What with the U.S. presidential election dominating the news, could you ask for anything more this Friday than more politics blogging? Pain below the fold.
- Gordon Watts asks a good question about the zeroing out of funding for the ITER. Treaties? We ain’t got no treaties. We don’t need no treaties! I don’t have to show you any stinkin’ treaties!!”
- With Huckabee (What is Huck? Huck be a creationist and opponent of the separation of church and state) winning Iowa, I’m sure you’ll be hearing for commentary about the “FairTax” (WAR IS PEACE!) If I’m taxed 30 cents on a dollar is that a 30 percent tax or a 23 percent tax? See how many times you can spot the “23 percent tax” without the explanation of whether that is exclusive or inclusive? BTW I’d love to see a survey about how many people know the difference.
- My baseline is 56 percent as of 2004. That is I take 56 percent of Republicans to be bat shit crazy enough to vote for Alan Keyes in the 2004 Illinois Senate race (for those who don’t recall, Keyes ran against Obama having never lived in Illinois and when he was confronted with his previous criticism about Hillary Clinton moving to New York to run for her Senate position, Keyes declared that “You are doing what you believe to be required by your respect for God’s will, and I think that that’s what I’m doing in Illinois.” He also called Mary Cheney a hedonist and said that Jesus wouldn’t vote for his opponent. The later I kind of agree with considering the guy’s been dead for a few thousand years. Insert joke about Republican’s and dead voters here.) So if Huckabee got 34 percent of the Keyes vote, where did the remaining 22 percent go? Does this make me more or less optimistic about the country?
- Want to know why the U.S. government’s failure to adequately fund its science and technology research is such a bummer? Read Ed Lazowska’s 2004 testimony on the ecosystem of billion dollar industries whose very existence owes a large debt to long term basic science and technology funding. (Via the Computing Research Policy Blog)