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Re: [SACC-L] Re. the Hunt Hunt & mild teaching point.

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  • Lloyd Miller
    And the first person to enter my driveway thinking it was Interstate 80 would complain loudly that it needed re-paving (damn)! The public reaction would indeed
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      And the first person to enter my driveway thinking it was Interstate 80 would complain loudly that it needed re-paving (damn)! The public reaction would indeed be quick and in short order.

      Lloyd


      On Jul 4, 2010, at 12:35 PM, mep1mep wrote:

      > If we are going to use that analogy then we should complete it: we COULD
      > designate our driveways but how long before we were forced to correct that by
      > some public reaction? That is what happened, after all...and in short order.
      >
      > Pam
      >
      > ________________________________
      > From: George Thomas <broruprecht@...>
      > To: sacc-l@yahoogroups.com
      > Sent: Sun, July 4, 2010 12:23:13 PM
      > Subject: [SACC-L] Re. the Hunt Hunt & mild teaching point.
      >
      >
      > And whether this use of the anthropologist's name was intentional seems to be up
      > in the air as well. Dr. H. hinted that someone at American Thinker (?) made a
      > quick Google search, found the anthropolgist, and pasted in the bio. Author ID
      > accuracy went the way of fact-checking here. In any case it seems Dr. H. is
      > satisfied no one HERE circulated the article or acted out of some kind of
      > malice. Grasping at possible positive notes, it seems Dr. H. was aware of the
      > existence of SACC. Also I like the mental picture I get from the earlier post
      > -- re. if the interstate Hwy system were organized like the Net, we could each
      > designate our driveways as numbered routes.
      > gt
      >
      > 1a. Re: Fw: Re: American Thinker/Teaching Point
      > Posted by: "Lloyd Miller" lloyd.miller@...
      > Date: Sat Jul 3, 2010 7:06 am ((PDT))
      >
      > George, I seem to remember a similar instance some time ago where someone wrote
      > an extreme, right-wing diatribe on a topic and (allegedly) had the same name as
      > a legitimate scientist, except for the middle initial (can't remember the name).
      > The scientist weighed in to clarify the issue and the author turned out to be a
      > "business executive" who contributed regularly to some right-wing publication.
      > It wasn't clear whether the mixup was accidental or whether the author was
      > intentionally trading on the scientist's name.
      > Lloyd
      >
      > On Jul 2, 2010, at 4:38 PM, George Thomas wrote:
      >
      > > The G. Hunt situation has blown over. I assure all SACC-L subscribers that I,
      > >too, followed up on this rather-to-be-expected blogosphere website brouhaha, and
      > >Dr. Hunt himself was all over it. My only concern was to see if any SACC-ers
      > >knew whether or not this political diatribe was associated with some fictitious
      > >Geoffrey Hunt, and why someone would attribute such a piece to an
      > >anthropologist. Glad to see I was right. The article was not something I would
      > >have circulated. And clearly the recent posts re. anthropologists'
      > >misunderstanding of the public (a mutual thing), and racism in public discourse
      > >(Des Moines) are related.
      > > The most accurate statement I've heard, coming from a fellow anthropologist re.
      > >this topic, and as a starting point to understanding "the public" and "the
      > >poisonous political climate," just might be: "It's all politics."
      > > We can ignore my question about a possible round-table discussion on
      > >blogosphere mazes in which crucial information and details get lost.....
      > >or...... not.
      > > George
      > >
      > > --- On Fri, 7/2/10, Geoffrey Hunt <huntgisa@...> wrote:
      > >
      > > From: Geoffrey Hunt <huntgisa@...>
      > > Subject: Re: American Thinker
      > > To: "George Thomas" <broruprecht@...>
      > > Date: Friday, July 2, 2010, 7:13 AM
      > >
      > > Dear Mr. Thomas
      > >
      > > Thank you for your e-mail and I would wish to apologize if I sounded irritated
      > >in my e-mail, but this whole issue is immensely troubling.
      > >
      > > From what I can deduce, after Geoffrey P. Hunt wrote the piece in the American
      > >Thinker, someone did a cursory google search and came up with my bio-sketch from
      > >our Institute. They then attached the bio-sketch to the article and dispatched
      > >it around the web. Since then either myself or the Institute have had many many
      > >e-mails.
      > >
      > > Sincerely
      > >
      > > Geoffrey Hunt
      > >
      > > As I noted thisAt 07:09 PM 7/1/2010, you wrote:
      > > > Thank you. The item I received appeared to me to be bogus. I notified the
      > >sender that I would check into its legitimacy. A Google search through three
      > >pages was predictably full of current dutiful parrotings of the original
      > >politically poisonous screed on blogs that can be characterized as leaning
      > >heavily toward starboard. One site said only that the author was not the same
      > >individual as the one who is a senior scientist, mentioning only the agency name
      > >but not the individual's profession. There seems to be no evidence on anything
      > >I found as to who chose to identify you as the writer of this piece, or whether
      > >they intended to paste some gravitas onto it or to villify anthropological
      > >fields.
      > > > I then send a request to the Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges,
      > >of which I am a member, to see if anyone had any idea as to what I had found.
      > >Someone in this network evidently notified you. I will now thank that
      > >as-yet-anonymous individual profusely, and forward my new-found information to
      > >the individual who sent it to me.
      > > > This matter is of extreme interest to me. I apologize for any problems this
      > >may have caused you.
      > > > George Thomas
      > > >
      > > >
      > > > --- On Thu, 7/1/10, Geoffrey Hunt <huntgisa@...> wrote:
      > > >
      > > > From: Geoffrey Hunt <huntgisa@...>
      > > > Subject: American Thinker
      > > > To: broruprecht@...
      > > > Date: Thursday, July 1, 2010, 11:59 AM
      > > >
      > > > Dear Sir
      > > >
      > > > I have just been alerted to the fact that my name has been associated with a
      > >scurrilous article in American Thinker posted on the SACC list. The author of
      > >that article is not me and is not an anthropologist.
      > > >
      > > > The connection of my name and my reputation to such an article has caused
      > >myself and our Institute many problems.
      > > >
      > > > Disclaimers can be found on both our own Institute website and the American
      > >Thinker's website.
      > > >
      > > > Please do not circulate this erroneous information to anyone else and please
      > >notify the SACC list serve to post a disclaimer.
      > > >
      > > > Sincerely
      > > >
      > > > Dr. Geoffrey Hunt
      > > >
      > > > Dr. Geoffrey Hunt
      > > > Senior Scientist
      > > > Institute for Scientific Analysis
      > > > 1150 Ballena Blvd., #211
      > > > Alameda, CA. 94501
      > > > Tel No: 510 865 6225
      > > > Fax No: 510 865 2467
      > > > <http://scientificanalysis.org/>http://scientificanalysis.org/
      >
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