Anthony Watts has really, really, really got his nose out of joint. What caused his nose to become disjointed was a UK newspaper, The Independent. It has modernised its website and poor little Anthony can no longer find a minor article from March 2000 - more than 15 years ago.
It's a conspiracy, he moans. It's all a plot to hide bad headlines. He wrote (archived here, cached here):
In light of what happened yesterday with The Independent apparently disappearing a famous climate prediction blunder article while leaving an article critical of its use intact, this opinion piece by Joe Wallach seemed pertinent -AnthonySheesh. He doesn't mind hiding his own inconvenient articles, does he? Try to find this one at WUWT: "An interesting issue with ice core data". Here's the link:
What? It's disappeared? Along with all the 83 comments? Okay then, here's the archived version: http://www.webcitation.org/6H83F9g4X
Double standards at WUWT
Now Anthony Watts doesn't permit more than about two commenters at a time who will stick up for science. It's like an unwritten policy. He'll do anything to get rid of unwelcome people - well, he does seem to stop short of public flogging but he doesn't stop short of bullying and intimidation. And when that fails, he just bans them.
If he bans people, it's okay. But if any other blogger decides that they prefer science to conspiracy nuttery and lies and defamation, then it's censorship.
The latest website that's come to his attention for not permitting denier disinformation is called Unpublished Ottawa. Good for them. They are to be applauded. Some denier blogger called Joe Wallach said:
According to one alarmist earlier in 2015, who refused to allow me to recommend the work of a group of French scientists and engineers to his readership, he stated that:Spot on.
“Climate Change denial is one of the subjects we don’t allow on UnpublishedOttawa.com because it’s not based on real facts. Anyone can grab facts and make an argument out of it, but when the vast majority of scientists, who have little to gain, agree that we have a problem, a problem that is already manifesting itself all around the world, then allowing posts that deny this reality, is in our opinion akin to intentional deception.”
There's another website that's to be applauded. It's called boomerwarrior.org. Joe wrote:
More recently, I submitted a post to another human climate change site in the Ottawa, Canada area, in which I asked if anyone could provide a single piece of irrefutable, undeniable evidence that humans are responsible for global warming. That, too, was blocked by the purveyor of the site http://www.boomerwarrior.org/.That website hasn't always banned Joe. I presume it's the same Joe Wallach who posted a number of comments there, including one that indicated he thinks global warming is caused by volcanoes! Or at least he seems to reject all the science that shows that warm water is melting the ice sheets in West Antarctica, and thinks that it's all down to volcanoes that have suddenly burst forth. Only he's wrong. They've been there for probably thousands of years - maybe more.
Joe also complained that a college cancelled a talk by a science denier. He thinks that educational institutions should teach two sides of every "argument". Let's see:
- God created the world 6,000 years ago versus geology
- The earth is flat versus the earth is spherical
- Spontaneous generation versus microbiology
- Climate science is a hoax versus climate science
- Fairies live at the bottom of the garden versus soil science
- Apples fall upwards versus gravity.
Shake a leg, Anthony Watts, COP21 is just around the corner
Anthony's running out of puff and out of time. COP21 in Paris gets going in a fortnight, and all he's got so far to persuade the world that climate science is a hoax, is that he can't find a fifteen year old article from a UK newspaper, and a couple of websites don't allow deniers to use them as freeby propaganda tools - to spread their lies about climate.
Suck it up, deniers! Just like WUWT frowns on people promoting science, some blogs frown on people promoting anti-science.