Science Knows

Not only does science know why the tsunami happened, it can give precious hours of warning. If a small fraction of the tax breaks handed out to churches, mosques and synagogues had been diverted into an early warning system, tens of thousands of people, now dead, would have been moved to safety.
Let’s get up off our knees, stop cringing before bogeymen and virtual fathers, face reality, and help science to do something constructive about human suffering.

The above from The Guardian via Norm Jensen’s One Good Move.
Also, via Jensen: William Pitt has started his own weblog at Truthout.
AND
an interesting discussion on “God is an Asshole.”

2 thoughts on “Science Knows

  1. “Let’s get up off our knees, stop cringing before bogeymen and virtual fathers, face reality, and help science to do something constructive about human suffering.”
    Excellent. I love the wording. And yes, there is already science available to warn not only of aftershocks, like tsunamis, but also precursors to the actual earthquakes themselves, from 45 minutes to 72 hours, which would save many lives. Yet, the government, in its top-dog policy of “you can’t know more than me” spirit of competition, not only won’t allow this knowledge to become public domain, but does everything in its power to take down the sites and harass the people doing the research.
    But like the guy from USGS said on Tim Russert’s show last Sunday morning, yeah, we’ve got the technological know-how to warn people about these disasters — how badly do you want this technology? “It’s verrrry expensive!” (It’s not like we’re going to give it away. Not if we can greedily snatch away even more graft from starving nations, too poor to have a pot to piss in.) [My personal translation]
    Ain’t we grand? Doesn’t all this family values crap just warm the cockles of your heart? Still, since even SOHO/NASA became militarized, I can’t squawk when they pass all their data streams through an office of homeland security before deeming it “National Security-Safe” before publishing the bits and pieces left over, seeing as they’ve managed to make us all feel lucky now to have any access to anything scientific at all. Pretty soon, we’ll be in TXH1138, kneeling in converted phone booths before a back-lit picture of Jesus, confessing to a pre-recorded tape.
    Heil Bushitler, you little shit.

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