Climategate Blacklist In Action?

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A few months ago, there was a peer reviewed paper that many skeptics felt was a precursor to blacklisting climate scientists who didn’t tow the warmist doom-and-gloom party line. Criticisms are aired here, here, and most notably here, which explains why Climate expert Dr. Rodger Pielke Sr should not even be on the “skeptic” side of the list. He believes in man-made global warming, but splits with the crowd on exact causes (thinks that land use contributes more that is recognized) and  what the repercussions might be (thinks the consensus is somewhat exaggerated toward the negative, ignoring the possible positive results). Well, we may very well have seen the fruits of that paper come to fruition. From Dr Pieilke’s web site yesterday:

I was invited by Nature magazine to write a Letter in response to the September Exeter meeting, and have been working with a member of their staff on edits over the past two weeks.

This morning, I received the startling e-mail below from Nature’s Chief Commissioning Editor. Quite frankly, the only way I can interpret this behavior is as an example of the continued bias in Nature’s reporting of climate issues. Their statement that “We have now reflected on the matter, and on some information from attendees at the meeting in question” is a remarkable admission.

Here’s the actual letter:

Dear Professor Pielke,

Thank you very much for taking the time to write to Nature, upon request. And for the revisions you’ve made, again at our request.

We have now reflected on the matter, and on some information from attendees at the meeting in question. We have, I’m afraid concluded that we cannot offer publication on this occasion. We feel that there are too many nuances to this situation to be properly communicated by a short item (or items) on our letters page.

We will however continue to track the evolving story for news or leaders, as appropriate.

We apologise for having taken up your time in this way.


Sara Abdulla
Chief Commissioning Editor
Opinion [incl Correspondence and Books & Arts]


“We have now reflected on the matter, and on some information from attendees at the meeting in question. We have, I’m afraid concluded that we cannot offer publication on this occasion.”

Hmm. I wonder, which side of the list do you think these attendees might have been on?

Things That Make You Go “Hmm”

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In researching the previous post, I found out something I did not know had a mane actually has a name, and, thinking back to the incident it’s based on,  it’s a quite appropriate name too! There is something called “The Streisand Effect“, and I can prove that it’s real!!!!
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Oh… Hooray… A New Conspiracy! UPDATE

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The old ones were getting dreadfully boring and stale!

The internet kill switch and Obama’s mad mad grab for even more power!!!

Some of the debunking of the “internet kill switch” is done here. There more. I’ll post it if need be.

Is the advent of the information age also the birth of the conspiracy theory age???? Granted, there have always been one or another conspiracy theory floating about, but has there ever been this many? Alex Jones and Glen Beck thrive on them!

UPDATE: Here is better sourced “Internet kill switch” debunking.

A Little History – The Telephone, B.C. (before cell-phone)

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I’m going to show this when I’m teaching kids about the growth of technology and how life was different for us when we were kids.

And that replaced this!

F.G.S.F.O.Y. # 4

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There were two basic waves of music in the early 80’s. There was glam / metal, such as Ratt and Motley Crue, and there was New Wave, the Human League or B-52’s, or even U2. Musicians, at least the ones I knew, tended to fall into the glam camp, as the perception was that the musicianship in the former was just so much better than the latter. Or, to put it bluntly, the New Wavers were pussys! Here in the states, New Wave was considered watered-down punk, which, with the exception of the Ramones, didn’t get much respect to begin with. Of course being older, and wiser, we find that we over looked some pretty spectacular New Wave talents, if we just would have paid attention – Thomas Dolby, Elvis Costello, the Dave Stewarts (one from the Eurythmics, and one an avant guard keyboard player and contemporary of TD) Elliot Eason of the Cars, etc. etc. One New Wave artist we didn’t overlook was Billy Idol! How could you! The guy was everywhere! With the release of his first album, which featured “Dancing With Myself”, and the strange and dark “White Wedding” he had firmly established himself as a New Waver. But he was different. There was an edge to this guy! And his guitar player sounded pretty cool….

And then he released the “Rebel Yell” album and self titled single…. Holy Crap! This Guy’s a ROCKER! And then, in an instant, everyone seemed to know the name of the guitarist too! Steve Stevens blew the doors off the expectations of what a New Wave musician was! Idol and Stevens bridged the gap between Glam and New Wave. Here is “Rebel Yell” in all its glory.

PS. I always found the video annoying. It’s as if the execs at the record company had someone throw something together in a hurry and at minimal cost. It shows. I mean, come on! Where are the zombies or floating heads?????