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August 9th, 2019 - The Wordsmith's Forge — LiveJournal
The Writing & Other Projects of Elizabeth Barrette
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Today I spotted several articles about politicians proposing laws that science doesn't support:
"Proposed Wildfire Legislation Ignores Science"
"The Emperor Has No Clothes when it comes to cows and cheatgrass"
"Fuel Breaks don’t work in sagebrush ecosystems"

Currently, law proposals are primarily made by politicians and secondarily by big business.  But what if we changed that?  We have 50 states, after all.  Any one of them could decide to let scientists try drafting laws about topics directly related to science (e.g. climate change, invasive species).  We could also make a habit of trying different proposals in different places, then comparing results to see which works better.  Another option would be electing more scientists to public office.  I imagine this would not appeal to many scientists, but we might find a few.

If we want to find effective solutions for problems, we need to apply facts to the decision-making process, and that's not happening very much.

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Today is sunny and mild.

Round One, I fed birds.  I walked out to the septic garden and saw a pink-and-white gladiolus beginning to open.

Round Two, I watered plants.

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Tonight I looked up summer squash recipes that sounded promising. I thought you might enjoy seeing these.

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