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Polar bear stats fudged ‘to satisfy public demand,’ researchers say
Washington Times ^ | June 2, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley

Posted on 06/02/2014 8:29:48 AM PDT by AMitchum

Polar bear population counts are estimates only, derived from the most “rudimentary” of scientific knowledge and made up largely to meet the expectations of the public, researchers said in an email to a science blogger.

Dag Vongraven, chairman of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Polar Bear Specialist Group, sent an email to Polar Bear Science blogger Susan Crockford to clarify that a report that’s about to go public to give updates on the animal’s worldwide population level contains estimates, not hard facts.

“As part of past status reports, the PBSG has traditionally estimated a range for the total number of polar bears in the circumpolar Arctic. Since 2005, this range has been 20-25,000,” the email citing the report’s footnote stated, Newsmax said. “It is important to realize that this range never has been an estimate of total abundance in a scientific sense, but simply a qualified guess given to satisfy public demand. It is also important to note that even though we have scientifically valid estimates for a majority of the subpopulations, some are dated.”

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: arctic; cookedthebooks; globalwarming; globalwarmingscare; lastweek; playedonourfears; waronerror
Nice to know that pressure by the skeptical scientist Susan Crockford worked in the end, but the damage has already been done.
1 posted on 06/02/2014 8:29:48 AM PDT by AMitchum
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2 posted on 06/02/2014 8:31:39 AM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: AMitchum

Want to stop Aagency ScientistPersons fron squeaking like neutered castrati as they sing in thheir agency choir?

Have your Congress Critters halt Federal Funding for all sciences relating to flora or fauna listed or potentially liissted as endangered, or threatened.

Problem goes away when the funding goes away.

Scientists were once scrupulously honest, because those paying for their research would not tolerate “cooking the data until it confessed”.

Bureaucrats demand such data cooking.

Agenda Uber Alles! - it’s the bureaucratic way.


3 posted on 06/02/2014 8:47:42 AM PDT by GladesGuru (Islam Delenda Est - because of what Islam is and because of what Muslims do.)
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To: GladesGuru

The liars are anti-science idiots. They should be beaten with their worthless “research” papers and exiled.


4 posted on 06/02/2014 8:50:42 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: AMitchum

MMMMM... fudged polar bears....


5 posted on 06/02/2014 8:51:08 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: AMitchum

Just count the damn bears! How hard could that be?
Of course, getting them to fill out the census forms might be a problem.....................


6 posted on 06/02/2014 8:52:03 AM PDT by Red Badger (Soon there will be another American Civil War. Will make the first one seem like a Tea Party........)
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“Well, we don’t know how REEAALLLLLY know many polar bears there are, since every researcher we send there to count them disappears, and all we find is a pile of entrails and a blood-stained snow......it has us all mystified...but they must be dying off!!”


7 posted on 06/02/2014 8:55:14 AM PDT by Fedupwithit (If you never stop giving, they will never stop taking...some day the bird nees a push from the nest.)
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To: GladesGuru
Scientists were once scrupulously honest, because those paying for their research would not tolerate “cooking the data until it confessed”.

When was this magical time of rainbows and unicorns? While some scientists are scrupulously honest, others have always been ready to whore themselves out. Even Galileo wanted to name his newly discovered moons of Jupiter after members of his sponsors, the Medicis.

Much of the practice of science with publishing raw data and providing instructions on how to duplicate experiments came about to keep scientists from cutting corners, ignoring data which doesn't fit or just lying outright.

8 posted on 06/02/2014 9:29:40 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Republican amnesty supporters don't care whether their own homes are called mansions or haciendas.)
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“. . .others have always been ready to whore themselves out. Even Galileo wanted to name his newly discovered moons of Jupiter after members of his sponsors, the Medicis.”

Actually, the discovering scientist does get to name what he/she has discovered, and names have commemorated everything from political figures to wives, lovers, financial supporters.

Namin’ ain’t whorin’.

;-)


9 posted on 06/02/2014 11:17:17 AM PDT by GladesGuru (Islam Delenda Est - because of what Islam is and because of what Muslims do.)
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To: hal ogen

The numbers were not faked due to public demand, they were faked to mislead the public with a manufactured crisis to justify the creation if a demand for programs that give the government a massive power grab


10 posted on 06/03/2014 9:24:50 AM PDT by rdcbn
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