politicians control the money as do corporations. But there is a slightly higher calling _within_ the sciences itself, perhaps as banal as “reputation” but I like to think it’s doing it proper for its own sake – so even if not everything gets funded, that which DOES get funded and tested has a decent chance of reliability within itself, at least one would hope. Of course the magic of science is in the mess of it too and then there’s publish-or-perish culture which renders a lot of what I said a little weaker, but a weak scientist has a stronger morality than a moral politician. That’s my bias right there.

politicians control the money as do corporations. But there is a slightly higher calling _within_ the sciences itself, perhaps as banal as “reputation” but I like to think it’s doing it proper for its own sake – so even if not everything gets funded, that which DOES get funded and tested has a decent chance of reliability within itself, at least one would hope.

Of course the magic of science is in the mess of it too and then there’s publish-or-perish culture which renders a lot of what I said a little weaker, but a weak scientist has a stronger morality than a moral politician. That’s my bias right there.

I was raised not far away from the dude in the 1980s/90s, so none these consequences are shocking. As they say, “I’m not angry, just disappointed”.

 

US soldiers died in Vietnam: 57,939
US citizens died of COVID-19: 53,625
 
Thankfully, Vietnam war is over. But..

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