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Is LIGO a Buy, Hold, or Sell?

June 22, 2017

Q: Is LIGO a Buy, Hold, or Sell?
A: It is now a Strong Sell.

A POWERED FLIGHT TOWARDS THE NOBEL SKY:

The recent spate of European prizes to LIGO might have you believe that LIGO is shooting upward in a powered flight, about to reach the Nobel sky. These prizes include the German Lower Saxony Prize, the Einstein Medal, the European Physical Society Prize, the European Science Prize, and some kind of Spanish deal called the Princess of Asturias Prize. Upon such feting, anyone is bound to be bowled over.

But this is LIGO’s fake world. The truth lies elsewhere. As I said a long while ago, a test arena you might watch is India LIGO.

INDIA LIGO DEVELOPMENTS:

India LIGO received full and final approval from the Indian Government only days after LIGO first detection. Funds were obtained and earmarked for LIGO. Some of these funds were given over to LIGO for conducting preliminary surveys. LIGO site was finalized, and construction was about to begin. It only remained for the Government of India to release the bulk of the funds to LIGO.

At this stage, a hold was placed on these funds by the Government.

Now started the American pressurizing of the Indian Government to release these funds.

The American physics Nobelist David Gross (remember this cigarette-smoking environmentalist?) very publicly derided the Indian Government for holding up LIGO.

The Government did not budge.

High US LIGO officials went to India and told the Government to get on with the program or else.

The Government did not budge.

NSF director France Cordova made a statement wishing the Indian Government would get going on LIGO.

The Government did not budge.

The European LIGO prizes kept coming out the wazoo, in the strongest possible affirmation of the LIGO machine.

The Government did not budge.

The first LIGO discovery was confirmed for a second time (the third LIGO detection).

The Government did not budge.

This is where we stand today.

MY READING OF THE SITUATION:

The first thing we now understand about India Government’s technocratic leadership is that they are nobody’s fools: neither the Indian Ligonauts’ , nor France Cordova’s. They are there to look after their nation’s interest.

And that is exactly what they are doing.

I believe that LIGO dissidence caused the technocrats to take a closer look at the whole issue, perhaps in collaboration with the greater Indian physics community (beyond the LIGO community). I believe they came to the conclusion that importing the US LIGO machine and installing it on Indian soil is not the right thing to do, scientifically speaking.

Whether the Indian Government wants it or not, their choice amounts to a scientific verdict on LIGO.

Italy and Japan take note.

The Indian Ligonauts are still engaging in their customary happy talk, but I do not believe that this is the Indian reality.

NOTE ADDED 06/22/2017:

Seeing that India is not budging, US LIGO officials tried to push LIGO on Australia a second time. Australia did not budge.

LIGO BAGHOLDERS (Lord have mercy!)

May 27, 2017


Bagholders = Stockholders whose stocks have become worthless!

The following organizations have strongly endorsed the Ligo discovery even as it stood scientifically exposed as a sham or a scam or a fraud in the public arena. There can be no innocent explanation for this conduct. They are now left holding the bag!


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BIG BANG INFLATION EXPLAINED TO BUTCHER, BAKER AND CANDLESTICK MAKER

May 20, 2017


This is the latest in the educational series Big Bang and String Theory Stories.


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ACADEMIC PRIVILEGE: A Stanford-MIT scamming axis

May 15, 2017

CHEEZEBORGER, CHEEZEBORGER …
THE LINDE-GUTH NOTHINGBURGER


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PRESIDENT TRUMP AND THE MARCH FOR SCIENCE: What’s wrong with this picture?

April 2, 2017

“Public needs to face down Trump’s ‘absurd’ anti-science policies and back researchers.” – Jane Goodall

There is going on in the media a tremendous comment storm on how President Donald Trump is single-handedly destroying science as we know it. He is ending the scientific civilization.

A great protest march by the scientists is being planned.

On the face of it, most everyone will side with the critics. After all, science is motherhood. Anyone who assails it does not deserve any support.

Now, first things first. I did not vote for Trump. I certainly do not feel an urge to defend him. But let me be fair. I am in a unique position to add the crucial missing dimension to this public debate – the only dimension that should be at issue now.

The issue is rampant academic corruption in science. Not corruption by one rogue individual, but organized corruption by collectives. This is a deeply, deeply disturbing phenomenon that has been cultivated by the scientific community over a period of decades.

To this I add the following: This has gone on unhindered so long because of tacit approval by the various groups responsible for dealing with this. These groups include all the Presidents past.

In fact, when I brought such a clear instance of a gigantic fraud to President Obama, whatever actions he took were designed to save the faces of the fraudsters – first and foremost. They circled the wagons. Public was never told how they had been screwed over royally. The corrupt science was allowed to stand before the world just so a few butts could be saved. Honestly, are these butts worth saving?! Shouldn’t these butts have been fired instead?

Former Congressman Rush Holt is now the scientific leader who is spearheading the charge against the Trump administration. He is one to talk! He has supported to the hilt NASA science fraud John Mather.


Rush Holt (second from left) poses happily with NASA science fraud great John Mather.

A politically very powerful learned society, American Physical Society, has strongly and sanctimoniously endorsed the march for science. This society has also been a strong and sanctimonious endorser of rampant science fraud over the decades. They also have adopted strong and sanctimonious policies to combat science fraud.

So personally, I see President Trump as the first and the only leader with the stones to say to the out-of-control scamming intellectuals in behalf of us hapless taxpayers: This far, and no further!

Somebody needs to tell the pampered, fattened and freeloading intellectuals to stop screwing the taxpayers over. And this somebody has to be a person who can speak the only language these corrupt intellectuals understand: The language of pocketbook.

A long-standing, institutionalized and ingrained culture of corruption is being clothed in noble attire, and the clueless public is being inducted into rooting for this greatly wronged group of selfless benefactors of humanity. At the same time, certain specific areas of concern raised (rightly or wrongly) in normal conduct of affairs of the state are being grossly exaggerated to an all out attack on science. The term anti-science (calling to mind perhaps the word antichrist) is then casually injected to inflame the masses. How diabolically clever is that?!

During the Cuban missile crisis, the philosopher Bertrand Russell wrote a long letter to President Kennedy urging the latter to stand down in the interest of world peace. In reply, the President wrote: I think your attention might well be directed to the burglars rather than those who have caught the burglars.

Before our burglars are given a single more taxpayer dollar, there needs to be full public reckoning of the charge in the following graphic. I don’t see how these “aggrieved” hombres dare even open their mouths – let alone hold protest marches – while this historic charge is pending and while science stands perverted by them and exploited by them for personal benefit. This planned march for science is hypocrisy raised to the umpteenth power.

Jane Goodall knows a lot about the ways of gorillas and chimps. The science at contention between the scientific community and the Trump administration concerns a whole host of hard disciplines: physics, chemistry, space science, meteorology, oceanography, climatology, earth sciences, solar-terrestrial relation, numerical modeling of complex systems, medicine, biology… and so on. So I am at a loss understanding what qualifies her to make the comment she did.

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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!

PHYSICS: Bibhas De rewrites history

February 27, 2017


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Q&A

Q: And just who the heck is Bibhas De to rewrite the history of physics?!

A: He is a student of a giant of physics who was a student of a giant of physics.

Q: OK. But where are the reports of his investigation?

A: Here and here. Also read through the posts in this blog.

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.