What Mitt Romney *used to* think about working moms

“Even if you have a child two years of age you need to go to work.,” Romney said in a campaign stop in Manchester, N.H. in January. “And people said, ‘Well that’s heartless.’ And I said, ‘No, no, I’m willing to spend more giving day care to allow those parents to go back to work. It’ll cost the state more providing that daycare, but I want the individuals to have the dignity of work.'”

The clip, aired Sunday morning on MSNBC’s “Up With Chris Hayes,” shows a candidate with less leniency toward mothers than one would think, given the outpouring of praise given to mothers of all kinds after Rosen’s comments.

Romney’s remarks were in reference to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, which was created in 1996 as a part of welfare reform. Providing block grants to states, which are then intended to be directed to families in need, the number of families assisted by TANF has decreased from 68 for every 100 in poverty in 1996 to 27 for every 100 in 2010, according to a Center on Budget and Policy Priorities study.

Couple things to note…he only thinks, apparently, poor mothers need paying jobs. Just being a mom doesn’t count for them and also…how can such a massive decrease in the ratio of people getting help be considered a march to socialism?  

Romney’s past views on working women, stay-at-home moms unearthed – latimes.com
http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-romneys-past-views-unearthed-on-working-women-stayathome-moms-20120415,0,611519.story

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Aah, the old ‘my ignorance is worth as much as your expertise’ argument

“When you have an area of the science where there is a consensus like in climate change, where the problem is real and the scientific implications are on a collision course with vested interests like the fossil fuel industry, you often see this,” said Michael Mann, a well-known climate scientist and Penn State professor.

NASA has been clear that it firmly accepts the reality of the science behind climate change, including the work of renowned climate scientist James Hansen,so complaints from a few dozen retired NASA administrators and a handful of astronauts and engineers calling on NASA to stop saying that anthropogenic carbon dioxide causes climate change can hardly be taken seriously.

A full 98 percent of all working climate scientists affirm anthropogenic climate change, according to a paper published in 2010 in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences,and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has found the evidence that the world is warming to be “unequivocal.”

Sad but unsurprising how effective this has been. Big tobacco was able to hold off science for a generation using the same tactics, and media consolidation has made it even easier to mislead the ignorant. I’m not sure what it will take now…but the changes are getting more obvious faster now, which will add more pressure to deniers faster, always a good thing.

NASA Climate Change Letter Belongs To Long Tradition Of Fake Expertise – The Huffington Post
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mobileweb/2012/04/13/nasa-climate-change-denier-stunts_n_1424492.html

Crab Computing

Computer scientists at Kobe University in Japan have built a computer that draws inspiration from the swarming behavior of soldier crabs.

The computer is based on theories from the early 1980s that studies how it could be possible to build a computer out of billiard balls. Proposed by Edward Fredkin and Tommaso Toffoli, the mechanical computer was based on Newtonian dynamics and relied on the motion of billiard balls in an idealized, friction-free environment instead of electronic signals like a conventional computer.

Simple systems, complex results…welcome to the natural world. 

Computer Built Using Swarms Of Soldier Crabs | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com
http://m.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2012/04/soldier-crabs/