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Scientists jailed for not predicting an earthquake


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#1 Martyn Sadler

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 09:12 AM

See http://www.telegraph...rs-in-jail.html

Seems a harsh judgement to me!

#2 Futtocks

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 09:16 AM

Unbelievable. Anyway, aren't quakes deemed to be 'acts of God', so why haven't they felt Pope Benny's collar instead?

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#3 WearyRhino

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 09:31 AM

Ludicrous judgement.

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#4 Ackroman

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 09:39 AM

I bet they weren't as shocked as the victims.

#5 D9000

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 09:59 AM

AIUI they weren't charged with failing to predict it so much as not telling people about it.

"The view from L'Aquila, however, is quite different. Prosecutors and the
families of victims alike say that the trial has nothing to do with the ability
to predict earthquakes, and everything to do with the failure of
government-appointed scientists serving on an advisory panel to adequately
evaluate, and then communicate, the potential risk to the local population. The
charges, detailed in a 224-page document filed by Picuti, allege that members of
the National Commission for Forecasting and Predicting Great Risks, who held a
special meeting in L'Aquila the week before the earthquake, provided
"incomplete, imprecise, and contradictory information" to a public that had been
unnerved by months of persistent, low-level tremors. Picuti says that the
commission was more interested in pacifying the local population than in giving
clear advice about earthquake preparedness."

http://www.nature.co...ll/477264a.html

#6 Tiny Tim

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 04:44 PM

Unbelievable. Anyway, aren't quakes deemed to be 'acts of God', so why haven't they felt Pope Benny's collar instead?

Ahem, gods only take credit for the good stuff... Unless somebody is being smitten...

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#7 Marauder

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 05:22 PM

Unbelievable. Anyway, aren't quakes deemed to be 'acts of God', so why haven't they felt Pope Benny's collar instead?

I'm sure I read somewhere on here that Scientists don't believe in God ;)
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#8 Severus

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 07:37 PM

I'm sure I read somewhere on here that Scientists don't believe in God ;)

All of them?
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#9 gingerjon

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 08:31 AM

All of them?


Most people don't believe in all the gods so scientists are no different.
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#10 Severus

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 12:58 PM

Most people don't believe in all the gods so scientists are no different.

Blasphemy! There is only one god
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#11 gingerjon

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 01:17 PM

Blasphemy! There is only one god


He must get lonely.
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#12 Severus

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 05:32 AM

He must get lonely.

Yeah, to relieve the boredom he passes his time by giving Aids to children in Africa.
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