100 thoughts on “Mann joins the Twitterati

  1. Plain & Simple, the Piltdown Mann’s gardening is a powerful blowback from the policymakers. It’s an ill wind that blows no one fair.
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  2. Oh my goodness! He created a twitter account along with 200 millions others!

    I look forward to the daily reports concerning his bowel movements.

  3. Extensive organized assault?

    The kindest thing I can say is that Mann isn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer.

  4. Interesting that a key figure in ClimateGate scandal considers FOIA requests an “assault”. I’ve always understood that a fundamental principal of research and its publication was that data was made available for peer verification. Silly me!

  5. I don’t want to follow Mann anywhere but curiosity won and I went on Facebook. BP now raised thank you WUWT. I do wonder what the human race is coming to, maybe all that AGW has fried their brains. I did like the bit about how the vatican is enlightened though, well history has endorsed that. /sarc.
    I am not a scientist but the arguments against AGW are overwhelmingly rational and make sense, i do not understand why this is not more generally the common view.
    Incidently, i am puzzling why I found the recent posts on fuel usage,engines in Alaska ( I know nothing aboutt engines), heating pads etc so very interesting and illuminating… 2 hours went by in a flash, but that I guess is the beauty of WUWT so thanks.

  6. I hope he plays Hockey! Then I can play him out with the rules, as he does, and then try and convice all it did not happen.

    Were ha a hockey [player one wouldbe incined to cry “foul- sticks!”.

  7. Wow, it certainly has become a full frontal PR/legal assault from the Mann.

    There seems to be little doubt that the e-mails that are being sought under FOI must contain some pretty damaging stuff.

    Who knows how long it will take for all this to play out, but in the end, history will not be kind to this fellow.

  8. jorgekafkazar says:
    October 6, 2011 at 8:59 am

    “The heartbreak of proctocraniosis.”

    For those that don’t know, proctocraniosis is the clinical name for what’s commonly known as Asshat Syndrome.

  9. On the plus side, maybe he will pull an “Anthony Weiner” and send out a tweet that was only meant for Team members !!!
    (not meaning that he would send a lewd photo, but private data)
    Interesting list of people that he follows.

  10. I love the picture above. The expression on the man in the background is priceless. Kinda like “Oh man[n], here we go again…..”

  11. Mann doesn’t like the “organised” FOI assault? Shame he completely fails to hold up his hand to his shameless, organised assault upon science.

  12. Mike Bromley the Canucklehead says:
    October 6, 2011 at 9:45 am

    I love the picture above. The expression on the man in the background is priceless. Kinda like “Oh man[n], here we go again…..”
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    So do I.

    The expression of the guy seated next to Mann seems to say, “….did they have to seat me next to this (fill in the blank), I hope his reputation doesn’t rub off…”

    I think I see him edging sideway to disassociate himself.

  13. I wonder if the PR team airbrushed Mann’s picture. He doesn’t look as ….well, …chubby ….as he usually does in photos. Something droll about the idea of a portly person urging self-denial on the rest of us.

    REPLY: I don’t think that’s a relevant issue – Anthony

  14. Really kinda puts Brune’s mention of Mann being on sabbatical to study climate communication into perspective, doesn’t it?

  15. Never bothered with twitter, I treat twitter like I would do with a plague rat, Piltdown-E-mann’s presence on said networking site, accordingly, is an excellent reason to cast it out of my mind forever.

  16. @Steve Peer review is only for those who have peers. The peerless are exempt from such mundane distractions.

  17. I went to his FB page and saw this:

    Michael E. Mann Thanks Cathy–yes, the Vatican has taken a very enlightened view about climate change. I continue to believe that the faith community can, and will, play an important role in raising awareness over the threats posed by climate change.

    Is this some kind of admission?

  18. Why doesn’t everybody just ignore Michael E Mann..

    In some mad way, he NEEDs climate sceptics attacking him, so he can rage against deniers..

    Ignore him, and Trenberth, Hansen etc, and try to engage politley and civiliy the other scientists…

  19. Matthew W [October 6, 2011 at 9:44 am] says:

    “On the plus side, maybe he will pull an “Anthony Weiner” and send out a tweet that was only meant for Team members !!! (not meaning that he would send a lewd photo, but private data)”

    Oh you’re good. What a presage! Kudos for calling it first!

    I could do without the lewd photo of Mann as well, but anything that works is fine by me. This arrogant SOB being discredited by his own actions would be ironic and satisfying. Make it so, Mike!

  20. I also notice the picture of his “Nobel Peace Price” – I wonder what the price was for it?

    Is there anything this Mann can’t get wrong?

  21. Who knew that asking for something that is your right to have is assault?

    I am tempted to join Twitter just so that I can post that beside that FOIA assault claim. What Michael Mann doesn’t realize that is that the FOIA law is a right and not a privilege. Driving is a privilege. Knowing how our tax money is spent provided that knowing does not put someone’s life in grave danger is a right.

  22. In an effort to frustrate those FOIA scoundrels, Mann can now release his code 140 characters at a time.

  23. Mike Bromley the Canucklehead says:
    October 6, 2011 at 9:45 am
    I love the picture above. The expression on the man in the background is priceless. Kinda like “Oh man[n], here we go again…..”
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    Mike, It looks to me like he’s saying “What the hell did you just say??????????

  24. Smiley …. What ? Why?

    Ie if he gets sidelined, and becomes an embarrasment to other scientists, then normal scientific discussion might be able to resume..

    Then the more he rages about ‘Deniers’ the less people pay attention to him.

  25. polkyb says:
    October 6, 2011 at 10:48 am
    “I went to his FB page and saw this:

    Michael E. Mann Thanks Cathy–yes, the Vatican has taken a very enlightened view about climate change. I continue to believe that the faith community can, and will, play an important role in raising awareness over the threats posed by climate change.”

    Oh the catholic church is full on climate alarmist?
    “roughly 177 million more acreage of various lands owned by the Catholic Church throughout the globe, including the hundreds of Vatican embassies that are legally titled to The Holy See as an independent nation.”

    http://www.businessinsider.com/worlds-biggest-landowners-2011-3?op=1

    Can you say CDM?

  26. The Piltdown Mann pictured at the Congressional Hearing. The ironies overwhelm. My Mac will observe a moment of silence for Jobs, Jobs, Jobs.
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  27. I see he describes himself as “Author of Dire Predictions..”. You really couldn’t make that up!

  28. Perhaps a caption competition (for Mann’s twit(ter) portrait) is in order:

    Here’s a first attempt to improve on: “I did not – have deletional relations with that email”

  29. This is speculative. But he is behaving like a man being cornered. Thus he is lashing out in a defensive manner. A man who knows he is losing control over something he wants to keep out of, sigh.

    I have not given him more than cursory attention for a while now. Because his science is not good enough to waste my time reading more of his stuff.

    I am not going to read his twitter stuff. It is not worth the pollution.

  30. I went a looked at who Mann follows on twitter. Lots of ‘journalists’ and many far left organizations.

    Very few scientists…..

  31. My gray hair streaking through the Irish red is showing. I just can’t get twitterpated over twitters and facebooks. Sitting by the fireside reading them doesn’t capture a full thought, let alone a decent argument.

  32. A climate science communication sabbatical from PSU is a wonderful opportunity for entering the Twitter-light world of both shadows and substances . . . . he is going for it.

    John

  33. Gary says:
    October 6, 2011 at 11:57 am
    Love the photo. The guy in the background looks rather skeptical, don’t you think?

    Right Gary, he looks like he might be Chris Moncktons cousin.

  34. I posted a comment on Mann’s Twitter page:

    Here is the record showing his acolytes comment, then Manns reply and then my comment re Cardinal Pell in Australia.

    ::(Cathy said:)
    The Vatican’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations has praised the IPCC 4th Assessment report you worked on:
    October 2 at 12:44pm · Like

    Michael E. Mann said:::Thanks Cathy–yes, the Vatican has taken a very enlightened view about climate change. I continue to believe that the faith community can, and will, play an important role in raising awareness over the threats posed by climate change.
    October 2 at 3:21pm · Like

    Peter Walsh said::::: Cardinal Pell in Australia is “off song” then with the Vatican as he thinks totally in the opposite direction on Climate Change cAGW

    My comment was removed and I seem to be blocked from making further comments.

    Luckily, I copied and pasted all 3 tweets to Bishop Hill Blog

    Peter Walsh, Dublin, Ireland

  35. Twitter sure helped get Calgary’s new mayor elected. We have a very young demographic in Calgary.

  36. New Climate Change Study says Global Warming worse than we thought! Its based on 12 fossilized trees from Northern Russia, Rooftop thermometers in Santa Rosa, Antarctic temperature stations buried in snow, lake sediment under a bridge in Sweden, and…the thickness of the stripes on the Wooly Bear Catepillar!

  37. …”On the one hand, as scientists we are ethically bound to the scientific method, in effect promising to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but — which means that we must include all the doubts, the caveats, the ifs, ands, and buts. On the other hand, we are not just scientists but human beings as well. And like most people we’d like to see the world a better place, which in this context translates into our working to reduce the risk of potentially disastrous climatic change. To do that we need to get some broadbased support, to capture the public’s imagination. That, of course, entails getting loads of media coverage. So we have to offer up scary scenarios, make simplified, dramatic statements, and make little mention of any doubts we might have…” – Stephen Schneider

  38. It’s hilarious how he calls FOIA a tool for assault. It’s like freedom of information is exactly what he doesn’t want to exist. He pre-supposes that any request for information is inherently bad, so the entire thing is an assault on him.

  39. Kaboom says:
    October 6, 2011 at 10:36 am

    “… The peerless are exempt from such mundane distractions.”

    Elsewhere:

    “…the Peerless JOHN-IN-A-BOX. This newly developed closet will provide a positive flush with complete and thorough bowl cleansing, while using less than 1.6 gallons of water. Using no pumps, grinders, pressure tanks or other complicated apparatus, our “Controlled Rate Flapper” is fool proof.”

  40. Pamela Gray says:
    October 6, 2011 at 1:30 pm
    “My gray hair streaking through the Irish red is showing. I just can’t get twitterpated over twitters and facebooks. Sitting by the fireside reading them doesn’t capture a full thought, let alone a decent argument.”
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    Yaaay, Pamela!
    (Except your thoughts on twitter and facebook are far too benign compared to the very dim view of them that I hold.)

  41. “Mann joins the Twitterati”

    Ab Fab, sit back, buy the corn and enjoy! It will only be a matter of time, as each and every metric says no, the Mann has to say yeh!

    Not long to go now

  42. I can see it now. If enough AGW scient(olog)ists join twitter, WUWT can host a new category. The Nit-Twit of the day / week / month.

  43. I see Mann’s understanding of climate science is only exceeded by his poor taste in clothes. Brown suit with khaki shirt and black and white tie?? Horrible unless you happen to be a Newcastle United fan enrolled in the Africa Korps who dresses and shaves in the dark!

  44. twitter is a worthless medium of communication…an electronic version of ‘post-it’ notes, so I suppose that makes it ideal for the discussion of AGW.

  45. Folks, please understand that nothing Mike Mann writes, pumps out
    through twitter or Facebook, gives out in a press release, or puts into a
    scientific paper is done under a legally binding and valid oath !

    Until he sits down in a chair as a witness, subject to actual professionally done
    adversarial cross examination, I consider anything Mr. Mann might say or do
    to have no basis in fact… except in his own imagination.

  46. ” FOI’s assault on science?”

    Yes, because simply asking Mann-E-Faces to adhere to the law is clearly an assault.

    I used to do contract work for a provincial government. We were informed that every single thing we did at work could be pertained to FOI, and thus, could be made public. Mann obviously knows this, but he has decided that he is going to fight it.
    I try to avoid using the word ” criminal”, because it could be viewed as a ad-hominid attack, but in this case, Mann is clearly announcing his intent to try and circumvent the law.

    As for the Twitter account, in this case, no joke about ” Twits” is needed. It writes itself.

  47. Anthony snipped me when I innocently exchanged an an A for an I in “Twitterati”.

    Let’s see if the following wordplay is less sexually suggestive.

    Did you know you can rearrange the letters in “Michael E. Mann” to spell “Manic Lame Hen”?

    Manic lame hen reminds me of the story of Chicken Little, the hen who when she first felt rain ran around in a panic saying the sky is falling.

  48. Gail Combs says:
    October 6, 2011 at 9:54 am
    Mike Bromley the Canucklehead says:
    October 6, 2011 at 9:45 am

    I love the picture above. The expression on the man in the background is priceless. Kinda like “Oh man[n], here we go again…..”
    _________________________________________________________
    So do I.

    The expression of the guy seated next to Mann seems to say, “….did they have to seat me next to this (fill in the blank), I hope his reputation doesn’t rub off…”

    I think I see him edging sideway to disassociate himself.
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    That bloke has a remarkable resemblance to his good Lordship Monckton :)

  49. So what are the appropriate hash tags in response to his tweeting?

    #HideTheDecline ?
    #PalReviewedScience ?
    #ClimateScientology ?

  50. Hey Mike. Speaking strictly from a scientific method perspective the quality of your work really stinks. Post that on your twitter.

    I tried to read his facebook page, what an embarassing load of anti scientific twaddle.

  51. What a complete mistortion of the facts, but then again it’s what he’s best at.

    It’s only an “assault” because he refuses to comply with his LEGAL obligations under FOIA.

  52. Gotta love the Editor’s note to Herzberg’s response to Manne’s intemperate outburst in the Vail Daily ( http://www.vaildaily.com/article/20111005/LETTER/111009946&parentprofile=search ):

    “Editor’s note: The “hockey stick” is at the core of debate over comparative global temperatures through time. While most studies support the “hockey stick” pattern, several do not, and so the debate continues on this and other aspects of the global change theories. We’ll remind readers that there’s good reason we’re running these commentaries in the opinion forum, whose function is expression of viewpoints and not purporting to offer definitive answers.”

  53. Smokey says: October 6, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    In other news, Mann’s benefactor George Soros lost his appeal and remains a convicted felon.

    So – is the cause of Mann’s recent florid output, that his money flow is drying up?

  54. I laugh daily at the people who tweet using the #climate hashtag. Read the bios and you get a glimpse of the machine and of people who make good livings driving it. It makes the claims of big oil even more ludicrous when you see the constant stream of rubbish from people with a financial stake.

    Manns tweets will just be retweeted by that group of money grabbing ideologists.

  55. I have extensively followed the Vatican and the Popes comments.

    Three things NEVER mentioned from :”The Chair” of the Vatican…. By ANY Pope.

    Man-made climate.
    AGW.
    Anthropogenic Global Warming.

    This leaves only one other Climate Change…,Natural Climate Changes

    I challenge Mr Mann – Cathy etc to prove me wrong.

    The Pope has spoken from “The Chair” about Good stewardship [ As always ]…the need to help the poor and displaced by [ Natural ] Climate Changes, environmental issues, actions of corporations displacement of people etc.

    Even the Vatican has been taken in on Carbon Neutral Schemes

    http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2010/0420/Carbon-offsets-How-a-Vatican-forest-failed-to-reduce-global-warming

    The Solar panels were a gift….as was the installation and maintenance.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26946700/ns/us_news-environment/t/first-solar-panels-installed-vatican-roof/

    [ "The solar panels were donated by SolarWorld, based in Bonn, Germany. The company's CEO gave the panels a Bonn-based company called SolarWorld. The company's CEO decided to give the solar project as a gift to the German-born pope. " ]

    Even the Church has been infiltrated with IPCC influence. R. Pachauri, hikers and lawyers made a “Working Group” in a recent PAS [ Pontifical Academy of Science ] paper.

    [ " Ajai, L. Bengtsson, D. Breashears, P.J. Crutzen, S. Fuzzi, W. Haeberli, W.W. Immerzeel, G.
    Kaser, C. Kennel, A. Kulkarni, R. Pachauri, T. H. Painter, J. Rabassa, V. Ramanathan, A.
    Robock, C. Rubbia, L. Russell, M. Sánchez Sorondo, H.J. Schellnhuber, S. Sorooshian, T. F.
    Stocker, L.G. Thompson, O.B. Toon, D. Zaelke " ]

    http://catholicclimatecovenant.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/Pontifical-Academy-of-Sciences_Glacier_Report_050511_final.pdf

    The age old Himalayas argument was used….. [ Note: If this was an honest report – why not call out INDIA to immediately reduce it’s Black Carbon [ soot ] emissions, within this report? ]. It wasn’t like Mr R. Pachauri wasn’t available.

    The most important part is the PAS is NOT part of the magistrate…. The official voice [ " Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said in a written statement that while the report reflects the findings of the authors and is not “an act of the magisterium of the Church,” ]

    Disclaimer: I’m Catholic and blog on Catholic blog. I am VERY much a Climate Realist [ Skeptic, if you must ] and so are many others.

    IMO You do your [ our ] cause a disservice when you try to lump people of faith…into people of AGW faith. :)

  56. David Ball says:
    October 6, 2011 at 2:41 pm
    Twitter sure helped get Calgary’s new mayor elected. We have a very young demographic in Calgary.
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    Twitter helped Obama get elected. Now are we frightened?

  57. D. King (12:15:55) :
    OT
    Pope urges lifestyle changes to save environment
    “The pope and his predecessor John Paul have put the Vatican firmly on an environmentalist footing. Last month, in a message sent to heads of state and international organizations, the pope called on rich nations to acknowledge responsibility for the environmental crisis and shed consumerism.”
    …said the man in the golden hat.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6000G220100101

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    Last May the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences, arm of an institution that once persecuted Galileo for his scientific findings, pronounced on manmade global warming: It’s happening.

    Said the pope’s scientific advisers, “We must protect the habitat that sustains us.”

    http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2011/09/24/national/a101025D62.DTL

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    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/05/09/the-vatican-gets-involved-in-climate-change/

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  58. Avoid putting too much credence in people (and the words they speak) who sit under metallic hats.

  59. Michael Mann anagrams, anyone?
    Lame chin man
    China elm man
    Then of course there’s
    Penn State > State Penn

  60. Twitter helped the ‘O’ to be president . . . . .

    Is Mann taking a sabbatical from PSU in order to position himself as a US presidential candidate? Will he form a third party? The Narcissistic Party? Will former VP ‘eco-lite’ Gore be his prime advisor?

    John

  61. RB says:
    October 7, 2011 at 2:21 am
    Here in the UK we say

    “Many a tweet makes a twat”.

    arthur clapham says:
    October 7, 2011 at 3:19 am
    RB , is right, perhaps Mann and his followers should become the twatterati.

    Hey what the heck!!!

    Anthony censored me for changing Twitterati into Twatteriti…

  62. It’s clear from looking at the photo of Dr Mann that his titanic, ever-expanding brain has pushed his hair out.

  63. Blade says:
    October 6, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Matthew W [October 6, 2011 at 9:44 am] says:

    “On the plus side, maybe he will pull an “Anthony Weiner” and send out a tweet that was only meant for Team members !!! (not meaning that he would send a lewd photo, but private data)”

    Oh you’re good. What a presage! Kudos for calling it first!

    I could do without the lewd photo of Mann as well, but anything that works is fine by me. This arrogant SOB being discredited by his own actions would be ironic and satisfying. Make it so, Mike!
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    Look I know it’s only a childish fantasy, but imagine if he got really drunk one night and just tweeted his heart out and spilled his guts, you know, with loads of profane ad-hominems, etc… That would be so cool.

    I get the feeling he doesn’t quite know what he’s letting himself in for with the ‘social networking’ stuff.

    And the face of the other guy in the photo does look really, well, like he’s looking at a piece of rotting meat with hundreds of maggots crawling through it. Is that photo on his Facebook page? Sorry, but I’m not even going to go there to find out – ‘fraid I’m very cynical about digital ‘social networking’.

  64. Steeptown says @ October 6, 2011 at 11:11 am

    NAS Chair Ralph Cicerone in background (July 27, 2006) — at U.S. House of Representatives.
    ________________________________________________________________
    Thanks for the ID.

    My internet search turned up:
    “… MIT’s Richard Lindzen harshly rebuked NAS president Cicerone in his Congressional testimony in November 2010. Lindzen testified: “Cicerone [of NAS] is saying that regardless of evidence the answer is predetermined. If government wants carbon control, that is the answer that the Academies will provide.” …” http://www.exposeddeception.com/index.php?action=printpage;topic=225.0

    If that statement is true, it is a nice summation of what we are seeing and Brune and Mann exemplify exactly what Dr Lindzen has allegedly stated.

  65. Peter Walsh says: @ October 6, 2011 at 2:38 pm
    “…My comment was removed and I seem to be blocked from making further comments….”
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    So censorship strikes again. Why does this not surprise me when Mr. Mann is involved.

    By the way this poll may be why Mann is on a communication sabbatical and using twitter. (100 million active users) Someone else mentioned that Twitter seems to be full of young people and it is certainly the place to gather a “loyal” following.

    University of Arkansas (Yeah, a University again, why don’t they stay OUT of politics)

    http://blairrockefellerpoll.uark.edu/5292.php “>Findings from the Blair-Rockefeller Poll: Shifting Support for Democratic Party among American Elderly

    “2012 Battlefield

    Overall, the results of this survey indicate that the traditional base of support among older voters that Democrats have relied upon since the partisan realignment following the New Deal continues to weaken. While older voters continue to vote in high percentages, compared to younger cohorts, clear support for the Democratic Party is confined largely to African Americans….. If these trends continue, the 2012 presidential election will require the Democratic Party to continue to bring young, and often unreliable, voters to the polls. … the Democratic presidential campaign strategy will be forced to continue building winning coalitions without the assistance of most of the southern states. With growing populations and over one-third of the Electoral College votes needed to win the Electoral College, losing support among the elderly is an important trend that scholars must continue to monitor.”

    The issue of “Global Warming” is an important one in the minds of young people and therefore important in the up coming 2012 elections.

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