Friday Funny – The newest member of the Union of Concerned Scientists

Readers may recall this story a few weeks back:

Be a “concerned scientist” – valid credit card required

Reader DJ writes in Tips & Notes:

Since becoming a member of the Union of Concerned Scientists when I found out all you needed was a valid credit card, my curiosity about who and what they really are has spiked.

I decided to put that theory to the test. I am very proud to announce that a member of my family has been accepted into this prestigious organization. With pride, I present new UCS member, Kenji Watts:

Yes, Kenji is our dog. Apparently, the claim is true, all that is required to be a member of the illustrious group of “concerned scientists” is a valid credit card. No discerning questions were asked of me when I prepared Kenji’s application and no follow up check after the application was done. I simply put in his name, address, and provided a valid credit card that matched the address.

Here is his letter of acceptance:

And the envelope it came in:

Kenji surveys his welcome kit:

Kenji is a Japanese Chin, hence the name. I found it ironic that the issue of the UCS Catalyst Magazine (seen above) was all about Japan.

So the real question is: How many real “concerned scientists” are there in UCS? Membership is apparently not any more discerning than the ability to send money.

I’m disappointed the Guardian hasn’t called for a quote on this story citing “leading U.S. Scientists”:

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kim;)

Ha Ha Ha Ha!!!!!!!!!!!!

Paul Hull

Well! Especially with ‘climate science’, many of us suspected things were going to the dogs. But now our suspicions have been laid to rest by the relentless investigative work of the Watts research team.

mpaul

I must say, he does have a concerned look on his face.

Mike

Kenji does wear a decidedly concerned expression on his face.

Biddyb

Hilarious! Shame the cat didn’t apply; it would have enjoyed playing with the mouse mat and reading “Cat-alyst” monthly. Perhaps we should all enroll our pets and take them to the AGM. Wish I lived in the US.
REPLY: I didn’t think Tubbysaurus Rex would be accepted, he’s too much of a troublemaker compared to Kenji. – Anthony

Bill

I almost fell off my desk chair when I this….Thanks Kenji…..

Tim Clark

Kenji looks concerned about the rubbish surrounding his bed!

Crispin in Waterloo

Welcome to the dog-eat-dog world of climate science!

Zac

Nice dog. Of course in the Navy the shortest watch is the dog watch. 🙂

TK

Nothing serious, just ya saying, have you ever thought of entering that dog in the most ugly dog contest?

Steve from Rockwood

Awesome. A dog that reads upside down. A good addition to any union!

Show Me More Soylent Green!

Since part of that membership fee will go into hysterical marketing and lobbying efforts, I’m not going to rush into joining the bandwagon on this one, either.
And yes, I have met many hysterical marketers before.

Tim Clark

“Steve from Rockwood says:
October 7, 2011 at 1:57 pm
Awesome. A dog that reads upside down. A good addition to any union!”
OMG, He’s a Tijander Japanese Chin..
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FrankK

That’s made my day Anthony! (Lol) Brilliant!!

Kenji, Does look concerned. It’s not a joke. Shut up.

Tom_R

It’s no surprise that a watermelon group would allow anyone with money to join. What I really want to know is how did Kenji get a credit card? Did BoA give him one thinking he was an illegal alien?
REPLY: No I simply used mine, they apparently don’t care that the name on the credit card and the applicant name don’t match either – Anthony

Paul Coppin

So you get a tax receipt? Don’t know about US tax code, but here in the Frozen North you need to be a verfiable charity… What charitable works does the UCS do beside provide 1-900 numbers for aggrieved climate despots?

Kevin Schurig

Looked to me like Kenji was wondering if Anthony had fallen off his rocker and was demanding that he use those papers to do his business on rather the the “good stuff.”
As far as the UCS goes, they should be more concerned about the atrocity that has gone on in the scientific community in regards to the fanatical desire to squash anyone whose opinions differs from “the Consensus.”

Good job you didn’t name your dog ‘Killer’, ‘Chomper’, or ‘Cuddles’. Otherwise they might have wondered!

Mark

So who gets the tax deduction?

Paul Coppin

Steve from Rockwood says:
October 7, 2011 at 1:57 pm
Awesome. A dog that reads upside down. A good addition to any union!

He’s credentialed from somewhere in the southern hemisphere. Aussiland, perhaps, or New Zeal-land.

Richard

Not only does he look concerned, he also looks scientific.

crosspatch

So far the death toll at the Fukushima site due to the reactor event is exactly zero. It has killed nobody. In the meantime, we have had dozens of deaths around the world due to contaminated sprouts in Germany, and contaminated cantaloupe in Colorado. It seems to me they would save many more lives by becoming active against “organic” food (as if there is a such thing as inorganic food) and promoting nuclear technologies.
The “Can it happen here” meme is ironic if they mean “can a ‘disaster’ that kills nobody happen here”. The answer is that they probably happen every day.

Robin Hewitt

Question is: When they find out and strike Kenji from the members list, will you get your 35 bucks back?

Craig

Looks like Kenji is trying to decide if it would be in bad taste to leave his mark on the papers.

Overqualified.

Disko Troop

Money talks…or should I say: barks!

Sean Peake

What? No secret decoder ring?

Awesome! Way to follow through.

Ken Hall

They need to change the about us on their website.
“What began as a collaboration between students and faculty members at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1969 is now an alliance of more than 250,000 citizens and scientists. UCS members are people from all walks of life: parents and businesspeople, biologists and physicists, teachers and students.” ….. and a dog.

Mike_60

He is on a list now! He’ll probably start getting a bunch of junk mail asking for donations.
REPLY: Yep, probably, I’ll report those here too. The UCS entry is public address zero for Kenji, it will be an interesting experiment. – Anthony

Can it happen here?
That depends, how many reactors do we have in places that can be hit with 9.0 earthquakes, followed 20 minutes later by a 30 foot tsunami.
Even if it did, if we put the back-up diesels in concrete, water tight bunkers, then there won’t be a problem. Put the batteries in water tight bunkers as well.
For the rest of the reactors, no changes will be needed.

Richard Day

I should submit my two Irish Setters, Kelly and Seamus to the UCS. They too are concerned and very passionate about climate and food production, specifically on how it can benefit them, soil erosion and drought at the local off-leash, environmental policies at home in regards to vacuuming the floor and security concerns vis-a-vis the mailman and flyer delivery guy.

Latimer Alder

Are all UCS members barking?

kim

A mouse pad? No mouse in it? And what’s with the CAT magazine?
===============

Kenji’s wisdom is sorely needed – can he run for office in the UCS too?

Michael D Smith

Uh huh, laugh it up, Anthony… It’s all fun and games until someone reports you to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. And PETA !!!
funny stuff… Thanks for that!

Dave H

Or you could just read the “ABOUT US” link on the site
“What began as a collaboration between students and faculty members at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1969 is now an alliance of more than 250,000 citizens and scientists. UCS members are people from all walks of life: parents and businesspeople, biologists and physicists, teachers and students. Our achievements over the decades show that thoughtful action based on the best available science can help safeguard our future and the future of our planet. ”
Idiots.

Baa Humbug

I don’t understand; what is the problem with caninologists joining the Union of Concerned Scientists?
p.s. That’s one ugly mutt, all the better for loving.

Hoser

Here’s a blueprint for destroying a state economy. Amy Luers, UCS. Money for their work collected from a public goods charge on electric bills amounting to $1 billion per year in California. Public Interest Energy Research got about $100 million per year.
http://www.climatechange.ca.gov/events/2007_conference/presentations/2007-09-12/2007-09-12_FRANCO_CAYAN_SANSTAD_LUERS.PDF

Dave in Canmore

I wonder how many other members of UCS are housebroken?

Latimer Alder says:
October 7, 2011 at 2:42 pm
Are all UCS members barking?
Barking mad, maybe.
The picture would have fit in better if Kenji was chewing on a hockey stick…

grzejnik

Kenji looks like a mouser, good thing they are sending him/her a mousepad!

Dave H

> So the real question is: How many real “concerned scientists” are there in UCS?
Did you care enough to ask them? Or were you in too much of a rush to get your readership to mock them?
> Membership is apparently not any more discerning than the ability to send money.
It is not supposed to be discerning. It is a charity. I wonder how many members of Women Against Abuse are neither women, nor abused? Should I have to be subjected to some sort of faith test before donating to Christian Aid?
As is absolutely obvious from the Guardian article you link to, when the UCS draws attention to an issue what they do is issue a joint statement signed by a number of genuine scientists. 100 in this case, over 10,000 in past instances.
So. The UCS is a **charity** which adopts science-based advocacy positions, has a scientist as its chair, and organises public statements with mass signatories by scientists, and allows anyone who agrees with their message to donate money to help them spread it. What **exactly** is your problem?

Ha, ha, now I’ve got to go clean up the mess from Pirates of Penzance.

andyscrase

On the internet, no one knows you are a dog

“Don’t mind them Kenji, I think you’re cool”. – Kayleigh, the ungrateful dog.

Slide2112

I laughed.

Honest ABE

Not too sure about the wisdom of giving them your address – after all, like most climate activists they are sons of Kenji’s (why couldn’t you have a female dog Anthony!).