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Old May 27, 2011, 02:13 AM   #1
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Seismologists Tried for Manslaughter for Not Predicting Earthquake

Italy strikes again. First Amanda Knox, now this...

http://news.yahoo.com/s/livescience/...tingearthquake

Is it just me or is this absolutely ridiculous? What the hell are they thinking???
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Old May 27, 2011, 03:16 AM   #2
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Italy strikes again. First Amanda Knox, now this...

http://news.yahoo.com/s/livescience/...tingearthquake

Is it just me or is this absolutely ridiculous? What the hell are they thinking???
And if they and predicted on, which didn't happen they would be sued for public menace if schools/offices were evacuated.

Can we sue the weather services for not predicting a tornado?
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Old May 27, 2011, 04:20 AM   #3
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Wait... what? Is this serious?
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Old May 27, 2011, 10:36 AM   #4
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Wait... what? Is this serious?
Sadly, yes.
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Old May 27, 2011, 11:02 AM   #5
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Must be because Italy has "a dictatorship of left-wing judges."
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Old May 27, 2011, 11:08 AM   #6
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That is just crazy. Really crazy.

But even legally how would this work? Most jurisdictions have big restrictions on criminal liability by omission?
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That is just crazy. Really crazy.

But even legally how would this work? Most jurisdictions have big restrictions on criminal liability by omission?
Who knows? Seems like a big joke to me. I'm amazed that any civilized nation could find this remotely acceptable. Our technology in this 21st century is amazing, but it hasn't got to the point yet where we can accurately predict an earthquake. Maybe in 10 years, but not yet.
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Old May 27, 2011, 11:56 AM   #8
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This is insane. It is a quick way to kill the scientific community in the country with cap like this.
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Old May 27, 2011, 12:10 PM   #9
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Honestly how stupid are these people??
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Must be because Italy has "a dictatorship of left-wing judges."
Must be why the right-wing Belesconi is in jail.
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Earthquakes cannot be predicted with enough precision to reliably determine when evacuation is needed.

If you live on or near a fault, it's not a question of if, but when mother nature comes a-calling. Why should scientists be punished for an inevitibility that can't be reliably predicted?
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When I first saw this idiocy, I was reminded of the wag who in the 1920s introduced a bill into the Tennessee legislature to make Pi exactly equal to 3.0000000........... for the benefit of the state's high school students. There was serious debate before somebody finally pointed out reality.

On reflection, however, I would add other, equal examples of highly-placed people who are out of touch with reality.

Bernanke and QE2 come to mind. The maunderings of Paul Krugman who's right in there with Bernanke. Various elected officials and appointees at various levels and the lack of understanding of the marketplace, but you get my drift...
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This is going to thin the ranks of Italian geologists fairly quickly.
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This is going to thin the ranks of Italian geologists fairly quickly.
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When I first saw this idiocy, I was reminded of the wag who in the 1920s introduced a bill into the Tennessee legislature to make Pi exactly equal to 3.0000000........... for the benefit of the state's high school students. There was serious debate before somebody finally pointed out reality.

On reflection, however, I would add other, equal examples of highly-placed people who are out of touch with reality.

Bernanke and QE2 come to mind. The maunderings of Paul Krugman who's right in there with Bernanke. Various elected officials and appointees at various levels and the lack of understanding of the marketplace, but you get my drift...
Fairly sure that never happened good story though

http://www.snopes.com/religion/pi.asp

Though it appears it actually did happen in the late 1800's in Indiana.
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Honestly how stupid are these people??
I'm sure there is a cure but the drug companies would lose money not having any patients to treat.
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I'm sure there is a cure, but the drug companies would lose money not having any patients to treat.
Why do you think the U.S. has put the reigns on open stem-cell research?

If curable, another more 'advanced' country will achieve that break-through.
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