1100 People Rally at MN State Capitol

"It's pretty astonishing when a crowd cheers just to hear verifiable scientific facts," said Otto. "It speaks to how far our national policymakers have drifted from reality."

Conservatives Astroturfing a Brave New World (VIDEO)

Hilary Clinton was mocked as paranoid when in 1998 she said that there was "a vast right-wing conspiracy" out to discredit her husband Bill Clinton's presidency. Since then the network of right-wing media outfits, conservative think tanks, merchant scientists, propaganda videographers and corporate-funded astroturf organizations has been broadly documented.

Meet America’s antiscience assailants

Virtually all the climate data we’ve gathered over fifty years points to the same conclusion: humans are warming the planet by burning fossil fuels. But the data have no credibility with global warming deniers, who view science and knowledge as opinions that can be argued into submission. There is a vast Army of Armchair Antiscientists – a shadow AAAS – intent on doing just that across a wide range of science findings they disagree with. They are militant, impassioned, cunning and deceitful, and they seek to quash any messaging that does not agree with their narrative.

Shaming Michele's Thinking

Yesterday I spoke on the Netroots Nation 2011 panel Science Policy in Unexpected Places with some amazing copanelists here here here and here.

My comment that “Science is never partisan, but science is always political,” and that “we need to shame antiscience thinking into submission, just as we shamed racism” was picked up, tweeted and posted by Think Progress's Brad Johnson. It caused quite a discussion.

At the same time, my old state senator Michele Bachmann spoke at the other end of the Mississippi and reiterated her old position about intelligent design and how "we should teach the controversy."

One week to Netroots Nation

I'll be there speaking on a panel about talking about science in unexpected places. This is a critical topic in a time when the GOP is retreating into unreason and science becomes, in their view, a partisan topic. This week, for example, Rush Limbaugh's response to Mitt Romney's statement that he "believes" in climate change was "bye bye nomination."

Join me at Netroots Nation

Netroots Nation is going on its sixth year, and this time the annual gathering of online experts, social change agents, bloggers, non-profits, social entrepreneurs and writers will be in Minneapolis.