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PHYSICS ESTABLISHMENT: The Princeton “Cleaner” Squad

May 18, 2017


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LIGO and the March for Science

April 22, 2017

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THE SCOURGE OF THE LIGO SCIENCE POPULARIZERS AND SCIENCE REPORTERS

April 13, 2017

The science popularizers are still at it!

Just this past month Brian Greene pitched LIGO at the World Science Festival Australia.

Just yesterday Lawrence Krauss unveiled his own genius idea: Combine the Big bang fraud and the LIGO fraud, and come up with the new science of Big Ligo Bang!

And as I reported recently, Neil deGrasse Tyson defended LIGO thus: We have competent people thinking about this stuff. We’re not just making shit up.

THE LIGO SCIENCE POPULARIZERS

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But let me give the above activity a context from right within the same physics establishment to which the popularizers belong. Harvard physics professor Lisa Randall is also a leading science popularizer with a large following. But unlike the above popularizers, LIGO is within her scientific bailiwick and she is a practicing scientist.

Randall remained significantly silent when the LIGO discovery took the world by storm. When a couple of years ago the scam BICEP2 discovery was similarly rolled out and similarly took the world by storm, and the very science popularizers above were dancing their celebrity dance also then, she was the first to publicly express reservation.

So, with this reference point, you need to ask some questions as to what the popularizers are actually doing.


Harvard physics professor Lisa Randall

THE LIGO SCIENCE REPORTERS

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STEPHEN HAWKING’S NOTHINGBURGER

April 10, 2017

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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.

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.