Sunday, May 2, 2010
How to lose innovation in your state
University of Virginia and Virginia Commonwealth University are two other places I am looking into for residency. But, I'm hesitating now because there seems to be a witch-hunt against scientists. The attorney general of Virginia is a grade-A nut who is wasting taxpayer money to "investigate" (i.e. go on a fishing expedition) a climate scientist to see if there was "any breach of ethics" (i.e. can we find anything that makes scientists look bad so I could say my twisted version of reality is right). Besides being completely unethical on the attorney general's part (is he really working for Virginians?), this is a great way to lose scientists in your state. For example, if I go into fetal imaging - something that I really am interested in - I may find something that would not fit with the attorney general's ideas about when life begins, and as a result I risk getting "investigated." You lose scientists, you lose scientific discoveries. You lose scientific discoveries, you lose new and exciting companies. You lose that and you've lost jobs, greater tax income, and a better future for the citizens of your state. But who needs all that, it snowed 60 inches in Virginia last winter, so clearly global warming is a fraud.