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  •  Gov't funding of scientific research ... (0+ / 0-)

    is not the way to go.  Harvard and JPL, for example, get to keep as much as 75% of the funding a project receives, and they're free to spend it any way they wish ... and they generally spend it on everything BUT the funded project.  I hear this is industry practice, meaning large sums of money are literally wasted.  I, therefore, will only support project funding in which at least 90% of the monies go toward furthering research, not fattening the wallets of useless administrators, etc.

    The waste will have to end before we'll be able to see any true and meaningful progress.  In the meantime, I suggest that gov't research concentrate solely on providing inexpensive relief of pain.  Mother Nature causes us lots of problems, and she WILL prevail in the end.  It's just plain wrong that humans are forced to literally suffer in the process.

    •  oh for heaven's sake. What you are (1+ / 0-)
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      referring to are the indirect funds that an institution receives from NIH along with the direct funds that go DIRECTLY to the investigator to be spent on the proposed approved experiments. My institution receives 49 cents for every dollar I receive from NIH. And I do receive it. this goes to pay for things like the accounting dept, electricity, telephones,  janitors, air conditioning, computer resources, snow removal, parking lots, animal resources (e.g., the vets who insure the animals are taken care of, etc etc), elevator repair, fire extinguishers, offices and desks and on and on and on. The things we need to do our jobs.

      yes there have been cases of misuse of indirect funds from NIH. And they have been caught and justice served. Certainly the private sector misuses tax dollars all  the time.

      What you have 'heard' is incorrect. Also, to suggest that government research should focus exclusively on pain leaves out a lot of folks who suffer from diseases listed above.

      "You've got to stop this war in Afghanistan." final words of R Holbrooke

      by UTvoter on Wed Feb 16, 2011 at 11:44:30 AM PST

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