Category: Michael Mann

Was Penn State Penalized Enough?

  • Sixty million dollars – equivalent to one year’s revenue from the football program
  • No bowl games for four years – football program once again slammed
  • Reducing football scholarships from 25 per year to 15 per year
  • Probation for five years
  • All football wins from 1998 to 2011 vacated

These are the fines and sanctions levied against Pennsylvania State University as announced this morning by Mark Emmert, President of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

In a Sports Illustrated article, the writer says that Emmert overstepped his authority. It seems to me that if the NCAA doesn’t have the authority to punish an institution, who does? Do you leave it up to the students, faculty, or administration? Do you leave it up to the state legislature?

I am trying to decide in my mind if Penn State was punished enough. How do you get a young man’s life back after being abused by a famous man at a powerful university? Nobody wants to listen to you because there is so much money at stake in a football program like Penn State’s. There were at least ten of these young men who were inflicted with Jerry Sandusky’s attention multiple times.

Joe Paterno, famous and respected  head coach, knew about it. The university president knew about it. How many others in the university administration knew about it?

Many people don’t like the idea that the current students at the university will bear the brunt of the penalties. So what? Should not the students in former years have taken some of the shame when these crimes should have been reported?

I think it is a case of compounding guilt, similar to compound interest for money. The longer the crime goes unreported, the greater the guilt should grow. No, the students, today don’t deserve what they are getting. But they have alternatives.

The press has not gotten wind of another scandal that reveals the culture of corruption that Penn State has become. The famous Climate Gate email scandal in 2009 implicated Michael Mann, a Penn State climate studies professor in acts of academic malfeasance. This was an international scandal, and academics all  over the world were seen as scientists who had trashed the principles of science, and had published studies based on bad science, bad mathematics, and just plain lies.

Mann’s name was at the center of this scandal, and Penn State chose to investigate one of its own. There was no sign that anyone among the investigators was from anywhere other than Penn State,  and most of the outside scientists interviewed were friends of Dr Mann.  None of the complainants were interviewed. This is like having a trial without a prosecutor, jury, or judge. Penn State whitewashed the whole affair,

Dr Mann’s whitewash is just another cover up by Penn State’s president, Graham Spanier, who was ultimately responsible for the Sandusky cover up. How many other cover ups have been perpetrated by Penn State and its administration?

What do you think?

ClimateGate Strikes, Again!

You might remember that right before the Copenhagen global warming convention, thousands of emails written by the greatest and most popular climate scientists were exposed to the public.The emails showed that these supposedly respectable scientists had been diddling the data, and spiking their algorithms to present a false story of rapid, and dangerous global warmng.

The ClimateGate emails played a role in making Copenhagen a joke of a meeting, along with record snowfalls, and President Obama in danger of becoming snowbound in Denmark. 

Now, we have an additional 254 megabytes of emails and documents in a zip file posted initially on a Russian web server. The Russian server seems to be down, now, but you can download he zip file FOIA 2011 here.

The traditional README file you find with downloads gives us a reason why the emails are being released.
*********************************************************
 FOIA 2011 — Background and Context ///

“Over 2.5 billion people live on less than $2 a day.”

“Every day nearly 16.000 children die from hunger and related causes.”

“One dollar can save a life” — the opposite must also be true.

“Poverty is a death sentence.”

“Nations must invest $37 trillion in energy technologies by 2030 to stabilize
greenhouse gas emissions at sustainable levels.”

Today’s decisions should be based on all the information we can get, not on
hiding the decline.

This archive contains some 5.000 emails picked from keyword searches.  A few
remarks and redactions are marked with triple brackets.

The rest, some 220.000, are encrypted for various reasons.  We are not planning
to publicly release the passphrase.

We could not read every one, but tried to cover the most relevant topics such
as…

Then the release agent gives dozens of examples.

3066> Thorne:
I also think the science is being manipulated to put a political spin on it
which for all our sakes might not be too clever in the long run.

<1611> Carter:
It seems that a few people have a very strong say, and no matter how much
talking goes on beforehand, the big decisions are made at the eleventh hour by
a select core group.

2884> Wigley:
Mike, The Figure you sent is very deceptive […] there have been a number of
dishonest presentations of model results by individual authors and by IPCC […]

<2009> Briffa:
I find myself in the strange position of being very skeptical of the quality of
all present reconstructions, yet sounding like a pro greenhouse zealot here!
<3062> Jones:

We don’t really want the bullshit and optimistic stuff that Michael has written
[…] We’ll have to cut out some of his stuff.
<i>note: with this email it is apparent that the scientists are tired of Michael Mann’s bogus Hockey Stick study. They know the study is fraudulent, yet they still publicly defend it.</i>

<1485> Mann:
the important thing is to make sure they’re loosing the PR battle. That’s what
the site [Real Climate] is about.
<i>note: This email is from Michael Mann about Real Climate, a supposedly straight scientific web site run by a group of top scientists. Now, you find out it is all PR.</i>

<5111> Pollack:
But it will be very difficult to make the MWP go away in Greenland.
<i>note: The so-called consensus scientists have been trying to get rid of the Mideaval Warm Period (1000 years ago) when it was warmer than the present. The MWP defeats their claim that today’s temperatures are unprecedented. Now, you know it is all BS.</i>

Penn State Has History In Denial

Pennsylvania State University has a history of ignoring problems. Whenever, there is a problem in the Penn State community, they go into full denial mode. We read, now, that their famous football coach and the President of the University have  been fired for not exercising the proper diligence in investigating some of the incredible failings of their staff members and faculty.

A pedophile coach was seen raping a 10 year old boy by a graduate assistant. It was reported to the Administration (Coach Joe Paterno, and his supervisor). Nothing was done, and the pedophile was allowed to continue molesting children for several years thereafter. Why did the coach and the administrators let this happen? It gets real simple.

Follow the money. Football at Penn State is a huge business, bringing in millions of dollars every year into the schools coffers. The coaches and administration were protecting the franchise.

This is not the first time Penn State has gone into denial.

Climate Scientist Dr. Michael Mann, Director, Earth System Science Center at Penn State represents another dark chapter in that school’s history. Dr Mann, author of the infamous debunked Hockey Stick study, was discussed prominently in the Climate Gate emails that were released, possibly hacked, from the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit in the U.K.

Dr Mann had conspired with CRU scientists in encouraging others to delete important emails that were the subject of a freedom of information request. Penn State instituted an investigation of Mann, but never interviewed any of the critics or other accusers addressed in the emails.

Penn State whitewashed the wrongdoings of Dr Mann. Why?  Follow the money. Dr Mann brings in hundreds of thousands of research grants each year to Penn State.

Steve McIntyre at Climate Audit documents the Penn State investigation very well in this linked article.

Penn State has a history of protecting rogue members of its community. The pedophile scandal is one thing they cannot deny any longer.