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March for science, not politicization of science

April 20th, 2017 No comments

I found Maria Gutzeit’s April 18 column “Marching because facts matter” rational and readable.

Regarding the “March for Science,” I’d expand her definition by noting that science is a process that should inform policy but is not a policy itself. Policies are formulated by participating individuals and organizations and they should be based on facts and reason rather than impulse and emotions.

Then the respective polities in our republic evaluate and vote on these policies as communicated and ultimately legislated by our representatives.

Realizing that humans are involved, rational, reasonable and well-intentioned people may disagree on what the most efficacious and cost-effective approaches are to solving problems that are informed by the scientific process. Disparities on policy solutions are therefore not a pro-science/anti-science binary.

As an engineer, Maria no doubt does not find this expansion revelatory. I thought it important to illuminate, as some are wont to politicize science itself.

Published in The Signal 4/20/17


May 20th, 2014 No comments


Stunning Saturn Image

December 28th, 2012 No comments

From NASA’s Cassini spacecraft 10/17/12.


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For The Benighted Souls Who Believe The NRA Proposal Of Armed Security In Schools To Protect Children

December 24th, 2012 No comments


COPS in Schools (CIS)


The COPS in Schools (CIS) grant program is designed to help law enforcement agencies hire new, additional school resource officers (SROs) to engage in community policing in and around primary and secondary schools. CIS provides an incentive for law enforcement agencies to build collaborative partnerships with the school community and to use community policing efforts to combat school violence.

Neil Armstrong, Lunar Pioneer

August 25th, 2012 No comments

“That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Godspeed, Neil Armstrong!

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Hard Facts – An Energy Primer

May 1st, 2012 No comments

“Policymakers should take time to understand the facts about energy and the obstacles to making it affordable and reliable given its critical role in our lives and our economy. America is home to vast natural resources, but many of our energy policies are built on the notion that energy is scarce and becoming more scarce. The reality is that we have more combined oil, coal, and natural gas resources than any other country on the planet. We have enough energy resources to provide reliable and affordable energy for decades, even centuries to come. The only real question is whether we will have access to our abundant energy resources, not whether sufficient resources exist.”

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Steve Jobs 1955-2011, requiescat in pace

October 5th, 2011 No comments

T hero

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Copenhagen Theater

December 7th, 2009 No comments

“With 20,000 delegates, advocates and journalists jetting to Copenhagen for planet Earth’s last chance, the carbon footprint of the global warming summit will be the only impressive consequence of the climate change meeting. Its organizers had hoped it would produce binding caps on emissions, global taxation to redistribute trillions of dollars, and micromanagement of everyone’s choices. China, nimble at the politics of pretending that is characteristic of climate change theater, promises only to reduce its ‘carbon intensity’ — carbon emissions per unit of production. So China’s emissions will rise. Barack Obama, understanding the histrionics required in climate change debates, promises that U.S. emissions in 2050 will be 83 percent below 2005 levels. If so, 2050 emissions will equal those in 1910, when there were 92 million Americans. But there will be 420 million in 2050, so Obama’s promise means that per capita emissions then will be about what they were in 1875. That. Will. Not. Happen.” –columnist George Will

We Pay Them to Lie to Us

November 30th, 2009 No comments

“When you knowingly pay someone to lie to you, we call the deceiver an illusionist or a magician. When you unwittingly pay someone to do the same thing, I call him a politician. President Obama insists that health care ‘reform’ not ‘add a dime’ to the budget deficit, which daily grows to ever more frightening levels. So the House-passed bill and the one the Senate now deliberates both claim to cost less than $900 billion. Somehow ‘$900 billion over 10 years’ has been decreed to be a magical figure that will not increase the deficit. It’s amazing how precise government gets when estimating the cost of 10 years of subsidized medical care. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s bill was scored not at $850 billion, but $849 billion. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said her bill would cost $871 billion. How do they do that? The key to magic is misdirection, fooling the audience into looking in the wrong direction. I happily suspend disbelief when a magician says he’ll saw a woman in half. That’s entertainment. But when Harry Reid says he’ll give 30 million additional people health coverage while cutting the deficit, improving health care and reducing its cost, it’s not entertaining. It’s incredible.” –columnist John Stossel

US Health Care Reform

November 20th, 2009 No comments

Sent via email to the Hon. Senators Landrieu, Lincoln and Nelson:

I strongly urge you not to support the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” for the following reasons:

1. Government has a very poor record of controlling real costs of goods and services. A review of projected verses actual Medicare costs is assuredly relevant.

2. A centrally planned rewrite of the entire Heath Care System that serves the majority of Americans well (supported by all polling data) is not the optimal approach to ensuring health care services for all.

3. It’s a budget buster and we all know it. One need look no further than my State of California to note how out of control government spending leads to a never ending miasma.

4. There is no Constitutional authority for the Federal Government to require the purchase of a good or service by individual citizens. It’s unprecedented and will no doubt be challenged in court.

5. Moderates should not have to pay at the election booth for the grandiose schemes of their party leaders.

I invite you to consider carefully and rationally what the unintended consequences of this legislation would be. Far better for Congress to consider incremental reform such as:

– Decoupling health insurance and tax benefits from employer provided plans.

– Allow deregulation of interstate insurance purchases to enhance competition.

– Malpractice tort reform to reduce practice of defensive medicine.

– Non-cancel clauses in insurance policies for utilization of contracted benefits.

– Guaranteed issue of catastrophic medical insurance coverage.

Thank you for your consideration of these points.


Ron Bischof