Rochester Gets Screwed

A new article in the Democrat and Chronical shows that the City just learned this week that we are getting screwed out of 3.1 million in Federal grants this year.? So, are you still in favour of tax cuts?

It’s Only Intelligence if it’s Intelligent

This domestic spying thing just keeps getting worse and worse.? Of course, they’ve been reporting for a while that the domestic spying has yielded thousands upon thousands of completely dead ends, but this quote from the WaPo sums it up nicely:

Bush has recently described the warrantless operation as “terrorist surveillance” and summed it up by declaring that “if you’re talking to a member of al Qaeda, we want to know why.” But officials conversant with the program said a far more common question for eavesdroppers is whether, not why, a terrorist plotter is on either end of the call. The answer, they said, is usually no.?

Well, that aught to make our country much safer.? Rather than spending time, resources and bandwidth fighting terrorists, let’s just waste it all on tracking phone calls to the Mid East that don’t mean a thing.

The Charge of the Scientist Brigade

This new post on Kevin Drum’s site talks about the scientist’s rebellion at the EPA. I would say I am proud of them, but it sounds a little like a last-gasp attempt at reality in what is otherwise a surreal landscape for scientists. Imagine if you will living your life as a scientist and dealing only with the cold, hard facts of what you can test in a lab ~ only to find that the plum job you scored working for the government turns out to be not as a true scientist, but as a stage-prop in a lab coat who justifies the lies of your bosses. Lies that make a cruel parody of your own work.

I feel especially bad for these people now that they’ve taken it upon themselves to charge the wall of surreality because they know no one else is going to do it for them. They will fail, of course, and probably not even suffer the relatively dignified injustice of being fired. All the rest of us can do is lean against a rail fence and watch Pickett charge a line he can never take.

Ok, so I’m feeling a little down at 5am in the morning. . .