Thursday, March 02, 2006

Depressing News

The time study scientists have noticed that working mothers are stretched to the limit. We can't seem to manufacture more time. You can read the NY Times article.

NASA has finally admitted that they cannot do all the things that various parties want them to do with the budget they have been given. Therefore, science is going out the window. You can read the official version here. The saddest part IMHO is the suspension of the explorer missions. So many graduate students' research were funded by that program. If this nation is serious about producing more scientists and engineers, we would put more funding into supporting exciting and compelling research projects for students. [I am speaking strictly as a private citizen and this does not reflect the policies of the company that I work for.]

Another digression
At my 20th high school reunion, I was astonished by how many people worked in marketing and how few people worked in production. I use production in a loose sense to mean producing things, ideas, art, intellectual property or providing necessary services. Do the vast majority of people in this nation work in inducing people to buy things that they don't need? [This explanation of what marketers do comes from a friend who is a very successful marketer.]

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