Economics and similar, for the sleep-deprived
A subtle change has been made to the comments links, so they no longer pop up. Does this in any way help with the problem about comments not appearing on permalinked posts, readers?
Update: seemingly not
Update: Oh yeah!
Monday, December 13, 2010
Hard cases make ... what kind of law?
Following up on the idea of a special libel code for scientists with a case that even causes problems for the most reasonable suggestion made in comments (that of a very robust public interest defence, much more robust than Reynolds Qualified Privilege, for scientists and journalists writing about matters of scientific interest).
Exhibit: Dr Mohamed Taranissi. Controversial IVF clinician, who won an action against the BBC over a Panorama documentary that very nearly got his clinic closed down. Is he one of the scientists who need protecting, or one of the people that science needs protecting from? In what does the public interest reside here? And, most importantly, how can any of these questions be decided outside a court of law, with all that implies ...
When we're done with that one, we can move on to the fact that the putative reforms in question would give carte blanche to libel climate change researchers, even worse than there is now.
this item posted by the management 12/13/2010 03:58:00 AM