It's Easter and I'm taking a day off. Couldn't resist writing about the latest denier conspiracy theory, though. (It will make a nice lead in to an article I'm working on.)
Let me start by asking you a question. If there are five explanations for something happening, which do you think your typical climate science denier will choose?
- the most likely
- the next most likely
- the improbable but possible
- the least likely
- the one that nobody in their right mind would contemplate
- 5. above -- and they'd blame it on a climate scientist.
Hysterical twits at WUWT
I've been there - it's a real nuisance to have deniers clogging your timeline, stopping you from seeing tweets from people who have something to offer - other than denier spam. And I'm just a blogger. Think how Gavin Schmidt, the Director of NASA's GISS, must have felt.
Eventually Gavin lost patience and gave Anthony an ultimatum. He tweeted:
@wattsupwiththat which do you prefer? I mute you until this all goes away, or I block you entirely? #dontcare
— Gavin Schmidt (@ClimateOfGavin) April 2, 2015
Anthony decided he preferred that Gavin block him entirely and tweeted back:
WOW @ClimateOfGavin blocks me after I have courteous exchange about @tan123 and ask him a question about complaint. http://t.co/9B4Q594AAT
— Watts Up With That (@wattsupwiththat) April 2, 2015
Part of Anthony's reasoning was probably so that he could boast, on his blog, that Gavin Schmidt had blocked him. It's been a while since he offered up a live climate scientist to rouse his rabble. (And if Anthony's tweets pass for courtesy, what is he like when he's rude and abusive?)
And announce it he promptly did. (After showing off a zillion other tweets to Gavin Schmidt, to show his readers that Anthony is no pussy cat - ahem.)
This is what I get if I try to see what Anthony Watts and Steve Goddard are tweeting. A "you are blocked" message. (The block from Steve Goddard is new. He mightn't have liked this article about his FOI trick - who knows. He used to like me :D)
And to show you how effective Tom has been (not), here is another of KatyD's charts, a more recent one:
You can see that of all in the list, Tom (far left) has by far the most tweets per follower.
I choose 1, 2 or maybe 3
My guess as to why Tom Nelson's account was suspended? A few days ago he was spamming #Ringberg15 with lots of nonsense and making it quite difficult to follow what the climate sensitivity experts were saying. I'll bet quite a few people blocked or muted him so they could read relevant tweets - maybe earning him an automatic ban. (There would have been lots and lots of people following #Ringberg15.)
So it could have been that, or maybe he was spamming someone else altogether. Or it was a mistake. But those are just guesses :)
Or... (I could only come up with three guesses. Maybe you can have a shot :D)
Anthony Watts chooses the "no-one in their right mind" option with the bonus (Choice 6)
By the way - Anthony's No. 1 "theory" was that Tom wrote the word "crap" in a tweet. (Go on, click the link!)
That's choice number 5. And he blamed Gavin Schmidt. That makes it choice number 6!
This little storm in a teacup might remind you of another bit of Twitterish idiocy from science deniers - again relating to conspiracy theorist, Steve Goddard. (When the ning nongs decided that the White House got Twitter to delete a tweet from a nonentity. There are so many wrongs in the notion ...)
From the WUWT comments
If you think I'm going to re-post all the WUWT comments bagging Gavin Schmidt, you've got rocks in your head. HotWhopper doesn't tolerate that sort of thing!
You know that part of the reason this blog exists is to write what scientists might want to say, but are too polite to do so.