This nails lots of things I think about, often. This link focuses on the relative paucity of funds allocated to basic and applied research, and also has a great plea for humanities at the end. Just had a brilliant friend get his third proposal this year rejected. Times are tough, guys, and scientific advances in the US are paying a huge price.
(PhD comics does a great job showing what life is like as a PhD student, and also perspective on how scientists view the culture in which we are embedded.)
….and, I do ride my bike to work. It’s fun!