‘Comedy gold’: AGW alarmist frets over ‘favorited’ Mark Steyn tweet

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In which @gregladen is in the lead for the person with the thinnest skin in the #agw cult–> https://t.co/BbxLPXn3r2 #BlessHisHeart

— cosmoscon (@gdthomp01) October 3, 2014

It seems Georgia Tech climate scientist Judith Curry offended climate change alarmist Greg Laden. How? It all started when Laden noticed that Curry “favorited” a Mark Steyn tweet. Laden wanted an apology — yes, an apology — from somebody for favoriting the tweet of another:

I hope Judith Curry apologizes for this. http://t.co/8JHCuSKgzF via @Scienceblogs

— Greg Laden (@gregladen) October 1, 2014

Laden wrote that Curry has become “increasingly aligned with those who are highly skeptical that global warming is real.” Favoriting this Mark Steyn tweet was the last straw:


To sum that up:

@gregladen @ScienceBlogs She's a scientist, but since you don't agree with her… she's a bad scientist. Got it. You're a child.

— Sean (@goliathmeadow) October 1, 2014

Shorter @GregLaden: Wahhh Wahhh! @curryja is a big stupid meany pants. We must destroy her. Waaah! http://t.co/ca6UHpg6TG HT @AaronWorthing

— Erik Soderstrom (@soderstrom) October 3, 2014

Curry noticed that Laden’s science is settled: Favoriting a Mark Steyn tweet will get you labeled as a “denialist”:

Greg Laden @gregladen responds. Calls me a denialist for favoriting (bookmarking) a tweet by Mark Steyn http://t.co/sKJROsTqbL

— Judith Curry (@curryja) October 2, 2014

Its now official . . . @gregladen 'Greg Laden added you to list gregladen/global-warming-deniers'

— Judith Curry (@curryja) October 2, 2014

No, @curryja you got that wrong. You might be a less than competent twitter user, but I accepted your explanation for fav'ing tweet.

— Greg Laden (@gregladen) October 2, 2014

@gregladen And then you called me a denialist. Your 'evidence' is my favoring Steyn in the Mann/Steyn lawsuits.

— Judith Curry (@curryja) October 2, 2014

You are probably a denialist because given the chance to say you aren't, you declined. @curryja

— Greg Laden (@gregladen) October 2, 2014


This tweet is simply more proof that you are not interested in civil conversation. UR a liar and UR dangerious to the future. @curryja

— Greg Laden (@gregladen) October 2, 2014

Somebody is “dangerous to the future” based on a favorited tweet? Was that claim peer reviewed?

And, that will be all for you. @curryja

— Greg Laden (@gregladen) October 2, 2014

Laden had explained that Twitter should name things differently so as not to force him to “out” people as denialists:

Comment on comment by @curryja inre favoriting an offensive tweet involving me, @MichaelEMann, and @MarkSteynOnline http://t.co/RLySLGBipq

— Greg Laden (@gregladen) October 2, 2014

From Laden’s explanation:

I accept Judith Curry’s explanation for why she favorited a harassing tweet, because I have no choice but to believe that she is being straight forward when she says she uses “favoriting” to keep track of tweets regardless of their content or meaning.

I recommend that people who use “favoriting” to keep track of tweets, regardless of content or meaning, consider the possibility that labeling a tweet that may be offensive to some as a “favorite” will be taken as a signal that the favoriter favors the tweet. Because that is kinda what that means.

Does this guy know how to party, or what? It went on, but you get the point.

A Twitter 101 lesson ensued:

Jesus Christ, you're an idiot. Favoriting is a method of bookmarking a tweet. @gregladen @curryja @MichaelEMann @MarkSteynOnline

— Aaron Worthing (@AaronWorthing) October 3, 2014

It's be nice if Twitter didn't call it "favoriting" but that's all it is: bookmarking @gregladen @curryja @MichaelEMann @MarkSteynOnline

— Aaron Worthing (@AaronWorthing) October 3, 2014

And what a fascist little idiot are you, laying awake worried someone favorited a tweet? @gregladen @curryja @MichaelEMann @MarkSteynOnline

— Aaron Worthing (@AaronWorthing) October 3, 2014

People may fave a tweet they HATE, for easy reference. @AaronWorthing @HarrietBaldwin @gregladen @curryja @MichaelEMann @MarkSteynOnline

— David Jack Smith (@davidjacksmith) October 3, 2014

Shorter @gregladen –> Ban all the things! Especially the people who favorite tweets that I don't agree with! https://t.co/BbxLPXn3r2

— cosmoscon (@gdthomp01) October 3, 2014

@AaronWorthing @gregladen @curryja @MichaelEMann @MarkSteynOnline No such thing as respectful disagreement w/the left. All is h8.

— David Kozerow (@djkozerow) October 3, 2014

What will this whole flap probably be blamed on? You guessed it:

#UnapprovedFavoriting: Another effect of Climate Change @AaronWorthing @HarrietBaldwin @gregladen @curryja @MichaelEMann @MarkSteynOnline

— David Jack Smith (@davidjacksmith) October 3, 2014

Or is that “global climate disruption” now?

(h/t @soderstrom)

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/10/03/thinnest-skin-in-the-agw-cult-climate-change-alarmist-frets-over-favorited-mark-steyn-tweet/

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