As an ex-actuary, data is all. Data underpins. Agree or disagree, we require data, right? As a historian, I observe that nations can be ranked by the openness and completeness of their historical archives. In Putin’s Russia and under totalitarian regimes, both the past (historical records) and the facts (scientific data) are hard to find or nonexistent. America is a beacon of historical and scientific integrity, so heavy-handed excising, as in this article (Victoria Hermann in the Guardian, image from that article), distresses me.