Tomahawks Over Turtles: Congress and Obama Administration Move To Slash NOAA Budget

Wondering where the money is coming from for our three wars, including the over $1 billion for the latest war in Libya? Well, as we spend billions on the wars (including one for an oil-rich nation which has refused to re-pay any of the costs), the White House is slashing domestic programs. A good comparison is that the cost to date of the Libyan war is basically what Congress is about to cut from the budget of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The cuts from Congress are above those asked by the Administration. Trillions of cuts are being worked out in light of budget shortfalls.

Hundreds of millions will be cut from the Joint Polar Satellite System, a reorganized satellite system and hundreds of millions more will be cut from NOAA’s Operations, Research and Facilities budget. NOAA is already a lean organization with an expanding mission. Other countries are increasing oceanic and weather monitoring to protect lives and property. However, with yet another war launched by President Obama, we can hardly be tossing away money on the environment and science while tossing cruise missiles at Tripoli.

Source: Science Mag

182 thoughts on “Tomahawks Over Turtles: Congress and Obama Administration Move To Slash NOAA Budget”

  1. @AY, did they teach you that lawyer trick in that category 4 law school you attended?

  2. @Howington, I’m not the one who had to change online personae, now was I? A personal attack is still a personal attack no matter how much you want to sugar coat it (GeneH’s Modus Operandi) or not (Buddha’s Modus Operandi). The discrediting techniques you employ are exactly the same, but for the vileness of the presentation. They serve to merely disguise your weak substantive arguments.

  3. kderosa,

    I don’t take people who use numbers out of context seriously. If you want to be taken seriously by others, I suggest you not do that in the future. It’s not my fault you seem to be generally received in this blog community as a liar and dishonest operator in general. That fault is squarely on your shoulders.

  4. @Howington,

    ANd speaking of personal atatcks, here’s the very first sentence of the very first response to me that you wrote under your new GeneH persona:


    I’m sorry, but I’ve been reading your posts on other threads and won’t be taking your numbers out of context seriously. Or pretty much anything else you might say for that matter.

    Right out of the box you started with the personal attacks. I guess a tiger really can’t change his stripes, eh Buddha.

    Make sure you inform Prof Turley of your antics even under your new persona. You have a long history of this nonsense that he is well aware of.

  5. Gyges, I may be up for adoption. Can I come live at your house?

  6. OS,

    You know, I’d been trying to think of something witty to say about Existential fallacies, but since I’m not entirely sure they exist, why bother?

    Which is why that joke falls so flat.

  7. OS,

    “too much pizza and beer.”
    Depending on the pizza and the beer in question, there’s no such thing.

    I’m actually making a home-made semolina crust right now.

  8. Gyges:

    We do have a few Existential Fallacies upthread.

    I have about come to the conclusion the whole teabagger movement is predicated on an existential fallacy.

    They need to prove they are real. I am beginning to believe the whole thing is the result of too much pizza and beer.

  9. OS,

    Of course, I did see a troll fall prey to the fallacy of composition, so all trolls must do it.

    On the other hand, there can’t possibly be any logical fallacies because you’re a big poopoo head.

    Hey, this is kind of fun.

  10. Shoot, that should be a #vii-dim shouldn’t it? Also, it’ be a pain to avoid parallel parts for that bit in the minor key. Oh well.

  11. OS,

    If it’s one thing Music Theory taught me, the answer’s almost always: I, ii, V, I (as a pivot chord to the relative minor): #vi, vii-dim, i (as a pivot to the Major key a whole step down): V, I, IV, V, (as V of V of the original key): V, I.

    Or it could be non-sequitar. I’m not sure.


    Care to check my work?

  12. Otteray,

    I’m gonna warn you to watch out for the “left hook, line and sinker!” Sounds like a purdy dangerous combination to me.


  13. Is there a logical fallacy for someone who keeps on complaining that comments are off-topic and then posts an off-topic comment himself when he thinks he has something witty to say?

  14. Otteray,

    Them there progressives is always trying to brainwash gullible folks sech as yerself. For shame!

    Brainwashed America

  15. not a one. Do you deny John Dewey had a good deal of input in the American public school system or in American society?

    Do you deny that progressive philosophy has been the predominant ideology in this country for the last 100 plus years?

    If you do you arent only logically deficient but your perception isnt so good. But then you wouldnt know since you have bought all the fallacies of the left hook, line and sinker.

  16. OK, we have a couple more. Now lets play a guessing game. Which logical fallacies do the two statements above represent? Clock is ticking.

  17. Otteray Scribe:

    I cannot help it if you went to public schools and learned an alternative universe of misinformation and misdirection from the likes of John Dewey and other progressive philosophers.

    I know it must really suck to find out your long held beliefs are most probably built on lies propagated by progressives over the last 100 years. Since their philosophy doesnt work, they have to brainwash people into believing their reality.

    As far as your logic goes? You have to have the right premise for logic to work. I am sure in your world view your logic is correct but it is based on false premises.

  18. Typical Otteray Scribe Rhetoric.

    Make a statement and then fail to provide a specific argument why the statement is accurate.

    I don’t think you’ve supported one argument in the past month.

    As, such this list of your is merely one long ad hominem.

    Do you need for me to explain why?

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