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Fierce Science: The Unemployed Scientist


A blogumn by Tabitha Esther

An unemployed scientist is like a Porsche engine revved at 5000 RPMs…set on cinder blocks.  An unemployed scientist is an environmental hazard. Did you ever hear the story of Jack Parsons? Jack Parsons was one of the founders of JPL – the Jet Propulsion Lab. JPL is a big deal science facility in Pasadena. JPL is in cahoots with NASA on all sorts of rocketry and space thing-a-ma-jiggys, and at one time stood for Jack Parson’s Lab. Which brings me back to my point.

Jack Parson’s was a renowned Occultist. He was buddies with Aleister Crowley and L. Ron Hubbard in the 1940’s. L. Ron eventually ripped off Parson’s for a large sum of money. Hubbard put that money toward publishing his new book Dianetics. What a crew, right?

Parson’s co-founded JPL with another rocket scientist named Tsien Hsue-shen in 1944. These guys were bona-fide rocket scientists. During WW2, Parsons and JPL as a whole worked on all kinds of projects for the American government. NASA got involved with JPL sometime in the 1950’s, but that was after Jack Parsons blew himself up in his home laboratory. He was working with some seriously dangerous volatile stuff in his home laboratory and accidentally set of an explosion which killed him. He was 38 years old.

Interesting story, eh? My point is that when unoccupied, a scientist is a danger to themselves and others in the immediate vicinity. So, for safety’s sake, someone please give me a job already! If you or someone you know would be interested in a model 1981 Geochemist, good condition, minor body work, strong engine and communication skills, send them my way.