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The Canadian Government's War On Science 474

FuzzNugget writes "A contributor at has compiled and published a shockingly long list of systematic attacks on scientific research committed by the Canadian government since the conservatives came to power in 2006. This anti-scientific scourge includes muzzling scientists, shutting down research centers, industry deregulation and re-purposing the National Research Council to align with business interests instead of doing real science. It will be another two years before Canadians have the chance to go to the polls, but how much more damage will be done in the meantime?"
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The Canadian Government's War On Science

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  • by swschrad ( 312009 ) on Wednesday May 22, 2013 @02:48PM (#43796279) Homepage Journal

    in favor of their own clear and true vision of paisley pink skies and money trees in the gardens of "job creators."

    facts frequently are at odds with their vision/religion.

    I use the terms "fact" and :"science" here in the dictionary sense, that which has been proven through rigorous and repetitive testing and discovery.

    falling off your barstool after a night of swilling "Old Reaganomics" and getting an epiphany, or something, when your butt hits the tiles is not a fact.

  • Re:Dang, Canada... (Score:4, Interesting)

    by interkin3tic ( 1469267 ) on Wednesday May 22, 2013 @03:53PM (#43796929)
    I've been saying for a while now that the most effective conservative leaders are elected democrats. Obama apologizing for the IRS correctly identifying the tea party as a political group that should be taxed as a political group? I can't really see any other explanation for that other than Obama wanted to help out his friends in the Tea Party. A close second would be that everyone in the administration suffers from a weird disease where they are decent political strategists during the elections then they immediately become absolutely horrible at it in every way.
  • Re:Excuse me? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Wookact ( 2804191 ) on Wednesday May 22, 2013 @04:59PM (#43797505)
    Ahh yes, the whole my assumptions trumps everyone else's facts because I'm the think for myself guy.

    We need to ignore people who went to school for climatology, because they are ALL out to lie to us. /sarc

    How about this, you show me instances where a scientist has lied for personal gain, and I will compile a list of when big business has lied for ceo/stockholder gain. Who ever has the biggest list wins.
  • by bored ( 40072 ) on Wednesday May 22, 2013 @05:39PM (#43797873)

    I think your fix would be more reasonable if you cited examples of when liberal politicians ignored science to match their agendas.

    While I generally agree that the R's pretty much ignore science, gun control is an example of where the D's ignore it.

    Specifically US related data, while there isn't much, what there is, points at gun control being useless in the US for controlling gun related homicides. Areas with the highest homicide rates also tend to be the ones with the strictest gun control (see Chicago and DC, etc) laws.

  • Re:So untrue (Score:5, Interesting)

    by RoknrolZombie ( 2504888 ) on Wednesday May 22, 2013 @06:09PM (#43798111) Homepage
    I support the right to bear arms, as well as the right for a woman to have an abortion. I support the Death Penalty (in some circumstances), and I also support assistance for those that need it. I support gay marriage, and I also support the Free Market. I support the freedom OF religion, as well as the freedom FROM religion.

    Strange. I don't seem to fit into either category.

    People are different - politicians or no, you're going to have liars and hypocrites along with those that actually try to make the world a better place. The problem is that the actual JOB of being a politician puts you in a position to be surrounded by a toxic environment the from before you actually get elected. That kind of toxicity is tough to wash off, and the deeper you get immersed into the political culture, the harder it is to reverse course. The path of least resistance involves letting other people make decisions for you, and those people have no scruples.

"my terminal is a lethal teaspoon." -- Patricia O Tuama