The Charge of the Scientist Brigade

This new post on Kevin Drum’s site talks about the scientist’s rebellion at the EPA. I would say I am proud of them, but it sounds a little like a last-gasp attempt at reality in what is otherwise a surreal landscape for scientists. Imagine if you will living your life as a scientist and dealing only with the cold, hard facts of what you can test in a lab ~ only to find that the plum job you scored working for the government turns out to be not as a true scientist, but as a stage-prop in a lab coat who justifies the lies of your bosses. Lies that make a cruel parody of your own work.

I feel especially bad for these people now that they’ve taken it upon themselves to charge the wall of surreality because they know no one else is going to do it for them. They will fail, of course, and probably not even suffer the relatively dignified injustice of being fired. All the rest of us can do is lean against a rail fence and watch Pickett charge a line he can never take.

Ok, so I’m feeling a little down at 5am in the morning. . .