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Re: Batteries
« Reply #15 on: March 13, 2015, 06:56:32 pm »
Battery Hackers Are Building the Future in the Garage  ;D

A day trader cannibalized a Tesla to go off the grid. That's the spirit igniting a revolution in solar energy. 

 Matthew Campbell, Tim Loh and Mark Chediak, Bloomberg 
 March 12, 2015  |  11 Comments


A. G. Gelbert   
 March 13, 2015 

Excellent and informative comments. Thank you all.

Thomas M knows the score. But people are not as easily beguiled by the Agnotology that has been par for the corrupt and mendacious course of ethics challenged corporations in general (and dirty energy special interests in particular) for well over a century.

We get it now. And we are spreading the word.

I attended a seminar at the annual meeting of the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) in San Francisco titled: The Sociopolitical Manufacturing of Scientific Ignorance: Agnotology, organized by Jonathan Coopersmith of Texas A&M University.

The first presentation was a recapitulation of the familiar shenanigans of the tobacco industry plus an account of a creditable science magazine named “Science Fortnightly” that was published for several years apparently motivated entirely to promote Kent Cigarettes. Also I had not heard before that the first Kent filters contained asbestos.

So there were quite a few fronts for the tobacco agnotologists, most notably the George Marshall Institute, very active in downplaying second hand smoke, and a covey of “charitable” foundations providing grants for such fronts.

A useful list of these organizations includes the following:

 The American Enterprise Institute $45,000,000 dispersed 1985-2006

 The Carthage Foundation, $68,000,000 dispersed 1985-2003

 The Cato Institute, operating budget $22,000,000 in 2007

 The Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation disperses $28,000,000 annually; it is one of the . . Koch family foundations along with the Charles G. Koch and the David H. Koch Foundations. . Collectively they have contributed $196,000,000, mostly to think tanks, from 1980 to 2009.

 The Earhart Foundation $95,000,000 in assets (major contributor to George Marshall Institute)

 The George Marshall Institute dispersed $5,500,000 1985- 2001

 The John M. Olin Foundation existed 1953-2005 & dispensrd $370,000,000 to think tanks

 The Linde and Harry Bradley Foundation, $290,000,000 in assets

 The Mercatus Center received $11,874,500 1977-2009 from Koch family foundations

 The Sarah Saife Foundation, $235,000,000 dispersed 1985-2003

 The W. H. Bradley Foundation $13,000,000 in assets

Many have morphed into coveys of expert spin doctors practicing agnotology.

Examples of the sorts of projects funded:

1) A commission to study the accuracy of teaching materials used for teaching "environmental science";

2) Senior scientist program to foster "sound science" in policy debate.

It appears that these projects really exist to rebut an established consensus for the benefit of sponsoring clients.

The AAAS presenters emphasized many names recurring as participants in these organizations. The presenters had such lists—useful in evaluating the motives of any new organization not yet known to be a front for agnotology.


What's does Agnotology have to do with suppression of R&D to multiply the efficiency while lowering the cost of batteries and Renewable Energy?

Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life. Pr. 13:12


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