Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, administered a dose of truth to political Washington this week.
For this honest service, Collins was pilloried.
In an interview published Sunday night, Collins shared with the Huffington Post’s Sam Stein his belief that, if not for recent federal spending cuts, “we probably would have had a vaccine in time for this” Ebola outbreak.
This should not be controversial. His conjecture was based on cold budgeting facts. NIH funding between fiscal year 2010 and fiscal 2014 had dropped 10 percent in real dollars — and vaccine research took a proportionate hit. Research on an Ebola vaccine, at $37 million in 2010, was halved to $18 million in 2014. …
With Ebola vaccines now entering clinical trials, it’s not much of a stretch to conclude that, with those extra research dollars, vaccines would now be on the market — potentially saving thousands of lives in Africa and avoiding panic in the United States.
“We’ve been coming up on six years of existence and we don’t have a use of force on our unit. Which means we never tased anybody. We’ve never shot anybody. We’ve never hit anybody with [a baton]. But patients, talking to them, we get the result we want in the end. And we don’t have to force it on them.”—
“The subtext of The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, and Last Week Tonight (the best of the three) is that elected and appointed officials belong to a suspect class of people who’ve earned intense skepticism and are better mocked than venerated. Even if the shows go easier on Democrats than Republicans, all three are straightforward proponents of the notion that all politicians are somewhat absurd, base characters, often in over their heads, and willing to shamelessly lie and spin. This is often the truth.”—Why Broadcast Journalism Is Flirting With Jon Stewart
Demand for actual workers has been kept low while profits and gains from bubbles have been kept high, leading to massive cyclical gains for the rich. The late Jane Jacobs worried (a little early, but presciently) that we were moving into an old-style world. She got the details wrong, but she got the essence correct: as many have observed in the decades since, the plan is aristocracy, and the plan is succeeding. There is aristocracy by right (billionaires) and there is aristocracy by position (corporate officers), and there are important retainers and local gentry (centi-millionaires), but the well-being of the majority of the population is not a concern.
I really don't know much about common core, so I can't voice an opinion. But I am aware that the government has a vested interest in teaching revisionist history and pushing political correctness through education. But, after the shenanigans in Texas with the book writers intentionally changing the information to suit their neo-con views, I am not at all surprised to find that children are the butt end of a political agenda by liberals and conservatives. Both parties are a disaster on education.
I’m against indoctrinating children in school right or left but let me tell you it’s almost always left.
Please provide the story where the school promoted a conservative agenda.
Yeah because getting a decent job and literally subsidizing the people too stupid/lazy to even feed themselves is oppression because you guys can't have the same luxury goods we earn. Hell to the yeah
You know that more than 90% of welfare recipients work, right?
I mean, you wouldn’t have to know that, because the prospect of “so should I eat two meals today or save up to buy new shoes because mine are literally falling apart” has never been anywhere near reality for you.
Once a security researcher discovers a new strain of malicious software — running a virtual machine on a test-bench — and adds its signature to anti-virus and network monitor blacklists, it’s game over. So today’s malware devotes enormous energy to figuring out if it’s running on a real computer, or inside one of its enemies’ virtual worlds.
Elizabeth Bruenig notes that the purely voluntary Church-based social insurance many Christians adore never existed. Conservatives ignore the fact that the church was often acting in accord with the state, “You couldn’t just not tithe; the Church would get it out of you somehow, and even had specific statutes related to methods of tithing which fit it into the schema of secular taxation.” Islamic public assistance was also a hybrid church-state institution. The idea that there has ever been a successful purely voluntary public assistance program is a conservative myth invented to justify dismantling anti-poverty programs in the name of a utopian fantasy.
2014 was one of those years that started out like “THIS IS GOING TO BE GREAT!!!” and its halfway through and we have a war going on, a deadly disease has been spread, countless shootings have happened, racism is alive, more people have been leaving living things inside of hot cars, and robin williams is fucking dead
“I wish everybody could take a deep breath and take a break from trying to pull viewers in by scaring them [over Ebola], and that’s what we’re seeing here. It borders on irresponsibility when people get on television and start talking that way when they should know better. They should do their homework, and they should report in a responsible manner. Unfortunately, it’s a very competitive business, the business we’re in, and there is a perception that by hyping up this threat, you draw people’s attention. That’s a shame to even say that, and I get embarrassed for our brethren in journalism.”—PBS Science Correspondent Miles O’Brien calls out mainstream media’s irresponsible coverage of Ebola during an interview on CNN. (via mediamattersforamerica)