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Existence is Useless

(apologies to the Vogon guard).

The late great Canadian-born economist J. K. Galbraith once described the efforts of various academic colleagues for promoting their academic standing. This consisted of passionate description of their earth-shattering books. The essential aspect was the glowing description. Often the production of an actual book was found to be superfluous and was relegated to some ill-defined future.

In the non-core science of climate change, it seems that this time-saving innovation has finally reached Australia.

Australia's non-core scientists had long ago embraced the productivity gains achieved by dispensing with the long and tedious process involved in peer review. Now it seems that they have gone the extra step and are dispensing with the need for actually writing books and papers, and focusing their efforts on getting glowing reviews for non-existent or unavailable works.

A tentative first step was taken by then-professor Murry Salby with his widely acclaimed
non-existent paper on carbon dioxide. This was described by Salby as the paper that would cause the IPCC to totally reverse their opinions about the causes of climate change. Back in August 2012 the rapturous review by Jo Nova revealed that the paper had been accepted for publication and would appear in six weeks. After almost a year there is still no paper, but reports in The Australian indicate the paper has been expanded into a non-existent book.

Late in 2012, political cartoonist John Spooner announced that he was joining several non-core scientists in producing a new book on climate, due to appear in a few months. Drawing on his own expertise, this would be in the form of a graphic novel - the genre formerly known as comic books.

It is now time for the praise. The
comic book Taxing Air is by John Spooner and Bob Carter, with non-core scientists Bill Kininmonth, Stewart Franks and an economist. Combining Carter, Kininmonth and Franks brings together much of the team who acted as non-core scientific advisers to Senator Family First's Fraudulent Fuckwit Fielding. Again this book, due in bookshops on July 1, has received glowing accounts from Jo Nova and is reviewed in Quadrant but seems somewhat unknown to actual booksellers.

This virtual state [the IT industry refers to vaporware, Ed] is even more transient than Carter's previous book which was being remaindered by
Amazon before Carter had been able to launch it in Australia.

As always, Australian academia has been slow to adjust to new innovations. Former-professors Salby and Carter are now ex-professors as their
former universities have noted their underachievement as far as actual work goes, even if other excuses are being circulated.



We conclude that the Subject (Dr Salby) has engaged in a long-running course of deceptive conduct involving both his University and NSF. His conduct reflects a consistent willingness to violate rules and regulations, whether federal or local, for his personal benefit.

In ex-professor Carter's case, the government criteria for assessing research output don't even have a classification for
comic books graphic novels.

Prof Dr Moritz Lorenz.

Sarah Palin School of Geography, Economics and Quantum Computing,
University of Narbethong,
West Island Campus, NZ