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    Andrew Gelman is one of the world's leading statisticians, joint author of such books as Bayesian Data Analysis (Chapman & Hall), a key undergraduate and graduate text.

    Gelman lashes Andrew Wegman and George Mason University for their conspiracy to plagiarise (because that is what it amounts to). Wegman authored a negative report on the "Hockey Stick" for Congress at the behest of fossil-fuel interests. His report was later withdrawn for plagiarism by the journal that published it.

    Wegman’s is a fascinating case, in that he’s breaking the rules, destroying his own reputation, and not getting anything out of it personally. He already was well respected with a comfortable job, and the cut-and-paste jobs were bringing him neither fame nor fortune. The sad thing is that I think Wegman may have done it out of a sense of obligation to his country, his profession, and his students. He promised more than he had the ability or inclination to do, and then he didn’t see any reasonable way of backing out. I hope that at some point he has the decency to apologize to the people whose work he ripped off and distorted.
    He adds:

    P.P.S. Wegman is listed as the “Bernard J. Dunn professor” at George Mason University. Unfortunately, the very accomplished Dunn (check out his Wikipedia page!) died 2 1/2 years ago. I wonder what he would think if he knew that his donation to the university went to paying the salary of a plagiarist the author of papers that bear a striking similarity to, but are worse than, Wikipedia articles.

    P.P.P.S. You might very well ask why I keep writing about this. I write about it because it makes me mad. Being a scientist is a privilege, and academic jobs are hard to find. So, yeah, I get angry if repeat offenders can get good jobs, just because they’re connected. It looks a bit like the mob, or like Tammany Hall. Maybe a bit of graft is needed to grease the system, but one way of keeping the corruption under corruption under control is to point it out when we see it.

    Also, I work hard in my research, and I don’t appreciate those people who spew out meaningless nonsense (or, even worse, fake their data) making it that much harder to find the signal amidst the noise.
    Another Wegman plagiarism copying-without-attribution, and further discussion of why scientists cheat Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science

    More at: Yet another example of Wegman plagiarism : Deltoid
    Richard Littlemore | Wegman Report: Not just plagiarism, misrepresentation
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    Quote Originally Posted by Agnotologist View Post
    You know nothing about NAWAPA other than LaRouche's insane attempt to revive it.
    It was an American project not a Canadian one. All it would have done is provide water for the parched American SouthWest at the expense of the hydrological cycle in the Arctic.

    It would have availed nothing other than turning Canada's resources over to the Americans. It would have extended irrigation possibility of areas that are now irrigated but losing water - for a decade or two. It would have continued the fools' Paradise the American West and Sothwest has lived in for a time.

    And, you are still nuts.
    You know people who think that everybody they don't agree with are insane, nuts.... and the other invectives you throw out, have a particular diagnosis of their own mental health.

    You know nothing about the history and present intention of the NAWAPA project If you think Canadians were so much against NAWAPA and thought it only an American project, why would your late Prime Minister, Lester Pearson have written to President John F Kennedy encouraging joint cooperation on NAWAPA?

    Those who have watched the NAWAPA video know that it is know a global project, starting in North America, with extensions throughout the world. Here is the video tour of the world wide NAWAPA project. http://www.larouchepac.com/node/15628
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    It does not matter that Pearson thought about joint consideration. Consideration is the operative word.

    Consideration led to the dustbin. There is remains for ecological reasons and sovereignty matters.
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    Telling Ms Rebel that LaRouche is not correct is the same as telling a priest that there is no God... She seems to get her misinformation solely from that website.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SirCharles View Post
    Telling Ms Rebel that LaRouche is not correct is the same as telling a priest that there is no God... She seems to get her misinformation solely from that website.
    ...... you mean directly from God ???
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    LaRouchePac (didn't know that God had a website)
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    No .gov, no .edu, no .org, but there is a commercial .com website

    => God.com

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    At least we know now that God is an evangelical... Or is that just a hoax?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Agnotologist View Post
    It does not matter that Pearson thought about joint consideration. Consideration is the operative word.

    Consideration led to the dustbin. There is remains for ecological reasons and sovereignty matters.
    What are you trying to say here, these sentences are completely inarticulate. Well, it is morning in Canada. Maybe you haven't woken up and had your morning coffee yet. But don't worry, your dear friends Owed and Charles have filled in for you with a little dialogue about how I think the LaRouchepac website cames straight from God, and some such oh so convincing sophmoric patter.
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    Is it partial blindness or do you just have problems with the English language, Ms Rebel?
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