In what can only be described as a seismologists's worst nightmare, seven Italian seismologists are being charged with manslaughter for failing to predict a 2009 quake that killed 308 Italians, even though there is no scientific method to accurately predict the onset of an earthquake.
From the article:
"It has a medieval flavor to it -- like witches are being put on trial," the stunned spokesman told FoxNews.com.
Enzo Boschi, the president of Italy's National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV), will face trial along with six other scientists and technicians, after failing to predict the future and the impending disaster.
Earthquakes are, of course, nearly impossible to predict, seismologists say. In fact, according to the website for the USGS, no major quake has ever been predicted successfully.
I hope that the United Nations will intervene on behalf of a violation of human rights should the scientists be convicted of failing to be godlike in their prediction of what most insurance companies would deem "an act of God" - a natural disaster that is impossible to predict and outside of human control or responsibility.
IN OTHER JOBS:
I have just been booked for Job 91 and am set to complete Job 92 this afternoon!
For Job 91, my friend, actor, stand-in expert and improv teacher Ben Hauck is getting me to copy edit his upcoming book on improv and also film a video review. His book has required years of research and study; I'm honoured to edit the first draft.
For Job 92, Dan, the man who hired me to act as a mime during his romantic marriage proposal, bought the raw video footage of Job 62, and is paying for my labour to transfer all of the files to him. His friend will be making a wedding video for him and I'd love to see the final result if Dan uploads the story of his love to the web!
Off to upload,