My now-nineteen-year-old Louisiana pal Zack Kopplin is still fighting creationism law, and yes, Zack (@ZackKopplin and @RepealTheSEA) is one remarkable teen. Our previous posts by and about Zack here. His mission is to just say NO to creationist vouchers. Well, not just say no, he’s an activist after all.
In fact, he has now become a leader in the fight to repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act, which allows creationism to be taught in public schools.
And if all that isn’t enough, he’s about to be on Real Time! He told me about this appearance a few days ago, and I nearly forgot, but that’s okay. We DVR it every week.
Here’s the press release:
Louisiana Science Activist Zack Kopplin Is a Guest on “Real Time
with Bill Maher”
Who: Bill Maher, Zack Kopplin, Sebastian Junger, Abby Huntsman, Senator Bernie Sanders, Stephen Moore
What: Zack Kopplin, a Louisiana native and Rice University sophomore who, as a high school student, launched a campaign to repeal Louisiana’s creationism law, will be interviewed as the mid-show guest and panelist on this week’s episode of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.”
Last year, Kopplin’s research on hundreds of creationist voucher schools generated international attention. Kopplin has been named the first-ever “Troublemaker of the Year.”
He is also a recipient of the Hugh Hefner First Amendment Award and National Center for Science Education’s Friend of Darwin Award.
His activism has been previously featured on “Moyers and Company,” “Viewpoint with John Fugelsang,” and “Hardball with Chris Matthews.” Kopplin was highlighted as a “Footsoldier” on “The Melissa Harris-Perry Show.”
Kopplin is organizing a movement calling for a Second Giant Leap for humankind, which will be achieved by increasing science funding and teaching evidence based- science.
When: Tomorrow, Friday, April 5, 2013
Relevant segment at about 9:50.
In a previous post which included a video of Paul Krugman reacting to sequester madness: “This is not the time to be cutting at all,” there was also this graph from the Federal Reserve showing that government spending has fallen:
Then Jared Bernstein, appearing on Real Time with Bill Maher (see video), confirmed that government spending is not going up.
And on his website, Bernstein gives us further proof, this time from the Congressional Budget Office (which gives us nonpartisan analysis of the federal budget and the economy for the U.S. Congress):
On the Bill Maher show the other night, I pointed out that contrary to the talking point that government spending is spiraling out of control, it in fact went up only 0.6%, 2009-2012. [...]
Well, here are the numbers, straight out of CBO… [Outlays are] actually falling as a share of GDP (the figure includes CBOs forecast for 2013).
Bernstein explains more at the link.
A little birdie at Real Time just sent me this heads up. Set your DVRs.
Agree with him or disagree, Friday television isn’t the same without Maher. Welcome back!
Now do me a teeny tiny favor Real Timers, and stop having Ann Coulter, Christine O’Donnell, and Darrell Issa on.
Oh, but I kid…
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