The Scientific Activist (Archives)





-->

Feb 8, 2006

NASA Science Censor Resigns

It’s official. George Deutsch, the Bush appointee and science censor at NASA who lied about graduating from Texas A&M University, has resigned thanks to the efforts of a little website that some of you may have heard of. Andrew Revkin of The New York Times reports:
Mr. Deutsch's educational record was first challenged on Monday by Nick Anthis, who graduated from Texas A&M last year with a biochemistry degree and has been writing a Web log on science policy, scientificactivist.blogspot.com.

After Mr. Anthis read about the problems at NASA, he said in an interview: "It seemed like political figures had really overstepped the line. I was just going to write some commentary on this when somebody tipped me off that George Deutsch might not have graduated."

He posted a blog entry asserting this after he checked with the university's association of former students. He reported that the association said Mr. Deutsch received no degree.

A copy of Mr. Deutsch's résumé was provided to The Times by someone working in NASA headquarters who, along with many other NASA employees, said Mr. Deutsch played a small but significant role in an intensifying effort at the agency to exert political control over the flow of information to the public.

Such complaints came to the fore starting in late January, when James E. Hansen, the climate scientist, and several midlevel public affairs officers told The Times that political appointees, including Mr. Deutsch, were pressing to limit Dr. Hansen's speaking and interviews on the threats posed by global warming.

(emphasis added)

When I originally posted my discoveries on Deutsch, I did not have access to his resume, so I only mentioned that he “may have intentionally misled” people. After being informed that he explicitly stated that he obtained a B.A. in Journalism from A&M in 2003, though, I can now say that he lied directly and intentionally. Although he would not have been qualified to be in his position even if he did have a degree, it is fortunate that this has come to light because it forced him to resign. Although the problem of political interference in science runs much deeper, this is a necessary first step toward addressing it.

NASA scientist James Hansen makes an interesting point about the coverage of Deutsch’s lack of a college degree:
Yesterday, Dr. Hansen said that the questions about Mr. Deutsch's credentials were important, but were a distraction from the broader issue of political control of scientific information.

"He's only a bit player," Dr. Hansen said of Mr. Deutsch. " The problem is much broader and much deeper and it goes across agencies. That's what I'm really concerned about."

"On climate, the public has been misinformed and not informed," he said. "The foundation of a democracy is an informed public, which obviously means an honestly informed public. That's the big issue here."

Hansen is really on to something here, and instead of the story being about a 24-year-old lying, it should be about this: how did this guy, who already had dubious qualifications, make it into NASA with such an obvious lie on his resume? To work for a federal agency, including NASA, extensive background checks are usually required. If I was able to uncover the truth about Deutsch in one phone call, then he must have been placed in his current position without any investigation, due to his loyal service on the Bush presidential campaign.

For a president that paints himself as a champion of national security, the NASA incident is a major blow to Bush’s credibility. This isn’t the first time either, with George Deutsch now joining the ranks of Michael Brown, the embattled former director of FEMA, and Harriet Myers, Bush’s Supreme Court nominee who was subsequently withdrawn. Congratulations, Deutsch, this is a pretty elite circle!

The NASA censorship scandal was originally about partisan figures compromising the science, and it still is, but now it’s also about something much deeper and much more troubling. I don’t know how many others there are out there like Deutsch, but it shouldn’t be hard to find out. Journalists, it’s time to make some phone calls!

In the meantime, NASA needs the authority to remove the rest of those who are interfering with the scientific process for partisan gains. Although NASA's credibility has tragically taken a big hit here due to political interference, the real victim is the science. And, when the science suffers, we are all affected.

204 Comments:

  • Nice work! :)

    By Anonymous LQ, at Wed Feb 08, 12:05:00 PM  

  • NOAA has had the same problems. Politics (and political apointees) should never be involved in science.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Feb 08, 12:20:00 PM  

  • let me me the (second) blogger to congratulate you. As a scientist (and fellow biochemist) I am increasingly worried about the politicisation of science by the Bush administration. Even though I am in Australia, its influence is felt even here. Thank you for landing one back for us!

    By Anonymous The Other Guy, at Wed Feb 08, 12:20:00 PM  

  • Keep up the good work--you're doing a service to all Americans.

    Best,

    cwhig

    By Blogger Cwhig, at Wed Feb 08, 12:23:00 PM  

  • Hooray for genuine research!!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Feb 08, 12:30:00 PM  

  • Nice work.

    By Blogger Scott Ross, at Wed Feb 08, 12:36:00 PM  

  • Quality activism there Nick!!!

    Encore please. Think climate change.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Feb 08, 01:00:00 PM  

  • Thanks for the excellent investigative work! For the problem at NASA to be fixed we're gonna have to start with a regime change at home.

    GirlScientist (whose blog is up and coming)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Feb 08, 01:14:00 PM  

  • You're my hero.

    By Anonymous Professor Foland, at Wed Feb 08, 01:28:00 PM  

  • It's getting harder for the American conservatives to hoodwink the peons, thanks to the internet and concerned bloggers like you.

    However, it appears the next logical step for Bush and his wingnuts will be to edit and cleanse the internet. Hopefully we are too big and powerful for that to happen.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Feb 08, 01:29:00 PM  

  • George W. sure has a penchant for cronyism, doesn't he? How anyone can take this sham of a president seriously, is beyond me. We've repressed ourselves with his campaigns of fear, uncertainty and doubt, and continue to tolerate it in the name of "patriotism" or "national security".

    Good job on this Nick. It's what fellow bloggers love about the blog community as a whole. The free exchange of relevant and truthful information.....

    By Blogger Greg, at Wed Feb 08, 01:34:00 PM  

  • Congratulations. This is exactly the kind of thing that needs to be exposed, particularly in an Agency whose mission I believe in and used to work for. I think this situation is but one example of the broader issue of politics contaminating Agencies that should be apolitical.

    By Anonymous Jagosaurus, at Wed Feb 08, 01:42:00 PM  

  • I have a feeling you're going to have an explosion of hits at this point but as one of the people directed here by the Times link, I just wanted to say: hats off to you. It has a wonderful kind of David/Goliath feel that a blogger was able to undo some of the arrogant, dangerous, anti-intellectual work of this administration.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Feb 08, 01:42:00 PM  

  • Yet another instance of a Bush appointee who simply wasn't qualified or deserving of his post. Much like Bush himself. I don't know how anyone could work at a place like NASA and have such a whopper of a lie on their resume. Beyond arrogance. Thanks to those who have the nerve to bring this information into the light of day!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Feb 08, 01:44:00 PM  

  • It's amazing someone like this still managed to get in the door like he did. I went through extensive background checks to get into a hospital administrative job; why doesn't NASA at least have half as much of a check as that.

    www.xanga.com/little_sarbonn

    By Blogger Duane, at Wed Feb 08, 01:50:00 PM  

  • awesome work, need more activist like you

    By Blogger D. Phillips, at Wed Feb 08, 01:51:00 PM  

  • I hate to say this but by exposing Mr.Deutsch, you not only weakened our national security but you are encouraging our enemy. This at a time when our nation is at war. A war on terror. If you are not with us, then you must definitely be with the enemy. I am sure you were not created by god himself but followed the path of evolution.

    -The unsung republican(I used to be a janitor in the war-room in 2004 campaign. Pretty soon, I hope to land a federal job :) )

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Feb 08, 01:55:00 PM  

  • Godd work, Nick. Science is truth.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Feb 08, 02:00:00 PM  

  • Just perfect! Today is a tiny bit less unpleasant now. Many thanks.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Feb 08, 02:01:00 PM  

  • What a great post. The analysis of the situation is spot on. This is about more than some Bush flunky lying his way into a cushy job. For gawd's sake, it was NASA!

    Congratulations and thanks for your work on this. It's amazing how bloggers are getting out information that "real journalists" miss. Thankfully their hubris was not so great as to neglect to print your follow-up.

    i got here via Americablog so HT to John Aravosis. And if I ever get to Great Britain (which is my dream vacation) I'd love to shake your hand.

    By Blogger mpower1952, at Wed Feb 08, 02:05:00 PM  

  • Great work Nick. I've been following this story since it popped up on Digg a few days ago. As an Aggie who now works on NASA contracts, this story was deeply troubling to me. Thank you all your work in solving this problem.

    Brad T.
    Class of '04

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Feb 08, 02:18:00 PM  

  • Anyone seen Laurie Anderson's End of the Moon performance? She gives lots of insight into the workings of NASA from her perspective as NASA's first (and last)artist in residence. Of particular interest is NASA's development of a spacesuit that was turned over to the military. From news accounts, it doesn't sound as if the troops in the field have the benefit of this technology.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Feb 08, 02:19:00 PM  

  • bravo. keep up the good work.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Feb 08, 02:19:00 PM  

  • Way to go on reporting this, Nick. You've done everyone a great service. Let's keep pressure on the issue of honesty, accuracy, and accountability in public relations.

    By Anonymous michael, at Wed Feb 08, 02:21:00 PM  

  • I work for my state. I've seen plenty of examples of people landing in jobs ("political refugees", for example), basically due to their connections. Have yet to find any who lied on resumes or did any harm, though. And we're not talking about science or emergency management or national security, fortunately.

    People are human. These things are going to happen, and to a certain degree, it isn't harmful. But this is way outta hand now.

    Excellent work. Have one on me!

    By Blogger Jeff, at Wed Feb 08, 02:40:00 PM  

  • Nick, thanks for the legwork you did on this. I find the whole thing hard to believe. I work as a subcontractor to NASA...now I'm wondering just how deep the rot goes.

    By Anonymous Remus Shepherd, at Wed Feb 08, 02:40:00 PM  

  • how did this guy, who already had dubious qualifications, make it into NASA with such an obvious lie on his resume?

    It probably happens alot more than we think it does. Also, he didn't need an extensive background check because he has already proved he was a Bush loyalist. That apparently is sufficient.

    You did a great job on this though.

    By Blogger PCS, at Wed Feb 08, 02:46:00 PM  

  • What a timely site. Thanks. I also appreciate the courage of Professor Hansen in talking about the current atmosphere and political pressures within the research universities.This appointee is only a bit player. Keep pulling the thread and a picture will emerge of the direct connection between US forgeign policy, the CIA, and foundations, in univeristy research in technology, social sciences, planning, and even art. This partnership has existed since at least WW2, and even survived the protests of the late 1960's. Take a look at Associated Universities, and CIS at MIT.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Feb 08, 02:47:00 PM  

  • If a terrorist wanted to have easy access to federal buildings, all he'd need to do is pretend to be a loyal bush campaigner for a while, and get a no-questions-asked job.

    By Anonymous Jim, at Wed Feb 08, 02:53:00 PM  

  • Nice work, Nick. May all science-deniers end up unemployed like Mr. Deutsch.

    But I do have one minor quibble. You wrote: "To work for a federal agency, including NASA, extensive background checks are usually required." This is true for people who are hired via the usual federal processes, but is not necessarily required for presidential appointees. The president is granted a lot of discretion in his appointments. Presidents have, by long tradition, abused this discretion by appointing friends and political donors to cushy federal jobs - say, appointing someone to be ambassador to a minor country, even if the person does not speak the local language and knows nothing of the country.

    Presidents of both parties have been guilty here, and I am not sure that President Bush is much worse than others have been. What makes Bush unique is his particular war against science. Kudos to you again, Nick, for striking a blow for science!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Feb 08, 02:56:00 PM  

  • Great post. Keep up the good work :) I'll be checking back often.

    By Blogger StormChickX, at Wed Feb 08, 02:58:00 PM  

  • Bravo! You should be awfully proud of this work.

    By Anonymous Dr. Tom More, at Wed Feb 08, 03:01:00 PM  

  • Good work! (Maybe you've figured out what "scientific activism" means after all!)

    By Anonymous blog responder, at Wed Feb 08, 03:02:00 PM  

  • I've just stubled over this:

    "For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled."
    (Richard P. Feynman)

    By Blogger DaPi, at Wed Feb 08, 03:16:00 PM  

  • Grea job. I don't see this as scientific activism as much as basic fact-checking. Of course I'm baised because I think science-minded folks are much better at seeing the facts through the BS.

    I agree with Mr. Anthis that this seems to be a very disturbing pattern, and I just have to wonder why reporters haven't spent more time covering the issue of partisan patronage in the Bush Administration. Wasn't FEMA's Brown a big enough hint? How widespread is this? Wasn't that a big issue in Iraq--young, green, unqualified political operatives were sent in instead of adults who knew something about the region?

    Thanks for a great blog!

    By Anonymous vaughan, at Wed Feb 08, 03:18:00 PM  

  • Holy Crap! Not only have you made me a believer in blogs being more than pointless human opinion, but that people really can make a difference; a cliche I know, but we need reinforcing every now and again. Seriously dude, good work. Journalism of the past is dead, it's now up to us to do the real digging and get the real dirt.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Feb 08, 03:21:00 PM  

  • It is a courageous thing that you have done to bring this information forward into public view.

    Those who hold political office need to be held accountable to the public for their actions. It is encouraging to see people step forward to voice their concerns when a government's agenda runs counter to the best interests of its citizens and those of the world at large.

    Our political leaders will only change their political ideals if the indignation of the masses is significant enough to catch their attention.

    Congratulations to you for your moral integrity and your effective use of weblogs to promote public awareness; and congratulations to the mainstream media for helping to bring your weblog to our attention!

    By Blogger Lorenzo Z Oznerol, at Wed Feb 08, 03:26:00 PM  

  • Very interesting. I found this news and blog from http://www.megite.com/index.php?section=technology&date=1139409592&start=1#item_14

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Feb 08, 03:28:00 PM  

  • Thanks Nick Anthis!
    Anthony Guzzi

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Feb 08, 03:31:00 PM  

  • Hey Nickeroo! You rock! Good double-super-secret-science-sleuthing!

    Americablog & C&L linked to you (and World O'Crap too?) so now you have the joy (and burden) of being tucked into our Favorite links and forever being our science watchdog!

    Sure hope you do that NASA FOIA and see what George's SES position & pay was.

    And maybe inquire about all of NASA's (and maybe NOAA's) Bush&Co political appointees, their pay, and qualifications.

    Well done!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Feb 08, 03:33:00 PM  

  • Congratulations on a superb job. You're future is bright and we should all pay attention!

    By Anonymous zenrain, at Wed Feb 08, 03:34:00 PM  

  • your awesome, thanks

    By Blogger Frankie, at Wed Feb 08, 03:35:00 PM  

  • Makes me feel just a little better knowing that there are bloggers out there acting as a last line of defense against an administration run amok. THANKS SO MUCH!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Feb 08, 03:42:00 PM  

  • Thank you, Nick Anthis.

    What's also curious in all this is why a PR guy has anything whatever to do with correcting the writing of scientists. Nevermind Deutsch. The larger issue is still there, and there is no state, local, or national bureacracy which was not facing politicization before Bush came to power. It's just in the nature of bureacracy to lose sight of the work at hand.

    But Bush and the neocons have exploited this natural tendency to the extreme, so it was all the more inevitable that they should come in conflict with the reality that politics are not the wisest mode for dealing with the basic exploration of reality.

    And again, thanks to you Mr. Anthis for bringing the issue into the public light, again. And for embarrassing the pack of tyrrants hard at work in the U.S. who simply must be made to go away.

    By Anonymous Bit NOLA, at Wed Feb 08, 03:48:00 PM  

  • Good Job, Nice to see the truth win out.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Feb 08, 03:55:00 PM  

  • Outstanding job. You should be proud of what you did. You pointed out a wrong, and someone noticed resulting in the appropriate action.

    Good work!

    By Blogger AH, at Wed Feb 08, 03:57:00 PM  

  • Very good job, indeed.

    It is likely that NASA's science problems won't resolve themselves until Micheal "Death Star" Griffin is gone, too.

    He's already butchering science for Star Wars- related shuttle use.

    By Blogger kelley b., at Wed Feb 08, 03:57:00 PM  

  • Time to add a new blog to my bookmarks, good job Nick!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Feb 08, 03:57:00 PM  

  • Nick Anthis, thanks so much for your work. These are such alarming times to be living in (in terms of the lengths this administration et al. will go to in order to conceal vital info), that it's incredibly encouraging to know that there are still folks out there willing to fight against the current tyrrany of mendacity.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Feb 08, 04:00:00 PM  

  • Excellent work!

    By Blogger zulu, at Wed Feb 08, 04:05:00 PM  

  • Thank you Nick.

    Alex Alaniz, Ph.D.
    Los Alamos, NM 87544

    By Blogger AA, at Wed Feb 08, 04:05:00 PM  

  • Nick, you said, "If I was able to uncover the truth about Deutsch in one phone call, then he must have been placed in his current position without any investigation, due to his loyal service on the Bush presidential campaign."

    While it seems in character for the "activist" part of your blog, this line of reasoning does not seem particularly "scientific." The conclusion that his placement and lack of thorough background check resulted from his conservative loyalties does not follow and is not at all clear.

    I'm not saying it isn't the case, but if one is going to be an activist, presumably (in part) for scientific credibility, one would benefit from avoiding assumptions, no?

    By Blogger Bike Lane, at Wed Feb 08, 04:08:00 PM  

  • Mr. Anthis --

    Don't you know that when you expose a bush administration hack, God kills a puppy?

    Seriously, it's just the latest example of how loyalty and not competence or honesty matters to this administration. the process that let this goober into NASA public affairs is the same one that allowed a gay prostitute with an alias daily access to the white house press briefing room without actually being a journalist.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Feb 08, 04:09:00 PM  

  • Great job, Nick! Now if we could get some real reform in government and solidify that whole church/state separation which keeps leaking in...

    By Blogger Chris, at Wed Feb 08, 04:11:00 PM  

  • Hear Hear!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Feb 08, 04:29:00 PM  

  • YOU ARE AWESOME! Thank you so much for your research!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Feb 08, 04:33:00 PM  

  • "Congratulations, Deutsch, this is a pretty elite circle!"

    and at 24 years old! wow! where can i sign up to help on a presidential campaign?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Feb 08, 04:39:00 PM  

  • I am so glad that 99 percent of the comments are ones of congratulations because you have really done a great service to our country!! The one percent of the comments saying in essence that you are helping the enemy, etc are so off base and transparent that I have to laugh at the horrendous ignorance that exists in the ultra neo conservative right these days.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Feb 08, 04:47:00 PM  

  • Generally I support what you've done.

    BUT: Neither Deutsch's age nor lack of degree should be at issue here, nor should his political connections have affected things. I had considerably more responsibility in a Senate office at not much older than he is. The issue is unethical behavior, by journalism standards (see the the ethics rules of the Society of Professional Journalists, for example -- if he was any good, he should already have been a member), and under federal rules. I believe a check would reveal that NASA is bound by law not to monkey with science results. That law applies to everyone in the agency, I believe, not just the researchers. NASA's inspector general should be invited to investigate. And, when I was a political appointee directing the release of public information about federally-financed research, everyone fully understood that it was against regulations and the law to attempt to skew the research results after the fact.

    Consider how many other agencies could be involved in similar situations: HHS, FDA, NIH, NOAA, EPA, Labor, Interior, Agriculture, Defense, Education . . . how many more Deutsch's are there out there?

    Find the problems, make sure the policies are clear, enforce the rules.

    By Blogger Ed Darrell, at Wed Feb 08, 04:48:00 PM  

  • Great work, Nick. Aren't we all lucky that a science policy blogger happened to have graduated from A&M and have sharp eyes!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Feb 08, 04:50:00 PM  

  • Yer doin a heck of a job George! (Both of ya!)

    Truth.. uh... truth and... um ah... lemmie see... can't get fooled again...

    By Blogger Doogman, at Wed Feb 08, 04:51:00 PM  

  • What ARE the penalties for lying in this instance? I'd think they're pretty draconian. (or ought to be)

    By Blogger Doogman, at Wed Feb 08, 04:52:00 PM  

  • Thanks, Nick. Well done.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Feb 08, 04:53:00 PM  

  • michael said...
    For a president that paints himself as a champion of national security, the NASA incident is a major blow to Bush’s credibility.

    Well, Bush has had numerous blows to his credibility
    -----
    Yep, he just 'blows' generally.

    By Blogger Doogman, at Wed Feb 08, 04:53:00 PM  

  • Congrats Nick. Way to go!

    By the way, how does it feel to be blog-famous?!

    By Blogger Morgan W. Brown, at Wed Feb 08, 04:54:00 PM  

  • michael said...
    Actually I think this is a minor hit on their credibility, after all it's clear it wasn't NASA's idea to hire this political correctness minder. A much bigger hit to NASA's credibility is the sad state of the space shuttle program.
    ------
    Mr. Proxmire, line 1. Astronaut famlies, lines 2-11, holding.

    By Blogger Doogman, at Wed Feb 08, 04:55:00 PM  

  • For a president that paints himself as a champion of national security, the NASA incident is a major blow to Bush’s credibility.

    Well, Bush has had numerous blows to his credibility (Plame leak... 8/6/01 PDB titled, "Bin Laden Determined To Strike Inside US"... no WMDs... "Mission Accomplished"... etc,etc) but some 40% of those polled still support him.

    Although NASA's credibility has tragically taken a big hit here due to political interference

    Actually I think this is a minor hit on their credibility, after all it's clear it wasn't NASA's idea to hire this political correctness minder. A much bigger hit to NASA's credibility is the sad state of the space shuttle program.

    Kudos to you, Nick. Once again, bloggers do the work that reporters should be doing.

    By Blogger michael, at Wed Feb 08, 04:56:00 PM  

  • M

    the moron

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Feb 08, 04:58:00 PM  

  • Great work, hopefully this type of sabotage, perversion and duplicity has reached a point where men and women in the scientific communties realize that we need them to speak up as often as possible as their concerns and perceptions are not being adequetly discussed in public forums.

    By Anonymous J Nichols, at Wed Feb 08, 05:01:00 PM  

  • Congratulations, and thanks for all you do.

    By Blogger Maezeppa, at Wed Feb 08, 05:03:00 PM  

  • way to go, dude. Another shill bites the dust.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Feb 08, 05:05:00 PM  

  • Great work Nick. PR folks have no rules except sell it. He was an installed party shill, and not the first. The Interior Secretary altered reports on caribou calving in ANWR. It's a trend with this bunch who have no respect for the truth, only to the agenda.

    By Blogger Mark, at Wed Feb 08, 05:08:00 PM  

  • Nice work Mr. Anthis.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Feb 08, 05:10:00 PM  

  • Good work, Nick! I salute you! Great sleuthing! How does it feel to expose a President and actually see results?

    By Blogger George, at Wed Feb 08, 05:10:00 PM  

  • Congrats Nick! You're now a famous blogger. It feels cool to actually know someone with their name in the NYT. :) Have a great day, and bask in your glory!

    -Melissa

    By Blogger TeachMeScience, at Wed Feb 08, 05:27:00 PM  

  • You da man, Nick!

    By Blogger california_reality_check, at Wed Feb 08, 05:27:00 PM  

  • congratulations, nick. must feel good.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Feb 08, 05:29:00 PM  

  • Thank you Nick. NASA climate scientists know who the other "Georges" at NASA are. What would take to expose them? Hansen is to be applauded. He's been at this "political science" game for decades. There are many more NASA scientists, who are not as vocal or courageous as Hansen that have felt the scrutiny of this knowledge-fearing administration.

    By Anonymous farside, at Wed Feb 08, 05:30:00 PM  

  • Good work, well done, and thank you. You now have one more reader.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Feb 08, 05:30:00 PM  

  • Hooray hooray hooray for Nick! You broke the story for the NYT; I'm glad they gave you credit, the swine. This is an accomplish to be proud of. As a mom--and one of my sons is a college journalist--I'm simply beaming.

    By Blogger Mrs. Tarquin Biscuitbarrel, at Wed Feb 08, 05:31:00 PM  

  • Well done Nick!
    You handsome clever guy you!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Feb 08, 05:35:00 PM  

  • Way to go, Nick!

    http://dimer.tamu.edu/simplog/archive.php?blogid=3&pid=3219

    I'm adding you to my blogroll for Aggie Science blogs (blAgs).

    By Anonymous Jim Hu, at Wed Feb 08, 05:36:00 PM  

  • Fantastic reporting. If only the other news reporters had a tenth of your desire to find the truth and expose these phonies, our democracy would be safe. Unfortunately, that is not the case.

    You left off a few names of plants, one being James Gannon, the gay prostitute/reporter. It just goes to show you that if things seem strange, examine them. While most plants are subtle, anything out of the ordinary should be investigated.

    Great job again.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Feb 08, 05:41:00 PM  

  • Nick, I hope you will give a close look at the political appointment of Shana Dale, a lawyer with a bachelor's degree in information systems, as NASA's Deputy Director. As the number two person at the helm for NASA I fear another Michael Brown FEMA fiasco if she really has to do much more than sit at her desk. She replaced a highly educted three time shuttle commander, hall of fame astronaut, decorated Air Force test pilot and Vietnam veteran. Fred Gregory is an astronaut's astronaut . . . he headed up the quality assurance program for NASA for several years and afer being promoted to Deputy Director, he basically ran the day to day operations of the agency, and served as interim director for a period of time. Take a look at Ms. Dale's biography

    http://www.nasa.gov/about/highlights/dale_bio.html

    and see if you find any qualifications at all for her very quiet appointment by Mr. Bush last November. Your last line, ". . .when the science suffers, we are all affected." prompted me to send this to you.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Feb 08, 05:42:00 PM  

  • way to go nick!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Feb 08, 05:53:00 PM  

  • I second the above comment regarding Shana Dale...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Feb 08, 05:56:00 PM  

  • Hey Nick - sure you're getting swamped today! But great work - you may have heard about the petition to NASA going on right now -

    http://www.environmental-action.org/gw.asp?id=1319&id4=
    board

    Hopefully, we'll turn NASA around!

    Dan

    By Anonymous Dan Stafford, at Wed Feb 08, 06:06:00 PM  

  • Great work, Nick -- though as my advisor would say, "Shouldn't you be concentrating on your research?" Nevermind, stick with the blogging. You're an inspiration and a distraction, as I'm trying not to let my job of Communications Chair of Young Democrats of Atlanta do too much harm my PhD work at Georgia Tech. I'm adding you to my reading list and falling that much further behind schedule.

    By Blogger Shelby, at Wed Feb 08, 06:07:00 PM  

  • Two points... Isn't there a disclaimer in the small print of a federal job application that says you swear you're telling the truth and it's punishable by fine or imprisonment? I hope someone can go through the list of Bush appointees and find out what other well-qualified individuals we taxpayers are paying.

    By Blogger BaKTHAFKUP, at Wed Feb 08, 06:08:00 PM  

  • Bravo, Nick. V. impressed.

    By Blogger Johnny Sapphire, at Wed Feb 08, 06:18:00 PM  

  • Here from Americablog...I always want to give kudos to work well done...it ain't scientific research which I'm sure you'd rather be doing, but GREAT JOB!! You are a credit to science and to blogging.

    By Anonymous Lynne, at Wed Feb 08, 06:23:00 PM  

  • Woo-hoo! From one Aggie to another, thanks and congratulations!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Feb 08, 06:26:00 PM  

  • Great job!! Thank you for exposing the truth! We deserve it after all of the lies we get fed...

    By Anonymous Cassandra, at Wed Feb 08, 06:28:00 PM  

  • Thank you for exposing a truth instead of the "truthiness" we are used to. Maybe Deutsch (I pronounce it 'douche') is a gay prostitute like that guy from the press corps...lol!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Feb 08, 06:38:00 PM  

  • Thanks for exposing that slimy thug. The GOP's war on science must end now.

    By Anonymous magpie, at Wed Feb 08, 06:48:00 PM  

  • Thanks for exposing yet another partisan hack and crony of the bush/cheney regime, merely designed to spread more disinformation to the public. Their clear agenda is to support the military/industrial complex in every way, by lying and cheating ordinary Americans while bankrupting America. This EVIL mis-administration should all be in prison for crimes against our great nation.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Feb 08, 06:49:00 PM  

  • Nick, you rock!! I am so happy that you are paving ground for the "science activist", whatever that is defined as. Please keep in touch. I have so much to tell you about the LWI. Tomorrow I am sending a freshman to San Francisco for a convention where she will meet up with some members of the LWAC from Georgetown. Keep up the good work.

    -Delorean St. Clair

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Feb 08, 06:55:00 PM  

  • Congrats on the scoop and all the press. Just remember I was the first to welcome you to the blogosphere. :D

    By Anonymous Tara, at Wed Feb 08, 06:58:00 PM  

  • Well done Nick! As you continue to point out, the bigger issue here is not that Deutsch wasn't qualified for the position to which he was appointed, it's that being a "Brownie" apparently exempts you from normal checks & balances. I imagine that the folks over at World O'Crap are kicking themselves for not picking up on the story before it ran in the Times. Props to John Lynch at Stranger Fruit for picking up on the story and helping to get the word out.

    I'm still thinking about your central point that science is being co-opted by politics, and can't help but wonder, to paraphrase Hansen, how small a bit that Deutsch played in this. Certainly Deutsch is not the first Bush43 appointee to be revealed as underqualified...I keep seeing this scenario play out in my head [fictional] where Deutsch hands in a resume that says "Bachelor of Arts, Journalism, expected May 2003" and is counseled to removed the part about "expected".[/fictional] That just seems like an incredibly ballsy move for a person with so little power.

    Keep up the good fight against all things "Sciency" (maybe Colbert will invite you on his show...)!

    Peace!

    JK

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Feb 08, 07:05:00 PM  

  • Cheers to you (event though you are an aggie (wink) that said, how's about NOW going after the nonsense called science supposedly being produced in DHHS, EPA, DofA, NIH, FDA, etc, etc.....

    By Anonymous profk, at Wed Feb 08, 07:06:00 PM  

  • Here from C&L, congratulations, that was excellent work. Hansen's issue-- what was this guy (and maybe other like him) doing in there? -- is what we need to investigate.

    By Blogger rrp, at Wed Feb 08, 07:07:00 PM  

  • All RIGHT!! Good for you! Congratulations and thank you.

    By Blogger D.F. Facti, at Wed Feb 08, 07:11:00 PM  

  • Good on ya!

    By Blogger Tlazolteotl, at Wed Feb 08, 07:16:00 PM  

  • Wow, I wonder what all the "journalists" have been doing while
    honest people like you do their work for them. Ignoring a war, and sucking up to rightwing psychopaths.. useless cretins.

    GOOD WORK!!!

    canukistani

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Feb 08, 07:17:00 PM  

  • http://www.oregonlive.com/search/index.ssf?/base/editorial/113935834197450.xml?oregonian?ede&coll=7
    Editorial about the Bureau of Land Management cutting off funding for a study by a Oregon State University School of Forestry grad student. This study was published in Science in spite of a faculty effort to get the journal not to publish it.

    Keep at it. We need the information.

    By Blogger caffeinemomma, at Wed Feb 08, 07:27:00 PM  

  • Great work!!

    Noted on dkos:

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2006/2/8/14855/02267#9

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Feb 08, 07:28:00 PM  

  • WAY TO GO NICK! CITIZENS OF THE WORLD SAY 'THANKS'!

    By Blogger bonita sarita, at Wed Feb 08, 07:32:00 PM  

  • Wasn't there also a problem with the guy whose job it was to investigate problmes at NASA too?
    *shakes head sadly*

    Good job. I just use my blog to mess around. Glad not everyone is doing so.

    By Blogger NYPinTA, at Wed Feb 08, 07:33:00 PM  

  • Nick, you rock!

    Lets undress the emperor even more.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Feb 08, 07:37:00 PM  

  • Wow. Nick, you've turned out to be the most genius Aggie that Aggieland has birthed in quite some time (besides me, of course). Humongous kudos to you, my fellow 0-fiver. You got quite the jarring nod from the NYT.

    Good luck in everything you do -- like you need it, though.

    By Blogger lunaliar, at Wed Feb 08, 07:38:00 PM  

  • Thank you--now that's what I call service to one's country!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Feb 08, 07:38:00 PM  

  • YES!!we need a lot of Nicks.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Feb 08, 07:44:00 PM  

  • I don't generally like to define by example, but if the Rhodes Review Board is looking for a definition of a scientific activist, I think they've found their definition in you. Thanks much for important success. Please continue holding journalists to the fire, holding public officials to the fire, and keeping scientific discourse subject (mostly) to the scrutiny of the scientific method.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Feb 08, 07:45:00 PM  

  • Good job. I'm generally GOP, but this kind of incompetent "help" we don't need.

    By Blogger RC, at Wed Feb 08, 07:55:00 PM  

  • Bravo! Thank you!
    -- sglover

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Feb 08, 08:06:00 PM  

  • Before I forget, anyone interested in Bush political hacks getting appointed to positions of real responsibility should look into the new director of immigration and citizenship. Her appointment screams "cronyism", and it's quite likely that it will result in the same degree of human suffering as that of "Heckuva Job" Brown.
    -- sglover

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Feb 08, 08:17:00 PM  

  • Thank you so much for this great service to our country!!! Since the mainstream media has decided to forfeit it's democratic duty as a check and balance to our government. The foundation of a democracy is an informed public, which obviously means an honestly informed public. THANK YOU!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Feb 08, 08:33:00 PM  

  • Thanks for your efforts! I have to emphasize that the real problem runs deeper. Mr. Deustch is just a young, ignorant ideologue serving his masters, and his masters do not care to hear information that disputes their views of the world. Similar situations occur in other technical agencies. That is the real problem, and I vote to shift our attention from poor Mr. Deustch to the real issue. He is out, hopefully for ever, the result of Technocratic Natural Selection. Perhaps now he will study Darwin.

    By Anonymous Carlos, at Wed Feb 08, 08:37:00 PM  

  • congrats on having a part in righting a wrong. by the way, that is a damn fine blog layout. lol.

    By Blogger noel, at Wed Feb 08, 08:46:00 PM  

  • Nick,
    You are my hero!
    Dan
    Beaverton Oregon US
    Graduate BS UCLA
    Business/Math
    Amateur Cosmologist & Particle Physicist (just an amateur, mind you)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Feb 08, 09:03:00 PM  

  • Thanks. As a mom concerned with the quality of science that will be taught to her child in public schools, I appreciate your efforts to control the political spinnings of scientific fact. The religeous right believes they have not only the right but the duty to force the comical idea of their god creating all things 5000 years ago. Nevermind that every bit of fact and observable evidence screams to the contrary. You said the real victim is the science. I believe the real victims are the children they creeps are trying to keep science from.

    By Blogger Bran, at Wed Feb 08, 09:05:00 PM  

  • Nick, it's one small battle in a long war, but if our side were handing out decorations, you'd be getting one. Right f-ing on.

    Now, step up here and claim your family-sized "Tub Of Slaw".

    By Anonymous Nominal Chtulu, at Wed Feb 08, 09:10:00 PM  

  • You have done the right thing, here and I am grateful. Hansen may feel he's a bit player, but this got national attention and brings scrutiny to the issue. Thank you for your contribution to democracy. (Came over from firedoglake where you were linked.)

    By Blogger zennurse, at Wed Feb 08, 09:19:00 PM  

  • Nick, Thanks for the dilligence. Yet another example of how the press is letting us down. I gave you a link at http://www.hydrogencommerce.com
    Richard D. Masters
    International Clearinghouse for Hydrogen Commerce

    By Blogger Richard D. Masters, at Wed Feb 08, 09:21:00 PM  

  • Saw the NY Times article, great work! Keep it up :)

    By Anonymous Ricky Bones, at Wed Feb 08, 09:21:00 PM  

  • Excellent job!

    Now all you government scientists out there, keep on leaking resumes; we have more fundie Bushistas to weed out ;)

    They're like roaches. Shine a light on them, and they scatter!

    By Blogger Kurt, at Wed Feb 08, 09:43:00 PM  

  • Okay, so other people have already said it: Excellent! Buonissimo! Great job!

    By Blogger rp_bird, at Wed Feb 08, 09:47:00 PM  

  • Why didn't you tell me about this, Nick?

    :)

    Way to blog.

    By Blogger Sonia Moghe, at Wed Feb 08, 10:02:00 PM  

  • Congratulations and THANK YOU. (NASA has become quite perverted from science over the years.)

    Your work really whets my appetite for, one day soon, seeing science triumph over The Big Lie -- the Mother Of All Lies -- that is 9/11!!!

    Thanks again...

    By Anonymous 911 BLIMP, at Wed Feb 08, 10:04:00 PM  

  • Great work, Dr. Anthis - all of us who give a rat's ass about science, scientific integrity and all that good stuff thank you from the bottoms of our hearts! Please keep the spotlight on and focused!

    Louise-Annette Marcotty
    Manchester, Michigan

    By Anonymous Louise-Annette, at Wed Feb 08, 10:24:00 PM  

  • Nick, thanks for doing the work that the American mainstream media has failed to accomplish. More bloggers like you, and we'll see every "Brownie" in this administration resign, one by one! :)

    By Anonymous Leila, at Wed Feb 08, 10:34:00 PM  

  • well done!!! btw, i'd be happy to help out with proofing...

    By Anonymous sonia, at Wed Feb 08, 10:40:00 PM  

  • Rational thought scores

    over the forces of

    darkness!!


    But make no mistake about

    it, darkness is still

    ahead in the game.

    By Anonymous nikto, at Wed Feb 08, 11:30:00 PM  

  • Very good work, sir. I'm pleased with this small, but significant victory. Be aware however that you now will not only become a celebrity, but also be attacked by The Repug Destuction Machine. Stay strong 'cause The Republic's in Deep Shit and needs every champion it can get.

    By Anonymous Nebris, at Wed Feb 08, 11:31:00 PM  

  • Hey, people. It's really good that this idiot be stopped, and if he lied on his resume he should have been fired. But, you if you think that this is a Bush administration issue you need to come back to earth. All past presidents put buddies, supporters, etc. into a multitude of positions as rewards for support on campaigns. And, many of them have been just as unqualified as M. Brown at FEMA and Mr. Deutsch. It's not just the president--many of the congress critters of both parties do the same thing. That's just the way it works.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Feb 08, 11:36:00 PM  

  • Great contribution to the very important battle right now to defend science and critical thinking from the mullahs in the White House. Do you know about www.defendscience.com?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thu Feb 09, 12:10:00 AM  

  • Your effort to discredit a patriot like Mr. Deutsch is nothing short of treason. Mr. Deutsch was appointed by our President, and any dissent should be eliminated. The American public gave George W. Bush a blank check over and over again, first by electing him twice as president, and giving him executive power over the Legislative and Judicial branches of the government. This is because Americans know that Mr. Bush receives instructions from Him. If you're a Christian patriot read: Project for a New American Millennium: http://pnamorg.blogspot.com

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thu Feb 09, 01:19:00 AM  

  • Excellent work, Dr. Anthis!

    You have done a great service by helping remove this and future distractions of NASA. Hopefully, the agency will be more focused on informing our great democracy instead of politicizing science.

    Secondly, to the far-right wing-nut "Anonymous"--
    We know it's you, you big dummy George Deutsch. You screwed up once plus you fibbed on your Federal job app. Right now, even Ashlee Simpson has more credibilty. (BTW- That's not saying much.)
    I only hope you grow up to be a better human being, you punk-ass punk.

    By Anonymous DBG, at Thu Feb 09, 01:53:00 AM  

  • First time visitor to your blog, referred by John Aravosis.

    The story was on the ABC TV News tonight, Wednesday, 02-08-06. Chales Gibson said that Deutsch resigned. What he completely failed to mention was why Deutsch resigned; that Deutsch had to resign after being caught falsifying his resume. I'd like to write ABC and ask them if they felt that to be an important point.

    Thanks for being on top of this story. I (heart) blogs.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thu Feb 09, 02:17:00 AM  

  • In Irving Berlin's song "This is the army, Mr. Jones," the narrator, after singing about going after the bugler who wakes him up too early in the morning, sings: "And then I’ll get that other pup,
    The one who wakes the bugler up..." Who actually hired Deutsch? Who checked his qualifications? Diffuse blame, and indirect blame of President Bush II, is legitimate, but one or more people have to answer directly for this debacle. Is Deutsch's former boss, Dean Acosta, deputy assistant director for public affairs, on that list?

    By Blogger Howard J. Wilk, at Thu Feb 09, 02:26:00 AM  

  • Thanks Nick,

    I was just getting SOOO BUMMED out about NASA's future once I read that the Terrestial Planet Finder & Europa missions were shelved indefinitely. You've made my anguish a little easier to bear.

    Science, basic and applied is at such a crossroads in this country - Science Bloggers are so damn important these days - keep it up !!

    By Anonymous Bert, at Thu Feb 09, 02:35:00 AM  

  • Nicely done, now who has your 6?

    Landed here 2 weeks ago for your Bio-tech piece and lingered.

    You're deserving, now deal with it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thu Feb 09, 02:41:00 AM  

  • This is yet another example of poor background screening which makes a mockery of our education system. Beleive me, there are many more like this fellow in NASA, and right through other government agencies.

    I am currently doing my PhD on the use of alternative and falsified qualifications for employment and higher education purposes. The figures are quite astounding.

    Cheers,

    George

    By Blogger George Brown, at Thu Feb 09, 03:03:00 AM  

  • Great job! Thank you for your diligent investigative work in the service of truth.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thu Feb 09, 03:27:00 AM  

  • Thank you for keeping vigil on these type of miscreants in the Bush administration. You are performing a meaningful public serviuce with your efforts. Keep the faith!

    By Anonymous mike boland, at Thu Feb 09, 04:29:00 AM  

  • great job!!! now ur next target.. expose bush! (oh wait, that's been done, and ppl don't care)... make them care!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thu Feb 09, 04:59:00 AM  

  • OH MY GOD!!! I LOVE YOU, Nick! You are my hero, and quite cute at that. ;)

    I was also referred to the science activist from the NYT article about Deutsche resigning. I have been loosely following the story on the NYT starting with the Hansen censorship and was surprised that it unfolded this way (although I shouldn't have been given the frequency of super-padded CVs in govt). What developments and drama in the never ending tale of Bush cronyism, lies, and manipulation! Cronyism in government is commonplace but with such unqualified people! I want all my taxes back (though it isn't much).

    You really did a fantastic job of checking up on the facts and delivering first rate journalism as a concerned fellow citizen and scientist. Now that's what I call muckraking.

    I was so impressed that I went through your whole website and read everybody's comments. I was going to offer my assistance as copyeditor but I see that someone has beat me to it. I just created a blog so that I could post a comment here. I believe this will be your first marriage proposal: MARRY ME, Nick! I'd love to shake your hand when I go to Britannia.

    Those who raise an objection to the no-degree hoopla are missing the point here. The problem of course is not that he did not graduate, but that he misled his employers (yes, lying is misleading) into thinking that he was somehow more qualified than he was with false education credentials. Although a college degree in no way quantifies a person's qualifications, most employers substitute education for experience for young, entry level applicants, as Deutsche was. As we say in Korean, he parachuted his way into his job by being a loyal Bush propagandist. I am saddened and disgusted by the deception and corruption in the Administration but I am glad that bloggers like you are shedding some light on the malfeasance.

    Thanks for a great news read and keep up the good work! I'll definitely be following your blog from now on (for the typos, too).

    By Blogger Epikorean, at Thu Feb 09, 05:40:00 AM  

  • Great job! From a journalism graduate of A&M (B.S. '87, really) and a former Battalion writer. Thanks!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thu Feb 09, 06:44:00 AM  

  • Thank you....Good Work!!!

    The Bushist theocracy has been set back a wee bit......the delusional elements of this administration will fail/fall. It's just a question of how much damage they'll do before enough Americans get riled up enough to boot them out of power.

    By Blogger Nick Lento, at Thu Feb 09, 07:03:00 AM  

  • During the Soviet era a professor once told me, “No, there’s no political censorship here in Russia … we all know what we are suppose to say and never cross the line.”
    Today we find many younger American scientists having to take the same approach under the Bush administration. To do otherwise is to risk being cast into the virtual gulag. How fortunate we are to have courageous senior scientists like Dr. Hansen.

    I worked on ozone research projects at NOAA during the Clinton administration. Looking back on those years I can really credit Gore as being a driving force for seeking scientific truth … regardless of where it might lead. By comparison we seem to have regressed into the Dark Ages again. Well, this president only has 1000 days remaining so perhaps neo-Enlightenment is just around the corner.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thu Feb 09, 10:58:00 AM  

  • YES! I am so proud of you, man. The bloggers win again! Actually I emailed Little Deutsch a letter with a link to your site's expose'. And I couldn't believe my eyes when I read in the NYT that our square peg non-BS degree resigned. Justice!

    You win, Nick! You truly have defined Scientific Activism. This is truly a victory for we scientists, and most of all, for empirical truth.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thu Feb 09, 11:31:00 AM  

  • Fantastic, Nick! May your blog lead to many other victories over the Bush establishment.

    By Blogger Samer, at Thu Feb 09, 11:37:00 AM  

  • Great job Nick.
    I've started a page on the Republican War on Science at the dkosopedia wiki (http://www.dkosopedia.com/index.php/Republican_War_on_Science) to summarize and collect stories like this.

    By Anonymous Stephen, at Thu Feb 09, 11:54:00 AM  

  • nice contribution to science! thanks!

    about science misuse=
    http://www.straddle3.net/context/03/en/2004_02_24.html

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thu Feb 09, 11:56:00 AM  

  • Unfortunately, this example is all too common in politics. As long as one works hard and follows the party line, they can get advanced.

    Rhodes scholar, hmm-m-m. Someone with intelligence. Wow. We can't have that can we. You will not find a job in the Bush misAdministration. But then I suspect you wouldn't want a job with them.

    Anyway, WELL DONE.

    By Blogger Chief, at Thu Feb 09, 01:21:00 PM  

  • Blogs like this are always pointless because they do absolutely nothing to shake either the Bush administration's or the Republican party's hold on American institutions or the American vote. They are just entertainment for the prole who always finds solice in anyone's facism.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thu Feb 09, 02:26:00 PM  

  • Congratulations and thank you! I'd love to buy you a beer if you ever find yourself in the big apple.

    By Anonymous kristeninnyc@gmail.com, at Thu Feb 09, 02:33:00 PM  

  • I'm going to lift a glass to you, too. Hey, you want to come to Galveston and tour UTMB? Maybe a peek inside a BSL4 lab if we're really, really nice to the right people?? ecamp@utmb.edu

    By Anonymous BlueInRedTx, at Thu Feb 09, 02:49:00 PM  

  • Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    Bravo.

    By Anonymous Steve Josephson, at Thu Feb 09, 02:59:00 PM  

  • THANK YOU! Resist The Thought Police! Impeach Bush and it's the first step in bringing our country back to Non-Politically controlled science.

    By Anonymous Fade, at Thu Feb 09, 03:06:00 PM  

  • Nick, you’re such a rockstar! I'm sure this is not the last that we will hear from you on issues such as this. Hope that you are doing well. I think that you are probably, almost definitely now the idol of almost every progressive Texas A&M student. I also hope that people focus on the point that Dr. Hansen made about this situation, and begin to question who should be held accountable.

    By Blogger Sherry, at Thu Feb 09, 03:06:00 PM  

  • Anonymous said (on Feb 08 11:36:37 pm}:

    All past presidents put buddies, supporters, etc. into a multitude of positions as rewards for support on campaigns. ... Many of the congress critters of both parties do the same thing. That's just the way it works.

    To say that "both parties do the same thing" is like saying "all buildings have height, therefore the Sears Tower and an outhouse are the same thing." The George "WMD" Bush administration has put more incompetent people into more sensitive positions than any previous administration.

    -- Dan Styer
    Professor of Physics
    Oberlin College

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thu Feb 09, 03:38:00 PM  

  • Incidentally, in case the tone of the compliments here is becoming at all tedious, you're also really adorable :) I just thought I'd interject a note of teen fanclub into this. Now go back to defending reason and rationality.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thu Feb 09, 04:09:00 PM  

  • Science is easily tainted. It is crucial that we see the facts and remove all bias. Thank you!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thu Feb 09, 04:43:00 PM  

  • That's a big step for science :)

    Cheers!

    Kiltak
    [Geeks Are Sexy] Tech. News

    By Blogger Kiltak, at Thu Feb 09, 04:48:00 PM  

  • What would really wrap this story up is for all of NASA's credible staff to defect to other Space Agencies around the world and ply their trade away from the US. First man on Mars should be Geordie!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thu Feb 09, 04:57:00 PM  

  • Thanks from Wisconsin. The liars devalue the degrees that people work hard for. I will pass this story on at our next college dem's meeting. Great Work! I hope the study of surface proteins goes as well.

    By Anonymous Ben Plunkett, at Thu Feb 09, 04:57:00 PM  

  • Great job!!!

    By Anonymous Vate, at Thu Feb 09, 05:00:00 PM  

  • Just a note ... I've worked for NASA before (granted, as contractor in a non-profit organization) ... But background checks were not the norm.

    I had to go through much more intensive background checks to work in the corporate world, than I ever saw or heard anyone need to to work for NASA ...

    Just IMO, IMExperience, FYI

    By Blogger Eli, at Thu Feb 09, 05:13:00 PM  

  • Good work on getting the truth out about someone who lied to get that position, but your left wing bias is much too apparent. You have to spin it so that you at least come off neutral, then you will be a real journalist! :D

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thu Feb 09, 05:13:00 PM  

  • I haven't read all the posts but has the term "Hitler Youth" been mentioned here yet?

    By Blogger wlieu, at Thu Feb 09, 05:14:00 PM  

  • You know, this Deutsch thing and the Jeffery Gannon incident really make one wonder how extensive and pervasive is the administration's 5th Columm of disinformation.

    By Anonymous Bob, at Thu Feb 09, 05:21:00 PM  

  • Thank you for your excellent work! I'm counting the days until Bush cronies who lie on their resumés no longer get first dibs at our nation's most important jobs. Keep up your excellent work.

    By Anonymous Dylan, at Thu Feb 09, 05:46:00 PM  

  • Recently a tickker on CNN has indicated that NASA is revising it's "editorial" policy and apologizes for mistakes made in global warming and the orgins of the universe. I must have missed lies about the origins of the universe altho that doesn't surprise me. The anti-evolutionists will be targeting physics next.

    By Anonymous George, at Thu Feb 09, 06:20:00 PM  

  • You, my friend, are the man!!!

    Congratulations and thank you!!

    By Blogger par, at Thu Feb 09, 06:25:00 PM  

  • Great work! Now can you get those Intelligent Design books out of the Grand Canyon visitor's center book store?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thu Feb 09, 06:30:00 PM  

  • Yet another "Well done and Thank You!"

    By Blogger GLSmyth, at Thu Feb 09, 06:32:00 PM  

  • Damn you.

    By Anonymous G. W. Bush, at Thu Feb 09, 06:40:00 PM  

  • Awesome work! I hope you can work on some other issues as above! Let's stop this invasion of politics into the dissemination of information to the public!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thu Feb 09, 06:44:00 PM  

  • I read the first article you wrote and didn't realize this you were the impetus for everything, this is great stuff. Accountability is fundamental and you're doing your part. Kudos to you and your work.

    By Anonymous jim, at Thu Feb 09, 06:52:00 PM  

  • You are truly an American Hero! Thank you for your contribution to society... Now we just have to get the stupid mainstream media to make a phone call or two. Keep up the good work, friend!

    By Anonymous Teacher in Chicago, at Thu Feb 09, 07:18:00 PM  

  • Congratulations, Nick! Great job!

    (with extra added pride as granddaughter of late A&M professor for whom a dairy science scholarship is named)

    By Anonymous Ann R, at Thu Feb 09, 07:33:00 PM  

  • I appreciate your expose. Good job.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thu Feb 09, 07:33:00 PM  

  • Come on, you know you were first led on that he was no aggie because "Aggies do not lie, cheat, or steal."

    :-)

    By Blogger Lee, at Thu Feb 09, 07:37:00 PM  

  • Thank you! This is what science and factfinding is all about: clarity and frankness. America owes you a thanks.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thu Feb 09, 08:01:00 PM  

  • "For a president that paints himself as a champion of national security, the NASA incident is a major blow to Bush’s credibility."

    Uhhhh... I think you're getting a little carried away here don't you? A 'major blow' to Bush's credibility? Really? Are you sure?

    Do you think George lies in bed at night contemplating how he can restore his status with the American people because some nimrod 24 year old lied on his resume?

    By Anonymous Joe, at Thu Feb 09, 08:24:00 PM  

  • Again Mr. Bush is a classic blue-blood, better than thou, do you know how my daddy is, hypocrite.

    Talk about being on the fringes of a revolt or coo in thie Country...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thu Feb 09, 08:57:00 PM  

  • Standing ovation and bravo! It's the watchdogs that save every single one of our asses everyday. The unsung hero's!

    Thanks again for making my day!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thu Feb 09, 09:25:00 PM  

  • Good job Nick.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thu Feb 09, 10:00:00 PM  

  • Thank you!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thu Feb 09, 10:00:00 PM  

  • Mark, you said:

    "Great work Nick. PR folks have no rules except sell it."

    As a PR person, I take great issue with that (especially one who worked in gov't). My job was to tell the truth. I've never lied to the media and I never will. So please don't paint us all with the same brush?

    And on another note: Nick, I tip my hat to you.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thu Feb 09, 10:23:00 PM  

  • You know, I really long for the old days, when political appointees, sat around or played golf and let the "second-in-command" run the office or agency they were "in charge of".

    Today, they believe they have the right and responsibility to spew all their personal & religious beliefs. And at NASA of all places.

    Excellent job Nick!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thu Feb 09, 10:52:00 PM  

  • Pollitics and Religeion should never pay any part in Science. All they do is try to skew the results in their favour and not present actual facts.

    well done, I congratulate you :)

    By Anonymous Simon, at Thu Feb 09, 11:01:00 PM  

  • Ahahhhhhh! He won't stay dead!

    Deutsch is upset and wants to clear his good name:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/10/science/10nasa.html

    He's coming out fighting! I suppose this means he'll be cast as a Crusader for Sound Science and be making the rounds of right-wingie talk shows, where self-righteousness and the ability to spew bullet points are the only qualification.

    By Anonymous Stefan Jones, at Thu Feb 09, 11:34:00 PM  

  • I'm starting the Nick Anthis/Scientific Advocate fun club! Anybody want to join?

    I wrote to the Battalion to express my outrage over their exclusion of this hot news flash. You guys should do the same. Call every newspaper!

    By Blogger Epikorean, at Fri Feb 10, 12:23:00 AM  

  • Thank You, Nick.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Fri Feb 10, 10:46:00 AM  

  • So this is why the MSM considers blogs to be so dangerous!!!

    It's a good thing !!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Fri Feb 10, 08:29:00 PM  

  • Can't suppress the truth forever although our tax dollars pay for many who try.

    By the way, NASA ever come across any pictures of heaven and god with the hubble telescope or do a fly by in the shuttle?

    --didn't think so ;-)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Sat Feb 11, 08:31:00 PM  

  • Another take on scientific activism...the activity you have stimulated around science - no small feat in America these days. I hope in your busy days of scholarship you will take time to notice how many, many people have commented on your site. Good luck to you, man.
    ~m tucker

    By Blogger Mica Tucker, at Sun Feb 12, 03:08:00 AM  

  • Tonight, my head will hit the pillow, comfy in the knowledge that Bush's nepotism is being unwound.

    By Blogger Kevin Doran, at Sun Feb 12, 04:44:00 PM  

Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home