Another 100K of your money for David McKnight

Jo Nova reports

Australian Taxpayer funds in 2012 are supporting around 50 projects about “climate change” or “greenhouse gases”. One David McKnight has got $95k to study how Australian governments “spin” the news.

Check out the list of “projects to watch”.

DP120104797
Rethinking climate justice in an age of adaptation: capabilities, local variation, and public deliberation

Schlosberg, Prof David; Niemeyer, Dr Simon J
Total $250,000.00
Primary FoR 1606 POLITICAL SCIENCE, The University of Sydney
Project Summary
This project aims to produce recommendations, designed by citizens and stakeholders, for climate adaptation policies in three regions of Australia. These recommendations will be based on a definition of climate justice that incorporates basic needs and resources to be protected, as identified by potentially impacted communities.

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DP120100961
Sending and responding to messages about climate change: the role of emotion and morality

Hornsey, Prof Matthew J; Fielding, Dr Kelly
Total $197,302.00
Primary FoR 1701 PSYCHOLOGY,  The University of Queensland
Project Summary
Climate change represents a moral challenge to humanity, and one that elicits high levels of emotion. This project examines how emotions and morality influence how people send and receive messages about climate change, and does so with an eye to developing concrete and do-able strategies for positive change.

Also check out the piece she wrote as a rejoinder to McKnight a couple of years ago.

DAVID McKnight’s criticism of The Australian over climate change (“Sceptical writers skipped inconvenient truths”, Inquirer, December 11) makes for a good case study of Australian universities’ intellectual collapse.

Here’s a University of NSW senior research fellow in journalism who contradicts himself, fails by his own reasoning, does little research, breaks at least three laws of logic, and rests his entire argument on an assumption for which he provides no evidence.

This is a worry as well, indoctrination in the schools.

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12 Responses to Another 100K of your money for David McKnight

  1. Rabz

    FFS, have these frauds no shame?

    I see they’re even starting to pervert the term “adaptation”.

  2. Poor Old Rafe

    No shame? That was my thought and I don’t want to use the f word for fear of getting Sinc into trouble. But of course these people live their lives in an echo chamber with like-minded people.

    As for taking the grants, if you are cynical enough you can say, well if people are silly enough to give out money for this fxxxdulent rubbish, how can you blame other people for putting a bid to take it?

  3. Ellen of Tasmania

    Someone’s got money to look at ‘climate justice’. Is that when the weather finally takes the warministas to court for defamation?

  4. GrantB

    DP120101984
    An analysis of climate hate-emailers
    Beeby, Prof Rosslyn
    Total $499,567.00
    Primary FoR 1001 THE PSYCHOLOGY OF CLIMATE HATE, The Australian National University
    Project Summary
    Professor Beeby in a seminal paper in the Canberra Times introduced academia to the subject of “Climate-Hate Emailers”. This project examines how right wing think-tanks, big oil and tobacco influence climate-hate emailers and how these degenerates can influence the long established legal precedent of climate justice. Various remedial treatments will be investigated including electronic, surgical and chemical. In some cases more extreme measures may have to be considered.

  5. Matt

    This project examines how right wing think-tanks, big oil and tobacco influence climate-hate emailers and how these degenerates can influence the long established legal precedent of climate justice.

    Gold!

  6. Sean

    Climate Justice…

    Just brilliant!

  7. Rabz

    DP120101948
    Catastrophic human induced climate change and the case for suspension of democratic processes

    Hamilton, Prof Clive
    Total $1,501,567.36
    Primary FoR 101 ETHICS, Charles Sturt University
    Project Summary
    Professor Hamilton briefly raised the issue of the “emergency” suspension of democratic processes in a seminal paper in the Courier Mail, arguing that action on catastrophic human induced climate change requires examining all possible responses. The project will examine how temporary the suspension process should be and how to deal with opposition to the measures from climate denialists and other reactionaries. Measures canvassed will include temporary relocation of denialists to ‘re-education facilities’ set up in the desert, or as a last resort, cessation of existence or ‘unpersoning’.

  8. .

    How about some “black letter law justice” on the unconstitutional carbon tax?

  9. Uber

    “do-able”? This is from a perfessor and a dockta?

  10. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    how emotions and morality influence how people send and receive messages about climate change

    Yep, I could do something really good on that. Just how unexamined are the premises that these fools work on?

    Julia’s ’emotions and morality’ are most beautifully expressed in her ‘don’t write crap’ instructions to any possibly-dissenting journalists, and my reception of her wonderful missive explaining her taxation for her wasteful and lying Clean Energy Future was to send it back with crap, crap, crap written all over it, thus displaying my strong emotion and deeply offended sense of morality around the non-issue of ‘climate change’. End of study. Conclusion: people hate being lied to and can make up their own minds. Stunning new insights: nil.

    Low-comedy academics are being given my tax money for this sort of pseudo-posturing? Whatever happened to academic rigor? Rigor mortis?

  11. Harrys on the Boat

    For fucks sake, Rabz and Grant, don’t give the useful idiots ideas?!??!

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