This is a collection of thoughts and statements about things that annoy me. I am a big, angry man. Hear me roar, or piss off and give me peace.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

People And Planet? What people, exactly? And what planet are these nutters from?

Well, here I am, snooping on the P&P mailing list for Edinburgh Uni, and I find this choice excerpt from their latest mailing...

THE ARMS TRADE:A big focus for P&P this year will be the campaign to stop Edinburgh University receiving funding from military sources, and have it replaced by more ethical sources. We'll also be proposing a motionat the General Meeting in February that mandates EUSA to campaign for stricter and more ethical research funding within the Universityand NUS. Keep your eyes open in the next few weeks for articles inthe Student, a giant banner drop, and open meetings to learn more about the campaign. Also, help with stalls, postering and flyering is very much needed! It's a great opportunity to get involved with what is already a very exciting campaign.

Are they all arts students? Do they have any grounding in reality? Where do they think the University gets its funding from - certainly not hugging trees and pattig cute fluffy wuffy bunny wabbits!

People and Planet need to get a grip on the harsh reality of the world. Scientists need jobs too! Although, we can all take comfort from the fact that even if P&P manage to het enough hippies out to push this through a EUSA GM, the University don't have to listen - I think even Tim O'Shea would be hard pressed to cut off such a source of funding.

My final message to P&P is this: Get over it you socialist wasters! Booga Booga Booga!


alasdair said...

Acually, Steve, quite a lot of us are CSE students, indeed 3 or 4 from Informatics, where most of the defense money goes.

In fact, if you look at the figures we only get about 1 million, or so, from arms companies, which is a tiny fraction of the total research budget, so we could easily afford to loose that funding.

Its not just us that think University shouldn't be a R&D wing of the defense industry though, look at Scientists for Global Responsibilty or Pugwash for example. Is our Astonomer Royal a "socialist waster" for being a supporter of them?

Angry Steve said...

And which most of you would that be?

The University is not primarily a wing of defence R&D though, is it? Because like everything else, the Uni recognise that would be a bad thing for the academic work they do.

Tell you what, why don't you fund them the £1m or so they would otherwise lose from the arms funding if you and your whining pals get their way.

Get a haircut, and get a real job.