Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 13th Dec 2016 21:53 UTC
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Alarmed that decades of crucial climate measurements could vanish under a hostile Trump administration, scientists have begun a feverish attempt to copy reams of government data onto independent servers in hopes of safeguarding it from any political interference.

There's a war going on. A war waged by religious extremists (of at least two major world religions), the extreme right, and fossil fuel-funded politicians, against the very foundations of our secular, post-Enlightenment, post-scientific revolution society. You think I'm exaggerating? I wish. Extreme right websites are asking their readers to pick up arms against scientists. That's where we are.

Religious extremists, the extreme right, and fossil fuel-funded politicians know all too well that science, secularism, and a clear, non-negotiable separation between church and state are grave threats to their continued existence. We - as a species - have come a long way these past few hundred years, but it feels like today, with the all-out attack on science by these deplorable parts of our society, we are regressing backwards into the dark ages.

Science is the only foundation of progress. Any who seek to erode this foundation are the enemy of the Enlightenment - mankind's greatest invention. Pick your side carefully.

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Really ???????
by cade on Tue 13th Dec 2016 23:35 UTC
cade
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"deplorable parts of our society"
Were you a Hillary supporter ?
If so, you were fine supporting the modern version of Kissinger, i.e. the "indirect" mass murderer of Libyan people, etc. while Trump did not have "blood" on his hands; Trump's "dirty" thoughts, for some "unknown" reason, seemed to be more important.

"All-out attack on science" ....
A bit over the top. I'd rephrase it,
"All-out attack on boy's club peer review process".

It is the "establishment" related entities behind the CLIMATE-GATE scandal (2009) who sought to erode our "foundation of progress". As someone who has a bachelor and PhD degrees in an applied science discipline, the unambiguous fraud perpetrated by the CLIMATE-GATE scientists was unacceptable to me; I do not value accepting grant money in order to keep my mouth shut while I am aware of a crime against intelligence, I do not value the POP (publish-or-perish) system as it emphasizes quantity over quality, etc. Unless someone has been involved in the basic/applied research environment, they are not aware of the deleterious machinations that may manifest in that environment.

Also, "fossil fuel-funded politicians" do not prescribe to a particular political ideology (i.e. left of right), they do not need to. The fossil-fuel industry (be it good or bad) have no need of political ideology, they find friends everywhere. This all stems from the fact that "alternative/more-green/etc." energy infrastructure cannot (or in some instances will not be allowed to) compete with existing energy infrastructure. I remember Obama, the "dreamer", thought prior/during his first term that he would increase the US's ~2% dependence on alternative energy to ~10%. Big "pipe" dream that disappeared quickly.

e.g.
It has been obvious for many years, many documentaries,
that compact water-based (hydrolysis/?) engines can propel vehicles to useful speeds but the "establishment" politicians would never want large scale introductions of similar technologies since alternative energy empowers the citizen and provides a way to avoid fuel related taxes (harder for government to audit a citizen's "free" energy usage); amongst other positive things.

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