Both in Europe and the US yesterday (Saturday), there was a massive science-geek protest....mostly to ensure pressure on governments to continue research. The slant on the US protest in DC, across from the White House? Anti-Trump.
I sat and looked at the hyped conversation by the science-geeks. They have a big problem. While there are some great science research projects underway....there are also tremendous wastes of money.
You have idiots who approve studies on Facebook friends (whether they are real friends or not), how long it takes to fully urinate, checking out bee-sting sensitivity on different parts of the body (maybe it might hurt more if they stung your ass), why rich people cheat on taxes, and why monkeys will take risks when bored.
Here's the thing....it's readily apparent that you've got way too many scientists in the civilized world, and they need to pay back college loans (that's my humble opinion). Maybe up until the 1960s.....we had some control and competence over the money handed out, but that has disappeared over the past couple of decades.
Various governments (it's not just the US) are reviewing their spending and making cuts. So, there's likely to be less money in the future to study monkey urine, best ways to wreck a new car, or assign risk-factors to chainsaw usage.
Maybe in some way, we ought to go and send out the scientists to figure out why college costs have escalated and how to assign blame for that, or maybe ask scientists to explain why climate change science is settled, while the 500-odd other sciences are unsettled.