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Rob Rogers

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  1. braindead08

    braindead08 GoComics PRO Member said, 2 days ago

    Many Republicans are now trying to raise money on the Ebola scare.


    I call it Eboling For Dollars.

  2. Baslim the beggar says, "Vanished is not vanquished."

    Baslim the beggar says, "Vanished is not vanquished." GoComics PRO Member said, 2 days ago

    @braindead08

    Their fear has gone viral…

  3. Jase99

    Jase99 said, 1 day ago

    @braindead08

    When you keep people afraid, you keep them under your thumb. That’s why negative campaigning works.

  4. Newenglandah

    Newenglandah said, 1 day ago

    Had it not been for Republican cuts to research programs, we might well have a vaccine against Ebola by now.

  5. Jeff H

    Jeff H said, 1 day ago

    @Jase99

    And nobody keeps people afraid better than Dems: their entire schtick is to make illegals afraid of Republicans, blacks afraid of Republicans, Asians afraid of Republicans, whites afraid of..oh, wait, they basically just try to make whites feel guiltly. My bad.

  6. mikefive

    mikefive said, 1 day ago

    @Newenglandah

    “Had it not been for Republican cuts to research programs, we might well have a vaccine against Ebola by now.”

    Ebola can only be classed as an orphan disease; orphan diseases are seldom funded because of lack of profitability or or a paucity of victims. 4000 dead barely qualities for a single nation to change Ebola’s status.

  7. masterskrain

    masterskrain GoComics PRO Member said, 1 day ago

    It might help if we had a Surgeon General, too.
    Oh wait…the Republicans are blocking it, because Pepe LaPierre and the nuts in the NRA got their panties in a wad because the nominee said that gunshot wounds might be considered a health risk!
    Well, DUH!!

  8. Newenglandah

    Newenglandah said, 1 day ago

    @mikefive

    Dr. Francis Collins, the head of the National Institutes of Health, said that a decade of stagnant spending has “slowed down” research on all items, including vaccinations for infectious diseases. As a result, he said, the international community has been left playing catch-up on a potentially avoidable humanitarian catastrophe.

    “NIH has been working on Ebola vaccines since 2001. It’s not like we suddenly woke up and thought, ‘Oh my gosh, we should have something ready here,’” Collins told The Huffington Post on Friday. “Frankly, if we had not gone through our 10-year slide in research support, we probably would have had a vaccine in time for this that would’ve gone through clinical trials and would have been ready.”

  9. martens misses all her friends

    martens misses all her friends GoComics PRO Member said, 1 day ago

    @mikefive

    No, that isn’t really how we make our priorities in federally funded science. That problem of “orphan diseases” only occurs in the area of corporate research where the profit motive is the major deciding factor. In truth, this is why federally funded research is so vital, because none of us have 20/20 foresight and we cannot accurately predict what is going to advance science, so we have to try to go after what looks scientifically worthwhile and understand that sometimes mis-prioritzing will occur or dead ends will be reached..
    (This is also why the so-called Golden Fleece awards are so misleading…most would have never thought that studying the giant axon of a squid would be important to human health, but if you’ve ever benefited from and EKG or an EEG or similar procedure, you have benefited from that research.)

  10. mikefive

    mikefive said, 1 day ago

    @Newenglandah

    “Dr. Francis Collins, the head of the National Institutes of Health,…”

    So, according to Dr. Collins, the research has endured a decade of being stagnant or a 10 year slide. My question to Dr. Collins would be “How do you do both?”.

  11. tom

    tom GoComics PRO Member said, 1 day ago

    It’s not the police you two need to worry about. It’s your own kind fighting a turf war in the “hood.”

  12. martens misses all her friends

    martens misses all her friends GoComics PRO Member said, 1 day ago

    @mikefive

    You are not seeing the full picture. Scientific research cannot be done on a short term basis. You must have a cadre of trained , experienced people familiar with the background, the techniques and the current state of the problem. This does not occur over night, which means you have a certain level of fixed costs (maintenance, salaries, euqipment upgrades, etc.) that cannot be omitted. When you cut the budget by 10% in real buying power (and don’t forget that the feds have also been working on a no-raise basis until quite recently, so the salaries weren’t that big an item), the reduction has got to be in comsumables, So you don’t buy as much of the chemicals, lab ware, culture media, etc., as are needed to actually do the experiment. Voila, you have a reduction in output. It really is all that simple as long as you recognizethat the nature of research is a long term investment, not an on-off swtich.

  13. echoraven

    echoraven said, 1 day ago

    @masterskrain

    more people die from vehicle accidents, was the whacky new surgeon general going to tackle that?
    .
    @braindead08 – ebola or the Obola scare?

  14. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, 1 day ago

    That Dad should be telling his son not to reach into cop cars and attack police officers.
    Oh and don’t rob liquor stores either!

  15. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, 1 day ago

    @ConserveGov

    …and don’t look like someone who does, either.

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