Sunday, May 9, 2021

Vox Popoli: Better learn to plumb

Forget space. Forget science. At this point, indoor plumbing is rapidly on the way out.

President Joe Biden has now taken the push for “diversity” in STEM to a new level. His candidate to head the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, the largest funder of the physical sciences in the U.S., is a soil geologist at the University of California, Merced. She has no background in physics, the science of energy, or the energy sector. She has never held a position as a scientific administrator. The typical head of DOE’s Office of Science in the past has had managerial authority in the nation’s major physics labs and has been a physicist himself, Science reports. The new nominee’s only managerial experience consists of serving since 2020 as an interim associate dean of UC Merced’s graduate division.

Asmeret Asefaw Berhe is, however, a black female who has won “accolades for her work to promote diversity in science,” as Science puts it. Berhe would be the first black woman to head the $7 billion office, and that is reason enough, according to the diversity mantra, why she should oversee X-ray synchrotrons, the development of nuclear weapons, and ongoing research on nuclear fusion.

One guess what type of "science" is going to be the only kind getting funding going forward. You'll have a better chance of getting a major grant if you're an astrologist or a witch doctor who claims to be able to heal herpes than if you're a physicist or a geneticist. Of course, the latter will still be funded by the military. The US may not have working toilets in ten years, but at least there is a reasonable chance at functional bioweaponry.

I thought Diversity was just ridiculous back when I first heard it being bandied about my 99-percent white university campus in the late 1980s. Now it appears to be the most aggressively dyscivilizational concept since feminism.