Monday, October 11, 2010

"Strange Scholarship in the Wegman Report" by John R. Mashey

"From start to finish, this entire effort [The Wegman Report] was created to mislead the US Congress, the USA and the rest of the world. It still is used that way...

George Mason University ought to investigate many problems, as should several other universities and journals, the US Office of Research Integrity and perhaps the American Statistical Association (ethics issues). At least 4 agencies may have possible fund mis-uses to consider. Some authors or publishers might pursue copyright issues. Congress and the DoJ should investigate the manufacture of the Wegman Report. Possible felonies are covered by the US Code, 18.U.S.C §1001 (misleading Congress), §371 (conspiracy), §4(misprision), which might involve many more people. The report lists about 30 issues, not all for Wegman Report itself, but including derivations and related activities."---John R. Mashey, "Strange Scholarship in the Wegman Report: A Façade for the Climate Anti-Science PR Campaign" (9-26-10)

The Deep Climate site has posted a very complicated, 250-page document authored by the prominent Silicon Valley computer scientist John R. Mashey. The document is titled "Strange Scholarship in the Wegman Report: A Façade for the Climate Anti-Science PR Campaign" (9-26-10). Dr. Mashey notes that his report may be updated.

The appearance of this document is a huge development because Virginia's Attorney General Cuccinelli has used the Wegman Report to harrass and defame the climate scientist Dr. Michael Mann and to discredit the science of climate change; but on October 8, 2010, the media reported that the climate change denialist Dr. Edward J. Wegman is being investigated by the George Mason University for research misconduct (plagiarism and fabrications) in connection with the Wegman Report.

Dr. Raymond S. Bradley, a climate scientist at the University of Massachuchetts, initiated the investigation when he complained that his book Paleoclimatology: Reconstructing Climates of the Quaternary had been plagiarized in the Wegman Report. It is amazing that Wegman would plagiarize Dr. Bradley since Dr. Bradley happens to be a co-author of the 1998 and 1999 "hockey stick" articles that the Wegman Report attempts to discredit!

U.S.A. Today (10-8-10) notes:

Bradley says he wrote a letter in April to GMU, noting the possibility of plagiarism and demanding an investigation of both the 2006 report and a subsequent, federally-funded study published by some of Wegman's students. "Talk about irony. It just seems surreal (that) these authors could criticize my work when they are lifting my words."

For more context about the revelations of October 8, 2010 and the investigation of the climate change denialist Dr. Wegman, see my previous post, "Climate Scientists Strike Back!" (1-10-10).

I think that Attorney General Cuccinelli has hijacked the Attorney General's Office to benefit his patrons in the fossil fuel industry. He packages propaganda as "science" and tries to sell his pseudoscientific snake oil to unsuspecting voters.

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