Beauty in the Reactor's Glow
24 November 2004

Re:
Bill For More Foreign Workers Awaits Bush OK by April Bethea, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Nov. 22, 2004. (Posted on American Renaissance.)

Being a science nerd in the post-Sputnik early '60s had its advantages. There was lots of federal funding for lab equipment in high schools. There were contests, science fairs and summer programs.

Contrary to contemporary feminist propaganda which insists that females in those days were chained to their kitchen appliances like Ben Hur to his seat in the Roman galley ship, the summer science programs were attended by girls as well as boys. I even wrote a poem about how pretty a co-attendee looked in the blue glow emanating from the core of a nuclear reactor our class visited on a field trip.

My poem was in vain. But even if girls didn't like me, I felt that society cared about moderately brainy types such as myself. That was a non-trivial consolation. Ah, the good old Cold War days! ;)

When college time came around, a white male could get scholarships even if he didn't live in a refrigerator box next to a dumpster and have a SAT score of 1600.

These days, everything is weird. I've read countless articles about programs to encourage women to become mathematicians, engineers and scientists because of the great need we have for people in these fields. Some programs are aimed at high school girls, some at middle school girls, some at elementary school girls. I've read similar articles about "minorities," meaning, I presume, black and Hispanic youth. But over the last 20 years, I've never read an article stating that we should encourage young Americans in general who have interest in and aptitude for science, engineering and mathematics to pursue those fields. It's always "women" or "minorities."

Now we read that not enough Americans are getting advanced technical degrees. We must import from abroad the talent we failed to develop at home. This is really sick stuff. Someone is guilty of treason.

 
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