The La
          Plata Mountains as seen from above the author’s home.


Durango Bill’s
Debunking the Deniers of Global Warming

Global Warming Denial
Liars


The “Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine”
(It’s actually Arthur Robinson’s farm in very rural Oregon)




   The “Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine” (OISM) advertises itself as “a non-profit research institute”. Global Warming Deniers frequently promote the “Oregon Petition” which is one of the OISM’s products. In reality, the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine is a farm in very rural Oregon some 6 linear miles southeast of Cave Junction, Oregon. (Population ~1,425  http://www.city-data.com/city/Cave-Junction-Oregon.html )

   Its founder/owner, Arthur B Robinson, promotes the “Robinson Curriculum” - a “Jesus-Plus-Nothing-Else” home-school system.
http://web.archive.org/web/20120414173008/http://groups.yahoo.com/group/robinsonusers4christ/
(Group appears to have become defunct in the last few years.).


   Isn’t it amazing how the Internet can be used to transform a farm into the “Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine”? (There may have been a tax advantage in registering the farm as “a non-profit research institute”.)
“The prestigious sounding institution with which they were affiliated—the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine—was elsewhere revealed to be a one-room operation located on a farm on a rural road in the forested foothills of the Siskiyou Mountains. It consisted only of Arthur B. Robinson, a chemist with a Ph.D. in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology, and his 21-year-old son, who has no advanced degree (Hill 1998).”
http://sciencepolicy.colorado.edu/admin/publication_files/resource-1892-2005.50.pdf

The following pictures show where the farm (Oops: the “Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine”) is located.


First in a sequence of zoom-in pictures showing the
          location of the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine.

   The first picture (via Google Earth) shows the Pacific coastline. All of Oregon is included as well as pieces of neighboring states. The pin marks the location of the “Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine” (OISM)

2nd in a series of pictures showing the location of the
          Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine.

   In this next picture, we zoom in on rural southwestern Oregon. The town of Cave Junction (population ~1,425) is now visible. The pin marking the location of the OISM is about 6 linear miles to the southeast of the small town.

3rd in the series of pictures to show the location of the
          Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine.

   Zooming in still further shows the OISM pin on the right side of picture in the middle of what looks deceptively like a farm. Dick George Road is near the left edge of the picture, and somebody has applied the name “Science and Medicine Rd” to the access road to the farm. Closer inspection via Google Earth shows that “Science and Medicine Rd” is a dirt road, and you can even make out weeds and grass growing in the center of the road between the usual tire paths.

If you check the address of the “Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine”, it is usually given as:
2251 Dick George Road
Cave Junction, OR

   This final Google Earth picture zooms in on the farm (oops: “Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine” ) itself.

4th in a series of pictures showing the location of the
          Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine.

   There’s the usual home and a few satellite buildings/storage sheds. Also of note is the large building that can be seen above the center of the picture. Google Earth has a ruler tool which can be used to measure the distance between any two points. If you zoom in closely, you can measure the size of any object. For example: a building.

   The size of this particular building is about 100 x 58 feet (+/-). Farms have lots of farm equipment (tractors, harvesters, etc.) and frequently have large buildings to store the equipment out of the rain. (Cuts down on rust, etc.) We also note that the shadow from this building is longer than the shadows from other buildings. Thus this building is taller than the other buildings.

   With a little imagination you could give your storage building a fancy name. You could even hang a sign on the side of your building to make it look impressive. With a little more imagination, you might even come up with something that looks like:


The side of a building as displayed on the OISM website.

   Note the lack of windows. Buildings that have space for ordinary people usually have windows, but then again, farm equipment doesn’t need windows. However, to drive farm equipment in and out would require oversized doors, and it looks like there are a couple of two-story doors as well as two other doors for human use.


The entrance to the Oregon Institute of Science and
          Medicine

   The picture above is a Google Earth “Street View” of the intersection of Dick George Road and “Science and Medicine Rd”. In turn, Science and Medicine Rd. leads to the “World Famous” “Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine”. And then again, maybe it’s a private driveway, complete with electronic gate to exclude anyone except the owner (and invited guests).



The Robinson Curriculum

   If you go to the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine’s home page at http://www.oism.org/ , one of the links that shows up on the left side of the page is “Robinson Curriculum”. Clicking on this link leads to: http://www.oism.org/s32p28.htm

   The “Dr. Robinson” link on this page confirms that the OISM is a 350-acre farm in southern Oregon. There is also another link at the top of the page that continues to: http://www.robinsoncurriculum.com/

   There is another route to get to: http://www.robinsoncurriculum.com/
Start at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/RobinsonUsers4Christ/, and part way down the page you will find a link to the same http://www.robinsoncurriculum.com/.

The
“RobinsonUsers4Christ • Discipling Our Children for God's Glory”
Yahoo Group states:
“This group is for Bible and Trinity-believing, God-fearing, "Jesus-Plus-Nothing-Else" Christian families using or investigating the Robinson Curriculum. All homeschooling families using or investigating the Robinson Curriculum are welcome to join, with notice that the group is first and foremost a Christian group.”

   Thus, the main field of study for the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine is “Jesus-Plus-Nothing-Else” home schooling. At one time this home schooling even extended to Islamic/Muslim home schooling.
http://web.archive.org/web/20061117221744/http://www.muslimhomeschool.com/mhsnr/DOCS/models.htm


The OISM study course includes Islamic/Muslim home
          schooling.

Q: And what is Arthur Robinson’s view on regular education?
A: “Public education (tax-financed socialism) has become the most widespread and devastating form of child abuse and racism in the United States.”
 “Can this problem be corrected? Yes. Can it be corrected by improving the public schools? No – only by abolishing them.”
http://whoisartrobinson.defazioforcongress.org/2010/09/15/art-robinson-public-education-child-abuse-and-shou/

For more information about the “Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine” (alias “The Farm”) please see:
http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Oregon_Institute_of_Science_and_Medicine



The Arthur Robinson Interview on the Rachel Maddow Show

   It’s one thing to read about Arthur Robinson, but it’s something else to see Arthur Robinson “live”. In 2010, Arthur Robinson was the Republican candidate for Oregon’s 4th district representative to the U. S. House of Representatives. As a political candidate, he was interviewed on msnbc’s Rachel Maddow show. Whether intentional or not, Robinson did a great impersonation of “Captain Queeg” in the famous Caine Mutiny courtroom scene. (A paranoia meltdown for anyone not familiar with the movie.) The only missing props were “the marbles”. Robinson appears to have lost them.
http://mgx.com/blogs/2010/10/07/maddow-art-robinson-vs-defazio/
“Holy moly! What a complete whack job, Art Robinson is!”




The Oregon Petition

    While the “Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine” appears to be a farm and has been active in “Jesus-Plus-Nothing-Else” home schooling, they have still had left over time to push a political agenda on Global Warming. The “Oregon Petition” has been thoroughly debunked by others at:
1) http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Oregon_Institute_of_Science_and_Medicine

2) http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2007/10/oregon-institute-of-science-and-malarkey/

3) http://sciencepolicy.colorado.edu/admin/publication_files/resource-1892-2005.50.pdf

4) http://rabett.blogspot.com/2006/12/gift-for-john-h.html
 
Readers are encouraged to check out these other web sites, but a quote from the last source pretty much sums it up:
   We may agree with Robinson and Robinson on one point. There may be more serious issues than global warming that threaten continued advances in the quality of life for humankind. One of these is the attempt by Robinson and Robinson to misinform the general public about the scientific process and what is known and unknown in the frontiers of science.”

   Beginning in 1998 Arthur Robinson, Noah Robinson (Arthur’s son), Frederick Seitz, and Willie Soon began to promote a “Global Warming Denier”, politically inspired statement that is popularly known as the “Oregon Petition”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oregon_Petition

   As described at http://www.desmogblog.com/new-oregon-petition-promoter-not-sufficiently-rational-to-advise-tobacco-industry the argument for the petition is:
“This exercise is so flawed that it's hard to know what demands criticism the most. First, the whole exercise is being pushed by Arthur B. Robinson, the survivalist, Darwin skeptic and proprietor of something called the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine. The "scientific" article on which the petition rests is authored by Robinson, his son Noah, and the American Petroleum Industry-funded Willie Soon , none of whom could hope to get their climate work published in a peer-reviewed science journal.”
   The “Oregon Petition” was introduced and promoted by Frederick Seitz who at one time was a respected scientist. However, during the 1970s he went to work for the tobacco companies to write “scientific articles” (corporate propaganda) that cigarette smoke was completely harmless. By 1989, even the executives at Phillip Morris described him as: “Dr. Seitz is quite elderly and not sufficiently rational to offer advice”.


Dr. Seitz is quite elderely and not sufficiently rational
          to offer advice.

(Original picture at
http://tobaccodocuments.org/pm/2023266534.html?pattern=fred%5Ba-z%5D%2A%5CW%2Bseitz%5Ba-z%5D%2A&#p1 )

As described at the desmogblog.com post:
“So, 18 years ago, Seitz was "not sufficiently rational" to meet the lenient scientific standards of the tobacco industry, but today, Art Robinson still feels it's ethical to send out a petition over Seitz's signature on one of the most pressing current scientific issues of the day.”

"It's pathetic that they're so desperate to show that any scientist supports their position that they're even contacting random graduate students in tangentially and unrelated fields." - Sean Lake, graduate student in the UCLA Department of Physics and Astronomy.




The “Oregon Petition” Song
(Use the melody from “Old MacDonald had a Farm”)

Arthur Rob’son had a farm,               Old MacDonald had a farm,
in rural Oregon.                         E I E I O.
And from this farm he made a list,       And on this farm he had a cow,
in rural Oregon.                         E I E I O.
With a name name here                    With a moo moo here
and a name name there                    and a moo moo there
Here a name, there a name,               Here a moo, there a moo,
everywhere name name                     everywhere moo moo
Arthur Rob’son had a farm,               Old MacDonald had a farm,
in rural Oregon.                         E I E I O.


Arthur Rob’son had a farm,               Old MacDonald had a farm,
O I S and M.                             E I E I O.
And from this farm he made a list,       And on this farm he had a pig,
O I S and M.                             E I E I O.
With a name name here                    With an oink oink here
and a name name there                    and an oink oink there
Here a name, there a name                Here an oink, there a oink
everywhere name name                     everywhere oink oink
Arthur Rob’son had a farm,               Old MacDonald had a farm,
O I S and M.                             E I E I O.




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