In the United States our Congress is comprised primarily of businessmen. The Committee on Science is populated with a cast of the most scientifically ignorant people imaginable.
Meanwhile, in Italy, they’re appointing senators for life who did instrumental work on the Large Hadron Collider and won the Nobel Prize:
On Friday the President of the Italian Republic Giorgio Napolitano appointed four new senators for life: the music director and conductor “maestro” Claudio Abbado, the neuroscientist Professor Elena Cattaneo, the renowned architect Renzo Piano and Professor Carlo Rubbia, who was CERN Director-General from 1989 to 1993.
In 1984, Carlo Rubbia, then head of the UA1 collaboration, was awarded the Nobel prize in physics, together with Simon van der Meer, for the discovery of the W and Z particles – at that time two important missing components of the Standard Model. During his term of office as Director-General, the Large Electron Positron collider was inaugurated and the four LEP experiments produced their first results. He also mounted the case for the new Large Hadron Collider, which in 2012 led to the discovery of a Higgs boson. In 1993, the last year of his mandate, the World Wide Web protocol and code were declared “free of charge” for all time.
I honestly don’t know how their government will function. Who’d want to sit down and have a beer with that guy?*
* Me, that’s who.