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Physics World: Threats to Climate Scientists
Physics World has published the gibberish about intolerance and threats to climate scientists:

There are few comments yet, but this one is kind of telling:

"Here is an article about threats and intimidation against scientists for their research. What do we get in the blog? The first three comments are dismissing the threats and pointing at politics. For me this just illustrates the venom in those targeting legitimate climate researchers. The comments are validation of the article and point out the lack of tolerance of those with monetary or political motivation to attack the science of climate change."

What a pity this person hadn't actually read the first comments before spouting-off.

As usual a typical one-sided and biased agitprop. Physics World and the IOP should know better by now. They must stop undermining the credibility of real science. What was that cliché about a nose and face?
"Correlation is NOT Causation"
The first comment:

Quote:As disconcerting as the alleged threats... the readiness of some victims to lay blame at the feet of so-called "deniers" generally. Actually most ad hominum attacks on climate scientists over the years have been from people and blogs advocating the theory of man-made global warming. One of worst has been DeSmogBlog. Naomi Oreskes travels the globe smearing prominent scientists (like Frederick Singer who questions the CO2 rhetoric) by alleging non-existent links to 'big oil'. But the billions of dollars behind the CO2 offsets industry are never mentioned. It is vital that these alleged threats are thoroughly investigated. The threats may be 'false flag' attacks aimed to silence those scientists brave enough to question the rush to monetize carbon dioxide. The certainty of the outspoken victims claiming it is "climate deniers", and the sad history of the debate means we cannot rule out the possibility that global warming alarmists and profiteers are responsible.

The very next person make an ignorant reply about Fred Singer:

Quote:I'm afraid Fred Singer is not a prominent climate scientist. He came to speak at my department and his "research" was to ask questions about climate research that had already been addressed and solved many years ago. Then during questions afterward his talk, he would avoid answering questions by blaming his jet lag. We later found out he had been in the UK for several weeks before the talk...
But don't take my word for his lack of "prominence". Go to the Web of Science and compare his list of publications with those of any climate scientist mentioned in this article.

Oh the ignorance of Mr. Singers career is vivid.


It is our attitude toward free thought and free expression that will determine our fate. There must be no limit on the range of temperate discussion, no limits on thought. No subject must be taboo. No censor must preside at our assemblies.

–William O. Douglas, U.S. Supreme Court Justice, 1952
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S. Fred Singer, BEE, Ohio State University (1943); A.M. Physics, Princeton University (1944); Ph.D. Physics, Princeton University (1948); Research Physicist, Upper Atmosphere Rocket Program, Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University (1946-1950); Scientific Liaison Officer, U.S. Office of Naval Research (1950-1953); Director, Center for Atmospheric and Space Physics, and Professor of Physics, University of Maryland (1953-1962); White House Commendation for Early Design of Space Satellites (1954); Visiting Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Cal Tech (1961-1962); First Director, National Weather Satellite Center (1962-1964); First Dean of the School of Environmental and Planetary Sciences, University of Miami (1964-1967); Deputy Assistant Secretary (Water Quality and Research), U.S. Department of the Interior (1967-1970); Deputy Assistant Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (1970-1971); Federal Executive Fellow, The Brookings Institution (1971); Professor of Environmental Science, University of Virginia (1971-1994); U.S. National Academy of Sciences Exchange Scholar, Soviet Academy of Sciences Institute for Physics of the Earth (1972); Member, Governor of Virginia Task Force on Transportation (1975); First Sid Richardson Professor, Lyndon Baines Johnson School for Public Affairs, University of Texas (1978); Vice Chairman and Member, National Advisory Committee on Oceans and Atmospheres (1981-1986); Senior Fellow, The Heritage Foundation (1982-1983); Member, U.S. Department of State Science Advisory Board (Oceans, Environment, Science) (1982-1987); Member, Acid Rain Panel, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (1982-1987); Member, NASA Space Applications Advisory Committee (1983-1985); Member, U.S. Department of Energy Nuclear Waste Panel (1984); Visiting Eminent Scholar, George Mason University (1984-1987); Chief Scientist, U.S. Department of Transportation (1987-1989); Member, White House Panel on U.S.-Brazil Science and Technology Exchange (1987); Distinguished Research Professor, Institute for Space Science and Technology (1989-1994); Guest Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Smithsonian Institute (1991); Guest Scholar, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institute (1991); Distinguished Visiting Fellow, The Hoover Institution, Stanford University (1992-1993); Distinguished Research Professor, Institute for Humane Studies, George Mason University (1994-2000); Commendation for Research on Particle Clouds, NASA (1997); Research Fellow, Independent Institute (1997); Director and President, The Science and Environmental Policy Project (1989-Present); Expert Reviewer, IPCC (2001)

It is our attitude toward free thought and free expression that will determine our fate. There must be no limit on the range of temperate discussion, no limits on thought. No subject must be taboo. No censor must preside at our assemblies.

–William O. Douglas, U.S. Supreme Court Justice, 1952
Not to mention nice guy!
“We do not believe any group of men adequate enough or wise enough to operate without scrutiny or without criticism. We know that the only way to avoid error is to detect it, that the only way to detect it is to be free to inquire. We know that in secrecy error undetected will flourish and subvert”.J Robert Oppenheimer.
Quote:"We have to, I think, again as I’ve suggested before, undertake an aggressive program to go after those who are among the deniers, who are putting out these mistruths, and really call them for what they’re doing and make a battle out of it. They’ve had pretty much of a free ride so far, and that time has got to stop."

Though I cannot agree with anonymous death threats coming from any side, I think it is worse when they come veiled from a public figure, with a name and a face, this time former senator Tim Wirth. From WUWT (via Plazamoyua)

I´m sure Dr. Singer gets lots of anonymous emails too.
Ni cien conejos hacen un caballo, ni cien conjeturas una evidencia (F. Dostoyevski)

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