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Scientists Convicted For Not Predicting Quakes

From Fox News:

Italian court convicts 7 scientists for failing to predict earthquake

October 22, 2012

L’AQUILA, Italy – Defying assertions that earthquakes cannot be predicted, an Italian court convicted seven scientists and experts of manslaughter Monday for failing to adequately warn residents before a temblor struck central Italy in 2009 and killed more than 300 people.

The court in L’Aquila Monday evening handed down six-year-prison sentences to the defendants, members of a national “Great Risks Commission.” In Italy, convictions aren’t definitive until after an appeals trial, so it is unlikely any of the defendants would face jail immediately.

The trial — described in 2011 by a USGS scientist as “a witch hunt” — sent shock waves of its own through the international science community.

“It’s a sad day for science,” said seismologist Susan Hough, of the U.S. Geological Survey in Pasadena, Calif. “It’s unsettling.” …

We’re not so sure. Maybe we should start convicting scientists for their ‘global warming’ predictions when they fail to materialize.

The trial began in September 2011 in this Apennine town, whose devastated historic center is still largely a ghost town.

The defendants were accused in the indictment of giving “inexact, incomplete and contradictory information” about whether small tremors felt by L’Aquila residents in the weeks and months before the April 6, 2009, quake should have constituted grounds for a quake warning.

The 6.3-magnitude quake killed 308 people in and around the medieval town and forced survivors to live in tent camps for months.

Many much smaller earth tremors had rattled the area in the months before the quake, causing frightened people to wonder if they should evacuate.

Prosecutors had sought convictions and four-year sentences during the trial. They argued in court that the L’Aquila disaster was tantamount to “monumental negligence,” and cited the devastation wrought in the southern United States in 2005 when levees failed to protect the city of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina…

And this would be like blaming George Bush for Hurricane Katrina. Which, of course, never happened.

Earthquakes are, of course, nearly impossible to predict, seismologists say. In fact, according to the website for the USGS, no major quake has ever been predicted successfully.

“Neither the USGS nor Caltech nor any other scientists have ever predicted a major earthquake,” reads a statement posted on the USGS website. “They do not know how, and they do not expect to know how any time in the foreseeable future.” …

And yet scientists can predict the weather 15 to 20 years from now. Go figure.

The verdict also calls for damage payments that could add up to hundreds of thousands of euros, Science magazine wrote.

Naturally. But just just think of the damage the global warming alarmists have done. Think of how much time and money they have wasted. Think of the psychological scarring of our children.

How much should Al Gore have to pay in damages?

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Scientists Convicted For Not Predicting Quakes”

  1. canary says:

    Time to sue those scientists in America who recently caught lying about global warming and caused financial burden and a mass hysteria to the poor tree huggers, not to forget brainwashing little children in schools. Pay some of that fed stimulus money back.

    Bret Baier said the Chesapeak Bay sued and won the EPA. I think the EPA is some type quasi agency we shouldn’t even pay attention to.

    Any ways read the govt’s latest report and it Chesapeak Bay sued because of run off water. You know like water runs down your drive wave, or runs down a over a little hump in the ground.
    Does this harm Chesapeak Bay?

    Anyways, Obama plans on forcing new green roofs for homes to help solve the problem of water running off the roof, which of course you want water to run off the roof, so I’m afraid everyone will have to put buckets or troughs under their roofs and catch the rain water.
    Or perhaps we will have to have white roofs.

    The reports says Obama plans to bankrupt farmers because of the dust stirred.

  2. River0 says:

    This is what happens when Liberal modernists get their way, and ‘feelings’ count more than reason and logic. The whole edifice of ‘progressive’ Utopianism hangs on this principle, that human behavior – and by extension, even Nature – is malleable, and can be engineered. The poor can be bought out of their poverty; peace can be purchased by platitudes, appeasement, and surrender; and economies can be manipulated at will by central authorities. It always ends in tyranny and collapse.

    This is why the European Union is collapsing. It felt so good to incorporate Greece, Italy, and Spain into the Euro family. Never mind the ancient cultural conflicts.

  3. Petronius says:

    Have any of these scientists correctly predicted the coming Romney landslide?

  4. Weathermen around the globe must be messing their diapers about now…

  5. wirenut says:

    Try this one on for size. Four more years of Barrynomics, buries us all. No prediction, just fact.
    So if you put your best minds on this subject behind bars, whose going to fill in? Now theres a model I’m after.

  6. JohnMG says:

    So I guess there will be a lot of science majors from Italian universities switching their majors to Womens’ Studies, or Ethnic Studies, or Political Science, or…………………..wait for it…………………………………

    Social Justice!?

  7. GetBackJack says:

    This from a “nation” which changes governments like other people change underwear.

  8. wirenut says:

    JohnMG, like a hammer meets a nail.
    GBJ, Racist, you never brought up people’s socks. How rude!
    As for me, I’ll die from a deer jump’n thru my windshield while trying to avoid a flood.
    I brought this on myself. Haw-haw!

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