Bullying and plagiarism by profs are same thing in Russia Plagiarism Files

August 21, 2009

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/crime/article6805567.ece

The court heard that Houghton had waged a string of verbal and physical attacks on Miss Moore since the pair were 14 and District Judge Bruce Morgan told her: “Since Emily Moore was 14 you have waged compelling threats and violent abuse towards her.

“Bullies are by their nature cowards, in school and society. The evil, odious effects of being bullied stay with you for life. On this day you did an act of gratuitous nastiness to satisfy your own twisted nature.”

Houghton, of Malvern in Worcestershire, had two previous convictions relating to her vendetta against Miss Moore. In 2005 she was convicted of assaulting her as she walked home from school and was subsequently expelled.

The bullying makes no sense at one level, but make sense in other contexts.  The bully does it out of habit and the way they are, whether by nature or nurture.  Society then lets them get away with more and more and doesn’t treat it as the real harm it is.  Note the method of pretending they are the friend described in the article.  This approach is common in academia and elsewhere.

Paul Samuelson plagiarism “public good”

http://press.princeton.edu/chapters/i1_7521.html

Edmund Phelps, Insider-Economists’ Insider

Introduction by PAUL A. SAMUELSON

Thus, my much-cited 1969 paper on optimal intertemporal portfolio programming opportunistically used the Bellman-Beckman-Phelps recursive techniques to analyze what defines the best qualitative asset-portfolio mix of the Phelps 1962 aggregate saving. It was not plagiarism but it was horning in on a created public good there for the taking.

No it wasn’t.  It was Nils Hakansson’s Ph.D. thesis at UCLA.  It was not a public good for horning in.  Paul Samuelson got an NSF grant for his horning in.

http://www.hakansson.com/

http://www.hakansson.com/nils/Dissertation.pdf

MIT had the thesis by 1966 because a professor there, Karl Shell, chaired the session at which Hakansson presented it.  It was one of the top theses of all time in economics and caused a sensation in the profession.  It was not a public good at all.  Public good has an ironic meaning when Samuelson get an NSF grant for his 1969 “horning in”.

http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2009/04/09/prof-summers-a-lesson-from-prof-bernanke/

By David Wessel

Asked about the economics of implementing a cap-and-trade approach to climate change at an Economic Club of Washington event today, White House economic adviser Larry Summers deliberately sought to avoid saying anything newsworthy. Instead, he cited a Massachusetts Institute of Technology Ph.D. thesis written in 1979 by a then-young economist named Ben Bernanke, now, of course, chairman of the Federal Reserve.

http://news-libraries.mit.edu/blog/bernanke-thesis-available/156/

Bernanke cites the Samuelson 1969 paper in his thesis.

http://dspace.mit.edu/bitstream/handle/1721.1/29839/05915220.pdf;jsessionid=F6535BEB64E73E0150C398D6A48A8B55?sequence=1

Page 149 of thesis cites Samuelson but in the citations, Hakansson does not appear.

Stanley Fischer in his 1989 textbook credits Samuelson 1969 and mentions Hakansson not at all.

Hypothesis:

The bullying described by the judge is exactly how Paul Samuelson, Stanley Fischer and the others at MIT treated Nils Hakansson from 1969 to present.  They have bullied him repeatedly.  The judges words describe Paul Samuelson’s actions towards Nils Hakansson.  The others went along with it.

This is what gave Russia leverage over Larry Summers to get the low interest rate loans fro the IMF.  This is why LTCM and other hedge funds bought Russian government bonds, based on their knowledge of this history of bullying.  It was bullying in printed publications of the major institutions of society which control the credentials of the elites which made it far more harmful than Facebook.

Nils Hakansson was not even made a Fellow of the Econometric Society.  So many at MIT in 1969 were made Fellows even though they did nothing of comparable worth.

https://oldatlanticlighthouse.wordpress.com/russias-plagiarism-files/

Hypothesis:

Summers is still continuing the bullying.  But now he is trying to intimidate those who know from coming forward.  Summers is also bullying Assistant US Attorney Sara Miron Bloom not to investigate what is now on the Internet.  Summers is doing this with Obama’s knowledge very likely.  This includes bullying and intimidating the staff of DOJHQ, Federal Reserve, US Treasury, FBI, etc.  They are all being bullied by Summers and Obama and Nation of Cowards Attorney General Eric Holder.

http://ptonline.aip.org/journals/doc/PHTOAD-ft/vol_61/iss_9/47_1.shtml

Thomas C. Reed September 2008, page 47

One important “pupil” who paid Fuchs an early visit was Qian Sanqiang. In 1959 Qian was the designated mastermind of Mao’s A-bomb program. In July of that year, Qian made his way to East Germany, where he met with Fuchs at length. (H. Terry Hawkins, now a senior fellow at Los Alamos, told Stillman in 2006, “I read this report in an unclassified publication, that this meeting took place shortly after Fuchs returned to East Germany. Fuchs gave Qian information that greatly assisted the Chinese program.” Also see http://www.oldatlanticlighthouse.wordpress.com/category/klaus-fuchs.) During those long summer days of 1959, Fuchs gave Qian a full tutorial on the design and operation of Fat Man. In all likelihood, he also added his thoughts on the role of radiation pressure in thermonuclear weapons.

Holder, Obama and Summers know AIP has linked to this blog on this.  They know they are facing investigation for this.  They are using bullying to keep the DOJ staff and FBI staff from investigating this.

Joel Brenner talk mentions Russia’s intense effort towards end.

http://www.c-span.org/Watch/Media/2007/03/29/HP/A/6196/ABA+Speech+on+Counterintelligence+Threats.aspx

http://www.reuters.com/article/latestCrisis/idUSN29426639

“But he said Moscow appears less interested in U.S. commercial and military technology than other countries”

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=10785968

http://nationalstrategy.com/Programs/NationalStrategyForumReview/SpringSummer2009NSFROnlineJournal/FeatureEssayEconomicandIndustrialEspionage/tabid/189/Default.aspx

http://www.ncix.gov/publications/speeches/ABAspeech.pdf

The above is all hypotheses and should be restated as that if not already.  This is speculation.  Comments and corrections welcome.  This is draft and preliminary.  All other disclaimers apply.

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3 Responses to “Bullying and plagiarism by profs are same thing in Russia Plagiarism Files”

  1. C Says:

    I’m a little confused. How would Samuelson’s plagiarism give Russia leverage over Larry Summers? What does Summers have to lose?

  2. Old Atlantic Says:

    Samuelson is the uncle of Summers. Russia may have used pressure on Samuelson in the 1970’s to nominate Kantorovich for the 1975 Nobel Prize in economics. There were two econ conferences in Poland in the 1970’s at which the Russians may have taped US profs being pressured over this.

    Moreover, there is an entire path of these methods being used in physics starting in the 1920’s. See the Russia Plagiarism Files. The Russians in the 1970’s may have told the US profs in Poland that other profs were at risk for this. Then in the 1990’s they tell Summers and Fischer that their friends and relatives are on the hook for the legal risk of covering up the whole path.

    Ethel Rosenberg was convicted and executed for typing as some who were opposed to it say. That is likely this group. So if Ethel Rosenberg was executed for typing, then any penalty could apply to anyone under some conceivable legal theory. Thus their entire group had potential legal risk from what they considered witch hunts and runaway prosecutions.

    In the 1990’s, there were many prosecutions of Democrats in the Clinton administration that they considered runaway and vindictive. Given that belief they would be susceptible to pressure over what they would call amorphous legal theories.

    The above are hypotheses and speculation. This is draft and preliminary subject to review. Comments and corrections welcome.

  3. Old Atlantic Says:

    The Russians were pushing the physics buttons in the 1990’s. The Sudoplatov book accused Oppenheimer, Fermi, and Szilard of allowing assistants to copy. Fermi’s assistant Pontecorvo in fact went to the Soviet Union after Fuchs was arrested in 1950.

    Fuchs was working for Bethe. Fuchs and Oppenheimer were both assistants to Max Born who was plagiarized in 1925 and the Russians had Kapitza on the scene at Cambridge where Fowler and Dirac did it. Born had several assistants who ended up going to Communist China and several are now named as assisting the Chinese nuclear program.

    Huanwu Peng, Cheng Kaijia. Kun Huang also returned to China and was Max Born assistant. Infeld was a Max Born assistant who went to Poland in 1950 after Fuchs was arrested. Oppenheimer lost his security clearance in Spring 1954. Born got the Nobel Prize finally in fall 1954. Born left Scotland and went back to Germany after the Fuchs arrest making it easy for him to cross into East Germany if he needed to.

    The Russians had had Kapitza send two letters to Niels Bohr that he showed to the British and US. Bohr got Rockefeller foundation stipends. After Born was plagiarized he asked for a Rockefeller stipend for his assistant Jordan also plagiarized by Dirac. Fowler was involved and was a close friend of Bohr. Fowler was married to Rutherford’s daughter at Cambridge. Kapitza was a Soviet and Rutherford’s top assistant at Cambridge. After Dirac got the Nobel Prize, Stalin kept Kapitza in the Soviet Union in one of his annual trips home. And it goes on. Much of this was old already by 1975, so the Russians could tell Summers and Fischer that Sameulson had potential legal risk from a runaway witch hunt special prosecutor. They could hardly know what would happen. Having been told that Ethel Rosenberg was executed for typing by their group, they didn’t want to risk it.

    LTCM traded Russian bonds and others who were in a position to know some of this history. LTCM bought Russian govt bonds in August 1998 before the default as if they had inside information according to one book. But Russia defaulted anyway and that helped seal LTCM’s fate. LTCM had profs and Ph.D.’s linked to the Summers Samuelson Fischer group. Shleifer was also linked to this. Summers and Harvard stood by them. David Warsh covered some of it, but never this part of it.

    The above is hypotheses and speculation, draft, preliminary, comments and corrections welcome, and other disclaimers apply.


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