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USGS safe (for now)....
Now that the USGS seems safe for this year, it's time for
you USGSers out there to take a page from the Department
of Defense and let the world know what good things you're
doing for them, how it impacts their pocketbook in all 435
Congressional districts, and generally increase the level
of awareness in the community. You might start this by
issuing press releases at a level the general public can
comprehend (it appears that, except for NPR, this level
is 8th grade).
Failure to raise knowledge of the benefits of governmentally
sponsored geology will result in it's elimination, probably
at the hand of some other bureaucracy struggling for survival
("red in tooth and claw"!!)
Werner L. Stunkel