I wear a name tag on my lab coat when I teach, but that’s only because my students can barely remember their own names most of the time, let alone where they’re supposed to be and who I am. And my name tag is not extravagent by any means. It is not embossed, has no emblems, just a few stick on letters. And I wear this thing twice a week. He wears a lab coat once, and gets some 10 yr. old Malaysian girl to embroider his name on it. Who doesn’t know who he is? Even cave-dwelling Afghanis know who him, but that’s a different story.
And then there’s the current administration’s track record on the manipulation of scientific data to fit policies. It is one of his cronies’ (John Marburger) job to do this. I hope he’s enjoyed the last few years because he’s severely alienated all notions of scientific rigor and critical reasoning, and along with it any chance of ever getting a non-republican-administration-run-government job. Ever. Not only does this guy fend off those wacky liberals and maddening conservatives alike on issues such as global warming and stem cell research, but he often finds himself at odds with the scientific community over data interpretation. The entire machinery that is modern science says one thing, and the gruesome twosome (W. and Marburger) say another. And guess who wins?
Ok I have to stop and try to get my blood pressure back down. Back to my subversive research.