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(NBC News)   Italy in state of panic after being rattled by magnitude 5 earthquake. Maybe if they hadn't thrown all their earthquake scientists in jail for not being psychics, someone could have warned them this was coming   (worldnews.nbcnews.com ) divider line
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2012-10-26 09:10:56 AM  
This is God's way of telling Italy, "You're doing it wrong."
 
2012-10-26 09:54:27 AM  
An act of providence.
 
2012-10-26 10:15:01 AM  
Ironic Tag?

Hell, even the Amusing Tag
 
2012-10-26 10:16:23 AM  
Tends to make me a bit more confident that Amanda Knox was originally railroaded over there. It seems Italy's justice system is driven by vox populi rather than fact and evidence.
 
2012-10-26 10:17:09 AM  

trickymoo: Ironic Tag?

Hell, even the Amusing Tag


Drew needs to add a feature that allows you to pick several tags when just one won't do.
 
2012-10-26 10:17:15 AM  
Is it too late for them to kidnap that Brazilian chick and sacrifice her to Pele?
 
2012-10-26 10:19:13 AM  

Galloping Galoshes: It seems Italy's justice system is driven by vox populi rather than fact and evidence.


Well...they did invent the phrase.
 
2012-10-26 10:19:24 AM  
Mama Mia! It's-a the tower of Pisa! She's-a falling!
 
2012-10-26 10:20:45 AM  
kaitlinandmichaelbranch.files.wordpress.com

Wanted for "Questioning"... maybe.
 
2012-10-26 10:21:00 AM  
Perhaps the Italian judges who convicted those earthquake guys of murder should now share the same conviction. In Bizarro land that's the ticket.
 
2012-10-26 10:21:40 AM  
Maybe this'll teach them not to prosecute scientists who are intended to investigate and develop mitigation strategies.

Or, rather, FARK Italy. Their Government makes the Clinton Administration look like it was run by Choir boys.
 
2012-10-26 10:21:47 AM  
WOPS...
 
2012-10-26 10:23:39 AM  

BitwiseShift: Perhaps the Italian judges who convicted those earthquake guys of murder should now share the same conviction. In Bizarro land that's the ticket.


/hot
 
2012-10-26 10:24:24 AM  

Galloping Galoshes: Tends to make me a bit more confident that Amanda Knox was originally railroaded over there. It seems Italy's justice system is driven by vox populi rather than fact and evidence.


It didn't help that the prosecutor, Giuliano Mignini, has an unnatural obsession with secret societies. He went around accusing journalists and other prominent people of being conspirators in the Monster of Florence case, Italy's most famous unsolved serial killer... Despite being the prosecutor in Umbria...

If you want another example of how screwed up Italy's justice system is, look at the case of the Linate Airport Disaster. Short version: on a foggy day in October 2001, an SAS MD-87 began to take off and collided with a Cessna crossing the runway. The controller didn't know where the Cessna was (their reported position didn't exist on his maps, he hadn't been given a tour of the runways, there was no ground radar or working motion sensors), and so the Cessna crossed the active runway. The controller, Paolo Zacchetti, was sentenced to 8 years in prison. In the US, he could've been sued in civil court, but unless he would be unable to pay the settlement, he wouldn't end up in jail. Unemployed, maybe, but free.
 
2012-10-26 10:26:16 AM  
Maybe they should just throw some virgins in a volcano somewhere and stop screwing around with all this sciency stuff
 
2012-10-26 10:28:26 AM  
It seems pretty convenient that just as italy is cracking down on earthquake scientists, there's a quake. Maybe the scientists are responsible for it. Burn the HEATHENS!
 
2012-10-26 10:28:55 AM  
No subby, no one could have warned them this was coming. We can't yet predict earthquakes. That's half the reason so many people are so upset about the conviction.
 
2012-10-26 10:29:41 AM  
Just FYI, they weren't convicted for failing to predict an earthquake, they were convicted for failing to properly communicate their risk assessment to the public.

/still a stupid conviction considering they let the media lead their communications through questioning as opposed to simply providing a statement that covered their asses.
 
db2
2012-10-26 10:33:37 AM  
Fark needs a "HA HA" tag.
 
2012-10-26 10:33:48 AM  
In before the West Coasties talk about that being a tremor or something.
 
2012-10-26 10:34:31 AM  

geek_mars: No subby, no one could have warned them this was coming. We can't yet predict earthquakes. That's half the reason so many people are so upset about the conviction.


1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-10-26 10:34:42 AM  
magnitude-5 earthquake


please.. here in Los Angeles we dont get excited for such a small quake

;>)
 
2012-10-26 10:34:58 AM  

db2: Fark needs a "HA HA" tag.


indiegamerchick.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-10-26 10:36:02 AM  
I don't want to drome on like a hippo, but the Italian judicial system is a circus of the maximus type.
 
2012-10-26 10:36:33 AM  
Hmmm, it's almost as if something is trying to tell them something...

/probably not
 
2012-10-26 10:39:38 AM  

The Shoveller: /still a stupid conviction considering they let the media lead their communications through questioning as opposed to simply providing a statement that covered their asses.


I'd say it's stupid because- whether it was for not predicting the quake, or for the technicalities of reporting (which as you pointed out, the onus rests on no single person or group anyway)- it disenfranchises, discourages and intimidates the very people whom they're relying on to provide them with data.

There's a reason for the maxim about not killing the messenger.
 
2012-10-26 10:40:12 AM  
republika.pl

What a mistaka to maka.
 
2012-10-26 10:42:11 AM  

Paris1127: look at the case of the Linate Airport Disaster.


I'll have to. I can see another side of that, where if the controller wasn't sure he could have simply said "hold short of the active", but I would think the huge agency error in not providing proper training wouldn't overcome that.
 
2012-10-26 10:46:21 AM  
The real criminals in these cases are the builders who made shoddy structures that failed, largely because they did it cheap rather than good.
 
2012-10-26 10:49:38 AM  
It wasn't an earthquake, it's all the dead Romans spinning in their graves.
 
2012-10-26 10:55:36 AM  
So who all are they going to jail for this quake? Someone's got to pay -- every time.
 
2012-10-26 10:56:36 AM  

The Shoveller: Just FYI, they weren't convicted for failing to predict an earthquake, they were convicted for failing to properly communicate their risk assessment to the public.


Correct, the scientists were convicted because the media sucks at their jobs. The system works.
 
2012-10-26 11:02:53 AM  

1.bp.blogspot.com

"Burn it! Burn it all down! Let's show those eggheads they can't mess with us!"

 
2012-10-26 11:07:46 AM  

zinny: WOPS...


Good one
 
2012-10-26 11:07:48 AM  
This is what happens when you convict Berlusconi. He not only controls the media...he controls seismic movements.
 
2012-10-26 11:07:58 AM  
Lulzo, idiotico bastardos.
 
2012-10-26 11:09:38 AM  

kattana: magnitude-5 earthquake

please.. here in Los Angeles we dont get excited for such a small quake

;>)


I don't even get out of bed for anything under 5.9
 
2012-10-26 11:10:21 AM  
Karma, man... that's what they get for incarcerating scientist
 
2012-10-26 11:26:09 AM  

Ol' Derpy Bastard: Lulzo, idiotico bastardos.


OPERAMANNNNN, BYE BYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
 
2012-10-26 11:28:13 AM  
I saw a documentary a few years ago where they showed a school playground in Naples that had lava oozing from a crack in the concrete - they put some cones around it. Evacuate the school? No, questo vorrebbe dire fare le cose organizzate e merda ... This shows the incredible idiocy of convicting the scientists - even if they had given a hand written invitation to evacuate the area to every single person in Italy the odds are no-one would've paid any attention anyway. Don't get me wrong, I love Italy and visit as often as I can, but they don't really take the authorities seriously.
 
2012-10-26 11:30:46 AM  

BronyMedic: Maybe this'll teach them not to prosecute scientists who are intended to investigate and develop mitigation strategies.

Or, rather, FARK Italy. Their Government makes the Clinton Administration look like it was run by Choir boys.


Let's be honest here - the American political establishment are still rank amateurs compared to our Old World elders when it comes to corruption.
 
2012-10-26 11:36:05 AM  
This jut proves the failure of science, if they had priests manning those monitoring stations god would have let them know that this was a punishment for letting porn stars run for office and to re-institute the Inquisition.

I mean really I would think this would be obvious to everyone.
 
2012-10-26 11:37:21 AM  

Virtual_Mischief: Ol' Derpy Bastard: Lulzo, idiotico bastardos.

OPERAMANNNNN, BYE BYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE


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2012-10-26 11:43:31 AM  

Spiralmonkey: I saw a documentary a few years ago where they showed a school playground in Naples that had lava oozing from a crack in the concrete - they put some cones around it. Evacuate the school? No, questo vorrebbe dire fare le cose organizzate e merda ... This shows the incredible idiocy of convicting the scientists - even if they had given a hand written invitation to evacuate the area to every single person in Italy the odds are no-one would've paid any attention anyway. Don't get me wrong, I love Italy and visit as often as I can, but they don't really take the authorities seriously.


There were probably a bunch of augurs in Pompeii that warned of impending destruction.
 
2012-10-26 11:55:44 AM  

zinny: WOPS...


Without Proper Seismologists...
 
2012-10-26 12:14:37 PM  

Diogenes: This is God's way of telling Italy, "You're doing it wrong."


Done in one. Filling out the survey with all tens.
 
2012-10-26 12:15:46 PM  

www.personal.psu.edu

WE WILL REBUILD!

 
2012-10-26 12:20:38 PM  
The earthquake scientists are taking their revenge! WE SHOULD HAVE KNOWN!
 
2012-10-26 12:23:26 PM  
Damn, I was betting on Mt. V to blow it's top...
 
2012-10-26 12:25:41 PM  

bullsballs: Damn, I was betting on Mt. V to blow it's top...


Give it time, give it time...
 
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