Posted by: Arkay | April 14, 2009

this sucks big time

The other day I read another (minor/tucked away) article where once again real science, that proved (tragically) to be right, was shunted aside in the name of politics/economics (prior to the tragedy becoming apparent – see melamine, global warming, FDA f-ups etc., etc., etc. ad infinitum). Shouldn’t surprise me as the world’s two biggest economies/political entities (China and the US) do it ALL the time, but it still sucks big time.

Here’s how this one went… “An Italian scientist predicted a major earthquake around L’Aquila weeks before disaster struck the city… but he was reported to the authorities for spreading panic.” (all emphasis mine) After the quake hit and was as bad as predicted, “The government insisted that the warning by seismologist (wait… isn’t that another word for someone who PREDICTS earthquakes?!? Giacchino Giuliani, had no scientific foundation.” (oh, really?)

Vans with loudspeakers drove around the town a month before the quake telling locals to evacuate their houses after Giuliani predicted a LARGE quake was on the way (there had been tremors building since mid-Jan). “Giuliani, who based his forecast on concentrations of radon gas around seismically active (there’s that word again) areas, was reported to police for “spreading alarm” and was forced(?) to remove his findings from the internet. Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi appeared on the defensive (no shit) at a news conference saying now was the time to concentrate on relief efforts and afterwards “we can discuss afterwards about the predictability of earthquakes.” This apparently comes after Italy’s civil protection agency (they may have to rename themselves after this) held a meeting of the major risks committee, grouping scientists charged with assessing such risks, in L’Aquila on March 31 (one week before the quake) to reassure the townspeople, concluding there was no reason to forecast a more powerful earthquake that the previous tremors.” (uh, didn’t Mr. Giuliani have one?)

I have no way to vent my anger over this one, furious doesn’t even begin to describe my feelings in regards to another massive loss of life (over 180 PREVENTABLE deaths) in the name of politics, economics or covering one’s ass and fucking up big time as a result. (*insert long primal scream here*)

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Responses

  1. C’mon…you just gotta adjust your priorities. first comes money, then the self, and fuck the rest. See, that how you too can crave power and be a complete blithering idiot aka politician.

  2. oh, you’re gonna like my latest post then 😉

  3. I actually read this about a week back, and like you, I was appalled that this happened.

    How can they justify their actions now that his predictions came true? Loss of life could have been minimized but they did nothing.

    If you want something to cheer you up, watch this video. This lady has the voice of an angel!


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