Science blogger Alan Boyle has some thoughts on what science policy might look like in the Obama administration.

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Vernon Malcolm's picture
Vernon Malcolm says:

Now that the anti-science, superstition-based intiative presidency is coming to an end, we need several Manhattan projects to make us great again. First we must provide free advertising-based wireless internet to everyone. Then we must criss-cross the land with high speed rail. These two major public works projects will boost us out of the Grotesque Depression. We must develop microorganisms that may be freely distributed and become commonplace to improve our future. Because bovine flatulence is the major source of greenhouse gases, we must develop microorganisms which can be grow in the home that will provide all of our nutrition. Then we must create microorganisms which turn our sewage and waste into fuel. Since paranoid schizophrenia is the cause of racism, bigotry, homelessness, terrorism, ignorance, exploitation and criminality, we must provide put the appropriate medications, like lithium, in the water supply. We must also allow dangerous individuals who refuse free mental health care to be required to be implanted with drug release devices and microorganisms to improve their mindsets. We should encourage international organizations to do likewise. In order to fund this we must nationalize the entire financial, electrical and transportation system and abolish the silly notion that each industry should be regulated by its peers. Furthermore, as feudalism is the threat to progress everywhere, we must abolish large land holdings by farmers, foresters or religions and instead make all such large landholding part of the forest service so our trees may diminish greenhouse gases. We must abolish executive pay and make sure all employees in a company are all paid equally. We must abolish this exploitative idea of trade and make every home self sufficient through the microorganisms we invent.

posted on Fri, 11/07/2008 - 12:44pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:


"Anti-science"? Pretty harsh, considering Bush was the first president to fund stem cell research. And it wasn't the conservatives who hounded Larry Summers from Harvard for daring to speak the truth about variation in math scores.

Free wireless? They tried it in SF. It bombed.

High-speed rail? To what end? Airplanes will always be faster and cheaper for cross-continental travel, without messing up traffic on the ground. And I speak as a fan and frequent user of Amtrak.

Public works do not end depressions. See 1929-1941.

Great strides were taken over the past 8 years in genetically manipulating micro-organisms. Though "free distribution" would rather wreck any incentive to create more. See Soviet Union, 1918-1989.

What evidence do you have that "paranoid schizophrenia is the cause of racism, bigotry, homelessness, terrorism, ignorance, exploitation and criminality"? Doping the entire water supply seems like an unusally blunt instrument.

"We must allow dangerous be required"? This sentence makes no sense, though it is scary nonetheless. Who defines "dangerous"? And on what grounds do we deprive our fellow citizens of their civil rights by "requiring" invasive medical treatment?

Then we get into various social issues which have little to do with science, but which have been tried and failed innumerable times in the past century. How nationalizing the electrical and transportation systems will "fund" anything is unclear. And, I confess, you lost me at feudalism.

You do seem to put an awful lot of faith in as-yet uninvented micro-organisms.

Finally, "make us great again" implies we are not great now. I would take exception to that assessment.

posted on Fri, 11/07/2008 - 2:23pm

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