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Scientific American and ScienceDebate.org partnered to get Obama and Romney to answer 14 questions on major scientific and technological challenges facing the nation. You can read their answers at the link, and decide what you think of them yourself.

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=obama-romney-science-debate

Date: 2012-09-05 02:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] goldsquare.livejournal.com
Couldn't read it - felt my breakfast coming up. :-)

Date: 2012-09-05 03:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] umbran.livejournal.com
It is never good to consume politics directly after meals.

Date: 2012-09-05 05:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vettecat.livejournal.com
Thanks for the link!

Date: 2012-09-05 10:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] umbran.livejournal.com
Just doing my part to educate the masses!

Date: 2012-09-05 05:58 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] spiritdancer
Oh, dear.

It's pretty bad when my eyes start to glaze over about 1/3 of the way thru Mr Romney's first response (which was twice as long as Mr Obama's, with rather less than half the actual substance). Then the trend repeated.

I'll try to read a bit more later, but there is only so much bull**** I can take at a given time :)

Date: 2012-09-05 10:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] umbran.livejournal.com
Oh, I expect my eyes to glaze over reading any campaign copy. Basic hazard of living in a democratic society.

Romney on Net Neutrality

Date: 2012-09-05 07:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cristovau.livejournal.com
"Specifically, the FCC’s "Net Neutrality" regulation represents an Obama campaign promise fulfilled on behalf of certain special interests, but ultimately a “solution” in search of a problem. The government has now interjected itself in how networks will be constructed and managed, picked winners and losers in the marketplace, and determined how consumers will receive access to tomorrow’s new applications and services. The Obama Administration’s overreaching has replaced innovators and investors with Washington bureaucrats."

Wow. I'm just... ...wow. My head is spinning with this spin.

Date: 2012-09-05 10:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] umbran.livejournal.com
I find it hilarious that the campaign would think that one would fly with anyone going to scientificamerican.com to read their answers.

Date: 2012-09-05 11:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cristovau.livejournal.com
Seriously. Special interests ≈ your readers.

The spin... it burns!

Date: 2012-09-06 01:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gmkieran.livejournal.com
I find Mitt's answer to 13 particularly terrifying. In the end, neither of them did particularly well, imo. *sigh*

Date: 2012-09-06 03:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] umbran.livejournal.com
In the world as it is right now, I wouldn't expect these things to be high priority (they wanted this to be live-debate, but the campaigns would only go for written answers). So, I'm looking not for where they do well, but where they do badly.

Yes, Mitt's views of energy policy seem pretty short sighted.

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