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Sjukfrånvaro i USA

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Jag blev intressead av att jämföra sjukfrånvaron i USA och Sverige och gick därför till Bureau of Labor Stacsticisdär jag hittade massvis med information

Det borde vara enkelt för en statistiker och sociolog att göra en jämförelse mellan situationen i de två länderna. Begreppet utbrändhet existerar inte här idag trots att det ursprungligen kommer härifrån. Själv tror jag att det är någon slags masspsykos men jag har givetvis inga som helst belägg för det.

Men sjukfrånvaron här verkar helt bero på fysiska skador.

Lost-worktime Injuries and Illnesses: Characteristics and Resulting Time Away From Work, 2002

A total of 1.4 million injuries and illnesses in private industry required
recuperation away from work beyond the day of the incident in 2002, according to the
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. The two occupations with the
greatest number of such injuries and illnesses – truck drivers and nursing aides, orderlies,
and attendants – offer examples of the characteristics of these cases.

Of the 112,200 injured truck drivers, 93 percent were men. Half of their injuries were sprains or strains, often to the trunk or lower extremities, stemming from overexertion, contacts with
objects or equipment, or falls. In contrast, 91 percent of the 79,000 injured nursing aides
and related workers were women. They predominantly suffered sprains and strains to
their trunk (typically their back), due to overexertion related to lifting or moving patients.

In goods-producing industries such as construction and manufacturing, which
make up about 20 percent of private industry employment but account for one-third of
injuries and illnesses requiring days away from work, contact with objects and equipment
– such as being struck by an object – was the most prevalent event. This is in contrast to
service-producing industries, which make up 80 percent of private industry employment
and account for two-thirds of the most severe injuries and illnesses. In these industries,
overexertion – especially overexertion by lifting – was the most prevalent event (chart 1).

* those requiring at least one day away from work, with or without job transfer or
restricted work activity; and

* those requiring only job transfer or restricted work activity.

In 2002, there were 1.4 million cases requiring at least one day away from work and are
the focus of this release. There were over 1,000,000 cases of injuries and illnesses
reported in 2002 with only job transfer or restricted work activity.

Ten occupations accounted for one-third of the cases requiring recuperation away
from work. Truck drivers experienced the most injuries and illnesses with 112,200
requiring days away from work followed by nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants with
79,000 and nonconstruction laborers with 76,600 (chart 2).

Sprains and strains, most often involving the back, accounted for 43 percent of
injuries and illnesses resulting in days away from work in 2002. When sprains and
strains, bruises and contusions, cuts and lacerations, and fractures are combined, they
accounted for nearly two-thirds of the cases with days away from work (chart 3).

Worker demographics and case characteristics

Demographic characteristics. BLS collects data on gender, age, length of service with
the employer at the time of the incident, and race or ethnic origin of workers sustaining
an injury or illness resulting in days away from work (tables 1, 2, and 7). Worker
demographics can be used to identify specific traits and patterns that may be relevant in
efforts to reduce workplace injuries and illnesses. Following are highlights of these
worker traits for 2002:

* Men accounted for 65 percent of total cases (1.4 million), which is higher than
their share of the hours worked, 59 percent. Of the 372,200 cases reported in
the services industry, women made up 64 percent of these cases, compared
with their employment share of 60 percent.

* Injuries and illnesses to workers aged 20 to 44 accounted for 64 percent of all
injured workers, about the same as their share of hours worked in 2002, 62
percent. Although workers aged 65 and over accounted for only a small
portion (1.7 percent) of total injuries and illnesses, 61 percent of these cases
occurred in the services and retail trade industries.

* Operators, fabricators, and laborers experienced more injuries and illnesses
than any other major occupational group (552,900) in 2002. Within this
occupation group, 36 percent of these cases occurred in the manufacturing
industry.

* Employees with one to five years of service with their employer accounted for
37 percent of all injuries and illnesses sustained, while workers with more
experience (more than 5 years of service) made up 29 percent of total cases in
2002.

* Of the black, non-Hispanic workers who sustained an injury or illness
(114,500) in 2002, 40 percent of these cases occurred in the services industry.
Hispanic workers accounted for 13 percent of total cases and most of these
injuries and illnesses were in the services (39,900) and the manufacturing
(39,500) industries.

Case characteristics. The survey uses four case characteristics to describe each event that
led to an injury or illness that involved one or more days away from work. These
characteristics include:

* nature – the physical characteristics of the disabling injury or illness, such as
cuts/lacerations, fractures, or sprains/strains;

* part of body affected – directly linked to the nature of injury or illness cited,
such as back, finger, or eye;

* event or exposure – the manner in which the injury or illness was produced or
inflicted, such as falls, overexertion, or repetitive motion; and

* source – the object, substance, exposure, or bodily motion that directly
produced or inflicted the disabling condition, such as chemicals, vehicles, or
machinery.

For example a nursing aide strains his or her back while lifting a health care
patient. The nature, or physical characteristic, is a sprain/strain; the part of body affected
is the back; the event or exposure is overexertion in lifting; and the source is health care
patient. Case characteristics can be used to help identify specific workplace risks for
disabling injuries and illnesses (tables 4-6 and 9). Following are highlights of the 2002
findings for these characteristics:

* Sprains and strains were the leading nature of injury or illness in every major
industry division in 2002, with 29 percent of these cases occurring in the
services industry.

* The trunk, which includes shoulder and back, was by far the part of body most
affected by work incidents, accounting for 36 percent of all cases. The
services industry had the highest number of injuries to the trunk with 28
percent of these cases.

* Overexertion and contact with objects and equipment accounted for more than
half of all events or exposures that resulted in a disabling condition. Thirty
percent of all overexertion cases were reported in the services industry, while
25 percent of injuries and illnesses resulting from contact with objects and
equipment occurred in the manufacturing industry.

* Floors, walkways, and ground surfaces; worker motion or position;
containers; and parts and materials accounted for 57 percent of reported cases
in private industry and were the leading sources of injury and illness in 2002.

Musculoskeletal disorders

The U.S. Department of Labor defines a musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) as an
injury or disorder of the muscles, nerves, tendons, joints, cartilage, and spinal discs.
MSDs do not include disorders caused by slips, trips, falls, motor vehicle accidents, or
similar accidents. In 2002, MSDs accounted for 487,900, or 34 percent, of the injuries
and illnesses with days away from work. Table A presents the number of MSDs by major
industry division, and table B presents the occupations with the most musculoskeletal
disorders in 2002.

* The services industry reported the most musculoskeletal disorders, accounting for
29 percent of all cases of this type.

* The manufacturing industry reported 21 percent of all MSD cases.

* Nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants had the highest number of
musculoskeletal disorders (44,400) in 2002, followed by truck drivers with 36,800
MSD cases.

Table A. Number (in 1,000s) of work-related musculoskeletal disorders involving days away from
work and median days away from work by major industry division, 2002

Number Median
days away from work

Total musculoskeletal disorders 487.9 9

Agriculture, forestry, and fishing 6.6 9

Mining 3.3 23

Construction

Lost-worktime Injuries and Illnesses: Characteristics and Resulting Time Away From Work, 2002

42.9 12

Manufacturing 101.4 12

Transportation and public utilities 58.2 13

Wholesale trade 38.6 8

Retail trade 85.1 7

Finance, insurance, and real estate 11.7 10

Lost-worktime Injuries and Illnesses: Characteristics and Resulting Time Away From Work, 2002
Services 140.2 7

Google-konkurrensen

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New York Times har en bra artikel om hur Google-avund nu har lett till en intensifiering av konkurrensen på sökområdet. Denna konkurrens är utomordentligt bra för IT-världen som inte har sett speciellt många nya uppfinningar sedan den IT bubblan sprack.


SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 17 – Propelled by Google envy, new players and Internet industry giants are rushing into the online search market, setting off a burst of activity that contrasts sharply with the lull after the dot-com collapse.

To fend off its challengers, Google has furiously intensified efforts to add new services to its brand.

Last Thursday, it introduced Google Desktop Search, a program that is a direct challenge to Microsoft’s control of desktop computing because it searches for information on a user’s personal computer as well as on the Web.

In recent weeks, Google has also announced Google Print, to compete against the Search-Inside-the-Book feature of Amazon, and Google SMS, a new software tool for searching the Web from cellphones.

But despite its push into new areas, some experts say that Google may be vulnerable because the search market, one of the Internet’s most profitable areas, will increasingly be shaped by brand and other nontechnology factors. And that shift may play to the advantage of larger competitors like Microsoft and Yahoo.

In fact, Google’s urgency in releasing a desktop search program shows that it knows the fight over search is moving to new ground.

Google’s smaller rivals have also introduced new services in recent weeks. Amazon brought out A9, a search engine that allows users to maintain a running history of their Web travels. Vivisimo introduced Clusty, a search engine that uses artificial intelligence techniques to categorize search results. And Idealab, an investment company based in Southern California, has presented Snap, a search engine that permits easy sorting of search results.

Senatsvalen i USA

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Daily Kos har en ypperlig översikt över situationen i de amerikanska senatsvalen. Om Bush vinner valet, som nu verkar mer och mer troligt, så är det viktigt att demokraterna i alla fall är så starka i senaten som möjligt.


Mon Oct 18th, 2004 at 16:48:30 GMT

Here’s an overview for those who don’t follow the ups and downs of the various Senate contests obsessively.

We start with a Republican advantage of 51-48-1 (with the independent caucusing with Democrats). We need a net gain of two seats to take back the Senate. We can hold it 50-50 if Kerry wins, but it would necessitate the same sort of power-sharing agreement Daschle wrestled out of the GOP in 2000. And such an agreement would close down the Senate. It would be better to either hold the Senate outright, or not have it so Kerry can run against Senate Republican “obstructionists” in 2006 and 2008.

Here are the battleground Senate seats, ranked by chance of switch. Oh, and I don’t do “toss-up”, as I find it a sort of cop-out, like “50% chance of rain”.

1. Illinois (R open seat):
The big question here is whether Democrat Barack Obama will get more than 75 percent of the vote. This one is so in the bag, as Republican carpetbagger Alan Keyes makes an ass out of himself, that Obama has spent more time campaigning for other candidates than himself.

Definite Dem pickup

2. Georgia (D open seat):
While Denise Majette has showed some life as of late, this race will mark a switch from Republican-pretending-to-be-Democrat Zell Miller to a bona fide Republican.

Likely Rep pickup

3. Colorado (R open seat):
Proven Colorado vote getter — Democratic Attorney General Ken Salazar — has held solid leads in polls against bad-beer maker Peter Coors. Coors has lots of money, and the NRSC is dumping a lot of cash into the state, so we can’t put this one in our column just yet.

Leans Dem pickup

4. South Carolina (D open seat):
Republican Jim DeMint looked to be running away with the race against Democrat Inez Tenenbaum. Then the DSCC ran some of the most effective ads of any race this cycle — hammering DeMint for his proposed national sales tax. Throw in outsourcing as an issue in this textile state, and suddenly Inez is nipping at DeMint’s heels. If the election were held today, the state’s strong Red bent would give DeMint the victory. But the election is not today, and Inez has the momentum.

Leans Rep pickup

5. Oklahoma (R open seat):
We shouldn’t be competitive in Oklahoma, but we have a hell of a candidate in Brad Carson, and they have a candidate from hell in Tom Coburn. Carson weathered Coburn’s post-primary bump, and has held consistent, if erratic, leads in subsequent polling.

Leans Dem pickup

6. Alaska (R incumbent):
Another state where Dems shouldn’t be competitive. But we have a super candidate in former governor Tony Knowles. The incumbent is Republican Lisa Murkowski, who was appointed to the seat by her daddy when he moved in to the governor’s mansion. Her father’s short tenure as governor hasn’t been smooth sailing, while the nepotism issue has haunted Lisa from day one. Meanwhile, Knowles has run the perfect, error-free campaign.

Leans Dem pickup

7. North Carolina (D open seat):
Democrat Erskine Bowles held strong leads through most of the summer, but after enduring a barrage of negative ads from Richard Burr and the NRSC, that lead has evaporated into a dead heat. If the election where held today, Bowles would eeke out a narrow victory. But the election is not today, and Burr has the momentum.

Leans Dem retention

8. Kentucky (R incumbent):
This race shouldn’t be on the radar screen, but Republican incumbent Jum Bunning is literally falling apart. His erratic and bizarre behavior has raised alarm bells in the state’s media, and the beneficiary has been Democratic long-shot Dan Mongiardo. Bunning still has the advantages of incumbency in a Red state, but those are eroding by the day, alongside Bunning’s mental faculties.

Leans Rep retention

9. South Dakota (D incumbent):
Depending on the poll, Senate majority leader Tom Daschle is either up comfortable, or up narrowly. One or two outliers (Rasmussent) have shown his republican opponent, John Thune, with a narrow lead. Dascle is the only Democratic incumbent in any danger this cycle, but Daschle has weathered many a close race as a Democrat in this solidly Red state. And SD Democrats have proven they can win, given their hold on the state’s two Senate seats and at-large House seat. Those victories are never easy, however.

Leans Dem retention.

10. Louisiana (D open seat):
Since reconstruction, Lousiana has not sent a Republican to the Senate, and this year should be no different. The wild-card in this race is the runoff. This seat will be decided in a December runoff election between Republican Daivd Vitter and either Chris John or John Kennedy for the Dems. If Kerry wins the White House, and control of the Senate comes down to this race, the GOP will be able to make a compelling case for divided government.

Leans Dem retention

11. Florida (D open seat):
This year’s hurricane season has made this Senate race something of a bust (no one thinks politics while they’re trying to rebuild their lives). Castor has had the early advantage, though Martinez has been pounding her for alleged ties to accused terrorist sympathizer Al-Arian. Castor just turned the tables on Martinez, running a hard-hitting ad featuring a picture of Al-Arian with George Bush. This race is down in the gutter, but I’m giving Castor the edge given the strong GOTV operation in the state on behalf of Democrats.

Leans Dem retention

Svenska och amerikanska sjuksiffror

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SvD brännpuktsartikel om sjukskrivningen i Sverige är intressant. Har någon ett grepp om hur situationen verligen ser ut och om det finns jämförelser gjorda med andra EU-länder.

Det finns sjukskrivning här också men givetvis inte alls i samma utsträckning som i Sverige.
Eftersom just sjukskrivningarna ofta framförs som ett exempel på den svenska världsfärdsstatens negativa sidor vore det intressant att ha mer fakta.

Ursinniga brev från amerikaner

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Som jag bloggade om för ett tag sedan så försöker tidningen Guardian hjälpa det demokratiska partiet i USA, och då speciellt i Ohio genom att skicka brev till väljare som ännu inte har beslutat sig för vem de skall rösta.
Reaktionen från amerikanerna är intressant och visar hur medlemmarna i dagens republikanska parti uppfattar sig själva och omvärlden:


Have you not noticed that Americans don’t give two shits what Europeans think of us? Each email someone gets from some arrogant Brit telling us why to NOT vote for George Bush is going to backfire, you stupid, yellow-toothed pansies … I don’t give a rat’s ass if our election is going to have an effect on your worthless little life. I really don’t. If you want to have a meaningful election in your crappy little island full of shitty food and yellow teeth, then maybe you should try not to sell your sovereignty out to Brussels and Berlin, dipshit. Oh, yeah – and brush your goddamned teeth, you filthy animals.
Wading River, NY

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Consider this: stay out of American electoral politics. Unless you would like a company of US Navy Seals – Republican to a man – to descend upon the offices of the Guardian, bag the lot of you, and transport you to Guantanamo Bay, where you can share quarters with some lonely Taliban shepherd

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KEEP YOUR FUCKIN’ LIMEY HANDS OFF OUR ELECTION. HEY, SHITHEADS, REMEMBER THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR? REMEMBER THE WAR OF 1812? WE DIDN’T WANT YOU, OR YOUR POLITICS HERE, THAT’S WHY WE KICKED YOUR ASSES OUT. FOR THE 47% OF YOU WHO DON’T WANT PRESIDENT BUSH, I SAY THIS … TOUGH SHIT!
PROUD AMERICAN VOTING FOR BUSH!

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Hey England, Scotland and Wales,
Mind your own business. We don’t need weenie-spined Limeys meddling in our presidental election. If it wasn’t for America, you’d all be speaking German. And if America would have had a president, then, of the likes of Kerry, you’d all be goose-stepping around Buckingham Palace. YOU ARE NOT WANTED!! Whether you want to support either party. BUTT OUT!!!
United States

Please be advised that I have forwarded this to the CIA and FBI.
United States

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THE AMERICAN TAXPAYERS HAVE SPENT TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS PROTECTING THE PEOPLES OF THE EU, AND WHAT DO WE GET IN RETURN. BETRAYAL, BETRAYAL, BETRAYAL. I HAVE BEEN TO YOUR COUNTRY, THE COUNTRY OF MY ANCESTORS, AND I KNOW WHY THEY LEFT.

MAY YOU HAVE TO HAVE A TOOTH CAPPED. I UNDERSTAND IT TAKES AT LEAST 18 MONTHS FOR YOUR GREAT MEDICAL SERVICES TO GET AROUND TO YOU. HAVE A GREAT DAY.
Harlan, Kentucky


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Jag tror inte att denna bild av det republikanska partiet är speciellt välkänt i Sverige. Men kom ihåg nästa gång ni läser SvD eller lyssnar på Reinfeldt, detta är deras kompisar här i landet.

Men det finns också andra amerikaner, och en del har skrivit mycket artiga svar, som dessa:


What a wonderful idea! I am a US citizen who is scared to death that Bush and Klan will get back in. We need all the help we can get to ditch this bunch of maniacs.
United States
Thank you for taking such an active interest in the elections here in America. I appreciate what the Guardian is doing. Your effort to reach out to “swing states” and make a difference is commendable. I hope that many of your readers will take your challenge to help make a change in Washington by contacting voters.
Clarke County, Georgia

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As a US citizen, I want to advise you that you and anyone that participates in subverting the US presidential election can be criminally charged and perhaps even charged as spies
California

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Right on! Just wanted to say thanks from California for your effort and concern. This IS a very important election … There are so many people here in the States that care about the impact America has on the rest of the world. I am personally saddened for the loss of all innocent lives. The best statement Americans can make to the rest of the world is to not elect Bush for president. Thank you so much for getting involved in our world.
California

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As an American who is afraid of the terrible ramifications if Bush is elected, I commend your efforts to try to get Britons involved. Although many Americans would be critical of British people “meddling” with our politics and elections, all the world will share in the disaster if Bush is re-elected. Many of us are very concerned. I teach young adults, most of whom have been very uninvolved in voting and politics. Many of them are going to vote. We need all the help we can get.
United States

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Thank God above for you English! Just when I was beginning to despair at the thought of Bush being re-elected, you come along with a strategy to help us! Your invitation to your readership and rationale for offering it are provocative at the least, and laudable at best.
Springfield, Ohio


Kom nu ihåg att det är engelsmän som tog initiativet till att hjälpa demokraterna i Ohio. Alltså samma engelsmän som dör för USA i Irak. Breven ovan representerar dagens sanna republikanska parti, Fredrik Reinfelds och SvD allierade här i landet.

Zogby om valet

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Zogby ger också Bush segern med två procent. Men deras analys skiljer sig från de andra på följande sätt:


Election 2004 Reuters/Zogby Daily Tracking Poll: Kerry Closes In On Bush Lead; President Loses 2 Points (Bush 46%- Kerry 44%); Race Remains Close, New Reuters/Zogby Poll Reveals

With less than three weeks remaining in the race for the White House, Senator John Kerry shaves two-points from President Bush’s lead (Kerry 44%, Bush 46%), according to a new Reuters/Zogby daily tracking poll. The telephone poll of 1211 likely voters was conducted from Thursday through Saturday (October 14-16, 2004). The margin of error is +/- 2.9 percentage points.

LA Times om republikanernas kampanjmetoder

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Los Angeles Times har en viktig artikel om republikanernas allt smutsigare kampanjmetoder:


WASHINGTON — Three years ago, a line was quietly crossed in the annals of political history.

In newspapers across South Dakota, an out-of-state conservative group ran a political ad linking a Democratic senator to former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. Critics cried foul, saying it breached standards of political decency.

That was then. This is now, and campaign efforts to link politicians to terrorists are a dime a dozen. And they are coming not from little-known fringe groups but from such pillars of the political establishment as the speaker of the House.

Therein lies the dubious hallmark of the 2004 election cycle. It has evolved into one of the most relentlessly negative political campaigns in memory, as attacks on a candidate’s character, patriotism and fitness for office, which once seemed out of bounds, have become routine. More ads than ever focused on discrediting an opponent rather than promoting a candidate, independent analysts said. And, the analysts warned, the presidential campaign was breaking new ground in a candidate’s willingness to bend the truth.

“There is a very high level of factual inaccuracy out there,” said Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center, whose website, http://www.factcheck.org , has identified dozens of major distortions in presidential campaign ads and speeches this year.

Especially in recent weeks, she said, the rhetoric has been “as dirty as I can remember.”

Mudslinging has been part of American politics since mud was around to sling. But politicians and nonpartisan analysts said that 2004 has taken incivility to a new level. “The indecent has become the methodology of the day,” said Rep. James A. Leach (R-Iowa), a politician who has pledged never to criticize an opponent. “Politics always implies division, but it does not have to involve bad manners.”

But the coarseness of the presidential campaign is not just a lapse of manners: It is a dynamic that could be central to the outcome. Perhaps nothing has done more to shape the campaign than President Bush’s effort to define his Democratic opponent, Sen. John F. Kerry, as a “flip-flopper” who is liberal at the core — and what some analysts said was the GOP’s willingness to take liberties with Kerry’s record to make the point.

Bush ran his first attack ad March 4 — two days after Kerry’s victories in the “Super Tuesday” primaries effectively clinched the Democratic nomination. Since then, Bush has pressed the message that Kerry was not simply a man with whom he disagreed, but one who lacked the character and integrity to serve as president.

Kerry has practiced his own brand of negative campaigning, approaching but not quite crossing the line of calling Bush a liar. But those attacks have not been as central to his campaign strategy as Bush’s effort to define Kerry before he defined himself.

Run Susskinds artikel Without a Doubt

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DNs referat av Ron Susskinds artikel i New York Times är konstig. Man skjuter in sig på referensen till Sverige men missar artikelns fokus, Bushs tro att han för Guds talan på jorden och att han måste döda Guds fiender. Och varför ger man inte länken till originalartikeln ?


”Just in the past few months,” Bartlett said, ”I think a light has gone off for people who’ve spent time up close to Bush: that this instinct he’s always talking about is this sort of weird, Messianic idea of what he thinks God has told him to do.”

Bartlett, a 53-year-old columnist and self-described libertarian Republican who has lately been a champion for traditional Republicans concerned about Bush’s governance, went on to say: ”This is why George W. Bush is so clear-eyed about Al Qaeda and the Islamic fundamentalist enemy. He believes you have to kill them all. They can’t be persuaded, that they’re extremists, driven by a dark vision. He understands them, because he’s just like them. . . .

”This is why he dispenses with people who confront him with inconvenient facts,” Bartlett went on to say. ”He truly believes he’s on a mission from God. Absolute faith like that overwhelms a need for analysis. The whole thing about faith is to believe things for which there is no empirical evidence.” Bartlett paused, then said, ”But you can’t run the world on faith.”

Vetenskapen och Bush-regeringen

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Esther Kaplan har en utomordentligt viktig artikel i The Nation om de långtgående förändringar som Bush-administrationen har genomfört bakom kulisserna i USA.

Vad som gjorde USA så framgångsrikt i världen var att regeringen utnyttjade alla de vetenskapliga rön som framställdes vid USAs världsberömda universitet. Men Bush-regeringen ser dessa universitet som fiender, och har uteslutet dom från att ha något som helst inflytande på de viktiga beslut som fattas i Washington. I deras ställa har man satt in kristna fundamentalister. Samtidigt försökar man stoppa oppositionsgrupper genom att anklaga dem för skatteoegentligheter eller rent kriminell verksamhet.


The American Medical Association no longer advises US delegates to UN summits on children’s issues; Concerned Women for America does instead. Experts from the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies at the University of California, San Francisco, no longer sit on the presidential AIDS advisory council; they have been replaced by a former beauty queen who lectures on abstinence and an antigay evangelical barnstormer from Turning Point ministries. Screening by the American Bar Association of judicial nominees has been replaced by advice from the far-right Federalist Society.

Bush-sidans allt mer hårdföra valmöten

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Det finns en nyhet i årets val och det är den allt mer tilltagande hänsynslöshet med vilken alla som inte är republikaner slängs ut eller arresteras vid Bushs valmöten. Så här har det aldrig varit tidigare i landet och folk är med rätta oroade av den nya trenden, som t.ex. alldeles nyss i Oregon.


OREGONIAN: Civil liberties T-shirts trigger ‘alarm’
A Bush rally volunteer reacts to three women’s attire and tosses them out

Saturday, October 16, 2004

JEFF MAPES

Janet Voorhies said she was curious to see how Republicans would react when she and two other women showed up at President Bush’s Central Point rally wearing T-shirts stating “Protect Our Civil Liberties.”

She got her answer before the president even spoke. The three women were ejected from the rally and escorted from the Jackson County Fairgrounds by state police officers who warned them they would be arrested if they tried to return.

Republican officials said they weren’t exactly sure why a volunteer at the event demanded that the three women leave the rally. But a Bush campaign spokesman, Tracey Schmitt, said: “It is not the position of the campaign that wearing a T-shirt that says protect civil liberties is enough to conclude someone is disruptive.”

Thursday night’s action was the latest in a series of incidents in which people have been removed from Bush campaign events for expressing opposition to the president. Officials say the events are open to supporters and people who are considering voting for Bush, but they are quick to act when they think there is a possibility of disruption.

Voorhies, 48, a student teacher who lives in Ashland, said she and two other teachers obtained tickets to the event after saying they were undecided voters. She said she does not expect to vote for Bush, however.

She said the three decided to wear T-shirts that weren’t critical of the president but expressed an issue “important to us. . . . We were testing the limits of the Republican Party, of who is allowed to be at a rally for the president.”

Voorhies said the three made it through all three checkpoints and assured volunteers who questioned them that they would not disrupt the event. But when Voorhies was on her way to the bathroom, she was stopped by a volunteer who told her she wasn’t welcome.

She said this volunteer pointed to her shirt and said it was “obscene.”

Jackson County Republican Chairman Bryan Platt said he didn’t see the incident but said the volunteer was trying to make a judgment about whether the women would be disruptive.

“It basically just triggered his alarm,” Platt said of the volunteer, whom he did not name, “and we’ll stand behind that. I wish (the women) would have just dressed in a way that was without that kind of intent to incite any kind of incident.”

Lisa Sohn, a spokeswoman for Democrat John Kerry, said their rallies have been open to anyone and charged that the Bush administration has the attitude “that if you don’t agree with them, it is not okay.”

Bush i Florida om allmän värnplikt

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De flesta bloggar denna tidiga morgon, klockan är 04:14 lokal tid på söndagsmorgonen, rapporterar om hur Bush i Florida klart sade att “vi inte skall ha en frivillig arme”, dvs allmän värnplik kommer, för att sedan omedelbart ändra sig.

Men det här är viktigt, för just frågan om allmän värnplikt för att få fram nya soldater till Irak har blivit en het fråga på de amerikanska universiteten.

San Andreas- förkastningen

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En av Silicon Valleys allra mest berömda platser, som de flesta turister missar, är San Andreas-förkastningen Förkastningen, som löper rakt igenom dalen, och långt ner mot Los Angeles, är hela 1287 kilometer lång.

Som vi alla säkert vet från geologiklasserna på mellanstadiet så är det ett right-lateral strike-slip fault . Men sånt här kan skolbarnen här. Geologi är ett mycket poplärt och viktigt ämne i grundskolan här och om det är något som alla kan här så är det jorskalv.