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"In order for America to be a competitive nation in the years to come, we have got to have a work force that is strong in engineering and science and physics." - George W. Bush, Feb. 3 2006, Rio Rancho NM.


There are two things wrong with Bush promoting science and math education in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. The first is that the Rio Rancho schools have already appeared in this space, for firing a teacher and disbanding a poetry club for including anti-war and anti-Dubya work. That's probably why he visited. He knew he'd get a positive reaction... OR ELSE.

But more importantly, we have the President stressing the importantce of a work force that knows engineering, and science, and physics. The same president that demonstrably and consistently undermines and undercuts every single member of his OWN work force that knows anything about engineering, or science, or physics.

The president that denounces global warming, but thinks the Great Flood happened. The man that pronounces it "nookyoular". Telling us the importance of math and science. The man who sees the word "addition" and thinks someone left the "c" out of the middle. The man who wants NASA to shut the fuck up.

You may have heard about the case of James Hansen. Hansen directs NASA's Goddard Institute of Space Studies. James Hansen spends his days modeling the global climate. James Hansen has been telling people what his models say, which is that we can do something about global warming, or we can sit back and be fucked.

NASA's public affairs staff is now supposed to be reviewing what Hansen and NASA's other scientists are going to say before they say it. NASA officials said it's routine policy, but it's consistent with at least a half-dozen other scientists who've had their work altered or their jobs taken away when their results didn't match administration policy.

According to the New York Times, NASA scientists have come forward with a number of tweaks made to findings when it comes time to release them to the public, alterations to web pages, and instances of unrelated work being used to cross-promote Bush plans.

For example, they made NASA add the word "theory" to every mention of the Big Bang. And while that's technically correct, allow me to share with you, as the New York Times did, the reasoning of the man responsible for ordering the change - 24 year old punk-ass George Deutsch, who got appointed to NASA's press office after working in a war room during the 2004 campaign. ACTUAL QUOTE TIME!

"[The Big Bang] is not proven fact; it is opinion. It is not NASA's place, nor should it be to make a declaration such as this about the existence of the universe that discounts intelligent design by a creator. This is more than a science issue, it is a religious issue. And I would hate to think that young people would only be getting one-half of this debate from NASA. That would mean we had failed to properly educate the very people who rely on us for factual information the most."

This little College Republican pissant was appointed by the President to inform the public about what the National Aeronautics and Space Administration is up to. This ratbastard who thinks God is factual information. This little weaselfucker, wet behind the ears with fresh weasel spunk, gets to tell SCIENTISTS what science is. But a workforce that knows math and science is important? Yeah, and the weasel promised it'd pull out, too.

But this is Dubya's America, where science only counts if it makes an iPod or kills a brown person quicker. Those are the practical applications that matter. For everything else, results bend to the will of the agenda, or they're tossed, or ignored, or the annual report just stops coming out for some reason. And that's the kind of skill set that will allow us to remain competitive... the instant we become an entire nation of middle management.