From the daily archives: Thursday, December 14, 2006

They didn’t do much, but they did manage to rename a heck of a lot of post offices

Of the 383 pieces of legislation that were signed into law during the two-year 109th Congress, more than one-quarter dealt with naming or renaming federal buildings and structures – primarily post offices – after various Americans.

That’s clearly the most important use of the two days a week Congress worked this past two years.

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The American Union of Concerned Scientists are speaking out about the politicization of science.

Some 10,000 US researchers have signed a statement protesting about political interference in the scientific process.

The statement, which includes the backing of 52 Nobel Laureates, demands a restoration of scientific integrity in government policy.

We all know why this matters – but just in case:

“It’s very difficult to make good public policy without good science, and it’s even harder to make good public policy with bad science,” said Dr Peter Gleick, president of the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment and […]

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