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Friday, May 21, 2010

Anti-Wage-Slavery, Pro-Freedom Quotations Of The Week 516-518

"We are always just at the beginning of invention and innovation," said Dr. Donald Keck, the retired co-inventor of the optical fiber that has revolutionized telecommunications. Innovation is the cornerstone of prosperity in the United States, he said, and the government should provide sustained support to promote it.

Richard M. Russell of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, who helped moderate the discussion, said 52 percent of the nation's growth since World War II had come through invention. Aside from supporting research, he said, the government's greatest role in assuring continuing innovation is promoting a strong, modern patent office.

… The patent office has issued more than 6.3 million patents since its inception, officials said, and awards about 3,500 new patents each week. The agency, part of the Commerce Department, receives more than 325,000 applications for product and process patents annually.
The Inquiring Minds Behind 200 Years of Inventions
NYT, WASHINGTON, Oct. 21, 2002


The order of things should be reversed; the seventh day should be the day of toil...and the other six his Sabbath of the affections and the soul, in which to range this widespread garden, and drink in the soft influences and sublime revelations of Nature...
Henry Thoreau, A Week On The Concord And Merrimack Rivers, 1847

A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth glancing at.
Oscar Wilde


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