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January 16th, 2008

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12:38 pm - a political announcement
AAAS has set up a website to track the positions of the 2008 candidates for US President on Science & Technology.

From the site:
Why the Candidates Should Care
Science and technology (S&T) play increasingly important roles in our society and for those who govern. From energy policy to the environment, from health care to economic competitiveness, and from science education to immigration, S&T research and its products are critical to many issues on the agendas of Congress and the Executive Branch. Yet, very little of the campaign coverage and candidates' discussion focuses on S&T issues.

In response, the AAAS Center for Science, Technology and Congress, with support from the Lounsbery Foundation, has created this Web site as a resource on candidates' S&T positions, and to provide the research community with a vehicle for informing the candidates on emerging S&T issues.

The Web site includes news updates, highlights of and links to candidates' S&T statements and positions, links to other S&T presidential projects, reports, surveys, and events.
I mean, if we are going to have "litmus tests" for candidates, surely this set of issues is one of the more appropriate.

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Date:January 17th, 2008 05:03 am (UTC)
Good for them. Did I tell you that a few months back, J came home with the news that all NIH grants were being cut across the board by 10%. This included grants that had already been awarded and funded. I hate those people.
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Date:January 17th, 2008 02:39 pm (UTC)
the news that all NIH grants were being cut across the board by 10%.

I had not heard that, no. That sort of thing may not be illegal, but it certainly strikes me as unethical. So, business as usual for this abomination of an administration. I approach November with a certain amount of trepidation, as I'm wondering if they really do have the audacity to try some sort of coup-esque last-minute power-grab. I hope that's just my paranoia talking...

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