A post by Pat

Out of work? House in foreclosure? Downtown turning into a ghost town? Get over your plebeian short-sightedness and be proud that some of the money the government doesn’t have is spent on larks for Humanities professors. For example:

  • $150,000 for 25 professors to spend a month studying Bach in Berlin
  • $130,000 for 16 professors to spend a month in San Diego studying the truth and meaning of life according to Aristotle
  • $600,000 for an online film on starvation in the Soviet Union in 1920
  • $350,000 to explore the cultural significance of the circus poster

The Humanities help us understand why things are the way they are. Sometimes inadvertently.

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  1. lord-ruler says:

    It is sickening that the news media has to resort to pointing out how many jobs will be created in haunted house’s this halloween season. Coal plants have been scrapped. Oil leases have been put off limits. Meanwhile lawmakers in Washington are putting up windmills that are unreliable and ugly. I live near a windfarm and it impacts the environment a lot more than the oil and gas wells in the area. Once the windfarms are built how many people does it take to run them as opposed to a coal fired power plant that takes up less space and is way more reliable? Montana has quite a bit of coal in the ground yet the governor insists that we dot our landscape with these giant windmills. The only people happy with them is the Don Quixote’s in congress. Instead of forcing us to may more for wind power why not ask a person where they want their power from? If you are an environmentalist you could check off “wind power” and pay a higher rate. If you want to save money and provide real jobs for your fellow citizens you could choose “Coal”

  2. RuBegonia says:

    The Nobel Peace Prize $$ would cover the above with a little left over for the first couple to have a night on the town. Oh, but that wouldn’t comply with the “OPM” principle (other people’s money). Never mind.

  3. thierry says:

    call me crazy but wouldn’t giving that 600,000 to buy food for people starving right now be … uh… morally the only right thing to do and be hopey and changey or something?

    i could use 6 figures myself to study the butt fur of pure bred himalayan cats- i keep shaving it off her and it keeps growing back. humanity needs to know now why or cats with excessively fluffy behinds will sleep with dogs and the world will end. it’s an emergency we must act now.

    and the aristotle ‘ problem’ was solved by monty python in the “philospher’s song”-

    would that ‘ circus poster’ be the o’joker socialist one?

  4. CO2aintpoison says:

    Well now…I thought this guy had “a gift”. Huh, that being the case, this stumble is awkward: http://www.breitbart.tv/totus-trouble-obama-struggles-with-teleprompter-at-mit/#

    What a boob.

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