Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Jan 2017 23:32 UTC
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Trump and his murder of Republican Christian extremists have declared war on science.

The US Department of Agriculture has banned scientists and other employees in its main research division from publicly sharing everything from the summaries of scientific papers to USDA-branded tweets as it starts to adjust to life under the Trump administration, BuzzFeed News has learned.

According to an email sent Monday morning and obtained by BuzzFeed News, the department told staff - including some 2,000 scientists - at the agency's main in-house research arm, the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), to stop communicating with the public about taxpayer-funded work.


The Trump administration has instituted a media blackout at the Environmental Protection Agency and barred staff from awarding any new contracts or grants.

Emails sent to EPA staff since President Donald Trump's inauguration on Friday and reviewed by The Associated Press detailed the specific prohibitions banning press releases, blog updates or posts to the agency's social media accounts.

Don't tell me I didn't warn you.

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Private funded science is still alive and well in the USA and other countries so if the science is valuable it will find a market.

Only problem is that not all scientific areas get private funding easily. Examples would be basic and (especially) environmental research. Unfortunately the market is very bad at estimating the real value of things, especially science.

Just look at it like this: had humanities (philosophy, ethics, etc.) advanced as much as science in the last century, we would be living in a Star Trek-like utopia now, not in this mess. But according to the market and politics, humanities have no value, so we don't.

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