[Taxacom] Reality check - lies and hate by academic fraud, plagiarism, etc.
xelaalex at cox.net
Wed Oct 9 16:29:04 CDT 2013
I do not know of any LEGAL actions in respects to taxonomy, but
I do know of Academic actions based on Academic standards.
Issues of classification are merely matters of Science, different
But naming a taxon which has been available / publically assessable / etc.
previously, is a form of plagiarism.
Example being, one publishes a new species that had been previously
published. That new species was in a manuscript that the SENIOR author never
lived to see published. The manuscript was widely available. One set of
authors published it and credited the species to the deceased author.
Another group did not***. The holotype was the same for both species
Unfortunately while it was a clear-cut case of plagiarism, the American
legal system is costly, etc. So, not official action was ever taken against
the plagiarizers, etc.
So, in respect to this issue of "... taxonomic vandalism, unscientific
papers and the like ..." NOTHING will be realized.
There maybe Academic standards for conduct, in respects to things such as
plagiarism and there may be copyright regulations, etc., the simple fact
remains NEITHER are relevant as the legal system is EXPENSIVE and
independent of the Academic system.
Oh, well ...
*** In the example I gave, the group who plagiarize the new species merely
subsequently declared that they simply accept the original author was dead
and therefore his work was irrelevant as it was never published.
From: John Grehan
Sent: Wednesday, October 09, 2013 2:44 PM
To: Raymond Hoser - The Snakeman
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Reality check - lies and hate by academic fraud
Wolfgang Wuster on Wikipedia!
Irrespective of the merits or not of Raymond's claims, one point has some
interesting generality when regarding McCord taking legal action "when
Wuster and Kaiser made repeated baseless claims to a global audience
against McCord’s taxonomy. These being his usual assertions of taxonomic
vandalism, unscientific papers and the like, all for the purpose of setting
himself up to steal naming rights for the large number of taxa formally
described and named by McCord and several associates of his."
Does anyone on the list know of other instances where taxonomists have
taken legal action based on arguments about how their taxonomic work was
treated by one or other researchers? In reference to the above quote, which
is a bit vague (and maybe Raymond can elaborate, in particular who made
assertions about taxonomic vandalism - Wuster or McCord), it seems that
McCord called in lawyers (to do what?) because his (McCord's) papers were
characterized as being unscientific.
On Thu, Oct 10, 2013 at 1:29 AM, Raymond Hoser - The Snakeman <
viper007 at live.com.au> wrote:
> Dear all, My apologies to the noisy minority (Wuster’s close friends) who
> lack a sense of humor and a sensible grasp of reality, including those who
> approve of demonstrably false material on Wikipedia.
> For the record, the victim of the campaign of smear and innuendo is
> myself, Raymond Hoser, and others, such as Dr. Ross Wellington. Wuster is
> the perpetrator and certainly not the victim.
> He has been smearing me with lies and hate comments on the internet and
> elsewhere since 1998, including on a website he was a party to called “Ray
> Hoser, Melbourne’s biggest Wanker” and various illegal online hate
> petitions, which we eventually shut down on the basis of an order I had to
> go to court to get.
> It says something when a taxonomist has to waste valuable time and money
> to get lawyers involved to stop a campaign of hatred directed not just
> against myself, but also my wife and kids, who Wuster himself supported
> getting unlawfully arrested at gunpoint at their primary school, noting
> that this was a course of action backed by Wuster that a pair of Supreme
> Court judges condemned in a judgement on 8 June last year!
> I am not alone as a victim of Wuster’s mental instability and actions
> against national laws, and we'll ignore the several women who have
> complained about sexual harassment by him at Bangor University, but
> refer to his long-running contempt for the rules of zoology, which happens
> to be the very topic of this forum and after all, it is best to remain on
> topic! Last year, US Tortoise taxonomist Bill McCord also had to get
> lawyers onto Wuster and sidekick, Hinrich Kaiser, from the creationist
> theory teaching institution called “Victor Valley College”, when Wuster
> Kaiser made repeated baseless claims to a global audience against McCord’s
> taxonomy. These being his usual assertions of taxonomic vandalism,
> unscientific papers and the like, all for the purpose of setting himself
> to steal naming rights for the large number of taxa formally described and
> named by McCord and several associates of his. All this, so that Wolfgang
> Wuster himself could put his mates names on species as patronyms
> named by others under the code.
> I could go on about the reckless and dangerous conduct of Wuster, itself a
> serious threat to the integrity of the work of all living and dead
> taxonomists. But perhaps those interested in the dangerous tactics of the
> obsessive and mentally unstable Wuster, and who would prefer the cold hard
> facts, rather than a funny Youtube parody, then these people should take a
> read here:
> All the Best. Raymond Hoser
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> > Date: Wed, 9 Oct 2013 13:44:48 +0200
> > Subject: Re: [Taxacom] Rubbish, lies and hate by academic fraud
> Wolfgang Wuster on Wikipedia!
> > From: er at xs4all.nl
> > To: M.Sadka at nhm.ac.uk
> > CC: viper007 at live.com.au; taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
> > On Wed, October 9, 2013 13:03, Mike Sadka wrote:
> > > Oh for something's sake Raymond.
> > >
> > > Please, please stop spamming this list with your personal gripes about
> individual taxonomists.
> > >
> > I agree with Mike Sadka. Please stop. It's annoying even if I don't
> even open *any* Hoser mail anymore.
> > Thank you for your consideration
> > Erik Rijkers
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