See u in September

MIT cannot go into the 2020-21 school year with its current climate denial plan still in place. A president who owns a million dollars in stock and sits on the board of directors of an oil company. An Office of Sustainability that has nothing to do with the MIT campus and is focused merely on teaching a course with a class project that aims at achieving climate neutrality by… 2060! And a climate czar who lies to students, speaks meaningless gibberish about MIT’s for-profit “solutions” to the crisis of climate change, and who was unilaterally appointed by an oil-funded president to undercut a faculty-led effort to create a Center for the Environment at MIT. (No links – I’ve posted about all this far too often.) I’ve been scared to communicate this message aggressively. Only an idiot would fight this battle, so I was hoping for incremental progress and change. And that hasn’t happened. So please hit the like button to extend this message beyond the borders of my network. Every corner of the world is undergoing radical change and course corrections… except MIT, which through arrogance, self-satisfaction, and blindness, is holding steady to its fractured, for-profit, head-in-the-sand strategies. Change, change, change. The time has come.

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MIT’s Sustainability brochure (July 2020)

Self-praise is both clinical and strategic. As a psychological attribute, it reflects inadequacy. As a strategy, its goal is ignorance. And boy, do we have a home run of ignorance with MIT’s July 2020 Sustainability brochure. It is a 9-page marvel of propaganda, misdirection and, above all, ignorance. Any high school freshman should be able to scan it and have a single response. “But they’re not actually DOING anything, are they?” No, they’re not. Well, that’s not QUITE true. MIT’s $300 million partnership with Russia represents what MIT is “doing.” That’s the money that produced this glossy propaganda. And that’s the money that explains its emptiness. The last thing MIT wants to do is worry an oil-rich nation with worries about clean energy. And a president who owns a MILLION DOLLARS of stock and sits on the BOARD OF DIRECTORS of an OIL COMPANY doesn’t want to be bothered with clean energy nonsense either (http://bit.ly/39xhJY2). “Leo” Rafael Reif is a successful version of Donald Trump. But what does that make the MIT community? His victims? Profiteers? Dupes? It doesn’t matter. It truly doesn’t matter. THE WORLD NEEDS MIT TO DO BETTER. Now. Right now. Before this fragile world spins any further out of control.

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MIT’s “Climate Grand Challenges”

Don’t be alarmed if you hear angels singing while you read the latest nonsense from my favorite oil-funded millionaire, MIT’s very own L. Rafael Reif. It’s such a puddle of nonsense that I don’t even have to bother documenting all the times that Reif has broken exactly the same promises he is making here (nonetheless, see comments below), or provide links to the half-dozen MIT groups who have signed petitions and organized protests against him (ditto below). Nor do I have to provide links to my own shrill screencasts (nonetheless, youtu.be/-ZO5fIURAOE and https://lnkd.in/dzfpeyG, but only if you feel up to it). All kidding aside, something DESPERATE is going on here. Next-level desperate. Richard Nixon-level desperate. Rafael Reif and Maria Zuber have nothing to lose at this point, and this is simply more of the same they have given us for the past eight years. Form a meaningless committee of MIT faculty who don’t quite understand what’s in store for them. But what in heaven’s name is RICHARD LESTER’s name doing in there? Richard doesn’t sign on to boondoggles. This isn’t exactly a boondoggle. It’s simply a meaningless gesture. But even that isn’t something Richard would sign his name to. And what does this have to do the Russia agreement? Oh, never mind! Question asked, question answered. God, I’m beginning to scare myself.

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A Nobel Laureate can make mistakes too

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My mother’s story

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