number of women dying from illegal abortions and claiming these deaths mandated legalizing abortion.  When that failed to get the needed support, they turned to the courts and got the desired outcome of legalizing abortion.   

“Out of many, one”

“The one absolute certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, or preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities.  We have but one flag.  We must also learn one language and that language is English” stated President Theodore Roosevelt.  Was he right?  Should the United States have English as its official language?  Would it be discriminatory?  Would (legal) immigrants suffer if English was a required prerequisite for citizenship?  Would immigrants’ children be handicapped in school if they were expected to learn in English?

The realities of illegal aliens in the United States

The United States has illegal aliens from all over the world, with the majority from Mexico (70 percent) and Central America (15 percent).  Do we have a plan to deal with these 15 to 20 million illegal aliens in our country?  Should we provide amnesty or deportation?  Are illegal aliens just good people seeking a better life?  Or are they more like a bank robber?  Aren’t they stealing our money just like they were robbing a bank? 

The little-known link of Levis to yodeling

Some important information needed in life is left out of our educational system. One such bit of information is the history of Levi Strauss and the copper rivet.

How should we refer to such extraneous information?  Years ago when I was in medical school, acronyms were already taking over.  Everything had an acronym — “PMC” is used to refer to Portneuf Medical Center.  One of my professors spent far too much time considering the right acronym for this category of information.  He came up with LKFAWGAD (pronounced lick faug ad), an acronym for Little Known Facts About Who Gives A Damn.  Since the story of Levi Strauss is truly an all-American story, I would venture to say this is an important LKFAWGAD.