I don't think much actual work is going to be accomplished here at LNA today. Colleagues are too elated following yesterday's election. The last few years have been quite demoralizing for the scientists and other staff -- lots of being forced to pander to religious ideologues, editing reports to downplay things that didn't line up with White House beliefs, seeing respected researchers assigned to dead end projects or being forced into early retirements. I'm low enough in the food chain and lucky enough to work in an area where it was never an issue for me, but I've heard the horror stories. And I did occasionally wonder just what I would do if I got asked to write a public web site feature that I knew was garbage, like something claiming condoms don't work in preventing STDs or that having an abortion causes cancer. Fortunately, it never happened.
Wonder when and if the rats will start leaving the ship here? Under the Bush administration a lot of people came in at the Senior Executive Service level -- they get paid whopping salaries for not doing a whole lot -- so it would be nice to see some of that deadwood cleaned out. A lot of us lower level peons are hoping that exodus starts soon.