March 3, 2013

Shooting yourself in the foot

The US has just imposed a set of spending cuts that was deliberately designed to be so stupid and destructive that even getting the wrong side of a compromise would be more attractive to both parties.

Among the major victims are scientists and their technical staff. Here’s some of what they have written about it

[update: the #sciquestertips tag on Twitter has black humour about the situation]

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Thomas Lumley (@tslumley) is Professor of Biostatistics at the University of Auckland. His research interests include semiparametric models, survey sampling, statistical computing, foundations of statistics, and whatever methodological problems his medical collaborators come up with. He also blogs at Biased and Inefficient See all posts by Thomas Lumley »

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