The weather is great, lab work needs to get done as does a pluthera of writing, needless to say my blogging has taken a dip of late. Now to restart, I will stand on the greatness of others.
Mike the Made Biologist, discusses the original sin of the religious right-segragation. It feeds from one of the original sins of the United States-our treatment of African Americans. How many compromises since the nation's birth through modern times were on the backs of African Americans? There was the 3/5 compromise with the US Constitution, along with the fugitive slave provisions in the Constitution. There was the Compromise of 1820 and the Compromise of 1850. The Compromise of 1877 lead to the end of Reconstruction and basically turned the South over to segregationists right through the middle of the 20th century. The rise of the Civil Rights movements & calls for integration are what drove the Christian Right into action as Mike dicusses. Those are just the major compromises through the nation's first century of existence. Their effects still ripple through our nation. The politics of fear they spawned our what got the Bush Administration "elected" twice.
Changing topics, Incoherently Scattered Ponderer, ponders whether post-doc life is truly carefree.
Holly talks about actually walking at graduation where she got to listen to two presidents for the price of one. I skipped mine. Not exactly a pomp-circumstance type of person.
Kate ponders why we don't get science. Very interesting read and brings up questions then how to best reach people about science both in the short term and long term.
There are lots of great posts to check out over on the 4th Postdoc Carnival. Katie did a great job of putting it all together in addition to her usual excellent blogging.