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Mmph — a Suggestion for North Carolina Frackers

MMph. Fnmn, nng, mmmmm, knknknnk. DAYUM, it’s hard talking with tape over your mouth. And now that I’ve ripped the tape off (about the tape more later), I can’t even talk about what I want to talk about. You know what I would like to talk about? I would like to write today again about [...]

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Do you promise not to tell?

In the no-science-is-good-science (or is that good science is no science?) state of North Carolina, the Republican legislature has decided that some of the science we can do without is testing our water. That’s for companies who want to use hydraulic fracturing — fracking — for natural gas, that is. Your average municipal water system [...]

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Reality Laughs Again at North Carolina

It’s not just Nate Silver. Certainly Silver’s election math beat-down is the most noteworthy example of science delivering a dope slap to superstition, to “gut feeling,” to magical thinking: “Come on, you knuckleheads.” But reality is striking back everywhere – in some places with a kind of fierce appropriateness that borders on comedy, or tragedy, [...]

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Further Science Adventures from North Carolina

In North Carolina, as you well know, we like our science with a side of crazy. The old Flying Burrito Brothers tune says, “The scientists say it’ll all wash away, but we don’t believe them anymore,” and we love our country music here, so we made quite a splash with the legislative nuh-unhs about sea [...]

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Et Tu, Virginia? Again with the Sea Level Rise

At the risk of becoming Plugged-In’s “Those crazies are at it again” correspondent, I would like to bring your attention to two noteworthy developments regarding sea level and politics, and then I hope to wash my hands of the topic — with higher sea levels making hand-washing especially convenient, of course. The first concerns the [...]

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Happy World Oceans Day from North Carolina!

It’s World Oceans Day today (in North Carolina it’s “No It’s Not!” Day), so the moment seemed opportune for a very brief followup on the Plugged-In post of a week or so ago about the NC state legislature considering a law that would make it all kinds of illegal for you to try to figure [...]

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