The Pew Research Center is out with a fascinating report today showing the gap in what scientists say and what the public believes.
It’s not just climate change that serves as an example of how quickly many Americans dismiss scientific reports; it’s virtually every issue involving science.
Curiously, the survey reveals that science and scientists are held in high esteem. But when it comes to believability, not so much.
Why? Seventy-five percent of scientists blame the lack of science in K-12, as schools concentrate on reading and math.
It’s a lament, of course, with real consequences. We might dismiss the need for science on the basis that many kids won’t become scientists. But, in fact, we need science so that we can grow up to understand the complex threats that face us.
The suspect appears to also have a head. And, from the looks of things: fingers. Definitely fingers.
A better description might yield more clues, however. For example, do you know anyone who actually likes Keystone Beer? The Hibbing Police Department may want to talk to you.
The Duluth News Tribune says after smashing the window and breaking in, the man walked past much more expensive — shall we say “at the minimum: halfway decent” beer in order to grab three cases of Keystone Beer — valued at $44 — before fleeing.
A recent review of the beer:
Taste is that of regret and astringent aftertaste. Light body and there is carbonation. The can was a “hunting season camo can” so that could be worth a point. At least it’s not offensive when it’s cold.
In Texas today, it’s Muslim Capitol Day, an-every-other-year event whose sponsors call it ‘an opportunity for community members to learn about the democratic political process and how to be an advocate for important issues.’
It was old-timers day at the Capitol in Washington today when Sen. John McCain’s Armed Services Committee held a hearing to hear from three former secretaries of state: Henry Kissinger, George Schultz, and Madeline Albright. Read more →
In the wake of our discussion downstream about Gov. Mark Dayton’s plan for tax and fee increases to solve Minnesota’s transportation ills, CityLab has a well-timed article today: Why can’t public transit be free? Read more →
You’ve got to give the Minnesota Timberwolves marketing team credit. In the face of a nearly unwatchable product, they’re still plugging away trying to create something resembling excitement. Read more →
Critics of soon-to-be-presidential-candidate Gov. Scott Walker in Wisconsin have certainly noticed the message he sent this week about what’s important in his state: professional sports, specifically an NBA franchise. Read more →
The rather delicious infighting among Saint Paul City Council members over the fate of a typical cruddy billboard reveals this factoid today: East Side residents need inspirational and promotional messages, according to area politicians. Read more →
A Canadian corporation is holding an online promotion to get people talking about mental illness and eliminate what the company says is a stigma against it by virtue of the thought that mental illness is a character flaw, a weakness, if you will. Read more →
Back in the day, it was relatively easy to find out who made bomb threats in our high school. Authorities would start by finding out which teachers were giving major tests or had big assignments due that day, and then pick up the usual suspects in each class until one of them confessed Read more →