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and studies of women, gender and sexuality concentrator”, whatever that might be) declare that academic freedom is an outdated concept and that “academic justice” is a much better concept: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  Apparently freedom of thought and speech and the right to disagree are outdated concepts as well.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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We are getting very close to “Arrest all CRIMINAL opponents of Obama’s GLORIOUS Agenda!”

VERY close.

SCARY CLOSE…

ConstantineXI on March 18, 2014 at 12:43 PM

You can’t use facts, then just jail people. The adults are in charge.

Oil Can on March 18, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Torcello, who has a Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo

Piled high and Deep.

Del Dolemonte on March 18, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Couple of points:

(1) did not realize the Dept. of Philosophy was the locus of climate research; and

(2) My three degrees (English, Telecommunications, Law) have prepared me to comment on science issues to the exact extent this guy is. Which is not at all.

Hucklebuck on March 18, 2014 at 12:45 PM

I really wish they would try and arrest me for disagreeing with them. I would relish the confrontation.

HotAirian on March 18, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Come and get me bro.

Murphy9 on March 18, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Klaatu: You have faith, Professor Barnhardt?

Barnhardt: It isn’t faith that makes good science, Mr. Klaatu, it’s curiosity. Sit down, please. There are several thousand questions I’d like to ask you.

J_Crater on March 18, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Spread the truth every day, every way, push it to them, pound it in.

http://www.wattsupwiththat.com

Go to Mark Stynes web site and buy a gift cet. and never redeem it to help him with his law suit with Michael Mann.

The msm can not carry the lie protection of both this new Obama Care lie and the Climate Change lie at the same time.

Not enough little liar fingers to do the job.

Obama Care has it inside the words to defund itself.

Work on this Commie Democrat Party “CO2″ kills lie first and hardest as once the public knows how big a crime tax fraud deal it was and is , they will never trust a commie Democrat again.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on March 18, 2014 at 12:50 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

I’m sure that Lawrence Torcello is a Socrates-denier

J_Crater on March 18, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Ironic that usually people with PHD’s are the first ones in front of the firing squad during revolutions.

KMC1 on March 18, 2014 at 12:52 PM

“a joint history of science and studies of women, gender and sexuality concentrator”, whatever that might be

That means she failed Calculus.

Fenris on March 18, 2014 at 12:52 PM

This will be McQ’s last post as the state has deemed him a “criminal” for denying that the climate changes…or something! /

Deano1952 on March 18, 2014 at 12:54 PM

The main problem here, as I see it, is that the University of Buffalo is not attempting rescind the Ph.D. that they awarded to this jackass who proposes formal establishment of the ‘thought police’.

M240H on March 18, 2014 at 12:54 PM

The postmodernist inquisition. All blasphemers and heretics will be tortured and burned.

NotCoach on March 18, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Lawrence Torcello received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University at Buffalo in 2006. His research interests include ethical theory and applied ethics, social and political philosophy, moral pluralism, and skepticism … which he abhors.

J_Crater on March 18, 2014 at 12:55 PM

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.

My guess is that Lawrence Torcello didn’t get some sort of climate change funding grant that he was banking on so he could go on pretending to be relevant to the world. This is a temper tantrum the fraud of University of East Anglia and other intitutions have been exposed for what it is.

But keep in mind, this bastard probably inflicts his opinions of students every single day with all the tolerance of somebody who claims that there is anything settled in science.

Happy Nomad on March 18, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Noe-fascism under the banner of progressivism/liberalism.

petefrt on March 18, 2014 at 12:56 PM

Otlset peers out from behind bars…”Hey, all I said was why isn’t the planet actually getting warmer according to your theory?”

otlset on March 18, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Watch The Chekist and see what these types end up doing, pronouncing sentence upon others: “Firing Squad!”.

roy_batty on March 18, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Another attention whore heard from. This is how you advance in liberal academia. You make kooky over the top statements and rants just to get a few headlines in order to get future speaking gigs at conventions and symposiums.

tommyboy on March 18, 2014 at 12:59 PM

The guy is a virtual caricature of a cocooned academic, liberal activist who’s pie in the sky ideals make a mockery of the idea of debate and philosophy.

Nothing says “first world problems” like deep philosophical discussions about the obligations of citizens of a democracy as it pertains to animal rights and the environment.

As an RIT grad, I’m embarrassed to see my university associated with idiocy of this caliber.

deadrody on March 18, 2014 at 1:01 PM

The main problem here, as I see it, is that the University of Buffalo is not attempting rescind the Ph.D. that they awarded to this jackass who proposes formal establishment of the ‘thought police’.

M240H on March 18, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Maybe this is something the fundraisers for the Alumni Association should latch onto as a marketing campaign-

University of Buffalo- home of the American thought police. Maybe even set up a “Lawrence Torcello Center for Thought Control” and truly become a pioneer in the field. Even establishing early childhood education programs to better train children in the fine art of renouncing one’s parents or other enemies of the state you happen to overhear.

Happy Nomad on March 18, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Good report.

Anomaly misspelled.

The Commentator on March 18, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Watch The Chekist and see what these types end up doing, pronouncing sentence upon others:
“Firing Squad!”.
roy_batty on March 18, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Yeah I’ve been linking that here pretty often. Its pretty shocking.

Murphy9 on March 18, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Did these people over-indulge in drugs during their undergraduate years?

vityas on March 18, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Hide the decline of Climate Change and Obama Care at the same time.

The “msm” can not handle it.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on March 18, 2014 at 1:02 PM

His main complaint is his belief that certain nefarious, unidentified individuals have organized a “campaign funding misinformation.”

… who shall remain … The Koch Brothers!!

Dun Dun Dunh!

Axeman on March 18, 2014 at 1:02 PM

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

I wholeheartedly agree. On this basis alone Algore needs to be jailed for life.

NOMOBO on March 18, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Another attention whore heard from. This is how you advance in liberal academia. You make kooky over the top statements and rants just to get a few headlines in order to get future speaking gigs at conventions and symposiums.

tommyboy on March 18, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Yeah, we’ve got one of those here as a HA troll.

Happy Nomad on March 18, 2014 at 1:03 PM

The main problem here, as I see it, is that the University of Buffalo is not attempting rescind the Ph.D. that they awarded to this jackass who proposes formal establishment of the ‘thought police’.

M240H on March 18, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Rescind? That comment will get him a department chair.

tommyboy on March 18, 2014 at 1:03 PM

“Jail climate change deniers!”

Put them on ice! or Ice them! are acceptable as well.

Bmore on March 18, 2014 at 1:04 PM

Lawrence Torcello received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University at Buffalo in 2006. His research interests include ethical theory and applied ethics, social and political philosophy, moral pluralism, and skepticism … which he abhors.

J_Crater on March 18, 2014 at 12:55 PM

So not even a PhD in a physical science but, rather, the softest of the social sciences? He probably plagerized his dissertation off of the placemat at a Denny’s.

Happy Nomad on March 18, 2014 at 1:06 PM

Throw them in the cooler! also acceptable.

Bmore on March 18, 2014 at 1:06 PM

So do we jail the 7,000 recording thermometers (called ducks) that produced the last 20 years of data showing the models are wrong, wrong, wrong?

Meremortal on March 18, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Torcello says that people are already dying because of global warming.

Really??? Because life spans are increasing across the globe.

It seems to me that if “climate change” is the independent variable, then it is of great benefit to mankind…

JohnGalt23 on March 18, 2014 at 1:08 PM

This is what happens when we allow the dumbest among us to become teachers or professors. There are very few educators left in the country, only morons and propaganda peddlers. The fat cats in Big Education need to be round up and imprisoned.

Flange on March 18, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Dear Dr. Torcello,

Might I suggest that you first repeal the 2nd amendment, then jail the”climate deniers,” like myself. If you don’t proceed in the manner I have suggested you may find that there’s no one left to do the arresting and the jailing.

You’re welcome!

ncjetsfan on March 18, 2014 at 1:09 PM

His research interests include ethical theory and applied ethics, social and political philosophy, moral pluralism, and skepticism … which he abhors.
J_Crater on March 18, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Moral pluralism? Then on what basis can he call climate deniers “morally negligent”? It’s all relative right? “On the one hand…”

tommyboy on March 18, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Torcello, who has a Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo

Piled high and Deep.

Del Dolemonte on March 18, 2014 at 12:45 PM

This Torcello is trying to buffalo* us.

* to impress or intimidate by a display of power, importance, etc.

Shuffle off.

Drained Brain on March 18, 2014 at 1:10 PM

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.

There’s a lot of money tied up in this scam…especially for the academics.

workingclass artist on March 18, 2014 at 1:10 PM

I was never a particular fan of John Wayne, but I’d love to see The Duke give this douche Torcello a big round house punch in the face.

yubley on March 18, 2014 at 1:11 PM

Like I’ve said for years.

Tolerace defined…….isn’t.

PappyD61 on March 18, 2014 at 1:12 PM

…..and Tolerance too.

iPad typing thingy. :-)

PappyD61 on March 18, 2014 at 1:13 PM

I think she might’ve studied a little too much joint history! Ya know what I’m sayin’?

jdpaz on March 18, 2014 at 1:13 PM

So do we jail the 7,000 recording thermometers (called ducks) that produced the last 20 years of data showing the models are wrong, wrong, wrong?

Meremortal on March 18, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Don’t be silly. We’ll hide the decline.

jdpaz on March 18, 2014 at 1:15 PM

The issue for these clowns is that the knowledge that AGW being recognized as a scam eliminates the one source of power and meaning they have in the world. Therefor they are pissed at the truth when reality intrudes in their position of “expert opinion” and slaps them silly.

Doc Holliday on March 18, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Why are you giving publicity to this psychopath?

crankyoldlady on March 18, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Global warming is going nowhere.

Climate change has always been and always will be.

AlGore was and is a buffoon.

The global socialists need a global tax; hence, the internet being handed over to the UN.

Fight the latter like your freedom depends on it, because it does.

Schadenfreude on March 18, 2014 at 1:16 PM

College professor: “Jail climate change deniers!”

Ok. Come get me. At my house. Or in my car. Or walking around.

Tsar of Earth on March 18, 2014 at 1:17 PM

http://www.ClimateDepot.com

Akzed on March 18, 2014 at 1:17 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

College professor: “Jail climate change deniers!”

Nah, seems like a much better idea to jail college professors instead.

rukiddingme on March 18, 2014 at 1:18 PM

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

Actually it is The University at Buffalo, small correction. My son is currently a student there studying engineering. I learned the hard way a couple years ago at orientation. Some dweeb proceeded to correct me when I mistakenly said of instead of at, lucky for said dweeb that my son happened to intercede on the dweebs behalf and save him from my wrath. I do not tolerate condescension easily.

As for Lawrence Torcello, you might want to take some history classes. So much for academic tolerance and individual thought. Such ancient principles that need be abolished.

D-fusit on March 18, 2014 at 1:22 PM

With the recent disclosure that many Universities are increasingly under financial pressure, one asks if “professors” such as Lawrence Torcello and his colleagues at the American Association of University Professors might all be candidates for Downsizing and/or Restructuring.

Let’s hear it for rightsizing in US Institutions of higher learning…

CiLH1 on March 18, 2014 at 1:23 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.

Well…at least until the U.N. has control of ICANN…

Ricard on March 18, 2014 at 1:24 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

“College professor: “Jail climate change deniers!””

Great idea! 160 million Asmericans in prison (and most of them the hardest and most innovative workers). That will force the welfare half to get jobs to support them. What a CHANGE that will be!!!!

MaiDee on March 18, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Scratch a liberal, you’ll find a Brown Shirt itching to get out!

GarandFan on March 18, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Stay armed and ready.

StevC on March 18, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Can’t the academia bubble hurry up and pop, so useless people like him can try his luck in the private sector?

Sekhmet on March 18, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Actually it is The University at Buffalo, small correction. My son is currently a student there studying engineering. I learned the hard way a couple years ago at orientation. Some dweeb proceeded to correct me when I mistakenly said of instead of at, lucky for said dweeb that my son happened to intercede on the dweebs behalf and save him from my wrath. I do not tolerate condescension easily.

D-fusit on March 18, 2014 at 1:22 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

University of Buffaloing. FIFM

ClownsToTheLeftOfMe on March 18, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Actually it is The University at Buffalo, small correction. My son is currently a student there studying engineering. I learned the hard way a couple years ago at orientation. Some dweeb proceeded to correct me when I mistakenly said of instead of at, lucky for said dweeb that my son happened to intercede on the dweebs behalf and save him from my wrath. I do not tolerate condescension easily.

As for Lawrence Torcello, you might want to take some history classes. So much for academic tolerance and individual thought. Such ancient principles that need be abolished.

D-fusit on March 18, 2014 at 1:22 PM

As a refugee from UB’s Engineering program. I sincerely hope things have changed in the last 20 years or that your son is fluent in Mandarin. I literally had professors who did not speak English.

trubble on March 18, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Well…at least until the U.N. has control of ICANN

Ricard on March 18, 2014 at 1:24 PM

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

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

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

Flange on March 18, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Scratch a liberal, you’ll find a Brown Shirt itching to get out!

GarandFan on March 18, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Hey, it isn’t by accident that the rise of German fascism came by way of corrupting societal institutions including government, academia, and the church. Obama and his crowd are about 2/3 there right now.

Happy Nomad on March 18, 2014 at 1:38 PM

…“a joint history of science and studies of women, gender and sexuality concentrator”, whatever that might be…

It’s an awkward way of saying that she’s doing a double major, one in the history of science and another in w.g.s.

Tzetzes on March 18, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Torcelli has tweeted multiple articles by Stephan Lewandowsky published at the same website. Lewandowsky has been thoroughly roasted over at WUWT for bad ethics!

Stephan Lewandowsky’s ethical lapses allowed his science to be published without oversight:

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/11/08/stephan-lewandowskys-ethical-lapses-allowed-his-science-to-be-published-without-oversight/

PatientObserver on March 18, 2014 at 1:41 PM

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

Flange on March 18, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Is that Wolverine I’m smelling? :0

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

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

Flange on March 18, 2014 at 1:38 PM

LOL The Oiho Stait Unniversity

MaiDee on March 18, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Reminds me of a few years back when Heidi Cullen, former Weather Channel “Climate Expert”, said that any meteorologist who doesn’t toe the Climate Change line should lose their certification through the AMS.

This is nowhere near science. This is political thuggery and strong-arming.

Kanga on March 18, 2014 at 1:44 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

I went to Ohio State and I always call it Ohio State.

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

Flange on March 18, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Well, at least we don’t use the grocer’s apostrophe…

Tzetzes on March 18, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Canada’s David Suzuki made the same demand in 2008 — not once but twice!

“What I would challenge you to do is to put a lot of effort into trying to see whether there’s a legal way of throwing our so-called leaders into jail because what they’re doing is a criminal act,” said Dr. Suzuki, a former board member of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.

Needles to say, the Conservative government of Stephen Harper told Suzuki to go pound sand, and then just quit the Kyoto nonsense altogether three years later. Maybe that’s the best revenge against this silliness — showing these loons just how utterly irrelevant they really are.

SteveJ on March 18, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Can we jail the climate change hoaxers instead?
Perhaps for fraud?

dentalque on March 18, 2014 at 1:45 PM

Well atleast one thing cant be denied..a degree from RIT isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on.

galtg on March 18, 2014 at 1:46 PM

“an assistant professor of philosophy, a Proffessor in joint history of science and studies of women, gender and sexuality concentrator.” Anyone notice no one in Meteorology or Geology saying this stuff, always those poofy BS degree types, not actual hard scientists.

ninjacoastie on March 18, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Scratch a liberal, you’ll find a Brown Shirt itching to get out!

GarandFan on March 18, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Inside every Lib is a Totalitarian screaming to get out – David Horowitz

DinaRehn on March 18, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Is that Wolverine I’m smelling? :0

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

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

Hubris with power => totalitarianism => wide-scale tragedy.

They are so sure they know what is best for everybody they can justify just about anything.

Folks like Torcello brought us the killing fields of Cambodia, Mao’s cultural revolution, and Stalin’s purges, among other ‘workers paradise’ mass killings. It starts with a jailing a few dissidents, and when that doesn’t do the trick, it escalates.

And they always seem to be saying, “Yes, that happened there, but it will be different here”.

It’s wrong when a right-wing dictatorship goes into full-tyranny mode and tramples on peoples rights, and it is just as wrong when it comes from the left-wing.

s1im on March 18, 2014 at 1:55 PM

His publication record is dismal, for a place like RIT. A couple of essays in a seond-tier peer-reviewed journal. Most are entries in an “encyclopedia,” which are often because you know someone. And Skeptical Inquirer may count somewhere, but it wouldn’t get you tenure anywhere….

EastofEden on March 18, 2014 at 1:58 PM

“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.”

Could someone please explain Whisky Tango Foxtrot is a “scientific consensus”?

DinaRehn on March 18, 2014 at 1:58 PM

LOL The Oiho Stait Unniversity

MaiDee on March 18, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Let’s not forget that photo from 2012 where Obama and three OSU students spelled out O-I-H-O.

Happy Nomad on March 18, 2014 at 1:58 PM

Could someone please explain Whisky Tango Foxtrot is a “scientific consensus”?

DinaRehn on March 18, 2014 at 1:58 PM

It’s geek talk for “where the grants are.”

Happy Nomad on March 18, 2014 at 1:59 PM

These propeller heads are the modern day flat earthers. They tell us it’s hot outside while it’s snowing, denying the obvious facts in their faces. Liberalism is a mental disorder and it is undeniable

Brock Robamney on March 18, 2014 at 2:01 PM

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

See Al Gore and his crew of climate change alarmist.

As for me, you can kiss my arse.

DDay on March 18, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Could someone please explain Whisky Tango Foxtrot is a “scientific consensus”?

DinaRehn on March 18, 2014 at 1:58 PM

It’s geek talk for “where the grants are.”

Happy Nomad on March 18, 2014 at 1:59 PM

LOL!

Definition of scientific method

Syllabification: sci·en·tif·ic meth·od
a method of procedure that has characterized natural science since the 17th century, consisting in systematic observation, measurement, and experiment, and the formulation, testing, and modification of hypotheses.
http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us/definition/american_english/scientific-method?

The warmonger can never seem to point to the part in the scientific method that mentions the concept of ‘Consensus’

DinaRehn on March 18, 2014 at 2:09 PM

out: the thought police

new hotness: the postulate police

My gosh, the very struggle itself against our definitions of racism, sexism, and heterosexism is a postulate, and we’ll be darned if we allow freedom of thought to slow us down.

Which research proposals receive funding and what papers are accepted for publication are always contingent on political priorities.

Oh, yes, yes…except when our people make the decisions. Then, it’s not political at all. See “postulate police” for elaboration.

brentspolemics on March 18, 2014 at 2:10 PM

I’m a proud climate denier. I live in Texas. Come get me.

neyney on March 18, 2014 at 2:10 PM

Maybe this is something the fundraisers for the Alumni Association should latch onto as a marketing campaign-

University of Buffalo- home of the American thought police. Maybe even set up a “Lawrence Torcello Center for Thought Control” and truly become a pioneer in the field. Even establishing early childhood education programs to better train children in the fine art of renouncing one’s parents or other enemies of the state you happen to overhear

Same school where a professor went spare over a pro-life demonstration last April and eventually had to be arrested. Just another outpost in the world of leftist thought control.

And as a born and bred WNY’er I am quite used to hearing locals call it the University of Buffalo. Does it really matter?

KGB on March 18, 2014 at 2:11 PM

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

Actually, I think that you are being a bit unfair to Gallileo’s critics. I believe that the Pope’s interest was in wishing to have some time in order to prepare the public for very unsettling information, not in completely suppressing Gallileo’s research.

Linh_My on March 18, 2014 at 2:11 PM

College professor: “Jail climate change deniers!”

Lawrence Torcello.

…KOOLAID2: ^ “Cut the PHD’s dick off!

KOOLAID2 on March 18, 2014 at 2:23 PM

ahhhhhh….”academic justice” ….. isn’t that the first sign the jews saw when the cattle car doors slid open.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on March 18, 2014 at 2:24 PM

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

Flange on March 18, 2014 at 1:38 PM

LOL The Oiho Stait Unniversity

MaiDee on March 18, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Actually, us downstate Buckeyes (south of I-70) generally refer to it as Berkeley East Campus. A title it inherited from Antioch College when a lot of the far-left faculty there migrated to OSU during cutbacks at AC about 20 years ago.

Today, OSU is locked in a battle with OU (Ohio U; Athens) for the dubious distinction of being the most spectacularly left-wing (and therefore irrelevant) university outside of the Blue states.

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.

clear ether

eon

eon on March 18, 2014 at 2:25 PM

Has this fool been outside lately? Lake Michigan froze, the govt has shut down again due to snow, we have 150% snow pack here in NW MT. Heat does not cause cold and vice versa. The climate has always been changing just like weather patterns.

Kissmygrits on March 18, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Actually, us downstate Buckeyes

eon on March 18, 2014 at 2:25 PM

I didn’t realize you were a nut. But your point about the schools wanting the distinction of being the “most liberal” seems to be true at almost every school now. The fat cats at Big Education need to be taken down a few pegs.

Flange on March 18, 2014 at 2:35 PM

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