What better way to celebrate than with a smigeon of good news. From the 2006 appropriations bill for the Departments of Health and Human Services, Education and Labor (H.R. 3010):
Sec. 519. (a) None of the funds made available in this Act may be used to request that a candidate for appointment to a Federal scientific advisory committee disclose the political affiliation or voting history of the candidate or the position that the candidate holds with respect to political issues not directly related to and necessary for the work of the committee involved.
(b) None of the funds made available in this Act may be used to disseminate scientific information that is deliberately false or misleading.
While it is sad that it is necesssary, it is nice to see that even a Republican controlled Congress can occassionally display some very modest backbone.
Have a nice weekend!