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One of the largest, ongoing, rolling government scams?
Using taxpayer money to fund “research” – so as to generate “studies.”
And governments spend a LOT of our money – on “research” to generate “studies.”
“Today, we all do. Most scientific research is funded by government grants….”
And he who pays the piper – calls the tune.
Because human nature.
Governments nigh always get for what they pay. Because if governments don’t get for what they pay – they stop paying.
Those getting paid – certainly know the score.
Even when the bought-off “researchers” do “research” with non-government money – they know not to anger with their “studies” their far-and-away-largest paymasters.
So NIGH EVERY SINGLE “study” – toes the government line.
The government line is, of course:
The results of ALL your “research” and ALL your “studies” – must call for more government. And for whatever else government is calling.
We have based large swaths of our lives, tons of government policy and tens of trillions of our dollars – on this one-sided, biased, outcome-driven nonsense.
The quintessential example of this?
Of course – it is the inanity that is Cataclysmic-Man-Made-Climate-Change.
Governments the world over have over the last half-century-plus spent multiple trillions of dollars of our money – on “research” for climate “studies.”
Guess how many of those multiple trillions of our dollars have gone to those skeptical of Cataclysmic-Man-Made-Climate-Change?
It’s as metaphysically close to zero as you’re ever going to get.
Cataclysmic-Man-Made-Climate-Change – is the Greatest Scam on Earth.
When the “research” doesn’t turn out the way government wants it – and it nigh always does, because Cataclysmic-Man-Made-Climate-Change is a giant scam – everyone starts faking the data.
The government certainly does.
Though I’m not entirely sure they weren’t in on the scam….
And certainly the bought-off “researchers” fake the data.
“The messages were pirated from the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia (UEA) and reveal correspondence between British and American researchers engaged in fraudulent reporting of data to favor their own climate change agenda….
“The e-mails implicate scores of researchers, most of whom are associated with the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), an organization many skeptics believe was created exclusively to provide evidence of anthropogenic global warming (AGW).”
“Three themes are emerging from the newly released emails:
“(1) prominent scientists central to the global warming debate are taking measures to conceal rather than disseminate underlying data and discussions;
“(2) these scientists view global warming as a political “cause” rather than a balanced scientific inquiry and
“(3) many of these scientists frankly admit to each other that much of the science is weak and dependent on deliberate manipulation of facts and data.”
Why this world-wide, multi-decade, massive scam?
Because the alleged “solution” to the “problem” of Cataclysmic-Man-Made-Climate-Change – is MUCH more government. Natch.
Well…that’s a lot.
No kidding. Even it’s likely author cops to the scam….
“Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti admitted recently that the true motivation behind introducing the Green New Deal is to overhaul the ‘entire economy.’…
“The Green New Deal,…would transition the U.S. economy entirely away from fossil fuels within ten years while simultaneously providing a federal jobs and healthcare guarantee.
“It would also, according to its proponents, advance ‘social, economic, racial, regional and gender-based justice and equality and cooperative and public ownership.’”
That doesn’t sound very government-expanding at all.
Why are we less government types so skeptical of so much?
Because so much government – has polluted so much.
So when the following raft of headlines came this weekend across the transom – we were more than a mite dubious….
Gee…who did this groundbreaking “study”…?
You have to search for yourself – because none of these “news” outlets tell you….
Meet Dr. Christopher Hooton:
“Dr. Christopher Hooton is the founding Chief Economist & Head of Research at Internet Association where he leads the organization’s economic analysis and research on the internet sector.”
“Internet Association is the only trade association that exclusively represents leading global internet companies on matters of public policy.”
Which companies? Amongst many others:
Microsoft (Market Cap: $1.1 trillion)
Amazon (Market Cap: $854 billion)
Google (Market Cap: $843 billion)
Facebook (Market Cap: $506 billion)
Twitter (Market Cap: $32 billion)
Hooton did his “research” for his “study” – under the auspices of George Washington University.
Because we know college isn’t a bastion for corrupt “research” and “studies.”
See: East Anglia University. And just about every college and university in the United States….
And what is the Internet Association’s longstanding position on Net Neutrality?
Vociferously for it, natch.
It’s almost hard to believe the Internet Association’s founding Chief Economist & Head of Research – has penned a “study” in defense of Net Neutrality.
Is this the Internet Association’s first foray into dubious Net Neutrality “research?”
From 2017 – when the Donald Trump Administration was teeing up its right, righteous Net Neutrality un-doing:
“The study was done by the Internet Association that represents pro-net neutrality companies like Amazon, Google and the like….
“A study showing zero impact on internet provider investment by net neutrality rules relied on ‘corrupted’ and ‘made up data,’ according to one economist….
“‘Dr. Hooton fabricates (via interpolation) three-fourths of the data he analyzes…for cable industry broadband investment,’ (economist George Ford said).”
And guess who did this “corrupted” study with “made up data”….
Why…it’s again our old friend Hooton. The Internet Association’s founding Chief Economist & Head of Research.
And does imposition of Net Neutrality result in less government – or more government?
Just as with the Green New Deal, Net Neutrality results in much, MUCH more government.
Indeed it is.
One of its biggest proponents – gleefully admits it:
“At the moment, the battle over network neutrality is not to completely eliminate the telephone and cable companies. We are not at that point yet. But the ultimate goal is to get rid of the media capitalists in the phone and cable companies and to divest them from control.”
And for the members of the Internet Association – Net Neutrality is a HUGE government-cronyism gift.
“Net Neutrality – in which all Internet traffic flows at one speed without preference for any content provider – is a hit with companies such as Google and Netflix that hope to dodge paying for the huge amount of online bandwidth they actually use….”
Oh – and did Net Neutrality cause a drop in Internet investment?
Because more government – always means less private sector.
Because human nature.
So Net Neutrality is a magical, harmonic convergence.
Of government expansion – and government cronyism.
And oozing from this nexus of DC Swamp-titude – is this latest, ridiculous “study.”
“Researched” by – the founding Chief Economist & Head of Research of the Internet Association.
Whose members benefit HUGE from government’s imposition of Net Neutrality.
How very DC of…everyone.
[Originally Published at RedState]