On Tuesday, some of Italy's top scientists resigned from the government's disaster agency to protest the manslaughter conviction of seven geological experts for failing to predict the devastating earthquake in L'Aquila in 2009. As we noted yesterday, scientists across the world were appalled at the idea of holding scientists criminally responsible for failing to accurately predict the severity of future earthquakes, something that is notoriously difficult to do. Now the Italian government will have fewer scientists to call on to handle disasters.Good. Since the "scientists" have been WRONG, you're better off without them. Better no advice than bad advice. Sooner or later, real scientists, functioning outside the corrupt government-favored institutions, will pop up to take their place.
The biggest name to clock out is one of Italy's top phyicists, Luciano Maiami. A former head of the particle physics laboratory CERN in Geneva, Maiami is currently the head of Italy's top disaster body,... of which the seven convicted scientists were members. ... "These are professionals who spoke in good faith and were by no means motivated by personal interests,....Personal interests weren't the problem. Nobody was saying that the "scientists" took bribes to make their bad decision. The problem is that they operate inside a corrupt and arrogant mindset. They believe in numbers and simulations instead of reality.
"It is impossible to produce serious, professional and disinterested advice under this mad judicial and media pressure. This sort of thing doesn't happen anywhere else in the world."Happens all the time in HONEST branches of science, you grotesque peabrained Quantumite dickhead. Engineers and doctors always operate under judicial pressure, and it makes them careful. Perhaps too careful sometimes, as in ordering too many tests; but in a major situation like this, too careful is good. Again, these particular scientists were not doing blue-sky research; they were PAID BY THE GOVERNMENT to give ADVICE ABOUT EARTHQUAKE DANGER. They gave WRONG ADVICE, which was NOT JUSTIFIED BY THE ACTUAL FUCKING EVIDENCE THEY WERE LOOKING AT.
In no uncertain terms, he said, "This is the end of scientists giving consultations to the state."Good, by fucking God. This would be the best news of the century if it really happened, but it won't really happen. The incestuous relationship is too lucrative on both sides.
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