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Shouldn't people who want to be called 'skeptics' be, you know, skeptical about something?

Everyone's favorite blog Wattsupwiththat has reposted an article by Christopher Horner at the ultra right-wing news site Pajamas Media. The story is about Spain’s Dr. Gabriel Calzada, who co-authored an exceptionally faulty (unpublished) study which wrongfully concluded that Spain's 'green' spending was causing job loss, but which nonetheless generated a lot of headlines due to the controversial conclusion. Calzada claimed that he received a package with a return address from a solar energy company. He claims to have called them up, and they told him it was "their answer to my energy pieces." Apparently being either exceptionally paraonid and/or perceiving this as a death threat - from a solar energy company - Calzada claims to have contacted a terrorism expert, who scanned the box and opened it, revealing a dismantled bomb. Supposedly this was a warning - the next one would explode. http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/06/24/green-energy-company-threatens-economics-professor-%E2%80%A6-with-package-of-dismantled-bomb-parts/ Now reading this story, your bullsh!t detector might go off. Why would anybody put their return address on a package containing a dismantled bomb? Why would Calzada immediately be so concerned as to contact a "terrorism expert"? Why would the terrorism expert even bother to investigate this package from a solar power company? And why was this story completely ignored by everyone except the right-wing media and denier blogs? Not surprisingly, this story turned out to be a complete fraud. But that didn't stop the supposed 'skeptics' at Watts' blog from not only posting it, but from buying the clearly bogus story without question. Here are some of the first blog comments: "There is really no other way to look at the situation. The AGW industry has become an organized crime syndicate." "And then they wonder why scientist not swallowing the AGW scam are not coming out in the light… those are still dangerous times to speak out, it seams." "Blacklists,bombthreats,these are acts of terror and not a peep from MSM !!" Not until the tenth comment does a single 'skeptic' exhibit any sort of skepticism about this utterly transparent story. Shouldn't people who want to be called 'skeptics' be, you know, skeptical about something? Oh and by the way, the story was published a week ago, and has been neither corrected nor retracted from Watts' blog. Oh and a further embarrassment for Watts - Steve Goddard posted an article claiming Arctic sea ice was increasing. This one however was caught and corrected, and left up "as an example of what not to do when graphing trends." That's a caveat that should be used for every single one of Goddard's posts. http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/07/02/arctic-ice-increasing-by-50000-km2-per-year/ And of course let's not forget the Beeville science fair story. Thanks DaveH. Apparently the editors of Pajamas Media are more honest than Anthony Watts. How said is that? I think bravozulu just jumped the shark. w*f is that guy smoking? Some crazy genes in that family.

Asked By: Dana1981 - 7/3/2010
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Would that be the same Chris Horner from the Competitive Enterprise Institute (funded by Exxon and the American Petroleum Institute), the Heartland Institute (funded by Exxon and other oil companies), Frontiers of Freedom (funded by Exxon), the National Center for Policy Analysis (funded by Exxon), the Tech Center (... More
Answered By: Trevor - 7/3/2010
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"Oh and a further embarrassment for Watts" huh? you mean he thinks there's something to be ashamed of... More
Answered By: linlyons - 7/3/2010
 
This story has been updated at its source. http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/breaking-green-energy-company-threatens-economics-professor-with-package-of-dismantled-bomb-parts/?singlepage=true
Answered By: DaveH - 7/3/2010
 
I am certainly skeptical that the story is a complete fabrication. Wattsupwiththat has many times the readership of the highest propaganda site from the left, realclimate or is it realleftistpropaganda, I sometimes get confused. I recall reading that story. It had the ring of truth where people were being threatened... More
Answered By: bravozulu - 7/3/2010
 
I am a bit sceptical about what you are trying to say
Answered By: isee clearly - 7/3/2010
 
That's pretty funny - I would have thought such a story would have been taken with a hint more of incredulity. You're right about the return address and the "professionals" - really, a simple bit of research would have saved them so much embarrassment, esp. taking into account the fact that they're posting these... More
Answered By: A Modest Proposal - 7/3/2010
 
"That's the problem with skeptics nowadays, seems they'll believe anything" Can't remember who said it, but it applies wonderfully well to most global warming 'skeptics'.
Answered By: MTRstudent - 7/4/2010
 
it's called second-order confirmation bias... More
Answered By: Paul B - 7/4/2010
 
Your right. Since AGW doesn't exist I guess you can't be skeptical about it..
Answered By: George Orwell - 7/4/2010
 
About the only thing you get from Trevor is Exxon is funding it. The lack of critical thinking from you and Trevor is pretty revealing about who you are and what you are. You are a leftist and nothing more. You pretend that your leftist ramblings amount to science. They don't. They simply amount to paranoid leftist... More
Answered By: jim z - 7/4/2010
 
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