Posts Tagged ‘Thomas Friedman’

The scientist and engineer as a working stiff…

September 17, 2012

To understand why we have lost our innovative edge, we have to understand what it is like to be an innovator.  Innovators that change the world with new technologies, innovators that make truly earth shaking discoveries are generally not great business people.  Sorry to disappoint, but most of them are working stiffs.


Elitism is as Elitism Does…But who exactly are the elite?

January 18, 2011

The Demonization of the Intellectual Elite:

In a recent article in The American Interest –  American Dreams, American Resentments,  Walter Russell Mead describes the surging rage against the American upper-middle class or so-called intellectual elite on the part of the middle-middle and lower-middle classes.  He points out quite aptly that the so-called upper middle class is ready to push back against the plutocracy that is now crippling our government and to their shock and surprise – when they look behind them  – they find the angry masses lining up with the plutocrats – buying into their simplistic spin and  fighting any hint of progressiveness tooth and nail.  It often appears that the only way  to prevent the fall of our republic into an institutional oligarchy  will be by brute force. The great seething masses are going to have to dragged kicking and screaming into any type of  future that offers them enough opportunities to thrive.


The Education Conundrum – Do I Pay to Play?

January 2, 2011

Do Reporters Actually DO Any Research These Days?

I was watching CNN  yesterday and I had to ask the question – do reporters do ANY research anymore?  I mean do they drill down into a story to get the facts or do they merely parrot what some high level official tells them and call it a day?

The comment that spurred the question was made by Christine Romans on Your $$$$$  when she indicated  that education was the answer to all of our employment ills and that people in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) careers were “naming their price.” HUH??? They are???? Really????  Have these people talked to any unemployed engineers or scientists lately?  Have they seen the conditions under which post-docs in this country work?