This land surveyor is going to find out they have some rodents of unusual size in Germany.

And now, a rant. Apparently, it’s “considered suspicious” to have chemicals in your home, and to use them to do research. Here’s a short quote from the linked discussion thread:

My professor, on what should have been our last lab, told us we could all leave if we wanted, but that he’d still lecture if we stayed. We all stayed, and he went off about how, since 2000, any scientific work had been further and further restricted. We were “officially” hindered from our work by the safety folks. . . and he was told, off the record, that that came from DHS.

The thinking was, DHS told them to not let us run the machine, but to not tell us that’s what they were doing. So they just took forever on the approval process, until we couldn’t run it.

Great lecture. Depressing as hell, considering it was my last lecture in that department.

This country’s screwed, innovation-wise. I’m looking for ways to leave just so I don’t have to watch my back so frightfully for fear of losing a security clearance I’d need to do nearly any work I’m qualified for. I don’t do anything illegal, but I’m worried if I show up to a protest, or write something to the local paper, I’ll be blacklisted with no explanation. Paranoid, maybe, but not unheard of and they have the power to do so.

—user StreetlightInTheGhetto

If this is true, this country is so boned in the medium to long term that it isn’t funny. I did a little bit of pure research in 1996 and 1997 at a large university, and there was no stupid regulatory oversight. I did some more applied research at a private company in 2006 and 2007, and there was no stupid regulatory oversight.  Stifling research = committing economic suicide, but there are officials somewhere that apparently want to do that.  Sigh.