Some of our Left-leaning friends love to claim that their side is the one allied with science, and imply that such cannot be wrong. And the corollary the Right is based on ignorance and anti-science. After all, only 6% of scientists are Republicans. Of course, such a view ascribes a certain honor and repute to the word scientists and neglects to remember that scientists are, in reality, merely other folks. Scientists have families to feed, and face the same temptation to cheat as anybody else. Our Left-leaning colleagues are simply naïve. Either that, or lacking in self-esteem, and imagine that their definition of scientist somehow applies to themselves. Pathetic. Which brings me to this expose from Nature Magazine. 1. Research programmes of the European Commission (EC) have notoriously cumbersome procedures and rigid control mechanisms that have apparently not prevented a criminal syndicate from conducting a brazen fraud that has siphoned off millions in EC grant funds. 2. Italian authorities and the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) in Brussels, Belgium, have confirmed that they are prosecuting members of a large network accused of pocketing more than 50 million (US$72 million) in EC grants for fake research projects. 3. The EC has terminated four collaborative projects in information technology, and excluded more than 30 grant-winners from participation in around 20 ongoing projects. Investigations are still under way in the United Kingdom, France, Greece, Austria, Sweden, Slovenia and Poland. 4. The fraud has been conducted in a "highly sophisticated manner, resembling money laundering", by means of a cross-border network of fictitious companies and subcontractors having claimed inflated costs, or expenses for non-existent research activities and services, he says. 5. Concerned about the burden of Brussels bureaucracy, several thousand European scientists signed a petition this year (Trust Researchers - A declaration to the attention of the European Council and Parliament) calling for the framework to be "based on mutual trust and responsible partnering". Some now fear that the fraud could hamper efforts to cut red tape. Europe tackles huge fraud : Nature News Rumor has it that only 6% of the crooks were Republicans .. And . The strange part of this story is that it offers no details about what specific areas of government research funding were pilfered, or what "results" may have come of the fraudulent research projects they supported. Could it have been in the climate science domain, where the most government research money seems to be sloshing around? We know that there has been organized fraud in the European carbon trading market. Trading had to be halted back in January when it was discovered that millions of dollars of carbon allowances had been stolen and cashed on the spot market, so this wouldn't be the first time that organized crime had fixed on the climate circus as an easy mark. And one of the overlooked e-mails in the "Climategate" scandal involving the East Anglia University Climate Research Unit two years ago was a message from one of the scientists suggesting that a particular grant be routed through a Russian organization as a means of tax evasion. Doing Advance Work: EU gave $72 million taxpayer dollars for fake 'science' research grants-Nature Magazine 'Scientists' are....??? And . And one of the overlooked e-mails in the Climategate scandal involving the East Anglia University Climate Research Unit two years ago was a message from one of the scientists suggesting that a particular grant be routed through a Russian organization as a means of tax evasion. Seems like this story needs some follow up. What So, so some 'scientists' cheat? And what is it they cheat about?