Wednesday, October 24, 2007

A sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice

News item:
The White House significantly edited testimony prepared for a Senate hearing on the impact of climate change on health, deleting key portions citing diseases that could flourish in a warmer climate.

The White House on Wednesday denied that it had “watered down” the congressional testimony that Dr. Julie Gerberding, director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, had given the day before to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

But a draft of the testimony submitted for White House review shows that six pages of details about specific disease and other health problems that might flourish if the Earth warms were not delivered at the hearing.[…]

"It was eviscerated," said a CDC official, familiar with both versions [...]

Amazing: Event this late date, with crimes still to cover up and wars still to instigate, they've still got time to meddle with things like this. You have to admire their determination to watch over the details (unless, of course, it's billions of dollars lost by the Provisional Authority, or by one of the government contractors, etc.).

What a frustrating thing it must be: To work your whole life in your profession, finally making it to the point where you're the one who gives expert testimony in your field to Congress, only to see it censored to pieces by some 22-year-old Regent University biblical history grad, or an industry hack, simply because you had the bad historical luck to hit your career peak during the Bush administration.

I think that, assuming a Democratic president after the next election, they should have a prominent web site called This Week in Lost Science: "This week, the government released the following information that had been kept from you for seven years . . ." Likewise, the press secretary could begin each press conference by announcing that morning's Uncensored Fact Of The Day. And bits of Uncensored Science could be repeated in white lettering across the obligatory blue background when all government officials speak on camera. (Let's get subliminal persuasion working for us on this thing.) And so on.

(Hat tip to Doctor Beyond.)

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