Saturday, 25 May 2013

PSI Acumen Ltd. DUE Diligence - Selected E-mails

The articles "SpotlightON - PSI and PSI Acumen Ltd." (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/spotlighton-principia-scientific.html) and "SpotlightON - PSI Acumen Ltd" (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/spotlighton-psi-acumen-ltd.html) provide details about the formation by UK resident John O'Sullivan and US resident Walter James O'Brien of the UK limited company PSI Acumen Ltd. (PSIA). This post includes significant e_mail exchanges relating to the registration of PSI Acumen Ltd. on 4th March 2013, the change of status of Principia Scientific International (PSI) from simply an Internet-based "science association"/blogging group to a "subsidiary" of PSIA.

"The struggle for truth continues"
John Anthony O'Sullivan

"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.”

UPDATES:

2014-10-16 Added E-mail dated 14th October 2014 on the subject of the "Demise of PSI Acumen Ltd".
2014-09-29 Addded E-mail of 4th May 2013 from Dr. Myron Evans.
2013-05-29 Added E-mails since 19th April, mainly concerning Russian scientist Dr. Habibullo Ismailovich Abdussamatov's hasty withdrawal from membership of PSI Acumen Ltd. "subsidiary" Principia Scientific International less than one month after his membership was announced by PSI's "Recruitment Officer" Terry Jackson (see Section 4.7 of "SpotlightON - PSI and PSI Acumen Ltd" - http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/spotlighton-principia-scientific.html).
2013-07-02 Added link to the related post "SpotlightON - PSI Acumen Ltd" (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/spotlighton-psi-acumen-ltd.html).
2013-07-23 Added E-mail of 22nd July 2013 from John o'Sullivan.
2013-09-08 Added E-mail of 5th May 2013 from Andrew Skolnick concerning Professor Frederick Seitz.


1.0 Introduction

A significant E-mail from Walter James O'Brien on 19th April claimed that he has had nothing to do with PSI since 25th March 2013 - only 3 weeks after PSIA's "Date of Incorporation" (4th March 2013). It should be noted that Companies House records still show (25th August 2013) Walter James O'Brien as the major shareholder and a Director of PSIA.

NB: The related article is "SpotlightON - PSI Acumen Ltd" (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/spotlighton-psi-acumen-ltd.html) but also see "SpotlightON - PSI and PSI Acumen Ltd.", particuarly Section 7.0 "Governance". 

2.0 E-Mails

===============

From: Pete Ridley ....
To: john o'sullivan...; john sanderson...; john.elision...; Pierre Latour...; tom richards...; joe olson...; alan siddons...; martin hertzberg...; ken coffman...; joe bastardi...; geraldo Lino...Matthias Kleespies...; peter gill...; derek alker...; philip.foster...; ken dockery...; info@principia-...; claes johnson...; charles.anderson...; abduss...; ole.humlum...; cliff.ollier...; stephen crothers...; axel westrenius ...; franklin amador...; ray delaforce...; doug w lindstrom...; Victor Riecansky...; bo.lehnert...; Jose Croca...; ...
CC: aaskolnick...; bbracci...; wes alan...; malcol roberts...
Sent: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 10:41
Subject: Demise of PSI Acumen Ltd

Hi folks,

Companies House has confirmed that the private company PSI Acumen Ltd. (PSIA) set up by John O'Sullivan in March 2013 has been struck off and dissolved (Footnote 1).

With the demise of PSI Acumen Ltd. it appears opportune for the PSI web-master (Footnote 2) to remove from the bottom of the PSI blog web-pages that small print declaration 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 .. ".

That misleading claim was placed there when PSIA was formed by John O'Sullivan in March 2013. As I understand company law, PSI has never been a legal "subsidiary" of PSIA. Now that PSIA has been struck off the PSI blog clearly isn't a "subsidiary" of PSIA (or any other company to my knowledge).

That claim could also have misled some into thinking that any charitable donations that they were making to PSI (Footnote 3) were going to a bona-fide Community Interest Company (CIC). Neither PSIA nor PSI were ever registered in the UK as community interest companies (CICs), despite John O'Sullivan's claim (since 17th January 2011 until very recently) that "Once obtaining the necessary start up funds PSI will become ..chartered to operate as a 'not for profit' under the rules of the UK's Community Interest Company (CIC) initiative .. ".

That claim was included in John O’Sullivan’s 17th January 2011 appeal for charitable donations to pay for setting up PSI as a private company with himself as its CEO, Johannes Cornelus Schreuder as CFO, Dr. Tim Ball as Chairman and other “Slayers” as directors (Footnote 4).

At one time John O’Sullivan was claiming in the “About” entry of PSI Acumen Ltd. web-pages “ .. PSIA is the business affiliate of PSI and both organizations are inextricably linked in ethos and personnel .. WHO ARE OUR EMPLOYEES? PSIA draws extensively from PSI’s international pool of contracting engineers and scientists to fulfill bespoke contractual needs. .. a select list may be viewed here .. ”. That provided a link to his PSI blog page “A SELECTION OF MEMBER BIOGRAPHIES” (http://www.principia-scientific.org/why-psi-is-proposed-as-a-cic.html). Most of you are included in that list of PSI blog members so some of you may be relieved to know that you can no longer be considered to be employed by PSI Acumen Ltd. (although some of the “slayers” may be dissapointed.

More on this can be found in my blog articles "Spotlight On PSI and PSI Acumen Ltd" (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/spotlighton-principia-scientific.html) and "SpotlightON - PSI Acumen Ltd" (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/spotlighton-psi-acumen-ltd.html).

If any of you think that there is anything misleading in those articles please let me know specifically where and what so that I can review and consider whether or not a retraction or apology are warranted. I have no wish to misrepresent any facts or defame anyone. Some of you may recall John O’Sullivan’s unsubstantiated allegation in April 2012 the I had defamed him in comments on Professor Judith Curry’s “Letter to the Dragon Slayers” article. More on that can be found in my article “Professor Judith Curry threatened with blog closure attempt” (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/professor-judith-curry-threatened-with.html). I’m still waiting for an apology from him but doubt if he is man enough to do so.

FOOTNOTES:

1) See the appended E-mail from Companies House (UK) concerning the posting of a second notice in the London Gazette and the filing of a GAZ2 on the PSIA register. The GAZ1, GAZ2 and other filed documents can be found via the Companies House "Webcheck" page (http://wck2.companieshouse.gov.uk//wcframe?name=accessCompanyInfo)

2) PSI web-master Thomas Richard is a free-lance writer (http://www.examiner.com/environmental-policy-in-boston/thomas-richard), who blogs under the false name “sunsttommy”. He has repeatedly removed my comments on PSI blog articles in which I have pointed out the misleading nature of the claims that PSI was a “subsidiary” of PSIA. The truth does sometimes hurt. Thomas Richard also runs the Climate Change Dispatch blog (https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20120509182745AALYIHO) although he appears to be reluctant to acknowledge this (http://www.climatechangedispatch.com/about-us.html and https://www.linkedin.com/pub/climate-change-dispatch/97/466/362?trk=pub-pbmap).

3) The PSI web-pages invite charitable donations of $30 via the "DONATE" tool and say " .. Currently, joining PSI is free. But a voluntary annual donation of at least US$30 (or UK£25, Euros 30) is sought from all wishing to become a registered member. So please sign up and give a little to grow a lot .. ". It would be interesting to know how much has been donated to the PSI blog and where the money goes but it appears that PSI's "CFO" Hans Schreuder keeps the financial affairs of this " .. not-for-profit community interest subsidiary of PSI Acumen Ltd .. " a closely guarded secret, despite the claims made about how important transparency is to PSI.

4) The target for that appeal was £15,000 but only reached £450 in the nearly 4 years before it was withdrawn from the gofundme web-site (http://funds.gofundme.com/1v39s). Although that gofundme page now says “Error 404 Not Found” there are still copies available. One is at https://johnosullivan.wordpress.com/2011/01/17/time-for-you-to-reclaim-our-scientific-legacy/ but if that one suddenly vanishes then USA investigative journalist Andrew Skolnick has made one available (www.aaskolnick.com/global_deniers/psi2.htm).

I find it is surprising that it was necessary to make an appeal for charitable donations in order for the “slayers” to set up PSI as a private company. John O’Sullivan had sufficient funds to set up and run PSIA without making any such appeal and that “gofundme” appeal claimed that “ .. THE FOUNDERS .. are a group of 36 respected international scientists and related professionals .. ”. As I said in my 31st Jan. 2011 comment posted beneath that appeal “ .. I remain puzzled about why such an august group of individuals needs to ask for charitable donations in order to set up this private company rather than raise the funds amongst themselves. Maybe John can put a comment here explaining the reasoning behind this .. ”. None of the ”slayers” or the rest of those 36 respected international scientists/professionals posted any explanation.


Best regards, Pete
==================== 

From: JOHN OSULLIVAN ...
To: tom.harris...; peter.ridley...
CC: timothyball...; philip.foster...; raydela...; Sonja.B-C...; n-g...; g-north...; PMichaels...; rlindzen...; rockdoc...; tom colderside...; lsbell...; weston...; hans.jelbring...; richard wordshine...; elizebeth flower...; leahy ucalgary...; fdamador...; bryan leyland...; claes johnson...; kalhnd ...; jinan cao...; cliff tent...; aaprjohn...; writer steve...; l pozhar...; pfg energy...; atlantic power...; john elliston...; charles r anderson...; donsell...; d alker...; sr2...; timothy casey; bastardi...; james eoberg...; ...friends of science...; mark lynas...; glrmc...; ...principia scientific...; ...tech-know-group...; jim r simpson...
Sent: Mon, 22 Jul 2013 22:28
Subject: Re: VERY COOL - IPCC participant's letter to the editor published in South Africa agreeing with Dr. Ball and me (fwd)

Tom,
Well said. For the avoidance of doubt I have expressed publicly on several occasions strong views about Mr. Peter Ridley. I've found him to be a liar and fraudster. Indeed, over the past few years Ridley has earned a reputation as a sociopathic cyberstalker who relies on fake or dubious evidence to try to malign those he dislikes. If anyone cares to Google "Peter Ridley cyberstalker" they will find plenty of others who share that view. I'm sure it will be of no surprise for you to learn that despite this troll's repeated threats to sue me for libel he has never backed his words with actions.

Thankfully, the truth is getting around.

Kind regards,
John O'Sullivan
Coordinator
Principia Scientific International

....
=============== 

From: peterridley...
To: abduss...
CC: philip.foster... 
Sent: Tue, 21 May 2013 11:38
Subject: Re: “Grand Minimum of the Total Solar Irradiance Leads to the Little Ice Age ”

Hi Dr. Abdussamatov,

It was a relief to here that you had walked away from PSI, an organisation that many of us who are sceptical of the Catastrophic Anthropiogenic Climate Change (CACC) hypothesis consider to do more harm than good to the sceptic position. I take the liberty of including Philip Foster in my reply for 2 reasons:
1) - it was he who drew my attention to your excellent paper "Grand Minimum of the Total Solar Irradiance Leads to the Little Ice Age",
2) - he remains on the PSI list as one of its founding members and was nominated as the PSI "Compliance Officer" although it is unclear whether or not he is still an active member.

(Philip, I wonder if you would like to state what your current PSI membership position is?)

I normally regard  one-to-one exchanges as being Private and Confidential to the two individuals unless otherwise agreed on specific items but I can see nothing of a P&C nature regarding the fact that you are no longer a member of PSI. I see this as a matter of public interest due to the prominence given to your membership by PSI's "Recruitment Officer" Terry Jackson. Please advise if you disagree.

By the way, I am simply "Mr" not "Dr" My interest in the CACC hypothesis is as a layman (retired Chartered Engineer - Electronics/Computing/Telecommunications) - not a scientist.

I would be very interested to hear your response to my question regarding preferential fractionation of CO2 out of air "trapped" in ice for decades, centuries and millennia.

Best regards, Pete Ridley
=============

From: Habibullo Abdussamatov ...
To: peterridley...
Sent: Tue, 21 May 2013 6:03
Subject: Re: “Grand Minimum of the Total Solar Irradiance Leads to the Little Ice Age”

Dear Dr. Pete Ridley,

I walked away from the PSI.

Best regards,
Habibullo Abdussamatov
===============

From: peterridley...
To: abduss...
CC: philip.foster...
Sent: Mon, 20 May 2013 22:02
Subject: “Grand Minimum of the Total Solar Irradiance Leads to the Little Ice Age”

Hi Dr. Abdussamatov,

I have just received a copy of your excellent paper “Grand Minimum of the Total Solar Irradiance Leads to the Little Ice Age” and have no argument with your main points. I wonder if you can spare some time to discuss certain aspects of what you say about which I have reservations.

You say “ .. For the 420,000 years on the Earth was the .. variations of the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide at 100ppmv .. ” and refer to results from Vostok ice cores in Fig. 2. You appear to accept the claims made by scientists specialising in sampling air from ice cores that atmospheric CO2 levels can be deduced from measurements of air allegedly “trapped” for 420,000 years virtually unchanged in ice sheets. I have debated this issue ad nauseum with numerous ice-core specialists (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2010/12/smogbound-on-molecular-fractionation-in.html) including Professors Jeff Severinghaus, Michael Bender, Richard Alley, Hartmut Frank and Zbiniew Jaworowski (who sadly died on 12th November 2011). It was professor Jaworowski who first drew my attention to the possibility of preferential fractionation of atmospheric gas components during the decades, centuries and millenia that they are allegedly “trapped” in air pockets within ice sheets.

My most recent discussions on this were with Professor Eric Wolff of the British Antarctic Survey in my topic “Another Hockey Stick Illusion?” on the Science Forum of the University of Cambridge’s Naked Science project. The topic was closed by the moderator (a Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Change (CACC) hypothesis supporter) after Dr. Wolff concluded with what I consider to be an unatisfactory comment that “ .. I think that none of us has a definite molecular-level understanding of the physical process occurring at closeoff .. ” (http://www.thenakedscientists.com/forum/index.php?PHPSESSID=c51dapii0dgqrlkd2dai0k6hb1&topic=38675.75).

Are you convinced that there is no preferential fractionation of air components in the manner that I discuss in my article “Molecular Fractionation of Air in Ice”? If so then please would you explain why because I have had no convincing explanation so far on this issue.

I appreciate that this aspect of the CACC science debate may be outside of your area of expertise but I would hope that before accepting the claims of the ice-core specialists other scientists such as you would discuss this issue of preferential fractionation with relevant experts in the movement of gas molecules in nano-porous media such as sheet ice. Relevant expertise can be found among those who specialise in gas purification, as described in my article " Molecular Fractionation of Air in Ice”.

As a side-issue, are you really a member of the blogging group Principia Scientific International? I question everything that is claimed by that group and have found numerous membership claims to have been wrong. Please see “SpotlightON – PSI and PSI Acumen Ltd.” Section 4.0 “Over-ambitious and questionable Membership Claims” (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/spotlighton-principia-scientific.html), e.g. about Dr. Myron Evans and his fellow-members of the Alpha Institute of Advanced Studies (sub-section 4.2). 

================= 

From: peter.ridley...
To: rtaguchi...; ibridger...; rgb...; ...DrRoySpencer...; rlindzen...; tom.harris...; monckton@mail.com; timothyball...; jackbarrett...; philip.halliday...; raderandrew...; andrew.chaplin...; cuibono...; jonicol...; Mahdi_Nazemroaya...; dupj...
Sent: Tue, 14 May 2013 19:06
Subject: Re: Global Warming 

Hi Roger, 

Your " .. the extreme Deniers also fit the pattern: for every piece of scientific evidence for the reality of the greenhouse effect, there is an argument that seems to invalidate it, and only dumbasses or the corrupt continue to argue the case .. " brings to mind the name Joe Postma. I have been following recent exchanges on Australian 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/) and one of the comments today provided a link to Joe's article "The Fraud of the AGHE Part 11: Quantum Mechanics & The Sheer Stupidity of “GHE Science” on WUWT" (http://climateofsophistry.com/2013/03/08/the-fraud-of-the-aghe-part-11-quantum-mechanics-the-sheer-stupidity-of-ghe-science-on-wuwt/). 

As several of the recipients of this E-mail are aware Joe is are rather arrogant young man and a "Senior Fellow" of the PSI blogging group who totally rejects the existence of any "greenhouse effect" "greenhouse gases" or "back radiation". Here are a few of the descriptions that he uses to describe those who disagree with him: 

- " .. What I have to write about is so intellectually offensive, so incredibly stupid, that it is painful that I even need to do it.  We are going to see very quickly here, just how amazingly mentally degenerate, and how incredibly stupid the people are who believe in the greenhouse effect and who support the climate alarm debate .. ", 

- " .. so intellectually offensive, so mentally incompetent, that it beggars the imagination .. ", 

- " .. These people are complete, unfettered idiots, and are a disgrace to mathematics  .. The reason why I’m calling them out as unrestrained morons is because those of us who are rational have to comprehend just how amazing their degree of stupidity is .. ". 

- " .. We have two species of humans on the planet: a) complete morons on the one hand that can not even perform basic addition, b) rational people who’s ideas and voices are subsumed by the idiocy of the intellectually degenerate mob who own popular websites.  That’s what exists in this world and these mentally degenerate cognitive midgets are the type of people who believe in the greenhouse effect.  I really don’t care that they’ll be all so upset and whatever their response is to this: they’re completely useless idiots .. ". 

And so he rants on - and on and on and on! 

Perhaps Joe's ranting played a part in helping Tim Ball to at long last make the break from PSI - or was it because he felt uncomfortable about being the "Chairman" of a "subsidiary" of John o'Sullivan's new private company PSI Acumen Ltd (http://www.psi-acumen.net/index.php/about). 

BTW Tim, please tell David that no-one funds me and that all I am interested in is shedding transparency on founding members of PSI and other significant actual or claimed members and exposing the falsehoods that I have found during my "PSI and Due Diligence" activities 

If David is interested in having a chat then please pass my E-mail address on to him. 

Best regards, Pete 
=========

From: Andrew Skolnick ...
To: peter ridley....
CC: bob ashworth...; nasif nahle...; ...biocab...; houston2000...; omatumr...; tom harris...; philip foster...; b bracci...; steve mennie...; viv forbes...; ...climate change dispatch...; tom neveu...; pfg energy...; piers@weatheraction...; german climate blog...; PF SMP...; ken stairway press...; geraldo...; bob carter...; M Hulme...; n-g...; g north...; vin mary gray...; singer...; P Michaels...; r lindzen...; rockdoc...; tom...; elizebeth flower...; Sonja B-C...; weston...; joanne...nova...; hans jelbring...; richard...; leahy...; ...james delingpole...; bryan leyland...; claes johnson...; charles r anderson...; alan...; SR2...; timothy casey...; catalyst...; bastardi...; kalhnd@...; jinan cao@cao...; james e oberg...; monckton...
Sent: Sun, 5 May 2013 13:29
Subject: Re: Monckton v O'Sullivan and Updates to "SpotlightOn - Principia Scientific International".

On 5/4/2013 1:31 PM, peter ridley... wrote: “ .. As Frederick Seitz said ".. Research data on climate change
do no0t show that human use of hydrocarbons is harmful .. " (http://www.petitionproject.org/seitz_letter.php) .. ”.

Frederick Seitz also testified (while working for the tobacco industry), "there is no good scientific evidence that passive inhalation of tobacco smoke is dangerous."

Pete, for most of the last half of his life, Seitz sold his once-respected name to the highest bidder to provide "expert" testimony that up is down and black is white.  He was even hired to provide his "expert" testimony that chlorofluorocarbons were not depleting the ozone layer of our atmosphere that protects us from solar carcinogenic rays.  No doubt, if the AIDS virus could have afforded his price, we would have found him in Congress testifying why screening for HIV is a terrible idea.

Seitz died in 2008.  No doubt he's still standing at the pearly gates arguing with St. Peter that there is no good scientific evidence he is really dead -- or more likely, he's at the other place, arguing with Charon the ferryman.

- Andrew


============ 

From: peterridley...
To: bobashworth...
CC: nasifnahle...; ...biocab...; houston2000...; omatumr...; tom.harris...; philip.foster...; aaskolnick...; bbracci...; steve.mennie...; forbes...; ...climatechangedispatch...; tom_neveu...; pfg.energy...; ...weatheraction...; germanclimateblog...; PF.SMP...; ...stairwaypress...; geraldo...; bob.carter...; M.Hulme...; n-g...; g-north...; vinmary.gray...; singer...; Pmichaels...; rlindzen...; rockdoc...; tom...; elizebethflower...; Sonja.B-C...; weston...; ...joannenova...; hans.jelbring...; richard...; leahy...; ...jamesdelingpole...; bryanleyland...; claesjohnson...; charles.r.anderson...; alan...; SR2...; timothy.casey.psi...; catalyst...; bastardi...; kalhnd...; jinan.cao...; jameseoberg...; monckton...
Sent: Sat, 4 May 2013 18:31
Subject: Re: Monckton v O'Sullivan and Updates to "SpotlightOn - Principia Scientific International".

Hi Bob,

Thanks for your response and for reminding us about that 2007 "Petition Project" (http://www.petitionproject.org/index.php) encouraging the US goverrnment to reject the Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Change (CACC) nonsense. As it said QUOTE: .. The petition reads in part: “There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth’s atmosphere and disruption of of the Earth’s climate. 
Moreover, there is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth.” .. The purpose of the Petition Project is to demonstrate that the claim of “settled science” and an overwhelming “consensus” in favor of the hypothesis of human-caused global warming and consequent climatological damage is wrong .. UNQUOTE (http://www.nipccreport.org/reports/2009/pdf/Appendix%204%20Petition.pdf).

It is noticeable that there was no suggestion that there is no such thing as the "greenhouse effect" or that "greenhouse gases" cool the planet, only that there is no evidence supporting the argument that a global catastrophe is ahead of us through using fossil fuels..As Frederick Seitz said ".. Research data on climate change do no0t show that human use of hydrocarbons is harmful .. " (http://www.petitionproject.org/seitz_letter.php).

Once again Bob you are ranting rubbish when you say " .. If you don't believe the horseshit global warming scenario, they attack you like Ridley has done .. ". I challenge those who offer what in my opinion as a layman is "horseshit " (as you put it). The "Slayers"/PSI blogging group, of which you are a member, does just that.- over and over again!

...

Best regards, Pete
============== 

From: Bob Ashworth ...
To: peterridley...; nasifnahle...; ...biocab...; houston2000...; omatumr...; tom.harris...; philip.foster...; aaskolnick...; bbracci...; steve.mennie...; forbes...; tom...; tom_neveu...; pfg.energy...; ...weatheraction...; germanclimateblog...; PF.SMP...; ...stairwaypress...; geraldo...
Sent: Sat, 4 May 2013 15:54
Subject: Re: Fwd: Monckton v O'Sullivan and Updates to "SpotlightOn - Principia Scientific International".

Gentlemen:
The climate change bullshit group even denies the Oregon Project.  If you don't believe the horseshit global warming scenario, they attack you like Ridley has done.  Although he has no science degree; he says he is just a layman, he must think he is smarter than Edward Teller.  Come confusion, come delusion!  All gases and dust in the atmosphere cool our planet!

Kindest Regards,

Bob Ashworth
Chemical Engineer
Member AGU

GLOBAl WAMING PETITION
31,487 American scientists have signed this petition,
including 9,029 with PhDs
I signed it as well!

Followed by exert from the petition – see link in my response.
========== 

From: EMyrone...
To: peter ridley...; admin@aias.us; ... ... raydela...; corbis...; gareth john evans...; ...... d w lindstrom ....; ....cisp publishing...; ........; azjadczyk...; bo lehnert....; croca....; thenarmis....; alex hill...
CC: monckton....
Sent: Sat, 4 May 2013 14:29
Subject: Re: Monckton v O'Sullivan and Updates to "SpotlightOn - Principia Scientific ...


Do not send me any further e mail. I have no interest in this topic.
============== 

From: peterridley...
To: abduss...
CC: stepanov...; gnedin...; nag...; adev...; vicabal...; btp...; km...; smi...; map...; orion...ru; epos...; arkharov...; grinin...; solov...; solar...; malkin...; belaa...; iis...; eroshkin...; vbobylev...; kanaev...; poliakow...; nbog...; guseva...; roywspencer...; judith.curry...; gpetty...; rgb...; Jackbarrett...; bbracci...; philip.foster...
Sent: Wed, 1 May 2013 19:04
Subject: Fwd: Membership of Bl ogging Group “Princ ipia Scientific Inter national”
...
Hi Dr. Abdussamatov,

Hopefully as part of your own due diligence exercise you have found the time to read at least some of my postings about the “Slayers”/ Principia Scientific International blogging group. I must respond to those further unsubstantiated allegations made against me by the group’s “de facto CEO, Legal Counsel, publicist and fund raiser” John O’Sullivan (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/john-o-sullivan/19/6b4/84a). It is very easy to make unfounded allegations and John O’Sullivan does this frequently about those who challenge his claims, however, providing substantiating evidence is a different matter altogether, something that John O’Sullivan usually shies away from.

One of the reasons that I contacted you in the first place is because the Central Astronomical Observatory of the Russian Academy of Sciences at Pulkovo has an outstanding International reputation for its contribution to scientific research. That reputation warrants being protected and in my humble opinion any kind of affiliation with the “Slayers”/PSI blogging group will simply attract ridicule and tend to undermine not only your reputation but also that of the Observatory.

As well as your contributions to astronomy in general you have made a worthy contribution to the Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Change (CACC) debate and that has been appreciated by many of us CACC sceptics. I am presently re-reading an excellent book “The Real Global Warming Disaster” by CACC sceptic writer/journalist Christopher Booker (http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Real-Global-Warming-Disaster/dp/1441119701). You are given a mention in it, along with other references to  Russia's contribution to challenging the IPCC's CACC hypothesis. Particular attention is paid by Booker to the July 2004 high-level seminar in Moscow (see pages 114-119) in which the UK Government’s Chief Scientific Advisor Sir David King disgraced not only himself and his delegation but also the UK scientific and political establishments.  

Recently there have been intense E-mail exchanges taking place between several of the “Slayers”/PSI blogging group and other CACC sceptics, including Professor Robert G Brown (Dept. of Physics, Duke University http://fds.duke.edu/db/aas/Physics/rgb), Dr. Roy Spencer (University of Alabama in Huntsville), Dr. Jack Barratt (http://www.barrettbellamyclimate.com/page2.htm), Dr. Jinan Cao. Those exchanges may have contributed towards inspiring Dr. Spencer to post his sarcastic article “How Can Home Insulation Keep Your House Warmer, When It Cools Your House?!” (http://www.drroyspencer.com/2013/04/how-can-home-insulation-keep-your-house-warmer-when-it-cools-your-house/).

Several highly regarded scientists who are involved in the CACC debate, sceptics and supporters alike, have lost patience when trying to enlighten core “Slayer”/PSI bloggers. One who springs straight to mind is Dr. Grant Petty, Professor of Atmospheric Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison (http://sleet.aos.wisc.edu/~gpetty/wp/) following numerous exchanges in Sept/Oct 2011. Eventually Professor Petty could take no more of their nonsense and insults and withdrew from the exchanges, saying “ .. Some of you have shown yourselves to be hyper-critical, even gleeful, in finding apparent fault with the intelligence and/or knowledge of others, including (or especially) those who actually spend their whole lives doing climate research. I hope to God that some of you, at least, learn how to be a little self-critical as well .. ” (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/selected-e-mails-with-slayerspsi.html). 

It is worthwhile reading those exchanges between Professor Petty and the “Slayers”/PSI group, particularly with “Senior Fellow” Joe Postma, who John O’Sullivan claims “ .. 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/)!! That claim of John O’Sullivan’s does rather conflict with what is said on Joe Postma's Web-page at the University of Calgary's Department of Physics and Astronomy, which describes him simply as a Support Specialist (http://phas.ucalgary.ca/profiles/joseph-postma). More about Joe Postma can be found in Section 3.12 of “SpotlightON – PSI and PSI Acumen Ltd (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/spotlighton-principia-scientific.html). 

Several of the “Slayers”/PSI bloggers have commented on Dr. Spencer’s thread, including John O’Sullivan, who also mentions you and your involvement with PSI (http://www.drroyspencer.com/2013/04/how-can-home-insulation-keep-your-house-warmer-when-it-cools-your-house/#comment-75987). Anyone getting involved with PSI is automatically linked with the “Slayers” first publication “Slaying the Sky Dragon .. ”. I wonder if you or any of your associates at the Observatory have read that cobbled collection of blog articles, which has come to be regarded as a scientific joke-book by both sides of the CACC debate.

John O’Sullivan rants away among the comments to Dr. Spencer’s article, this time aiming his poisonous darts at Dr. Spencer and meteorologist Anthony Watts but others have been his target. Just over 1 year ago it was the turn of Professor Judith Curry, semi-retired investigative journalist Andrew Skolnick and me (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/professor-judith-curry-threatened-with.html). In April 2012 John O’Sullivan was declaring “ .. Ridley, You are a proven liar and a con artist who spends his life trawling the gutter looking for dirt .. ”. In Dec. 2011 John O’Sullivan described Andrew Skolnick as “ .. a compulsive liar .. ” (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/selected-e-mails-with-slayerspsi.html).

Going further back to August 2009 it was the turn of his wife Barbara “ .. a selfish, self-centred woman who is friendless and deserted by her own family .. She absconded from the property owing .. the landlord £2,765 in unpaid rent and a further four-figure sum in unpaid utility bills. She also absconded the UK owing £5,238 to HSBC Bank and after fraudulently obtaining £7,541 from Santander Bank (formerly United Dominion Loans) for a car loan .. by deception conned £1,500 from a bank teller at LloydsTSB Bank .. ” (http://www.blogcatalog.com/blogs/summit-shock-american-court-corruption/all/). 

Even earlier, in November 2005 he was hurling his invective at New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer (http://exposingspitzer.blogspot.co.uk/) when he was describing himself as a “..  Long suffering victim of injustice .. ” living in “ .. Delhi, New York, United States .. ” (http://www.blogger.com/profile/01289470993106566998). That was at a time when he was anticipating a 25% share in what was hoped to be a $M compensation pay-out by the New Yprk Correction Service. It turned out to be 25% of $ZERO. John O’Sullivan’s wife, who DOES live in Delhi, New York, tells a rather different story, saying that he lived in New York State for only one year, from Dec. 1997-1998 (see Note 2a of http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/curriculum-vitae-for-john-osullivan-2010.html).

In his E-mail to you on 29th April John O’Sullivan referred to me as a liar, a demented fraud, untrustworthy, a deranged crank who has faked email addresses and assumed false identities to smear honest scientists fighting the climate fraud, an embittered man who has been writing lies about PSI for two years after being refused membership of PSI. John O’Sullivan has used similar terminology to describe others who disagree with him. May I suggest that you have a look at the article “Professor Judith Curry threatened with blog closure attempt” (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/professor-judith-curry-threatened-with.html).

Also it is worthwhile looking at the E-mail exchanges that took place during 2010 which show clearly that I was invited to join the “Slayers”/PSI bloggers by no less than John O’Sullivan himself. After doing my own due diligence exercise in Dec. 2010 I decided to withdraw from the group, saying quite clearly on 30th Dec. 2010 at 08:52 PM “ .. Sorry folks but I won’t be donating any of my hard-earned cash to PSI, but I do wish you all success in your endeavours, whatever they may be. .. ” (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/psi-due-diligence-20102011-selected-e.html).  I leave you to draw your own conclusions about John O’Sullivan’s claim that I had been refused membership of PSI! 

Those allegations about me and others being liars are all rather hypocritical,  coming from someone who has repeatedly misled people about his own achievements and qualifications (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/curriculum-vitae-for-john-osullivan-2010.html). John O'Sullivan was the subject of a July 2011 article “So many lies - and the liar who tells them “ (http://hot-topic.co.nz/so-many-lies-and-the-liar-who-tells-them/). For more on that it is worthwhile reading the affidavits submitted by Andrew Skolnick to the Supreme Court of British Columbia, accessible via “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). 

John O’Sullivan made the unsubstantiated allegation that I have been writing lies about PSI. If I had been telling lies about John O’Sullivan and his “Slayers”/PSI blogging group then I would have expected such a successful litigator on both sides of the Atlantic (as he claims to have been) would have had no hesitation in taking legal action against me for defamation. I leave you to ponder why he has not done so. Perhaps it is because he knows full-well that in a civil claim a judgement is made on the presented evidence taking into consideration the “balance of probabilities” whereas in CRIMINAL cases a judgement is based upon “beyond reasonable doubt”. When John O’Sullivan was acquitted of CRIMINAL charges brought against him in 2004 QUOTE: .. Magistrate Gerry Sutton .. told him: "Because of the variance in the evidence we are unable to be ... absolutely sure that you were responsible" .. UNQUOTE (http://www.thefreelibrary.com/SIR+CLEARED+OF+SEX+TXTS.-a0113713467).

More on that can be found in the “Slayers”/PSI blogging group E-mail exchanges during 11th and 12th Dec. 2011 (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/selected-e-mails-with-slayerspsi.html).

Don’t just accept what I have said on face value. Have a chat with people like Drs. Curry, Spencer, Petty, Barratt, who I have included in this circulation. I don’t intend to bother you or the Ccs again on this unless you or one of your associates respond (although I am minded to add an article about this “Slayers”/PSI blogging group episode on my blog. Meanwhile, 

 ----- Семь раз отмерь и Вы являетесь владельцем «должной осмотрительности» упражнения ----

=============== 

From: peterridley...
To: abduss...; stepanov...
CC: gnedin...; nag...; adev...; vicabal...; btp...; km...; smi...; map...; orion...; epos...; arkharov...; grinin...; solov...; solar...; malkin...; belaa...; iis...; eroshkin...; vbobylev...; kanaev...; poliakow...; nbog...; guseva...
Sent: Tue, 30 Apr 2013 0:01
Subject: Re: Fwd: Membership o f Blogging Group “P rincipia Scientific I nternational”

Hi Dr. Abdussamatov and Dr. Stepanov,

It is prudent to check up on anything that comes out of the PSI blogging group. As I said in my first E-mail "Семь раз отмерь, один раз отрежь". 

What John O'Sullivan conveniently overlooks in his E-mail to you in which he says " ..  Ridley is a liar and a demented fraud .. " is that without any prompting from others I very quickly corrected my UNINTENTIONAL mistake about Dr. Stepanov being named as a member of blogging group PSI. This is clear from the appended E-mail which I sent to you all less than 3 hours after I sent the first one. 

I suggest that anyone considering joining PSI has a careful read of my blog, starting with "SpotlightON - PSI and PSI Acumen Ltd (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/spotlighton-principia-scientific.html) but don't take my word for anything, just check out PSI carefully for yourselves.

Тщательное должной осмотрительности настоятельно рекомендуется (Careful due diligence is highly recommended)

============ 

Message Received: Apr 29 2013, 01:18 PM
From: "JOHN OSULLIVAN" ...
To: "Habibullo Abdussamatov" ..., "Avril Terri Jackson" ..., "peter.ridley..." 
...
Cc: 
Subject: Re: Fwd: Membershi[p of Blogging Group “Principia Scientific International”

Mr Ridley is a liar and a demented fraud. Among his latest lies is  his claim that PSI claimed Dr.  Alexander V. Stepanov has joined us – this is totally untrue and there is nothing anywhere on our website that shows that. As such it is clear evidence Ridley is untrustworthy. In fact, Mr Ridley is well known in the  English speaking blogosphere as a deranged crank who has faked email  addresses and assumed false identities to smear honest scientists fighting the climate fraud. 
Note how the crank calls PSI a "blogging group" rather than science association that carefully peer reviews its published papers. He is an embittered man who has been writing lies about PSI for two years after we refused to allow him to join our organization. Others have exposed him online as can be seen here:

http://watchingthedeniers.wordpress.com/2011/02/05/pete-ridely-banned/

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/


........ 
============ 

From: peterridley...
To: stepanov...; gnedin...; nag...; adev...; vicabal...; btp...; km...; smi...; map...; orion...; epos...; arkharov...; grinin...; solov...; solar...; malkin...; belaa...; iis...; eroshkin...; vbobylev...; kanaev...; poliakow...; nbog...; guseva...; abduss...
Sent: Sun, 28 Apr 2013 20:32
Subject: Re: Membership of Blo gging Group “Princi pia Scientific Inter national”

Hi folks,

I mistakenly said that Dr. Alexander V. Stepanov was listed as a member of Principia Scientific International but should have said Dr. Habibullo Ismailovich Abdussamatov (http://principia-scientific.org/about/why-psi-is-a-private-assoc.html). Sorry about the error.

Best regards,
================= 

From: peter.ridley...
To: stepanov...; gnedin...; nag...; adev...; vicabal...; btp...; km...; smi...; map...; orion...; epos...; arkharov...; grinin...; solov...; solar...; stepanov...; malkin...; belaa...; iis...; eroshkin...; vbobylev...; kanaev...; poliakow...; btp...; vicabal...; nbog...; guseva...; abduss...
CC: bobashworth@earthlink.net; peterridley.fsmail@talktalk.net
Sent: Sun, 28 Apr 2013 17:47
Subject: Membershi[p of Blogging Group “Principia  Scientific International”

Семь раз отмерь, один раз отрежь  (Look before you leap)

Hi folks,

I see that Dr. Alexander V. Stepanov’s name has been added to the list of people who are claimed by PSI owner and “CEO and Legal Consultant” John O’Sullivan and its “Recruitment Officer” Terry Jackson (http://principia-scientific.org/supportnews/latest-news/179-dr-habibullo-abdussamatov-joins-principia-scientific-international.html) to be members of the Internet blogging group callng itself Principoia Scientific International (PSI) – see “A Selection of Member Biographies” (http://principia-scientific.org/about/why-psi-is-a-private-assoc.html).

If Dr. Stepanov genuinely is a member of that group then he may wish to reconsider his position after carefully reading “SpotlightON – PSI and PSI Acumen Ltd (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/spotlighton-principia-scientific.html).

About 20 members of another scientific organisaiton calling itself the Alpha Institute of Advanced Studies (which claims to have identified a major flaw in Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity, rejecting the existence of dark matter, black holes and the Higgs Bosun) are also listed as PSI members despite its founder Dr. Myron Evans removing his association from affiliation with PSI after undertaking his own due diligence exercise (see Section 4.0 “Over-ambitious and questionable Membership Claims” of the “SpotlightON - .. ” article).

I respectfully suggest that anyone considering becoming a member of PSI first do their own careful due diligence, perhaps starting with a careful read of “SpotlightON .. ” (particularly Section 3.0 “PSI Members”) then “PSI and AIAS Affiliation” (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/psi-and-aias-affiliation.html) and “Curriculum Vitae for John O'Sullivan (2010)” (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/curriculum-vitae-for-john-osullivan-2010.html).

================

From: ...industrialcostanalysis...
To: Robert G. Brown ...
CC: peter.ridley...; jackbarrett...; jonicol...; ruthhertzberg...; johnwfarley...; tom.harris...; bob.carter...; singer...; rlindzen...; ...drroyspencer...; cuibono...; judith.curry...; philip.halliday...; mahdi_nazemroaya...; dupj...; charles.r.anderson...; donsell...; rtaguchi...; alan...; bobashworth...; dalker...; geraldo...; sr2...; timothy.casey...; bastardi...; jinan.cao...; jameseoberg...; fred...; weston...; westonallen...; aaskolnick...; bbracci...; forbes...; ...jamesdelingpole...; ...aias...; nasifnahle...; ...biocab...; vinmary.gray...; hdyer...; peterridley...; aaprjohn...; ...friendsofscience...; ...climatechangedispatch...; tom_neveu...; pfg.energy...; ...weatheraction...; rpmc...; ffucilla...; emyrone...
Sent: Fri, 19 Apr 2013 7:06
Subject: Re: Roger's Comments relating to"A Critical Evaluation of the Essential Physi...

Greetings!  I have nothing to do with PSI either, folks.  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.
...
Best regards,
Walter James O'Brien
================ 

From: peter.ridley...
To: alan...; bobashworth...; dalker...
CC: geraldo...; SR2...; timothy.casey...; bastardi...; jinan.cao...; jameseoberg...; Fred...; rsowell...; weston...; westonallen...; kalhnd...; ...industrialcostanalysis...; aaskolnick...; bbracci...; forbes...; ...jamesdelingpole...; ...aias...; nasifnahle...; ...biocab...; vinmary.gray...; hdyer...; peterridley...; aaprjohn...; ...friendsofscience...; ...climatechangedispatch...; tom_neveu...; pfg.energy...; ...@weatheraction...
Sent: Wed, 17 Apr 2013 22:13
Subject: PSI Acumen Ltd. and Due Diligence

Hi Folks,

Would any of you PSI founding members like to advise on the sudden departure from PSI Acumen Ltd. “Subsidiary” of Tim Ball and his replacement as “Chairman” by PC manufacturer John Sanderson? I have updated my article “SpotlightON – Principia Scientific International” (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/spotlighton-principia-scientific.html) as best I can but I’m sure that there is more to the story than I have found out. It doesn’t come as a surprise, considering tim’s words last April about " .. I was made aware of the charges against O'Sullivan almost from the start .. I legally disassociated myself from O'Sullivan very early .. " but I.m puzzled as to why it took him so long.

Best regards, Pete
================ 



From: peter.ridley...
To: weston...; westonallen...; kalhnd...; alan...; bobashworth...; ...friendsofscience...; geraldo...; SR2...; timothy.casey...; bastardi...; jinan.cao...; jameseoberg...; Fred...; rsowell...; dalker...; tom...; tom_neveu...; pfg.energy...; ...weatheraction...
CC: aaskolnick...; bbracci...; forbes...; ...jamesdelingpole...; ...@aias...; nasifnahle...; ...biocab...; vinmary.gray...; hdyer...; peterridley...; ...industrialcostanalysis...
Sent: Fri, 12 Apr 2013 22:57
Subject: PSI Acumen Ltd. and Due Diligence

ATTACHMENT: Rancor Within Reason - 2011_01_04

Hi folks, 

As requested I have removed several of the original recipients of E-mails in this thread however I have added Walter O;Brien who is shown on the Companies House registration documents as being PSI Acumen Ltd. major shareholder. Walter, I apologise for not including you from the outset. The only excuse that I have is that the discussion was mainly focussed on the impact on members of Principia Scientific International, with whom I do not believe you have had much involvement. It was only yesterday or the day before that the subject was changed to “PSI Acumen Ltd. Due Diligence” so wish you a belated welcome to the discussion. 

According to PSI “Senior Fellow” Joe Postma 6 months ago “ ... 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 .. 
 Considering that the small number of the original “Slayers” left in PSI comprise the core of the PSI membership perhaps you’d like to tell us what changes you foresee in how this “subsidiary” of your new company will operate. As an businessman with 33 years of experience you will be aware that any organisation operating in that fashion is most unlikely to be a commercial success. 

Joe Olson chose the subject “PLEASE....rid us of this Ridley flea....” for his E-mail of 10 Apr 2013 15:15 and talked about confidential E-mails. That “Ridley flea” reference reminded me of something foerm my past .. that I may have told Joe about that during one of our numerous one-to-one E-mail exchanges from the first week of Jan. through to Feb. 2011 – all Private & Confidential of course (remember Joe?). Those P&C exchanges started right in the middle of my initial “PSI and due diligence activities” following John O’Sullivan’s first belated appeal for charitable donations to pay for registering PSI as a “not for profit” Community Interest Company (CIC) in the UK. He had hoped to set himself up as CEO, Hans Schreduer as CFO, Tim Ball as Chairman, the rest of the “Slayers” as Directors and Philip Foster as Compliance Officer of an international publishing company with thousands of fee-paying members but over two years later the free membership is questionably a mere 200+. (See also my comments on John O’Sullivan’s next unsuccessful appeal for charitable donations at the end of Jan. 2011 - http://www.gofundme.com/1v39s). 

I quote from my E-mail to Joe on 7th Jan. 2011“ .. You can’t trust people that you don’t know and .. it pays to be cautious even with those you think you know .. ”. There’s a relevant saying “A fool and his money are soon parted”. 

Joe should know and be prepared to acknowledge that I have put none of the very private and confidential contents in his tens of one-to-one E-mails into the public domain and I know that I have disclosed them to no-one else. I do suggest to him that he takes another look at his E-mail of Jan 20 2011, 09:02 PM (UK time) which has content totally relevant to the repeated reference that I have made in this thread of E-mails about John O’Sullivan’s need for income (e.g. see my E-mail of 6 Apr 2013 20:07). 

I also remind Joe of his comment on Feb 16 2011, 07:36 PM   “ . Hi Pete! This is to confirm that I have ABSOLUTELY NO OBJECTION TO YOUR FORWARDING ANY OF MY EMAILS, except for those that I specifically mention should be kept between the two of us.  THIS IS A BLANKET RELEASE FOR THE FUTURE as well .. ” (my caps) !!!! 

On 4th Jan 2011 Joe circulated to the original “Slayers”/PSI group comprising all 9 of the original authors of “Slaying the Sky Dragon .. ” (Oliver Manuel was subsequently removed from the list of authors), Nasif Nahl (via his “biology cabinet” organisation, US publisher Ken Coffman and me his “Rancor within Reason” rant (attached) – and rant it surely is. Here is Joe’s conclusion QUOTE: .. 

WE ARE THE PREMIER SPOKESMEN FOR TRADITIONAL SCIENCE ON THE PLANET.  As such we must conduct ourselves as the Senior Statesmen for Science that we now are.  There has been a recent spat over ‘private’ email.  Gentlemen are allowed disagreements and to have ‘private’ communication.  However, as ClimateGate and WikiLeaks demonstrate, we have NO level of expectation of privacy. 

Everything we say is subject to spyware, virus, cookies, Trojan horses and legal discovery motions.  Every keystroke can be a warmist weapon. Our self screening process has so far only allowed the honest science faithful.  As our circle widens we may be infiltrated by saboteurs intent on creating internal division.  We cannot be simultaneously ‘inclusive’ and ‘exclusive’ so we must be aware of this danger and develop a response. 

Gentlemen, we have made the boldest statement for humanity since Martin Luther’s Manifesto and nailed it to the AGW Temple door.  Our Victory will not be DENIED 

 .. UNQUOTE. 

At one time PSI members claimed to be “ .. " .. advocates of transparency and accountability .. " (see the header of my post “Spotlight On PSI and PSI Acumen Ltd” - http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/spotlighton-principia-scientific.html and Appendix A, Note 34). PSI members may no longer aspire to this high ideal but I may not be the only defector from that original group (Charles Anderson? Nasif Nahl) copied on Joe’s 4th Jan. 2011 E-mail who intends to try to live up to it. In the spirit of such transparency I shall probably post Joe’s full “Rancor within  Reason” rant on my blog, meanwhile feel free to pass the attachment on as you see fit. 

I remind you of Norman Kalmanovitch’s relevant comments on 23rd Aug 2012 relating to the “Slayers” and rancor " .. Our problem is that we are all polite professionals and the perpetrators of the CAGW fraud are all rather nasty. What we need on our side is a bit of this nastiness and them Slayers have it in spades, so my intention in this is to get the Slayers working with us and giving the warmist crowd a taste of their own medicine! .. .. I have also removed myself from correspondence with Alan Siddons who is the worst of the lot .. " (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/selected-e-mails-with-slayerspsi.html).”. 

An example of this appears Alan Siddons’s E-mail of 11 Apr 2013 when he declared of Dr.Wes Allen “ .. He’s a conceited mediocrity and I regret having had any dealings with him ..”. My first reaction was is he talking about PSI ‘senior fellow’ Joe Postma?. There are numerous of us sceptics who have that opinion about Joe. There’s plenty more said about him elsewhere on the Internet, e.g. at the “Climate Denier List (http://denierlist.wordpress.com/2012/11/) and in the comments on  Joanne Nova’s excellent article “A discussion of the Slaying the Sky Dragon Science .. ” (That comment includes a prime example of Joe Postma’s arrogance, nonsense and invective– directed not only at Dr. Allen but at all medical students and practitioners -  http://joannenova.com.au/2012/10/a-discussion-of-the-slaying-the-sky-dragon-science-is-the-greenhouse-effect-a-sky-dragon-myth/#comment-1184516). Joe Postma appears to have a lack of respect for anyone who disagree with his nonsense. 

...

Best regards, 

Pete 
============= 


From: peter.ridley...
To: ""Alan Siddons ...; timothyball...; kalhnd...; bobashworth...; ...@friendsofscience...; omatumr...; philip.foster...; germanclimateblog...; PF.SMP...; geraldo...; SR2...; timothy.casey...; bastardi...; jinan.cao...; jameseoberg...; Fred...; rsowell...; dalker...; harris...; aaskolnick...; bbracci...; steve.mennie...; forbes...; ...climatechangedispatch...; tom_neveu...; pfg.energy...; ...weatheraction...; ...jamesdelingpole...; ...aias...; nasifnahle...; ...biocab...; vinmary.gray...; hdyer...; westonallen...; weston...
Sent: Thu, 11 Apr 2013 7:50
Subject: PSI Acumen Ltd Due Diligence

That’s a few interesting responses from PSI members Alan Siddons, Malcolm Roberts, Joe Olson and Ken Coffman and “friend of PSI” Oliver Manuel, all of whom are given a mention in “SpotlightON – Principia Scientific International” Section 3. In my humble opinion they all need to remove their blinkers and look at the facts that I have made available in this E-mail and on my blog. It is noticeable that not one of them has been able to provide anything to contradict what I say other than unsubstantiated hand-waving diatribes – more hot air from the PSI stable, which used to claim to be " .. advocates of transparency and accountability .. " but no longer does so (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/spotlighton-principia-scientific.html Appendix A, Note 34).


To the best of my knowledge I have provide the essential transparency about PSI that its founding members were not prepared to provide themselves. It is a shame that on occasions THE TRUTH HURTS but so be it!

In his response of 10 Apr 2013 15:15 (UK time) PSI “senior fellow” and driving force Joe Olson distorts the truth. Contrary to what he declares I did NOT “ .. approached the leadership of PSI when we first announced our organization .. ”. As is clear from my “PSI and Due Diligence E-mails” post (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/psi-due-diligence-20102011-selected-e.html), it was Australian lawyer Val Majcus who first made me aware of John O’Sullivan (5 Apr 2010 6:17), it was the leader of PSI, John O’Sullivan, who first contacted me by E-mail on 27th April 2010@ 14:18 LONG BEFORE the PSI organisation was announced. I FIRST “ .. approached the leadership of PSI .. ” AFTER the PSI leader’s E-mail to ME.

It was John O’Sullivan who invited me to co-author an article with him and “ .. I'd like to propose you consider coming in on a book project I'm currently developing with leading GHG skeptic scientists .. ” (Jul 02 2010, 02:54 PM). It was John O’Sullivan who invited “ ... Friends, Co-author with me on my new book project .. “ (Jul 03 2010, 01:35 PM).

He also claims that I “ .. exchanged emails with presumed confidence .. ” but there was never any pretence at “confidence”. John O’Sullivan himself made no effort to keep his E-mails sent to members of th egroup and others confidential. In my “PSI and Due Diligence” E-mail of Dec 30 2010, 08:52 PM I expressed my concersn about his disclosure of E-mail addresses in the public domain along with his release of E-mails, saying “ .. While checking up on Joseph A Olsen I came across several E-mails between you, Joe, Piers Corbyn and Mike Morano on full display to the world, including the E-mail addresses of about 30 Ccs, mine included .. ”.

Joe has conveniently ignored the fact that it was John who made no attempt to maintain any kind of confidentiality, adding others to group E-mail circulation just as he saw fit, such as on Jun 20, 2010 10:41 pm “ .. I've taken the liberty of adding Will Pratt .. ” and on Jan 01 2011, 07:48 PM “ .. I'm taking the liberty of adding four new potential contributors to this discussion .. ”. There was clearly no sugestion of those exchanges being of a confidential nature.

As Joe Olson himself acknowledged on 29 Sep 2011 0:27 “ .. for the record....there is NO expectation of privacy on the internet .. ” (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/selected-e-mails-with-slayerspsi.html). That was in response to my E-mail of 28 Sep 2011 23:44 in which I had quoted from my “PSI & Due Diligence” E-mail of Dec 30 2010, 08:52 PM when I said “ .. I offer my ‘Executive Summary’ here but am prepared to share selected extracts with anyone here who asks for them but on the understanding that I do so on a Private & Confidential basis .. ”.
If an E-mail or any other form of correspondence is intended to be regarded as private or confidential it is necessary to make that clear.

Something else that Joe Olson conveniently fails to mention is that before posting any of those E-mail exchanges I challenged both him and John O’Sullivan to do so. On 18 Sep 2011 19:07 I said QUOTE: .. in line with .. the declaration on the “Principles of Association” page about transparency being an important aspect of PSI, here’s another challenge for you. In order to make available to anyone who might be considering applying for membership of PSI and contributing towards its funding all relevant background information, will you provide:

- access to all of the E-mails that we all exchanged during the December/January discussions about setting up PSI as a CIC. I’m happy for all of my E-mails to be made available to the public, how about you and the rest of those receiving this E-mail,

- full substantiated details of your academic and professional training and experience .. UNQUOTE.

I raised that issue of PSI publishing those PSI and Due Diligence” E-mails and demonstrating real transparency again in my E-mails of 26 Sep 2011 @ 19:46 (see also the relevant final paragraph) and 9 Oct 2011 @ 12:15 but to no avail. As I said on 16th Dec. 2011 @ 23:38 “ .. my objective is to provide the utmost possible transparency that I can about the “Slayers” and their association PSI .. ” and I gave PSI a FURTHER 6 MONTHS before going ahead and posting them on my own blog.


I took that action only after John O’Sullivan made his unsubstantiated allegations of defamation against Professor Judith Curry, Andrew Skolnick and me (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/professor-judith-curry-threatened-with.html).

As I say in “SpotlightON – Principia Scientific International” Section 3.4 Co-Founder and Director Mr Joseph A Olson QUOTE: .. It is difficult to disagree with what was said about Joe by .. TheExposer ... Joseph A Olson .. 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://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/spotlighton-principia-scientific.html).

For Joe, Ken and Malcolm there is an appropriate saying “there are none so blind as those who will not see”.

Now back to more important matters about PSI.


Hi Alan,



Thanks for your response. I agree with your “ .. I just don’t foresee any .. good chance of success .. ” for the PSI Acumen Ltd. business venture but I base that opinion on past evidence rather than instinct. It looks as though Walter James O’Brien, named on the PSI Acumen Ltd. documentation available from the UK’s Companies House as its major shareholder and director, agrees with us now that he has done his own belated due diligence exercise. On 8th April I had a surprising comment on my “PSI and Due Diligence E-Mails” post and sent a message to the originator. On the 9th April I received an even more surprising message – an E-mail with an attached recording of a conversation with a James O’Brien in which he said that he was offered a directorship in PSI Acumen, refused it and has nothing whatever to do with it. Although Companies House has not yet updated their records James O’Brien said that around 25th March he formally notified both John O’Sullivan and the UK authorities that he was no longer affiliated with PSIA and does not have anything to do with it any more.

James O’Brien said that when he agreed to join forces with John O’Sullivan he had not initially done his background work - otherwise known as Due Diligence, which any prudent individual with experience of running a “limited” company should do before affiliating with others, most particularly with relative strangers. Had James O’Brien done only minimal due diligence checking before joining forces with John O’Sullivan he would have found that John has no track record of successfully running any business. All that was required was a simple “Google” for - “John O’Sullivan” “UK” “PSI” “cv”. The very first item in the list that my search brought up is a link to his 2010 CV (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/curriculum-vitae-for-john-osullivan-2010.html), The very first sentence of that post refers to “"SpotlightOn - Principia Scientific International" Section 3.2  Co-Founder and CEO John O'Sullivan so he could have done a useful due diligence exercise in a matter of minutes and avoided being linked with John O’Sullivan in a business venture.


That James O’Brien appeared not to undertake any worthwhile due diligence might surprise some people and cause them to ask why someone who “ .. has 33 years’ experience as construction and manufacturing cost estimator and project integrator .. ” (http://www.psi-acumen.net/index.php/about) failed to undertake such a simple check. After my experience with PSI members it comes as no surprise to me. It reminds me of the “PSI and Due Diligence” exchanges of 2010/2011 and of the short affiliation in Oct./Nov. 2012 between PSI and Dr. Myron Evans’s Alpha Institute of Advanced Studies (AIAS). That too only lasted for a few days,– see “Spotlight On PSI and PSI Acumen Ltd.” Section 4.2  Alpha Institute of Advanced Studies (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/spotlighton-principia-scientific.html). As AIAS founder Dr. Williams said only 6 days after John o’Sullivan’s proud announcement of that affiliation " .. 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 .. ".


Going back to 2010 it seems as though few of the PSI founding members had done any worthwhile due diligence of their own before getting involved. Maybe most of them were “ .. just along for the ride ..” as you said of yourself in your E-mail on 4th Jan. 2011 to John O’Sullivan and Claes Johnson  (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/psi-due-diligence-20102011-selected-e.html).


In his inimitable style John O’Sullivan has made an exaggerated announcement of what appears to have been his short affiliation with Walter James O’Brien. He quickly declared PSI a “subsidiary” of PSI Acumen Ltd. and boasted of how “ .. PSI Acumen .. provides power generation firms, refineries and steel mills with cost-effective and practicable solutions for carbon capture utilisation and storage .. 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 .. ” (http://www.psi-acumen.net/index.php/about).


James O’Brien said that he has a background that is strictly industrial, with no scientific background whatsoever and is just an estimator who since 1983 has been running his own “1099” business (US Inland Revenue Service classification?) as a single person consultancy doing cost estimates for contractors. What James O’Brien and Charles Anderson have said about their involvement with PSIA appear to contradict those claims that John makes on the PSIA “about”-page, much as other exaggerated claims that he has made have been contradicted.


I’ll provide more details about what appears to have been a very brief business relationship between John O’Sullivan and Walter O’Brien in my new article “SpotlightON – PSI Acumen Ltd). I’ll also include information about other less-than-successful business ventures entered into by John O’Sullivan and by PSI’s Chief Financial Officer Johannes Cornelis Schreuder.


I’ll let you all know when I post my article “SpotlightON – PSI Acumen Ltd. but it now needs to be updated with the news about Walter O’Brien’s departure from the PSI scene. I say again - on occasions THE TRUTH HURTS but so be it! It is time for PSI members to REMOVE THEIR BLINKERS!


As I have said repeatedly in my E-mails and comments in the blogosphere, I have no wish to make defamatory statements.  If anyone considers that I have misrepresented or distorted any facts or expressed unreasonable opinions then please advise specifically where and how so that I can reconsider what I have said and if I consider it warranted I will either change, retract or apologise. Non-one has yet done so.


BTW, I use capitals purely for emphasis, not with the intention of shouting at anyone. The truth shouts for itself



Best regards, Pete

============ 

From: Norm Kalmanovitch ...
To: 'David Weston Allen' ...; 'Malcolm Roberts' ...
CC: peter.ridley...; 'Ashworth Bob' ...; afjacobs...; ...@friendsofscience...; 'Siddons Alan' ...; 'Joe Houston' ...; omatumr...; philip.foster...; germanclimateblog...; 'Philip Foster' ...; 'ken Coffman' ...; geraldo...; 'Pierre Latour'...; timothy.casey...; 'Joe Bastardi' ...; 'JinanCao Cao' ...; jameseoberg...; Fred...; rsowell...; dalker...; harris...; aaskolnick...; bbracci...; steve.mennie...; 'Viv Forbes' ...; ...climatechangedispatch...; tom_neveu...; pfg.energy...; 'Piers Corbyn' ...; 'Delingpole James' ...; ...aias.us; 'Nasif Nahle' ...; ...biocab.org; 'Gray Vincent' ...; 'Helen Dyer' ...; westonallen...; 'OSULLIVAN JOHN' ...
Sent: Wed, 10 Apr 2013 22:32
Subject: RE: Take-over of Principia Scientific International by PSI Acumen Ltd??!!??


Let’s be perfectly clear, The Slayers’ knowledge of physics is impeccable but their application of this knowledge to climate (with the exception of Tim Ball) leaves a lot to be desired. There is no excuse for any ignorant criticism by the a few of the Slayers against those who have been fighting this climate change fraud from the beginning, and these comments are equal to or even worse that the ad hominem attacks leveled against Slayers by equally disrespectful people on the other side.


I only respect those who respect others which means that I have great respect for most on both sides but little respect for any making ad hominem attacks from either side.


Norm K

============= 

From: David Weston Allen ...
To: 'Malcolm Roberts' ...; 'Norm Kalmanovitch' ...
CC: peter.ridley...; 'Ashworth Bob'...; afjacobs...; ...friendsofscience...; 'Siddons Alan' ...; 'Joe Houston'...; omatumr...; philip.foster...; germanclimateblog...; 'Philip Foster'
Sent: Wed, 10 Apr 2013 22:07
Subject: RE: Take-over of Principia Scientific International by PSI Acumen Ltd??!!??


Dear Malcolm


I too am far more interested in the science than the politics.  But we have to be careful to avoid double standards – condemning those who ‘play our man’ while being very happy to ‘play their man’ (be it James Hansen, David Karoly, John Church, Kurt Lambeck etc – or sceptics like Pete Ridley).  Did you defend me when Joe Postma et al played the man when I critiqued their science?  Why defend people you have never met but not someone you have, and in whose home you stayed?


If you agree with Norm that 

“Slaying the Sky Dragon Death of the Greenhouse Gas Theory” . . . is the best reference ever produced refuting the fraudulent physical science claims made in support of the Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming hypothesis behind the climate change issue (scam).

I can only conclude that neither you nor Norm have actually read my damning critique of that book.  If any of the Slayers hold their ‘position under far greater scrutiny’ than Pete, why react with hostility towards anyone who points out their errors?


We need to be careful not to judge others of “lack of real-world evidence. Desperation.” when we have not had a good honest look at the plethora of real-world evidence for significant atmospheric radiation.


No one likes being criticised, and most don’t like having their work criticised, but real scientists do like to have their work critiqued and challenged.  Those who play the man that critiques their work reveal themselves to be more politician than scientist.


Kind regards


Wes Allen
============ 

From: Malcolm Roberts ...
To: Norm Kalmanovitch
CC: peter.ridley...; Ashworth Bob ...; afjacobs...; ...friendsofscience...; Siddons Alan ...; Joe Houston ...; omatumr...; philip.foster...; germanclimateblog...; Philip Foster
Sent: Wed, 10 Apr 2013 8:46
Subject: Re: Take-over of Principia Scientific International by PSI Acumen Ltd??!!??


Well said, Norm.

A few comments for Pete Ridley follow.

Some time ago, Pete, you failed to address my request for information and facts supporting an unsubstantiated claim you made.

Then after my request you failed to remove my name from your emailing list.

You continue to play the man not the topic. Why?

From what I've seen that often highlights lack of real-world evidence. Desperation.

NASA, being the real NASA not James Hansen's corrupted GISS, recently confirmed CO2 is an atmospheric coolant.

John O'Sullivan had the skill & courage to write about that. Yet you ignore. Why?

Alan & Hans have been saying the same & proving it empirically and theoretically for half a decade.

I admire Alan's questioning. He holds his own position under far greater scrutiny than do you of Slayers. Hans is more persistent than most people, even most Sceptics.

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.

I cannot know your need to misrepresent and divert from the merit of John's work. And divert people from scepticism.

You say little of the billions of dollars and Euro and pounds of taxpayer funds wasted on climate fraud. Yet you try to present O'Sullivan's efforts as suspicious.

One wonders whether you condone corruption of climate science revealed on this page?


Or other appendices 2,3, 5, 6, 6a, 7, 8,  10, 11, 12, 13 available here:


Some of this corruption appears fraudulent. Do you condone it? All of it is abuse of taxpayer funds & misrepresents science.

Pete by your own actions you have destroyed your credibility.

Please remove my address and that of my wife Christine from your mailing list.

Malcolm
=============== 

From: Alan Siddons ...
To: timothyball...; kalhnd...; peter.ridley...
CC: catalyst...u; bobashworth...; afjacobs...; ...friendsofscience...; houston2000...; omatumr...; philip.foster...; germanclimateblog...; PF.SMP...; ...stairwaypress...; geraldo...; SR2...; timothy.casey...; bastardi...; jinan.cao...; jameseoberg...; Fred...; rsowell...; dalker...; harris...; aaskolnick...; bbracci...; steve.mennie...; forbes...; ...climatechangedispatch...; tom_neveu...; pfg.energy...; ...weatheraction...; ...jamesdelingpole...; ...@aias...; nasifnahle...; ...biocab...; vinmary.gray...; hdyer...; westonallen...; weston...
Sent: Sat, 6 Apr 2013 20:47
Subject: Re: Take-over of Principia Scientific International by PSI AcumenLtd??!!??

Don’t misunderstand, Peter. I wish John only luck in this effort, and if he can enlist real experts like Latour, Hertzberg and Anderson, all getting paid for their services, that’s fine by me. I just don’t foresee any role for myself or a good chance of success. Corporations tend to bend to public and bureaucratic pressure, after all — their profits hinge on nurturing favorable impressions — so I don’t expect that our unpopular views would find many receptive ears. But I also don’t expect that PSI Acumen would do me harm or sway any of us contributors to amend our positions. No harm, no foul, then.
============ 

From: peter.ridley...
To: alan...; timothyball...; kalhnd...
CC: catalyst...; bobashworth...; afjacobs...; ...friendsofscience...; houston2000...; omatumr...; philip.foster...; germanclimateblog...; PF.SMP...; ...stairwaypress...; geraldo...; SR2...; timothy.casey...; bastardi...; jinan.cao...; jameseoberg...; Fred...; rsowell...; dalker...; harris...; aaskolnick...; bbracci...; steve.mennie...; forbes...; ...climatechangedispatch...; tom_neveu...; pfg.energy...; ...weatheraction....; ...jamesdelingpole...; ...aias...; nasifnahle...; ...biocab...; vinmary.gray...; hdyer...; westonallen...; weston...
Sent: Sat, 6 Apr 2013 20:07
Subject: Re: Take-over of Principia Scientific International by PSI AcumenLtd??!!??

Hi Alan (Siddons),

Long time no hear from you. I don’t suppose you had much if any involvement in PSI Acumen Ltd.’s take-over of your assocciation PSI. I recall you saying on 4th Jan 2011 during the ”PSI and Due Diligence” exchanges “ .. I’m just along for the ride -- I wouldn't TOUCH the steering wheel! .. ” (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/psi-due-diligence-20102011-selected-e.html). You ask a fair question “ .. What can PSI Acumen advise prospective clients, after all, except that they needn’t worry about implementing carbon capture technologies? .. ” and make the fair point that “..  This doesn’t strike me as a lucrative venture .. ”. Exactly!

When those discussions about setting PSI up as a CIC were taking place back in Dec. 2010/Jan. 2011 Kent Clizbe expressed the opinion to John O’Sullivan that “ .. It seems pretty clear that the whole ‘business’ idea springs from the need to provide you with a living .. ” (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/psi-due-diligence-20102011-selected-e.html).

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).

A big question for me is what is in this PSI Acumen Ltd. joint venture for John O’Sullivan and Walt O’Brien if it isn’t to earn money? Another big question is how will those claimed 200+ PSI members and the “broader community” that PSI claims to (http://principia-scientific.org/) benefit from this take-over?

Come on Alan, how much did you know about the take-over of your private association PSI by PSI Acumen Ltd?



Hi Tim,

I’m puzzled why PSI’s “Chairman” seems so reluctant to say anything publicly about the take-over of PSI by PSI Acumen Ltd. I’m sure that lots of people (including many of those claimed 200+ PSI members) would love to know how much you were involved in that deal and why Walter James O’Brien was given control. As “Chairman” did you give your approval to the original PSI Acumen Ltd. implication that PSI members were EMPLOYEES of PSI Acumen Ltd. After all, Walt O’Brien appears to have played no part whatsoever during the 2+ years of PSI’s existence.  

Did you also give your approval to the claim made by PSI Acumen 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 .. ”.  Anderson Materials Evaluation co-owner Dr. Charles Anderson seems to have been taken completely by surprise by that claim. 

I repeat what Charles Anderson said on 20th March after I drew this to his attention “ .. For the record ..  I was not aware of this until just now. .. I have no idea who Walter James O'Broen is .. 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 .. ”.

How many of the other PSI members were any more aware of what was going on than Charles Anderson? Please let us know so that I can add it into my new article “SpotlightON – PSI Acumen Ltd”.



Hi Norm,

I took a while to restore my composure after reading your comments that “ .. Slaying the Sky Dragon Death of the Greenhouse Gas Theory .. is the best reference ever produced refuting the fraudulent physical science claims made in support of the Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming hypothesis .. ”.

Not content with that you set me off into more convulsions with your parting shot “ .. My suggestion is read the book and educate yourself on the physics and other science presented in the book and use this knowledge in the way it was intended as ammunition in the fight against this CAGW fraud and simply thank the Slayers for providing this background knowledge as all of us are on the same side .. ”.

I have news for you Norman. Ken Hoffman passed me a complementary copy of “Slaying the Sky Dragon .. “ back in 2011 and I have read it, more than once. Like you I have an inadequate understanding of the relevant physics but what I read did not impress me. I am not alone in being unimpressed by that hurriedly cobbled collection of blog articles, which Wes Allen (who I added into the circulation in my previous E-mail) has done a fine job of tearing ot to bits. I opine that Wes and plenty others (CACC sceptics and suppoirters alike) would reject out of hand your comment that “ .. the physics and other science  presented are completely free of error .. ”, e.g. Jack Barrett, Roy Spencer, John Nicol, Roger Taguchi, Joel Shore, Grant Petty, Judith Curry, etc. etc. etc.

Let me remind you of your comment on Oct 17 2012, 01:17 PM on the subject of “Earth Emission Spectra up to 2700cm-1” when you said to Jack Barrett “ .. I am not an academic and I do not write peer reviewed articles on climate which require proper scientific justification so I can say anything I wish and people who read what I write have the prerogative to either accept or reject what I say .. ”. I quite agree with you which is why I regard most of what you say as being worthy of little serious consideration.

In my opinion there are far superior sources of scientific arguments than anything you offer. May I suggest that you pop over to the “Barrett Bellamy Climate” (http://www.barrettbellamyclimate.com/) and Roy Spencer’s “Global Warming” (http://www.drroyspencer.com/) where you should be able to improve your understanding of the subject. 

You say “ .. the Slayers .. concept of the greenhouse effect .. puts them at odds with those who have been fighting this climate change scam since its inception and have the knowledge of climatology that the Slayers do not (with the exception of climatology professor Tim Ball) .. ”. It is my understanding that Tim Ball was a Professor of GEOGRAPHY (not CLIMATOLOGY) for – what was it again – 32 years, 28 years, 25 years? Or maye it was only 8 years. I talk about this in “SpotlightON – Principia Scientific International” Section 3.1 Co-Founder and Chairman Dr. Timothy Francis Ball (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/spotlighton-principia-scientific.html). 

As I recall PSI “Chairman” Tim Ball’s contribution of Chapters 1 and 11 contained more hand-waiving than sound science and concentrated on what I regard as political aspects, as did John O’Sullivan in his Chapter 21.

You may find the exchanges on Joanne Nova’s “A discussion of the Slaying the Sky Dragon science: Is the Greenhouse Effect a Sky Dragon Myth?” enlightening (e.g. see http://joannenova.com.au/2012/10/a-discussion-of-the-slaying-the-sky-dragon-science-is-the-greenhouse-effect-a-sky-dragon-myth/#comment-1184826). As I said there “ .. In my opinion ‘Slaying the sky dragon’ presents not only ‘Slayer science’ (which is itself highly questionable) but also outlines in Chapter 21 the political activities for which PSI was originally intended. I first raised my concerns about what in my opinion were political motivations during the “PSI & Due Diligence” exchanges with the “Slayers”/PSI group in Jan. 2011.

Best regards, Pete

=========== 

From: Alan Siddons ...
To: Norm Kalmanovitch...; peter.ridley...; catalyst...
CC: bobashworth...; afjacobs...; ...friendsofscience...; houston2000...; omatumr...; philip.foster...; germanclimateblog...; PF.SMP...; ...stairwaypress...; geraldo...; SR2...; timothy.casey...; bastardi...; jinan.cao...; jameseoberg...; Fred...; rsowell...; dalker...; harris...; aaskolnick...; bbracci...; steve.mennie...; forbes...; ...climatechangedispatch...; tom_neveu...; pfg.energy...; ...weatheraction...; ...jamesdelingpole...; ...aias...; nasifnahle...; ...biocab.org; vinmary.gray...; hdyer...; westonallen...; weston...
Sent: Sat, 6 Apr 2013 18:18
Subject: Re: Take-over of Principia Scientific International by PSI AcumenLtd??!!??



I don’t see the big deal anyway. What can PSI Acumen advise prospective clients, after all, except that they needn’t worry about implementing carbon capture technologies? This doesn’t strike me as a lucrative venture.  


Alan

=========== 

From: peter.ridley... 
To: catalyst... 
CC: bobashworth...; afjacobs...; ...friendsofscience...; alan...; houston2000...; omatumr...; philip.foster...; germanclimateblog...; PF.SMP...; ...stairwaypress...; geraldo...; SR2...; timothy.casey....; bastardi..; kalhnd...; jinan.cao...; jameseoberg...; Fred...; rsowell...; dalker...; harris...; aaskolnick...; bbracci...; steve.mennie...; forbes...; ...climatechangedispatch...; tom_neveu...; pfg.energy...; ...weatheraction...; ...jamesdelingpole...; ...aias...; nasifnahle...; ...biocab...; vinmary.gray...; hdyer...; westonallen...; weston46@southernphone.com.au 
Sent: Sat, 6 Apr 2013 11:55 
Subject: Take-over of Principia Scientific International by PSI Acumen Ltd??!!??

Hi Malcolm,

Your response comes as no surprise to me, considering what you said during 29th and 30th May 2012. If you don’t recall those Email exchanges you can find them in my post “Selected E-mails with Slayers_PSI members from 2011-09-07” (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/selected-e-mails-with-slayerspsi.html). I have also updated “Spotlight On PSI and PSI Acumen Ltd.” Section 3.11 Member Malcolm Roberts (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/spotlighton-principia-scientific.html).

I am dissapointed that you avoided making any response to my “ .. It would be interesting to hear the reactions of John O's fellow-"slayers" and PSI founding members Tim Ball, Joe Olson, Hans Schreuder, Claes Johnson, Phillip Foster, Alan Siddons, Martin Hertzberg and Charles Anderson (and all of the other "200+" individuals who are claimed to be PSI members (http://principia-scientific.org/about/why-psi-is-a-private-assoc.html) about having become part of a "subsidiary" run by Walt O'Brien. After all you have been involved with the “Slayers”/PSI blogging group since early 2010 (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/psi-due-diligence-20102011-selected-e.html).

As John O’Sullivan said on 29th Sept. 2011 when I was asking about the dwindling membership “ .. Other highly valued contributors include Bob Ashworth, Dr Charles Anderson, Miso Alkalaj, Malcolm Roberts .. ”.

I wonder if that apparent take-over of PSI by Walter James O’Brien, the major shareholder in PSI Acumen Ltd. come as much of a surprise to you as it appears to have done to at least one of those other claimed “valued contributors” Dr. Charles Anderson. When I asked Charles in March about his relationship with PSI Acumen Ltd. and its shareholders his responses included:

“ .. I was not aware of this until just now. .. I have no idea who Walter James O'Broen is .. 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 .. ”

You said to Bob shworth (another of those “highly valued contributors”) that you prefer his approach of discussing the real-world empirical science instead of smearing others. I don’t smear or taint others but I do shine the spotlight into cupboards looking for skeletons if I consider it to be appropriate and have no objection to others looking into my cupboards. As you and everyone else involved in the CACC debate should recognise there is more to this highly politicised debate than science. In my opinion anyone who chooses to close their mind to that fact is being very silly.

I think that most of us would prefer a proper scientific (and economic) approach to blow away the unpleasant stink of dishonesty surrounding the power-hungry, the UN, its IPCC, our elected representatives, the environmental activists and the renewable energy industry and all of the others who are using the CACC propaganda to further there own interests. That won’t happen by itself. All of us genuine CACC sceptics have to keep exposing anything that we consider undermines the scientific and economic arguments against this CACC nonsense.

You are no shrinking violet in this war against dishonesty “ .. Given blatant politicisation of the so-called ‘debate’ on global warming it’s clear there are vested interests political, commercial and academic interfering unscientifically and sometimes apparently dishonestly on behalf of their interests. The casualties are truth and liberty .. ” (http://www.conscious.com.au/__documents/additional%20material/Personal%20declaration%20of%20interests.pdf).

Maybe one day we will all be able to take a breath of fresh air but doesn’t that require us to remove our blinkers even if we don’t always like what that reveals?

Best regards, Pete

================ 

From: Malcolm Roberts ...
To: Bob Ashworth ...
CC: peter.ridley...; afjacobs...; ...friendsofscience.org; alan...@earthlink.net; houston2000...; omatumr...; philip.foster...; germanclimateblog...; PF.SMP...; ...stairwaypress...; geraldo...; SR2...; timothy.casey...; bastardi...; kalhnd...; jinan.cao...; jameseoberg...; Fred...; rsowell...; dalker...; harris...; aaskolnick...; bbracci...; steve.mennie...; forbes...; ...climatechangedispatch...; tom_neveu...; pfg.energy...; ...weatheraction...; ...jamesdelingpole...; ...aias...; nasifnahle...; ...biocab...; vinmary.gray...
Sent: Thu, 4 Apr 2013 0:40
Subject: Re: Roger's Comments relating to"A Critical Evaluation of the Essential Physics of Man-Made Global Warming"

Thank you, Bob.

I prefer your approach of discussing the real-world empirical science instead of smearing others.

As I understand it, science involves engaging in debate between those having differing views on the science such as Vincent and yourself.

It's not about tainting others. (“to contaminate morally” http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/taint). The latter is such a give-away as to motive and reveals lack of science.

Your email is a breath of fresh air. Much appreciated.

Malcolm
================ 

From: peter.ridley...

To: rtaguchi...; rgb...; RUTHHERTZBERG...; kalhnd...; johnwfarley...; timothyball...; tom.harris...; bob.carter...; singer...; rlindzen...; jackbarrett...; ...drroyspencer...; jonicol...; cuibono...; judith.curry...; monckton...; philip.halliday...; Mahdi_Nazemroaya...; dupj...; Charles.R.Anderson...; vinmary.gray...; afjacobs...; ...friendsofscience..., alan6..., 

houston2000..., omatumr..., philip.foster..., bobashworth..., germanclimateblog..., PF.SMP..., ...stairwaypress..., geraldo..., SR2..., timothy.casey.psi..., catalyst..., bastardi..., kalhnd..., jinan.cao..., jameseoberg..., Fred..., rsowell..., dalker..., harris..., aaskolnick..., bbracci..., steve.mennie..., forbes..., ...climatechangedispatch..., tom_neveu..., pfg.energy..., ...weatheraction..., ...jamesdelingpole..., ...aias.us, nasifnahle..., ...biocab.org  

Sent: Tue, 2 Apr 2013 19:40
Subject: “The_Greenhouse_Revisited” by Dr. Vincent Gray.

 .....

Hi Albert (Jacobs),

In your E-mall on April Fools Day you said “ .. As for PSI, the last thing I want to get involved in are any battles in that domain .. ”. I don’t know what battles you are talking of and perhaps you’d like to explain. My comments about PSI are all aimed at providing as much transparency as I can about that organisation, its members and its new owner PSI Acumen Ltd. for the benefit of others who may be tempted to join PSI. I don’t recognise any “battle” as such, only a judicious use of the “spotlight”.

Norman Kalmanovitch, your associate at the Friends of Science Society, made similar comments back in August 2012, e.g. “ .. let's not get too involved in "holier than thou" issues and just stick to science and professional, conduct .. When you go after PSI .. the discussion degrades to ad hominem attack against ad hominem attack with no progress being made in the fight against the CAGW scam which is the real problem .. The bottom line is pick your battles and only engage in those that will be of benefit .. ”.

As I responded then “ .. I choose to discuss both falsehoods and those who promulgate them .. I find it hard to understand why you are so determined to support them – is it because of your association with PSI’s “Chairman” Tim Ball? .. Regarding you QUOTE: .. The bottom line is pick your battles and only engage in those that will be of benefit .. UNQUOTE, perhaps you should consider the merits of adding - pick your allies carefully .. ” (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/selected-e-mails-with-slayerspsi.html).

As I said during exchanges on the subject of “Professor Judith Curry  threatened with blog closure attempt - thread update” on 9th May 2012 (copied to many of you in this circulation) “ .. In my opinion John O-Sullivan, Tim Ball, Joe Olson, Hans Schreuder and their gaggle of followers are doing more damage than good to our attempts to expose the propaganda that is being foisted upon the general public by the power hungry, the UN, the environmental activists, our politicians and the investors in renewable energy projects. That is the reason I am posting about them and drawing attention to my posts whenever I see it to be appropriate .. ”.

I am not the only person to have this opinion, e.g. Maurice Rich from Brisbane said in response “ .. I am inclined to agree that recent offerings issued from PSI are doing damage to most Skeptics & this is stated by a couple (few?) on your links .. ”. Other examples from Professor Judith Curry and Lord Christopher Monckton were provided in my E-mail of May 30 2012, 05:45 PM 
I have now added the E-mails from which I have quoted to my article “Professor Judith Curry threatened with blog closure attempt” (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/professor-judith-curry-threatened-with.html).

In response to my E-mail of 31st March 2013 (appended) to a sub-set of the circulation here “Slayer” and PSI founding member Bob Ashworth made an appropriate April-Fools-Day comment. He said “ .. Peter:  You and Vincent don't seem to understand thermodynamics.  O Sullivan is correct .. ”. I make no claims to being a scientist (on any day of the year, not even on the 1st April) or having a deep understanding of thermodynamics or any other branch of science but I have learnt a lot since getting involved in the CACC debate. I am inclined to take more heed of people like Drs. Roy Spencer,  Jack Barratt, Richard Lindzen, Charles Anderson, Vincent Gray, Grant Petty, Judith Curry, John Nicol, Robert Brown, Roger Taguchi, etc. and last but by no means least, Lord Christopher Monckton than of anything coming out of Principia Scientific International members.

For those with a scientific inclination I quote from Bob Ashworth’s article (which he refers to as a “paper” although his link was to a blog, not a scientific journal of merit - http://www.energypulse.net/centers/article/article_display.cfm?a_id=2500)  QUOTE: .. 


Conclusion

Our atmosphere cools the earth, it doesn't warm it. The scientists that purport that carbon dioxide warms the earth are either completely non-schooled in thermodynamics or have their own nefarious reasons for backing carbon dioxide causing climate change. I have written several papers on the climate change issue and this is the most straight-forward and simple way I have found for showing that carbon dioxide causing the earth to warm is completely bogus .. UNQUOTE.

I’m inclined to agree with the comments on that article by Len Gould, Jim Beyer and Ferdinand E. Banks “ ..

 .. The whole article is nonsense, and not to be trusted. The author has proven himself in past articles, and again here, to be willing to employ every trick and device to decieve his readers .. 

 .. More nonsense .. 

 .. Why does somebody as intelligent as Bob Ashworth go off on these looney departures? .. ”!!

The web-site on which he posted his article correctly refers to them as articles, not papers (although, like PSI, it claims that its articles are peer-reviewed). “ .. EnergyPulse is the global forum for power industry professionals .. a service of Energy Central (www.energycentral.com), the leading news and information portal for the global power industry since 1996 .. ” (http://www.energypulse.net/site/site_about.cfm).

Best regards, Pete


PS: The “Why PSI is a Private Assoc.” web-page final paragraph says “ .. WHY PSI OPERATES AS A PRIVATE ASSOCIATION Our members have opted to run PSI, in the first instance, as a private association .. ” (http://principia-scientific.org/about/why-psi-is-a-private-assoc.html). None of the numerous individuals circulated here who are named as PSI members seem to be prepared to talk about their association being taken over by someone who has never figured in the hundreds of E-mail exchanges we have had about PSI since 2010, Walter James O’Brien. I wonder why that is. If I’d been daft enough to join PSI back in Jan 2011 I would be very unhappy about this development.

Come on you guys, let’s hear your opinions on that one so that I can include them in my new article “SpotlightON – PSI Acumen Ltd.”.

================= 


From: peter.ridley@... 
To: afjacobs@... 
CC: ...friendsofscience.org; alan618034@...; houston2000@...; omatumr@...; philip.foster...; bobashworth@...; germanclimateblog@...; PF.SMP@...; ...stairwaypress.com; geraldo@...; SR2@...; timothy.casey.psi@...; catalyst@...; bastardi@...; kalhnd@...; jinan.cao@...; jameseoberg@...; Fred@...; rsowell@...; dalker@...; harris@...; aaskolnick@...; bbracci@...; steve.mennie@...; forbes@...; ...climatechangedispatch...; tom_neveu@...; pfg.energy@...; ...weatheraction...; ...jamesdelingpole...; ...aias...; nasifnahle...; ...biocab...; vinmary.gray@... 
Sent: Sun, 31 Mar 2013 20:09 
Subject: Fwd: Roger's Comments relating to"A Critical Evaluation of the Essential Physics of Man-Made Global Warming" 

Hi Albert,  
  
Thanks for sending that very interesting article by Vincent (attached). I have forwarded it to several others who have been exchanging opinions recently.  
  
Vincent includes in his article a fair point about the flawed scientific analysis by Principia Scientific International (PSI) "visionary" John O’Sullivan’s team of "Slayers" .. when saying " .. Several people who have failed to understand this have claimed that the system presented is wrong as the presence of radiation from the atmosphere involves heat being transferred from a cool atmosphere back to the earth (‘back radiation”) which violates the Second Law of Thermodynamics .. ".  
Maybe one day those among them with any real understanding of the relevant sciences (which seems to exclude John O') will at last concede that they had it all wrong, just like the IPCC.  
    
Vincent's mention of the "Slayers" coincides with the latest news about the recent take-over of their " .. science association and active publisher of science articles .. " (AKA a blogging group) PSI by a new UK company PSI Acumen Ltd. (PSIA) having only two shareholders. The major shareholder is one Walter James O'Brien (60%), a NE USA technical author and cost estimator for the power industry and someone who I had never heard of until 15th March. The minor shareholder is of course John Anthony O'Sullivan (40%) who most of us have heard of.  
  
Not all of you may be aware that John O'Sullivan appears to have given control of PSI to Walt O'Brien and declared PSI as a SUBSIDIARY of it (e.g. see the very small print at the foot of http://principia-scientific.org/about/why-psi-is-a-private-assoc.html)!!  
  
I am drafting an article "SpotlighON - PSI Acumen Ltd" for publication in early April giving details of this new owner of PSI and its two shareholders, meanwhile see my introductory summary in "Spotlight On PSI and PSI Acumen Ltd." Section 7.6 "Governance" http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/spotlighton-principia-scientific.html.   
It would be interesting to hear the reactions of John O's fellow-"slayers" and PSI founding members Tim Ball, Joe Olson, Hans Schreuder, Claes Johnson, Phillip Foster, Alan Siddons, Martin Hertzberg and Charles Anderson (and all of the other "200+" individuals who are claimed to be PSI members (http://principia-scientific.org/about/why-psi-is-a-private-assoc.html) about having become part of a "subsidiary" run by Walt O'Brien. On 17th March 2013 the PSI Acumen Ltd. About-page was referring to them all under the heading "WHO ARE OUR EMPLOYEES?". I thought that several of those PSI "members" were happily employed elsewhere, e.g. Charles Anderson, Claes Johnson, Bob Ashworth, Joe Postma and that many others were enjoying a well-earned retirement.  
  
I invite any of those among the recipients of this E-mail to get back to us on that. I know that Charles Anderson for one was taken by surprise over this development and I suspect that he is not the only one.  
  
John O' certainly is one for springing surprises.  
  
Best regards, Pete
============== 


From: Charles Anderson ...
To: peter.ridley@...
CC: houston2000@...; alan618034@...; ole.humlum@...; emyrone@; cliff.ollier@...; ed@...; tom@...; Klaus ...; a_boretti@...; bastardi@...; ken@...; geraldo@...; germanclimateblog@...; pfg.energy@...; ruthhertzberg@...; catalyst@...; dalker@...; philip.foster..@...; Anderson Materials Evaluation ...; timothyball@...; claesjohnson@...; morner@...; piers@...; aaskolnick@...; "Barbara Bracci-O'Sullivan ...; peter.ridley@...
Sent: Wed, 20 Mar 2013 11:21
Subject: Re: PSI's Legal Status

For the record:

I have been involved in discussions by e-mail with many others on the catastrophic man-made global warming hypothesis.  Many of the people involved in these discussions were contributors to the book Slaying the Sky Dragon.  Others have been members of PSI.  I have often enjoyed these discussions and I have learned from them.  Not infrequently, I have disagreed with many others viewpoints, but I have been pleased by our ability usually just to offer up reasons for disagreement and move on in these internal discussions.  I have not always been pleased with the way some members of this group have dealt with others outside it.  But, I expect a certain amount of irascibility to accompany an outsider group questioning a matter of "settled" belief.  It is independent-minded individualists and those willing to go against the grain who are usually the first to oppose widely-believed and adamantly held erroneous beliefs.

I have not had any business discussions with any of these people and I have never made a dime on any of my activities related to evaluating the wrongheaded claims of catastrophic man-made global warming alarmists.  I did receive two copies of Slaying the Sky Dragon in color and two in black and white only as a result of the article I submitted for that publication.  I received no royalties and had actually stated that I expected none.

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.  I have not made any monetary contributions to PSI.  In late December 2010, I was only thinking about the upcoming move of my laboratory which occurred in early February 2011, after some delays.  I was then busy reviewing the construction plans for the new lab, hurrying to finish analytical projects before the move, talking to the movers, talking to the architect, planning the dis-assembly of large spectrometers, trying to find ways to pay for moving expenses, etc.  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 do not like the idea that Judith Curry's blog was threatened.  Possibly there was a valid reason for this, but if so I do not know what it was.  Generally, I very much dislike it when people try to use the law as a bludgeon.  I believe few laws are needed and that we have far too many of them.  Those laws are then too often used as weapons to hurt and bind people simply trying to exercise their individual rights.

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.

This is the situation as I know it.  As I suspect many of you know, I am a very strongly committed rational individualist and I maintain my independent judgment as best I can.

Best wishes,
Charles
Charles R. Anderson, Ph.D.
President & Principal Scientist
Anderson Materials Evaluation, Inc.
...
============= 

Message Received: Mar 19 2013, 04:07 PM
From: "Pete Ridley"...
To: "Charles R. Anderson"...
Cc: "Timothy Ball" ...
Subject: Re: PSI Acumen Ltd.

Hi Charles,

You may be interested to know that Walter James O’Brien is the major shareholder in PSI Acumen Ltd. – you know, that company which “ .. 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 .. ” (http://www.psi-acumen.net/index.php/about).

Surely you remember all of those projects over which you have collaberated! – or is that just another of those questionable claims that I talk about on my blog, e.g. in the SpotlightOn – Principia Scientific International” and “Curriculum Vitae for John O'Sullivan” articles (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/spotlighton-principia-scientific.html and http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/curriculum-vitae-for-john-osullivan-2010.html).

I wonder who it was who authored the PSI Acumen Ltd. web-pages. Maybe Tim will advise on that one.

Best regards, Pete
============= 

From: peter.ridley@...
To: houston2000@...; alan618034@...; ole.humlum@...; emyrone@...; cliff.ollier@...; ed@...; tom@...; mail@...; a_boretti@...; bastardi@...; ken@...; geraldo@...; germanclimateblog@...; pfg.energy@...; ruthhertzberg@...; catalyst@...; bastardi@...; dalker@...; philip.foster..@...; contactus@...
CC: timothyball@...; claesjohnson@...; morner@...; piers@...; aaskolnick@...; ""Barbara Bracci-O'Sullivan ...
Sent: Tue, 19 Mar 2013 13:22
Subject: PSI's Legal Status

Hi folks,

Some of you may not be aware that PSI is now referred to as a SUBSIDUARY of a new company PSI Acumen Ltd. (PSIA) registered in the UK on 4th March 2013. PSIA’s About-page says “ .. 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 project integrator. 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).

In E-mail exchanges since 17th March 2013 (see Footnote for the exchanges) copied to the PSI “Chairman” Dr. Tim Ball, I drew this news to the attention of one of PSI’s founding members (and co-author of “Slaying the Sky Dragon). His response was “ .. I was not aware of this until just now .. ”. He may have been rather surprised to find in a section of the 17th March version of the PSIA About-page having the title “ .. WHO ARE OUR EMPLOYEES? .. ” it was claimed that “ .. PSIA draws extensively from PSI’s international pool of contracting engineers and scientists to fulfill bespoke contractual needs .. 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 .. ”.

Anyone reading that item might have drawn the conclusion that you PSI members are also employees of PSIA. Is that how you consider yourselves? Since that response to my E-mail the heading WHO ARE OUR EMPLOYEES? has been removed. Perhaps it was considered to be misleading but there may have been some other reason.

The PSAI About-page also says under the heading “MATERIALS AND PROCESSES TESTING AND ANALYSIS” that “ .. PSIA is proudly associated with Anderson Materials Evaluation .. ”. This may also come as a surprise to the Anderson Materials’ team of “Staff Scientists .. (&) .. Consultants”, etc.  (http://www.andersonmaterials.com/our-team-2.html). I could find no mention on the Anderson Materials web-pages of any association with PSI Acumen Ltd. with Principia Scientific International (or even of Slaying the Sky Dragon), despite the “ .. several years of successful project collaboration .. ” that are also mentioned on the PSIA About-page. Not even the “Energy & Utilities” page mentions them. Maybe Dr. Charles Anderson would like to advise on that.

Related to this, the small print at the foot of several PSI web-pages was recently updated or had added that “ .. Principia Scientific International (PSI) is a not-for-profit community interest subsidiary of PSI Acumen Ltd. .. ”. The UK’s Companies Act Section 1159 states 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 ..  (http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2006/46/section/1159).

The claim that PSI is a SUBSIDIARY of PSIA raises again the question of who controls PSI and what its legal status is. This issue of control was discussed 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 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).

I am covering this in a new section 7.6 Governance of my article “SpotlightOn – Principia Scientific” (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/spotlighton-principia-scientific.html) but in a nutshell it seems to me that PSI cannot be properly described as a SUBSIDIARY. To be such it would be necessary for PSIA to either:
- holds a majority of the voting rights in PSI, or 
- be a member of PSI with the right to appoint or remove a majority of its board of directors, or
- be a member of PSI and controls alone, pursuant to an agreement with other members, a majority of the voting rights in it.

As the PSI web-site does not seem to be particularly transparent about who among its members has greatest share-holding I’d appreciate hearing from any of you about this issue of who has control over PSI so that I can make a further update to Section 7.6. If there is anyone among you who has expertise in company law then would you please explain what really is the relationship between PSI and PSIA. I would have expected that this and the status of PSI in relation to PSIA and any other organisation would be made quite clear on the “REGISTER HERE FOR FREE MEMBERSHIP” page (http://principia-scientific.org/member-services/membership-sign-up.html) or at least a link provided to where this vital information is made available.

I would expect a potential member of any private association to require such information before considering joining. 

Perhaps you could also advise on how this new status affects the status of those PSI founding members who are named on the PSI web-site as executives, i.e. PSI’s “Chairman”, “Chief Executive Officer” and “Chief Financial Officer” (http://principia-scientific.org/about/why-psi-is-a-private-assoc.html).

BTW, please would someone forward this to any of the claimed 200+ PSI members that I may have missed out, including Hans Schreuder, Alan Siddons, John Sanderson, Professor Paul Reiter, Louis Hissink, Dr Pierre R. Latour, Alberto Miatello, Dr.Gerald Todd, Dr. Dev Dangol, Dr. Alberto Boretti, Joseph Reynen, Robert Webster, Kevin K, Bob Ashworth, Joe Postma, Terry Jackson, Dr. James Coles, Paul Driessen, Alan Caruba. It is possible that at least some of them had not heard of PSI’s new status.

FOOTNOTE:

The E-mail exchanges on 17th and 18th March with a PSI founding member (mine Cc, Dr. Ball but his addressed to us both) included:

Mine on 17th included “ .. Hi ***, How come you didn't mention being associated with that recently registered new UK company PSI Acumen Ltd (PSIA) (http://www.psi-acumen.net/index.php/about). ... but I was even more surprised at the implication under the section on "WHO ARE OUR EMPLOYEES?".
It would be interesting to know what the reaction of your fellow PSI members is to that announcement .. ”. 

His on 18th said “ .. Pete and Timothy, I was not aware of this until just now .. ”.

Mine on 18th “ .. Hi ***, Now why does that not surprise me! I'll have to ask each of the other PSI founding and other members about it and whether they have any knoiwledge of Walter James O'Broen, another interesting character .. ”.

His on 19th “ .. Pete and Tim, I have no idea who Walter James O'Broen is .. ”.

Mine on 19th included “ .. Hi ****, .... PSI Acumen Ltd. the company that Walter James O'BRIEN (sorry about the miss-spelling) and John set up recently .. read Section 7.6 Governance in my article "SpotlightON - Principia Scientific International" (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/spotlighton-principia-scientific.html)? You will find there a link to more information about Walt .. ”.

Best regards, Pete
============= 

Message Received: Mar 19 2013, 10:42 AM
From: "Pete Ridley" ...
To: "Charles R. Anderson" ...
Cc: "Timothy Ball" ...
Subject: Re: PSI Acumen Ltd.

Hi Charles,

Didn't you know that your company has " .. enjoyed several years of successful project collaboration .. " (http://www.psi-acumen.net/index.php/about) with PSI Acumen Ltd. the company that Walter James O'BRIEN (sorry about the miss-spelling) and John set up recently? 

BTW, The implication that you and fellow PSI members are employees of PSIA has now been removed by the removal of the sub-heading "WHO ARE OUR EMPLOYEES?". I wonder what will change next.

Have you yet made time to read Section 7.6 Governance in my article "SpotlightON - Principia Scientific International" (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/spotlighton-principia-scientific.html)? You will find there a link to more information about Walt but I have a lot more if you are interested.

BTW, I'm drafting an E-mail to send to other PSI members to see what their reaction is to the news about PSI being a SUBSIDIARY of PSIA so that I can update my article.

Best regards, Pete 
============= 

Message Received: Mar 19 2013, 04:49 AM
From: "Charles R. Anderson" ...
To: "Pete Ridley"...
Cc: "Timothy Ball" ...
Subject: Re: PSI Acumen Ltd.

Pete and Tim, I have no idea who Walter James O'Broen is.

Charles
============= 

Message Received: Mar 18 2013, 10:14 AM
From: "Pete Ridley"...
To: "Charles R. Anderson" ...
Cc: "Timothy Ball" ...
Subject: Re: PSI Acumen Ltd.

Hi Charles,

Now why does that not surprise me!

I'll have to ask each of the other PSI founding and other members about it and whether they have any knowledge of Walter James O'Broen, another interesting character.

Best regards, Pete
================= 

Message Received: Mar 18 2013, 01:06 AM
From: "Charles R. Anderson"...
To: "Pete Ridley"...
Cc: "Timothy Ball" ...
Subject: Re: PSI Acumen Ltd.

Pete and Timothy, I was not aware of this until just now.

Charles
Charles R. Anderson, Ph.D.
President & Principal Scientist
Anderson Materials Evaluation, Inc.
9051 Red Branch Road, Suite C
Columbia, MD 21045-2103
Office and Lab (410) 740-8562
Toll Free (866) 350-8882
Fax (410) 740-8201
Mobile (301) 830-1886
...
============== 

Message Received: Mar 17 2013, 05:58 PM
From: "Pete Ridley" ...
To: "Charles R. Anderson" ...
Cc: "Timothy Ball"...
Subject: PSI Acumen Ltd.

Hi Charles,

How come you didn't mention being associated with that recently registered new UK company PSI Acumen Ltd (PSIA).

I was surprised to see that  " .. PSIA is proudly associated with Anderson Materials Evaluation .. " but I was even more surprised at the implication under the section on "WHO ARE OUR EMPLOYEES?".

It would be interesting to know what the reaction of your fellow PSI members is to that announcement.

This recent development provides some interesting material for my "SpotlightOn - Principia Scientific International" article 

Best regards, Pete.
============= 

Message Received: Mar 15 2013, 09:57 PM
From: customerservice@...
To: peter.ridley@...
Cc: 
Subject: Re: PSI Acumen Ltd

No problem, Pete. 

Are you a licenced journalist, please?

Frankly I have no interest in communicating with anyone's former wife under any circumstances. I appreciate the thought, though and the best to both of you. 

I would be annoyed except you have exactly three comments on your blog yet it has been up for at least three years, correct? 

Happy st. Patrick's to you as well. 

Best regards, 

Walt
============= 

Message Received: Mar 15 2013, 09:46 PM
From: "Pete Ridley" ...
To: customerservice@...
Cc: bbracci@...
Subject: Re: PSI Acumen Ltd

Hi Walt,

Thanks for getting back to me so promptly. Since you mentioned Barbara I have forwarded our exchanges to her. She has already told me a fair bit about John's litigation activities and may decide to contact you.

As for contacting John, we have had hundreds of exchanges during the past three years.

Thanks again for responding and have a great weekend yourself.

Best regards, Pete
================== 

Message Received: Mar 15 2013, 09:02 PM
From: customerservice@...
To: peter.ridley@...
Cc: john@...
Subject: Re: PSI Acumen Ltd

Hi, Pete.

That should be obvious from the cross-linking on the sites.

What are the contact coordinates of your attorney, please? For reference purposes, of course.

Having scanned your  site, if you feel at all uncertain about John's status as a legal commentator, the practical thing to do is file a formal complaint with the regulators of the legal profession in the UK and/or the States.  John's wife will confirm he has done tonnes of litigation as have I as a bonded law library researcher (don't know as John was bonded) using the good offices of Honigman, Miller, Schwartz and Kohn in Detroit (Ford Motor's real estate company lawyers in the Renaissance Towers which they helped build as attorneys) under the direction of licenced attorneys.  It doesn't need a ticket nor bonding, though the bonding is a nice touch and wise.

None of that disqualifies him as a legal commentator nor legal analyst, quite the contrary, any more than my absence of a formal engineering degree invalidates the quality nor the worth of the cost estimates I develop for mechanical contractors and which I have done for 33 years now with good effect.  Feel free to contact any of my past clients on my site's brochure. 

In point of fact YOU are a legal commentator in your column and entirely unlicenced as well as an attorney, perhaps.

Just to clarify things.

In any event, I am not in a position to speak for John.  I would advise you contact him. I feel sure he will contact you.

Have a nice weekend!

Best regards,
Walt
=============== 

Message Received: Mar 15 2013, 08:41 PM
From: "Pete Ridley" ...
To: customerservice@...
Cc: 
Subject: PSI Acumen Ltd

FAO: Walter James O'Brien

Hi Walter (or is it James?),

Please would you advise whether or not the Walter James O'Brien named as a director of the subject company is you.

============= 

No comments:

Post a Comment

Open debate is encouraged but please be civil and if quoting from others please give a citation and provide a link when appropriate.

Popular Posts

Followers