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One hour of war

PZ Myers has this story today on the cost of the Iraq war vs the funding needed to keep the Arecibo Observatory running.

In a nutshell, the war costs between 4 and 7 billion (billion with a b) dollars a month.

Arecibo will close unless it receives 4 million (one-thousandth as much) for its operating budget for the next three years.

As PZ points out, this is a little over half an hour of war time, for three years of science research.

Tell you what, Republicans. Keep fighting your stupid fucking war. Just have a cease-fire during the next episode of American Fucking Idol and let us keep our goddamned telescope. Okay?