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    raincrow! I can't wait to share that with my group. We had a terrific discussion on those featured in the book, as well as the ethics of putting them to work with NO idea what they were working with/on. As well as the huge topic of war...

    My gals are a well read, highly intelligent bunch. :)

    •  One of my best friends grew up in Brooklyn, (5+ / 0-)

      was in his 1st or early 2nd year at CUNY studying electrical circuits, when a recruiter walked into class and told them the government would pay them a very handsome salary and train them in electronics if they would drop what they were doing, get on the bus, and step off the edge of the world .... Where the heck was Tennessee, and what New Yorker in his/her right mind would ever voluntarily GO THERE???

      Almost all of them were from relatively poor working-class families, many of them Jews facing a life of struggle in that era's employment anti-Semitism. This sounded like an adventure PLUS a ticket out of the rat race. Several of them stood up, walked out of class, and went straight home to pack.

      My friend rode to Oak Ridge on the motorcycle he'd laboriously mcgyvered in high school from begged, borrowed, and home-built parts. He worked as an electronics repair technician thru the Manhattan Project, moved up into electronics design for another 15 years, then started his own company building nuclear instrumentation including amps, detectors, particle counters, and later the first programmable radio frequency scanners.

      He was not alone. Numerous others did the same, leaving the national lab to start their own garage businesses, many of which became highly successful, a pretty amazing assemblage of highly intelligent, creative, can-do scientists and engineers with a great flair for life, the arts, the outdoors, and civic involvement.

      Fight them to the end, until the children of the poor eat better than the dogs of the rich.

      by raincrow on Wed Apr 02, 2014 at 12:09:05 PM PDT

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