Wednesday, 11 December 2013

How the Grinch...er sorry...THE GREENS tried to steal Children's Christmas

The Grinch....er....sorry..the Greenpeace have a site called  Save Santa's Home.

They make a few assumptions:
  • Santa's Home is in the Arctic;
  • Santa's Arctic is Melting.
The Grinch....er....sorry..the Greenpeace write:
It’s his home, and where he, the Elves and Mrs Claus produce, organise and deliver presents for all the children of the world. But the North Pole is only a frozen ocean and it’s melting away faster and faster. 
IS this true?

Video Santa says: "My Home in the Arctic is fast disappearing."

What a whopper! No wonder he has a big red nose!

No- It's not true, Not according to the NSIDC (National Snow and Ice Data Center)
Arctic sea ice continued to expand during November, gaining 2.24 million square kilometers (865,000 million square miles) of ice since the beginning of the month. Sea ice extent for November averaged 10.24 million square kilometers (3.95 million square miles).
The Grinch....er....sorry..the Greenpeace then ask for your signature and unfortunately at time of writing, they have fooled over 4 million people including
Vivienne Westwood, Jude Law, Paul McCartney and Madonna 
It is indeed a pity that ill-informed "Stars" lock onto causes that they know little about.

Some quotes from the video "Santa"
  • intolerable 
  • impossible
  • cancel Christmas
For trying to end children's Christmas hopes and dreams, Greenpeace should be at the top of everyone's naughty list. 

What horrible people!





Science Journals Distort the Scientific Process: Nobel Winner

From Russia Today (Link)

Leading academic journals are distorting the scientific process and represent a "tyranny" that must be broken, according to a Nobel prize winner who has declared a boycott on the publications.
Randy Schekman, a US biologist who won the Nobel prize in physiology or medicine this year and receives his prize in Stockholm on Tuesday, said his lab would no longer send research papers to the top-tier journals, Nature, Cell and Science.
Schekman said pressure to publish in "luxury" journals encouraged researchers to cut corners and pursue trendy fields of science instead of doing more important work. The problem was exacerbated, he said, by editors who were not active scientists but professionals who favoured studies that were likely to make a splash.
The prestige of appearing in the major journals has led the Chinese Academy of Sciences to pay successful authors the equivalent of $30,000 (£18,000). Some researchers made half of their income through such "bribes", Schekman said in an interview.
From The Guardian (link)
Leading academic journals are distorting the scientific process and represent a "tyranny" that must be broken, according to a Nobel prize winner who has declared a boycott on the publications.
Randy Schekman, a US biologist who won the Nobel prize in physiology or medicine this year and receives his prize in Stockholm on Tuesday, said his lab would no longer send research papers to the top-tier journals, Nature, Cell and Science.
Randy Schekman writes in the Guardian: (link)
I am a scientist. Mine is a professional world that achieves great things for humanity. But it is disfigured by inappropriate incentives. The prevailing structures of personal reputation and career advancement mean the biggest rewards often follow the flashiest work, not the best. Those of us who follow these incentives are being entirely rational – I have followed them myself – but we do not always best serve our profession's interests, let alone those of humanity and society.
We all know what distorting incentives have done to finance and banking. The incentives my colleagues face are not huge bonuses, but the professional rewards that accompany publication in prestigious journals – chiefly NatureCell and Science.
These luxury journals are supposed to be the epitome of quality, publishing only the best research. Because funding and appointment panels often use place of publication as a proxy for quality of science, appearing in these titles often leads to grants and professorships. But the big journals' reputations are only partly warranted. While they publish many outstanding papers, they do not publish only outstanding papers. Neither are they the only publishers of outstanding research.
ClimateGate
Let's not forget the disgraceful episode when the ClimateGate CRU (whose member correspondents included Phil Jones, Michael Mann, Jim Salinger, Tom Wigley, Barrie Pittock, Mike Hulme) and their attempts to have an accomplished scientist Chris de Freitas removed from his editorial position with the journal Climate Research because he approved publishing of a paper by  Soon & Baliunas (S&B).
For more details of this disgraceful and unscientific incident see New Zealand Climate Science Coalition's post

Climategate 2 and Corruption of Peer Review