My title comes from a lying “letter of recommendation” for Soon, which says in part:
…Willie is scrupulous in attending to the basic scientific veracity of everything that he presents in public about scientific matters. He is careful not only in that regard, but also in the attention he pays to drawing reasonable and balanced conclusions, and in rigorously eschewing the unfortunate ad hominem arguments that too often characterize public “debate” about human-caused climate change.
The entire thing is a tissue of lies, but that one is particularly galling. My picture demonstrates that its a lie. The rest is lies too: “Willie is scrupulous in attending to the basic scientific veracity of everything that he presents in public about scientific matters” is a lie, as demonstrated by There is no land on an aqua-planet.
Enough of that bit; there’s more in the Breitbart Kimosabe that’s worth mocking. Its printing stuff from Two of Soon’s peers, an ill-defined concept, but yes I suppose they are his peers. One is Carter, one is Monkers. Try to play guess-who-wrote-each letter without reading the names; I was astonished by how well Carter manages to emulate Monkers usual tone.
From the outside it is very clear that… is a suspect start. The intent is clear: this is some neutral, outside observer rendering an impartial judgement. Which is, obviously, risible. As becomes clear when we continue …the attack on Willie is… Yes, that’s right, he’s on first-name terms with Soon. So much for “from the outside”. Just to make it even clearer, he continues with “a recent reference that I wrote for him”. Yes, that’s right: he’s on such good terms with “Willie” that he writes references for him. This is just such… low-grade drivel for children. Its insulting; are there really people dumb enough to read Breitbart and not realise that its junk? And these are only the internal contradictions. If you add in the many clashes with reality, it gets worse.
* LINDZEN LIBEL SHOCK HORROR – RS.
* The Soon fallacy – Gavin at RC.
* A comment on “The crucifixion of Dr. Willie Soon” at Breitbart
* A Climate Crusader Melts, Exposing a Profitable Link to Harvard’s Name – Paul Basken, Chronicle of Higher Education
* Willie Soon saga
* Willie Soon Attacks Funders of Climate Denial for ‘Lack of Courage’ – BRENDAN MONTAGUE, DeSmog
* Retraction Watch June 2015.