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From the press release: In this ground-breaking new history of early America, historian Robert Zimmerman not only exposes the lie behind The New York Times 1619 Project that falsely claims slavery is central to the history of the United States, he also provides profound lessons about the nature of human societies, lessons important for Americans today as well as for all future settlers on Mars and elsewhere in space.

 
Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, is a riveting page-turning story that documents how slavery slowly became pervasive in the southern British colonies of North America, colonies founded by a people and culture that not only did not allow slavery but in every way were hostile to the practice.  
Conscious Choice does more however. In telling the tragic history of the Virginia colony and the rise of slavery there, Zimmerman lays out the proper path for creating healthy societies in places like the Moon and Mars.

 

“Zimmerman’s ground-breaking history provides every future generation the basic framework for establishing new societies on other worlds. We would be wise to heed what he says.” —Robert Zubrin, founder of founder of the Mars Society.

 

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London university pockets millions for fake global warming research

Follow the money: The research center at a major London university has obtained millions in government grants for global warming research it did not do.

A global warming research center at the London School of Economics got millions of dollars from UK taxpayers by taking credit for research it didn’t perform, an investigation by The Daily Mail revealed. The UK government gave $11 million dollars to the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP) in exchange for research that the organization reportedly never actually did.

Many papers CCCEP claimed to have published to get government money weren’t about global warming, were written before the organization was even founded, or were written by researchers unaffiliated with CCCEP. The government never checked CCCEP’s supposed publication lists, saying they were “taken on trust,” according to the report. “It is serious misconduct to claim credit for a paper you haven’t supported, and it’s fraud to use that in a bid to renew a grant,” Professor Richard Tol, a climate economics expert from Sussex University whose research was reportedly stolen by CCCEP, told The Daily Mail. “I’ve never come across anything like it before. It stinks.”

The crime here is not just the fraud committed by the research center. The negligence of the government in handing out these grants without doing any due diligence is equally criminal. And I am being kind. I suspect that it wasn’t negligence but straightforward corruption. I think these grants were likely given for political reasons. Rather than fund real research, the money was intentionally handed out to political supporters in order to advocate global warming politics.

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7 comments

  • Cotour

    It does not matter. In this brave new world where women and minorities are unable to be objective and science must be changed to accommodate this new “fact”, in this brave new world where there are no consequences for security violations, or where the FBI leadership suborns perjury and refuses to do their job, where the IRS is now a political weapon, when the government can demand the people spend their money on a product, when there exists a culture of no consequences at all for bad acts and of corruption for some who have the “correct” beliefs, where blatant lies are accepted as normal …………….It Does Not Matter.

    This is why the trajectory of America and the world must be changed.

  • PeterF

    But will anybody go to jail?
    Will the money have to be repaid?
    Don’t hold your breath!

    One of the most important aspects of the Clinton E-mail scandal is that if they hadn’t been hacked and released by wikileaks, nobody would have ever heard about them. The FBI and the justice department would have just sat on them…

    There needs to be a major house cleaning there if those institutions are ever to be trusted again.

  • Tom Billings

    “There needs to be a major house cleaning there if those institutions are ever to be trusted again.”

    If it is London School of Economics you are speaking of, then it’s really don’t hold your breath. The biggest reasons that this scandal could happen in the first place is that LSE graduates hold so many positions in the bureaucracies that feed LSE money. In many cases they’re funding their old professors’ networks, and are, at least informally, still part of those networks.

    Investigators assigned to this will be facing hostility from LSE, from bureaucrats in the ministries, from people in their own bureaucracy, and from appointed ministers who want to smooth relations with a group (London academics) known already for donating to the Liberals and Labor. Yes, just like the Republicans, the Conservatives seem to hope that, if they are just accommodating enough, their old foes will transform into friends. They do not want to admit that the reason progressive politics that push the growth of government bureaucracies is so popular in academia is that those bureaucracies are the biggest employers of elite academic institutions’ graduates. Those bureaucracies are thus the biggest draw on universities to hire and promote to tenured status more professors.

    As long as these 2 dynamic structures push on academic science, trusting anything about the process is wishful thinking.

  • Steve Earle

    All good points. When there are no real consequences to bad behaviour we can’t be surprised when said behaviour spirals out of control.

    As any historian will tell you, and what progressives routinely forget, is that humans are inherently corrupt.

    When humans have no checks or balance corruption takes over and those who have forgotten their history will inevitably repeat it….

  • Wayne

    Tom Billings/Steve Earle– good stuff.
    (LSE– filled with decidedly non-free market oriented tenured professors.)

    tangentially–there is a whole series from the Gresham College folks, [“Britain in the 20th Century”] on how Britain went all socialist. It’s so embedded into their system now, even the so-called Conservative party won’t touch “National Health.”
    (same thing is happening to us— “thanks Mitch/Ryan.”)

    http://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/britain-in-the-20th-century-the-attempt-to-construct-a-socialist-commonwealth

  • Darwin Teague

    The irony is that even if they had actually done the research, it would still be fake global warming research.

  • wayne

    Darwin Teague– well said. Succinct & to the point!

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