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State and Local News » How to see the solar eclipse in Pennsylvania » Today 4:04 pm

Goose
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Predicting eclipses isn't the only thing that science can do for us.
You should see what we have in climate change and pollution info!

Politics » Trump halts study into Appalachian mining technique's health Hazards » Today 4:01 pm

tennyson
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Glad he is bring back those great health destroying coal jobs - making Americans cough again. 

Politics » Trump halts study into Appalachian mining technique's health Hazards » Today 3:03 pm

Just Fred
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"Clearly this administration and the Republican Party are trying to stop the National Academy of Sciences from uncovering exactly how harmful this practice is."

Well, why the hell not.  Afterall, what does science have to do with a political decision that might interfere with the top 1% and the pursuit of more cash?  When you run a country like it's a family business, you gotta grease alot of palms. The health and lives of Appalachian miners and the people that live there are annoying and expendable carbon-based life forms.
 

Politics » Trump halts study into Appalachian mining technique's health Hazards » Today 12:59 pm

Goose
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Well, this is one way to deal with potential health hazards,,,,,, just don't study them.

Politics » Trump halts study into Appalachian mining technique's health Hazards » Today 12:57 pm

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Interior Dept. halts study into Appalachian mining technique's likely health hazards

(CNN)
The Trump administration has halted a study of the health effects of a common mining technique in Appalachia, which is believed to deposit waste containing toxic minerals in ground waters.

A letter from the Interior Department directed the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to "cease all work" on a study of the potential health risks of mountaintop removal mining for people living near surface coal mine sites in central Appalachia. The Interior Department acknowledged in a statement that it had "put on hold" $1 million in funding for the two-year project as part of a review of its grants, which is focused on "responsibly using taxpayer dollars."

"The Trump Administration is dedicated to responsibly using taxpayer dollars and that includes the billions of dollars in grants that are doled out every year by the Department of the Interior," the statement said.
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"Clearly this administration and the Republican Party are trying to stop the National Academy of Sciences from uncovering exactly how harmful this practice is," Grijalva said.

"It's infuriating that Trump would halt this study on the health effects of mountaintop removal coal mining, research that people in Appalachia have been demanding for years," said Bill Price, Senior Appalachia Organizing Representative for environmental advocacy group Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign.
http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/22/politics/appalachian-coal-mining-health-study/index.html

International News » America's Longest War to Get Longer » Today 12:56 pm

Just Fred
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The French said it perfectly:  "Afghanistan is where empires go to die."

Politics » Trump administration dismisses climate change advisory panel » Today 7:54 am

tennyson
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Destroying our American environment one piece at a time. 

International News » America's Longest War to Get Longer » Today 7:53 am

tennyson
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He kept saying we will "win" without defining how we know when we have won. 

National News » No demonstrable evidence » Today 7:36 am

Just Fred
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Human history is littered with nations who, instead of tending to the needs of the people they serve, focus on building a bigger and bigger more powerful military.  Most of them rotted from the inside.

National News » No demonstrable evidence » Today 7:21 am

Goose
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Trump's Proposed After-School Cuts Could Lead to More Hungry Kids, Lower Test Scores

Greenville, Mississippi—In March, President Trump revealed his "skinny budget," a rough sketch of the nascent administration's fiscal priorities and objectives that included deep cuts to education and nutrition programs. Budget chief Mick Mulvaney defended the move. "[The programs] are supposed to help kids who don't get fed at home so they do better in school," Mulvaney said at a press conference on the day of the announcement.
"Guess what? There's no demonstrable evidence they're actually doing that. There's no demonstrable evidence they're actually helping results, helping kids do better in school."

http://theexchange.boardhost.com/post.php?fid=7

OK, so, you don't want to spend $1.2 billion without demonstrable evidence that it will help.
Fair enough.

But, If demonstrable evidence is now the new standard,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
well,,

We've been fighting in Afghanistan for nearly 16 years and have not defeated the Taliban.

A study estimates that we've spend about $2 TRILLION on Afghanistan, and have not defeated the Taliban.*

2,300+ US soldiers killed and over 20,000 wounded, and we have not defeated the Taliban.

Two "surges" under Obama, and we have not defeated the Taliban.

So, where is the demonstrable evidence that yet another surge will work?


Here we are in 2017.
We won't spend money on poor kids because there is no demonstrable evidence that it works.
We won't spend money on climate change despite the fact that there is demonstrable evidence that it exists.
But we will continue to spend money and spill blood in Afghanistan in the face of demonstrable evidence that it is a waste.

Lord what fools these mortals be.


* http://money.cnn.com/2017/08/21/news/economy/war-costs-afghanistan/index.html

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