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Jack Sarfatti

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Lubos Motl's forced resignation from Harvard University Physics Department
Posted: Jan 23, 2007 5:06 PM
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Memorandum for the Record

I complained to Amazon about Lubos Motl smearing Woit's & Smolin's
anti-string theory books as "crank" and "crackpot." At least he reviewed
those. In my case he never bought any of my books about UFOs,
paranormal, quantum physics, relativity, my autobiography, etc from
Amazon, he does not own them, he never read them, and yet he tagged them
with insults and slurs. It now looks like Amazon will not allow
non-customers who did not buy the books from them to tag them with
slander and libelous language in acts of personal vengeance as was so in
the case of Lubos Motl. Motl insults Sir Roger Penrose as "disconnected"
from Reality, but at least he reviewed Roger's book. It's one thing for
people to flame each other in e-mail, it's quite another to do it
irresponsibly like Lubos Motl making financially damaging comments under
false circumstances commenting negatively on books never read without
specific details in a review to substantiate the allegations.

People like Lubos who live in glass houses should not throw stones

http://www.physics.rutgers.edu/~motl/

Lubos was, in reality, fired last week or so from Harvard Physics
Department (outwardly he "resigned" - but no one willingly resigns from
Harvard in mid-year obviously) for precisely this kind of unprofessional
public activity. Too much blogging and calling people bad names and too
little research. Not wise for a young man without tenure. BTW for the
record I had nothing to do with Harvard's decision and did not at all
try to get Lubos fired. I only found out about his tags of my books
after he tendered his resignation. Lubos, of course, uses me as his
scapegoat in this tawdry affair. Wikipedia should learn from Amazon. It
was Lubos Motl working for Shermer et-al at CSICOPS who got me into the
War with Wiki and whose associate Calton Bolick keeps false information
on me in my bio, e.g. me and Uri Geller. They keep "reverting"
corrections to distorted information about what allegedly happened in
1975 as if it is true today in 2007 - that is Calton's doing. Jaron
Lanier's description of Wikipedia as "Digital Maoist" Cult attempting to
take over the Internet like The Borg is apt.

Somewhere on Wiki Lubos writes I did not write to his bosses but he
seems to have forgotten that. In any case it was Lubos who fired the
first shot across my bow, not the other way round and, again I repeat, I
played no active role in ending his short career in the Physics Big
Leagues at Harvard. He did it all by his little self without any help
from me. Let him blame Karmic Destiny. ;-)

PS, It also appears that Lubos has made blacklists for webmaster of
Harvard Physics with names like "scum", "criminals", "cranks" and
"crackpots" - sounds like Lubos since he invented some of those tags on
Amazon now removed.

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Date: Fri, 19 Jan 2007 09:57:05 -0500 (EST)
From: Lubos Motl <motl@physics.harvard.edu>
To: Jack Sarfatti <sarfatti@pacbell.net>
Subject: Re: Has China shot down a US NRO Satellite starting real Space War?
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Incidentally, you were the first external person who has created a very
unpleasant situation for me at Harvard, and this has repeated itself lots
of times and this fucked up job has always been used as a tool to
blackmail me. I don't want to be blackmailed and manipulated like that all
the time. Best, Lubos
______________________________________________________________________________
E-mail: lumo@matfyz.cz fax: +1-617/496-0110 Web:
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Subject: Re: Penrose on the Maldacena conjecture & Ed Witten
Date: January 19, 2007 6:55:32 AM PST
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I don't depend on any grant but I just resigned. It's probably not your
business to ask, is it? Best, Lubos
______________________________________________________________________________
E-mail: lumo@matfyz.cz fax: +1-617/496-0110 Web:
http://lumo.matfyz.cz/
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Subject: Re: The Wit & Wisdom of Lubos Motl on George Chapline & Lisa
Randall ;-)
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Dear Jack,
I've read most of this text of yours and it's entertaining. Thanks,
Lubos
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Jack Sarfatti
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