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Archive for March 7th, 2009

klaus BPSDB For those who do not know him Vaclav Klaus is the President of  Czech Republic, formerly an economist, and a climate change Denier (here and here for eg).

Last spring Klaus started the usual cheap circus of demanding to debate Al Gore. Like herpes, many Denier fables and memes just won’t go away no matter how often you treat them.

Naturally Gore won’t dignify this clown with a debate, so now the narrative has become that Al Gore is afraid of Klaus.

Of course public debates are not about establishing truth or fact. Rather they are popularity contests, episodes of American Idiot Idol, that reward the best performer rather than truth, particularly if one of the participants is willing and able to lie convincingly (more on this here and here). (more…)

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Johnny Rook ( – 2009)

johnny Brian D very gently reminds me that I should post an update about Johnny Rook.

Johnny passed away Monday March 1st. Right up to the end he was active, posting comments on his own blog and at Climate Progress.

Tributes to Johnny can be found at Get Energy Smart Now, and there is a moving eulogy at Daily Kos R.I.P. JohnnyRook.

As Brian D notes, the family has asked that donations go to 350.org.

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