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Martyn Sadler

Scientists jailed for not predicting an earthquake

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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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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.com/news/2011/110914/full/477264a.html

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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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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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