Politics & Science

More Alaskan and Offshore Drilling? Yesss!

Posted by on January 7, 2018 at 9:27 pm

“America’s central position in the global energy system as a leading producer, consumer, and innovator ensures that markets are free and U.S. infrastructure is resilient and secure.”  — NSS Report, Dec. 2017 The idea of U.S. energy independence — or even dominance — and its role in our national security strategy is not new — […]

Cyberattack Risk Assessment

Posted by on August 27, 2017 at 7:47 pm

“[I]n 1945 we were the protagonists with the new weapon. Now, we are the ones who are likely to be on the receiving end. If the Trump administration doesn’t act quickly and decisively, it may be a very cold winter.”  — Steve King, COO of Netswitch Technology Management A couple weeks ago, I wrote about […]

United States Space Corps?

Posted by on July 23, 2017 at 10:11 pm

“It has been painfully apparent from the briefings that we’ve gotten from our general officers that both Russia and China have nearly caught us in space capabilities and are on the path to surpass us soon.”  — Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL) Pop Quiz: Without googling it, how many branches of the U.S. Armed Services are […]

Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way

Posted by on June 18, 2017 at 9:05 pm

This blogpost is probably not about what you think it’s about. Based on the title — a phrase variously attributed to Thomas Paine, George S. Patton, Laurence J. Peter, and “Anonymous” –, one would most likely think it is about leadership in general, or maybe with a business/entrepreneurship or military emphasis. It’s not. The title […]

Blinded by the Light

Posted by on January 15, 2017 at 8:54 pm

If you watch a lot of cop shows like I do, you may have noticed how often facial recognition software provides the good guys with crucial images for identifying criminals, victims, and even witnesses. Though the real thing probably doesn’t have quite the success rate as its fictional counterpart, it really is amazing technology. However,… […]

Private Space Firm Targets the Moon

Posted by on August 28, 2016 at 6:13 pm

“Bang! Zoom! To the Moon!” Did you miss it? Splashdown! Just a couple days ago, SpaceX’s Dragon capsule came home after spending over a month at the International Space Station (ISS). This mission was the 9th (out of a planned 20 under contract) since 2012, when Dragon “became the first commercial spacecraft in history to […]

The Problem of Public Education

Posted by on August 21, 2016 at 9:33 pm

I recently began reading Redeeming Science: A God-Centered Approach (2006) by Vern S. Poythress. The first few chapters are what you might call foundational for the discussion in the rest of the book. Some of it is good, some I find dry or not sure I totally agree or understand. But, that’s OK. I suspect […]

Science, Politics, Public Perception, and Wasted Money

Posted by on August 2, 2015 at 8:47 pm

I am still slowly working my way through Thomas Sowell’s Basic Economics, 4th ed. I don’t think I expected the topic of air/water pollution to come up in a tome on economics, but it does make sense, as you’ll see. Cries for increasing efforts toward environmental (i.e., ecological) purification are common — all in the […]

To Bee Worried, or Not to Bee Worried

Posted by on July 26, 2015 at 8:38 pm

“By engaging in simplistic and sometimes misleading environmental narratives — by exaggerating the stakes and brushing over the inconvenient facts that stand in the way of foregone conclusions ­­ — we do our field, and our subjects, a disservice.”  — Hannah Nordhaus, environmental journalist and author of The Beekeeper’s Lament No one likes to get […]

Keystone Conundrum

Posted by on January 26, 2015 at 1:21 am

“As a serious strategy for dealing with climate, blocking Keystone is a waste of time. But as a strategy for arousing passion, it is dynamite.”  — David Victor, global warming policy expert at the University of California, San Diego. Back in November, I suggested that the Lame Duck session of the 113th Congress could and […]

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