Brandon Schollenberger is up in arms. What is it about this time? Well, apparently two and a half months ago, the good folk at SkepticalScience.com didn't storm the White House and demand that a tweet from the President of the United States of America be retracted.
It's a travesty. If every contributor to SkepticalScience.com isn't hanging their collective heads in shame then the world is in a very sorry state.
This is the appallingly offensive tweet:
Ninety-seven percent of scientists agree: #climate change is real, man-made and dangerous. Read more: http://t.co/4lEEBYtVqfWhat is wrong with the tweet? Well, the tweet wasn't peer reviewed for one thing. Unless you call 35 million or so followers 'peers'. But then are they peers of the President of the United States of America?
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) May 16, 2013
Peer review is important. For example it was only by diligent peer blog review that it was discovered with shock and horror that the above tweet wasn't sent by the President's own thumbs on the President's personal Blackberry. It didn't have the Presidential "-bo".
What is the world coming to! Not only did SkepticalScience.com not demand the immediate impeachment of the President of the United States of America for not getting his tweet peer reviewed before tweeting it. It turns out the President of the United States of America didn't even tweet the non-peer reviewed tweet. If that's not a case for impeachment then what is, I ask you.
Brandon Shollenberger is rallying his peers at WUWT to storm the White House and demand they shut down SkepticalScience.com for not storming the White House and demanding that the White House retract a tweet that wasn't peer reviewed before being not tweeted by the President of the United States of America.
Let the President and SkepticalScience get away with not tweeting a tweet that was tweeted without said tweet being peer reviewed by the peers at WUWT and next thing you'll find is that bloggers will be claiming that there's an ice age coming with no peer review whatsoever and alarming people all over the world.
(Have you heard that Anthony Watts and Brandon Shollenberger are planning a survey of the scientific literature to determine if anyone was ever put in danger by drought, wildfire, flood, storm surges. Silly duffers - as if anything but total annihilation of all life on the planet could be dangerous. Well, excepting for ice ages - they are dangerous. Oh and shifting to clean energy is dangerous. It'll kill all the birds, don't you know.)