Aaron Lietz | Chicago Reader

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Re: “Dinosaur 13: Who owns the bones?

Thanks for this post and thanks Linda for noting those factors. I love how the right-wing "big government" haters all unite to hate on laws, rules, and regulations being enforced. How hypocritical, since so many of them claim we are a "nation of laws" and want our "laws enforced" (particularly at the border), just not the laws they don't like or don't want to follow. So I guess "freedom" means following only the laws you personally want to. When people put profit motive above due diligence, responsibility, fact finding/checking, following the rule of law, and respect for good science they deserve to suffer the consequences. When they found the fossil then didn't even bother to investigate who it actually belonged to, whether Maurice was allowed to sell it, under what conditions it could be sold (or not). It looks like they got overly excited (as the documentary says they "fell in love" with Sue) and forgot to do the other necessary homework. Now whose fault is that? The government's fault? These people are supposed to have been in the business a long time and yet they somehow didn't know about the difference between publically owned land and privately owned land such that they didn't bother checking into the facts of the situation? Ignorance of the law is no excuse.

I agree with you Linda. The documentary is super skewed and extra emotional (not really showing a balanced perspective). Looking at both sides really makes it look like propaganda for the continued private ownership of scientific findings. Is that really what we want for the ancient historical findings of science; all organic heritage being open to the highest bidder? Frightening.

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Posted by Aaron Lietz on 12/31/2015 at 3:03 AM

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