UVA Researchers Brace for Sequestrati...

UVA Researchers Brace for Sequestration Cuts

There are 38 comments on the NBC29 Charlottesville story from Mar 2, 2013, titled UVA Researchers Brace for Sequestration Cuts. In it, NBC29 Charlottesville reports that:

UVA researchers are bracing for between $10 million and $11 million in federal cuts, which could impact as many as 200 jobs.

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George S

Jemison, AL

#1 Mar 4, 2013
How ironic: It was 2009 when the private sector had its legs cut out from under it, to provide more money for government projects.

Welcome to the club.
sez you

Charlottesville, VA

#2 Mar 4, 2013
200 jobs taking part in meaningless ventures that amount to zip.
cvillemom

Gladys, VA

#3 Mar 4, 2013
More "ObamaDrama" again.
We all know that the Universities tack on a big percentage to the grant budget to pay for "overhead", much more than is required to pay for the lab space, equipment, housekeeping, utilities, etc. Learn to be a little more efficient in the way you spend it. Maybe the taxpayer doesn't need to fund studies looking at the social skill development of people playing Farmville on Facebook.
Him

Bassett, VA

#4 Mar 4, 2013
The cuts won't bother uva, they will just charge employees more to park and will delay raises for another six years!
Dude

Spotsylvania, VA

#5 Mar 4, 2013
George S wrote:
How ironic: It was 2009 when the private sector had its legs cut out from under it, to provide more money for government projects.
Welcome to the club.
Please explain how the private sector had its legs cut out from under it.
Dude

Spotsylvania, VA

#6 Mar 4, 2013
cvillemom wrote:
More "ObamaDrama" again.
We all know that the Universities tack on a big percentage to the grant budget to pay for "overhead", much more than is required to pay for the lab space, equipment, housekeeping, utilities, etc. Learn to be a little more efficient in the way you spend it. Maybe the taxpayer doesn't need to fund studies looking at the social skill development of people playing Farmville on Facebook.
That's catchy, "obamadrama"; is that what they're saying on foxnews? It was a bipartisan agreement, drafted by the house, passed by the senate, and signed by the administration in a compromise to raise the debt ceiling. Nobody appears to like it, but this is what the house republicans want, more cuts in spending. I happen to agree, we need to cut more, but we should do it wisely, not in some random sweeping way. The problem is that nobody wants to cut from their own special interest.
Hmmmmm

Bassett, VA

#7 Mar 5, 2013
George S wrote:
How ironic: It was 2009 when the private sector had its legs cut out from under it, to provide more money for government projects.
Welcome to the club.
There's not even any "Hmmmmmm..." in there. There's only "wha...?" If there was a "best of" list for least meaningful and silliest comments I would go with submit this one.
Hmmmmm

Bassett, VA

#8 Mar 5, 2013
sez you wrote:
200 jobs taking part in meaningless ventures that amount to zip.
Really? And just how much do you really know about what these ventures are?

This is as perplexing as cville mom's comment. I'd like to hear the full accounting of the inefficiencies and of the projects and the reasons that they amount to zip.

If you folks had been in charge of knowledge production all along, Isaac Newton would have spent all of his time making apple pie and Einstein would have never made it out of a patent office.

So anyone who would like to decide, a priori, that all of this stuff is wasted time and money should fill in the blanks. Specify exactly who is doing what, why it is being done, and then explain why it is "inefficient" or a waste or meaningless or whatever.

Being anti-intellectual isn't a virtue.
King Ralph

Lexington, VA

#9 Mar 5, 2013
Cutting grant money for research, but won't cut a single administrative assistant's salary for some department bureaucrat or useless tenured ass clown who teaches art history. A disgusting display, but what else can you expect from the hubris filled halls of academia? Would be nice if the budgets were cut until the department heads had to photocopy their own documents, considering how seriously they take their "fiefdom" mentality.
Hmmmmm

Bassett, VA

#10 Mar 5, 2013
King Ralph wrote:
Cutting grant money for research, but won't cut a single administrative assistant's salary for some department bureaucrat or useless tenured **** clown who teaches art history. A disgusting display, but what else can you expect from the hubris filled halls of academia? Would be nice if the budgets were cut until the department heads had to photocopy their own documents, considering how seriously they take their "fiefdom" mentality.
Ok. I guess some people think that anti-intellectualism is a virtue.

King Ralph, I'd like your dissertation, btw, on exactly what art history professors do and why one would assume that they are "useless...clowns"

I'd also like the analysis of what dept heads and their admin assistants actually do that would make sense out of a "proposal" to have them copy their own documents.

To lay out and justify your comments is called the use of Reason. We are not supposed to just spew emotion from our mouths but justify our statements with Reason and evidence.

Aside from that, King Ralph, why are you assuming that there won't be administrative cuts? Your post is full of hooey.
Hmmmmm

Bassett, VA

#11 Mar 5, 2013
cvillemom wrote:
More "ObamaDrama" again.
...
Followed by more ill-informed, knee-jerk, caustic, meaningless spew from cvillemom. Its like clockwork.
King Ralph

Lexington, VA

#12 Mar 5, 2013
Hmmmmm wrote:
<quoted text>
Ok. I guess some people think that anti-intellectualism is a virtue.
King Ralph, I'd like your dissertation, btw, on exactly what art history professors do and why one would assume that they are "useless...clowns"
I'd also like the analysis of what dept heads and their admin assistants actually do that would make sense out of a "proposal" to have them copy their own documents.
To lay out and justify your comments is called the use of Reason. We are not supposed to just spew emotion from our mouths but justify our statements with Reason and evidence.
Aside from that, King Ralph, why are you assuming that there won't be administrative cuts? Your post is full of hooey.
I'll make it succinct.

Anti-intellectualism is the only rational course when people like yourself pose as the bulk of "intellectuals", using big words and concepts like the "use of reason" (non capitalized unless referring to something specific like the Age of Reason) without actually knowing what they mean.

Academia as it exists now uses higher halls of learning to churn out art history, "minority studies", and sociology majors strictly for the money it generates for the institutions, and by extension themselves, without care toward the unemployable and frequently buffoonish caricatures of intellectuals it creates.

Another fun fact: these laughable individuals often ask you to "cite sources" or "provide analysis" on everything from why coffee creamer turns coffee whiter to why Communism is a complete failure, a crutch for delaying their "arguments" or as a substitute for the most basic critical thinking, mostly because it was something they were never taught in these same institutions. This lets them attack an argument by proxy by attacking the sources directly, rather than ever having to perform the laborious task of prediction.

In short, Hmmmm, I really hope you didn't go into debt to get what I am almost certain is a worthless degree, provided you could do the exacting recitation of propaganda well enough to obtain it in the first place.
Hmmmmm

Bassett, VA

#13 Mar 5, 2013
King Ralph wrote:
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I'll make it succinct.
Anti-intellectualism is the only rational course when people like yourself pose as the bulk of "intellectuals", using big words and concepts like the "use of reason" (non capitalized unless referring to something specific like the Age of Reason) without actually knowing what they mean.
Academia as it exists now uses higher halls of learning to churn out art history, "minority studies", and sociology majors strictly for the money it generates for the institutions, and by extension themselves, without care toward the unemployable and frequently buffoonish caricatures of intellectuals it creates.
Another fun fact: these laughable individuals often ask you to "cite sources" or "provide analysis" on everything from why coffee creamer turns coffee whiter to why Communism is a complete failure, a crutch for delaying their "arguments" or as a substitute for the most basic critical thinking, mostly because it was something they were never taught in these same institutions. This lets them attack an argument by proxy by attacking the sources directly, rather than ever having to perform the laborious task of prediction.
In short, Hmmmm, I really hope you didn't go into debt to get what I am almost certain is a worthless degree, provided you could do the exacting recitation of propaganda well enough to obtain it in the first place.
Holy cow. That's a lot of text that doesn't actually say anything.

Yes, capitalization of the word "Reason" is about the Age of Reason. Our entire culture is founded on basic assumptions and lines of thought that came from the Age of Reason. What that means is that our lives as citizens as we comment on matters of public import such as federal monies and institutions such as higher learning are supposed to be founded on Reason. The assumption of the capacity for Reason is what underlies the entire thing - because it was all born out of the Age of Reason. I assure you that it is not I - apparently - who doesn't know what it means.

This, in particular, is an un-Reasoned statement:
"Academia as it exists now uses higher halls of learning to churn out art history, "minority studies", and sociology majors strictly for the money it generates for the institutions, and by extension themselves, without care toward the unemployable and frequently buffoonish caricatures of intellectuals it creates."

That is simply ridiculous and indicates no familiarity at all with people who do these things or what they do or why they do it. Note that you addressed nothing of substance but still just restated your own unfounded opinion that we're talking about "uselessness" "clowns" and now "buffoons."

- "the bulk of "intellectuals", using big words and concepts"

I'm sorry if big words and concepts intimidate you. Yes, its too bad that some people find value in the pursuit of good and rigorous understanding of the human condition. Its much smarter to just stick your head in the sand and survive. Don't worry about understanding the world while you do it. Its overrated as far as being a citizen goes [sarcasm, obviously]

On the subject of communism, btw, if it truly was a failure then humans would have been gone long ago. About 200,000 years on the planet and most of it lived in "communist" (and anarchic) social orders. Its amazing, then - I supposed - that we've survived. Oh, or maybe you mean bureaucratic socialism as it existed in the former USSR? I can't tell. Your "big words and concepts" seem to have been thrown around a little too vaguely.

I'm telling you - anti-intellectualism is not a virtue. These days it just seems like a way out of doing the hard work of citizenship - you know as in actually having any earthly idea of what you are talking about.
King Ralph

Lexington, VA

#14 Mar 5, 2013
Hahahahahahaha my case in point. Tell me more about the Communist tribes that existed before we even had currency invented, that's my favorite part.

Anything you can't explain to an 8 year old, you don't understand. And if you were anything close to an intellectual, we'd still be living in those "Communist" tribes.
Hmmmmm

Bassett, VA

#15 Mar 5, 2013
King Ralph wrote:
Hahahahahahaha my case in point. Tell me more about the Communist tribes that existed before we even had currency invented, that's my favorite part.
Anything you can't explain to an 8 year old, you don't understand. And if you were anything close to an intellectual, we'd still be living in those "Communist" tribes.
Since you still won't actually say anything at all that resembles a serious attempt at commentary, I'll assume that you can't and that you and I are wasting our time.

Can an 8 yr old understand that?

(Both my kids knew what epistemology and ontology were by the time they were five. Shall I just repeat that anti-intellectualism is not a virtue? Over and out).
Roscoe

Charlottesville, VA

#16 Mar 5, 2013
God, I'm glad about this. These reasearchers live a golden life - on the government dime. Send them out fr a real job. Instead of attacking me, how about listing some of the advancements made by researchers receiving government. If you can't, just sit down and shut up.
King Ralph

Lexington, VA

#17 Mar 5, 2013
Hmmmmm wrote:
<quoted text>
Since you still won't actually say anything at all that resembles a serious attempt at commentary, I'll assume that you can't and that you and I are wasting our time.
Can an 8 yr old understand that?
(Both my kids knew what epistemology and ontology were by the time they were five. Shall I just repeat that anti-intellectualism is not a virtue? Over and out).
Fantastic, all you're capable of doing is rote repetition and that's all your kids are probably going to be able to learn too. The fact that you think this passes for true critical thinking, which I've yet to see you exhibit signs of ONCE, is all I need to know.

I was able to read most words in a newspaper when I was 5, that doesn't mean anything either except that I had a good head start. Hopefully your kids take after your spouse, because otherwise they're doomed to a life of being an overhyped parrot.
real central va Marine

Crozet, VA

#18 Mar 5, 2013
Hmmmmm wrote:
<quoted text>
Holy cow. That's a lot of text that doesn't actually say anything.
Yes, capitalization of the word "Reason" is about the Age of Reason. Our entire culture is founded on basic assumptions and lines of thought that came from the Age of Reason. What that means is that our lives as citizens as we comment on matters of public import such as federal monies and institutions such as higher learning are supposed to be founded on Reason. The assumption of the capacity for Reason is what underlies the entire thing - because it was all born out of the Age of Reason. I assure you that it is not I - apparently - who doesn't know what it means.
This, in particular, is an un-Reasoned statement:
"Academia as it exists now uses higher halls of learning to churn out art history, "minority studies", and sociology majors strictly for the money it generates for the institutions, and by extension themselves, without care toward the unemployable and frequently buffoonish caricatures of intellectuals it creates."
That is simply ridiculous and indicates no familiarity at all with people who do these things or what they do or why they do it. Note that you addressed nothing of substance but still just restated your own unfounded opinion that we're talking about "uselessness" "clowns" and now "buffoons."
- "the bulk of "intellectuals", using big words and concepts"
I'm sorry if big words and concepts intimidate you. Yes, its too bad that some people find value in the pursuit of good and rigorous understanding of the human condition. Its much smarter to just stick your head in the sand and survive. Don't worry about understanding the world while you do it. Its overrated as far as being a citizen goes [sarcasm, obviously]
On the subject of communism, btw, if it truly was a failure then humans would have been gone long ago. About 200,000 years on the planet and most of it lived in "communist" (and anarchic) social orders. Its amazing, then - I supposed - that we've survived. Oh, or maybe you mean bureaucratic socialism as it existed in the former USSR? I can't tell. Your "big words and concepts" seem to have been thrown around a little too vaguely.
I'm telling you - anti-intellectualism is not a virtue. These days it just seems like a way out of doing the hard work of citizenship - you know as in actually having any earthly idea of what you are talking about.
Spoken like a true intellectual elitist.
I respect science

Charlottesville, VA

#19 Mar 5, 2013
Dear Roscoe:
Research funded by government that improved health care.
1. MRI
2. Digital Mammography
3. Most cancer treatments
4. Diabetes treatments
5. Treatments for substance abuse and alcoholism
6. Neurological issues and traumatic brain injury
For a start.
Hmmmmm

Bassett, VA

#20 Mar 5, 2013
Roscoe wrote:
God, I'm glad about this. These reasearchers live a golden life - on the government dime. Send them out fr a real job. Instead of attacking me, how about listing some of the advancements made by researchers receiving government. If you can't, just sit down and shut up.
Who is attacking you?

Let's see....advancements linked to govt grant money? Do you have a roll of toilet paper, and can you teach me to write as small as those dudes that put text on grains of rice?

How about micro-electronic communications devices and the internet? Have you ever been to a Doctor and gotten any form of medical testing and treatment? How about the current energy "boom" in the U.S.(mostly natural gas & some oil)?

Just because you don't know about how the products of modern life have been developed doesn't mean that you should ignore it. Go do some serious investigation of the development of science & technology over the last century. At the roots you will almost always find University research and much of the time you will find government money funding it. Get out your roll of toilet paper and start writing.

I'd reply to King Ralph but he just keeps yelling but still hasn't said anything.

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