Right wing TV bloviators oppose scientific research. And in other news, dog bites man. By way of Bug Girl, I came across this story about Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson opposing the use of $187,632 of stimulus money to buy storage cabinets for Michigan State University’s Albert J. Cook Arthropod Research Collection which houses over 1 million insects collected over 143 years:
Fox News host Sean Hannity launched a series of “investigative” reports this week, in which he claims he will reveal oodles of wasteful stimulus spending by the Obama administration. In his first report, Hannity and his sidekick Tucker Carlson blasted Michigan State University for using stimulus funds to preserve their historic arthropod collection. MSU’s entomology department received a $187,632 grant from the National Science Foundation.
So why did MSU apply for a $187,632 grant? MSU just doesn’t have the space needed to store such a vast collection properly. Some of the Lepidoptera collection filled hallways. Much of the collection was still housed in vintage 1950s cabinets that don’t protect specimens from pests (yes, bugs that feed on the preserved bugs). The arthropod collection was at risk, and MSU didn’t have space to expand or funding to purchase pest-proof storage cabinets.
With the $187,632 grant, MSU can purchase 13 storage cabinets, enough space to store at-risk specimens and expand their collection for the next 10 years.
Fortunately, Debbie Hadley defends the Cook Collection, so I don’t have to.
Look, if this were funded through the regular NSF budget, these morons would be asking why we’re storing bugs in closets (“I try to keep bugs out of my closets. Har har”). Or else they would want to know why the Smithsonian isn’t getting the money (“Why do we need two collections of bugs?”). Or some other daffy shit that exceeds my powers of imagination.
They’re anti-science assholes trying to poke fun at the pointyheads. It’s nothing more than Palinist politics of the blood, with scientists cast in the role of the ‘unreal’ Americans.