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dissabte, 14 de maig de 2016

La guerra sucia de los alarmistas climáticos contra el astrofísico Willie Soon

Greenpeace acusó falsamente a Soon de ocultar subvenciones de empresas de 'combustibles fósiles'
Dr. Soon produced an important series of astrophysics papers on the sun-climate connection beginning in 1994 and received positive discussion in the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s second and third assessment reports (1996 and 2001). In that era, the IPCC still admitted uncertainties about human influence, despite green NGO pressure and U.S. State Department insistence on finding a “smoking gun” in weak data. Even Bert Bolin, co-creator and first chairman of the IPCC (1988-1997), deplored the denial of uncertainty he saw rising. In his 2007 History of the Science and Politics of Climate Change (page 112), Bolin wrote, “It was non-governmental groups of environmentalists, supported by the mass media who were the ones exaggerating the conclusions that had been carefully formulated by the IPCC.” In 1997 Bolin went so far as to tell the Associated Press, “Global warming is not something you can ‘prove.’ You try to collect evidence and thereby a picture emerges.”

Dr. Soon’s study of solar influence on climate behavior made him a target for alarmists, but he had defenders. In 2013, the Boston Globe acknowledged his guts and sound science with a quote from iconic science leader, Freeman Dyson: “The whole point of science is to question accepted dogmas. For that reason, I respect Willie Soon as a good scientist and a courageous citizen.”

In February of 2015, Greenpeace agent Kert Davies, a vocal critic since 1997, falsely accused Dr. Soon of wrongfully taking fossil-fuel company grants by failing to disclose “conflicts of interest” to an academic journal. The journal’s editors and the Smithsonian Institution found no violation of their disclosure or conflict of interest rules. However, the Greenpeace accusation caused a clamor around the world as lazy liberal reporters repeated it for major media with no fact-checking for accuracy.

The Greenpeace ruckus brought high-level Obama administration pressure on the Harvard-Smithsonian Center to silence climate skeptics – Vice President Joe Biden is a member of Smithsonian’s Board of Regents. The Institution responded with an elaborate new Directive on Standards of Conduct that forced its employees to wade through bureaucratic rules replete with an Ethics Counselor and a “Loyalty to the Smithsonian” clause of a sort not seen since the McCarthy Red Scare. | Ron Arnold
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La presión para publicar reduce la calidad de los estudios científicos

NATURE.- The quality problem has reared its head in ways that Price could not have anticipated. Mainstream scientific leaders increasingly accept that large bodies of published research are unreliable. But what seems to have escaped general notice is a destructive feedback between the production of poor-quality science, the responsibility to cite previous work and the compulsion to publish.

The quality problem has been widely recognized in cancer science, in which many cell lines used for research turn out to be contaminated. For example, a breast-cancer cell line used in more than 1,000 published studies actually turned out to have been a melanoma cell line. The average biomedical research paper gets cited between 10 and 20 times in 5 years, and as many as one-third of all cell lines used in research are thought to be contaminated, so the arithmetic is easy enough to do: by one estimate, 10,000 published papers a year cite work based on contaminated cancer cell lines. Metastasis has spread to the cancer literature. | Daniel Sarewitz
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¿Está la democracia americana en peligro?

Ces deux-là [Sanders & Trump] mettent-ils la démocratie américaine en danger ? Imaginons Trump Président. Il découvrirait dès les premiers jours que le Président américain est Gulliver ficelé par des nains, avec bien peu de pouvoirs réels. Les Pères fondateurs qui ont formulé la Constitution, immuable depuis plus de deux siècles, l’ont voulu ainsi : se méfiant de la tentation du pouvoir et de celle d’en abuser, ils ont conçu un système ingénieux d’équilibre des forces où nul, surtout pas le Président, ne peut imposer ses lubies. Si le Président tentait de contourner la Constitution, il serait destitué par le Congrès, la Cour Suprême annulerait ses décisions : les Présidents, qui par le passé furent tentés d’outrepasser leurs pouvoirs, furent ramenés à la raison, Andrew Jackson, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt. La Constitution l’emporte sur les hommes et les Américains vénèrent la Constitution bien plus que qu’ils ne se rallient aux politiciens. Les Etats-Unis n’ont jamais eu leur Mussolini, Hitler, Franco, Salazar ou Pétain et on ne l’imagine pas autrement : la démocratie américaine n’est pas en danger. Le paradoxe du moment est que Trump et Sanders surgissent, alors qu’aucune circonstance objective ne le laissait prévoir. Le fascisme surgit d’ordinaire en temps de crise, alors qu’aux Etats-Unis, la crise est terminée. Sans doute faut-il chercher l’explication ailleurs : une grande partie de la Droite américaine n’a toujours pas digéré que le Président soit Noir et une grande partie de la Gauche est déçue par le manque d’audace d’Obama. | GUY SORMAN
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Noticias de mi pueblo

El documental que TV3 esconde a los catalanes

Impresionantes imágenes en color del estado de devastación de Europa en 1947

MAIL ON LINE.-Among the surreal scenes captured by photographer David Seymour in 1947 are damaged ships still anchored off Omaha Beach, children laying flowers at the graves of the war dead and the rebuilding job underway in towns across France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Taken by renowned photo agency Magnum's co-founder, the photographs trace the path taken by Allied troops after they invaded the beachhead at Normandy and stormed their way to Berlin.

Other pictures, all of which have been published in colour, show the ruins and debris left behind at the end of the war such as downed aircraft, disused battlements, and makeshift soldiers' graves.

Seymour, also known as 'Chim', was a Polish photographer famous for his work in some of the 20th Century's seminal conflicts, such as the Spanish Civil War, the Second World War and the 1956 Suez Crisis.

He helped co-found Magnum in 1947 after finding fame as a war photographer during the Spanish Civil War. His initial responsibility was to cover Europe while colleagues photographed events in other regions.
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