Do it yourself prize for incinerators

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The truth rests in the honesty of the people who bring us information. According to la Repubblica an “independent commission” has given a prize to ASM of Brescia for the best incinerator in the world. I’m publishing part of an open letter written to the president of the professional body of journalists in Lombardy by a citizen of Brescia who is slightly in disagreement...

“I am writing to you to propose a correction to common bad practice that is widespread among journalists: the publication of news about scientific or technical successes connected with big private interest, but without making available the relevant scientific or technical documentation. This incorrect practice makes it possible to spread false news or dodgy news that is in favour of big private interest but often damaging to the public; above all when it is about issues relating to health. The most recent example is the news about a prize to the ASM incinerator in Brescia.” [...]

The journalists should always obtain a copy of the scientific report on which a news item is based, when they are communicating this to the public. This report should then be kept in the archives. ." [...] "with these “scientific” news items first the trust of the public is captured “ad authoritatem”, on the basis of the prestige of science and the institutions or public personalities, - in this case Columbia University and the mayor – then “a posteriori”, with the prestige thus obtained what has been affirmed is justified” [...]

“For example, if instead of limiting oneself to passing on and amplifying the press release, there had been use of the Internet to see who had awarded the prize, it would have been easy to find out that the body giving the prize was the WTERT of Columbia University and that it counts among its “Sponsors and Supporting organizations” Martin GmbH.

Martin GmbH is among those who constructed the incinerator that got the prize. It’s possible to reach the site of Martin GmbH from that of WTERT. There you can read under a lovely photo of the ASM incinerator, that in Italy the Martin company is in partnership with another multinational called Technip.

A big conflict of interests: not a potential conflict but an existing one, because the Martin company, strengthened by the political protection for incinerators, intends participating, as affirmed on its website once more under the photo of the incinerator in Brescia, to construct other plants. Plants that have already been planned in Italy, overcoming, with techniques of PR and at times with the use of force, opposition that comes from groups of citizens and qualified experts.

Technip is already participating in president Cuffaro’s unpopular plan to construct and manage incinerators in Sicily.” [...]

“the interests of business of the incinerators, establishments that have a low level of acceptance in other countries [...]have been “knocked back” by Italy in this competition to those who are the best at burning rubbish” [...] “Journalists should consider establishing (or refuting) the principle of not making public, news of scientific successes whose technical documentation has not been published in an adequate form.” [...] “Today numbers have taken on a mystical value: since measurements involve numbers, the certainty of pure mathematics is attributed to measurements. [...] Some forget that “figures don’t lie, but liars can figure”." [...]

“Brescia has without a doubt obtained the record for the production and the disposal of rubbish, just as once Prato was the capital of rags. Brescia has also a general mortality and a death rate for cancer among the highest in Italy, [...] but it is teaching others how to reduce environmental carcinogens” [...]

“The company and the local authorities refuse the evaluation of environmental impact, in such a way that there is a situation in which the Cabinet member of the Green party is climbed over on the left by the EU public control bodies, who are notorious for being more than respectful to capitalistic interests.” [...]

“The broadcast of news like this about the prize is one of the two faces of manipulation. The other is the suppression of verification and of critical voices; an authentic service, necessary to those big companies, often multinationals, that impose products that are ethically sensitive.” [...]

“This network will not pull back if it is necessary to discredit, boycott or intimidate any individual who could use their criticisms to show official versions to be false.”

Francesco Pansera

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Today, monday 2007 Janury, the 29th, news (TG3) on the third public network report that Columbia University gave a prize to ASM of Brescia as the best "termovalorizzatore" (i.e. incinerator) in the world.

The news continued explaining how nice is the incinerator, and how lovely it transforms garbage into low-cost energy.

Sometimes I prefer Mediaset's glass-transparent manipulation of information: in fact, no one pretends Mediaset to be impartial.

Posted by: Marco Trevisan | January 29, 2007 07:40 PM


http://www.enfo.ie/

Posted by: Maria Consuelo Spera | November 22, 2006 10:16 AM


Good evening,

I'm engeneering student at Politecnico di Torino.
Some days ago I saw on Tg Leonardo on third italian network that the problem about nano-particles is real and in USA there is a pool of scientist that is studying this problem from some years.
If I made a mistake I'm sorry, but perhaps this news merits the divulgation.

Kingest regards

Posted by: Luca Rosso | November 14, 2006 06:09 PM


Good evening,

I'm engeneering student at Politecnico di Torino.
Some days ago I saw on Tg Leonardo on third italian network that the problem about nano-particles is real and in USA there is a pool of scientist that is studying this problem from some years.
If I made a mistake I'm sorry, but perhaps this news merits the divulgation.

Kingest regards

Posted by: Luca Rosso | November 14, 2006 06:02 PM


Good evening,

I'm engeneering student at Politecnico di Torino.
Some days ago I saw on Tg Leonardo on third italian network that the problem about nano-particles is real and in USA there is a pool of scientist that is studying this problem from some years.
If I made a mistake I'm sorry, but perhaps this news merits the divulgation.

Kingest regards

Posted by: Luca Rosso | November 14, 2006 05:46 PM


Dear Tom,
I read very carefully this blog and I just whish to see Grillo talking about science in a serious way, but unfortunately he cannot do it. About Gatti's work I wish to see it published on peer review journal not on an irrelevant Italian blog!!
Science especially when is about public health is serious stuff and not just an excuse to get popular having fun of someone.
Do we want to talk about Grillo position on Di Bella case????
I wish Beppe will give up this amateur attitude about science and will start to recruit serious and professional people to discuss about it.

Best,

Gianluca

Posted by: gianluca cestra | November 10, 2006 12:01 PM


Gianluca you obviuosly haven't been reading sufficiently this blog. e.g. you can see the results of Gatti's research on the post with the list of food we eat with the different toxic components, analysed with the microscope.

Posted by: Tom Wealch | November 9, 2006 07:59 PM


I found absolutely astonishing and very funny to see a discussion on this blog about how on the news scientific information is treated. Accordingly, Beppe Grillo is continuously supporting several scientific ideas with no control at all of the scientific source. For example he was supporting Di Bella cure (no comment about it is necessary anymore), as well he was supporting a campaign against mammography screening, which its relevance is very well documented everywhere in the world, and finally he was trying to rise money to buy an electron microscope to a group of scientist that were not able to produce relevant scientific data (see Gatti and Montanari cv).
This is absolutely 100% ITALIAN....
BEST,
Gianluca Cestra

Posted by: Gianluca Cestra | November 9, 2006 04:54 PM


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