Tuesday, 2 July 2013

SpotlightON - PSI Acumen Ltd


This article discusses UK private company PSI Acumen Ltd. (PSIA) and its relationship with its "subsidiary" the Principia Scientific International (PSI) blog. As a "work-in-progress" it will be updated as more information comes to light about PSIA. Relevant items will be transferred as appropriate from the article "SpotlightON - PSI and PSI Acumen Ltd" (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/spotlighton-principia-scientific.html) which discussed the PSI blog, the "Slayers" who founded it and its claimed "members".




   

PSI

Acumen Ltd.

incorporating "subsidiary"

Principia Scientific International

(PSI)

now part of a private company promoting
“ .. CARBON DIOXIDE PROCESSING AND FIXATION .. ”
!!!!!!!!

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

Updates to this article and supporting posts will be clearly identified as they are made. Most E-mails from which extracts are quoted here can be found at (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/psi-acumen-ltd-due-diligence-selected-e.html). Quotes from E-mails available elsewhere will be followed by a direct link to the page where the full context can be found.

Latest Updates (See Appendix F - UPDATE RECORD for earlier updates)

2014-10-08 and -12 Updated Appendix A, Notes 21) and 23) concerning the demise of John O'Sullivan's private limited company PSI Acumen Ltd.

2014-06-30 Updated Appendix A, Note 23) concerninthe issue of the GAZ1 notice advising PSIA's Directors of the proposal to strike it off the Register.
2014-06-24/26 Added Appendix A, Note 23) concerning the current Companies House proposal to strike off PSI Acumen Ltd.
2014-06-22/23 Updated then deleted Appendix D2  "I just bet my house"!! concerning John O'Sullivan's wager of " .. his home, life savings, and all his possessions .. " on the outcome of the Mann v Ball case. 
2014-06-07 Added Appendix A, Note 22) covering suspension of the web-site that had previously been used to promote the activities of W James O'Brien Associates Industrial Cost Analysis and 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.”
"Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm."
Winston Churchill

1.0 INTRODUCTION


This article relates closely to (and presently supplements) the information about PSI Acumen Ltd. (PSIA) that has been provided in the article “SpotlightON – PSI and PSI Acumen Ltd.” Section 7.6.2 PSI Acumen Ltd. (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/spotlighton-principia-scientific.html). Much of the information provided here about PSIA and its shareholders (two according to the Companies House records however one of them claimed to have withdrawn soon after registration) is based upon what is provided in the PSIA “Application to Register a Company” (Appendix B). Some information presented here was from the PSIA web-pages at http://www.psi-acumen.net/ (no longer available - see Appendix A, Note 21) and other Internet sources as well as from E-mail exchanges and 'phone conversations with relevant individuals and organisations.

1.1 General Claims

Entries in PSIA and Principia Scientific International (PSI) promotional Web-pages pointed out that the two organisations are inseparably connected. In particular, since the registration of PSIA on the 4th March 2013 there has been added in very small print at the foot of many of the PSI web-pages that “ .. (PSI) is a not-for-profit community interest subsidiary of PSI Acumen Ltd .. ” (bold added - see Section 2.2 PSI Legal Status).

On 17th March the PSI Acumen Ltd. "About"-page claimed that " .. PSIA is a registered UK company based in London formed by directors and principal shareholders, Walter J O’Brien and John O’Sullivan. Walt has 33 years’ experience as construction and manufacturing cost estimator and technical writer .. ". A direct link was provided via the name "Walter J O'Brien" to the "W. James O'Brien Associates" web-site (http://industrialcostanalysis.com/ - but see Appendix A, Note 22) which itself provided cross-links via both PSIA and PSI logos. This cross-linking was mentioned by the owner of W. James O'Brien Associates Industrial Cost Analysis Services in his E-mail of 15th March 2013 confirming that he was the Walter James O'Brien named as a director of PSIA. He responded with " .. That should be obvious from the cross-linking on the sites .. " (see also Appendix A, Note 16).

In his E-mail of 19th April 2013 (copied to several of the PSI founding members and more recent recruits) Walter James O'Brien indicated that only about 3 weeks after the 4th March 2013 registration of PSIA he had changed his mind about this joint venture. He said " .. 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 .. " - see also Section "2.1.1 Walter James O'Brien"). The PSI and PSIA logos and direct links from the "W. James O'Brien Associates" web-site to the PSIA and PSI web-sites were subsequently removed.

Despite Walter O’Brien’s unambiguous statement on April 2013 about no longer being associated with PSIA there has as yet (26th August 2013) been no update to the UK’s Companies House records about the shareholders and directors, still named as Walter O’Brien and John O’Sullivan. That claim to a connection with Walter O'Brien as principal shareholder was still being made on the PSIA web-site until mid-2013 under the heading "About PSI Acumen".

Although the PSIA "About"-page was updated to say that " .. PSIA is a registered UK company based in London formed by director and principal shareholder John O’Sullivan .. " (http://www.psi-acumen.net/index.php/about no longer available - see Appendix A, Note 21)) these changes conflicted with the records available from the UK's Companies House. These continue (at 25th August 2013) to show in the Certificate of Registration that there are two PSIA directors, Walter James O'Brien with 60% (Section 2.1.1) and John Anthony O'Sullivan with 40% (Section 2.1.2). It appears that no updates to the original PSIA registration documents about any changes in ownership or directors have yet been recorded by Companies House. The only change notification which Companies House has provided so far about PSIA concerns its registered office (see Appendix A, Note 20).

The PSIA "About"-page also claimed that " .. PSIA is .. based in London .. " (http://www.psi-acumen.net/index.php/about no longer available - see Appendix A, Note 21). Although the "Application to register a company" states the " .. Proposed Register Office Address: Penhurst House, 352-356 Battersea Park Road, London, England SW11 3BY .. " (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/spotlighton-principia-scientific.html) it appears that this may simply be a mail forwarding service address shared with nearly 1000 other companies (see Appendix A, Note 2).

PSIA currently appears to be operated from the residence of shareholder John O'Sullivan in Norfolk, (see also Appendix A, Note 20 and http://www.companieslist.co.uk/08428391-psi-acumen-ltd).

On his LinkedIN profile John O'Sullivan refers to himself as “ .. CEO of Principia Scientific International. Also Acting Internal Legal Counsel .. ” (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/john-o-sullivan/19/6b4/84a) but makes no mention of PSIA. Surprisingly John O'Sullivan makes no mention in his LinkedIN profile that he is a shareholder and director of PSIA. Further details are provided in the article “SpotlightON – Principia Scientific International” Section 3.2 (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/spotlighton-principia-scientific.html).

1.2 Claimed Competencies

The PSIA "About"-page says that “ .. 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 .. ". The credibility of that claim about PSI membership is questioned in "SpotlightON - PSI and PSI Acumen Ltd" Section 4.0 "Over-ambitious and questionable Membership Claims".

The PSIA "About"-page also states " .. PSIA draws extensively from PSI’s international pool of contracting engineers and scientists to fulfill bespoke contractual needs. The caliber of PSI’s personnel is second to none with no less than a quarter holding PhD qualifications in various scientific and engineering fields, a select list may be viewed here. Notable among them are engineers who worked on NASA’s Apollo space mission, a Nobel Physics Prize nominee and the immediate past president of one of Britain’s royal colleges. PSI's experts hold literally dozens of U.S. and international patents between them .. ".

That statement was made initially (March 2013) under the heading "WHO ARE OUR EMPLOYEES?", implying that PSI members were employed by PSI Acumen Ltd. Although that heading has now been removed the implication remains because the PSI web-pages still declare that " .. (PSI) .. is a .. subsidiary of PSI Acumen Ltd .. ” (see Section 2.2.1).

A closer look at " .. PSI's personnel .. " and the claims made about them can be found in "SpotlightON - Principia Scientific International" Sections 3.0 "PSI's Members" and 4.0 "Over-ambitious and questionable Membership Claims" (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/spotlighton-principia-scientific.html).

The PSIA "About"-page goes on to say that " .. PSIA is proudly associated with Anderson Materials Evaluation our preferred and highly reputed source for independent materials testing and analysis with whom we have enjoyed several years of successful project collaboration .. ". On 17th March 2013 these claims were drawn to the attention of PSI founding member Dr. Charles Anderson, co-owner of Anderson Materials Evaluation Inc. (http://www.andersonmaterials.com/our-team-2.html). His responses on 18th, 19th and 20th March included " .. I was not aware of this until just now. .. I have no idea who Walter James O'Broen is .. For the record .. I am not an employee of PSI Acumen Ltd.  My laboratory, Anderson Materials Evaluation, Inc., has never worked on a materials analysis project with a client with a connection to PSI Acumen Ltd. or PSI to the best of my knowledge.  I have not worked on a materials analysis project with John O'Sullivan to date.  John recently sent me a note apologizing for the premature posting of a PSI Acumen Ltd. website claiming a relationship with me and my laboratory before discussing it with me.  We have had no such discussion subsequently.  If I do take on any projects with PSI Acumen Ltd. in the future, it will be as an independent contractor .. ” (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/psi-acumen-ltd-due-diligence-selected-e.html).

1.3 Impact On PSI Members

PSI founding members and others who were involved in the 2010/2011 "PSI and Due Diligence" exchanges (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/psi-due-diligence-20102011-selected-e.html) have been copied in recent E-mail exchanges on the subject of "Take-over of Principia Scientific International by PSI Acumen Ltd??!!??" (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/psi-acumen-ltd-due-diligence-selected-e.html). To date (2nd July 2013) only founding member Dr. Anderson has been prepared to comment on this take-over of PSI by PSIA. Of the others - Tim Ball, Alan Siddons, Bob Ashworth, Joe Olson, Oliver Manuel, Philip Foster, Malcolm Roberts, Ken Coffman, Geraldo Luís Lino, Piers Corbyn - only Alan Siddons has commented directly about PSIA. He expressed the opinion that “ .. I just don’t foresee any role for myself or a good chance of success .. ”.

It would be interesting to hear opinions from the others and the rest of that claimed 200+ membership but perhaps they were as surprised by it as Dr. Anderson appears to have been.. It may be no coincidence that very soon after the registration of PSIA PSI founding member Dr. Tim Ball, who was closely associated with the group from the 26th May 2010 (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/psi-due-diligence-20102011-selected-e.html), relinquished his position as PSI "Chairman" and is no longer listed among the PSI " .. SELECTION OF MEMBER BIOGRAPHIES .. " (http://principia-scientific.org/about/why-psi-is-a-private-assoc.html) - see also Appendix A, Note 13. Also, the name of Bryan Leyland, recruited to PSI in Nov. 2012, no longer appears among PSI's selection of member biographies. This is discussed in Section 3.18 of "SpotlightON - PSI and PSI Acumen Ltd" (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/spotlighton-principia-scientific.html).
The PSIA - PSI connection is given no mention in the PSIA registration documentation. Another interesting omission is any mention in the PSIA Web-pages of any “good cause” aspirations. PSI's new owner PSIA makes no mention of its "subsidiary" or of any "not for profit" or "community interest" plans for it. On the other hand the PSI promotional pages repeatedly make reference to these as well as making persistent appeals for charitable donations on those pages and elsewhere (e.g see http://www.gofundme.com/1v39s). The gofundme appeal (started on 17th January 2011 and still running) claims to be to pay for PSI to “ .. become registered as a charitable association in the U.S. .. and chartered  to operate as a 'not for profit' under the rules of the UK's Community Interest Company (CIC) initiative .. ” (Appendix A, Note 1).

Despite the claim in that Gofundme appeal for charitable donations and the repeated claim in small print in the footer of many of the PSI web-pages that " .. (PSI) is a not-for-profit community interest subsidiary .. " PSI has not yet been registered as a CIC in the UK. On the contrary John O'Sullivan said on 4th Jan. 2011 that " .. The Slayers know we are a team operating a book authoring and publishing business and that I'm running this aspect for profit .. " (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/psi-due-diligence-20102011-selected-e.html).

On the PSI Home-page John O’Sullivan invites others to “ .. join today by signing up here - it's free! .. Join Principia Scientific International Today! It's free throughout 2013! Yes, membership is entirely free .. All we ask, if you can afford it, is a nominal donation of 30 Euros to help us with our overheads... ” (http://principia-scientific.org/). The nature of those "overheads" is not clarified but see Appendix D.
Anyone tempted to take up that offer should consider the merits of doing their own careful “due diligence” exercise on owner PSI Acumen Ltd. its (two?) shareholders and other close associates. It would also be prudent to ascertain the legal status of PSI as a "subsidiary" of PSIA and themselves as members of that "subsidiary" (see Section 2.2.1). It is hoped that this article and "SpotlightOn - Principia Scientific International" makes a useful contribution to such an exercise.

Are we not often judged by the company that we keep? (Appendix A, Note 17)

TO BE UPDATED

2.0 LEGAL STATUS AND ASSOCIATES


Details about PSI Acumen Ltd. provided via the UK's Companies House web-site (http://wck2.companieshouse.gov.uk//compdetails) and The UK Companies List (http://www.companieslist.co.uk/08428391-psi-acumen-ltd) are given in Appendix B. Significant items include QUOTE: ..

Proposed Register Office Address:
PENHURST HOUSE, 352-356 BATTERSEA PARK ROAD, LONDON, ENGLAND SW11 3BY
Company Type: Private limited by shares
Date of Incorporation: 04/03/2013
Date of Incorporation: 04/03/2013
STATEMENT OF CAPITAL: GBP 100
Company directors and board members:
WALTER JAMES O'BRIEN Director, INDUSTRIAL COST ESTIMATOR AND TECHNICAL WRITER, 2013.03.04 ....NORTH DAKOTA USA Country usually  resident: United States
JOHN ANTHONY O'SULLIVAN Director, RETIRED, 2013.03.04 ....GT YARMOUTH ..., NORFOLK Country usually  resident: United Kingdom
Initial Shareholdings: Walter O'Brien - 60, Unpaid 1, Paid 0 John O'Sullivan - 40, Unpaid 1, Paid 0
Memorandum of Association: .. The directors .. may exercise all the powers of the company .. may delegate .. may revoke any delegation .. may make rules of procedure .. may make any rule which they think fit about how they take decisions .. are entitled to such remuneration as the directors determine .. are not accountable to the company for any remuneration which they receive .. ".
UNQUOTE.

PSIA's registration application gives Penhurst House simply as a "proposed register office address". The change of registered office address recorded by Companies House on 9th July 2013 gives the residence of shareholder and director John O'Sullivan. On the other hand the small print at the foot if the PSI Web-pages continues to make the misleading claim " .. PSI Acumen Ltd. Registered Office: Penhurst House .. " (http://principia-scientific.org/). For more information about the "virtual offices" provided by Penhurst House Business Centre see Appendix A, Note 2). As discussed in the Introduction, it appears that PSIA is presently being operated not from London but from Norfolk, UK. The PSIA web-site provides that as the only contact address for its UK operations- see also Appendix D). 

There is no mention in the registration application or associated documents of there being any relationship between PSI Acumen Ltd. and Principia Scientific International. It would be prudent for every member and anyone contemplating becoming a member of PSI to carefully read and understand the implications of PSIA's Memorandum/Articles of Association. This appears to be particularly relevant since PSI has been declared a "subsidiary" of PSIA and  the claim of the original major shareholder Walter James O'Brien to have withdrawn from any involvement with minor sharehoder John o'Sullivan (see also Section 2.2.1 and Section 1.1, para. 3).

TO BE UPDATED

2.1 PSIA Shareholders/Directors

“ .. take time to know your business partner before creating a business relationship .. ”
http://kevinc.net/wealth/business-partner/
(see also Appendix A, Note 11)

This sub-section looks at the backgrounds of the shareholder/directors of PSI Acumen Ltd. (as recorded at Companies House) with regard to their business activities prior to their joint venture. Attention here focuses on the major shareholder Walter James O'Brien who only appears to have come onto the PSI scene in March 2013, 19 months after PSI was launched and about 3 years since it was conceived (Appendix A, Note 8).

John Anthony O'Sullivan's background is already well covered in “SpotlightON – Principia Scientific International (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/spotlighton-principia-scientific.html), " (Curriculum Vitae for John O'Sullivan" (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/curriculum-vitae-for-john-osullivan-2010.html) and related articles but some additional information is provided here regarding previous business ventures.

2.1.1 Walter James O'Brien

An Internet search for - "Walter James O'Brien" "North Dakota" listed "W. James O'Brien Associates Industrial Cost Analysis Services" (Appendix A, Note 3). The Home-page gives contact details as E-mail: customerservice@industrialcostanalysis.co and address as 307 Main Avenue, Number Five, Fargo, North Dakota, 58103-1976, USA. (http://www.industrialcostanalysis.com/ but see also.Appendix A, Note 4). The Home-page also says that the company " .. works optimally with growing small to medium sized enterprises in assisting them in accomplishing their goals .. " (see also Appendix A, Note 8).

In March 2013 the head of the Home-page showed the PSI Acumen logo with a link to PSIA's Home-page (http://www.psi-acumen.net/ - no longer available - see Appendix A, Note 21) and at the foot of that Home-page was the PSI logo which links to the PSI Home-page. Those links have now been removed (Appendix A, Note 5).

The range of industries served by W. James O'Brien Associates is broad, including electrical power generation (fossil and renewable), Chemical Processes (http://www.industrialcostanalysis.com/nitrogenfertilizers.htm), food processing and canning (http://www.industrialcostanalysis.com/food.htm), Textiles, Fabrics and Fashion (http://www.industrialcostanalysis.com/textiles.htm),

There is a comment at the foot of the W James O’Brien Associates “Consultancy Brochure” page  “ .. Providing specifications compliance, cost-effectiveness and timely delivery support for our clients since 1981 .. ”. It also provides a list of about 20 “ .. major gas .. and steam turbine power plant projects .. ” apparently worked on during 1996-2012, along with a list of selected “ .. past satisfied customers .. ” (http://www.industrialcostanalysis.com/consultancybrochure.pdf).

The “Sales Support” page provides links to 8 representative projects (http://www.industrialcostanalysis.com/salessupport.htm). Several of those give useful information about Walter’s working background going back to 1990, e.g. it appears that in Sept. 2009 Walter was managing Director of Applied Studies Centre, Syracuse, New York and in 2006 he was a Technical Writer/Estimator in Binghampton, New York working for PDF Associates Inc. (http://www.bizapedia.com/ny/PDF-ASSOCIATES-INC.html).

He has also described himself in Jan. 2012 as “ .. Power plant construction cost analyst .. e-mail: w_james_obrien@myway.com (http://www.coalblog.org/?p=1960) and in Sept. 2010 as “ .. Power plant cost analyst, 276 Washington Street, P.O. Box 278, Boston, MA 02108, Tel: 315.575.9480 .. ” (http://www.coalblog.org/?p=1505).

A summary of Walter’s educational achievements is given in Appendix A, Note 7) and they lead nicely into another area of activity that Walt has been involved in – journalism. The ZoomInfo site provides a profile for “Mr. Walter James O'Brien” which provides information and links to two online journals that Walt was/is editor for, TransActions Magazine and Israel National News (http://www.zoominfo.com/#!search/profile/person?personId=1252248186&targetid=profile).

The résumé on his Freelancers Union profile (https://www.freelancersunion.org/members/profiles/w-james-obrien/) includes some interesting information about another joint venture he became involved in back in 2003. He describes himself as “Vice President” of BWS Power Plant Corporation of Cedarhurst, New York and gives the contact as Mr. Nelson Behar, president (Appendix A, Note 18).

It is speculated that Walter O'Brien, with his 33 year track record as a successful businessman, would not wish any of his associates or clients to get the impression that he was associated with any company owned by John O’Sullivan. Several web-sites continue to give misleading information linking Walter O’Brien with PSIA, e.g:
- https://www.duedil.com/company/08428391/psi-acumen-ltd
- https://www.duedil.com/director/917630308/walter-james-o-brien
- http://www.companydirectorcheck.com/walter-james-o-brien
- http://wck2.companieshouse.gov.uk//compdetails

Those misleading entries linking Walter O’Brien with PSIA ought to be corrected, particularly the penultimate one (see quote below) and of course that Companies House record.
The “Company Director Check” entry continues (at 24th June 2014) to misleadingly refer to Walter O'Brien as a PSIA employee (http://www.companydirectorcheck.com/walter-james-o-brien) QUOTE:

WALTER JAMES O'BRIEN
Born: 1949
Nationality: CITIZEN OF U.S.A.
Country: USA
...
Country of residence: UNITED STATES

Current appointments:
PSI ACUMEN LTD
Walter James O'brien has been employed at PSI ACUMEN LTD since 04 March 2013 currently as a Director (INDUSTRIAL COST ESTIMATOR AND TECHNICAL WRITER).
active
Company address: PSI ACUMEN LTD
PENHURST HOUSE, 352-356 BATTERSEA PARK ROAD, LONDON, ENGLAND, SW11 3BY

Co-workers
JOHN ANTHONY O'SULLIVAN - ... UNITED KINGDOM

UNQUOTE.

See Appendix A, Notes 3), 4), 5). 7), 8) and 18) for more on Walter James O’Brien.

To be updated

2.1.2 John Anthony O'Sullivan

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

On 3rd Jan 2011 during the "PSI and Due Diligence" E-mail exchanges John O'Sullivan made the questionable claims of being " .. the only member of the group qualified in law and with experience of UK corporate law and setting having set up UK businesses in the past .. " (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/psi-due-diligence-20102011-selected-e.html). On the other hand he made no mention in that 2010 CV of ever having attempted to run his own "Business and management consultancy". That is hardly surprising, as can be seen from the information provided in Appendix C about his company "WEBANGLIA.COM LIMITED".

The PSIA Certificate of Registration describes John O'Sullivan as "retired", a status that he also used to describe his situation in Jan. 2010 when boasting about his prowess as an international litigator. He claimed “ .. I am a retired academic .. ” (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/spotlighton-principia-scientific.html Section 2.1 The PSI Vision). It appears that a more appropriate description might have been that he had simply not earned a living as a full-time employee since 2003 or even earlier (Appendix A, Note 10).

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

By 25th Oct. 2011 that entry had been replace by “ .. Legal Consultant, Principia Scientific International, International Affairs industry, April 2011 – Present (7 months) United Kingdom, CEO of Principia Scientific International. Also Acting Internal Legal Counsel .. ”. Currently (2nd July 3013) he simply claims “ .. Legal Consultant, Principia Scientific International, April 2011 – Present (2 years 4 months), United Kingdom, CEO of Principia Scientific International. Also Acting Internal Legal Counsel .. ” (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/john-o-sullivan/19/6b4/84a) - see also Appendix A, Note 15

In those LinkedIN entries John O’Sullivan appeared to be claiming that he was employed by PSI located in the USA and the UK and in 2011 was employed by a law firm in Canada but in the 4th March 2013 PSIA “Application to register a company” (form IN01) he was claiming that he was “retired”. Perhaps "unemployed" would have been a more appropriate description than "retired".

TO BE UPDATED

2.2 Legal Status of "Subsidiary" PSI

It is claimed that " .. Principia Scientific International (PSI) is a not-for-profit community interest subsidiary of PSI Acumen Ltd .. " so it is beneficial to consider what the UK's Companies Act 2006 has to say about a "subsidiary" (see also Appendix A, Note 19).

2.2.1 A subsidiary

The UK's Companies Act 2006 defines and clarifies the meaning of a “subsidiary” in 46/Section 1159 (http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2006/46/section/1159) as QUOTE: 

Meaning of “subsidiary” etc

(1) 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.


(2) A company is a “wholly-owned subsidiary” of another company if it has no members except that other and that other's wholly-owned subsidiaries or persons acting on behalf of that other or its wholly-owned subsidiaries.

(3) Schedule 6 contains provisions explaining expressions used in this section and otherwise supplementing this section.

(4)In this section and that Schedule “company” includes any body corporate.

 ... UNQUOTE.

Schedule 6 explains " .. Voting rights in a company 2) In section 1159(1)(a) and (c) the references to the voting rights in a company are to the rights conferred on shareholders in respect of their shares or, in the case of a company not having a share capital, on members, to vote at general meetings of the company on all, or substantially all, matters .. ".

On the basis that PSIA is the "holding company" of which PSI is alleged to be a "subsidiary" this begs several important questions:

1) is PSI a "company"/"body corporate" with a board of directors as defined in UK law?
2) does PSIA hold the majority of voting rights in PSI?
3) is PSIA a member of PSI and have the right to appoint or remove a majority of PSI's board of directors (whoever they might be!)?
4) is PSIA a member of PSI and does PSIA control alone, pursuant to an agreement with other PSI members, a majority of the voting rights in PSI?
5) Is PSI a “wholly-owned subsidiary” of PSIA because PSI has no members except PSIA?
6) Are all PSI members aware of thir relationship with PSIA?

It seems that the answer to all of these questions could be "NO", especially when taking into consideration the statement by PSI "Senior Fellow" Joseph Postma (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/spotlighton-principia-scientific.html Section 3.12) who said on 14th October 2012 that 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) 

(See Appendix A, Note 12)

TO BE UPDATED

2.2.2 A CIC

" .. A Community Interest Company (CIC) is a limited company, with special additional features, created for the use of people who want to conduct a business or other activity for community benefit, and not purely for private advantage .. " (http://www.bis.gov.uk/CICREGULATOR).


It should be noted that despite the original proposal by PSI founding member John O'Sullivan in December 2010 to set up PSI as a CIC, neither PSIA nor PSI are registered in the UK as a CIC. PSI is claimed to be a subsidiary of PSIA, a private company owned and managed by John O'Sullivan.

(See Appendix A, Note 19)

TO BE UPDATED

2.2.3 Legal Status of PSI Members

TO BE UPDATED

3.0 QUESTIONABLE CLAIMS

3.1 Employees

As outlined in Section 1.2 Claimed Competencies, the original PSIA About-page on 17th March 2013 under the heading "WHO ARE OUR EMPLOYEES?" referred to " .. PSI’s international pool of contracting engineers and scientists to fulfill bespoke contractual needs. The caliber of PSI’s personnel is second to none with no less than a quarter holding PhD qualifications in various scientific and engineering fields, a select list may be viewed here. Notable among them are engineers who worked on NASA’s Apollo space mission, a Nobel Physics Prize nominee and the immediate past president of one of Britain’s royal colleges. PSI's experts hold literally dozens of U.S. and international patents between them .. ".

The PSIA promotional material also claims that PSI is " .. a body of more than 200 highly credentialed professional scientists and engineers .. ". This is discussed in "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).

Of the numerous PSI members who have been asked to comment on their status with respect to PSIA only one , Dr. Charles Anderson, co-owner of Anderson Materials Evaluation, has responded so far (see Section 3.2), saying on 2oth March that " .. I am not an employee of PSI Acumen Ltd. .. " (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/psi-acumen-ltd-due-diligence-selected-e.html)

TO BE UPDATED

3.2 Associates

The PSIA web-site claimed 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 .. " (http://www.psi-acumen.net/index.php/about no longer available - see Appendix A, Note 21)In his E-mail of 20 Mar 2013 11:21 Charles Anderson, co-owner of Anderson Materials Evaluation,  refuted that claim (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/psi-acumen-ltd-due-diligence-selected-e.html).

TO BE UPDATED


APPENDIX A NOTES


1) It is unclear how PSI - now claimed to be a “subsidiary” of private limited company PSI Acumen Ltd. - will:
- live up to John O’Sullivan’s reminder that “ .. because PSI will operate as a 'not for profit' it guarantees to invest every penny it makes back into the society for the benefit of all member subscribers - but more significantly, for the advancement of principled science .. ” (http://www.gofundme.com/1v39s/), or 
- start “Serving the community .. a business with enshrined charitable interests .. " and trade
- ".. with a social purpose .. involving activities for the benefit of the community and not only for private profit .. ” (http://principia-scientific.org/)
rather than, as most private limited companies do, simply to serve its shareholders (in this case Walter O’Brien and John O’Sullivan according to PSIA's Companies House Certificate of Registration).

Related questions were raised about this in Dec. 2010 when John O'Sullivan first started appealing for funds to set up PSI as a Community Interest Company (CIC) in the UK. On 31st Dec. the issue of potential conflict between PSI's charitable and private gain interests was raised " .. Although there is a plethora of boastful promotion material there are many unanswered questions about PSI’s structure, the relationships between and motivations of the principle individuals involved, its modus operandi and strategies .. PSI appears to have been established by a select group of individuals with the original intention to establish it as a charitable organisation with the inherent protections provided by charitable status. This organisation has now been presented to a larger group of potential supporters and sponsors almost as a “coup d’etat” structure, not as a charity but as a Community Interest Company, where the Executive enjoy far greater control over its activities .. may I respectfully suggest that Charitable status brings with it important protections for all members of the organisation .. although such a structure is not perfect it does ensure as far as possible that those who control the organisation .. derive no financial benefit from executive decisions made. This is a very valuable protection which would be abandoned if moving to CIC status .. giving up such protection would be imprudent because it gives the executive far more power than it would enjoy as a charity .. Executives within organisations change over time and new executives bring with them their own agenda, sometimes not declared at the outset. This can bring about a complete change in the direction of the organisation .. " (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/psi-due-diligence-20102011-selected-e.html).

PSI’s 21st January 2011 Gofundme appeal of “ .. Please join us and commit to donating to a worthy new chapter in modern science - the creation of the world's first open to all, politics-free, generalist science association .. ” has attracted only a trivial response (£450 out of a targeted £15000) before it became a “subsidiary” of a private limited company in March 2013. It appears even less attractive now because it is not yet clear whether PSI Acumen Ltd. having taken over PSI as a “subsidiary”, proposes to support PSI’s aspiration to be “ .. about transparency and truth .. ” (http://principia-scientific.org/) and " .. advocates of transparency and accountability .. " as they claimed at one time (see http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/spotlighton-principia-scientific.html Appendix A, Note 34)

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

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

3) Walter refers to himself as “ .. W. James O’Brien, Proprietor, Industrial Cost Analysis Services .. ” (e.g. see http://www.industrialcostanalysis.com/WIND-ENERGY-SUBSIDIES.pdf) or “ Chief estimator and Proprietor” (???????). In 2005 he was “ .. Project Management Consultant .. ” (http://www.industrialcostanalysis.com/T003097%20TARM%20Haiti%20Coalfired%20Powerplant%20Joint%20Venture.pdf).

It appears that he used to run his company as “Walter James O’Brien and Associates”:
- in ???? as a Gas turbine and Diesel controls vendor, 100 West South Street Suite B-1 Charlottesville VA 22902 USA (http://directory.marinelink.com/maritime/company.aspx/Walter-James-O%60Brien-%5band%5d-Associates).

There are numerous interesting items regarding Walter James O’Brien, e.g:
- QUOTE: .. Jan 18, 2008 .. Walter James O'Brien describes how this New World Order works in Israel because it is exactly alike everywhere in the world. Speaking about the same de-industrialization of Israel he wrote, "Israel's industrial development is being further undermined by "green activists" with the intent to cast more Jewish machinists, welders, carpenters and tradesmen out of work. These straight-spined Jewish workers become new vegetables in the leftist social workers' garden patch of helpless client case loads." .. O'Brien said, "Treasonous disinvestment in the workforce of both nations, the USA and Israel, continues apace with yet more manufacturing and technical design capacity deliberately exported to lesser-developed totalitarian states in the vain hope of saving a portion of the 8-10% of the labor component of any manufacturing pro forma (facilities, management overhead, raw materials, and production and tooling equipment all cost more than the labor component in a manufacturing spreadsheet, by any generally-accepted accounting practice standard)." .. UNQUOTE (http://johnburkessociety.blogspot.co.uk/2008_01_01_archive.html).

- “ .. June 27, 2006 11:33 PM .. Israel needs you now. If nothing else, please write editorials again for Arutz Sheva. Where are you, defenders of Zion? Stop showing Israel your backs now that the going is tough. Come out and fight for Israel. Copyright 2006 Walter James O'Brien .. ” (http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/6336#.UVN5exdShyA).

- “ ..January 03, 2003 11:55 PM .. With time, luck and perseverance, Israel?s ultimate goal of achieving full status as an industrialized nation will be realized. This hope can only be made a reality through the full democratic participation of each and every Jew worldwide in its progression toward that goal .. Walter James O?Brien is a powerplant construction project manager and manufacturing cost estimator in Everett, Washington (http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/1795#.UVN6jxdShyA).

-  “ .. December 02, 2002 11:58 PM  .. Israel soon, I believe, will ratify the Kyoto Protocol and thereafter invest heavily in green power generation options as well as expanding its present conventional power generating capabilities by 30% in the next 5 years. A mandate therefore will be created for the purchase of automotive and industrial emissions controls systems nationwide, to be paid for by the financial and engineering instrument of emissions trading. There is presently not one low-emissions muffler manufacturer in Israel, not one stack gas pollution control manufacturer in Israel, nor a single powerplant manufacturer for the generation of clean power .. Walter James O’Brien writes from Everett, Washington. Copyright 2002 Walter James O’Brien (INN 12/03/02) .. ” (http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/1643#.UVN98BdShyA).

- “ .. November 26, 2002 11:51 PM .. How impolite of me to repeat in open, unedited form what all of Islamic media is screaming daily. Are you not overwhelmed by a vision of beauty and peace as it unfolds before your mind's eye, as we contemplate the prospect of a universal Islamic social and economic reality? One can hardly remain coherent in anticipation of the benefits to the individual that will immediately accrue upon forcible conversion of all of civilization to Islam. Personally, I am ecstatic at the very prospect. Perhaps the West should emulate Islam?s past behavior toward Christian and Jewish minorities in their own countries - to show our true gratitude for all the kind words they have bestowed upon us .. So, what do Arabs truly want? Obviously, no friends, supreme command of the earth, all the money, the right to bully whom they choose, and the desire to die horrible deaths, in this life and the next. Alas, I fear the world will only oblige with the satisfaction of the first and last listed wants. However, starting around, oh, February 2003 or so, the decision will be made on the battlefield as to whose G-d is Lord .. Walter James O?Brien writes from Everett, Washington. Copyright 2002 Walter James O?Brien .. ” (http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/1615#.UVN-xBdShyA).

4) That address is puzzling because according to Spokeo (http://www.spokeo.com/Main+Ave+Fargo+ND+addresses#) 307 Main Avenue, Fargo, North Dakota is a multi-unit having only 4 units. It appears to be owned by one Brad Bortnem (http://www.advancedbackgroundchecks.com/d/brad-bortnem/892152537 ‘phone (701) 293-0313) who possibly occupies Apartment 2 (http://www.peekyou.com/brad_bortnem/164741598 and appears to own most of the block.

307 Main Avenue is shown as accommodating:
- Ups Supply Chain Solutions, # A (http://www.manta.com/c/mmdhzkr/ups-supply-chain-solutions)
- FM Records Center, Ste B (http://www.superpages.com/bp/Fargo-ND/F-M-Records-Center-L0111606355.htm)
- Fargo Packing & Sausage CO (http://www.yellowpagecity.com/US/ND/Fargo/Meat+Wholesale/Fargo+Packing+%26+Sausage+Co/777257328/)
- Restyled Furnishings
- JIM BORTNEM ENTERPRISES “ .. Jim Bortnem has opened FM Records Center at 307 Main Ave., Suite C Fargo, ND 58103-1976 .. ” (https://secure.forumcomm.com/?publisher_ID=1&article_id=74018) or is it Fred (http://www.corporationwiki.com/North-Dakota/Fargo/fred-bortnem/85355438.aspx).

5) PSIA's major shareholder Walter James O'Brien seemed at first to be eager to publicise his involvement with PSI    It is somewhat surprising that the Web-pages of new start-up PSI Acumen Ltd. provided no such clear links to the established business of the sole PSI Acumen Ltd. shareholder/Director who is able to demonstrate a track record as a successful businessman. On the contrary, it was the successful business that was linking to a virtually unknown start-up and its associated blogging group.

6) In July/Sept. 2006 there were several comments posted on the Israel National News site by a Walt O'Brien, Columbia, MD USA (http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/108654 , http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/111701#.UU4A7BdShyA , http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/111701#.UU4C2hdShyA , http://www.israelnationalnews.com/wap/Item.aspx?act=replies&item=44697 ).

7) Few of the web-pages appear to provide much detail about Walter's education. The Freelancers Union “Members Profile” for W. James O'Brien of Syracuse, NY. Provides a “Client’s List” closely matching that given on several pages of the Industrial Cost Analysis Services web-site. The profile includes the following Qualifications and Skills Summary:
Experienced technical writer in support of industrial marketing, export, power plant construction, manufacturing quality assurance, construction and power plant trade journalism, digital archiving and book publishing preprint preparation projects.
Education:
Three years ’ studies, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
Programming course completion, USMC Computer Science School, Quantico, VA
Freelance journalism course completion, London School of Journalism, UK
Digital skills:
Adobe PageMaker 6.51, Adobe Photoshop, MS Office 2000 (all programs), Maximizer marketing optimization software, Autodesk QuickCAD 8, various Hewlett Packard and Xerox digital image acquisition suites, Xerox Docutech/Docuprint digital publishing systems for printing of digital books and brochures, digital archiving protocols to SAA standards
Citizenship: U.S.A .. ”.
(https://www.freelancersunion.org/members/profiles/w-james-obrien).

8) An interesting question is how did an apparently successful US businessman like Walter James O’Brien join forces with an unemployed ex-teacher of art to UK high school students?

9) In the "PSI Acumen Ltd. Due Diligence" exchanges (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/psi-acumen-ltd-due-diligence-selected-e.html) Slayer" and PSI founding member Alan Siddons asked “ .. What can PSI Acumen advise prospective clients, after all, except that they needn’t worry about implementing carbon capture technologies? .. ” and made the fair point that “..  This doesn’t strike me as a lucrative venture .. ”. It would seem that the two PSI Acumen Ltd. shareholders think differently.

In Feb. 2004 John O'Sullivan is reported to have said “ .. 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). 

Nearly 7 years later 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 .. ”. 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 .. ” (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/selected-e-mails-with-slayerspsi.html). 

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

10) It appears that prior to 2003/4 John O'Sullivan was employed as a high-school art teacher, sometimes on "supply". He said on 12th dec. 2011 " .. by then the matter had ruined my teaching/lecturing career .. " (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/selected-e-mails-with-slayerspsi.html). More employment details are given in "Curriculum Vitae for John O'Sullivan (2010)" (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/curriculum-vitae-for-john-osullivan-2010.html).

In March 2010 while living in Wales he appears to have been actively seeking employment as a journalist (see section 3.2 and "Curriculum Vitae for John O'Sullivan (2010)" Note 1 and  Note 4). At that time he also said " .. I earn from site traffic plus add revenues. Frankly, I need to make some income  for all my efforts .. " and more recently (2nd Jan. 2011) " .. Personally, I have no time to not earn a living .. " (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/psi-due-diligence-20102011-selected-e.html).

11)
“ .. Rule No. 1: Never lose money. Rule No. 2: Never forget Rule No. 1 .. ”
“ .. Believe in yourself, but don’t be full of yourself .. ”
“ .. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours .. ”
“.. Only when you combine sound intellect with emotional discipline do you get rational behavior .. ”
(http://www.wealthlift.com/blog/10-warren-buffett-quotes-berkshire-hathaway-learn-heart/).

12) According to the PSI web-site " .. Professional scientists, engineers and related professionals have come together to address the need to form Principia Scientific International (PSI). PSI applies its talents to grow a business with enshrined charitable interests for the benefit of the broader community .. We are a non-political body – a new international science association for all scientists and engineers and those non-scientists who support our view that the traditional scientific method is preferable to politicized post-normal science .. PSI is a business trading with a social purpose (“social enterprises”) carrying out projects supportive of robust science founded in empiricism and involving activities for the benefit of the community and not only for private profit. PSI serves its members (shareholders) and operates as per our Articles of Association .. " (http://principia-scientific.org/) " .. Principia Scientific International is a self-sustaining community of impartial scientists from around the world deliberating, debating and publishing cutting-edge thinking on a range of issues without a preconceived idea of outcomes .. " (http://principia-scientific.org/about/psi-mission-statement.html). " .. (PSI) is a science association and active publisher of science articles, newsletters, compendiums and books both for altruistic and commercial purposes .. PSI is first and foremost a private association carrying on a social activity .. " (http://principia-scientific.org/about/principles-of-association.html) and says that " .. Our members have opted to run PSI, in the first instance, as a private association rather than a charitable foundation. This is because PSI chooses to operate with the relative freedom of any start up association that has yet to determine whether it may fulfil its long term purpose as either a business with the private profit motive or a charity .. " (http://principia-scientific.org/about/why-psi-is-a-private-assoc.html).

13) During the "PSI and Due Diligence" E-mail exchanges in Dec. 2010/Jan. 2011 (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/psi-due-diligence-20102011-selected-e.html) the proposed "Chairman" for PSI, Dr. Tim Ball, had virtually nothing to say other than to express his support for making donations to set up PSI as a "not for proffit" private company (a CIC in the UK). When "googling" for contributions by Tim Ball to PSI activities during his time as "Chairman" of PSI as a "private association" from July 2011 to March 2013 the second item in the list was a link to a. post on the PSI web-site "CLIMATEGATE: DR. TIM BALL ON THE HACKED CRU EMAILS" (http://principia-scientific.org/media-centre/8-climategate-dr-tim-ball-on-the-hacked-cru-emails.html).
This appears to have been dredged up from an interview on 21st Nov. 2009 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ydo2Mwnwpac) for posting on the PSI blog on 7th Jan 2013. It is also interesting that there seems to be no mention of PSI on Tim Ball's own web-site (http://drtimball.com/) or on his CV (http://drtimball.com/_files/dr-tim-ball-CV.pdf).

14) There has been speculation about how John O'Sullivan finances his activities. Dr. Vincent Gray speculated about the CIA and IPCC supporters and Washington school teacher Cathy Henry (AKA Snapple) speculated about a Russian Connection (http://deepclimate.org/2011/04/22/snapple-on-the-russian-connection/#comment-8732 and #comment-8762). She had been on that rant in Feb. 2011 (http://www.desmogblog.com/coming-classroom-climate-conflict) and was at it again nine months later (http://deepclimate.org/2012/03/03/open-thread-for-march-2012/).

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

Interestingly, all of those LinkedIn entries and the NYCLA profile state the location as “ .. Albany, New York Area .. ”, which conflict with what is said in “Curriculum Vitae for John O'Sullivan .. ” Notes 2a and 3 (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/curriculum-vitae-for-john-osullivan-2010.html).

16) It is noticeable that when confirming his involvement with PSIA the E-mail address used by Walter James O’Brien in his message on 15th March 2013 (see  http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/psi-acumen-ltd-due-diligence-selected-e.html) was Ccd to his fellow director and shareholder John O’Sullivan using the john@principia-scientific.org address. PSI web-pages are mainly authored by John O’Sullivan and the PSI “contact” E-mail is john@principia-scientific.org. That suggests to me that John O'Sullivan is the principal contributor to both PSI and PSIA, without whom neither would continue in operation.   

Walter James O'Brien started that E-mail with " .. What are the contact coordinates of your attorney, please? For reference purposes, of course .. " and ended " .. 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 .. ". About 10 days afterwards Walter J O'Brien had dissociated himself from PSIA and John O'Sullivan.

17) During "PSI and Due Diligence" E-mail exchanges in Dec. 2010-Jan 2011 concerns were raised about people being tarnished by any skeletons hiding in the cupboards of "Slayers"/PSI blogging group members (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/psi-due-diligence-20102011-selected-e.html). Further discussions took place on Professor Judith Curry's "Letter to the Dragon Slayers" thread about being judged by the company that we keep  (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/professor-judith-currys-letter-to.html).

18) Like John O’Sullivan with his PSI, Mr Behar runs a not-for-profit organisation. “Am Yisroel Chai Foundation Inc.” (http://non-profit-organizations.findthebest.com/l/171917/Am-Yisroel-Chai-Foundation-Inc and http://www.faqs.org/tax-exempt/NY/Am-Yisroel-Chai-Foundation-Inc.html) “ .. was founded in 2008, and is Privately held .. ” (http://companies.findthecompany.com/l/24021990/Am-Yisroel-Chai-Foundation-Inc-in-Cedarhurst-NY. That start date conflicts with http://charitystat.com/am-yisroel-chai-foundation-inc/~C264894 which shows financial returns for 2006 - 2011). Again like John O’Sullivan, Mr Behar runs the company from his home in Cedarhurst, New York. Nelson Behar also runs NELMAC COMPANY, INC. (formed in 2004) as Chairman/CEO from that same address (http://businessprofiles.com/details/nelmac-company-inc/NY-3085064 and http://www.bizapedia.com/ny/NELMAC-COMPANY-INC.html).

Walt O'Brien references BWSP Corporation and Nelson's name and location in his promotional material (https://www.freelancersunion.org/members/profiles/w-james-obrien/) under the "Resume" tab and mentions under his "Personal Information" tab that he was " .. Formally a 1099 freelance writer and journalist for over 12 years .. " http://www.industrialcostanalysis.com/Power_Plant_Paradigm,4April09,WJOBrien.pdf).

I have searched the Internet for anything on the BWSP "corporation" and only found two entries, both linking to O'Brien's promotional pages.

In 2000 a Walt O'Brien USA commented about the competences of US Presidential candidates Bush and Gore (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/talking_point/1003360.stm). In 2010 a Walt O'Brien commented that “ .. The British and US environmental movements might lift a page from the Pembina organization's standard operating procedure up in Canada. They hire real live registered professional engineers. .. ” (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthcomment/geoffrey-lean/7273163/Green-activists-are-losing-their-fire.html#comment-59651169). I wonder???!!!

19) The original proposals made by PSIA owner John O'Sullivan for setting up PSI as a CIC with himself as its CEO and fellow founding members as directors can be found in the E-mail exchanges during December 2010 and January 2011. These are available in the article "PSI & DUE Diligence" 2010/2011 - Selected E-mails (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/psi-due-diligence-20102011-selected-e.html).

20) An "AD01 Change of registered office address" was registered with Companies House on 9th July 2013 showing that PSIA'a registered office is located in John O'Sullivan's residence in Norfolk, UK, not in London.

21) Since mid-August everything appears to have changed at the PSIA web-site (http://www.psi-acumen.net/). Using that URL now simply provides a page that lists links to any web-site mentioning "psi", "psia" or "acumen" in the title (courtesy blueHost.com). Detailed information about the domain name psi-acumen.net is provided in Appendix E and includes:
Registrar URL: http://www.godaddy.com
Registrant Name: JOHN O'SULLIVAN
Name Server: NS1.BLUEHOST.COM
Name Server: NS2.BLUEHOST.COM

The Bluehost help-line advised that the search page that now appears when using that http://www.psi-acumen.net/ URL is Bluehost’s default page, displayed because domain name psi-acumen.net has been moved elsewhere. A search for any possible replacement web-site set up by John O’Sullivan to advertise PSIA revealed none.


Perhaps John O’Sullivan realised that instead of removing the misleading information that he had posted about PSIA and the involvement of others such as Walter O’Brien, Charles Anderson and members of his PSI blogging group as significant participants in his one-man company it was more sensible to simply let PSI Acumen Ltd. disappear (see Note 23). Perhaps PSI members reading this have information that they’d like to share about their one-time “parent company and employer” PSIA.


A cached version of the PSI Acumen Ltd. "About" Web-page (http://psi-acumen.net/index.php/about) as it appeared on 1st August 2013 is available here.

22) Links to any of Walter James O'Brien's Industrial Cost Analysis web-pages since the start of 2014 end up at the message " .. This Account Has Been Suspended .. " (http://www.industrialcostanalysis.com/cgi-sys/suspendedpage.cgi). References to Walter James O'Brien's activities are still available, e.g. see "about w. james o’brien" (http://grumpydenier.wordpress.com/guest-posts/w-james-obrien/, http://grumpydenier.wordpress.com/guest-posts/w-james-obrien/manufacturing-and-selling-industrial-grade-carbon-dioxide/ pages 1 and 2, http://grumpydenier.wordpress.com/guest-posts/w-james-obrien/calculating-the-levelised-cost-of-electricity-w-james-obrien/.

23) PSI Acumen Ltd. was registered on 4th March 2013 but by June 2014 the Companies House register was showing the PSI Acumen Ltd. status to be "Active - Proposal to Strike off".  A GAZ1 notice dated 1st July 2014 was posted on PSIA's filing history maintained at Companies House. The GAZ1, addressed to the Registered Office of PSIA states that " .. 01/07/2014 COMPANIES ACT 2006 (Section 1000) The REGISTRAR OF COMPANIES gives NOTICE that, unless cause is shown to the contrary, at the expiration of 3 months from the above date the name of PSI ACUMEN LTD will be struck off the register and the company will be dissolved .. ".  A notification was posted in the 1st July 2014 issue of  the London Gazette.

The Registrar can strike a company off the register on his own initiative for several reasons including that:
- he has not received documents from a company that should have sent them to him,
- mail that the registrar has sent to a company's registered office is returned undelivered.

Both of these reasons might apply in this particular case because the PSIA register shows:
- the " .. Next Return Due: 01/04/2014 OVERDUE .. " and
- an address for PSIA's Registered Office of a property which was owner John O'Sullivan's home address and the PSIA operations centre until January 2014 when it was sold under threat of repossession.

On 10th October 2014 a GAZ2 notice was posted on the Companies House register for PSIA and the company declared to have been struck off and dissolved.

This is reminiscent of the dissolution of WEBANGLIA.COM LIMITED which John O' Sullivan owned from 2000. It was struck off and dissolved in 2004 (see Appendix C). 


APPENDIX B PSI ACUMEN Ltd. - DETAILS


This appendix gives details posted in the public domain by the UK's Companies House web-site (http://wck2.companieshouse.gov.uk//compdetails) and The UK Companies List (http://www.companieslist.co.uk/08428391-psi-acumen-ltd).
QUOTE:

Company No: 08428391
Name: PSI ACUMEN LTD,
Situation of Registered Office: England and Wales (but see Appendix A, Note 20)
Proposed Register Office Address:
PENHURST HOUSE, 352-356 BATTERSEA PARK ROAD, LONDON, ENGLAND SW11 3BY
Company Type: Private limited by shares
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Last Accounts Made Up To:  (NO ACCOUNTS FILED)
Next Accounts Due: 04/12/2014
Last Return Made Up To:
Next Return Due: 01/04/2014
UK Establishment Details There are no UK Establishments associated with this company.
Oversea Company Info There are no Oversea Details associated with this company.
Status: Active (but see Appendix A, Note 23)
Date of Incorporation: 04/03/2013
Company Type: Private Limited Company
Accounting Reference Date: 31/03

Has appointments: Yes
In liquidation: No
STATEMENT OF CAPITAL: GBP 100
Company directors and board members:
WALTER JAMES O'BRIEN Director, INDUSTRIAL COST ESTIMATOR AND TECHNICAL WRITER, 2013.03.04 ....NORTH DAKOTA USA Country usually  resident: United States
JOHN ANTHONY O'SULLIVAN Director, RETIRED, 2013.03.04 ....GT YARMOUTH ..., NORFOLK Country usually  resident: United Kingdom
Initial Shareholdings:
Walter James O'Brien - 60, Unpaid 1, Paid 0
John Anthony O'Sullivan - 40, Unpaid 1, Paid 0

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

UNQUOTE.

TO BE UPDATED


APPENDIX C WEBANGLIA.COM LIMITED - DETAILS


On 24th March 2000 a new private limited company "WEBANGLIA.COM LIMITED. was registered under the UK's Companies Act 1985, Company No. 3955750, the proposed registered address being John O'Sullivan's home in Lowestoft, Suffolk. The " .. First directors and secretary .. " were named as a solicitor and a trainee solicitor, both giving their address as that of Nicholsons Solicitors in Lowestoft (http://www.nicholsons-uk.com/practice-areas/corporate-commercial). These two resigned 2 weeks later.

The Annual Returns for 2001, 2002 and 2003 show the Registered Address as John's home in Lowestoft and the Financial Returns for 2000/1 and 2001/2 show a declining position. The Companies House " .. Current Appointments Report Created: 01/04/2013 .. " states that on 4th April 2000 John Anthony O'Sullivan was appointed Director and his second wife Barbara Jean O'Sullivan was appointed Secretary. It also states that on 21st Dec. 2004 the company was " .. STRUCK OFF AND DISSOLVED .. ".


A GAZ1 warning notice had been sent to the Registered Office on 7th Sept. 2004 advising that " .. unless cause is shown to the contrary, at the expiration of three months from the above date the name of WEBANGLIACOM LIMITED will be struck off the register and the company will be dissolved .. ". The GAZ2 "DISSOLVED" notice states that " .. This company was struck off .. on 14th DECEMBER 2004 and dissolved by notice in the London Gazette dated 21st DECEMBER 2004 .. " - see also Appendix A, Note 23).

APPENDIX D THE PSIA "OPERATIONS CENTRE"?


Although the registration documentation claimed that the proposed registered office of PSIA was Penhurst House, 352-356 Battersea Park Road, London, England, SW11 3BY it appears that PSIA's operations centre was John O'Sullivan's home in Norfolk. In July 2013 the Companies House records were updated to show his home as the registered office.

Less than two months after PSIA was registered as an UK private limited company the major shareholder, US businessman Walter James O'Brien, declared " .. I have nothing to do with PSI .. I dropped out around March 25th .. 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 .. " (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/psi-acumen-ltd-due-diligence-selected-e.html).

Shortly after PSIA major shareholder Walter James O'Brien pulled out of this short-lived join venture his fellow share-holder in PSI Acumen Ltd. John O'Sullivan found it necessary to issue a "Plea for your urgent help" to several of the PSI blogging group members and others. This plea was for money to tide off the threatened repossession of his home which doubled as the operations centre for PSIA. In January 2014 that property was sold and it is unclear from where PSIA is currently operating.

TO BE UPATED,
meanwhile see "SpotlightON - PSI and PSI Acumen Ltd" (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/spotlighton-principia-scientific.html)


APPENDIX E - PSI Acumen Ltd. DOMAIN DETAILS


Domain Name: PSI-ACUMEN.NET
Registry Domain ID: 1784579142_DOMAIN_NET-VRSN
Registrar WHOIS Server: whois.godaddy.com
Registrar URL: http://www.godaddy.com
Update Date: 2013-03-06 09:41:18
Creation Date: 2013-03-06 05:25:51
Registrar Registration Expiration Date: 2014-03-06 05:25:51
Registrar: GoDaddy.com, LLC
Registrar IANA ID: 146
Registrar Abuse Contact Email: abuse@godaddy.com
Registrar Abuse Contact Phone: +1.480-624-2505
Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited
Domain Status: clientUpdateProhibited
Domain Status: clientRenewProhibited
Domain Status: clientDeleteProhibited
Registry Registrant ID: 
Registrant Name: JOHN O'SULLIVAN
Registrant Organization: 
Registrant Street: removed
Registrant City: removed
Registrant State/Province: UK
Registrant Postal Code: removed
Registrant Country: United Kingdom
Registrant Phone: removed
Registrant Phone Ext:
Registrant Fax: 
Registrant Fax Ext:
Registrant Email: removed
Registry Admin ID: 
Admin Name: JOHN O'SULLIVAN
Admin Organization: 
Admin Street: removed
Admin City: removed
Admin State/Province: UK
Admin Postal Code: removed
Admin Country: United Kingdom
Admin Phone: removed
Admin Phone Ext:
Admin Fax: 
Admin Fax Ext:
Admin Email: removed
Registry Tech ID: 
Tech Name: JOHN O'SULLIVAN
Tech Organization: 
Tech Street: removed
Tech City: removed
Tech State/Province: UK
Tech Postal Code: removed
Tech Country: United Kingdom
Tech Phone: removed
Tech Phone Ext:
Tech Fax: 
Tech Fax Ext:
Tech Email: removed
Name Server: NS1.BLUEHOST.COM
Name Server: NS2.BLUEHOST.COM
DNSSEC: unsigned
URL of the ICANN WHOIS Data Problem Reporting System: http://wdprs.internic.net/
Last update of WHOIS database: 2013-12-24T10:00:00Z

APPENDIX F - UPDATE RECORD


2013-07-06 Added Appendix D "PSIA "Operations Centre"?, with related items from elsewhere within the article incorporated. One of these, (Appendix A, Note 14) has been replaced with a note about rather wild speculation by others about how PSI and PSI Acumen Ltd. might be funded.
2013-07-12 Added Appendix A, Note 20 about PSIA'a Registered Office being formally recorded by Companies House on 9th July 2013 as located in Norfolk, not London, UK. Updated related entries elsewhere in the article.
2013-08-24 to 27 Updated Section 2.1.2 John Anthony O'Sullivan; any sections making reference to the PSIA web-site http://www.psi-acumen.net/ (no longer available - see Appendix A, Note 21)Section 2.1.1 Walter James O'Brien and Appendix A, Note 20.
2013-11-27 Updated all references to the PSI Acumen Ltd web-site to show that it is no longer available.
2013-12-13 Updated Appendix A, Note 21 with a link tp a cached version of the PSI Acumen Ltd "About" page as it was on 2nd August 2013 and Appendix D2 "I just bet my house".
2013-12-24 Renamed Appendix E to Appendix F and inserted new Appendix E "PSI Acumen Ltd. - Domain Details.
2014-01-27 Updated Appendix D1 "A Plea for Your Urgent Help".
2014-04-21 Updated sub-section 2.2 and Appendix A, Note 19).

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“The truth is incontrovertible .. in the end; there it is.”
Winston Churchill

29 comments:

  1. Comment by Mark G Thompson on 11th July has been moved to the "Off-topic/ad-hominem comments & Rants" post.

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  2. Comment by Mark G Thompson on 14th July has been moved to the "Off-topic/ad-hominem comments & Rants" post.

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  4. I haven't kept up on O'Sullivan too well. Where does he get his financial support?
    How does someone who commits so many demonstrable lies, keep getting away with it.
    I doubt his "teacher seducing student" kiddy-porn novel is pulling in much cash.
    What specifically is he selling and who specifically is buying it?

    Not that I expect an answer, just raising some questions.
    ~ ~ ~

    Pete, it's good you're staying on his case! Thank you.

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    1. Hi citizen (whoever you are) of the USA,

      You ask very interesting questions and if you do a little more research you could find answers. Being a Narcisist John O' loves to talk about himself and has self-published two of what he refers to as a QUOTE: .. CUPBOARD 55 NOVEL .. A new literary genus .. ‘faction’ or factual fiction .. This is the factual literature of today’s corrupt reality .. UNQUOTE (http://www.aaskolnick.com/global_deniers/and-what-is-cupboard-55_31.html)..

      The one that you referred to is "Vanilla Girl" (published initially under the false name “J Daly O’Neal”) and the equally revealing "Summit Shock" (http://www.webook.com/projects.aspx?pn=JohnAOSullivan”.

      At one time John O' was only offering 7 free sample chapters of “Summit Shock” and declaring “ .. To read the rest of this thrilling true story buy the ebook .. POSTED BY JOHN O'SULLIVAN AT 06:48 2009-08-08 .. ” (http://www.webook.com/member/JohnAOSullivan) but now the entire novel is free.

      1) "Where does he get his financial support?"
      As a starter try Chapter 38 "Woeful in Wales" and search for - mortgage - . This "true" story also reveals how he dreamed he'd make his millions - try CHAPTER 36: INDEPENDENCE DAY!!

      2) "How does someone who commits so many demonstrable lies, keep getting away with it?"
      People hear what they want to hear and believe what they want to believe. It's known as being gullible – or dishonest!

      Best regards, Pete

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    2. Hi Peter (citizenschallenge) Miesler,

      I see from your numerous blog posts and comments that you are a staunch supporter of the Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Change (CACC) hypothesis.

      Although you acknowledge that you “ .. have never claimed to be a scientist, nor grad .. ” (http://whatsupwiththatwatts.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/climateaudit-citizenschallenge-cv.html) you demonstrate you conviction about CACC with comments such as “ .. as we relentlessly continue down our slippery slidey slope towards irreversible climate catastrophe .. ” (http://whatsupwiththatwatts.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/years-of-living-dangerously-facing.html).

      In November 2013 you opined that " .. Colorado experienced its most extreme weather event in recent memory between Sept. 9 and 15. .. resulting in massive flooding .. Predictably, folks are asking: Is this related to man-made global warming? That a question that is both easy and tough to answer. Our climate system is a global heat-distribution engine .. our land, atmosphere, and the oceans have indisputably warmed .. our atmosphere’s moisture content has been measurably increasing. Given such geophysical realities, it is self-evident that all extreme weather events contain elements of this newly energized climate system. And that much more of the same must be expected. So in that sense, the answer is easy: Yes .. " (http://fourcornersfreepress.com/miesler/1113.htm).

      That's a lot of conviction from someone with no more than lay understanding of the subject. Despite your efforts in that article to give the impression of a sound understanding of the processes and drivers of the different global climates you demonstrated that your understanding is very limited.

      Let me give you an example. You claimed " .. one result of our society “salting” our atmosphere with greenhouse gases is that the atmosphere’s insulating ability has increased .. More greenhouse gas molecules means catching more heat, so the planet warms.Since the industrial revolution, society has increased that greenhouse-gas component by about a third, causing the Earth to retain more heat within our climate system than it used to .. ".

      That is psuedo-scientific gobbledegook in the same vein as appears in the PSI articles. You would never find any competent scientist making claims like that. I speculate that even “climate scientists” would cringe.

      Let me make a suggestion. If you seriously wish to improve your lay understanding of the greenhouse effect get a copy of Dr. Jack Barrett's introductory booklet "Global Warming: The Human Contribution" (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Global-Warming-The-Human-Contribution-ebook/dp/B0083IOWPU). It only costs about US$3 and should clear up most of your misconceptions.

      After reading (and understanding) it you should be able to recognise what Outgoing Longwave Radiation (OLR) plots such as those produced by the MODTRAN tool tell us (http://forecast.uchicago.edu/Projects/modtran.html). Clariification is given in several articles on the “Barrett Bellamy Climate” blog (http://www.barrettbellamyclimate.com/ - e.g. see http://www.barrettbellamyclimate.com/page20.htm and http://www.barrettbellamyclimate.com/page28.htm). If you have trouble using the tool then I have a set of plots for the atmospheric concentration of one of those greenhouse gases that you pontificate about (CO2) in concentrations from 0ppm to 700ppm which I'll E-mail to you.

      Best regards (and keep learning),
      Pete.

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  5. Pete, just calling it "gobbledegook" doesn't make it so. It's a simpled-down version for sure - but I think you'll be hard pressed to show me what Dr. Barrett would dispute in my simplistic description.
    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
    "Let me give you an example. You claimed " .. one result of our society “salting” our atmosphere with greenhouse gases is that the atmosphere’s insulating ability has increased .. More greenhouse gas molecules means catching more heat, so the planet warms. Since the industrial revolution, society has increased that greenhouse-gas component by about a third, causing the Earth to retain more heat within our climate system than it used to .. "."
    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

    Does the term "salting" confuse you?
    Do you disagree with the concept of GHGs as an "insulation medium"?
    Do you disagree with the description of "Earth retaining more heat"?

    Please do justify your ridicule of my description.
    ~ ~ ~

    Why resent that I'm familiar with the topic, after all I've been interested in it since about 1970/71 - besides I can recognize the difference between a solid argument and one with obvious holes in it and so far the denialist crowd has yet to come up with any rational solid explanations - their entire strategy is based on feeding confusion, misrepresenting the data, attacking scientists and other messengers.

    Always drawing the discussion away from actually looking at what's going on within our global heat distribution engine and it's implications for humanity's near and distant future.

    Contrarian folks act like they couldn't care less about learning - stalling pro-active action is all their strategy is about. And that Denial Machine will continue winning the political game and we will continue doing nothing to change - so we will be left to accumulating compounding interest and Earth's geophysical processes steam rolling our complex global society, since Earth really ain't interested in our desires and fantasies, it does just what it's physical components tell it to do.

    Oh, and here's what we are doing to our planet's geophysical insulation medium: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vA7tfz3k_9A

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  6. Ridley writes:
    "After reading (and understanding) it you should be able to recognise what Outgoing Longwave Radiation (OLR) plots such as those produced by the MODTRAN tool tell us (http://forecast.uchicago.edu/Projects/modtran.html). "
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    Shear nonsense and it underscores one of the most dishonest tactics climate denialist use.

    Reading a couple books on a topic may make you familiar with the topic, but it don't make anyone expert enough to judge educated practicing experts, and those that believe so are delusional - sort of like believing one can understand the mind and will of thee 'God of Creation and Time'

    but time and time again your type believes it's OK to judge subjects such as ModTran that contain nuances and complexities light years beyond our thorough understanding. That's why we have experts and denying that is nothing but Hubris writ large !

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  7. PART 1

    Hi Peter,

    I refer readers to your article "Discussion with Pete Ridley #1" (http://whatsupwiththatwatts.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/discussion-with-pete-ridley-1.html) which includes some of what you post above.

    I'm pleased that you decided to post cherry-picked extracts from those E-mails of ours because, although I was eager to get some of the points out in the open for public scrutiny, I regard one-to-one exchanges as Private and Confidential unless otherwise agreed between the two individuals on specific items. I now feel at liberty to discuss our exchanges on my blog but will not do what you did and only post the bits that I choose. Instead I will also supplement my comments with the entire set of E-mails so that others can check the full context and make their own judgements about how truthfully you and I use our cherry-picked extracts.

    You may not have noticed that I have done that on my own blog with regard to E-mail exchanges with John O'Sullivan and the band of "Slayers" in his blogging group Principia Scientific International, in whom we have a mutual interest. The reason that I do so is because merely cherry-picking and offering a personal interpretation often completely distorts real events.

    Let me give you a prime example.

    Anyone reading only your comment " .. Not sure why, but lately he's taken to counseling me on the errors of my supposedly gullible scientific establishment loving ways. In the process I've been pulled into a discussion at globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.com .. " might mistakenly believe that it was I who made the initial contact which dragged you unwillingly into debate.

    As you know full-well, you were NOT “pulled into a discussion”, YOU INITIATED IT. It was you who made the first contact by posting a comment on my blog (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/spotlighton-psi-acumen-ltd.html?showComment=1404257754519#c3187141408075864273). It was only AFTER your initial contact that we started exchanging E-mails. You can't have just made that misleading comment of yours here because you had simply forgotten, because it was only 5 days ago. It must appear to any fair-minded person that you deliberately distorted the facts in order to get across a misleading message. It's call being dishonest Peter.

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  8. PART 2

    I’ll get started drafting my “SpotlightON – a Citizenschallenge” but I may have to “bleep”-out parts of your first E-mail to me on 3rd July. That was in response to my first E-mail to you in which I advised you of my two RESPONSES to your own comment. People will be able to judge for themselves the extent to which either of us was counselling the other about gullibility. My only reference to gullibility was in response to your question about John O’Sullivan “How does someone who commits so many demonstrable lies, keep getting away with it?”, when I said “People hear what they want to hear and believe what they want to believe. It's known as being gullible – or dishonest!”.

    In my E-mail of 4th July I commented on the dishonesty from both sides of the Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Change (CACC) debate, referencing specifically scientists and politicians. You illustrate beautifully that this dishonesty has permeated right down to the level of lay debaters such as we are.

    You complain bitterly about how I refer to some of your CACC-supporting claims as pseudoscientific gobbledegook and I’m not going to spend much time reacting to that but here is one example. You claimed about our atmosphere that “ .. Since the industrial revolution, society has increased that greenhouse-gas component by about a third .. ”. I repeat, that is pseudoscientific gobbledegook and you can find out why by looking here (https://www.nc-climate.ncsu.edu/secc_edu/images/AtmConcentration.bmp) and here (http://ossfoundation.us/projects/environment/global-warming/atmospheric-composition).

    If you don’t understand the point that I’m making then ask a scientist such as Dr. Jack Barrett (http://www.barrettbellamyclimate.com/page3.htm). While you are at it spend some time reading the excellent articles that he and Professor David Bellamy provide. They are targeted at lay people like thee and me.

    Best regards, Pete Ridley

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  9. Please refer to comments http://whatsupwiththatwatts.blogspot.com/2014/07/discussion-with-pete-ridley-1.html

    ~ ~ ~
    What's that graph at https://www.nc-climate.ncsu.edu/secc_edu/images/AtmConcentration.bmp supposed to tell me?
    This is what I wrote: “ .. Since the industrial revolution, society has increased that greenhouse-gas component by about a third .. ”
    PS. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vA7tfz3k_9A
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    Regard comments re. Dr. Barrett if you would take the time to try and read my words, you will see that I asked YOU how you perceived my comments being disputed by Dr.Barret.
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    allow me to repeat:
    citizenschallenge5 July 2014 10:39
    Pete, just calling it "gobbledegook" doesn't make it so. It's a simpled-down version for sure - but I think you'll be hard pressed to show me what Dr. Barrett would dispute in my simplistic description.
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    "Let me give you an example. You claimed " .. one result of our society “salting” our atmosphere with greenhouse gases is that the atmosphere’s insulating ability has increased .. More greenhouse gas molecules means catching more heat, so the planet warms. Since the industrial revolution, society has increased that greenhouse-gas component by about a third, causing the Earth to retain more heat within our climate system than it used to .. "."
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    Does the term "salting" confuse you?
    Do you disagree with the concept of GHGs as an "insulation medium"?
    Do you disagree with the description of "Earth retaining more heat"?

    Please do justify your ridicule of my description.
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    1. Hi Peter,

      PART 1

      You really are struggling with this “greenhouse effect” physics, aren’t you. If you look carefully at the pie-charts (NOT graphs) to which I linked, which purport to depict atmospheric composition and the different contributors to the greenhouse-gas component, you ought to recognise that there is a very important greenhouse gas missing!! Any scientist involved in the CACC issue, such as Dr. Jack Barrett or Professor David Bellamy, would spot it immediately but, like me, you are only a layman. I made it easy for you by providing a second link to an article which talks about this very important missing component but it looks as though I have to go even further to educate you. Try this link (https://www.nc-climate.ncsu.edu/edu/k12/.AtmComposition) where you will not only see that same diagram depicting “Atmospheric Composition” but also a significant reference to that all-important missing greenhouse-gas, water vapour.

      Maybe now you will understand why I referred to your original comment about “ .. society has increased that greenhouse-gas component .. ” being pseudoscientific gobbledegook. Perhaps also you will understand why I get the impression that all you can do is parrot what CACC-supporters tell you rather than do your own “due diligence” research.

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    2. PART 2

      You say that “ .. our unlikely connection is on account of mutual blogging regarding that fraud John O'Sullivan, though I haven't taken the time to become acquainted with the particulars of their feud .. ”. Are you just confused or is this another of your disingenuous comments? My records show that our first exchanges were back in 2012 and had NOTHING to do with John O’Sullivan. They concerned Dr. Iain Stewart's campaigning to support the Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Change (CACC) hypothesis and its relevance to the CACC-supporting BBC’s claims to impartiality. You had previously claimed that you “ .. do like hearing both sides of a story .. ” so on 16th November 2012 in my comment on your article “BBC Earth The Climate Wars - Dr. Iain Stewart, in 3 parts” (http://citizenschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/bbc-earth-climate-wars-dr-iain-stewart.html) I gave you another side to Dr. Stewart’s claims in that BBC series. You started off your hasty response to my comment by accusing me of being disingenuous. As I responded then “ .. Maybe 'tis you who is being disingenuous?! .. ”.

      I don’t recall being aware of your blog prior to that or exchanging opinions with you again until February this year when someone linked from your article “Principia Scientific Int'l versus Dr. Michael Mann” (http://whatsupwiththatwatts.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/principia-scientific-international-v-dr.html?showComment=1349915318849#c8981365077280188124) to my blog. On 25th July 2012 when you posted that article and linked to my blog I had just added sub-section 2.1 “PSI’s CEO and Legal Consultant John O’Sullivan" to my top article “SpotlightON – Principia Scientific International”. In your article you had said “ .. At http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/ Pete Ridley is doing a fine job of examining the details of PSI's beautifully worded 'mission statement' compared to the reality of what they do .. ” but I am not aware that we had exchanged any opinions about John O’Sullivan prior to my comment on 24th February 2014.

      Claiming that you “ .. haven't taken the time to become acquainted with the particulars of their feud .. ” sits uncomfortably alongside your comment on 28th January 2014 “ .. As for my silent pal John O'Sullivan .. check out: http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.com/2012/12/curriculum-vitae-for-john-osullivan-2010.html .. ”. You obviously HAD taken time to acquaint yourself with articles on my blog involving John O’Sullivan!!

      Something that puzzles me is why you included that piece about the other John O’Sullivan, one-time editor of the National Review. Were you just confused, trying in some way to be clever or trying to mislead others? As long ago as July 2012 you were clearly aware of Andrew Skolnick’s comment “ .. O'Sullivan claims .. to be a science writer with major articles published around the world including in National Review .. None of that is true. He is an utterly shameless humbug .. ” (http://whatsupwiththatwatts.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/john-osullivan-my-hidden-muse.html).

      In my opinion it is prudent for anyone reading your CACC-supporting blog articles, comments and other communications to check and double check what you claim to be facts. As I said in my previous comment about the dishonesty from both sides of the Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Change (CACC) debate, you illustrate beautifully that this dishonesty has permeated right down to the level of lay debaters such as we are.

      Best regards, Pete

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    3. I'm sharing select excerpts, but for the full paragraph by paragraph version please visit

      Discussion with Peter Ridley #2
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      Is that a fact?
      Since when aren't pie-charts a form of graphs?
      www.datarecoverylabs.com
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      Nice move Ridley - thee 'ol switcheroos
      You know I'm talking about the greenhouse gas CO2 - But, Ridley don't want to think about that. He'd rather change the subject to water vapor and ignore that mankind has increased the important "long-term" atmospheric gas CO2 by a third.

      Furthermore Ridley's leaving out that important fact about the amount of water vapor in our atmosphere being intimately linked to the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere.
      Might I suggest:

      Common Climate Misconceptions

      The Water Vapor Feedback
      Zeke Hausfather — February 4, 2008

      "... The answer is that water vapor is indeed responsible for a major portion of Earth’s warming over the past century and for projected future warming. However, water vapor is not the cause of this warming. This is a critical, if subtle, distinction between the role of greenhouse gases as either forcings or feedbacks. In this case, anthropogenic emissions of CO2, methane, and other gases are warming the Earth. This rising average temperature increases evaporation rates and atmospheric water vapor concentrations. Those, in turn, result in additional warming.
      The primary reasons why water vapor cannot be a cause of climate change are its short atmospheric residence time and a basic physical limitation on the quantity of water vapor in the atmosphere for any given temperature (its saturation vapor pressure). The addition of a large amount of water vapor to the troposphere would have little effect on global temperatures in the short term due to the thermal inertia of the climate system. The Earth’s thermal inertia, largely due to the enormous amount of water covering two thirds the planet’s surface, is the primary reason why half the Earth does not freeze over every night and bake every day. As a result, different areas warm over the course of years (for land surface temperatures), decades (for ocean surface temperatures), and even centuries (for deep ocean temperatures and ice sheets).
      For the troposphere to sustain higher absolute humidity requires an increase in air temperature. ..."
      {there's much more to learn, check it out http://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2008/02/common-climate-misconceptions-the-water-vapor-feedback-2/}
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      Actually all you've show me is another clever diversion from the all important issue of humanity's insane insistence that we should ignore the physical realities that accompany our skyrocketing greenhouse gas injections into our one and only planet's thin atmosphere.
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      You have created quite the impressive argument:
      Because I didn't correctly remember where I first became acquainted with you... the science behind global warming is all a big hoax created by tens of thousands of full time experts around the world - who pretend to do an honest job.


      With all due respect Mr. Ridley, now that's what I'd call crazy-making or to use your words pseudoscientific gobbledegook.
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    4. Hi Pete,

      Wriggle and squirm as much as you like but you can’t escape the fact that you have demonstrated repeatedly in our recent exchanges just how disingenuous you can be. Readers of our blogs will make up their own minds about which of us is the more trust-worthy. The important message that our exchanges should get across is that people should not just accept what others tell them about CACC (or anything else for that matter) but do their utmost to dig out the facts behind any claims made. Confidence tricksters only succeed because gullible individuals accept on face value what they are told.

      The Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Change (CACC) debate is not driven by science but by the vested interests of politicians, financial investors, environmental activists, the renewable energy industry and anyone else who sees an opportunity to get power or make money (the name John O’Sullivan springs to mind). There were far too many gullible people around who accepted the scientific gobbledegook promoted by such groups and individuals about our use of fossil fuels causing catastrophic changes to the different global climates. That gullibility peaked around 2007 (when I first became involved in the CACC debate) but since the revelations of “Climategate” there is increasing realisation that they were being conned.

      The future looks bright!!

      Best regards, Pete

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    5. As Christopher Booker said on 24th June 2012 “ .. The great global warming scare has long been dying on its feet .. ” (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/rio20-fiasco-but-beware-agenda-21.html).

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  10. Oh please, that link shows Booker to be another political pundit with an ax to grind. He doesn't have anything to say about the science!
    "The great global warming scare has long been dying on its feet, but that sad fiasco of a conference in Rio last week saw it finally dead and buried." - "last rites read over their lost dream" - "warming scare was all a tragic mistake" - trying to make some dirt on Holdren - then the paranoid attack on "ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability Founded 1990 as the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives" that thoroughly misrepresents what they were about.
    ~ ~ ~
    Where is there a thread of "climate science" in any of Booker's missive?

    Here take a look at what a real science presentation looks like: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/langley/science/climate_assessment_2012.html

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    regarding Ridley's July 7th 2014 02:29 comment:

    Oh boy another case of big 'skeptical' promises evaporating in the light of day.
    You know Ridley this whole thing has been a dud - I thought you wanted to talk science?

    "Wriggle and squirm as much as I like ???" Who's kidding whom?
    Where is this science of "skeptical" facts you were going to share with me? Surely you don't consider your opinion of me scientific facts?

    You bring up some song'n dance about how I don't understand the climate system and label me gullible - yet I'm the one that's produced some real information explaining the CO2 vs H2O link and why water vapor being a stronger greenhouse gas does nothing to detract from the importance and critical central position of CO2 as 'thee gas of concern'.

    Heck, you can't even acknowledge the fact of mankind's hand in skyrocketing our planet's atmospheric concentration of this CO2 to levels not seen in millions of years.
    Instead you respond with name calling and label pasting?
    That not science that's public relations my good man.

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  11. Hi Peter,

    PART 1

    What on earth gave you the idea that I wanted to Talk science here? My blog name gives the game away about my topic of interest – Global Political Shenanigans. Anyone deciding to read articles on this blog should recognise from its name that they are likely to encounter comments from politicians and political pundits like Christopher Booker, Matt Ridley, Nigel Lawson and his GWPF.

    This blog article itself begins by saying that it “ .. discusses UK private company PSI Acumen Ltd. (PSIA) and its relationship with its "subsidiary" the Principia Scientific International (PSI) blog .. ”, a blogging group that promotes pseudo-science. I made no promise or pretence here about wishing to discuss science although I did try to help you to find reliable sources of information about greenhouse gases to help you better understand the impact of atmospheric CO2. It seems to me that you need all the help that you can get.

    You claim that I label you gullible but I’ve already responded to that accusation in my comment of 6 July 2014 05:10. In my comment of 7 July 2014 02:29 I did make a general reference to gullible people who accepted scientific gobbledegook about our use of fossil fuels causing catastrophic changes to the different global climates. If you feel that that description fits you then so be it but I’m more inclined to opine that you are more disingenuous that gullible but I could be mistaken. I get the impression from what you have said about your lifestyle that your real concern is not about our use of fossil fuels but what you see as our abuse of the natural environment. As I said in E-mail of 3rd July “ .. It seems that the difference between thee and me is that I am searching for the truth about CACC while you are simply promoting your environmentalist agenda .. ”.

    In your comment of 5th July you made the ludicrous claim that “ .. time and time again your type believes it's OK to judge subjects such as ModTran that contain nuances and complexities light years beyond our thorough understanding .. ”. That suggests that you haven’t the faintest idea of what MODTRAN is but I again wonder if you are simply being disingenuous. It’s not as though you can claim to have been ignorant of the existence of the MODTRAN tool. In July last year you even provided a link to it on your blog (http://citizenschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/2013_07_01_archive.html). You claim to have been following the scientific developments relating to CACC for several decades so it is hard to believe that you have such poor understanding of the MODTRAN tool.

    The reason why I pointed you to the MODTRAN plots on 3rd July and to the explanation provided on the blog of scientists Jack Barrett and David Bellamy was to try to get you to acknowledge the reality of the impact on OLR of increasing atmospheric CO2 content. That was obviously a futile waste of time. I’ll try again but I suspect that you will just continue to slither and slide away from that aspect of the science and continue promoting the CACC propaganda with your blinkers firmly in place.

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      On Page 19 of their blog (http://www.barrettbellamyclimate.com/page19.htm) those two scientists explain that “ .. MODTRAN is the moderate resolution transmission programme which is linked to a database [HITRAN] of very detailed absorption spectra of all the greenhouse gases. It allows the calculation of the emission intensity of the chosen gaseous mixture .. ”. MODTRAN is nothing like your description “ .. subjects .. that contain nuances and complexities light years beyond our thorough understanding .. ”. I suspect that you are fully aware that MODTRAN is computer programme founded upon proven physics and has been validated over the years in practical applications, unlike those “crystal-ball” climate models that the UN’s IPCC is so dependent on. The spectra generated by MODTRAN match very closely the spectra measured from space.

      On Page 20 (http://www.barrettbellamyclimate.com/page20.htm) provide an introduction to MODTRAN spectra and their interpretation. Page 21 explains what a greenhouse gas does using two MODTRAN plots. They are similar to those that I sent to you on 3rd July in my document Modtran_plots_for_different_CO2_ppm.doc although I also provided plots for CO2 concentration levels of 10, 30, 50, 100, 150, 350 and 700ppm. The hope was that you would acknowledge the diminishing impact on OLR of increasing atmospheric CO2 content.

      If in fact you do not understand the subject then please read those pages. Once you have understood the lay introduction by Drs. Barrett and Bellamy you may wish to develop your understanding to undergraduate level. If so then I highly recommend Professor Grant Petty’s excellent introductory book “A First Course in Atmospheric Radiation” (http://www.sundogpublishing.com/shop/a-first-course-in-atmospheric-radiation-2nd-ed/) in which section Chapter 8 “Applications to Meteorology, Climatology and Remote Sensing deals specifically with real-world atmospheric emission spectra.

      If you are reluctant to spend the $36 then maybe you would benefit from reading the related arguments of knowledgeable individuals such as Dr. Jack Barrett, Professor Robert G Brown, Dr. Jinan Cao, Dr, Roy Spencer, Roger Taguchi and Dr. Wes Allen (http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/spotlighton-greenhouse-gases-cool-earth.html) in debate with Bevan Dockery (a geophysicist) and Joe Postma (an astrophysicist) – see FOOTNOTE. Our debate was a reaction to perceived pseudo-scientific arguments presented in Dockery’s article “Shock News: 'Greenhouse Gases' COOL the Earth” published by that reliable source of pseudo-scientific gobbledegook, PSI (http://www.principia-scientific.org/shock-news-greenhouse-gases-cool-the-earth.html). I have copies of plenty more such related exchanges which I can send you if you are seriously interested in improving your understanding of what those MODTRAN plots of OLR tell us.

      FOOTNOTE:
      Both Dockery and Postma are “members” of John O’Sullivan’s pseudo-science blog Principia Scientific International.

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    2. PART 3

      In October 2012 Australian CACC-sceptic Joanne Nova published an article “A discussion of the Slaying the Sky Dragon science: .. ” (http://joannenova.com.au/2012/10/a-discussion-of-the-slaying-the-sky-dragon-science-is-the-greenhouse-effect-a-sky-dragon-myth/ - see FOOTNOTE 2). A long-running exchange of comments followed (1265 so far) in which Dr Wes Allen made the point to Joe Postma that “ .. the first 50ppm of CO2 will make a very significant difference to the height of the radiative level and the GHE, but you then get rapidly diminishing returns as you increase the atmospheric concentration .. ”. This is clearly shown in the MODTRAN plots that I sent you.

      As for your disingenuous claim that I knew you were talking about only the CO2 component of the atmospheres constituent greenhouse-gases, once again you demonstrate you inability (or unwillingness) to recognise the impact of each of those components at different concentrations. In December 2013 you made the same pseudo-scientific claim about us “ .. increasing our planet’s atmosphere’s insulating medium (GHGs) by a third .. ” (http://judithcurry.com/2013/10/02/spinning-the-climate-model-observation-comparison-part-ii/#comment-426394). Once again you made no mention of CO2.

      It’ll be interesting seeing how you wriggle and squirm in response to this set of comments

      FOOTNOTE:
      This presented part of Dr. Wes Allen’s article “Is the Greenhouse Effect a Sky Dragon Myth? A Dialogue with the Authors of Slaying the Sky Dragon” and linked to the complete work (http://www.irenicpublications.com.au/images/Slaying%20the%20Sky%20Dragon.pdf). Anyone interested in a better understanding of PSI/“Slayer” pseudo-science and debating style should read the Appendix “email dialogue with the authors”. Especially revealing is PSI “Senior Member” Joe Postma’s E-mail of 3 July 2012 11:15 AM in which he offers the following pearls of wisdom about medical doctors “ .. these are stupidest of all the sheople academics I have met. They're the worst of everything that is wrong with academia. They accept ANYTHING from ANYTHING which appears to be authority, and will reject anything else even if it could save their life...these people are like automatons...they're the hipster idiots who flip open their iPhone to Wikipedia and literally parrot what they read when you ask them a question that doesn't fit in to
      their world view. This represents the pinnacle of "rational thought" for them .. ”.

      Best regards, Pete Ridley
      http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/

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  12. http://whatsupwiththatwatts.blogspot.com/2014/07/discussion-with-pete-ridley-3.html

    Citizenschallenge - Monday, July 7, 2014
    This time I am not posting Ridley's complete 1400 words since, quite frankly, too much of it is confusing gobbledegook, to use his own term. If you're into the slough check out his link below, see if you don't agree that Ridley seems conflicted and unsure if he wants to talk political shenanigans or science, although I'm getting the feeling it's all the same to him.
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    http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/spotlighton-psi-acumen-ltd.html?showComment=1404767773627#c6142771578776265384

    Pete Ridley - July 7, 2014 14:16 PART 1
    What on earth gave you the idea that I wanted to Talk science here? My blog name gives the game away about my topic of interest – Global Political Shenanigans. Anyone deciding to read articles on this blog should recognise from its name that they are likely to encounter comments from politicians and political pundits like Christopher Booker, Matt Ridley, Nigel Lawson and his GWPF. {...}
    I did try to help you to find reliable sources of information about greenhouse gases to help you better understand the impact of atmospheric CO2. It seems to me that you need all the help that you can get.
    {...} “ .. It seems that the difference between thee and me is that I am searching for the truth about CACC while you are simply promoting your environmentalist agenda .. ”.
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    CC: Yea, my agenda... like honestly learning about our Earth's geophysical processes. What do you have against learning about our planet or being concerned about our biosphere's wellbeing? You do realize it's our life support system, don't you?
    Incidentally.
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    PR: {...} You claim to have been following the scientific developments relating to CACC for several decades so it is hard to believe that you have such poor understanding of the MODTRAN tool.

    The reason why I pointed you to the MODTRAN plots on 3rd July and to the explanation provided on the blog of scientists Jack Barrett and David Bellamy was to try to get you to acknowledge the reality of the impact on OLR of increasing atmospheric CO2 content.
    The reason why I pointed you to the MODTRAN plots on 3rd July and to the explanation provided on the blog of scientists Jack Barrett and David Bellamy was to try to get you to acknowledge the reality of the impact on OLR of increasing atmospheric CO2 content.

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    CC: Therein lies a difference between us, I understand that having a grasp of the outlines of a complex field of study - is light-years from having the understanding that a full-time educated and full-time scientist working in a field does.

    You seem to think that waving around a few graphs, making vague insinuations coached in riddles is making some profound point. But, it ain't.
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  13. Pete Ridley - July 7, 2014 14:16 - PART 2
    {...}It allows the calculation of the emission intensity of the chosen gaseous mixture .. ”. MODTRAN is nothing like your description “ .. subjects .. that contain nuances and complexities light years beyond our thorough understanding .. ”.
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    CC: You give the impression that you think it's simple as 1+1=2 don't you, anyone who can read the manual can process or evaluate the data? I happen to believe there's a bit more to understanding what you're looking at there - even more importantly, for knowing how that piece of information fits into the bigger picture.
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    MODTRAN Infrared Light in the Atmosphere
    http://climatemodels.uchicago.edu/modtran/modtran.doc.html
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    PR: {...} The hope was that you would acknowledge the diminishing impact on OLR of increasing atmospheric CO2 content.
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    CC: I imagine at the root of your riddle is that you want me to leap on the contrarian "discovery" that CO2's insulating effect get's saturated, thus we have nothing to worry about and can add as much as possible. Am I close?

    But, you know Pete, from everything I've read by real practicing experts such an argument comes from a two-dimensional misunderstanding, one that ignores all sorts of important processes that occur in our real life atmosphere, as opposed to pages of inspired equations - by folks with incomplete understanding of the topic they have tackled.

    Here's some reading for those interested in learning:
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    SkS: The first global warming skeptic | www.skepticalscience.com/print.php?n=414

    "After his famous paper in 1896, where Arrhenius did the first calculations of the CO2 greenhouse effect, his theory was dismissed by Angstrom with a simple experiment. He let an infrared beam pass through a tube filled with CO2 and measured the emerging light intensity. Upon reducing CO2 concentration in the tube, only a tiny difference could be found and he concluded that even a small number of CO2 molecules is sufficient to completely absorb the IR beam.

    The conclusion was that a CO2 increase could not matter. This was the birth of the first skeptic of what was then called "CO2 theory" and of the more recent skeptic argument "the CO2 effect is saturated".

    Thirty years later, E. O. Hulburt (Phys. Rev. 38, 1876–1890 (1931)) considered convection in addition to the purely radiative equilibrium assumed by Arrhenius.

    He found that convective equilibrium holds in the lower part of the troposphere up to about 10 Km, while radiative equilibrium holds above. The important consequence is that the details of the absorption in the lower troposphere do not matter since heat "is spread around and transferred upward by convection".

    In other words, what governs the energy balance of the earth is the radiative balance in the upper troposphere and CO2 concentration there does matter. …"
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    Visualizing Atmospheric Radiation – Part One


    http://scienceofdoom.com/2013/01/03/visualizing-atmospheric-radiation-part-one/
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    Atmospheric Physics Thermodynamics 2
    N. Kämpfer
    Institute of Applied Physics University of Bern
    5.3.2013

    http://www.iapmw.unibe.ch/teaching/vorlesungen/atmosphaerenphysik/FS_2013/AT_FS13_Thermodynamics_2_handout.pdf

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    PR: {...}
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    CC: Ironically, for all your verbosity, you still haven't explained how you think Dr. Barrett would dispute my previous explanation of our situation.
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    PR: {...}
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    CC: I challenge you to find where Petty's text book disagrees with my basic claims!
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  14. Mr Ridley,
    Can I consider our 'discussion' finished?
    I do hope my links helped you get clear on some of your misunderstanding regarding the mistaken CO2 saturation meme?

    Best Wishes, CC

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  15. PART 1

    Hi Peter (citizenschallenge) Miesler,

    You ask:
    “ .. Can I consider our 'discussion' finished? .. ” – NOPE!! I’ve simply been spending some time giving careful consideration to my responses to your latest rant.
    “ .. I do hope my links helped you get clear on some of your misunderstanding regarding the mistaken CO2 saturation meme? .. ” - NOPE!! I’ve never mentioned “saturation” or its derivatives. It was you who on 7th July pretended to jump to the conclusion that I want you “ .. to leap on the contrarian ‘discovery’ that CO2's insulating effect get's saturated .. ” when in reality (as you full well know) I quite reasonable drew your attention to and hoped “ .. that you would acknowledge the diminishing impact on OLR of increasing atmospheric CO2 content .. ”. I can’t imagine anyone who fails to understand the difference between “diminish” (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diminish) and “saturate” (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/saturate) ever being able to understand the message from those MODTRAN plots that I sent you, but you fully understand the difference, don’t you!.

    I really don’t believe that you are as stupid as you try to make out. The impression that I keep getting from your comments is that you are deliberately distorting what I say so that you can continue promoting your CACC propaganda.

    Your” .. You give the impression that you think it's simple as 1+1=2 .. ” comes across as just another example of your wriggling and squirming. One thing for sure, those MODTRAN plots that I sent to you do give a much clearer picture to laymen like thee and me than would the scientific formulae upon which MODTRAN is based of what happens to the OLR when atmospheric CO2 concentration changes from 0ppm through to 700ppm. They show clearly that there is no saturation effect but a diminishing impact upon OLR as atmospheric CO2 content increases, most noticeable at levels significantly lower than they have been for centuries (if we can trust the hockey stick derived from the air “trapped” in ice - http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/2010/12/smogbound-on-molecular-fractionation-in.html).

    I love this from the extract that you used “ .. even a small number of CO2 molecules is sufficient to completely absorb the IR beam .. ”. Those MODTRAN plots demonstrate just how mistaken Arrhenius was (but he may have been as convinced that he was right as are CACC supporters like you that our use of fossil fuels is leading to a global climate catastrophe. On the other hand those plots do show clearly that the effect on OLR diminishes considerably with increasing concentration and that any increase from the 280ppm levels claimed to have existed pre-industrial revolution have had and will only have a marginal impact.

    I also loved how in almost the same breath you talked about “ .. everything I've read by real practicing experts .. ” then referred to John Cook’s skepticalscience.com blog (see FOOTNOTE 1). You then followed a short gasp later with “ .. I prefer to stick to the real experts and avoid discredited wingnuts .. ”. As far as I am aware neither John Cook nor any of his blogging team have had published in any respected scientific journal any peer-reviewed papers contributing to a better scientific understanding of the processes and drivers of the different global climates. I have seen only one article to which they have contributed that has received any real attention, the highly questionable “Quantifying the consensus on anthropogenic global warming in the scientific literature” (http://iopscience.iop.org/1748-9326/8/2/024024/article) that he co-authored with a group of his fellow bloggers (see FOOTNOTE 2). My understanding is that his blog simply does what you do, parroting what CACC-supporting scientists say about those processes and drivers.

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      At least John Cook is honest about one thing, that “ .. He is not a climate scientist .. ” (http://www.skepticalscience.com/about.shtml), although he could have been even more honest and dropped the “climate” bit. Having obtained a BSc in Physics decades ago does not per se make anyone a scientist (FOOTNOTE 3).

      John Cook may also acknowledge that since the Climategate revelations in 2009 among the general public that his blog targets there has been a significant increase in those of us who reject the CACC propaganda (or as he and thee would misleadingly call us, climate change deniers) (e,g, see http://blueandgreentomorrow.com/features/green-dragon-john-cook/ and http://blueandgreentomorrow.com/2011/12/8/why-should-we-care-about-climate-change/).

      There are some interesting comments about John Cook on the No Frakking Consensus blog (http://nofrakkingconsensus.com/2013/06/22/media-fail-john-cooks-atom-bombs/) and on Joanne Nova’s blog (http://joannenova.com.au/tag/cook-john/).

      Your “ .. you still haven't explained how you think Dr. Barrett would dispute my previous explanation of our situation .. ” and “ .. I challenge you to find where Petty's text book disagrees with my basic claims! .. ” are examples of your determination to obfuscate. If you let me know what specific previous explanation or basic claims of yours you are referring to then I can consider what if any explanation is warranted?

      In your response on your own blog (but not on mine) you went on to say “ .. What in the world are you going on about? I wrote our atmosphere's insulating medium (GHGs) has increased by a third .. ”, having declared in your 6th July comment “ .. You know I'm talking about the greenhouse gas CO2 .. mankind has increased the important "long-term" atmospheric gas CO2 by a third .. ”. You then wriggled and squirmed with “ .. Water vapor is the tricky one .. my 1/3 was a convenient round number and that I didn't bother to figure it out to a few decimal points ” For goodness sake Peter, stop your wriggling and just admit that you boobed when claiming in November 2013 that “since the industrial revolution, society has increased that greenhouse-gas component by about a third” (http://fourcornersfreepress.com/miesler/1113.htm).

      As I said, that was pseudo-scientific gobbledegook, because you were talking about the greenhouse-gas component of the atmosphere, not the CO2 sub-component. Because you are no more a scientist that John Cook is or I am you left that open to interpretation. Any scientist worth his salt would have been quite specific that reference was being made to only CO2. The article to which I linked indicates that atmospheric water vapour ranges between 4% in the humid tropics to about 1% in the dry Antarctic, so a 100ppm change in CO2 is rather more than a few decimal points less than a 1/3 change in atmospheric greenhouse gases, isn’t it!

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    2. PART 3

      At least you were prepared to acknowledge that “H2O packs the greatest insulating punch”. Dr. Stewart William Franks, Head of the School of Engineering and Professor of Environmental Engineering, University of Tasmania, BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science and PhD ('The representation of land surface - atmosphere fluxes for atmospheric modelling') from the UK’s Lancaster University (http://www.utas.edu.au/engineering/people/stewart-franks) knows a thing or two about water, both in the atmosphere and on the surface. What are his views about the CACC hypothesis? “ .. “I don't think anybody knows the real role of carbon dioxide in climate change. To say it will be catastrophic is wrong. There is no evidence that CO2 drives climate change, but it continues to be used to scare people into action .. A key concern is that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change .. has used the Murray-Darling Basin and incorrect science as an example of CO2-induced climate change .. ” (http://newsstore.fairfax.com.au/apps/viewDocument.ac;jsessionid=432CC3FB843F1D8B55D0BCAED1252601?sy=nstore&pb=all_ffx&dt=selectRange&dr=1month&so=relevance&sf=text&sf=headline&rc=10&rm=200&sp=brs&cls=1503&clsPage=1&docID=NCH091119934ET44CHJ0). Amen to that but as is to be expected, the CACC-supporting section of the blogosphere claims that he is funded by the fossil fuel industry!! (http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Stewart_Franks and http://www.desmogblog.com/stewart-franks#s5). Also, blogger John Cook had a go at distorting Professor Franks’s position, implying that he rejeted the notion of climate change (http://www.skepticalscience.com/print.php?n=816) when in fact he rejects the CACC hypothesis.

      FOOTNOTES:
      1) John Cook’s Skeptical Science blog could be considered to be the CACC-supporters equivalent of John O’Sullivan’s Principia Scientific International blog. Like John O’Sullivan, John Cook has not authored any peer-reviewed scientific paper of any sort but pontificates on the CACC issue as though he was an authority. From what I have read about it, Skeptical Science is a blog that appears to be run by a graduate in physics who over 20 years ago dropped out from studying physics to a higher level and is currently studying for a Masters in cognitive psychology. At best John Cook appears to be someone most appropriately described as an enthusiastic amateur as far as the processes and drivers of the different global climates are concerned.

      If you can provide a link to a reliable John Cook biography/CV then please do so.

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      2) This article purported to “ .. analyze the evolution of the scientific consensus on anthropogenic global warming (AGW) in the peer-reviewed scientific literature .. matching the topics 'global climate change' or 'global warming' ” then focus on AGW. It is a very big jump from AGW to CACC and any consensus about AGW does not directly map onto a consensus about CACC. Most of those CACC sceptic scientists with whom I have exchanged opinions would readily concede that our emissions of greenhouse gases might lead to a degree of warming (all other things remaining unchanged) but shy away from any suggestion that this would cause a climate catastrophe. Even Lord Christopher Monckton of Brenchley agrees that “ .. Adding carbon dioxide to an atmosphere will cause warming .. ” (http://joannenova.com.au/2012/02/cooking-the-books-monckton-replies-to-cook/) but as you know he vehemently rejects the CACC hypothesis.

      Cook’s co-authors were:
      - “Dana Nuccitelli, Climate Blogger at The Guardian” (https://www.linkedin.com/pub/dana-nuccitelli/7/a44/661) who “has been researching climate science, economics, and solutions as a hobby since 2006” (http://www.skepticalscience.com/team.php),
      - “Bärbel Winkler .. IT System Analyst .. Programmer” (https://www.linkedin.com/pub/b%C3%A4rbel-winkler/6/748/972),
      - “Rob Painting .. environmentalist, scuba diver, spearfisherman, kayaker and former police officer (http://www.skepticalscience.com/team.php),
      - “Andy Skuce .. retired geophysical consultant living in British Columbia .. has published a handful of papers over the years in tectonics and structural geology” (http://www.skepticalscience.com/posts.php?u=1439),
      - “Sarah A. Green, Professor, Chemistry at Michigan Tech, specialising in the impact of pollutants and climate change on aquatic systems (http://www.mtu.edu/chemistry/department/faculty/green/),
      - “Mark Richardson, Postgraduate, Course: PhD Year 4” (http://www.met.reading.ac.uk/users/users/1596) with an interest in measuring snow (http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/mark-richardson/8a/18/565),
      - “Robert Way .. a PHD student at the University of Ottawa” with an interest in Permafrost Science/Physical Geography (http://artsites.uottawa.ca/robert-way/en/background/),
      - “Peter Jacobs, an MS student” at George Mason University’s Department of Environmental Science and Policy (http://esp.gmu.edu/2014/04/esp-ms-student-peter-jacobs-co-authors-erls-best-article-of-2013/) whose only claim to fame appears to be his co-authorship of the Cook et al article.

      Interesting insights into the plans that John Cook’s blogging team had for promoting the idea that there was a strong scientific consensus about CACC are available on Tom Nelson’s blog (http://tomnelson.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/from-skeptical-science-interesting.html), with some interesting comments that follow the “hacked” item. There is also an interesting article which makes reference to the 97% claims (http://blogs.nottingham.ac.uk/makingsciencepublic/2013/07/23/whats-behind-the-battle-of-received-wisdoms/).

      “The Consensus Project” uses that article about an AGW consensus to support the unsubstantiated doom-mongering speculation that is typical of the CACC-supporting community (http://theconsensusproject.com/).

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    4. FOOTNOTES (conc)
      3) Although John Cook’s fellow climate blogger Dana Nuccitelli talked about “ .. Our co-author John Cook’s PhD research .. ” (http://www.skepticalscience.com/making-science-work-ben-pile-rebuttal.html) I could find no evidence that John Cook is studying for a PhD in any science although he may be aiming for a higher degree in cognitive psychology from UWA (http://hockeyschtick.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/cooks-survey-not-only-meaningless-but.html?showComment=1369881111096#c3364370904058185441). This 2012 biography makes no mention of any scientific qualification (http://www.ihbi.qut.edu.au/about/events/IHBI%20Seminar%20Bulletin/Flyers/2012%20Flyers/Flyers-2_Nov_2012/John_Cook_20Nov.pdf) but this profile mentions “a First Class Honours degree in Physics at the University of Queensland (1989) and is currently completing a PhD in Cognitive Psychology at the University of Western Australia .. Research Areas: Psychology And Cognitive Sciences .. ” (http://theconversation.com/profiles/john-cook-3280/profile_bio).

      Best regards, Pete Ridley
      http://globalpoliticalshenanigans.blogspot.co.uk/

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  16. Whatever it's worth:

    Thursday, July 10, 2014
    Discussion with Pete Ridley #4 - The SkepticalScience Factor
    http://whatsupwiththatwatts.blogspot.com/2014/07/discussion-ridley-4-skepticalscience.html

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