Bureaucracy bleats about funding

An Ebola vaccine and drugs to treat the disease would probably have already been discovered if medical research funding had not suffered a series of budget cuts, a top US health official has said.

Francis Collins, the head of the National Institutes of Health, said that agency had been working on Ebola vaccines since 2001, but that the research has been held up by spending cuts.

Yeah yeah.

Of course no bureaucracy would let an opportunity to complain about its budget go to waste.

NiH gets some $30 billion a year. Within that an Ebola vaccine, and any number of treatments, could have been funded. The reality isn’t that cuts stopped them doing so. It was their own internal allocation of funds that stopped them doing so. Ebola was, until very recently, some thing that occasionally killed a few black foreign people in remote villages. Thus rather less was spent on it than, say, the social and cultural understandings of gender.

2 thoughts on “Bureaucracy bleats about funding”

  1. So Much for Subtlety

    It is not just idiocies dealing with gender. The great advantage of this moronic claim is that people are going over their budgets. They have spent money on:


    For example, instead of studying Ebola, the National Institutes of Health were studying the propensity of lesbians to be fat.

    Then there was the money for a study on wives who calm down quickly.

    And the Centers for Disease Control spent its budget on gun violence studies on order of the President as part of his agenda to curtail the second amendment.

    The CDC also spent its money to survey what bus riders thought of HIV videos.

    Hey, and let’s not forget all the money the CDC spent to convince people to stop smoking and now we need tobacco to manufacture the drug to fight Ebola. Classic.


    $325,525 for a study concluding that wives would argue less with their husbands if they would just calm down quicker.

    $386,000 to massage rabbits to determine the best length of time for a massage.

    $939,771 to find out why fruit flies fall in love.

    $666,905 to see why people like watching Seinfeld re-runs.

    $350,000 researching how golfers perform better when using their imagination”

    Hang them all.

  2. “Science” used to refer to a method of studying stuff. Now it just means “Give me da money”. Quel fucking dommage.

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