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Friday, February 26, 2010

The Junior Woodchucks Are Working Overtime In South Dakota


The Junior Woodchucks are working overtime in South Dakota, where the state government has just passed a bill telling schools to present the threats of global warming in a skeptical fashion:

The resolution invokes these fallacious claims in the service of four points: "That global warming is a scientific theory rather than a proven fact"; "That there are a variety of climatological, meteorological, astrological, thermological, cosmological, and ecological dynamics that can >> effect << [sic] world weather phenomena and that the significance and interrelativity [sic] of these factors is largely speculative"; "That the debate on global warming has subsumed political and philosophical viewpoints which have complicated and prejudiced the scientific investigation of global warming phenomena"; and that instruction about global warming should be "appropriate to the age and academic development of the student and to the prevailing classroom circumstances." [ 1, 2, 3 ]

I find this rather casual disregard for good grammar quite disturbing. Generally speaking, affect means "to influence," and effect means "a result" [ 4 ].

For example, you can say, "Global warming has affected the rhetoric of many politicians who are bought and paid for by corporate lobbyists", as opposed to "The effect of global warming on corporate lobbyists is to inspire them to give lots of money to members of congress".

Please people, there is no excuse for bad grammer.

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At Sat Feb 27, 07:13:00 AM, Blogger Batocchio said...

But Dr. Z, the Junior Woodchuck Manual would never say something false!

(That Hitchhiker's Guide, on the other hand...)

Of course, no right-winger could make it into the Junior Woodchucks. The Ayn Rand Sociopath Rangers are another matter.

At Sat Feb 27, 08:17:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its the Dakotas. Its already colder than a Witch's teat in a brass bra out there. But the good news is, when everything goes to hell and people are starving--the Indians will eat them first.

How cool is that?

At Sat Feb 27, 10:42:00 AM, Blogger Randal Graves said...

Global warming? Excuse me, it's snowing outside.

At Sat Feb 27, 10:54:00 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

"astrological"? Really? These idiots don't know the difference between astrological and astronomical and expect people to listen to there opinions. I guess the next thing is for chemistry classes to include alchemy.

At Sat Feb 27, 11:54:00 AM, Blogger Jinglebob Jones said...

There, there, Larry, it's just their opinion.

At Sat Feb 27, 12:30:00 PM, Blogger Mathmn said...

I thought this was can anyone have an opinion? Either an acid plus a base equals salt plus water or not. There is no room for opinion in scientific research.

At Sat Feb 27, 08:05:00 PM, Blogger Tengrain said...


Next thing you know they will be using that and which interchangeably. It is the end of the empire, Zaius.



At Sat Feb 27, 08:24:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The junior woodchuck's manual is never wrong, true or not. Especially when not.

At Sun Feb 28, 07:06:00 PM, Blogger Ubermilf said...

What if a teacher DOESN'T do as they say?

At Mon Mar 01, 09:24:00 PM, Blogger Dr. Zaius said...

Batocchio:The Ayn Rand Sociopath Rangers have been busy this year! (I've always wondered what would happen if the Fountainhead shrugged...) ;o)

Seeing Eye Chick: The indians will probably not eat the brass bra, I trust. ;o)

Randal Graves: Yes! But it is official Global Warming Snow! ;o)

Larry: The bill is so riddled with stupidity that it was bound to pass. ;o)

Jinglebob Jones: You are coddling the Ayn Rand Sociopath Rangers, Jinglebob Jones! ;o)

Mathmn: Don't you dare try to inject reality into this issue! ;o)

Tengrain: I know! I'm still mad about "irregardless". ;o)

Jang-chub Ozer: By your reckoning, there appears to be a lot of "especially" in this particular bill. ;o)

Übermilf: That remains to be seen... :o(

At Tue Mar 02, 11:05:00 PM, Blogger susan said...

I think the Junior Woodchucks have chucked up again.

At Mon Mar 22, 06:27:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to agree. Scientific method when used correctly, and without tarot cards, usually preduces irrefutable results.

And that is the point isn't it? I mean what on earth, makes Bibliomancy any more accurate or relevant to science than say Tarot Cards, or psychic channeling.

I loves me a good paranormal chat as much as the next person, but I keep science and faith in their own boxes. Otherwise they both tarnish.


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