Posts Tagged ‘LIGO India’

Kip Thorne’s Indian winter

September 8, 2018

Besides all the scientific stories deifying Kip Thorne, the US media has also been humanizing this brainiac by regaling the world with stories about his awkward dating, bold betting, Penthouse-reading, … and so on. Ever wonder why this media does not report highly visible events of odd nature that do not cast him in favorable light? His repeated public humiliations? His Trump-bashing from the Nobel Laureate platform given him in India, China? Well, no need to wonder. You can read about such events here – and only here.


(Imaginary dialogue)

Inspector Gregory: Is there any other point to which you would wish to draw my attention, Mr. Holmes?

Sherlock Holmes: To the curious conduct of the media with regard to Kip Thorne’s limelight spectacles in India.

Gregory: But the media did not report anything about Kip Thorne’s limelight spectacles in India!

Holmes: That was the curious conduct.

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Is the billion-dollar LIGO fraud unstoppable?

September 7, 2018


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UPDATE 09/08/2018:

Follow the money! You can put a keyword like LIGO in the following NSF Award Search site, and see how taxpayer money is being funneled into the fraud, fast and furious:

https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/

LIGO India spinmeisters

August 30, 2018


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Thorneweiss Science: Cradle of future discoveries

August 22, 2018

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LIGO India is halted

August 20, 2018

Folks, LIGO India is a good project to watch if you want to surmise which direction LIGO is headed. Are there good people working in the background to deal with the LIGO fraud? LIGO India is one observatory that is yet to be built, and building from scratch an observatory based on fraudulent science when the fraud stands exposed is an extremely serious matter.

The LIGO INDIA story thus far:

LIGO India was going great guns. The Government and the Legislature gave approval, and the Prime Minister pledged his personal support. They were looking at an overall budget of Rs. 1200 crore. A site was searched for and the site in Dudhala village (Hingoli District) was finalized. There are clear official statements to this effect both from LIGO and from the Government.

The site had been surveyed for seismic and other aspects, and then concrete marker posts had been put down. Scientists in big cars often visited the site (according to local villagers) – including some sahibs. The villagers were most impressed by this “NASA Project” coming up in India. A building was rented near the site to serve as office-cum-guesthouse. A LIGO INDIA sign was installed on this building and the pictures of this was plastered all over the Internet to symbolize how they were making rapid progress.

In recent months, both the Prime Minister and the Science Minister made highly public and laudatory statements in support of LIGO.

Land acquisition had begun in right earnest. Whatever land in that site belonged to the Government was given over to LIGO. But more adjoining land was needed – land that belonged to 40-50 private owners. Negotiations were completed to acquire those parcels of land at a premium price. For the private owners as well as for LIGO, this deal was said to be a “win win” situation.

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In the meantime, some special rule was invoked to give LIGO a fast-track status. This was supposed to speed things along even more.

Also in the meantime, the LIGO budget was being revised upward – what with all the money spent on finalizing the Dudhala site.

Initially it was said that construction of the observatory would begin in mid-2018. It was then revised to 2019.

Oopsie!

Now a new news report is out. Most strangely, it describes the flatness (lack thereof) of the terrain as a new stumbling block for the project! So much so that they are now back-pedaling and saying:

The consortium is yet to formally declare the Dudhala site as the host of the interferometers.

It is as if they now want an “out” from the Dudhala site, and are preparing the public for this change.

The flatness of the terrain is an issue that should have been the very first thing they would have got out of the way – years ago. Actually, it was only necessary for the base of the trenches under the LIGO tubes to be reasonably flat. The rest of the terrain could remain as it was. The perfect flatness and the rectilinear property of the tubes would then be achieved with their support legs. In fact, LIGO Hanford site was carved out of uneven terrain, without disturbing the overall landscape. Given all this, why does flatness emerge as an unforeseen stumbling block now?

The ability to install the LIGO arms perfectly level should have been the zeroth criterion of site selection.

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LIGO Hanford

It seems that LIGO India wanted to survey the Dudhala terrain by drilling a number of boreholes. Why would it be necessary to drill boreholes to establish flatness of the terrain? May be they wanted to assess the competence of the subsurface. I don’t know.

LIGO India had accordingly asked permission to survey the terrain as follows:

The LIGO-India consortium, made up of physicists from several institutes, had submitted a proposal to “prospect” 121 hectares of forest land in Dudhala village, Hingoli.

What they got instead was the following:

The prospecting permission, according to the minutes of the forest clearance committee meeting of the Union Environment Ministry, was only for sinking boreholes in 0.375 hectares and separate permission would be needed at a later stage for constructing the observatory.

When you have to survey 121 hectares of land, and you are given permission to survey 0.375 hectares, what do you call that permission? I call it Permission Denied.

And notice that only now it is being revealed that – contrary to what the world was given to understand before – they never received permission to construct the observatory on the site in the first place. And from what we see now, permissions are certainly not foregone conclusions.

What now?

Anyway, allowing room for various interpretations, it is clear that there have now arisen ifs, ands, and buts (as stated by LIGO India themselves):

“We have to level the land and assess the time and effort it will take for this.”

This means that LIGO India is as much up in the air today as it was when they got started. A Prime Minister-backed, Legislature-backed, Nobel-blessed, fully-funded, fast-tracked, America-inspired national-prestige project is at the mercy of the full lethargy of Indian bureaucracy.

Or is it?

What’s being done about public funding of LIGO fraud?

August 17, 2018

 


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Further humiliation along the victory lap of LIGO Nobelist Kip Thorne?

August 12, 2018

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FINAL CAUTION ON INDIA LIGO

April 9, 2018


India LIGO is largely India’s business. If a nation is hellbent on shooting herself in the foot, what can any outsiders do?

The public showiness and the shameless glorying of the India Ligonauts are now at an unprecedented level. They are attempting to corral the unsuspecting young generation into their ranch. How can a nation stand by and watch the early corruption of their young?

It is absolutely clear now that the Indian scientific community – whose responsibility it is to stop this runaway fraud – is unable or unwilling to do so. I will therefore issue this final caution for anyone connected to this business who feels any sense of responsibility in this matter.

Fraud will out – no matter how many power groups stand behind it. Then there will have to be proportional consequences.

It is time for just indignation in the Indian scientific community.


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Great cases of the Scotl… er… Scamland Yard

March 8, 2018

The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes and Great cases of the Scotland Yard contain some of the classic mysteries. The following books contain their space age counterpart.

The formidable classic villains like Professor Moriarty or Dr. Fu Manchu have got nothing on our space age villains! Be afraid – very afraid!

Folks, there are now available two free public education eBooks (Not really! They are just pdf files.). These are essentially organized collections of graphics from this blog site. Clicking on the image will download the book.


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The Nobel humiliation of Kip Stephen Thorne

March 6, 2018


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