Dan Gillmor on the state of citizens' media

Dan Gillmor on the state of citizens' media

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It's still very much a period of learning:

We’ve come a long way. There’s a growing recognition and appreciation of why citizen journalism matters. Investments, from media organizations and others, are fueling experiments of various kinds. Revenue models are taking early shape. And, most important, there’s a flood of great ideas.

But we have a long, long way to go. We need much more experimentation in journalism and community information projects. The business models are, at best, uncertain — and some notable failures are discouraging. Dealing with the issues of trust, credibility and ethics is essential; as are more tools and training, including a dramatically updated notion of media literacy.

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Dr_Murray Morgan

Please, if you are a person with heart, send this reply to an e-mail that I received purportedly from Craig himself. Looking forward to hear from Craig who appeared on Charlie Rose Show last night.
Here is the response that I beg you to send it to Craig. Thanks. Murray
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Subject; Urgent. Please, I beg you to give this message to Craig himself.
Dear Craig (Mr. Newmark),
Thanks for contacting/replying to my e-mail. I asked for your financial help because I have depleted all my resources during all these years . I have been blacklisted and, as a result, no body employs me. I am a very proud person and do not beg other people very easily. I need $5000-$6000 per month to get back to life. I promiss that I would return whatever you send me whenever the matter is resolved. I am taking the liberty to put my address and Bank info below.
It is not so complicated. It is a case of under-pretext-of-reorganization-getting-rid-of somebody whose honesty is the problem because with that honest person being in charge of your laboratory, there would be NO way that you can produce the number of [junk] scientific papers that you need to have to get promotions.
I do not know how to start a blog. After having had exhausted all the "Administrative Remedies", I am starting to follow on my pending law suit (is filed with the Court [I have a case number] but the file is returned to me to amend it before I can send the Summons. The Clerk told me the filing number is still valid) . But the problem is that I do not have money and I eat very poorly. Because of poverty, I am a kind of imprisoned at home. I have not been able to go anywhere because it costs money.
The problem is that I do not have any money. I am unemployed and 58 years old. Despite of my age and long-term unemployment, I have kept myself up to date with my field (I am a [micro]-vascular surgeon. My find hand movements are perfect. The problem is that:
1. My 15 yrs old daughter needs me around, and
2. Nobody in and outside of University gives me a job to support myself.
I am Attaching few telling-picture of mine to familiarize myself and show that, with the highest level of education possible, I had been doing menial jobs (such as doing laundry of old women [with their dirty ubderware], mopping floors, dooing seasonal jobs at US Postal Service, doing clerical job for Census Bureau [Census 2000]), and all sorts of menial jobs to avoid becoming a public burden. I have used all my unemployment benefits [I am a US Citizen since May 12, 1992]. I am a happy person by nature. All these pains brought me closer to GOD. I am amazed (others have expressed it too for my still being able to smile and laugh) with my strength. I have not become alcoholic or suicidal.
Faculties at Universities have to publish certain number of scientific papers to fast-track getting promotions (from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor to Professor) that translates to higher salaries and prestige.
One day I received an e-mail from that dishonest faculty (that I was collaborating with) in which he was expressing satisfaction for a set of "good-looking-data" that he was pretending had received for a set of experiments (an immunological test — Mixed Lymphocyte Reaction [MLR]) that NEVER had been carried out. When I went to him and (with showing him documents [hand-written Rat-Use Log and other other evidence]) told him that such experiments had not been carried out at all he became upset. Seven months later, under the pretext of reorganization/lack-of-fund (proved tobe not have been the case), my position gets eliminated. When I checked my personnel file (copies are available) I found that the date of planing for the "re-organization" was just few days after I told that dishonest faculty of the fake/fabricate/made-up nature of those "good-looking-MLR data".
This is what the investigator told me, after I had shown him the undeniable documents that supported the fabricated nature of those good-looking data:
"Murray, I think that you had to go because Dr. Perez had found that, with you being in charge of his lab (because of your honesty), he would NOT be able to publish the number of [junk] papers that are required for getting promotions"
I heard you, on Charlie Rose show, saying that you want to help people and that you put your extra-money where your mouth is.
Here is somebody who has all the qualifications for receiving help via which you can get get the MAXIMUM satisfaction because you will be helping somebody who realy is worthed to receive it.
I hav no job and I do not see the light at the end of this very very very very long tunnel.
Please help me. I am a test that God has put in your way to show you who you really are. A man with a kind heart or …
My bank Acccount particulars are:
A) Name and address of the branch of the Bank:
Washington Mutual Bank, FA
Davis Financial Center 1504
330 E. St.Davis, CA 95616
(800) 788-7000
B) Beneficiary's name:
MURRAY M. MORGAN
C) Routing Number: 322271627
D) Account Number:1854911170
My Address:
(530) 753-9715 — Call Screening Introduce yourself when call
sz4M@yahoo.com
Fax: (916) 914-1637 (Is an online Fax# — I rarely check it –don't use it)
Please forgive me for my straight-forwardedness/frankness. Often people in pain (who have experienced extreme injustice) take the liberty to talk frankly to power.
All my life, I helped other people. Is there somebody who would help me now that I (a good person — I hope you are not one of those who hate good people) am in need of help.
Please, Help ME.
Murray
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craig@craigslist.org wrote:
Date: Fri, 20 Jul 2007 07:35:53 -0700 (PDT)
From: craig@craigslist.org
To: "Dr_Murray Morgan"
Subject: Re: [cnewmark] Dr_Murray Morgan submitted a comment to 'Butterball the hawk sighting!'
Murray, I'm having a hard time figuring this out, but it sounds like you need to get the word out.
Have you started a blog? That might be the first step.
Aside from that, I'm frustrated that this is way outside my expertise, I'm not the right guy to ask.
Good luck!
Craig
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Subject: Asking Craig for helping this wronged whisleblower
Dear Mr. Craig Newmark,
Tonight, I heard you on Charlie Rose show and concluded that you might be somebody with conscience who might cares for others. Like somebody who hangs on everything that he/she finds on the surface of water to save him/her from drowining, at this most difficult time of my life, I am writing you in the hope that you might decide to help this wrong dedicated scientist of your country.
Making-up data for unperformed experiments, presenting it at scientific meetings, and worse, publishing them in scientific literature is illegal Scientific Misconduct.
Urgent. Please help me Craig. I heard you on Charlie Rose show today. I thought you might be somebody who could help me financially to get through this most difficult period of my life. Yesterday, my daughter (almost 15 yrs old) paid for my ticket to watch Harry Potters movie. After I dropped her at my ex-wife's house, I cried a lot. Please help me.
""BILL MOYERS: Let me read you exactly what you quote Pete Hamill as saying in your book: "No democracy can survive if it is wormy with lies and evasions. That is why we must cherish those people who have the guts to speak the truth: mavericks, whistleblowers, disturbers of the public peace. And it's why in spite of my own continuing, though chastened, liberal faith, I miss Barry Goldwater more than ever." ""
A genuine review should be carried out of the cases [such as mine] where the ethical/courageous victims [of RETALIATION] have demonstrated (beyond any reson of doubt) that the "inquiry"-report (out of mock inquiry) is not written with good-faith; a genuine investigation that the victim/complaintant is entiltled to and has a RIGHT to it.
Re-creation of the events are not necessary because all that is needed (to convict Dr. Perez) is, already, documented.
I did my duty but nstead of being cherished for my opposition to grave illegal scientific misconduct, I was horribly punished for nobody else at UCD dare to emulate me. My life is ruined (lost my 15yr wife, became bankrupted). I am on the verge of homelessness. I need help from somebody who cares(somebody with heart — Kraig sounded to be one on Charlie Rose show –tears are sliping down my face).
I have helped people all my life without expecting anything in return. I, always, have done the RIGHT thing. I did NOT expect being punished for my scientific integrity and that in the United States Universities. Such barbaric treatment of an honest and ethical scientist and that at Universities (UCD)was unimmaginable. I expected to be cherished for my courage and scientific honesty.
Here is the story of the grave scientific misconduct:
1. the Rat-Use log (that shows no use/sacrifice of liposomally-treated rats on those claimed dates of Kupffer's Cells),
2. the supporting e-mails regarding the issue
3. the finding of, Dr. John Pascoe who, himself [stated in his lawyerly-dictated/written "report"] says that the laboratory [at Primate Center in which those supposedly-carried out MLR experiments had been pulsed/treated with radioiactive tagger] could NOT show him the correspondent record of the use of the radioactive tagger [NO recording/logging]. Every laboratory at Universities/at UCD had/has to keep detailed use-record of radioactive taggers such as radioactive Tritiated Thymidine.
I have to state right here that Dr. Pascoe was appointed to conduct [that mock/fake] "inqiry" only after administrative authorities of UCD had found in the Office of the Chancellor the 84-page documents [that I had faxed during evening hours] in which I had, in writing, informed them of the Research Misconduct and the RETALIATION for not keeping my mouth shut.
They had hoped that after their having had me gone through that ordeal of the (later-on dismissed) malicious week-end imprisonment (for a false/made-up phone-call [to UCDPD]/charge), I would give up on my insistance on the pursuit of request for investigation into the matter. After that Thursday-evening search after/looking-for me (at my house – – where I was not [I was working downtown as Census-2000 Clerk] that, nontheless, frightened and shocked my then 8 yrs old daughter and ex-wife) and after the susequent humiliating arrest of me (with a Warrant obtained as my being a CAGE CLEANER and not a DOCTOR that they know/knew I was) I, still, was strong enough to by faxing those 84-page documents (during evening hours)to demand investigation of the Scientific Misconduct that Dr. Perez had commited by fabricating/making-up a set of data for never-performed/carried-out sets of [MLR] experiments that, they lie-ingly claim had been carried out by using Kuppfers' Cells(KP) that [Dr. Perez claims] had been harvested from a sets of [liposomally treated] rats on certain specific dates. whereas the avilable/submitted hand-written Rat-Use Log (not the made-up computer version one) does not, at all, support the claim of such liposomally-treated rats-use on those claimed harvest-dates.
Please, HELP me. Do I have to become a homeless because I acted on my conscience and spoke of such a sever illegal/dangerous scientific misconduct by Dr. Perez.
Please, find a recommendation letter (that because of my tactical temporary shutting-up/keeping-quiet), he wrote in my support. It is a Res Ipsa Loquitor document (a document that speaks very loudly for itself); on which he has written: " … and he has a TRUE passion for the pursuit of science"). I mean that because he had been aware of the phony/untruthfullness of the quality of his research [and because of his feeling of guilt for his letting-me-go so unfairly — read below], he, unconsciously, confesses the truth in that sentence (above-mentioned)of his letter; admiring and confessing the truth as to the truthfulness / genuinness of my interest in doing research/"pursuit of science".
One faculty, (after I told him that Dr. Perez went on and published those fabricated data despite of my having had told him [with direct and indirect evidence — see below] that those LYPOSOMAL MLR experiments had never had been carried out), told me the severity of what he has done is compareable with the severity of raping an under-age little girl.
When the INSTITUTION out of [unlawful and illegitimate] conflict of interest provides Bull-Sheeting report for mock-ly conducted "inquiry/ies", a thourough unbiassed independent investigation is necessary to be carried out.
That mock inquiry-report done by Dr. John Pascoe, is in conflict with his own findings (read below) that because of unlawful/Rights-infringing politics and INSTITUTIONAL CONFLICT OF INTEREST has ignored the undeniable/indisputable/irrefutable (direct and indirect) evidential clues and facts that points (a conscientious fair and logical person/mind) to the fact that those MLR experiments had NEVER, been carried out [in the first place] to produce those [fabricated] sets of data(read below).
No data could have been produced because NO such MLR experiments had been carried out (see the Written rat-Use Log — that does not support use of rats on those claimed experiments-carrying-ou-dates)to result in those sets of[fabricated/made-up] data. So, logically, NO data had been produced to be INTERPRETed.
Faced with the beyond-reasonable-of-doubt evidence that CLEARLY points to the occurrence of Scientific Misconduct (because of intentionally makde-up/fabricated sets of data for sets of NEVER carried-out sets of MLR experiments), the oversight duty of ORI, necessitates conduct of a thorough investigation into the allegation, which, if gets carried out, would, for sure, relieve me of this feeling of extreme injustice and of my so long misery and desperation.
I did my duty to protect people from harm and scientific literature from contamination by fabricated data [that mislead literature-consulting scientists]. Instead I am punished severely and am made an example so that no body dares to do the same; safeguards for the integrity of research which is claimed to be the UCD's policy.
One can imagine the circumstance/disappointment/despair that a scientist, after having had spent huge amounts of money and endangered the subjects (animal or human) of his/her research, fails to produce literature-enriching/life-bettering NEW knowledge because of publication of fabricated data in the scientific literature by a dishonest unethical scientists (just to get promotion (from Assistant Professorship upward).
A Quote:
"Apparently Finkelstein simply did the unthinkable- he dared to set the truth in motion. And, in a time of universal deceit, as George Orwell said, telling the truth is a revolutionary act."
(I am suffering because of my scientific integrity that NO one seems to GIVE a damn shit about it Mr. Chancellor/Mr. Drown, and Dr. Price. All you guys, do you have a conscience? How can you sleep when you know that, with you having had been in charge, such huge WRONG (and that in an academic institution [a University]) has been inflicted on this poor scientist of your country?
That rubber-stamp/less-than-nothing "investigator"/"Professor" of UCD, Dr John Pascoe, after having had seen the supporting documents (as to the occurrence of dada-fabrication), said:
"Murray, I think that you had to go because Dr. Perez had found that, with you being in charge of his lab (because of your honesty), he would NOT be able to publish the number of [junk] papers that are required for getting promotions"
Then, this less-than-nothing "faculty" goes and [with that Bull-Sheeting UCD-written report of his] supports/rubber-stamps what the lawyer[s] of the UCD Campus had asked him of; despite of the results of his own pseudo-investigation in which he founds that,
1. beside my [truthful] words/supporting e-mails
2.Rat-Use Log [that shows no such rat-use on those claimed dates],
3. NO radioactive tagger[Tritiated Thymidine]-use (at Primate Center for MLR experiment of Dr. Perez laboratory) had been recorded
4. In his so called "report" of his investigation, this less-than-nothing "faculty" states, though, that "I can NOT with absolute certainty say that data-fabrication has not occurred"
Some Quotes:
"… history of investigations is one of very shoddy work, investigations that looked like cover-ups, and tremendous denial on the part of the scientific community."
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Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph: Haile Selassie
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"The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it." – Albert Einstein
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There is no week nor day nor hour when tyranny may not enter upon this country – if the people lose their confidence in themselves – and lose their roughness and spirit of defiance. – Walt Whitman
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That Recommendation letter from Dr. Perez:
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UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS
DIVISION OF TRANSPLANT SURGERY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
4301 X STREET, ROOM 2310
UC DAVIS MEDICAL CENTER
SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA 95817
May 20, 1997
To Whom It May Concern:
This letter of reference is in support of Murray Morgan, D.V.M. who has been employed in My laboratory for approximately five years. At the time of his hiring I was a newly appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery. Murray was brought on to oversee establishing my laboratory and begin studies in transplantation immunology. He came to me with excellent qualifications to do this including a doctorate in Veterinary Medicine, experience in cell culture and molecular biology techniques. Murray was able to organize the laboratory and independently develop several new models.
Our initial research focus involved a rodent heterotopic cardiac transplant model for studies in immunologic tolerance. Murray was able to acquire the necessary skills in microsurgical techniques to perform this transplantation procedure and subsequently has become an accomplished microvascular surgeon. He used these skills to pursue other transplant studies which required long-term cannulation of small vessels.
When the direction of our laboratory changed to focus more on cellular mechanisms, Murray independently developed the technique of nonparenchymal hepatic sinusoidal cell isolation. This labor intensive protocol involves in situ hepatic collagenase perfusion, differential density centrifugation, elutriation and long-term cell culture. To my knowledge, this technique is unique in the State and has become the foundation of our present laboratory effort.
Murray is seemingly tireless and one of the hardest workers that I have ever come across. His integrity is beyond question and he has a true passion for the pursuit of science.
I support his application and recommend him with much enthusiasm for consideration of your position.
Sincerely,
Signed by Dr. Perez
Richard V. Perez, M.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Surgery
Co-Director, Kidney/Pancreas Transplant Program
RVP:pac "
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RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS / PRESENTATIONS
• 1998 – Perez, R, Stevenson, F, Morgan, M., and others.
Sodium butyrate upregulates Kupffer cell PGE2 production and modulates immune function.
Journal of Surgical Research, 1998 (July), 78(1): 1- 6.
• 1998 – Perez, R., Erickson, K., Morgan, M., and others.
Selective targeting of Kupffer cells with liposomal butyrate augments portal venous transfusion-induced immunosuppression (CONTAINS THE PLAGERIZED DATA).
Transplantation, Vol. 65, May1998 issue, 10: 1294-1298 (and presented to the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, Chicago, IL, May 14-16, 1997).
• 1997 – Perez, R., Swanson, F., Morgan, M., and others.
Portal venous transfusion upregulates kupffer cell activity: A mechanism of immunosuppression in organ transplantation.
Transplantation, Vol. 64, July 1997 issue, (1): 135-139.
• 1996 – Perez, R., Morgan, M., Swanson, F., and others.
Portal venous transfusion alters kupffer cell arachidonic acid metabolism: A proposed mechanism of enhancing immunosuppression in solid organ transplantation.
Cells of the Hepatic Sinusoid, Vol. 6, September 1996, Bordeaux, France.
• 1995 – Basadonna, B., Chao, C., Morgan, M., and others.
Effect of warm ischemia on insulin secretion in non-heart beating donors.
Transplantation Proceedings, 27: 2793-2794.
• 1995 – Swanson, C., Morgan, M., Hubbard, N., and others.
Portal venous transfusion upregulates kupffer cell cyclooxygenase: A mechanism of immunosuppression in organ Transplantation.
Published in the Proceedings of the Association for Academic Surgery, Deerborn, Michigan, November 8-11, 1995 (and presented at their conference).
• 1994 – Perez, R., Morgan, M., Baker, D., and others.
Immunomodulation of portal venous transfusion induced immunosuppression.
The FASEB Journal, Experimental Biology, 94, April 24-28, 1994 (Abstract #A2821).
Please help me Craig.
Sincerely and with due respect,
Dr. Murray M. Morgan
(530) 753-9715 — call screening
sz4M@yahoo.com

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