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Tax Bill Horribleness: The Great Unknown

W.R. Elsberry's The Austringer - Sat, 2017-12-02 15:48
The US Senate has passed its version of a tax change bill, enshrining as potential law some 500 pages of
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A new instructional materials bill in Florida

"A controversial new state law that makes it easier for Florida residents to challenge books used in public schools could get overhauled next year so those who dislike certain texts could also suggest replacements they find more appropriate," reports the Orlando Sentinel (December 1, 2017).

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Colin Groves dies

The eminent biological anthropologist Colin Groves died on November 30, 2017, at the age of 75, according to a press release from the Australian National University.

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Jerry Fodor dies

The distinguished philosopher of mind Jerry Fodor died on November 29, 2017, at the age of 82, according to The New York Times (November 30, 2017).

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Tax Bill Horribleness: Chained CPI

W.R. Elsberry's The Austringer - Fri, 2017-12-01 15:50
The Los Angeles Times has an article on the proposed tax bill’s inclusion of “chained consumer price index (CPI). It
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ISPs Have Large Pockets

W.R. Elsberry's The Austringer - Fri, 2017-12-01 11:49
How large a pocket do you need to stuff some $400 billion in collected, but not used for the stated
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A second antiscience bill in Florida

Florida's House Bill 825, prefiled on November 28, 2017, would, if enacted, require "[c]ontroversial theories and concepts ... [to] be taught in a factual, objective, and balanced manner," while allowing local school districts to use either the state science standards or alternatives "equivalent to or more rigorous than" them.

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The latest from Florida

The effects of Florida's new law making it easier for creationists and climate change deniers to harass their local school districts are already manifesting, according to a report from the Associated Press (November 18, 2017). 

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NCSE's Branch and Reid in a special edition of Scientific American

NCSE's Glenn Branch and Ann Reid's "50 Years Ago: Repeal of Tennessee's 'Monkey Law'" was selected for inclusion in "The Science Behind the Debates," a special edition of Scientific American dated December 2017.

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Alan Walker dies

The distinguished paleoanthropologist Alan Walker died on November 20, 2017, at the age of 79, according to a November 21, 2017, Facebook post from his wife Pat Shipman.

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Trump Campaign in the News: Get Shortey

W.R. Elsberry's The Austringer - Wed, 2017-11-22 12:35
Item #8 returned by Google Search for “Trump Campaign” this morning is this article about Ralph Shortey, former Trump campaign
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A new antiscience bill in Florida

Florida's Senate Bill 966, prefiled on November 17, 2017, would, if enacted, require "[c]ontroversial theories and concepts ... [to] be taught in a factual, objective, and balanced manner," while allowing local school districts to use either the state science standards or alternatives "equivalent to or more rigorous than" them.

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Kenneth R. Miller on current threats to evolution education

Kenneth R. Miller, president of NCSE's board of directors and professor of biology at Brown University, features in a ten-minute documentary about current threats to evolution education, produced by Retro Report and hosted at The New York Times.

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A glimpse of Darwin's Backyard

NCSE is pleased to offer a free preview (PDF) of James T. Costa's Darwin's Backyard: How Small Experiments Led to a Big Theory (W. W. Norton, 2017). 

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Congratulations to Bertha Vazquez

NCSE is pleased to congratulate Bertha Vazquez on receiving the Evolution Education Award for 2017 from the National Association of Biology Teachers.

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Victory in New Mexico

New Mexico is now officially the nineteenth state to have adopted the Next Generation Science Standards. 

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A preview of Paranoid Science

NCSE is pleased to offer a free preview (PDF) of Antony Alumkal's Paranoid Science: The Christian Right's War on Reality (New York University Press, 2017).

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The Bear Turns?

W.R. Elsberry's The Austringer - Mon, 2017-11-06 21:34
The Hill reports that Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer members of Donald Trump’s campaign met with in the summer of
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New science standards on the horizon in Utah

On November 2, 2017, the Utah state board of education voted 10-4 to begin the process of revising the state science standards for elementary and high school — albeit "[o]ver objections that national science education standards push a political agenda on global warming and do not include instruction of intelligent design as a counterpoint to teaching evolution," according to the Deseret News (November 2, 2017).

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A chance to help NCSE's archives!

NCSE's archives house a unique trove of material on the creationism/evolution controversy, and we regard it as part of our mission to preserve it for posterity — as well as for occasions such as Kitzmiller v. Dover, where NCSE's archives helped to establish the creationist antecedents of the "intelligent design" movement. And we are beginning to amass a similar trove of material on disputes over climate change education.

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