Science and the Bush administration

The American people depend upon federal agencies to develop
science-based policies that protect the nation’s health and welfar

The American people depend
upon federal agencies to develop science-based policies that protect the
nation’s health and welfare. Recently, however, leading scientific journals
have begun to question whether scientific integrity at federal agencies has
been sacrificed to further a political and ideological agenda.

At the request of Rep. Henry
A. Waxman, the minority staff of the Government Reform Committee assessed the treatment
of science and scientists by the Bush Administration.

The report Politics and Science in
the Bush Administration (.pdf) finds numerous instances where the
Administration has manipulated the scientific process and distorted or
suppressed scientific findings. Beneficiaries include important supporters of
the President, including social conservatives and powerful industry groups.

This article can be found
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It uneasy lot at best

We all indulge in the strange, pleasant process called thinking, but
when it comes to saying, even to someone opposite, what w

It is an uneasy lot at best, to be what we call highly
taught and yet not to enjoy: to be present at this great spectacle of life and
never to be liberated from a small hungry shivering self – never to be fully
possessed by the glory we behold, never to have our consciousness rapturously
transformed into the vividness of a thought, the ardour of a passion, the
energy of an action, but always to be scholarly and uninspired, ambitious and
timid, scrupulous and dim-sighted.

From Middelmarch, by George Elliot Read More

But when it comes to thought

We all indulge in the strange, pleasant process called thinking, but
when it comes to saying, even to someone opposite, what w

But when it comes to thought, it is I who continue it, I who
unwind it. I exist. I think I exist. Oh, how long and serpentine this feeling
of existing is – and I unwind it, slowly….If only I could prevent myself from
thinking! I try, I succeed: it seems as if my head is filling with smoke….And
now it starts again: ‘Smoke…. Mustn’t think…. I don’t want to think….I think
that I don’t want to think. I mustn’t think that I don’t want to think. Because
it is still a thought. Will there never be an end to it?

My thought is me: that is why I can’t stop. I exist
by what I think… and I can’t prevent myself from thinking.

From Nausea, by Jean-Paul Sartre Read More

We all indulge

We all indulge in the strange, pleasant process called thinking, but
when it comes to saying, even to someone opposite, what w

We all indulge in the strange, pleasant process called
thinking, but when it comes to saying, even to someone opposite, what we think,
then how little we are able to convey!

……

He refused to teach; he refused to preach; he kept on saying
that he was just like other people. All his effort was to write himself down,
to communicate, to tell the truth, and that is a ‘rugged road, more than it
seems’.

For beyond the difficulty of communicating oneself, there is
the supreme difficulty of being oneself.

From Montaigne; A Woman’s Essays, by Virginia Wolf Read More