Friday, June 03, 2005


Genetics? Oh, That's So Reality Based...

An editorial in the Albuquerque Tribune, says that "every time you turn around these days, there is an assault on science in America... "
"The latest attack is right here in Albuquerque, where the Southwest Region director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service [Dale Hall] has arbitrarily decided to limit the use of genetics in making official decisions on protecting endangered animals and plants...

"In essence, he announced that advances in conservation biology and scientific understanding and classification of species and sub-species should be ignored, in favor of only what was known at the time a species was listed as endangered or threatened."

The editorial notes that Hall's policy fits in neatly with the Bush policy of rejecting sound science policy when it conflicts with the administrations right-wing ideology. Hall, for that reason, is unlikely to be overuled by his bosses in Washington.

Matthew tells us that Jesus fed 5,000 people in the desert with just five loaves of bread and two fishes. That may be all that's left when Bush gets done with the country.


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