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Rob Sheldon on Nature’s Screed (on the upcoming US election)


Further to yesterday’s item, “The journal Nature defends its right to cover politics,” our physics color commentator Rob Sheldon writes to say,

This is a totally fact-free politicized attack on a presidential candidate. Look at the smokestack picture–emitting steam darkened by framing the shot against the sun—with the caption “rolled back greenhouse-gas emissions”. Steam is not a greenhouse gas–according to the EPA. But in the climate models it is 99.5% of the greenhouse effect, all from natural sources. Which is why it isn’t regulated by the EPA. So this caption is doubly ironic.

And that is the whole theme of the article–doubly ironic. They claim that Trump has politicized science (when of course, he is attempting to de-politicize it), which is why they politically oppose Trump, because only by being overtly political can they regain their objective neutral status.

As with many things done today, I always wonder are they extreme cynics or just very stupid? But whatever they are, science will never again regain the status they covet so intensely.

Yes, the folk at Nature will come to miss objectivity when no one thinks of it in connection with them. They can still be self-righteous but then they will just sound out of touch.

See also: The journal Nature defends its right to cover politics. No one says Nature can’t be active in politics and publish screeds of this type. What its staff can’t do—because nobody can—is be both a participant and a referee. They’ve chosen to be participants, fine. Then, “Listen to science” has as much clout as “Listen to the union boss” and “Listen to the corporate head office.” Which is to say, the next time they bellyache that people don’t listen to science, all one can respond is, “Take a number and wait. Meanwhile, suck it up.”


Scientific American breaks with 175-year tradition, endorses Joe Biden for US President.

So George Bernard Shaw defends his cynicism by calling it "accurate observation." And so theft must thus be "economic redistribution." How profound. Haha. Christians recognize that the true source of the intense hatred, monstrous atrocities, and merciless tyranny directed against them and people of Jewish ethnicity doesn't come from rational people, but from another source. The apostle Paul writes the following to the early church in Ephesus as follows:
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
This is why the Messiah Jesus, deacon Stephen, and many other Christians prayed as they were being martyred: "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do." -Q Querius
re Polistra I believe it was George Bernard Shaw that said "the power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who do not have it." And of course, as we all know, demons do not exist, only demon believers..... chuckdarwin
I’m out of my depth here. The biggest shareholder is Billionaire Kravis, a friend of Bush and McCain and who donated a million to Trumps’s inauguration. But the guardian ran an article six years ago entitled “How journals like Nature, Cell and Science are damaging science.” That both Nature and Scientific American co-ordinated their efforts to slag Trump in the final month before the election smells like a pre-arranged agreement. Nature editorials in the last few months are monotonously beating the drum For global warming and are dead green. Confusing. Perhaps they are looking to expand readership and influence if they go full woke. Belfast
They're not cynics and they're not stupid. They're demons. They have all the power now, and they are using it for demonic purposes. They don't need credibility among normal people because they intend to kill all the normal people, and their project is moving along nicely. polistra

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