A link to an interesting story out of DC, where a bill to fund basic research was scuppered by a shady (and breathtakingly cynical) move by a GOP congressman from Texas.
Ralph Hall decided that since the majority party didn’t completely kow-tow to the minority in shaving money from the bill in question, that he would make it politically unpalatable by adding ridiculous nonsense to it.
To make matters worse, large numbers of the majority party allowed the ornery Mr. Hall to get his way, thereby demonstrating why I am no longer associated with said majority party.
Apparently, the funding of basic research is now a political issue.
And we wonder why we slip ever-backwards as a nation.