cite as: F. Bi. 2008. The Shadow Sock technique. Intl. J. Inact., 1:130–132
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I’ve uploaded a short segment of the Littlemore vs. Monckton global warming debate (17′ to 20′ 30″), in which Monckton, Green, and Littlemore talked about the Medieval Warm Period and Bangladesh, and Green tried to steer the debate in the direction of Jupiter:
With the debate now over, my guess was that the High Respectable Inactionosphere’s foremost duty would be to create the impression of a mass exodus over to the inactivist ‘camp’… and being lovers of freedom, they weren’t going to (horrors!) leave that to the actual public! And indeed, there are now two shiny new comments at DeSmogBlog. There’s this:
brothersmartmouth: Dear Richard, Please explain your comment “was registered in YOUR country… because it woudn’t have been legal if it was registered in the United States.”
Your lack of knowledge about “a lot of this”, can be solved via the internet (wikapedia is not resourse material).
The CBC has no problem talking about global warming science on the radio? Why do you?
I think the next time, the David Suzuki Foundation,won’t have a blogger debating science.
Thank you, Honestly, I give you a gold medal for being the first AGW advocate to use the freedom to debate!
So, it looks like our commenter has Studied the Science Thoroughly by using the Internet (which, well, is quite distinct from Wikipedia). And he knows so much about global warming that he’s now just curious about Littlemore’s connections to the online gambling industry. Ooh.
Then there’s this:
Good try Richard,
…but…you had it coming.
I promise not to say…I told you so……
Thank you for having the courage to debate.
You sir are a much better man than Mr Al Gore,
of this I have absolutely no doubt.
You’ve got some huevos, Gore has naught.
So our second commenter praises Littlemore, just before making a swipe at Gore. (No gold medal this time, sorry…)
Now, do these commenters sound anything like real independent individuals who were changing their minds after hearing the debate? There’s a clear attempt by our interlocutors to make themselves look neutral, and yet give a vague impression that they’re not very disposed towards things ‘green’. I think I’ll call this the “Shadow Sock technique”. And — as before — I theorize that these misrepresentation efforts are targeted not at the general public, but at the decision-making politicians.
Which leads to the second part of the Goracular prediction: How well, or how badly, did Littlemore do in this debate? No doubt, Littlemore was very very far from his best. But if the only new ‘commenters’ are Shadow Socks such as those above, then it can only mean that, as far as we can tell,
Number of people newly converted to either ‘camp’ by this debate = 0.00.
And that’s not so bad after all.
Update 2008-08-18: There’s now a horde of anti-Hansen, anti-IPCC folks in the DeSmogBlog comments. Still no sign of a mass exodus; at most it’s a mass mobilization of pre-existing wingnuts (James, Jack Bauer, 2muchgovt, etc.). Meanwhile, Kirk shows his true inactivist colours.
Update 2008-08-20: The Great Democrat Sock has now appeared! (Though in a different context.)
Patrick Powell: I am employed independently, and I’m a democrat. I wish we would all go to alternative energy. I want us to stop polluting and I truely believe that solar energy is eventually going to be the dominate energy on the planet. Solar roofing shingle technology is near, and I couldn’t be happier.
I am also a scientist and I don’t want to use global warming to trick people into doing what I believe is right.
Phillip Huggan: The greedy and evil big oil lobby is obstructing genuine progress in developing the methodology to implement a climate thermostat. There is no point worrying about averting the next ice age while the most powerful country on Earth and most profitable industry, are refusing to pay their own externalities.
Solar forcing may be relevant to such an endeavour, but is of low priority given the greed, misinformation and evil of Alberta and Texas actors.
Big oil is harming capitalism and bolstering revolution.
Update 2008-08-23: Roy Green just can’t let it go…