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December 21, 2008

Obama Appoints a Pair of Lysenkos

AP gets the prize for the weekend's most Orwellian lede:

President-elect Barack Obama on Saturday named Harvard physicist John Holdren and marine biologist Jane Lubchenco to top science posts, signaling a change from Bush administration policies on global warming that were criticized for putting politics over science.

Holdren appears to be a militant leftist first, a scientist sometime afterward. As NRO notes, as recently as 2006 Holdren was still spewing long discredited antihuman rhetoric borrowed from Paul Ehrlich's The Population Bomb, according to which we should all be dead by now of overpopulation. The ecofascist Holdren is opposed to free markets and in favor of nuclear disarmament.

Lubchenco too is a moonbat, whose career has been built on fluffy liberal pseudoscience involving biodiversity, global warming, "sustainability science," et cetera ad nauseam.

To suggest that these leftist apparatchiks represent putting science over politics is preposterous even by AP standards. But as usual, media toadies are only following The One's lead. Intones the Moonbat Messiah:

[P]romoting science isn't just about providing resources — it's about protecting free and open inquiry. It's about ensuring that facts and evidence are never twisted or obscured by politics or ideology. I could not have a better team [of hard left ideologues] to guide me in this work.

No doubt Joseph Stalin thought the same of Trofim Lysenko, whose crackpot ideology led to the starvation of thousands of Russians when it was imposed by the State.

President BHO will be advised that it is scientific fact that the planet is imperiled because there are too many humans and we are living too well. Obama's other advisors will be well-suited to provide solutions to these supposed problems.

John Holdren sees the men in white coats approach with a butterfly net.

On tips from Lyle.

Posted by Van Helsing at December 21, 2008 11:44 AM


The solution to overpopulation is Universal Health Care. (Since UHC equals, effectively, no health care at all, it will provide the immediate population reduction needed to save the planet, and eliminate global warming!!)

Posted by: codekeyguy at December 21, 2008 12:03 PM

Politics over Science! Now that's hilarious.

Posted by: IOpian at December 21, 2008 12:09 PM

My point is that this global warming hysteria is nothing but a political movement and they do selective science to back it up. They make the conclusion then hand pick through the science to support it disregarding any scientific fact that doesn't fit their agenda. The left's mental degradation is becoming quite severe as the symptom of projection grows worse at an alarming rate.

Their science is nothing but twisted and obscured by their politics.

Posted by: IOpian at December 21, 2008 12:19 PM

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Posted by: saigrarty at December 21, 2008 1:11 PM

From the University of Diversity Faculty Handbook

Thirteen Guidelines for the 21st Century Progressive Scientist. The Sciatitudes:

*Be not afraid of the scientist

*Pull not away from his vast knowledge

*Close not your mind and ye shall see the light

*Challenge not his motives, for he is pure of heart

*Question not his wisdom, for within his PhD is found divinity

*Doubt not his findings, for he has found consensus

*Receive not other answers, for the science is settled

*Be not a skeptic, for the scientist possesses all truth

*Harden not your soul, for science has disproven its existence

*Seek not other authority, for science answers all

*Distrust not his judgment, for his superior intellect exits solely to help us, to guide us, to lead us out of our darkness and into the light

*Worship not other gods, for all is science, and Science is All

*Follow not his hybrid, for his aimless wandering around town in no way reveals his having no natural sense of left/right, east/west, north/south, up/down or right and wrong.

This booklet will be available from the Department of Science and Social Policy of the U.S. Government on Jan. 20, 2009.

Posted by: lvb-rocks at December 21, 2008 1:26 PM


Posted by: Spurwing Plover at December 21, 2008 1:55 PM

"'s about protecting free and open inquiry."

Like calling scientists contradicting AGW "Holocaust Deniers? Like demanding that all AMS members toe the line or else?

Fine example of "progressive" hypocrisy.

Posted by: Henry at December 21, 2008 5:34 PM

... it's about protecting free and open inquiry."

Finally, an end to the Bush Administration's torturing and jailing of scientists.

Posted by: Jim - PRS at December 21, 2008 6:01 PM

With every waking breath I will oppose, confront, confound and discredit these enemies of freedom. Ivb has it right: this is the new religion, and they're as militant, strident and intolerant of other viewpoints as their Islamic counterparts.

This trend and these people may be the most dangerous part of the Obama administration, since they'll have the power of government behind them as well as millions of school kids who've grown up thinking this shit is true.

Know ye the truth, and the truth shall set you free.

Posted by: matt at December 21, 2008 6:13 PM

Yeah, Ivb, I'm one of the excommunicated from the "sci-div" priesthood/church. Got the M.S. in bio but was shunned by the
"priests" thereafter. Is okay. I have a High Priest who has never shunned me.

Posted by: fellowes at December 21, 2008 7:35 PM

"Dr. Holdren, now a physicist at Harvard, was one of the experts in natural resources whom Paul Ehrlich enlisted in his famous bet against the economist Julian Simon during the “energy crisis” of the 1980s. Dr. Simon, who disagreed with environmentalists’ predictions of a new “age of scarcity” of natural resources, offered to bet that any natural resource would be cheaper at any date in the future. Dr. Ehrlich accepted the challenge and asked Dr. Holdren, then the co-director of the graduate program in energy and
resources at the University of California, Berkeley, and another Berkeley professor, John Harte, for help in choosing which resources would become scarce.

In 1980 Dr. Holdren helped select five metals — chrome, copper, nickel, tin and tungsten — and joined Dr. Ehrlich and Dr. Harte in betting $1,000 that those metals would be more expensive ten years later. They turned out to be wrong on all five metals, and had to pay up when the bet came due in 1990."

Dr. Holdren’s resistance to dissenting views was also on display earlier this year in an article asserting that climate skeptics are “dangerous.”

Oh yeah that's from the New York Times. Expect it to disappear in about 30 days' time.

Of course the reporter is castigated and Holdren cheered by commenters at the article as putting science before politics (despite the article demonstrating various ways in which he did the precise opposite.)

Posted by: mandible claw at December 21, 2008 9:00 PM

"liberal pseudoscience"

Says the person who said this:

"common sense concept of Intelligent Design"

Posted by: Anonymous at December 22, 2008 12:43 AM

Anonymous, what is your point?

Van Helsing: Funny caption for the picture! He even looks like moonbat, complete with outdated glasses.

Remember Bill Ayers' big womanly round glasses? LOL what a dork.

Posted by: Karin at December 22, 2008 7:51 AM

Lysenko. Exactly correct. The thing lovers of freedom and civilization have to keep in mind is that in a Free country there are no Science Advisors to the President to help the President form national science policy for the purpose of national central planning.

We are living in very interesting times. I don't know about the rest of you but I am genuinely frightened. So many people in the United States don't seem to know the difference between the Executive Branch and the President of a Free country and a communist Secretary General and the Politburo.

Posted by: Kevin R at December 22, 2008 10:55 AM

"common sense concept of Intelligent Design"

Posted by: Anonymous at December 22, 2008 12:43 AM

One is a little easier to confirm or refute than the other. My home town in Australia has just gone through its coldest winter in 37 years.

Posted by: mandible claw at December 22, 2008 9:41 PM

"One is a little easier to confirm or refute than the other."

Evolution has been confirmed by any reasonable standard.

"My home town in Australia"

It's called 'global' warming because it means global temperatures, not local. To what extent is it caused by humans i don't know.

Posted by: Anonymous at December 24, 2008 12:14 AM

...And neither do the [so-called] scientists who worship at altar of AGW.

Posted by: boqueronman at December 24, 2008 4:40 PM

There's more evidence for AGW than there is for zombies.

Posted by: Anonymous at December 25, 2008 12:23 AM