Category Archives: I For One Welcome Our Austerity Overlords

I’m Going With “Economic Elite Domination”

There’s a very interesting post by Larry Bartels about a recent political science paper that examines which groups in the U.S. succeed in the political system. You’ll never guess what happened next! A forthcoming article in Perspectives on Politics by … Continue reading

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NIH Cuts and Science Job Losses

Jeremy Berg lays out what the failure to replace the sequestration cuts at NIH means: Also, based on previous years, we can reason that about 30 percent of those who would have been funded without the sequester would have been … Continue reading

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Now We Will Lose Fungal Resources: The Infrastructure Hits Just Keep Coming

The next time you hear someone talk about how important science is, you might want to remind them that you get what you pay for (boldface mine): This morning brought another piece of bad news. This concerns a valuable resource … Continue reading

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Some Relief For Scientific Funding

Following yesterday’s depressing report about funding rates, we come across this synopsis of what the latest budget deal means for scientific research: While the appropriations bill gives the National Institutes of Health $1 billion more than what it got under … Continue reading

Posted in Funding, I For One Welcome Our Austerity Overlords, NIH, NSF

In My NIH Funding World, R01 Grants Are Getting Crushed

While funding might seem like a boring part of science, remember that all the cool stuff that gets mangled in the popular press you read about online and so on costs money. When there’s less money, there’s a good chance … Continue reading

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We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Framingham Heart Survey

Austerity roolz! (boldface mine): The Framingham Heart Study, the nation’s longest running large-scale analysis of cardiovascular disease, is facing a budget reduction of $4 million, or about 40 percent of the money it receives through its core contract with the … Continue reading

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The War on the NAEP: Another ‘Victory’ For Sequestration

So Matt Di Carlo points us to some depressing news about sequestration and the NAEP, which is used to assess U.S. educational progress: The 2015 budget estimates by the federal Office of Management and Budget, project a 5 percent cut … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Fucking Morons, I For One Welcome Our Austerity Overlords

The Folly of Long-Term Projections (Still the Punditiest Pundit EVAH!)

For reasons I don’t understand, pundits are finally starting to realize that most-long term economic projections are ridiculous–and, yes, we were out in front of the curve on this. While this is wonky, it really does matter: politicians use these … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, I For One Welcome Our Austerity Overlords

One More Damn Thing That Needs Fixing: The Storm Tracking Edition

Well, this little story about the ongoing decay of U.S. infrastructure is discouraging (boldface mine): Computing power gives Europeans a commanding advantage when it comes to weather forecasting and storm tracking, but the new head of the National Weather Service … Continue reading

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The Healthcare Crisis Is Still Not Budgetary: Once More Unto the CRE Breach

One of the most frustrating things about the whole fixation on deficits and budgets is that it ignores the real crises we face, such as carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae (E. coli and relatives that are resistant to virtually all antibiotic therapy): This … Continue reading

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