UPDATE: Watts edited out all the offending language cited below. I’m hoping in the future people can mostly stick to criticizing what I post myself and not on what commenters here write. I am always happy to be notified about inappropriate comments, which I will work to deal with in a timely fashion. Failure to do so immediately, however, does not constitute endorsement.
Let me state this for the record:
Full-time global warming disinformers, like Swift boat smearer Marc Morano and Anthony Watts, have dedicated their lives to promoting disinformation and delay whose inevitable outcome — if a large fraction of people continue to be suckered by them — is unspeakable misery and/or violence to billions of people. Even so, Climate Progress has never advocated or threatened violence against them. Climate Progress does not tolerate any such threats in its comments. I don’t even tolerate comments that can be misinterpreted as threatening violence, when in fact they only predicted it.
That said, Watts through his website is shouting “no fire” on a burning planet. That is perhaps the most immoral thing any human being can do. Indeed, his website and writing goes beyond that. He, like Morano, is actually shouting “The firemen are liars and are trying to hurt you.” Shame on him. Rational people have every right to be very angry with such disinformers.
The anti-science conservatives are on the rampage.
My Friday post — Exclusive: New NSIDC director Serreze explains the “death spiral” of Arctic ice, brushes off the “breathtaking ignorance” of blogs like WattsUpWithThat — generated a staggering number of comments from WUWT devotees and responses by CP readers. I don’t work Friday nights and I have to deal with 2-year-old, so I didn’t get around to reading all of the comments until Saturday, by which time all hell had seemingly broken loose.
One of my commenters had written something that was both inappropriate and easily misrepresented by anti-science conservatives as a threat. Before I discuss that comment, let me note that in the comments section of that post (here), WUWT’s Anthony Watts advances a remarkable policy for comments (one that I and most blogs don’t share) — namely that the blog author agrees with any comment left up for more than a few hours:
Since it has been up for several hours now, it would seem that you agree then.
Like I said, I didn’t read them until Saturday, and I’ve dealt with the ones I’ve seen.
But let me note that it took me about one minute to find the following comments on WUWT, which Watts must agree with 100% since they have been up for several days. In his June 4 post, “George Will: The Green Bubble Has Burst,” Watts has allowed the following comments by Adolfo Giurfa to stand since Tuesday (!) — bold-face added: