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April 28, 2013

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As Japan counts the costs of ignoring these results, the US Congress considers--and Canada enacts--policies to fund and conduct science for immediate economic benefit only. "Events that occur on timescales spanning several 100s-1,000s of years" are invisible to people whose event horizon is the electoral cycle, or the annual P/L statement.
In "The Meaning of Liff," Douglas Adams and John Lloyd propose this new definition for Kent:
Politely determined not to help despite a violent urge to the contrary. Kent expressions are seen on the faces of people who are good at something watching someone else who can't do it at all.
And if prevented from helping...?

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