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I really, really wish the GOP could deal with science. This is such a waste of time.
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Now it's Ron Paul's turn: He called evolution just one more theory, as if it's an untested hypothesis, and to call creationism equally plausible. Is there any Republican candidate other than Huntsman who isn't dismissing science and the scientific method?

Our global economic competitors don't treat math and science with contempt, and it shows.

/via +David Weinberger
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To be fair, there's apparently a longer video that provides some context for Paul's statement. YouTube doesn't seem to be working for me right now, so I can't view it or form an opinion on it.

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/intersection/2011/08/29/ron-paul-doesnt-accept-evolution-as-a-theory/

As an aside, the clip appears to be from 2007. That doesn't make it any less disappointing, but I'm always intrigued when old videos and statements are suddenly discovered.
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On the topic of the "post-PC era," I present to you this poll, which originally was an editorial, which originally was born of two sentences I salvaged from an editorial on the post-PC era that I scrapped. You can see where I sit on the question, although please don't mistake this for a complete argument.
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It kinda is post modern when you can do minecraft installations of 8 bit machines.
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I think it's worth noting that this story comes at the same time that the West Memphis 3 are finally freed, 3 boys who were convicted of a triple murder with no evidence whatsoever.
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...and people wonder why I dislike the U.S.'s privatized prison systems so much.

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2011/0811/Kids-for-cash-judge-sentenced-to-28-years-for-racketeering-scheme
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It's insane to have people profiting from misery.
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Fellow tech journos, fans of Ars, tech luminaries: I would really appreciate sharing this around.
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I have journalism experience but not to the degree I'd need for this. I don't think :)
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+John Timmer dives into our dysfunctional political world to talk about why some Presidential hopefuls are willing to court ignorance.
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Someone in the comments linked to a well documented article at Mother Jones, on the science of denial: "The Science of Why We Don't Believe Science" http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/03/denial-science-chris-mooney
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I've waded into the debate because I think it's genuinely important. I should also note that I found +Felix Salmon's POV very compelling, and that's why I chose to join the discussion. I realize that this may be way too much insider baseball for some of you!
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I think there's a lot of complicated issues at stake in outing almost anyone - except those politicians who make a habit of pushing "anti-homosexual agendas" and turn out to be closeted homosexuals, those should be outed as a matter of truth in advertising & hypocrisy in politics. But, the very notion that someone needs to be outed, of course, reinforces the idea that there's something shameful or worthy of being kept secret about homosexuality, and that is not ok with me.

On the one hand, I think people should be able to hide or reveal their sexual orientation as they choose. On the other hand, it would certainly become easier for the LGBTQ communities if more people were open, and the default assumption wasn't that everyone was heterosexual and/or gender conforming - but who am I to decide that a particular person should be outed because it would help someone?

Thanks for all the interesting comments.
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I was not expecting this until late next year. Shocking!
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Really hope he's ok. It's a fact that he's made the world a better place. 
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I'm amused by the delayed by steady stream of nay-saying on the "post-PC era" silliness from last week. Wishing I hadn't scrapped an essay on the topic from last Wednesday that felt "old" to me.
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I personally find the "post-PC" mantra that's become common to be silly.
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Long Beach, CA, where the police apparently can arrest you for not choosing your photography subjects with triteness in mind.
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I'm thinking William Eggleston would be detained quite a bit.
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