Key software used by boffins researching phylogenetic trees from molecular sequences has been withdrawn because the eccentric writer is opposed to letting immigrants into Europe.
However it has caused some problems in the scientific world. This week an 11-year-old research paper had to be retracted. BMC Evolutionary Biology has pulled the 2004 paper describing the software because the license change ‘breaches the journal’s editorial policy on software availability.’
Gangolf Jobb said he would not permit the use of TREEFINDER software in the following EU countries: Germany, Austria, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Great Britain, Sweden, Denmark – the countries that together host most of the non-European immigrants.
The USA was already excluded from using Treefinder in February 2015 because of its imperialism.
“The license (sic) agreement stated in the TREEFINDER manual since the earliest versions, which reserves me the right to change the license (sic) agreement at any time. I can do this because Treefinder is my own property,” Jobb said.
The reason: “I am no longer willing to support with my work the political system in Europe and Germany, of which the science system is part. There is no genuine democracy, and I disagree with almost all of the policies. In particular, I disagree with immigration policy. Immigration to my country harms me, it harms my family, it harms my people. Whoever invites or welcomes immigrants to Europe and Germany is my enemy. Immigration is the huge corporations’ interest, not peoples’ interest.”
He said that he is not against helping refugees, “but they would have to be kept strictly separated from us Europeans, for some limited time only until they return home, and not being integrated here as cheap workers and additional consumers.”
Pulling the software was to protest against American imperialism, which I regard as the cause of most of all evil in the world: wars, tyranny, poverty, migration.
And he also wanted to protest against EU tyranny, which is mostly the result of US imperialism.
“I dislike the flood of immigrants they caused to come here – come here to replace unprofitable Europeans like me. After so many years of hard work on TREEFINDER, I have still not been paid any reward,” he added.
The thing here is not so much Jobb’s views but the fact that a lot of scientific work depends on his software. Treefinder has been used in hundreds of scientific papers to build phylogenetic trees, diagrams showing the most likely evolutionary relationship of various species, from sequence data.
Fortunately since Treefinder had not been updated for several years and it was only used by researchers who had grown used to it. However many are looking for alternatives.