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Fractal Fumento

After Fumento had been worked over by yours truly, Chris Mooney and PZ Myers, you’d think there would be nothing left, but Steve Reuland has taken just one paragraph from Fumento’s column and found as many mistakes as I found in the whole thing. Fumento’s columns aren’t just wrong, they’re fractals of wrongness! P.S. Fumento.

Link fest

Chris Mooney and PZ Myers complete the demolition of Fumento’s article that I started here. Sir Oolius also got stuck in and managed to get one of Fumento’s characteristically lame comebacks. Inspired by my post mentioning co-authorship chains with the “Hockey Team”, John Fleck and William Connolley have been looking at such chains. Main discoveries:…

Return of the Rake

In Fumento’s latest article he accuses the leading science journals of delivering “Political Science”. His examples are a mixture of genuine problems discovered by others (like the Korean stem cell fraud) and bogus problems “discovered” by Fumento. Like this: Fast forward to September 2005, right after Hurricane Katrina. Activists — including those in white lab…

Young on Pundit Payola

Cathy Young disagrees with the Iain Murray/Tom Giovenetti line on cash for comment: Sadly, some conservatives are now defending the practice of opinion writers serving as hired guns (hired quills?) for business and lobbying interests. Among others, Iain Murray in The American Spectator and Giovanetti in National Review Online (which, to its credit, has published…

Fumento and the $10,000 golf round

Good old Mike Fumento has another go at Javers: In the one instance we know of, the DC firm Patton Boggs and others invited Javers to play on the highly exclusive Bretton Woods golf course. I would guess that the value of this gift would be in excess of $10,000. This could be considered unsavory…

The plot to get Fumento

We previously encountered Tom Giovenetti, president of the IPI think tank when he told me that IPI keeps its funders secret: Second, regarding whether we take money from Microsoft, IPI has an absolute policy of protecting our donors’ privacy. I’m sure if you donated money to IPI, you would appreciate that policy. Giovenetti has now…

Lame counter-attack on Javers

The pro-payola people have launched a lame counter attack on Javers. Before we begin, note that even if they could prove Javers guilty of some wrong-doing, it would not mean that Fumento was not guilty of unethical behaviour. Anyway, Fumento is really excited: Well, there’s now enough evidence to bring Javers to the stake. And…

Iain Murray, in favour of payola

Iain Murray, comes out with an article in the American Spectator in favour of pundit payola: An opinion piece — whether an individual op-ed or a column — exists to promote a point of view by argument. It does not seek to establish a fact, but to win people over to a particular viewpoint or…

The Wit and Wisdom of Michael Fumento

Mike Hudson gets a whole column out of an exchange with Fumento: I decided to e-mail Fumento and gloat about his descent into ignominy. I told him that, given his positions on Love Canal and Gulf War Syndrome, it wasn’t surprising to hear that he was bought and paid for by a chemical company. What…

The Chromium-6 Fraud

In 1987 Zhang JianDong published a study linking chromium-6 in drinking water to cancer. In 1997 he published a new study retracting his findings — further analysis showed that chromium-6 wasn’t to blame. All part of the normal progress of science you would think. Except for a few small things. 1. Zhang did not write…