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MIT PRESIDENT L. RAFAEL REIF PEDDLING FRAUD SCIENCE

March 24, 2017

Folks, in no less a forum than Foreign Affairs, MIT President L. Rafael Reif is making a plea to the new administration in Washington for preserving science funding.

This is a fine effort except that the example on which he bases his plea is the greatest science fraud in history – based largely in Reif’s own house!

So this serious article becomes instead a joke in bad taste or a macabre misrepresentation!

NSF, LIGO AND THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION

March 15, 2017

National Science Foundation (NSF) Director France A. Córdova has a six-year contract which does not expire until 2020. The Trump Administration is keeping her on, for now. But it seems that to keep her job, she had to promise to do her job differently. On February 22, Congressman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, wrote:

NSF Director France Cordova has publicly committed NSF to accountability and transparency and restoring its original mission to support science in the national interest. These policies were made permanent and expanded by the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (AICA), which was enacted in January

It seems to me that this commitment would also cover not maintaining a fraudulent discovery as legitimate science before the nation. Yet, Córdova is doing precisely that. Just yesterday, she wrote:

It’s been a little over a year since the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced that the project it had funded for more than 40 years, LIGO, had detected gravitational waves resulting from two merging black holes 1.3 billion lightyears away.

This is a pointed statement reaffirming the fraudulent discovery. So much for the accountability and transparency promised to the American public.

Additionally, it is an imputing to the Trump Administration a gigantic, decades-long, billion-dollar fraud for which this Administration is completely innocent.

In the same piece, she also writes:


Additionally, we may hear from India on which location they have officially selected, and their plans for a third LIGO interferometer that could get up and running in 2024.

LIGO India, which was moving at lightning speed, has stalled. The reason it has stalled is that the Indian Government is having second thoughts on buying into the premise that LIGO science is correct. This should be brought out in public by both sides (US and India). Instead, Córdova is promoting the cover story that the stalling is due to site selection issues.

Transparency indeed!

The stalling of India LIGO is a very strong public verdict – unintended though it may be – on the LIGO discovery. A scientifically advanced nation is questioning LIGO. For Córdova to put a different spin on it is to purposefully deceive the American public.

Accountability indeed!

Science in national interest? Indeed!

The remainder of this post is rather dreary, but very important. I want to show clearly that site selection is NOT the real issue for Indian LIGO. There have been numerous clear public statements by Indian LIGO leaders and Indian Government officials that the site selection process had been formally and properly concluded. Here are a few such very recent statements:

December 20, 2016

AURANGABAD: The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory-India (Ligo-India) project has gathered pace, with the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) recently issuing project directives to the Hingoli district administration.

The DAE has also submitted Rs 38 lakh towards land measurement for the world class project.

According to directives, no construction activity is preferred within a 5-km periphery of the identified site in Aundha-Nagnath taluka. Besides, different restrictions have been set in place on mining and highway passages, railway lines and flights among other activities.

“The DAE gave us a set of measures to ensure noise pollution remains within permissible limits at the project site. Accordingly, a range of compliances were already found fulfilled,” Tadvi said.

The authorities said the project site is located at a certain distance from the Yeldari irrigation project and will be in the vicinity of Siddheshwar, Anjanwada, Nandgaon, Chawadi and Dudhala villages.

Tadvi said that land measurement would be completed soon, following which the process of acquisition will be initiated. “We do not foresee any problems in acquiring the land as a major portion of it belongs to the government,” he said.

He said that the Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013 will be invoked while taking possession of private land to ensure best possible compensation for landowners.

The authorities said that the rural belt of Aundha-Nagnath taluka in Hingoli district has been selected for the project as it is relatively less vulnerable to seismic activity and man-made noise pollution.

January 18 , 2017

“We’ve just acquired land for the project in a place we can’t disclose right now. But to build the project – which will be one of the most sensitive detectors in the world – we’ll need people not just skilled in theoretical physics, but geology, material science and engineering,” said Ray Chaudhury, who was chairing the session.

February 8, 2017


The Indian government has selected a site in Maharashtra state, but construction has yet to begin, says LIGO-India spokesman Tarun Souradeep, a cosmologist at the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics in Pune.

In sum, NSF Director France Córdova has made a new covenant with the Congress of the United States to be accountable and transparent. But NSF continues right along in its dishonest and deceitful ways with regard to LIGO. It is bringing those corrupt practices right into the Trump Administration.

This is one swamp that needs to be drained!

WHY LIGO IS A LINE IN THE SAND

February 20, 2017

Over the past few decades we have seen the American physics establishment launch wave upon wave of gigantic discoveries that are either intricate scam or diabolic fraud. We have seen these discoveries then installed as scientific truth with the help of the American media which rules the roost worldwide.

These discoveries have then found their way to children’s textbooks the world over. Documented scientific and engineering proof of the fraud offered in public has had no impact whatsoever on this triumphal “march” of science.

The American physics establishment has acted like a monolith in its support of this megatrend. Not a single voice of dissent on these fraudulent ventures has arisen in these few decades. Neither an Edward R. Murrow nor an Edward Snowden has come forward from within their midst.

That is because there is no good left in their midst.

And such is the real nature of the intellectual vanguard of our civilization today. This is an amorphous mass of pure evil.

It is time for just indignation in all good men. LIGO should not be seen as a yet one more roll-out of a new product from Physics Fraud USA Inc.

It is time to draw a line in the sand. It is time to draw the battle lines.

Mankind’s only hope here is the few ragtag dissidents. The seven samurai.

So LIGO dissidents, your job is not done. Humanity looks to you. Civilization looks to you. Goddess of Truth looks to you. You have been chosen for the task.

You have drawn your cerebral sword. Now finish the move. Perform a clean kesa giri.

NOTE ADDED 2/20/2017:

As soon as the next LIGO detection is rolled out, it will reveal more evidence. So stay vigilant!

THE LIGO COMMENTARIAT

February 18, 2017


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BOOKS ON LIGO DISCOVERY

February 17, 2017


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LIGO: Neil deGrasse Tyson’s bizarre tirade

February 14, 2017


Neil deGrasse Tyson is a science-popularizing public figure with a large following. His fields generally are astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology. His following – it can be assumed – looks to him to give the correct view of things, and accepts that view in implicit trust.

In a recent Q&A session he was asked about LIGO. On that he launched on a bizarre rant. This in itself is of no interest here, but what he says proves a very important point. People of his ilk – the LIGO commentariat – are peddling absolute garbage science to the world. This is the post-truth world of LIGO: Maintaining a fraudulent discovery through total control of the news media, with “fake news” and authoritative tough-guy stance by a group of poseurs.

Read this, and then I will show that Tyson does not know whereof he speaks.


AL: Last year…they found a gravity wave. When you looked, it was the tiniest little blip, you wound up wondering is it real. Do you believe in the [LIGO] apparatus? (LIGO refers to a pair of experiments, one in Washington State and one in Louisiana, built to observe gravitational waves from astrophysical phenomena like colliding black holes.)

NDT: The word “belief” will never come out of my mouth. The instrument is highly sensitive. It can tell if there’s a car driving on a road a half of a mile away. So you have to ask yourself what kind of signal would colliding black holes leave. We know general relativity and can calculate what that signal would be: it goes like this. Woop! (Tyson draws a squiggle on a page). Has anyone seen this? No? Then all of the sudden you get it. Holy shit, this matches our model for a black hole. Excuse me, same apparatus 1500 miles away, did you get this as well? Yes you did! Did you get it at the same time? No, you got it a 30th of a second later. Einstein’s prediction is that gravity waves move at the speed of light, and that is the time delay of the speed of light between these two institutions! (Tyson is shouting now) So, you will have to tell me that there is some glitch that knows how to mimic what we calculate for two colliding black holes (Pounding fist on the table) and somehow figured out how to put the same glitch 1500 miles away, a 30th of a second delayed.

So we’re good to go. We’re on to the next problem.

AL: Okay. I just want reassurance.

NDT: No, it’s good! We have competent people thinking about this stuff. We’re not just making shit up.

OK, let us take his points one by one.

First, Tyson says LIGO is so sensitive that it picks up a car traveling far away. LIGO responding to a car far away or to snow falling on cedars nearby or whatever has absolutely nothing to do with the working principle of the LIGO instrument. These spurious signals are recorded because they cause something to go out of whack inside LIGO. And most anything that goes out of whack inside LIGO will produce a LIGO “whack” signal. This signal is not generated according to the LIGO principle of operation. This process does not test anything about the LIGO working principle.

Second, he says that the sequential arrival of the “discovery” signals is proof that it is a gravitational wave. End of discussion, he says. The sequential arrival can occur due to a number of reasons: High altitude geomagnetic disturbance, deep Earth seismic disturbance, etc. Even fluctuations in the DC bridge connecting the American Eastern and Western electric power grids have been suggested as a possible cause of this near-simultaneous observation of the same signal at the two stations. In fact, when an earlier discovery of gravitational wave was reported on the basis of such a simultaneity, Rainer Weiss himself shot this down, saying it was due to geomagnetic disturbance.

Third, Tyson says that the LIGO discovery should be accepted because it has been made by “competent” people. Similarly competent people also reported the COBE Satellite discovery and the BICEP2 discovery. Both were fraud science. LIGO leader Rainer Weiss was also the scientific leader of the COBE project.

LIGO INDIA PROPOSAL: A Bill of Goods

February 13, 2017


All previous physics fraudsters scammed at a very high level of intellectual sophistry where they would have very few interlopers. But the Ligonauts have become so reckless that they scam at all levels. Let me show you how they scam at the most basic of basic levels where no one would even think to question their science (even though many could.) This concerns the LIGO India proposal submitted to the India Government by US and Indian Ligonauts.

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When the present two LIGO stations (in Hanford WA and Livingston LA) observe a wave, the direction of the incoming wave can be generally placed somewhere on a circle in the sky:

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The justification of the Indian LIGO is simple and straightforward: It will constitute a third station that would complete a triangular network base which will reduce the above circle to a point in the sky. This is high school geometry. Even so, let us lay the groundwork for our discussion.

There would be three LIGO stations:

STATION H: Hanford WA (USA) 46.5839° N, 119.3867° W

STATION L: Livingston LA (USA) 30.5021° N, 90.7479° W

STATION A: Aundh Maharashtra (India) 18.5580° N, 73.8075° E

Considering the surface normals to the Earth at the three stations, we see that a gravitation wave will make widely different incidence angles. This is not a good attribute of the network, given that nothing at all is known about the angular dependence of LIGO reception. However, as long as strong enough signals are recorded at all the stations to make a good determination of the signal arrival times, “triangulation” is still possible

So triangulation is the only benefit of the networking.

So how would the triangulation be done? Suppose the wave arrives at the stations as follows:

Hanford at tH (GMT)

Livingston at tL (GMT)

Aundh at tA (GMT)

and let:

ΔtLH = tH ~ tL

ΔtHA = tH ~ tA

ΔtAL = tA ~ tL.

These three differential times (delays between two stations) – which must all be non-zero – can now be used to pin down the direction of incoming waves. A single point can be placed on the sky for the source.

This is how simple and elegant the idea is!

Now for the scam.

Suppose that a wave arrives at such an angle that it passes simultaneously (or nearly so) through Hanford and Livingston. The three-station network is worthless, because ΔtLH = 0. Thus, the network can determine the direction of the source only within a circular band LH (of significant width) in the sky.

Look at it this way: Since tH = tL, the only way you can locate the source is by using ΔtHA and/or ΔtLA. So again you are reduced to having circles in the sky for the source location. Since there is a whole slew of such wave angles that hit Hanford and Livingston nearly simultaneously, and due to other uncertainties, the circular band has substantial width on the sky.

Likewise, there are two other bands HA and AL.

So, in going to a three-station network, there arise three bands covering a significant portion of the sky within which the source direction cannot be pinpointed.

Since these three bands are fixed to the Earth and not to the sky (i.e. the bands rotate with the Earth), the ability of the network to pinpoint a source depends on both where the source actually is on the sky, and when it is observed. So observability is further impeded.

But that is not all.

The response of LIGO for wide angle incidence (wide angle from the surface normal) has neither been determined nor been studied, and must, for now, be considered unknown (i.e. no useful signal for wide angle incidence.) This means that there are two very large patches (caps or inverted bowls) in the sky – roughly centered above the Arctic and Antarctica that are permanently outside LIGO’s view.

So you can see that much of the sky is not accessible to the three-station triangulation deal. On the whole LIGO India does not add a clear benefit. There was never any scientific justification for the Indian LIGO as an extension of US LIGO. A three-station LIGO is a Three-ring Circus in the sky.

But what about LIGO India as a stand-alone research station?

A concrete reason for stopping the project in this regard that any non-LIGO physicist will agree with – a reason sufficient by itself – is the fact that LIGO has no valid calibration procedure. A scientific instrument without a valid calibration procedure is like a measuring tape without any markings on it. What would you do with it?

Of course all of the above comments are redundant when one accepts that the LIGO instrument concept is fundamentally wrong at the level of its inception. But for those who do not wish to probe that deep, the above considerations are solid scientific grounds for concluding that India LIGO is not all it is cracked up to be. It has been tremendously overhyped – with purposeful deliberation.

NO SOUP FOR LIGO’S KAVLI LAUREATES!

February 10, 2017

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2014 Kavli Laureates visit President Obama

Since the first award of the Kavli Prize in 2008, it has become an integral part of the Kavli award ceremony to have photographs taken of the awardees with the President of the United States. This happened in 2008 with President Bush, and in 2010, 2012 and 2014 with President Obama (The Prize is given every two years.) So a standing agreement is in place in this regard.

As far as I can find out, President Obama did not meet publicly with the 2016 Kavli Laureates (they include the LIGO pioneers Ronald Drever, Kip Thorne and Rainer Weiss.)

There were a few months after the 2016 awards were given out in Oslo and before President Obama left office. Surely his office could have found a few minutes for this traditional ritual!

There are two possibilities.

Kavli Foundation requested the meeting with President Obama and the White House did not arrange it. (Why?)

Kavli Foundation did not request the meeting with President Obama. (Why?)

In the second case, it may be that the Kavli Foundation for some reason preferred to wait for President Trump. In this case the ritual may take place yet and keep the vaunted tradition unbroken. We may yet see the 2016 version of the above photograph.

WHY US SCIENCE-FUNDING NEEDS NEW MODEL

February 2, 2017


I use the LIGO example to clearly illustrate what is wrong with the overall US science-funding model: Control by powerful cabals, rampant cronyism, unwillingness to reform and willingness to cover up. The science-funding mechanism today verges on racketeering by intellectuals, their ‘marks’ being the taxpayers.

[Am I generalizing to all fields of science from a single field? No, they are all corrupt, to one degree or another. If you want another example from a very different field, consider medical research. Check out the case Fazlul Sarkar v John Does wending its way through the courts. A high-flying academic fraud was thriving very well with great funding until Internet dissidents exposed him.]

An example of how far this corruption has advanced is the effort in the National Science Foundation (NSF), the funder of LIGO, to shove down the gullet of India the LIGO fraud. The US Ligonauts have enlisted some useful fools in India, and are now about to install another copy of their 8-km high-tech dowsing rod in India with the help of the native fools. In this way India will help legitimize the US fraud, and the enterprise will be strengthened.

Recently NSF, on the advice of the National Science Board (NSB), declared certain funding priorities as follows:

The Astrophysics and Cosmology Theory program supports proposals that primarily are involved with theoretical particle astrophysics and big-bang cosmology as well as more speculative string theory-inspired cosmologies.

Big Bang Cosmology is in plain scientific evidence as a field of science developed through a series of experiments that are either scammed or fraudulent.

String Theory is frou-frou science that has been going nowhere very fast and very loudly for more than three decades. It is a vehicle of intellectual masturbation by a chosen few.

But this is not all. If you do not do fraud science or frou-frou science, you are being asked to take a hike by the gatekeeper of this exclusive club. You have go fight for funds in another milieu altogether:

Research in cosmology and astrophysics topics not mentioned above is supported by the Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Grants Program in the MPS Division of Astronomical Sciences.

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WOLFGANG ENGELHARDT’S LETTER OPPOSING 2017 NOBEL PRIZE FOR LIGO

January 31, 2017


Today is the Nobel Prize 2017 nomination deadline. It is certain that powerful LIGO nominations are in – powerfully written recommendations from powerful physicists.

What do we have to counteract these nominations? Professor Wolfgang Engelhardt has renewed and updated this year his past year’s referral to the Physics Nobel Committee:


To Professor Nils Mårtensson (chairman),
nils.martensson @physics.uu.se, info @kva.se

2017-01-14
Dear Professor Mårtensson,

you are certainly aware of the Open Letter to the Nobel Committee for Physics 2016. Unfortunately, the uncertainties concerning the LIGO experiment have not been removed during the past year. On the contrary, neither an event of similar magnitude as GW150914 was detected, nor was the calibration paper arXiv:1602.03838v1 [gr-qc] 11 Feb 2016 published in a peer reviewed journal. The co-authors Prof. Bruce Allen and Prof. Karsten Danzmann do not even list this e-print among their publications in ResearchGate, although this report was cited in reference [63] of PRL 116, 061102 (2016) as an integral part of the ‘discovery’. There is no doubt, without proving experimentally LIGO’s ability to measure 10 oscillations of heavy mirrors with an amplitude of one thousandth of a proton radius within 200 milliseconds as allegedly induced by GW150914 one cannot claim any discovery.

Nevertheless, some authors of the ‘discovery paper’ PRL 116, 061102 (2016) express in the media their expectation that LIGO must be awarded a Nobel Prize in 2017. I am sure, your Committee will not comply with these unfounded and unreasonable requests until a solid experimental proof of a real discovery of the hypothetical gravitational waves has been published.

Yours sincerely,
Wolfgang Engelhardt

This is a very good step. Think about it: The Nobel Committee and their consultants may not be reading about the Internet dissidence. So, without such a referral sent directly to the Committee, they may never even know that there is anything the matter with the LIGO discovery.

Over spring and summer and going into fall, look for the LIGO gang “servicing” the Nobel nomination: Great presence and posturing in the media, accompanied perhaps by announcement of a few more confirmatory discoveries. They will also continue to build up the larger-than-life LIGO heroes. And of course the great physics commentariat will do its part in the campaign.