Ode to the OTA from Occam: (I particularly appreciate the line about “public input”.)
Around 1599 Shakespeare penned “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day,” to an unnamed lover. As I believe that imitation is the sincerest form of laziness – and in recognition of the Science Cheerleader’s tireless efforts to get a 21st century version of the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment opened – I have taken the liberty of adapting this poem to my would-be lover, the OTA. I could go into several reasons why a revamped, participatory OTA is needed, but here may be the most salient, and maybe you’ve seen it on this site already: a higher percentage of Tennessee Titans cheerleaders have formal science training than do members of congress.
Oh OTA, shall I compare thee…
Thou shine year round yet do not give cancer
Summer proceeds with no care, come what may
Renews my appreciation for Shakespeare- just like the Star Trek movies do! (Oh, that’s a good thing!)