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DavidPK
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DavidPK   11/9/2011 11:57:32 PM
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The only time I was ever in the jury box was for the juror evaluations. After that, both sides can toss off so many people for no stated reason. The defense attorney asked me what my occupation was. I said "Engineer" and he said "You're out of here..."

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ghova   11/9/2011 3:09:05 PM
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Thanks for confirming that he said that -- I couldn't believe my eyes.

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ghova   11/9/2011 3:02:16 PM
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I've never heard of lawyers on either side explaining why they rejected a potential juror.

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Freedbrain   11/9/2011 2:03:50 PM
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We engineers are politically naive, believing the US media's distorted views of the world, unlike politicians who realize that everyone has their own prejudiced viewpoint. Couple this with engineers' tendency to want to "solve" every "problem" with "the right tool" (weapons in this case), and I see a government made up of US engineers as starting World War 3. Though engineers can solve technical problems analytically, they are heavily biased when it comes to foreign policy, without even realizing it.

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Dave E   11/9/2011 1:37:03 PM
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So, Democracy is not for you? I take it will be quite at home in the emerging EU super-state oligarchy, then? Where all laws & government is done by technocrats and we, the public, no longer have any say in how we are governed. That is a truly retrograde step back to medieval times and the thought is truly depressing , not to say terrifying!

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sharps_eng   11/8/2011 8:29:43 PM
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Its not all good news- Margaret Thatcher was a chemist. No-one felt more let down by her than scientists and engineers. So analytics and energetic leadership are not enough on their own. You also need heart, and soul; a moral compass. Belbin: 'There is no such thing as a perfect leader, but you can make a perfect team.' Remove the need for exceptional individuals in leadership positions, construct leadership teams, and give them the job of running things. This can all be done out in the open. (I am not talking about committees :-). Political animals will have to go and find another place to play.

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nosubject   11/8/2011 6:07:02 PM
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One of my alumni (an EE engineer) became a prime minister of a country recently. Let's come back to revisit the results several years later.

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Jeff.Petro   11/8/2011 2:57:40 PM
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If an engineer was in charge would he have the balls to vote for bills for the good of the people or would he vote along party lines? If it's the latter, then lawyer, accountant or engineer makes no difference.

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rick merritt   11/8/2011 6:46:06 AM
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I nominate John D'Ambrosia who has chaired several contentious and high profile IEEE groups, a job I think is akin to herding Congressional cats

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SueV   11/7/2011 10:14:39 PM
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good idea. It may have more impact than public financing of campaigns and without the downside of that approach. I also especially appreciated Rich Krajewski's comments. Before solving any problems, everyone has to agree what the problems are. For example, apparently, dedicating one's life to studying climate does not make one as much of an expert on climate as some politician or the other. I've also had a disagreement with someone on social security. His point was that it would be the individual's and their children's tough luck if they were homeless and starving and not society's problem. I did not have an answer for that. Social security is indeed not an issue if one does not care about one's neighbor's plight. How is an engineer to deal with such non-technical questions any better than anyone else?

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