Sunday, February 20, 2005

Bush stifles science, sticks head up ass

No big surprise here. The Bush administration is cutting science funding and ignoring scientists when it comes to input on policy. They're even attempting to pressure them to change the results of their studies. If it ain't in the Bible, it must not be true. Also very convenient to ignore independent standards of truth, since they tend to conflict with the rationalizations that Bush's corporate cronies put forward in their frenzied grab for money and power.

Long term, this (and the rest of the Bush agenda) is a house of cards. But as Bush said, we'll be dead by then. The implication is, why give a fuck? I guess the wealthy can always find a way to make ends meet in a world that's been pissed on from all angles. I wonder who will have the honor of cutting down the last tree (as occurred on Easter Island -- a fascinating story of suicidal human achievement). Maybe they'll make it into a reality TV show.

The voice of science is being stifled in the Bush administration, with fewer scientists heard in policy discussions and money for research and advanced training being cut, according to panelists at a national science meeting.
Speakers at the national meeting of the American Association for Advancement of Science expressed concern Sunday that some scientists in key federal agencies are being ignored or even pressured to change study conclusions that don't support policy positions.


Scientific Influence Wanes, Research Funding Weakened in Bush Administration, Experts Say

1 Comments:

At 4:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is frightening. More disturbing, really. I always shake my head at people who scorn science, since it plays such a key role in our society. Ideally, our leaders would recognize this.

Elle
http://geertzian.blogspot.com

 

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