December 12, 2018

Testing and Exposing Fake Science Articles

If what is going on with “journalism” and the need to prop up political ideologue and justify “results” for those funding fake science, is the norm, what’s to be said about the destruction of real academia and scientific research? Is this also a planned event?

At JunkScience, there’s an article that exposes where one man deliberately wrote a fake article. It was published, evidently without scrutiny, all to prove a point.

Sokal’s hoax served a public purpose, to attract attention to what Sokal saw as a decline of standards of rigor in the academic community, and for that reason it was unmasked immediately by the author himself.

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Supreme Court Refuses to Accept MT. Petition in MSSA v. Holder

Dear MSSA Friends,

The US Supreme Court has declined to accept the State of Montana’s separate petition for review of the Ninth Circuit’s ruling in our lawsuit to validate the principles of the Montana Firearms Freedom Act (MFFA), MSSA v. Holder. We’re now at the end of this particular road.

Thanks ever so much to Missoula attorney Quentin Rhoades for being MSSA’s sympathetic and competent legal counsel throughout. Thanks also to MSSA’s partner in this lawsuit, the Second Amendment Foundation. And, thanks to the Montana legislators who believed enough in liberty and states’ rights to pass the MFFA.

Still, there’s more to be said about the effort.

The MFFA caught a sympathetic wave as the first legislation of its type in the US. It was cloned and enacted in eight other states, and cloned and introduced in the legislatures of about 23 other states yet. Clearly, a majority of the states of the US are operating under the same frustration with the run amok federal government as is Montana. Further, the MFFA inspired a whole wave of other “freedom acts,” such as the light bulb freedom act, the whiskey freedom act, the tobacco freedom act, the healthcare freedom act, and others. Inspired by the MFFA, the US is now alive with “nullification” efforts at the state level – state efforts telling the federal government to back off.

Also, because there are enacted or introduced FFAs in so many other states, there may well be parallel lawsuits occurring in other federal court circuits, putting pressure on the Supreme Court to rethink its rejection of the effort.

There is certainly good reason for the Supreme Court to step into this general controversy, if it has any hope to maintain respect for it’s historic-but-abandoned turf as any sort of check on the other federal branches. See again my open letter to the Supreme Court urging the justices to accept MSSA v. Holder, at:
http://www.wnd.com/files/2013/11/MontanaLetter22.pdf

In a gentlemen’s agreement with the BATFE, and while our lawsuit was working, I steadfastly advised everyone to NOT make and sell the Montana-only firearms authorized by the MFFA. I no longer take that position. However, I DO now warn people that attempting to do what the MFFA authorizes may result in federal persecution (and prosecution).

Finally, this epic trip to the US Supreme Court, and the Court’s rejection of MSSA v. Holder, have finally persuaded me that it is fruitless to expect any part of the federal government to control the lust for centralized and tyrannical power that our federal government displays. Further, and perhaps more important, it proves that it is improper to rely on the federal government, or any branch thereof, to be the judge of what powers the states have delegated to the federal government in the Constitution. As the creator of the Constitution and the federal government, only the states may properly or practically do that.

That’s why I have proposed the concept of the Constitutional Settlements Commission (CSC), a way for the states to operate in unison to “just say no” to the federal government and its countless minions. For a more thorough discussion of the CSC concept, see:
http://www.marbut.com/csc

In closing, I must admit that my fervent hopes for a peaceful restoration of individual liberty and states’ rights have been dimmed by the Supreme Court and it’s rejection of MSSA v. Holder. I wonder if the justices of the Supreme Court have noticed what’s going on in the Ukraine, Venezuela, Thailand, and other places.

It’s been a great run. Thanks for your interest and support. While I remain totally committed to peaceful political efforts to restore liberty, the alternative is never off the table. That’s exactly why we have reserved to ourselves the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

Best wishes,

Gary Marbut, President
Montana Shooting Sports Association
http://www.mtssa.org
Author, Gun Laws of Montana
http://www.MTPublish.com

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Idaho Passes Socialist Bill – Hunters, Ranchers Will Pay

It has become obvious that government will always be business as usual, and here it is the beginning of Stop Government Abuse Week. How much more abusive can it be when fascist government dictates its programs against the will of the people and then the same fascist government forces the servants to pay for the fascist’s perverted abuses?

The Idaho House has passed a bill that would bilk $2 million dollars from taxpayers and spitefully rob the Livestock Industry and Hunters of $110,000 a year to mitigate the corruption and fraud the Idaho Government and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service committed when they forced the introduction of non native wolves on Idaho. After introduction, both governments turned a blind eye to the destruction they now want citizens to pay for. It’s criminal really!

I dealt with this confounded, socialistic, masochistic, idiotic, nonsensical, issue back during its proposal.

Insanity!

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RMEF Rides Momentum of Record-Setting 2013 into 2014

MISSOULA, Mont.–The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation rolls into its 30th year of existence fresh off a fifth consecutive year of record membership, the unveiling of a new endowment to boost its core mission programs and having topped 6.4 million acres of land protected or enhanced.

“There’s no doubt that 2013 was an incredible year for us, perhaps one of the best ever,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “We are so grateful to our volunteers and members because their dedication and commitment to elk, elk country and conservation made it all possible.”

2013 highlights:

• Enhanced or protected 112,760 acres of land toward an overall lifetime mark of more than 6.4 million acres

• Opened or secured access to 62,027 acres toward an overall lifetime mark of more than 707,000 acres

• Completed 562 projects bringing lifetime number of projects to 8,651

• Unveiled $30 million Torstenson Family Endowment to further core mission programs of permanent land protection, habitat stewardship, elk restoration and hunting heritage

• Restored a wild elk herd to Missouri

• Fueled continuing elk restoration project in Virginia

• Recorded fifth straight year of record membership, now at 203,703

• Provided 357 grants in 44 states for hunting heritage and conservation outreach, directly reaching more than 184,000 children and adults

• Maintained the highest rating of 4 stars from Charity Navigator, America’s top charity ratings service

• Announced 100 percent of revenue from national convention tags to be awarded to individual states to benefit wildlife conservation

• Topped 100,000 Facebook followers With scores of on-the-ground conservation projects planned or already in the works across the nation, hundreds of local banquets and fundraisers scheduled in the coming months, and the unveiling of an exciting, new RMEF endeavor later this year, expectations are soaring for 2014.

“We recognize RMEF’s 30th anniversary as the ‘Year of the Volunteer’ and we’re working with a full-speed-ahead mentality to accelerate our mission like never before,” added Allen. “We also look forward to capping off 2014 at Elk Camp in early December when we unveil the new Hunter Christmas Exposition in conjunction with the National Finals Rodeo.”

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After Collaring a “Baby” Moose, Moose Attacks Man

This video shows some of what happened to the man. Follow this link to the story and more pictures.

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Moose Attacks Woman in British Columbia

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And Germany Now Deals With Problem Wolves

GOERLITZ, Germany — German police reached the accident to find what news stories would describe as a scene from a horror show: Seven horses, huddled on a small, dark, highway, had been ripped to pieces by two speeding cars. The drivers had been badly injured. Investigators found pieces of auto wreckage and horseflesh scattered around the site.

But the reason the December car wreck remained national news for weeks had only a little bit to do with the carnage. Instead, what’s made the accident the talk of Germany is its suspected cause: wolves, which reportedly spooked the horses into the paths of the oncoming cars.<<<Read More>>>

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GE Makes Major Global Warming Concession

Leading Free-Market Activists Score Major Concession on Global Warming-Related Spending from General Electric

After Years of Fighting Disclosures, Lobbying for Energy Subsidies and Pushing for Government Control of Carbon Emissions, GE Formally Agrees to End Projects Designed Solely to Seek Carbon Dioxide Reductions Due to Climate Change Concerns

Washington DC – After years of meetings, shareholder proposals, media campaigns, protests and activism, the National Center for Public Policy Research received a commitment from General Electric that the international conglomerate will no longer engage in any environmental project solely to address so-called climate change concerns.

“General Electric’s pledge to only pursue environmental projects that meet common business criteria is the culmination of years of efforts and a recognition that sustainability and the free market can work in concert,” said Justin Danhof, Esq., director of the National Center for Public Policy Research’s Free Enterprise Project. “For years, GE has been the poster boy for crony capitalism and corporate America’s green energy cheerleader. Now, GE shareholders have confirmation that the company’s strategies will henceforth be led by true market forces and not by blind adherence to global warming zealotry.”

Late last year, the National Center submitted a shareholder proposal for inclusion in GE’s 2014 proxy statement and annual meeting materials that sought certain commitments regarding the company’s sustainability operations and carbon dioxide reduction efforts. The proposal “request[ed] that the Board of Directors adopt a policy that General Electric not undertake any energy savings or sustainability project for the sole goal of seeking carbon dioxide emissions reductions due to climate change concerns, except as required by law.”

The proposal noted, in part, that “[g]iven the Company’s goal of reducing energy use (carbon dioxide emissions) and its admission that balancing this task with common business metrics is ‘difficult at best,’ shareholders are concerned that the Company may make some decisions in which the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions is a higher priority than maximizing financial returns.”

Typically, General Electric and other publicly-held companies work to ensure that shareholder proposals – especially those perceived as critical of a company’s operations – never see the light of day. Companies have the right to petition the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to exclude proposals for a myriad of technical and substantive violations of federal guidelines. Corporations such as GE usually hire expensive law firms to combat shareholder proponents.

“Rather than contesting the National Center’s free market shareholder proposal, GE’s management team made the strategic decision to amend its corporate documents to align with the parameters of our proposal,” explained Danhof. “We applaud GE for codifying its dedication to free-market principles and shareholder value. More companies should take cues from GE on this issue.”

Officially, GE revised its corporate documents and “its policy statements regarding Corporate Social Responsibility (the ‘CSR Policy’) to explicitly set forth the Company’s policy that it will not undertake any energy saving or sustainability project solely to address the issue of climate change.”

After the change, GE unequivocally stated that “[t]he plain language of the CSR Policy thus makes clear that the Company will not embark on any energy savings or sustainability initiative where the sole goal is to address climate change concerns.”

To read the entire exchange between the National Center and General Electric as catalogued on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s website, go here.

This year’s victory for the National Center for Public Policy Research comes after years of shareholder activism directed towards GE’s destructive environmental policies and other crony practices.

The National Center’s Free Enterprise Project has aggressively fought liberalism at GE for the past six years. At 2008’s shareholder meeting, for example, the National Center confronted GE’s CEO Jeff Immelt about the company’s dealing’s with Iran, calling them “blood money.” Immelt responded that GE was in the process of getting out of business dealings with Iran.

At the 2009 GE shareholder meeting, the National Center confronted Immelt over left-wing bias at the company’s then-owned NBC television channels and criticized the company’s crony relationship with President Obama that was being used to advance green energy legislation. The company responded by shutting off the microphone as the National Center staff member was still asking the question. In fact, Immelt was so upset by the National Center’s questions that he ordered company-wide retaliation against news outlets that reported the story.

In 2010, three National Center staffers, including National Center President David Ridenour, questioned Immelt over the company’s lobbying in favor of cap-and-trade global warming legislation, ObamaCare, and the liberal slant on MSNBC. Immelt refused to answer Ridenour’s question about MSNBC’s extreme anti-conservative bias.

Also in 2010, the National Center called out Immelt for exploiting President Ronald Reagan’s legacy by pandering to conservatives by hosting a celebration commemorating what would have been the 40th President’s 100th birthday.

At GE’s 2011 shareholder meeting, the National Center participated in a rally seeking to oust Immelt as CEO for his support of ObamaCare, President Obama’s stimulus spending bill and federal cap-and-trade legislation. The National Center also submitted a shareholder proposal, which GE fought at the Securities and Exchange Commission, asking the company to disclose the business risks associated with climate change regulations.

In December 2011, National Center Chairman Amy Ridenour also called out GE for its support of a de facto ban on the traditional incandescent light bulb, which was pushed on the public as an anti-global warming measure.

At the 2012 GE shareholder meeting, the Free Enterprise Project questioned the conflicts arising from Immelt’s position as chairman of President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness while still serving as GE’s CEO. Immelt, incredibly, claimed there was no conflict.

At last year’s GE shareholder meeting, Danhof asked Immelt if he would consider a proposal “to repeal ObamaCare’s medical device tax while keeping the move financially balanced by simultaneously ending taxpayer subsidies to the wind power industry.” Striking a more collegial tone with the National Center, Immelt said the proposal was “interesting” and agreed that the idea was worth considering.

As far back as 2011, Immelt began making some concessions that GE might someday abandon its crony push for cap-and-trade global warming legislation. He told an MIT Enterprise Forum audience that he had “lost interest in calling on the United States to develop a more comprehensive energy policy.” But as National Center President David Ridenour pointed out at the time, “talk is cheap.”

But in adopting the National Center’s proposal this year, GE formally amended its corporate documents and can be held to account if it strays from its commitment to abandon all projects that are solely focused on climate change concerns.

“All too often, shareholders find themselves facing almost insurmountable odds when they believe the company they have invested in has strayed from free-market principles. In this case, the company has done the right thing,” said Danhof. “Not only is this a victory for General Electric’s shareholders and employees, it is a victory for all Americans.”

“For the past quarter-century, government and corporate efforts have plowed billions into the promotion and exploitation of the human-caused catastrophic global warming theory,” added Amy Ridenour, chairman of the National Center for Public Policy Research. “The result has been higher taxes, greater deficits, higher prices, job loss and greater government control over our daily lives – all in service of a theory based on computer models that are not coming true. More and more people around the world are waking up to the fact that the global warming theory is about hot air, all right, but that a startlingly high percentage of that hot air is coming from people pushing the theory, not hardworking people going about their daily business. Slowly but surely, the expensive, job-killing and liberty-encroaching global warming leviathan is being defeated. We commend General Electric for taking this step and encourage other corporations to follow its lead.”

The National Center’s Free Enterprise Project is one of the leading free-market activist groups in America. In 2013, representatives of its Free Enterprise Project attended 33 shareholder meetings advancing free-market ideals in the areas of health care, energy, taxes, subsidies, regulations, religious freedom, media bias, gun rights and many more important public policy issues.
The National Center for Public Policy Research, founded in 1982, is a non-partisan, free-market, independent conservative think-tank. Ninety-four percent of its support comes from individuals, less than four percent from foundations, and less than two percent from corporations. It receives over 350,000 individual contributions a year from over 96,000 active recent contributors.

Contributions are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated.

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Counter Offensive to Stop Efforts of Wolf Crossing to Thwart Killer Wolves

From The Opposition:

Folks the animal activists are at it again, trying to force ranchers to live with spree killing Mexican wolves. They are upset because only one wolf may be removed. There are up to 9 wolves killing bred cows with 15 killed in the last month alone. Please call those numbers and urge FWS to follow the RULE and remove that pack. Lethally if necessary. Ranches and JOBS they provide should be more important than a pack of problem wolves.

USFWS Southwest Regional Office
Mexican Wolf Recovery Coordinator: 505-761-4748
External Affairs Office: 505-248-6911
Main Office: 505-248-6920

USFWS in Washington, DC Public number: 1-800-344-9453

New Mexico Senators:
Senator Martin Heinrich DC: 202-224-6621 ABQ: 505-346-6601
Senator Tom Udall DC: 202-224-5521 ABQ: 505-346-6791

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