(“Federal scientist unfairly silenced, union says” – CBC News)

I wonder how long this whole social media experiment of direct communication with The People will last…

(My favourite comment on the cat photo album: “Please don’t eat this one, Prime Minister”. Yes, Our Glorious Leader apparently has nothing better to do than post photos of his cute new kitteh on Google+. I don’t necessarily disapprove; I like kittehs, and it’s better than some of the alternative ways in which he could be spending his time. I’m just sayin’).

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13 Responses to This.

  1. chall says:

    Now why wouldn’t she be allowed to speak about the research?! I mean, she published the results and then they’re “out in the open”, right?

    I guess “they” would like for HR or PR to handle the questions, cross out “hard ones” and then write some kind of nicely looking reply that doesn’t bother the political agenda?? Not for the first time I wonder what is the point with all these ideas and research if “we” decide what we know and want as a result from the getgo?

    /naive one

  2. Does “control freak goverment that doesn’t like data” answer your question? 🙂

    • chall says:

      yeah maybe… but I don;’t get why they’d bother with sending out money to do some research if they “already know what they want from it”. Just save the money, the time and write the report from the beginning. Wait what? That’s not “the scientific way”??? duh.


  3. Grant says:

    I can’t find that post on Stephen Harper’s Facebook page (I’ve looked back as far as the start of the year).

  4. Cath@VWXYNot? says:

    That’s because all the cool kids (and Stephen Harper) are now on Google+ 🙂

    Hopefully this link will work… I’m not sure yet how direct linking to Google+ posts works!

  5. Grant says:

    But doesn’t that mean he’s removed it from the Facebook page, whereas he’s left other material there?

    I’m still not getting access to G+, keeps telling me it’s in limited trial despite getting what I presume are invites from others.

  6. bean-mom says:

    Sounds like Canada is becoming like America in some unhappy respects (re politically-motiviated silencing of scientists who produce work not in agreement with anti-environment/Tea-party/right-wing-no-such-thing-as-a-warming-earth-or-dying-polar-bear crazies)

  7. Cath@VWXYNot? says:

    Grant, I don’t follow him on Facebook (although I do on Twitter), so I don’t know if he’s now doing both FB and G+, or has switched to just G+. I only added him on G+ because of a very amusing comment thread someone else started about which circle he should be added to. (I made a special circle called “If there’s a wasp in the room…” (I like to know where it is and what it’s doing).

    Bean-Mom, you are sadly correct. I actually read the polar bear story in Nature shortly after posting this.

  8. Cath@VWXYNot? says:

    By the way, the thread I screencapped when it had only one comment has since evolved into quite an interesting discussion about funding Canadian and international trainees!

    • Grant says:

      You write “has since evolved”, so I presume it exists. When I wrote earlier, I was trying to find it, but keyword searching the pages didn’t turn it up. Do you have an URL to this thread? (Just checked again on Stephen Harper’s Facebook page and I still can’t find it.)

      • I actually saw a question and answer today on how to grab the permanent URL for Google+ posts – apparently you click on the date/time stamp. So hopefully this will work! You might need to be logged in, though…

        • Grant says:

          Thanks for the effort. I think I’ve crossed wires: I thought the thread you screencapped referred to a conversation on his Facebook page. (Yeah, I know – duh.) I still can’t get into google+, but thanks for helping.

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