Before I get to the heart of the matter, I feel compelled to proclaim up front, I do enjoy some of the articles at Daily Kos.
An article posted to the Kos caught my eye.
By clicking on his name, you will find his bio, which is interesting.
Dr. Hurd had taken issue with a southcoasttoday article written by Steve Urbon.
The trouble is, if Americans are doubting or despising science, a part of it is the fault of the scientists — or some of them, at least. How many of them are employed by industries seeking to evade the oversight of the government, or to duck accountability for environmental damage, or to get a drug approved?
How many scientists write reports for tobacco companies for fat salaries? How many write research papers for such things as environmental organizations fueled by the oil industry?
I direct your attention to biologist Jane Lubchenco, the head of NOAA, who in her previous job at the Environmental Defense Fund, asserted that because of overfishing, the ocean was in imminent danger of being full of nothing but jellyfish.
Her self-serving scare mongering was quoted around the world, and is driving fishing policy in this country.
His May 4th item was largely an entirely welcome objection to the know-nothing anti-science mobs opposed to evolutionary biology, and climate change research, plus a reference to a poll of professionals, and students in "higher education."
For openers, few Americans other than professional scientists ever read a science journal. What little science they are exposed to comes from the news media, pseudoscience crap from the Discovery Channel, or re-runs of The Big Bang. There are whores with PhDs. They are a tiny fraction of one percent of professionals. The largest concentration in the USA are in the Heartland Institute, a nest of radical far-right vipers (apologies to vipers everywhere). Then, there are the creationists who work for the anti-science gangs of the Discovery Institute, Answers in Genesis Ministries, or the Institute for Creation Research. These people are not necessarily whores- most are more likely mentally ill.
But, Mr. Urbon goes off into the ozone by associating Dr. Jane Lubchenco with the likes of the Heartland biostitutes, or creationist Disco'tutes.
Well! Would'nt you know it? Gay Hurd takes exception to something he must be not too familiar with. Jane Lubchenco!
If Dr. Hurd has shown anything, his research comes up short on "Lube Job" Jane Lubchenco, the Pew princess.
I promise you, Steve Urbon knows more about Lubchenco than Hurd does. He is watching the effects of Walmart funded EDF everyday in New Bedford as are all New Englanders involved in the fishing industry. They are fully aware of the credentials Hurd valiantly posts to defend his fellow PhD, as the industry beg's for real fishery science, and is deprived. Not a very impressive showing of someone as qualified as Jane Lubchenco.
Gary Hurd points to a bibliographic search for Dr. Jane Lubchenco and jellyfish finally revealed an Environmental Defense Foundation report (link opens a PDF) "Oceans of Abundance." This 10 page report had 28 co-authors. Gary, it's FUND, not Foundation.(sloppy)
Now, it must be noted. Gary Hurd continuously calls Steve Urbona liar throughout his rant of defense, and incredulation which I find very offensive, based on the fact this condescending arrogant putz has no idea what brought up the jelly fish issue in the first place!
Anyone in the fishing industry from Maine to Alaska knows how Lubchenco got the deserved knick name "Jelly Fish Jane" and it was from the Walmart financed EDF Oceans of Abundance, and co author Boris Worm PhD who was so brilliant he outed himself with a mistaken e-mail that stated he used the "only jelly fish left in the ocean by 2048" as a hook for sensationalizing their position!
"I assert that ... many of these papers are being published only because the editors and selected reviewers believe in the message, or because of their potential newsworthiness."
Worm himself inadvertently admitted that his prediction of a fisheries collapse by 2048 was meant to capture headlines.
Shortly after the paper was published in Science, Worm said in an e-mail he accidentally sent to the Seattle Times that he put in the doomsday date as a "news hook."
It caught on in the popular press and, coming out at a time that Congress was debating a rewrite of the Magnuson-Stevens Act regulating fishing, was used to push the idea that tough new rules were needed.
But many scientists were skeptical of Worm's analysis.
Papers that reference the 2048 date are "reckless," says Rothschild of UMass, "and there is scientific consensus that they are."
He also points out the box store funded reports had 28 co authors, and when talking about whores with PhD's, he may not have noticed the many connected to Pew trollops are co authors! It's Pew All Star Cast!
I mean, c'mon! Lubchenco, brother in law Gaines,, along with decades old associates that have been handsomely rewarded by the Pew oil machine! The Oregon Connection! Pikitch, Rosenberg, Pauly, and a whole fleet of oil whores.
- Administrator of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (link).
- Pew Marine Conservation Fellow - $150,000 award (link).
- Founding principal of the Communication Partnership for Science and the Sea - $710,000 from Moore (link).
- Seaweb Board member (link).
- Pew Oceans Commission member - $5.5 million from Pew (link).
- Joint Ocean Commission Initiative member (link).
- Professor at Oregon State University: $ 2.6 million from David & Lucile Packard Foundation $ 0.3 million from Pew Trusts $13.5 from Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.
- Vice chair of Board Environmental Defense: $10.4 million from David & Lucile Packard Foundation $ 3.8 million from Pew Trusts $13.7 million from Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation $ 0.2 million from Surdna Foundation.
- Co-founder Leopold Leadership Program: In 2007 Packard awarded $32.5 million from toStanford University for "the Leopold Leadership Program, the Environment and Energy building, and the Center for Ocean Solutions" (search "sustainability" in 2007 here)
- Board member - Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute: $217 million from David & Lucile Packard Foundation.
- Her NOAA staff: Chief of Staff Margaret Spring (ex Director, Nature Conservancy), Dep. Undersecretary for Oceans and Atmosphere Monica Medina (ex Senior Officer, Pew Environment Group), Director of Communications Justin Kenney (ex Senior Public Affairs Officer at Pew Trusts and Director of Communications for the Pew Commission), General Counsel Lois Schiffer (ex Senior Vice President for Public Policy at the National Audubon Society).
I thought one thing I could count on from the Daily Koswas disgust with Big Oil, and all associated, but I guess they like oil whores, Walmart and EDF. A step below tobacco lawyers.
Mr. Urbon is losing his grip on reality.
Gary Hurd owes Steve Urbon an apology. He is not a liar. He is a witness to agenda driven pseudoscience
Hurd needs a search tune up.
CONQUEST OF THE OCEAN
This is the story of how a handful of scientists set out from Oregon with an unshakable belief that they knew what was best for the rest of us. They ended up conquering the world (or at least the watery portions of it) and got rich along the way, while the fishermen and their families only worked harder and got poorer. When their scientific dogma connected with nearly unlimited resources, the earth quaked and the resulting tidal wave swept aside all the usual checks and balances. It carried along the media, the politicians, the government agencies and the non-governmental organizations with such force that seemingly no one could stand against the tide.