Job candidate tells Bloomberg to 'take this job and ….. ..' over global warming cover

People send me stuff. This one, submitted to WUWT’s “submit a story”  is quite something in that I’ve never seen someone take such a principled stand before getting a job. It usually comes afterwards. In this case, Bloomberg’s dabbling in “Tabloid Climatology” has led to a proactive resignation. – Anthony

A response to Bloomberg Business Week’s climate hysteria from someone who *was* considering working for them…

Below is a message I sent to Bloomberg today after cancelling my attendance at the ‘Bloomberg Assessment Test’ today. The test is aimed at graduates who want to break into the finance industry. I had been booked into this assessment for some time previously, however upon reading the ‘Bloomberg Business Week’ article ‘It’s Global Warming, Stupid‘ on November 1st, I decided I no longer wanted to have anything to do with Bloomberg. – Danny Weston

Dear Sir / Madam,

I write regarding my cancellation of attendance at the ‘Bloomberg Assessment Test’ that I was due to sit today (Weds 7th Nov 2012). I wanted to communicate my reasons for doing so. 

As I am sure Bloomberg and its various holdings and affiliates hold potential candidates for employment to the highest standards, I also hold potential employers to similarly high standards, especially as – unlike many of the new graduates who will be applying via the BAT – I will be completing my PhD in the Philosophy of Computing having already had many years of gainful employment and a wide ranging skillset that would be attractive to a prospective employer such as Bloomberg. Indeed, I previously worked in the city as a qualified electronic trading systems consultant and have developed skills and experience since in both IT and research roles that would be valuable in city roles, should I choose to return to the finance and investment banking industry.

On November 1st, one of your holdings – ‘Bloomberg Business Week’ – published a highly misleading article, leading on the front page – ‘It’s Global Warming, Stupid’.  Had this article been written by a guest contributor, or represented a rare deviation from the content typically provided by this publication, I would have ignored it. However in this case it was written by assistant managing editor and senior writer Paul Barrett and continues a running theme in the publication for promoting unsubstantiated nonsense on the issue of anthropogenic global warming that appears intended only to maximise hysterical fear, uncertainty and doubt. The author constructed a narrative using such wildly inappropriate and factually untrue terminology as “Now we have weather on steroids,” – the kind of language that one might read and could be forgiven for thinking one was reading a satirical piece from The Onion or The Daily Mash.

The straw – albeit a particularly dense one – that truly broke the camel’s back for me however, was Bloomberg editor Josh Tyrangiel tweeting that same day, presumably to ramp up sales of this particular issue that, “Our cover story this week may generate controversy, but only among the stupid.” This is not language becoming of the editor of a major mainstream news publication and solidifies my opinion that BBW is an outlet for propaganda, rhetoric and schoolboy level insults, not a publication to be taken seriously – especially for anyone who works in the business world needing facts on the ground on which to make decisions. And the facts on the ground are that not only are the claims of catastrophic anthropogenic global warming highly uncertain and also often wildly exaggerated, but that even many of the experts who stand behind alarming claims made regarding the latter disputed any feasible links to Hurricane Sandy.

During my time working in the city previously, my favourite aspect of the work was that I could always appeal to the bottom line. The ‘can do’ culture meant that rational changes and risks would be given the nod if they would result in a likely improvement. It was the complete opposite to the ossified bureaucratic culture I’d experienced working in the public sector. A core part of this however was an attendance to the truth – markets can be distorted and played of course – however ultimately they are a slave to truth, which is why market corrections and detection of bubbles is so important. Bubbles and fraud on the other hand are kept alive with the dead hand of careless propaganda and lies. And it appears to be the latter to which BBW wishes to be associated.

To that extent I cannot in good conscience work for an organisation such as Bloomberg, nor rely on its recommendation via the BAT for work elsewhere in the industry. I will – as I have usually done – make my own way and on my own merits. If Bloomberg is willing to tolerate publication of work that is nothing but insulting propaganda by one of its holdings then I believe its days are numbered as a reliable truth telling adjunct to the financial industry and I do not wish to be associated with it.

Yours sincerely,

Danny Weston

Phd Candidate, Philosophy of Computing

Department of Communications and Creative Arts

University of Greenwich

London

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richard

Wish I could write like that. If i had a company I would offer him a job straight away.
Mr Watts, sign him up!

I have worked in the British IT industry for 15 years and so far I’ve found only two warmists, and they weren’t British 🙂

Spence_UK

Ha ha nice one Danny! Spot on as usual 🙂

Bennett In Vermont

I echo Richard’s comment (at 1:23 pm). I am in awe of the clarity and eloquence brought to bear by Mr. Weston. Where ever he ends up applying his education and life skills, he will have a huge positive impact on the bottom line of the establishment.

Bill

Good on you Danny Weston! Well put.

Pretty powerful stuff to throw at the agenda peddlers.

oldseadog

Very commendable; but unfortunately I doubt if anyone with any influence at Bloomberg will ever see this.

David L. Hagen

Three cheers for a principled well qualified candidate who has “an attendance to the truth” and who supports a “‘can do’ culture”!

Luther Wu

Ah, but you see Mr. Weston, Mr. Bloomberg does not care what you think.
Mr. Bloomberg knows that his words will earn him resounding praise and many dinner invitations from his coterie of friends in New York high society, among whom any words bemoaning “Global Warming” are sure to please.
Don’t you realize, Mr. Weston, that the whole “Global Warming” construct is merely a device to keep you and the rest of the peasant classes under the control of the members of NY high society and their peers throughout the world, who profit mightily from your toils?

The other Phil

Well done.

Sio

That was absolutely fabulous.
I wonder if their stomachs fell out their butts when they read that?

Paul
PaulH

It is well written, but I doubt anyone at Bloomberg will read past the 3rd paragraph before hitting the delete key. Nice try, though.

Mac the Knife

Danny,
With deepest sincerity and respect, I salute you!
MtK

Follow the Money

“During my time working in the city previously, my favourite aspect of the work was that I could always appeal to the bottom line.”
And what about Bloomberg’s position doesn’t appeal to his own “bottom line?” Is he invested or intended to do so in cap and trade? Carbon derivatives? Green pie in the sky scams? Sure, the nuts are just useful idiots and propagandists, that doesn’t mean Bloomberg himself is one. Follow the Money.
BTW, this is a particularly New York phenomenon, foster by their self-importance and belief that the publication “The New Yorker” is a font of wisdom, rather than a venue of paid advocacy on climate scams.

Birdieshooter

Outstanding. Every potential employer should take heed at this principled reply.

And to think, with certainty, that CO2 in the atmosphere is beneficial….

AlexS

Excellent. And very well written.

Jeff Fujita

This caught my eye:
“During my time working in the city previously, my favourite aspect of the work was that I could always appeal to the bottom line. The ‘can do’ culture meant that rational changes and risks would be given the nod if they would result in a likely improvement. It was the complete opposite to the ossified bureaucratic culture I’d experienced working in the public sector. A core part of this however was an attendance to the truth – markets can be distorted and played of course – however ultimately they are a slave to truth, which is why market corrections and detection of bubbles is so important.”
In another blog, skeptics (or in the blogger’s insistence, “denialists”) are labeled as “do-nothings” and solidly entrenched in the status quo. Young Mr. Weston seems to possess an eye for bottom line results based on honest observations and questioning. It’s frustrating to know that such questioning is often perceived as obstructionist, especially when spending efficiency is so vital today.

I hope this will serve as an example to prospective and already-employed professionals, showing them how to stand up to those who enable the CAGW cult to survive, in the face of massive contrary evidence.
Does your academic department, research program, publication, office, or whatever keep promulgating “climate change” as anything more than rampant speculation? Then draft a letter like this one, and find a more rational place to work.
/Mr Lynn

John A

I commend Danny’s stand on this issue. But I doubt it will make any difference to Bloomberg’s AGW stance.

Weston’s phrase “working in the city” refers to the financial district in London, known as “the city,” something US readers may not realize until the end. I initially took it to mean, working FOR the city (I.e., NYC).

That was an inspiring peice. Clear argumentation and clear, distinct English. Even me as a Swede can appreciate the language.

Mark and two Cats

Such persons (principled, ethical) are no longer going to matter in our society.
To prepare for what’s coming, I suggest watching the movie Idiocracy

David S

I suspect Mr Bloomberg’s publication is doing what is necessary for his political career, and the bottom line is that what Mr Bloomberg wants, he gets. The headline wiped the egg off his face, at least in non-thinking circles, after he had been as ineffectual as George W Bush in disaster risk management. The shame is that nobody in the MSM called them out on this cynical behaviour.

Jeff L

Danny , if you get any reply from them, I am sure everyone here would love to see it, if you care to share with us.

“But I doubt it will make any difference to Bloomberg’s AGW stance.”
As demonstrated yesterday, ideology trumps reality.

CheshireRed

Danny has judged a book by its cover – and the book was found wanting. History will record this young man to be on the right side of the evidence.
Bloomberg – hang your head/s in shame.

Keith Levet

Excellent article. Just the pick-me-up I needed today.
Well done Danny Weston.

D Caldwell

Just took Bloomberg off my daily reading list for the same reason. Also because they attribute the big drop in stocks today to worries over European debt – not that maybe investors are not happy with the outcome of the election yesterday…

Interesting, eloquent, passionate, commendable and I’m sure it does not need me to point out, an utter waste of time & words. Nobody at Bloomberg will care.

jonny old boy

bloomberg…… ah yes…… a reference resource for the greedy and stupid.

LearDog

Wow. Great letter. A trimmed down version based upon para 3, 4 and latter half of 5 would be a good letter to the editor.
To his point – they (more than any) should be trying to get the inside story on the irrational exubrerance that surrounds CAGW.

LKMiller

While I agree with his sentiment, and give him a standing ovation for taking a principled stand, I cannot agree that this letter is well written. There are various words for this writing style: blotation, bloviation, or my favorite, “why say in 100 words what you can say in 1000.”
Danny should have made his point much more succinctly, easily enough done, then would have been much sharper and had a chance of being read.

gnomish

how about that – a man who acts on his principles.
Mr Weston – bravo! You are one in a million.
Any others who have tested themselves and not come up wanting?

Gail Combs

Keith Levet says:
November 7, 2012 at 2:37 pm
Excellent article. Just the pick-me-up I needed today.
Well done Danny Weston.
_______________________________
I will second that.
It is nice to know not all recent grads are brainwashed in green kool-aid.

mfo

Bloomberg LP is about making money from market information predominantly through its terminals, which is why it is so ironic that Mayor Bloomberg, after backing Obama, found the markets falling after seeing him reelected. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 2.36% today.
http://www.bloomberg.com/quote/INDU:IND
Bloomberg is now more dominant in providing financial information than Reuters and it sees green products as a huge opportunity to make money through Bloomberg New Energy Finance which it claims, “delivers independent and comprehensive coverage across the clean energy industry and carbon markets”.
An article in the Financial Times in 2011 stated:
“The global market for solar and wind power rose from $6.5bn to $132bn between 2000 and 2010, says Clean Edge, a US research firm. The number of hybrid electric car models around the world has risen from two to 30 over the same time. Certified green building numbers grew from three to 8,138. But we will still see failures such as Solyndra.”
Even Lord Browne former head of BP is now “a partner at US private equity firm Riverstone Holdings, a large investor in fossil fuels whose $3.5bn renewable energy fund is one of the world’s biggest.”
“And one thing is clear: as long as people can make money from green businesses, investment will grow. As Lord Browne puts it, “The fundamental underpinning of sustainability is profitability. Without profitability, it’s going to disappear.”
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/2d12cf38-05b7-11e1-a429-00144feabdc0.html#axzz2Ba0ARW5b
The Bloomberg headline more truthfully refers to those gullible investors who put their money into green energy products which, as Lord Browne says, without profitability, which in reality is subsidies from taxpayers, “is going to disappear”.

You can throw away your tinfoil hat away now. The mainstream media last week came out of the closet and had a real live Pro-Agenda 21 commercial on a mainstream media TV show.
I thought that was just a conspiracy theory. I guess I was bamboozled by the people who didn’t want me to know about it. I wonder what else they have in store for us.
The Blaze – Pro-Agenda 21 Commercial

Larry Ledwick (hotrod)

Danny Weston I complement you on your stand for straight forward information from our major media and ethical behavior in business.
I sincerely hope that someone who appreciates your skill set, stance and strength of character offers you a job that can make good use of your skills!
Larry

Luther Wu

LearDog says:
November 7, 2012 at 2:45 pm
Wow. Great letter. A trimmed down version based upon para 3, 4 and latter half of 5 would be a good letter to the editor.
To his point – they (more than any) should be trying to get the inside story on the irrational exubrerance that surrounds CAGW.
_________________
Au contraire- “they” are the minions of profiteers driving the whole CAGCD meme.

R. de Haan

Nice work, don’t forget sending a copy to Obama.

Matt in Houston

Well done sir. Stand on principle is always a win in my book.
I resigned from the IEEE in similar fashion several years ago…of course I never received any response from them to my grievance against their ridiculous energy policy recommendations.
Ignorance and the inability to conduct rational discourse is quickly destroying this country and it is unfortunate we cannot yet stop it.

DaveA

Danny’s certificate of dignity. 10-20 years from now he can wave it around as proof he was a man among thieves.

Manfred

Sadly, the best approach to deal with a propaganda outlet is to join and leak what is going on behind the scenes either through Wikileaks (I doubt they would publish) or one of the few remaining democratic media.

Jeef

It’s always nice to see a well-written letter. Doubly so when it states a deeply-held conviction.

J.H.

Well said. It would be a waste of time an talent to work there. Better opportunities await.

Unfortunately Danny is probably now being added to the PNAS blacklist. Hopefully the lack of any federal grants in the future won’t cause too much stress.

Gary

You write this kind of letter to preserve your dignity and you take this kind of stand to demonstrate your character. Mr. Weston will be successful in more important ways than Bloomberg ever will…or could even imagine.

clipe

LKMiller says:
November 7, 2012 at 2:57 pm
While I agree with his sentiment, and give him a standing ovation for taking a principled stand, I cannot agree that this letter is well written. There are various words for this writing style: blotation, bloviation, or my favorite, “why say in 100 words what you can say in 1000.”
Danny should have made his point much more succinctly, easily enough done, then would have been much sharper and had a chance of being read.

This was not a “letter to the editor” Mr. Bloviator.

clipe

“why say in 100 words what you can say in 1000.”
Sarcasm?
Fail.