Conflation, confusion and conditioning.


Much time is spent on the web categorising the fallacious arguments alarmist use into classical debating errors with impressive Latin names. That’s all good stuff as far as it goes, but the propagandists use a number of shady techniques which because they rely more on group psychology rather than a structured argument, don’t quite fall neatly … Continue reading

En passant moves of a minor imp of Satan.


There are some disagreeable things one is obliged to do as a climate skeptic blogger and they’re mainly needed to keep a finger on the alarmist pulse. A very important one is to not only read the propaganda output from the alarmist organs of dissemination, or should I call them organs of disinformation, but to … Continue reading

Do we call them Nazis or not?


An Oxbridge don, after staggering out of a faculty meeting that had dragged on for hours, was heard to remark that how a predominantly male society could produce so many old women, was totally beyond him. What I think he was referring to was the more than usual amount of bitchiness one finds prevalent in academia, … Continue reading

Why isn’t the alarmist propaganda working?


I wrote an analysis piece last year which was an attempt to categorise and second guess the different types of propaganda the climate alarmists would resort to. In the light of Nils Bohr’s witty remark that prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future, it was reasonably accurate. Since then, two trends have become … Continue reading

The great global warming con.


If you want to con serious amounts of money out of other people, you’ve got to sell them a story and the story you sell, comes in one of two basic flavours. The first one is the traditional basis of most confidence tricks and at the end of the day, it revolves about their greed. … Continue reading

How to run a really bad infowar campaign.


It’s perhaps a debatable opinion, but I think the main way that a lot people found out there actually was such a thing as the climate skeptic blogosphere, was that its existence was highlighted by the alarmists themselves. In the complete absence of any PR budget, it was actually the alarmists who by attacking it, inadvertently … Continue reading

The shape of things to come; Snailbats, HALsays, Scarems, LewPapers and DickPols.


Environmental alarmism is by now a well established phenomenon with nearly a four decade long history. In that time, we’ve been on the receiving end of doomsday predictions as diverse as holes in the ozone layer, overpopulation, resource wars, acid rain, a new ice age and the most successful one of all, global warming. Since … Continue reading

How tropical storm Sandy became a Frankenstorm …


Infowar uses propaganda, which is directed at a population to give them a worldview which accords with your own political beliefs. There are a lot of propaganda techniques; disinformation, censorship, misrepresentation, character assassination, lies, intimidation and the rewriting of history, to name but a few. Used properly and pervasively enough, it easily controls the general population … Continue reading

Intentions, profiles and predictability.


I’ve spent an inordinate amount of my life working out other people’s real intentions, and what they would do and how they would attempt to do it, because of those intentions. Getting one jump ahead of complex, imaginative and sometimes troubled minds, is a tough business, but that’s what made it interesting. They were those very … Continue reading

An assessment of current alarmist propaganda.


It’s been obvious for some time, that the science behind the most alarming claims about the effects of any putative global warming, is not only unsustainable but indefensible. We still of course get the occasional paper, trying to resurrect an old scare, which has already been demolished, but as happened with both the Shakun and Gergis papers, the climate … Continue reading

Mullering the data.


There is this new sort of creature who’s emerged in the climate debate in the last year or two. Unsurprisingly, they all seem to spring from the alarmist side, but they all have one of those comfortably recognisable patterns of behaviour that I quite like. I’ll freely admit I’ve a slight compulsion to look for … Continue reading

Lies, damn lies and polls.


Some time ago and in the context of climategate, I put forward the opinion that it would eventually produce two big losers and one big winner. The two losers were going to be climate science and the mainstream media (MSM), while the big winner was going to be the blogosphere. Climategate, important though it was, was just … Continue reading

Happy birthday Pointman’s.


It doesn’t seem like it, but it’s been a year since I started this blog. I started it for a number of reasons and with more than a few reservations but with some modest hopes in sight, so now seems to be an appropriate time to think about how it’s doing and the experience of being a … Continue reading

Green myths : We have to get back to a natural life.

The centre cannot hold ...

We live under this pervasive avalanche of propaganda that’s telling us we’re the single fly in the ointment that’s killing an Earth that was somehow an Eden before we appeared to spoil the whole thing; if only we could change. Yes, if only we could change. If only we could stand to watch a person … Continue reading

Green Myths : Polar bears going extinct, yawn …


Ask any young person about Polar bears and you’ll find out they know all about them. Polar bears are cuddly and harmless but they’re an endangered species. Why are they endangered then? It’s because of global warming, which is melting all the ice at the North pole and the poor Polar bears are drowning. Year … Continue reading

So, which is it; Global Warming, Climate Disruption or Climate Change?


We had nearly two decades worth of propaganda telling us we were the cause of the planet warming up and unless we stopped emitting carbon, we were all going to burn up in the looming thermogeddon. This scare was branded Global Warming and gradually entered the popular consciousness. People naturally got a bit concerned about … Continue reading