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This is why all the concern about the fake crisis of the U.S. budget deficit is so harmful–it has real effects on people’s lives, including scientists: Both Republican and Democratic proposals would cut more than US$1 trillion in spending over a decade, amounting to a budget reduction of at least $100 billion per year. Nature…

Coburn’s NSF Idiocy

There’s been a lot of discussion about the report released by Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) alleging waste and fraud by the National Science Foundation (NSF), including posts by Dr. O, Steve Silberman, Namnezia, NeuroDojo, The Prodigal Academic, and Stephanie Pappas. The first thing to realize about Tom Coburn is that he’s a full-blown wackaloon–in 2004,…

I realize most people probably don’t care very much about science funding, but I’ll go out on a limb and assume that many readers here do care about science funding (I think many, in the public as a whole, don’t even realize how science is paid for). The Republican platform, Pledge to America, boldly declares…

The COMPETES Act renewal, which would provide additional funding for scientific research and education, and is targeted towards technological development and commercialization was dealt a blow yesterday as Republicans pulled more obstructionist crap. Before the Republican Party was completely taken over by the enraged Uruk-hai wing of their party, they would have not opposed this.…

Hannity and Carlson’s War on Entomology

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…

Why I Am Voting for Martha Coakley

If you’re in Massachusetts, there’s a special election for U.S. Senate tomorrow, and it’s much closer than it should be–the Republican Scott Brown (who is horrid–who votes to eliminate tax breaks and aid for 9/11 emergency responders?) might actually win. There are several reasons why I’m voting for Coakley*:

I haven’t had time to comment on it until now, but one of the local issues rattling around Boston and Massachusetts has been the potential demise of The Boston Globe. Since the NY Times Corporation will receive bids for The Boston Globe tomorrow, it seemed like a good time to reflect on how The Globe…

The Stimulus: Better Than It Looked…

…at one point, anyway. It was good to see Pelosi and the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party hold the line against the Blue Dogs. Anyway, here are some science-, health-, and education-related stimulus increases:

It Looks Like Science Will Be Well Stimulated

From Speaker Pelosi’s office:

More Senator Nelson/Blue Dog Budget Insanity

Via Greg Sargent, we learn that Blue Dog Democrat Senator Ben Nelson is still a repulsive person.