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Sunday April 05, 2020

Anthony Fauci's Fine Balance

From David Remnick's New Yorker piece, “Trump in the Time of the Coronavirus”:

Time and again during this crisis, Trump has questioned the science put in front of him. He has, in his familiar way, contradicted the experts in his Administration. The result is unnerving both for the experts and the public. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is one of the officials who have tried to navigate doing their jobs properly and, at the same time, dealing with a completely unpredictable President. Fauci has openly, if subtly, clashed with Trump, telling him that it will likely take more than a year, not “a few months,” to develop a vaccine. “You should never destroy your own credibility. And you don't want to go to war with a President,” Fauci told Politico. “But you got to walk the fine balance of making sure you tell the truth.”

Not news for anyone paying attention; and for those for whom it would be news, they won't pay attention. It's still worth repeating. It's still worth making sure you tell the truth.

How sad that telling such truth requires “a fine balance,” even when it means saving lives.

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Posted at 04:10 PM on Sunday April 05, 2020 in category Science   |   Permalink  

Thursday December 10, 2015

The First Mention of the ‘Greenhouse Effect’ in The New York Times was on Sept. 25, 1955

Yes, that was a long time ago.

See: “... man-made increase in the best of carbond dioxide around the earth may be ‘having a greenhouse effect on our climate.’”

See: “That there is a change, no meterologist denies.”

See: “Perhaps the riddle will be solved ... in 1958.”

See more here.

The first mention of ‘greenhouse effect’ in The New York Times

Posted at 01:39 PM on Thursday December 10, 2015 in category Science   |   Permalink  
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