Giuseppe Sandro Mela.
Il mondo della scienza comprende molti ottimi scienziati, seri e preparati. Alcune istituzioni sono dei veri templi del sapere.
Poi, come ovunque, ci sono gli immancabili arrivisti, implacabilmente dediti alla ricerca assatanata di denaro, potere e notorietà. Quasi tutti liberals o di sinistra.
Se Maria Curie è nota per essere l’unico scienziato ad aver ottenuto, ed a ragione, sia il Premio Nobel per la Fisica sia quello per la Chimica, la seconda categoria eccelle nelle bufale e nell’arte di ottenere tutto ciò che ottengono in via politica. Amano mettersi in mostra ed essere ammirati dalla gente. Scientificamente nulli, sono persone fanerogame.
L’Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, nella persona del suo Presidente pro tempore di allora, convoca una conferenza stampa per annunciare all’universo che loro hanno scoperto in modo certo, scientifico, che i neutrini sono ben più veloci della luce. Mica che avessero scritto un lavoro e lo avessero mandato ad una rivista: conferenza stampa con reporter di tutto il mondo.
La scoperta del millennio! Einstein mandato in soffitta, ed anche in malo modo, data la supponenza del relatore.
Fu un diluvio di richieste di fondi, posti, onorificenze, il minimo da tributarsi a cotanti personaggi.
«It appears that the faster-than-light neutrino results, announced last September by the OPERA collaboration in Italy, was due to a mistake after all. A bad connection between a GPS unit and a computer may be to blame».
Semplicemente nessuna scoperta. Avevano solo cercato lo scoop. E poi venne fuori che non erano nemmeno stati in grado di collegare il cavetto di un calcolatore. Roba da terza elementare. Un errore da dilettanti allo sbaraglio.
Una figura da burini galattica, altro che una scoperta. L’Italia sepolta sotto il rididolo: roba da vergognarsi di essere italiani.
Il fisico Ereditato si dimette. Aveva annunciato la scoperta che i neutrini erano più veloci della luce.
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Bene, se gli “scienziati” dell’Infn si sono giustamente andati a cercare il titolo di buffoni cialtroneschi, i sedicenti “scienziati” dell’Usda e dell’Epa sono stirpe ancor più spregevole. Sono voragini di denaro pubblico e se la danno come se fossero Heisenberg. Solo che il Premio Nobel Heisenberg era quanto mai umile, mentre loro di presumino ne hanno da vendere.
Come il prof. Ereditato, hanno il culto delle news: annunciano in continuazione al mondo mirabolanti scoperte che esistono solo nella loro fantasia. Loro sono le ierodule del ‘clima‘, teoria che se non fosse stata spinta a spada tratta dei politici liberals democratici sarebbe stata accuratamente riposta nel cestino delle immondizie.
«they may no longer discuss agency research or departmental restrictions with anyone outside of the agency — including news media»
«Both agencies also told their scientists and other staff that press releases and external communications about taxpayer-funded work would stop until further notice»
«the Agricultural Research Service, reportedly said the ARS would no longer release any “public-facing documents»
«This includes, but is not limited to, news releases, photos, fact sheets, news feeds and social media content»
«Axios reported Monday that the Trump team plans to cut $815 million from the agency’s budget, for programs like states and tribal assistance grants, climate programs and other “environment programs and management.”»
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In attesa che il personale dell’Epa e dell’Usda possa essere collocato nel giusto e meritato riposo che segue al licenziamento, messi così in condizione di non poter più a lungo nuocere a sé ed agli altri, questa gente dovrà smettere la vecchia abitudine di sciorinare in pubblico informazioni riservate di ufficio e, soprattutto, interrompere l’inveterata abitudine di emettere comunicati trionfalistici senza autorizzazione alcuna, tipo
“nel 3015 il mondo sarà desertificato dal surriscaldamento globale. Ma se ci deste ancora mille miliardi lo renderemmo a clima piacevole”
Se perseverassero, il presidente Trump potrebbe usare altri sistemi.
→ Scientific American. 2017-01-25. Trump Administration Restricts News from Federal Scientists at USDA, EPA
The curbs echo what happened in Canada six years ago.
Pres. Donald Trump’s administration moved quickly this week to shore up its control over communications with the public and the press, as officials at the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture e-mailed staff to inform them that they may no longer discuss agency research or departmental restrictions with anyone outside of the agency—including news media. Both agencies also told their scientists and other staff that press releases and external communications about taxpayer-funded work would stop until further notice. It remains unclear if these will be temporary or long-term policies.
The Huffington Post and BuzzFeed News were the first to report the internal memos, which they said contained the EPA prohibitions on press releases and blog posts as well as the news that all incoming media requests would be carefully screened and require approval.
At the USDA a department-wide e-mail from the chief of staff of the agency’s in-house research office, the Agricultural Research Service, reportedly said the ARS would no longer release any “public-facing documents.” The e-mail, obtained by BuzzFeed, was cited as saying: “This includes, but is not limited to, news releases, photos, fact sheets, news feeds and social media content.”
The latest actions are not entirely unprecedented. The George W. Bush administration was notorious for limiting press access to federal scientists, and although former Pres. Barack Obama came into office pledging unprecedented transparency and openness with the press, many felt his administration did not completely live up to that promise; it drew media criticism for frequently making press calls only available “on background” (meaning officials must be quoted anonymously), and using close-hold embargo policies.
Neither the USDA nor EPA immediately responded to a request for comment. Also on Monday the Trump administration announced that federal contracts and grants would be temporarily frozen at the EPA. Trump additionally signed an executive order instituting a hiring freeze for many federal workers across its agencies (although it carved out exemptions for military, national security or public safety positions).
The administration’s latest actions resemble steps taken in Canada by former Prime Minister Stephen Harper while in office from 2006 to 2015; his administration blocked government scientists from speaking with media and explaining their research. Several weeks before Trump’s inauguration, Canadian scientists interviewed by Scientific American warned their U.S. counterparts about the threat of similar restrictions.
“There was a feeling that the government was not interested in expert opinion, and I think it’s the same kind of thing that you are probably going to see with the new [Trump] administration” in the U.S., David Tarasick, a senior research scientist at Environment and Climate Change Canada (the equivalent of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency), said last month. Harper’s move drove some Canadian scientists to leave the country to pursue their research. After Harper was voted out Canadian federal scientists last year worked with their union to ensure their contracts would enshrine their ability to speak with the media and the public about their work.
→ The Huffington Post. 2017-01-25. EPA Freezes Grants, Tells Employees Not To Talk About It, Sources Say
It’s unclear whether the freeze is temporary or indefinite.
WASHINGTON ― The Environmental Protection Agency has frozen its grant programs, according to sources there.
EPA staff has been instructed to freeze all its grants ― an extensive program that includes funding for research, redevelopment of former industrial sites, air quality monitoring and education, among other things ― and told not to discuss this order with anyone outside the agency, according to a Hill source with knowledge of the situation.
An EPA staffer provided the information to the congressional office anonymously, fearing retaliation.
It’s unclear whether the freeze is indefinite or temporary as the agency transitions fully to the Trump administration; the Senate has not yet confirmed Trump’s pick for EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt. It’s also not clear the immediate impact the grant freeze would have on programs across the country, since EPA grants are distributed at varying intervals and frequency.
“I will say it’s pretty unusual for us to get these kinds of anonymous contacts from people at the agency, which makes me think it’s unusual,” said the Hill source.
A source who works closely with states and territories on EPA grants said they heard from the agency on Tuesday evening that a review of grants would be done by Friday.
Neither the Trump transition office nor the central press office at the EPA responded to a request for comment Monday.
The Huffington Post received a message that was reportedly sent to staff Monday that seems to cover the current agency guidance on talking to the press in general, not just about the directive on grants. The memo states that the agency is imposing tight controls on external communication, including press releases, blog posts, social media and content on the agency website.
I just returned from a briefing for Communication Directors where the following information was provided. These restrictions are effective immediately and will remain in place until further direction is received from the new Administration’s Beach Team. Please review this material and share with all appropriate individuals in your organization. If anyone on your staff receives a press inquiry of any kind, it must be referred to me so I can coordinate with the appropriate individuals in OPA.
– No press releases will be going out to external audiences.
-No social media will be going out. A Digital Strategist will be coming on board to oversee social media.
– Existing, individually controlled, social media accounts may become more centrally controlled.
– No blog messages.
– The Beach Team will review the list of upcoming webinars and decide which ones will go forward.
– Please send me a list of any external speaking engagements that are currently scheduled among any of your staff from today through February.
– Incoming media requests will be carefully screened.
– No new content can be placed on any website. Only do clean up where essential.
– List servers will be reviewed. Only send out critical messages, as messages can be shared broadly and end up in the press.
I will provide updates to this information as soon as I receive it.
(”Beach team” refers to staffers for the new administration working at the various agencies while new leadership is put in place; “OPA” most likely refers to the “Office of Public Affairs.”)
There are clearly major changes underway at the EPA as the Trump team takes the helm. Trump appointed Myron Ebell, the director of the Center for Energy and Environment at the libertarian think tank Competitive Enterprise Institute and a fierce EPA critic, to oversee the transition work at the agency. Axios reported Monday that the Trump team plans to cut $815 million from the agency’s budget, for programs like states and tribal assistance grants, climate programs and other “environment programs and management.”
Pruitt has a long history of battling the agency over environmental regulations as the attorney general of Oklahoma, describing himself as “a leading advocate against the EPA’s activist agenda.”
In a report later Monday night, ProPublica confirmed the freeze in an interview and reported it also includes EPA contracts. Ebell told ProPublica the freeze is to “make sure nothing happens they don’t want to have happen.”
“This may be a little wider than some previous administrations, but it’s very similar to what others have done,” he said.
But a former Obama administration EPA official tells HuffPost that while “it is completely normal for incoming administrations to come in and take stock of what’s happening across an agency,” the Trump administration’s moves so far are “extreme, and very troubling, especially when it comes to both the grant freeze and the public communications.”
“When it comes to the grants freeze, this could be especially problematic at the state level. EPA sends a huge amount of its budget to the states, where it is ultimately spent,” said the official. “That’s where you could ultimately see the most negative impacts, especially at times when states are already suffering budget challenges. Time will tell, but this is not a great start when it comes to supporting states or transparency and a commitment to sharing important information with the public.”
HuffPost also reported Tuesday that staffers at several other federal agencies, including the Department of Agriculture and Health and Human Services, have also been told to shut down external communication for the time being.
→ Buzz Feed News. 2017-01-25. USDA Scientists Have Been Put On Lockdown Under Trump
“Starting immediately and until further notice” the department’s main research division “will not release any public-facing documents,” according to an internal memo. UPDATE: The order was rescinded by the department on Tuesday.
The US Department of Agriculture has banned scientists and other employees in its main research division from publicly sharing everything from the summaries of scientific papers to USDA-branded tweets as it starts to adjust to life under the Trump administration, BuzzFeed News has learned.
According to an email sent Monday morning and obtained by BuzzFeed News, the department told staff — including some 2,000 scientists — at the agency’s main in-house research arm, the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), to stop communicating with the public about taxpayer-funded work.
“Starting immediately and until further notice, ARS will not release any public-facing documents,” Sharon Drumm, chief of staff for ARS, wrote in a department-wide email shared with BuzzFeed News.
“This includes, but is not limited to, news releases, photos, fact sheets, news feeds, and social media content,” she added.
Indeed, the last tweet from ARS’s official account was sent the day before Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20.
Though the terse internal note did not explicitly mention the new presidential administration, department scientists around the country interpreted it as a message from Trump that changes were coming to the department.
The memo was also met with some confusion. When asked if the notice constituted a halt on the publication of academic articles, one regional director told scientists that research papers could be published in academic journals and presented at conferences, but that all media interviews must be approved by the office of communications in Washington.
In a statement on Tuesday to BuzzFeed News, the department acknowledged sending an internal email that halted the release of “informational products like news releases and social media content” on Monday. “Scientific publications, released through peer reviewed professional journals are not included,” he added.
“As the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s chief scientific in-house research agency, ARS values and is committed to maintaining the free flow of information between our scientists and the American public as we strive to find solutions to agricultural problems affecting America,” Christopher Bentley, a spokesperson for ARS, said in the statement.
Though some Agricultural Research Service work touches on sensitive subjects like pesticides and genetically modified food, its research is generally less politically charged than that conducted by other agencies, especially those focused on understanding climate change, such as the Environmental Protection Agency.
But under the Obama administration, the Agriculture Department funneled research money into finding ways of cutting down the release of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, from cows.
The nomination of former Gov. Sonny Perdue of Georgia as agriculture secretary puts the fate of that and other department research touching on climate change into question. Like President Trump himself, Perdue has in the past bucked the overwhelming consensus among climate scientists that Earth’s atmosphere and oceans are warming due to human activity.
“It’s become a running joke among the public,” Perdue wrote in the National Review in 2014, “and liberals have lost all credibility when it comes to climate science because their arguments have become so ridiculous and so obviously disconnected from reality.”
Other agencies are under lockdown as well since Trump moved into the White House.
Employees at the National Park Service were told to stop tweeting from official park accounts. The Trump administration has also imposed a freeze on grants and contracts from the EPA, the Huffington Post and ProPublica reported on Monday. The EPA, too, is no longer issuing press releases or posting on social media, according to the reports.