[LINK] IPA, astroturfing and fantsy themes

David Boxall david.boxall at hunterlink.net.au
Tue Feb 21 14:26:25 AEDT 2012

On 21/02/2012 12:42 PM, jim birch wrote:
> TKoltai<tomk at unwired.com.au>  wrote:
>> Regarding the scientific concerns; I would like to comment that
>> climatologists are ignoring the perturbatious orbit that the earth
>> actually travels in
> Ignoring what? ...
Jim, Tom is indulging in a mundane denialist tactic known as 
cherry-picking. The denialist chooses a fragment of data that can be 
interpreted to support his agenda, ignoring all contrary data.

In his post, Tom asserts that "climatologists are ignoring" his pet 
fragment of data. He presents no evidence of that, because he has none. 
Anyone with the slightest knowledge of science (and a fully-functioning 
brain) will realise that a qualified professional will have taken that 
data into account, and a great deal more besides.

To keep this on-topic, I've just been reminded that teachers have been 
threatened and abused for scaring students with accounts of the risks of 
global warming. It seems some parents believe that ignorance is bliss. I 
reckon it can be fatal.

David Boxall                    |  The more that wise people learn
                                |  The more they come to appreciate
http://david.boxall.id.au       |  How much they don't know.

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