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DOE Labs in Crisis?

Posted: Sat May 31, 2008 3:48 pm
by Jccarlton
I just was this post on a blog about how some generous benefactor gave Fermilab 5 million, not for some program or new experiment, but for the general operating budget. Have we gotten so poor that we can no longer get basic funding for stuff like this:
How many earmarks have to be killed to make us sane.

Posted: Wed Jun 04, 2008 7:35 pm
by David_Jay
All of them???

Seriously, each federal department should create their own budget, rather than having a congressman force specific funding down their throat.

Earmarks suggest to me that we are in a late stage of the Republic.

Posted: Sat Jun 07, 2008 2:24 am
by tombo
Auctioning things off eh?

I wonder if anyone here can pick up a vacuum chamber the right size?
How about turbo-molecular pumps?
Gate valves, pressure sensors, leak checkers etc. etc.
Power supplies?
High voltage high current switches?
All those puppies are expensive.

You could save a bundle if they are at fire sale prices.