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Dear Scientific American… (An Open Letter)

Dear Scientific American


Subject: Subscription renewal: please stay away from this climate contrarian (or worse)

Thank you for asking me to fork another $43.75 to get 12 more issues starting from July or August 2010.

I am afraid I am not the kind of subscriber you may want to consort with.

You see, I am one of those despicable people “standing up and exposing the science, the costs and the hysteria behind global warming alarmism“. In your definition, I am one of the “contrarians, naysayers and denialists.

And it gets worse. Some time ago I published a paid article on an online magazine that received (I think, or maybe suspect) some money from Exxon. The shock, the horror, etc etc doo bee doo bee doo.

Please spare yourself from having your articles read by these deceitful, amateurish, intellectually dishonest eyes of mine and just leave me alone.

many thanks
maurizio morabito

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Me "Denier"? You "Goebbelite"!

From a comment by “Aaron” on Accuweather Global Warming’s blog:

[…] the AGW proponents have resorted to name calling and personal smears. They subscribe to the Bushism “if you’re not with us, you’re against us“. This is somewhat ironic as nearly all of them hate the president with every fiber of their beings.

They have also taken to using the term “denier” to describe anyone in disagreement with their beliefs in a not so subtle attempt to compare those who don’t agree with those who deny the fact that Nazi Germany was responsible for the extermination of six million Jews, ethnic minorities, intellectuals, and political adversaries.

It’s an ugly term, and personally I find it’s use to be quite offensive. In response, about the best the skeptics and AGW opponents can respond with is “Global Warming Alarmist” which isn’t a comparison to anything, but entirely accurate.

So, in the spirit of fairness, I’m proposing that a new term be adopted to describe AGW proponents: Goebbelites. I’ve seen the term goebbelsian used in another context, but I prefer Goebbelites. It will be used to describe anyone who can be described as adhering to the following quotation from Joseph Goebbels:

If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.

[…] Civil discourse is essential to the solution of any problem, and the use of derogatory and offensive terms to describe those who disagree with you isn’t civil.