Saturday, 16 June 2012

Spotlight On PSI and PSI Acumen Ltd.



Principia Scientific
INTERNATIONAL
 " .. advocates of transparency and accountability .. as important to PSI as it was to Karl Popper .. "

with owner
PSI Acumen Limited

" .. provides solutions that make sense .. "

!!!???!!!

This article is a work-in-progress which will be updated as more information comes to light about PSI Acumen Ltd. and its "subsidiary" Principia Scientific International. Updates to this article and supporting posts will be clearly identified as they are made. Most E-mails referenced here can be found at http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/psi-due-diligence-20102011-selected-e.html.

UPDATES

(See Appendix B for older updates)



2014-04-21 Updated sub-section 7.2 "Income and Appendix A, Note 49)
2014-04-13 Updated sub-section 3.1.1 Co-Founder and EX-"Chairman" Dr. Timothy Francis Ball with information about his PhD from the University of London.
2014-04-11 Updated sub-section 3.10 "Recruitment Officer" Terri Avril Jackson, added Appendix A, Note 24b and renumbered 24b-24h as 24c-24i.
2014-03-28 Updated sub-sections 3.2 Co-Founder "CEO and Legal Consultant" John O'Sullivan, 3.11 Member Malcolm Roberts and 3.14 Member ?? Douglas Jeoffrey Cotton and added Appendix A, Note 55).
2014-03-20 Updated sub-section 3.11 Member Malcolm Roberts.




"A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on."
“The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end; there it is.”

Winston Churchill
(http://jpetrie.myweb.uga.edu/bulldog.html)

"The struggle for truth continues"
John Anthony O'Sullivan
(http://climaterealists.com/?id=8588)

1.0 INTRODUCTION


The Principia Scientific International (PSI) promotional web-pages repeatedly make reference to "transparency". For several months during 2012 the final sentence in the "Why PSI is a Private Assoc."  web-page declared " .. Nonetheless, as advocates of transparency and accountability .. " (see Appendix A, Note 34). In the spirit of that withdrawn declaration this article aims to provide as much transparency as possible about Principia Scientific International (PSI)’s origins as well as the motives, methods and ambitions of its members, particularly those whose vision PSI was. It also discusses PSI's recent status as a "subsidiary" of UK private company PSI Acumen Ltd. (PSIA), registered on 4th March 2013 and the impact of this on the PSI membership.

Anyone having little or no knowledge of PSI or PSIA should find it worthwhile initially referring to the promotional material published on various pages on the PSI (http://principia-scientific.org/) and PSIA (http://www.psi-acumen.net/) web-sites. Those present a picture of what PSI and PSIA purport to be whereas this article and the related "SpotlightON - PSI Acumen Ltd. article (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/spotlighton-psi-acumen-ltd.html) consider whether or not PSI and PSIA live up to those claims.

Comments in this article are based upon facts collected since 2010, concentrating initially on those individuals who played a major role in founding the PSI organisation. " .. British legal analyst and science writer, John O’Sullivan pursued a vision to form a large body of experts united in opposing the worst excesses of government-funded science. .. From the outset PSI was driven by retired Dutch Analytical Chemist, Hans Schreuder, Texan engineer and science writer, Joseph A. Olson and Canada's most popular climatologist, Dr. Tim Ball .. (http://principia-scientific.org/about/principles-of-association). After that the spotlight will be turned on to each of the other individuals involved with PSI then on the relationship with PSIA and its two shareholders.

PSI’s “Principles of Association” Web-page declares that " .. the science blogging community .. has become the self-appointed watchdogs of science ethics .. through them has emerged Principia Scientific International .. a grassroots movement exposed the myth of so-called runaway 'greenhouse gas' warming. Further landmark achievements are sure to follow as long as openness and transparency reigns .. ". It appears that one of those “landmark achievements” is considered to be the book “Slaying the Sky Dragon” (http://www.amazon.co.uk/product-reviews/B004DNWJN6/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1) by “ .. 22 international climate experts and authors .. ”. As can be seen from the reviews, not everyone would agree. Perhaps the extent to which "Slaying the Sky Dragon .. " became a "landmark achievement" is a reflection of the degree of "transparency" about PSI and its membership.

The word "transparency" or its derivatives appear 5 times on the PSI  “Principles of Association” Web-page with several more elsewhere on the PSI site. During Sept. to Dec. 2011 numerous requests were made (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/selected-e-mails-with-slayerspsi.html) for E-mail exchanges that took place between members of the group during 2010-2011 be made available for public scrutiny on the PSI Web-site. These included “PSI and Due Diligence” exchanges during Dec. 2010/Jan. 2011 discussing the original plans that John O’Sullivan had for PSI and exchanges during Sept. – Dec. 2011 on the scientific arguments about the greenhouse effect and back-radiation. The PSI executive appeared to have no interest in disclosing those discussions that took place during the early days of PSI's inception and launch.

The objective of those requests for transparency was to ensure that anyone thinking of getting involved with and contributing financially to PSI should understand the vision that the founding members had for the organisation. The promotional material presently on the PSI Web-site does not do this. Reference to this was made on Professor Curry’s “Letter to the dragon slayers” thread (see http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/professor-judith-currys-letter-to.html on October 21, 2011 at 5:07 pm).

This article focuses on those exchanges and on how they relate to and expand on what was outlined in “Slaying the Sky Dragon” Chapter 21 “Legal Fallout from False Climate Alarm”. PSI’s founding member, CEO and Legal Consultant John O’Sullivan (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/john-o-sullivan/19/6b4/84a) contributed that chapter which provides a summary of what he was proposing for PSI in Jan. 2011.

Attention is also given to related events as recorded in some of the 1400+ comments posted on Professor Judith Curry's "Climate etc" blog "Letter to the dragon slayers" thread during October 2011 to April 2012. Many of the comments posted on that thread gave close scrutiny to the background of the establishment of PSI. Professor Curry took down the thread and three related ones following a "Formal 'Take-Down' Notice" E-mailed to her on 21st April 2012 by PSI’s CEO (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/professor-judith-curry-threatened-with.html). For completeness many of the comments from “Letter to the dragon slayers” have been copied on this blog (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/professor-judith-currys-letter-to.html).

The intention here is to provide all who have an interest in PSI with as much information about the organisation, its founders and current members as possible. NB: 44 individuals are currently (2012-07-15) listed on the PSI web-site (http://principia-scientific.org/index.php/about/why-psi-is-proposed-as-a-cic.html) as members and 2 as "friends" but it is debatable whether all of them consider themselves to be members. 

Although the available information provides a fair degree of transparency there may still be more to unearth, consequently the article continues as a “work-in-progress”. Recognition is given to the significant contribution that investigative journalist Andrew Skolnick (http://www.aaskolnick.com/global_deniers/) has made in uncovering some most unexpected facts (e.g. see http://www.aaskolnick.com/global_deniers/Skolnick_affidavit_Mann_v.Ball.pdf and http://www.aaskolnick.com/global_deniers/Skonlick_2nd_Affidavit.5.29.2012.pdf). Contributions are invited from others however it is respectfully requested that any claims by contributors are supported with hard evidence otherwise submissions may have to be edited.

The PSI story has many intriguing twists and turns going back at least to the 1980s but rather than start at the beginning it is proposed to start at the point at which the team of PSI founding members began to be assembled. Earlier ground will be covered when appropriate, making reference to relevant E-mails and other evidence on the way. As was done for comments relating to the "Professor Judith Curry threatened with blog closure attempt" thread (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/professor-judith-curry-threatened-with.html) relevant E-mails and comments will be posted on separate threads and referenced here in order to provide access to the full context for any extracts that have been "cherry-picked".

The aim of this article is to publish the facts as understood and express opinions based upon a reasonable interpretation of those facts. If any unintentional misrepresentation or misinterpretation is made then notification would be appreciated of where and how so that consideration can be given to what if any changes are needed or apologies warranted.

2.0 PSI’S CONCEPTION


PSI developed from the core group of individuals who were assembled by John A. O'Sullivan during 2010 to first co-author the book "Slaying the Sky Dragon - Death of the Greenhouse Gas Theory" (see Appendix A, Note 29) then to set up his publishing company PSI. That project was managed by John with the enthusiastic support of Dr. Timothy F. Ball, Johannes (Hans) Cornelis Schreuder and Joseph A. Olson.

The current version (17th April 2013) of the PSI web-site’s promotional material declares “ .. John O’Sullivan pursued a vision to form a large body of experts .. PSI was driven by retired Dutch Analytical Chemist, Hans Schreuder, Texan engineer and science writer, Joseph A. Olson and Canada's most popular climatologist, Dr. Tim Ball .. Chair of PSI .. ” (http://principia-scientific.org/about/principles-of-association.html). It is appropriate to first look into the original “vision” and plan for PSI’s implementation then look at the eventual outcome. After that the background and credentials of each of the founding members will be discussed, starting with the four main characters John O’Sullivan, Tim Ball, Hans Schreuder and  Joe Olson. The objective is to try to identify when this “vision” formed, what inspired it and who among PSI’s founding members first perceived it.

After that it is worthwhile looking at what evidence is available about which areas and levels of expertise each has in disciplines relevant to the topics upon which they have focussed their attention. The main focus so far has been on the scientific, political and legal aspects of the Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Change (CACC) hypothesis - also known as Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW).

2.1 The PSI Vision


“ .. O wad some Pow'r the giftie gie us
To see oursels as others see us
It wad frae monie a blunder free us
An' foolish notion
What airs in dress an' gait wad lea'e us
An' ev'n Devotion .. ”


A fair summary of what appears to have been the original vision for PSI is presented in the following comments made by PSI CEO and Legal Consultant John O’Sullivan. The first were in response to two blog articles on the “Climategate” revelations of Nov 2009, one of which links to a relevant article written by John himself when he was writing for the now defunct blog climategate.com (Appendix A, Note 1). The other comments were in the numerous E-mail exchanges involving the PSI founding members between 25th Dec. 2010 to 21st Jan. 2011.

“ .. my contribution is as writer and legal commentator .. I want to be able to press the case confidently against the UK Climate Minister as soon as practicable to shame and blame the guilty and to lobby hard for a re-think of the culture of closed-door science and research .. ” (http://noconsensus.wordpress.com/2010/01/13/climate-audit-on-climategate/#comment-17995).
“ .. I am especially happy to take on anyone in any court room at any time on any issue of law - tis what I do best. I especially welcome arrogant climate alarmists with pots of money to waste thinking they can get one over on me in court. .. I am a retired academic and I have litigated personally or assisted others in pro se litigation at every level of court there is in New York State as well as Federal level, for over a decade and never lost. Am I licensed to practice law in the US or UK? No, sir- self taught and proud! I think that makes my achievements even more extraordinary, don’t you?
I’m just some Brit with a brain who can go live with his American wife in her country and kick ass big time around a courtroom. I’ve also even done it, too, in criminal court back in the UK where I wiped the floor with the Crown Prosecution Service and corrupt police who tried to frame me on trumped up criminal charges in what’s euphemistically called ‘police noble cause corruption.’ I won by a canter- acquitted on all counts and it made the national news, too! .. ” by John O’Sullivan 13th and 31st Jan. 2010  (http://noconsensus.wordpress.com/2010/01/29/deep-black-hide-the-decline/#comment-19731 - but see also Appendix A, Note 42).

The following is what John O’Sullivan was proposing to the group that he had assembled during 2010. Dates/times given after quotations are when the E-mail exchanges took place, the full context being available in "PSI and DUE Diligence" 2010/2011 - Selected E-mails (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/psi-due-diligence-20102011-selected-e.html).

“ .. One of PSI's key objectives must be to challenge this ubiquitous global warming fraud in international courts .. We are poised to deliver a robust, financially strong charitable organization with a remit to use member subscription to file lawsuits on their behalf. I want to complete the job I started and we now need you to help recruit the thousands of paid up members necessary to turn noble words into actions .. ” (Dec 25 2010, 02:48 PM)

“ .. I am happy to work with one of my contacts in the DC area to file a mandamus in the federal court in D.C. on behalf of PSI .. ” (Dec 26 2010, 01:11 PM) “ .. we are going to challenge NOAA/GISS/GHCN .. I strongly urge you and all our most influential scientists and advocates to back Principia Scientific International .. ” (Dec 28 2010, 07:18 PM)

“ .. the strategy here is based on sound legal analysis to create a bespoke worldwide legal arm seperate, yet affiliated to all other such skeptic associations. Our key purpose is to fight climate fraud globally in all English speaking common law nations .. A seperate and unique association MUST be formed because it limits liability solely to me and my dedicated team. We have applied stringent financial structure and appointed respected skeptic, Hans Schreuder as Treasurer (CFO) working directly with me (CEO). All accounts are transparent open to members and our business plan is to recruit members as a charitable venture, paying association officers a moderate fee for services .. ” (Dec 28 2010, 09:20 PM)

“ .. I've staked my reputation, sweat and own money on beating the AGW fraud in the courts - its the only serious game in town .. ” (Dec 28, 2010, 9:38 PM)

“.. PSI's function is to apply the law (in common law nations e.g. US, UK, Canada etc.)  to defeat junk science e.g. by exposing fraudulent government funded temperature records in the courts.. My legal associates and I are asking your support to help raise funds for our next objective: defeating NASA GISS, GHCN and NOAA in the federal court in Washington D.C... what is needed is an effective fund raising strategy.. the most suitable formation for our organization would be as a Community interest company (CIC) registered in England with Companies House.. Principia Scientific International will thus ostensibly be comprised of science professionals ("Members"/donors) and public persons ( "Affiliates" and/or "Donors") expressly concerned to assist in financially upholding the best standards of science applied by governments and in our communities .. ” (Dec 30 2010, 05:54 PM)

“.. I'm highly skeptical that we could put together such a large team of experts (scientists, lawyers and media specialists) willing to give up so much time unpaid under the non-paying constraints of charitable status. Personally, I'm  barely scraping by financially as I've spent the last year working on skeptic advocacy full-time, unpaid. I cannot maintain my current level of commitment without some kind of financial remuneration .. Suing corrupt govt science agencies is something we know we must do but it cannot be an express aim when applying to set up either as a charity or a CIC. So as not to fall foul of the regulations we need to serve that community with complete financial transparency in a multitude of functions .. ” (Jan 01 2011, 07:48 PM - see also Section 7.0 “Financial Aspects and Governance” and Appendix A, Note 27).

All of that does suggest supreme self-confidence and a very ambitious vision that required unusual skills of its leader and the rest of the team. Was the vision realistic and does the team have the necessary skills to make it a reality? We shall see, meanwhile the use of that phrase “ostensibly be comprised of science professionals” (on Dec 30 2010, 05:54 PM) rather than simply “comprise science professionals” is worth remembering (e.g. see http://vocabulary-vocabulary.com/dictionary/ostensibly.php) when those “PSI and Due Diligence” E-mail exchanges that took place during Dec. 2010 and Jan. 2011 are discussed.

My direct involvement with what John claims to be “ .. such a terrific team .. ” (Dec 25 2010, 02:48 PM) started on 27th April 2010, although I was aware of John’s participation in the CACC debate before then (e.g. see http://www.climategate.com/allow-me-to-correct-you-uk-climate-minister-joan-ruddock/comment-page-1#comment-1520). On 3rd July John sent out an invitation “ .. Friends, Co-author with me on my new book project .. ” and by 17th July the core “Slayers” group and PSI executives-in-waiting had been assembled, including John O’Sullivan, Hans Schreuder, Tim Ball, Philip Foster, Jo Olson, Alan Siddons, Charles Anderson, Martin Hertzberg, Claes Johnson (Notes 2 and 3).

It was time for the team to start cobbling their first book prior to completing the vision of the main founding members – formation of their publishing company Principia Scientific International. On the 17th July John declared “ .. What Siddons, Hertzberg, Schreuder, Gerlich, Tscheuschner, Anderson, Glassman, Novak, etc, etc. are proposing is a paradigm shift back to acceptance of general LAWS of thermodynamics that bats the unproven GHG HYPOTHESIS right out of the climate ball park .. ”. That appears to be the basis of the claim in their book “Slaying the Sky Dragon” that they had brought about the “Death of the Greenhouse Gas Theory” (http://www.slayingtheskydragon.com/) – perhaps that book title stemmed from John’s comment on 14th Jan. 2010 “ .. the beast that is post modern scientific method is being valiantly slain .. ” (http://noconsensus.wordpress.com/2010/01/13/climate-audit-on-climategate/#comment-18445).

John continued trying to get more contributors to his book, e.g. on 22nd July he E-mailed " .. Pete, Thanks for getting in touch  .. I’d like to propose you consider coming in on a book project I’m currently developing with leading GHG skeptic scientists. Would this appeal? .. ”. At this stage 7 of John's fellow authors were already involved in his E-mail exchanges and by the 28th July the 9th author, Dr. Oliver K. Manuel, had appeared on the scene (Appendix A, Note 26).

Only 4 months later (26th November 2010) this extravagant announcement was posted on Facebook and Climate Realists “ .. I can proudly announce that Amazon is now selling the ebook version of the groundbreaking climate science publication, ‘Slaying the Sky Dragon: Death of the Greenhouse Gas Theory.’ … John O'Sullivan *** PROMOTIONAL MESSAGE*** I do not make this prediction lightly: so utterly irrefutable and powerful is its message that 'Slaying the Sky Dragon’ will become the biggest selling science book since Stephen Hawking’s ‘Brief History of Time.’ .. ” (http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=460139713950 and http://climaterealists.com/index.php?id=6724).

Five days later John was reported on the Hockeyschtick blog to be boasting " .. 'Slaying the Sky Dragon: Death of the Greenhouse Gas Theory' has this morning stormed to #1 in the Amazon best sellers list in the sciences section .." (http://hockeyschtick.blogspot.co.uk/2010/11/analysis-ipcc-insider-inserted-false.html). 
 One month later the drive to set up a limited company started in earnest with John declaring “ .. When we launch in January we will be seeking to encourage as many scientists and associated professionals to sign up to our new independent association, Principia Scientific International .. It is my hope that every one of us will actively support PSI when it is launched .. ” (Dec 23 2010).

2.1.1 Preparing for the Launch of PSI as a Private Company

NB: As before, dates/times given after quotations are when the E-mail exchanges took place, the full context of what has been “cherry-picked” here being available in "PSI and DUE Diligence" 2010/2011 - Selected E-mails (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/psi-due-diligence-20102011-selected-e.html).

On Xmas day 2010 John O’Sullivan declared “ .. PSI is for all who love science willing to make a small financial contribution to defeat science corruption. Principled individuals need to be recruited en masse. We must not choose them on the basis of age or gender .. middle or working class … left wing democrat/socialist or right wing, conservative/liberal/republican - but everyone … we must raise funds by charging a minimum annual subscription (£50 - or US $100) .. to cover the expenses of dedicated and qualified professionals who can deliver .. ACTIONS! One of PSI's key objectives must be to challenge this ubiquitous global warming fraud in international courts .. ” (Dec 25 2010, 02:48 PM - see also Section 7.0 “Financial Aspects and Governance” and Appendix A, Note 27).

John went on to say “ .. the common law instrument of mandamus petition is the most appropriate weapon .. to bring down the AGW fraud .. I've been listened to. The NZ Climate Skeptic coalition brought such a mandamus petition against NIWA .. I now need to apply the same legal strategy in other common law nation's courts .. those best qualified and experienced to take this organization forward are already in place.  I have the necessary talents to finish off the job by exploiting a wealth of international legal contacts. I have the time, the commitment and know how to coordinate such a global courtroom strategy .. it was my earnest hard work and foresight that brought .. the best seller 'Slaying the Sky Dragon' .. the most compelling scientific argument to advance a legal one. This was all my innovation .. We made it reality just as we are doing now by creating Principia Scientific International. The basics are already formed .. We are poised to deliver a robust, financially strong charitable organization with a remit to use member subscription to file lawsuits on their behalf. I want to complete the job I started and we now need you to help recruit the thousands of paid up members necessary to turn noble words into actions .. ”.

The next day he said “ .. in my view the NOAA announcement that 2010 saw the “hottest June on record” is controvertible .. we have enough evidence to force NOAA to either substantiate their claim or retract .. in my opinion, we would succeed if we compile our evidence and file a mandamus petition to challenge NOAA. NOAA is based in Washington DC.  I am happy to work with one of my contacts in the DC area to file a mandamus in the federal court in D.C. on behalf of PSI .. The legal skills and resources are at the ready .. the ball is in our court and that of our supporters to raise the $3,000 .. (December 26, 2010, 7:11 AM).

17 people, including the co-authors and publishers of “Slaying the Sky Dragon” were involved in this E-mail appeal for funds amounting to a mere $180 each in order “to turn noble words into actions” and get started “.. the only serious game in town .. ”! – so what happened?

Contributions were volunteered from:
- Oliver Manuel “ .. I would probably be willing to contribute .. But I am cautious .. ” (2010-12-28, at 9:24 AM)

- Tim Ball “ .. I am in support of this proposal and will make a contribution .. (Dec 28 2010, 05:53 PM),

At that very early stage Kent Clizbe (http://www.kentclizbe.com/ - see also Appendix A, Note 28) warned the group “ .. starting up a non-profit to run such a strategy is a huge undertaking. It's like a corporate start-up. The organization has to have a full corporate staff--CEO, CFO, fund-raising staff, sales, marketing, advertising, operations. This is NOT an insignificant undertaking .. ” (28 December, 2010 18:13:55). I agreed with what Kent advised.


John persisted “ .. I've costed this matter to run to a maximum of $3,000 based on ten year's legal experience of handling similar such proceedings .. $3,000 and less than 12 month’s work will win us this important victory and I strongly urge you and all our most influential scientists and advocates to back Principia Scientific International (launching January 2011) to win subscribers, build the necessary fighting find and finally nail these warmist fraudsters misappropriating tax payer monies .. Our key purpose is to fight climate fraud globally in all English speaking common law nations. We have targeted our first $3,000 'low cost option' - a mandamus petition against NASA GISS/NOAA in the federal court in Washington DC. .. I've staked my reputation, sweat and own money on beating the AGW fraud in the courts - its the only serious game in town. My legal associates and I are ready and waiting to take the battle on .. ” (Dec 28 2010, 07:18, 09:20 & 9:38 PM) - see Notes 7) and 8) in Appendix A.


That pep talk inspired Oliver Manuel and Hans Schreuder to make a $500 pledge each and Miso Alkalaj offered $100 but no more offers were forthcoming. Having failed to inspire the 17 group members to cough up that measly $180 each John followed up on the suggestion made by Cliff Saunders and Oliver Manuel that he use what they called “crowdfunding” to fill the PSI coffers. As Cliff put it “ .. At a stroke you will get the funding you need .. ” (December 28, 2010, 5:46 PM).


That will be discussed later but first we need to look more carefully at the proposals that John was making about PSI’s structure. On 28th Dec. 2010 John O'Sullivan stated " .. We already have the " full corporate staff--CEO, CFO, fund-raising staff, sales, marketing, advertising, operations" you rightly identify as needed. Our staff's 'trial run' was to produce a body of 'evidence' to use in all such court actions. So we created and published the book 'Slaying the Sky Dragon' forming a legal entity in England for this purpose; a new publishing business which spawned the first of many anticipated successes .. ".



He followed up on 1st January 2011 laying out his proposal for PSI in an E-mail to the group in which he also said " .. In the year of inception, 2011, PROPOSED chair is Dr. Timothy Ball; our PROPOSED managers are John O’Sullivan (CEO), Hans Schreuder (CFO) and Rev. Philip Foster (Compliance Officer). They will manage the day-to-day functions of PSI for the benefit of all the member shareholders. Members who pay subscriptions are shareholders. PSI has no guarantors.


Our PROPOSED Board of Directors is: Dr. Martin Hertzberg Dr. Claes Johnson Joseph A. Olson Alan Siddons Dr. Charles Anderson Rev. Philip Foster John O’Sullivan Hans Schreuder .. ".


Central to these announcements was his “ .. Proposal for the Foundation of a Community Interest Company* to Fund Legal Challenges Against Fraudulent Climate Science  *CIC's are registered legal entities under UK law .. ” (Dec 30 2010, 05:54 PM).


2.1.2 The Debate over PSI as a CIC

TO BE UPDATED

2.1.3 The Outcome for PSI 

TO BE UPDATED

3.0 PSI's MEMBERS

At Last the Secret is Out

At last the secret is out,
as it always must come in the end,
the delicius story is ripe to tell
to tell to the intimate friend;
over the tea-cups and into the square
the tongues has its desire;
still waters run deep, my dear,
there's never smoke without fire.

By WH Auden
QUOTE
.. We are a group of 36 respected international scientists and related professionals. Mostly we are the authors of 'Slaying the Sky Dragon,' the world's first full volume refutation of the greenhouse gas theory that was "the talk of the Cancun Climate Conference"
(Viscount Christopher Monckton) ..
UNQUOTE
(see Appendix A, Notes 26 and 47)


The relevant PSI promotional web-page is "A Selection of Member Biographies" in which the opening paragraph includes " .. "per veritas ad victoriam". As far as  claims about PSI membership are concerned a more appropriate Latin phrase might be "Quaestionis omnes membership petat".


This section looks at the education, training and experience of PSI’s most significant members and draws comparisons with claims that they and others have made about them. It also considers what might have motivated them to become involved with the “Slayers” and PSI rather than devoting their efforts to supporting established organisations who are sceptical of the Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Change (CACC) hypothesis.

The section also considers questionable claims about membership, an issue that was discussed with the "Slayers"/PSI group during September 2011. At that time PSI, claimed on 17th January 2011 to be " .. a group of 36 respected international scientists and related professionals .. " (http://www.gofundme.com/1v39s) was " .. what appears to be a dwindling group .. " (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/selected-e-mails-with-slayerspsi.html). Recall that on 25th Dec. 2010 John O'Sullivan, PSI's "CEO and Legal Consultant" had targeted " .. thousands of paid up members necessary to turn noble words into actions .. ”  (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/psi-due-diligence-20102011-selected-e.html).

On 21st Jan 2011 PSI was trying to entice members with this " .. INTRODUCTORY OFFER .. The annual fee for basic membership is £50 for the financial year 2011/12. As an introductory offer the first 2,000 members will receive a free copy of the best-selling climate science publication,  ‘Slaying the Sky Dragon: Death of the Greenhouse Gas Theory’ and the companion volume, ‘Sky Dragon Slayers 2’ (retail value of both volumes is $19.85) .. ". The same "offer" was made on the formal launch of PSI as a private association on 1st july 2011 (see also Section 7.0 “Financial Aspects and Governance” and Appendix A, Note 27).


By April 2012 PSI was begging " .. Please join us. Throughout 2012 membership is free to all subscribers with a science qualification and/or background (i.e. inc. science students and related professionals). Otherwise, we charge a nominal fee of £10. In the future we intend to grow PSI as a viable business offering a highly competitive international service. Please be a part of it. If you have any proposals that you believe warrant our considerations, don’t hesitate to contact us .. ".

By November 2012 the offer had been extended " .. Join Principia Scientific International Today! It's free until Summer 2013! Membership is free and open to anyone who has a science or engineering qualification. But if you are a non-scientist/engineer and have an interest in being part of us you are also welcome, although we do ask for a nominal donation of £20 to join .. " (http://www.principia-scientific.org/about/principles-of-association.html). At the end of November PSI was " .. a free-to-join grassroots association advancing openness and the traditional scientific method .. " (http://climaterealists.com/index.php/polls.php?id=10545).

Even that seems to have been no incentive because currently plastered on numerous PSI web-pages is " .. PLEASE NOTE: Throughout 2013 joining PSI is free. But we recommend a voluntary donation of Euros 30. So please join and give a little to grow a lot... " (http://www.principia-scientific.org/ http://www.principia-scientific.org/about/principles-of-association.html http://www.principia-scientific.org/about/why-psi-is-a-private-assoc.html http://www.principia-scientific.org/about/psi-mission-statement.html etc. etc. etc. ).

This section looks at those who have (and some who have not) found such offers of interest.

There has been an interesting recent (29th August 2013) addition to the PSI "Principles of Association" web page (http://principia-scientific.org/about/principles-of-association.html) which discusses membership. Whereas previously it simply invited anyone to apply, make a voluntary £20 donation and offer suggestions for fund raising there is now a section " 11. TERMINATION OF MEMBERSHIP Discipline and Termination .. " (see Appendix A, Note 41). It is left to readers to form their own opinions about whether or not PSI's words are reflected by its actions.
 

3.1 PSI "Chairmen" and "Vice-Chairmen"

This sub-section discusses the recent restructuring within PSI with the replacement of the original "chairman" and introduction of two "vice-chairmen".

3.1.1 Co-Founder and EX-"Chairman" Dr. Timothy Francis Ball

Promotional material at Principia Scientific International until recently (March 2013) and the co-author biography in “Slaying the sky dragon” claim that “ .. Chairman and Founder Member: Timothy Ball PhD (Canada): .. is a renowned environmental consultant and former [retired] Professor of climatology at the University of Winnipeg. .. Dr Ball came to the fore after his appearance in the sensational British Channel 4 documentary The Great Global Warming Swindle. Tim has an extensive science background in climatology, especially the reconstruction of past climates and the impact of climate change on human history and the human condition .. ” (http://principia-scientific.org/index.php/about/why-psi-is-proposed-as-a-cic.html - It should be noted that in the 15th April 2013 update of this web-page Dr. Ball is no longer mentioned and a new "Chairman" is named). As is said above in the Introduction " .. The PSI story has many intriguing twists and turns going back at least to the 1980s .. " and this change of "Chairman" is another one (for more on new Chaiman John Sanderson see sub-section 3.1.2). 

On the other hand the PSI Home-page continues (2013-05-28) to claim that " .. Our first appointed chair is Professor Timothy Ball a world-renowned climate scientist who was Professor of Climatology at the University of Winnipeg for thirty years .. "!! (http://principia-scientific.org/)

Dr. Ball’s CV (http://drtimball.com/_files/dr-tim-ball-CV.pdf) appears to provide little substance to those claims and other claims made by Dr. Ball himself have conflicted somewhat with what is presented in his CV. It is also noticeable that although he does list “Slaying the sky dragon” as the latest of his “Significant Publications” no mention is made of that appearance in “The Great Global Warming Swindle” (after which it is claimed that he “came to the fore”). That is hardly surprising taking into consideration the small contribution that Dr. Ball made to the documentary.

The Channel 4 documentary was broadcast on 9th March 2007, 11 years after Dr. Ball had resigned as a Professor at the University of Winnipeg, a position that he held for only 8 years (1988-96). A biased opinion of the documentary appears in “PURE PROPAGANDA - THE GREAT GLOBAL WARMING SWINDLE” (http://www.medialens.org/alerts/07/0313pure_propaganda_the.php) but it simply names Dr. Ball as one of the participants “ .. linked to American neo-conservative and right-wing think-tanks .. ”. Other participants are given much more exposure.

One aspect of Dr. Ball’s appearance in the documentary that was given more than enough coverage was the misleading impression given that at the time of the documentary he was “Professor Tim Ball, Dept of Climatology, University of Winipeg” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFLhDPMoV8I at 14:52 minutes, etc.).

According to the article “Channel 4 Now Ashamed of its Experts” by Richard Littlemore, Editor at Desmogblog QUOTE: .. Channel 4 was advertising one of its experts, Dr. Tim Ball, as a “Climatologist and Prof Emeritus of Geography at the University of Winnipeg.” In fact, Dr. Ball retired from a short, unspectacular academic career in 1995. He neither earned – nor was he given – the honour of an Emeritus professorship, and the University of Winnipeg has, on at least one previous occasion, specifically requested that he stop presenting himself as such .. UNQUOTE (http://www.desmogblog.com/channel-4-now-ashamed-of-its-experts).


The University of Winnipeg appears to subscribe to the view that the designation “Emiritus” is an earned rank, e.g:

- “ .. Dr. Jennifer S. H. Brown, has earned the rank of Professor Emerita .. ”

- “ .. The honour of Professor Emeritus has been earned by retired Classics Professor, Dr. Iain McDougall .. ”

- “ .. Parvin Ghorayshi .. is being honoured with both the title of Professor Emeritus .. and with the Clifford J Robson Memorial Award .. ” (http://www.uwinnipeg.ca/index/professor-emeritus).

The only awards by the UoW to Dr. Ball seem to have been before he became a Professor:
- 1988 the Clarence Atchison Award for Excellence in Community Service. “ .. The award is given to a University faculty or staff member to recognize the contribution given of their time and expertise to service to the community .. ” (http://www.uwinnipeg.ca/index/atchison-index).

- 1976 the Clifford J. Robson Memorial Award for Excellence in Teaching “ .. This award .. recognizes a .. faculty member .. for dedication and love of teaching .. ” (http://www.uwinnipeg.ca/index/robson-index). 

He is not listed as a recipient of an award for “ .. Excellence in Research and Scholarship .. ” (http://www.uwinnipeg.ca/index/rogers-index).

Even though he retired more than 16 years ago from his 8-year post as a professor in the Geography Department at the University of Winnipeg Dr. Ball continued to be referred to as Professor, e.g. on the PSI promotional web-page, in the Channel 4 documentary, during radio interviews (http://archive.org/details/ProfessorTimBall-ClimateChangingYourMindAndGlobalWarmingYourSoul) and in newspapers (http://www.torontosun.com/comment/columnists/michael_coren/2010/02/12/12859851.html). Perhaps this is not surprising considering that Dr. Ball seems to have added to the confusion over his status as a Professor.


Canada.com quoted an article “Aussies' Suzuki heavier on rhetoric than on science” apparently by Tim Ball for The Calgary Herald of Wednesday, April 19, 2006 in which the footer stated “ .. Tim Ball .. was the first climatology PhD in Canada and worked as a professor of climatology at the University of Winnipeg for 28 years .. ” (http://www2.canada.com/components/print.aspx?id=d622e9fa-cdc8-4163-8292-a1a554f58f94). In a letter to the editor of the Calgary Herald Dr. Dan Johnson, Professor of Environmental Science, Dept. of Geography, University of Lethbridge criticised paper and challenged the veracity of those claims.

In June 2006 Australian blogger Tim Lambert (of Deltoid fame) ran an article about this. In “Dear Tim Ball: sue me” (http://scienceblogs.com/deltoid/2006/06/23/dear-tim-ball-sue-me/) he said “ .. in response to Johnson’s letter that correctly pointed out that Ball had puffed up his qualifications, Ball is going to sue the paper, Johnson and, for good measure, the University of Lethbridge .. Dr Ball: if you want to sue me as well, my contact details are on the tab at the top of the page .. ”. Apparently Dr. Ball did initiate a defamation action, against Dr. Johnson and the Calgary Herald (http://www.desmogblog.com/ball-bails-on-johnson-lawsuit).


In its article “Timothy F. Ball (Tim Ball)” Desmogblog.com provides some useful links to more detailed information about that defamation action – see the “Key Deeds - Sept 1, 2006” section (http://www.desmogblog.com/timothy-f-ball-tim-ball), including links to the very interesting claim and defence documents:
- Tim Ball’s “Statement of Claim” (http://www.desmogblog.com/sites/beta.desmogblog.com/files/TBall%20statement%20of%20claim.pdf), . 

In a letter to the Royal Society on 26th September 2006, 10 years after he had retired from employment with the University of Winnipeg, he was identified as “ .. Retired Professor of Geography (1971 -1996) University of Winnipeg .. ” (http://www.nhinsider.com/nhigb/2006/9/29/george-c-marshall-institute-letter-to-congress.html). Some may have been misled into thinking that he was claiming to have been a Professor for 25 years. More direct misleading claims had been made 3 years earlier in letters to The Honourable Paul Martin, P.C. on 4th and 5th June 2003 “ .. Member of Parliament House of Commons Ottawa, Ontario ...


Dear Mr. Martin: …. Dr. Tim Ball, Environmental Consultant, 28 years Professor of Climatology, University of Winnipeg .. ” (http://www.john-daly.com/guests/openletter.htm).

An even more exaggerated claim was made “ .. By Timothy Ball May 28th, 2006 - 01:30 pm PT .. I have an extensive background in climatology, the reconstruction of past climates and the impact of climate change on human history. I have a Ph.D, (Doctor of Science) from the University of London, England .. for 32 years I was a Professor of Climatology at the University of Winnipeg .. ” (http://www.orato.com/health-science/global-warming-debate). That claim was repeated 10 months later when Tim Ball wrote an article “Global Warming is not due to human contribution of Carbon Dioxide Global Warming: The Cold, Hard Facts?” for Canada Free Press of 5th Feb. 2007 which was copied onto numerous web-sites. The original version seems to be inaccessible now but in many of the copies that I have seen Timothy Ball was claimed to have said “ .. I was the first Canadian Ph.D. in Climatology .. I have a Ph.D, (Doctor of Science) from the University of London, England and .. for 32 years I was a Professor of Climatology at the University of Winnipeg .. ” (e.g. see http://epw.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Minority.Blogs&ContentRecord_id=92704767-802A-23AD-4312-A7D789B0BE77 or http://www.meaus.com/116-global-warming-myth.htm).

This was reported widely in the blogosphere, e.g. in:

- “Now Tim Ball says that global warming ended in 1930” (http://scienceblogs.com/deltoid/2007/10/16/now-tim-ball-says-that-global/).

- “Global Warming - The greatest deception in the history of science” (http://www.iceagenow.com/Global_Warming_the_Greatest_Deception.htm – see Appendix A, Note 11)


Other versions that I came across had subtly changed the wording to “ .. I was the first Canadian Ph.D. in Climatology .. “ .. I have a Ph.D, (Doctor of Science) from the University of London, England and was a climatology professor at the University of Winnipeg .. ” (e.g. see http://www.martinfrost.ws/htmlfiles/feb2007/gwmyth_czech.html).

Further discussion on these conflicting claims can be found at “Dear Tim Ball: sue me” (http://scienceblogs.com/deltoid/2006/06/23/dear-tim-ball-sue-me/),  “Timothy F. Ball Explained” (http://everything.explained.at/Timothy_F._Ball/) and “Dr. Tim Ball: The Lie that Just Won't Die” in which Richard Littlemore says rather harshly “ .. Ball can't even tell the truth about his own resume .. ” (http://www.desmogblog.com/dr-tim-ball-the-lie-that-just-wont-die). There was also an interesting exchange of opinions during 2006-2007 on Professor Joshua Halpern's "Rabett Run" blog in his "Playing Tim Ball (click here to play)" thread (http://rabett.blogspot.co.uk/2006/09/playing-tim-ball-click-here-to-play.html).

In his 7th February 2011 article "Ad Hominem" Dr. Ball complained that " .. Almost all the information provided about my career, qualifications, group activities and funding are from the web site Desmogblog .. " and went on to argue that " .. The two charges that I claimed to be a Professor for 28 years and the first PhD in climatology Canada are also false .. " (http://drtimball.com/2011/ad-hominem/). On the other hand, as discussed above, the "Open Letter" sent to Canadian MP Paul Martin on 4th June 2003 ended with " .. Above letter signed by: Dr. Tim Ball, Environmental Consultant, 28 years Professor of Climatology, University of Winnipeg .. " (http://www.john-daly.com/guests/openletter.htm, also in an E-mail apparently sent by Professor Fred Singer https://groups.google.com/group/alt.global-warming/tree/browse_frm/month/2003-06/32f87cad311c5f7a?rnum=221&_done=%2Fgroup%2Falt.global-warming%2Fbrowse_frm%2Fmonth%2F2003-06%3F and at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CREC-2003-07-28/html/CREC-2003-07-28-pt1-PgS10012.htm).

Dr. Ball now states in his CV that he was a Professor for a period of 8 years only, from 1988-1996 (http://drtimball.com/_files/dr-tim-ball-CV.pdf). Despite this the PSI Home-page presently (21st Dcember 2013) claims " .. Our first appointed chair is Professor Timothy Ball a world-renowned climate scientist who was Professor of Climatology at the University of Winnipeg for thirty years .. " (http://principia-scientific.org/).


Those misleading claims about Dr. Ball’s teaching career persist. One example is in an 11th Jan. 2013 Washington Times News article “2012 probably not the hottest on record, after all .. Skewed data stoke climate alarmist fears” (http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/jan/11/2012-probably-not-the-hottest-on-record-after-all/?page=all by Dr. Ball and Tom Harris, Executive Director of the International Climate Science Coalition. The editor’s comment beneath that article says “ .. Ball is a .. former climatology professor at the University of Winnipeg. They are both advisers to the Frontier Center for Public Policy .. ”. Some have been misled by comments like that first one into thinking that Dr. Ball was a Professor of Climatology at UoW but it appears that he was not a Professor of Climatology but a Professor of Geography who also lectured on climate matters.

Another instance arose in a 16th July 2013 article "A naïve approach to climate change is betrayal" (http://www.bdlive.co.za/opinion/2013/07/16/a-nave-approach-to-climate-change-is-betrayal). The article, co-authored by Tim Ball and Tom Harris (see also Appedix A, Note 39) ended with that debatable claim that" .. Ball is .. former climatology professor at the University of Winnipeg .. ". That claim has been challenged on several occasions since 2006 (e.g. see http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Tim_Ball, http://www.desmogblog.com/dr-tim-ball-the-lie-that-just-wont-die,
It might reasonably be expected that by now Tim Ball would have ensured that such misleading claims as " .. for 32 years I was a Professor of Climatology at the University of Winnipeg .. " (http://scienceblogs.com/deltoid/2006/06/23/dear-tim-ball-sue-me/) would be avoided like the plague.

It seems that for a long time Tom Harris and Dr. Ball have been close associates, certainly in the battle against the UN’s CACC nonsense. Both are named as “Research Fellows” of the Frontier Center for Public Policy and in 2007 Dr. Ball was Chairman and Tom Harris was Executive Director with both linked to the organisation “Friends of Science” (http://lib.store.yahoo.net/lib/realityzone/UFNblockKyoto.htm). Having set up the Natural Resources Stewardship Project together in Oct. 2006 (http://web.archive.org/web/20071222181717/http://www.nrsp.com/) it is puzzling why, when Tom Harris chose to move to the International Climate Science Coalition (see Appendix A, Note 16) around March 2008 (http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Tom_Harris_(Canadian_engineer/PR_specialist) but Dr. Ball didn’t. Instead he chose to join John O’Sullivan and his fellow-“Slayers” and to try to set up a new international organisation, Principia Scientific International.

That is even more surprising considering that the members of this new group appeared so cautious about setting up PSI as a private limited company that they were not prepared to make available themselves the $3,000 (less than $200 each) needed to do so (see Section 2.1 "The PSI Vision" for the primary objective for PSI). Instead an unsuccessful public appeal was made for charitable donations for the mere £15,000 needed to set up their private company (http://www.gofundme.com/1v39s - see Appendix A, Note 47). This point was raised during exchanges in September 2012 involving Dr. Ball, Tom Harris and their associate Norman Kalmanovitch (see Appendix A, Note 17) but there still has been no transparency from them on that.

Although information posted to Wikipedia needs to be regarded with caution it seems that they may have done better on the Natural Resources Stewardship Project (http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Natural_Resources_Stewardship_Project) which has relevant information in its “Executive” section.

See also http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/climatechangedebate/message/35346?var=1 

Much of what has been said by Dr. Ball and about him by others is appealing to those of us who are sceptical of the CACC hypothesis. It could even inspire us to disregard any misleading statements made about his time as a Professor at the University of Winnipeg. For example his comments in the 7th Feb. 2011 article "Ad Hominem" (http://drtimball.com/2011/ad-hominem/) have an appealing and sincere tone, however there is one particularly questionable issue.

In an E-mail that Dr. Ball appears to have sent on 26th April 2012, Ccd to respected CACC-sceptic Dr. S. Fred Singer " .. Professor Emeritus of environmental sciences at the University of Virginia .. " (http://www.webcommentary.com/php/ShowAuthor.php?id=regnisfs). Dr. Ball said of PSI's "CEO and Legal Consultant"  " .. I was made aware of the charges against O'Sullivan almost from the start .. I legally disassociated myself from O'Sullivan very early .. " (for the complete E-mail see http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/professor-judith-curry-threatened-with.html).

Dr. Ball had been associated with John O'Sullivan and his "Slayers"/PSI blogging group since at least 26th May 2010 (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/psi-due-diligence-20102011-selected-e.html). He was copied on all of the "PSI and Due Diligence" E-mails circulated since 1st January 2011 and numerous subsequent E-mails yet he remained closely associated with John O'Sullivan as PSI's "Chairman" right up until PSI became a "subsidiary" of John O'Sullivan's company PSI Acumen Ltd. in March 2013 (see Section 7.0 "Financial and Governance Aspects"). Dr. Ball's claim to have " .. legally disassociated .. from O'Sullivan very early .. " appears to be in conflict with reality.

This raises questions about what motivated Dr, Ball to permit his apparent association with PSI to continue for so long, despite that April 2012 claim to have legally disassociated from O'Sullivan very early. It was not until April 2013 that he was no longer listed as "Chairman" of the PSI blogging group or given any mention in its "Selection of Member Biographies" (http://principia-scientific.org/about/why-psi-is-a-private-assoc.html). On the other hand John O'Sullivan still shows Dr. Ball as one of his " .. 6 team members .. " and continues to claim that he " ..  is litigating in two high-profile international lawsuits involving climatologists, Dr Michael Mann and Dr Tim Ball  .. "(http://www.linkedin.com/pub/john-o-sullivan/19/6b4/84a)!!

Tim Ball said in that E-mail to Rupert Wyndham and Fred Singer on 26th April 2012 " .. though (John O'Sullivan) provided commentary he never acted as legal counsel .. " (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/professor-judith-curry-threatened-with.html). That claim appears to conflict with what is said in the 12th Feb. 2013 "Response to amended amended notice of civil claim" in the Supreme Court of British Columbia action VLC-S-S0111913 between plaintiff Michael Mann and defendants Tim Ball, The Frontier Centre for Public Policy Inc and John Doe (see Appendix A, Note 45 for relevant quotes) .

On 29th November 2013 the "Watts Up With that" blog published  a guest article "The Important Difference between Climatology and Climate Science" by Dr. Ball (http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/11/29/the-important-difference-between-climatology-and-climate-science/). A subsequent comment suggested " .. the moment you couldn’t work out what was wrong with the whole Dragon Slayer garbage you ceased to become a climate scientist of any note .. ". That begs the question of whether Dr. Ball was ever regarded by many other scientists as a noteworthy climate scientist. The list of "Significant Publications" on his CV appears to provide little support for such an opinion. 

Another commenter asked Dr. Ball " .. May I ask if you have any regrets about having contributed to the book ” Slaying the Sky Dragon – Death of the Greenhouse Gas Theory” ? .. ". Dr. Ball answered the question in a separate article "Dangers of Analogies: Earth’s Atmosphere Is Not Like a Greenhouse" (http://drtimball.com/2013/dangers-of-analogies-earths-atmosphere-is-not-like-a-greenhouse/). In it Dr. Ball said " .. A comment on my recent article .. asked if I regretted being involved with The Slayers”. The answer is no. .. the attacks on the Slayers involved ad hominems followed by the guilt by association implications. I thoroughly examined all the charges made against some members of the group and found them wanting. However, I acted with precaution by asking one member to step aside from involvement in the book. He did so gracefully. I also latterly detached myself from the group because of issues raised in the lawsuits against me. As I anticipated, those ad hominems became part of the charges against me .. I have no regrets for participating with the Slayers .. ". Perhaps Dr. Ball was referring to matters covered in Appendic A, Note 26).

It is pertinent that the 26th Dec. 2009 article "German Physicists Trash Global Warming 'Theory' posted by John O'Sullivan" declared that " .. Before going further, it’s worth bearing in mind that no climatologist ever completed any university course in climatology – that’s how new this branch of science really is .. " (http://www.climategate.com/german-physicists-trash-global-warming-theory).


In his first affidavit submitted on 17th April 2012 to the Supreme Court of British Columbia in the defamation case brought by Dr. Michael Mann against Dr. Ball (http://www.desmogblog.com/sites/beta.desmogblog.com/files/2012%2004%2019%20-%20Affidavit%201%20of%20Skolnick.pdf) Andrew Skolnick provided a link to the University of London Senate House  Libraries web-site search tool (http://catalogue.ulrls.lon.ac.uk/search/). Searching for "Ball, Timothy F." finds a page showing that the subject of Dr. Ball's 1983 thesis was "Climatic change in central Canada : a preliminary analysis of weather information from the Hudson's Bay Company Forts at York Factory and Churchill Factory, 1714-1850". It also shows that the thesis was for a PhD (Sci) in Geography.

Dr Ball claimed in Feb. 2007 that " " .. I was the first Canadian Ph.D. in Climatology .. have an extensive background in climatology .. for 32 years I was a Professor of Climatology at the University of Winnipeg .. ” (http://www.iceagenow.com/Global_Warming_the_Greatest_Deception.htm). It appears that in fact he obtained his PhD in GEOGRAPHY (not Climatology) and was a Professor of GEOGRAPHY (not Climatology) at the University of Winnipeg for ONLY EIGHT years (not 32).

TO BE UPDATED, meanwhile there is frequent mention of Dr. Ball in the comments following Austalian CACC-sceptic commentator Joanne Nova's article "A Discussion of the Slaying the Sky Dragon Science: Is the Greenhouse Effect a Sky Dragon Myth" (http://joannenova.com.au/2012/10/a-discussion-of-the-slaying-the-sky-dragon-science-is-the-greenhouse-effect-a-sky-dragon-myth/#comment-1274219). These include supportive comments from Tim Ball's son David. 

3.1.2 "Chairman" John Sanderson

Although several of the PSI web-pages still indicate that Dr. Tim Ball is PSI's "Chairman" the " .. Member Biographies .. " page states that " .. Chairman: John Sanderson .. is the immediate past president of the Royal College of Science Association. John served as president of the RCSA from 2007 until July 2012 .. ". What is not mentioned is that despite the impressive name the RCSA is no more than an association of Imperial College alumni. The RCSA home-page states that its  " .. main aim .. is to provide a network that allows past and present members of the Royal College of Science to remain in contact .. " (http://www.rcsa.org.uk/)ANYONE who is or was a student at the Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine or a member of staff in any of the Departments of Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Maths or Physics, or the old departments of Geology (in its RCS days), Botany or Zoology is eligible to join the Association.

As John Sanderson said in 2007 in a  "Memories" interview during the Imperial College centenary " .. President of Royal College of Science association. .. when Imperial College was first coagulated from the three constituent colleges they tried to rub them out and they formed a society, the Royal College of Science Association to protect the Royal College of Science name .. a few years ago, somebody rubbed out the Royal College of Science and now we've lost it .. ". When asked about  the point of going to the  Students' Union male only bar John Sanderson made the revealing comment " .. we came to college  .. to drink with one another .. " (http://www.imperial.ac.uk/centenary/memories/sanderson.shtml).

Despite having been President of the Royal College of Science Association for 5 years there appears to be a dearth of peer-viewed scientific papers by John Sanderson so it would be interesting to know what contribution he has made to furthering our knowledge in any scientific discipline.

That's not to say there is no information available about John Sanderson. There are repeated references to various businesses operating from that address in North London which is associated with John Sanderson and the RCS. One of those is a company called Atlantic Power, listed under the " .. Category: Computer Consultants, Computer Maintenance, Computer Services, Computers .. " (http://www.misterwhat.co.uk/company/3012-atlantic-power-london).

Another is mentioned in the Companies House records. They tell us that J SANDERSON (LONDON) PLC, .. TOTTENHAM, LONDON  ... Company No. 05473767 was registered on 7th June 2005 as a " .. SIC 7499  non-trading company .. ", the founding director being John Sanderson. His directorship was terminated on 3rd March 2009, dissolution was announced in the London Gazette in Oct. 2009 and final dissolution was in Jan. 2010 It appears that the company remained dormant throughout its existence (http://wck2.companieshouse.gov.uk//compdetails).

This is of particular interest in the context of PSI Acumen Ltd. of which PSI is now a "subsidiary" because it is another example of the less than successful companies that have been set up and run by PSI "executives" (see Sections 3.2 "Co-Founder and CEO John O'Sullivan" and 3.3 "Co-Founder and CFO Johannes Cornelis Schreuder" 

More on the impact upon PSI members of PSI recemtly (4th March 2013) becoming a "subsidiary" of John O'Sullivan's company PSI Acumen Ltd. can be found in Section 6.2 "Governance".

3.1.3 "Vice Chairman (North)" Dr. Pierre R. Latour (U.S.) 

According to the PSI promotional web-pages " ..  Dr. Latour is a world-renowned professional chemical engineer and recognized authority in process automation technology .. After a two-year tour as a captain in the U.S. Army he excelled at NASA’s Manned Spacecraft Center managing the Apollo Docking Simulator development .. " (http://www.principia-scientific.org/about/why-psi-is-a-private-assoc.html).

Only one member included in that " .. selection of our valued members .. " is shown as having been involved with the Apollo space program yet on 22nd Dec. 2012 PSI's "CEO & Legal Consultant" John O'Sullivan said that Dr. Latour is " .. noted for his work on the Apollo Space program .. " (https://johnosullivan.wordpress.com/2012/12/22/us-national-academies-and-the-non-greenhouse-gas-effect-part-three/). In a comment following that article he also claimed that " .Among our number is a Nobel Physics prize nominee, engineers who distinguished themselves by their work on the Apollo space program, we have Sweden’s most cited math professor and 200+ other specialists (38 PhDs.) .. " (see also Section 
4.0 Over-ambitious and Misleading Membership Claims).

Those claims about Dr. Latour conflict somewhat with what is said at the site of his alma mater Purdue University. In 2007 (long before John O'Sullivan had his “vision” of running an International science publishing company (Note 1), Dr. Latour was honoured by his alma mater Purdue University School of Chemical Engineering (https://engineering.purdue.edu/ChE/AboutUs/News/DrsPierreLatourandDuncanMellichampReceive2007Outsta) with their “Outstanding Chemical Engineer Award” for his professional achievements. There is no suggestion there that Dr. Latour's noteworthy achievements were as a space scientist at NASA's Manned Spacecraft Center. According to Purdue, shortly after obtaining his PhD he did spend a couple of years from 1967-69 working on computerised simulators of Apollo docking/separation manoevres (https://engineering.purdue.edu/ChE/AboutUs/Pierre%20Latour%202007%20OChE.jpg) but nothing more (see Appendix A, Note 40).

TO BE UPDATED
Meanwhile this  may be of interest "Exchange of Letters between Dr Pierre Latour and Jeff Temple in the “Letters to the Editor” section of the Hydrocarbon Processing Journal" (http://ccd4e.org/drpierre_latour_and_jeff_temple/).

3.1.4 "Vice Chairman (Australasia)" John N Elliston


TO BE UPDATED

3.2  Co-Founder "CEO and Legal Consultant" John O'Sullivan

The PSI web-site says that “ . British legal analyst and science writer, John O’Sullivan pursued a vision to form a large body of experts united in opposing the worst excesses of government-funded science .. " (http://principia-scientific.org/about/principles-of-association.html). That “vision” is described in Section 2.1 and I repeat here what in my opinion are the most significant extracts from relevant statements made by John to the "Slayers"/PSI group on 25th and 28th Dec. 2010:

“ .. PSI is for all who love science willing to make a small financial contribution to defeat science corruption. Principled individuals need to be recruited en masse .. we must raise funds by charging a minimum annual subscription (£50 - or US $100) .. One of PSI's key objectives .. to challenge this ubiquitous global warming fraud in international courts .. I have the .. know how to coordinate such a global courtroom strategy .. 'Slaying the Sky Dragon' .. provides the most compelling scientific argument to advance a legal one .. We are poised to deliver a robust, financially strong charitable organization .. to file lawsuits .. we now need you to help recruit the thousands of  paid up members necessary to turn noble words into actions .. One of PSI's key objectives must be to challenge this ubiquitous global warming fraud in international courts .. Our key purpose is to fight climate fraud globally in all English speaking common law nations .. our first $3,000 'low cost option' - a mandamus petition against NASA GISS/NOAA in the federal court in Washington DC .. applying the strategy I recommended .. a mandamus petition .. I've staked my reputation, sweat and own money on beating the AGW fraud in the courts - its the only serious game in town. My legal associates and I are ready and waiting .. I've willingly staked my own reputation and  resources on .. PSI as CEO .. I heartily recommened PSI to you and encourage you to help lobby for donations and membership .. ” (see also Section 7.0 “Financial Aspects and Governance” and Appendix A, Note 27).

For the full context of those extracts reference should be made to the post "PSI and DUE Diligence" 2010/2011 - Selected E-mails (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/psi-due-diligence-20102011-selected-e.html).

Related to this “vision” was the Dec. 2012 entry at LinkedIn, which said “ ..
Summary 
John O'Sullivan LLB, BA (Hon), PGCE .. a member of the New York County Lawyers Association (NYCLA) .. litigating in two high-profile international lawsuits involving climatologists, Dr Michael Mann and Dr Tim Ball .. ” (see Appendix A, Note 9)
Experience 
- Legal Consultant Principia Scientific International April 2011 – Present .. CEO of Principia Scientific International. Also Acting Internal Legal Counsel ..
- Lecturer University of Northampton .. September 1987 – August 1999 (12 years) .. ” (Appendix A, Note 9)
Education
University of Surrey/WSCAD Bachelors Degree, Law/Fine Art (History) 1979 – 1984
Post graduate teacher training completed at Sussex University 1984-5
Also, in an E-mail on 17 Dec 2011 he said “ .. I earned my law degree from University of Surrey in 1982 .. ” (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/selected-e-mails-with-slayerspsi.html).
That was all very impressive, suggesting that a team of legal experts, including PSI’s “CEO and Legal Consultant”, was ready to take on some of the most powerful organisations in the English-speaking world.

On the other hand, Section 2.1 The Vision presents a comment made on 31st Jan 2010 by PSI’s “CEO and Legal Consultant” “ .. I am a retired academic and I have litigated personally or assisted others in pro se litigation at every level of court there is in New York State as well as Federal level, for over a decade and never lost. Am I licensed to practice law in the US or UK? No, sir- self taught and proud! I think that makes my achievements even more extraordinary, don’t you? .. ” (http://noconsensus.wordpress.com/2010/01/29/deep-black-hide-the-decline/#comment-19731).

Six weeks later, on 15th March 2010, the following blog comment appeared “ .. Dear Mr. XXXXXX,
Re: Feature Writer Post  Having seen your vacancy advertised online at ‘HoldtheFrontPage’ I would be most grateful if you would consider me as a genuine candidate for the position of Feature Writer. .. I trust you will wish to meet with me so we can further discuss how I may be a fitting addition to your staff and demonstrate above all, how my versatility of style will meet your key requirement as Feature Writer. Please find attached an up to date C.V. for your use. Yours truly, John O’Sullivan .. ” (http://johnosullivan.wordpress.com/2010/03/15/so-you-want-to-be-a-journalist-in-south-wales/).  

There was no mention in that job application that “ .. I earned my law degree from University of Surrey in 1982 .. ” so it would be interesting to look at what the attached CV had in it. In June 2012 John O'Sullivan's wife provided a photograph that she had taken during her last visit to the UK in October/November 2011 (Appendix A, Note 32) of a 2-page CV that says “ .. OBJECTIVE: Feature Writer: Law journalism .. ” (see http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/curriculum-vitae-for-john-osullivan-2010.html for a transcribed version with additional comments about the entries). This CV would appear to have been the one that accompanied the application made for the post of Feature Writer. Let’s take a look at some of the claims made in it.

John O'Sullivan claims to have studied at Leicester University, UK from 1995-2000 for a Doctoral Degree in Education Management and Leadership and at State University of New York (SUNY) from 2004-2007 for a Bachelor’s Degree in International and Comparative Law. His wife (who lives in New York State) has advised that John was not there during those years. She said that they married there on 1st Jan, 1998, John stayed for barely a year, returned to the UK and has not been back to the USA in all those years other than for one vacation in Florida.

In his New York County Lawyers Association (NYCLA) profile John O'Sullivan stated “Law School – University of Surrey/Hill .. Date Graduated - 01/2010 .. ”. There is an Internet-based organisation calling itself “Hill University” which apparently will within two weeks send “life-experience” degrees in any discipline to anyone who pays the $500 fee. It is one of 26 “ .. fake college websites .. ” listed as a “Diploma Mill” (http://www.diplomamillscam.com/fraud/hill-university-reviews). 

Recently John’s wife advised that she had also come across a certificate from Hill University and " .. that is where he obtained a so called Law Degree .. ”. She explained that she had first heard of John being a successful litigator with a law degree when his credentials were described to the audience attending a Nov. 2011 meeting in Devon.


Why would someone who had earned a Bachelor’s Degree in International and Comparative Law from SUNY after completing studies there in 2007 claim in his NYCLA profile to have studied Law at University of Surrey/Hill and have qualified in Jan. 2010?

Further details on this can be found in "Curriculum Vitae for John O'Sullivan (2010)" (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/curriculum-vitae-for-john-osullivan-2010.html).

Not everyone swallowed John O'Sullivan's claims about his experience litigating on both sides of the Atlantic as meaning he was a qualified and successful lawyer. For example in Jan. 2010, at the time that John O'Sullivan was earning a little from his articles on the Climategate.com blog he wrote an article which started off with " .. We are turning up the heat in pursuit of prosecutions against scientists involved in the recent Climategate scandal .. " (my bold). One Steve Mennie made the following pertinent comments " .. Okay John O’Sullivan…I’ll admit, you had me there for a minute. All of your puffery nearly convinced me that you actually were a a hot shot international lawyer with years of experience litigating governmental malfeasance and you and your team were on top of this international scandal. By God, justice would be done. But ya gotta admit that it isn’t that difficult to pull the wool over the eyes of some .. " (http://www.climategate.com/penn-state-climategate-whistleblowers/comment-page-1#comment-552). 
More on this can be found in Appendix A, Note 1) Para. 4 and see also Appendix A, Note 54.

One of the many things that are surprising about John O'Sullivan is how he has been able to attract the support of others in pursuing his "vision" of setting himself up as "CEO and Legal Consultant" of a publishing company. On 4th Jan .2011 he made it quote clear that " .. The Slayers know we are a team operating a book authoring and publishing business and that I'm running this aspect for profit .. " (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/psi-due-diligence-20102011-selected-e.html). With that understanding it is reasonable to expect that his business partners would undertake their own due diligence exercise before investing resources in the venture.


Such an exercise would have revealed that at almost 50 years old John O'Sullivan had no track record of successfully managing any business venture at all. Only 6 years earlier his WEBANGLIA.COM Ltd. business had been struck off after 4 years in existence making loss after annual loss (Appendix A, Note 37). They would have found that in the same year his career as an art teacher since leaving University  had come to a sudden end.


Despite that several members of the "Slayers"/PSI blogging group continue to give their support to his venture, the Principia Scientific International "Principles of Association" page saying quite clearly that " .. PSI is an active commercial publisher of science articles, compendiums and books. We share the financial rewards from sales .. " (http://principia-scientific.org/about/principles-of-association.html. Well, even a 100% share of nothing is still nothing. See also Section 7.0 “Financial Aspects and Governance” and Appendix, Note 27).

On 5th Dec. 2011 on Professor Judith Curry's "Letter to the dragon slayers" blog "Bryan" expressed similar sentiments when he said " .. Its indeed a strange world where folk with genuine scientific qualifications and credibility like Postma, Peirs Corbyn and Claes Johnson seem to need a front man without any formal scientific training and who requires name changing from time to time .. " (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/professor-judith-currys-letter-to.html - see Appendix A Notes 19, 20 and 27).


TO BE UPDATED, meanwhile see Appendix A, Note 55) and related articles and the comments thereon by frequent contributors to the CACC debate, such as Andrew Skolnick, Mark G (Thompson), Ian Forrester, Cathy Henry (snapple), Richard Treadgold, Richard Martin Lack  and Pete Ridley:

- "Affidavits in Michael Mann Libel Suit Reveal Astonishing Facts About Tim Ball Associate John O'Sullivan" (http://www.desmogblog.com/affidavits-michael-mann-libel-suit-reveal-astonishing-facts-about-tim-ball-associate-john-o-sullivan),
- Desmogblog Fail with Pop Gun Character Assassination Ploy (http://johnosullivan.wordpress.com/2012/07/29/desmogblog-fail-with-pop-gun-character-assassination-ploy/),
- "Professor Judith Curry's "Letter to the dragon slayers" - Selected Comments" (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/professor-judith-currys-letter-to.html),
and other posts placed on this blog during May - August.

TO BE UPDATED

3.3 Co-Founder and "CFO" Johannes Cornelis Schreuder

(See also Section 7.0 "Financial Aspects and Governance).

The PSI web-site says " .. Chief Financial Officer .. Founder Member:Hans Schreuder .. analytical chemist and international technical contractor .. " (http://principia-scientific.org/about/why-psi-is-a-private-assoc.html). On 21st Jan 2010 the climategate.com web-site claimed that " .. Mr. Schreuder is a member of Mensa. He is a genuine scientist .. " (http://www.climategate.com/climate-change-so-what). Apart from Hans's numerous blog articles and his chapters in "Slaying the sky dragon" there appears to be no evidence of any peer-reviewed papers or significant scientific research of any sort by him although he seemed to have been involved in some sort of field work in 2000 (http://www.mail-archive.com/dia-list@lysator.liu.se/msg02636.html). 

Information from the "Reinventing Due Diligence" web-site of Duedil.com reveals evidence of three private companies that Johannes Cornelis Schreuder has been involved with, e.g:
- currently active " .. BRITISHDOTCOM LIMITED Appointment Date: 10/10/2005 Position: Director Occupation: Technician .. " (http://www.dellam.com/english/BR/BRITISHDOTCOM%20LIMITED.html) which apparently went from a "Net Worth" of £0 in 2006 to -£5195 in 2009 (http://bizzy.co.uk/uk/05587804/britishdotcom) and -£9,883 in 2012 (https://www.duedil.com/company/05587804/britishdotcom-limited),
- Starcap IT Ltd. which was dissolved in June 2009 (https://www.duedil.com/company/06194128/starcap-it-limited),
- Comglo Ltd. (previously known as Comercial Global Limited) was dissolved in June 2000 (http://data.companieshouse.gov.uk/doc/company/02812986).

(See Note 18 for more about these.)

Also, THE LONDON GAZETTE MONDAY 5 JULY 1999 announced that " .. SCHREUDER, Johannes Cornells, also known as Hans Schreuder, a Marine Technician, residing .. Ipswich, Suffolk, as a Company Director Court—IPSWICH Date of Filing Petition—28th June 1999 No of Matter—167 of 1999 Date of Bankruptcy Order— 28th  June 1999 Whether Debtor's or Creditor's Petition—Debtor's Official Receiver—8th Floor, St Clare House, Greyfnars, Ipswich IP1 1LX .. ” (http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/55542/pages/7288/page.pdf).

None of these refer to Johannes Cornelis Schreuder as a scientist but simply as a "technician" so perhaps the field work Hans was doing in 2000 was as a marine technician (http://www.mail-archive.com/dia-list@lysator.liu.se/msg02636.html).

On 20 July 2008 an article was posted on Hans Schreuder's "I Love My Carbon" blog saying " .. This is the final entry on my mission to prove the irrelevance of carbon dioxide in influencing the climate .. " (http://www.ilovemycarbondioxide.com/theory.html). It would seem that Hans couldn't resist the urge to continue his "mission" because the site is still going and he is still posting entries.

Not that it hasn't been near to collapse at times. There is an article on Robert W Felix's web-site "Ice Age Now" (http://www.iceagenow.com/) suggesting that Hans was ready to end his involvement in the CACC issue in January 2010 QUOTE: .. "Paid shill" throws in the towel Runs out of funds .. Hans Schreuder, a retired analytical chemist in the UK, is one of those skeptics. For the past four years, he has used his own funds to fight the global warming scam. It has been a thankless task, and I've just learned that he is shutting down his website due to a lack of funds .. And here's the actual email that I received from Hans.
Hi Robert, As of the end of last month, I have shut my sites down due to a lack of funds ... Best regards, Hans http://ilovemycarbondioxide.com/ .. UNQUOTE http://www.iceagenow.com/Paid_shill_throws_in_the_towel.htm).

Funds were acquired through charitable donations and Hans announced that " .. THIS SITE WILL NO LONGER CLOSE DOWN AT END OCTOBER 2010 DUE TO LACK OF FUNDS .. We needed GBP500.- and YOU DONATED GENEROUSLY - THANKS!!!! .. Total donations so far: GBP583 .. " (http://www.ilovemycarbondioxide.com/indexx.html).

Despite those funding problems that Hans had in early-2010 he was one of the few "Slayers" who responded to John O'Sullivan's appeal for funds to set up PSI as a private company (a CIC), saying on 29th Dec, 2010 " .. John, You can count me in for a $500 pledge..- Hans .. " (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/psi-due-diligence-20102011-selected-e.html). Hans's appeal for charitable donations must have been much more successful than John's has turned out to be (£450 of a targeted £15,000 in just under 2 years - http://www.gofundme.com/1v39s).

TO BE UPDATED

3.4 Co-Founder, "Director" and "Senior Fellow" Mr Joseph A Olson

According to the PSI promotional web-page " .. SELECT MEMBER BIOGRAPHIES(http://www.principia-scientific.org/about/why-psi-is-a-private-assoc.html) " .. Retired Texan engineer and impassioned science writer, Joe Olson PE is a respected innovative thinker with over 100 major civil engineering and climate-related articles to his name. Olson is famed as a staunch advocate of the traditional English scientific method and combines a wealth of hard-edged industry experience with an insightful and deft writer's touch to convey complex scientific concepts in a unique literary style .. ".

As with PSI CFO Hans Schreuder, despite the plaudits trumpeted there and his own claims to " .. have authored +150 major articles posted at InfoWars, Canada Free Press, Drudge Report, Brietbart, Climate Depot, Climate Realists and read into the U S Congressional Record .. " (http://joannenova.com.au/2012/10/a-discussion-of-the-slaying-the-sky-dragon-science-is-the-greenhouse-effect-a-sky-dragon-myth/#comment-1205225)  it is difficult to find a single peer-reviewed paper of Civil Engineer Joe Olson's in any learned journal. The list of articles that he provides on his blog "Faux Science Slayer" in his "Media Coverage for Joseph A Olson, PE" (http://fauxscienceslayer.com/pdf/author.pdf) does not include a single such paper, only his diatribes during the 1990s about Houston Metro trains and his more recent incessant on-line postings at Canada Free press and Climate Realists.

This is surprising for someone who claims to " .. have studied a 1000 pages of science and history every month for four decades, all with a college level of understanding .. ". It seems that Joe Olson's fame has not yet reached recognised scientific or engineering circles via their learned journals. Little wonder he is reduced to boasting that " .. My website is ALWAYS #1 of 30 to 60 million google searches .. ", somewhat similar to his PSI co-founder John O'Sullivan boasting that he " .. is Google’s most read writer on the greenhouse gas theory .. " (http://www.principia-scientific.org/about/why-psi-is-a-private-assoc.html) - see Appendix A, Note 48).

Maybe that is explained best through Joe Olson's own words in July 2009  " .. I am a private practice engineer who is self funded and self researched….the defination of ‘Engineering’ is applied science….or science that works….when engineers fail there are serious consequences….when a scientist fails, they can ‘adjust their polynomials’….my formal education included as much physics and a physics major, as much math as a math major and as much chemistry as a chemistry major….my new defination for a scientist…. a scientist is an engineer who didn’t want to go to school for an extra year…. " (http://www.warwickhughes.com/blog/?p=127#comment-22713).

In his Faux Science Slayer posting he says " .. This has been a labor of love, freely given to humanity, that we might rescue humanity from the grips of elitist slavery.  To date I have not received and financial return from
this investment. That may change, for in July 2010 I was invited to be co-author of Slaying the Sky Dragon, the definitive Earth science text of the 21st century.  I wish to thank my fellow Slayers and pray that you join us in educating and freeing science and our blessed human family .. " - noble sacrifice indeed, or was it? Those three words " .. that may change .. " suggest that Joe Olsen's motives were not purely altruistic (see also Section 7.0 "Financial Aspects and Governance" and Appendix A, Notes 19 and 27).

It is difficult to disagree with what was said about Joe Olsen by " .. TheExposer ... Joseph A Olson is an Engineer, not a Climatologist. He’s not even a scientist. He works in construction. He has never published a peer reviewed article on ANY scientific subject. He is prone to getting into childish spitting contests. His use of highly partisan and inflammatory language undermines any pretense of credibility he puts forth. Olson is politically motivated, often allowing his emotions to seep into his pseudo-scientific articles .. " (http://www.warwickhughes.com/blog/?p=127#comment-22710).

As discussed earlier Joe Olsen is a co-author with other “Slayers” of their cobbled collection of blog articles published under the title “Slaying the Sky Dragon”, padded with 20 pages of his ideas on "Climate and the Geo-Nuclear Connection". Joel Shore, a CACC supporter, reviewed the book and in the first paragraph of “Pseudoscientific nonsense, April 17, 2011” said “ .. The arguments made in this book are so far out there that even well-known anthropogenic global warming (AGW) skeptics like Richard Lindzen, Roy Spencer, and Lord Monckton have apparently tried to distance themselves from its arguments. When there is an argument against AGW so bad that even Lord Monckton won't embrace it, that's saying something! .. ” (http://www.amazon.com/review/R554OCUZZYTPN) – more contributions to the debate of “Slayer” science can be found in http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/selected-e-mails-with-slayerspsi.html).

Recall from Section 2.0 that “ .. PSI was driven by .. Texan engineer and science writer, Joseph A. Olson .. ” (http://principia-scientific.org/index.php/about/articles-of-association.html). Founding member Joe has his own view of the world and its peoples (e.g. see his article “Housebreaking Your New Euro-Snob” http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/31655 ). During E-mail exchanges in July 2010 Joe couldn’t resist mocking Lord Monkton with “ .. have heard the Lord interviewed and wondered....zanny ? ? ?   loon ? ? ?   royal inbreeding ? ? ?  .. ” (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/psi-due-diligence-20102011-selected-e.html). Joe Olson's comments on 3rd July 2010 at 14:05:36 give a hint about his attitude towards the UK’s “upper class” and his comments at 16:03:47 make me wonder if perhaps it was Joe who was the PSI visionary, not John O'Sullivan.

In that exchange Joe also drew attention to another of his numerous articles on CACC posted in Canada Free Press. “Penn Panel Limbos under the Hockey Stick” (http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/24949) which attracted praise from no less an authority than PSI "CEO and Legal Consultant" John O'Sullivan.

Joe Olsen has recently declared that he " .. will continue to educate my fellow Earthlings of every nation and race. I support Universal Freedom and it is time for a New Magna Carta .. " (http://joannenova.com.au/2012/10/a-discussion-of-the-slaying-the-sky-dragon-science-is-the-greenhouse-effect-a-sky-dragon-myth/#comment-1205225) - Amen!

TO BE UPDATED

3.5 Co-Founder and "Director" Dr Martin Hertzberg

TO BE UPDATED

3.6 Co-Founder and "Director" Dr Charles Anderson

The PSI "Member Biographies" page (http://principia-scientific.org/about/why-psi-is-a-private-assoc.html) correctly names Dr. Anderson as a founding member and also as owner of Anderson Materials Evaluation. It also implies that he remains a member of PSI which is questionable. Although the PSI and PSI Acumen Ltd. web-sites mention a relationship with Dr. Anderson (http://principia-scientific.org/about/why-psi-is-a-private-assoc.html and http://www.psi-acumen.net/index.php/about) this relationship may be purely historic.

The PSIA about-page says “ .. PSIA draws extensively from PSI’s international pool of contracting engineers and scientists to fulfill bespoke contractual needs .. ". This was initially under the heading "WHO ARE OUR EMPLOYEES?”! It also states that " .. PSIA is proudly associated with Anderson Materials Evaluation our preferred and highly reputed source for independent materials testing and analysis with whom we have enjoyed several years of successful project collaboration .. ".

On 17th March 2013 these claims were drawn to Dr. Anderson's attention. His responses on 18th, 19th and 20th March included ("bold" added) " .. I was not aware of this until just now. .. For the record .. I am not a director of PSI.  If it was proposed that I become a director, I either did not read the e-mail or I assumed that by not responding that I would not become a director  .. The PSI organization was not high on my priority list or even on it at all around the time it was being set up.  I have very rarely visited its website.  When I did, I only went there to read a paper posted there and that only recently .. I am not an employee of PSI Acumen Ltd.  My laboratory, Anderson Materials Evaluation, Inc., has never worked on a materials analysis project with a client with a connection to PSI Acumen Ltd. or PSI to the best of my knowledge.  I have not worked on a materials analysis project with John O'Sullivan to date.  John recently sent me a note apologizing for the premature posting of a PSI Acumen Ltd. website claiming a relationship with me and my laboratory before discussing it with me.  We have had no such discussion subsequently. If I do take on any projects with PSI Acumen Ltd. in the future, it will be as an independent contractor .. ” (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/psi-acumen-ltd-due-diligence-selected-e.html).

A much clearer picture of Dr. Anderson is given on his own blogs (http://objectivistindividualist.blogspot.co.uk/ and http://andersonmaterials.blogspot.co.uk/).

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3.7 Co-Founder and "Director" Mr Alan Siddons

TO BE UPDATED

3.8 Co-Founder and "Compliance Officer" Rev. Philip Foster

PSI's membership promotional page says little about Philip Foster other than " .. Philip was one of the founding members of PSI. As owner of St. Matthew Publishing Ltd. Philip is also the British publisher of 'Slaying the Sky Dragon: Death of the Greenhouse Gas Effect' .. " (http://principia-scientific.org/index.php/about/why-psi-is-proposed-as-a-cic.html).

There is no mention of Philip being PSI's Compliance Officer, despite the claim made in December 2010 " .. In the year of inception, 2011, our Chairman is Dr. Timothy Ball; our managers are John O’Sullivan (CEO), Hans Schreuder (CFO) and Rev. Philip Foster (Compliance Officer) … " (See Appendix A Note 3). To my knowledge Philip Foster has never played any part in managing PSI and I do wonder if he even considers himself to be an active member of the group.

What is certain is that Philip is an active member of the UK's "Campaign to Repeal the Climate Change Act" (http://repealtheact.org.uk/how-you-can-help-us), a group that I fully support (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012_03_01_archive.html). See also Appendix A NOTES, especially Note 6 but also others.


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3.9 Webmaster Thomas Richard

According to PSI's " .. Selection of Member Biographies .. Tom is the driving force behind this site. A master of freelance writing, graphic design, web design, and print design services .. " (http://principia-scientific.org/index.php/about/why-psi-is-proposed-as-a-cic.html).

The summary description of Thomas Richard given in Section 1.0 "Introduction" that had appeared on the PSI web-site is no longer accessible through the link provided. He is given another mention on the "Slaying the Sky Dragon" blog " .. The 'Slayers' team wishes to express particular gratitude to our professional web designer and graphic artist, Thomas Richard, for his stunning visuals and first-rate technical programming. Thomas resides in Boston, Mass. .. " (http://www.slayingtheskydragon.com/en/meet-the-authors).

As well as being a freelance writer, web-designer and graphic artist it appears that Thomas Richard also runs the Climate Change Dispatch blog (www.climatechangedispatch.com) and since May 2010 has contributed articles about "Boston Environmental Policy" as a freelance author to Examiner.com (http://www.examiner.com/user-tom-67-80)" .. Boston Environmental Policy Examiner Thomas Richard is a freelance writer who is dedicated to enhancing the national debate on the theory of man-made global warming (AGW) into a scientific endeavor for answers. He seeks to challenge the political consensus that the cause is primarily anthropogenic and that the principal culprit is CO2. He does this using factual information, journal reviews, and other sources not readily available to the mainstream media .. " (http://www.examiner.com/environmental-policy-in-boston/thomas-richard).  

Thomas Richard has been involved with the PSI blogging group from at least March 2010 when he used his address at the climatechangefraud.com blog (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/psi-due-diligence-20102011-selected-e.html see also Appendix A, Notes 4 and 5). In a June 2010 article "Interview with a Skeptic" (reflecting an interview he had with Daniel Papcke, owner of the German blog "Home of Solar) he claimed to have run that blog as " .. a one-man show created and maintained by myself. I’m a freelance writer who does this site in his spare time .. " (http://www.examiner.com/article/interview-with-a-skeptic but see Appendix A, Note 53).

On his Examiner.com pages Thomas Richard has been posting contributions from John O'Sullivan since at least the 9th August 2010 (e.g see http://www.examiner.com/article/us-government-massive-new-global-warming-scandal-noaa-disgraced and http://www.examiner.com/article/climategate-2-sensational-email-release-durban-conference-derailed). That first article ended with the misleading claim that " .. John O'Sullivan .. taught and lectured for over twenty years at schools and colleges in the east of England before moving to the United States .. " (Appendix A, Note 54).

NB: In 2012 the question "Who or what is behind the denier blog "climate change dispatch"? was raised on Yahoo Answers and included this comment " .. "CCD" seems to be more cleverly secretive than most anti-science blogs. It's "About Us" page offers only a slick bit of obfuscation .. " (http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20120509182745AALYIHO). The answer given was Thomas Richard, based in part upon information provided on the blog of German biologist Dr. Matthias Kleespies (http://germanclimateblog.com/en/acknowledgements.html), another PSI member (see sub-section 4.6).  



It seems reasonable to conclude from the various pieces of the jigsaw puzzle that the same Thomas Richard who functions as Webmaster for PSI and Climate Change Dispatch is also the Boston Environmental Policy Examiner but I stand to be corrected.


TO BE UPDATED

3.10 "Recruitment Officer" Terri Avril Jackson

In April 2012 the PSI web-site said “ .. Terri Jackson MSc MPhil MInstP is a graduate physicist in Northern Ireland working in various areas of physics, energy and climate. She is active in exposing the green movement deception and insists there is no greenhouse gas effect in Earth’s atmosphere .. ”. It now adds " .. Recruitment Officer Terri Jackson: ... a member of the Women’s Engineering Society and on it's Council for a number of years .. taught physics at Belfast Institute of Further and Higher Education for 30 years .. the Founder of the Energy Group at the Institute of Physics, London .. Director of the Independent Climate Research Group, Northern Ireland and London .. was the energy researcher for former First Minister of Northern Ireland, Dr Ian Paisley .. a speaker at the International Climate Conference held by the Heartland Institute in Chicago in May 2010 .. From August 2012 Terri serves as PSI's specialist in member recruitment .. (http://principia-scientific.org/index.php/about/why-psi-is-proposed-as-a-cic.html).

NB: the footnote beneath the presentation to the Heartland Institute's May 2010 ICCC-4 by  Terri  (previously known as Terry - see Appendix A, Note 24Jackson says " .. Avril Terri Jackson .. is founder of the energy/climate group at the Institute of Physics in London .. " (http://climateconferences.heartland.org/avril-terri-jackson-iccc4/ - see also Appendix A, Note 24a).

Summarising what appears elsewhere on the Internet (Appendix A, Note 24d), it seems that Terry Jackson earned a MSc in Plasma Physics and an MPhil in Energy Economics, had a 30 year career as a Physics teacher to high school students and was at one time a member of the IOP, setting up its High Energy Physics group and its Energy Group (Appendix A, Note 24a).

According to the record of a 2009 sex and age discrimination action "Avril Terri Jackson v Soroptimist International of Bangor (Appendix A, Note 24b) Terry retired from teaching Physics. That appears to have been as a lecturer at the Belfast Metropolitan College (http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?storycode=407763). In 2009 Terry started the Independent Climate Research Group, about which little can be found other than Terry being its Director. This group possibly comprises nothing more than Terry doing independent Internet search for content for random letters and blog comments about climate change (Appendix A, Note 24c).

Although appearing to be a relative newcomer to the “Slayers”/PSI blogging group Terry Jackson has been a CACC sceptic since at least 2008. In a 12th Feb 2009 letter “Sammy’s right, man is not responsible for global warming” posted in the Belfast Telegraph Terry gave full support to Northern Ireland CACC sceptic MP Sammy Wilson. Surprisingly, at the same time Terry gave full support to those who claim that the essential, life-supporting substance CO2 is a pollutant (Appendix A, Note 24i) , saying “ .. There is ample scientific proof that CO2 pollution levels follow temperature rises and not the other way round .. ”. Not satisfied with that Terry went on to say that “ .. While CO2 may be the most important greenhouse gas .. ” and “ .. there is global warming on Mars, but there are no greenhouse gases! .. ” (http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/opinion/letters/sammys-right-man-is-not-responsible-for-global-warming-28466968.html).


On the 13th May 2009 the Belfast Telegraph “Pouring cold water on global warming - Global cooling has arrived. Global warming is dead BY TERRI JACKSON – 13 MAY 2009" said that " .. There is now irrefutable scientific evidence that far from global warming the earth has now entered a period of global cooling which will last at least for the next two decades .. Terri Jackson is a Queens graduate physicist, climatologist and formerly founder of the Energy Group at the Institute of Physics, London” (http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/environment/pouring-cold-water-on-global-warming-28530783.html).

These are statements that many will consider rather surprising coming from an interested layperson let alone a qualified physicist. It is unlikely that Terry will find many knowledgeable CACC sceptics agreeing that CO2 is a pollutant, the most important greenhouse gas or that the Martian atmosphere has none (http://www.universetoday.com/22587/atmosphere-of-mars/). Neither is agreement likely that there is irrefutable evidence about two or more decades of global cooling.

Other than blog articles and letters to the Belfast Telegraph Terry's only other publication on climate change appears to be an unpublished article from July 2009 “Global cooling has arrived, global warming is dead”. This is unusual for an academic claiming expertise in the science that deals with the phenomena of those different global climates and their drivers.

August 2009 saw “ .. Terri Jackson (climatologist) .. ” complaining on Dr. Roy Spencer’s blog about the IOP refusing to publish that article “global cooling has arrived, global warming is dead” and also making the claim that it had been “ .. commissioned by the London branch of the Institute of Physics for their Autumn newsletter .. ” (http://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/08/22/spencer-something%E2%80%99s-fishy-with-global-ocean-temperature-measurements/). In those exchanges Terry said “ .. One does not have to be a scientists to follow my article .. ” and elsewhere acknowledged that “ .. A school kid could understand .. ” (http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?storycode=407763). The reason for that could well be that there is not a bit of noteworthy science anywhere in the article, which perhaps explains the IOP's position on it.

It is worthwhile noting that an August article “Institute denies censoring 'global cooling' article” said of Terry Jackson QUOTE: .... In April, she approached the London and South East branch with the offer of an article on "global cooling" for its local newsletter. She received a positive response from the editor, who commissioned a piece that would "include solid scientific facts and proof" for the autumn issue of the newsletter .. UNQUOTE (http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?storycode=407763).

Terry Jackson declared on 27 August 2009 that  “ .. anything I have written in the article on global cooling is based on proven scientifically verifiable facts (similar article on www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/environment/pouring coldwater on global warming). Present global cooling is not a blip on a trend of global warming. I agree with Piers Corbyn (weatheraction.com) that present world cooling will last 100 years and also the Institute for Solar Physics in Irkutsk Russia that by 2040/2050 we will be in a deep freeze the depth of which has yet to be determined. (same as the Little Ice Age? or the Maurader Minimum? ) some blip! .. ” (http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?storycode=407763). Despite Terry Jackson’s declaration and that confident prediction about climatic conditions 100 years from now there appears to be virtually nothing of scientific merit in the article, no “proof” or even worthwhile links or specific references to any peer-reviewed scientific papers (but see Appendix A, Note 24h)

Going further back, in July 2008 Terry Jackson was again promoting the argument that CO2 is a pollutant (Appendix A, Note 24i). “ .. There is ample scientific evidence that carbon dioxide pollution is a result of temperature rises rather than temperature rises being a result of carbon dioxide pollution . ” (http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/opinion/letters/climate-change-debate-hots-up-13918651.html).

Terry Jackson appears prone to making statements that conflict with evidence made available by more reliable sources, whether they be about climate change or the individuals involved in the CACC debate.

Terry Jackson's 9th February and 13th May 2011 blog articles “The BBC Pension Funds and biased (man made) climate reporting - the Link” and “Global Warming Fraud Creates Third World Food Crisis. New Report” both included misleading comments about PSI’s “CEO and Legal Consultant”. First a reference was made to “ .. American lawyer John O`Sullivan .. ” (http://scientificqa.blogspot.co.uk/2011/02/bbc-pension-funds-and-biasedman-made.html) then to “ .. Leading US lawyer John O`Sullivan .. ” (http://scientificqa.blogspot.co.uk/search?q=Leading+US+lawyer+John+O%60Sullivan). Referring misleadingly  to PSI's "CEO and Legal Consultant" as "US lawyer John O`Sullivan" (leading or otherwise) is a recurring feature on Terri Jackson's blogs   (Scientific http://scientificqa.blogspot.co.uk/2011/05/global-warming-fraud-creates-third.html and Bible Based http://bibletheologyqa.blogspot.co.uk/2011/06/christian-aid-and-green-movement.html).    This misinformation was drawn to Terry Jackson’s attention in an E-mail of 23rd Aug. 2012 and links to further information about it were provided (Appendix A, Note 24f).

In the 27th February 2011 “Terri Jackson: Reply to article: An email conversation with climate change sceptic Professor Freeman Dyson” Terry claimed that “ .. It is simply wrong .. to say that present carbon dioxide levels are probably at their highest level for 800 000 years. In fact it is total nonsense. The Cambrian era had carbon levels 20 times what they are today and the Ordovician era which was mostly an ice age(yes an ice age!) had carbon dioxide levels 10 times todays level .. ” (http://climaterealists.com/index.php?id=7296). More reliable sources of climate science present a different picture, showing that if estimates from various proxy-sources are to be believed then for most of the past 1M years atmospheric CO2 fluctuated between about 200 – 300 ppm with a falling trend until about 150 years ago whereas the current level is approaching 400ppm (e.g. see http://www.ncas.ac.uk/index.php/en/climate-blog/397-warm-past-climates-is-our-future-in-the-past).

On 12th April 2012 Terry announced that “ .. A new worldwide climate group has been formed called Principia Scientific International .. and its latest recruit is Professor Ian Plimer Professor of Geology at the University of Adelaide .. ” (http://scientificqa.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/news-new-climate-movement-formed.html?showComment=1348049540555#c3949920053109124125). This coincided with a similar announcement on the PSI web-site that “ .. Professors Paul Reiter and Ian Plimer are the latest recruits .. ” (http://principia-scientific.org/index.php/latest-news/eminent-professors-join-maverick-new-global-science-body.html). Professor Reiter is now named as a member of PSI but Professor Plimer is not (Appendix A, Note 25).

On 18th September 2012 Terry Jackson's “Slaying the Sky Dragon--Death of the Greenhouse Gas Theory” thread (http://scientificqa.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/slaying-sky-dragon-death-of-greenhouse.html?showComment=1348070443421#c472224567117203163) regurgitated some of the original promotional material from Dec. 2010 (http://wottsupwiththat.com/2010/12/03/new-book-slaying-the-sky-dragon/). Perhaps Terry Jackson was not aware of the less-than-complementary reviews the book had received (Appendix A, Note 26).

In an article on 10th January 2013 “NASA U-Turn admits Global Warming Bias on Sun`s Key Role” (http://scientificqa.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/nasa-u-turn-admits-global-warming-bias.html?showComment=1360003793298#c5931302639588698050) Terry made several statements which could mislead the unwary. The claims that:

1) “ .. Dr Tim Ball .. was Professor of Climatology at the University of Winnipeg for thirty years .. ” aligns with what Dr. Ball was claiming in 2003, 2006 and 2007 . That claim conflicts with what Dr. Ball now claims in his CV, which says that he was a Professor for a period of only 8 years, from 1988-1996 (http://drtimball.com/_files/dr-tim-ball-CV.pdf). It seems that Dr. Ball was not a Professor of Climatology but a Professor of Geography who also gave lectures relating to climate issues (see Section 3.1 Co-Founder and Chairman Dr. Timothy Francis Ball).

2) “ .. Ball ..  has been the driving force behind the worldwide team of over 200 experts from various scientific fields to address the climate issue .. ” is arguable, with evidence in the public domain indicating that the driving force behind PSI has always been its “visionary”, project leader John O’Sullivan. It can be clearly seen from the E-mail exchanges that preceded the setting up of PSI as a private association in July 2011 that it was unemployed art teacher John O’Sullivan who enthusiastically promoted his vision of being the CEO of an international publishing company. As John acknowledged on 1st Jan. 2011 “ .. Most of my conversations about a vision for PSI have been with Hans Schreuder and Joe Olson .. ” (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/psi-due-diligence-20102011-selected-e.html). In response to John’s further attempt on 15th Jan. 2011 to persuade the group to support him in setting up PSI as a private company Professor Claes Johnson said “ .. the vision of PSI as presented is inflated beyond my comprehension .. ”.

Tim Ball’s contribution to those numerous exchanges amounted to one E-mail on 28th Dec. 2010 when he told John “ .. I am in support of this proposal and will make a contribution .. ” in response to John’s appeal for funds on 26th Dec.(Appendix A, Note 19).

3) “ .. The increasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is coming from de-gassing from the oceans as a result of temperature changes hundreds of years previously.  The amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere as a result of human activity is less than 0.036 percent of the atmosphere--insignificant... ” could cause confusion. It is claimed that the total atmospheric CO2 content measured at Mauna Loa in December 2012 was 394.28 ppm, up from 385 in 2008 (http://www.esrl.noaa.gov/gmd/ccgg/trends/). It is also claimed that “ .. Humans emits 5Gt or so per annum, but the oceans emit about 90Gt and the land-plants about 60Gt, for a total of maybe 150Gt .. ” (http://www.infowars.com/blockbuster-planetary-temperature-controls-co2-levels-%E2%80%94-not-humans/). That suggests that human annual contribution to atmospheric CO2 is less that 4% of the total.

An interesting set of exchanges involving Terry Jackson and a compatriot at the IOP, Peter Gill, can be found in the August 2009 Times Higher Education article “Institute denies censoring 'global cooling' article” http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?storycode=407763). In it one J Murphy asked on 16th March, 2010 “ .. Does anyone know what TERRI/TERRY Jackson actually does, and .. expertise is ? .. ” (http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?storycode=407763). It would still be helpful to know what Terry Jackson does – apart from act as PSI’s Recruitment Officer.

The Deepclimate blog ran an interesting March 2010 article “IOP Energy Group founder is featured speaker at upcoming Heartland conference” about Terry Jackson and IOP associate Peter Gill, another member of the PSI blogging group. Peter Gill engaged in exchanges there and made the point that he did not have permission to divulge names of IOP members involved in preparing the IOP’s Feb. 2010 submission to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee's inquiry 'The disclosure of climate data from the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia'. Commenter Mapleleaf suggested to Peter Gill that “ .. You could always be a whistle blower you know…. ” (http://deepclimate.org/2010/03/18/iop-energy-group-founder-featured-speaker-at-upcoming-heartland-conference/#comment-4792)

It is interesting that Peter Gill and Terry Jackson appear to have chosen to “whistle-blow” those IOP E-mail exchanges through respected CACC sceptic Andrew Montford (http://www.bishop-hill.net/institutional-bias) rather than through the PSI blogging group of which they are both members. “ .. In his startling new pamphlet, ‘Institutional Bias’ Montford lays out the evidence selected from a vast body of leaked internal emails. Two whistleblower insiders were the source, Peter F. Gill .. and Terri Jackson .. ” (http://antigreen.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/how-scientists-pull-wool-over-eyes-of.html).

Although having been (and perhaps still being) a member of the IOP Terry appears to be somewhat disenchanted with the treatment received from IOP officials. Terry is claimed to have instigated an article "The Institute of Physics: where academic freedom comes second to science Fascism" by Lord Christopher Monckton for the Science and Public Policy Institute (http://sppiblog.org/news/the-institute-of-physics-where-academic-freedom-comes-second-to-science-fascism#more-604 - see also Appendix A, Note 24f).

As well as having been inspired to join PSI, Terry Jackson also seems to have a keen interest in the activities of organisations like The Cornwall Alliance (http://bibletheologyqa.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/letter-sent-to-presbyterian-herald-by.html?showComment=1360789185142#c6787103325210554925), The Worldwide Missionary Convention in Bangor (http://bibletheologyqa.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/worldwide-missionary-convention-opens.html), The Christian Institute, The Coalition for Marriage, etc. etc. etc. etc.

On Terry's "Bible Based" blog (http://bibletheologyqa.blogspot.co.uk/)  there are posts about a "Climate Change Conspiracy!" (http://bibletheologyqa.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/some-climate-change-facts_29.html), "The Cornwall Alliance official statement on global warming" (http://bibletheologyqa.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/the-cornwall-alliance-official.html), "Panic in Downing Street Over Redefining Marriage!", etc. etc. etc. Terry Jackson even comments on  attitudes in Northern Ireland towards same-sex marriage " .. Over 100 000 protestors and 1000 mayors rally against gay marriage in France ... ". When one considers the massive protests across France is it not quite amazing the muted response in  Northern Ireland with  the highest number of people attending church per head of the population, and hardly any protests!.  What does that tell us about the state of Northern Ireland? .. " (http://bibletheologyqa.blogspot.co.uk/2012_11_01_archive.html).


Anyone who has grown bored with the CACC religion should find something of interest on that blog. 



TO BE UPDATED

3.11 Member Malcolm Roberts 

The "Why PSI is a Private Assoc." web-page (http://principia-scientific.org/about/why-psi-is-a-private-assoc.htmlsays " .. Malcolm Roberts (Australia) .. is Project Leader of the Galileo Movement. Malcolm holds an engineering degree (honours; based on the Earth science geology; University of Queensland, 1976) and postgraduate studies in economics/business (masters degree in business from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business).

Malcolms involvement with the "Slayers"/PSI blogging group appears to have stemmed from his association with Hans Schreuder (Section 3.3) and Alan Siddons (Section 3.7) and retired Australian lawyer Val Majcus around April 2010 (see E-mails from Val Majcus on 5th Apr 2010 @ 6:17 and 27th Apr 2010 @ 1:18  and 12:55 http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/psi-due-diligence-20102011-selected-e.html then from Malcolm Roberts on 30th May 2012 @ 12:56 AM - http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/selected-e-mails-with-slayerspsi.html).

Those E-mails of 29th and 30th April 2012 give a clear indication of Malcom Robert's opinion of PSI's "CEO and Legal Consultant", its "CFO" and one of its proposed directors. He says " .. Hans and Alan .. are very impressive in their approach, thinking and commitment to getting to the truth. .. In my dealings with John, I've found him to be honest, intelligent, prompt, courteous accurate, clever, savvy and effective. He's also strong and direct .. ". As was pointed out to him on 30th May " .. Not everyone shares that opinion .. " (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/selected-e-mails-with-slayerspsi.html).

A year later during exchanges about the "Take-over of Principia Scientific International by PSI Acumen Ltd" Malcolm Roberts again expressed his opinion of those three founding members of the PSI blogging group, saying " .. They have earned my respect & admiration. I introduced them to John. Combined with John's energy and leadership and ably supported by dedicated colleagues who rushed to science's defence they formed a strong team and produced Slaying The Sky Dragon .. " (see http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/psi-acumen-ltd-due-diligence-selected-e.html for the full thread of E-mails).

In Malcom's 10th Nov. 2010 " .. Formal complaint of unprofessional and possibly unethical conduct by University of Queensland’s Professor Ove Hoegh Guldberg" to the University's Chancellor he said of PSI's CEO " .. John O’Sullivan is a British legal analyst with successful experience litigating claims in  the USA. In confirmation of my own reading, he has personally advised that government agencies around the world! and universities affiliated with the UN IPCC have failed to provide access to data upon which their climate claims are supposedly based. He has publicly made similar statements on many occasions such as this .. ". (More on that " .. successful experience litigating claims in  the USA .. "  can be found in Section 3.2 and in "Coriculum Vitae for John O'Sullivan (2010)" Notes 2b and 4 - http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/curriculum-vitae-for-john-osullivan-2010.html).

Malcolm went on to say " .. Given the nature and seriousness of my observations and associated complaint my request is for a full and thorough independent investigation of my complaint about Professor Hoegh G Guldberg’s conduct .. The CSIRO and other organisations funded by the government need to be excluded. Despite my repeated written requests to Dr Megan Clark, CSIRO Chief Executive and Dr Andrew Johnson, CSIRO Group Executive—Environment, in their replies neither could provide any specific scientifically measured real-world evidence of human causation of global warming. The issue is heavily polluted by politics and CSIRO is beholden to funding that is seen by Many scientists to be politically motivated .. " (http://www.conscious.com.au/docs/new/97_10.11.02UQformalcomplaint.pdf).

More on that complaint can be found in an article on Anthony Watts's blog which attracted some interesting comments, including:

- DCC " .. “Formal complaint” is misleading. It is often used in place of formal charge, in the legal sense. I would classify this as closer to a diatribe .. ",
CodeTech " .. Meanwhile, I found this rant/complaint/breathless recounting to be quite entertaining :) And really, it doesn’t need to be thrown out, it needs some cleaning up .. ",
- John A " .. I found the complaint long on histrionics and short on facts. Even Michael Mann writes better rubbish than this .. ",
- UK Sceptic " .. The guy needs to chill out and then reframe his complaint in a calmer state of mind. Right now he’s coming across like another Mann, Romm, Hansen etc. .. ",

Malcom has recently (Feb. 2013) written a 25-page article (supported by 20 appendices) expressing his opinions about Australia's CSIRO. It is entitled "CSIROh! Climate of DeCeption? … or first step to freeDom?" and available at his web-site (http://www.conscious.com.au/docs/new/CSIROh_20130201a.pdf). It appears that he has followed up with a Freedom of Information Act request to CSIRO (http://www.conscious.com.au/docs/letters/LetterMarch4.pdf). Similar comments could materialise so watch this space.


Malcolm’s web-pages mention Dr. Vincent Gray and may give the mistaken impression that he is closely associated with Conscious (and perhaps PSI and the Galileo Movement?). It is understood that Dr. Gray dissociated himself from the “Slayers”/PSI group in 2011 after being involved in numerous exchanges with them debating the Greenhouse Effect and Back Radiation.

TO BE UPDATED, meanwhile see Appendix A, Note 55).

3.12 PSI "Senior Fellow" Joseph E Postma

The PSI promotional web-page "INDEPENDENT, FREE-THINKERS: SELECT MEMBER BIOGRAPHIES" claims that " .. Astrophysicist Joe Postma  (M.Sc. Astrophysics, Honours B.Sc. Astronomy) works for the Canadian Space Agency and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) .. In November 2012 Postma was made a PSI Senior Fellow in recognition of his groundbreaking paper,' A Discussion on the Absence of a Measurable Greenhouse Effect.' .. " (http://principia-scientific.org/About/why-psi-is-proposed-as-a-cic.html). On 23rd Feb. 2012 PSI "CEO and Legal Consultant" John O'Sullivan made a similar claim  about " .. Space scientists and other experts .. Astrophysicist Joe Postma, who works for the Canadian and Indian space agencies .. " (see here).

His Webcommentary biography includes QUOTE: .. Joseph E. Postma .. quickly made his mark on the PSI research team as author of two papers published by PSI: .. In November 2012 Postma was made a PSI Senior Fellow in recognition of his groundbreaking paper,’ A Discussion on the Absence of a Measurable Greenhouse Effect.‘ UNQUOTE (http://www.webcommentary.com/php/bio.php?authid=postmaje).

On the Junk Science blog on 16th October 2012 John O'Sullivan made the exaggerated claim that " .. Joe Postma, currently designs satellites for the Canadian and Indian space agencies .. " (http://junkscience.com/2012/08/27/another-confused-effort-proving-the-greenhouse-gas-effect-does-not-exist/comment-page-1/#comment-77827)It is unlikely that Joe or those with whom he works at the University of Calgary would describe his job in the way that John did. On the contrary, Joe Postma's LinkedIn job description is " ..  Calibration Manager University of Calgary .. design, management, and coordination of the development of a space-based instrument package .. which will fly on the Indian Space Research Organization's .. ASTROSAT .. satellite.
Coordinated .. between academic research groups in Canada and India .. and major engineering firms in Canada (Canadian Space Agency .. ) .. " (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/joseph-postma/51/a4/b34). Joe Postma's Web-page at the University of Calgary's Department of Physics and Astronomy  simply says that he is a Support Specialist (http://phas.ucalgary.ca/profiles/joseph-postma). 

Nothing in either of those places claims that Joe Postma " .. works for the Canadian Space Agency and Indian Space Research Organisation .. " or " .. currently designs satellites for the Canadian and Indian space agencies .. ". 

At one time (possibly as recently as May 2012) Joe had a profile entry in the "Give it to me Raw" blog saying  " .. Joseph Postma, 33, Male, Calgary, Canada, I live in Calgary AB and work on a space telescope mission with the Canadian Space Agency. No I'm not an astronaut but I would be in an instant if I was invited! .. I started raw 2.5 years ago and have felt amazing ever since (http://www.giveittomeraw.com/profile/JosephPostma - no longer available). 

Joe Postma's name does not appear in the E-mail exchanges within the "Slayers"/PSI group until Sept. 2011 when an E-mail from PSI co-founder and senior fellow Joe Olson (See Section 3.4) was passed to others in the group. In it Joe Olson referred to " .. articles by Joe Postma and Nasif Nahle at PSI .. " (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/psi-due-diligence-20102011-selected-e.html). From his 8th Dec. 2010 comments in one of his many Canada Free Press articles, Joe Olson seems to have been impressed by " .. One very interesting observation .. provided by Physics graduate student Joe Postma, at University of Calgary in his article titled 'Solar Flux' .. "   (http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/30865).

It is surprising that there are no peer-reviewed papers of Joe Postma's mentioned on his University of Calgary profile page and those that can be found elsewhere have no direct relevance to the processes and drivers of the different global climates. On the "About" page of Joe Postma's own appropriately named "Climate of Sopistry" blog, in which Joe says that he earned his MSc in 2007, one Andrew made the pertinent observation that " .. If your inherent “flat earth” GHE model criticism is correct then surely some other eminent physicists should be able to support you. Have your papers been peer-reviewed? .. ” (http://climateofsophistry.com/about-the-author/).

It is noticeable that in response Joe said nothing about an organisation that he has been very closely associated with for more than 18 months – no less than the Principia Scientific International blogging group. It is also puzzling why he was reluctant about acknowledging the review of his articles that was undertaken within PSI by its self-proclaimed " .. international climate experts .. ” (http://www.principia-scientific.org/about/principles-of-association.html) using its “Peer Review in Open Media” (PROM) method.

TO BE UPDATED, however comments about Joe Postma's background and related matters follow an article on the blog of Australian Joanne Nova  "A Discussion of the Slaying the sky dragon science is the greenhouse effect a sky dragon myth" (http://joannenova.com.au/2012/10/a-discussion-of-the-slaying-the-sky-dragon-science-is-the-greenhouse-effect-a-sky-dragon-myth/#comment-1273236). This article was based upon "A Dialogue with the Authors of Slaying the Sky Dragon" by Dr D Weston Allen and the exchanges involving Joe Postma, Bryan Leyland, Wes Allen, Tom Harrison and others are very revealing of not only the science but of the individuals themselves.


Section 5.0 "Peer review in Open Media (PROM)" uses as a case study two of Joe Postma's articles which have been "PROM"d and published on PSI's blog, meanwhile, more about Joe Postma can be found in Appendix A, Note 30), final paragraph.

3.13 PSI's "Senior Specialist for Engineering"  Dr. Pierre Latour

Moved to 3.1.3

3.14 Member (??) Douglas Jeffrey Cotton 

On 22nd March 2012 Doug Cotton declared on meteorologist Dr. Roy Spencer's "Global Warming As Cargo Cult Science" thread that he was " .. proud to be a member of PSI and an author of one of only six selected publications on their site – publications which talk real science, Roy .. ” He also talked about " .. PSI members (nearly 40 of us now) .. I am proud to be an active member of Principia Scientific International and, as such, I am in daily email contact with many of these main stream scientists, including professors and PhD’s in various disciplines such as physics, applied mathematics, chemistry, climatology and astro physics. The numbers are approaching 40, including well known new members just announced. What I write are not just my theories. We are all in agreement that standard physics and empirical results back us up .. "(http://www.drroyspencer.com/2012/03/global-warming-as-cargo-cult-science/#comment-40081). Doug spent a lot of time there promoting the virtues of the PSI membership.

On 14th March 2012 John O'Sullivan proudly talked about " .. Doug Cotton ... The new PSI recruit .. "  (http://principia-scientific.org/supportnews/latest-news/50-latest-study-confirms-no-atmospheric-warming-from-carbon-dioxide.html). Despite those claims to his being a PSI member, Doug Cotton does not appear ever to have been listed among PSI’s “ .. selection of our valued members .. ” (http://principia-scientific.org/about/why-psi-is-a-private-assoc.html). Perhaps this is explained by his critical comments on a July 2013 article "GREENHOUSE GAS THEORY IS FALSE" by PSI's "Vice-Chairman North" Pierre LaTour. These included the derogatory comment that " .. Isn't this all about majorities - consensus - like majorities of seven, for example, at PSI all of whom .. haven't a clue about the physics I've used to explain all planetary temperatures, but must defend their own papers and articles, just like the above. Who are the physicists who reviewed this article before publication? .. " (http://www.principia-scientific.org/greenhouse-gas-theory-is-false.html). Doug Cotton went on to say " .. They will continue to make PSI just as much a propagator of pseudo physics as are your warmists .. ".


For many months Doug has been posting comments on the Internet promoting what he refers to as his “papers” and linking to one of his numerous blogs. His arguments are repeatedly rejected by respected scientists such as Dr. Spencer and other bloggers, this comment being representative “ .. Will Nitschke says: March 18, 2012 at 8:05 PM I’m not sure what poor Dr Spencer has done in a past life, but he attracts an extraordinary number of cranks to his blog. I suspect Cotton is the crank of all cranks. He must be working his way through every climate blog on the internet until he finally gets banned from them all, just for the nuisance factor alone .. ” (http://www.drroyspencer.com/2012/03/global-warming-as-cargo-cult-science/#comment-39169).

On 14th March 2012 an article "Latest Study Confirms No Atmospheric Warming from Carbon Dioxide"  said QUOTE:  .. John O'Sullivan, spokesman for Principia Scientific International .. announced “Today we proudly present both the publication of a new study debunking the unproven claims by discredited government climatologists plus seventeen new recruits to our growing team of qualified experts.” .. the new study by Douglas Cotton was completed as part of pioneering  new peer-review system called 'PROM" .. UNQUOTE (http://www.principia-scientific.org/latest-study-confirms-no-atmospheric-warming-from-carbon-dioxide.html).

In that article Doug Cotton was referred to as " .. yet another scientist .. " but there appears to be little if any evidence of any scientific papers authored by Doug appearing in any recognised scientific journal.

On 27th Jan. 2013 Doug warned that the “Slayers” have a ground-breaking, greenhouse SMASHING document coming out soon. I speculate that this new "ground-breaking .. document" will equally soon be emphatically rejected just like Doug's  "Radiated Energy and the Second Law of Thermodynamics" article was on Roger Tattersall's "Tallbloke" blog and elsewhere. As David M Hoffer said " .. I HAVE read enough of your paper to know that it is based on so many fallacies that the criticisms would run longer than the paper itself. As gallopingcamel said upthread, it contains many half truths, the debunking of which is often more complex than dealing with an outright lie. But conclusions based on a collection of half truths are, nonetheless, wrong .. (http://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2012/03/13/doug-cotton-radiated-energy-and-the-second-law-of-thermodynamics/comment-page-1/#comment-19958).

From January through April 2012 Doug posted more than 110 comments on Professor Judith Curry's "Letter to the dragon slayers" thread (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/professor-judith-currys-letter-to.html). Exchanges started from 31st Jan. and the thread has been updated with another relevant selection from those and quoted from here QUOTE: .. 


I did attend the University of Sydney where I studied physics under Profs Harry Messel, Julius Sumner-Miller and Verner Von Braun from 1963 to 1966 inclusive before doing Economics and Business Adninistration at Macquarie University, making a total of 9 years tertiary education. I subsequently marked students’ university assignments and have operated tutoring services and tutored myself part-time in secondary and tertiary mathematics and physics, all of which required on going study beyond my formal education .. UNQUOTE

A more expansive profile was posted on "The Conversation" blog QUOTE: .. Douglas Cotton B.Sc.(Physics), B.A.(Econ), Dip.Bus.Admin .. Majored in Physics at Sydney University 1966 under Prof Harry Messel et al. Extensive subsequent private research and post-graduate studies in Economics, IT, Accounting, Business Administration, Marketing, Climate Change, Nutrition and Natural Medicine. Founder of Natural Medicine Research Centre. General interest in scientific research in a variety of fields .. " (http://theconversation.edu.au/new-csiro-website-shows-steady-rise-of-greenhouse-gases-1908)

On 15th August 2011 Doug said to a blogger during exchanges on the Science of Doom blog " .. I also fully understand and accept everything you have said so far in Parts 1, 2 and 3, having majored in Physics and subsequently spent years in private research, including climatology and recent developments in Physics. Chances are I know at least as much about Physics as you do .. " (http://scienceofdoom.com/2010/07/31/the-amazing-case-of-back-radiation-part-three/#comment-12862).

Despite his claims to expertise in Physics and maths there is no evidence of Doug Cotton having had any of his articles peer reviewed and published in any recognised scientific journals. Numerous articles of his were posted on the PSI blog prior to the 11th May 2013 (Appendix A, Note 50). One of these had originally linked to an earlier article "Planetary Core and Surface Temperatures" in which he expounded his pet hypothesis trying to explain what he calls "gravitationally-induced thermal gradients".


Around February 2013 Doug Cotton started trolling the Internet with that hypothesis and ultimately was banned from numerous blogs - most recently from the PSI blog itself (Appendix A, Note 51). Now he is promoting what appears to be a self-published book "Why it's not carbon dioxide after all" which he claims is due for imminent publication (http://www.principia-scientific.org/natural-sun-cycles-will-bring-worst-cold-in-200-years.html comment #6). There has been some debate about this on the PSI blog (Doug Cotton was using the false name "visiting scientist") - see http://www.principia-scientific.org/our-template-letter-to-deluded-global-warming-journalists.html and http://www.principia-scientific.org/the-good-the-bad-and-the-inverse.html. On 5th Feb. 2014 the PSI blog administrator said " .. I have banned him again for trolling and self promotion .. ".

Doug Cotton frequently directs readers to one of his numerous blogs. The more revealing of those are not his "Earth Climate - What Physics says about about CLIMATE CHANGE" but his:


-  "Acclaim Dental Software" blog which reveals that " .. Doug and his wife Yoice are Principals of the two businesses Practice Software Developers and Acclaim Technical Software.  They bring together experience and qualifications in computing, accounting, marketing and teaching .. " (http://www.acclaim-soft.com/about.html), his
- "OzViews" blog from which " .. Prints of above are available:  $132.00 for 58.4cm x 26.3cm  or $295 for 83cm x 37.4cm .. " (http://ozviews.homestead.com/) or alternatively
- "TasmaniaHoliday" where they're " .. 36" x 17.5"  $115       30" x 14.6"  $95         24" x 11.7"  $75 (http://www.tasmania-holiday.com/limited.html) or
- "UKEuropeViews"   where " ..  “ .. All photos are copyright Doug and Yoice Cotton.  Click here to purchase stock images .. ” (http://www.ukeuropeviews.com/).

If photo's aren't of interest then there are plenty other blogs to visit such as:

- "Slower-Aging" which advises us that " .. In recent times many new antioxidants have been discovered and tested and I believe that it is now possible to slow the aging process in comparison to what is normally expected.  Many more people could live beyond 100, possibly 110 years. To be sure the 'experts' will probably disagree, but I encourage you to read on.  I believe there is sufficient evidence for what I say ... " (http://www.slower-aging.com/).


More on Doug can be found on Jeff Condon's "The Cotton War" thread (http://noconsensus.wordpress.com/2012/02/18/the-cotton-war/#comment-69402).
No doubt there are plenty like Will Nitschke, David M Hoffer, Roger Tattersall and Jeff Condon (all mentioned earlier) who would say that Doug's comment on  his opinions about those "new antioxidants" apply equally to his opinions on Earth-climate - "To be sure the 'experts' will probably disagree".

Doug Cotton can be viewed promoting his two PSI articles in his "A 21st Century New Paradigm for Climate Change" presentation on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8YbyfqUvfY). 

Perhaps Doug Cotton's scientific "inspiration" comes from sources other than mainstream science. In his challenges to the article of the PSI blogging group's "Vice-Chairman" Dr. Pierre Latour on 15th July 2013 he declared " .. Yes .. The Creator gives insight about His creation to those who know Him. And, after all, He should know how it all works .. " (http://www.principia-scientific.org/greenhouse-gas-theory-is-false.html). 

Apart from dabbling in scientific discussions Doug's other sidelines include:
- "Saved by the Lamb" - one part of which might be worth posting to his climate science blog, i.e. " ..FOR  THOSE  WHO  HAVE  DOUBTS - I know there will be many reading this site who have doubts about the truth of all this .. " (http://www.savedbythelamb.com/) or
- “ .. 2009/10/12 Buying Leads: .. sydney wholesaler wants sexy women's swimwear we are wholesalers in sydney, australia. please send price list for small quantities of swimwear (bikinis) that you stock. contact person mr. doug cotton Web:www.alibaba-usa.org telephone 61-2-98733300 .. ” (http://www.tradinglot.com/en/html/20091012/2009101242834140.html and  http://joannenova.com.au/2012/11/breaking-skeptics-are-like-paedophiles-drug-robyn-williams-abc-time-to-protest/#comment-1190301.

All of these varied interests of Doug's are summarised conveniently in “Douglas Cotton – Software, Science and Photography” (http://www.douglascotton.com/).

See also Appendix A, Note 55).

3.15 "Friend of PSI" Professor Oliver Manuel  

The PSI promotional web-page "INDEPENDENT, FREE-THINKERS: SELECT MEMBER BIOGRAPHIES" claims " .. Dr. Oliver K Manuel .. is Professor of Nuclear Chemistry at the University of Missouri-Rolla .. His research is supported by the Atom­ic Energy Commission, Department of Energy, The Foundation for Chemical Research, NASA, and NSF .. " (http://www.principia-scientific.org/about/why-psi-is-a-private-assoc.html). 

A "people search" on the University of Missouri web-site shows an Oliver Keith Manuel as being Professor Emeritus in the Department of Chemistry but there are no details for him in the Chemistry Emeritus Faculty Directory among the 11 Professor Emeritae shown there.

Dr. Manuel was initially shown as a co-author of the PSI blogging group's first publication, an e-book version of "Slaying the Sky Dragon .. " (http://www.pvsheridan.com/SSD-pvsACK.pdf), along with the acknowledgment "For my wife and family, with gratitude for 50 years of joyful discovery and wonderful colleagues on the journey of life!". Dr Manuel's name was subsequently removed from the list of authors and his acknowledgment removed from the book.

TO BE UPDATED, meanwhile see:


- "The Strange Case of the Iron Sun" (http://www.omatumr.com/ironsun.htm),

- "The exceptional views of Oliver K. Manuel, Professor of Nuclear Chemistry" (http://rarereaders.seablogger.com/2012/03/the-exceptional-views-of-oliver-k-manuel-professor-of-nuclear-chemistry/),
- "Dr. Oliver Manuel arrested for multiple counts of rape and sodomy of his children" (http://mominer.mst.edu/2006/08/30/dr-oliver-manuel-arrested-for-multiple-counts-of-rape-and-sodomy-of-his-children/),
- "Missouri State Highway Patrol MISSOURI SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY .. Oliver Keith Manuel .. Most Recent Offense .. Attempted Sodomy .. Date: 01/08/1989 .. " (http://www.mshp.dps.mo.gov/CJ38/OffenderDetails?page=0&column=name&id=1097755&lastName=Manuel&suffix=&firstName=Oliver&middleName=Keit).

3.16 PSI Member Alan Caruba

On 14th March 2012 a blog article announced Alan Caruba’s membership of PSI along with 17 other new members (see Section 4.1). By the 14th April 2012 Alan's biography was showing on the “Why is PSI a Private Association” page in between those of two of those new members, Dr. Geraldo Luís Lino and Dr. Matthias Kleespies. It said “ .. Alan Caruba .. joins us as a specialist in journalism, public relations and public affairs. Since graduating from the University of Miami (FL) in 1959, Alan has had a long career in communications professions, has authored several books, and as a popular blogger whose commentaries are widely read. He will assist in promoting PSI's message .. ”.

By 23rd August 2012 this entry had been removed, suggesting that either the original announcement of Alan’s membership was misleading (as has been the case with other membership claims – see Section 4.0) or that he had subsequently changed his mind (see also Section 4.2)

In his Feb. 2011 article “Deconstructing the Global Warming Fraud” Alan sang the praises of QUOTE: .. a new book, “Slaying the Sky Dragon: Death of the Greenhouse Gas Theory”, by eight co-authors .. whose expertise ranges across climatology, meteorology, physics, and mathematics, along with an expert in the legal aspects of the hoax .. I know several of them as Internet friends, I count Hans Schreuder, Joseph A. Olsen, and John O’Sullivan among the many people who have helped me, over the years, to understand the complexities of climate science. This book is not light reading. Indeed, if you don’t come equipped with an understanding of physics, for example, some chapters will remain beyond your grasp. And mine! .. I recommend you read “Slaying the Sky Dragon” as the definitive answer to more than twenty years of global warming lies .. UNQUOTE (http://factsnotfantasy.blogspot.co.uk/2011/02/deconstructing-global-warming-fraud.html).

A large number of recognised experts would challenge Alan’s lay opinion of the book and many would question his opinion of the authors (9 not 8 are shown on the front cover picture that he displayed because Dr. Oliver K Manuel (Section 3.15) appears there alongside the other 8.


It is noticeable that Alan Caruba is named in the "SKILLS and EXPERTISE Most endorsed for" section of PSI “CEO and Legal Consultant” John O’Sullivan’s LinkedIn profile (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/john-o-sullivan/19/6b4/84a). Considering that John lives in and taught in Eastern England whereas Alan lives in NE USA and Alan includes John is one of his “Internet friends” it is surprising that he has enough awareness of John’s "Teaching" skills and expertise to be prepared to endorse them. More on John's teacher career is available in "Curriculum Vitae for John O'Sullivan (2010)" (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/curriculum-vitae-for-john-osullivan-2010.html) and "Selected E-mails with Slayers_PSI members from 2011_09_07" (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/selected-e-mails-with-slayerspsi.html).

Alan has been blogging about Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Change (CACC) since at least Jan. 2004 as a part of his campaign against environmental activism, e.g. in the Conservative news blog Canada Free Press:
Like many of us who reject the CACC hypothesis Alan is no fan of Al Gore, Barack Obama, etc. e.g. see:
(see Appendix A, Note 21).

Unfortunately, just like the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Alan Caruba has been known to make wild predictions, e.g:
- March 8, 2011 “ .. the likelihood of Barack Obama being reelected in 2012 is so remote that I can safely predict it will not happen .. ” (http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/34173),
- June 19, 2011 “ .. I predict that Barack Hussein Obama will resign before the end of his first term .. ” (http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/37677).


TO BE UPDATED

3.17 PSI Member Dr. Klaus L. E. Kaiser

The PSI membership promotional page presents this biography of PSI Member " .. Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser (Canada): Klaus has been a professional scientist and author, conducting research for more than four decades. Widely noted for his incisive book, ‘CONVENIENT MYTHS the green revolution - perceptions, politics, and facts.’ With a doctorate in chemistry from the Technical University Munich, he joined Environment Canada's National Water Research Institute. He was Editor-in- Chief of the Water Quality Research Journal of Canada for nearly ten years .. ".


TO BE UPDATED

3.18 PSI Ex(?)-Member Bryan Leyland

On 26th November 2012 “ .. Fast-growing maverick science body, Principia Scientific International .. ” announced that “ .. Today renowned climate expert Hans Jelbring and Bryan Leyland, spokesman on energy and economic matters for the New Zealand Climate Science Coalition (NZCSC) each announce themselves among dozens of new faces in the PSI team .. ” (http://principia-scientific.org/supportnews/latest-news/71-the-courts-hans-jelbring-and-the-kiwis-bring-joy-for-greenhouse-gas-deniers.html – see also Section 4.1, Appendix A Notes 12 and 20 as well as http://hot-topic.co.nz/leyland-joins-the-uber-cranks-signs-up-with-serial-liar-osullivans-vanity-science-group/).

For several months before that announcement the PSI promotional page "SELECTION OF MEMBER BIOGRAPHIES" had been claiming that member " .. Bryan Leyland .. is a .. Consulting Engineer specializing in large and small hydropower and many other aspects of electricity generation and power systems .. holds a Master of Science (Power System Design), was a Fellow of the Institution of Electrical Engineers .. is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers .. Fellow of the Institution of Professional Engineers, New Zealand .. has also written more than 100 papers on power systems, hydropower development, rural electrification, co-generation, power system protection, and the safety of large dams .. " (http://principia-scientific.org/about/why-psi-is-a-private-assoc.html). As recently as 28th April that entry remained in place, enhanced with " .. Bryan is also spokesman on energy and economic matters for the New Zealand Climate Science Coalition (NZCSC).

Within a year of becoming a member there is now (23rd June 2013) no mention of Bryan Leyland among that list of selected members. Perhaps he has cancelled his membership because of concerns about PSI becoming a "subsidiary" of PSI Acumen Ltd. a UK private company registered on 4th March 2013 and now owned by John O'Sullivan (see Section 7.0 Financial and Governance Aspects)

On his own article "I’m a tree - why not feed me?", New Zealand blogger Richard Treadgold commented that Australian blogger Joanne Nova's " .. Thread is periodically frequented by Carl (PSI), Bryan Leyland (PSI), Joe Postma (PSI) and others vs Wes Allen (fellow luke-warmer with Joanne Nova), Pete Ridley and others .. " (http://www.climateconversation.wordshine.co.nz/2012/12/im-a-tree-why-not-feed-me/#comment-164430). 

Richard was referring to Joanne's article "A discussion of the Slaying the Sky Dragon science: Is the Greenhouse Effect a Sky Dragon Myth?" and on 3rd Jan. it was speculated that a contributor there using only the name "Bryan" was in fact Bryan Leyland. This was discussed further on both threads (http://www.climateconversation.wordshine.co.nz/2012/12/im-a-tree-why-not-feed-me/#comment-167838), the most recent set of exchanges being with respect to an unsubstantiated allegation made by Bryan that " .. Pete Ridley is known to threaten legal action against the employers of people he disagrees with .. " (http://joannenova.com.au/2012/10/a-discussion-of-the-slaying-the-sky-dragon-science-is-the-greenhouse-effect-a-sky-dragon-myth/#comment-1274219).



Joanne appears to have closed that article to comments on that allegation which is refuted as shown in Appendix C.


TO BE UPDATED

3.19 PSI Member Peter F. Gill

The PSI membership promotional page presents a biography of PSI Member " .. Peter F Gill: .. is a Physicist notable as the Immediate Past Chair, London & Home Counties Branch, Energy Institute as well as Chair, South Central Branch of the Institute of Physics; currently Member of the Editorial Board Energy and Environment. Peter obtained his BSc(Hons) Phys, Physics, Mathematics, Metallurgy at University of Durham in 1964. Among his other career achievements is his service as General manager, Coal Processing Consultants Ltd and at Crestport Services Ltd... " (http://principia-scientific.org/about/why-psi-is-a-private-assoc.html).


(see also Appendix A, Note 24f).


TO BE UPDATED


Meanwhile, much debate involving Peter Gill ensued following the IOP’s Feb. 2010 submission to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee's inquiry 'The disclosure of climate data from the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia' (http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200910/cmselect/cmsctech/memo/climatedata/uc3902.htm) e.g. on:- on William M. Connolley’s “Stoat” blog in his “The IOP fiasco” article of 2nd March 2010 (http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/mar/05/climate-emails-institute-of-physics-submission),- on Dave Clarke’s “Deep Climate” blog in his “IOP Energy Group founder is featured speaker at upcoming Heartland conference” article of 18th March 2010 (http://deepclimate.org/2010/03/18/iop-energy-group-founder-featured-speaker-at-upcoming-heartland-conference/   QUOTE: .. Eventually, the IOP came to its senses and wrested control of the Energy Group from the pair, but not before Gill managed to install himself in 2007 on the newly formed energy sub-committee of the IOP Science Board. In a parting commentary in the October 2008 newsletter, Gill acknowledged that his anti-AGW views were leading to mounting complaints. " .. This being the case under the past Chair [Terri Jackson] and under my Chairmanship we have allowed debate on anthropogenic climate change and the representation of different sides of the argument. Indeed the discussion of energy and climate change is written into the subject listing part of the Constitution of the Energy Group. However there are those who do not want to allow discussion of the possibility of the causes of current climate change to be anything other than anthropogenic in origin and in any case believe that we should leave any discussion of climate change to the Environmental Group. I believe however that this is unhealthy for science in general and physics in particular and wish to seek the views of the Members on the matter at the AGM for the guidance of the new Committee .. ".

And then things seemed to have quietened down, while Gill bided his time until the opportunity presented by the CRU inquiry. Meanwhile, Terri Jackson seems to have no recent official connection to the IOP (except possibly as an ordinary member). .. UNQUOTE.


There were interesting releated exchanges following the Times Higher Education article of 13th August 2009 "Institute denies censoring 'global cooling'" (http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?storycode=407763)


On the other hand, in the 20th July 2010 article “That IoP submission” on Andrew Montford’s “Bishop Hill” blog Peter Gill gives his account of events – well worth spending time reading article and comments (http://bishophill.squarespace.com/blog/2010/7/20/that-iop-submission.html).

See also Section 3.10 and Appendix A, Note 24a).

3.20 PSI Member Carl Allen Brehmer

In August 2012 the PSI " . Member Biographies" list included between those of Jim Peden and Cornelia Codreanova an entry saying " .. Carl Brehmer: .. a nurse by profession, has studied physics, biology, A&P, geometry and algebra at undergraduate level ..possesses two Associate Degrees, one in Electronics Technology .. and one in Nursing .. Carl uses his conceptual talents to create educational science videos as teaching aids to general readers who otherwise struggle to grasp mathematically complex and arcane scientific concepts .. ".


Although that entry was still in place in April 2013 it had been removed by July 2013, despite PSI's "Recruitment Officer" (see sub-section 3.10) continuing to refer to " .. Carl Brehmer of Principia Scientific International .. in an article posted on 3rd July (http://scientificqa.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/southwest-us-heat-wave-due-to-little.html).


Like PSI founding member Dr. Charles Anderson (sub-section 3.6) perhaps Carl Brehmer (and PSI's ex-"Chairman" Dr. Tim Ball - sub-section 3.1.1) had objected to the implication that PSI members were now "employees" of John O'Sullivan's new UK company PSI Acumen Ltd. (see Section 3.6 of SpotlightON - PSI Acumen Ltd - http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/spotlighton-psi-acumen-ltd.html. PSI was declared to be a "subsidiary" of PSI Acumen Ltd. in April 2013 (see Section 7.0).

To be updated

3.21 PSI  "Senior" Member Dr. Karl L. Erdman

Dr. Karl L. Erdman's details were added to the PSI list of " .. member biographies .. " some time between April and June 2013. On 20th June John O'Sullivan posted an article "PSI SENIOR MEMBER IN CANCER BREAKTHROUGH TEAM" (http://principia-scientific.org/supportnews/latest-news/226-psi-senior-member-in-cancer-breakthrough-team.html).

To be updated

3.22 PSI  Member Bevan Dockery

The PSI list of member biographies says " .. Bevan Dockery .. enjoyed a long and successful career .. as a Geophycist since graduating from University of Western Australia. After postgraduate training at the Australian School of Nuclear Technology and Western Australian Institute of Technology his professional appointments included .. positions in the .. Royal Australian Navy Experimental Laboratory and Western Australian Main Roads Department .. Geophysicist for the Australian Government Bureau of Mineral Resources. Now retired Bevan is pursuing personal research into climate-related matters .. " (http://principia-scientific.org/about/why-psi-is-a-private-assoc.html).

An Internet search revealed little about Bevan Dockery's career achievements, e.g. there is a catalogue covering Australian geological surveys that " .. comprise more than 18.1 million line kilometres of mainly total magnetic intensity and gamma-ray spectrometric data .. conducted as part of the Bureau of Mineral Resources first pass airborne geophysical reconnaissance of Australia .. " that he was involved in during 1965 (http://www.ga.gov.au/image_cache/GA3715.pdf).

Other than that there are blog comments such as:
- " .. with in ever increasing rate of population growth and desire for economic growth, the end of our species looks inevitable .. " (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/8461727.stm),
- " .. If you find the climate uncomfortable then start looking at the damage we have done to the enviroment such as clearing the native flora to produce stinking hot cities, polluting the air with fumes and the oceans with sewage and rubbish .. " (http://www.abc.net.au/environment/articles/2009/12/21/2777667.htm) and
- " .. A changed environment does not mean global warming. In much of Australia we have cleared away the native flora ie changed the environment. As a result there is no more photosynthesis or transpiration by plants. Formerly this would have used up the sun's energy in releasing oxygen into the air, absorbing carbon by the plants and humidifying the air. Thus the temperature would be lower and there would be more rain due to the increased water vapour in the air .. " (http://www.abc.net.au/environment/articles/2010/02/04/2809940.htm).

Bevan Dockery did write one article "Shock News: 'Greenhouse Gases' COOL the Earth" that was considered by the PSI blogging group's reviewers as being worthy of publication on its blog (http://principia-scientific.org/latest-news/297-shock-news-greenhouse-gases-cool-the-earth.html) on 3rd September 2013. His conclusions have been rejected by reviewers with relevant expertise who are not parties to PSI's "PROM" process (see Section 5.0 "Peer Review in Open Media .. " and Appendix A, Note 43). These discussions are ongoing (at 24th Sept. 2013) and the exchanges can be found in the article "SpotlightON - 'Greenhouse Gases' COOL the Earth" (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/spotlighton-greenhouse-gases-cool-earth.html).

3.23 PSI  Member Alberto Miatello

The PSI member biographies web-page says that " .. Alberto Miatello, is an independent researcher in the field of physics of the atmosphere/meteorology. Originally a law graduate, for many years Alberto worked as a business consultant .. This experience informed his spare time research, since 2002, into climate study and the physics of the atmosphere .. " (http://principia-scientific.org/about/why-psi-is-a-private-assoc.html).

A search for scientific papers or articles authored by Alberto Miatello and published in respected peer-reviewed scientific journals/publications produced only articles on blogs such as PSI's, "ilovemycarbondioxide" and "tech-know-group" (both run by PSI's "Chief Finance Officer" Hans Schreuder) and John O'Sullivan's "Slaying the Sky Dragon" blog. One of those articles is "Greenhouse Theory Computer Fail: Real Evidence Slays Carbon 'Science'" by Alberto Miatello and John O'Sullivan, posted on the PSI blog on 16th September 2013. It is worthwhile recalling that on 29th Oct. 2012 John O'Sullivan declared  " .. Among PSI there are only two of us qualified in law, myself and Alberto Miatello in Italy .. " see sub-section 4.2 "Alpha Institute of Advanced Studies" and http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/psi-and-aias-affiliation.html).

The PSI article was drawn to the attention of those who were debating the article "Shock News: 'Greenhouse Gases' COOL the Earth" by Bevan Dockery (see sub-section 3.22) and attracted an immediate rebuttal from respected physical chemist Dr. Jack Barrett (http://www.barrettbellamyclimate.com/page2.htm). When submitting his rebuttal on 17th September 2013 Dr. Barrett commented " .. PSI is a purveyer of nonsense .. " (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/spotlighton-greenhouse-gases-cool-earth.html).

Dr. Jack Barrett has authored about seventy papers on various aspects of the chemistry and spectroscopy of small molecules and is the author of ten textbooks, including three tutorial chemistry texts published by the Royal Society of Chemistry. In contrast there appears to be no evidence to support the opinion expressed by one Kirk Myers that there is a " .. climate expert Alberto Miatello .. " (http://iceagenow.info/2013/05/australian-astronaut-phil-chapman-predicted-mini-ice-age/#comment-122419 - see Appendix A, Note 44). An entry on the "Denierlist" blog says " .. Alberto Miatello is exclusively publishing with Principia Scientific International .. and his qualification is being a law graduate. .. " (http://denierlist.wordpress.com/2012/11/19/alberto-miatello/).

On the other hand there are lots of web-pages making reference to one (Oscar) Alberto Miatello, an enthusiastic chess player. Perhaps Alberto Miatello has expertise in playing chess rather than climate science (http://www.centurini.it/3apagina.htm).

TO BE UPDATED
 

4.0 Over-ambitious and questionable Membership Claims

4.1 General

On 20th December 2012 John O'Sullivan was claiming " .. members of the 200-strong Principia Scientific International .. " (http://johnosullivan.wordpress.com/2012/12/20/breaking-u-s-national-academies-find-greenhouse-effect-doesnt-exist/). On 15th March 2013 the PSI Home-page was making the proud claim that " .. Our numbers are increasing rapidly (already 200+) and include a Nobel Prize nominee, a former President of a Royal Scientific Society, two former NASA experts who worked on the Apollo space program and US Bureau of Mines top engineers .. " (http://principia-scientific.org/).

As for many claims emanating from PSI, closer scrutiny is warranted. It was considered worthwhile enquiring about who those 200+ claimed members are so that each could be asked individually to confirm or deny membership. At least 20 of the "members" named on the "Member Biographies" page appear to be no longer affiliated with PSI (see sub-section 4.2).

Over-ambitious claims about PSI membership were first made on 23rd Dec. 2010 when John O'Sullivan declared " .. Hans, Joe and I are progressing well with the development of a new independent international science association that we intend to launch in early 2011 .. We are convinced such an organization will quickly garner worldwide membership .. When we launch in January we will be seeking to encourage as many scientists and associated professionals to sign up to our new independent association, Principia Scientific International (PSI). .. ". On the 25th December he was exhorting his followers to " .. help recruit the thousands of  paid up members necessary .. " and on 28th he said " .. I heartily recommened PSI to you and encourage you to help lobby for donations and membership.. ".

On 29th Dec. 2010 it was claimed that " .. We currently have almost 30 committed experts on our books  .. To encourage enrolment to PSI the founding members are agreed that, as a bonus to the first 3,000 members we are happy to offer signing on inducements by way of free copies of our first 2 'Slayers' books .. We are actively seeking a Spanish-speaking contingent that can recruit members in Hispanic nations... " - over-ambitious indeed! By 1st January that introductory offer had been revised down to " .. The annual fee for basic membership is £50 for the financial year 2011/12. As an introductory offer the first 2,000 members will receive a free copy of the best-selling climate science publication,  ‘Slaying the Sky Dragon: Death of the Greenhouse Gas Theory’ and the companion volume, ‘Sky Dragon Slayers 2�� (retail value of both volumes is $19.85) .. ".


On 17th January John o'Sullivan was claiming that PSI was " .. a group of 36 respected international scientists and related professionals .. " (http://www.gofundme.com/1v39s) yet by 29th September 2011 John could only muster about 32 names (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/selected-e-mails-with-slayerspsi.html)   

On 26th September 2011 John was boasting about " .. exciting pending applications to join the team which will be announced in due course .. ". One such "exciting" announcement occurred more recently, on 1st Nov. 2012. In an article "An Epic Week of Success for PSI" (http://principia-scientific.org/supportnews/latest-news/21-an-epic-week-of-success-for-psi.html)  was posted on the PSI web-site. It declared " .. It’s no wonder that in the wake of these developments there has been a surge in interest in PSI. We’ve seen a sudden and most welcome influx of new members and we are now affiliated with the Alpha Institute for Advanced Studies. No less than fourteen of our new members appear in 'Who's Who,’ with the most notable figure among them being Welshman Professor Myron Evans, a Nobel Science Prize nominee .. " (http://principia-scientific.org/supportnews/latest-news/21-an-epic-week-of-success-for-psi.html - but see also Appendix A, Note 46).


On 14th March 2012 an article "Latest Study Confirms No Atmospheric Warming from Carbon Dioxide" announced several new recruits. Doug Cotton, author of the article, was described as “ .. The new PSI recruit .. ” and 17 others were named. QUOTE:  .. John O'Sullivan, spokesman for Principia Scientific International .. announced “Today we proudly present .. recruits to our growing team of qualified experts.”  .. Recognizing PSI is gaining a reputation for quality and integrity in an age of 'post-normal' government science, seventeen new members have added their names to this organisation's campaign for a return to tradiational scientific values. Those values extol openess and full verifiability .. Alberto Miatello; Ulric Lyons; Dr.Gerald V. Todd; Joe Bastardi; Louis A.G Hissink; Dr. Jinan Cao; Ken Coffman; Dr. James O. Coles III; Dr. Dev Dangol; Dr. Klaus L.E. Kaiser; Robert Webster; Kevin 'K'; Robert Ashworth; Dr. Geraldo Luís Lino; Berthold Klein; Alan Caruba; Dr. Matthias Kleespies .. UNQUOTE  (http://principia-scientific.org/supportnews/latest-news/50-latest-study-confirms-no-atmospheric-warming-from-carbon-dioxide.html).

On 10th April 2012 John O’Sullivan proudly announced that his “ .. Fledgling international science association adds two more prominent professors to its burgeoning membership. Principia Scientific International attributes its meteoric rise to increased public concern about corruption in government and corporate science. Professors Paul Reiter and Ian Plimer are the latest recruits standing alongside the two-dozen other  freshly installed experts who last month joined the  organization .. So let PSI ascend to become science’s new beacon of hope for individual freedom and truth .. ” (http://johnosullivan.wordpress.com/2012/04/10/eminent-professors-join-new-maverick-global-science-body/).

At that time the PSI list of “Selected Member Biographies included Professor. Reiter and Dr. Jinan Cao but not Professor Plimer, who quite possibly never applied to become a member. By August 2012 Dr. Cao’s name had been removed, perhaps because it should never have been included or because of a wise change-of-heart.

On 14th April 2012 the “Why is PSI a Private Association” page showed  that “ .. Alan Caruba .. joins us .. " between the biographies of Dr. Geraldo Luís Lino and Dr. Matthias Kleespies but that entry was removed by 23rd August. Until recently Piers Corbyn of WeatherAction was being shown as a member but is now, like Professor Claes Johnson and Dr. Oliver Manuel,  merely "Consultant/ Friend of PSI".

On 4th Dec. 2012 it was reported in "Leyland joins the über cranks: signs up with serial liar O’Sullivan’s vanity “science” group" (http://sciblogs.co.nz/hot-topic/tag/psi/ but see also here) that  Dr. Vincent Gray may have become a member after this was implied on the PSI blog (http://principia-scientific.org/supportnews/latest-news/71-the-courts-hans-jelbring-and-the-kiwis-bring-joy-for-greenhouse-gas-deniers.html). Dr. Gray has subsequently denied being a PSI member (Note 12).

On 8th Nov. 2012 Dr. Myron Evans stated that his Alpha Institute of Advanced Studies (AIAS) had decided not to join PSI (sub-section 4.2). On 20th March 2013 Dr. Charles Anderson made a "for the record" comment suggesting that he may no longer consider himself to be a member of PSI (see Section 3.6). On 21st May 2013 Dr. Habibullo Abdussamatov stated that he had walked away from PSI (sub-section 4.7).



Despite this all of these remain on the "SELECTION OF MEMBER BIOGRAPHIES" (http://principia-scientific.org/about/why-psi-is-a-private-assoc.html). It seems that once a name gets into that list of "members biographies" it is very hard to get it removed. Maybe that is the basis for PSI's claims to having 200+ members!



4.2  Alpha Institute of Advanced Studies

On 1st Nov. 2012 PSI’s “CEO and Legal Consultant” declared “ .. It’s been an extraordinary week for PSI .. a membership surge bringing eminent scientists into the fold - including one Nobel Science Prize nominee .. We’ve seen a sudden and most welcome influx of new members and we are now affiliated with the Alpha Institute for Advanced Studies. No less than fourteen of our new members appear in 'Who's Who,’ with the most notable figure among them being Welshman Professor Myron Evans, a Nobel Science Prize nominee .. ” (http://principia-scientific.org/supportnews/latest-news/21-an-epic-week-of-success-for-psi.html). That proud boast remains in the PSI blog, despite the dissociation from PSI announced only 6 days later by its founding member Dr. Myron Evans, who clearly stated “ .. We did our due diligence and decided not to join PSI .. ” (http://principia-scientific.org/supportnews/latest-news/21-an-epic-week-of-success-for-psi.html).

On 1st November 2012 founder of the Alpha Institute of Advanced Studies Professor Myron Evans and about 22 of his AIAS members were added to PSI's "Selected Member Biographies" page (http://www.principia-scientific.org/about/why-psi-is-a-private-assoc.html). This followed the announcement  that it had been "An Epic Week of Success for PSI .. a membership surge bringing eminent scientists into the fold - including one Nobel Science Prize nominee ..  we are now affiliated with the Alpha Institute for Advanced Studies. No less than fourteen of our new members .. with the most notable figure among them being Welshman Professor Myron Evans, a Nobel Science Prize nominee .." (http://principia-scientific.org/supportnews/latest-news/21-an-epic-week-of-success-for-psi.html).


The excitement must have been short-lived. Only 6 days later Professor Evans had issued the following statements " .. AIAS has not Joined PSI: Aftet due diligence AIAS has decided not to join PSI .. " (http://drmyronevans.wordpress.com/2012/11/07/aias-has-not-joined-psi/) and " .. We did our due diligence and decided not to join PSI but act as observers .. " (Appendix A, Note 10).

That latter statement was made in an E-mail of 7th Nov.2012 to a group of over 50 recipients on the subject of "Membership of blogging group Principia Scientific International?" and was followed by another on 8th Nov. saying " .. I informed Mr. O' Sullivan that the due diligence of PSI had resulted in AIAS deciding not to join it. Obviously, he should remove the names of AIAS colleagues from PSI .. " 

Despite those unambiguous statements by Professor Evans the biographies of AIAS members remain on the PSI web-page. Based upon past experience my opinion is that only a handful of the PSI membership claims made on that page can be relied upon as being genuine. I would require the personal confirmation of the majority of individuals listed there before accepting that they are indeed members of PSI. 

Enquiries with all of the AIAS members listed as members of PSI have resulted in further responses making clear that the names of many of those AIAS members who are included in the list of claimed PSI members should be removed. The detailed responses received so far are posted in "PSI AND AIAS - AFFILIATION OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2012" (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/psi-and-aias-affiliation.html). Several AIAS members have given their permission for publication of their responses to E-mails on the subject of "Membership of blogging group Principia Scientific International?"sent to to them in Nov. 2012 and Feb./July 2013.

These are discussed in the following sub-sections.

From the information provided on the blog of Dr. Myron Evans, founder of the Alpha Institute of Advanced Studies (AIAS) it appears that he and John O'Sullivan became acquainted through a mutual aversion to the installation of those useless wind-turbines in the Wales countryside. In August 2012 Dr. Evans was looking for a legal aid solicitor who would help him to obtain an injunction (http://drmyronevans.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/evans_2012_daily_blog_to_aug_28.pdf) against a proposed wind-turbine development at Mynydd y Betws site in Carmarthenshire, Wales (http://www.southwalesguardian.co.uk/news/9987556.Betws_hoping_for_windfarm_windfall/)

On 29th Oct. 2012 John offered advice regarding the legal argument being put by Professor Evans against wind-turbine plans in his area of Wales. " .. I note that you have not included in your legal argument any reference to the astonishing new ruling by the Compliance Committee of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) .. the EU and its 27 Member States must be suspend all further wind farm development until the conclusion of consultation as stipulated in the ruling. I have advised the Devon community I’m assisting in this matter and they are instructing their legal counsel accordingly. Among PSI there are only two of us qualified in law, myself and Alberto Miatello in Italy .. " (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/psi-and-aias-affiliation.html.

On 31st Oct. John O'Sullivan said " .. With the strength of feeling in South Wales on this issue it looks to me as if we can readily form a very broad consensus group to progress matters here .. I have committed myself to assist Professor Evans. If anyone on this list is interested in meeting personally at a venue to be agreed in the Swansea area for direct consultation, I’m available for any mutually agreeable date in the latter half of November. Truly, John O’Sullivan LLB, BA Hon. PGCE .. ".

(More about John O'Sullivan's exaggerated claims regarding legal qualifications and expertise is provided in Appendix A, Note 10a and in "Curriculum Vitae for John O'Sullivan (2010)"
 - http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/curriculum-vitae-for-john-osullivan-2010.html).

TO BE UPDATED

See also Appendix A Notes 15 and 31).


4.2.1 Dr. Myron Wyn Evans

The PSI list of " .. members biograpies" includes " .. “ .. Professor Myron Wyn Evans .. a Civil List Scientist ... Originator of the Einstein - Cartan - Evans (ECE) Unified Field Theory .. is Founder and Director of the Alpha Foundation's Institute for Advanced Study (AIAS) and Nominee for a Nobel Science Prize .. A more detailed CV for Myron Evans may be found in about thirty editions of Marquis “Who’s Who” .. ”  (http://principia-scientific.org/about/why-psi-is-a-private-assoc.html).

It is apparent from the exchanges that took place between Dr. Evans and John O'Sullivan during the first week of Nov. 2012 (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/psi-and-aias-affiliation.html) that Dr. Evans had fully intended that members of his group AIAS should join PSI. On 2nd Nov. 2012 Dr. Evans went as far as to update his CV " .. to mention the honour of appointment to Principia and I .. post this updated CV summary in the appropriate place in www.aias.us ..  ". In that updated CV Dr. Evans seemed proud to include in his " .. CURRENT POSTS .. Member of Principia Scientific, appointed 2012 .. MAIN CAREER POSTS IN ACADEMIA AND INDUSTRY .. Principia Scientific 2012 .. " (see http://www.aias.us/documents/mwe/historical/ProfMyronWynEvansCurriculumVitae.pdf).

Less than one week later Dr. Evans had a change of heart, saying on the 7th and 8th Nov. 2012 that " .. Aftet due diligence AIAS has decided not to join PSI .. I informed Mr. O' Sullivan that the due diligence of PSI had resulted in AIAS deciding not to join it. Obviously, he should remove the names of AIAS colleagues from PSI." - see related exchanges in "PSI AND AIAS AFFILIATION“Appendix A E-mails about PSI Membership (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/psi-and-aias-affiliation.html).

On 9th July 2013 in response to an E-mail from AIAS member Raymond Delaforce (see sub-section 4.2.5) advising that " .. Principia Scientific International (PSI) still list AIAS members on their website .. " Dr. Evans said " .. they should remove all AIAS names .. " (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/psi-and-aias-affiliation.html). Despite those clear statements by AIAS members that they are NOT PSI members the names of AIAS members have still not been removed from the PSI " .. Selection of Member Biographies Written by John O'Sullivan .. "  (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/psi-and-aias-affiliation.html).

Dr. Myron Evans (that " .. one Nobel Science Prize nominee .. " and one of those fourteen claimed PSI members who “ .. appear in 'Who's Who,’ .. ”) rejects that claim about him and his fellow-members of AIAS being members of PSI. His responses align with those from other AIAS members who are misleadingly claimed to be PSI members.

See also Appendix A, Notes 10 and 15.

TO BE UPDATED, meanwhile see:
- http://www.telesio-galilei.com/tg/images/stories/photos/award2008/Myron_Wyn_Evans_CV.pdf for Dr. Evan's CV which includes a reference to his being "Chairman of the Santilli-Galilei Association, 2007" and "Director and Vice Chairman of Steriwave Plc., 2007"
-  http://drmyronevans.wordpress.com/2011/03/page/6/ for Dr Evans's comments on why he " .. should have been a professor in the University of Wales .. ".
http://blog.lege.net/content/santilli-galilei_com__board.html regarding Dr. Evans's Vice-Chairmanship  of the Santilli - Galilei Association on Scientific Truth, founded by "Francesco Fucilla, Scientist and Founding Father" and its relationship with the "Green Energy" industry  (http://web.archive.org/web/20120305203910/http://www.santilli-einstein.com/).
http://www.steriwave.com/Steriwave_Web_12-08-12/Directors.html showing Franscesco Fucilla as Managing Director of Steriwave and the relationship with the "Green Energy" industry (http://www.gek-ltd.com/#!directors--advisors).
http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/2008/02/26/plan-for-new-welsh-university-91466-20523036/#ixzz1r4xTKc87 for an article on "Plan for new Welsh university .. Myron Evans, a doctor of chemistry living at Craigcefnparc near Swansea, has issued invitations to a launch event for the Myron Evans University .. The benefactor, Francesco Fucilla .. ".
http://www.cdrex.com/ece-technologies-limited-1921722.html and http://www.companiesintheuk.co.uk/ltd/ece-technologies for information on ECE technologies, incorporated in 2008 run by D. Evans and several of his AIAS associates.
-  http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/mid/sites/abercraf/pages/santilligalilei.shtml and http://drmyronevans.wordpress.com/2008/04/11/santilli-galilei-awards-ceremony-of-the-7708/ also in 2008, when the relationship between Dr. Evans and Dr. Fucilla appears to have been one of at least mutual respect.

The Evans-Fucilla relationship (Appedix A, Note 31)  appears to have taken a turn for the worse in 2009, see:
-  http://www.francesco-fucilla-satires.com/FFSatires_05-08-12/Statement_By_Prof_of_Profs/THE%20REASONS%20FOR%20THE%20ATTACKS%20BY%20MR%20MYRON%20EVANS%20AGAINST%20PROF%20FRANCESCO%20FUCILLA.pdf for a one-sides account by Francesco Fucilla of "THE REASONS FOR THE ATTACKS BY MR MYRON EVANS AGAINST PROF FRANCESCO FUCILLA .. ".
http://cassiopaea.org/forum/index.php?topic=27261.75 for more interesting comments from Francesco Fucilla and others.

Another site that may be of interest to those of a scientific leaning (and perhaps PSI founding member Joe Olson) is run by Dr. Gerhard W. Bruhn, Department of Mathematics, Darmstadt University of Technology  (http://www.mathematik.tu-darmstadt.de/~bruhn/GCUFT.html). Dr. Evans and Dr. Bruhn appear not to see eye-to-eye on the ECE Theory (http://drmyronevans.wordpress.com/2008/03/30/reply-to-bruhn-et-al/).


4.2.2 Robert P Cheshire

TO BE UPDATED but see “Against Global Warming” (http://johnosullivan.wordpress.com/2012/10/30/924/)

4.2.3 Kerry Pendergast

TO BE UPDATED

4.2.4 Victor Riecansky

Included in that PSI "SELECTION OF MEMBER BIOGRAPHIES" is " .. Victor Riecansky .. publisher of Cambridge International Science Publishing .. an AIAS Fellow .. included in Marquis .. appears in ‘Who’s Who.’ .. " (http://principia-scientific.org/about/why-psi-is-a-private-assoc.html).

In a series of E-mail exchanges on the subject of “Membership of blogging group Principia Scientific International?” during 23rd Feb. 2013 Mr Riecansky was asked “ .. Would you be prepared to advise me about your status? .. Am I OK to go ahead and say that you are NOT and have never been a member of John O'Sullivan's Principia Scientific International blogging group? .. ” (see Appendix D of http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/psi-and-aias-affiliation.html). Mr Riecanski’s responses included “ .. I am afraid I have no idea what this is about .. Yes, of course, please go ahead .. ”.

In other words, Mr Victor Riecansky (one of those fourteen claimed PSI members who “ .. appear in 'Who's Who,’ .. ”) rejects that claim about him being a member of PSI.

Mr Riecansky's response aligns with those from other AIAS members who continue to be misleadingly claimed as PSI members.

4.2.5 Raymond W.J. Delaforce

On 6th July 2013 USA Engineer and AIAS member Ray Delaforce was asked " .. I wonder if you are prepared to comment on the status of your claimed membership .. " (see Appendix D of http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/psi-and-aias-affiliation.html). His response included " .. I was not aware my name was associated with the blogging group ..PSI .. AIAS ultimately declined to "join" (or otherwise enter into some type of cooperative agreement) with PSI .. I trust that decision and wish to have my name removed .. ".

Mr Delaforce's response aligns with those from other AIAS members who continue to be misleadingly claimed as PSI members.

4.2.6 Dr. Liudmila Pozhar

PSI's "SELECTION OF MEMBER BIOGRAPHIES" describes Dr. Pozhar as " .. a prominent scientist .. who has worked in Kharkov and Cornell University .. is found in Marquis ‘Who’s Who’ .. " (http://principia-scientific.org/about/why-psi-is-a-private-assoc.html).

It will be interesting to hear what Dr. Pozhar has to say about the claim that she is a PSI member.

TO BE UPDATED

4.2.7 Franklin Amador

PSI's "SELECTION OF MEMBER BIOGRAPHIES" says that " .. Franklin Amador has been nominated this year for "Marquis Who's Who in the World." He is a distinguished engineer .. He has extensive knowledge of the work of Tesla and other aspects of new energy .. " (http://principia-scientific.org/about/why-psi-is-a-private-assoc.html). 

It will be interesting to hear if Mr Amador agrees that he is a PSI member.

TO BE UPDATED

4.2.8 Stephen J Crothers

TO BE UPDATED

4.3  Piers Corbyn of Weather Action

Up until Dec. 2012 the PSI promotional web-page listing “ .. biographies of a selection of our valued members .. ” (http://www.principia-scientific.org/about/why-psi-is-a-private-assoc.html) was naming Piers as one of its members. This claim came as a surprise because despite being Ccd on most of the numerous “PSI & Due Diligence” exchanges with the “Slayers” in Dec. 2010/Jan. 2011 Piers had made not a single comment (see http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/psi-due-diligence-20102011-selected-e.html).

Recent E-mail exchanges with Piers from 03-04 Dec. 2012 presented in the “PSI & Due Diligence E-mails” post (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/psi-due-diligence-20102011-selected-e.html) were mainly about clarifying whether or not he was a PSI member. On 3rd Dec. Piers was asked “ .. you are listed as a member of Principia Scientific International. Please tell me that this is incorrect as in my opinion it will do nothing for your credibility .. ” his immediate response was “ .. IT IS INCORRECT .. ”. This was brought to the attention of PSI’s “CEO & Legal Consultant” and now Piers is only mentioned as “ .. * Consultant/ Friend of PSI .. ”.


The “Slayers” appear to have been very keen to get Piers involved with PSI, presumable because of Piers’s already high UK profile in the CACC debate. In October 2009 Piers had organised the first of Weather Action’s annual UK “Climate Fools Day” conferences (Note 13). In an E-mail on 2nd January 2011 (@ 7:32 AM) was a section “ .. WEATHERACTION.COM and HOW PSI AS CIC CAN ASSIST OUR MEMBERS  .. I am going to propose to my team .. to assist Piers Corbyn of WeatherAction.com to advance his long-range weather forecasting business .. we may, for example, give a loan or a grant to Piers Corbyn to advance both the science of long-range weather forecasting and help Piers expand a business .. ” (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/psi-due-diligence-20102011-selected-e.html).



During those “PSI and Due Diligence” exchanges the following comment was made “ .. we hope we may be able to strike a deal with Piers Corbyn of WeatherAction.com who has offices in London .. This would be most useful to promote PSI .. In addition, as the only member of the group qualified in law and with experience of UK corporate law and .. having set up UK businesses in the past this seemed logical to me. America wasn’t seriously considered because no single city could pull in as many group members as cheaply and effectiively as London .. ” (3rd Jan. 2011@ 3:14 PM - see also Appendix A, Note 14).




PSI’s “CEO and Legal Consultant” apparently gate-crashed Weather Action’s 2010 “Climate Fools Day” conference in Westminster to promote PSI by going through the motions of awarding Piers a larger-than-life $10,000 cheque (see http://climaterealists.com/index.php?id=6536 and http://climaterealists.com/index.php?id=6553). According to Piers that  $10000 turned out to be a mere $1000. In an exchange involving the “Slayers”/PSI bloggers I again raised this specific issue, asking Piers “ .. if you’d like to expand on your QUOTE: .. Last year’s “$10k” was in fact “$10k of which we are giving $9k to our own things and you can have $1k” .. UNQUOTE. You never did explain this and I wonder if you’d like to do so now .. ” (see http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/selected-e-mails-with-slayerspsi.html on 8th and 16th Dec. 2011 @ 21:54 and 23:38). Piers still declined to participate in those exchanges.


The matter of that missing $9000 was raised on several occasions on Professor Judith Curry’s “Letter to the dragon slayers” thread (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/professor-judith-currys-letter-to.html – 11th Nov. 2011 @ 1:49 pm, 13th Dec. @ 6:59 pm, 14th Dec. @ 6:15 pm, 18th April 2012 @ 10:48 am) including with the award donor Ken Coffman who owns Stairways Press, the US publisher of “Slaying the Sky Dragon” - Ken is also a PSI member. PSI members have still not provide transparency on this one, despite claiming to be “ .. advocates of transparency and accountability .. ”.



The misleading claim that Piers Corbyn was a member of PSI (see Section 4.3) perhaps caused blogger Tom (in Oregon City) Harrison on 8th Jan. 2013 to post this comment on Australian science presenter, writer, speaker and former TV host; author .. ” Joanne Nova’s thread “A discussion of the Slaying the Sky Dragon science: Is the Greenhouse Effect a Sky Dragon Myth?” - http://joannenova.com.au/2012/10/a-discussion-of-the-slaying-the-sky-dragon-science-is-the-greenhouse-effect-a-sky-dragon-myth/#comment-1219645).

Tom says of Piers Corbyn and his relationship with the “Slayers”/PSI blogging group QUOTE: .. I note that although he posts frequently on the Derek Alker Facebook group “There is no greenhouse effect” — a slayer defense bastion if ever there was one — I see only posts where he outlines the activities — well, the victories — of his forecasting group, and not active arguments on any slayer-defending rants written by others. Given his apparent reluctance to dive into the fray on Derek’s curious little sideshow, he may not be much of a slayer .. UNQUOTE.

The reason that Tom thinks that Piers “ .. may not be much of a slayer .. ” is probably because Piers is not a “Slayer” and never has been and that Tom (like others) was mislead by that PSI claim from early 2012 that he was a member. PSI membership claims have been questioned since Sept. 2011 (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/selected-e-mails-with-slayerspsi.html 28 Sep @ 23:44).

4.4  Dr. Nasif S. Nahle of Biology Cabinet

According to John O’Sullivan, at the 1st Jan. 2011 “ .. Vincent Gray, Nasif Nahle, John Droz Jr. and Fred Goldberg .. are newly signed up coauthors on our related project - the ' Dragon Slayers' book publishing project. For the benefit of our newest members .. ”  (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/psi-due-diligence-20102011-selected-e.html - bold added). None of these four "new members" have been listed among PSI Member Biographies (http://principia-scientific.org/about/why-psi-is-a-private-assoc.html) which appeared on that page after the formal launch in July 2011. It would be interesting to know why they decided to withdraw from membership.

When PSI was launched in July 2011 the "Principles of Association" web-page proudly announced that " .. July 2011 is marked as PSI's official launch as well as the  date of publication of the first two science papers to bear the Principia Scientific International name. The papers are by biologist, Nasif Nahle and astrophysicist, Joe Postma .. ". It presently says " ..PSI is particularly proud of all it’s papers not least our first by Biologist, Professor Nasif Nahle and Astrophysicist, Joe Postma .. " (http://principia-scientific.org/about/principles-of-association.html).  

The PSI "publications" page lists two articles by Dr. Nahle, the most recent being on 26th Sept 2011 (http://principia-scientific.org/publications/New_Concise_Experiment_on_Backradiation.pdf) whereas Postma posted his most recent article there on 22nd Oct. 2012 (http://principia-scientific.org/publications/Absence_Measureable_Greenhouse_Effect.pdf).

Just after the formal launch of PSI the announcement was made in an article "BREAKING NEWS: Greenhouse Gas Theory Trashed in Groundbreaking Lab Experiment by John O'Sullivan .. " on Gabriel Rychert's Climate Realists blog that " .. the ‘Slayers’ group of GHE skeptics of which Professor Nahle has become increasingly prominent. Another rising star of the Slayers group of scientists, Joe Postma concurs with Nahle’s results .. Postma and Nahle join long-standing GHE skeptics, Alan Siddons and Hans Schreuder as they prepare to formally launch a new global research association, Principia Scientific International .. " (http://climaterealists.com/?id=8073). At that time the PSI web-page "Why PSI is a Private Association" announced that " .. Our Founding Members and stakeholders includeDr. Tim Ball, Dr. Martin Hertzberg, Dr. Claes Johnson, Joseph A. Olson, Alan Siddons, Dr. Charles Anderson, John O’Sullivan, Hans Schreuder, Joseph E. Postma, Professor Nasif Nahle, Dr. Matthais Kleespies, Tom Neveu, Derek Alker .. " (bold added).

A couple of days after Dr. Nahle's final PSI article the question of apparent dwindling numbers within the "Slayers"/PSI group was raised with John O'Sullivan. In his response on 29th Sept. 2011 he said " .. currently the most active/influential members of the Slayers team are Hans Schreuder, Alan Siddons, Joe Olson, Joe Postma, Dr Nasif Nahle, Dr Tim Ball, Dr Martin Hertzberg, Derek Alker, plus our publishers, Ken Coffman and Philip Foster .. ” (bold added)Despite those announcements and subsequent comment, all except Dr. Nahle and Tom Neveu are listed as members of PSI  among the list of PSI members (http://principia-scientific.org/about/why-psi-is-a-private-assoc.html). It is also noticeable that whereas at the 18th April 2012 the page was claiming " .. Webmaster and Founder Member: Tom Richard (U.S.). Tom is the driving force behind Neveu Design (Boston, Mass) .. " there is no longer any mention of "Neveu"

In an E-mail on 16th December 2011 to Andrew Skolnick Ccd to the PSI founding members and others Dr. Nahle asked " .. Please, stop sending me your e-mails. I'm not interested in vain discussions that have nothing to do with science. I ask John O'Sullivan to do the same, erase my address from your Cc and BCc .. ". Dr. Nahle sent that request only 8 days after the start of a chain of E-mails that raised pertinent questions about John O'Sullivan's claimed qualifications and experience (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/selected-e-mails-with-slayerspsi.html - see also Note 30).


Note that " .. Nasif Nahle was 23 years old when he and his colleagues founded the Human Biology Cabinet (April 1975) .. " (http://www.biocab.org/About_Us.html) and he is its Scientific Research Director. Dr. Nahle has continued to post articles about his experiments disproving the "greenhouse effect" but no longer on the PSI web-site, e.g. "Scientific Research on the Effects of Backradiation on Several Solid Surfaces. Published on March 16, 2012 .. " (http://www.biocab.org/Observation_Backradiation.pdf)


TO BE UPDATED

4.5 Friend of PSI Professor Claes Johnson 

The PSI promotional web-page presenting " .. biographies of a selection of our valued members .. " says " .. *Professor Claes Johnson PhD (Sweden): Claes Johnson is Professor of Applied Mathematics, School of Computer Science and Communication, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden .. "
This could lead the casual reader into thinking that Professor Johnson is a member of PSI despite the rider posted at the bottom of the page " .. * Consultant/ Friend of PSI .. ".

It should be noted that Professor Johnson has said repeatedly since 2011 that he is NOT a member of the "Slayers"/PSI group, e.g:

- " .. From: Claes Johnson ... To: Curry, Judith A ... CC: JOHN OSULLIVAN ...; gpetty@...; ken@...; jdssps1@...; colose@...; houston2000@...; timothyball@...; hanssch@...; PF SMP ...; ruthhertzberg@...; alan618034@...; Charles R Anderson...; OMATUMR@...; geraldo@...; jerryoliver...; vinmary gray...; Fred@...; piers@...; kent@...; Miso Alkalaj ...; nasifnahle@...; jpostma@...; sr2@msn.com...; rtaguchi@...; aaprjohn@...; cuibono@...; jonicol18@...; rsowell@...; clifftent@...; germanclimateblog@...; dalker@...; peter ridley...
Sent: Sun, 9 Oct 2011 15:51 Subject: Re: PSI and Politics
Hi Judy, As you should know, I am no longer a Slayer, if I ever was .. " (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/selected-e-mails-with-slayerspsi.html).


Claes Johnson As I have said, I am not a member of any group subject to group thinking, in particular not the slayers group .. " (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/professor-judith-currys-letter-to.html).

Claes Johnson says: February 21, 2012 at 7:02 AM .. outer space has a temperature, and it is cold around 3 K. I thus don’t support the view put forward by the group of Sky Dragon Slayers to which I no longer belong, if I ever did .. " (http://www.drroyspencer.com/2012/02/yes-virginia-the-vacuum-of-space-does-have-a-temperature/#comment-34667).



TO BE UPDATED


4.6  Dr. Matthias Kleesbies

According to the PSI "Selection of Member Biographies" (http://principia-scientific.org/about/why-psi-is-a-private-assoc.html) " .. Dr. Kleespies is PSI's  Science Representative in Germany. He came to the fore in 2011 as a climate researcher after PSI published his robust and telling short history of the Greenhouse Gas Theory .. ".

Biologist Dr. Kleespies' involvement with and contribution to PSI's activities appear to have ceased after that one and only article 18th Nov. 2011 article. On 28th Sept. 2011 questions were raised about membership claims being made on the PSI web-site, the need for transparency, including " .. In Dec/Jan there appeared to be something like 36 (http://www.gofundme.com/1v39s). How many are there now and who are they. .. in the spirit of transparency would you provide a list of those members .. " (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/selected-e-mails-with-slayerspsi.html).


The response included " .. the group has appeared to have grown organically over the last year or so .. Claes Johnson has taken a backwards step lately .. currently the most active/influential members of the Slayers team are Hans Schreuder, Alan Siddons, Joe Olson, Joe Postma, Dr Nasif Nahle, Dr Tim Ball, Dr Martin Hertzberg, Derek Alker, plus our publishers, Ken Coffman and Philip Foster. .. Other highly valued contributors include Bob Ashworth, Dr Charles Anderson, Miso Alkalaj, Malcolm Roberts, Dr Oliver Manuel, Piers Corbyn, Gabriel Rychert, Tom Richards, Dr Norm Kalmonovich, Mark Schwarz, Dr Matthias Kleepsies, Paul Driessen, Dr Klaus Keiser, John Droz. Jr. and Dr Geraldo Luís Lino .. ".



On the other hand a contribution by Dr. Kleespies during another set of E-mail exchanges on the subject of “Back Radiation   & The Greenhouse  Effect” taking place during Oct. 2011 suggested that a rift was occurring between Dr. Kleespies and Joe Postma over Joe's 22nd July 2011 article "The Model Atmospheric Greenhouse Effect" (http://climaterealists.com/index.php?id=8119). On 8th Oct. Dr. Kleespies commented " .. Wow, Postma! This is really something I didn´t know before! The average near surface temperature of the earth is +15° C because it is +15°C. And this is really worth the rest of your 44 pages of sheer nonsense. But this again showed me just HOW misleading his article is. He managed to confuse me in a way that I did not notice his major trick earlier .. ".


Dr. Kleespies seems not to have written any article on climate change since 27th Feb. 2012 (http://www.germanclimateblog.com/en/blogen.html)

It would be interesting hearing what Dr. Kleespies has to say about that claim that he is a  member of PSI.

4.7  Dr. Habibullo Ismailovich Abdussamatov

On 26th April 2013 PSI's "Recruitment Officer" Terry Jackson proudly announced " .. The latest recruit to the ranks of Principia Scientific International is Dr Habibullo Abdussamatov. Dr Abdussamatov is head of space research of the Sun Sector at the Polkovo Observatory .. " (http://principia-scientific.org/supportnews/latest-news/179-dr-habibullo-abdussamatov-joins-principia-scientific-international.html). At the same time the PSI "“SELECTION OF MEMBER BIOGRAPHIES” (http://principia-scientific.org/about/why-psi-is-a-private-assoc.html) was updated with Dr. Abdussamatov’s details - directly beneath the entry for its “CEO and Legal Consultant” John O'Sullivan.

Dr. Abdussamatov is a highly respected scientist and because of previous misleading PSI membership claims (see Section 4.0 "Over-ambitious and Questionable Membership Claims") he and his associates at the Pulkovo Observatory, St. Petersburg were E-mailed about the validity of this claim. Their attention was drawn to this article and the misleading claims made about members of the Alpha Institute of Advanced Studies also being PSI members, despite AIAS founder Dr. Myron Evans clearly stating that AIAS was no longer affiliated with PSI.

A series of "due diligence" E-mail exchanges followed during April/May 2013 involving Dr. Abdussamatov, his associates at the Observatory, PSI's "CEO and Legal Consultant" and its "Recruitment Officer" (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/psi-acumen-ltd-due-diligence-selected-e.html). Early in those exchanges (29th April) John O'Sullivan commented that " .. Ridley is a liar and a demented fraud .. who has been writing lies about PSI for two years .. ", unsubstantiated allegations that were refuted on 1st May.

On 9th May the end of Terry Jackson's article was updated with ” .. This article contained some errors which we now have corrected. Dr Abdussamatov is head of space research of the Sun Sector at the Polkovo Observatory and head of the Selenometria project on the Russian segment of the International Space Station. We apologize to both Dr Abdussamatov and Professor A V Stepanov for the mistakes and misunderstandings. Regrettably Dr. Abdussamatov has now resigned from PSI. .. “. No doubt regrettable for PSI but it appears not for Dr. Abdussamatov.


On 21st May, less than a month after the proud announcement about him having joined PSI,  Dr. Abdussamatov advised that he had " .. walked away from the PSI .. ". Perhaps he had formed a different opinion about who " .. is a liar and a demented fraud .. who has been writing lies .. for .. years .. ".


Despite having “walked away from the PSI” Dr. Abdussamatov’s name remains among PSI’s “member biographies” (http://principia-scientific.org/about/why-psi-is-a-private-assoc.html). It is the same with the members of Dr. Myron Evans’s Alpha Institute of Advanced Studies (AIAS). Dr. Evans made it absolutely clear in Nov. 2012 that AIAS had not joined PSI yet about 20 AIAS members names still appear in that list of “member biographies”.

It seems that once a name gets into that list it is very hard to get it removed. Perhaps that is the basis on which PSI claims to have 200+ members.

Note that both Dr.Abdussamatov and Terry Jackson gave presentations at the Heartland Institute's May 2010 4th International Climate Change Conference (http://climateconferences.heartland.org/iccc-4/),

4.8  Dr. Hans Jelbring and Bryan Leyland 

As mentioned in paragraph 3 of sub-section 3.18, Bryan Leyland, the New Zealand Climate Science Coalition (NZCSC) spokesman on energy and economic matters, is another who appears to have withdrawn from PSI membership following PSI becoming a “subsidiary” of PSI Acumen Ltd. His membership of PSI lasted for less than a year and was proudly announced in John O'Sullivan's 26th Nov. 2012 article "The Courts, Hans Jelbring and the Kiwis Bring Joy for Greenhouse Gas Deniers" (http://principia-scientific.org/supportnews/latest-news/71-the-courts-hans-jelbring-and-the-kiwis-bring-joy-for-greenhouse-gas-deniers.html).

That article boasted how " .. Fast-growing maverick science body, Principia Scientific International (PSI) takes three more steps closer to defeating junk climate science and forcing an overhaul of the world’s “broken” science peer-review system. In the courts PSI’s chairman, Dr. Tim Ball hammers two prominent climate scientists, while in the science labs PSI’s debunk of the alleged greenhouse gas effect (GHE) has won over another slew of key recruits including a prominent climate researcher... " (http://principia-scientific.org/supportnews/latest-news/71-the-courts-hans-jelbring-and-the-kiwis-bring-joy-for-greenhouse-gas-deniers.html).

Only six months later the reality seems to be that Hans Jelbring withdrew very soon after the announcement of his membership of PSI with both Bryan Leyland and Dr. Tim Ball withdrawing from membership subsequently. On top of that the UK's Norwich County Court may have brought desperation to one "Greenhouse Gas Denier" in the form of a "Notice of Eviction .. The eviction will take place on 3rd July, 2013 at 11:15 AM. .. ". Rather than being a fast-growing science body the PSI blogging group could be on the verge of extinction if the "Plea for Your Urgent Help" sent out on 24th May (see Section 7.2 Income) is to be believed.

4.9  Dr. Jinan Cao and Ulric Lyons 

On 18th April 2012 PSI included under the heading "PSI: SHORT BIOGRAPHIES  (as per Spring 2012)":
-  " .. Ulric Lyons is our second meteorologist on the team (alongside former U.S. Navy veteran, Dr. Martin Hertzberg). Ulric is the pioneer of groundbreaking research into the Planetary effects on Solar activity, and the immediate short term effects on land temperature deviations (and implications for precipitation), ENSO, and volcanic activity .. " and
- " .. Dr. Jinan Cao .. has served as Australian Councillor for the International Confederation for Thermal Analysis & Calorimetric. He was a member of the International Advisory Board for the first Beijing International Hoaxes Conference on Thermal Analysis & Calorimetric Cao has several published peer-reviewed papers. His physical analysis shows CO2 is a coolant for the atmosphere.

By August 2012 Dr. Cao’s details had been removed and those of Mr Lyons had been removed by 28th April 2013.

On 29th October 2013 Mr Lyons clarified his position, saying that QUOTE: It was not a "Questionable Membership". I removed myself from the group deliberately because certain key members deny that there is any radiative exchange from the atmosphere to the surface .. ". It does seem surprising that anyone would join an organisation without having a good understanding of its pedigree, even more so for one making extravagant claims about its mission as a "science association". The founding members disclosed a lot about themselves in their cobbled collection of blog articles published under the title "Slaying the Sky Dragon - Death of the Greenhouse Gas Theory" which was subjected to severe criticism in the blogosphere, even by highly respected scientists who are sceptical of the CACC hypothesis.

Perhaps Mr Lyons would be kind enough to let us know what inspired him to join the PSI blogging group and when he advised it of his withdrawal from membership.

5.0 Peer Review in Open Media (PROM)



A 14th March 2012 article "Latest Study Confirms No Atmospheric Warming from Carbon Dioxide" declared that the spokesman for Principia Scientific International, John O'Sullivan, had announced the publication of a new study “ .. debunking the unproven claims by discredited government climatologists .. ”. It also said that the new study “ .. was completed as part of pioneering new peer-review system .. What is unique here is that the pioneering 'peer review in open media' (PROM) requires authors to be responsive to real time criticisms and suggestions from fellow scientists who, as reviewers, share notes and suggest improvements while third parties can watch as it happens .. ” (http://principia-scientific.org/Latest-News/latest-study-confirms-no-atmospheric-warming-from-carbon-dioxide.html).

There have been strong criticisms of how the established form of the process of “peer review” for papers submitted for publication in respected scientific journals operates, particularly about its “in-camera” nature. “ .. Despite its importance as the ultimate gatekeeper of scientific publication and funding, peer review is known to engender bias, incompetence, excessive expense, ineffectiveness, and corruption .. ” (http://www.iiis.org/nagib-callaos/peer-review/Peer%20Reviewing%20-%20Weaknesses%20and%20Proposed%20Solutions%20-%20Second%20draft%20-%2009-28-11.pdf).


Peer Review in Open Media (PROM) appears to have some merit provided that it is practised in a transparent manner. PSI promotional material says “ .. We are proud of our ground breaking new open peer to peer (P2P) scientific review system we call PROM for the review of scientific papers ..  (http://principia-scientific.org/Frontpage/principia-scientific-international-psi.html) “ .. PSI is currently applying P2P in three key processes:

1. peer production – ...
2. peer governance - the PROM process allows PSI to test our members' work output for intellectual and scientific rigor. We have a set of agreed rules enforced by the community of producers themselves, rather than any corporate hierarchy .. 
3. peer property – .. 
We don’t filter anyone or anything out .. we use our .. PROM system .. to encourage debate and participation. PSI is happy to be judged on the level of participation we offer our members .. ” (http://principia-scientific.org/Editors-Favorites/upstarts-lead-peer-to-peer-science-online-where-next.html). 


That final point about “ .. the level of participation we offer our members .. ” suggests that the process as practised by PSI is not quite so transparent as it should be, but maybe that bit about “our members” was an error. Let’s use a case study to see if PSI limits the degree of transparency it allows during PROM. Before doing so, not everyone is convinced that the “papers” subjected to PROM by PSI’s “scientists” and "experts" are worthy of publication. An article “Peer Review by Open Media - new innovation or threat to established protocol??” said QUOTE: ..




I came across a paper that was claimed to be "Peer Reviewed" by "Principa Scientific International" .. This paper's main references were to Wiki (What The ..........?) and seemed to attempt to use the most jumbled load of claptrap I have had the misfortune to read in a long long time .. So even without analysing the fractured physics (but I do recommend reading it as everyone needs a good laugh) one has to wonder, on the basis of the reference list alone "Who the Hell would pass a paper like that in peer review?" And the answer is here - a "new" form of peer review called "Peer Review by Open Media" .. explained further at Climate Depot .. 



What is unique here is that the pioneering 'peer review in open media' (PROM) requires authors to be responsive to real time criticisms and suggestions from fellow scientists who, as reviewers, share notes and suggest improvements while third parties can watch as it happens.

Cotton's paper was put online and discussed among a panel of reviewers from various diverse disciplines for several weeks. This is the key to PSI's more robust assessment. “It's far better when outside experts add their voice to the review process, as was recommended by the Oxburgh Report (2010).” For those who don't recall the British government commissioned a panel of experts to evaluate evidence of misconduct by climatologists after the 'Climategate' scandal. The Report recommended more reviews by outside experts ..  


But I have to ask myself - if this process is so good - how come it passed a paper with such high school level references?



UNQUOTE

(http://www.politicalforum.com/science/256560-peer-review-open-media-new-innovation-threat-established-protocol.html).



An idea of the sort of exchanges that might take place during the PSI blogging group's "PROM" process when they are involved in reviewing anything that challenges the group's version of scientific analysis is provided by those that followed a review of their cobbled collection of blog articles "Slaying the Sky Dragon". Dr. David Weston Allen was the author of "Is the Greenhouse Effect a Sky Dragon Myth? A Dialogue with the Authors of Slaying the Sky Dragon" (http://www.irenicpublications.com.au/images/Slaying%20the%20Sky%20Dragon.pdf). It includes an "APPENDIX – email dialogue with the authors" which provides copies of those exchanges. During them the blogging group's "senior fellow" Joseph Postma (see Section 3.12) made the following astounding comment on 3rd July 2012



QUOTE: .. I didn't know Weston was a medical doctor. Look I realize I pretend to have a lot of opinions on things, so here is another one. I know medical doctor students from university, the people they marry and the friends they like to associate with. My experience has been that these are stupidest of all the sheople academics I have met. They're the worst of everything that is wrong with academia. They accept ANYTHING from ANYTHING which appears to be authority, and will reject anything else even if it could save their life...these people are like automatons...they're the hipster idiots who flip open their iPhone to Wikipedia and literally parrot what they read when you ask them a question that doesn't fit in to their world view. This represents the pinnacle of "rational thought" for them .. UNQUOTE.




Now for the case study, which covers the exchanges between PSI members and Dr. David Weston Allen 

during Dr. Weston’s rebuttal of several articles by PSI “Senior Fellow” Joseph Postma. The first is "A Critique of the Discussion on the Absence of a Measureable Greenhouse Effect" (http://www.scribd.com/doc/121314878/Critique-of-The-Absence-of-a-Measureable-GHE-by-Joe-Postma).





TO BE UPDATED, meanwhile see Appendix A, Note 30). 


6.0 Why PSI - A Case Study

This section looks at some of the arguments used to justify the need for another international science association to be added to the existing well-established organisations which have for decades purported to offer what the PSI promotional pages claim are unique about itself. As a case study the benefits claimed for membership of PSI are compared with those claimed for the UK’s Institute of Physics.

The use of the IoP as a comparison with PSI is opportune because of the recent excitement among some PSI members and their supporters over the leaking of IoP E-mails by its two 2012 recruits to PSI, Terry Jackson (Section 3.10) and Peter Gill (Section 3.19). “ .. Shock new email revelations show that since 2007 senior members of the UK’s prestigious Institute of Physics (IoP) cynically locked down any debate about man-made global warming .. With the full set of embarrassing emails now in the hands of PSI we can expect to see a more objective light shone on this once unimpeachable British science institute .. ” (e.g. see http://johnosullivan.wordpress.com/2012/11/28/top-british-science-body-in-revolt-over-global-warming-censorship/ , http://climaterealists.com/index.php?id=10659 and http://jonjayray.comuv.com/gredec12.html)

Those E-mails relate to allegations of extreme bias within the upper echelons of the IoP, demonstrated by the IoP response to reaction to the 19th February 2010 submission that it made to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee's “Climategate” inquiry (http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200910/cmselect/cmsctech/memo/climatedata/uc3902.htm)

That submission caused a hiatus within the IoP, an internationally respected learned society comprising around 40,000 members world-wide, with a history going back to the 19th century (http://www.iop.org/about/history/page_38385.html) and a Royal Charter granted in 1970 (http://www.iop.org/about/royal_charter/page_38389.html). On 11th March 2010 it’s Physics World publication ran an article “Concerns raised over Institute of Physics climate submission” (http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/news/2010/mar/11/concerns-raised-over-institute-of-physics-climate-submission) which, along with the subsequent comments, presents a fairly clear picture of the extreme views of those debating the CACC issue.

For some reason the IoP has been far from transparent about the origins of that submission other than to say that it was processed through their normal procedures. That has led to speculation about who were the authors and confusion over the links between the IoP’s Energy sub-committee of the Science Board and the IoP’s Energy Group (http://www.iop.org/activity/groups/subject/energy/index.html). In a Guardian article on 4th March 2010 David Adam drew attention to this lack of transparency by the IoP and seemed to imply that a major contributor was Peter Gill, a member of the Energy sub-committee (http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/mar/05/climate-emails-institute-of-physics-submission).

On 2nd March 2010 the UK’s William Connolley, (in?)famous for his activities as a Wikipedia editor on its climate change offerings, wrote an article “The IOP fiasco” (http://scienceblogs.com/stoat/2010/03/02/the-iop-fiasco/#comment-2319619). In the subsequent comments Peter Gill again was mentioned several times and Connolley added an update making reference to Terri Jackson.

On 5th March New Zealand blogger Ken Perrott posted an article “Institute of Physics in hot seat” which also includes a reference to Jackson and one Martin Porter commented “ .. the Institute of Physics .. need experts on energy .. and these people tend to work for oil companies .. that can then give them anti-science agendas. The Energy Group of the IoP used to contain two such people: Terri Jackson and Peter Gill. Both have left that group under something of a cloud. Gill though is on another group, the Energy Sub-Group and is at least in part responsible for this submission to parliament .. ” (http://openparachute.wordpress.com/2010/03/05/institute-of-physics-in-hot-seat/).

On 18th March 2010 the Deep Climate blog (run by Canadian guitar player Dave Clarke) published an article “IOP Energy Group founder is featured speaker at upcoming Heartland conference” in which he too speculated that Peter Gill had drafted the submission (http://deepclimate.org/2010/03/18/iop-energy-group-founder-featured-speaker-at-upcoming-heartland-conference/). Dave Clarke also implicated IoP member Terry Jackson, drawing attention to the fact that chairmanship of the Energy Group had alternated between Terry and Peter.

Peter Gill responded to that article, explaining that his contribution had been minimal and linking to his own contribution in an article “That IoP submission” (http://bishophill.squarespace.com/blog/2010/7/20/that-iop-submission.html). In that article he quotes from a Nov. 2009 E-mail that he had sent to the IoP’s CEO, saying “ .. I pointed out that some time ago IOP's stance on anthropogenic climate change, particularly in terms of suppression and censorship of contrary views, risks bringing the IOP into disrepute. .. IOP would not give a platform for Nigel Lawson to  speak .. ”. He also pointed out that he had received no reply to that e-mail and that “ .. The Energy Sub-group was disbanded following a meeting of the IOP Science policy Board on 17th June.. ”. He also made clear that he was in a small minority of CACC sceptics on the sub-committee and that it was the IoP’s Science Policy Board that agreed the submission.

On 22nd May 2010 IoP member Terry Jackson gave a presentation at the Heartland Institute’s 4th International Climate Change Conference in Chicago (http://climateconferences.heartland.org/avril-terri-jackson-iccc4/). Terry referred several times in that presentation to the IoP’s  Energy Group and referred to it on several occasions as also the “Climate Group”. In the presentation Terry levelled some serious accusations about the biased attitude that IoP mamagement had towards the CACC hypothesis, starting with a presentation given to the IoP in London by internationally renowned CACC sceptic Professor Richard Lindzen, e.g:
- “ .. from that moment on there was a terrible coldness within the senior management of the Institute .. and we were looked on really as people to avoid .. ”,
- “ .. we invited Lord Lawson .. energy spokesperson to Margaret Thatcher’s ..  a date was set .. when the authorities became aware .. all sorts of objections were raised .. their real intent was to try and block it .. they infiltrated people into our committee .. these people disrupted the proceedings and eventually the invitation was withdrawn .. ”,
- “ .. in the Institute of Physics you are not allowed to raise your voice against anthropogenic climate change .. the management will not tolerate anything .. ”, etc. etc. etc.
One rather surprising comment to make for someone whose career was as a science teacher was Terry declaring half way through that presentation how " .. engineers are not like physicists and scientists ...  they take it all and don't question it .. "! Terry was referring to his experience when voicing CACC scepticism at a meeting of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers to a panel of CACC supporters.

That is the background to why the IoP was chosen in this case study for comparison with PSI in an attempt to try to understand why some find it attractive to join PSI rather than work from within an already established organisation in order to get their message across.

6.1 Justifying PSI’s Existence

NB: Unless otherwise stated quotations presented here care from E-mails available in the “PSI & DUE Diligence 2010/2011 - Selected E-mails” thread (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/psi-due-diligence-20102011-selected-e.html).

In Jan. 2011 PSI’s “CEO and Legal Consultant” John O’Sullivan was asked why there was a need to set up PSI. He justified it on the basis that PSI was to be a non political general science association campaigning for strict adherence to scientific method (Appendix A, Note 26a).
The claimed differentiators for PSI appear to be that it offers:
- steadfast support of the traditional scientific method, a rejection of “Post-Normal” science and non-political motives (Appendix A, Note 26b),
- “ .. a self-sustaining community of impartial scientists from around the world deliberating, debating and publishing cutting-edge thinking on a range of issues without a preconceived idea of outcomes .. ” (http://principia-scientific.org/about/psi-mission-statement.html).

Only two weeks earlier in Dec. 2010 when he was initially appealing for funds from the group so that he could set up PSI in order to take legal action against agencies of English-speaking governments he was asked “ .. why start a new organisation when there is already in existence an international structure with the same objectives - The International Climate Science Coalition .. ”. His justification then for PSI was “ .. why have none of those organizations filed suit already? They are fearful perhaps?  Lack of knowledge, expertize and commitment may be a  factor. I've staked my reputation, sweat and own money on beating the AGW fraud in the courts - its the only serious game in town. My legal associates and I are ready and waiting to take the battle on .. ”.

In only two weeks the notion that PSI was the only serious way that the political policies implemented by International governments in order to combat CACC could be challenged had evaporated. PSI was to be just another private science association with the only claimed differentiating feature appearing to be strict adherence to the scientific method – apparently needed because other relevant international science associations failed in this regard.

When PSI was finally launched in July 2011 its promotional pages were extolling its virtues as being “ .. the world’s first practicable alternative for scientists and members of existing national science associations who feel let down by .. a culture of politicized science .. a business trading with a social purpose .. involving activities for the benefit of the community and not for private profit .. supportive of honest and transparent science .. an association that shares your beliefs in the universal principle that good science should be free of propaganda, subterfuge and corruption .. Principia Scientific International promotes the virtues of scientific truth .. the pursuit of truth ought to be our abiding goal .. Our members feel a moral duty to preserve the traditional methods of open scientific inquiry free from persecution, ridicule and censure .. To achieve our goals it is essential for us to seek to form a large, international subscriber-based association whereby those of talent and merit in this cause may receive this association’s technical, financial and moral support .. ” (see also Section 7.0 “Financial Aspects and Governance” and Appendix A, Note 27).

On face value it might appear that John O'Sullivan has dropped his original declared intention to run PSI as " .. a book authoring and publishing business and that I'm running this aspect for profit .. " (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/psi-due-diligence-20102011-selected-e.html). On the other hand, despite the claims made at the foot of the blogging group's web-pages that " .. Principia Scientific International .. is a not-for-profit community interest subsidiary of PSI Acumen Ltd. .. " neither PSI nor its owner PSI Acumen Ltd. is registered as a Community Interest Company (CIC) in the UK (see also Appendix A, Note 49 and "SpotlightON - PSI Acumen Ltd. Appendix A, Note 1 - http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/spotlighton-psi-acumen-ltd.html)

It appears that John O’Sullivan’s original plan for his blogging group (what he referred to as the only serious game in town) had not been completely rejected during the first 18 month of operation. Until late 2012 he was still promoting the notion on the blogging group's Home-page that “ .. Our specific objectives include: ... Discouraging inappropriate or unconscionable scientific methods with the ability and willingness to mount legal challenges .. to remedy willful noncompliance .. ”. That was perhaps understandable, after all he had claimed that ".. I've staked my reputation, sweat and own money on beating the AGW fraud in the courts .. ” - or was this just another of his many questionable claims (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/curriculum-vitae-for-john-osullivan-2010.html)? By the time that he registered his company PSI Acumen Ltd he had dropped any reference to taking legal action over " .. inappropriate or unconscionable scientific methods .. " (http://www.principia-scientific.org/).

At the end of November 2012 PSI was " .. a free-to-join grassroots association advancing openness and the traditional scientific method .. " (http://climaterealists.com/index.php/polls.php?id=10545) and continues to offer “ .. Throughout 2013 joining PSI is free .. ” (http://principia-scientific.org/).

Nevertheless “it is essential for us to seek to form a large, international subscriber-based association”. Until enough members have been attracted into PSI and it is felt that the original “ .. annual fee for basic membership is £50 for the financial year 2011/12 .. ” (Note 26c) set at the July 2011 launch can be imposed, PSI does “ .. recommend a voluntary donation of Euros 30. So please join and give a little to grow a lot .. ”. After all, money is needed in order “ .. to cover our overheads and pay token recompense to our most dedicated and hard-working contributors .. ” (http://principia-scientific.org/about/principles-of-association.html).

The question is to what extent does what PSI offers differ from what other established scientific associations offer? Let’s now look at what the internationally respected science association and learned society the Institute of Physics has been offering for 40+ years and for which it was awarded a Royal Charter.


6.2 The Institute of Physics

“ .. The Institute of Physics is a leading scientific society.
 We are a charitable organisation with a worldwide membership of more than 45,000,
working together to advance physics education, research and application .. ”



TO BE UPDATED


7.0 Financial and Governance Aspects


Re-focussing the spotlight on financial and governance aspects is appropriate because of the current development in PSI's status. It was noticed on 15th March 2013 that the bottom of the PSI Home-page and other blog pages had recently been updated with small-print stating that the blogging group has now become a "subsidiary" of PSI Acumen Ltd. a private company incorporated in the UK on 4th March 2013. More about that development is given in Section 7.6 "Governance".

7.1 Introduction

There have been frequent references to financial aspects in this article, in the PSI promotional web-pages, in the E-mail exchanges within the "Slayers"/PSI blogging group prior to the July 2011 launch of PSI (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/psi-due-diligence-20102011-selected-e.html) and elsewhere. Receiving financial rewards for those who contribute to PSI's success, such as its Executive, managers and reviewers, may be more of an incentive than the desire to " .. turn noble words into actions .. " or " .. counter the creeping folly of misguided societies that appear to have been commandeered by political lobbyists and shills serving self-interested corporations or misguided national governments .. " (http://www.gofundme.com/1v39s). As a search in this article for the words "money", "paid", "reward", "payment" and "remuneration" shows, there is a plethora of references to the desire for such rewards.

Perhaps this Xmas day 2010 comment by PSI's visionary leader, "CEO and Legal Consultant" sums it up neatly " .. we must raise funds by charging a minimum annual subscription (£50  - or US $100) .. to cover the expenses of dedicated and qualified professionals who can deliver .. ACTIONS! .. "!!

This theme even appears within the PSI "Mission Statement" which since early 2012  has declared “ .. Reviewers’ Status, Recognition and Remuneration: To compensate our reviewers for their time in doing such work PSI allocates them a 'PSI credit' which is will have a nominal value until such time as it can be monetized at a future date upon PSI successfully acquiring financial backers, paid subscription and voluntary donations .. ”. (http://principia-scientific.org/about/psi-mission-statement.html).

As mentioned in Section 2.1 "The Vision" PSI's "CEO and Legal Consultant" aspired on 25th Dec 2010 to " .. recruit the thousands of paid up members necessary to turn noble words into actions .. ”. It appears that over 3 years later few have been prepared to join PSI as paying members and membership is being offered free. If ever blogging group PSI became an attractive proposition with sufficient members prepared to pay an annual membership fee then those "PSI credits" might become worth something more than just a nominal value. That appears highly unlikely but time alone will tell (Note 27).

The PSI Home-page says that " .. PSI is a business trading with a social purpose .. the pursuit of truth ought to be our abiding goal ..  it is essential for us to seek to form a large, international subscriber-based association .. " (http://principia-scientific.org/). Fundamental to the success of any business is a sound financial structure and in Section 2.1.1 "Preparing for the Launch" an outline was presented of some very sound advice on this that was offered to PSI's "CEO and Legal Consultant" months before PSI was formally launched. In his 2nd Jan 2011 E-mail Kent Clizbe said " .. Objective: It seems pretty clear that the whole 'business' idea springs from the need to provide you with a living. If that is the objective, I'd guess that there are not many people who are willing to "subscribe" for that end. Revenue model: It appears that you plan to subsist off of donations and book profits. A few things to consider .. "(http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/psi-due-diligence-20102011-selected-e.html).

Kent then went on to lay out in fair detail what PSI would need to address, including " .. If .. you plan to fund this business via revenue received from individual contributions (because if you had corporate sponsors, or other revenue streams, you would not be wasting your time talking to us), then you will have a very, very difficult time making it. It would take scores of thousands of donors, at $20 apiece, just to fund the infrastructure of the business--salaries, expenses, administration. And that does not even leave any money to carry out the actual mission of the business. The actual mission--you've mentioned loaning money to Corbin, taking on lawsuits, supporting others--would need on the order of 10 times more revenue to support. So you're looking at literally hundreds of thousands of regularly contributing subscribers. Unless you have experience in such a business model, I'll again say--you're underestimating the requirements of running this business .. ".

At that time John acknowledged that:
- he had a “ .. need to make some income for all my efforts .. ” (10th and 28th March 2010),
- he was “ .. barely scraping by financially .. ” (1st Jan 2011),
- he had “ .. no time to not earn a living ..“ (2nd Jan 2011) and 
- “ .. PSI is going to be set up to earn income .. ” (3rd Jan 2011) - (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/psi-due-diligence-20102011-selected-e.html).

More recently (12th Dec. 2011) John said “ .. I ran out of money .. I need the money .. ”. John is reported to have said in Feb. 2004 “ .. I have been without pay for a year, living on the charity of my family .. " (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/selected-e-mails-with-slayerspsi.html).

What is in this PSI Acumen Ltd. venture for John O’Sullivan if it isn’t to earn money and how will those claimed 200+ PSI members and the “broader community” benefit from this take-over of PSI?. After all, PSI claims to be " .. Serving the community .. " (http://principia-scientific.org/) - or is that just more promotional "puffery" (as Steve Mennie put it - see Section 3.2 para 11)?

This section considers the relevance of that advice to what is stated in the PSI promotional material about its financial affairs. It then considers whether or not appropriate financial management systems have been put into place for an ambitious private business association such as PSI purports to be.


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7.2 Income

On 4th January 2011 PSI "CEO and Legal Consultant" John O'Sullivan stated that" .. we are a team operating a book authoring and publishing business and that I'm running this aspect for profit .. ". The usual way to fund the setting up of a private company is for the team of individuals involved to subscribe personal funds as shareholders in the business. The PSI "team" did not appear to favour such an approach and appeals for charitable donations became the most popular way to try raising funds for the setting up and running of PSI as a private company.

Previous sections have discussed several such appeals by PSI visionary and aspiring "CEO and Legal Consultant" John O'Sullivan (see sub-section 3.2 and Appendix A, Note 35),
- Dec. 28, 2010 " .. We already have the " full corporate staff--CEO, CFO, fund-raising staff, sales, marketing, advertising, operations" .. forming a legal entity in England .. a new publishing business .. My legal associates and I are asking your support to help raise funds .. I'm  barely scraping by financially .. "
- Dec. 25, 2010 " .. we must raise funds by charging a minimum annual subscription .. "
- Jan. 17, 2011 " .. consider supporting Principia Scientific International .. Give generously for this good cause .. " (http://www.gofundme.com/1v39s).

Those appeals appeared to fall mainly on deaf ears, with the 3-year-old "gofundme" appeal achieving a mere £450 of John O'Sullivan's target of £15,000, of which the initial £350 he said " .. from a member of my family in the US .. ” (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/psi-due-diligence-20102011-selected-e.html).

At launch in July 2011 PSI was suggesting " .. The annual fee for basic membership is £50 for the financial year 2011/12 .. " but before long those charitable donations appeared to be back in favour with the announcement that " .. Throughout 2013 joining PSI is free. But we recommend a voluntary donation of Euros 30 .. " (http://principia-scientific.org/). Subsequently potential PSI blogging group members were invited to “ .. Join Principia Scientific International Today! It's free throughout 2013! .. All we ask, if you can afford it, is a nominal donation of 30 Euros to help us with our overheads .. ” (http://principia-scientific.org/). 

Even those appeals seem to have been no less failures than the "gofundme" appeal because on 24th May 2013 John O'Sullivan (PSI's owner through PSI Acumen Ltd. - see Section 7.6) made a desperate "Plea for Your Urgent Help". This appeal was to PSI founding and more recent members and numerous others for either a loan or charitable donations via the PSI donation button in order to keep PSI running.

John O'Sullivan's latest appeal for money was posted on the PSI blogging group's Home-page on 23rd January 2014, begging " .. We ask you, our generous friends and supporters, to make a small donation to keep Principia Scientific International (PSI) truly independent, as we step up the fight against officially-sanctioned junk science. Please give $30 (£20, 30 Euros) generously and be part of something awesome .. " (http://www.principia-scientific.org/funding-our-work-in-2014-your-donation-sought.html).

These repeated appeals for money are a reminder of John O'Sullivan's comment to the PSI blogging group founding members on Xmas Day 2010. He proclaimed " .. to have real clout we must raise funds by charging a minimum annual subscription (£50 - or US $100) .. we now need you to help recruit the thousands of paid up members necessary to turn noble words into actions .. ” (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/psi-due-diligence-20102011-selected-e.html). The "CEO and Legal Consultant" of a book publishing company having thousands of members each paying £50 per year might fantasise about having a more respectable income than that enjoyed as an out-of-work high-school art teacher.

(There is more on this in sub-section 2.1.1 "Preparing for the Launch of PSI as a Private Company" but see also Appendix A, Note 49)


TO BE UPDATED 


7.3 Expenditures

" .. Our specific objectives include: .. Offering financial support either by grant or loan .. " (http://principia-scientific.org/).

7.3.? Charitable Causes

On PSI's Home-page its "CEO and Legal consultant" makes the noble claim that " .. PSI applies its talents to grow a business with enshrined charitable interests for the benefit of the broader community .. " (http://principia-scientific.org/).


TO BE UPDATED 

7.4 Management System

TO BE UPDATED 

7.5 Audit

TO BE UPDATED 

7.6 Governance

Until recently John O'Sullivan used to describe himself on his LinkedIn page as " .. CEO of Principia Scientific International Albany, New York Area .. " (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/john-o-sullivan/19/6b4/84a) which could have been understood as indicating that PSI is a New York State organisation. Considering that PSI's CEO, CFO and Compliance Officer are all located in East Anglia, UK this was surprising. At least the LinkedIN page now (27th May 2013) acknowledges that PSI is located in the UK.

On the PSI Home-page John O'Sullivan describes the organisation as " .. a business with enshrined charitable interests for the benefit of the broader community .. a business trading with a social purpose .. ". Until recently there was no clear indication there of where PSI was based however there is now a footnote stating that " .. Principia Scientific International (PSI) is a not-for-profit community interest subsidiary of PSI Acumen Ltd. Registered Office: Penhurst House, 352-356 Battersea Park Road, London, England, SW11 3BY .. " (http://principia-scientific.org/ - see also http://www.penhursthouse.co.uk/). 

It appears that there needs to be a shareholding in an organisation for it to be considered a subsidiary. Section 1159 of the UK's Companies Act 2006 says QUOTE: .. 
A company is a “subsidiary” of another company, its “holding company”, if that other company -
(a) holds a majority of the voting rights in it, or (b) is a member of it and has the right to appoint or remove a majority of its board of directors, or (c) is a member of it and controls alone, pursuant to an agreement with other members, a majority of the voting rights in it, or if it is a subsidiary of a company that is itself a subsidiary of that other company ..  UNQUOTE (http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2006/46/section/1159).

In the situation with PSI Acumen Ltd. and Principia Scientific International there seems to be simply one different business operation (PSI) within one legal entity (PSI Acumen Ltd) and it is incorrect to say that PSI is a subsidiary of PSI Acumen Ltd. PSI would need to be a separate legal entity under the control of PSI Acumen Ltd. to make PSI a subsidiary.

That then raises the question, does PSI Acumen Ltd. have control over PSI and its members? Related discussions took place on the "A discussion of the Slaying the Sky Dragon science: Is the Greenhouse Effect a Sky Dragon Myth? " thread of CACC sceptic Joanne Nova. According to PSI "Senior Fellow" Joseph Postma (Section 3.12) QUOTE: .. We (Slayers) generally don’t control each other, and, John wasn’t “hired” by us to do anything. He does what he does. We all let each other do whatever we want. We all just came to like the independence and promotion of free-thought among free-thinking individuals that this group offered .. UNQUOTE. (http://joannenova.com.au/2012/10/a-discussion-of-the-slaying-the-sky-dragon-science-is-the-greenhouse-effect-a-sky-dragon-myth/#comment-1148069)




TO BE UPDATED


First let us consider what Principia Scientific International says/has said about its governance, using relevant extracts from its promotional pages.


7.6.1 PSI Claims About Structure

The PSI Home-page states that " .. PSI is a business trading with a social purpose .. serves its members (shareholders) and operates as per our Articles of Association .. CORE VALUES .. transparency and truth .. To achieve our goals it is essential for us to seek to form a large, international subscriber-based association .. is a not-for-profit community interest subsidiary of PSI Acumen Ltd .. " (http://principia-scientific.org/).

The "Principles of Association" page says " .. Each new stakeholder gets a clear idea of how PSI has performed .. an annual report detailing what PSI has done .. consult with our stakeholders with a view to adopting a more rigorous institutionalized legal and financial format of association e.g. either as a limited company (limited by guarantee, public or private companies limited by shares), CIC (as per UK law) or charity .. make a limited return to investors .. funded by donations from members .. " (http://principia-scientific.org/about/principles-of-association.html)

Now let us now take a look at PSI Acumen Ltd. then see how this affects the governance of blogging group PSI.

7.6.2 PSI Acumen Ltd.

NB: For the latest updates on PSI Acumen Ltd see "SpotlightON - PSI Acumen Ltd" (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/spotlighton-psi-acumen-ltd.html). 


The details provided by the UK's Companies House web-site (http://wck2.companieshouse.gov.uk//compdetails) and The UK Companies List (http://www.companieslist.co.uk/08428391-psi-acumen-ltdinclude QUOTE: .. 


Company No: 08428391
Name: PSI ACUMEN LTD
Situation of Registered Office: England and Wales
Proposed Register Office Address:
PENHURST HOUSE, 352-356 BATTERSEA PARK ROAD, LONDON, ENGLAND SW11 3BY
Company Type: Private limited by shares
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Nature of Business (SIC)None Supplied
Last Accounts Made Up To (NO ACCOUNTS FILED)
Next Accounts Due: 04/12/2014
Last Return Made Up To
Next Return Due: 01/04/2014 
UK Establishment Details There are no UK Establishments associated with this company.
Status: Active 
Date of Incorporation: 04/03/2013
Company Type: Private Limited Company
Accounting Reference Date: 31/03

Oversea Company Info: There are no Oversea Details associated with this company.

Has appointments: Yes
In liquidation: No 
STATEMENT OF CAPITAL: GBP 100
Company directors and board members:
WALTER JAMES O'BRIEN Director, INDUSTRIAL COST ESTIMATOR AND TECHNICAL WRITER, 2013.03.04 ....NORTH DAKOTA USA Country usually  resident: United States
JOHN ANTHONY O'SULLIVAN Director, RETIRED, 2013.03.04 ....GT YARMOUTH ..., NORFOLK Country usually  resident: United Kingdom


Initial Shareholdings:

Walter James O'Brien - 60, Unpaid 1, Paid 0
John Anthony O'Sullivan - 40, Unpaid 1, Paid 0


Memorandum of Association:

 .. The directors .. may exercise all the powers of the company .. may delegate .. may revoke any delegation .. may make rules of procedure .. may make any rule which they think fit about how they take decisions .. are entitled to such remuneration as the directors determine .. are not accountable to the company for any remuneration which they receive .. ".

UNQUOTE.

The PSI Acumen Ltd. registration application only gives Penhurst House as a "proposed register office address" and its web-site appears to provide only one contact address, the home address of shareholder/director John O'Sullivan in Norfolk, UK. On the other hand the small print at the foot if the PSI Web-pages states that " .. Principia Scientific International (PSI) is a .. subsidiary of PSI Acumen Ltd. Registered Office: Penhurst House, 352-356 Battersea Park Road, London, England, SW11 3BY .. " (http://principia-scientific.org/). For more information about the "virtual offices" provider Penhurst House Business Cemtre see Appendix A, Note 36).

Although there is no mention in the registration application of any relationship with Principia Scientific International it would be prudent for every member of PSI to carefully read and understand the implications of what is stated in the Memorandum of Association now that PSI has been declared a "subsidiary" of PSI Acumen Ltd.


A "Google" on 16th March 2013 for - "PSIA" "O'Sullivan" "O'Brien" - listed a web-site "About - Principia Scientific International(70.40.202.198/index.php/about) and included the statement " ..  6 days ago – PSI  was registered on 4th March 2013 in the names of John O'Sullivan and Walter James O'Brien .. " but access to the page appears to be restricted. A further "Google" on 2nd May 2013 did not list that page but did list " .. About - PSI-Acumen www.psi-acumen.net/index.php/about‎ PSIA is a registered UK company based in London formed by directors and principal shareholders, Walter J O'Brien and John O'Sullivan. Walt has 33 years' ... ".

It is noticeable that the linked page no longer shows that same text about Walter O'Brien that it previously displayed, now saying " .. PSIA is a registered UK company based in London formed by director and principal shareholder John O’Sullivan. This change follows a statement by Walter O'Brien 


"Googling" - "Walter James O'Brien" "North Dakota" listed the sales support page of "W. James O'Brien Associates Industrial Cost Analysis Services" (http://www.industrialcostanalysis.com/salessupport.htm) (http://www.industrialcostanalysis.com/says that it " .. works optimally with growing small to medium sized enterprises in assisting them in accomplishing their goals .. ", gives contact details as:
307 Main Avenue
Number Five
Fargo, North Dakota 58103-1976 USA
E-mail: customerservice@industrialcostanalysis.co

Until recently at the foot of that Home-page was the PSI logo which links to the PSI Home-page and at the head of the page was a PSI Acumen logo with a link to its Home-page (http://www.psi-acumen.net/). Any suggestion of a relationship with PSI has now (2nd May) gone from the "W. James O'Brien Associates Industrial Cost Analysis Services" web-site.

Initially the PSI Acumen Ltd. About-page said " .. PSIA is a registered UK company based in London formed by directors and principal shareholders, Walter J O’Brien and John O’Sullivan. Walt has 33 years’ experience as construction and manufacturing cost estimator and technical writer. John is CEO of Principia Scientific International (PSI), a body of more than 200 highly credentialed professional scientists and engineers. PSIA is the business affiliate of PSI and both organizations are inextricably linked in ethos and personnel .. " (http://www.psi-acumen.net/index.php/about). Walter O'Brien is no longer (2nd May 2013) mentioned on that page (see sub-sections 7.6.3 and 7.6.3.2)

More surprisingly it initially had a section entitled WHO ARE OUR EMPLOYEES? claiming " ..  PSIA draws extensively from PSI’s international pool of contracting engineers and scientists to fulfill bespoke contractual needs. The caliber of PSI’s personnel is second to none with no less than a quarter holding PhD qualifications in various scientific and engineering fields, a select list may be viewed here. Notable among them are engineers who worked on NASA’s Apollo space mission, a Nobel Physics Prize nominee and the immediate past president of one of Britain’s royal colleges. PSI's experts hold literally dozens of U.S. and international patents between them .. ". That title about "employees" has since been removed, perhaps because there were some of the PSI members who objected to any impression being given that they might be employed by PSI.


TO BE UPDATED 

7.6.3 PSI Acumen Ltd. - Shareholders/Directors

This sub-section looks at the backgrounds of those named in the Companies House records as shareholder/directors of PSI Acumen Ltd. with regard to their business activities prior to their joint venture PSI Acumen Ltd. Because John Anthony O'Sullivan's background is already reasonably well covered in earlier sections and in related articles due to his involvement in PSI (Appendix A, Note 35) attention will focus on the major shareholder Walter James O'Brien who only came on the PSI scene on 15th March 2013.

It should be noted that in an E-mail on 19th April 2013 circulated to several of the PSI founding members and others with an involvement Walter James O'Brien stated that " .. I have nothing to do with PSI .. I dropped out around March 25th.  I do not know why on earth the link to me is still there at the PSI Acumen site. I formally requested several times for that organisation to pull down my name and reference to my site. There are no signed agreements between me and O'Sullivan, PSI and PSI Acumen .. " (LINK TO BE ADVISED). Subsequently the mention of Walter O'Brien on the PSI Acumen Ltd. "About"-page has been removed (see 7.6.2).

7.6.3.1 John Anthony O'Sullivan

There is a dearth of evidence that PSI Acumen Ltd. director John Anthony O'Sullivan has previously held such a post in any successful private company. The "Employment Record" section of "Curriculum Vitae for John O'Sullivan (2010)" makes no mention of one, referring only to " .. school teacher .. Legal Commentator and Advocate .. Freelance Writer and Legal Analyst .. " (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/curriculum-vitae-for-john-osullivan-2010.html).

John O'Sullivan makes no mention in that CV of attempting to run his own "Business & management consultancy"  but that is hardly surprising (Appendix A, Note 37).

The PSI Acumen Ltd. Certificate of Registration describes John O'Sullivan as "retired", a status that he referred to in Jan. 2010 (see Appendix A, Note 1) but it appears that he has been unemployed rather than retired. In March 2010 while living in Wales he appears to have been actively seeking employment as a journalist (see section 3.2 and "Curriculum Vitae for John O'Sullivan (2010)" Note 1).

At that time he also said " .. I earn from site traffic plus add revenues. Frankly, I need to make some income  for all my efforts .. " and more recently (2nd Jan. 2011) " .. Personally, I have no time to not earn a living .. " (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/psi-due-diligence-20102011-selected-e.html).

In his LinkedIN profile of 29th Sept. 2011 he was claiming “ .. Legal Consultant, Pearlman Lindholm, Law Practice industry, April 2011 – Present (6 months). As of April 2011 I have been engaged by Vancouver law firm, Pearlman Lindholm as Legal Consultant to advise on matters relating to libel suits involving prominent international climatologist, Dr Timothy Ball .. ” (see his E-mail of 29 Sep 2011 9:42 in http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/selected-e-mails-with-slayerspsi.html and Appendix A, Note 9 of http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/spotlighton-principia-scientific.html).

By 25th Oct. 2011 that entry had been replace by “ .. Legal Consultant, Principia Scientific International, International Affairs industry, April 2011 – Present (7 months) United Kingdom, CEO of Principia Scientific International. Also Acting Internal Legal Counsel .. ”. Currently he simply claims “ .. Legal Consultant, Principia Scientific International, April 2011 – Present (2 years), United Kingdom, CEO of Principia Scientific International. Also Acting Internal Legal Counsel .. ” (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/john-o-sullivan/19/6b4/84a).

According to the “ .. 1st affidavit of Andrew Skolnick .. ” submitted on 17th April 2012 to the Supreme Court of British Columbia, his New York County Lawyers Association profile at 25th April 2012 showed his “Company/Firm Information” as “ .. Principia Scientific International .. PO Box 62 .. Delhi .. NY .. 13753 .. ” and his “ .. Home address .. “ as “ .. PO Box 65 .. Delhi .. NY .. ” (see pages 53 and 54 of http://www.desmogblog.com/affidavits-michael-mann-libel-suit-reveal-astonishing-facts-about-tim-ball-associate-john-o-sullivan).

Interestingly, all of those LinkedIn entries and the NYCLA profile stated the location as “ .. Albany, New York Area .. ”, which conflict with what is said in “Curriculum Vitae for John O'Sullivan .. ” Notes 2a and 3 (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/curriculum-vitae-for-john-osullivan-2010.html). At least the LinkedIN entry now (27th May 2013) shows PSI as located in the UK.


Summarising that lot, although claiming in the 4th March 2013 PSI Acumen Ltd. IN01 “Application to register a company” that he is “retired” John O’Sullivan also appears to be claiming that he is employed by PSI located in the USA and the UK and in 2011 was employed by a law firm in Canada.


It is noticeable that the PSI web-pages are mainly authored by John O’Sullivan and the “contact” is john@principia-scientific.org , the E-mail address used by Walter James O’Brien during recent PSI Acumen Ltd. “Due Diligence” E-mail exchanges (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/psi-acumen-ltd-due-diligence-selected-e.html).


One additional item of interest is that although PSI Acumen Ltd. has proposed using what appears to be a mail-forwarding company to provide a London UK registered address its web-site appears to be managed by John O’Sullivan from his Great Yarmouth, Norfolk address (see the comment that follows the quotation from the PSI Acumen Ltd. registration application in Section 7.6.2 PSI Acumen Ltd.).




TO BE UPDATED 

7.6.3.2 Walter James O'Brien

As indicated in Section 7.6.3 previous uncertainty about the extent to which Walter James O'Brien is involved in this new private limited company PSI Acumen Ltd. has now been cleared up. Walter was invited into ongoing discussions with several of the PSI founding members and other interested parties to comment on what changes he foresees in how PSI will operate now that it is a  “subsidiary” of PSIA and has confirmed that he has withdrawn from any involvement with PSIA or PSI. The remaining outstanding matter is the formal notification of this to Companies House.

Changes to the modus operandi of PSI would appear to be necessary if PSIA is intended to be a successful commercial enterprise after taking into consideration the comment in October 2012 by PSI "Senior Fellow" Joseph Postma (Section 3.12) QUOTE: .. 
We (Slayers) generally don’t control each other, and, John wasn’t “hired” by us to do anything. He does what he does. We all let each other do whatever we want. We all just came to like the independence and promotion of free-thought among free-thinking individuals that this group offered .. 
UNQUOTE..
(http://joannenova.com.au/2012/10/a-discussion-of-the-slaying-the-sky-dragon-science-is-the-greenhouse-effect-a-sky-dragon-myth/#comment-1148069).

On 8th April James O'Brien said that he has pulled out of any involvement with PSI Acumen Ltd. and John O'Sullivan (confirmed again on 19th April) and has notified the UK authorities. Companies House shows no change of directorship of return of shares in its records so as far as the authorities are concerned Walter James O'Brien is still (2nd May 2013) the major shareholder and a Director. 

James also said that he has been running his own own single person consultancy business in the USA for the past 33 years as a 1099 SE freelancer under a special Inland Revenue Service classification of the work that he does. Maybe he does not appreciate that Companies House needs to be notified of any change to a company's structure using specific forms, which could account for there having been no update to the PSIA company records.

This will be covered in detail in a new post "PSI Acumen Ltd. and Due Diligence", supported by "PSIA and Due Diligence - selected Exchanges".

TO BE UPDATED 

APPENDIX A - NOTES


1) The link in that 29th Jan 2010 article (http://noconsensus.wordpress.com/2010/01/29/deep-black-hide-the-decline/#comment-19731) is to an article “Climategate Professor Phil Jones could face ten years on fraud charges” posted by John O’Sullivan the previous day (http://www.climategate.com/climategate-professor-phil-jones-could-face-ten-years-on-fraud-charges). This article attracted some interesting comments (from Adela Kostea, TomFP. James,  .  which may have inspired John to promote the idea that he could lead a legal team in taking out a mandamus petition against the most powerful government agencies on Earth.

His initial response to the first two suggests that his inspiration came later. “ .. I’m very happy chipping and doing my part just like everyone else on here. But I’d also love being a young and ambitious lawyer looking to make his mark now- the opportunities for class action suits are enormous in this scandal. Now I’m retired I see my role as campaigner, organiser and commentator on the issues. I’ll stand back with the rest of you and let the young hacks fight the courtroom battles as I commentate gleefully from the sidelines .. ”.

Three weeks earlier (3rd Jan.) John was enthusing about “ .. turning up the heat in pursuit of prosecutions against scientists involved in the recent Climategate scandal .. ” (http://www.climategate.com/penn-state-climategate-whistleblowers) with the help of “ .. whistleblowers in return for millions of dollars in federal reward money .. they could benefit from a share of tens of millions of dollars in recovered public funds. The Whistleblower idea came up in Internet discussions with top US fraud lawyer, Joel Hesch .. ”.

It is noticeable that the discussion in those articles was about “fraud” which is mentioned numerous times, with “mandamus” not mentioned once. 3 weeks later (20th Feb.) John was discussing the merits of the mandamus petition (http://algorelied.com/?p=3768). 10 months later John was advising his fellow “Slayers” and PSI founding members that:
- “ .. the common law instrument of mandamus petition is the most appropriate weapon in a lawyer's legal toolbox for common law nations citizens (UK, US, Canada, NZ, Australia) to bring down the AGW fraud .. ” (25th Dec.).
- “ .. My legal associates and I are asking your support to help raise funds for our next objective: defeating NASA GISS, GHCN and NOAA in the federal court in Washington D.C .. ” (30th Dec.).
Readers may find John’s exchanges with Steve Mennie comments of interest, starting with 4th Jan. at 3:17 am (http://www.climategate.com/penn-state-climategate-whistleblowers/comment-page-1#comment-510). In my opinion Steve’s comments from January 4 at 5:35 pm. (http://www.climategate.com/penn-state-climategate-whistleblowers/comment-page-1#comment-552) are much more realistic than the visionary pronouncements of PSI’s CEO.

Prior to becoming involved in the CACC debate John tried his had at being a novelist. In his second Cupboard 55 "factional" novel "Summit Shock" published on-line in 2009, he talks a lot about the use of a mandamus petition. In Chapters 35 he says " Carla phoned me at the absurdly late hour of one in the morning to bleat on about .. some legal instrument called a mandamus. I told her I’d look it up online – she could have done it herself but she found it too ‘stressful’ to motivate her lazy fat arse .. Wikipedia had it summed up neat enough. A writ of mandamus was a prerogative writ from old English common law .. " (http://www.webook.com/submission.aspx?p=a7e2544f81c84519a9445317d9ad3cbe&st=d57e8be177c246f8b919755a88ef699a). The entry at the bottom of the free introductory chapters says "To read the rest of this thrilling true story buy the ebook" (http://cupboard55summitshock.blogspot.co.uk/). If that is to be believed then the novel sheds a lot of light on PSI's CEO and Legal Consultant, including where he studied law. 


2) It appears that Philip Foster and Charles Anderson may not have been considered to be part of "the team" at this stage. Another CACC sceptic and blogger Will Pratt E-mailed the "Team" advising them that he had " .. decided to pull out due to the fact that I feel that there are major irreconcilable differences between myself and general message of the group .. " (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/psi-due-diligence-20102011-selected-e.html - 28 July 2010 15:05).

That E-mail was sent to 7 people John O'Sullivan, Joe Olson, Claes Johnson, Hans Schreuder, Martin Hertzberg, Alan Siddons and Tim Ball. The 59 Ccs included Charles Anderson and several other well-known sceptics but there was no mention of Philip Foster. Will Pratt followed up with an E-mail  in which he clarified that QUOTE: .. reference to the "Team" in the forwarded email is in respect to my involvement with this group of seven individuals .. " (Aug 10 2010, 01:20 AM).

3) On 28th Dec. 2010 John stated QUOTE: .. We already have the " full corporate staff--CEO, CFO, fund-raising staff, sales, marketing, advertising, operations" .. Our staff's 'trial run' was to produce a body of 'evidence' to use in all such court actions. So we created and published the book 'Slaying the Sky Dragon' forming a legal entity in England for this purpose .. UNQUOTE, He provided a link (no longer active) to the PSI web-site which stated at that time “ .. In the year of inception, 2011, our Chairman is Dr. Timothy Ball; our managers are John O’Sullivan (CEO), Hans Schreuder (CFO) and Rev. Philip Foster (Compliance Officer) … Our PROPOSED Board of Directors is: Dr. Martin Hertzberg Dr. Claes Johnson Joseph A. Olson Alan Siddons Dr. Charles Anderson Rev. Philip Foster John O’Sullivan Hans Schreuder .. ”.

It is unclear if all of these individuals concurred with that. Claes Johnson declared on 15th Oct. 2011 that he was  “ .. not a member of any group subject to group thinking, in particular not the slayers group .. ” (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/professor-judith-currys-letter-to.html) and the current PSI web-site purporting to list “SELECT MEMBER BIOGRAPHIES” says that he is merely a “ .. Consultant/Friend of PSI .. ” (http://principia-scientific.org/about/why-psi-is-a-private-assoc). Philip Foster remained surprisingly silent during the PSI & Due Diligence exchanges. As I commented on 8th Jan. 2011 QUOTE: .. During a debate about “PSI and Due Diligence” .. I would expect every member of the Executive to want to understand the intricacies of the debate, not to say “ .. I’m just along for the ride -- I wouldn't TOUCH the steering wheel!” (Alan Siddons on Jan 04 2011, 11:20 PM). “Due Diligence” and “Regulatory Compliance”, like Siamese twins, are inseparable, yet the member of the proposed Executive nominated as Compliance Officer, Philip Foster, has said NOTHING AT ALL .. UNQUOTE (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/psi-due-diligence-20102011-selected-e.html).

4) On 18th Jan. 2011 Professor Claes Johnson expressed concerns about funds " .. you are already asking for money to PS, before we have even agreed on what PSI is supposed to be, in particular on the behalf of me as one in the group of people you are referring to. Is this the way it is supposed work? What will this money be used for? Will I get some money to spend on what? .. ".
In his response PSI's "CEO and Legal Consultant" pointed out that " .. we will need to pay Tom, our webmaster .. " (see the rest of that response of Jan 18 2011, 01:01 PM at http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/psi-due-diligence-20102011-selected-e.html).



5) Thomas Neveu was given a mention by PSI's CEO and Legal Consultant" on 29 Sept. 2011 in response to an E-mail referring to " .. questions about your claimed academic and professional credentials .. ". The response included " .. However, as an indication of the truthfulness of my position one such client, Thomas Neveu, will gladly vouch for me. I recently achieved for Mr. Neveu the favorable outcome he sought in a vexatious and potentially extremely costly copyright infringement lawsuit in the United States District Court, Nevada. All claims against Mr. Neveu were withdrawn (with prejudice) last week .. " (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/selected-e-mails-with-slayerspsi.html).


According to various reports Tom Neveu acted pro se and " .. the parties have concluded that the continuation of this action may adversely impact Mr. Neveu’s health and welfare and that it is in the best interests of all parties to resolve this matter .. the Complaint filed by Righthaven and the Counterclaim filed by Mr. Neveu shall both be voluntarily dismissed, with prejudice, each party to bear their own respective attorney’s fees and costs. .. IT IS SO ORDERED this 25th day of September, 2011 .. Gloria M. Navarro


6) Members of the Campaign to Repeal the Climate Change Act (http://repealtheact.org.uk/about) have been involved in several meetings in Westminster since the act came into force. October 27 2010 saw the first "Climate Fools Day" meeting, sponsored by Sammy Wilson MP in one of the rooms in the House of Commons. This is the meeting at which PSI's "CEO & Legal Consultant" proudly presented a $10,000 cheque to Piers Corbyn (first and fifth pictures at http://climaterealists.com/index.php?id=6553).

Piers subsequently disclosed that QUOTE: .. Last year’s “$10k” was in fact “$10k of which we are giving $9k to our own things and you can have $1k” .. UNQUOTE (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/professor-judith-currys-letter-to.html).

Despite repeated requests for clarification by donor Ken Coffman, publisher of "Slaying the Sky Dragon" that was authored by members of the PSI "executive", none of the "transparency claimed to be so important to PSI has been demonstrated.

7) From the information available it appears that John O'Sullivan's "ten year's legal experience of handling similar such proceedings" turns out to have been:
- assisting his wife pursue pro se her own case through the New York State and federal legal system,
- assisting the legal team that he had engaged to defend him in his own trial in the UK,
- assisting an associate in the USA pursue pro se his defence of a copyright claim.
All of this appears to have been done while John was residing in the UK. John's style of advocacy is nicely illustrated in his "Exposing Spitzer" blog (http://exposingspitzer.blogspot.co.uk/) with his "My letter to Eliot Spitzer" and "The Background: Bracci v NYSDOCS" entries outlining the case that his wife pursued.

8) On 13th July John's wife was asked several relevant questions and here are her responses:


- When did you and John marry and how long have you known him? I've known John for 15 years and we married on Jan. 1, 1998.

- When was the last time John lived in New York or anywhere else in the United States? October 1998.
- Did he ever study law at any accredited law school? No, he did not.
- How did he learn what he knows about law? He learned from reading sources on the Internet and helping me file claims for my own law suit.
- Do you know when he first become interested in learning about law? He never had an interest but he did so to help me with the letters and motions I filed for my human rights case .
- Did your husband ever represent you or anyone you know of in any New York court of law?" No, but he did help me by drafting an Article 78 appeal brief for the New York State Division of Human Rights.
- Did your husband ever represent you or anyone you know of in any US Federal Court?" No.
- Did he ever represent you in any British Court? No not as a solicitor. I was told he helped ... out with her legal action against a tenant in Lowesoft and attended court with her.
- To the best of your knowledge, was your husband ever employed as a lawyer or solicitor anywhere? No, he was not.
- Can you provide a brief list of all jobs your husband held since you've known him?
- - Supply Teacher for County of Suffolk, England,  1996-1999
-- Employed to sell art work  for an art gallery in ..., England, 1996-1997
-- Chicking plucker at a chicken factory outside of Lowestoft, England in 2001.
-- Supply Teacher for County of Norfolk, England, 2001-2003            
 -- Co-author of skeptical book on global warming, "Slaying the Sky Dragon," in 2010
-- Writer of Internet articles critical of global warming science, 2010 till present
- Was John O'Sullivan ever employed in a job while he lived in the United States? No.


9) Since at least 2011-07-03 John O'Sullivan was claiming on his Linkedn profile to have been a "Lecturer University of Northampton .. September 1987 – August 1999 (12 years) .. ". A similar claim was made to Professor Myron Evans, the founder of the Alpha Institute of Advanced Studies (see Section 4.2) " .. In a message dated 05/11/2012 14:41:57 GMT .. john0sullivan@.. writes: .. although I have a law degree I’m not licensed to practice law in the UK. Most of my experience is in NY human rights and NY employment law .. plus teaching law in the UK at college level at Northampton University .. " (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/psi-and-aias-affiliation.html).

Also in Nov. 2012 semi-retired investigative journalist Andrew Skolnick asked the University of Northampton if they could substantiate this claim. The University's prompt response of 22nd Nov. included " .. the University has no record of a Mr John A. O’Sullivan being employed by the University.  For the sake of completeness we also carried out searches on records for individuals named J O’Sullivan, John Sullivan, J Sullivan and Mr O’Sullivan and we can confirm that no individuals with those names had a full time contract with us during the years specified .. If you have contact details for Mr O’Sullivan we would be grateful if you could share them with the University because we would like to investigate the issue further with a view to deciding on any legal action... " (for the full response see Note 4a in http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/curriculum-vitae-for-john-osullivan-2010.html).

Shortly afterwards (at 2012-12-14) John O'Sullivan's LinkedIn page had been modified to simply read "Nene College (University of Northampton) Lecturer"  (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/john-o-sullivan/19/6b4/84a). It is worth noting that his claims made in July 2011 to be a " .. Legal Consultant at Pearlman Lindholm" and " .. a member of the American Bar Association (ABA) .. " have subsequently been retracted as well.


On 1st June 2011 John commented on Alan Caruba's "Global Warming Charlatans Feel the Heat" thread in which Alan had said that the University of Virginia's Dr. Michael " .. Mann, a climatologist, was part of a relatively small clique of charlatans .. ". John said " .. Well, Dr. Mann I suggest (a) you hide your data because it's garbage or (b) You are more concerned about making money off your "copyrighted" material than saving the planet. Either way we are dealing with an utterly unprincipled and self-serving individual deserving of our contempt .. I have this message for Dr. Mann: I look forward to exposing your fraudulent claims in the Vancouver Supreme Court and defeating your vexatious libel suit against my client, Dr. Tim Ball .. " (http://factsnotfantasy.blogspot.co.uk/2011/05/global-warming-charlatans-feel-heat.html).

John is still claiming that he " .. is litigating in two high-profile international lawsuits involving climatologists, Dr Michael Mann and Dr Tim Ball .. " (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/john-o-sullivan/19/6b4/84a). That is despite an E-mail that is claimed to have been sent by Dr. Ball on 26th April 2012 saying " .. I was made aware of the charges against O'Sullivan almost from the start .. I legally disassociated myself from O'Sullivan very early .. " (for the complete E-mail see http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/professor-judith-curry-threatened-with.html).

John's claim to being " .. a member of the New York County Lawyers Association (NYCLA) .. " is discussed by semi-retired New York investigative journalist in "Bogus Law and Journalism Credentials of Sky Dragon Slayer Author John O'Sullivan" (http://www.aaskolnick.com/global_deniers/website.htm). In that article Andrew Skolnick says " .. John O'Sullivan joined the New York County Lawyer's Association (NYCLA) as a Provisional Member by fraudulently sending in false information .. " and provides a link to a copy of John O'Sullivan's membership page. He also provides a link to the NYCLA page defining the different membership categories which says " .. Provisional Members. Graduates of law schools who have not been admitted to the Bar of the State of New York but intend to practice law in the State of New York shall be eligible for provisional membership .. " (http://www.nycla.org/index.cfm?section=ABOUT_NYCLA&page=BY-LAWS).


Until recently (at least 22nd Dec. 2012) John O'Sullivan's LinkedIN profile stated " .. Principia Scientific International Albany, New York Area .. ". This now (28th May 2013) correctly states " .. Principia Scientific International United Kingdom .. " (http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/john-o-sullivan/19/6b4/84a?trk=pub-pbmap). however, his appeal for charitable donations to pay for setting up PSI " .. as a charitable association in the U.S. .. and chartered  to operate as a 'not for profit' under the rules of the UK's .. (CIC) .. " still states  " .. Created by John O'Sullivan on January 17, 2011DELHI, NY .. " (http://www.gofundme.com/1v39s).

Andrew Skolnick goes on to say " .. In addition to citing a bogus diploma mill as the source of his law degree, O'Sullivan provided a false address and fax number for his company Principia Scientific International. The address belongs to a construction company in Delhi, NY and the fax number is the phone number of a woman who never heard of Principia Scientific International .. ".

(This matter is covered in Andrew Skolnick's affidavit to the Supreme Court of British Columbia - http://www.desmogblog.com/sites/beta.desmogblog.com/files/2012%2004%2019%20-%20Affidavit%201%20of%20Skolnick.pdf - discussed elsewhere in this article.

As discussed in Note 3 of "Curriculum Vitae for John O'Sullivan (2010)" (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/curriculum-vitae-for-john-osullivan-2010.html) it appears that John O'Sullivan has been a UK resident since 1998

10) In 2012 PSI announced that " .. we are now affiliated with the Alpha Institute of Advanced Studies. .. fourteen of our new members appear in 'Who's Who' .. the most notable .. being .. Professor Myron Evans, a Nobel Science Prize nominee .. world leader in the search for a unified theory of physics .. PSI researchers plan to assist Professor Evans and his colleagues in their endeavors .. So watch this space for more exciting developments. John O’Sullivan, 1 November 2012 .. " (http://principia-scientific.org/supportnews/latest-news/21-an-epic-week-of-success-for-psi.html).



From the exchanges between AIAS founder Professor Evans and PSI founding members on 30th Oct. and 5th Nov. 2012 it appears that retired civil engineer Joe Olson was ear-marked to assist AIAS " .. .. Joe, .. the work Professor Evans .. quite simply “blows your socks” off .. we have a fantastic opportunity to perform mutually beneficial work to ensure that the findings of Postma and Evans reach the widest possible audience. Let’s all work together to unseat the discredit science elite that has actively sought to be gatekeepers to such advances. I have no doubt that Professor Evans and his many colleagues at AIAS will reciprocate as we all care deeply about truth and integrity in science .. We now have a great opportunity. PSI will be publishing further articles supportive of the science of AIAS and PSI senior fellow Joe Olson will be taking responsibility for helping grow our knowledge about the AIAS’s work on the unified theory of physics. .. http://principia-scientific.org/index.php/latest-news/an-epic-week-of-success-for-psi.html Thank you, John .. " (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/psi-and-aias-affiliation.html).

It is opined that as well as being eager to increase PSI membership numbers another incentive for
 being involved with AIAS was the opportunity to benefit from any kudos that AIAS would attract if its contentious ECE theory became accepted by the scientific community. PSI's first venture into science publishing (Appendix A, Note 26) has signally failed to have the impact that was predicted for it when launched (http://www.slayingtheskydragon.com/) and subsequent blog publications have done little better so it had little to lose if ECE theory was found to be flawed.




Rather than being an exciting development that decision by Professor Myrn Evans to dissociate AIAS from PSI must have come as something of a surprise to the PSI founding members considering that only 5 days earlier Professor Evans had declared " .. I have updated my CV to mention the honour of appointment to Principia .. " (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/psi-and-aias-affiliation.html). It would be interesting to know what was unearthed during that due diligence exercise which caused Professor Evans to perform such an abrupt about turn.



10a) During exchanges with Professor Evans John O'Sullivan claimed that:

- " .. Among PSI there are only two of us qualified in law, myself and Alberto Miatello in Italy .. " (29th Oct. 2012 ) and 
- " .. although I have a law degree I’m not licensed to practice law in the UK. Most of my experience is in NY human rights and NY employment law (inc. mandamus petitions) plus teaching law in the UK at college level at Northampton University .. " (5th Nov. 2012).
More information about those and other exaggerated claims to qualifications is provided in "Curriculum Vitae for John O'Sullivan (2010)" (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/curriculum-vitae-for-john-osullivan-2010.html).

See also Appendix A Note 15.

10b) Dr. Myron Evans has been sceptical of the Catastrophic Anthropognic Climate Change (CACC) hypothesis since at least 2007 when he wrote "BBC4 documentary on global warming" (https://drmyronevans.wordpress.com/2007/11/30/bbc4-documentary-on-global-warming/). He showed that even he can get the facts wrong. It is highly unlikely that the BBC would have appreciated being credited with showing "The Great Global Warming Swindle".    He has written numerous notes on the subject and on his antipathy towards the installation of wind turbines, e.g. see:
- "Myths of global Warming" (http://drmyronevans.wordpress.com/2013/02/25/myths-of-global-warming/)

11) The article “Global Warming - The greatest deception in the history of science” ended with “ .. Dr. Tim Ball, Chairman of the Natural Resources Stewardship Project (www.nrsp.com) .. ” and there is an interesting article on the NRSP and a related organisation Friends of Science http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Natural_Resources_Stewardship_Project   

12) The Hot Topic article was published on 4th Dec. 2012 and prompted me to ask Dr, Gray if it was true that he had become a member of PSI. His response and the relevant exchanges in the thread are QUOTE:


From: peterridley... To: vinmary.gray@... CC: aaskolnick@... Sent: Tue, 4 Dec 2012 11:35 Subject: Claims about membership of PSI


Hi Vincent, I think that you need to be aware that claims about your membership of Principia Scientific International are spreading.

I've just spotted this latest release on the CACC-supporting Hot Topic blog (http://hot-topic.co.nz/leyland-joins-the-uber-cranks-signs-up-with-serial-liar-osullivans-vanity-science-group/) which starts off " .. Bryan “the cooling is coming” Leyland, energy and economics spokesman for the NZ Climate “Science” Coalition, affiliate of various other coalitions, and a man with a penchant for writing to the UN Secretary General, has joined Principia Scientific International, the internet home for the bewildered and deluded set up by John O’Sullivan, and chaired by Canadian crank Tim Ball. Vincent Gray, another NZ C”S”C luminary, has also joined the group .. ".



Please put a stop to these vicious rumours. Best regards, Pete


From: Vincent Gray ... To: Andrew Skolnick ... peterridley... Cc: john0sullivan@... Sent: Tuesday, 4 December 2012, 20:21 Subject: Re: Claims about membership of PSI
Dear Andrew. Peter. I am unclear whether there is "Membership" of PSI and I have certainly not joined them. I have written to them to say so. I attach my newsletter that gave my views before it started ..


From: Andrew Skolnick ... To: Vincent Gray ... CC: peterridley....; john0sullivan@... Sent: Tue, 4 Dec 2012 22:22 Subject: Re: Claims about membership of PSI
Dr. Gray. Thank you That's what I thought. Although O'Sullivan has been claiming on his blog and on his group's web site that you have joined PSI, I found that claim hard to believe, considering the difference between your reputation and his and his fellow Sky Dragon Slayers' dubious, and in some cases fraudulent credentials. 

Thank you for confirming that you have not joined O'Sullivan's group. Best, Andrew 

From: JOHN OSULLIVAN  Sent: Wednesday, December 05, 2012 9:36 AM (4th Dec. 20:36 UK) 
To: Vincent Gray Subject: Re: Claims about membership of PSI 
Vincent, To the best of my recollection nowhere do I or my colleagues state or infer you are a member of PSI. Indeed on our published member list (below) your name is absent. Ridley and Skolnick are well known compulsive liars and smear merchants.
http://www.principia-scientific.org/about/why-psi-is-a-private-assoc.html
Clearly you've become their latest target to harass and bait. Be careful - others have obtained evidence Ridley is a "cyberstalker" and identity faker: http://watchingthedeniers.wordpress.com/2011/02/26/pete-ridleyfsmail-net-is-the-presumed-cyberstalker/


John O'Sullivan Coordinator Principia Scientific International http://principia-scientific.org/

13) The October 2009 “Climate Fools Day” presentation summaries and full presentations by Piers Corbyn, Sammy Wilson and Professor David Bellamy can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYnLbz8ZoTE , http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gQL1g61Or0 , http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEkYUl7JKMI , http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVYZLrDKsqQ and http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=TRBWt24L7TA .

14) That E-mail suggests that it was John O’Sullivan, Hans Schreuder and Joe Olson who were the decision-makers for the “Slayers”/PSI group. They had decided then that PSI’s most logical location was London, UK yet until recently (27th May 2013) it was considered logical to claim that it is located in “ .. Albany, New York Area .. ” (see Note 9 – see also http://www.gofundme.com/1v39s and the “ .. NYCLA membership rules .. ” section of http://www.aaskolnick.com/global_deniers/website.htm). That seems to have been an odd choice considering that its “CEO and Legal Consultant”, its CFO and its Compliance Officer have all been UK residents for years.

15) The current claim that Professor Myron Evans and his Alpha Institute of Advanced Studies (AIAS) members are now PSI members appears to be another exaggerated claim about PSI membership – unless the AIAS members have done another U-turn and rejoined after dissociating from PSI on 7th Nov. Attention has been drawn to the AIAS membership issue on several occasions elsewhere (e.g. see “A discussion of the Slaying the Sky Dragon science: Is the Greenhouse Effect a Sky Dragon Myth?” - http://joannenova.com.au/2012/10/a-discussion-of-the-slaying-the-sky-dragon-science-is-the-greenhouse-effect-a-sky-dragon-myth/#comment-1219645).

16) It is alleged by fruit grower Gareth Renowden of the New Zealand based Hot Topic blog that “ .. In 2007, Heartland (Institute) granted US$25,000 .. to the NZ Climate “Science” Coalition .. They also gifted the International Climate Science Coalition US$45,000 .. ” (http://hot-topic.co.nz/puppets-on-a-string-us-think-tank-funds-nz-sceptics/),


17) See E–mails of 7th and 29th at http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/selected-e-mails-with-slayerspsi.html and for more search for “sourcewatch”. Also Googling for - "Friends of Science" "Ball" "Harris" "Kalmanovitch" – brings up lots of interesting relevant links.

18)  Duedil Ltd records reveal that BRITISHDOTCOM LIMITED was " .. incorporated on 10 Oct 2005 and is located in Suffolk. The company's status is active, with a team of 3 directors. Britishdotcom Limited is split between 2 shareholders. They have no known group companies. Britishdotcom Limited have total assets of £0 plus total liabilities of £11,910. As of their last financial statement, they had £1,346 in cash reserves. Their book value is £-9,883, and the value of their shareholders' fund is £-9,883 .. ” (https://www.duedil.com/company/05587804/britishdotcom-limited)
.. Mr Johannes Cornelis Schreuder .. Director, Technician 10 Oct 2005 - Present ..
.. Mr Branko Banjo Cejovic * (Director 01 Sep 2009 — Present ..
.. Mr George Richard Lawson ** Company Secretary 01 Nov 2009 — Present ..
.. Ms Colette Schreuder Company Secretary 10 Oct 2005 — 08 Oct 2009 ..
.. Mr. Marc Sidney Dirk Schreuder *** Director IT Consultant  27 .. 31 March 2007 (4 days) - https://www.duedil.com/company/05587804/britishdotcom-limited/people .

* Service Address: Zgrada Bsp Lux, Budva, 85310, Montenegro ??!!??
** http://company-director-check.co.uk/director/907506166 16 directorships, 3 active but no mention of BritishDotcom. See also http://www.cdrex.com/george-richard-lawson/497048.html 
*** Marc Schreuder is also declared on that Duedil page to have been an officer of both Comglo Ltd. and Starcap IT Ltd. More up-to-date information is available in his LinkedIn entry (http://www.linkedin.com/in/marcschreuder).


19) The need for extra income appears to be shared by several of the founding members.

Joe Olson's comment about receiving no financial return from his investment of effort to " .. rescue humanity from the grips of elitist slavery .. " but that that might change as a result of co-authoring "Slaying the Sky Dragon .. " brings to mind similar sentiments expressed by two of his co-authors.

On 26th Dec. John O'Sullivan appealed to the group for funds to set up PSI as a private company  “ .. I am happy to work with one of my contacts in the DC area to file a mandamus in the federal court in D.C. on behalf of PSI. .. If we can raise $3,000 I can set the legal wheels in motion .. ”. That amounted to a contribution of a mere $150 for each member of the group but the appeal failed.

A discussion took place around the 1st Jan. 2010 in which John said " .. I'm highly skeptical that we could put together such a large team of experts (scientists, lawyers and media specialists) willing to give up so much time unpaid under the non-paying constraints of charitable status. Personally, I'm  barely scraping by financially as I've spent the last year working on skeptic advocacy full-time, unpaid. I cannot maintain my current level of commitment without some kind of financial remuneration .. I have no time to not earn a living. I know from my own private conversations that my coauthors may also not have time to devote unpaid .. " (see also Appendix A, Note 27).

On 17th Jan. 2011 John made a public appeal for charitable donations of £15,000 (http://www.gofundme.com/1v39s) towards setting up PSI as a private company (with Dr. Tim Ball as Chairman, John as CEO, Hans Schreuder as CFO, Philip Foster as Compliance Officer and remaining co-authors of Slaying the Sky Dragon as members of the executive. That was another failed appeal which has raised only £450 in 2 years. Of that John admitted on 19th Jan. that “ .. As for the donations so far, I can reveal the first donation of $350 is from a member of my family in the US .. ” (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/psi-due-diligence-20102011-selected-e.html).


Exchanges on the 18th Jan. talked about the sacrifices made by John and Hans, the need for money and how it would be used, with Professor Claes Johnson commenting " .. I see that you are already asking for money .. before we have even agreed on what PSI is supposed to be .. Is this the way it is supposed work? What will this money be used for? Will I get some money to spend on what? .. ". John responded with " .. Hans and I have been investigating setting up PSI at our own expense which we cannot continue to do  .. If we cannot raise sufficient funds by this crowdfunding strategy then we know we cannot move forward .. ".

On 7th February the previous PSI "Chairman" Dr. Tim Ball commented " .. In fact, if I did receive money from any energy companies, I would not be driving a 1992 car, living in a leaky apartment block, or living on pension supplemented with money frospeaking engagements .. " (http://drtimball.com/2011/ad-hominem/).

Perhaps this is all summed up by the wise advice Kent Clizbe gave to John O'Sullivan on 2nd Jan. 2011 QUOTE: .. It seems pretty clear that the whole "business" idea springs from the need to provide you with a living. If that is the objective, I'd guess that there are not many people who are willing to "subscribe" for that end .. For your own income, create a website that sells products, including your book, tshirts, hats, posters, coffee mugs .. Put your energies into promoting that website. Encourage those who agree with you to support you by buying those products. This will be a much better method to provide you with income .. In the meantime, get a part-time job .. UNQUOTE.

Of course not all of the co-authors of "Slaying the Sky Dragon .. " expressed any concern about having campaigned unpaid against the CACC propaganda or needing some personal funding. I recall no reference to it at any time from Dr. Claes Johnson, Dr. Martin Hertzberg, Alan Siddons, Dr. Oliver K. Manuel or Dr Charles Anderson. On 4th Jan 2011, following my suggestion " .. that PSI drops claims of pursuing a noble cause .. supporters of 'the doctrine' will successfully exploit as nothing other than capitalist posturing and that will become viral far more quickly than any attempts to extract funding from wealthy capitalists or government agencies .. ", Alan Siddons, author of no less than 9 of the 21 chapters in the book, said " .. I’m just along for the ride .. ".

When PSI was launched in July 2011 the promotional web-page "Why PSI is a Private Association" promoted the proposal that John O'Sullivan had been pushing so hard during Dec. 2010/Jan. 2011. This was that PSI should be set up in the UK as a Community Interest Company (CIC). The first item listed under "Benefits of Being a CIC" was " .. The directors can be paid and will have the same rights and duties as any other directors .. ".

In his two 28th Dec. 2010 E-mails John encouraged the group with " .. I strongly urge you and all our most influential scientists and advocates to back Principia Scientific International (launching January 2011) to win subscribers .. Our web designers are now building our site ready for launch in January .. ". He first proposed setting PSI up as a CIC in his 30th Dec. 2010 E-mail "Advancing Principia Scientific International as a Community Interest Company. In that proposal John again indicated his haste to get PSI set up as a private company " .. we can also ensure PSI is fit for purpose as a legal entity within weeks rather than months .. ". He also made the important point that " .. CIC trust holders, unlike charity officials, may receive payment for their services ( eg we may make payments to our key administrators .. Members of the board of a CIC can be paid for their work .. ".

A few hours after that E-mail but before I had read it I sent to the group the first of my "PSI & Due Diligence" E-mails in which I made the point about " .. the need for 'due diligence' before entering into any business/financial arrangement with people that you have put your faith and trust in without knowing much about them – it’s a mugs game! .. ". That drew this interesting comment from PSI co-founder Joe Olson " .. Pete, i concur with your analysis of the current state of PSI .. 'trust ME' is only effective until ME becomes untrustworthy .. ". That comment was made months before questions started being asked by semi-retired investigative journalist Andrew Skolnick and others about the claims being made about the qualifications and experience of some of the PSI members.

My 31st Dec. response to John's proposal to set up PSI as a CIC included " .. The setting up of a charity made me concerned enough but a CIC makes me cringe .. Charitable status brings with it important protections for all members of the organisation ..  although such a structure is not perfect it does ensure as far as possible that those who control the organisation (the Executive Committee drawn from among the trustees) derive no financial benefit from executive decisions made. This is a very valuable protection which would be abandoned if moving to CIC status, as has been recommended by the existing Executive .. giving up such protection would be imprudent because it gives the executive far more power than it would enjoy as a charity .. Executives within organisations change over time and new executives bring with them their own agenda, sometimes not declared at the outset. This can bring about a complete change in the direction of the organisation .. " (see also Appendix A, Note 27).

NB: The full context of the quotations in this note can be found in "PSI and Due Diligence .. Selected E-mails" (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/psi-due-diligence-20102011-selected-e.html).

20) It has been suggested by New Zealand blogger Richard Cumming (http://www.climateconversation.wordshine.co.nz/2012/12/im-a-tree-why-not-feed-me/#comment-164430)  that the blogger "Bryan" is Brian Leyland of the New Zealand Climate Science Coalition who recently became a member of PSI . Bryan Leyland recently became a member of PSI (see Section 3.18). From comments that "Bryan" made on "Letter to the dragon slayers" it seems that Richard Cumming may well be correct. If this is not so then please advise so that this entry can be corrected and consideration given as to whether an apology is warranted for any misinformation.

A "Bryan" commented on Joanne Nova's article "The Skeptic’s Case" that " .. The slayers do not have a unified view on the climate or on science for that matter. Claes Johnson does not believe in photons whereas Joseph Postma does .. " (http://joannenova.com.au/2012/01/dr-david-evans-the-skeptics-case/). If that "Bryan" is Bryan Leyland then it would be interesting to know what it was that persuaded him to join PSI.

21) In his article “Vote to Save the Nation!” thread (http://factsnotfantasy.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/vote-ti-save-tge-nation.html) Alan Caruba described CACC-supporter Barack Obama as “ .. a LIAR and a pathological narcissist ..” (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/are-politicians-just-parrots.html).  What a coincidence that similar descriptions were used last July by John O’Sullivan to describe CACC-supporter Dr. Michael Mann.


Commenting on an article “Principia Scientific Int'l versus Dr. Michael Mann” John said in October 2012 “ .. Michael Mann is a liar and a fraudster .. this sue-happy narcissist .. ” (http://whatsupwiththatwatts.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/principia-scientific-international-v-dr.html?showComment=1349903590960&m=1#c2058231310234216344). It is interesting that as well as using the words liar and fraudster John O'Sullivan should also use the word "narcissist" to describe Dr. Mann but it seems that he is not the first to do so (http://judithcurry.com/2012/08/25/week-in-review-82512/#comment-232617). I’ll return to the “narcissist” and “fraudster” allegations later (Notes 22, 23 and 38) after looking at the allegation of “liar”.


TO BE UPDATED


22) Allegations of "liar" and "fraudster" are not uncommon in the CACC debating arena, having been made by and against several PSI members.

TO BE UPDATED

23) "Narcissist" has been used to describe several of those involved in the CACC debate and it is worthwhile considering whether or not that term might really be appropriate for any of the individuals.

 TO BE UPDATED


24) Compare the PSI " .. Member Biograpies" for Terri Jackson with the 2nd April 2011 entry in “Update: More Than 700 International Scientists Dissent Over Man-Made Global Warming Claims" (http://itmakessenseblog.com/2011/04/02/update-more-than-700-international-scientists-dissent-over-man-made-global-warming-claims/) " .. Terry Jackson of the Institute of Physics in London, the founder of the Energy Group, and a physics teacher at Belfast Institute Further and Higher Education for 30 years .. "..

24a) Terri Jackson's revealing presentation to the Heartland Institute's ICCC4 can be seen at http://climateconferences.heartland.org/avril-terri-jackson-iccc4/. Terri Jackson opens with “ .. I formed the Energy Group stroke Climate Group at the Institute of Physics .. ” and spent a lot of time complaining about the IOP gagging any of its members who challenged CACC. As a science teacher Terri Jackson appears to have little regard for the ability of engineers to question what they are told, saying half way through the presentation " .. engineers are not like physicists and scientists ...  they take it all and don't question it .. " (several of Terry Jackson's fellow-members at PSI could well take exception to that comment, e.g. founding member Joe Olson, Dr. Pierre Latour, Brian Leyland)!

Little information is available from the IOP about its Energy Group (Climate Group), when it was formed, who its members were, what it achieved or when it was disbanded. It appears that the IOP would prefer others to know as little as possible about the group. According to the March 2010 article “IOP Energy Group founder is featured speaker at upcoming Heartland conference” (http://deepclimate.org/2010/03/18/iop-energy-group-founder-featured-speaker-at-upcoming-heartland-conference/) the Group was formed in 2002 as the Energy Management Group. 3-year chairmanship alternated between founder Terri Jackson (2002-2005?) and Peter F. Gill (2005-Oct. 2008) – whol is also a PSI member – see Section 3.19). Several of the links provided by a John Massey to relevant articles/comments on the IOP Energy Group web-pages have now been diverted to a general information page (see http://deepclimate.org/2010/03/18/iop-energy-group-founder-featured-speaker-at-upcoming-heartland-conference/#comment-2986 for more on this). As one J Murphy asked on 19th March 2010 “ .. Can anyone find any details about that group ? .. ”.


The IOP’s Science Board had an energy sub-group that “ .. was disbanded in June 2010 as a direct consequence of Climategate .. ” (http://bishophill.squarespace.com/blog/2010/7/20/that-iop-submission.html) but this appears to have been a quite separate body, causing some confusion to interested parties outside the IOP. This sub-group was responsible for drafting the IOP’s Feb. 2010 submission to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee's inquiry “The disclosure of climate data from the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia” (http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200910/cmselect/cmsctech/memo/climatedata/uc3902.htm). Some may have been misled into thinking that submission originated with Terri’s Energy Group because of the involvement of Peter Gill (see Section 3.19) who had alternated the chair of the Energy Group with Terri but was also a member of the sub-group with an involvement in drafting the IOP’s submission.


Questions about the constitution of the IOP Science Board’s Energy sub-group (a separate group from the Energy Group) were raised during discussions on the DeepClimate blog in August 2010 During those exchanges the moderator commented “ .. I'm not sure that Terri Jackson was ever a member of the Science Board Energy sub-group (as opposed to the separate IoP Energy Group she takes credit for "founding"), but in any case she was long gone by the time of the IoP submission, as far as I know .. ”. The IPO submission under debate was made in Feb. 2010 and it appears that the IOP were unwilling to release the names of sub-group members or those of its members responsible for drafting and approving the submission (http://deepclimate.org/2010/03/18/iop-energy-group-founder-featured-speaker-at-upcoming-heartland-conference/).

24b) Details of the settlement of this claim are available from the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland (http://www.equalityni.org/ECNI/media/ECNI/Cases%20and%20Settlements/2009/Avril-Terri-Jackson-v-Soroptimist-International-of-Bangor.pdf?ext=.pdf)

24c) Terri Jackson has written numerous letters to the Belfast Telegraph. These usually ended with the sign off “Terri Jackson Bangor” but in Sept. 2009 a contribution appeared using the sign-off “Terri Jackson Director, Independent Climate Research Group, Bangor” (https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups=#!topic/alt.religion.christian.east-orthodox/DtUl4nrhjJA). Terri Jackson's Independent Climate Research Group should not be confused with CACC-supporting “ .. Climatico, an independent climate research group .. ” co-founded in 2008 by climate campaigner Niel Bowerman, 23, a graduate student pursuing a DPhil in Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics at the University of Oxford, Linacre (http://www.ox.ac.uk/media/news_stories/2010/100623.html) and later incorporated in Seattle in 2010. The Internet abounds with information from that group, unlike Terri Jackson’s.


24d) The conference attended by Terri Jackson in Brazil was the “Second Iupap International Conference on Women in Physics 23-25 May 2005 in Rio de Janeiro (http://www.cbpf.br/~women-physics/participants-2005.html).

24e) On the International Climate Science Coalition’s “The Climate Scientists' Register” it is claimed that Terri Jackson has an MSc (plasma physics) and MPhil (energy economics), is Director of the Independent Climate Research Group, Northern Ireland and London and Founder of the energy/climate group at the Institute of Physics, London), United Kingdom (http://www.climatescienceinternational.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=289). Terri Jackson claims to be a " .. Graduate physicist working in various areas; physics, energy, climate, exposing the green movement deception .. " (http://scientificqa.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/nasa-u-turn-admits-global-warming-bias.html?showComment=1360003793298#c5931302639588698050).

On 8th dec. 2010 Marc Morano, of the Climate Depot blog, provided a link in his "SPECIAL REPORT: More Than 1000 International Scientists Dissent Over Man-Made Global Warming Claims – Challenge UN IPCC & Gore" (http://www.climatedepot.com/2010/12/08/special-report-more-than-1000-international-scientists-dissent-over-manmade-global-warming-claims-challenge-un-ipcc-gore-2/) to an entry " .. Terry Jackson of the Institute of Physics in London, the founder of the Energy Group, and a physics teacher at Belfast Institute Further and Higher Education for 30 years .. " (see also http://climatephysics.com/senator-inhofes-senate-minority-report-on-climate-change/).

In a 13th Aug. 2009 article "Institute denies censoring 'global cooling' article" it was also claimed that " .. Terri Jackson, a former lecturer at Belfast Metropolitan College, has been a member of the Institute of Physics for 30 years and founded its High Energy Physics Group .. " (http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?storycode=407763).

Elsewhere it has been claimed that:
-Avril Terri Jackson, M.Sc., MPhil. is a professional physicist with two masters degrees in energy economics and plasma physics. She is founder of the energy/climate group at the Institute of Physics in London. She has spoken at international conferences in Brazil and China and was lead researcher for the Energy Committee of the European Parliament for several years (http://uhaweb.hartford.edu/lgould/Heartland%20Fourth%20International%20Conf_FullConferenceProgram.pdf), 
- Terri Jackson was an Ordinary Council Member of the Women’s Engineering Society from September 2006 to 2009 (http://www.wes.org.uk/files/WES_Annual_Report_2007.pdf , 2008.pdf and 2009.pdf), 
- " .. Terry Jackson of the Institute of Physics .. founder of the Energy Group .. dissented from global warming claims in 2009. (http://www.hatch.senate.gov/public/_files/USSenateEPWMinorityReport.pdf).

Surprisingly, little more is said on Terry Jackson's LinkedIn page than " .. United Kingdom ..Experience: Independent graduate climate physicist, private research network, Recruitment Officer Principia-Scientific International August 2012 – Present (7 months) ..a new world wide scientific body promoting the standard scientific method of Issac Newton. We are rapidly recruiting with some of the world`s leading scientists and engineers .. ” (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/terri-jackson/24/13a/40b).


Terry Jackson's endorsers on LinkedIN are John O’Sullivan (Research) Jonathan D (Research, Public Speaking, Public Relations, Blogging, Microsoft Office), Nasif Nahle (Public Relations, Teaching, Strategic Planning), Gabriel Rychert (Blogging).

The only other group that Terry Jackson shows an affiliation with is Women in Science, Engineering and Technology.

It is a surprise to see Nasif Nahle (http://www.biocab.org/Academic_Curriculum.html see also Section 4.4) endorsing any of Terry Jackson’s skills, particularly teaching, considering that he is based in Mexico where he has been running his own research company since 1975. It is reasonable to expect that endorsement to come from one of Terri Jackson's associates during that 30 years teaching physics to high-school students at Belfast Metropolitan College. Maybe Nasif saw Terry Jackson in Brazil (Appendix A, Note 24c).

The LinkedIn entry suggests that Terry Jackson is no longer a member of the IOP.

24f) Sources of information provided to Terri Jackson included:
- Andrew Skolnick’s review of “Slaying the Sky Dragon .. ” (http://www.amazon.co.uk/review/RRO7ATY41YBBZ)  
- the article “Affidavits in Michael Mann Libel Suit Reveal Astonishing Facts About Tim Ball Associate John O'Sullivan” (http://www.desmogblog.com/affidavits-michael-mann-libel-suit-reveal-astonishing-facts-about-tim-ball-associate-john-o-sullivan?page=1).

24g) Along with fellow IOP member Peter Gill (Section 3.19) Terry Jackson also contributed to attracting unfavourable media attention to the IOP's submission to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee's "Climategate" inquiry   (e.g. see http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/mar/02/institute-of-physics-emails-inquiry-submission, http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2010/03/a-mistaken-message-from-iop/ and http://deepclimate.org/tag/terri-jackson/).

It is noticeable that many relevant articles about the Energy Group (founded by Terry Jackson) previously available on the IOP web-site have been removed, apparently because "The IOP website has been redesigned" (http://www.iop.org/News/news_40679.htmle.g:

24h) Although there is a dearth of peer-reviewed scientific papers by TERRI or TERRY Jackson I did come across on article “Nuclear Solution” in New Scientist, Issue number 2221, 15th January 2000 by TERRY Jackson of Bangor, Northern Ireland. It appears that at some stage (2005?) the founder of the IOP's Energy Group acquired a preference for being called Terri rather than Terry, which makes Internet searches for information a little more complicated.  

24i) It looks as though Terry Jackson has now realised that CO2 is not a pollutant, saying recently that " .. Declaring carbon dioxide a pollutant is scientifically illiterate and politically mischevious .. " (http://principia-scientific.org/publications/Greenhouse%20gas%20effect%20is%20bogus.pdf). That does raise questions about Terry Jackson's own scientific literacy in 2008/9 relating to this subject and what if any political activity Terry Jackson was involved in at that time. From the numerous comments found using Google it seems that Terry Jackson's interest in Northern Ireland politics may have preceded an interest in climate change but there seem to be parallels.

In 2006 this comment was posted in the News Letter " .. For DUP read Dip the Democratic Irish Party. Dr Paisley should retire from politics as soon as possible, he has outlived his usefulness .. Terry Jackson, Bangor  " (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/scotch-irish/message/18962). The following comment was made in Feb. 2007 " .. TERRY Jackson (Letters, February 12) raises the important issue of accountability of north/south matters. Unfortunately, he does not appear to understand the detail of the matter he writes about. Crucially, he confuses the issue of decision-making with that of institutions .. it is not true to say, as Mr Jackson did, that the Irish Republic has the final say. I. Henderson, Templepatrick, Co Antrim .. " (http://www.orange-order.co.uk/topic/6460-letters/).

In July and October 2007 there were these two comments from Terry Jackson, Bangor:
- " .. The present Stormont government is a corruption of democracy as Lord Tebbit has said in the Lords .. " (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/scotch-irish/messages/24444?threaded=1&m=e&var=1&tidx=1),
" .. I say to Mr Paisley and the other Christians in the DUP, have you no conscience left?   .. " (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/scotch-irish/messages/25190?threaded=1&m=e&var=1&tidx=1).

In a June 2008 article "The predictability of stupidity. Religion, homosexuals .. " one Michael Faulkner (also a Queens student, as Terry once was) said (http://theyoungcontrarian.blogspot.co.uk/2008/06/predictability-of-stupidity-religion.html) Terry was a " .. a DUP acolyte . " who endorsed the views of The DUP's Iris Robinson who " .. has faced fresh criticism over remarks she made about gay people. On Friday, the Strangford MP, said homosexuality was an abomination and urged gay people to seek counselling .. " (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/7443323.stm). 

Although at one time perhaps being a DUP acolyte, disenchantment seems to have set in, causing defection to UKIP when it opened a branch in North Down in 2011 and Terry Jackson became its Secretary (http://www.impalapublications.com/blog/index.php?/archives/5431-UKIP-in-Northern-Ireland,-by-James-OFee.html). Disenchantment with the IOP's stance on climate change seems to have caused disenchantment and a defection to PSI where Terry became its Recruitment Officer.

TO BE UPDATED

25) Professor Reiter is an expert on insect-borne diseases, not in the processes and drivers of the different global climates. He appeared with Dr. Ball in the “Great Global Warming Swindle” documentary  (http://www.desmogblog.com/paul-reiter). Professor Plimer is a highly respected Professor of Geology at the University of Adelaide who is sceptical of the CACC hypothesis. If he had indeed considered joining PSI perhaps he has had second thoughts after being made aware of the comments claimed to have been made by Dr. Ball on 26th April (Appendix A, Note 9).

26) NB: For the source and context of quotations given within this note and its sub-notes, unless otherwise stated see http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/psi-due-diligence-20102011-selected-e.html).

In the exaggerated style of much of PSI's promotional web-pages, its Home-page declares " .. Principia Scientific International (PSI) was originally conceived in 2010 after 22 international climate experts and authors joined forces to write the climate science bestseller, ‘Slaying the Sky Dragon: Death of the Greenhouse Gas Theory.
The two-volume publication is the world’s first and only detailed refutation of the greenhouse gas effect. According to prominent climate skeptic, Lord Monckton the book soon became " the talk of the Cancun Climate Conference." (http://principia-scientific.org/about/principles-of-association.html).

The book appears to be simply a cobbled collection of blog articles and has been derided by knowledgeable individuals from both sides of the Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Change (CACC) debate. For example see the reviews at http://www.amazon.com/Slaying-Sky-Dragon-Greenhouse-ebook/product-reviews/B004DNWJN6/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1 by Martin A, Mark Trexler, Joel Shore, askolnick, Mark "a longtime record buyer",  ds1555, Sean Houlihane, Maarten, J. E. Harris.

It is noteworthy that when the book was first announced in Nov. 2010 (e.g. at http://co2insanity.com/2010/11/26/slaying-the-sky-dragon/, on Anthony Watts’s thread “New book: Slaying the Sky Dragon” posted on November 29, 2010 - http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/11/29/new-book-slaying-the-sky-dragon/ and elsewhere) there were 9 authors, not 8. These were Dr. Tim Ball, Dr. Claes Johnson, Dr. Martin Hertzberg, Joseph A. Olson, Alan Siddons, Dr. Oliver K Manuel, Dr. Charles Anderson, Hans Schreuder, John O'Sullivan. The  picture of the book cover  shows Dr. Manuel 6th in the list of 9 authors (a much clearer picture is presented at http://www.pvsheridan.com/SSD-pvsACK.pdf). In the book’s promotional material on 26th Nov 2010 at John Hamblin’s CO2 Insanity site 7th in the list of authors is Dr. Oliver K Manuel. Included in Anthony Watts's thread are comments about Dr. Manuel that may relate to why he is no longer mentioned by Amazon alongside the other “Slayers” as one of the authors (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Slaying-Sky-Dragon-Greenhouse-ebook/dp/B004DNWJN6). All but one of the names in that list provide a corresponding link to their own individual Amazon pages but the page linked for Dr. Manuel says - Your search "Oliver K. Manual" did not match any products -.

Semi-retired investigative journalist Andrew Skolnick has posted numerous comments about Dr. Manuel (and other “Slayers”) e.g. see his comments on:
- 1st August 2012 at Dr. Michael Mann’s Facebook page, which starts “ .. I think everyone who is interested in learning more about John O'Sullivan and his band of "highly qualified luminaries" known as the "Sky Dragon Slayers .. " (http://www.facebook.com/MichaelMannScientist/posts/267470906700950?comment_id=1072617&offset=0&total_comments=122).
- 27th July and 1st August at the Huffinton Post thread “Affidavits in Michael Mann Libel Suit Reveal Astonishing Facts About Tim Ball Associate John O'Sullivan” (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/brendan-demelle/affidavits-in-michael-man_b_1711581.html).

On 12th Jan. 2011 several weeks after the book’s publication and John O'Sullivan's proud boast that it had  " .. stormed to #1 in the Amazon best sellers list in the sciences section .." (see Section 2.1) another of the authors, Professor Claes Johnson asked “ .. How many copies of the book have been sold? Who has noticed and commented? At least in Sweden, the book does not seem to exist, as if it has been eaten by the Dragon instead of killing him .. ” (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/psi-due-diligence-20102011-selected-e.html on 12th Jan. 2011). John O'Sullivan's response to Claes included the claim that  .. Meanwhile in another unsolicited email came this inquiry from Lord Monckton upon his return from the COP 16 Conference in Mexico: Sent: Monday, 13 December, 2010 20:05:42 Subject: Re: Slaying the Sky Dragon / Lord Christopher Monckton
I'd very much like to have the Dragon book: it was the talk of Cancun  - C The Viscount Monckton of Brenchley .. "


It seems that very soon afterwards Lord Monckton commented “There is unfortunately a great deal that is wrong with the book.” (http://co2insanity.com/2011/01/27/top-scientists-in-heated-debate-over-%E2%80%98slaying%E2%80%99-of-greenhouse-gas-theory/). Professor Johnson subsequently dissociated himself from the “Slayers” group when saying on 15th October 2011 “ .. I am not a member of any group subject to group thinking, in particular not the slayers group .. ” 
(http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/professor-judith-currys-letter-to.html).

More recently (April 2013) Lord Monckton and John O'Sullivan have exchanged opinions relating to "Slaying the Sky Dragon .. ". According to John O'Sullivan " .. Christopher Monckton, Lord Monckton of Brenchley .. denigrated our groundbreaking book 'Slaying the Sky Dragon: Death of the Greenhouse Gas Theory' more than two years ago .. " (http://principia-scientific.org/supportnews/latest-news/176-lord-monckton-replies-to-john-o-sullivan-s-open-letter.html). Lord Monckton's latest (18th April 2013) comment about John O'Sullivan included " .. He says, with characteristic snide offensiveness .. delivered with an unbecoming, cranky arrogance, indicates the need for considerable elementary education on his part. I refer him to Dr. Spencer’s excellent plain-English account of how we know there is a greenhouse effect .. ".


Lord Monckton's opinion of "Slaying the Sky Dragon .. " and PSI's owner appears to align with a very large number of us Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Change (CACC) sceptics. It appears that the book is so hard to get rid of that now " .. A copy of the book is free to all new PSI members .. " (http://principia-scientific.org/). Perhaps that is what inspired people like John Sanderson, Bryan Leyland, Peter Gill and Dr. 
Abdussamotov to join PSI.

26a) On 13th Jan. 2011 PSI visionary John O’Sullivan was asked by Professor Claes Johnson “ .. What would be the basic difference between PSI and ICSC or GWPF? .. ”. John’s response was “ ..
GWPF = global warming skepticism advocacy group (politically focused but non political)
ICSC=global warming skepticism advocacy group
PSI= general science association a science union campaigning for strict adherence to scientific method (non political).. ”.
On 18th Jan. he was asked “ .. What extra benefits would another separate organisation like PSI bring to this “noble cause” that is not or cannot be better provided by giving support to established organisations? .. ”. His response was “ .. As for your comparisons of PSI with organizations such as ICSC, CRG and GWPF, I see very substantial differences .. Moreover, I would conceive of PSI not competing with them at all but coordinating with them whenever practicable .. ”

26b) On Dec 29 2010 John said “ .. The Royal Society is another prominent case in point where member interests have been sold out to promote a political agenda contrary to the traditional scientific principles embodied in the English Scientific Method.

26c) PSI did add an “incentive” which must have been considered impossible for potential members to refuse “ .. As an introductory offer the first 2,000 members will receive a free copy of the best-selling climate science publication, ‘Slaying the Sky Dragon: Death of the Greenhouse Gas Theory’ and the companion volume, ‘Sky Dragon Slayers 2’ (retail value of both volumes is $19.85) .. ”. Nearly two years later it is claiming only 200 members.

27) Most of this original note has been re-posted in Section 7.1 "Financial Aspects - Introduction" which should be read first.

Regarding the proposal to give worthless "PSI Credits" to those who contribute their time to the organisation as reviewers, the one and only time that I was a member of such a scheme (shares in a telecommunications company, a subsidiary of an UK energy company) they turned out to be worthless - the company was sold off for £1. It will be interesting to see if PSI is ever worth as much as that

28) Only a few days after sending that sound advice to John  O'Sullivan it was reported that Kent Clizbe re-posted to colleagues of Dr. Michael Mann an invitation that he had first sent the previous January QUOTE: .. Hi, Greetings and best wishes for a prosperous New Year.

I understand that you worked in the University of Virginia’s Department of Environmental Sciences with Dr Michael Mann, during the period 1999-2005 .. I am assisting interested parties who may have details of fraud in climate research to make contact with the proper authorities, and to share in the rewards paid when the funds are recovered. I have no financial interest in this whatsoever. My role is simply to help those who would like to do the right thing make contact with the proper authorities. This is my own personal project, to help the truth come to light .. In April of last year, the Attorney General of Virginia requested the University of Virginia to produce documents related to Dr Michael Mann’s tenure at U.Va between 1999 and 2005. The State is researching the potential of fraud in Mann’s receipt of nearly half a million dollars in State grants for climate-research. It is possible that information from Mann’s time at U.Va. could also illuminate potential fraudulent receipt of federal grants in his later work, at the Pennsylvania State. U.Va refuses to cooperate, so far .. The federal government has established vigorous programs to identify and prosecute fraudulent grant applications and administration .. the False Claims Act .. allows rewards for those who come forward with details of grant fraud to share in the recovery of federal funds.  This reward can be as much as 30% of the total amount reclaimed.  The program is almost completely reliant on insiders to report their knowledge of the fraud in their institutions .. Do you know of anyone with details on potentially fraudulent grant activities at U.Va or PSU? If you know of anyone who might have details about fraudulent statements or actions by recipients of federal grant funds for climate research, please have them contact me immediately at the below email or cell phone .. Up to 30% of $50 million (the total amount Mann claims to have received in federal funds for climate research) could net a whistleblower more than $10 million.  Ask your friends to do the right thing, and be rewarded for doing it .. Look forward to hearing from you. All the best. Kent Clizbe .. UNQUOTE (http://www.desmogblog.com/cia-vet-stalking-hockey-stick-author-mike-mann).

29) According to a comment on 28th Sept. 2011 on the "Nasif S. Nahle: Observations on “Backradiation” during Nighttime and Daytime" article " .. by Will Pratt .Nasif knows me and he knows my book "CO2 The Debate Is Not Over" was the first book to be released which disproved the so called "greenhouse effect" of CO2.  He should also be aware that what became the "Dragon Slayer" team began with John O'Sullivan and myself .. " (http://climaterealists.com/?id=8402 - see also Section 4.4 on Dr. Nasif Nahle).

Will apparently dissociated from the "Slayers" group in July 2010, several months before publication of "Slaying the Sky Dragon .. " (see Appendix A, Note 2). More recently (Nov. 2012) there were some interesting exchanges between Will and John O'Sullivan on Gabriel Rychert's Climate Realists blog following Gabriel's "Reply to article: Huffington Post and their Lies about John O’Sullivan" article (http://climaterealists.com/?id=10545).

30) Of particular relevance are the exchanges that took place on 11th - 13th Sec. 2011 in which John O'Sullivan responded to some of the questions that had been put to him about his qualifications and experiences. Support for John was expressed by Joe Postma and Alan Siddons with Joe Postma's contribution including the following observations QUOTE: ..

The attempt to infringe John O'Sullivan's character .. is the basest form of debate. .. it is simply the attempt to murder someone and throw dirt on them, as a means of implicating said person's acquaintances .. I found this quote somewhere on the internet long ago and .. find it relevant: “The last refuge of the inept and the incompetent is always character assassinations and threats. Without any proof or any evidence of any sort to back up their fanciful and unfounded faith based beliefs, fanatics are unable to hold intelligent conversations that are to the point, or that carry any viable solutions to the problems surrounding them. .. those with real solutions and real understanding have always had to tolerate .. such irrational beings .. ”

This character assassination attempt on one person, and the attempt to then connect it to an entire group of people, is vile and repulsive, and the lowest class of behaviour .. UNQUOTE.

In June/July 2012 E-mail exchanges took place between Dr. Wes Allen and members of the "Slayers"/PSI blogging group relating to Dr. Allen's "A Dialogue with the Authors of Slaying the Sky Dragon" (http://www.irenicpublications.com.au/images/Slaying%20the%20Sky%20Dragon.pdf). Included in the circulation were Wes Allen, John O'Sullivan, Charles Anderson, Siddons Alan, Tim Ball, Claes Johnson, Joe Olson, Martin Hertzberg, Joe Bastardi, Pierre Latour, Malcolm Roberts, Robert Brinsmead and even Doug Cotton. Joe Postma offered this pearl of wisdom in his initial contribution QUOTE ..

I didn't know Weston was a medical doctor. Look I realize I pretend to have a lot of opinions on things, so here is another one. I know medical doctor students from university, the people they marry and the friends they like to associate with. My experience has been that these are stupidest of all the sheople academics I have met. They're the worst of everything that is wrong with academia. They accept ANYTHING from ANYTHING which appears to be authority, and will reject anything else even if it could save their life...these people are like automatons...they're the hipster idiots who flip open their iPhone to Wikipedia and literally parrot what they read when you ask them a question that doesn't fit in to their world view. This represents the pinnacle of "rational thought" for them .. UNQUOTE.


TO BE UPDATED

31) The activities involving AIAS members and outside parties warrants further consideration and are addressed in "PSI and AIAS Affiliation Section 3.0 AIAS and other Affiliations" (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/psi-and-aias-affiliation.html).


32) It appears that John O'Sullivan's wife had accompanied John and Hans Schreuder (Section 3.3) to an event in South Devon on 7th November 2011. Apparently at the suggestion of PSI Compliance Officer Philip Foster (Section 3.8) John and Hans were invited by the meeting organiser Ian Phillips to give presentations during "The debate about the proposed Luscombe Cross wind turbines" (http://harbertonford.org/index.php/Chat/WindTurbines2011).

Understandably author of that article, CACC supporter Tim Padfield, who mistakenly believed that John and Hans are " .. two heavy guns of the global warming war .. ", was unimpressed by what they had to say. On the other hand meeting organiser Ian Phillips appears to have mistakenly believed that John is a lawyer. According to John's wife she first heard of John being a successful litigator and that he had a law degree when Ian Phillips told the people attending the meeting what his claimed credentials were.

John's wife said that " .. When John and I returned .. I called him out on how he mislead everyone especially Ian Phillips on his true credentials. I said to John .. you and I both know you don't have a law degree. John .. said oh yes I do would you like see .. went in the other room came back with .. what appeared to be diploma from Hill University .. ".

34) It is noticeable that the “Why PSI Operates as a Private Association” web-page no longer declares in the final sentence following PSI member biographies " .. Nonetheless, as advocates of transparency and accountability in science we are proud to list biographies of a selection of our valued members .. ”. That "bottom line" declaration is no longer made (http://principia-scientific.org/about/why-psi-is-a-private-assoc.html), the sentence being removed some time between 23rd Nov. 2012 and 2013-04-28, however, the original statement remains on the Internet thanks to it being quoted on 15th Sept. 2012 (http://forum.warrington-worldwide.co.uk/index.php?/topic/9043-why-do-we-burn-our-food/).  Once an item appears on the Internet it is very hard to eradicate.

Taking into consideration the questions about PSI membership raised in Section 4.0 “Over-ambitious and questionable Membership Claims” some "transparency and accountability" regarding the actual PSI membership might be beneficial. A full list of the currently claimed 200+ members and the extent of their voluntary donations would be helpful. After all, the PSI Web-site still declares that " .. Transparency is as important to PSI as it was to Karl Popper .. " (http://principia-scientific.org/about/principles-of-association.html).

35) I have been unable to find any evidence that PSI Acumen Ltd. director John O'Sullivan has previously held such a post. The Certificate of Registration describes him as "retired", a status that he referred to in Jan. 2010 (see Appendix A, Note 1) but my understanding is that he has been unemployed rather than retired.

In March 2010 while living in Wales he appears to have been actively seeking employment as a journalist (see section 3.2 and "Curriculum Vitae for John O'Sullivan (2010)" Note 1 - http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/curriculum-vitae-for-john-osullivan-2010.html).

At that time he also said " .. I earn from site traffic plus add revenues. Frankly, I need to make some income for all my efforts .. " and more recently (2nd Jan. 2011) " .. Personally, I have no time to not earn a living .. " (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/psi-due-diligence-20102011-selected-e.html).

36) The “Companies in the UK” web-site has some interesting things to say about PSI Acumen Ltd’s impressive “Proposed Register Office Address” of Penhurst House, 352-356 Battersea Park Road, London, England (see also Appendix A, Note 36) “ .. (817 companies also use this postcode, this is probably a mail forwarding service address) .. ” (e.g. see http://www.companiesintheuk.co.uk/ltd/saplabs-uk). A Web-search for - "PENHURST HOUSE" "LONDON" "ENGLAND" "SW11 3BY" – brings up page after page after page of those companies.

The Penhurst House, which PSI Acumen Ltd. appears to be using as its registered business address, is the location of Penhust House Business Centre. It is operated by the Penhurst Group (http://www.penhursthouse.co.uk/about/) and offers office space (3-month license rental), meeting facilities and “virtual Offices” (http://www.penhursthouse.co.uk/business-centre/).

37) On 24th March 2000 a new private limited company "WEBANGLIA.COM LIMITED. was registered under the UK's Companies Act 1985, Company No. 3955750, the proposed registered address being John O'Sullivan's home in Lowestoft, Suffolk.  The " .. First directors and secretary .. " were named as a solicitor and a trainee solicitor, both giving their address as that of Nicholsons Solicitors in Lowestoft (http://www.nicholsons-uk.com/practice-areas/corporate-commercial). These two resigned 2 weeks later. The Annual Returns for 2001, 2002 and 2003 show the Registered Address as John's home in Lowestoft and the Financial Returns for 2000/1 and 2001/2 show a declining position.  The Companies House " .. Current Appointments Report Created: 01/04/2013 .. " states that on 4th April 2000 John Anthony O'Sullivan was appointed Director and his second wife Barbara Jean O'Sullivan was appointed Secretary. It also states that on 21st Dec. 2004 the company was " .. STRUCK OFF AND DISSOLVED .. ".

A GAZ1 warning notice had been sent to the Registered Office on 7th Sept. 2004 advising that " .. unless cause is shown to the contrary, at the expiration of three months from the above date the name of WEBANGLIACOM LIMITED will be struck off the register and the company will be dissolved .. ". The GAZ2 "DISSOLVED" notice states that " .. This company was struck off .. on 14th DECEMBER 2004 and dissolved by notice in the London Gazette dated 21st DECEMBER 2004 .. ".

Further details about this company are provided in "SpotlightON - PSI Acumen Ltd. (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/spotlighton-psi-acumen-ltd.html).

38) John O'Sullivan, owner of PSI Acumen Ltd. (of which PSI is now a "subsidiary" - see Section 7.6) has made accusations of dishonesty and irrationality against others with whom he disagrees, including Andrew Skolnick and me. Examples are in E-mails sent on:
- 22 Jul 2013 to Tom Harris “ .. Mr. Peter Ridley .. a liar and fraudster .. a reputation as a sociopathic cyberstalker who relies on fake or dubious evidence to try to malign those he dislikes .. ”
- 29 Apr 2013 to Dr. Habibullo Abdussamatov, Avril Terri Jackson and me on “ .. Mr Ridley is a liar and a demented fraud .. Ridley is untrustworthy .. well known in the  English speaking blogosphere as a deranged crank .. writing lies about PSI for two years .. ”
(both of those E-mails appear in the "PSI Acumen Ltd. DUE Diligence - Selected E-mails" post at http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/psi-acumen-ltd-due-diligence-selected-e.html).
- 05 December 2012 to Dr. Vincent Gray " .. Ridley and Skolnick are well known compulsive liars and smear merchants .. " (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/selected-e-mails-with-slayerspsi.html),
- 25 Apr. 2012 to " .. Ridley, You are a proven liar and a con artist who spends his life trawling the gutter looking for dirt. You and your partner in crime Skolnick are a joke. No wonder nobody takes you seriously .. " (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/professor-judith-curry-threatened-with.html).
- 8 Dec 2011 " .. Peter, Skolnick’s .. a compulsive liar and I'm delighted that you've pitched in with him. You are two peas from the same pod .. " (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/selected-e-mails-with-slayerspsi.html).

It is left to others to form their own opinions about who amongst us are the liars, fraudsters, sociopaths and deranged cranks who rely on fake or dubious evidence - but first they should read the relevant posts on this blog (see also Notes 21, 22 and 23).

39) Tom Harris has never been named as a PSI member but is a close associate of fellow-Canadian Dr, Tim Ball, PSI's ex-"Chairman" and has co-authored several articles with him. One of these is "2013: THE YEAR TO STRIKE A BLOW AGAINST CLIMATE ALARMISM" (http://principia-scientific.org/supportnews/latest-news/104-2013-the-year-to-strike-a-blow-against-climate-alarmism.html) which appeared several days earlier in other blogs (e.g. see http://pjmedia.com/blog/2013-climate-alarmism/?singlepage=true).

40) I worked as an instrument engineer on the UK’s  Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile “Blue Streak” between 1958-61 at the Spadeadam Rocket Establishment but that does not make me a space scientist.


This is what appeared on the PSI web-page at 29th August 2013

QUOTE: .. 

Discipline and Termination

Occasionally PSI's positive and supportive environment may be disrupted by the actions of one of its members. Often when the disruption continues, the association suffers and the positive, intellectually edifying environment disappears. Members’ open interaction and positive exchange of ideas is slowed, perhaps even tainted. Some members may even drop out. When this happens, PSI senior members may wish to take action. First, the CEO, and/or other members of the senior team should discuss the problem privately with the disruptive member and encourage him or her to help maintain PSI's positive atmosphere. The senior team should try to rectify the situation before taking steps to discipline or terminate the membership of a member. If the member’s behavior doesn’t improve, a vote may be called among senior members who may wish to ask the person to resign or to proceed with disciplinary action, including terminating the person’s membership. This procedure can be handled by either the CEO and at least one other senior team member (a holder of an officially designated position) or by the entire PSI membership. The senior team members dealing with the matter may determine, by majority vote, whether the disciplinary procedure will take place at senior member level or by vote at ordinary membership level. A member dismissed from PSI has no right of appeal and PSI reserves the right the remove any and all of an published material on the website authored by, or relating to, the terminated member. If the terminated member is a paid subscriber he/she forfeits any right to claim reimbursement on any subscriptions already paid .. ".

UNQUOTE


The reason for that final sentence could relate to what is discussed in Section 7.2 "Income".

42) On 31st Jan. 2010 John O'Sullivan made some self-aggrandising claims about his achievements (http://noconsensus.wordpress.com/2010/01/29/deep-black-hide-the-decline/#comment-19731) but other interpretations are more plausible, for example:


- " .. I am especially happy to take on anyone in any court room at any time on any issue of law - tis what I do best .. Am I licensed to practice law in the US or UK? No, sir- self taught and proud! I think that makes my achievements even more extraordinary, don’t you? .. ” could be summarised as "I consider myself to be invincible".


- " .. I’m just some Brit with a brain who can go live with his American wife in her country and kick ass big time around a courtroom .. " could perhaps more correctly be stated as "I’m just some Brit who went to New York State to marry an American and live with her in her country for a year (1998) after which I returned to the UK and assisted her from the UK as she pursued her pro se case against her previous employer".


- " .. I have litigated personally or assisted others in pro se litigation at every level of court there is in New
York State as well as Federal level, for over a decade and never lost .. " might more accurately be stated as "From my home in the UK I have assisted my wife and one other person with their pro se litigation in the USA. My wife's claim was dismissed and the other was settled for health reasons". (see also John O'Sullivan's response to E-mail exchanges during Sept. 2011 when he said " .. Thomas Neveu, will gladly vouch for me. I recently achieved for Mr. Neveu the favorable outcome he sought .. " (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/selected-e-mails-with-slayerspsi.html).
John O'Sullivan acknowledged that he is not licensed to practice law in the US or UK and is self taught, He may have given Mr Neveu unpaid legal advice from the UK however there is no official record of John O'Sullivan being involved in the case. The "STIPULATION OF VOLUNTARY DISMISSAL WITH PREJUDICE AND ORDER" clearly shows on Page 3 that Mr Neveu acted Pro Se and makes repeated reference on Page 2 to Mr Neveu's health issues (http://docs.justia.com/cases/federal/district-courts/nevada/nvdce/2:2010cv01674/76457/42/0.pdf?1317119788).

- " .. I am a retired academic .. " is perhaps more plausibly stated as "In 2004 I lost my job as a UK East Anglia high school supply teacher of Art as a result of allegations made by a 16-year old girl that my step-daughter had befriended at school" (see John O'Sullivan's E_mail of 12th Dec 2011, paras 3-6 - http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/selected-e-mails-with-slayerspsi.html).

- " .. in criminal court back in the UK .. I wiped the floor with the Crown Prosecution Service .. I won by a canter- acquitted on all counts .. " could alternatively be interpreted as "I ambushed the prosecuting counsel's case by getting my step-daughter to fly from the USA give evidence on the final day of the hearing that she sent most of the text messages. I was acquitted because the magistrates were not convinced beyond reasonable doubt that I was guilty of the charges".

- " .. it made the national news, too! .. ” could be stated more correctly as "The case was reported in both Regional and National newspapers under heading such as:-
Girl 'Snares sex-pest teacher by txf msg' - (National paper the Daily Express Saturday February 28 2004),
SIR CLEARED OF SEX TXTS - (National paper the The Mirror Feb 28, 2004 - see also http://www.thefreelibrary.com/SIR+CLEARED+OF+SEX+TXTS.-a0113713467)
GIRL 'TEC NICKS TXT PEST SIR - (National paper the Daily Star Saturday February 28, 2004 )
Teacher cleared of sending lewd texts to girl, 16 - (Regional paper the Beccles and Bungay Journal Friday, March 5, 2004)
Teacher cleared over lewd material - (Regional paper The Journal Friday, March 5, 2004)"

All of those National and local newspaper articles can be viewed at the British Library Newspapers, Collindale Avenue, London, NW9 5HE

John O'Sullivan offered his own questionable summary of that part of his chequered past in his 7th Nov. 2012 rant “Huffington Post and their Lies about John O’Sullivan” (http://johnosullivan.wordpress.com/2012/11/07/huffington-post-and-their-lies-about-john-osullivan/).

43) Bevan Dockery's article and related matters are being discussed by Drs. Weston Allen, Jack Barrett, Roy Spencer, Jinan Cao, Robert G Brown, along with Roger Taguchi, who all reject the conclusion drawn by Bevan Dockery that - Greenhouse Gases' COOL the Earth. Discussions are on-going (@ 24th Sept. 2013) with over 100 E-mails so far, selected ones being available in the article "SpotlightON - Greenhouse Gases' COOL the Earth" (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/spotlighton-greenhouse-gases-cool-earth.html).

During these discussions Bevan Dockery was asked regarding any publications that might reveal details of his career achievements " .. if you’d be good enough to provide a hint about what else I should look for .. ". Nothing significant has yet been offered.

44) A Kirk Myers opined that there is a " .. climate expert Alberto Miatello .. " (http://iceagenow.info/2013/05/australian-astronaut-phil-chapman-predicted-mini-ice-age/#comment-122419. The words "climate expert" are frequently used to describe PSI blogging members. This is clearly shown in various quotes presented in this article, e.g. the claim that the blogging group's book "Slaying the Sky Dragon" was written by “ .. 22 international climate experts and authors .. ” but there is a dearth of sound evidence to support such a description. There is a Kirk Myers (http://www.examiner.com/user-myers2) who sounds very like the one who considers that Roberto Miatello is a climate expert. Articles by this Kirk Myers were at one time being promoted by Robert Felix, a close associate of the PSI blogging group's "Chief Financial Officer" Hans Schreuder (see sub-section 3.3 Co-Founder and "CFO" Johannes Cornelis Schreuder) so perhaps they are one and the same.

45) The Mann v Ball et al defamation action documentation includes a 12th Feb. 2013 "Response to amended amended notice of civil claim" in the Supreme Court of British Columbia action VLC-S-S0111913 between plaintiff Michael Mann and defendants Tim Ball, The Frontier Centre for Public Policy Inc and John Doe. This "response" document makes reference in Clauses 35 to 47 to two articles (http://johnosullivan.livejournal.com/2011/03/11/ and http://johnosullivan.livejournal.com/34430.html) in which the PSI blogging group's "CEO and Legal Consultant" John O'Sullivan offers his layman's legal analysis of the case. It also refers to and an "interview" of Tim Ball by John o'Sullivan which was posted on Anthony watts's blog (http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/04/08/help-asked-for-dr-tim-ball-in-legal-battle-with-dr-mann/). These articles are provided in Annexures B, C & D of the attached "response".

This “response” includes QUOTE:
 .. 30. .. Defendant Ball does not waive solicitor-client privilege over any communications which have taken place between himself and John o'Sullivan .. 31. In or about February 2011 defendant Ball entered into a contract whereby John O'Sullivan provided legal services pro bono for Ball .. 32. On or about April 26 2011, the defendant Ball entered into a contract for legal services with John O'Sullivan and started receiving legal fees. 33. The defendant all does not waive privilege over these contracts for legal services in this action. 34. All communications which took place between the defendant Ball and John O'Sullivan or Pearlman Lindholm and John O'Sullivan are privileged communications .. UNQUOTE.

In his E-mail to Rupert Wyndham and Fred Singer on 26th April 2012 Tim Ball said of John O'Sullivan " .. though he provided commentary he never acted as legal counsel .. " (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/professor-judith-curry-threatened-with.html). That claim appears to conflict with what is said in the "response”amended amended notice of civil claim" in the Supreme Court of British Columbia action VLC-S-S0111913 between plaintiff Michael Mann and defendants Tim Ball, The Frontier Centre for Public Policy Inc and John Doe. On the other hand some of the statements in this "response" appear to substantiate John O'Sullivan's claim to have " .. acted as consultant to, and is a close colleague of, Canada’s most prominent climatologist, Dr, Tim Ball, who is currently defending libel suits in the British Columbia Supreme Court against fellow climate researchers, Dr. Michael Mann and Dr. Andrew Weaver .. " (http://johnosullivan.wordpress.com/about/).

46) On 1st Nov. 2012 Dr. Myron Evans posted an item on his blog "Final Version of Article by John O’Sullivan .. This is a fine article which I am forwarding and posting to the blog" (https://drmyronevans.wordpress.com/2012/11/01/final-version-of-article-by-john-osullivan/). Dr Evans include a link to an article "FIRST DRAFT (for senior team approval): PSI’S HALLOWE’EN PARTY MARKS EPIC WEEK OF SUCCESS (ArticleannouncingManndefeatPostmapaperandEVANSnewmembers.doc) which said QUOTE: ..

It’s been an extraordinary week for PSI both in the news and behind the scenes. A dramatic twist in a high profile lawsuit, the publication of a new paper set to trigger a scientific paradigm shift, plus a membership surge bringing eminent scientists into the fold - including one Nobel Science Prize nominee.

The biggest media story concerns developments in the Climategate scandal involving disgraced Penn. State University researcher, Dr. Michael Mann and our very own chairman, Dr. Timothy Ball. It seems Ball is on the brink of a sensational courtroom victory over Mann, who first stole onto the world stage thanks to his ‘hockey stick’ graph trumpeted across the world in 2001 by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Mann’s graph was widely cited as the smoking gun proving catastrophic man-made global warming.

Temperatures boiled over when Ball fearlessly declared that Mann belongs “in the state pen, not Penn. State.” That quip incensed the think-skinned Mann into filing a libel suit against Ball in the British Columbia Supreme Court, Canada.

Hard to believe that was almost 18 months ago! But now the tables have turned and last Friday Mann was exposed for the crime of perjury. It transpired that he lied when making sworn statements under oath that he was a co-winner of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize alongside former Vice President, Al Gore and the UN’s IPCC.

PSI’s own Tom Richard snatched this incredible scoop after contacting the Nobel Committee about this last week. The Committee, in no uncertain terms, confirmed Mann had lied. According to legal analysts, Mann now faces the ignominy of not only having his U.S. and Canadian libel claims thrown out by the courts, but he also faces criminal prosecution for perjury and a full misconduct investigation by the US National Science Foundation.

Upon Mann’s ultimate demise Ball is hoping to use the opportunity to draw wider public attention to a crucial scientific breakthrough by PSI colleague, Joseph E. Postma. Postma’s latest peer-reviewed paper published this week is a comprehensive debunk of the fabled greenhouse gas theory, the scientific cornerstone of global warming fear mongering. 

It’s no wonder that in the wake of these developments there has been a surge in interest in PSI. We’ve seen a sudden and most welcome influx of new members mainly from the Unified Physics Institute of Technology (UPITEC) and the Alpha Institute for Advanced Studies. No less than fourteen of the fresh recruits appear in 'Who's Who,’ with the most notable figure among them being Welshman Professor Myron Evans, a Nobel Science Prize nominee. Professor Evans is a world leader in the search for a unified theory of physics after proposing the Einstein–Cartan–Evans theory. PSI researchers plan to assist Professor Evans and his colleagues in their endeavors in this field. So watch this space for more exciting developments .. 

UNQUOTE.

What Dr. Evans referred to as "a fine article" appears not to have been so fine after all. 6 days later Dr. Evans declared "“ .. We did our due diligence and decided not to join PSI .. ” (see sub-section 4.2 Alpha Institute of Advanced Studies). Five months later Dr. Ball had withdrawn as PSI Chairman (see sub-section 3.1.1 Co-Founder and EX-"Chairman" Dr. Timothy Francis Ball). On top of that, over one year on (at 7th Dec 2013) the Mann v Ball defamation case continues.

47) That 17th Janury 2011 appeal " .. to raise £15,000 from donors to get this much-needed venture off the ground. Once we have the start up funds we can become fully incoporated as a legally administered 'not for profit.' Then PSI can act quickly to offer the full range of services subscribers expect from any reputable professional association .. " (http://www.gofundme.com/1v39scontinues. Nearly 3 years on only £450 has been raised and the nearest that PSI has come to being " .. registered as a charitable association in the U.S. (as per Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code) and chartered  to operate as a 'not for profit' under the rules of the UK's Community Interest Company (CIC) .. " is to have been declared a " .. a not-for-profit community interest subsidiary of PSI Acumen Ltd .. " (see footnote on http://www.principia-scientific.org/ and other PSI web-pages). For more information on PSI's "owner" see "SpotlightON -  Acumen Ltd" (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/spotlighton-psi-acumen-ltd.html).

48) John O'Sullivan's claim in numerous Internet profiles (see FOOTNOTE) that he " .. is Google’s most read writer on the greenhouse gas theory .. " appears to derive from a Google search that he made in July 2010. In an E-mail to Piers Corbyn (of WeatherAction fame)  he said " .. having just run a UK Google search for 'greenhouse gas theory' my articles are currently filling 8 of the top 12 spots .. " (https://health.groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/co2isplantfood/conversations/topics/277 and elsewhere).

PSI co-founder Joe Olson's commented " .. you've 8 of 10 on page one....then several on page two...majority of page three....i'd say....you're kicking google butt my good man ! ! ! .. " to which John O'Sullivan responded " .. Thanks, Joe. I'm unashamedly exploiting my current good fortune in riding so high in the popularity rankings. In addition to what you have evidenced yourself on Google, I can add that yesterday I attained the exalted No.1 spot on Google's listings knocking Wikipedia off their perch for at least one day .. " !!!!   

FOOTNOTE:
http://p2pfoundation.net/User:Johnosullivan
https://www.blogger.com/profile/04719257903632828427
http://archive.is/5eV2
http://www.osullivanclan.com/halloffamegalleryiv.html
http://en.gravatar.com/johnosullivan
https://twitter.com/PSI_Intl

TO BE UPDATED
 
49) It appeared in May 2013 that if John O'Sullivan's appeal to his "dear friends" for funds failed then the operations centre for his PSI blogging group and for his new company PSI Acumen Ltd. would be repossessed by his mortgage lender in July 2013 (according to a copy of what appears to be a Norwich County Court Warrant B7042866 dated 7th June 2013). In these circumstances the "Slayers"/PSI blogging group might have been discontinued.

The outcome was that the property was sold in January 2014 but there is no clear indication of the location from which John O'Sullivan is now running his blogging group PSI.  He claims that PSI is a subsidiary of his UK company PSI Acumen Ltd. and according to the records at Companies House the Registered Office of PSI's owner, John O'Sullivan's PSI Acumen Ltd. was changed in July 2013 to the address of the residential property that he owned at that time but has since sold.

His "gofundme" appeal for charitable donations was initiated on 17th January 2011 and gives the misleading impression that PSI is one of " .. DELHI, NY Non-Profits and Charities " (http://www.gofundme.com/1v39s). It also claims that " .. Once obtaining the necessary start up funds PSI will become registered as a charitable association in the U.S. (as per Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code) and chartered to operate as a 'not for profit' under the rules of the UK's Community Interest Company (CIC) initiative .. ". Over 3 years later neither PSIA nor its "subsidiary PSI are registered in either the UK or USA as a "not for profit".

Despite this, adding further to the confusion the PSI web-pages make the misleading claim that " .. Principia Scientific International (PSI) is a not-for-profit community interest subsidiary of PSI Acumen Ltd. Registered Office: Penhurst House, 352-356 Battersea Park Road, London, England, SW11 3BY .. ". 

It seems that the PSI Acumen Ltd. web-site, with all of the questionable claims made about its structure and capabilities, have now been removed from the Internet. If anyone knows from where the PSI blogging group and its owner are now operating then please advise.

As more information comes to light about the current status of PSI and its owner PSI Acumen Ltd. further details will be posted here or on the article "SpotlightON - PSI Acumen Ltd." and the related post "PSI Acumen Ltd. DUE Diligence - Selected E-mails" (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/psi-acumen-ltd-due-diligence-selected-e.html).


50) Blog articles by Doug Cotton (he insists in referring to them as "papers") which have been posted on the PSI blog are:
- 10th May 2013 "ROY SPENCER STILL GETS HIS PHYSICS IN A MUDDLE" (http://www.principia-scientific.org/roy-spencer-still-gets-his-physics-in-a-muddle.html) to which had been added " .. * Editor's note: These statements form part of the paper, "Planetary Core and Surface Temperatures" submitted by Mr Cotton under PROM peer review. As such, they do not necessarily represent the considered view of PSI's senior science team".
- 30th April 2013 "The Old Wives' Tales of Climatology" (http://www.principia-scientific.org/the-old-wives-tales-of-climatology.html),

- 23rd March 2013 "Roy Spencer's Misunderstood Misunderstanding and the $100,000,000,000 Question" (http://www.principia-scientific.org/roy-spencer-s-misunderstood-misunderstanding-and-the-100-000-000-000-question.html),
- 4th Feb. 2013 "Who are the 'Peers' who Review?" (http://www.principia-scientific.org/who-are-the-peers-who-review.html) - a question reasonable asked of the PSI blog's "Peer Review in Open Media".
- 12th Jan 2013 "The 21st Century New Paradigm Shift in Climate Change Science" (http://www.principia-scientific.org/the-21st-century-new-paradigm-shift-in-climate-change-science.html),
- 14th Dec. 2012 "Planetary Surface Temperatures A Discussion of Alternative Mechanisms" (Reference 4 in http://www.principia-scientific.org/un-leak-climate-science-in-disarray-on-human-emissions-impact.html,
- 12th March 2012 "Radiated Energy and the Second Law of Thermodynamics" (http://www.principia-scientific.org/publications/psi_radiated_energy.pdf),

Many of these blog articles link to his PSI blog article "Planetary Core and Surface Temperatures" to which he referred in February 2013 as " .. this ground-breaking paper .. " (http://notrickszone.com/2013/02/16/conclusive-study-most-scientists-have-serious-doubts-about-the-claimed-extent-of-man-made-global-warming/#comment-388302). That link to his blog article now leads up a blind alley, perhaps reflecting the content of the blog article itself.

It is noticeable that the PSI blog appears to have posted no more of Doug Cotton's articles since May 2013. Perhaps this has something to do with him having been banned from the PSI blog - see the 5th Feb. 2014 comment by blog administrator Sunsettommy (PSI web-master Thomas Richard perhaps? - see sub-section 3.9) at http://www.principia-scientific.org/our-template-letter-to-deluded-global-warming-journalists.html.

51) Doug Cotton trolled the Internet with his hypotheses, including one concerning what he refers to as the "gravitationally induced thermal gradient", getting himself banned from numerous sites (eventually even the PSI blog):
- July 2013 http://claesjohnson.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/the-fabrication-of-co2-alarmism-decoded_19.html
- June 2013 http://climatesanity.wordpress.com/2013/04/06/computer-simulations-said-yes-reality-said-no/
- May 2013 http://wmbriggs.com/blog/?p=8061
- Feb. 2013 http://www.drroyspencer.com/2013/02/apparent-reason-for-january-2013-tropospheric-warmth/
- etc. etc. etc.

Many of Doug Cotton's comments on these blogs provided a link to what he referred to in February 2013 as " .. this ground-breaking paper .. " (http://notrickszone.com/2013/02/16/conclusive-study-most-scientists-have-serious-doubts-about-the-claimed-extent-of-man-made-global-warming/#comment-388302), i.e. his "blind alley" article (Note 50).

52) False names used by Doug Cotton on blogs from which he has been banned include “Physics-O-Climate”, “Climate_Science_Researcher”, "Visiting scientist", "newclimatechangetheory and "DJC" 

53) Thomas Richard's claim in June 2010 to have run the Climate Change Fraud blog " .. a one-man show created and maintained by myself .. " seems to conflict somewhat with events that followed only three months later. On 27th September 2010 a Copyright Infringement claim was made by Righthaven LLC against Climate Change Fraud, Thomas Neveu and Thomas Richard. In that claim Climate Change Fraud was referred to as " .. an entity of unknown origin and nature .. " but the complaint was made " .. against Thomas Neveu (“Mr.Neveu”), Thomas Richard (“Mr. Richard”), and Climate Change Fraud (collectively with Mr.Neveu and Mr. Richard known herein as the “Defendants”) .. " (http://www.scribd.com/doc/38311922/Complaint-Right-Haven). A counterclaim was made by Thomas Neveu but on 25th Sept 2011 the case was voluntarily dismissed (http://dockets.justia.com/docket/nevada/nvdce/2:2010cv01674/76457/).

See also Appendix A, Note 5).

54) The claim that " .. John O'Sullivan .. taught and lectured for over twenty years at schools and colleges in the east of England before moving to the United States .. " conflicts with information provided in "Curriculum Vitae for John O'Sullivan (2010)" http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/curriculum-vitae-for-john-osullivan-2010.html).  According to his CV John O'Sullivan obtained his Art degree in 1984 and his teaching certificate later. 20 years teaching in the UK from 1985 goes up to 2004, however, John O'Sullivan appears to have moved to the USA in 1998 and returned in 1999 (see the section "Education" and the associated Notes 2 and 2a).


55) On 22nd March John O'Sullivan posted on his blog an article "Newly-released Letters Expose Aussie Govt Minister in Climate Fraud" referring to Australia's Environment Minister Greg Hunt and quoting a disrespectful letter sent by PSI member Malcolm Roberts to the minister and associates. This article inspired ex-PSI member Doug Cotton to send his own letters to Greg Hunt. Consequently I sent an E-mail to Greg Hunt and associates trying to provide some balance. My letter is available in my article - SpotlightON - " .. Aussie Govt Minister in Climate Fraud .. " ???- (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/spotlighton-aussie-govt-minister-in.html). 

APPENDIX B - UPDATE RECORD


2012-07-03 Section "2.1 PSI’s CEO and Legal Consultant John O’Sullivan" added
2012-07-08 Section 2.1 title changed. Text added to Section 2.1.2. Sections 2.2 - 2,10 titles changed.
2012-07-09 Added 5th paragraph to Appendix A Note 1.
2012-07-11 Sections 2.1.1 and 2.1.2 updated
2012-07-15 Thomas Richard added to the named founding members. Added sections 2.11 (now 3.9 *) Thomas Richard, 2.12 (now 3.10 *) Terry Avril Jackson and 2.13 (now 3.11 *) Malcolm Roberts. Updated Section 2.5 on Joe Olson. * - at 2012-10-27.
2012-08-22 Changed the original Appendix A Note 2 to Note 3 and added a new Note 2 (see also the corresponding update to - "PSI and DUE Diligence" 2010/2011 - Selected E-mails
(http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/psi-due-diligence-20102011-selected-e.html)
2012-08-23 added further information to Section 2.12
2012-09-06 added links to "Section 2.2 PSI Co-Founder and CEO Mr John O'Sullivan"
2012-09-29 restructured Sections " and 3.
2012-10-27 and 31 Updated the update made on 15th July, information added to Section 3.9 Thomas Richard.and Notes 4 and 5 added to Appendix A.
2012_11_01 Updated Section 3.8 Co-Founder and Compliance Officer Rev. Philip Foster.
2012-12-03 Updated Section 3 and sub-sections Sections 3.1 "Co-Founder and Chairman" (Professor Tim Ball), 3.2, "Co-Founder and CEO (Mr. John O'Sullivan), 3.3 "Co-Founder and CFO" (Mr Johannes Cornelis Schreuder), 3.4 "Co-Founder and Director Mr Joseph Olson"  and 3.12 "Friend of PSI" Professor Oliver Manuel). 
2012-12-11 Notes 7 and 8 added to Appendix A and reference to them made in paragraph 8 of Section 2.1.1 "Preparing for the Launch".
2012-12-12 and 14 Sections 3 "PSI Members" and 3.2 "Co-Founder and CEO John O'Sullivan" and Appendix A extended. Added Section 3.14 “Misleading Membership Claims” and Appendix A Note 9. 
2012-12-17 and 18 Extended Sections 3.2 "Co-Founder and CEO John O'Sullivan", 3.3 "Co-Founder and CFO Hans Schreuder", 3.4 "Co-Founder and Director Mr Joseph Olson" and 4.0 "Over-ambitious and Misleading Membership Claims" and added Notes 10) and 11) to Appendix A.
2012-12-20 Updated Section 3.13 "Friend of PSI Professor Claes Johnson"
2012-12-24  Section 3.14 "Overambitious and Misleading Membership Claims" moved to Section 4, extended. New Section 3.17 Friend of PSI Piers Corbyn started and added Appendix Note 12.
2013-01-07 Added Section 3.12 Member Joseph E Postma, 3.13 PSI's Senior Specialist for Engineering  Dr. Pierre Latour and a further update to Section 3.16 "Friend of PSI Professor Claes Johnson" (previously Section 3.13)
2013-01-09 Updated Section 3.17 "Friend of PSI Piers Corbyn", Section 4.3 "Piers Corbyn of Weather Action" and added Appendix A Notes 13, 14 and 15 in response to a comment on the blog of Joanne Nova (http://joannenova.com.au/2012/10/a-discussion-of-the-slaying-the-sky-dragon-science-is-the-greenhouse-effect-a-sky-dragon-myth/#comment-1219645).
2013-01-13 Updated Section 3.1 Co-Founder and Chairman Dr. Timothy Francis Ball and and added Notes 16 and 17 to Appendix A.
2013-01-26 Updated Section 3.3 Co-Founder and CFO Hans Schreuder and added Note 18 to Appendix A.
2013-01-27 Updated Section 3.4 Co-Founder and Director Mr Joseph Olson and added Note 19 to Appendix A. Also added quote to the beginning of Section 3.0 PSI's Members
2013-01-28 Inserted  Section 3.14 Member Douglas Jeffrey Cotton and on 30th
2013-01-30 Updated sections 3.2 Co-Founder and CEO John O'Sullivan (and associated appendix A, Note 9), 3.14 Member Douglas Jeffrey Cotton and Section 4.1 Membership Claims.
Added sections 3.18 Ex-PSI Member? Alan Caruba, 3.19 PSI Member Dr. Klaus L. E. Kaiser, 3.20 PSI Member Bryan Leyland, Note 20 and started Section 5.0 Peer Review in Open Media (PROM).
2013-02-01 Updated Section 3.18 Ex-PSI Member? Alan Caruba and added Appendix A, Note 21
2013-02-04 Added Appendix A, Note 26 on "Slaying the Sky Dragon .. "
2013-02-05 Added Section 3.21 PSI Member Peter F. Gill
2013-02-07 Extended Appendix A, Note 19 and made reference to it in Section 3.2 Co-Founder and CEO John O'Sullivan. Updated Sections 3.10 Recruitment Officer Terri Avril Jackson, 3.21 PSI Member Peter F. Gill and added Appendix A Notes 24, 25 and 26.
2013-02-12 to 15 Updated Section 3.10, added Appendix A, Notes 24f), 24g) and 24h) and updated 24a) and referred to them in Sections 3.10 "Recruitment Officer Terri Avril Jackson" and 3.21 "PSI Member Peter F. Gill". Updated Section 5.0 Peer Review in Open Media (PROM).
2013-02-16 to 22 Updated Section 3.12 "PSI Senior Fellow Joseph E Postma", Appendix A, Note 20) on Bryan Leyland, Note 26) on "Slaying the Sky Dragon".Added Sections 4.4 "Dr. Nasif S. Nahle of Biology Cabinet", 6.0 "Why PSI - A Case Study", 7.0 "Financial Aspects", Note 27) on remuneration, Note 28) on Kent Clizbe and Note 29) on the origins of the "Slayers" group.
2013-02-25 to 28 Added a new opening paragraph to Section 3.0. 4.2 "Alpha Institute of Advanced Studies" clarifying the misleading claims made about AIAS members being members of PSI and John O'Sullivan's exaggerated claims about teaching and practising Law.
2013-03-01 Updated Sections 3.2 "Co-founder and CEO John O'Sullivan" regarding his 2010 CV, and added Appendix A, Note 32). Updated Appendix A, Note 31) regarding AIAS affiliations with other orgnisations 
2013-03-10 Updated Section 2.1 "The Vision". Moved sections 3.16 (Dr. Claes Johnson) and 3.17 (Piers Corbyn) to Section 4 "Over-ambitious and Questionable Membership Claims (4.5 and 4.3 respectively). Changed 3.18 - 3.21 to 3.16 - 3.19. Added Section 4.6 "Dr. Matthias Kleesbies".
2013-03-15  Updated Section 3.1 "Co-founder and Chairman Dr. Timothy Francis Ball", Section 4.0 "Overambitious and Questionable Membership Claims" and Section 7.0 "Financial Aspects and Governance" and Appendix A Note 27.
2013-03-16 to 23 Added and updated Section 7.6 "Governance", including the recent incorporation (4th March 2013) of PSI ACUMEN Ltd as a PRIVATE LIMITED COMPANY with John O'Sullivan as one of its two directors. Extended the article heading and Section 7.0 "Financial and Governance Aspects" to include the new "parent company" PSI Acumen Ltd. swapped Sections 7.6.1 and 7.6.2, updated 7.6.2, added PSI Acumen "Certificate of Incorporation" information to Section 7.6 Governance, added Section 7.6.3 PSI Acumen Ltd. - Shareholders/Directors. 2013-04-03 Added an item in Section 7.6.3 "PSI Acumen Ltd. - Shareholders/Directors - John Anthony O'Sullivan" and in Appendix A, Note 37 concerning WEBANGLIA.COM LIMITED. Details behind this summary will be provided in a new article SpotlightON - PSI Acumen Ltd. to be posted shortly.
2013-04-05 to 07 Updated Section 3.11 Member Malcolm Roberts.
2013-04-11 to 13 Added an item to Section 3.2 Co-Founder and CEO John O'Sullivan regarding comments in Jan. 2010 by Steve Mennie (see Para. 7) and comments about his business venture WEBANGLIA into Para 11, 12 and 13. Added a new second paragraph to Section 3.1 Co-Founder and Chairman Dr. Timothy Francis Ball, a new final sentence to 7.6.3 PSI Acumen Ltd.- Shareholders/Directors, an item to Section 7.6.3.2 Walter James O'Brien and updated Section 7.0.
2013-04-17 Updated Section 3.1 "Co-Founder and EX-Chairman Dr. Timothy Francis Ball" to reflect the recent replacement of Dr. Ball as Chairman by John Sanderson (see new Appendix A, Note 38). Updated Section 7.6.3.2 Walter James O'Brien.

2013-03-16 to 2013-04-19 Updated or added Section 7.0 "Financial and Governance Aspects", Section 7.6 "Governance", Section 7.6.3 PSI Acumen Ltd. - Shareholders/Directors to cover PSI's new "parent company" PSI Acumen Ltd. and its shareholders/directors Walter James O'Brien and John Anthony O'Sullivan. Added Appendix A, Note 37 concerning John O'Sullivan's company WEBANGLIA.COM LIMITED. Updated Sections 3.1 Co-Founder and Chairman Dr. Timothy Francis Ball, 3.2 Co-Founder and CEO John O'Sullivan, 3.11 Member Malcolm Roberts. Updated Sections 7.6.3 and 7.6.3.2 to reflect the confirmation received today from Walter James O'Brien that he has no involvement or formal agreements with PSI Acumen Ltd. PSI or John O'Sullivan.
2013-05-02/03 Further update to Sections 7.6.2 and 7.6.3 concerning Walter James O'Brien's withdrawal from involvement with PSI Acumen Ltd. Expanded Section 3.1 to cover both ex-"Chairman" Dr. Timothy F Ball, new "Chairman" John Sanderson and two newly appointed "Vice-chairmen". Added Section 3.20 "PSI Member Dr. Habibullo Ismailovich Abdussamatov. Updated Appendix A, Note 26) to reflect recent exchanges between Lord Monckton and PSI's owner John O'Sullivan.
2013-05-10/13/14 Updated Sections 3.6 "Co-founder and Director Dr. Charles Anderson", 3.12 PSI "Senior Fellow" Joseph E Postma and 4.0 "Over-ambitious and questionable Membership Claims - 4.1 General".
2013-05-18/19 Updated Section 3.18 PSI Member Bryan Leyland and added Appendix C "Bryan's Unsubstantiated Allegation", Section 3.2 "Co-founder 'CEO and Legal Consultant' John O'Sullivan", Section 3.1.1 Co-Founder and Ex-"Chairman" Dr. Timothy Francis Ball and Appendix A, Note 19 on " .. The need for extra income appears to be shared by several of the founding members .. ".
2013-05-21 Updated Section 4.0 "Over-ambitious and questionable Membership Claims" sub-section 4.1 and added sub-section 4.7 "Dr. Habibullo Ismailovich Abdussamatov" to those who have dissociated from PSI.
2013-05-27/28 Updated Section 1.0 "Introduction", Appendix A, Note 34) and Section 3.1.1 " .. Dr. Timothy Francis Ball" (final paragraph. References to Albany, New York in Section 7.6 and Appendix A, Notes 9 and 14 have been updated to reflect the recent acknowledgement that PSI is located in the UK and not (as previously suggested) in New York State. Deleted sub-section 3.20 and updated sub-section 4.7 about Dr. Abdussamatov's claimed membership of PSI.
2013-06-10 Winston Churchill quotes added and Note 9 introductory paragraphs on LinkedIn claims updated.
2013-06-24 Added sub-section 4.1 paragraphs 8 and 9 covering Professor Ian Plimer and Dr. Jinan Cao's membership.
2013-06-22/23 Sections 7.2 and 7.3 swapped and new Section 7.2 Income updated with a discussion of the PSI appeals for charitable donations since inception through to the latest one of 24th May which if no more a success that earlier appeals may see PSI discontinued. Updated Section 3.18 PSI Member Bryan Leyland.and added Section 4.8 Dr. Hans Jelbring and Bryan Leyland.
2013-07-07/08 Updated Section 4 " ... Questionable Membership Claims" sub-Section 4.2. "Alpha Institute of Advanced Studies" with the latest information about the dissociation of its members from PSI, including sub-section 4.2.4 "Victor Riecasky" and added sub-sections 4.2.5 "Raymond W.J. Delaforce", 4.2.6 Dr. Liudmila Pozhar and 4.2.7 Franklin Amador. Also moved the original entry in Section 3 "PSI
Members" section 3.13 "Pierre Latour" to sub-section 3.1.3.
2013-07-10/11 Updated sub-section 3.10 "Recruitment Officer" Terri Avril Jackson. Also updated Section 4.0 "Over-ambitious and questionable Membership Claims" following further rejections of claims about PSI membership.
2013-07-15/18 Updated sub-section 3.14 "Member (??) Douglas Jeffrey Cotton".2013-07-17 Updated sub-section 4.2.1 Dr. Myron Wyn Evans.
2013-07-18 Added sub-section 4.9 "Dr. Jinan Cao and Ulric Lyons" to "Questionable Membership Claims".
2013-07-22/23 Updated sub-section 3.1.1 Co-Founder and EX-"Chairman" Dr. Timothy Francis Ball. Updated Appendix A, Notes 37
2013-07-26 Added sub-section 3.20 PSI Member Carl Allen Brehmer.
2013-07-28 Updated sub-section 3.10 "Recruitment Officer" Terri Avril Jackson.
2013-07-29 Added sub-section 3.21 "PSI Senior Member Dr. Karl L Erdman"
2013-08-29 Updated various entries to reflect recent updates made to the PSI "Principles of association" web-page (http://principia-scientific.org/about/principles-of-association.html), including Section 3.0 "PSI's Members"
2013-09-02/03 Added and updated Appendix A, Note 42).
2013-09-07/15/17/18 Added sub-section 3.22 "PSI Member Bevan Dockery" and updated Appendix A, Note 43). Added sub-section 3.23 "PSI Member Alberto Miatello" and Appendix A, Note 44).
2013-09-23/24 Updated sub-sections 3.10 "Recruitment Officer" Terri Avril Jackson, 3.12 - PSI "Senior Fellow" Joseph E Postma, 3.22 "PSI Member Bevan Dockery and Appendix A, Notes 24), 30), 42) and 43).
2013-10-05 Added to the sub-section 3.1.1 Co-founder and EX-"Chairman" Dr. Timothy Francis Ball a paragraph concerning John O'Sullivan's involvement with the Mann v Ball et al defamation action. Added Appendix A, Note 45 regarding the 12th Feb. 2013 "Response to amended amended notice of civil claim".
2013-10-07 Added to Section 5 "Peer review in Open Media (PROM)" and Appendix A, Note 30).
2013-10-30 Added to sub-section 4.9 a clarification provided by Ulrich Lyons about his one-time membership of the PSI blogging group.
2013-12-07 Added Note 46.
2013-12-21 Updated sub-section 3.1.1 Co-Founder and EX-"Chairman" Dr. Timothy Francis Ball with Dr. Ball's recent comments about his involvement with the "Slayers".
2014-01-26/27 Updated sub-sections 6.1 "Justifying PSI's Existence" and 7.2 "Income" following John O'Sullivan's latest appeal for charitable donations (http://www.principia-scientific.org/funding-our-work-in-2014-your-donation-sought.html). Added Appendix A, Note 49.
2014-01-20/21 Added Appendix A, Note 48) and references thereto. Also updated Section 3.14 "Member (??) Douglas Jeffrey Cotton" and added a link to a U-tube presentation by Doug Cotton
2014-01-10 Updated sub-section 3.6 Co-Founder and "Director" Dr Charles Anderson with a link to the "PSI Acumen Ltd. Due Diligence - Selected E-mails" post.
2014-02-20/21 Added Appendix D "The PSI blog and Censorship" and Appendix A, Notes 53 and 54). Updated sub-section 3.9 "Web-master Thomas Richard".
2014-02-05/6 Added to sub-section 3.14 "Member (??) Douglas Jeffrey Cotton" some new items, including references to new Appendix A, Notes 50, 51 and 52 and updated an obsolete link

APPENDIX C - Bryan's Unsubstantiated Allegation


As outlined in Section 3.18 there have been heated exchanges between members of the "Slayers"/PSI blogging group and others on Australian blogger Joanne Nova's thread "A discussion of the Slaying the Sky Dragon science: Is the Greenhouse Effect a Sky Dragon Myth?" (http://joannenova.com.au/2012/10/a-discussion-of-the-slaying-the-sky-dragon-science-is-the-greenhouse-effect-a-sky-dragon-myth/#comment-1274219). Herewith some of the relevant comments.

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Bryan
December 30, 2012 at 2:16 am · Reply
 .. Of course John O’Sullivan and Doug Cotton are the main reason for PSI being turn of for thoughtful readers.
(http://johnosullivan.wordpress.com/2012/12/20/breaking-u-s-national-academies-find-greenhouse-effect-doesnt-exist/).
John O’Sullivan failed to realise that he had got it exactly back to front. .. Doug Cotton has earned the distinction of being the most banned climate science blogger for endlessly and tirelessly repeating himself .. .
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Bryan
December 30, 2012 at 9:01 pm · Reply
 .. On Joel Shore .. You found out that he worked for Rochester Collage and made veiled threats about his employment there. Saying that he should take care as the College could be held liable for his blogging comments.
I was disturbed by your threats against Joel but unlike Chris Ho Stuart I did not speak out, I regret not doing so. Sceptics understand the threat to employment is a direct threat to free speech .
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BryanMay 15, 2013 at 5:36 pm
Political Shenanigans
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January 3, 2013 at 8:04 am · Reply
 .. I have no idea who Bryan is or what his area of expertise is and since he refuses to make it possible for me to check out his background I am going to speculate that he is Bryan Leyland who recently jumped into bed with the “Slayers”/PSI blogging group ..
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May 12, 2013 at 3:39 am · Reply Two very good reasons for not disclosing your actual name and address are Pete Ridley and Andrew Skolnick
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May 14, 2013 at 6:03 pm · Reply
 .. I think that Joseph Postma is very brave to be so open and available to respond to your posts. Tom your unhealthy interest in details of Josephs work reminds me of Pete Ridley, are you related?

 .. All you bring new at the end of this long, long, long post is an unhealthy interest in Josephs employment.Pete Ridley is known to threaten legal action against the employers of people he disagrees with .. 
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May 16, 2013 at 2:20 am · Reply
.. Bryan, you said that ” .. Pete Ridley is known to threaten legal action against the employers of people he disagrees with .. “. I have followed Pete’s comments for a while now and have not come across him making such threats so please would you provide a link to one of his comments that supports your allegation.

WIth all due respect I doubt very much if you can do so ..
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May 16, 2013 at 4:17 am · Reply
Political Shenanigans I think that you are Pete Ridley and you know fine well that you made these threats.
If your not Pete Ridley then you must have a very boring life following the activities of a nonentity.
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May 16, 2013 at 5:58 am · Reply
Bryan, that’s an evasive response if ever there was one. If Pete ridley has made such threats then you must have evidence with which to substantiate your allegation. Provide it or be seen to be a liar. As for “NONENTITY” you don’t even have a surname. What are you hiding from?
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May 16, 2013 at 8:10 am · Reply
Political Shenanigans AKA Pete Ridley says “What are you hiding from?”

Odd Balls like yourself.
You know that you threatened Joel Shore by saying that his employers Rochester College could be held liable for his blogging. All decent people on both sides of the climate debate deplore such behaivior.
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Tom in Oregon City
May 16, 2013 at 8:40 am · Reply
Bryan .. You are making the leap, then, from cautioning Joel about the consequences of speech (neutral, or perhaps courteous) to threatening Joel by implying he was going to “tell on him”, or making the psychological suggestion for others to do so? Your evidence for this leap is… what?

When you depart from interpreting a clear threat — like “I’m gonna punch you in the face!” — to interpreting oblique comments that require behavior not mentioned in the comment, shouldn’t you provide evidence of the validity of your claim that a comment is threatening? ..
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COMMENT SUBMITTED BY "Political Shenanigans" (AKA PETE RIDLEY) BUT NOT POSTED BY JOANNE NOVA'S BLOG MODERATOR

Tom correctly pointed out that Bryan made a leap when he misrepresented as a threat a comment by Pete Ridley drawing Joel Shore’s attention to the possible consequences of blog comments. No reasonable person would interpret that as “ .. Ridley is known to threaten legal action against the employers of people he disagrees with .. ”. I go further than Tom and express the reasonable opinion that Bryan deliberately distorted the facts, perhaps in an attempt to divert attention from “Slayer”/PSI blogging group’s questionable scientific arguments.


I understand that Brian is a member of the group of bloggers calling itself Principia Scientific International. On 10th October 2011 Joel Shore expressed his opinion of the group’s recently appointed Vice Chairman (North) “ .. I think he is a most excellent fit for the Slayers in all respects .. he proved himself to be .. especially skilled at using obfuscation and deception...and he proved to be a compulsive liar to boot. I can't imagine a combination of qualities that fit any better with the Slayer team! It is truly a marriage made in heaven .. ” (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/selected-e-mails-with-slayerspsi.html). “Birds of a feather” perhaps.


That intense “Discussion of Slaying the Sky Dragon” between Joel Shore and several of the PSI members over 2 years ago can be found in the Amazon “Slaying the Sky Dragon - Death of the Greenhouse Gas Theory” Customer Review (http://www.amazon.com/review/R554OCUZZYTPN/ref=cm_cd_pg_pg1?ie=UTF8&asin=0982773412&cdForum=Fx2XRL4GE0WC2UX&cdPage=1&cdThread=TxYTS6ITXTLKGA&store=books#wasThisHelpful).


I particularly liked Joel’s comment on Page 4 of those 19 pages “ .. You and the Slayers are the ones who are attempting to hoodwink people (whether purposely or because you are also fooling yourselves). You are also not doing your greater cause any good, at least among the scientific community. That is why "skeptics" ranging from accomplished scientists like Lindzen and Spencer, amateur scientists like Willis Eschenbach, and even wing-nuts like Monckton are disassociating themselves from the sort of nonsense claims that the Slayers and others who deny the atmospheric greenhouse effect are making .. ”.


When Bryan was asked to substantiate the allegation that he made here against Pete Ridley he could only respond with “ .. Ridley .. threatened Joel Shore by saying that his employers Rochester College could be held liable for his blogging .. ”. Once again that is a blatant misrepresentation of what had been said.


Bryan made similar misrepresentations on 29th/30th December which included that “ .. Chris Ho Stuart .. deplored the personal attacks and demanded that the thread return to discuss only the alternative science viewpoints .. Ridley .. found out that (Joel) worked for Rochester Collage and made veiled threats about his employment there .. I was disturbed by your threats against Joel but .. I did not speak out, I regret not doing so .. ” (http://joannenova.com.au/2012/10/a-discussion-of-the-slaying-the-sky-dragon-science-is-the-greenhouse-effect-a-sky-dragon-myth/#comment-1215278).


Reviewing my copies of Judith Curry’s “Slaying a greenhouse dragon “ thread I found that after drawing Joel’s attention to the “Unethical Conduct” policy at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) (http://www.rit.edu/fa/humanresources/policies/unethicalconduct.pdf) Ridley warned Joel “ .. I expect that buried in the small print somewhere will be procedures for handling undignified statements made by an employee outside of work activities .. ”.


That looks to me like a reasonable comment and caution. It is my experience that many major employers have such policies in order to protect their brand and employees need to be aware of these policies lest they expose themselves to disciplinary action. In my opinion Joe Postma runs the same risk as Joel was warned about.


On that particular thread Bryan made 89 comments, Andrew Skolnick 69 and Pete Ridley 16 whereas Chris Ho-Stuart (AKA Sylas) made NONE, yet Bryan implies that he did so!

I wonder why it was that Bryan shied away from quoting directly from what Pete Ridley had said to Joel Shore and what Chris Ho-Stuart had said to Andrew Skolnick rather than offering only his own distorted version of it! This is what Chris Ho-Stuart said (NOT TO Pete Ridley BUT TO Andrew Skolnick) “ .. Andrew: Stop focusing on the person. It’s idiotic. Your continued focus on the person — indeed only one person — is a classic case of the purest ad hominem in this more general discussion of the greenhouse effect and backradiation and so on. Furthermore, you have really gone over the edge in bringing up his work as a private tutor, or his marriage. That’s beyond ridiculous. Cut it out." (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/selected-e-mails-with-slayerspsi.html).


Bryan has refused to supply any evidence to substantiate his allegation against Pete Ridley whereas the facts presented here make it look as though he lied about him. It will be interesting to hear what Bryan has to say next.

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APPENDIX D - PSI and Censorship


TO BE UPDATED







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  2. All comments by Doug Cotton can be found in the "Off-topic/ad-hominem comments & Rants" thread (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/rants-off-topic-ad-hominem-comments.html)

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  3. It was not a "Questionable Membership". I removed myself from the group deliberately because certain key members deny that there is any radiative exchange from the atmosphere to the surface.
    Ulric Lyons.

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  4. Hi Ulric,

    Thanks for that clarification. Please see my update to sub-section 4.9.

    Best regards, Pete Ridley

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