The second coming of bible belt education.

2012 must be an interesting year if you are working in higher education and happen to live in the south of the U.S., also known as the bible belt.

May 2012:

North Carolina, of all places, has found what can only be described as an elegant solution for rising sea levels caused by global warming. They outlawed them. Well, they didn't forbid the seas from rising per se, they are not that stupid (yet), but they effectively outlawed to use any meaningful scientific method to record or predict the levels.

Scientific America reported about it:
“These rates shall only be determined using historical data, and these data shall be limited to the time period following the year 1900. Rates of seas-level rise may be extrapolated linearly. …” It goes on, but there’s the core: North Carolina legislators have decided that the way to make exponential increases in sea level rise – caused by those inconvenient feedback loops we keep hearing about from scientists – go away is to make it against the law to extrapolate exponential; we can only extrapolate along a line predicted by previous sea level rises.

Source: http://blogs.scientificamerica...-level-rise-illegal/

June 2012:

Revolutionary ideas travel fast. And not even a month has passed until Virginia adapted the solution to get rid of the global warming problem all together. They took a bit less scientific approach though, and just outlawed the usage of certain terms, because:

Instead of using climate change, sea level rise, and global warming, the study uses terms like “coastal resiliency” and “recurrent flooding.” Republican State Delegate Chris Stolle, who steered the legislation, cut “sea level rise” from the draft.
He said “sea level rise” is a “left-wing term” that conjures up animosities on the right.


I guess the above is going to help, but it in itself will probably not be sufficient to disperses Rex Tillerson's (CEO, ExxonMobil) fears over the demise of education and science:
Tillerson blamed a public that is "illiterate" in science and math, a "lazy" press, and advocacy groups that "manufacture fear" for energy misconceptions in a speech at the Council on Foreign Relations.


But it is the end of June, and July can only bring improvement at this stage.

July 2012: (today)

After all the problems with global warming are once and for all solved, we can finally concentrate on more important matters. If, dear reader, you still have brain cells left at this stage, buckle your seatbelt, because Kansas is going bye-bye.

IT sounds like a plot dreamed up by the creators of Southpark, but it's all true: schoolchildren in Louisiana are to be taught that the Loch Ness monster is real in a bid by religious educators to disprove Darwin's theory of evolution.

Erm, … why does that make any sense I hear those brain cells screaming in agony?

One tenet has it that if it can be proved that dinosaurs walked the earth at the same time as man then Darwinism is fatally flawed.

And just in case you wondered what 'that' has to do with Nessie:

One ACE textbook – Biology 1099, Accelerated Christian Education Inc – reads: "Are dinosaurs alive today? Scientists are becoming more convinced of their existence. Have you heard of the 'Loch Ness Monster' in Scotland? 'Nessie' for short has been recorded on sonar from a small submarine, described by eyewitnesses, and photographed by others. Nessie appears to be a plesiosaur."

Okay, so why did only Nessie survive?

Jonny Scaramanga, 27, who went through the ACE programme as a child, but now campaigns against Christian fundamentalism, said the Nessie claim was presented as "evidence that evolution couldn't have happened. The reason for that is they're saying if Noah's flood only happened 4000 years ago, which they believe literally happened, then possibly a sea monster survived.

...and in case you are still a 'sceptic', it goes on like this, but read for yourself:
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However, it IS a healthy reaction to the reality these asshats force upon us.

And, for the record, realism is NOT paranoia. The American education system has traditionally been a means of segregating the people. Just because the courts acknowledged this a few years ago does not mean anything has changed. It only means they figured out how to not get caught. All that took was getting the general public dumbed-down enough to wallow in their own ignorance.

We reached that place in the late 70's. People now are so fucking stupid they're afraid of actual intelligence and facts.
It's difficult to be objective about one's own convictions but when they become extreme it's a signal to take a closer look and broaden one's view by investigating all possible sides of an issue --- look at all elements and variables that make a phenomenon what it is.
Originally posted by aqua:
It's difficult to be objective about one's own convictions but when they become extreme it's a signal to take a closer look and broaden one's view by investigating all possible sides of an issue --- look at all elements and variables that make a phenomenon what it is.

Paranoia stopped being extreme when they assassinated JFK.

The dumber a people are, the more pliable they become. This is intentional. There's no profit in an educated public.

This is why we're so good at killing.
This is why our biggest growth industry is the prison system.

This is legalized slavery.
Article in the Huffington Post (with video):

Kentucky Evolution Fight: GOP Lawmakers Upset State Exams Test Students On 'Made Up' Theory

A group of Kentucky Republicans is up in arms over a state testing program that requires high school students preparing for college to have an understanding of biological evolution.

...continue reading ...

In short, this is what I make out of this. In Kentucky evolution is only thought in high school to be a wanko theory some nutters believe in. After mentioning this for 10 or so minutes, (dis)education moves on.

But unfortunately, they eventually were confronted with the fact that in the entry level exams for state collages, knowledge about evolution is actually being questions.

So rather than changing their high-school colloquium, they now try to lobby to get the uniformed college entry exams changed for the whole country.
Rick Perry:

“Satan runs across the world with his doubt and with his untruths and what have you and one of the untruths out there that is driven is that people of faith should not be involved in the public arena,” Perry said during the call on Tuesday, organized by the Rev. Rick Scarborough.

Perry said the separation of religious and civic institutions in the U.S. began with a “narrative” that first took root in the 1960s.

Source: TPM

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