"A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything." - Friedrick Nietzsche
Atheist, scientist, secular Buddhist, rat lover, etc.
Originally from Iowa,I am a biology graduate student at Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Does anyone else want to punch everything when the Harper Government propaganda ads come on? Anyone? Just me?
The government tells you what to research (and essentially what your findings should be). If the government doesn’t like those findings, they aren’t published and you loose money. If you don’t like a scientific decision that the government makes, you cannot speak out about it without
possibly probably loosing your job. All good reasons I have no intention on ever working for the government. Especially with Harper in government. I simply could not set aside my scientific code of ethics, no matter how much the salary was. Sure, the government foots a lot of money for some really good research, but science isn’t pick and choose and it doesn’t care about party lines. Science should never be mixed with politics (or religion); doing so compromises the researcher’s objectivity and, I would say, really crushes her spirit when it comes to new findings that are “unwelcome” by those in control.
This semi-rant inspired by the guest speaker from “a government research branch”. Most of the person’s talk wasn’t about the research, but rather about how you need to “study” to know what to say and how to answer questions and get through interviews when applying to government positions. That, and letting us know that she is never “allowed” to speak out against government decisions unless she wants to loose her job like her friend did.
So, if Bush hadn’t have cut taxes in the first place, the fiscal cliff wouldn’t be so large now which means taxes wouldn’t have to increase now - because they would have stayed at the same rate. Cutting taxes to curry favor with voters is terrible economics. The most fiscally sound nations in the world have some of the world’s highest taxes - and happiest people. Just my two cents. I’m no economist, but this just seems logical to me.
I’m pretty sure Czechoslovakia abandoned Czechoslovakia… 20 years ago.