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Humanities research politicized too: Silly fake papers “feminist Mein Kampf” get through peer review

Unfalsifiable theories and no dissenting ideas allowed

A kind of social snakeoil is being pushed upon us….

a culture has developed that make only some conclusions allowed.

Three left wing academics wanted to expose the political corruption in feminist, sexuality, queer, gender, race and fat studies. They hoped to bring back some rigor and reintroduce skepticism to peer review. They submitted 20 outrageously fake papers (like a feminist rewrite of Mein Kampf), got seven accepted so far, but outed themselves. They found they could get ridiculous things published  as long as they framed the idea in politically fashionable terminology.

Project Summary: ○ This problem has arisen within a culture in which dissenting ideas have not been admitted or tolerated, often resulting in legitimate criticisms being denigrated on moral grounds. For example, questioning tenets of feminist philosophy might get you branded sexist or accused of carrying internalized misogyny. Questioning critical race scholarship is written off as exhibiting “white fragility” (Robin DiAngelo, 2011, 2018), “white ignore-ance” (Barbara Applebaum, 2006), a form of intentional ignorance, a form of resistance, or seeking white approval. Of note, it is impossible to counter such claims, and attempts to do so are taken as proof of guilt.

 Grievance studies does not continue the work of the civil rights movement, it corrupts it…

Their fake study into rape culture of dog parks, was honored as a leading scholarship. Though “The reviewers were worried we did not respect the dogs privacy.”

Fake academic scandal:Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf words used in embarrassing journal hoax

Mark Conway  The West Australian,

The trio went public with the project after The Wall Street Journal uncovered it, saying a paper which claimed dog parks are “petri dishes for canine ‘rape culture’” was ridiculous enough to pique the publication’s interest.

We intentionally made the papers absurd and used faulty methods to see if they could pass scrutiny at the highest level of academia. Concerningly, they did,” James Lindsay, one of the authors of the papers, said.

“A rambling poetic monologue of a bitter, divorced feminist written by a teenage-angst poetry generator shouldn’t be accepted as a scholarly article worthy of publishing.”

In US humanities departments an academic with seven papers published within seven years is awarded tenure, an indefinite academic appointment. The trio completed these seven papers within 10 months.

Boghossian, a professor at Portland State University, said he had been targeted professionally for questioning several of the fields in the past and expected to be fired or disciplined for his role in the papers, but denied he was motivated by a personal grudge.

Videos: Part 1 (James Damore at Google):   Part 2 (this video above).

Professors could today fall from grace,
Causing snowflakes to run for safe space,
If they dared to break free,
From groupthink P.C.,
On climate-change, gender or race.

–Ruairi

Details of two papers from the full papers and project fact sheet

Published: The Feminist rewrite of Mein Kampf

“Feminist Mein Kampf” Our Struggle is My Struggle: Solidarity Feminism as an Intersectional Reply to Neoliberal and Choice Feminism Accepted by Adolf Hitler:

Journal of Women and Social Work, leading feminist social work journal

Note: The last two thirds of this paper is based upon a rewriting of roughly 3600 words of Chapter 12 of Volume 1 of Mein Kampf, by Adolf Hitler, though it diverges significantly from the original. This chapter is the one in which Hitler lays out in a multi-point plan which we partially reproduced why the Nazi Party is needed and what it requires of its members. The first one third of the paper is our own theoretical framing to make this attempt possible.

Summary: Feminism which foregrounds individual choice, responsibility, female agency, and strength can be countered by a feminism which unifies in solidarity around the victimhood of the most marginalized women in society.

Purpose: That we could find Theory to make anything (in this case, part of Chapter 12 of Volume 1 of Mein Kampf with buzzwords switched in) acceptable to journals if we put it in terms of politically fashionable arguments and existing scholarship. Of note, while the original language and intent of Mein Kampf has been significantly changed to make this paper publishable and about feminism, the reliance upon the politics of grievance remains clear, helping to justify our use of the term “grievance studies” for these fields

Published: Rape culture in a dog park

Published: Human Reactions to Rape Culture and Queer Performativity in Urban Dog Parks in Portland, Oregon
Published in and recognized as exemplary scholarship by Gender, Place, and Culture, the leading
feminist geography journal and a top-10 gender studies journal.

Summary: That dog parks are “rape-condoning spaces” and a place of rampant canine rape culture and systemic oppression against “the oppressed dog” through which human attitudes to both problems can be measured and analyzed by applying black feminist criminology. This is done to provide insights into training men out of the sexual violence and bigotry to which they are prone. Arguably our most absurd paper

Purpose: Journals will accept arguments which should be clearly ludicrous and unethical if they provide (an unfalsifiable) way to perpetuate notions of toxic masculinity, heteronormativity, and implicit bias.

Honored as leading scholarship by journal: May 7, 2018

h/t Waxing Gibberish

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69 comments to Humanities research politicized too: Silly fake papers “feminist Mein Kampf” get through peer review

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    I’ve thought about writing a fake climate science paper along these lines. But then it occurred to me that it would prove nothing since the vast majority of papers written about climate science are already fake …

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      Bulldust

      Tagging in here… omitted is the fact that the authors were offered 4 papers to peer review themselves, given their stellar academic output. Tim Pool (himself a centre-left, though rapidly red-pilling journo) posted this excellent summary about the issue:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOJLMzMMxF0

      What I think is hilarious is how ‘climate scientists’ keep carping on about peer review being the “gold standard” of academic publication. It is clearly exposed as grossly inadequate. It was certainly known to be so, but never spoken of in polite academic circles.

      BTW this is nothing new … fake papers have been submitted in the sciences from randomly generated content and found their way into journals. These three simply took it to parody level 11.

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        Bulldust

        It is interesting to note that this has hit mainstream media and even The West Australian, but the ABC is remarkably silent on this story. Not a peep in their Science section either.

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          well it is not science for a start so the lack of mention in science is quite sensible, but scanning site:.abc.net.au shows that they have covered the several previous instances of this type of thing

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            Bitter&twisted

            The Social Sciences are neither scientific or social.
            Rather like climate “science” been “settled”.

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            Bulldust

            Yeah, I guess the complete corruption of the peer review process is not worthy of ABC reporting.

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      Roy Hogue

      I’ve thought about writing a fake climate science paper along these lines. But then it occurred to me that it would prove nothing since the vast majority of papers written about climate science are already fake…

      Please don’t let that stop you. It’s never stopped anyone else and you probably know as much as a big pile of the others combined.

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        Getting a paper published based on real climate science would be far more challenging, especially since the focus of my research has been to identify how, why and when climate science broke to become a branch of humanities, rather than one of science.

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    Fergit reason and observation, all knowledge is socially
    constructed and no opinion’s worth more than any other…
    Post modernists tell us so. That’s all, folks.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iv6C8q_8hJU

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    Mark M

    This essay, although hopefully accessible to everyone, is the most thorough breakdown of the study and written for those who are already somewhat familiar with the problems of ideologically-motivated scholarship, radical skepticism and cultural constructivism.

    https://areomagazine.com/2018/10/02/academic-grievance-studies-and-the-corruption-of-scholarship/

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    PeterS

    The process of publishing articles in so called “scientific” journals has very little to do with promoting the truth. For example, I’m sure it’s possible to have two articles published that contradict each other. In essence then “scientific” journals have become a waste of time if one is interested in searching for the truth and only just the truth. It has become more and more like the MSM.

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    I did a story on my blog recently about how our township seems to be ruled by a small group that’s opposed to any sort of new business, unless it involves some form of ‘art’. That same group is also vehemently opposed to logging in the area, which is historically the raison dêtre for the the township.

    In order to support their assertions that the logging of a couple of small coupes, always listed for logging, will result in the destruction of the township, if not the world. To further their argument, they conducted an anonymous survey of businesses and tourists, and discovered that logging will result in a $1.8 million loss of revenue annually and possibly nine jobs.

    Never mind that the opposition to the establishment of new businesses and the driving out of existing ones has resulted in the actual loss of many jobs, especially one that has moved elsewhere and is now employing more than nine staff, the survey provided no evidence of what type of businesses responded to the survey, what questions were asked and how the losses were calculated. All that mattered was that is showed ‘proof’ that logging was bad. How convenient.

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      Kinky Keith

      That’s the Modern tragedy this infests so much of our “government”.

      KK

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      PeterS

      Thanks bemused for the report. It’s just one example of many today of how ideology has overtaken logic and reason. Gone are the days when our representatives in government at any level took the time to think through issues properly to come up with the best solution for the benefit of society as distinct from the benefit of a special interest minority group, which in most cases acts against the society. If the trend continues, and there is no sign it won’t, society will continue to degenerate to the point it will finally crash and burn. In fact once it gains momentum as it has today thanks to the left, it will be impossible to reverse the trend without a major event to force the change. Either way things will become rather nasty for all.

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        Sadly, these ideologues would rather destroy everything than accept a reasonable compromise. If they can’t succeed, no one can succeed.

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          OriginalSteve

          Yes although I suspect unless they enjoy being poor ( as other peoples money will eventually run out…) about that time they may re-assess. That’s not to say money is the be all and end all of all this, but sometimes you have to let people do dumb things to learn their behaviour is foolish.

          The bit I find weird is that if you had people who wanted to be fiercely independent, then you would expect such behaviour, but they arent….they are collectivists, which implies they supply mutual support to other collectivists, so furthering left wing foolishness…in a group…….

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            The majority of these people are of the Left and especially the Green-Left. They genuinely believe that a Green Utopia would exist if only they could be in total control. And we all know where that would lead.

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      OriginalSteve

      Excellent…let the town collapse, and let the Collectivists experience the ire of the townspeople.

      Interesting how the business has moved elsewhere, so the town can experience its joyful backwater status,….

      All in all its a microcosm of Socialist foolishness.

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        shortie of greenbank

        They would blame others for ‘sabotaging’ them. You know the drill by now. Snake with no morals will always blame someone else.

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    David Maddison

    Here is a video where “anti-fascists” (who in Orwellian language actually means fascist) applaud a speech made by a master troll that is made up entirely of quotes from Hitler.

    Either the ignorance of the Left is simply staggering, or more likely, they do agree with the National SOCIALISTS.

    https://youtu.be/qNMAp8kXWrc

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      Gaz

      Hitler was ‘National Socialist’, ie of the Left. The ALP was in fact affiliated with the Nazi party at one point

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        PeterS

        Of course a lot of people will disagree with that statement but I’m not necessarily one of them. I take the view that extreme right and extreme left are opposite sides of the same bad coin. Conservationism on the other hand is a different and much better coin altogether. The Nazi party did have roots as left-wing socialists. It later added many of the fascist attributes and hated communists and soon got rid of them as they were perceived as a threat to the rise of Nazism. They then increased their socialistic tendencies and got rid of business entrepreneurs starting with those controlled by the Jews. They soon became a military dictatorship with both socialist and fascist attributes before being defeated. Today many describe the Greens as communists but I would consider them more like Nazis. In fact the Nazis also had a green coloured equivalent of the Nazi flag to support environmentalist ideologies. Today we have the national flag of the fake nation Kekistan which mimics the Nazi flag and in green.

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          MudCrab

          Yup, Peter, I disagree.

          Look at it this way. You can be Free, or you can be Fair. To put into example you can be free to take the last slice of pizza because no one is stopping you, or you can fairly divide the pizza into equal parts so that no one is disadvantaged.

          Of course you might say, ‘But I am hungry and want that last slice’ to which I would reply ‘We have rules, the pizza must be equally shared.’

          You then say, ‘stuff your rules. Who is going to enforce them?’ to which I have you arrested by the pizza police.

          So to be ‘fair’ you need rules and rules need to be enforced. The excuse for Socialism is that it is the fairest way where everyone is equal, but since you need rules to ensure this equality there isn’t a lot of freedom involved in a Socialist society.

          To be ‘free’ you need to ignore other people’s rules, and the more freedom you take the more you end up utterly ignoring other people’s views. You are free to take anything you want, but then again so is everyone body else. Basically the word we are looking for is Anarchy.

          To me, and your mileage may vary, the Extreme Right is extreme freedom and total anarchy. It also doesn’t work as eventually something like the law of the jungle kicks in where people come to the understanding that the man with sharp teeth and claws probably shouldn’t be annoyed. I wont hassle you and you wont bite my head off, that sounds a fair deal and we start drifting back to the left.

          Or something.

          And, ummmm, Global Warming Made It So!(tm) :-D

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            Gaz

            Equality is not equity. Equality means everyone gets the same regardless of whether they deserve or have worked for it. Equity is each getting what they deserve. Life’s outcomes are largely a function of the individual’s lifetime decisions – to study or not, to do drugs or not, to commit crime or not etc. Some came to Australia with nothing and became billionaires, others were here for many generations with all of Australia’s natural resources and did nothing.

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        David Maddison

        One of the biggest propaganda coups of the Left was to call Nazis of the “right” side of politics thus enabling them to demonise anyone on the rational (conservative) side of politics as being on the same side of the political spectrum as Nazis.

        The reality is that both communism and Nazism are of the Left but they differ only on nationalistic views. The communist/socialist Left are equally racist but in a slightly different way to Nazis. The US Democrats were always the party of slavery while Republicans were opposed to it. Today Democrats express their racism by policies designed to keep black people on welfare while under Trump black and hispanic employment is at an all time high.

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          Here’s a nice quote you might not like. See if you can find whence it came.

          It truly is ahistoric to just point to the word socialist and claim that they therefore were socialist.

          the assumption that because the word “socialist” appeared in the party’s name and socialist words and ideas popped up in the writings and speeches of top Nazis then the Nazis must have been actual socialists is naive and ahistorical. What the evidence shows, on the contrary, is that Nazi Party leaders paid mere lip service to socialist ideals on the way to achieving their one true goal: raw, totalitarian power.

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            Kinky Keith

            I agree,

            “raw totalitarian power”, the perfect description of All Socialist regimes.

            KK

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              Latus Dextro

              Collectivism based on nationalism (fascism – Giovanni Gentile) as distinct from collectivism based on class (communism/socialism), we all recognise that they suffer the same destination. Start from a notional mid-point of sanity at a point on the circumference of a circle and move in either direction. One arrives at the opposite pole having travelled the Left or Right semi-circle.

              Nevertheless, Mussolini and his black shirts were little different from the Hitler and the Nazis or from Stalin and the USSR, chiefly all Leftists with differing flavours. The body count was monstrous and the flavour entirely totalitarian. At this time, the Left remains unequivocally the most severe, dismal, murderous, and failed ideology of the its age. The catastrophic and failed ‘experiment’ of Marx and Engels (1848) must be brought to an end as a matter of liberty, prosperity and above all, sanity. Neo-Marxism infects politics, liberal arts and science. It leads as we see daily only to more degradation, insanity and chaos.

              Intersectionality, political correctness, cultural Marxism, identity politics, the whole gamut of the destructive Rainbow ideology centred around a collectivism, around ever more bizarre group identities wrapped in a twisted, irrational hierarchy of delusional oppression is failed or failing, or will fail. History has never indicated otherwise.

              Neither has the present day.

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            el gordo

            ‘The Nazi Party leaders paid mere lip service to socialist ideals on the way to achieving their one true goal: raw, totalitarian power.’

            That is exactly how it was, epitomised by the running bloody street battles between the different factions.

            Adolph only came to notice because his early political associates said he was not only a zealot but had the loudest voice amongst them, a serious asset in beer halls.

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            Gaz

            No nations are socialist or communist in the dictionary definition – just another way to disguise a totalitarian regime in which the individual is subordinate to the state.
            Back to Nazis – the ALP was, in the late 1920′s, early 1930′s affiliated with the German Nazi party and was singing its praises – later with the Communist parties in Russia and China – They have a terrible affinity for totalitarianism – never forget

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          Yes David. There’s a book by Eugen Weber, ‘Varieties of Fascism,’
          with readings consisting of official documents, reports, acts,
          speeches that show the socialist connection to yr 19th century
          brands of F*scists.

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          PeterS

          I think we can all agree that Nazism, socialism, communism, fascism, etc. are all abhorrent. There’s no real point in trying to compare them and place them on some political spectrum, which in itself is disputed and varied according to one’s opinions.

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            el gordo

            I would like to put in a good word for the Utopian Socialists because Marx hated them.

            ‘In The Communist Manifesto, Marx and Engels wrote: “The undeveloped state of the class struggle, as well as their own surroundings, causes Socialists of this kind to consider themselves far superior to all class antagonisms. They want to improve the condition of every member of society, even that of the most favoured.’ wiki

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            PeterS… you’ve hit the nail on the head and glad you said it as I’d have someone needlessly trying to counter it to win a point.

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            el gordo

            The other thing worth mentioning ….

            ‘Despite being labeled as utopian by later socialists, their aims were not always utopian and their values often included rigid support for the scientific method and the creation of a society based upon scientific understanding.’ wiki

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    Ruairi

    Professors could today fall from grace,
    Causing snowflakes to run for safe space,
    If they dared to break free,
    From groupthink P.C.,
    On climate-change, gender or race.

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    In the late sixties and early seventies I studied sociology at the University of Amsterdam and half-way towards my bachelor decided to look for another discipline that allowed for normal and polite conversation in work groups, away from the arrogant hungry systemic sabotage of the left. The activists were citing slogans from booklets and pamphlets as a thin ideological vein over what was in reality a plain and destructive hunger for power. I could finish a study in town-planning and what a relief it was.

    In itself social studies could be positive and useful, in that they may make you aware of your own limitations and prejudices in approaching other humans and other cultures. Sociology, cultural anthropology, social psychology – it helped me to look over the fences of my own existence and better appreciate other and unfamiliar territories.

    It is a well known phenomenon – both in psychology and in common everyday situations – that when temporary suppressing “undesirable” impulses becomes a habit towards denying their existence, these impulses not only don’t disappear but will start an uncontrollable dynamics that can be very destructive indeed. This in my opinion is what is happening to the social sciences. In trying to copy the methods and rituals of the physical sciences and incorporating them into what is essentially and unavoidable social involvement at its best and social propaganda and manipulation at its worst, they still believe they are first and foremost scientists. They believe they can easily manage their social desires and impulses and prejudices into submission towards a higher goal. Not appreciating how extremely difficult to do this is, for most of us, with enough rigor as demanded by the scientific method. At best they pay some lip service to this problem. That’s it. This casual naivety has blinded them into silly depths.

    There is only one more or less “scientific” aspect of the social sciences that I know of, and that is statistics. Well, we know about that discipline and how it is being used, don’t we?

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    ..oh, well, bachelor, masters…. it was half-way towards my masters I think the correct term is… anyway, I did study a lot of “social sciences” and I am still happy I had a bite of it

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    Kinky Keith

    Thank you Jo,

    For finding this article, identifying its importance and then running with it.

    For the last forty years there has been an increasingly unhealthy avoidance of reality and an extraordinary pressure on Politics to adapt to the new religion of Victimhood.

    Some years ago, following a personal crisis, I was able to gain entry to a university course which enabled me to study Neuroscience and core Psychology and end up with a degree.

    The basic thing that underpinned the coursework was the recognition of the guiding principle that the study of Psychology was Not about What we think.
    It is “content free” to a point.

    Psychology is the study of the human system’s response to stimulus, which may be auditory, visual or physical.

    Issues arising from the content of our thoughts should rightly be examined separately under the headings of Philosophy, Religion and Politics.

    When we have a society that is designed for the benefit of the world’s Politicians, we have a very big problem that is hard to deal with.

    Recently we have been given Hope that maybe we can find new direction and purpose by the people of the USA and Britain.

    They have intuitively felt something was wrong and taken action.

    This latest demonstration of academic courage and Integrity shows that all is not lost.

    Never give up hope.

    KK

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    TdeF

    The development of a tertiary culture of academics with nothing to do, funded by the state is at the core of this invention. Universities have doubled in thirty years.

    Enthusiastic and malleable young people are pushed into meaningless degree courses which preach angst against the status quo and deprive society of students in meaningful and essential courses. This does reduce unemployment figures, makes for excessive taxation on those who pay for all this and creates a culture of aggression against conservative voices, as we see everywhere.

    It is now dangerous to have the opinion that James Cook was a great and very brave man, that British colonization had a good side and a positive thing or that we have anything to learn from three thousand years of European history.

    As for science, it is responsible for all the alleged ills of the twentieth century from Global Warming to over population and the price of cell phones and the lack of jobs for Arts students who expect to go on the dole at 30 after fifteen years of study.

    The idea of free eternal and often pointless education at the expense of everyone else has to be stopped. Jobs need to have value to society and a meritocracy should be the basic criteria of tertiary studies once again. Like the ABC/SBS, Universities have become self justifying and anyone who suggests that History departments are teaching rubbish is shut down by activists.

    As for academic papers, they have become meaningless content free waffle in many new areas and you can even get a PhD in science by essay, as proven by that great Australian Scientist and expert, Professor Tim Flannery, Chief Climate officer for Australia with absolutely no qualification in tertiary sciences including but not limited to mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, microbiology, genetics, geology, engineering, computer science but expert in them all because he has a PhD in really dead kangaroos.

    Now we are told what to think, what we are allowed to say by people who know nothing. There is no Global Warming. There is no Climate Change. Windmills are useless. The theft of the RET has to stop.

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      TdeF

      When I was at Melbourne University, the total population, staff and students was 14,000. It is now 50,000
      Monash, started 1958 has 70,000

      RMIT is now 84,000, the former Working Mens’ college up to 1960.
      Deakin 1974 is 53,000
      LaTrobe University 1964, 36,000
      Victoria University, 27,000
      Swinburne is 21,000
      to name just a few. Many started as Technical Colleges where men learned trades and where trades are no longer taught.

      Now thousands study ‘ecology’ which appears to be about stopping Global Warming, cars, population growth, caring for frogs and the evil advances of the 20th century including Climate Change.

      So from 1970 when Melbourne had a population of 2.5Million today with a population nearing 5.0 million, the population has doubled but university population has exploded x5 and the trades population has plummeted.

      If you find you are paying more for an electrician than a doctor, there is a reason. You are also paying for an army of ecologists who want to replace English elms, oaks and plane trees in the inner city with dangerous gum trees as a form of tree racism, simply because they hate everything British.

      We cannot afford to keep creating meaningless degrees, meaningless jobs, and to support a massive population of people who learn nothing at university and get a job at 30. Self justifying staff growth at universities has to be added to the load of the SBS/ABC and the general public service. No wonder Kazakhstan is outperforming Australia academically. There is a limit to the applicability of gender studies in engineering.

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        TdeF

        This comment is subject to pier review. In other words I would be thrown off the end of a long pier for even mentioning these things.

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        TdeF

        As passing comment, ecology itself was a new subject within Biology where the major subjects were botany, zoology and increasingly the rapid growth of microbiology. Genetics were still basic Mendelevian and the mapping of the human genome was still decades away. As a new subject, it has been a soft option with minimal science and maximum angst. All the faults of an increasingly crowded world are now attributed to fossil fuel. For no scientific reason. It’s where socialism meets science. Even the recent flooding of the Thames can be traced to a government objective to clog up the canals and create wetlands, which is fine for people who prefer waterfowl to humans.

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          StephenP

          A similar occurrence happened in the Somerset Levels a couple of years ago. The rivers were allowed to clog up and couldn’t cope with a wet winter.
          15 years previously the rivers had coped with a similar rainfall without any problems, but the thinking was to ‘just add water and get masses of waterfowl’.

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        TdeF

        Population in these institutions, 250,000+. Population of Victoria 6.4million. So we are talking about at least 1 in 25 people, 4% of all men women and children in the state currently being at University, generally at our public expense and learning what exactly? Philosophy? Then you get the 1/3 dropout rate and the numbers on the dole. Gillard’s education dream system at work. How much use is ab*riginal mathematics in the curriculum after all? Peer review? At the Pier Hotel.

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    Louis Hissink

    The academics simply do not understand peer review: peer reviews is to identify plagiarism and nothing more.

    Peer review in its present state is about ensuring the narrative complies with the narrative’s foundational axioms. This makes it religion which is based on axioms and absolutes.

    There are no absolutes in science, nor constants, the latter having been fabricated by religious minds coping with scientific anomalies that require rejection of the hypothesis or theory. Constants are thus placed in equations to make them fit the sacrosanct theory,

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      theRealUniverse

      Peer review has been used many times to make sure that the papers published in any publication ‘conform’ with the views of the association or particular journal. I wont name any in particular. Identifying ‘flawed’ theory is not the job of peer review whether its used like that or not.

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    Note: Soycino intellectuals are saying just two things at extreme length: “Look at me” and “Woe is me”.

    Summary: Most university faculties are just vast holding paddocks for unemployed youth.

    Purpose: Shut ‘em down.

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      yarpos

      “Most university faculties are just vast holding paddocks for unemployed youth”

      Ive heard the same thing said of TAFEs , although seem less disposed than the Unis to start with someone unemployed and then make them unemployable.

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      MudCrab

      Not unemployed, unemployable.

      In many cases it seems the only positive thing about higher education is that it keeps thousands of people each year from cluttering up the youth job market. Then, once they graduate? Well someone has to work in the cafes and bars.

      Unfortunately the entire education system is geared towards getting people to finish high school and then progress to higher education. This is seen as a ‘Good Thing’ because ‘Clever Country’ and would probably be fine if there was greater support to STEM.

      Instead the young high schooler is constantly told that only the best will get into university, that to leave high school for a trade is confession of failure and that only they will have the skills needed to move Australia into the future.

      Hence, having been told they are wonderful for effectively their entire lives, they actually believe they are wonderful, invincible and the world needs to thank them for their very existence.

      What they also fail to understand is that higher education is not a right, it is a business. Unis don’t run courses because they ‘know’ the future generations need them, they run courses because they think students will be stupid enough to fill them.

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    Paul

    It would have been interesting if they had held off bringing this to light to see how many citations the papers would get.

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    observa

    Basically put in the politically correct buzz words and you’re home and hosed with pal review and what’s the opposite of diversity of thought? Sadly university nowadays but there’s only so many burger flipping and barista jobs to go round so you have to question the massive investment we’re pouring into them.

    OTOH we have a shortage of competent trades but they are physically demanding careers having to think through your hands and sadly the many pampered pooches can’t hack it. What bemuses me is said pampered pooches are Hell bent on getting rid of fossil fuels. Don’t they realise that will create an abundance of hard yakka that they’re already allergic to now? As well there won’t be the surplus value to keep them in the manner to which they’ve been accustomed but I guess that’s where a leftist hero in Pol Pot was coming from. Off to the paddy fields with you.

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    robert rosicka

    Didn’t someone get a Star Wars themed paper through peer review , something about the Jedi from memory , had stacks of citations and references all fake but accepted .
    Was on WUWT a few years back ..

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    Dennis

    Hi, my name is Carly and I am thixteen (and have a lisp), I hereby demand the right to vote, whatever that is.

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    pat

    3 Oct: Daily Caller: Michael Bastasch: Trump Officials Say There’s ‘A Major Problem’ With The UN’s Upcoming Climate Report, Leaked Comments Show
    The Trump administration also called into question the climate models used to estimate future impacts of any warming. Indeed, climate models have come under increased scrutiny in recent years since they’ve consistently over-predicted warming.
    “There is no discussion — or a summary thereof — in the SPM regarding the credibility of models (or methodologies) used in the report to project future impacts,” U.S. officials said, adding that “most” models incorrectly predicted the rate of warming since the 1990s.

    U.S. officials aren’t the only ones to call into question the plausibility of the UN’s views. A paper by University of Colorado professor Roger Pielke Jr. laid out many of the problems with the UN’s assumptions about keeping global warming in line with the Paris accord.
    “In the face of ongoing failure to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions, they are rejiggering the way they define the climate change challenge as if that will somehow allow policies that have been failing for over 25 years to become successful,” Pielke wrote in his paper (LINK)…
    https://dailycaller.com/2018/10/03/trump-officials-un-climate-report/

    by chance, came across this tweet today:

    27 Sept: TWEET: Richard Betts, Professor of Climate Impacts, University of Exeter & Met Office Hadley Centre. Directed EU-funded climate research project:
    Great afternoon at @metoffice Hadley Centre celebrating the career of our esteemed colleague John Mitchell on his retirement. So many achievements. He’s led / inspired many key papers & was instrumental in convening climate scientists for 1st IPCC report (LINKS TO NATURE, BELOW)

    10 Aug 1995: Nature: Climate response to increasing levels of greenhouse gases and sulphate aerosols
    J.F.B. Mitchell, T.C. Johns, J.M. Gregory & S. F.B. Tett
    from Abstract:
    CLIMATE models suggest that increases in greenhouse-gas concentrations in the atmosphere should have produced a larger global mean warming than has been observed in recent decades, unless the climate is less sensitive than is predicted by the present generation of coupled general circulation models…
    The inclusion of sulphate aerosols significantly improves the agreement with observed global mean and large-scale patterns of temperature in recent decades, although the improvement in simulations of specific regions is equivocal…
    https://www.nature.com/articles/376501a0

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    Nick Werner

    ‘Summary: That dog parks are “rape-condoning spaces” and a place of rampant canine rape culture and systemic oppression against “the oppressed dog”…’

    It’s not limited to dog parks: A friend enrolled his dog in a school for obedience training, and she came back pregnant.
    And what are the odds… the victim was a black female!

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    pat

    getting fake stuff published is easy:

    4 Oct: Guardian: Labor says Australia can remain energy ‘superpower’ – but only if climate wars end
    Pat Conroy says Australia can replace thermal coal exports with renewable energy and also develop hydrogen economy
    by Katharine Murphy
    Australia is in a position to replace thermal coal exports with the export of renewable energy technologies if the parliament can settle an energy policy and end a decade of policy chaos, the Labor frontbencher Pat Conroy says.

    The shadow assistant minister for climate change and energy will use an appearance at a renewable energy conference on Thursday to argue that Australia can remain an energy export “superpower” during the transition to low-emissions energy – “it just won’t be fossilised carbon, instead it will be wind and solar power”.

    Conroy says in his speech that thermal coal exports will “decline significantly over the next few decades” but Australia will continue to export metallurgical coal, “which makes up 65% of our coal exports by value, for a long time to come, as there is no other way of manufacturing steel at an industrial scale”…
    “As the world decarbonises its electricity supply, the nations that can transform into manufacturing powerhouses are those with the cheapest energy, which will be the nations with the best renewable energy resources.”…

    The new energy minister, Angus Taylor, was invited to address Thursday’s renewables conference but declined…
    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/oct/04/labor-says-australia-can-remain-energy-superpower-but-only-if-climate-wars-end

    4 Oct: SBS: Minister rejects Paris accord designer’s concerns Australia will miss climate targets
    AAP/SBS
    Liberal minister Zed Seselja insists Australia will meet its Paris climate change targets, rejecting concern from an architect of the international agreement.
    Paris agreement designer Laurence Tubiana says the federal government’s claim Australia will meet the targets goes against international scientific opinion, Fairfax Media reports on Thursday.
    Ms Tubiana, who is now chief executive of the European Climate Foundation, is urging Australia not to fall behind other countries who have committed to emissions reduction targets.

    “The Australian government, along with all others, needs to listen to the science and the economics, and lead the country towards decarbonisation,” she told Fairfax Media.
    ***”Failure to do so will have profound consequences on the country’s standing in the international community and its future prospects in terms of innovation and economic opportunity.”…

    Mr Seselja instead pointed to per capita emissions.
    “At the moment we have the lowest per capita emissions in 28 years, we are doing our bit,” he told Sky News.
    “We’re investing in renewable energy, of course, we are getting more efficient in the way we deal with energy.”
    “We believe we’ve got the balance absolutely right.”
    The government has said the Renewable Energy Target will not be replaced or renewed when it lapses in 2020.
    https://www.sbs.com.au/news/minister-rejects-paris-accord-designer-s-concerns-australia-will-miss-climate-targets

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    pat

    3 Oct: Reuters: China’s drought losses predicted to soar as planet warms
    by Michael Taylor; editing by Megan Rowling
    KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Economic losses caused by drought in China will rocket to tens of billions of dollars per year if global warming breaches the limits set by governments in a 2015 agreement to tackle climate change, scientists said…
    In China, annual economic losses due to drought were an average $7 billion per year between 1984 and 2017, but global warming of 1.5C could see that figure rise to $47 billion annually, said the study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal.
    A global temperature increase of 2C could see China’s drought losses jump to about $84 billion each year, it added.

    Su Buda, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, said the new research differed from previous studies on droughts because it was based on projections of China’s future economic growth…

    Should temperatures rise further, these provinces are likely to experience more intense droughts more often, scientists said.
    “In this dry zone, there is a lot of poverty,” said Jiang Tong, a co-author of the study and researcher at the National Climate Center of the China Meteorological Administration…
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-climatechange-drought/chinas-drought-losses-predicted-to-soar-as-planet-warms-idUSKCN1MD1LD

    1 Oct: Eureka Alert: Drought losses in China will soar with continuing global warming: Study
    Chinese Academy of Sciences Headquarters
    The study was jointly completed by researchers from institutions including XIEG, National Climate Center of China Meteorological Administration, Institute for Agricultural and Forest Environment of Polish Academy of Sciences, Nanjing University of Information Science & Technology, Huazhong University of Science & Technology, and Universitaet Tuebingen in Germany.
    Results of the study were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), entitled “Drought losses in China might double between the 1.5°C and 2.0°C warming”.

    25 Sept: PNAS: Drought losses in China might double between the 1.5 °C and 2.0 °C warming
    Edited by Amir AghaKouchak, University of California, Irvine, CA, and accepted by Editorial Board Member Gregory P. Asner August 16, 2018 (received for review February 8, 2018) (LINKS)
    http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2018/09/25/1802129115.short?rss=1

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    robert rosicka

    Definitely OT but the enzed socialist gov are one step closer to a UN new world order .

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-10-04/nz-customs-can-force-travellers-to-unlock-digital-devices/10338662

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    robert rosicka

    Good news Australia- Stan pat yourself on the back because despite the lefty lunacy our emissions are up .

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    sophocles

    It’s all been done before. Remember those three MIT students who invented a program to generate scientific papers back in 2005?
    http://news.mit.edu/2015/how-three-mit-students-fooled-scientific-journals-0414

    Since then, Nothing has changed. Universities and schools still fail to teach critical thinking skills. The road to Hell just becomes steeper so those travelling it increase speed. Human credulity and gullibilty is more noticeable than ever, and will not change.

    The creators continue to get regular emails from computer science students proudly linking to papers they’ve [sneaked] into conferences, as well as notes from researchers urging them to make versions for other disciplines.

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    sophocles

    You want proof this still works?

    The IPCC.

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    Roy Hogue

    The humanities — so called anyway — have or is it has — always struck me as a place where imagination rules instead of facts.

    Given the shameful display in the United States Senate over confirmation of judge Brett Kavanaugh I see nothing to stop others from continuing in that direction. They suffer no consequences, at least so far. Hitler should have been a lesson to them but selective reading of history seems to avoid the problem of reality checks only too easily.

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    Marvin

    We will have a feminist revolution that will endure for a thousand years!

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    René Fries

    Nil novi sub sole: “(…) it is worth remembering the publication in 1996 in the spring/summer issue of Social Text, a leading scholarly review of postmodern thought, of a completely over-the-top parodic article called ‘Transgressing the Boundaries: Towards a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity’.” (https://www.spikemagazine.com/the-sokal-hoax/)

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