Today Anthony Watts is celebrating ten years of agnotology and crank conspiracy theories. He hasn't said much about it, probably hoping his dismal readers will heap him with praise (which they have). He did claim credit for heroically helping to "change the world", keeping true to his narcissist personality.
He thanked his gallery of rogues who have spent a lot of time trying to dumb down the world. All one hundred and six of them, some as anonymous cowards.
Anthony doesn't know the names of many climate scientists, but he managed to come up with a very small number to show how he's not just a hero, but a persecuted victim - out of the thousands and thousands and thousands he could have chosen (like those listed here). He poured scorn on only 12 people, including world leading scientists, climate hawks, bloggers, and other knowledgeable people. This is to be expected of course, since Anthony Watts wants to rid the world of climate science and claims fraud and fakery when he comes across science, to keep his errant audience happy.
He didn't mention his other miserable failures, like what caused him to start his blog in the first place (searching for something to do after getting turfed from a school board was one reason, as I understand it), or earlier losing his job as a tv weatherman (was he pushed, or did he really quit on a whim?), or his long promised but never appearing "paper" (first announced in 2012) and his secret Open Atmospheric Society, which is in a deep and long drawn-out coma after Anthony got enough people to shell out their hard-earned cash.
Anthony put up a link to a tribute from his holy roller, most(ly) hysterical fan, Janice Moore. It was a 2,436 page pdf file of nuttiness copied and pasted from WUWT. Oh and he didn't waste the opportunity to ask for beer money, either, which just goes to show how successful he must be :(
A Tribute to Anthony Watts and Wattsupwiththat
Here is my tribute to Anthony Watts and WUWT. Okay, it's not mine - but it is a great tribute from Peter Sinclair - greenman3610. Anthony loved it so much that he tried to take it down with a DMCA notice. That was another miserable failure 😋
From the WUWT comments
The comments show that Anthony's been a success - in attracting rather a lot of utter nutter conspiracy theorists and science deniers. These wacky people found each other, thanks to the internet. Having found that they agree that science is a hoax (though they don't agree why), knowledge is bad, ignorance is something to admire, and disinformation should be broadcast - they are now satisfied members of the Scientific Illiterati.
WUWT has helped bolster Eugene WR Gallun's science denial:
November 17, 2016 at 9:18 pm
Right from the beginning I recognized CAGW was a crock of shiit. That was “correct opinion”. I found your site and you offered me “knowledge”. Thankyou. Thankyou.
Eugene WR Gallun
PS — Have a few beers on me.
WUWT persuaded GeeJam that "miniscule" can't make a difference:
November 17, 2016 at 1:30 pm
Enjoy your beer(s) Ant4ony . . . .
Many in the UK would not have discovered your excellent web site had it not been for the Telegraph’s mighty Mr Booker! (and don’t forget ‘Jimbo’ – who could be relied upon everyday to come up with links to ‘evidence’)
. . . . and now, I’m an everyday ‘Lurker’ – you helped me make up my mind five years ago about the almost microscopic amount of man-made CO2 up there in the sky. Thank you Ant4ony.
Roger Pielke Senior - rpielke - is a fan of disinformation and science denial and values WUWT's pseudo-science crackpottery:
November 17, 2016 at 11:54 am
Hi Anthony. Congratulations! You have significantly and positively contributed to climate science. All the best for the next ten years!!! Roger Sr
Peter Morris says that WUWT has given him lots of denier memes and conspiracy theories to pass on to his young daughter. (Some parents have no conscience.):
November 17, 2016 at 11:56 am
Hey congratulations on ten years!
I found this site probably in 2007 or so, as my wife and I were making plans for our first child. I thought, “Well I’ve never seriously looked at this global warming thing. I should probably figure out what’s going on if I’m going to be a dad.”
I knew the one side already – having been exposed to it since the early 90s from various articles I’d read, starting in high school.
So I thought I’d give the other side some air time. I did some looking around online and found Dr. Happer’s congressional testimony. I found it fascinating that he was a) not alarmed and b) not convinced it was a bad thing at all that so much CO2 was going into the air.
Since I was living near Princeton at the time, I figured I’d just call his office and see if he’d want to grab a coffee or something. He was more than happy to oblige and he gave me a great primer on some of the problems with the primary theory of anthropogenic CO2 driven climate change.
Shortly after that I found WUWT, Dr. Spencer’s site, and the work of the Steves. I’ve been watching and reading ever since. It’s been a great learning experience, and the best part is I feel more than capable to answer any questions my daughter (who is now 7) might one day have.
So thanks again, Anthony. Your work and the work of others does not go unappreciated and it most definitely DOES make a real difference.
I don't think Nigel in Santa Barbara is deliberately taking the Mickey, but who can tell!
November 17, 2016 at 11:57 am
Congratulations! A job well done!
WUWT is my go-to daily website for learning some critical thinking.
Roy Denio needs his daily dose of disinformation:
November 17, 2016 at 12:07 pm
Congratulations Anthony, and thanks for the hard work. If I only were able to visit one site on a particular day: it will always be WUWT.
This is the goto site for climate information.
In a backhanded compliment, Luca doesn't think that Anthony's efforts at disinforming the public are recognised.
November 17, 2016 at 12:10 pm
Sincere congratulations for your amazing work. Maybe not any time soon, but future generations will recognise your contribution to honesty and truth!
Larry McGeehan wants to split open some heads to see if there are any brains inside what passes for "great minds" at WUWT:
November 17, 2016 at 12:18 pm
You and your volunteers have provided an one of a kind site that brings great minds, lets them open up, and allows the less informed see what is inside!
Hans sees himself as a soldier in Anthony Watts' (almost) ten year war against science:
November 17, 2016 at 3:58 pm
As I think of the struggle against the warmists, I am reminded of the struggle of the allied troupes in WWII.
Maybe the comparison not appropriate, but the fight against the warmists is just as difficult.
Do not let up from those who wish to dominate us.
Your battle, like that of the British had little support until the USA became involved in the conflict.
It appears this may be a repeat of history.
Some people, like Lil Fella from OZ, are hopeful that Donald Trump will be the one to overturn 200 years of science. He probably believes Trump's false promises, as well as the false promises from WUWT that "we (deniers) shall overcome". Sheesh - they've had enough time, but still can't come up with the goods.
November 17, 2016 at 12:36 pm
Well done. Unfortunately all that work goes in defending the truth of Climate. Refuting gross rubbish. It had to be done and you, Anthony, courageously picked up the mantle. Thanks Anthony. We are deeply in you debt. Thanks also to those who have contributed to this site. Thanks to Mr Trump who is a headache for the ‘other side.’ Now the boot will be on the other side! Just can’t wait for 2017, hopefully reality will come.
u.k(us) has a most interesting understanding of the meaning of the word 'sanity'. Perhaps it's relative (in his or her world):
November 17, 2016 at 12:43 pm
As I said many years ago, WUWT is an oasis of sanity.
Thanks for all the hard work Anthony.
Thanks also to all the posters and commenters that keep me coming back.
jorgekafkazar couldn't hack real science from real scientists, and settled for pseudo-science and conspiracy nuttery from WUWT:
November 17, 2016 at 8:53 pm
Congratulations on an important milestone. I came here about November 2 of 2008, following links from Solarcycle24. One link led to “Real” Climate, where the tude quickly drove me away. The other link led here, and I’ve been back almost daily since.
I was wondering where father and son had gone. I hadn't seen them lately at WUWT - and that's probably not surprising since they are that rare breed, denier Labour supporters. M Courtney explains, and has some fun pointing out just one of the idiotic articles at WUWT - by Steve Goddard:
November 17, 2016 at 4:00 pm
As a long time lurker, then briefly active, now lurker again; I applaud the highlight real that Janice has produced.
But everyone must have a few others they remember. What else do you recall?>
For me there was that ‘CO2 will freeze in Antarctica post’. It was the moment when the blog went from small town science gossip to a real science blog. A Milestone.
The idea was wrong – obviously so. And it was not batted around for a laugh. It was knocked down.
And I also liked some of the political discussions before the far-right found the site on mass and refused to debate.
jim steele couldn't get any science blogger to post his denier articles, but was saved by Anthony Watts' conspiracy blog, and is grateful:
November 17, 2016 at 10:56 pm
Congratulations Anthony. You were essential for giving skeptics a voice. And thanks for allowing me to post my essays.