Monday, March 23, 2015

Another conspiracy theory at WUWT - birthers and more

Sou | 5:39 AM Go to the first of 6 comments. Add a comment

Anthony's still pretty well AWOL. Meanwhile the conspiracy theorists are hard at it. This time it's Eric Worrall again - that is, Eric "eugenics" Worrall to those who aren't familiar with the name.

Someone started a rumour that President Obama had bought a beachfront property in Hawaii. Not just any property, it was the property used in Magnum PI - a television show from way back when starring Tom Selleck.

The rumour was quickly squashed, on both CNN and Fox News. However no-one bothered to correct the WUWT article itself (archived here). Why spoil a good rumour with facts?

As many people know, WUWT is a climate conspiracy website mainly, but it's not averse to a bit of birtherism and it most certainly panders to all those to the right of the extreme right. Given the USA has no leftist politics to speak of, the best WUWT can manage is to take a shot at centrist politicians like President Obama. And why not toss a bone to all the WUWT conspiracy nutters when the opportunity presents itself?

Here's a sample of the comments at WUWT:

Bart Tali was only the fourth person to comment. What a spoilsport. Anyway, few took any notice when he wrote:
March 21, 2015 at 11:46 pm
CNN says the rumors aren’t true.

phillipbratby is a conspiracy theorist through and through and "believes" Eric Worrall but not the news:
March 21, 2015 at 11:47 pm
On the one hand the likes of Gore and Obama are driving down the value of beachfront property with their scare stories. On the other hand they are buying up beachfront property at knockdown prices. 

Gerald Wilhite, another conspiracy theorist:
March 22, 2015 at 12:49 am
“The Pentagon says that climate change poses immediate risks to our national security.”
The Pentagon, who works for Obama, tells him exactly what he wants to hear.

Non Nomen is a "birther" conspiracy theorist, like Christopher Monckton:
 March 22, 2015 at 2:01 am
The ownership of that estate seems as dubious as Obarmy’s birth certificate. 

Adam Gallon - could be a birther, too. He does add a smiley though so it's hard to tell:
March 22, 2015 at 2:40 am
Thought he was a native born Kenyan? ;)
Poor chap, does seem a touch confused about which country he was born in. 

dbstealey is another conspiracy nutter. In response to Parakoch who pointed out that Obama didn't buy the property wrote:
March 22, 2015 at 10:09 am
Since his lips were moving when he made his denials, I think we can discount whatever the Administration’s spokesman says. Only the truly credulous and naive would take them at their word.
When someone is such a serial liar as Obama, the prudent thing to do is to assume that he hasn’t suddenly found Jesus. 


  1. There needs to be a climate version of Godwin's law.

    "As an online climate discussion grows longer, the probability of a "skeptic" invoking a conspiracy theory to explain climate science approaches 1"

    With a special version for WUWT . "During any online climate discussion at WUWT, the probability of a "skeptic" invoking a conspiracy theory to explain climate science is ~1"

  2. Poke a climate change denier enough, and you can usually expose their ideological bias.

    1. you need to poke yours? the ones i usually come across seem to do that entirely without encouragement.

  3. Anthony is slightly sensitive to overt displays of political partisanship He prefers them to be implied rather than birthered.
    How will Anthony deal with dbstealey and his band of uglies when Pope Francis brings down his Climate Encyclical ?

  4. phillipbratby March 21, 2015 at 11:47 pm
    "On the one hand the likes of Gore and Obama are driving down the value of beachfront property with their scare stories."

    It takes a special kind of numpty to deny a hazard AFTER it has occurred.



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