You may have heard of the ice bucket challenge: somehow pouring a bucket of ice water on your head makes people aware of the amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) disease. It's working, though, as all the cool kids are doing it. According to Wired, it would take just 35 days for all 7 billion of us to take the challenge.
Ironically, while the very people who cut funding to ALS research are taking the challenge, U.S. officials have now been forbidden in participating by the State Department. Reportedly, such a gesture would be construed as "using public office for private gain—even if the private gain is charitable." That's okay, though, the gimmick is working.
[...] the lack of recognition by these lawmakers of the role they played in hampering research is evident -- and reminiscent of how lawmakers celebrated sending $12.6 million a year to the NIH for pediatric research after having cut 120 times that amount from the agency's budget. On Wednesday, retiring Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) mocked Republicans for cutting NIH funds while using ice buckets to ally themselves with the ALS research community.
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