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Tue Jan 24, 2017, 11:00 AM

USDA Scientists Have Been Put On Lockdown Under Trump

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Source: Buzzfeed

The US Department of Agriculture has banned scientists and other employees in its main research division from publicly sharing everything from the summaries of scientific papers to USDA-branded tweets as it starts to adjust to life under the Trump administration, BuzzFeed News has learned.

According to an email sent Monday morning and obtained by BuzzFeed News, the department told staff — including some 2,000 scientists — at the agency’s main in-house research arm, the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), to stop communicating with the public about taxpayer-funded work.

“Starting immediately and until further notice, ARS will not release any public-facing documents,” Sharon Drumm, chief of staff for ARS, wrote in a department-wide email shared with BuzzFeed News.

Read more: https://www.buzzfeed.com/dinograndoni/trump-usda?utm_term=.thx7eJe2W#.sowNB1BVL

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Reply USDA Scientists Have Been Put On Lockdown Under Trump (Original post)
n2doc Jan 2017 OP
underpants Jan 2017 #1
Cryptoad Jan 2017 #24
Achilleaze Jan 2017 #2
longship Jan 2017 #28
randr Jan 2017 #3
Pacifist Patriot Jan 2017 #12
Cryptoad Jan 2017 #25
metalbot Jan 2017 #17
MissB Jan 2017 #20
IronLionZion Jan 2017 #23
highplainsdem Jan 2017 #4
Eliot Rosewater Jan 2017 #27
enough Jan 2017 #5
In_The_Wind Jan 2017 #6
Botany Jan 2017 #7
Bernardo de La Paz Jan 2017 #8
Bernardo de La Paz Jan 2017 #9
Rowdyag Jan 2017 #10
Buckeye_Democrat Jan 2017 #11
Pacifist Patriot Jan 2017 #13
MissB Jan 2017 #21
underpants Jan 2017 #14
JudyM Jan 2017 #15
TranssexualKaren Jan 2017 #16
kjones Jan 2017 #19
uppityperson Jan 2017 #18
Hekate Jan 2017 #22
longship Jan 2017 #26
charlyvi Jan 2017 #29
DonViejo Jan 2017 #30

Response to n2doc (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2017, 11:03 AM

1. Science is hard

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Response to underpants (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 24, 2017, 01:32 PM

24. Science is an Alt-Fact!

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2017, 11:03 AM

2. The corporate "scientists" of the GMO chemical pharmaceutical cabal will love this

Fewer voices to challenge their corporate "findings" about the cretinous dulling industrial crap they are feeding to the world.

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Response to Achilleaze (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 24, 2017, 01:39 PM

28. GMOs???? Apparently some people do not understand science. nt

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2017, 11:05 AM

3. This must violate some FOI law

Somehow someone needs to tell Twitler that he works for the public.

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Response to randr (Reply #3)

Tue Jan 24, 2017, 11:20 AM

12. That was my first thought.

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Response to Pacifist Patriot (Reply #12)

Tue Jan 24, 2017, 01:34 PM

25. That was back in good ole days...

when we had a functioning Constitution.

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Response to randr (Reply #3)

Tue Jan 24, 2017, 11:57 AM

17. Not necessarily

It's a crappy policy, but I don't think it's saying "the public can't have the research", but rather that they can't proactively broadcast it.

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Response to metalbot (Reply #17)

Tue Jan 24, 2017, 01:18 PM

20. So an organization can still make a FOIA request and then release a news release.

Extra step but it'll be relatively hard for this administration to gum up the FOIA process.

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Response to randr (Reply #3)

Tue Jan 24, 2017, 01:26 PM

23. Trump doesn't have time for laws

and feels that we have too many anyway.

Meanwhile our Tweeter in chief will be sharing nonsense and alternative facts 24/7

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2017, 11:07 AM

4. Not wasting any time implementing fascism, are they?

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Response to highplainsdem (Reply #4)

Tue Jan 24, 2017, 01:38 PM

27. That is what this is and millions of his supporters love it.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2017, 11:09 AM

5. I guess we knew this would be happening, but horrifying.

Can he really keep the people from the research being done with taxpayer dollars?

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2017, 11:09 AM

6. So, we will be treated like mushrooms.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2017, 11:09 AM

7. The growth of science is based on the sharing of knowledge

Trump is a nightmare.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2017, 11:10 AM

8. Violates 1st Amendment and FOIA and Accountability and Transparency. . . nt

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2017, 11:11 AM

9. Cons PM Harper tried this in Canada & it was part of why the Liberals won big majority. . . nt

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2017, 11:13 AM

10. So basically

The USDA, EPA and possibly CDC have been put on information lock down? Information that is taxpayer funded to better our lives is being withheld ....yup, that's gonna make America great.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2017, 11:16 AM

11. Time for their "alternative facts" training! n/t

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2017, 11:21 AM

13. Sounds like it's about time to bury the administration in FOIA requests.

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Response to Pacifist Patriot (Reply #13)

Tue Jan 24, 2017, 01:19 PM

21. Yep.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2017, 11:25 AM

14. I heard the reverse in 2008

A Pew Resesrch employee was at our house for a GOTV launch. She said that everyone she'd talked to had stopped doing any work waiting for W to be gone. W&Co. had political operatives deep into agencies who reviewed, spun, added opinion, or just flat out changed public reports. The researchers were sick of their work being altered so they were just sitting back and waiting.

I expect the same editing in Snowflake's regime.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2017, 11:31 AM

15. Very troubling. There needs to be major media coverage of his shutting down transparency.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2017, 11:44 AM

16. This is how it starts.

Most people don't realize that the majority of research scientists in this country are in fact or ultimately government employees. If they aren't directly working for the government they are in universities or even private industry supported by government grants. This is the first step to actually controlling science!

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Response to TranssexualKaren (Reply #16)

Tue Jan 24, 2017, 01:16 PM

19. Time for guerilla research

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2017, 12:51 PM

18. The only releases can come from Minitrue."the office of communications'

That'll teach them to post a photo of the inauguration.

" all media interviews must be approved by the office of communications in Washington"

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2017, 01:24 PM

22. I hope that department leaks like a sieve. I hope they all do. But it will take enterprising journos

...to gather up the stories.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2017, 01:37 PM

26. We don't need no stinking science!

The Drumpf is everything anybody needs to know. Science is just facts. We have our own facts!!!!

We are screwn, utterly screwn!

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2017, 01:44 PM

29. We can't access the information we have paid for?

Interesting.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2017, 04:22 PM

30. Locking...

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