I will march on Saturday...
Happy 420! All these marches are SOOoooo! Important! Our Rights written down can be usurped - BUT NOT WHEN WE USE OUR RIGHTS! AND these days, it is a must that we working people, protect our families and our planet Earth buy raising hell! Allowing the mutant banksters to have their way with us - those who have lost their humanity - is not an option! Complaining about individuals in power or individuals who have fallen from grace, unfortunately, has become a diversion from what are the important life-death issues: People. Planet. Peace. They and their political parties are corrosive distractions that we must fight to NOT argue about. We have to focus on the life struggles for our Commons and our Families - like the March for Science and the end of using fossil fuels and all that is nuclear and gmo.
citing the Washington Post...claiming that there's a bipartisan 'consensus' in science funding?
In what up is down/black is white bizarro world does anyone who buys into that line live in?
I'm there too.
Not making the planet's biodiversity extinct and preserving our planet's food supply is an important issue for our children, much less our great-grandchildren. This slow-moving forest fire, catastrophic climate change, can be inhibited and the worst effects ameliorated, but we have to get the fire crews out there.
That said, this march is a one-off march being organized by neophyte activists who are probably not that good at building broad political coalitions.
For the most part these people would benefit from a bit of a slap in the face, because they're part-engineers and they're at their best when faced with new problems to solve.
In the news, Mr. Trump is immediately yanking all ARPA-Energy funds for research and development of new renewables products.
This is a good time to complain that ARPA-E funding doesn't go to lone inventors. It goes almost exclusively to companies of 300 to 500 employees, known as "small" businesses. Furthermore, it's strongly tilted in the directions of clean coal and hydrogen fusion, but curiously, there's no category for passive or active solar heat development. We inventors/developers were already shafted under the Obama Administration. The Trump Administration is simply acting notably more cult-like in the government's vendetta against doing anything useful about renewable energy, where an appearance of frothing at the mouth has become important.
- Beyond the March for Science
The March for Science is a good step to help raise consciousness regarding the importance of scientific research and development however, it is clear that people will need to continue efforts to support science following the march.
Hopefully, those engaged in the March for Science, and similar efforts, will move beyond promoting the need for scientific research and development, in general, and begin questioning the disproportionate focus of military research and development in the US as well as research aimed at enrichment of private institutions/businesses.
Data from the National Science Foundation shows that over half of the Federal funding for Science is for DOD (War Department) research and development
(Source: https://www.nsf.gov/statistics/seind14/index.cfm/chapter-4/c4s6.htm ):
Total Federal R&D funding for Science: $140 Billion
Federal R&D Science funding for the DOD (War Department): $83.2 Billion (58% of the Total)
Data from the NSF shows that DOD (War Department) sponsored research is significantly less at universities, but still remains at a disproportionate 13%. Additionally, while the US Federal government provides 55% of the science funding for US universities, another 30% comes from privately run institutions and private businesses (Source: https://ncsesdata.nsf.gov/herd/2015/ ).
Decades ago, concerned students and faculty got together to form groups such as Science for the People and Engineers for Social Justice, in order to promote the notion that Science and Technology should be directed towards the public good rather than towards private enrichment and weapons development. Hopefully the March for Science can lead to more efforts such as these.