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Political censorship at US Geological Survey

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Political censorship at US Geological Survey

Postby vebiltdervan » Thu Jun 14, 2018 3:21 pm

"Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey must now submit their presentation titles for review by the Interior Department to get approval to attend two major conferences, and they will have to identify how their research relates to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's priorities."

"...Chip Groat, who served as USGS director under presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, called the new protocol unusual and 'inappropriate'..."

I've known Chip Groat going back to the 1980s, when he was Louisiana State Geologist. He's a staunch conservative, registered republican. I would characterize Chip's career, on the several occasions when he has not been in academia or state/national geological agencies, as one of being an oil & gas industry insider. He headed for several years one of the gas industry's principal lobbying groups in Washington. He headed up a large, multiple-year, supposed-to-be objective study of fracking, which completely whitewashed the practice (although its conclusions were later withdrawn when it was discovered that Chip had hidden his own financial conflicts-of-interest).

So when Chip calls this new, intrusive protocol "inappropriate", that criticism is not coming from some liberal environmentalist wacko. He's a conservative who's objecting to a political test being applied by Zincke's political appointees to decide what scientific research shall and shall not be presented to the scientific community at large & to the public.



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Re: Political censorship at US Geological Survey

Postby mathguy » Thu Jun 14, 2018 4:42 pm

Distrubing.

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Re: Political censorship at US Geological Survey

Postby BelleVUe » Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:38 am

What will come next? Will they have to salute and say Seig Heil after they hear Achtung?
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Re: Political censorship at US Geological Survey

Postby cjdore » Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:51 am

BelleVUe wrote:What will come next? Will they have to salute and say Seig Heil after they hear Achtung?
PUHLEEESE

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Re: Political censorship at US Geological Survey

Postby BelleVUe » Fri Jun 15, 2018 8:10 am

Not Puhleeese

It will be "Bitte"

You do know this is not to be taken as a serious political comment. My potty book at the moment is titled 1,001 jokes, so this is where my mindset is.

Here is a nice clean one from the book that I adjusted to be more fun here.

Why did the Tennessee football fan sell his water skis?

Answer: He couldn't find a lake with a slope.
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Re: Political censorship at US Geological Survey

Postby mathguy » Fri Jun 15, 2018 8:56 am

cjdore wrote:
BelleVUe wrote:What will come next? Will they have to salute and say Seig Heil after they hear Achtung?
PUHLEEESE


He did go overboard, but it is disturbing to force research and conference presentations to abide by a political agenda instead of a scientific one.



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