The USA under Obama isn’t the only place where authoritarian statism is getting out of hand. In Italy, scientists are being thrown in jail for failing to do the impossible regarding earthquake prediction:
[Yesterday] a court in the central Italian city of L’Aquila … sentenced six scientists and a government bureaucrat to six years in jail on manslaughter charges for their failure to predict a 2009 earthquake that left more than 300 people dead. …
The seven, all members of the “National Commission for the Forecast and Prevention of Major Risks,” were convicted after an apparently emotional trial in which the testimony of people who had lost loved ones was allowed, as if it was relevant to the question of whether current science can predict earthquakes. No grief, no matter how great, can answer that question (which is a resounding “no,” by the way).
Who cares whether reliably predicting earthquakes is possible or not? Are you not moved by the tears of grieving children?!?!?
This is the same nefarious tactic trial lawyers exploit to win $zillion settlements from blameless doctors, and bleeding heart Democrats employ to win elections.
Next they will be throwing the weatherman in jail for getting the forecast wrong. Good thing courts are run by liberals, or Al Gore would be in big trouble, having established himself as the world’s worst forecaster.
On a tip from Jimbo.