reply to post by Kandinsky
True, most of the people in Bulgaria don't care about science (not only in Bulgaria).
Yet the financial situation in the country isn't so bad after the "financial crisis". In fact, Bulgaria has one of the lowest budget deficits in the
EU and the second-lowest debt in the EU - at the end of 2011 (!).
We are talking about lunch money here, 500k is nothing compared compared to "useless" spending of millions in other departments. And by browsing the
observatory website anyone can see, that the work of the scientists there was effective, a lot of discoveries were made there.
That's what hurts me the most, and should hurt the whole scientific community.
I was at the Rozhen observatory a couple of times when I was still living in Bulgaria. I will never forget some particular people, who dedicated their
whole life of working there, knowing, that they will live in misery due to the minimal salary they receive.
And yet they were always happy, eager to show new results, work with International colleagues on European projects, knowing that they have a 10 times
bigger salary - It didn't matter. They took their private time to teach enthusiast like me about modern astrology, explaining, showing, etc.
In the past 10 years, every year was a struggle to survive, getting a cut from next year's budged. Now, that the fight seems lost, over 50 scientists
who dedicated their life to this observatory will loose their job and their goal to support the scientific community, because the government is
refusing to pay them an amount that doesn't even top the sum of one (!) of the new bullet proof BMW's they ordered this year. 24 pieces of them.
edit on 21/10/12 by absente because: (no reason given)