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Saturday News: “Earth barreling toward ‘Hothouse’ state”; “The future has arrived....

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by Lowell Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Saturday, September 12. Earth barreling toward 'Hothouse' state not seen...

Time to Clean Up “Clean Virginia?”

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The following is a guest post from someone who prefers that their name not be used. But it's hard to disagree with any of...

Former UVA Climate Professor Michael Mann Live Tweeted the CNN Climate...

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See below for highlights fromlast night's CNN climate town hall, courtesy of leading climate scientist and former UVA professor Michael Mann. P.S. Professor Mann will...

The Video Is Clear: Ken Cuccinelli’s Been Cuckoo and Extreme Forever,...

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In recent weeks, a good chunk of the American press corps appears to have just discovered the nightmare we've known about in Virginia for...

Sunday News: Hong Kong Protests; “Trump inches closer to war with...

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by Lowell Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Sunday, June 16. Protesters Fill the Streets of Hong Kong...

Former UVA Climate Scientist Michael Mann on Hurricane Harvey and Man-Made...

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Just remember that Republican Ken Cuccinelli persecuted this guy, as did a bunch more climate science deniers (almost all Republicans). Any further questions? P.S. Note...

Climate Scientist Michael Mann Responds to “The Uninhabitable Earth”

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World-renowned climate scientist Michael Mann, author of The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars, against whom Ken Cuccinelli pursued an anti-science witch hunt regarding...

Dr. Michael Mann, Leading Climate Scientist Who Stood Up to Cuccinelli’s...

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I'm really glad to see this (see below for an email from the Perriello campaign about former UVA professor and leading climate scientist Michael...

Climate Scientist Fights Back, Sues Right Wing Reality Deniers

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The Republican war on science faces a new counterattack - a libel lawsuit filed by climate scientist Michael Mann against the National Review and Competitive Enterprise Institute. From Mann's Facebook page:
Dr. Mann, a Professor and Director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University, has instituted this lawsuit against the two organizations, along with two of their authors, based upon their false and defamatory statements accusing him of academic fraud and comparing him to a convicted child molester, Jerry Sandusky. [...]

In response to these types of accusations, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Science Foundation and seven other organizations have conducted investigations into Dr. Mann's work, finding any and all allegations of academic fraud to be baseless. Every investigation-and every replication of Mann's work-has concluded that his research and conclusions were properly conducted and fairly presented.

Despite their knowledge of the results of these many investigations, the defendants have nevertheless accused Dr. Mann of academic fraud and have maliciously attacked his personal reputation with the knowingly false comparison to a child molester. The conduct of the defendants is outrageous, and Dr. Mann will be seeking judgment for both compensatory and punitive damages.

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli clumsy attempt at "investigating" Dr. Mann's work was laughed out of court. Mann has been contemplating a lawsuit for months and is now moving forward, so he must feel he has a much stronger legal case than science's hapless enemies.

Who Let the Kook Out of His Cuckoo’s Nest?

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Ken Cuccinelli's opinionated hammer came down forcefully the other day when he claimed that there's a "50-50" chance  that Virginia's unnecessary voter identification bills will pass the muster of review by the U.S. Department of Justice. Given Kookinelli's recent track record, buyers of this conclusion beware.

Cuccinelli also thought that his crusade against Michael Mann and his climate science would succeed as well. The Virginia Supreme Court ruled otherwise.

But what the gun-slinging and crusading of Cuccinelli has revealed is a man whose conceit is unbounded, even by political standards.

Cuccinelli went on to claim that "This president [President Obama] and his administration are the biggest law breakers to run the federal government in our lifetimes." Did the George W. Bush administration already drop from Cuccinelli's memory? What an incredible statement!

There is your average political rhetoric and then there is Cuccinelli's political rhetoric. Ask me to define it, I couldn't; "I'll know it when I see it." It's the type of political bluster that takes every issue and violently pulls it into the far-right and warped world of Cuccinelli and his cult of adherents. It's a type of political demagoguery few politicians in our own jaded and partisan times have been able or willing to muster.