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Launch window
2006-Feb-08, 08:14 PM
Is he gone ? I saw a few articles on the web

Several NASA scientists and public affairs officials said they had been pressured by Deutsch and other political appointees to limit or slant discussions of topics uncomfortable to the administration, Deutsch the USA's young presidential appointee at NASA who was telling PR workers to limit the media/press to climate scientists
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/space/3644847.html
http://www.physorg.com/news10659.html
http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=06/02/08/1240226
and George Deutsch was also telling NASA web designers to add the word "theory" at every mention of the Big Bang, seems to have resigned

Mike Griffin the NASA Administrator and his statement on Scientific Openness
http://www.nasa.gov/about/highlights/griffin_science.html
Sad to see this type of scandal going on, I hope this doesn't effect NASA to much, and everyone can move forward again.

baric
2006-Feb-08, 08:55 PM
Yes, the boob is gone.

I do not understand the purpose of appointing unqualified candidates to ANY position simply as a form of political payback. What's next... the Supreme Court?

oh wait....

Launch window
2006-Feb-08, 09:12 PM
That appears to be the end of this guy at NASA

Let us hope that the future exploration plans such as Kepler, Dawn, Stereo and the unmanned plus manned vision for Mars will continue and NASA won't be hindered by this scandalous GeorgeDeutsch person. I wonder what would have happened had he not been questioned and resigned, would he have censored WMAP, blocked Earth observation sats or stopped study of the cosmic microwave background ? Well it seems that he's history now, hopefully this won't do anything to the budget.

Sticks
2006-Feb-08, 10:05 PM
Ever heard of the expression, out of the frying pan into the fire?

How do we know the replacement will not be worse?

Be Paranoid - Be Very Paranoid :shifty:

Kullat Nunu
2006-Feb-08, 10:36 PM
According to the Bad Astronomer (http://www.badastronomy.com/bablog/2006/02/07/deutsch-resigns-from-nasa/), Deutsch probably resigned becaused he lied in his résumé.

Manchurian Taikonaut
2006-Feb-08, 11:13 PM
more of the news

Scientist says Bush administration tried to stop him from speaking to journalists about global warming
http://www.asiamedia.ucla.edu/article.asp?parentid=38096

Hansen may not be alone in his complaint.
http://www.nature.com/news/2006/060130/full/060130-11.html
Steven Beckwith, a Johns Hopkins University astronomer and former head of the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, says NASA has been known to "forbid its staff from talking to the press"; this includes at least one agency scientist he knows of who spoke out on the politically sensitive subject of whether the Hubble Space Telescope's life should be extended.

Bush tried to gag environment expert
http://news.independent.co.uk/environment/article341945.ece

Editorial: We need to hear the bad news
http://www.newscientist.com/channel/opinion/mg18925373.200.html


George Deutsch has just resigned
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/3644847.html
http://story.malaysiasun.com/p.x/ct/9/cid/89d96798a39564bd/id/ac47a98cb18572b4/
probably because of his lies

Duane
2006-Feb-09, 12:24 AM
He had it coming, and I doubt that he would have stuck around too much longer even if he hadn't lied about his degree.

PS, quote from the first article:


Astronomer Phil Plait, who runs the badastronomy.com Web site, was incensed over Deutsch's actions.

"There are so many issues about the Deutsch affair that it's hard to know which one to be most outraged about," Plait said in an e-mail. "But I suspect that in the long run it's the culture of anti-scientific attitudes, the suppression of science, that's the most disturbing and the most damaging."


Hmm, stirring the pot again Phil? :dance: :clap: :whistle:

He'sDeadJim
2006-Feb-09, 02:06 AM
More here:

This Bush appointee blantly lied on his resume' that he graduated from Texas A&M!


"Astronomer Phil Plait, who runs the badastronomy.com Web site, was incensed over Deutsch's actions.

"There are so many issues about the Deutsch affair that it's hard to know which one to be most outraged about," Plait said in an e-mail. "But I suspect that in the long run it's the culture of anti-scientific attitudes, the suppression of science, that's the most disturbing and the most damaging."


http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060208/sc_nm/space_nasa_dc

Wolverine
2006-Feb-09, 02:14 AM
Reuters ran the same article (http://today.reuters.com/news/newsarticle.aspx?type=scienceNews&storyid=2006-02-08T212330Z_01_N08371409_RTRUKOC_0_US-SPACE-NASA.xml) today.

George
2006-Feb-09, 04:24 AM
I like the fact it was a recent (May '05) Texas Aggie grad., Nick Anthis, that caught him. :clap:

Ara Pacis
2006-Feb-09, 05:27 AM
Saved the best for last.

Jim
2006-Feb-10, 01:20 PM
Rick Casey had a good column about this in the Houston Chronicle:
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/casey/3649254.html

But had Deutsch majored in science, he might have understood that the scientific definition of "theory" is a bit more rigorous than the meaning found in common usage.

01101001
2006-Jun-12, 07:03 AM
BA Blog: NASA admits Deutsch muzzled scientist (http://www.badastronomy.com/bablog/2006/06/11/nasa-admits-deutsch-muzzled-scientist/)


NASA has publicly admitted that White House appointee George Deutsch inappropriately denied press interviews with global warming scientist James Hansen.