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Global Warming explained by Astrology

Postby Nostradamus » 07 Mar 2010, 12:38

From http://blogs.forbes.com/sciencebiz/2010/03/south-dakota-legislature-declares-that-astrology-can-explain-global-warming/

Here in the U.S. we have a never-ending competition among the states to see which one can enact the dumbest laws. This past week, the South Dakota House of Representatives passed a law that tells schoolteachers how to present the evidence for global warming. The lawmakers who wrote the bill clearly don’t believe that global warming is a reality, so they simply created a law to promote their version of reality. Interestingly, they used the same strategy used by creationists in their efforts to ban the teaching of evolution: the “teach the controversy” approach, where you claim you simply want children to hear both sides of the issue. But the part that really got my attention was the law’s claim that “astrological dynamics” are one of the driving forces behind global climate change.


The South Dakota legislature has declared, by majority vote, that the ancient pseudoscience of astrology “can effect world weather”!
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Re: Global Warming explained by Astrology

Postby Craig Browning » 08 Mar 2010, 00:00

:? Where's a barf bag :roll:

The extreme to which the Global Warming/Climate Change thing has been taken is why I've distanced myself from "the cause" -- too much of it has become high drama and hype vs. down to earth reality. I'm all for Conservation and society taking responsibility for itself; our philosophy of wastefulness, abuse of nature, etc. all needs to be curbed. When it comes to alternative energy, YES! We need to pursue it and make it viable on all levels and fronts. Not because the world is coming to the end or polar bears can't swim but because it is a logical evolutionary step for us to take when it comes to creating that enduring fantasy shared by all of humankind -- Utopia... a form of "Heaven" on earth or if you would, the kind of balanced society we see in the world of Star Trek in which technology & nature work hand in hand.

THE PROBLEM is that too many politicians, old hippies and corporations have started using the terms "Global Warming" and "Climate Change" in much the way the word "Organic" has been abused over the past 25 years or so... an excuse to charge an additional 25-50% more for something that, in many instances, costs less to produce. Thus, those of us that wish to live "responsibly" frequently can't afford to do so as the result of the greed factor... the same lie exploited by the pharmaceutical industry being set conveniently in place to obfuscate this truth; blame of price being placed on research & development expenses... the greed of investors rarely weighed.

:x I loathe extremism of all forms but especially when it starts infecting society in ways such as this. I really hope those that helped pass this law get a pink slip. It's an abuse of power.
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Re: Global Warming explained by Astrology

Postby Nostradamus » 08 Mar 2010, 10:53

If this was done as a skit on Saturday Night Live we might giggle. If Monty Python had helped write this law, then it might have been so over the top that it would make us roar with laughter. As it stands it makes me shake my head in wonder.
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Re: Global Warming explained by Astrology

Postby Nostradamus » 16 Mar 2010, 05:39

From http://www.kotatv.com/global/story.asp?s=12140582

In the resolution it states: among other phenomena, "astrological" dynamics can affect the weather. And, it's that statement and others that got the attention of a professor at the University of Maryland.

Dr. Steven Salzberg said in a blog that that's an "error," and adds that "Bradford Plummer over at the New Republic thinks this is their [South Dakota lawmakers] attempt to win the dumbest state in the nation prize."
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