I’m Back: Things Just Got Serious
I have been otherwise engaged for some time. My outrage at the events of the past two days has however dragged me back to the keyboard.
A Climate Blogger, a sceptic called TallBloke has his house raided by the Police. The reasons are explained in the post I have linked to, but basically the Norfolk Police were prodded by the US Department of Justice to raid his house and sieze his computer equipment.
The reason for this is simply that Tallblokes blog is one of those that the climategate hacker/whistleblower/thief (depending on your opinion) posted a link to the file download on his site in a comment. His blog is hosted on wordpress, and even though WordPress.com received a letter demanding they hold all information relating to his blog, the Police also raided his house.
They were able to do this due to the way that the British people have sleepwalked into allowing the last Labour government to pass into law some of the most intrusive security legislation in any country in the world. The worst example of this is the innocuously sounding Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000. Read the link to see how as a UK citizern you have absolutely no rights to stop any Government authority from entering your house, tracking you, viewing personal information or taking your personal digital equipment away. This is George Orwell stuff, and it has been done in our name to save us from the threat of terrorists and paedophiles, apparently.
Apart from the intrusion and the terrifying laws, it is also about the intimidation. It is about asking why this happened, and who is controlling it and why.
It is also about the vicious response from the extremists in the global warming “believers” camp (those who believe we are going to hell in a whirlwind of methane feedbacks within the next 20 years). These people are basically evil. They do not believe in free speech. The debate is over the science is settled and “deniers” are ignorant scum who should basically be locked up or shot for their views. The scary thing is that for these people there never was a debate. They have a world view and hijacking the climate scare given them a vehicle in which they can try to realise their dream of wealth redistribution, the destruction of capitalism and democracy and a return to life without technology.
Sound familiar? Yes this is the sort of viewpoint that extremists like the Nazi’s and Communists held and hold.
Have a read of this post by a “extreme warmist” called Greg Laden. Make sure you read the comments as well. Just as a taster here is a few of the choice bits from Mr Laden:
“So, apparently it is OK for Tattersall and this band of thieves to unilaterally play vigilante and break into your computer or mine, but when authorities investigating a crime, with proper search warrant, show up to investigate his misdeeds, suddenly he’s an “Englishman” in his “Castle.” I don’t know whether to laugh of to go medieval on him.”
So apparently Tallbloke is a “thief” for having the audacity to have a blog that the link to the climategate emails was posted on by parties unknown. We also read that Greg Laden considers whether to go Medieval on him. This is a reference the film Pulp Fiction in which this line is said. It means that you want to lose control and do them significant physical violence through torture and cruelty.
Does that sound reasonable language for a blogger on scienceblogs.com to use?
Greg suggests some motivation for his fundamentalist extremism:
“Sorry, I am normally the hyperbolic one, and I became more so on having a child who is now 2 and who I know is going to grow up in a world that is more dangerous because the activities of these climate denialists have delayed forward progress on addressing the issue of climate change.”
In one part of his post he dismisses “deniers” (you know, like Holocaust deniers) as old men and nutters. Then he blames them for the failure to impose draconian laws and taxes globally in order to save us and his toddler. This is called cognitive dissonance and is a mental disorder.
The reason things have not moved quickly enough is that despite the fact that the AGW advocates have had the backing of every major Government, billions in funding, and at COP17 had more than half the attendee’s to push the Governments along, nothing could be agreed. Is that the fault of “deniers”, or the fault of everyone involved in the process and “the cause” ?
Greg also says:
“I think he’s a criminal for being a climate denialist. Sue me. “
Is there any right-minded person out there, whatever your views on manmade climate change, that is not concerned that someone holds such an extremist position? Greg Laden is saying that anyone who does not agree with his opinion on climate change is a criminal. A CRIMINAL.
As a right-minded person, also with a two year old, I am absolutely outraged that this nutter thinks my child should grow up in a world, and he will grow up because the evidence of impending doom simply is not credible right now, where freedom of speech on such fundamental issues such as the collective direction we take our civilisation in is quashed.
I do not intend to allow that to happen. Even if I subscribed to the “worst case scenario” I would still be condemning this extremism. Such a mindset is only a short leap from advocating violence and terrorism in the name of “the cause”. My Grandfather spent five years surviving in Changi prison so that we can have freedom of speech and freedom from brutal tyranny. Greg Laden and his ilk are extremists, who are openly calling for people to be criminalised for not finding science convincing.
Read the definition of fascism. How far from that is Laden’s’ position?
To make matters even more troubling, a prominent climate scientist, Michael Mann, retweeted Greg Laden’s tweet publicising that blog post as well as another poor taste attack. So here we have a respected scientist advocating the view that free speech should be suppressed and that physical violence and intimidation are fine. It is interesting to note that in the latest batch of emails “Climategate 2.0” Mann suggests in one email that he may hire a private investigator to “dish dirt” on a sceptic who was daring to question his methodology.
This alone is evidence that everything is not clear-cut at the centre of climate science. Mann brought us the hockey stick and would “dish dirt” to protect his graph. Is that the position of a reasonable human being and a scientist we are, according to Laden, meant to trust with out collective future direction without further questions?
Wherever you stand on the climate debate, and it is still a debate and should always be one, you should if you have a shred of decency left, condemn Greg Laden’s stance and condemn the Police’s taking away of a private citizens personal computer equipment with no good reason whatsoever.