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New Bill Passed by the House

Perhaps infused with a bit of hyperbole, but holy cow things are getting ridiculous.

Submitted by Simon Black via Sovereign Man blog,

Science is about truth. It�¢??s about fact.

It�¢??s about forming hypothesis and either proving or disproving that hypothesis through what we can observe, test, and measure.

For thousands of years it�¢??s been through this method that humanity has progressed. And history shows that every time �¢??authorities�¢?? get involved, it invariably arrests this process.

Human civilization lost centuries of progress in the �¢??Dark Ages�¢?? (a bit of a misnomer, given that societies were flourishing in Asia at the same time).

European governments would burn anyone at the stake who dared to write that the Earth wasn�¢??t the center of the universe.

We�¢??d like to think we�¢??ve come a long way since then. But have we really?

It was just a few years ago that the EPA was slammed in a scandal for putting political pressure on scientists to influence their work.

And just last week, the United States House of Representatives passed a bill that effectively kicks the scientists out of the EPA�¢??s Scientific Advisory Board, and makes room for industry insiders.

What�¢??s curious is that this bill specifically allows for industry representatives to serve on the advisory board even when they have a direct conflict of interest with the board�¢??s advisory activities.

This makes it yet even easier for a handful of big companies to influence public policy and force everyone else to do their bidding.

By themselves, companies would never be able to set policy. But when you put them in bed with government, they can do so at the point of a gun.

To give you an analogy, this would be the same thing as commercial banks like Citi or JP Morgan getting to choose the representatives that set monetary policy at the Federal Reserve.

�¢??Oh wait, they�¢??re already doing that.

Or it would be like the Department of Homeland Security buying completely useless body scanners from a company linked to the former head of DHS.

�¢??Oh wait, they already did that too.

Or it would be like the FDA selecting some of its top executives from big agriculture companies like Monsanto.

�¢??Oh wait, they already do that too.
Abraham Lincoln famously said at Gettysburg in 1863 that a government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

The system we have today is none of those things.

The EPA is not there to protect the environment.
Homeland Security is not there to secure the homeland.
The FDA is not there for the health and safety of Americans.
And you�¢??re far more likely to get shot by a police officer now in the Land of the Free than you are to ever even see a terrorist.

This system isn�¢??t there to support you or protect you. It�¢??s there to extract as much as possible from you through taxes and inflation at the point of a gun, and then force you to follow the rules that they create which benefit themselves the most.

That�¢??s what passes as a free society today.

And it�¢??s the biggest threat to our liberty, the biggest threat to our livelihood, and the biggest threat to future generations that won�¢??t even be born for decades.

Here is a link to the bill…

and here is a direct link to the article since the above looks so bad…

I stopped after reading the first sentence so I cannot speak to the claims in the rest of the piece. This writer clearly does not understand the scientific process.

Science does not “PROVE” facts.

Science is a process for determining how the world seems to work based on the available evidence.

Many times science uses null hypothesis testing as a way of sorting through the available evidence.

We never ever support the hypothesis. All we can do is reject or fail to reject the null. Rejection of the null does not prove the alternative.

jnd (who is tired of people who do not understand science explaining how it does or does not work)

[quote]jnd wrote:
I stopped after reading the first sentence so I cannot speak to the claims in the rest of the piece. This writer clearly does not understand the scientific process.

Science does not “PROVE” facts.

Science is a process for determining how the world seems to work based on the available evidence.

Many times science uses null hypothesis testing as a way of sorting through the available evidence.

We never ever support the hypothesis. All we can do is reject or fail to reject the null. Rejection of the null does not prove the alternative.

jnd (who is tired of people who do not understand science explaining how it does or does not work)[/quote]

Fair enough. Maybe I should have just posted the bill. It is only 9 pages.

The take away is that the EPA Science Advisory Board Act of 2014 seems to effectively remove scientist from the science advisory board in favor of, or to make room for, industry insiders that definitely have a vested interest in the outcome.

It caught my eye because the EPA concerns me going forward as it has reached the point in which it effectively creates and enforces laws that bypass congress and effect every man, woman and child in the country.

And to be fair, I am not totally against industry having a say in EPA regulations as they definitely have big skin in the game. It just seems to me that every time big business and big government get into bed together, we are the ones that get screwed.

[quote]jnd wrote:
I stopped after reading the first sentence so I cannot speak to the claims in the rest of the piece. This writer clearly does not understand the scientific process.

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You should have read the second sentence too.