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Science or silence? My battle to question doomsayers about the Great Barrier Reef : Comments

By Peter Ridd, published 12/2/2018

The reef is supposedly almost dead from the combined effects of a warming climate, nutrient pollution from Australian farms, and smothering sediment from offshore dredging.

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Ridd has claimed, he's been sandbagged for his beliefs and utterances. And has been held criminally liable for those utterances. Clearly he's being prevented from witness prepping/tampering, in my view?

His only defence is to prove his utterances are true! With unimpeachable evidence.

Given he has that evidence and is able to prove his claims before 12 of his peers It's his fellow Professors/James Cook university, who will pay a pecuniary penalties and Professor Ridd's costs.

One can't have trial by media, nor is it a place to mount a defence, however spirited. In the hope to influence later legal outcomes.

Professor Ridd will have his day in court and is the only place where his alleged claims can be both aired and settled! And where it's impossible for his alleged adversaries to apply a gag!

Methinks the good Professor doth protest too much!
Alan B.
Posted by Alan B., Monday, 12 February 2018 10:30:31 AM
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Methinks the good Professor doth protest too much!...

I share your scepticism on this character AlanB.

"he who pays the piper calls the tune" can't be wrong with our good professor.

*...Peter Ridd raises almost all of his research funds from the profits of consultancy work which is usually associated with monitoring of marine dredging operation.

Work has recently been done at Hay Point and Abbot Point as well as at Barrow Island in Western Australia. The general philosophy is to use the instruments and analysis methods which are developed by the Marine Geophysics Lab to give a competitive edge for tendering for contract work..*

This is about two things; pro-coal and anti climate change!
Posted by diver dan, Monday, 12 February 2018 11:16:57 AM
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Alan B: look there's Tommy and he's the only one in step!

Strange as it may seem. Tommy could be the only one actually in step. You are supposed to march in time with the Drum. but is the rest are marching to the up beat & Tommy is marching to the Correct beat of the Drum then Tommy is the only one in step. Although, he will be forced to change step or get bawled out.

I do feel your pain Peter. JCU, like all Universities run on Funding. AIMS is no exception. If there isn't a Doomsday Scenario then there is no Funding. We all know that. Now given the latest Fad, GW, 40 years ago it was GF (Global Freezing.) I don't like your chances. Even if you prove them wrong, you'd never work in Australia again. You are not allowed to prove the Holy of Holies wrong. The girl in America did with Australia being a Country as well as a Continent. Got her money back, I believe.

You are right though. Virtually nothing was known about the GBR until AIMS was set up. I went for the opening. They had little Funding & it was considered just an ads on to JCU, a toy really. So the first they had to do was to establish a reason to exist. They discovered the "Crown of Thorns" was going to destroy the Reef in 20 years if nothing was done. Wahala! Funding!
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Posted by Jayb, Monday, 12 February 2018 12:46:57 PM
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The local fishermen & my two brothers on their Trawlers & one in the Charter Boat Industry pointed the AIMS Staff to Fishing Grounds, Fresh Water Springs, Breading Grounds & everything else that the AIMS Staff suddenly discovered that no-one ever knew about. WOW!! 2 examples. One of my brothers was operation out of Upstart Bay & came across great schools of Giant Manta Rays Mating. He went swimming with them. Took Photos etc. Later on, on the way to Townsville he called into AIMS & spoke to the Head & gave him the Photos. He was ordered off the Pier & told that no-one in the World knows where they Giant Manta 's mate. a year later one of the AIMs Staff made an amazing discovery. The only known place in the World where Giant's mate.

Another Brother working out of Cairns hit a Bommie & damaged his Prop Shaft. He pulled into Princess Charlotte Bay. While he was waiting for a new prop he went exploring & came upon a long carved stone landing with long narrow grooves in its deck. Some holes & semi-circular drag marks around the holes. He said there were about 6 or 7 of these holes that looked like they were some sort of Pole Crane. There was what looked like Egyptian Hieroglyphs on the cliff face behind the landing. He took photos & went to JCU & showed someone in the History Department. They threw the photos at him & said that if the investigated his find & it was correct then they would have to rewrite the History of Australia. He was sent packing.

I’ve had discussions with an JCU Historian. I collect News articles going back to the 60's. He said Australian Aboriginals had been in Australia for 500000 years & only one invasion. I pointed out the discrepancy with earlier reports on finding in WA of at least 70000 years & even earlier with at least 3 invasions. He admitted that his finding were a consensus of current Aboriginal thinking & therefore correct.
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Posted by Jayb, Monday, 12 February 2018 12:49:50 PM
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The AIMS Staff immediately shut down most of the fishing areas & made No Go Areas in thanks to the fishermen. Then as the Reef didn't totally disappear in 20 years they need another reason to be funded. Coral Bleaching caused by Hot Water, Coal Sediment from the Coal Terminals. (GW)

Now, as I remember, the Major Rivers on the East Coast of Queensland would flood most years. Huge & I mean Huge amounts of Sediment would run out of the Rivers onto the Reef. Smothering them from top to bottom. Any fertilizer runoff was diluted greatly by this.

Another factor is that the Australian Continental Plate is moving northward at 75 mm a year. The Corals remain in place in water temperatures they are accustomed too as the this happens. That’s why the Reef is “seemingly” moving southward. Any Corals just relocate according to their temperature types. This is the very reason why the GBR is so long.

They put Levee banks in place to stop the runoff & dammed the Rivers. The Reef no longer received the annual nutriment supply it had relied on for millions of years.

The Greenies & the Socialist University Staff at the Universities are still looking for increased Funding so they create or rather expand on the GW Factor & woe betide anyone who disagree with their agenda.

I feel sorry for you Peter. You are fighting an unmoving entrenched Socialist Bureaucracy.
Posted by Jayb, Monday, 12 February 2018 12:50:37 PM
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Diver Dan/Alan B

sorry guys but its almost entirely the other way round. The university and the institutions are making good money from research grants and to keep that money going requires scaring people over reef/global warming. If they come out with research saying everything is okay, then the grants start to dry up. Ridd may also have skin in the game but he is likely to be far more dispassionate than the uni. The JCU has a history of sitting hard on anyone who goes against the wisdom, incidentally. It severed connections with Bob Carter, a distinguished professor, a couple of years back, basically because he was a prominent sceptic.
Posted by curmudgeonathome, Monday, 12 February 2018 12:58:19 PM
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