[snip] The biggest economic story of the last 30 years, according to economist Dean Baker at beatthepress.blogspot.com, is that some Americans “in high paying professions . . . have managed to drive up their wages by sustaining and increasing barriers against competition (both foreign and domestic), while less-skilled workers … have been deliberately placed in direct competition with low-paid workers in the developing world.”

[snip] Is doing science easier or harder than digging ditches? Questions like this are being kicked around at scienceblogs.com/principles/2006/08/science_is_tedious.php. One professor writes, “The dirty secret we don’t teach our students is that most real research is tedious, time consuming and routine, just like any other kind of work. Whether you think it’s hard or the ride of a lifetime is primarily a matter of attitude.”