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  •  The contention (0+ / 0-)

    within the diarists writing is that some scientists predicted the earthquake based on radon gas emissions measurements.

    While there is some linkage between radon emissions and earthquake precursors, the linkage is not reliable as a predictor of earthquakes.

    The diarist contends that this maverick scientist was sidelined because of politics and game-playing.

    While it may be true that politics and gameplaying were prominent factors... the reality is that this maverick would have been (and rightfully so) shushed by the seismological community, because earthquake prediction using radon emissions levels is unreliable.

    The only way to ensure a free press is to own one

    by RedDan on Wed Oct 24, 2012 at 07:20:46 PM PDT

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    •  But what if there is evidence that (1+ / 0-)
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      the public pronouncements were not based on science, but on political considerations and pressure?

      We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both. - Former Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis

      by RageKage on Wed Oct 24, 2012 at 11:29:43 PM PDT

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    •  RedDan? RedHerring, rather. (0+ / 0-)

      Everybody who understands anything at all about this case knows it's about much more than that. In fact, those 7 were going to jail regardless of the fact that a particular maverick scientist was able to predict that particular quake due to blind luck or whatever.

      The 7 did not feel the need to look into the claims of the maverick scientist, among other things, because it was a media operation with a politically preordained conclusion. That is what the evidence (wiretaps, witnesses, written record, and public statements) shows.

      The rest is blather about stuff every 5th grader knows, and something that happened 400 years ago.

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