Wednesday, March 09, 2005

More Democratic foolishness

Andrea Stillman, a democratic state senator out of connecticut has decided that she knows best for YOU and wants to introduce legislation banning cell phone use while filling up at the gas station.

At issue here is several scary emails that she got and read imploring you to hang up your phone at the gas station, lest you will burst in to a ball of flames. You know, these are the same emails that promise Bill Gates will send you 50 dollars for every forward you send, or that if you forward these emails to enough people some stump of a kid will get all his arms and legs back.

Anyway, if she had even bothered to do a little searching around she would have found out this was a giant hoax and that no evidence has ever been found of someone being ignited while using their cell phone at the pump. Static electricity has caused fires by igniting fumes from gasoline, but nowhere has a cell phone ever caused enough of a spark to light anything on fire.

I wish someone would have sent her this.

Dear Andrea:
Your constituency

Now instead she is wasting valuable tax payer money, time and infringing on personal freedoms. Nice going Democrats.


At 11:21 AM, Blogger Ricardo Grande said...

C'mon now, don't blame the Democrats for that. Besides, Andrea Stillman is just the victim of Republican-induced anti-science education reform. Check out the Florida version of the so-called "academic bill of rights", which would prevent faculty from ever saying what they really think. Edwin Hubble and Charles Darwin are rolling over in their graves.

At 1:28 PM, Blogger romeotheBT said...

Hey... I am just pointing out an example of the ever increasing infringement on our personal liberties all in the "name of safety". This one is a particularly good example, because it is compeletely unfounded and has even been shown to be a hoax.

And just because we won't go spreading nonsense about "global warming" around doesn't make us anti-science!

At 1:43 PM, Blogger Ricardo Grande said...

Are you still holding on to your ideas about global warming as a hoax? Dr. Alan Leonardi, an oceanographer for NOAA, told me that it's only a question of how much of the warming trend we are causing, but that we are certainly causing some. That's the scientific consensus. I trust him, because I was in his wedding. :)

Did you read that article about the Academic Bill of Rights? It's terrible. The example they specifically give is that professors would no longer be allowed to say that the Big Bang didn't require God. Now, I'm not a big fan of professors telling people there's no God, but as long as he/she doesn't require them to answer that on a test, I don't see what the big deal is with a professor saying he/she doesn't think God exists in class. If the students can't seperate that view from the actual Big Bang Theory, that's their problem. The Republicans want to turn higher education into another level of high school. Anyway, I realize that this has little to do with the original post, but I'm on my soapbox.

At 3:14 PM, Blogger romeotheBT said...

Nice way to ignore my original post. But if YOU want to talk about the Academic Bill of Rights WE'LL talk about the Academic Bill of Rights :)

Anyway, to clear up a couple of things. The Academic Bill of Rights that I read didn't sound to restrictive of professors. I certainly didn't read anything forcing teachers to mention that the big bang wasn't possible without God.

Anyway, I honestly do think that "global warming" is a very broad phenomenon and I am not convinced of exactly what is causing it (versus whether it is just a natural cycle the earth goes through... like the Ice Age). But I'm not so hardcore about it that I pretend it doesn't exist, or that it isn't affected by humans!


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