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Thursday, February 25, 2010


South Dakota legislators tell schools to teach ‘astrological’ explanation for global warming.

Last week, the South Dakota House of Representatives passed a resolution to “urge” public schools to teach astrology. By a 36-30 vote, the legislators passed House Concurrent Resolution 1009, “Calling for balanced teaching of global warming in the public schools of South Dakota.” After repeating long-debunked denier myths and calling carbon dioxide “the gas of life,” the resolution concludes that public schools should teach that “global warming is a scientific theory rather than a proven fact”:

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the House of Representatives of the Eighty-fifth Legislature of the State of South Dakota, the Senate concurring therein, that the South Dakota Legislature urges that instruction in the public schools relating to global warming include the following:

(1) That global warming is a scientific theory rather than a proven fact;

(2) That there are a variety of climatological, meteorological, astrological, thermological, cosmological, and ecological dynamics that can effect [sic] world weather phenomena and that the significance and interrelativity of these factors is largely speculative; and

(3) That the debate on global warming has subsumed political and philosophical viewpoints which have complicated and prejudiced the scientific investigation of global warming phenomena; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Legislature urges that all instruction on the theory of global warming be appropriate to the age and academic development of the student and to the prevailing classroom circumstances.

Yesterday, the South Dakota Senate passed by a vote of 18-17 an amended version of the resolution which eliminates most of the anti-science conspiracy theories, but still asserts that the “global warming debate” has “prejudiced the scientific investigation of global climatic change phenomena.” The amended version now “returns to the House for approval.”

Definition of  "astrology:" 

1. the study that assumes, and professes to interpret the influence of the stars and planets upon human existence
Definition of "thermological:"
Google takes me to a definition of thermology indicating it is “the medical science that derives diagnostic indications from highly detailed and sensitive infrared images of the human body.”

Go to this link to read how crazy this is.


BB-Idaho said...

Not that familiar with the S. Dakota legislature, but suspect that country lawyers might confuse astrology with astronomy. (Although the Babylonians were the
to use the terms interchangeably...

TRUTH 101 said...

The legislators that voted for this silliness also think Nostradamus will arrive in a time maching and take their guns.

Shaw Kenawe said...

TRUTH, you always get to the heart of any controversy!


That's interesting. As is the fact that Sir Isaac Newton also belived in alchemy.

Handsome B. Wonderful said...

It seems like man, like a parasite, is destined to kill its host. Unfortunately we'll be taking a lot of innocent species with us.

tnlib said...

They must be transplanted Tennesseans.

libhom said...

Corruption causes the most bizarre behavior among politicians.