Sometimes you wonder where to bury your face. As you might know, the University of East Anglia recently refused to release climate data in its custody, when requested under FOI (in itself an embarrassment, but we’ll save that for later). When the world is coming to an end, the first thing to do is to use your secret climate data to write as many papers in high-impact journals as possible, I guess.
A curiously similar thing seems to have gripped our ‘skeptical friends’ whom I just began to consider. Firstly I stumbled by accident, upon one of their ethereal abodes: www.skeptic.com. Surely, the steady march of wordly superstition and the pressing Internet takeover by the skeptics’ many nemeses – homoeopathy.com, reiki.com, numerology.com, yoga.com, chiropractic.com etc, must have prompted them to hastily acquire this domain for their crusade. On the homepage however, just below the benign smiling faces of their leader and his associates, a prominent advertisement is displayed. See for yourself:
So,… as it dawned upon them that the skies are about to fall on our heads due to climate change, the skeptics have, in response, decided to take a luxury cruise to Alaska. “See the glaciers before they are gone!” – that’s the catchphrase (no kidding). What’s more, the skeptical denizens who will board the cruiseliner MS Oosterdam for their sojourn, will listen to lectures on climate change. They will be told how “glaciers work and the climate changes” and about climate “evidence from the ice cores”. The second day seems particularly heavy-duty: lectures are from 8 in the morning to 5 in the evening.
I am sure it’ll go easy for the speakers though – there won’t be too many questions or any doubts.