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    Default Scientists charged with manslaughter....

    ....for failing to predict an earthquake. Expert notes that this could have a 'chilling effect' on scientists....presumably after also noting that the typical human eye perceives the sky as blue.

    http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/...ct-earthquake/

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    Wait, they're being charged for failure to predict an earthquake when (as mentioned in the article several times) that the predicting of earthquakes is near impossible? What the fuck?

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    Scapegoating. So messed up.
    I got my smile from the sunshine,
    I got my tears from the rain.
    I learned to dance when I saw a tiger prance,
    And a peacock taught me to be vain.
    A little owl in a tree so high,
    He taught me how to wink my eye.
    I learned to bill and coo from a turtledove,
    And a grizzly bear taught me how to hug.
    But the guy that lived two caves from me,
    He taught me how to love.

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    Darn it, it was this close to being the perfect crime!

    ...Seriously, did the Onion staff infiltrate Fox News?

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    wow....that's ridiculous. I hope (and expect) they'll be laughed out of court, but who knows....
    -end of thread-

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    While we're at it, why don't we go ahead and charge them for failing to invent the flying car in a timely fashion. All this land-based travel is adding up a huge number of vehicle-related deaths and I simply cannot stand by and see that no justice reaches those responsible for this madness.

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    Scientists have also been implicated in the holocaust after failing to use a time machine to stop it.

    In related news: non-scientists continue to have no responsibility for the human race whatsoever.
    Does he want a pillow for his head?

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    As usual, foxnews misrepresents. Can't decide if it's stupidity or a deliberate attempt to ramp up the drama.

    The scientists are being charged with stating something they didn't state:

    At the subsequent press conference, De Bernardinis, who is being tried along with the scientists, told the crowd, “The scientific community tells me there is no danger, because there is an ongoing discharge of energy. The situation looks favorable.” (via Nature News) People say that as a result of this reassurance, they didn't leave their homes or take other precautions against the quake struck.

    However, in the minutes of the meeting, the scientists do not say that there was "no danger," though they say that a swarm of mini-quakes is no certain indicator that a major one is on the way. Additionally, “the idea that minor earthquakes release energy and thus make things better is a common misperception," Susan Hough, a geophysicist at the USGS, comments (via Nature News). "But seismologists know it’s not true. I doubt any scientist could have said that.” The scientists have since said the statement misrepresented their opinions.
    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/...20066827.shtml

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    America, fuck yeah.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmie Dearest View Post
    America, fuck yeah.
    This is in Italy.

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