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1. Podrška znanstvenika pismu pritužbe u vezi emisije "Na rubu znanosti"

Tarot karte, iscjelitelji, nlo-i, reptilski vladaoci svijeta su ključne teme najgledanije emisije HTVovog ZNANSTVENO-OBRAZOVNOG programa kojeg kao javno dobro svojom pretplatom financiraju porezni obveznici. Nije li dosta toga?

Mi ljudi koji smo posvetili život znanosti, razočarani smo činjenicom da HRT već godinama obmanjuje javnost i odgovorne strukture vlasti predstavljajući emisiju 'Na rubu znanosti' kao dio znanstveno- obrazovnog programa. U toj emisiji se na nekritički način predstavlja sadržaje koji su do te mjere besmisleni da bi ih i osnovnoškolci jasno mogli prepoznati kao takve, kad ti sadržaji ne bi bili prezentiran na manipulativan način. Jedna od tipičnih tema koja se provlači kroz većinu emisija je zavjera službene znanosti protiv osoba koje gostuju u spomenutoj emisiji. Znanstvenici su ljudi sa svim svojim manama i vrlinama i očekivati da će svi oni zatomiti svoje nezgodne karakterne osobine kako bi se udružili u tajno društvo i onemogućili nekom da njegov perpetuum mobile, ili uređaj koji radi na sličnom principu, ne ugleda svjetlo dana, ili bar stranice stručnog časopisa - samo je tužan dokaz koliko je spomenuta emisija neprimjerena za znanstveno- obrazovni program.

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2. Save Primeval: Say No to cancelling it

The dinosaur drama had been pulling in up to five million viewers in its early Saturday night slot.

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3. Removal of polygraph examinations from Law Enforcement Aplication Process

A list of legitimate scientific groups that have official statements condemning the polygraph is extensive.

It includes the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association, the Federation of American Scientists, and the Society of Professional Scientists and Engineers.

Even most government officials who support the polygraph do not maintain that the process is valid. They merely claim that the polygraph should remain because it "encourages admissions."

This same convoluted logic could also be used to defend physical beatings if they were a part of the hiring process.

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4. Opposition to Senate Bill 742, the Ban Asbestos in America Act

Summary Statement of Physicians, Scientists and Occupational/Environmental Professionals Opposed to the Present Version of the "Ban Asbestos" Act, S.B. 742

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5. Stop Animal Cruelty

Every second, of every day, of every year, an animal dies in an experiment in the United States.

During the examination, there are animals that are held down and people do insane things like forcing dangerous and harmful substances into their stomachs with the help of a special kind of tube.

Scientists often face situations where the test causes immediate death on some animals because of stomach ruptures or from bulks of chemical dosages. Sometimes, researchers apply lethal doses to the rectum, vagina and eyes. It is also possible for them to force the poor creatures to inhale toxic odors through a gas mask.

Can you imagine how they feel?
Forced to do something that they do not want to do just because they cant actually say no.

Animals should have rights just like we do.

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6. Stop animal testing in the UK

Please stop animal testing. Animals don't deserve to be treated this way. They have completely different DNA to us so I don't see how testing our shampoos and cosmetics on poor innocent animals is going to help. I think if they want to test cosmetics on something scientists should test them on themselves.

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7. House Judiciary Committee vote on SCNT

The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, February 12, is
expected to vote on legislation, H.R. 534, by Rep. Dave Weldon (R-FL)
regarding human cloning.

The bill, as currently written, would ban human reproductive cloning, but would also halt promising embryonic stem cell research, because the bill imposes criminal penalties on researchers who use SCNT technology
to produce stem cells for research. The bill applies to privately funded
research as well as publicly funded research.

SCNT involves removing the nucleus of an unfertilized egg cell, replacing it with the material from the nucleus of a "somatic cell" (a skin, heart, or nerve cell, for example), and stimulating this cell to begin
dividing. Once the cell begins dividing, stem cells can be extracted
5-6 days later and used for research.

Most scientists believe that stem cells derived from SCNT could be very important in the development of measures to prevent or treat
diseases.

Most U.S. House members have supported embryonic stem cell research and want to see its potential benefits maximized. H.R.534's ban on SCNT would mean that researchers would be unable to fully maximize embryonic stem cell research opportunities.

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) will offer an amendment to make an exception to the bill to ensure that the penalties in the bill do not apply to the use of SCNT to produce stem cells. However, the bill would continue to ban human reproductive cloning.

Ask the Member to support stem cell research by voting for the Lofgren amendment.

P.S. We also thought you may be interested in the following letter
recently sent by former First Lady Nancy Reagan to Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), expressing her opposition to a ban on SCNT to produce stem cells.

Office of Nancy Reagan January 29, 2003
Dear Orrin,
As you may know, Ronnie will observe his ninety second birthday soon. In earlier times, we would have been able to celebrate that day with great joy
and wonderful memories of our life together. Now, while I can draw strength from these memories, I do it alone, as Ronnie struggles in a world
unknown to me or the scientists who devote their lives to Alzheimer's
research. Because of this, I am determined to do what I can to save other families from this pain.
I'm writing, therefore, to offer my support for stem cell research and to
tell you I'm in favor of new legislation to allow the ethical use of
therapeutic cloning. Like you, I support a complete ban on reproductive
cloning. However, I believe that embryonic stem cell research, under
appropriate guidelines, may provide our scientists with many answers
that are now beyond our grasp.
Orrin, there are so many diseases than can be cured, or at least helped,
that we can't turn our back on this. We've lost so much time already. I
can't bear to lose any more.

Sincerely,




The Honorable Orrin Hatch
United States Senate
104 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

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8. Ban Polish scientists to enter USA

This petition is to ban Polish scientists, employees of Institutes and Universities to enter the United States.
Polish Universities are activly invgilating their students for the military to extord military service on enlists level.

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9. Ban American scientists from the privilege of a Nobel Prize

This petition is to ban US scientists from the privilege of a Noble Prize.

The US is using unfair competition practices and using Nazi immigration law against PhD holders from US academia forcing them to leave the US without immediate employement.

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10. Tell the Liberals to Protect the Endangered Species

The Canadian government's continued failure to protect endangered species violates Canada's international obligations and ignores the will of Canadian citizens, says a new Greenpeace report released today.

The report, entitled Wipe Out: The Liberal Government's Plan for Endangered Species in Canada shows how Canada is failing to live up to its international word by failing to protect endangered species. Canada first committed to protect species and their habitats at the Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit in 1992, but has failed to keep its promise, even though 97 % of Canadians support strong endangered species legislation (Pollara, May 1999.)

Its latest Species at Risk Act, Bill C-5, is currently before Parliament and has been harshly criticized by environmentalists and scientists as insufficient.

'After three tries, the Liberals still don't get it. You can't protect species without protecting their habitat and Bill C-5 doesn't do the job', said Tamara Stark of Greenpeace. Bill C-5 violates Canada's international obligations and in the process, does the impossible: makes Brian Mulroney look better than David Anderson.

Stark noted while Canada, under Brian Mulroney, championed the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Liberals have failed to fulfill any of their commitments to the CBD. Canada is hosting an important CBD meeting one month from now in Montreal and, based on the work done to date, will have little progress to report at this meeting.

More than 1,300 scientists from across North America recently urged Prime Minister Jean Chretien to take immediate action to strengthen the endangered species legislation, a requirement of the CBD. Three critical changes needed are to:
1) Require mandatory protection of all critical habitat of species considered at risk;
2) Ensure that scientists, rather than politicians, maintain responsibility for selecting what species are listed at being at risk; and
3) Ensure that the legislation applies to both federal and provincial lands, since the current legislation will apply to only 5 per cent of Canada's landbase.

'By refusing to make the changes needed, David Anderson is betraying Canadian species and violating the trust of Canadian citizens,' Stark said. 'It's time for Prime Minister Chrétien to step in and ensure that Canada keeps its promise to protect this nation's species.'

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