Monday, February 22, 2010

Denial's Bootboys

For all the protestations by denialists that they are sceptics just trying to have a debate and that all the warmists are trying to shut down the debate - it seems that the actions of some of the denial crew point to the opposite:

- Hacked email climate scientists receive death threats.
- Denialist writer publishes hate and name and home address of denialist critic.
- Hate mail to climate blogger.

And now it seems these is an organised cyber-bulling campaign aimed a forcing scientists to withdraw from the debate. Seems they only want right-wing nutters and Exxon funded shills to have a say...

Australia's most distinguished climate scientists have become the target of a new form of cyber-bullying aimed at driving them out of the public debate. ... In recent months, each time they enter the public debate through a newspaper article or radio interview these scientists are immediately subjected to a torrent of aggressive, abusive and, at times, threatening emails. Apart from the volume and viciousness of the emails, the campaign has two features - it is mostly anonymous and it appears to be orchestrated. ... Receiving emails like these is unsettling and at times disturbing, which of course is the point. They become worrying when they cross the line to personal threats, such as these sent to Professor Andy Pitman at the UNSW: "...Just do your science or you will end up collateral damage in the war, GET IT."

Such a pleasant bunch of people.

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