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(Vox)   US senators: We must invest in science and technology. Also US senators: But we can't actually spend money doing that   (vox.com) divider line
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2021-06-04 6:48:30 PM  
I think this might convince them:

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2021-06-04 6:56:50 PM  
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2021-06-04 7:00:54 PM  
But her e-mails!...
 
2021-06-04 7:07:45 PM  

gbv23: I think this might convince them:

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Worst Tingler ever.
 
2021-06-04 7:46:40 PM  
How unlike the GOP to endlessly badmouth China and then do nothing to actually take them down a bit.
 
2021-06-04 8:24:31 PM  
The bill, renamed the US Innovation and Competition Act as it grew in scope, was originally meant to provide a $100 billion boost to research. That would go to burgeoning fields like artificial intelligence and quantum computing, ensuring the US stays ahead of China and other competitors.

Are snake oil and headlight fluid actually the only two science fiction-themed scams loosely masquerading as technologies mentioned in the bill?

Because if so, as an actual researcher who published in a field that relates to things that actually do exist and for which sufficient proof of concept is in place to indicate that they can exist without half a dozen "???" steps in the roadmap, I think the writer of TFA and I might diverge significantly in our opinion of how early this one went way the fark off of anything remotely resembling rails of any kind.

// Okay, in fairness, there are a few in-progress research threads that could be said to contribute to quantum computing, in the sense that a bronze-age goatherd who heard secondhand about this cool new "bronze" metal from a passing trader could be said to contribute to the development of the Apollo-era lunar modules.
 
2021-06-04 8:47:53 PM  
Then last week, a vote on the bill was delayed, as Republicans threatened to kill the legislation altogether.

Did someone actually believe that Republicans support science?
 
2021-06-04 9:10:46 PM  

Cache: Then last week, a vote on the bill was delayed, as Republicans threatened to kill the legislation altogether.

Did someone actually believe that Republicans support science?


Of course, that's why they are so gung ho about trying to expand the school's science curriculum

/to include intelligent design and abstinence-only propaganda
 
2021-06-04 9:22:46 PM  
Abolish the Senate.
 
2021-06-04 9:24:39 PM  
Also, gee, look what happened--Republicans watered down the bill (and Democrats let them), and now it stands little chance of passing. So, you know, what potentially happens with literally every bill in the Senate.

I don't get why the Democrats are trying to pretend like we can work with the Republicans. They can't. We all know it, except them. I'm tired of them being willfully stupid.
 
2021-06-04 9:26:41 PM  
The US cannot pass any big bills. Not while the Senate conducts business like this, and not while the filibuster exists. Again, this is obvious to everyone not in Congress.
 
2021-06-04 9:58:56 PM  
Among my extended family of my siblings, of their children of the younger generation reared in the US, 2 of 11 are STEM grads. Of those reared in Japan, 3 of 3 STEM. Nature? Probably not. Nurture? Probably.

For siblings of my generation, all reared in the US, 3 of 9.

I don't see things getting a whole lot better very soon. However, I do see huge opportunities that a lot of people are going to be missing out on.
 
2021-06-04 10:01:16 PM  

mrparks: How unlike the GOP to endlessly badmouth China and then do nothing to actually take them down a bit.


Republicans love to suck up to every dictatorship on the planet. Frankly, they should all be arrested for conspiracy and treason and sent to guantanamo and you execute one per week every week live on PPV.
 
2021-06-04 10:04:13 PM  
Let me guess, it would make it harder to create more tax cuts for the rich?
 
2021-06-04 11:11:13 PM  

mrparks: How unlike the GOP to endlessly badmouth China and then do nothing to actually take them down a bit.


Of course not. McConnell's fortune comes from his wife. Her's from her Taiwanese father's shipping company. That company gets all its funding from the Bank of China. Its ships are built in China. He isn't going to endanger his wealth for the US.
 
2021-06-04 11:54:18 PM  

lolmao500: mrparks: How unlike the GOP to endlessly badmouth China and then do nothing to actually take them down a bit.

Republicans love to suck up to every dictatorship on the planet. Frankly, they should all be arrested for conspiracy and treason and sent to guantanamo and you execute one per week every week live on PPV.


that would make for a great fund raiser to help charities. pay per view. it's way overdue. the Romans knew where it was at.
 
2021-06-05 12:32:19 AM  

austerity101: The US cannot pass any big bills. Not while the Senate conducts business like this, and not while the filibuster exists. Again, this is obvious to everyone not in Congress.


Double edged sword but maybe worth it.  Especially since both sides cater to the rich, so let the Republicans have their crazy ways if they hold congress and presidency, and let everyone know it's their fault. And after that disaster maybe it won't happen again and a Democratic congress and president can fix it and keep it going.
 
2021-06-05 1:24:24 AM  

mrparks: How unlike the GOP to endlessly badmouth China and then do nothing to actually take them down a bit.


If you fix the problem than the GOP would have nothing to rally against to appease their minority supporters who will primary them for not hating other races, cultures, and people enough.
 
2021-06-05 2:03:52 AM  
The US uses public money to fund public-private partnerships and then lets the private side keep all the profits, so I don't support US government funding of tech, anyway. If private companies want to keep the profits, they need to pay for their own development.
 
2021-06-05 2:19:52 AM  
As long as it can be invested right and not try to sell it like this:

is your butt important to you?
Youtube 7S9wplpv01M
 
2021-06-05 5:07:46 AM  

Excelsior: Cache: Then last week, a vote on the bill was delayed, as Republicans threatened to kill the legislation altogether.

Did someone actually believe that Republicans support science?

Of course, that's why they are so gung ho about trying to expand the school's science curriculum

/to include intelligent design and abstinence-only propaganda


Don't forget guns! God invented man so that man could make guns.
 
2021-06-05 1:01:09 PM  

mrparks: How unlike the GOP to endlessly badmouth China and then do nothing to actually take them down a bit.


Murca has always needed a boogieman to pump up those miltary budgets and keep murcans scared and obedient
 
2021-06-05 1:02:32 PM  

austerity101: Abolish the Senate.


Or at least find senators not on big business payrolls
 
2021-06-05 1:04:11 PM  

2fardownthread: Among my extended family of my siblings, of their children of the younger generation reared in the US, 2 of 11 are STEM grads. Of those reared in Japan, 3 of 3 STEM. Nature? Probably not. Nurture? Probably.

For siblings of my generation, all reared in the US, 3 of 9.

I don't see things getting a whole lot better very soon. However, I do see huge opportunities that a lot of people are going to be missing out on.


Blockchain
 
2021-06-05 1:05:50 PM  

lolmao500: mrparks: How unlike the GOP to endlessly badmouth China and then do nothing to actually take them down a bit.

Republicans love to suck up to every dictatorship on the planet. Frankly, they should all be arrested for conspiracy and treason and sent to guantanamo and you execute one per week every week live on PPV.


They are searching for GOP Daddy Hitler.

Trumper was close but tweeted himself out of office
 
2021-06-05 1:07:16 PM  

dsmith42: mrparks: How unlike the GOP to endlessly badmouth China and then do nothing to actually take them down a bit.

Of course not. McConnell's fortune comes from his wife. Her's from her Taiwanese father's shipping company. That company gets all its funding from the Bank of China. Its ships are built in China. He isn't going to endanger his wealth for the US.


Turtle has slanted eyes.
 
2021-06-05 1:09:18 PM  

KB202: The US uses public money to fund public-private partnerships and then lets the private side keep all the profits, so I don't support US government funding of tech, anyway. If private companies want to keep the profits, they need to pay for their own development.


Socialize the costs/liabilities
Privatize the profits for sit at home stock owners.

Murca
 
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