Observations on the world today.

Saturday, June 26, 2004

He Blinded Me With Pseudo-Science 

The Smirking Chimp
The Bush administration has ordered that government scientists must be approved by a senior political appointee before they can participate in meetings convened by the World Health Organization, the leading international health and science agency.

A top official from the Health and Human Services Department in April asked the WHO to begin routing requests for participation in its meetings to the department's secretary for review, rather than directly invite individual scientists, as has long been the case.
Holy crap!

Why don't we just change the name of the White House to Kremlin 2 and be done with it? From AIDS to mercury to global warming and now this? But luckily, the rest of the world is not as cowed as our media and the congress.
Officials at the WHO, based in Geneva, Switzerland, have refused to implement the request, saying it could compromise the independence of international scientific deliberations.
But all is not yet won.
Denis G. Aitken, WHO assistant director-general, said Friday that he had been negotiating with Washington in an effort to reach a compromise.
Oh, please don't compromise.


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