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Lawyers For Mining Companies Threaten Scientific Journals 205

An anonymous reader writes "ScienceInsider got hold of a threatening letter that lawyers for the mining industry sent to various scientific journals (PDF) concerning data from the U.S. 'Diesel Exhaust in Miners Study.' Many occupational health researchers believe the study will show a link between diesel exhaust and cancer. A handful of scientists have commented on the letter and its implications."
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Lawyers For Mining Companies Threaten Scientific Journals

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  • by vlm ( 69642 ) on Monday February 27, 2012 @11:40AM (#39172967)

    Anonymous and Wikileaks please help! Peoples lives depend on results kept hidden by two gangs of crooks, and only wikileaks and/or anonymous can save peoples lives... The government sure as heck won't help the people, the crooks are actively against us... the only people who can save lives are you two. go go go

    1) One bunch of crooks makes money by letting people die in mines for higher profit. Evil personified.

    2) One bunch of crooks makes money by charging both authors and readers to distribute research funded by taxpayer dollars. Pointless dying intermediaries.

    I would love it if both evil groups of crooks get screwed. Anyone got a link to a torrent on the pirate bay yet? Or a .onion tor link, or a i2p link, or ... note I'm not looking for links to rickrolls and goatse, only links to the genuine documents (assuming there's no false flag operation where the mining co. themselves release "massaged" data, not outside the realm of possibility)

    Are there no superheros anymore? Is this just too difficult for anon and wikileaks? Come on guys, get it in gear and save some lives.

  • Re:it's (Score:2, Interesting)

    by bipbop ( 1144919 ) on Monday February 27, 2012 @12:02PM (#39173187)

    There are also people who care, but have trouble learning to spell. One acquaintance of mine is a native English speaker but an exceptionally poor speller, and an even more exceptional engineer. He's done quite well for himself, but I imagine if he posted on sites like this, people would assume he was stupid.

    There's all sorts of reasons someone might not spell well. So who cares?

  • Perspective (Score:3, Interesting)

    by theswimmingbird ( 1746180 ) on Monday February 27, 2012 @12:10PM (#39173287)

    I am a computer science major from West Virginia. One summer I bit the bullet and took a summer job at McDonald's, and one of the guys working there quit his job in a coal mine because it was so bad he'd rather work fast food.

    Every time I hear about a mining disaster, it strikes a little close to home... most of them are in my state. Virtually all the money made from it goes out of state. All of them could have been prevented, had money not been placed above improving safety or mining technology.

    Greed is king.

The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable. -- John Kenneth Galbraith