Monthly Archives: March 2005

gov’t by the people

Here’s a follow-up to my earlier post on “this administration’s budget priorities”:http://www.globalspin.com/mt/archives/000499.html. A recent “PIPA study”:http://www.globalspin.com/mt/archives/000499.html shows that most Americans have similar budget priorities, but those priorities are very different from the budget proposed by the President and Congress.

_├ČThe American public as a whole takes a fairly coherent position. They favor redirecting a portion of defense spending to deficit reduction and social spending and look for savings by cutting spending on large-scale Cold War style capabilities…├«_

Fancy that. We all agree, red-staters and blue-staters alike. So why aren’t our representatives being representative?

13 things that do not make sense

Want to become the next big name in science? It’s easy: “solve one of these nagging questions”:http://www.newscientist.com/channel/space/mg18524911.600 and you’re almost guaranteed a Nobel prize.

I particularly like number 4, the effects of homeopathy. I actually use homeopathic remedies, and some of them have worked well. I just try not to dwell on the official explanation of why they work. (Bonus points for answering both 1 and 4 with the same theory.)