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by Marta Paterlini on 17 August 2012, 11:40 AM
ROME—Last month, the Italian government angered many scientists by announcing a series of deep cuts in the budgets of state institutes as part of a broader austerity package. ScienceInsider talked to Francesco Profumo,
Profumo indeed. That reminds me of another minister of that name, John Profumo. British, not Italian. Not a minister of education, universities, and research; but a Secretary of State for War (then, in the early 1960s, they were still honest enough to call it war, not “defense” yet).
John Profumo had to resign because of the Profumo scandal.
It is to be hoped that Francesco Profumo, and the whole Italian austerity-mongering government, will follow that example soon.
who, as minister of education, universities, and research in Italy’s ‘technocratic’ government, will have to implement those cuts.
… Before accepting the appointment as minister, he served as the president of the National Research Council for 3 months. Questions and answers have been translated from Italian and edited for clarity and brevity.
Q: The budget cuts announced last month will hit 12 state-funded institutes hard and have caused a great deal of commotion. Won’t they harm Italian science?
F.P.: First of all, let’s stop calling them cuts. I prefer to use the term “spending reviews!”
Yeah, right, Mr Profumo.
Probably, you want to stop people from calling rape rape. You think they should call it love instead.
And freedom is slavery.
And war is peace.
There is a word for the euphemisms of people like Mr Profumo. It is called Newspeak.
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