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Government-Censored Science Doomed The USSR, And The USA May Be Next

19 Sep 2019, 14:01 UTC
Government-Censored Science Doomed The USSR, And The USA May Be Next
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This 2016 photo shows a man paying his respects to the estimated millions of Ukranians who died during the Stalin-era Holodomor famines. This is remembered as one of the darkest times in Ukranian history, as it left millions dead and is regarded by many as a genocide. The 1932–33 famine took place as harvests dwindled and Soviet leader Josef Stalin’s police enforced the brutal policy of collectivising agriculture by requisitioning grain and other foodstuffs. Lysenko’s promises of improved crop yields (having just come to power a few years earlier) never materialized, and further famines plagued Lysenko’s USSR. (SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)The line-in-the-sand was drawn in sharpie, and the time to declare ‘no more’ is now.When you have a question about the physical world, there are a lot of different approaches you can take. You can trust your intuition, using your experience of similar, prior situations to take a stab at what might happen this time. You can trust an authority, where you put your faith in someone else who you believe knows better. Or, you can do science, applying our best current scientific theories to the problem at hand, trusting the answer regardless of what your intuition or any authority tells ...

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