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eDJ
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Icon 6 posted March 23, 2004 13:21      Profile for eDJ     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Page 11 of March 29 issue of The Weekly World News
touts the Geeks rally to march on Washington DC.
Baltimore MD. based group "Respect for Nerds" expects 2.5 million nerds to join force and march on the Capitol on June 5 2004.

Although I've have searched, their web presence
eludes me. Mr. Desmond Wheckler is the co chairman of the organization and proves equally
obscure.

The primace of the march is for changes to the platform of the GOP. This group has grown tired of the condescending attitudes of Bush and his "macho" orientation. The geeks have outlined
a 22 point list of demands which they hope will
garner them more respect when set in policy.

Certainly it could add an intrguing dimension to a cartoon strip with the coming of spring....a virtual Geeks on the road to Washington.
"Bat Boy" is already the Weekly World News' flagship cartoon strip, so I doubt they will
incorperate it as they have the boy hunting for
Osama presently. Of course there is nothing to suggest he couldn't show up in another strip somewhere. Hey...virtual ink is cheap.

eDJ

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..Interesting..if a bit self-indulgent...

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I can understand that, it's about time nerds/geeks had some respect. We're just like any other group except we're smarter than them. Hehe, we could start a league of evil genius' like Dr Evil. Hmm... I've said too much...

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Icon 1 posted March 24, 2004 10:30      Profile for Drazgal   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Well whats respect worth? Is the respct of Bush worth anything?

Any idea what these 22 points are though?

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Icon 1 posted March 24, 2004 11:31      Profile for eDJ     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I was able to garner 5 of the points/demands from the article but I'm sure the rest will be enumerated in time. Perhaps the organizations web presence is in the making as we speak.

So, for the 5 I can speak of:

1) Appointment of a new cabinent-level secretary of science.

2) Quadruple funding for mathematics and basic science research

3) Sex education classes, must teach teen girls
that brainy scientist and computer wizards are more desirable mates than the hard bodied athleats, rock stars, and fighter pilots "who will probably end up hurting them."

4) Make sensitivity classes manditory for all bullies-including not only school age meanies, but
overbearing bosses.

5) Slap a Federal ban on communal showers.

These were mentioned in the text. I personally lean toward a more subjective stance on the fifth point, but that is only salient to my having discgression in the choice of whom I shower with.
Otherwise it's just soap on a rope for me baby!

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Icon 1 posted March 24, 2004 13:51      Profile for Xanthine     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by eDJ:
2) Quadruple funding for mathematics and basic science research

Speaking as one who got seriously fscked over by the latest round of NIH budget cuts, I'm all for that one.

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quote:
Originally posted by Xanthine:
quote:
Originally posted by eDJ:
2) Quadruple funding for mathematics and basic science research

Speaking as one who got seriously fscked over by the latest round of NIH budget cuts, I'm all for that one.
Stop complaining, that new fleet of stealth bombers has to be paid for somehow, and the crushing burden of taxation on the rich must be reduced.

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Icon 1 posted March 24, 2004 14:40      Profile for Xanthine     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
/me gives TFD the finger

Sorry, really sore point right now. As things currently stand, the lab I wanted to join can't take me because their funding for RNA projects got cut, I don't want to join any of the other labs I've rotated in thus far for a variety of reasons and the other lab I'd like to join might not be able to take anyone, let alone someone who didn't get a rotation with them. So I'm essentially fscked, and a little bit afraid. What if I can't find a spot anywhere? This has been keeping me awake at night.

<rant>God damn Bushl and his motherfucking warmongering to hell! He's driving this country into the ground and people are taking it like bitches with their legs spread, screaming for more. If I didn't know that the protest marches held in this country were making it onto international news I'd be so ashamed of my country I'd emigrate. As things currently stand, I'm still ashamed but not to that extreme.

I wish you could earmark your tax dollars for certain causes. That way anyone who didn't want to see this country fight illegal and immoral wars wouldn't have to pay for it. maybe then the government would pull their heads out of their butts and stop thinking with their dicks.</rant>

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quote:
Originally posted by Xanthine:
If I didn't know that the protest marches held in this country were making it onto international news I'd be so ashamed of my country I'd emigrate.

I know the feeling, in many ways we aussies have more to be ashamed of than USians, at least you're not sentencing babies to life imprisonment. But where to emigrate to?

Spain maybe?
Canada?
New Zealand?

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Canada.

Or maybe NZ, but I'd have to visit first.

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NZ mightn't be a bad choice, actually. Sort of like Australia, but better (less Bush-arse-kissing, better copyright laws, excellent scenery, LOTR movies, etc).

/me hoping fellow Aussies aren't going to hunt me down and shoot me for suggesting that NZ might have more to offer than Australia.

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What about sunny Mexico?

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quote:
Originally posted by Dr Cyclops:
What about sunny Mexico?

or Deutchland? You wont be able to get subsidised liderhosen anymore, but there will still be plenty of beer.

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I would have to say Canada. Move up closer to my friends in BC and Live in peace next to that guy with the lawn mower. [thumbsup] [Happytears] [thumbsup] [Big Grin]
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quote:
Originally posted by Xanthine:
[QB]
Sorry, really sore point right now. As things currently stand, the lab I wanted to join can't take me because their funding for RNA projects got cut, I don't want to join any of the other labs I've rotated in thus far for a variety of reasons and the other lab I'd like to join might not be able to take anyone, let alone someone who didn't get a rotation with them. So I'm essentially fscked, and a little bit afraid. What if I can't find a spot anywhere? This has been keeping me awake at night.
QB]

I'm sorry that things have been going so badly for you lately, I do hope they get worked out soon.

I don't know your field very well, but I remember reading about a project up here in Seattle financed by Paul Allen -- he wants to turn his little pocket of the city (known to us plebians as South Lake Union) into a biotech hub, and is offering a whole lot of money to do so. His main focus, though, is commercial biotech, not pure research, and I'm not sure how you feel about that. If it doesn't bother you, then there are several large firms like Immunex and Zymogenetics who are looking for people right now, but I don't know what areas they're looking for in particular.

Again, I wish you luck in your search for a lab -- if I could, I would direct all my income tax money to scientific research, all umm...$120.67.

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quote:
Originally posted by Xanthine:
I wish you could earmark your tax dollars for certain causes. That way anyone who didn't want to see this country fight illegal and immoral wars wouldn't have to pay for it. maybe then the government would pull their heads out of their butts and stop thinking with their dicks.

I wish it was like IRAs and stuff, where you can appropriate a percentage of the money you pay in to whatever. Like 30% for NASA and 30% for education, and %10 for transportation, stuff like that.

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quote:
Originally posted by Drazgal:
Well whats respect worth? Is the respct of Bush worth anything?

Good point! [Wink]

However, I may just try to make it to this march if it actually works out.

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