Anthony Watts was gobsmacked, but it didn't last. He must be running out of people to write articles for his blog WUWT. He's got two of the worst featured today - Tim Ball and Donna Laframboise.
Anthony promotes a dragon slayerTim Ball is a former geography teacher from Canada who doctors his CV - falsely claiming a
Now that's odd isn't it. Just a few hours ago, Anthony Watts was tickled pink that he'd been praised (sort of) in an article in The Guardian for attempting to prove the dragon slayers wrong, yet here he is promoting one of them. (The slayers don't "believe" in greenhouse gases!)
You may also recognise the name Tim Ball because he attracts libel suits, like here and here.
The arts have no place in scienceThe other one, Donna, spends her hours trying to argue that the IPCC reports shouldn't contain any references to material from the World Meteorological Organisation, NASA or any agency that publishes information relevant to climate, unless it has also been published in a scientific peer reviewed journal. Essentially she is arguing that WGII: : Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability and WGIII: Mitigation of Climate Change shouldn't be written, since those reports draw heavily on industry data, government policy documents etc. It doesn't affect WGI: The Science of Climate Change, because most of the references in WGI are from the scientific literature. Although she does want to exclude any science that pre-dates peer reviewed journals, such as the work of Sir Isaac Newton.
In today's article she seems to be arguing that people who run scientific organisations shouldn't do anything else, like write novels. I believe she would regard Albert Einstein as particularly deviant since he played the violin, which must be every bit as bad. Whether it's high art or popular literature, strait-laced Donna and pleb Anthony argue that people who work in science should not indulge.