$700,000 From National Science Foundation

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    I don't know if this should be under 'science,' or 'entertainment,' or even 'humor'...

    You make the call:

    They donated $700k of our money for a propaganda tract on global warming to be performed in NYC...


    "This from the New York Times.

    The National Science Foundation has awarded a $700,000 grant to the Civilians, a New York theater company, to finance the production of a show about climate change. “The Great Immensity,” with a book by Steven Cosson (“This Beautiful City”) and music and lyrics by Michael Friedman (“Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson”), tells the story of Polly, a photojournalist who disappears while working in the rain forests of Panama. The grant is a rare gift to an arts organization from the foundation, a federal agency that pays for science, engineering and mathematics research and education. "
    Meteorological Musings: An Embarrassment and an Outrage


    Once again, the echo of the French Revolution from our ersatz leftists:
    Henri de Saint-Simon, the articulator of socialism, argued for the supremacy of the sciences over religion, and predicted that, like religious, secular propaganda would employ artists and poets.
     
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    Oh please.

    The US government gives money to oil companies and they throw millions into the political area. That means OUR money is used for propaganda.

    At least the National Science Foundation wants to help this country. Oil companies only want to rape it. And Republicans want to give it to China.
     
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    gee I thought the National Endowment for the Arts was supposed to fund this type of thing...silly me. hey is this going to be in Farsi and Arabic too?:rolleyes:
     
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    Having neither knowledge nor understanding has never stopped my
    good friend deanie-weenie from having strong opinions!

    Terrible how they make those obscene profits on poor folks! It seems that being liberal means never having to provide context. First, let’s compare the profit margin of Big Oil to that of Microsoft, Apple, Google, Johnson & Johnson, Coca-Cola, Nike, etc. The average profit margin for companies in the S & P 500 index was 13 cents. And “The [Oil] industry’s net profit per dollar of revenue was just under 9 cents, compared to… the S&P 500, meaning the “markup” for the oil and gas industry is below average.”
    AAPL Key Statistics | Apple Inc. Stock - Yahoo! Finance, available for each company.
    So, where are the complaints about ‘Big Sneaker,’ or ‘Big Shampoo’?


    And where are the kudos for Big Oil, without which we couldn’t get to work? Or should we go after the owners of Exxon with pitchforks an firebrands? Better not, after all they is us! “Exxon Mobil, in fact, is owned mostly by ordinary Americans. Mutual funds, index funds and pension funds (including union pension funds) own about 52 percent of Exxon Mobil’s shares. Individual shareholders, about two million or so, own almost all the rest. The pooh-bahs who run Exxon own less than 1 percent of the company.” http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/02/business/02every.html


    And, of course, the antibusiness crowd loves stories about how much Big Oil is stealing from the American people! On the contrary, in 2006, the oil industry paid $81 billion in income tax, and while Exxon’s earnings increased 89% from 2003 to 2007, their income taxes increased 170%. Exxon: Profit Pirate or Tax Victim?


    The non-thinking segment of the public has been conditioned to hate the oil industry. Very few realize the extent to which they are subsidized by this industry. “According to the [Exxon] company's income statement, the amount of taxes it paid in 2008 was 2.5 times as much as its net profit. The $45.2 billion profit figure makes a snappy headline, but the $116.2 billion in taxes that it paid is relegated to a footnote—if that. Exxon's tax bill breaks down like this: income taxes, $36.5 billion; sales-based taxes, $34.5 billion; "all other" taxes, $45.2 billion.” Exxon, Big Oil Profits Evil Only Until You Weigh Their Tax Bills - US News and World Report


    If Exxon’s 2008 tax bill of $116.2 billion were split equally among all tax filers who pay income tax, each filer’s share would be $1,259/year. Still hate Exxon? The Tax Foundation - Number of Americans Paying Zero Federal Income Tax Grows to 43.4 Million

    Carry on, DP-deanie!
     
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    How much more favorable is the balance of trade with China now than it was under your arch enemy W?
     
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    http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/14/business/14oil.html

    New projections, buried in the Interior Department's just-published budget plan, anticipate that the government will let companies pump about $65 billion worth of oil and natural gas from federal territory over the next five years without paying any royalties to the government.

    Based on the administration figures, the government will give up more than $7 billion in payments between now and 2011. The companies are expected to get the largess, known as royalty relief, even though the administration assumes that oil prices will remain above $50 a barrel throughout that period.
     
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    No one brought up Urine on a cross yet?
     
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    Republicans helped move 2.4 million jobs to China from 2001 to 2008. They subsidized companies and gave them tax breaks to bring Chinese here to train by people who were losing their jobs (what a fucking slap in the face). It takes years to screw this country and wound it that deeply. We didn't start hemorrhaging jobs until Bush was leaving office to the tune of 750,000 a month. Factories were finished in China and the ones here were closing. This isn't a lie, it's history.

    How can Democrats fix that horrific damage in two years? Plus, how do you fix it at all? We got royally screwed.

    And now, Republicans want to elect anti gay, anti women's rights, anti Muslim, anti Hispanic politicians who want to end Social Security, Medicare, and privatize the VA.

    Worse, Republicans insist Republicans are just like the Democrats. Now that is really insulting.
     
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    Polly gets lost in the woods.

    Sounds sexy.
     
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    oh no... the nerve of them responding to the oil companies' paid hacks.

    the horror...
     

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