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Monday, April 22, 2013

Intellectual "Property" and Plagiarism

The following is a paper I wrote for an AP Language course that I feel, at least at this moment, summarizes my views on citations and plagiarism in general. *Note: there will be an afterword explaining my use of citations in other blog posts*    **sorry about the formatting...**

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

A Letter to the CSCA

EDIT 6/8/13

The author of the book finally sent me an email with the following message:

Hello Peter,


Believe it or not, the Climate Science Coalition of America has been a
volunteer organization to date.  As Executive Director, I receive no salary
or payment of any kind.  CSCA will accept contributions, but I have not
pursued them.


I earn my keep by selling books and speaking to audiences about
environmental issues.






Steve Goreham

Executive Director

Climate Science Coalition of America



To which I replied with:

I'm sorry to say but that did not answer the question I posed. The question I posed was how does the organization actually get its money, not the salary status of the members.

So I shall pose it again, how does the CSCA get the money to run a website and further a scientific think tank? Assuming it comes solely from contributions, which you seemingly alluded to before, are you willing to share the breakdown of company's v. individual's contributions and would you be willing to divulge some of the major contributor's names?

Thank you!


This is a letter I wrote to the Climate Science Coalition of America asking about their funding. Hopefully they shall respond and I shall you updated. In addition, I would like to post selected passages from the Director's book, "The Mad, Mad, Mad World of Climatism" and respond to them as time goes on.

I received a copy of Steve Goreham's book "The Mad, Mad, Mad World of Climatism" and after reading through it and reading about the author (whose credentials seem rather shady), I am left wondering the following: where does the funding for this organization come from? 

You say on the side bar of the site "Help us to provide the American people with an independent, /unbiased/ source of information on climate science" but I know from running a website that you cannot rely solely on donations unless they are large donations in which case they probably come from specific individuals or specific organizations who have influence. Thus the question becomes, are you willing to share a breakdown of your funds or better yet, give the names of companies or CEOs that contribute to the research? 

Good science does this and seeing as this is an attempt at a legitimate scientific inquiry, I can only hope you will do the same. If your aim truly is to educate the American people about the "Mad, Mad, Mad World of Climatism", I think the populace should have an idea of where your funds come from. 

Thanks in advance for the reply and I hope a legitimate discussion can be had. You can contact me at or visit my blog


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Monday, April 1, 2013

Sovereign Dictator on a Boat: Carl Schmitt and the Dark Knight

The so called "Crown Jurist" and legal philosopher of Nazi Germany, Carl Schmitt, once said, "Sovereign is he who decides on the exception"[1]. Not only is this true in the realm of real world politics, but also in the world of Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight and this essay will reveal the Schmittian nature of a particularly interesting scene in the film wherein we see the rise of a so called "Sovereign Dictator" on boat.

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