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  • metamars commented on the blog post Disturbing number of people who believe in science ignore it

    2015-01-31 05:51:09View | Delete

    Yes, but in the real world, corruption and bias exists aplenty.

    Consequently, believing in the tenets of a corrupted science, with disproven and/or exaggerated claims, takes on the characteristics of following a religious cult.

  • metamars commented on the blog post Disturbing number of people who believe in science ignore it

    2015-01-31 05:24:25View | Delete

    Seriously, do you have any solid information on how much $$ the oil industry puts in Happer’s pocket, and what they expect, in return?

    It’s fairer to ask, more generally:

    Seriously, do you have any solid information on how much $$ the oil industry puts in Happer’s pocket, and what they expect, in return? Or on how much oil industry funds, or funded, Happer’s climate research?

    Just like politicians are not typically corrupted by under the table bribes, or “$$ in the pocket” (see Lawrence Lessig), so too “independent of financial need or self interest” should be taken to also mean $$ funding of research, where it needn’t even be discussed what sort of ‘happy outcomes’, let’s say, are desirable.

    A lot of Professors are under pressure not only to obtain funding sufficient to cover expenses related to their own research, they also need to get funding to cover their research assistants, including their Ph.D. students. (Indeed, they’re pressured to pick up Ph.D. students, to begin with, as my cousin, an academic mathematician tells me. It’s worse than that – they’re pressured to pass students who shouldn’t be passed. To his credit, my cousin refuses to do that. Also, I note parenthetically that this particular cousin vehemently believes in CO2 climate catastrophism, without the benefit of getting any research $$ or fun trips – see below – in support of same.)

    Happer himself has noted that academics who couldn’t get their research proposals funded, recast their proposals with a ‘climate change’ angle, and that did the trick. Being a climate Cassandra can also get you ‘perks’, at least if a comment I read in a climate blog is to be believed. The comment (sorry, never kept a reference), spoke about an individual (not named) who started writing papers about CO2 climate catastrophism, leading to many invited talks where the funded trip was basically a mini-vacation. The implication was that the scientists didn’t actually believe the substance of his own ‘research’.

    I myself worked as a “warm body” in a nuclear physics lab (via van der Graph accelerator), where 1/2 of my job was to make sure that Professors didn’t fall asleep. When I asked one of the professors why they worked at such obscene hours, I was told that they wanted to impress the politicians who had funded the accelerator that it really was as crucial as they pretended it was….

  • metamars commented on the blog post Disturbing number of people who believe in science ignore it

    2015-01-30 21:52:19View | Delete

    Seriously, do you have any solid information on how much $$ the oil industry puts in Happer’s pocket, and what they expect, in return?

    You made me curious, so I spent a little time looking into this.

    Some website called charitynavigator.org has info on various charities. They cover the George C. Marshall Institute. See http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=6054#.VMxqz2h4oco

    In the Accountability & Transparency Performance Metrics / Information Provided on the Form 990 section, they give GMI a checkmark on “Board Listed / Board Members Not Compensated”

    clicking the link reveals:

    Board Listed (on Form 990) / Board Members Not Compensated:

    The IRS requires that any compensation paid to members of the charity’s governing body be listed on the form 990. Furthermore, all members of the governing body need to be listed whether or not they are compensated. It is not unusual for some members of the board to have compensation listed. The executive director of the organization frequently has a seat on the board, for instance, and is compensated for being a full time staff member. However, it is rare for a charity to compensate individuals only for serving on its Board of Directors. Although this sort of board compensation is not illegal, it is not considered a best practice.

    If the charity fails to report its board members, or compensates any of the members for their participation on the board, then we deduct 4 points from its Accountability and Transparency score.

    AFAICT, Happer gets not a penny for serving on the board of GMI.

    As far as I’ve ever learned, the big money in the, ahh, climate science biz is being made by the Michael Mann’s and James Hansons. Nick Carter, a skeptic and Australian geologist, was compensated something like $5,000 per year. It was comparable to a flight or two from Australia to the US.

    I’ve read that Willie Soon has gotten funding from the oil industry, make of that what you will.

  • metamars commented on the blog post Disturbing number of people who believe in science ignore it

    2015-01-30 21:29:56View | Delete

    Is Happer paid to to produce climate research? By oil interests, or anybody else? (As I understand it, he hasn’t done climate modeling for many years, BTW.)

    Is he paid by oil interests to give talks about CO2 catastrophism? Like he did in the recent past at Princeton, and as the video shows him doing at Berkeley?

    I hear Michael Mann makes $10,000 per speech.

    How much gold has lined Happer’s pockets for speaking against CO2 catastrophism? Has he cleaned up, like James Hanson (over $1 million)?

    I frankly have no idea what a non-celebrity scientist gets for giving a lecture at Berkeley. I’ll guess $600, plus travel expenses. Ah, but that’s not really oil money, is it?

    Seriously, do you have any solid information on how much $$ the oil industry puts in Happer’s pocket, and what they expect, in return?

  • metamars commented on the blog post Disturbing number of people who believe in science ignore it

    2015-01-30 21:04:17View | Delete

    Too bad Crichton’s no longer with us. Besides the shifty analysis and blatantly counter-factual claims, one keeps hearing about yet new instances of data fudging.

    (I suppose fudgy “temperature adjustments” might more properly occupy a grey area between raw temperature readings and legitimately adusted data.)

    Which, methinks, might make for a really excellent mini-series and/or movie. A race against time to institute global (carbon) taxation (with attendant power accruing to global elites), before the public wakes up sufficiently to stagnating temperatures, non-accelerative sea level rise, etc.

    And SO much money riding on the outcome, for the Mandarins and grifters amongst us. (For the elites at the top of the ‘food chain’, their motivation and reward is power over us ‘little people’. They’re already fabulously rich.)

    There’s overlap with “State of Fear”, but lots of new ‘material’ is low-lying fruit.

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  • metamars commented on the blog post Disturbing number of people who believe in science ignore it

    2015-01-30 16:16:17View | Delete

    I live a block away from the shore, so your statement

    when the artic is ice free,maybe this september,you will be looking for higher ground

    is provisionally correct, though I’ve not the slightest concern that any September in my lifetime will see the Artic be ice free.

  • metamars commented on the blog post Disturbing number of people who believe in science ignore it

    2015-01-30 15:51:20View | Delete

    The sort of survey which should most interest us is a survey that tries to clarify
    a) which scientists actually know of the details of the CO2/global warming – both theory, and data (Princeton physics Professor Happer says that belief in CO2 catastrophism is declining amongst scientists because they have “looked at the data”)
    b) which scientists have little incentive to lie; I consider it self-evident that recently retired scientists are the best sources of polling; similarly, academic scientists who don’t have tenure yet are the worst ones to poll.

    What do you think would happen if you polled people simililarly knowledgeable and independent of financial need or self interest, like the ones in the comment that I posted to Juan Cole’s blog post Climate-Denial Buffoon Inhofe takes Big $$ from Big Oil, Says Scientists Corrupt a few days ago, and which, in his infinite wisdom, he decided to leave “in moderation” forever?

    My comment to Juan Cole:

    Inhofe is sustantially in agreement with physics Princeton Professor William Happer (here he is giving a talk to the Berkeley physics community on climate science: http://tinyurl.com/mayp95u ; guess he pulled the wool over their eyes, eh? That’s the same Berkeley physics department that’s been affiliated with 26 physics Nobel laureates) and David Evans, a mathematician and engineer with 6 university degrees, who did climate modeling to measure compliance of Australian industry with the Kyoto protocols (see him interviewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xI3doCKhI7Q ; note that he uses the “f” word – FRAUD – to describe some of the doings of climate scientists.) One of Happer’s motivations is the integrity of physics, and science, in general. I don’t recall if he explicitly used the “f” word, or not, but he’s at least implied so much.
    Are these scientists “buffoons”, also?
    What about Glaciologist Dr. Terry Hughes, a professor emeritus of the University of Maine’s ‘Climate Change Institute & School of Earth and Climate Sciences’. He said “what he wants people to understand is that climate change researchers and politicians collude to create fear of a disaster that will never happen.
    “You will never read or hear any of this from the scientific and political establishments,” he said. “I’m now retired, so I have no scientific career to protect by spreading lies.”” (http://tinyurl.com/pmc7l96)
    Is Dr. Hughes a buffoon, also? Bald faced liar?
    What’s the deal, here?

    Although I didn’t mention it to Cole, Happer also worked on climate models (back in the day). Amusingly, they also ran hot…

  • Words fail me.

  • Well, Kevin Zeese (of popularresistance.org and Green Shadow Cabinet fame) is optimistic. See my diary

    Kevin Zeese Optimistic About Stopping TPP Fast Track, but Shouldn’t Be

    Me, not so much.

  • Methinks you’re distorting the pope’s remarks out of all validity. From http://www.wfmz.com/news/pope-francis-set-for-huge-philippines-welcome/30715610

    If a friend “says a swear word against my mother, then a punch awaits him,” Francis said. Vatican Radio reported that he then “gestured with a pretend punch” directed at the friend, Alberto Gasbarri — an action that many journalists interpreted as a joke. [...]

  • I’m opposed to fracking, so I wish the the pro-fracking advertising would go away. That’s not going to happen,

    of course, I mean it won’t happen as long as there’s a market for fracked hydrocarbons. The collapsing price of oil might kill fracking, at least for the duration of low prices.

  • Edelman received a grand total of $347 million (2008-2012) from all its various trade association contracts,” wrote Davies.

    That’s about $90 million per year. However, that’s small potatoes compared to the biggest advertising budgets. From These 5 Companies Spend the Most on Advertising , the following leaders in advertising $$ for 2011 No. 1: Procter & Gamble (NYSE: [...]

  • I dont’ have a tv. Don’t get any newspapers, though I look at nytimes.com and latimes.com from time to time. Depending on main stream media for much of anything would be a mistake, anyway. I assume we are talking about millions of workers. Also, they have a union. What I was getting at is not [...]

  • I have a question. Well, two questions. First: Will even 1% of workers, previously protected by ERISA, lift a finger to do anything about this? I don’t mean complain to their significant others, or whine to their friends, or set more savings aside for retirement. I mean: will they organize a political response, even one [...]

  • metamars commented on the diary post Obama’s Last Quarter: Trade by Synoia.

    2015-01-01 21:28:31View | Delete

    Thanks. I can’t post diaries at FDL, any more. However, I am working on a long-overdue upgrade of OccupyPublicSpaces.org, which will render in mobile devices (as the current incarnation should have, but didn’t). It’s going to be generalized, and so not really infused with Occupy type metaphors and ‘hooks’. However, the basic walk planning functionality [...]

  • metamars commented on the diary post Obama’s Last Quarter: Trade by Synoia.

    2015-01-01 18:56:25View | Delete

    Thanks for the Nader reference. I just ordered a copy – 1 cent + $3.99 for shipping, via Amazon.com. I respect Nader quite a bit, including his creativity. I once caught a youtube video of him, probably in the 60′s or 70′s, putting forth ideas for civic involvement, including tapping seniors. One wonders what became [...]

  • metamars commented on the diary post Obama’s Last Quarter: Trade by Synoia.

    2014-12-31 23:48:59View | Delete

    , then it’s worth spending 4 minutes of your life to click a ‘like’ link.

    should be

    , then it’s worth spending 4 seconds of your life to click a ‘like’ link.

  • metamars commented on the diary post Obama’s Last Quarter: Trade by Synoia.

    2014-12-31 23:44:13View | Delete

    Well, prn.fm could have extended the notion, by , e.g., forcing you to ‘pay’ in similar fashion, if you wanted to listen to any of it’s Friday shows.

    Well, another mini-brainstorm, before I turn in for the night. A better idea for prn.fm is to break up every podcast into 2 pieces. Part 1 runs for [...]

  • metamars commented on the diary post Obama’s Last Quarter: Trade by Synoia.

    2014-12-31 23:29:35View | Delete

    What constraints exist, today, on any American firms outsourcing jobs? The only such constraints I can think of are “buy American” ones, which I think are only extant in some states.

    Well, come to think of it, there are federal jobs that require security clearances that probably exclude foreigners. It wouldn’t shock me if TPP made [...]

  • metamars commented on the diary post Obama’s Last Quarter: Trade by Synoia.

    2014-12-31 23:25:28View | Delete

    IMO, even the theoretical possibility of this should be enough to inspire millions of Americans to actively work to kill TPP. But somebody has to make the case, by propagating the right memes (i.e., public outreach and education), before you can flip the fraction of 10′s of million reached into activists and organizers. One hopes [...]

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