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AMNH and the NY Times hatchet job on Rebekah Mercer

I was wrong to call for a boycott of the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH). What’s the purpose of boycotting AMNH when the admission fee is voluntary? That’s right, you’re allowed to donate only a penny and still be admitted to the museum, because of an old agreement between New York City and the museum that AMNH (and other major museums in NYC) probably regret today.

So you should visit, but only donate a penny, and tell them the reason is because Ms. Mercer is being kicked off the board because she’s a Trump supporter, so if you don’t want to receive donations from the deplorables then you’re not giving any! If enough people do that, the message will funnel up to management.

What a shame that AMNH has become part of HRC’s propaganda wing. It wasn’t always like that. Republican Teddy Roosevelt played a big role in establishing the museum. I guess it’s only a matter of time before the Teddy Roosevelt memorial is replaced with a memorial to a more politically correct woman or minority.

Now, some will say that Ms. Mercer hasn’t been kicked off the Board of Trustees yet, she has only been the subject of a hatchet job in the New York Times, but I think that the New York Times carries immense weight with the kind of people who run the AMNH, and that she’s going to be gone.

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Let’s examine the hatchet job more closely.

The connection of Ms. Mercer, the museum and the Mercer Family Foundation’s donation history came to light during an analysis by The New York Times of activities by cultural leaders who donated to Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign.

Why is the New York Times doing this “analysis”? Are they also doing an analysis of people who donated to HRC’s campaign? Very unlikely.

1. The New York Times is looking for some sort of nefarious connection that they can use to delegitimize President Trump.

2. They are looking to punish people who donated money to Trump, and the first person they have decided to punish is Ms. Mercer.

Why is the headline and half of the article about climate change? The headline: “Museum Trustee, a Trump Donor, Supports Groups That Deny Climate Change”

Ms. Mercer is not publicly on the record as being skeptical of climate change (and even though skepticism is part of science, you are considered “anti-science” if you are skeptical), and the NYT hasn’t even uncovered any donations to organizations whose primary mission is to be skeptical of climate change. But because she donated to various conservative think tanks, and among the many activities of the conservative think tanks they are either skeptical of climate change or opposed to excessive environmental regulations, the New York Times has spun this into Ms. Mercer being “anti-science,” which is therefore argued to be in direct opposition to the pro-science mission of the AMNH.

So in addition to punishing people for supporting President Trump, the New York Times is also looking to punish people for having even tenuous connections to climate change skeptics.

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I’ve previously pointed out in my blog that philanthropy is the number one hobby for rich people. Ms. Mercer, the daughter of a billionaire, is very rich. To not be able to participate in philanthropy as a result of this New York Times article is the most horrible punishment for the very rich, third only to losing all their money or being put in prison.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

January 18, 2017 at 10:06 am

Posted in Politics, Science

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  1. The pigeons won’t be happy to see T.R. go away.


    January 18, 2017 at 10:59 am

    • “My name is Ozymandias, king of kings….”


      January 18, 2017 at 11:35 am

  2. I too think boycotting is not enough. I think protesting with placards is more suitable.

    Suggested Signs:
    Stop Bullying Rebekah Mercer
    Stop Bullying Climate Change Skeptics
    Sierra Club Politicizes Science
    It is not Anti-Science to Have a Different Opinion
    It is Anti-Science to Call Dissent Anti-Science
    Science is Skeptical
    Skepticism is Science

    Get this protest in front pages and on newsreels. Punch Back!

    P.S. I’m not in the NY area and am not a protest organizer. The problem with RW protests is that most of us work and have families, so we don’t have time for it.


    January 18, 2017 at 11:33 am

    • Science is Skeptical
      Skepticism is Science

      Those two things can’t be emphasized enough. Many falsely believe that science “proves” things. But science doesn’t prove anything. Science makes assumptions. Then it tests those assumptions through experimentation, observation, reason, etc. If people can’t find an exception then it’s assumed to be true. If it holds up for decades or centuries then it may be elevated to the status of a law.

      But it’s still merely an assumption that hasn’t been disproven. Because you can’t really prove something is true in science. You can only prove that it’s false. It’s only assumed to be true if no one can prove that it’s false. But at no point is it ever unacceptable to question an assumption. Even an assumption that’s been elevated to the status of a law.

      Science works by questioning claims and assumptions. That’s the very basis of the scientific method and necessary for science to advance. If anything is anti-science it is the idea that a scientific claim or assumption can’t be questioned.


      January 18, 2017 at 4:47 pm

  3. More Layoffs in Store at The New York Times, $5 Million Earmarked for Trump Coverage

    The New York Times will earmark $5 million to cover the Trump Administration, according to a letter sent by executive editor Dean Baquet and managing editor Joe Kahn to staffers on Tuesday.

    The letter also indicated more layoffs are in store for the Pulitzer Prize-winning news organization. The move comes after the paper ended its coverage of restaurants, art galleries, theaters and other tri-state regional coverage last summer, which resulted in dozens of job cuts and was a precursor to more cuts to its culture coverage that came at last November.

    Other gems from their “Arts” section:
    Obama’s Secret to Surviving the White House Years: Books
    This Year, #OscarsSoBlack?

    This will be the new normal at the NYT. The comment section is surreal.


    January 18, 2017 at 11:47 am

    • Not what I’d expect if all that bluster about the NYT getting a wave of new subscriptions after Trump’s victory was true. Fake news?


      January 18, 2017 at 2:19 pm

  4. Yes, your final remark is spot-on, the idea is to isoate her socially. So she should use her money to retaliate. If she uses a bit of imagination, she could embarrass the Times and their ilk on their most cherished project, even more than climate, i.e. blacks. She should announce an academic achievment test for 17 year olds, pitched at 7th grade lesvel, where everyone who passes the test receives $5,000. Then rank everyone by race.Announce tgat Al Sharpton is also allowed in the contest.


    January 18, 2017 at 11:55 am

    • This would never enter her mind, because as a rich white lady she only encounters the highest-quality black people. If black people don’t do well in school she probably thinks it’s because they have crappy teachers, and as a Trump supporter she’s surely delighted that he’s picked Betsy DeVos for secretary of Education.


      January 18, 2017 at 2:24 pm

  5. I doubt she will lose her position. Money talks.

    But if she does get kicked, it would be nice if a couple thousand Trump supporters show up and pay a penny each. On a Saturday during a school vacation week. Assuming it’s legal of course.


    January 18, 2017 at 11:57 am

    • Perfectly legal to enter the museum and pay a penny. First come, first served.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      January 18, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    • On a Saturday during a school vacation week.

      Worst time to do it. Think about the article the Times would write if one of the deplorable deniers hits or jostles or says something snippy to a kid.

      Remember, if it’s not in the Times, it didn’t happen.


      January 18, 2017 at 9:22 pm

  6. Brought here by the culdesachero’s tweet.

    A strategy to get the attention of professional mendicants: Write your checks to the competing organization that supports human values, then mail photocopies of those checks to the Marxist “charity.”

    All you are actually buying is personal satisfaction, though, since the only currency Marxists trade in – Marxist approbation – you don’t have, by definition. They don’t care what you think, and nothing you do while retaining those human values will change that. Accordingly, if you want better humans, raise your own.

    Greg Swann

    January 18, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    • Write checks to the pregnancy crisis centres in the area and post pics of the checks (names and numbers wiped out) to #BoycottAMNH.


      January 18, 2017 at 2:02 pm

  7. Stupid Nyt. They have the relationship wrong. If they sever the relationship they aren’t cutting her off, they are cutting off the museum. These SJWs are stupid automatons who can’t apply reason to anything.

    She is a Trustee because she is a billionaire donor. She is paying $$$$ for that trusteeship. She could save the money for more gold in her bathrooms and rarer caviar. Its the SJW museum employees who would lose their jobs and their status.


    January 18, 2017 at 12:39 pm

  8. I think that Asians are the 2nd most anti white group after blacks.

    Otis the Sweaty

    January 18, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    • Depends which Asians.

      Rev. Moon of Korea founded the conservative Washington Times in 1982 and underwrote the billions of dollars of losses it has endured throughout its 35 money losing years. They are perhaps the only national newspaper in America to back Trump and they were the only newspaper Reagan was willing to read. Long before Fox News, talk radio and the blogosphere, the Washington Times was almost alone as a conservative voice in media and certainly the only daily voice. They have recently been one of the few conservative channels doing original reporting on Obama’s laxity with illegals immigration and immigrant criminals.

      Like Trump, Moon was an alpha-male, high-energy billionaire who said what he thought and didn’t give a crap what anybody thought.


      January 18, 2017 at 2:19 pm

      • For a time, there was also the sister publication the New York Tribune, which I used to read for it’s excellent conservative reporting.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        January 18, 2017 at 2:21 pm

  9. She is a billionare and should be able to defend herself against the NYT or anyone else. No boycott or demonstrations are necessary. What can she do? For example, offer NYT 10,000,000 for positive coverage, have them accept it, record it and leak it out, or go public with it.


    January 18, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    • But what about the poor cubicle-worker schmucks who can lose their livelihoods because they publicly say the wrong thing about climate change?

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      January 18, 2017 at 2:05 pm

      • Had they valued their freedom of speech, they would have become plumbers. Never heard of a plumber losing his job over something so ridiculous as talking about climate change. Plumbers beleive and say whatever they want. Your beliefs are not a barrier to anything in plumbing and the sky is the limit. If you aren’t happy with an income of master plumber in America, you are an imbecile. Case closed.


        January 18, 2017 at 2:21 pm

      • “Never heard of a plumber losing his job over something so ridiculous as talking about climate change”

        That’s because the elites don’t think highly enough about plumbers to care about their opinions.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        January 18, 2017 at 2:51 pm

      • No, it’s because the elites need plumbers more then the plumbers need the elites. Plumbers are confident and irreverent types. Plumbers are beautiful.

        Think, Bruno from Paris cannot sleep at night because he is worried that his boiler might explode. Now, he is more likely to have a brick fall on his head or be bitten by a feral cat then that. And he isn’t alone, there many people like him. Elites cannot bully plumbers, they are cowed by them. Plumbers are awesome. Here is a quiz for you: if you are building a house who is more important a plumber, an electrician, and HVAC installer or a NYT editor?


        January 18, 2017 at 4:09 pm

      • Architect!

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        January 18, 2017 at 5:21 pm

      • Wrong answer! This is apples to oranges. Would elites employ an architect that doubts global warming or opines that certain demographics are lazy and stupid and he would never hire them? Not likely. So don’t try to be a smart aleck and stick to the multiple choice you were given.

        Incidently, plumbers are more dangerous then cows. More people get hurt by plumbers then by cows. You gotta reevaluate your bias against a friendly, useful and tasty creature. It’s not healthy, I mean the bias, not the creature.


        January 18, 2017 at 5:38 pm

      • Yakov is right. Find a job where they need you more than you need them and the hell with what they think.

        Liberalism is exhausted intellectually.


        January 18, 2017 at 8:32 pm

  10. The civil war against dissenters will be ferocious. Rebekah Mercer might survive because she’s rich, but anyone who utters a peep of dissent will be ruthlessly crushed.

    Hollywood will be their fallback territory. Get ready for a huge push for transgender rights, using pretty gay male characters in pop entertainment as the weapons. They are bringing back Will & Grace, the show that helped bring us gay marriage. I think at least one leading man will come out of the closet.


    January 18, 2017 at 2:14 pm

  11. i didnt realise the museum of natural history had free or choose your own admission fees. i thought that was just the MET. one thing is for sure though the food at the museum of natural history is a ripoff. i went there in 2011 and was disgusted at the idea of paying like $20 for some cheese and celery/carrot sticks.

    james n.s.w

    January 18, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    • You can buy cheap food from the Muslim street vendors out front.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      January 18, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    • There’s also an empanada vendor on the corner of CPW and 79th.

      You can do a pay as you want to 34 cultural institutions.

      The last cultural institution to get put on the list was the Museum of Jewish Heritage, by Giuliani, because Morgenthau was on the board, and Rudy wanted to pay him off for numerous favors. But the original idea was a good one. So no, don’t pay. Let the rich give their inherited or ill gotten millions.


      January 19, 2017 at 1:46 pm

      • PS I give a dollar. I can’t stand the hostile look they give me when I give change. I’ve never tried a penny.


        January 19, 2017 at 1:47 pm

      • I always give a dollar. At the following places I visit often:

        Brooklyn Museum

        Somehow, giving a dollar seems psychologically easier than giving a penny or demanding free admission, and compared to the suggested donation of $25 it’s still practically free.

        Other museums:

        Whitney: big rip off not really worth $22 (but it’s the most SWPL of all museums)
        MoMA: go on Friday evening, 4-8 pm, for free admission
        Brooklyn Botanic Garden: go on Saturday morning 10-noon or tuesday for free admission

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        January 19, 2017 at 2:07 pm

      • “Somehow, giving a dollar seems psychologically easier than giving a penny or demanding free admission,”

        Yes, exactly. An eccentric Indian friend gives only a nickel. I’d feel oppressed during my entire visit if I did that. Not worth it. Giving a dollar makes me feel as if I’ve contributed, and gotten a bargain.

        There must be a study of that.


        January 19, 2017 at 9:10 pm

      • Not all of those museums have free or only suggested donations.

        The correct list is here:

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        January 19, 2017 at 2:06 pm

  12. Name dropping and bragging here, but I used to do business with her father and uncle (her uncle worked at Renaissance too). Could call her uncle and get my phone calls returned all the time. Those were the days, when I had my groove, and before everybody had heard of Ren Tec.


    January 19, 2017 at 11:32 pm

  13. Jim Simons is one of the biggest funders of Democrats and liberals. Mercer is the No. 2 man at Ren Tech. He comes after Simons of course. What’s the big deal. A billionaire Republican offsets the spending of the billionaire Democrat. Without a doubt those two get along fine because they have worked together for 30 years to build Ren Tech.

    If Lion was the right type of programmer I might have been able to get him a job at Ren Tech. If I thought he was the right type I could have certainly gotten him an interview, just on my recommendation.

    If Lion had worked at Ren Tech he would be a millionaire many times over by now.

    Ren Tech made job offers after one 3-4 hour interview. Compare that to Goldman Sachs where they make you meet 20 mangers, supervisors and partners over a 3 week period before they tell you to get lost.


    January 19, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    • What’s the right type of programmer in this context?

      Mercy Vetsel

      January 20, 2017 at 8:33 am

      • If you were a programmer who just stitched together API calls and processes (99% of programming these days), even if you were very good and fast at it, you wouldn’t hack it. If you were a programmer who can build all the primitive constructs (lists, stacks, queues, graphs, sorts, etc). himself, and do it right then you could get hired. They didn’t care what computer language you had been working in, but they were mainly using C and Perl at the time.


        January 20, 2017 at 5:56 pm

  14. Just an FYI, the admission isn’t compulsory because they occupy public parkland. The deal was originally a few free days a week for residents. That’s been tweaked over the years, special programs etc. It is a private institution but has a public/private partnership with the city. I’m their neighbor, and am opposing their expansion in its current form, but generally it is an amazing institution steaming towards the future in terms of the scope of its educational goals. Unfortunately, those goals include public green space, and rather than striking a trad-off between taking parkland while offering to renovate a pretty run down park, the taxpayers are also being asked to pick up a large part of the bill. Paying to lose parkland…in NYC? No, although I do feel sheepish getting the way of such a public good. Fundamentally, the public square concept dating back to the Greeks is an important concept in representative government. We have to make sure there is proportional benefit to the park user if they are being asked to turn over democratized space. My 2 cents

    William H Raudenbush

    January 31, 2017 at 10:52 pm

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