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Saving the World…One Spoof at a Time!

11/05/2011 1 comment

Coal Cares PeabodyThis was a good one…The merry pranksters behind the CoalCares.org  site not only had the moxy to add a ™ symbol to their site name, they even had the bravado to use the (genuinely) registered trademark of Peabody Energy as well. Not only were they content to spoof the coal industry’s attempts at better Community Relations, they even linked directly back to Peabody Energy for maximum effect and traceability!

In its shameless contempt for the world’s largest private-sector coal company, this spoof site represents itself as a branding initiative intended to reach out to American youngsters with asthma and to help them “keep their heads high in the face of those who would treat them with less than full dignity”. For kids who have no choice but to use an inhaler, Coal Cares™ lets them inhale with pride!

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Has PR trumped Science at MIT ?

15/01/2010 8 comments

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Suspected anomalies discovered in article published at MIT News :

” Major Discovery from MIT is
primed to unleash a Solar Revolution! “

The ongoing, yet destructively repressed and polarized, debates between so called Climate Skeptics (and their ilk) VS. the popular proponents of Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) may have cooled slightly in the post-Copenhagen lull. But questions around the scope of Scientific Method employed in determining AGW, are only now beginning to rise to the forefront of Public Consciousness.

The primary question has been to wonder if it’s indeed possible for ‘pure science’ (at least at the educational research level) to be bent or distorted in order to serve pre-ordained objectives.

So can science be bent around the points of peerage that are always subject to new review (according to said Method), to instead selectively support current states of research. In effect whatever specific agendas, that might tap into otherwise unavailable funding, or even simply to act as a public relations tool –  in service of much larger visibility campaigns?

If we can possibly leave aside (just for now) the temporarily cooled question of Climate Change, we could look for signs of all of the above in a surprisingly exuberant article published on the MIT News site in July 2008 instead of wondering if science is above promoting itself for the sake of funding or notoriety.

Even though it’s exultant title wildly proclaims that a “Major Discovery from MIT is primed to unleash a Solar Revolution”! the hard science and empirical data or comparative results behind the article are thinly presented (at least from the Layman’s POV), and there still doesn’t seem to be much obvious evidence of wider public discourse or a proper ‘peer review’ process around this “major discovery” either.

 

Perhaps this is just the style employed for wider press releases via “MIT News”, however one would at least expect to see evidence of  published papers/results, or at least links to some shared or foundation research. Perhaps MIT is operating under the principals of private enterprise, and it wouldn’t want to jeopardize plans to commercialize it’s discovery by giving away any un-patented trade secrets.

That last possibility would indicate that we’ve already seriously diverged out of the field of publicly funded research, and into corporately (privately?)  held intellectual property. Perhaps someone could clarify the business model that supports MIT, or other such institutions to dispel any such naivete that could be evidenced here.

In any case, let’s try to leave commercial interests aside, and get back to some hard Science.

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Sightings: Irony Falls Like Snow in Copenhagen

18/12/2009 Leave a comment

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The Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen is getting precipitously close to it’s closing remarks, and we’re now learning what we’ve already suspected, which is that the best we should hope for from COP15 is just a few pages of a framework to be further negotiated and ratified at the NEXT COP conference…We would hope! The irony of making positive forward statements on the effects of Future climate talks, even while a disappointing cause is still unfolding, is further emphasized by the following video fragments…

As World leaders were arriving in Copenhagen on December 17th, we were treated to a decidedly inopportune time for Mother Nature to show us her hand, with a solid covering of up to 10 cm. of heavy snow falling on the city just as the world turned it’s eyes to Denmark to see how this conference can manage to produce something of value at the 11th Hour. In a time when legions of dissenters and skeptics are seizing upon every conspiracy imaginable, perhaps this is a chance for Climate Change supporters to suggest that it is the Imperialistic interests of Big Oil and Coal that have seeded this snow for maximum effect! After all…Russian officials have allegedly claimed that they can prevent snow from falling in Moscow this winter, and China has already had some seriously damaging results from it’s own efforts to seed precipitation in it’s drought stricken regions!

While we possibly consider just how far some people will go to assure an orderly progress to establishing a New World (uhm) Order….Here’s a quick roundup of some of the other bitter ironies that unfolded during this same 24 hour period:

Let’s start with a couple of serene and peaceful moments…

…before facing the ironies of fighting against Global Warming, while shoveling through any of the heavier consequences that follow:

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Sightings Reports

08/12/2009 Leave a comment

Hmnnn…
You’ve discovered a Sightings Report category that still hasn’t been used yet !

Sightings Reports serve to gather information from the edges of our networks and perceptions. Feel free to anonymously submit any ideas for new Sightings Reports that you’d like to bring to our attention in the Comments fields below.

If you’d like to submit your own Full Sightings Report, please make sure that you create a WordPress account for yourself (see the “Enlist Now” page for info), and then return here to state your Sighting (+ any perceived consequences) in the Comments field below w/your WordPress credentials.  This will generate a New Report Stub for you to write/edit directly, and assignment of full Contributor privileges to your WP account. Additionally, you’ll be qualified to propose and lead expeditions under all other Mission Categories as well!

Sightings Reports can be filed under:

  • Anomalies (things that just don’t add up, at least not in a linear sense)
  • Natural Phenomena (the Truth will always be far stranger )
  • Distortions (Lies, damned lies, statistics, adn otehr deceptions )
  • Inner Space (personal, meta-physical, spiritual, etc)
  • Near Space ( Everything from Geological to Orbital Space)
  • Deep Space (Cosmology and Astronomy)
  • MicroCosm ( The Worlds within…)

New Reports

01/12/2009 Leave a comment

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Below you’ll find facts and ideas that you can use to editorialize your own personal views about this and other stories at EnviroNauts…

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From there we will create a Report Stub for you, and assign full Contributor privileges to your account, so that you can write/edit your Report, as well as contribute to any other Mission Categories. Once your contribution is approved, you’ll have attained the role of Mission Specialist!

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