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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

PENN STATE WOES

"Yes, it is truly depressing how you are willing to expose your children to danger to satisfy your oil lust."

Pennsylvania State University is facing collapse and perhaps even obliteration because of the scandal involving its football organization. Penn State fans, especially residents of the state, want to defend the school and especially its head coach Joe Paterno. Based on the latest report, it looks like the university officials knew what was going on and covered it up to protect their football program.

Much has been written about this, and while I suspect people wouldn't be quite so upset if Sandusky had been a woman who preyed on boys, and further suspect that the main reason people are so incredibly angry with Sandusky is because it hurts their favorite sport, but there's something else here that should be considered.

Penn State is the home of Michael "Piltdown" Mann as well as Sandusky and Paterno. The football program was a big moneymaker, but in terms of academic prestige and funding, Mann was the big star. Mann is the guy who came up with the "hockey stick" graph which not only ignored previous warming periods to emphasize alarmist fears of present warming, but overestimated the present warming significantly by using different data and methodology to come up with the upward bend at the end.

Rand Simberg writes at Open Market:
To review, when the emails and computer models were leaked from the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia two and a half years ago, many of the luminaries of the “climate science” community were shown to have been behaving in a most unscientific manner. Among them were Michael Mann, Professor of Meteorology at Penn State, whom the emails revealed had been engaging in data manipulation to keep the blade on his famous hockey-stick graph, which had become an icon for those determined to reduce human carbon emissions by any means necessary.
Michael "Piltdown" Mann brought millions of dollars a year into the university through grants and donations to help study climate change. They did quite well off him, and his work was essentially fraudulent and sloppy at best. The school embraced him, and as Sindberg writes, even protected him and whitewashed his problems, using Mann's testimony only to determine his propriety in the lab.

Penn State University is in the final analysis a place of academic learning and scholarship, attached to a successful football team. The football team is suffering serious reputation damage, but the academic side should have long ago for harboring this alarmist who mangles data for his personal achievement and political goals. Even if the institution wasn't basically left-leaning and like so many universities tries to undermine any parental wisdom and push students to the left politically its a lousy place for an education.

Sandusky molesting and attacking young men and boys sexually was awful to those boys and their families. Funding, defending, and lionizing Mann's (at best) shoddy work is damaging to the entire world because of how its been used to manipulate policy. Starvation and power outages resulting in deaths from heat and cold are the results of the climate change alarmist's work.

I've been suggesting people seriously reconsider any decision to attend any college or university, but I would strongly advise people to avoid this place at the very least.

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