Tuesday, September 10, 2019

NOAA Chief Scientist Says Move To Contradict Agency And Back Trump Was 'Political'


NOAA's top scientist said Monday that he's investigating why the agency's leadership endorsed President Trump's false tweet that Alabama was in the path of Hurricane Dorian, after Birmingham-based meteorologists from the National Weather Service publicly pushed back on it.
In an email, Craig McLean, acting chief scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, called the move by the agency to back the president inappropriate, suggesting it was politically motivated.
"I am pursuing the potential violations of our NOAA Administrative Order on Scientific Integrity," McLean wrote. "My understanding is that this intervention to contradict the forecaster was not based on science but on external factors including reputation and appearance, or simply put, political."

1 comment :

  1. Often the reason someone succeeds in America in politics is by exaggerating. Outright lying works too, but has to be used judiciously. This approach to electoral success is so well known it hardly needs proof.

    Then, once elected, the press goes into overdrive to rein in the elected official.

    The people watch on the sidelines as those in power in government and media go at it. Advertisers chip in to cover the cost of the fight. The battle is not as bloody as a UFC fight, but the ocassional take down of, say, a congressman or some appointee can be quite dramatic.

    It reminds me of the what goes on in the criminal justice system.

    The Constitution guarantees freedom. Some groups in the U.S. have trouble handling their freedom and get into trouble. This provides employment for ploice, prosecutors, judges, as well as wardens, correctional officers, etc.

    Or, what about countries that threaten each other with conflict? Lots of jobs for soldiers, scientists researching new kinds of weaponry, companies making the weaponry, and so on.

    Yes, there are many examples to show that the tensions put into the world make it go around.

    To me, this is the meaning of, "ה' איש מלחמה."

    G-d ultimately decides all the outcomes of these campaigns in all realms.


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