August 1, 2004
So you’ve seen the pictures of John Kerry in a protective blue jumpsuit, crawling around inside the space shuttle Discovery with John Glenn. Looks dorky, it’s like Dukakis in the tank helmet, whatever, no actual events are occurring in the world, etc.
Of course, Kerry was wearing completely standard-issue scientific gear. He was dressed the way scientists dress all the time. Which is what makes this little media pile-on so chemotherapeutically nauseating — because of course, the point is that scientists are about as “unmanly” as you can get. […]
Hey, I’ve got an idea. If political pundits and right-wing assholes find scientists such laughable fools, why don’t they all go live on an island somewhere utterly devoid of scientific progress past, say, the 13th century? Then they can all foam at the mouth with scurvy and beat each other to death with human thighbones.
I was going to write something about the popular perception of scientists and engineers, the coolness of FIRST, blah blah blah, but forget it. Just bask in Clive’s righteous indignation.