This is outside my normal entries, but I have to comment. Scientists in Italy have been convicted of manslaughter due to the deaths of more than 300 people in a 2009 earthquake. The scientists told the people of an Italian town that a large earthquake was unlikely despite several recent small quakes. The people re-entered their homes, and the quake hit. Now (pending appeal) the scientists are going to jail.

http://earthsky.org/human-world/six-scientists-in-italy-convicted-of-manslaughter-for-failure-to-predict-earthquake

I don’t think I could possibly express enough outrage over this.

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