Archive for July 1st, 2019

The Alaskan Nightmare


(FTB Pharyngula) – PZ Myers:

We’re in that time of year when academics everywhere are waiting on budget news. Will we get that cost-of-living increase we were hoping for? Will our requests for new colleagues get funded? What will our supplies budget for next year look like? So we wait, knowing that the Republicans in the state legislature hate us and will be trying carve away as much as they can, not caring that we’ve already been pared to the bone.

Our Alaskan colleagues were in the midst of the same stress, when their Republican governor announced that he was using a line-item veto to kill 40% of the University of Alaska’s budget. That’s nothing but irresponsible butchery of the state university system.

It is short-sighted and stupid, too. Universities make major returns on the cost of investment. If nothing else, high-tech industries want a pool of educated workers, and they aren’t going to find them in Alaska. …

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The Far Left Side/Mike Stanfill 2012-06-29: The Stupid Party vs. Critical Thinking

Harder Than Diamonds


(Starts With A Bang!) – Ethan Siegel:

If you thought that diamonds were the hardest things of all, this will have you thinking again. …

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