Posts Tagged ‘politics’


FBI details surge in death threats against lawmakers

In Links on 2010-05-25 by Kyle Maxwell Tagged: ,

There may have been more threats — the FBI won’t release information on investigations that are still open — and there will likely be more this year; Senate Sergeant at Arms Terrance Gainer says threats against members of Congress were up 300 percent in the first few months of 2010.

via Exclusive: FBI details surge in death threats against lawmakers – Erika Lovley –



In Links on 2010-03-22 by Kyle Maxwell Tagged: , , ,

Over on her blog, [info]

triciasullivan asks me what I think about Norman Spinrad’s Third World Worlds piece in the April May Asimov’s. This after a grumble from me about being sub-poenaed as a witness for the prosecution led to an ugly and unnecessary derail-war on her blog. Only reasonable that I haul it over here, as her place is looking like the Ypres Salient at the moment.


Charting the Winners and Losers in Obama’s Science Budget | Wired Science |

In Uncategorized on 2010-02-03 by Kyle Maxwell Tagged: , , , , , , , ,


President Obama’s administration revealed its new budget Monday, and it increases funding for nearly all areas of science.

The largest raise went to the National Institutes of Health, which added $1 billion dollars to an already hefty budget. With the boost, the NIH would receive $32.1 billion in total funding. Only the Centers for Disease Control would receive less money than last year, although the cut is small. NASA, the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, and the National Science Foundation, as well as smaller research efforts at the National Institute for Standards and Technology and Department of Agriculture, would also get bumps.

Of course, Obama’s current budget is just a proposal. It still has to make it through Congress and some of his moves — like scrapping the Constellation program mission to the moon — could face heavy opposition.

If approved, the increases would come in addition to the funding for science handed out by the stimulus package, which the Obama administration has often referred to as the “largest single boost in scientific research in history.”

Um. But what about that hit to the CDC?