Sure, I'm a founding member of Scientists for the Right to Know.
We had a rousing march of hundreds of scientists with legible,
understandable banners stating our concerns. This organization,
an offshoot of Science for Peace (in which I am a long-time
bellwether), is mostly directed at the Conservative government's
across-the-board cuts in research spending and restrictions on
remaining govt scientists access to the media. We are also
concerned about corporate funders slanting research.
On Wed, 6 Nov 2013, Claudia Pine wrote:
As always, there are too many sad examples every week of government and industry stifling scientists. Especially those who critique the continuing bias in
science (along with government, industry, academe, and publishing) against women, people of colors other than "white", and other global minorities.
"Science is about qualitative and quantitative results. Science is about intellectual freedom. Science is about ethics. And science is about those who do it.
Before someone suggests I either change my name to Captain Obvious or cut out the banalities, let me say it again: Science is about scientists. All obstacles and
wrong-doing science practitioners encounter is about science."
This op-ed from French scientist Rayna Stamboliyska starts with some recent examples of Scientific American and its allied publications removing posts that
highlight bias toward scientists who are women (and/or aren't willing to work for free), and moves on to remind us that yes, corporatist power is not the friend
of science, or scientific freedom.
Also: Kudos to Aljazeera America for posting what mainstream media obediently avoid!
And: is anyone familiar with this Canadian organisation she mentions, Scientists for the Right to Know ?
The day is coming when a single carrot, freshly observed, will set off a revolution. -- Paul Cezanne