Guest Essay by Kip Hansen
Good Grief! Enough already with the Polar Bears!
The folks at the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science**, whose motto, proudly displayed on their website, is “Science for the Benefit of Humanity”, have managed to embarrass themselves with a little ad that appeared in my news feed from the New York Times Science section:
Down at the bottom, after all the highlights of today’s news, was an advertisement – you know, those ads that Google or someone throws into your emails and web pages – outside of the influence of the email sender or the website itself.
Here’s the ad as it appeared (I admit, that Weizmann gets a bit of free advertising here…):
I hope the irony is not wasted on any reading here….that you all know that if this image was not a fake, the photographer would have to be arrested for endangering a child.
Luckily, the image was created by the very talented Per Breiehagen and is sold by Getty Images.
It is also available as a holiday card from Psaris Productions.
The questions that sprung to my mind are these:
How could a group dedicated to science use an image that is not only–not merely–a fake, but is also so ridiculously hypocritical coming from an “institute of science”?
How could they think that anyone who might be interested in supporting science by donating would be taken in by such an image?
This is what happens when the public outreach from scientific organizations is put into the hands of modern college graduates who have been indoctrinated but not educated.
The true essence of the image [had it been real] would be:
I recommend Susan Crockford’s book, Eaten, a novel that will set you straight about cuddly polar bears and what they do with little girls.
**CORRECTION: The first line has been corrected to make it clear that the ad was placed on behalf of the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science, not the itself, which is in Israel, whose website states that “ ” 1300 hrs Eastern Time, 14 Dec 2016 (h/t Pat Frank)
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Author’s Comment Policy: Sorry, but I just couldn’t take yet another “cute polar bears” money-pitch from an alleged scientific organization. I have no prior experience with the Weizmann Institute before seeing this ad. I can only hope that the ad was produced without their editorial input.
I have no financial interest in Susan Crockford’s book, but I do own a copy and have read it. I do really recommend it. It is available from major booksellers online in eBook editions for as little as three bucks. It is not suitable for children – it contains graphic natural violence.
I do not know much about polar bears but I do have strong opinions about misusing science and science images for propaganda purposes – including fundraising.
I’d prefer that Climate Warriors fight the Climate Wars in the comments of other posts – there are plenty here at WUWT where it is more appropriate. I would like to read your examples of non-science being used to raise funds for organizations that ought to know better.
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