Still waiting on that fortune cookie to come true.
Not exactly sure what a shower of good luck looks like (bucket o' shamrocks?) but I'm pretty sure I haven't gotten one.
I'm not very surprised.
Was going to write a post about how this week's Nature had such discouraging articles, but I couldn't remember the exact titles so I went to their website to check them online.
Interesting: the non-subscription, public-accessible version of Nature news is all sunshine and roses. Why am I not very surprised?
Anyway, the hidden articles non-scientists can't see... all our dirty laundry.
All have to do with postdocs in various countries around the world not being able to find work... biotech companies going out of business... how long it's expected to take the bailout money to actually make a difference (they said something like 18 months?)... and other similar good news.
Just talked to an old friend today in Big Pharma who said her International Company laid off 30% of its research workforce.
In other words, she said, if there are 3 people working on her project, they now have to figure out how to do it with 2. And they were barely getting by with 3 people after the last two rounds of layoffs.
Another friend just said yeah, hiring freeze. Not the supposedly frozen kind, but the actually frozen kind.
Meanwhile, a third friend is about to lose her father to two incurable diseases (and bedsores). And these are things we supposedly work on.
This is the stuff we don't tell the citizenry, who are hoping we're going to cure these incurable diseases.
Newsflash: we might get cures for a lot of things a lot faster, if we all were actually employed in our supposedly useful trade. Giving all the money to people who already have jobs and tenure? Maybe not the best idea you ever had, guys.
I'm tempted to try to write to someone with a lot of media clout, like Michael J. Fox, and try to get them interested in publicizing the droves of would-have-been scientists in need of jobs NOT being helped by the so-called Stimulus Package (which I just love the name of, btw).
And how happy we would be to work on, you know, Whatever Disease, if only we could get jobs where we could actually, you know, make a difference.
A few weeks ago I saw Michael J. Fox on the Daily Show and thought, wow, there's a non-scientist who's done more for science than most of the scientists I've ever met put together (and I've met a lot). Why am I not very surprised?