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Will Penn State Ever Learn?

Posted by Jeff Id on October 23, 2012

Michael Mann has decided to sue for defamation because someone compared him to Sandusky.  Besides the general disgust for the Penn State sexual scandal, there was a certain  irony for me in that  brought about an article discussing what is a solidly apparent cultural deficiency in the university.  I compared the decades of head-in-the-sand treatment of Sandusky to a very similar Penn State investigation of Mann’s work   In Case You Were Wondering.

Before I revisit the story, I believe a disclaimer is in order.  There is no accusation of any criminal activity against Mann.  I can’t imagine what comparison’s anyone could make between Michael Mann and Sandusky, they look nothing alike and Mike likely stinks at football as well as all other athletic endeavors.  The money the two made for Penn State was vastly different. Oddly enough, they probably are about equally accurate at math and science but that is a different story.  There simply is no rational comparison to be made between the damaging of young lives and the tweaking of obscure nearly useless statistical methodologies for love of money and politics.

This is what I wrote about Penn State, and I believe it is a reasonable interpretation of the news:

Well Penn state, which famously ignored its own employee’s role in climategate, has been caught pretending another situation didn’t exist. This time the situation was so horrific on an individual level that the comparison to previous indiscretions is nearly impossible but the amount of Penn State money involved was so much greater that it can legitimately be made.  Recently Penn State President Graham Spanier  was forcibly retired from office.   This is not proof or even evidence that the president was directly involved or even had any knowledge of the insane sexual behavior by PSU employees which appear to have been deliberately ignored by senior management, but firing was the right thing to do.   PSU has an illness in the form of a culture in management which ignores even hideous error in favor of business-as-usual cash flow.  Morality at PSU has taken a back seat to gold.

The money in the organization simply overwhelms doing the right thing.   “Don’t be evil” used to be the childish corporate slogan at Google.  That was before they realized that their true value to the corporate world was collection of information about the public.  Don’t bash Google though as  Apple and Microsoft never seem to have suffered these childish delusions.  I suppose the new unspoken slogan probably is “Don’t be evil unless it is wildly profitable!”

I also wrote:

When the Penn state climategate reviews came out, the typical media’s uncritical acceptance of nonsense words out of Penn State was stunning.  It revealed to all who were paying attention just how deeply invested the university and media are in insuring that the global warming message and money flow not be reduced by even the most blatantly false actions.  The result was that Penn State has been successful in maintaining its public scientific reputation (and cash flow) in the same pre-climategate mode and the enviro-team has continued down their paths undaunted and likely re-invigorated that they are untouchable.  The only thing I can do is write about it here on my blog and make a personal guarantee to Penn State University that when my sons go to college (which they will), not one dollar will intentionally come from our family to this corrupt, and truly disgusting institution.  Don’t think for a moment that these messages are not being unintentionally communicated to Penn State students as thousands were idiotically rioting in the streets over the football coach’s firing.

The brainwashing of the public in favor of profit has spread across all media outlets distorting everything from sports to politics to climate science™.   There has to be a functional backlash at some point though where Penn State, and the like ,are held accountable for their distortions of the truth in favor of profit.   It isn’t only big ‘private’ business which can corrupt the system after all, and Michael Mann not being Sandusky, is far from Michael Mann being innocent of other lesser improprieties  — for “the cause”.  We all know that propaganda and spin have become the norm on all news channels.  We should aslo know that it is the not-s0-meek lawyers whom have inherited the Earth to date.  When I think about the future, it seems that the deeper we sink into the morass of poverty, mediocrity and false uniformity, the harder and more violent the backlash will be.   Not many claim to know the future though, and I certainly won’t count myself as one who does.

To me, there is a sad irony in watching what is in my opinion one of the most undeservedly arrogant and disingenuous public figureheads file a lawsuit, wholly supported in his own gamesmanship by a broken and corrupted university, against others for a comparison to another man who was protected by the same university’s defunct managerial culture.

It should be interesting to see how this latest waste of a few hundred thousand dollars turns out.


14 Responses to “Will Penn State Ever Learn?”

  1. M Simon said

    Who has he decided to sue?

    Public figures have a notoriously difficult time winning defamation suits.

  2. omanuel said

    Michael Mann is a puppet. He will probably be protected. Penn State University is a slightly higher-level puppet. The intent to deceive the public was at a much higher level – like the UN, the US NAS, the UK’s RS, the Nobel Prize Committee, the Bilderberg Group, the Club of Rome, etc. – that controlled public funds and used them to promote misinformation as “settled science” or “Nobel-prize winning” science in order to deceive the public.

    Different groups are working to decipher diverse evidence of tax-supported deception after the United Nations was formed on 24 Oct 1945, despite George Orwell’s warning in 1948 that a tyrannical, deceptive government might emerge by “1984”

    Glenn Beck, Bill Streifer, and I are working on different parts of the same mystery: What has happened and is happening now to the constitutional form of government we inherited from our Founding Fathers – Thomas Jefferson, et al. – in 1776 ?

    1. My findings were posted as they unfolded: , . . . .

    2. Bill Streifer’s findings will be published in an upcoming book, “The Flight of the Hog Wild” by Bill Streifer and Irek Sabitov, with an introduction by Dr. Benjamin C. Garrett, Senior Scientist at the FBI’s Forensic WMD Laboratory. Excerpts are already published in the American Intelligence Journal (“The OSS in Korea: Operation Eagle,” A. I. J. 30, no 1, pages 33-38, 2012)

    3. Glenn Beck’s analysis of things said and not said in the debate between Obama and Romney about immigration and global warming/climate change dovetails with the conclusion of the other two, totally independent studies:

    _ a.) We have essentially lost constitutional control of our government.

    _ b.) Neither Obama nor Romney are likely to change this development.

    With deep regrets,
    – Oliver K. Manuel
    Former NASA Principal
    Investigator for Apollo

  3. HaroldW said

    Why do you say the Penn State is supporting Mann in this suit? I was under the impression that it was Mann’s personal action, no doubt supported by the “Climate Science Legal Defense Fund”.

  4. Bob Koss said

    Mark Steyn explains this is the first time in history one Nobel Prize winner has sued another.

    Cross posted this at Lucia’s.

  5. Matthew W said

    “this latest waste of a few hundred thousand dollars turns out”

    Hey, lawyers have to eat too !!!

  6. Adam Gallon said

    Institutional failure to look at what their stars are reputed to be doing, is widespread.
    There’s currently a case going on in the UK. A recently deceased DJ & TV presenter, Jimmy Saville, has been accused of molesting women & girls. He was a very high profile figure in the BBC. His activities appear to have been known about since the 1960s, but nothing was done about it. This allowed him to continue his behaviour, not just when on BBC premises, but in hospitals & other institutions where he did great works for charity.
    He raised money, lots of money for both his employers (The BBC) and for charities, so none of these bodies were prepared to do anything. There’s much handwringing going on amongst his former coleagues, that they did nothing, despite knowing.

  7. Paul said

    Lance Armstrong is being asked to give his prize winning back… if the fraudulent CAGW cat finally gets out of the bag, how will Penn State pay back millions of taxpayer-funded grants received based on the CAGW lie?

    This is precisely why Penn State can’t afford to throw Mann under the bus–because Mann knows too many dirty Penn State secrets. If the PS board deserts hims, they know Mann will likely reveal A LOT of incriminating evidence against Penn State and the CAGW movement, which could even lead to criminal fraud charges being filed and MANY MANY people losing their jobs and fat salaries.

    Meantime, Mann is getting his ass kicked by Steyn and the trial hasn’t even started yet! 😀

    The fraudulent Nobel Laureate:

    Ah, the irony of it all. The bully becomes the bullied.

    • omanuel said

      Paul, I am not convinced the Judicial branch of our government has retained any more independence from the UN’s overreaching control than the Legislative and Executive branches have.

      Since Michael Mann’s science is seriously flawed, the decision in this case will tell us if the Judicial branch of our government is even more seriously flawed.

      It is intriguing that the Professor Geir Lundestad, Director of The Norwegian Nobel Institute has belatedly tried to distance that once-prestigious institution from Dr. Michael Mann and the Nov 2009 Climategate scandal.

      This decision by Professor Lundestad suggests that the Climategate scandal may be finally starting to unravel sixty-seven years (2012 – 1945 = 67 yrs) of misinformation about the energy (E) stored as mass (m) in cores of heavy atoms and stars:

  8. joe said

    Ex-Penn State president charged in Sandusky case

    HARRISBURG — Former Penn State president Graham Spanier led a “conspiracy of silence” that allowed the university’s long-time defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky to continue abusing boys for more than a decade, the state attorney general’s office said.

    Read the Grand Jury Presentment Here

    The office charged Spanier, today with perjury, endangering the welfare of children, obstruction of justice and conspiracy.

    If convicted on all charges, he faces a maximum 39 years in prison.


    Spanier also presided over the Climategate whitewashinvestigation that “exonerated” Mann of wrongdoing.

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