College professor: “Jail climate change deniers!”

posted at 12:41 pm on March 18, 2014 by Bruce McQuain

It never fails.  At some point, the mask slips among the “tolerant” members of academia and we are exposed to their real controlling and authoritarian face.  Over the past few weeks there have been two good examples of this.  At Harvard, we had senior Sandra Korn (“a joint history of science and studies of women, gender and sexuality concentrator”, whatever that might be) declare that academic freedom is an outdated concept and that “academic justice” is a much better concept:

In its oft-cited Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure, the American Association of University Professors declares that “Teachers are entitled to full freedom in research and in the publication of the results.” In principle, this policy seems sound: It would not do for academics to have their research restricted by the political whims of the moment.

Yet the liberal obsession with “academic freedom” seems a bit misplaced to me. After all, no one ever has “full freedom” in research and publication. Which research proposals receive funding and what papers are accepted for publication are always contingent on political priorities. The words used to articulate a research question can have implications for its outcome. No academic question is ever “free” from political realities. If our university community opposes racism, sexism, and heterosexism, why should we put up with research that counters our goals simply in the name of “academic freedom”?

Instead, I would like to propose a more rigorous standard: one of “academic justice.” When an academic community observes research promoting or justifying oppression, it should ensure that this research does not continue.

Tolerance of ideas you don’t like or agree with?  Forget about it.  Instead, refuse to fund research that doesn’t conform to your agenda and we’ll call that “academic justice”.  Feel a little chill?

Now we have an assistant professor of philosophy at the Rochester Institute of Technology who would like to see those who disagree with him on climate change put in jail.  Apparently freedom of thought and speech and the right to disagree are outdated concepts as well.  Eric Owens at the Daily Caller brings us up to date:

The professor is Lawrence Torcello. Last week, he published a 900-word-plus essay at an academic website called The Conversation.

His main complaint is his belief that certain nefarious, unidentified individuals have organized a “campaign funding misinformation.” Such a campaign, he argues, “ought to be considered criminally negligent.”

Torcello, who has a Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo, explains that there are times when criminal negligence and “science misinformation” must be linked. The threat of climate change, he says, is one of those times.

Throughout the piece, he refers to the bizarre political aftermath of an earthquake in L’Aquila, Italy, which saw six scientists imprisoned for six years each because they failed to “clearly communicate risks to the public” about living in an earthquake zone.

“Consider cases in which science communication is intentionally undermined for political and financial gain,” the assistant professor urges.

“Imagine if in L’Aquila, scientists themselves had made every effort to communicate the risks of living in an earthquake zone,” Torcello argues, but evil “financiers” of a “denialist campaign” “funded an organised [sic] campaign to discredit the consensus findings of seismology, and for that reason no preparations were made.”

“I submit that this is just what is happening with the current, well documented funding of global warming denialism,” Torcello asserts.

No mention of the current, well documented funding of global warming alarmism (Al Gore, call your booking agent).  No mention of the science that counters many of the claims of alarmists. No mention of the unexplained 15 year temperature pause.  In fact, no mention of anything that might derail his argument.  But that’s par for the course among alarmists, and Torcello is certainly one of them.  And, as he makes clear, he will not tolerate deniers because they’re not only wrong, they’re criminals:

Torcello says that people are already dying because of global warming. “Nonetheless, climate denial remains a serious deterrent against meaningful political action in the very countries most responsible for the crisis.”

As such, Torcello wants governments to make “the funding of climate denial” a crime.

“The charge of criminal and moral negligence ought to extend to all activities of the climate deniers who receive funding as part of a sustained campaign to undermine the public’s understanding of scientific consensus.”

Of course the reason he’s so upset is this new fangled thing called the internet has enabled anyone who is curious about the climate debate to actually see both sides of the argument layed out before them.   For the alarmists, that has inconveniently helped a majority of people realize that the science behind the alarmism is weak at best and fraudulent in some cases.  It has also helped them understand that the alarmist science that Torcello wants enshrined as “truth” was gathered from deeply flawed computer models and fudged data.  And, it has also let the voices of dissenting scientists be heard.  Finally, this ability for the public to weigh the arguments has found most of the public viewing climate change as a minor problem at best.

Torcello would like to make all of that a crimnal activity based simply on his belief that the alarmist argument is the accurate argument.  He’d jail the heretics and deny the public the opposing argument.

The Torcellos of the world once tried to do this to a man named Gallileo.  And we know how that worked out.

It is always easy to wave away those like Torcello and claim they’re an anomoly.  But it seems we see more and more of them popping up each day.  The struggle to gain and maintain freedom is a daily struggle.  It is the Torcellos and the Korns of the world who would – for your own good, of course – be happy to help incrementally rob you of your freedoms.  They must be called out each and every time they do so and exposed for what they are.

~McQ


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45 years of fear mongering bs:
“In ten years all important animal life in the sea will be extinct. Large areas of coastline will have to be evacuated because of the stench of dead fish.” -Paul Ehrlich, Earth Day 1970
“By the turn of the century [2000], an ecological catastrophe [will occur] which will witness devastation as complete, as irreversible as any nuclear holocaust.” -Mustafa Tolba, 1982, former Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Program
“Entire nations could be wiped off the face of the Earth by rising sea levels if the global warming trend is not reversed by the year 2000. Coastal flooding and crop failures would create an exodus of eco-refugees, threatening political chaos.” -Noel Brown, ex UNEP Director, 1989
“If Canada proceeds [with its tar sands oil development] sea levels would rise and destroy coastal cities. Global temperatures would become intolerable. Twenty to 50 percent of the planet’s species would be driven to extinction.” -James Hansen, 2012

The truth:
“The fact is that we can’t account for the lack of warming at the moment and it is a travesty that we can’t.” -leading warmist Kevin Trenberth, Climategate Email, 2009
“At present, however, the warming is taking a break… There can be no argument about that.” -Phil Jones, 2010, Head of the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia
“I’d like the world to warm up quicker.” -Phil Jones 2008
“I’ve just completed Mike’s Nature trick of adding in the real temps to each series for the last 20 years (ie from 1981 onwards) and from 1961 for Keith’s to hide the decline.” -Phil Jones
“There is nothing wrong with the planet. The planet is fine.” -George Carlin
Contrary to the previous claims of Al Gore and the ipcc, there is NO evidence that CO2 causes climate temperatures to change. See Al Gore’s willful deceptions on CO2 exposed in this outstanding 3 minute video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WK_WyvfcJyg&info=GGWarmingSwindle_CO2Lag

anotherJoe on March 18, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Of course the reason he’s so upset is this new fangled thing called the internet has enabled anyone who is curious about the climate debate to actually see both sides of the argument layed out before them.

I bet Al Gore’s sorry he invented the internet now.

johnsl14 on March 18, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Ah, a ‘philosophy’ professor, waxing eloquent on what is or isn’t ‘science’. After all, he knows better than the 31,000+ actual ‘scientists’ who are on record/petition as disagreeing with the ‘settled science’ of man-caused global warming.

By the way, it’s always a bit illuminating when a zealot advocates for the punishment of heretics… in the name of ‘science’.

Midas on March 18, 2014 at 2:37 PM

Instead, I would like to propose a more rigorous standard: one of “academic justice.”

For me, this puts the phrase “social justice” into a whole new light. “Justice” not as what is right, good, fair, decent, but “Justice” as “how I think things should be”.

LashRambo on March 18, 2014 at 2:40 PM

Believe it or not, each university wants that distinction. It gets the faculty instant “street cred” as visiting profs in the faculty lounges at Ivy League colleges these days.

eon on March 18, 2014 at 2:25 PM

OSU has a long way to go if it thinks it is going to compete against Univ. of Michigan in the liberal league.

Happy Nomad on March 18, 2014 at 2:42 PM

Torcello contradicts himself. He’s upset scientists are jailed because they didn’t say how bad an earthquake could be, but he wants to jail others that say the currently occurring climate change is normal. Very hypocritical of him.

sadatoni on March 18, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Did anyone watch the rebirth of the Cosmos program this past week? In this one-hour tour of the universe, I counted three stated as fact references to global warming.

And the host, Neil deGrasse Tyson, is a leftist that appears on Bill Mahrer and MS-NBC, far from an objective scientist that we would want to have hosting such a show that is supposed to entertain and enlighten us and not instead depress us with leftist propaganda. Bad choice by Fox for a host, and I assume this Fox is not the same as Fox News.

These short under the radar references to global warming in the MSM in shows like Cosmos or news programs or whatever are the most insidious. They are given as fact, and are mostly free from rebuttal, and much of the public will just accept it as they say. This is why, despite all the evidence supporting our case, and climategate etc, we face a gargantuan task of convincing the public that the leftist climate change propaganda is baloney. We need to somehow get at the root of the MSM problem here, or expose this despicable bias fully to all of the public.

anotherJoe on March 18, 2014 at 2:46 PM

“Consider cases in which science communication is intentionally undermined for political and financial gain,” the assistant professor urges.

That’s some damned strong irony there, perfesser.

BigAlSouth on March 18, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Did anyone watch the rebirth of the Cosmos program this past week? In this one-hour tour of the universe, I counted three stated as fact references to global warming.

anotherJoe on March 18, 2014 at 2:46 PM

I heard someone say there were ‘climate change’ things in the ‘Noah’ movie – anyone know if that’s true?

Midas on March 18, 2014 at 2:53 PM

The response should be – “AGW alarmists/fraudsters should all be shot”.

dentarthurdent on March 18, 2014 at 2:53 PM

I realize there is life outside of Michigan, but having had to deal with the harshest winter anyone can remember around here, I would just like to ask the esteemed professors to SHUT UP! We Michiganders are in no mood to hear about this garbage….

jjjdad on March 18, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Now we have an assistant professor of philosophy at the Rochester Institute of Technology who would like to see those who disagree with him on climate change put in jail.

A professor of PHILOSOPHY? I wonder what he knows about meteorology, or the adiabatic lapse rate in the atmosphere, or the quantum physics of infrared photon absorption by gas molecules?

How can a guy educated in Buffalo and teaching in Rochester, who has probably seen his share of lake-effect snow, want to jail people for the crime of shivering?

A philosophy professor can masquerade as a pseudo-intellectual without needing facts to support wishful thinking. Such people are dangerous!

Torcello says that people are already dying because of global warming. “Nonetheless, climate denial remains a serious deterrent against meaningful political action in the very countries most responsible for the crisis.”

Before anyone can be jailed for manslaughter, a body is needed. Can Professor Torch name one person who died of global warming?

Steve Z on March 18, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Ice and water. Fill a bucket with ice and pour water in the bucket up to the brim. Accept bets on the time of the overflow. After all ice melts and there is no overflow, pocket the bets. Same strategy with the icebergs.

mixplix on March 18, 2014 at 3:12 PM

The professor is Lawrence Torcello. Last week, he published a 900-word-plus essay at an academic website called The Conversation.

His main complaint is his belief that certain nefarious, unidentified individuals have organized a “campaign funding misinformation.” Such a campaign, he argues, “ought to be considered criminally negligent.”

Torcello, who has a Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo, explains that there are times when criminal negligence and “science misinformation” must be linked. The threat of climate change, he says, is one of those times.

Eric Owens, dailycaller.com on March 17, 2014 at 8:16 AM

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I have an idea, that’s right along your line of thinking, Professor . . . . .
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Nah, seems like a much better idea to jail college professors instead.

rukiddingme on March 18, 2014 at 1:18 PM

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The climate hoaxers are shocked that they aren’t locked up yet and realize that they will be as soon as people wise up. Calls like this guy’s are a projection tactic. The idea is that you can’t do to them what they are calling for against you. Their hoax was already exposed.

Buddahpundit on March 18, 2014 at 1:21 PM
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Can we jail the climate change hoaxers instead?
Perhaps for fraud?

dentalque on March 18, 2014 at 1:45 PM

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. . . . . never mind … these guys beat me to it.

listens2glenn on March 18, 2014 at 3:13 PM

And remember…idiots like these are supposedly educating your kids.

If you’re not preparing your college-bound students for the avalanche of Progressive BULLSPIT they’re about to receive, you’re not doing the right job as a parent.

“a joint history of science and studies of women, gender and sexuality concentrator”
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

We’re in the best of hands!

Pelosi Schmelosi on March 18, 2014 at 3:14 PM

College professor: “Jail climate change deniers!”

The mask of the Totalitarian left slips off just a bit so their true ambitions are visible for all to see.

RJL on March 18, 2014 at 3:16 PM

This is exactly the sort of thing that’s easy to laugh off until it’s too late. Yeah, nobody’s likely to be arrested anytime within the very near future, but people like this are relentless and never rest until they get what they want. The left is completely intolerant and can’t allow anyone to even think differently than they do.

Paperclips on March 18, 2014 at 3:16 PM

Pic of the Day: Book Burning Isn’t Fascist When We Do It – EnviroNazi Professors

Resist We Much on March 18, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Recall that there are two set of rules – those for the national socialist left, and those for the rest of us.

DinaRehn on March 18, 2014 at 3:18 PM

mixplix on March 18, 2014 at 3:12 PM

The flaw in that argument is that glaciers, on land, melting is where the excess water would supposedly come from. Don’t get me wrong, I’m no warm-monger, but that argument doesn’t hold water.

I Deny!

Flange on March 18, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Did anyone watch the rebirth of the Cosmos program this past week? In this one-hour tour of the universe, I counted three stated as fact references to global warming.

anotherJoe on March 18, 2014 at 2:46 PM

The following was uttered by none other than Neil DeGrasse Tyson, star of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey on that show the other night:

Strictly adhere(ing) to (a) simple set of rules:

Test Ideas with experiment and observation

Build on those ideas that pass the test

Reject the ones that fail

Follow the evidence wherever it leads

And Question everything

But apparently we’re not supposed to question the Global warming theory.

DinaRehn on March 18, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Reject the ones that fail Neil DeGrasse Tyson

STILL Epic Fail: 73 Climate Models vs. Measurements, Running 5-Year Means
In response to those who complained in my recent post that linear trends are not a good way to compare the models to observations (even though the modelers have claimed that it’s the long-term behavior of the models we should focus on, not individual years), here are running 5-year averages for the tropical tropospheric temperature, models versus observations (click for full size):
http://www.drroyspencer.com/wp-content/uploads/CMIP5-73-models-vs-obs-20N-20S-MT-5-yr-means1.png
In my opinion, the day of reckoning has arrived. The modellers and the IPCC have willingly ignored the evidence for low climate sensitivity for many years, despite the fact that some of us have shown that simply confusing cause and effect when examining cloud and temperature variations can totally mislead you on cloud feedbacks (e.g. Spencer & Braswell, 2010). The discrepancy between models and observations is not a new issue…just one that is becoming more glaring over time.
http://www.drroyspencer.com/2013/06/still-epic-fail-73-climate-models-vs-measurements-running-5-year-means/

DinaRehn on March 18, 2014 at 3:23 PM

When facism come to America, it will be wearing Birkenstocks and driving a Prius…

Wyznowski on March 18, 2014 at 3:23 PM

Of course the reason he’s so upset is this new fangled thing called the internet has enabled anyone who is curious about the climate debate to actually see both sides of the argument layed out before them.

Bruce McQuain on March 18, 2014 at 12:41 AM
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Well…at least until the U.N. has control of ICANN…

Ricard on March 18, 2014 at 1:24 PM

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Actually, Russian and China are in the process of grabbing it first.

But no biggie. As far as I can tell, they pretty much have control of The Internet anyway.

(Wish we had another canal we could give them too.)

Tsar of Earth on March 18, 2014 at 1:37 PM

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Someone suggested yesterday that we build a whole new internet system for the U.S. … privately run.

I’ll second the motion.

Tsar’, that last crack of yours “red-lined” the sarcasm meter, but at least it didn’t blow-up this time, so for that I thank you.

listens2glenn on March 18, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Someone suggested yesterday that we build a whole new internet system for the U.S. … privately run.

I’ll second the motion.

Tsar’, that last crack of yours “red-lined” the sarcasm meter, but at least it didn’t blow-up this time, so for that I thank you.

listens2glenn on March 18, 2014 at 3:24 PM

Actually, I thought it was already privately run – it was only created by government from ARPA and such.

I think we would just need to privatize the control of said infrastructure in the form of the naming conventions..

DinaRehn on March 18, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Be happy your son isn’t going to Ohio State. It’s apparently a capital crime not to call it The Ohio State University.

Happy Nomad on March 18, 2014 at 1:33 PM

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Buckeye’s are awfully proud of the only word they know how to spell.

Flange on March 18, 2014 at 1:38 PM
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Is that Wolverine I’m smelling? :0

Happy Nomad on March 18, 2014 at 1:41 PM

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I’m from Detroit, but have a hard time supporting a Sue Coleman led university. I’m a Sun Devil still bitter about the ’97 Rose Bowl.

Flange on March 18, 2014 at 1:49 PM

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I smelled “Wolverine” too, ‘Nomad: )
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The … Ohio State was very strong in the 1997 Rose Bow, Flange.

I pray that you can ‘recover’ from the loss.

listens2glenn on March 18, 2014 at 3:40 PM

The minimum requirement for any college professor should be to have worked for 20 years in their chosen field BEFORE starting to teach. That would add a good dose of the real world to the Ivory Tower.

EdmundBurke247 on March 18, 2014 at 3:44 PM

listens2glenn on March 18, 2014 at 3:24 PM

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Actually, I thought it was already privately run – it was only created by government from ARPA and such.

I think we would just need to privatize the control of said infrastructure in the form of the naming conventions..

DinaRehn on March 18, 2014 at 3:31 PM

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I stand corrected, and thank you.

But until a couple of days ago when I first saw the news (it was on DRUDGE before the Hotair thread), I would never have thought our government had the authority to just “give-away” control of it to an outside entity.

listens2glenn on March 18, 2014 at 3:46 PM

These people would load us on trains if given half a chance.

And they wouldn’t even notice the historical parallel.

CurtZHP on March 18, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Eight years ago, I would have considered that a crude cheap shot.

Today, I consider it a good caution.

Tsar of Earth on March 18, 2014 at 1:28 PM

The Democratics’ favorite Nazi stooge George Soros is big on global warming and he happens to have experience helping people onto trains.

slickwillie2001 on March 18, 2014 at 3:49 PM

If you like your Freedom of Speech, you can keep your Freedom of Speech.

Not

Funny how politicians can outright LIE to us to get elected, then cost us TRILLIONS to fund their failed pet programs, yet cannot be charged with fraud.

SpudmanWP on March 18, 2014 at 1:18 PM

If you like your Scientific Method, you can keep your Scientific Method.

slickwillie2001 on March 18, 2014 at 3:50 PM

The discrepancy between models and observations is not a new issue…just one that is becoming more glaring over time.
http://www.drroyspencer.com/2013/06/still-epic-fail-73-climate-models-vs-measurements-running-5-year-means/

DinaRehn on March 18, 2014 at 3:23 PM

ALL the climate model, that were cloaked in obscurity and said to be so complex and beyond the comprehension of everyday people but were also foundational in creating the global warming scare (“look at the climate models… we are doomed!”), well, ALL the models have failed, and failed completely. The models projected skyrocketing temperatures since 1990. The temps are flat. Period. Or declining in the last decade or so. The link you give has an outstanding graphic showing the embarrassing failure of the models.

The plight of the doomsayers is summarized by The Economist: “The mismatch between rising greenhouse gas emissions and not-rising temperatures [17 year 'pause'] is among the biggest puzzles in climate science just now.” CO2 has not been doing of late what it was supposed to do. Nor did it do what it was claimed to have done (by Al Gore, the ipcc) to have done throughout the historical record: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WK_WyvfcJyg&info=GGWarmingSwindle_CO2Lag

anotherJoe on March 18, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Did anyone watch the rebirth of the Cosmos program this past week? In this one-hour tour of the universe, I counted three stated as fact references to global warming.

Bad choice by Fox for a host.

anotherJoe on March 18, 2014 at 2:46 PM

My husband, who would usually be a big fan of a show like this, saw who was producing/hosting and refused to watch as he was certain it would be run by warmists.

He was an environmental science major in college, who now does medical informatics.

talkingpoints on March 18, 2014 at 3:55 PM

I stand corrected, and thank you.
But until a couple of days ago when I first saw the news (it was on DRUDGE before the Hotair thread), I would never have thought our government had the authority to just “give-away” control of it to an outside entity.

listens2glenn on March 18, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Please understand that I wasn’t trying to correct or criticize you but point out the main fact that we’re looking at the absurd condition of foreign government controlling private property in this country.

Perhaps we should simply tell certain governments to go play in the traffic and we reconfigure the control software for a truly private web.

DinaRehn on March 18, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Instead, I would like to propose a more rigorous standard: one of “academic justice.” When an academic community observes research promoting or justifying oppression, it should ensure that this research does not continue.

Throw this statement together with a little economic and political collapse and you’ve got the makings of a first-rate Dark Age.

trigon on March 18, 2014 at 3:59 PM

It’s March, turn this professor’s heat off. It should be in the single digits only a day or two next week.

KenInIL on March 18, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Instead, I would like to propose a more rigorous standard: one of “academic justice.” When an academic community observes research promoting or justifying oppression, it should ensure that this research does not continue.

Throw this statement together with a little economic and political collapse and you’ve got the makings of a first-rate Dark Age.

trigon on March 18, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Not to mention an age with the added fun of nuclear weaponry thrown into the mix.

DinaRehn on March 18, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Ohio State was very strong in the 1997 Rose Bow, Flange.

I pray that you can ‘recover’ from the loss.

listens2glenn on March 18, 2014 at 3:40 PM

3 pass interference penalties in the final 1:40 from a National Championship is tough to get over. But fortunately, the entire world is about to go up in flames so I have better things to worry about.

Flange on March 18, 2014 at 4:18 PM

Climate Craziness of the Week: “Cold snaps result of global warming:” http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/03/18/climate-craziness-of-the-week-cold-snaps-result-of-global-warming/

anotherJoe on March 18, 2014 at 4:23 PM

All that predicted heat has been trapped by the increasing CO2 in the air and actually exists, but it’s hiding in the deep oceans (because of currents and winds and stuff that hide it there).

But the heat will come back someday, and when it does it’ll come back angry! Deniers will then be rounded up and punished for “obstruction of science”.

otlset on March 18, 2014 at 4:35 PM

All that predicted heat has been trapped by the increasing CO2 in the air and actually exists, but it’s hiding in the deep oceans (because of currents and winds and stuff that hide it there).

But the heat will come back someday, and when it does it’ll come back angry! Deniers will then be rounded up and punished for “obstruction of science”.

otlset on March 18, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Ok, I don’t recognize you, so I have to ask – did you forget the sarc tag or do you seriously believe the crap you just spouted?
Cuz I see the possibility of some major sarc there – but could also just be another typical psycho libtard troll.

dentarthurdent on March 18, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Jail liberal progressives, and not just professors either. ALL OF THEM.

Where to jail so many? I know of a neat place that has everything these scumbags need, it’s called the Marianas Trench. Plenty of room for all of them, and hey, in 50 years their stinking, rotting corpses will turn into a nifty patch of oil!

Diluculo on March 18, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Ok, I don’t recognize you, so I have to ask – did you forget the sarc tag or do you seriously believe the crap you just spouted?
Cuz I see the possibility of some major sarc there – but could also just be another typical psycho libtard troll.

dentarthurdent on March 18, 2014 at 5:08 PM

I usually feel adding a ‘sarc tag’ diminishes the sarc impact, but it was sarc all right.

otlset on March 18, 2014 at 5:34 PM

I usually feel adding a ‘sarc tag’ diminishes the sarc impact, but it was sarc all right.

otlset on March 18, 2014 at 5:34 PM

I understand, and agree – but not knowing you yet, I just wasn’t sure.
We have a few trolls who actually post stuff like that – and mean it. And I didn’t want to jump on you based on that (bad) assumption – as I’ve seen others do.

dentarthurdent on March 18, 2014 at 5:43 PM

Attention New Yorkers. All that left over snow that you don’t know what to do with? Might I suggest you dump it all in Professor Lawrence Torcello’s yard.

SandyToes on March 18, 2014 at 6:09 PM

These short under the radar references to global warming in the MSM in shows like Cosmos or news programs or whatever are the most insidious.

This most insidious tactic it a very oft used and always successful tool of the Left and their target audience of low-information voters. See: “Big Oil” “Big Pharma” “Tea Party Extremists” “Religious Right” and linking any non’Democrat to bigotry and homophobia etc. It is a given that all of the above are evil and climate change is fact. That is why we are seeing college majors popping up on climate sustainability and the like, and regulations squeezing the life out of individuals and businesses because lawmakers can swoop down and be fixers of all of these problems.

I really enjoy your comments, Joe.

Jackalope on March 18, 2014 at 6:11 PM

Jail for “science misinformation? Sounds good.

When the observed global average temperature is outside the margin of error bounds from your climate change model that you state shows the “science is settled” then we send you to jail for promoting those models.

Deal?

Oh, no deal? But you just said deliberately pushing misinformation was a jailable offense… and we’ve got a lot of those.

Actually a vast majority of models have already fallen out of their MOE bounds, and the rest are very close. So we’d have a lot of climate change advocates in jail with this rule… but we need fair rules when we’re writing laws.

This seems fair; why should pushing misinformation be allowed only from one side?

How is pushing a model where the MOE doesn’t include reality and claiming it’s entirely accurate anything other than “science misinformation”.

gekkobear on March 18, 2014 at 6:22 PM

To AAAS: What we know? Earth hasn’t warmed significantly in over a decade, climate models failed to predict this
http://wattsupwiththat.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/models-vs-datasets.jpg
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Releases “What We Know” and Kicks Off Initiative to Recognize Climate Change Risks
March 17, 2014 – (Washington, DC) The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is announcing the launch of a new initiative to expand the dialogue on the risks of climate change. At the heart of the initiative is the AAAS’s “What We Know” report, an assessment of current climate science and impacts that emphasizes the need to understand and recognize possible high-risk scenarios.
“Scientists have developed a solid understanding of how the climate is responding to the build-up of greenhouse gases, but they recognize the considerable uncertainty about the long-run impacts
http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/03/18/to-aaas-what-we-know-earth-hasnt-warmed-significantly-in-over-a-decade-climate-models-failed-to-predict-this/

DinaRehn on March 18, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Jackalope on March 18, 2014 at 6:11 PM

Thanks a ton. I appreciate it!

anotherJoe on March 18, 2014 at 7:16 PM

Asst. Professor, huh. That means he doesn’t have tenure. For science professors, up for tenure, the question always is: Is he funded? Does he/she have research money Looks like Torcello is seeking funds.

polarglen on March 18, 2014 at 7:17 PM

What’s the difference between ISLAMIC EXTREMISTS’ ‘TOLERANCE’ and the LIBERAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY’S ‘TOLERANCE’?

Hey, this isn’t a joke – it’s a serious question, because I can’t tell the difference any more!

** BONUS QUESTION: When did agreeing to disagree, two people having opposing views, become outlawed? I know it was fashionable ‘back in the day’ under Hitler, Pol Pot, and Stalin…and yeah North Korea’s dictator has been rockin’ it, but when did such dictatorial views become ‘law’ in the U.S.?
— Oh THAT’S right…2008!

easyt65 on March 18, 2014 at 7:45 PM

If I confess and turn myself in, will I get less jail time?

Brock Robamney on March 20, 2014 at 6:34 AM

You think the only people who are people
Are the people who look and think like you
But if you walk the footsteps of a stranger
You’ll learn things you never knew you never knew

Have you ever heard the wolf cry to the blue corn moon
Or asked the grinning bobcat why he grinned?
Can you sing with all the voices of the mountains?
Can you paint with all the colors of the wind?

J_Crater on March 29, 2014 at 9:55 PM

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