Just like in the bloody old times of the Roman Inquisition, some Italians are trying to blame scientists for the 300 victims of the 2009 L'Aquila earthquake today. How this stupidity has reached trial is beyond me.
The trial for manslaughter against seven seismologist and other government experts started yesterday. They are accused of failing to warn people about the 6.3-magnitude earthquake that killed 308 in L'Aquila, Italy. Because, of course, everybody knows you can predict Earthquakes and warn people well in advance. These evil scientists just keep that information for themselves because they love to see people killed and nuclear plants melting down.
The morons prosecuting these scientists say that they gave "inexact, incomplete and contradictory information", failing to warn against the big earthquake after smaller tremors were felt in L'Aquila six months before the catastrophe hit the medieval city, smashing it down to a hill of rocks.
Of course, every single seismologist in the world has pointed out the obvious: you can't predict earthquakes of any size and you can't tell when a big one is going to hit, even if small ones happen first. 5200 international researchers wrote a letter to the Italian government, which I hope contained the phrase "Are you really this stupid?"
But of course, what would you expect from the bunch of morons who have failed to prosecute a corrupted clown like Silvio Berlusconi for all these years? I'm not surprised that they have launched this witch hunt, trying to pin the blame of someone instead of just accepting that nature doesn't give a damn about humans and it will never warn against these catastrophes. [MSNBC]