Sunday, February 4, 2018


What should we feel towards the bunch of 182 self-proclaimed “scientists” who have written an open letter to the American Museum of Natural History demanding that it cut its links with trustees and donors whose politics they find objectionable?  My suggestion would be: a mix of pity, embarrassment, and disgust.
Plus, maybe, a judicious soup├žon of horror that such imbeciles could have been given tenure at any academic institution where the teaching of impressionable young adults is involved even at all, let alone where it’s financed by hard-working U.S. taxpayers.
So that means you, Michael “Hockey Stick” Mann, Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science and director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University; and you, Naomi Oreskes, Professor of the History of Science and Affiliated Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University; and you, Kerry Emmanuel, Cecil & Ida Green Professor of Atmospheric Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and you, many of you others among the 182 signatories of this bizarre, outrageous, and embarrassing letter.

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