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Dear MF ers. This new way of "doing research"--that is to say getting more research money without having to do the scientific method is becoming the thesis song for more and more females working on graduate degrees. However, I would love to hear from BD, BD, The Barrister, GWTW and buddy(where did he go?) as to what there thoughts are on this "new way of legitimizing fact". Anyone with an understanding of science, engineering, or even the arts is welcome to take a look at this new philosophy click on the link please and give me your thoughts.
"According to a recent report in the New York Times, Obama told Oval Office visitors that if he’d been advising the Islamic State, he would have told them to release our hostages with a note reading, “Stay out of here; this is none of your business.”
Wow. I think it I were advising them I would tell them to knock off the killing and raping and start trying to behave like civilized human beings.
I have never thought, nor suggested that women should be blocked from working in any field, or holding any job for which they are truly qualified. MY concern is the "qualified" part of this conversation. If women cannot succeed in a field in which we have typically relied upon scientific reasoning--then what is wrong with omitting the "hard part" (scientific reasoning)? If a woman is not able to carry the 80 pound pack and rifle should she get paid the same as the soldier in the field who does. What we have witnessed over and over and over and over is this: women get put onto research projects for the express purpose of managing the calendar, doing the paper work--but, many are not really interested in doing the hard intellectual heavy lifting. HOWEVER, because they are "on the team" they get credit as research scientist, even though all they did was keep track of email and daily bookkeeping. IT DOES NOT MAKE THEM QUALIFIED SCIENTISTS. I once saw a woman appointed to a leadership role who had sat on her girlfriends' committees and they on hers. When interviewed for the job she put her hands under her knees like a child and claimed boldly: "just because I don't know the big words doesn't mean it's not my turn!" She got the job--and helped drive the school into bankruptcy. We must get back to being a country that truly cares about accomplishment, about merit, about in the field experience that pertains to the job at hand. Women doing clean up duty in their youngster's 4 th grade cafeteria do not qualify as leaders. I once spoke with an 11 year old girl who told me: "my mommy says it's alright to steal a man's research and paper, because women have been held down for so many years!" Do you know what she does now--many years later? The NOW puts her into scientific research companies to "take down" straight, white men, who are just pigs and won't give their work to the women in their company. Do you know what she does: suggests sexual abuse, strategizes public embarrassment, etc. SHE GETS PAID TO GO INTO DIFFERENT COMPANIES AND TAKE OUT THE GUYS WHO STILL BELIEVE IN MERIT!
I think the simple explanation for why more women then men are in college and in graduate programs is the free money and grants are intentionally funneled to women and minorities.
The second issue of women and minorities getting jobs they aren't qualified for is a simple result of the explicit and implicit requirements for diversity and affirmative action. It is sad and unfair to push someone into a position that they cannot handle, they are being set up for failure.
I had a friend who worked at a nuclear weapons lab. He had a masters in nuclear technology and was the go to guy for advice on cleaning up nuclear accidents. He had worked there for over 12 years and as number two guy thought he had a good chance at the nuber one job when his boss retired. He was quite suprised when a black women with a masters in biology and no experience was hired into the top position. When he talked to his outgoing boss he was toll this was a win/win because not only did they hire a minority but they hired a woman as well. She stayed less then nine months and by mutual agreement with her boss she voluntarily quit.