I have read plenty of unbelievable, crazy, thoughtless, hating, unfeeling, and boneheaded statements by conservative politicians as they all try to outdo each other on how super-conservative they can be, but rarely have I seen something as infuriating as this one from Paul Ryan. The complete lack of understanding that there are families out there who just can't afford enough food is unacceptable in an elected official.
There are lots of kids out there for whom the free meals they get at school and, perhaps, the additional food at after-school programs is the only food they get all day. Paul Ryan, however, seems to think that these kids aren't getting a sack lunch to take with them because their parents don't care enough to bother making one for them. Oh, if only those lazy parents would get off their butts and bother to pack them a lunch, and while they're at it choose to make more money so they could afford for their kids to have home-prepared food for every meal. Good thinking, Mr. Ryan.
Everyone needs to get past this conservative idea that poor people are that way because they choose to be, and that it indicates they are bad people. Poor people love their kids just as much as middle-class people and just as much as rich people, and Paul Ryan's statement means he's no longer just someone with whom I disagree politically and philosophically. This moves him right into the category of asshole.
"Let them eat cake," says Mr. Ryan...
#openresearch #open #research
Exciting to see PLoS make public data release the default!
and great related discussion on reddit:
#opendata #openscience #openresearch
If there was a debate to be had on that subject, it applied every bit as much to the former policy of PLOS (and many other journals, including Nature), as it does to the current policy. Study after study has shown that asking researchers to provide there data on request is not effective (e.g. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2013.11.014 ). (If it was, we wouldn't need journals to archive and distribute our papers either, would we?)
If anyone finds the changes to PLOS's policy objectionable or outside of community-accepted norms, they must explain why the previous policy of data-upon-request was not objectionable, and refute the myriad of problems other research has highlighted with that system.
Many leading journals have data archiving requirements, including Nature, Science, PNAS, PLOS, and 88% of journals in the top 50 by IF (http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0024357) It is worrying that the objections seem not to target the policies but a system of being held more accountable to policies that are currently being ignored (by 59% of papers surveyed in previous link). Is it a community consensus that we should have data archiving requirements that 41% feel compelled to follow and the rest feel free to ignore?
Just between us, we're not happy with our performance. We had to make some compromises to get Compute Engine to General Availability last year, and we aim to do better in future releases. Still, nice to see we're competitive already.
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