I had a botany professor in college who didn't like Christians and stated firmly that "science is the worship of truth" I belive that one can more correctly state "Science is the worship of government grants" Read the end of any article in any technical journal They usually end with something to the extent of "more funding is neccesary for further study"
OHSU primate center is a perfect example. Hundreds of millions of dollars, and no cures in forty years. Like the tram project, it's a collosal waste of money that could go towards a yearly doctor visit for many of us middle class folks who make 40-60000 a year and pay $700 a month for insurance that wont cover such a radical procedure as a routine doctor visit.
And even as someone who belives that animals taste good becuase they are made of meat, I can look at some evidence that leaks out of the "monkey farm", and know that what they do there is wrong from an ethical as well as economic standpoint. And I'm not alone, many cars driving by today honked and waved in support, only one driver managed a halfhearted thumbs down while I was there.
Quite a few people came up the hill, and the Portland police were there for a while.
OHSU's private security observed and took pictures from the enclosed walkway above the street and lurked in the emergency door. I had the distinct feeling of being "sized up" like a stranger wandering into a grimy college town sports bar at 1 in the morning.
I came home and fought with the computer a little, hopefully managed to compress a few pictures into byte sized pieces.
Now personally, right now, I'm single issue on "bring the troops home"- but this is a just cause and the folks who put this on and work to expose the unethical behavior of OHSU did a fine job today. I firmly belive that even joe-sixpack sizzling cow flesh on his BBQ would agree that torturing our close relatives at the "monkey farm" in the name of fleecing the taxpayer out of money is wrong.
Remember- No cures in forty years.
(Maybe I'll have to put the pictures in as comments as I'm a really incompetent loser when it comes to computers...)