Scientific American wants to keep politics out of science so it is now entering politics? Seems a bit like vegans holding a a pig roast to fight the consumption of…
...For the record, I have long opposed all media endorsements which contravene values of neutrality and objectivity. That is even more important for academic and scientific journals. Scientific American is a wonderful mix of journalism and science. It should not add politics.
..I agree with many of the objections over the ignoring of science on issues ranging from climate change to public health. However, we are seeing an attack on objectivity in journalism by leading academics.… The result is a loss of trust in the media...
...Scientific American is a trusted source for scientific news for readers of every political viewpoint. It can publish facts that discredit politicians like Trump without joining a political cause as a publication.

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22 Sep
Joe Biden just refused to answer whether he will support packing the Court with new members once elected. That is an extraordinary position. Many of us would not vote for a candidate who supports a court packing plan.…
...Presidential election are not supposed to be constitutional blind dates. His running mate, Kamala Harris, has already come out in support of a court-packing scheme as have some of his top political allies...
...Schumer also insisted "everything is on the table." It is akin to Speaker Pelosi refusing to rule out the clearly abusive use of impeachment as a method of opposing a lame duck nomination. If Biden considers this a viable option, he is not a viable candidate for many of us.
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13 Sep
Many of us were saddened and upset by the booing during the NFL racial justice demonstrations.… The NFL demonstration was gratifying but it is not going to move the ball on addressing racism without a real conversation on race…
...It is not the booing fans but the silent ones who should be the greatest concern. Many view racism as an existential problem in our country. Yet, there is a fear to discuss alternative views on police abuse or racial justice or even such the role of the NFL...
...The result is that you have games with NFL demonstrations on one side and booing on the other-and a group of conspicuously silent fans in the middle. Booing is a form of anonymous speech and we need to understand better why they are booing and why others are remaining silent.
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8 Sep
The ACLU's Crankshaw alerted people that Nick Sandmann would be attending the college and expressing outrage that the school would admit someone with his opposing views. He warns that this kid is “dangerous” and has no intention to learn.…
..Dr. Avery Tompkins, an Assistant Professor and Diversity Scholar at Transylvania, promised to watch Sandmann on campus. Rather than say that there is no reason why this student should be singled out in this way, Tompkins responded to Crankshaw “I get where you are coming from.”
...Tompkins labels this incoming freshman as part of an anti-intellectual movement and expresses the same uncertainty why this student would pick a university dedicated to higher education and "the antithesis of what he belies and promotes."
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5 Sep
The differing accounts over Atlantic article have not changed many minds. The lack of movement by public opinion may not reflect an even split of support but, rather, a widespread view of both sides as equally unbelievable.…
...The real story this week is not whether Trump or The Atlantic are lying but why either possibility is viewed as equally plausible. The public is left with an incredible tale told by two equally noncredible sources. That is the real story — and a truly sad one.
...While denouncing Trump as a pathological liar, the media has been pathologically biased. There was a time when a statement in a major publication was taken as true. My kids, however, have no such presumption about any news source. Even more disturbing, neither do I these days.
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29 Aug
Sarah Palin is about to get all mavericky in court. Indeed, the former Alaskan governor and vice presidential candidate just might be making new law in the area of defamation.…
...These actions are likely to increase as media plunges headlong into “echo journalism” where stories are framed to reaffirm the bias and expectations of their readers. The editorial sought to paint Palin as inciting an earlier shooting of a member of Congress.
...The case also involves a curious twist due to the involvement of James Bennet, who resigned in the recent controversy over an editorial by Sen. Tom Cotton. I supported Bennet's decision to publish that editorial and denounced the cringing apology of the Times after a backlash.
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10 Aug
I previously criticized the changes in the ACLU from an independent champion of civil liberties to a more political, anti-Trump organization.…
Now the ACLU is calling for the dissolution of the Homeland Security Department.…...
The ACLU has filed 400 lawsuits against the Administration.… There was a time when the ACLU was as concerned with making bad precedent as it was good precedent. It is now engaged in a saturated bombing strategy of litigation. ...
...Calling for the dissolution of Homeland Security and its officers as carrying a “badge of shame” shows how the group has slipped its original moorings. For those of us in the "old guard," the change under the current leadership is crushing...
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