Hundreds of scientists around the world are asking Prime Minister Stephen Harper to end “burdensome restrictions on scientific communication and collaboration faced by Canadian government scientists.”
The call was made in an open letter drafted by the Cambridge, Mass.-based Union of Concerned Scientists, a group that represents U.S. scientists and uses science to advocate for environmental sustainability.
The letter was signed by more than 800 scientists outside Canada from 32 countries, at institutions ranging from Harvard Medical School in the U.S. to the Max Planck Institute in Germany.
The letter says “a rapid decline in freedoms and funding” for Canadian government scientists is making it more difficult for them to conduct research, communicate scientific information and expertise and collaborate internationally.
"Canada’s leadership in basic research, environmental, health, and other public science is in jeopardy," the letter says. "We urge you to restore government science funding and the freedom and opportunities to communicate these findings internationally."
The signed letter is being promoted in Canadian newspaper and online ads paid for by the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC), which represents 60,000 public servants across Canada, including more than 15,000 federal government scientists. The ad campaign is being launched during the Government of Canada’s Science and Technology week.
I am so glad that this issue continues to get attention and worldwide criticism.
Canada’s scientific reputation is in tatters right now. Government scientists are being muzzled by the government to such an extent that many cannot even describe their findings to reporters. There was a recent story about climate change and canadian media had to interview scientists in the US because they were not allowed to get this information from Canadian federal scientists.
Also as this article points out science funding has been gutted and entire world class research organizations and projects are being scrapped.
And to make it that much worse, Canada’s National Research Council which is renowned for its scientific research is focusing away from basic research and now will only focus on science that is profitable. Science is not a business.
As someone who wants to do science for a living, this government’s anti-science stance really makes my blood boil.
Salvador Dali ~ “Family of Marsupial Centaurs”, 1940
In the 1940s, Dali announced – in a kind of paradox so typical of him – that he was “becoming classical,” and “Family of Marsupial Centaurs” certainly has a classical tone and technique about it, exuding an almost Renaissance-era feel. It’s quite a departure from what we might typically associate with the Spanish surrealist. It may, in fact, be one of the best examples of the nexus at which Dali the surrealist and Dali the “classicist” merged.
Dali had long been obsessed with the notion of intra-uterine memories and claimed with seriousness that he vividly recalled his time inside the womb! He wrote and expounded many times on what he called the “traumatism of birth,” and a number of his important surrealist paintings are themed around an intra-uterine world – more “real” than imagined, according to Dali. There’s even a photo-illustration of him in the fetal position, inside an egg, published on one of the opening pages of his book, “The Secret Life of Salvador Dali”.
Here, in this unusual but remarkably well-painted canvas, we see a family not of human beings, but of centaurs – mythical creatures from Greek mythology, whose heads are human but whose bodies are that of a horse. Like marsupials, which carry their young in a pouch, in Dali’s world the human-horse creatures now take on marsupial qualities, while babies emerge freely from their mothers’ womb, and no doubt could return to them as they please. <source>