"Atomic orthodoxy and the ascent to heaven" by Karl Grossmanhttp://enformable.com/2012/06/atomic-orthodoxy-and-the-ascent-to-heaven/
Majia here: Important people in the sciences are celebrities who are called upon by the media to make official pronouncements.
They supplement their institutional incomes with principle investigator funds from research grants.
They have job security and influence national policy.
Karl Grossman's essay explains how it all works.
Hat tip Joy at Enenews