Privately-funded science produces things like Viagra and a Coke Can made with 1% less aluminium.
Publicly-funded science produces things like vaccines and the Internet.
I know which of the above I think are a better use of time and money.
"What we're talking about is a vision for high-speed rail in America. Imagine boarding a train in the center of a city. No racing to an airport and across a terminal, no delays, no sitting on the tarmac, no lost luggage, no taking off your shoes. Imagine whisking through towns at speeds over 100 miles an hour, walking only a few steps to public transportation, and ending up just blocks from your destination. Imagine what a great project that would be to rebuild America."
Supports of Scott Walker, like the guests on the annoying and poorly moderated 'Sunday Insight with Charlie Sykes' on TMJ4, are praising Mr Walker for fulfilling his campaign promise to take the rail funding and return it to taxpayers or use it for roads and bridges. Although neither of those things happened and the funding went to California, Florida, and Illinois instead.
Having been on intercity passenger rail in United States, Europe, and Asia, I personally find it to be a very convenient mode of transportation for distances where air travel wouldn't make any sense and driving starts to get annoying. Yes, during testing phases the Milwaukee-Madison rail would only travel 79 miles/hour, but would be increased to 110 miles/hour when it is found save to do so. With only two stops in between, it certainly wouldn't take any longer then by car or bus. And who says the train then couldn't increase to 160 miles/hour or 220 miles/hour like in Europe or Asia respectively? Rome wasn't built in a day. And at an estimated $44 to $66 a trip, it's true it would cost approximately three to four times the gas money to drive that distance (given 30mpg and $3/gallon gas), but you also have to consider what that hour of time is worth to you. You could read, study, or work on a freelance programming or design project, and easily justify the cost. And who says gas prices won't go up.
Teaching kids real math with computers - Yeah, he probably wants to sell a bunch of copies of Mathematica, but he has a good point. By having us do mundane work on paper, instead of using a computer... would be like English class having us make our own paper and quill pen before we can start writing. My math curriculum in college was horribly structured and no effort was made in real life applications.
Ron Paul Defends WikiLeaks On House Floor - With Russ Feingold soon to be gone from congress, it's looking like Ron Paul is the only other person left who can think for themselves and isn't a puppet for their party.
Google and Europe - Stupid New York Times. None of the three websites listed in the complaint have original content. (foundem dot co dot uk, ejustice dot fr, ciao dot co dot uk) And one is owned by Bing (the last one). This is just Microsoft stirring up trouble. Move along, nothing to see here.