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Field Notes: Non-Credible Science Needs Challenged

“One of the over-looked responsibilities of those who have developed their education and experience in specific specialized fields, is to have the ability to “Challenge” scientific research and the science community as an entity.  The reasoning here is to develop not only proper resolutions to inherent difficult and destructive situations, ethically, but to develop honest science from credible research, that favors truth, honesty, and secures a proper resolution.” – John Cox, MFA

What we find today is an overwhelming amount of opinion and conjecture, often passed-on as good science, especially about Wild Horses. Information is coming out, just about weekly now, in the matters of credible science versus opinionated, misinformed, non-credible research and science.

We are finding often, much of the government-generated science (i.e., Wild Horses, Wildlife, & Public Lands Science) leaves out essential facts and figures, which develops this non-credible science for distribution to the public, to politicians’, and to other corrupt government agencies and corrupted non-profits. We then find the items, data, facts that are left out, would show in a real-time and place scenario, and very often, truth; rather than, their anticipated outcome for profitability within the non-credible science, while being used as credible-science. . .

The extremes to the situation are:

1. Research shows “… there is no evidence to show researchers, that a Wild Horse or Wildlife kill-off took place before, during, or after the Plasticine Ice Age,” and yet, opinions and conjecture treated as though a firm and solid background of evidence exists, assumptive only – which the evidence simply does not exist at all;

2. Much of the birth control and darting situations on public lands does not have, nor has ever had, appropriate research to confirm the necessity to develop the program beyond e proper research level or capacity, as we discover daily required research to show the pesticides, or all birth controls using toxic chemicals, simply is not necessary – with no evidence to show otherwise – and much of the research conflicts with reality;

3. We find a lot of the research that has been completed on America’s public lands to be one-sided, narrow in scope, and packed with not just misinformation and false narratives, but blatant lies in regard to reasoning, or fulfillment of objectives . . .

— The truth is, we find often no objectives at all, but random information that has too many loose-ends to develop into any type of management paradigm. This non-specific generation of supposed facts, give the latitude to create and disseminate several venues of very destructive, in particular to wild horses and wildlife, misinformation and false-narratives’, which will ultimately generate profits by exploiting the problems the research was generated, and paid for by taxpayers, too resolve – No resolution occurs, and profits extend to a yearly basis, as we see the evidence within the Wild Horse and Burrow Programs project yearly;

4. We find that the review process, the Peer-Review process to be exact, is faulty and corrupt when it comes to reviewing the information in regard to birth controls being used on our Public Lands, the pesticides being used on our Public Lands, the destructive elements outlined untruthfully, opinions and conjecture of wild horses disappearing 10,000 to 13,000 years ago yet with no evidence to confirm such, cattle and sheep and other industries left out of research, and research simply developed with severe bias, opinions based on ignorance, and in accord with no evidence showing wild horses to be a destructive source on public lands, yet promoted as one of the only destructive sources on Public Lands, and more often than not, yet no evidence to show it to be of fact;

5. We find much of the non-credible science, which is all of the supposed science brought to us by the DOI/BLM, private contractors making money exploiting public lands, nonprofits exploiting the wild horses and public lands, all Lacks evidence on the destructiveness directly related to cattle, sheep, mining, oil industry, pesticides, and is nothing more than bad science wrapped up in pretty bows and ribbons, and photographs of wild horses, for example, as merely a sales venue rather than any science at all.

Keep in mind these are only a few of the situations that exist today in regard to what we are now classifying as non-credible science. Not only is the information questionable, in many of the technical reports and research reports, combined with the lack of information that has been left out of the science, and the information that lacks integrity within evidence, outright, but there’s almost a crude ignorance developed – profoundly – that if people receive a lot of money in grants, or budget increases in government agencies, that somehow or another the research and the technical reports that are non-credible – ironically, people perceive them as credible.

Within all of this keep in mind that research science is developed to provide credible information based on credible evidence. Good science is always challenged. Good science works its way through the challenges to show beyond a doubt, through evidence, that the science is not only good, of quality, but is also used as a management tool truthfully, to resolve issues and problems within our lands and wildlife.

The harsh reality is today, we have many problems on our public lands, range lands, in the mountains, and throughout the United States because we are taking bad science, formed from no evidence, and taking harsh or native opinions, as resolutions.

Evidence? Go look for yourself. Our public lands and forests are being devastated by ignorance, bad science, and at the same time our taxpayer money being used frivolously, and our politicians’ expectations approach cutting taxpayers off from needed programs, in order to throw more money into this corrupted and current system of non-credible science, profit-based science, and ignorance ONGOING, and upon our Public Lands! — John Cox, MFA

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Posted by on January 17, 2023 in Uncategorized


Notes from the Field — Many Dynamic Options Exist to Save Wild Horses and Ourselves at the Same Time

Written by John Cox, MFA, Cascade Mountains

Currently we have a multilayered situation ongoing on our public lands and forestry lands. This becomes an excellent opportunity to start showing the science, credible science, that has been ignored for decades now, by both. Exploitation of both is not an option, but a matter of destruction-only.

At the advent of the Bureau of Land Management signing MOU’S with cattle ranchers and their mythical and pretend science that favors cattle over all else in America, it is simply time to start making the public aware of the difference between credible science and non-credible, as government / non-profit exploitative science, pushes forth agendas of God only knows what.

Today we can now start exploring the situation, dynamics of it all and start with this discussion, of “all life on this planet is connected”, and something we must understand in order to understand the evolution of such situations as wild horses, wolves, bear, cougar, coyote, and other Keystone predators – predator/prey relationships, so much required in our ecological habitats today.

I mentioned earlier we follow the conifer growth (another from the field notes articles) and evolution from centuries past, here in the Pacific Northwest, for example, and due to the conifer’s complex physiology. They generally favor colder and drier environments, in essence, survive where many other plants cannot. This marks situations that have cultivated into diversity in many wildlife and terrestrial regions. Keep in mind conifers represent less than 1% of all plant species, yet comprised of extensive forests which constitute, by area, 30% of the Earth’s forested lands.

On a regional scale the same predictable nature of conifer distribution holds true and above 4000 feet, where conifers comprise the majority of over-story vegetation. However, near sea level from for example the Klamath knot northward into Canada and Alaska, conifers blanket the landscape, and often seen southward along the Pacific.

All of this conifer distribution, centers around a diversity of wildlife, as well as terrestrial ecology. This is where we begin to understand how not just Wild Horses, but the Keystone Predators from long ago, remained in existence over the centuries. Yes, (i.e., as previously discussed) on islands and within the Pacific slope, where Glacial Ice Formations (as credible science shows us) was not plentiful whatsoever, but lacked ice throughout the Ice Age. At the same time, “no scientific evidence” has been found to show hunters had killed-off Wild Horses throughout this same history. None!

But we also must keep in mind there is no evidence, scientifically, that has been found that Wild Horses, for example, went extinct whatsoever along the Pacific slope or along the western range, during an Ice Age Era nor before or afterward. This is all inclusive of ancient Americas, up to today’s Wild Horse population on our public lands and forested lands. Where the conifers, all conifers, are located, Wild Horses and a diversity of wildlife and terrestrial ecology existed then, just as right now. Interesting, as the Klamath Knot is, currently, the same as it was way back then, in centuries’ past – the exact same, inclusive of the Blue Green Algae that exists, still, in Klamath Lake. Wild Horses, before humankind existed, roamed these areas.

But, our government with the help of many nonprofits and other special-interest groups, are decimating these ancient forests as well as our these ancient lands, for nothing more than a hamburger. These are ancient lands, and ancient ecological habitats, that are being destroyed alongside our Wild Horses. Each serve as a microcosm of the tragedy that is happening in America right now, and within a corrupted government that is doing it.

Quite by accident we started to study the situation of the conifer circumstance, that profoundly created through nature, the situation of diversity of a terrestrial environment that supported wildlife, inclusive of Wild Horses, 100%. Natural grasslands on ancient islands in the Pacific Northwest and Pacific Slope, abundant.

In terms of pure biomass (i.e., a measure of plant mass in tons of living plant material per hectare acre), redwood forests for example, contain the greatest amount on earth, rivaled only by other forests further north in the Pacific Northwest. The average old-growth redwood forest on the north coast of California holds 4500 to 8000 tons/acre. Compare that to the Pacific Northwest temperate rain forest having 2202 to 4500 tons/acre or an eastern temperate hardwood forest with about 900 tons/acre, and suddenly it is easy to see what one can experience on a visit to the redwoods is tremendous.

Yes, placing our government in check, and demanding truth, works – in particular when we all see what it is they are destroying, for cattle or other get-rich-quick scams. Perhaps it is best to phrase it this way, “. . . conifers are a lens or comprehending a real – world example of extended survival across a dynamic landscape.” And what consists of this dynamic landscape? Our wildlife habitats. Our Wild Horse habitats. Our terrestrial habitats. Our oceanic and river habitats. And the air we breathe. All survival dynamics for the human species, as well as the diversity of wildlife and vegetation it all supports 24-7, day in and day out.

Suddenly it becomes all too clear, we start to understand, we are discussing here much more than Wild Horse survival. The Wild Horses’ simply a microcosm of all that is ongoing around us right now.

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Posted by on January 1, 2023 in Uncategorized