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Fake science on fake fish from James Cook Uni?

Third World Science with First World Funding

Is James Cook University a grants machine or a research institute?

James Cook University reviews ex-student’s ‘fishy’ findings, by Graham Lloyd, The Australian

Oona Lönnstedt has been prolific, writing alarming papers on microplastics, acidification, and reef degradation. But her work looks like a trainwreck. One paper has been withdrawn, in another it was “found that Lonnstedt did not have time to undertake the research she claimed.” She’s been found guilty of fabricating data on the microplastics study. Now Peter Ridd has pointed out that the photos of 50 Lionfish appear to contain a lot less than 50 fish. Images have been flipped, spun or “manipulated” so the same fish appears more than once.

James Cook has done what any ambitious, money-hungry grant troughing institute would do, a very slow investigation of allegedly corrupt behaviour and a very quick sacking of the honest researcher who threatens to expose them. Any respectable Science Minister would freeze all grants to James Cook until this situation was resolved and reversed.

Send your thoughts to The Hon Karen Andrews. Contact her here: karen.andrews.mp AT aph.gov.au. There is a crisis in Australian science. Who is going to fix it?

James Cook University, Fish, Research, Climate Change.

50 Lion Fish (or not). Click to enlarge.

James Cook University, Fish, Research, Climate Change.

Fishy copies of Lion Fish. Click to enlarge.

All Peter Ridd had to to was line up the shots in order they were taken.  Peer reviewers didn’t do that.

The real problem here is not about fish or plastic but about the science industry

Walter Stark, a marine scientist with 50 years experience, and a proper skeptical scientist, explains how our current academic ecosystem rewards alarming results:

Starck says generations of ­researchers have been schooled in a culture wherein threats to the Great Barrier Reef are an unquestionable belief from which all evidence is interpreted.

“She (Lonnstedt) got into the ocean acidification and global warming and the effect CO2 was going to have on the behaviour of marine animals and she started publishing,” Starck says.

“Immediately the publishers lapped it up. As a graduate student she managed to get as much published in one year as most professors do in a decade.”

Imagine, hypothetically, that our academic grant machine was actively promoting the fakest science anyone can get away with when it comes to climate research. Where are the brakes? What stops fake science?

Not peer review. Not journal corrections. Not most of the media. (Where is the ABC? They report the alarm, but not the allegations?)

Confirmation bias is a much bigger problem and much harder to spot than fabricated data. Who is even trying to put those brakes on?

There’s a pattern here

Lönnstedt first got into trouble with a 2016 paper on microplastics that showed that little fish ate tiny bits of plastics preferentially, and then their growth suffered and they were eaten by bigger fish. The Central Ethical Review Board in Sweden investigated was so concerned and declared it was research misconduct. UU’s Board for Investigation of Misconduct in Research called it fabrication. That paper was published in one of the two highest profile science journals there is — called Science. So much for peer review at top journals? The microplastics case has been called “outright fraud” and by Science itself.

When Science demanded the data (that she should have archived) alas the only copy was on her laptop, which was stolen just after the request came through. How in-convenient?

No data? Doesn’t matter

It still took months before Science responded:

Dr Roche told the HES that Science should have retracted the report as soon as the authors failed to provide the raw data, “rather than waiting for the results of a lengthy investigation that only came months later”. But it was a “positive sign” that Science had published a letter criticising its policy, he conceded.

Peter Ridd wonders why we give still her the benefit of the doubt?

 Ridd said given that Lonnstedt had been shown to have deficient data in other research, and given that there seemed to be evidence of modified images, it would not be wise to give the benefit of the doubt in this case.

Ridd contacted the co-authors of the lion fish study and the weak excuses flowed forth:

“Based on our understanding, it was not her intent for the collage to represent a picture of all of the lionfish she used,” they said. ­Rather, she was providing it as evidence “that she had lionfish in the laboratory”, the co-­authors said.

Yes, sure. Because we were wondering if she had any Lionfish at all, not whether her 50 Lionfish were 50 different fish.

Her co-author Doug Chivers says there is now a dilemma because Lonnstedt has gone off to Sweden and isn’t doing science anymore and doesn’t want to answer questions. Jo Nova says this is pretty simple, tell her she can pay back her salary or respond in full. She was paid to reveal all her methods and data. She hasn’t finished the job yet.

As I said about James Cook Uni’s treatment of Peter Ridd:

This taints all research the institution puts out. How do we know that any news they announce is the whole truth — we must assume every result is put through the political filter and inconvenient conclusions or implications are removed.

Which other employees of James Cook are concerned about this issue? If they don’t say, is it because none of them care or that those who do feel too intimidated to say so. (Since they are too scared to even use their official email accounts, we can assume they won’t be issuing press releases.) Either way, it’s systemic, it’s institutional and it’s not science.

Uppsala found Lonnstedt “fabricated” results. Look at how that uni responded:

A biology journal is investigating concerns about a 2014 paper by a marine biologist who was found guilty of misconduct last year.

In December, Uppsala University concluded that Oona Lönnstedt had “fabricated the results” of a controversial 2016 Science paper(now retracted), which examined the harms of human pollution on fish. (Lönnstedt’s supervisor Peter Eklöv was also found guilty of misconduct and had a four-year government grant terminated.)

–RetractionWatch

ScienceMag says that “Lönnstedt has reportedly lost her funding from Formas, the Swedish Research Council, as a result of the report. “

Though it took three rounds of investigations before Upsalla Uni got this far. (See page 8 -9 of the NAS irreproducability report. ) Critics need to keep pressing.

JCU takes a whole year to form an investigation panel

James Cook says they are “committed to the highest standards of ethical research”.  Concerns over Lonnstedt’s work were raised over a year ago in December 2017. It took until May for JCU to say it would establish an external panel of experts to investigate. And after a whole year they’ve managed to finalize the member list of that panel, though they haven’t even been formally appointed yet. Apparently the Great Barrier Reef may move before the investigation is finished. The Reef is under a dire threat but JCU is in no rush to get the science right. Or perhaps they are just waiting until there is a new Minister of Science who also thinks that science is just a grants-machine to produce PR excuses to screw more tax out of taxpayers?

Speaking of which, the Shadow Minister for Science is the Hon. Kim Carr. Is he going to point out that Karen Andrews isn’t doing enough on this, or does he approve of Fake Science? Contact: senator.carr AT aph.gov.au

Likewise, the shadow Minister for Climate is The Hon. Mark Butler MP: Does he care that we may be wasting money fighting irrelevant battles based on dodgy research?  Contact: senator.butler AT aph.gov.au. If the climate matters, so does climate science.

James Cook University is a joke, and if they were serious about showing they care about ethical and rigorous research they would reinstate Ridd immediately and finish the investigation fast. Anything less is “business as usual” at JCU. Fake science.

The Lonnstedt investigation hasn’t been done yet. But if she cares about the reef, and JCU cares about science, she needs to explain herself, asap.

PS: I do hope people write to the politicians. As always, please be polite, no matter how angry and frustrated you may be. Please copy letters into comments as it may help others.

hat tip to John of Cloverdale, Scarper, Barry Woods, Steve Hyland and Pat.

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166 comments to Fake science on fake fish from James Cook Uni?

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    dumb jaffa

    William Bragg once said:-

    “The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them”.*

    Politics has no place selectively collecting “empirical” facts & no place in subjectively interpreting them.

    [ & it rarely "thinks" about anything beyond tenure]

    * this is not me being pretentious, it was from a book by a Doctor who was bucking an accepted meme – it struck a chord.

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    Peter C

    Hmmm, Good.

    We are getting political now. I am going to write to the politicians that Jo has identified and make my complaint.

    As a new member of the Saltbush Club it will be my first direct action.

    Join the Saltbush Club here
    https://saltbushclub.com/join/

    I hope others will do the same. JoNova readers are quite a large group.

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    wal1957

    Wow!

    If I were working in any field where my work quality was being questioned solely on the basis of [dubious] work practices of my fellow worker bees, I would want them to be quickly investigated and prosecuted if necessary.

    Why are there no cries for this to happen?

    Where is ‘their ABC’ and their investigative ‘unbiased’ journalists? (sarc)

    Any responsible Minister should be demanding a full and open enquiry…where is he?

    It has reached the point where a lot of people, (me included), just don’t believe any scientific research anymore! The Gerbil Warming mantra has too much money behind it! “Be a nice little lemming and do what you are told and we will pay you a lot of money.”

    Most or all of that money comes from taxpayers. Add that to the long list of why I detest politicians and their advisors!

    [Edited: Commenters, be advised, the use of the word fraud gets auto-moderation. Please be careful when using it, and even if you are, there may be a long wait. - Jo]

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      wal1957

      Hi Jo,

      Sorry about that. I know better, but sometimes I just write what I think.
      I will preview my comments in future prior to posting.
      Cheers
      Wal

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    Fin

    Surely Robyn Williams, the chappie from the ABC, will immediately be all over this?

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      Graeme No.3

      I believe he’s retired. In any case I think he would claim that the author was being persecuted deniers.

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      peter

      The other day, when asked on ABC TV about James Watson’s (historic DNA researcher) racist opinion on black people said that people who are scientific experts in one discipline should NOT comment on areas they have no expertise in. Robyn Williams, outspoken supporter of Global climate change theory, only has an honorary doctorate in science and spent more time (by his own admission) acting than studying as a student. Hypocrisy in the ABC?

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    Roy Hogue

    James Cook says they are “committed to the highest standards of ethical research”.

    I’m going to guess that the word “ethical” is like so many other words these days and can now mean anything the user wants it to mean. It’s situational taken to its most ridiculous extreme.

    Someday you’ll generate science by random number generator. Then everyone will be happy and Jo can fold up her tent and go home for a much deserved rest.

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      Roy Hogue

      Or you can stick to your guns and fight but go nowhere in this rabbit hole under the hedge that Louis Carroll captured so well in a story so simple that no one understands it to this day.

      Welllll, children understand it at least. But adults never catch on to, “Who is being fooled and who is the fool.”

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        The Depraved and MOST Deplorable Vlad the Impaler

        Chances are, Roy, you remember the video(s) of the “Turbo Encabulator”. If you have not seen these, just use the two words on a YouTube search, and the results will keep you in stitches for hours!

        Vlad

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          Roy Hogue

          That term “Turbo Encabulator” sounds vaguely familiar. I usually try to avoid signing in to anything on the Internet but I can get YouTube on my TV in the living room, courtesy of a very capable Blu-ray player and there I don’t have to provide name, email, etc. So today sometime after the noise of any sound won’t be a problem I’ll look it up and watch it.

          I can always use a good laugh.

          I intentionally worded it in meaningless way so the wise would understand. So far 17 green thumbs. Or are there children reading today? I confess that I think it’s 17 wise readers.

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      Hivemind

      “Someday you’ll generate science by random number generator.”

      It’s already been done, although the examples I remember were parodies to demonstrate what utter BS could get through peer review.

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      Russ Wood

      Ethical? Someone once said (or wrote) “If an organisation has to write down its ethics, it has already lost!”

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        OriginalSteve

        Or it means the wolf is guarding the sheep….

        IMHO, “ethics” is the attempt to create a quasi moral structure without calling it that. I agree its situational based. I look at society – stuff that was unthinkable years ago is sadly common now. Many societies , like fish, rotted from the head down. The fact we have a society that is 100% risk averse but also driven by globalist/Communist mindset of “the end jsutifies the means” means that unles syou have unwavering stadards, the rot will claim you where you stand. My thought is that our society does have a fair bit of the Nuremberg Defence as its motto…..

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        Mark D.

        Russ Wood:

        Someone once said (or wrote) “If an organisation has to write down its ethics, it has already lost!”

        So good. Worth a whole post for itself. Jo?

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          Roy Hogue

          Mark,

          We once exchanged email addresses but a recent message including you got returned addressee unknown. Please send me your correct email via email.

          Roy

          PS: I agree with you.

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        Roy Hogue

        Being already lost also applies to any organization that has to ask you to fill in a survey, however long or short, about its customer service.

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      Qld has a Public Sector Ethics Act which applies to all Educational establishments and specifically to all Qld. Universities. (I think Qld is the only State to have such an Act -other states and the Commonwealth have acts concerning public service employment and regulation which may not apply to Universities.). I wonder why no one has taken the VC and the JCU senators (ie the Board) to QCAT. I hope Prof Peter Ridd mentions the breaches of the Public Sector Ethics Act in his court case but I suggest it should have been done immediately as an adverse finding against the VC and senate would assist in full reinstatement plus costs.

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      truth

      Ethics as we know it ended with the advent of the hockey stick IMO Roy.

      The high priests of CAGW had to invent a new type of science so they could avoid being held to the real and tested scientific principles of Feynman et al …..so Mike Hulme of Tyndall Centre came up with Post-Normal science… the latest iteration of which is proposed in this essay..

      Philosopher’s Corner: Fear Mongering & Fact Mongering by Adam Briggle

      https://issues.org/philosophers-corner-fear-mongering-fact-mongering/

      It’s really a wonder Australian universities can attract overseas students any more considering how enthusiastically they’ve embraced the new paradigm….but it seems to be pretty much the same worldwide …every institution …all governments except conservative ones… and conservative governments are soon made to bite the dust in favor of the PARIS candidate….as happened here in 2015 and in Canada. UK Conservatives had already sold their souls.

      Thank goodness for Donald Trump.

      So now it’s wall-to-wall left wing policymakers all protecting each other and making sure the pesky truth is never revealed.

      Every Australian University has built firewalls of Marxist groupthink against anyone like Lomborg…Salby…Peter Ridd…the late Bob Carter…Clive Spash [ although he was a warmist WITH ethics as I remember..and as such he and his research could not be tolerated.]

      And until recently no Australian university would have a bar of study of the reviled Western Civilization on its campus….might dilute and detract from the Marxism follies.

      On the other hand John Cook…of the ’97% of scientists’ research and claims’ that’s been debunked-its findings disowned even by Cook himself when challenged…Cook was able to pose as well-known physicist Lubos Motl in communications with UWA ..espousing …as Motl…views that are anathema to Motl….with impunity.

      The 97% claim has a life of its own …is still used all over the world as argument against sceptics and last time I heard.. Cook was ‘teaching’ at an American university.

      Stefan Lewandowsky’s vile ‘research’ on the psychology of sceptics…likewise panned around the world… also found favor with UWA.

      But for all of the universities …Bjorn Lomborg’s belief in AGW wasn’t enough for him to be accepted by them because he wasn’t all in with the main game…which isn’t AGW .

      For the post normals the main game has to be CO2-induced CAGW because only then can the scam be used to control the world …to take the wealth from the well-functioning democracies to redistribute it to the dysfunctional despot-ridden often murderous Socialist dictatorships of the world…the Fabian dream come true.

      It’s only the CO2 alarm and lies that gives them the power to control and shut down resource countries and the functional democracies…the milch cows for the wealth redistribution.

      Australia is a very special case for them IMO….because Australia with conservatives in power would have put up a massive existential fight.

      We had to…still must….because Australia is the only 1st world country for which their plan means our demise ….the only country to be sacrificed for their cause.

      Other democracies will have their wealth taken as they dutifully install windmills and solar panels to go with their nuclear and hydro….but they’ll survive because they have those alternative energy sources…Australia …with no alternatives….won’t have any wealth left to BE taken…once the billions LW governments are committed to cough up have dwindled.

      Brookings Institution has done the numbers as this blog reported…and Australia is…as expected… the roadkill for the hoax…along with OPEC and Russia…losing wealth and jobs…and our security for sure..health…military…border…which are all dependent on wealth.

      No other 1st world country without massive run-of-river hydro or nuclear and/or connectors to countries with those energy sources… can survive without fossil fuel…and we can’t either.

      They really are demanding Australia commit suicide as a 1st world nation….to be 100% reliant on weather-dependent electricity and weather-dependent storage.

      Because PM Tony Abbott would never have allowed the destruction of Australia as we know it…and despite the will of the Australian people and his landslide 2013 win …he had to be politically assassinated and the PARIS candidate installed.

      It doesn’t seem possible that our policymakers are just dopes and dupes ..surely commonsense would have kicked in by now…and we DO know the Left have zero respect for Australian sovereignty and nation status…so it can only be that their allegiance lies elsewhere with the Socialist internationalists…in which context Australia’s demise means nothing…the CAUSE is bigger than us.

      We are in the fight of our lives…for our children’s futures…against the same old adversary …Global Socialism.. which has its best chance in any of our lifetimes of achieving its aim of total global control.

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    John of Cloverdale, Western Australia

    Oona

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    Mark M

    Q. “Likewise, the shadow Minister for Climate is The Hon. Mark Butler MP: Does he care that we may be wasting money fighting irrelevant battles based on dodgy research?”

    A. No. We are deplorable.
    Handcuff time for all those Clinton elites named above.

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    PeterS

    Looking at https://retractionwatch.com/ the extent of deception being perpetrated in the scientific journals is out of control. Science in many aspects is now more like science fiction.

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      theRealUniverse

      ‘Any respectable Science Minister ‘.. contradiction in terms… again! Has there been one that didnt follow the money. Dont think either side would have one they could refer to as respectable that didnt adhere to the scam of the century(s).

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        PeterS

        Yes “science minister” is like the Ministry of Truth in the novel 1984. Governments of all persuasions are like leaches when it comes to money. It’s really no wonder neither major party is ever going to put on the breaks on “saving the planet” by way of cutting our emissions. Let’s face it; both political parties don’t have a clue as to how much damage they have caused and will continue to cause to this nation. It will end in tears unless we have a completely new party.

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    PeterS

    “It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.”

    ― Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes

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    George

    “Someone stole my laptop” don’t you know.

    Q: One important issue in this affair was that the data behind the Science paper weren’t available; they should have been posted in an online repository, but that didn’t happen. You claimed that was because Lönnstedt’s laptop was stolen, and the data had not been backed up. Do you stand by that part of the story?

    A: The thing that happened there was that after the publication, there was a request for the data. I told Oona several times, “You have to send in the data and upload the data on the website or at [Science],” which I thought she had already done. But then that took some extra time, and then the laptop was gone.

    Q: Didn’t it strike you as an extreme coincidence that Lönnstedt reported that the laptop was stolen from her car almost immediately after Science requested the data?

    A: Yes, of course. And I also confronted her about that several times. She was devastated. She was sitting here in my office completely devastated about this computer. … We talked about it, and I thought it could have happened; I could not exclude that. But it seemed strange, of course.

    https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/12/researcher-swedish-fraud-case-speaks-out-i-m-very-disappointed-my-colleague

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      Latus Dextro

      Imagine, hypothetically, that our academic grant machine was

      actively promoting the fakest science anyone can get away with when it comes to climate research. Where are the brakes? What stops fake science?

      Nothing. The money involved is too large.
      Fake-science is not science but an oxymoron and a means to an end. It appears to be condoned by “settled politics.” That the method/results will quickly fail replication and be discarded doesn’t matter, the Hockey Schtick proved that well. The underlying motivations of fakery are wide ranging and as we all know may well include self-interest, corruption and outright frawd.

      It is beyond conceivable that any bona fide researcher would not back-up their data multiple times on different hard-drives, literally scared to death of losing it, or having it inadvertently corrupted. Lap-top failure is quite common, much as a lap-top being dropped and damaged. Lap-top theft is much less likely.
      Universities usually auto-back up everything with quite short intervals between back-up. University departments usually have policies regarding the back-up of research data, data from research they are supporting and funding, not to mention the protection of data around privacy issues. Data is the jewellery of science. No one treats their expensive multimillion dollar diamonds in a cavalier fashion.
      This makes no sense whatsoever.
      JCU appears as culpable as the researcher in question.

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        OriginalSteve

        Its not money – its control, and Socialists love control.

        If the climate meme collapses, so does the UN and all the govts and socilaists that fawn over it….

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          Mark D.

          Its not money – its control, and Socialists love control.

          Wrong Sir, it is both.

          As for the UN, I wish them away before next month. I hope Donald de-funds them soon.

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      the sting

      Did said author report the stealing of the laptop to the police ?

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    sophocles

    MacQuarrie University’s `misconduct’ meeting about Dr Murry Salby should also be put under a Ministerial microscope and enquiry as well. There are `awkward questions’ there which demand answers. Some of the university rear ends there still need a good hard authoritative kicking about that.

    It would seem to have set the precedent(s) for JCU’s loss of ethics. Neither should be permitted to `get away’ with it.

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    Ruairi

    Real research need not be done,
    Nor experiments properly run,
    On the state of the Reef,
    Because warmist belief,
    Gives results before they’ve begun.

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    George

    This is a fairly extreme case where they didn’t even bother doing the experiment they claimed,
    but it makes you wonder if it is much more common for researchers to slightly fudge and massage the data of experiments they have done, to fit their environmental agenda.

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      el gordo

      The practice is widespread.

      ‘I think that most of the scientists who are pushing out this stuff they genuinely believe that there are problems with the reef, I just don’t think they’re very objective about the science they do, I think they’re emotionally attached to their subject and you know you can’t blame them, the reef is a beautiful thing.’

      Peter Ridd

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      sophocles

      It’s since the 1980s big economic `cleanups’ around the western countries. Politicians were trying to make everyone everywhere `accountable’ and `productive’ (with one glaring exception). So the schools were worked over and finally the Universities. You can’t teach in a university now without a `research’ degree; it doesn’t matter if you are the world’s expert on what you’re teaching, you have to have a `research-based’ degree. That also means you have to do research, to `stay current’ and hey: in came PBRF or Performance Based Research aka PoP—Publish or Perish. This is the Great Corrupter [GC]. With PBRF, Tenure went out the window (from the top floor).

      There is no room to become emotionally attached to your subject. You have to be ruthless:

      1. Get Grants (at any cost, just get money. Your colleagues are your competition unless they bring money with them …)
      2. Repeat (1) until Money.
      3. Spend Money Doing research.
      4. Write/rewrite Paper
      5. Submit/resubmit Paper to publish
      6. Repeat Steps 4 & 5 until Success (note: this is why there are now so many `low repute’ journals which accept anything if the academic pays.)
      7. Add to Performance Based Research check sheet of Publications.
      8. Teach a bit
      9. Go to a conference and/or have a vacation.
      10. Go to 1

      An Academic is supposed to spend 40% of their time researching, 40 % of their time teaching and 40% of their time applying for research grants.
      (do the sum. I know it doesn’t add up but maybe you have to have worked the treadmill to appreciate it … the numbers climb in small increments regularly). The temptation to take shortcuts to the extent of publishing fake research is very strong. Grants go to `successful’ researchers. The more research you publish, the easier it is to be funded for more research because you are `performing.’

      The main objective is not to be caught out.

      It’s wholly understandable. Politicians really are Idiots and should not be allowed to meddle in areas where They Know Nothing™.

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        OriginalSteve

        You mean like electricty generation?

        Boom…tish!

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        sophocles

        PBRF = Performance Based Research Funding. Grants/Funding goes to those who are `successful‘ researchers and are publishing successfully. Success is counted by number of publications. It’s the GC or Great Corrupter. By the time the `successful‘ have been given their funding, there isn’t much left to go around those who are struggling to get on the ladder. Tenure is a `used to was once upon a time’ state. Don’t get enough research published after several years? Then “ … we respectfully suggest you look for a University where you might fit in better …” or cheat, but cheating carries a high price if caught. A few will always consider it’s worth the risk.

        The JCU researcher is one of the more intelligent ones: she worked it all out earlier than she was supposed to. Unfortunately for her and the University, she gave in to the temptation.

        I say make an example of the Pollies who foisted this system onto the Universities and the Universities for accepting it, really rake them over and dump the problem back in the laps of those responsible for it—the Pollies—then haul off and kick their rear ends hard until they come up with a decent and dignified solution.

        Move the researcher on, she wasn’t supposed to be found out but was. Too bad.

        1. Kick Pollies butts until they solve problem
        2. Repeat step 1 until they get it right!

        This will continue to happen while PBRF remains in force. So make an example of those Stupid™ Pollies.

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    Serp

    Let’s not forget the truism from Mario Puzo’s Godfather series that “politics is crime” and now that science is driven by politics nobody should be surprised at the Swedish researcher’s antics.

    Those of us who grew up post WW2 can only watch in dismay as post modernism mops up after its successful annihilation of integrity in all spheres of intellectual activity (mathematics excepted?).

    Great post Jo, well worth my customary 10.

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    pat

    as this is about fake science, expect to see this in the FakeNewsMSM worldwide:

    16 Jan: CNN: 250,000 deaths a year from climate change is a ‘conservative estimate,’ research says
    By Jen Christensen
    The grim analysis comes from one of the authors of a new report in the New England Journal of Medicine that suggests rising global temperatures could lead to many more deaths than the 250,000 a year the World Health Organization predicted just five years ago…
    In reviewing the research on the topic, study co-author Sir Andrew Haines thinks our health is much more vulnerable to climate change — and he believes 250,000 deaths is a “conservative estimate.”

    “We think the impact is more difficult to quantify because there is also population displacement and a range of additional factors like food production and crop yield, and the increase in heat that will limit labor productivity from farmers in tropical regions that wasn’t taken into account among other factors,” said Haines, a British epidemiologist and former director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine…

    Due to climate change-related food shortages alone, the world could see a net increase of 529,000 adult deaths by 2050, the report said. Climate change could force 100 million people into extreme poverty by 2030 and poverty makes people more vulnerable to health problems…

    An editorial accompanying the report urges medical professionals to take this report seriously. Its co-author, Dr. Caren Solomon (deputy editor at the NEJM, and an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital), suggests doctors have a “special responsibility to safeguard health and alleviate suffering,” and that mission should include working quickly to curtail greenhouse gas emissions…
    Her editorial points out (LINK) that the health care sector accounts for nearly one-tenth of US greenhouse gas emissions and would rank seventh in the quantity of such emissions internationally, if it were its own country…
    https://edition.cnn.com/2019/01/16/health/climate-change-health-emergency-study/index.html

    London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine: Sir Andy Haines MBBS MD FRCGP FFPHM FRCP FMedSci
    Professor, Environmental Change and Public Health
    I am Professor of Environmental Change and Public Health with a joint appointment in the Dept of Public Health, Environments and Society and in the Dept of Population Health…

    I have been a member of a number of major international and national committees including the MRC Global Health Group ( chair) and the MRC Strategy Group. I was formerly chair of the Universities UK Health and Social Care Policy Committee and a member of the WHO Advisory Committee on Health Research. In recent years my research focus has been on the effects of environmental change on health and the impact of policies to adapt to or mitigate these changes. I was a member of Working Group 2 of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for the second and third assessment reports and review editor of the health chapter in the fifth assessment report. I chaired the Scientific Advisory Panel for the 2013 WHO World Health Report on Research for Universal Health Coverage. In 2014/2015 I chaired the Rockefeller Foundation/Lancet Commission on Planetary Health and I currently co-chair the development group for the Health Knowledge Action Network of Future Earth. I sit on a number of other national and international committees.
    https://www.lshtm.ac.uk/aboutus/people/haines.andy

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      17 Jan: New England Journal of Medicine: The Imperative for Climate Action to Protect Health
      Andy Haines, M.D., and Kristie Ebi, M.P.H., Ph.D.
      https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMra1807873

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        OriginalSteve

        Uh oh….when it gets to this stage “to protect health”, you may have problems.

        It might mean that we arent far off that anyone who objects to the climate lie, could now be labelled as “insane” coz the medical industry says and skeptic is….. think about that for a moment. A group of doctors creating “morals”….. its a slipperly slope into climate-based eugenics.

        The standard Soviet method was declare dissidents “insane”, and lock them up in psych institutions … then use shock therapy etc until they lose their minds….

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      AndyG55

      correction needed

      “Climate change AGENDA could force 100 million people into extreme poverty by 2030″

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        sophocles

        Oh good: that means Agenda 2030 will have lots and lots of poverty to free its victims from. It will give the Bureaucrats something to do.

        We are resolved to free the human race from the tyranny of poverty (Agenda 2030, Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development UN.org)

        Riiiiight … of course, by imposing a tyranny of bureaucracy in the name of Sustainability

        we pledge that no one will be left behind.

        But then extreme poverty is not ordinary poverty … it’s more sustainable.
        Uh oh. $%!t. Stop the world! I want to get off!

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    this is already being carried by NYT, Guardian, SMH, BBC, UK Telegraph, UK Independent, etc:

    16 Jan: InsideClimateNews: Global Commission Calls for a Food Revolution to Solve World’s Climate & Nutrition Problems
    To stabilize climate and get people healthy, the world needs to overhaul its diet and agriculture systems, the EAT-Lancet commission says. That includes less meat.
    by Georgina Gustin
    “The dominant diets that the world has been producing and eating for the past 50 years are no longer nutritionally optimal, are a major contributor to climate change, and are accelerating erosion of natural biodiversity,” The Lancet’s editors write in a commentary accompanying the report (LINK), released Wednesday…
    https://insideclimatenews.org/news/16012019/global-food-agriculture-revolution-eat-lancet-commission-climate-change-health-nutrition-report-less-meat

    17 Jan: BBC: The diet to save lives, the planet and feed us all?
    By James Gallagher
    https://www.bbc.com/news/health-46865204

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      Graeme No.3

      pat:

      Homo habilis or possibly Homo erectus was on a meat diet at least 1.8 million years ago. Homo erectus lasted at least 1.6 million years. They spread across to east Asia, South Asia and Indochina/Malay and crossed the sea to the island of Flores.
      Homo heidelbergensis ate meat for 400,000 years minimum in Europe..
      Homo neanderthalensis ate meat for roughly 350,000 years while colonising Europe, Middle Asia and China.

      Mind you they probably ate their Greens as well.

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      OriginalSteve

      Yeah but this is becasue they consider animals higher than humans, its not about climate.

      This is a religious war – its globalist New Age pagan “Gaia” worship vs our society.

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      sophocles

      I can just see it: we’re going to be rationed insects.

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        Mary E

        Feh. I’ll raise chickens in the basement if it comes to that. Rabbits, too. Nice little 15×20 block room next to the laundry and play room down there, has access to the outside as well. Add a few full-spectrum lights and decent air circulation and cleaning, all set. Could even grow the grass and plants they’ll want to eat in that room with proper lighting…

        Be hard to fit a cow in there. Even a miniature goat would be feeling the lack of space. But I’ll be (um, something) if anyone takes my meat away.

        It’s the old socialist revolution all over again, minus the shooting, and that may be coming soon.

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    pat

    already in WSJ, Financial Times & Axios, and no doubt soon to be in all FakeNewsMSM. Davos time?

    16 Jan: Axios: Amy Harder: Former Fed chairmen and Nobel economists voice support for carbon tax
    America’s leading economic establishment has penned a Wall Street Journal op-ed (LINK) in support of taxing carbon dioxide emissions, eliminating other regulations and returning the resulting money to consumers in the form of a recurring dividend check.

    Why it matters: The increasing consensus among economists that the best thing to do with any money raised with a carbon tax is to return it to Americans is a significant policy marker as Washington debates to what degree, if at all, it will address Earth’s rising temperatures.

    Details: All four of the still-living former Federal Reserve chairs, nearly 30 Nobel economists and all but one former chair of the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers have signed onto a statement laying out their support for a carbon-tax policy — one that has been gaining support from big oil companies, environmental groups and others across the political spectrum…

    “This is a turning point in Republican climate policy, where the GOP economic brain trust unites behind the [carbon price policy]. This includes the top economic advisers to Presidents Ford, Reagan, H. W. Bush and W. Bush.”
    — Former Sen. Trent Lott (R.-Miss.), a lobbyist pushing the policy…

    What’s next: Ted Halstead, one of the lead organizers on the policy, said he’s confident the 2020 presidential election will focus around this plan and not the Green New Deal, even though the former is getting more media attention with possible candidates. Getting economists’ support is critical, he says.
    “We’ve just cornered the market on the best economic minds of our country behind every single pillar of our plan.”
    — Halstead
    https://www.axios.com/economists-back-carbon-dividend-to-tackle-climate-change–b84a96c6-6217-4e90-9ea0-93367c6b4832.html

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    more of the hard sell:

    16 Jan: Nature: How to win public support for a global carbon tax
    Survey shows charges on emissions could be popular if revenues are given back to citizens, find Stefano Carattini, Steffen Kallbekken and Anton Orlo.
    Late last year, ‘yellow vest’ protests erupted across France. One trigger was a planned hike in the price of petrol. Fuel-tax rises, now on hold, are part of France’s strategy to reduce carbon emissions by 40% from 1990 levels by 2030 and phase out petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040. Clearly, public opposition might hinder these efforts.

    Imposing a cost on carbon is the most economically efficient way to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and keep global temperatures within the targets of the Paris climate agreement1. If heavy emitters must pay the most, they will shift to cleaner practices…

    Opposition can dissipate once the benefits become clear. After British Columbia in Canada introduced a carbon tax in 2008, calls to ‘axe the tax’ faded once residents received rebates on income tax and greenhouse-gas emissions fell…
    The most feasible option? A global system of harmonized carbon taxes, in which countries retain control over the revenues. But one global tax might be accepted if the funds are distributed to all countries, rather than a few…

    We considered three rates for a hypothetical global carbon tax to be introduced after 2020: US$40, $60 and $80 per tonne of CO2, in line with recommendations by the World Bank-supported High-Level Commission on Carbon Prices1. We identified six options for spending the money raised…
    https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-00124-x

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    15 Jan: BBC: How science ***fiction helps readers understand climate change
    Can imagined futures of drowned cities and solar utopias help us grasp the complexity of climate change? Diego Arguedas Ortiz takes a look.
    It’s the year 2140 and two kids ride their skimboards in the heart of Manhattan, near the point where Sixth Avenue meets Broadway. If you are familiar with this junction you would know it is far from the US’ current coastline. But in Kim Stanley Robinson’s novel New York 2140, Manhattan is flooded after unabated climate change causes the sea level to rise by 50ft (15.25m). The amphibian city is now a SuperVenice, a grid of canals populated by vaporettos where characters must learn how to deal with a world both familiar and unrecognisable to us. Mid-Manhattan skimboading is all too possible in this future…

    Climate change is a notoriously elusive crisis to make sense of, particularly compared to other human-impact catastrophes…
    This is where ***fiction comes in…
    http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20190110-how-science-fiction-helps-readers-understand-climate-change

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    16 Jan: Yale Climate Connections: In Sahel: Family planning meets climate change
    By Rachel Mueller
    (Rachel Mueller is a journalist, documentary filmmaker, and student at the Graduate School of Journalism of University of California, Berkeley. She writes about health, the environment, Africa, and gender)
    Family planning education and climate change risk management go hand-in-hand in Africa’s Sahel region, with higher temperatures and population growth in forecast.

    Niger and other countries in the Sahel region of Africa are facing a brutal combination of the highest population growth rates in the world and the devastating effects of climate change – a combination that spells disaster. Some scientists now say family planning might help in providing some relief on both issues…

    This is tricky territory. Some argue that the responsibility to reduce the world’s population for climate reasons shouldn’t fall on countries whose carbon footprint is de minimis, as is Niger’s…
    https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2019/01/family-planning-to-combat-climate-change-in-sahel/

    17 Jan: Reuters: French grid operator urges restart of EDF’s coal power plants during cold snap
    by Bate Felix
    French electricity grid operator RTE on Wednesday called for the restart of EDF’s Cordemais coal power plants, which have been halted by a strike, as a bout of particularly cold weather looms.
    Workers at French state-controlled utility EDF’s Cordemais 1,200 MW 4 and 5 units went on strike on Jan. 11, to protest against government plans to phase out coal-fired power generation by 2022.

    The RTE said the shutdown of those Cordemais units, and planned and extended outages at EDF’s two 1,300 MW Flamanville nuclear reactors, had led to an unprecedented tight supply in the west of the country in the heart of winter.
    “The weather conditions forecast in western France has led RTE to anticipate an increase in electricity consumption for the days of Jan. 17 and 18 in the region,” RTE said in a statement…

    French and European electricity contracts for delivery next week rose sharply on Wednesday as forecasts showed consumption was expected rise due to the expected cold weather…
    A 1 degree drop in average (French) temperature below seasonal level, increases power demand by around 2.5 gigawatts, according to RTE.
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-france-electricity-rte/french-grid-operator-urges-restart-of-edfs-coal-power-plants-during-cold-snap-idUSKCN1PA249

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    16 Jan: Media Reports of +40% Adjustment in Ocean Warming Were Greatly Exaggerated
    by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D.
    Summary: The recently reported upward adjustment in the 1971-2010 Ocean Heat Content (OHC) increase compared to the last official estimate from the IPCC is actually 11%, not 40%. The 40% increase turns out to be relative to the average of various OHC estimates the IPCC addressed in their 2013 report, most of which were rejected. Curiously, the new estimate is almost identical to the average of 33 CMIP climate models, yet the models themselves range over a factor of 8 in their rates of ocean warming. Also curious is the warmth-enhancing nature of temperature adjustments over the years from surface thermometers, radiosondes, satellites, and now ocean heat content, with virtually all data adjustments leading to more warming rather than less.

    I’ve been trying to make sense out of the recent Science paper by Cheng et al. entitled How Fast are the Oceans Warming? The news headlines I saw which jumped out at me (and several others who asked me about them) were…READ ON
    http://www.drroyspencer.com/2019/01/media-reports-of-40-adjustment-in-ocean-warming-were-greatly-exaggerated/

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    16 Jan: GWPF: Lord Lawson Steps Down From GWPF Chairmanship
    London, 16 January: Lord Lawson has announced that he is stepping down as Chairman of the Global Warming Policy Foundation, after leading one of the world’s top climate policy think-tanks for a decade.
    Announcing his resignation at a meeting of the Board of Trustees, Lord Lawson said: “Over the past ten years the GWPF has established itself as a prominent force in the climate policy debate. I am happy to leave it stronger than ever.”The Board of Trustees have now appointed Lord Lawson as the GWPF’s Honorary President.

    Replacing him as Chairman is Lord Donoughue, who served as a minister under Tony Blair’s government and as a senior adviser to Prime Ministers Harold Wilson and Jim Callaghan at 10 Downing Street. Lord Donoughue has been on the Board of Trustees of the GWPF since its inception, and brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the role…READ ON
    https://www.thegwpf.org/lord-lawson-steps-down-from-gwpf-chairmanship/

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    EternalOptimist

    tsk tsk, you climate deniers.

    why on earth should she show you her data when all you would do would be to try to find something wrong with it ?

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    Dave in the States

    They find what the want to find or what they are expected to find. The “cause is so important” that data manipulations are justified you know.

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    Jim Barker

    I read this in a comment on the Smalldeadanimals.com blog and thought you might like it. C.A.C.A. (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alteration)

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    EternalOptimist

    Just read this headline in ‘Climate Alarrm weekly’ -
    ‘Baltic pike eat anything, including laptops, in plastic feeding frenzy’

    ‘they have been seen breaking into cars’ – Ingrid Ewok

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      sophocles

      thanks for that one. :-)
      Now I know how to `recycle’ my present laptop when it gets to a sufficiently old age—toss it to a Baltic pike with; `Catch!’

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    Calling the pseudo-science driving alarmism third world science is being generous. Medieval science would be more appropriate.

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      sophocles

      Medieval science would be more appropriate.

      Mmmm. I think you’re being a little too harsh there. They claim tropical cyclones (which includes hurricanes and typhoons) are caused by Climate Change created by greenhouse gas emissions. Our modern scientific literature says it’s the solar wind which the superstitious probably haven’t heard of.
      So I opt for: Witchcraft — that means it’s more like, and certainly no more recent than, seventeenth century. Calling people `climate deniers’ and wanting to burn them at the stake is also very seventeenth century.

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    Jurgen

    James Cook University is bad, as evidenced by its treatment of Professor Ridd and now this. But James Cook is clearly not unique. Scandalous conduct seems to be the norm for Australian universities.

    https://edberry.com/blog/climate-physics/agw-hypothesis/what-is-really-behind-the-increase-in-atmospheric-co2/

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    Greg Cavanagh

    I’m a bit lost. The picture of what I assume is the original print is a 6 x 8 totaling 48. The picture on the right which I assume is Peter’s copies are numbered up to 139.

    But also; if you had 50 fish and you took 50 photos, why would you need to mirror the pictures?

    It’s not adding up.

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    [...] 10 Saltbush reasons to exit from Paris. Double standards at James Cook University, sack the skeptic but a very slow response to [...]

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    Peter Fitzroy

    To be a good scientist you need to be obsessively concerned with details. Peter Ridd who looked at the photos, and saw that they had been (generic term) photoshopped, is one such. How many of us would have done that .This is one of the features of the scientific method, that obsession with detail, which means that fraud is eventually caught.

    However, I’m more concerned that someone with a history of such behaviour was able to secure a position at JCU. Have they all gone troppo up there?

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    Peter C

    Dear Minister Karen Andrews
    The story about research behaviour at the James Cook University, published in the Australian and on the JoNova blog requires answers.
    James Cook University reviews ex-student’s ‘fishy’ findings, by Graham Lloyd, The Australian
    http://joannenova.com.au/2019/01/fake-science-on-fake-fish-from-james-cook-uni/

    1. Was this an isolated incident or in fact the tip of an iceberg of research misbehaviour?
    2. Why was the university’s response so tardy and inadequate?
    3. Has the university done anything to improve oversight of researchers and their work?
    4. Has the process for research funding been altered to prevent recurrence?
    5. Why was professor Peter Ridd sacked for making legitimate comments and asking reasonable and necessary questions.?

    The marine ecosystem of the Great Barrier Reef is of interest to Australians and a legitimate subject for scientific study. But all this work is paid for by public money. We disserve truth and accountability.

    Will you act in the public interest?

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      Excellent letter, Peter. We who foot the bill should all be sending letters, I think.

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      Peter C

      Reply from the Minister,

      As expected but I think every letter or email helps:
      Andrews, Karen (MP)
      8:09 AM (1 hour ago)

      to me

      Thank you for your email. This reply is an acknowledgement I have received your correspondence.

      I give priority to emails from my constituents in McPherson and seek to respond within a reasonable timeframe.

      If you are a constituent with an urgent enquiry please phone my electorate office on 07 5580 9111.

      If your email has been generated as part of an automated email campaign, I will note your views, however due to the high volume received you will not receive an individual response. If you are seeking an individual response, please email me from your personal email address and include your McPherson electorate address.

      In the meantime you can keep up to date by signing up to my newsletter through my website http://www.karenandrewsmp.com.au

      Regards,

      Office of The Hon Karen Andrews MP, Federal Member for McPherson

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      Peter C

      To Senator Kim Carr
      Research at James Cook Unicversity

      Dear Senator Carr,

      As shadow minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research you may have some knowledge of this story.

      James Cook University reviews ex-student’s ‘fishy’ findings, by Graham Lloyd, The Australian
      http://joannenova.com.au/2019/01/fake-science-on-fake-fish-from-james-cook-uni/

      It appears that some research at the University does not meet expectations of scientific integrity and honesty. Professor Peter Ridd made some comments about the activities and actions of some of his fellow scientists. As a result he was sacked for un-collegiate behaviour! That was very disappointing to me and I hope that he is successful in his case against the university.

      The marine ecosystem of the Great Barrier Reef is of interest to Australians and a legitimate subject for scientific study. But all this work is paid for by public money. We disserve truth and accountability.

      Will you take this up in the parliament and ask the minister if she has taken any action in regard to the way that our money is spent on research at the university?

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    PeterS

    Pseudo-science + pseudo-politics + pseudo-democracy = crash and burn

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      el gordo

      ‘According to the classical Marxist position, the mass media simply disseminate the ideas and world views of the ruling class, and deny or defuse alternative ideas.’

      Marxist Media Theory

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      el gordo

      The reason we won’t have a crash and burn is because Lachlan Murdoch is a chip off the old block, a kingmaker. He fully intends to orchestrate a win for the Coalition with a handpicked team.

      https://mediaweek.com.au/nines-former-head-of-morning-television-joins-news-corps-sky-news/

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        OriginalSteve

        Interstingly, Fox in America is becoming more left wing by the day. It used to be conservative, but since the youngster has taken over, the conservatives have been shunted into pay channel where no one will notice them.

        Lachlan might be a king maker, but at the end of the day, he will change things to suit himself , not the nation. Gven the main parties are socialist now anyway, any outcome is likely going to be favourable to socialism.

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        PeterS

        el gordo is that meant to be sarcastic? People like Lachlan Murdoch are small fry. We may not have our own deep-state but the US do and they are far more powerful than the likes of him.

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          el gordo

          ‘People like Lachlan Murdoch are small fry.’

          Murdoch is selling off his US assets and I sense a gradual withdrawal from America.

          Lachlan is heir apparent and is running the whole Australian operation and he’s almost invisible, but I’m confident he will get the Coalition over the line against the odds.

          The big losers might be the independents and minor parties in the bush.

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          el gordo

          WIN launched a dedicated channel late last year in 29 markets across six states and the ACT, the birth of Sky News is politically strategic and commercially viable.

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    Rosco

    Remember the incident from 2016 where another institute of first class science allowed a respected climate scientist to rip off hundreds of thousands of dollars by faking research ?

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/zd68ltxej1ge7fu/Courier%20Mail%209%20January%202016.pdf?dl=0

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    Sent to the Minister

    Dear Karen Andrews,

    Recently we read about an ex-student’s ‘fishy’ findings at James Cook University as written up by Graham Lloyd, in The Australian. This represents the tip of the iceberg of corruption and falsification of results which is rampant in Australian Universities these days.
    This student Oona Lönnstedt has been prolific, writing alarming papers on microplastics, acidification, and reef degradation. However her work ls a trainwreck of science. One paper has lready been withdrawn, in another it was “found that Lonnstedt did not have time to undertake the research she claimed.” She has been found guilty of ‘fabricating data’ to suit her purposes, on the microplastics study. Now Peter Ridd has pointed out that the photos of 50 Lionfish appear to contain a lot less than 50 fish. Images have been flipped, spun or “manipulated” so the same fish appears more than once.

    James Cook has now done what any ambitious, money-hungry grant troughing institute would do, a very slow investigation of allegedly corrupt behaviour by the student investigator and a very quick sacking of the honest researcher who threatens to expose them, ie Peter Ridd. Any respectable Science Minister would freeze all grants to James Cook until this situation was resolved and reversed. Peter Ridd is a genuine scientist and Oona Lönnstedt is a fraud sponsored by James Cook University.

    There is a crisis of honesty and corruption of science funding with millions of dollars going to waste. Who is going to fix it? Are you going to take action

    Yours faithfully

    N.W.Tesdorf, Karin-Ann Tesdorf

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    glen Michel

    Queen of the fairies. Oberon-the king. Fey, Fay. Faye,Fee. Mischievous little lasses at the bottom of your garden.

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    Mark M

    “Fake science on fake fish from James Cook Uni?”

    Calling out fake sea-level rise would be to the benefit Australia. Don’t call on the JCU for that …

    17 jan, 2019: Aussie coal is killing Pacific: Fiji

    “Mr Bainimarama said the evidence of [global warming] was clear in the disappearing coastlines in Bangladesh and worsening flooding in the United States.”

    https://www.riverineherald.com.au/@national/2019/01/17/403580/aussie-coal-is-killing-pacific-fiji

    ABC factcheck:

    Is the Pacific island nation of Tuvalu growing, and not sinking, as Craig Kelly says?

    The verdict
    Mr Kelly’s claim checks out.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-12-19/fact-check-is-the-island-nation-tuvalu-growing/10627318

    BBC 2008: “Satellite images of Bangladesh over past 32 years show that the country is growing annually by about 20 square km…Mr Sarkar said that in the next 50 years this could add up to the country gaining 1,000 square kilometres”

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7532949.stm

    The Maldives, who should be underwater by now, welcome their first Dreamliner. Watch it land …

    VIDEO: Etihad A380 visits Maldivian airport as new runway opens

    https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/video-etihad-a380-visits-maldivian-airport-as-new-r-452032/feed/

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    crakar24

    O/T……I have changed jobs and now instead of driving past the BOMs Woomera weather station in a seudo random fashion i can now see the BOMs Edinburgh weatherstation from my office window.

    The fun part for me is watching the aircrew get a P8 ready for flight with the turbine exhausts pointing directly at the weather station from less than 50 meters.

    I am sure the BOM are making adjustments for this change in circumstance

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      Terry

      I am sure the BOM are making adjustments for this change in circumstance

      Well of course. You do not expect them to leave the bulk of the day showing unusually cool temperatures when the “prudent” thing to do is to increase the whole record to reflect the obvious signs of CAGW that present themselves in sporadic 5 min intervals across a full day of flight operations.

      What kind of circus do you think they’re running?

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        Graeme No.3

        Was chatting with the chap who does my garden and mentioned the frequent BoM figures showing the minimum overnight temperature being higher than Mt. Barker. He was incredulous. “But that’s not scientific. Mt. Lofty is much higher than Mt. Barker (township)”.
        He further added that the temperature figures from the BoM had been “all over the place for years”.

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      sophocles

      What? And miss a new heatwave?

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      Hanrahan

      The adjustment will be to install an electronic thermometer to register instantaneous temp rises instead of mercury ones which at least have some latency.

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    pat

    17 Jan: NoTricksZone: New Science: 89% Of The Globe’s Islands – And 100% Of Large Islands – Have Stable Or Growing Coasts
    By Kenneth Richard
    http://notrickszone.com/2019/01/17/new-science-89-of-the-globes-islands-and-100-of-large-islands-have-stable-or-growing-coasts/

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    theRealUniverse

    Theres so much fake research, fake publications, fake theories its well past out of control, or.. it IS controlled by the elite, total confusion reigns. To many generation X Y Z Milleniums are brainwashed with science fiction crap, due to films, games etc. and believe total impossibilities (then they get to become graduate researchers!). No real discussion, I often read articles that state total garbage in alot of areas (not just globul warming either!) Idiot ideas actually stated by people from science institutes that actually believe what they say has validity. Endless half truths.
    Heres quote from a book by an astrophyscist (published 20 years ago)
    “many universities are primarily supported by private endowments..they have large investment portfolios and are run like businesses run from powerful corporation offices”
    “..competition inside a peer group of specialists will produce a non-democratic structure..”

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    DaveR

    Sitting in all of this is the legal action brought by Professor Peter Ridd against the troubled JCU for unfair dismissal.

    Of course Prof Ridd was calling out what he claimed were poor quality and faked scientific studies of the Great Barrier Reef conducted at JCU.

    Seems now he has some very solid evidence of his claims.

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    Terry

    Science should have retracted the report as soon as the authors failed to provide the raw data

    Um, NO! Science should never have published the report without first receiving, inspecting and verifying the raw data.

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    pat

    18 Jan: ABC: Playground star rating to measure safety during summer when temperatures are ‘hazardous’
    ABC Radio Sydney By Amanda Hoh
    Urban ecosystem scientist Sebastian Pfautsch found that artificial turf surfaces in childcare centres could hit up to 98C, while a rubber tyre left out in the sun for kids to play with had a temperature reading of 105C…

    At midday, the sunlit blue rubber flooring in the play area delivered a reading of 90C while the section in the shade measured 46C.
    “It’s a huge temperature difference within a metre,” Dr Fautsch said…
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-18/playground-star-rating-to-measure-safety-during-summer/10724012

    18 Jan: ABC: Weather records broken as Queensland nears three dozen consecutive days over 40 degrees
    ABC Western Qld By Aneeta Bhole
    The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast the record will continue to rise in the coming weeks…
    Cloncurry Mayor Greg Campbell said he would like to see the State Government help pay power bills when there is a spate of unrelenting high temperatures.
    “The people out here have significantly bigger bills than our southern or coastal cousins and that is just because we use our ***air-conditioning more, and generally most of the day we’re running it,” he said…
    “When we get these records and it’s noticeable, when it’s out of the ordinary, a 15-20 per cent [electricity discount] would really make a nice difference to the people.”…

    Ms Walton said she was not surprised to see records broken in the region.
    “It’s been pretty long but I can’t really say its out of the ordinary for this time of year,” she said…
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-18/queensland-breaks-record-of-consecutive-days-over-40-degrees/10724354

    ABC’s Paul West (from Victoria) standing in for Ian McNamara on “Australia All Over”. (btw Macca never makes a thing of CAGW).

    13 Jan: ABC: Australia All Over
    5min34sec in following song Josh Pyke’s “The Summer”. Barry Byrne just called in from Mt Isa.
    Byrne: it’s hot. it’s very hot. we’ve had a consistent run of 40 degrees & over etc. got nothing from the 2 cyclones. dams aren’t too bad…
    Byrne’s impression in recent years is wet season is getting later and later.

    ABC: run of 40 degree days. pretty oppressive. what is your tactic?

    Byrne: my tactic is to stay inside with the ***aircon. (ABC: smart man).
    Byrne: most people in Mt Isa have aircon in their homes; most businesses & offices have aircon; most people have cars have aircon. unless you have to be outside in the middle of summer, you can avoid the heat.
    ABC: a bit of aircon and you are laughing.
    Byrne says he gets fanmail from his appearances on ABC radio.
    https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/australiaallover/australia-all-over/10693284

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      pat

      meant to add:

      ABC has been running promos for ABC Summer – rough paraphrase:

      Australian summer – bushfires, floods, cyclones, heatwaves – stay with ABC for news on the lastest threats.

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      Mary E

      At midday, the sunlit blue rubber flooring in the play area delivered a reading of 90C while the section in the shade measured 46C.
      “It’s a huge temperature difference within a metre,” Dr Fautsch said…

      More proof these “scientists” have rarely been outside. Even on grass there is a distinct difference in temperature between full-sun and in-shade areas. Is this guy seriously thinking he’s providing new information? Or does he hate artificial surface, soft-surface, playground fills? For years my friends with children pushed to get the latest, safest, most fall-friendly materials installed in the playgrounds, no bruises or skinned knees for the children! (or at least minimal injuries) and now the warm-fearers are making noises against it? That might lead to an interesting battle – helicopter moms -vs- alarmists.

      I remember getting a right nasty burn on the back of my legs as a kid when playing on an old rubber tire swing, set up horizontally to hold more kids at once. Remember that the adults said not to play on it, it was too hot and sunny a day, too. Didn’t stop us kids, even the burns just slowed us down. We did put a few beach towels on the thing eventually, but several of us sported blisters for a few days. This was back in the 1960s, so it couldn’t have been global warming – just a plain old hot sunny day in summer.

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    Slithers

    She was not the only one delivering Fake Science.
    https://phys.org/news/2015-02-carbon-dioxide-greenhouse-effect.html
    They cooked the data to fit their theory!

    “We measured radiation in the form of infrared energy. Then we controlled for other factors that would impact our measurements, such as a weather system moving through the area,” says Feldman.

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    pat

    ***not a single temp shown on any of the maps of the US in the video. get ready for a “flash freeze”:

    18 Jan: NBC: Five killed in California storms, as Northeast braces for possible ‘flash freeze’
    Two winter storms are expected to hit the Midwest and Northeast.
    ***VIDEO: 1min42sec: Forecast: Monster storms to bring heavy snow, ice to US
    By Minyvonne Burke and Associated Press
    The Midwest and Northeast are meanwhile preparing for two storms — including one expected to dump several inches of snow in certain areas and could lead to a “flash freeze.”…
    The California storms also left tens of thousands of Pacific Gas & Electric customers without power…

    In the Midwest, Des Moines, Chicago and Omaha will begin to see heavy snowfall Friday evening and into Saturday, according to forecasters, who also warned of potential blizzard conditions for parts of Illinois, Ohio and Indiana.
    Further south, Wichita, Kansas City and some other Midwestern cities will get slammed with a mix that could include sleet, snow and freezing rain. Icy conditions could impact travel, meteorologists said.
    This second storm will also strike Eastern Seaboard cities such as New York, Boston and Washington, D.C…

    Forecasters said they are eyeing a possible ice storm in New York ***when temperatures drop from 40 degrees on Sunday to the single digits by Monday morning.

    This rapid change in temperature paired with what’s left on the ground from snowfall could lead to what meteorologists are calling a “flash freeze” hitting much of the Northeast and causing dangerous travel conditions.
    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/weather/five-killed-california-storms-northeast-braces-possible-flash-freeze-n959936

    18 Jan: ABC10 San Diego: AP: Storms improve California drought situation
    The latest U.S. Drought Monitor report shows improved conditions in California after a series of storms.
    The update released Thursday shows just over 92 percent of the state ranges from abnormally dry to some level of drought, mostly of moderate intensity.
    Extreme drought is now limited to a small area just south of the Oregon border…
    The data is valid as of Tuesday, and the Drought Monitor says there may be additional improvement because of continuing heavy precipitation since then…
    https://www.10news.com/weather/weather-news/storms-improve-california-drought-situation

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    theRealUniverse

    icecap .us ‘Saving The Earth At The Point Of A Bayonet’

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    Dennis

    Be on guard, Bill Shorten has announced today that a Labor Government would hold a referendum to change the Australian Constitution if elected this year.

    Many politicians dislike the checks and balances contained in constitutional law and this is a major objective for change via the push to create a republic, an excuse to alter the Constitution. For example, after signing and ratifying the UN IPCC Paris Agreement during April and November 2016 a National Energy Guarantee legislation was proposed and hidden in the terms and conditions made emissions reduction law. No government could ignore the law and would need to repeal the law via Parliament.

    I understand that foreign treaties cannot be enforced in Australia, our laws only apply. But cunning politicians have allowed by cooperating with implementation of UN Treaties, other examples are Agenda 21 and Agenda 30. They get away with it because the government and the opposition agree to allow it and do not explain it to the people.

    The Turnbull Government also considered how to quarantine politicians from prosecution for breaching constitutional law.

    Long before he entered Parliament Mr Turnbull established the Australian Republican Movement and is on record saying the Constitution is badly flawed in his opinion, and needs to be changed.

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    pat

    Trump has cancelled his delegation as well now:

    17 Jan: Reuters: Gloomy forecast for Davos: crises aplenty, but few world leaders
    by Silvia Aloisi
    Some 3,000 business, government and civil society chiefs are due to gather in the snow-blanketed ski resort, but among them are only three leaders of the Group of Seven most industrialised countries: Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian premier Giuseppe Conte…

    ***On Thursday, the White House said Trump had also canceled his delegation’s trip to Davos because of the shutdown, now in its 27th day…
    French President Emmanuel Macron is also skipping the meeting as he seeks to respond to the “yellow vest” protests, while British Prime Minister Theresa May battles to find a consensus on Brexit.

    Outside the G7, the leaders of Russia and India are shunning Davos, while China – whose President Xi Jinping was the first Chinese leader to attend the elite gathering in 2017 to offer a vigorous defence of free trade – is sending his deputy instead…

    The low turnout amongst major Western leaders may also give more prominence to political personalities who may otherwise be upstaged. Davos will be the first major international outing for Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro, elected on a wave of anti-establishment and conservative nationalism also seen elsewhere.
    He said on Twitter he would present “a different Brazil, free of ideological ties and widespread corruption”…
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-davos-meeting-leaders/gloomy-forecast-for-davos-crises-aplenty-but-few-world-leaders-idUSKCN1PB18G

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      Hanrahan

      “the shutdown, now in its 27th day…”

      In three more days termination proceedings could start against those public servants furloughed. Trump would hardly feel any compulsion to play nice, I wonder if he is counting the days?

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        Mary E

        Trump would hardly feel any compulsion to play nice, I wonder if he is counting the days?

        He could be. One of his goals was to reduce the budget by reducing the bureaucracy; this is a perfect point to get some serious firing done.

        Entire “non-essential” bureaus could be gutted. But it might cause a furor – all those out of work ex-federal employees jamming the unemployment lines, not buying new cars or second homes, maybe even losing homes. Hope he starts at the top of the pay-scale. Time for the unessentials to see what the rest of the US suffers when bureaucratic rules make businesses down-size or close as profit margins shrink to nothing.

        And it would as a warning to those bureaucrats that remain – you might be “essential” in a shutdown, but now there are experienced out-of-work bureaucrats looking for a job, and they might decide to go for YOUR job, heh.

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    pat

    why isn’t this story at the top of all FakeNewsMSM worldwide?

    no – it’s all about Michael Cohen poll rubbish instead.

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    Doonhamer

    Somehow or other the BBC allowed a TV report on sea life thriving round the island of St Kilda, abandoned by humans over 70 years ago. New coral growth, plenty of sea bottom life and lots of swimming creatures.
    Heads will roll.

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      Graeme No.3

      Doonhammer:

      Not at all. This is propaganda from the BBC to show that removing humans will allow lots of life. Now, if they were to show a TV report showing that removing wind turbines would save more birds and bats, you can be sure all hell would break loose.

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    Slithers

    What to do and how to do it?

    I live on the coast Greenwell Point(2540), according to BOM we have a weather station here, I got suspicious when I realized that it was reporting the temperatures from Nowra some 20 km inland.
    Nowra always has temperatures about 3 degrees above what we experience as we get sea breezes Nowra does not.

    I went looking for our weather station, I asked around, Some remembered seeing it. It had been moved around, the last known site was on the Warf right at sea level with all that concrete and reflected heat. It’s not there now!

    But BOM is reporting Temperatures as recorded at Greenwell Point, so I cross checked and you guessed it, they are EXACTLY the same as the entire weather station reports from Nowra (2541)! Wind speed, barometric pressure, rain fall the whole works!!!

    Is this just an oversight, is this some way to confuse the public or malfeasance?

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    Slithers

    I double checked, BOM reports from several sites in and around Nowra(2541) Guess what despite some significant height variations the all report EXACTLY the same weather conditions!

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      Kinky Keith

      It’s cheaper only having to supply and monitor the one station.

      But it says a lot about the respect that politicians have for the serfs.

      KK

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    Slithers

    It really is amazing what errors one can find with the BOM data recording process.

    I just found out that Greenwell Point(2540) is 18M above sea level!
    We have fishing boats moored with very long mooring lines and long ladders to get ashore!

    I just found out that Yowral(2540) although at 250M above sea level has EXACTLY the same Barometric pressure, temp, wind speed rainfall, dew point, as Greenwell Point.

    We had a thunder storm around 9pm lots of rain yet Graph shows almost non(8mm) of it, I had local flash flood 10cm of water in my courtyard! Courtyard has 4X30cm drainage pipes, it took 20 mins for them to remove the water!!!!

    In other words the BOM has rubbish in, no wonder they produce such rubbish weather forecasts!

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    jack

    What first raised my interest in the anthropogenic global warming debate, was not so much, is it happening, but why is the media taking a firm side on this issue and using their full bag of subjective tricks to convince their viewers of an imminent catastrophe.
    When the media does this, alarms bell start ringing; “Why the manipulation?”
    Why are the, once respected, institutions at the heart of this deception?
    So you start to peel back the layers and you find the whole argument for anthropogenic global warming is laden with deception.
    The list is very long.
    From media the publishing untruthful headlines, with out retraction.
    To misapplication of scientific methodology.
    To deliberate manipulation of data (refer: this post).
    To closing down the other views.
    To the classic manipulation of the use of emotion over reason.

    The main advocates of the horrors of anthropogenic global warming, do not come across as rational human beings, but as postmodern nihilistic evangelists of the apocalypse.
    Which is far, far more scary than any CO2 molecule.

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    jaymam

    Oona Lönnstedt’s name appears on 35 papers as an author. It is quite likely that most if not all of those papers will have to be retracted. Those papers have been cited some 700 times. Why can’t those 700 papers be retracted until they are peer-reviewed again to see if they relied on any of Oona Lönnstedt’s work?

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    Yonason

    If only she’d kept a lower profile.

    Makes me wonder how many others have.

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    Yonason

    Oh, yeah, and don’t you dare expose the charlatans, or you put yourself at considerable risk.

    The case of Oona L., and how she was exposed is an e.g., there, under the heading “Fake experiment with microplastic.”

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