Re: T. Boone & global warming
He certainly has been a rich "uncle" for OSU. And giving at those levels is not expected to be hidden.
All the givers you mention use and used their giving for public relations and legal protection, or should I say as long as their charitable the monopoly positions they have are overlooked to a degree.
Pickens is not in that class, but is a very interesting character.
I would like to see the details on that "education" giving. Do they get to count the seating in the stadium as education since that is where the students sit? 🙂
He needs to speak on his activities in the corporate raiding of the sw gas fields or trying to gain control of ground water in the texas panhandle region. He is a very interesting character.
He is a get er done guy. And he will go after the press if they are hurting his cause.
don't make a bet with him
On November 6, 2007, Pickens offered a million dollars to anyone able to dispute any claims made in political ads by the Swift Vets and POWs for Truth (SVPT), a group he had supported during the 2004 presidential election. John Kerry, whose military record and anti-war activism during Vietnam was the target of the group's book and media campaign, sent Pickens a letter on November 16, 2007, accepting the challenge, requesting that Pickens donate the money to the Paralyzed Veterans of America should he succeed in disproving any of the SVPT claims. In response to Kerry's acceptance of the challenge, Pickens issued a letter the same day, narrowing the original challenge to the SVPT ads, and requiring Kerry to provide his Vietnam journal, all of his military records, specifically those covering the years after his active duty service, and copies of all movies and tapes made during his service. Pickens' letter also challenged Kerry to agree to donate $1 million to the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, if Kerry "cannot prove anything in the Swift Boat ads to be untrue." Kerry later accused Pickens of "parsing and backtracking" on his initial offer and wrote that "I am prepared to prove the lie and marshal all the evidence, the question is whether you are prepared to fulfill your obligation."
On June 22, 2008, a group of Vietnam veterans who previously served with and now work with Kerry accepted the challenge and sent a 12-page letter — with a 42-page attachment of military records to support their case — to rebut several of the accusations of the Swift boat group. Pickens has responded with a message stating "In reviewing your material, none of the information you provide speaks specifically to the issues contained in the ads,” he wrote, “and, as a result, does not qualify for the $1 million.
Re: T. Boone & global warming
First the obvious one. Computer modeling is not science. It is creative accounting by computer. The bias entered comes out.
Second When it comes to climate we don't have enough years of proven data to work with.
The embarrassing part is we reached the conclusion first, then proceeded to try to prove it. That's the way "political" science works.