Category Archives: Funding

What Defunding Looks Like: The Community College Edition

Recently, some asshole with a blog noted this about the whole defunding kerfuffle: …when teachers have to go on statewide strikes to get better wages and living conditions, there’s the capacity to cut things, when we want to do so. … Continue reading

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Public Health Big Data: The Wages of Privatization

I spent a significant part of my career in and around these kinds of data, and I think the article below, while very good in terms of description of the failures of COVID-19 data collection, misses the larger picture: this … Continue reading

Posted in Bioinformatics, COVID-19, Funding, Public Health, We're Really Fucked

Austerioeroticism and COVID-19 Are Not a Good Combination

This Bloomberg article about COVID-19 shows how traditional concerns and mannerisms over deficit spending are going to get more people sick than otherwise could be (boldface mine): The White House said late Monday it had asked Congress for $2.5 billion … Continue reading

Posted in COVID-19, Funding

Some People See Things as They Are and Ask, “Why?” Others Dream of Things that Never Were, and Ask…

…do they violate PAYGO spending caps? The obsession with deficits by our radical centrist political press corps and by too much of the Democratic Party is going to get us all killed. Or at least very miserable (boldface mine): When … Continue reading

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The Hard Part Of The Green New Deal Isn’t Paying For It

That’s the easy part. Much of the criticism of the Green New Deal (GND) has involved bleating about how will pay for it, often using ridiculous estimates. Well, we’ll pay for it the same way we pay for all of … Continue reading

Posted in Funding, Global Warming | 1 Comment

Once Again, The Trump Administration Takes The Ax To Science Funding

It’s a day that ends with “-y”, so you know the Trump Administration will propose something horrible. Today, it’s massive cuts in the discretionary budget–which includes science (boldface mine): The deficit would also persist despite the administration’s plans for steep … Continue reading

Posted in Conservatives, Funding, NIH, NSF

Our Scientific Infrastructure Is Not Robust: The Entomology Edition

Many moons ago, some asshole with a blog noted the following about our scientific infrastructure: One of the ridiculous things about many depictions of science in TV and movies is the notion that there’s this huge infrastructure: shiny labs (which … Continue reading

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In Public Health, Defending The Status Quo Isn’t Good Enough

Public health programs, which is to say their funding, are under assault by Il Trumpe and the Republicans (WORST BAND NAME EVAR). Recently, they announced they would cut programs that track and combat infectious disease in other countries–for those of … Continue reading

Posted in Funding, Influenza, Public Health

Getting Graduate Student Labor Right And Overheads Wrong

There’s a very good op-ed about why universities charge tuition to Ph.D. students at all (boldface mine): It’s not the norm for PhD students to pay any tuition. Where I’m in graduate school, at Yale, the billing and payment for … Continue reading

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Yes, We Have A STEM Glut

The NY Times catches up to what scientists, especially biologists, have been saying for years (and years, and years, and years, and years, and years, and years, and years, and years, and years, and years, and years, and years, and … Continue reading

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