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I've been watching what lawyers do recently. And it's obvious that it's a key principle of law is that truth is whatever you can get away with.

If you have a court case where your client is responsible for an event that harms people, you use FUD to confuse the jury, you spread the blame around, you use legal precedent to limit the evidence that's presented in court, you find expert witnesses who agree with you, and so on. If you can lie without being caught for perjury, you'll do it.

Truth is irrelevant. Persuading the jury is all that matters.

Many politicians are lawyers. This is how their minds work. The scientific ideal of impartial research and peer reviewed discussion is completely alien to them.

And the financial elites are even less sophisticated. They care about the end of quarter balance sheet.

Meanwhile CEOs and other board level bobble heads care more about their income and personal status than they do the businesses they "lead." Any event, organisation, movement or principle which interferes with their aims is bad.

So you have different groups playing by completely different rules, and they all assume their own rules are the only ones that matter.

No wonder it's a mess.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Mar 30th, 2011 at 05:12:05 AM EST
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I have been thinking that CEOs and other board level bobble heads in companies that own nuclear reactors should be mandated to report for clean-up duties if a serious incident occurs at one of the plants the company owns. Regardless of if the accident happens during or after their term in office.

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by A swedish kind of death on Wed Mar 30th, 2011 at 02:18:07 PM EST
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As long as theyre only allowed to push brooms and shovels. Last thing you want is them interfering in the actual clearup

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Mar 30th, 2011 at 03:42:52 PM EST
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They can get to hold the dosimeter.

- Jake

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Wed Mar 30th, 2011 at 03:50:22 PM EST
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from experience you'd not want them to read the readings off them

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Mar 30th, 2011 at 04:17:15 PM EST
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