Peer review is broken – Springer announces 64 papers retracted due to fake reviews

August 19, 2015

Remember this when someone tries to tell the “science is settled” regarding global warming or anything else. It is, if it’s been faked.

Watts Up With That?

peerreview[1]Science publishing giant Springer, with over 2900 journals, has announced on its website that 64 articles published in 10 of its journals are being retracted.  Editorial staff found evidence of fake email addresses for peer reviewers.
No word yet on what type of papers, or if any climate papers are involved.

From press release:

Retraction of articles from Springer journals

London | Heidelberg, 18 August 2015

Springer confirms that 64 articles are being retracted from 10 Springer subscription journals, after editorial checks spotted fake email addresses, and subsequent internal investigations uncovered fabricated peer review reports. After a thorough investigation we have strong reason to believe that the peer review process on these 64 articles was compromised. We reported this to the Committee on Publishing Ethics (COPE) immediately. Attempts to manipulate peer review have affected journals across a number of publishers as detailed by COPE in their December 2014 statement. Springer has…

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Planned Parenthood: the baby was still alive when they took its brain

August 19, 2015
Republican insiders "help" Paul Ryan

Medieval Planned Parenthood staff in action

Utter ghoulishness:

The organization that has released six videos exposing the scandal of Planned Parenthood selling aborted babies and their body parts has released a new undercover video today with another shocking discovery. This latest video catches the nation’s biggest abortion business harvesting the brain of an aborted baby who was still alive.

The video features Holly O’Donnell, a licensed phlebotomist who unsuspectingly took a job as a “procurement technician” at the fetal tissue company and biotech start-up StemExpress in late 2012. That’s the company that acts as a middleman and purchases the body parts of aborted babies from Planned Parenthood to sell to research universities and other places. StemExpress was partnered with Planned Parenthood up until last week, when it quietly announced it ended its relationship with the abortion corporation.

The new video includes O’Donnell’s eyewitness narrative of the daily practice of fetal body parts harvesting in Planned Parenthood abortion clinics. She tells the harrowing story of harvesting an intact brain from a late-term male unborn baby whose heart was still beating after the abortion.

O’Donnell describes the harvesting, or “procurement,” of organs from a nearly intact late-term baby aborted at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte’s Alameda clinic in San Jose, California.

“‘I want to see something kind of cool,’” O’Donnell says her supervisor asked her. “And she just taps the heart, and it starts beating. And I’m sitting here and I’m looking at this fetus, and its heart is beating, and I don’t know what to think.”

I can’t wait for the tortured explanations from Planned Parenthood’s apologists, which inevitably include some variation on the “War on Women” distraction. And, don’t worry, California’s Attorney General (and likely next federal senator) Kamala Harris (D) has sworn to investigate this atrocity. What, you think she means to investigate Planned Parenthood and its possibly illegal traffic in baby organs? Perish the thought! No, she going to go after the real criminals — the people who exposed this traffic in death.

Go read the whole thing; there’s also a video you can watch, if you have the stomach for it. Like I said earlier today on Twitter:

I’m not sure that Planned Parenthood has violated any laws, but I suspect strongly they’re broken several, including those related to organ harvesting, their transportation, their sale, partial-birth abortion (during the harvesting), and the treatment of infants that have survived abortion — i.e., born alive. And if this news is any indication, we may be looking at murder, too. I’ll leave that up to investigators, who I hope are finally getting off their rears to launch criminal inquiries.

Let me leave you with one last quote from the first article:

O’Donnell also tells how her StemExpress supervisor instructed her to cut through the face of the fetus in order to get the brain.

“I can’t even describe what that feels like,” she says.

Somewhere in Hell, Dr. Mengele smiles.

PS: I’m not an anti-abortion absolutist. The health of the mother, for one thing, may require an abortion. But I should like to think even the most ardent defender of the pro-abortion position can agree that something abominable is happening at Planned Parenthood. Something that needs to be stopped.


100 Years Ago: The First Allied Victory of World War I

August 19, 2015

Nice post by Mr. Schindler about a forgotten 101-year old battle in World War I. My recent reading has me convinced that the Austro-Hungarian high command was headed by lobotomy survivors.

The XX Committee

[This is the beginning of a new blog series, 100 Years Ago, I’ll be posting to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.]

Exactly a century ago today, on 19 August 1914, Austria-Hungary suffered a shocking battlefield defeat at the hands of Serbia, delivering the Allies their first victory of the Great War. This unexpected defeat occurred in the mountains of northwest Serbia, with Austro-Hungarians forces sent back into Bosnia in a ragtag state after suffering a sharp local setback that quickly unraveled the entire Habsburg invasion of Serbia.

Vienna invaded “Dog Serbia” in mid-August to avenge the murder of Archduke Franz Ferdinand by Belgrade-backed assassins in Sarajevo on 28 June. Although Austro-Hungarian intelligence did not have a complete picture of the background to the assassination — there remain unanswered questions even today — they knew enough that it was time to settle accounts with troublesome little Serbia…

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