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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP04 May 2018 9:15 p.m. PST

… to Congress

"Vulcanologist Jess Phoenix never expected to be involved in politics. Until recently her life revolved around science—traveling the world to study different volcanoes and running an educational nonprofit. But the environmental record of the Trump administration has motivated her to run for Congress.

"These guys are basically gutting every environmental protection that existed," Phoenix says in Episode 284 of the Geek's Guide to the Galaxy podcast. "It's a trend we have to stop now. We can't let this continue."

Phoenix is one of a growing number of scientists who are running for public office, spurred on by the group 314 Action, which helps teach scientists how to organize a political campaign. There's a growing recognition among them that too many elected officials are ignorant of basic science, and that the only solution is for scientists to get in there and do a better job…."
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SBminisguy04 May 2018 10:13 p.m. PST

This Scientist Wants to Bring ‘Star Trek' Values …

So she'll have a personal and political Prime Directive and not try to change or interfere with how people live their lives??

Fergo11305 May 2018 3:39 a.m. PST

Can somebody just beam her out of here?

Very, very far away!

VCarter Supporting Member of TMP05 May 2018 5:02 a.m. PST

I think we need more Klingon values in Congress.

Let's bring the next transpiration bill to the floor…for a vote to the death.

Parzival05 May 2018 6:00 a.m. PST

How is this not politics, Tango?
Get it through your head: NO POLITICS, NO RELIGION on the TMP Board.
Just because you cloak it with a bad Star Trek reference doesn't change that.
By the way: "Vulcanology" has nothing to do with Star Trek; it's the study of volcanoes.
Talk about being ignorant of science…

whill405 May 2018 8:23 a.m. PST

Sorry Par Jess is a volcanologist. She studies volcanos.

Parzival05 May 2018 11:09 a.m. PST

Whill4: It's the same word, in usage and meaning. "Vulcanology" goes back to 1859; "volcanologist" is from the same period; neither occurred before 1800, and are simply alternate spellings of the same word. The root word is of course the Latin word "vulcan," from Vulcanus, the mythological Roman god of fire and metalworking; the name also meant "burning mountain." "Volcan" is a French derivation, adapted into English, and "Volcano" is of course Italian. In any case, my point remains the same. Tango (and the article) used the spelling "vulcanology," hence my post. At least the article eventually notes that the term has nothing to do with Star Trek, and the whole thing is just a (lame) joke based on her actual studies and confusion in today's pop culture world.

Don't argue words with a librarian, dude! grin

whill405 May 2018 1:10 p.m. PST

Thank you.

mjkerner Supporting Member of TMP05 May 2018 2:34 p.m. PST

Fake news. Tango didn't use the word. The article's author did. Don't use spurious facts around a (retired) lawyer. ;-)

Zephyr105 May 2018 3:04 p.m. PST

"These guys are basically gutting every <strikethrough>environmental protection</strikethrough> government funded study grant that existed,"

It always comes down to the money… ;-)

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP05 May 2018 9:41 p.m. PST

Zephyr1: "It always comes down to money"

Before I can agree with your conclusion, more money is needed for a new study, to see if that's true or not.

Dan
PS. That's what their values really are.

billthecat05 May 2018 10:10 p.m. PST

HAHA, +1 CC !!!

…and nicely said Parzival!

Katzbalger06 May 2018 6:41 a.m. PST

And I would like to know what volcano-related regulations the "scientist" is saying have been gutted.

Rob

Mobius06 May 2018 7:04 a.m. PST

More human sacrifices for the volcano.

Russ Lockwood06 May 2018 10:31 a.m. PST

Oh, I thought this was the lady who wore a Star Trek uniform every day while serving on a jury…

Zephyr106 May 2018 3:06 p.m. PST

"Before I can agree with your conclusion, more money is needed for a new study, to see if that's true or not."

Already been done. Studies have shown that studies work… ;-)

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