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Cal State prof: Trump shouldn’t be allowed on Twitter due to his climate change views

In a recent piece in The Huffington Post, California State University, Sacramento’s Joseph Palermo argues that because Donald Trump “rejects the science of climate change,” he shouldn’t be permitted to make use of science in other realms.

“I’ve always believed that people who dismiss science in one area shouldn’t be able to benefit from science in others,” he writes.

“If Trump and his cohort believe the science of global warming is bogus then they shouldn’t be allowed to use the science of the Internet for their Twitter accounts, the science of global positioning for their drones, or the science of nuclear power for their weaponry.”

Professor Palermo teaches history, and in addition to The HuffPo he contributes to the LA Progressive in which he was quite concerned that “With Trump’s Victory Republicans Gain Unchecked Power.”

It’s also where he’s written lines like “This whole frigging election felt at times like the prolonged public lynching of the nation’s first black president.”

More from his HuffPo piece:

We’re now entering a period where the U.S. military’s 22nd Century weapons technology is in the hands of those whose mentality hasn’t really left the Bronze Age. Say what you will about the deficiencies among the Democratic leadership (and there are many), at least the Democrats are trying to remain in the fact-based world and accept the validity of scientific inquiry.

“The challenge to authority that science presents,” writes Shawn Otto in The War on Science (2016), “is one of the many reasons why it has flourished in free, democratic societies, and why those same societies have fallen when they have turned their backs on the freedom science requires in favor of authoritarianism.” (p. 52)

Climate change is real. Facts matter. Ketchup is not a “vegetable side dish.” Nuclear missiles are not “peace keepers.” Sending prisoners to be tortured in foreign lands is not “extraordinary rendition.” African-American youths are not “super-predators.” Torture is not “enhanced interrogation.” The estate tax is not a “death tax.” War is not peace. Freedom is not slavery. Ignorance is not strength.

Here’s a few more the prof may have have forgotten:

— that an unborn child is not “just a clump of cells” … or a “potential” person
— that biological sex is not a “misconception”
— that overpopulation is not a problem
— that DDT can be used safely
— that genetically modified foods are not dangerous
— that new technology such as “fracking” is not a hazard to the environment.

How many Democrats/progressives should be forbidden from using technology if they subscribe to any (or all) of the above … among others?

Read the full article.

h/t to Newsbusters

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Dave has been writing about education, politics, and entertainment for over 20 years, including a stint at the popular media bias site Newsbusters. He is a retired educator with over 25 years of service and is a member of the National Association of Scholars. Dave holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Delaware.