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  •  All the scientists need do is hire good lawyers (2+ / 0-)
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    OldDragon, antirove

    Have them write a license agreement, which would include all cases must be filed as individual suites not class action (like this one).  A good lawyer can make witchcraft a safe science if they work at it.  I'm surprised that weather guys don't put some sort of disclaimer on their websites and broadcasts for exactly such happenings.  Imagine some event that gets planned (a big wedding for instance) and the weatherman predicts sunshine and it rains cats and dogs.  The bride could sue the weatherman for ruining her wedding (semi-serious), what is to protect him/her from such stuff?  I can see that predicting a serious earthquake could have implications that could lead to great expense, especially if nothing happens, but holding a scientist in jail for inaccurately unpredicting an earthquake is beyond insane.  If I were a scientist in this situation, seriously, I'd hold a news conference and read the "license" agreement to the gathered reporters and such and if they do not include the disclaimer in their reporting, I'd sue the paper for negligence.  If it is good for one goose, then the gander should get screwed too (to really abuse a trite phrase).

    "War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength", George Orwell, "1984" -7.63 -5.95

    by dangoch on Mon Oct 22, 2012 at 12:05:05 PM PDT

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