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An excellent post from Jeff Masters on The Manufactured Doubt Industry.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.
I’ve switched to using nested comments to try and maintain some flow for posts where there are a lot different ideas being knocked around. Alternatively I could try inline commenting. I’m going to see which method works best, so please bear with me as I try to optimize things
Please note that from now on I will summarily ‘unapprove’ any comment that wanders off topic from the post to which it is attached. I’ve previously stated I have no interest in revisiting battles that some of you have been fighting on the internet for years now. You have many venues for that. This place will be different. This is my house, and I will not tolerate it. Full stop.
A second editor and contributor, Transient Eddy, now joins the team at Delayed Oscillator. Please treat him with all the courtesy and respect you’ve directed toward me thus far.
The few comments this blog has received thus far have been largely positive and generally inquisitive. But I want to establish from the outset that I have no interest in letting the comment section of this blog resemble the ‘Lord of the Flies’. As I related to commentator Eric from Climate Audit in the thread below,
I have no intention of allowing comments here to become the platform for hasty or ill-informed mudslinging (well-informed and creative mudslinging, perhaps … ). Useful technical issues, questions, and comments all posed with a modicum of politeness and genuine interest are welcome and indeed encouraged– if you want to denigrate working scientists, you’re going to have to find another venue which tolerates such things, sorry.
And this is pretty much how things are going to go. I will not, from now on, publish off-topic or mean-spirited comments. Full stop.
If you want to participate in the technical discussion of the science here, I welcome you to jump in. If you’ve got questions — even very basic ones — I encourage you to speak up. But I will not create a haven or venue for attacks on working scientists or other commentors who have a genuine interest in the science. I will endeavor to maintain the future tone and content, from both myself and any commentors, focused on the science.
Other things I will take a dim view of and I feel will lower the level of inquiry include: concern trolling, appeal to false authority, begging the question (in the proper sense), lies, and soft focus photos of unicorns.
Science is cool. Lets not lose track of that in the race to fill the internet with bile.
For the dozen or so people that might ever read this, I’m starting this blog to documents some of the sights and experiences from my new fieldwork. As time goes on, there might appear the occasional posts about climate and paleoclimate and huevos rancheros as well, which will likely reduce any potential readership to a mere handful rather quickly.
UPDATE: Well, that didn’t work. Couldn’t establish a WordPress connection from overseas. Maybe next year.