An even more fundamental problem is that people trying to conduct basic research cannot secure grants because funding priorities are dictated by the government. ‘The government decides what projects the government is going to support, or what line of research it is going to support,’ Bonalde explains. He says most of the time scientists cannot even apply for such funding because the government dictates that this money goes to public projects, such as river cleanups and other social or community initiatives.Normally modern "scientists" insist on ONLY government funding, because according to "scientists" that's the only way to guarantee proper "science". Letting businesses or citizens fund science might accidentally lead to a harmless or non-genocidal invention that would fail to destroy the entire universe. CAN'T LET THAT HAPPEN!!!!!!!! ONLY OMNICIDE IS PERMISSIBLE!!!!! In this case they say the PROBLEM is public funding, because Venezuela prefers to put money into the kind of Sorosian projects that "scientists" always tell us we should be putting MORE money into. River cleanups = Carbon Cult. Best possible use of money. Social initiatives = Smashing civilization. Best possible use of money. Perfect dyslogic. The real problem with Venezuela, as I noted historically, is NOT socialism. It's just total idiocy. Chavez picked up the slogans of socialism from Cuba but didn't pick up common sense or proper nationalist thinking. He let Exxon run the country for the benefit of Exxon, with a big vig for Chavez.
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.