Real Science Announces the Death of Steve Goddard

The web site Real Science has posted an announcement of the death of blogger and former WUWT contributor Steve Goddard. WUWT has not yet been able to verify any of the details but Anthony has asked that the link be posted.

UPDATE :

An alternate Steve Goddard site is claiming that Real Science was hacked and that the death announcement is fake. WUWT is still unable to verify the details.

UPDATE 2:

It is becoming increasingly apparent that the report of the death of Steve Goddard is somewhat premature.  When I first e-mailed Anthony with this news, his first response was “I don’t know this might be a fake is real name is ….” a subsequent  e-mail responding to a link to the Real Science site noted “some of it jibes with what I know it some does not I’d be cautious…” then he asked me to post the link to the notice with a notice that we could not confirm anything.  Apparently his caution was justified and WUWT readers can be assured that Anthony keeps a close watch on his interns even when he takes a rare few hours off.

UPDATE # 3

Steve Goddard himself appears to have weighed in here at WUWT:

I’m fine. I was off at a soccer game when this happened. Basically, someone I trusted went insane and took control of the site. I still don’t have access, as my IP address has been blocked.

 

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138 Responses to Real Science Announces the Death of Steve Goddard

  1. Kaboom says:

    http://stevengoddard.wordpress.com/author/stevengoddard/

    Real Science Was Hacked
    Posted on April 21, 2012

    I am fine and will be posting on this site in the future. No doubt this looks like a publicity stunt, but I had nothing to do with it.

  2. Tom J says:

    Very sad to hear. My condolences to family and friends.

  3. dmmcmah says:

    Says here that the real science site was hacked and the story isn’t true:

    http://stevengoddard.wordpress.com/2012/04/21/real-science-was-hacked/

  4. Otter says:

    It seems a bit sudden, but… I’m very sorry to hear this. He did Immense amounts of work to shine the light on the AGW fraud, and one can only hope those who take over for him, can keep the pressure on.

  5. Scott says:

    Got an e-mail just now saying this and wanted to confirm it. If so, condolences to his family and rest in peace, I’m sorry to hear this news.

    -Scott

  6. Otter says:

    Of course new comments were not visible when I posted. Again, if this is true (the hacking), we need to know who did this, and they need to be made known far and wide.

  7. beesaman says:

    http://stevengoddard.wordpress.com/

    Is something odd going on here?

  8. Scott says:

    Hmm, looks like from the above comments (not visible when I first commented) that this might be fake…if so, how low of whoever did this.

    -Scott

  9. Sean Peake says:

    I thought something was fishy about this. His server was done earlier in the day. Now we know why… and how

  10. Espen says:

    Why was this posted on WUWT by “rep49″, who doesn’t seem to have published anything else here?

    [REPLY: That's the moderator REP. Anthony is currently away for a few hours and asked me to post the link. WUWT has no additional information on what is going on with Steve Goddard or either of his sites. -REP]

  11. Robert Smith says:

    StevenGoddard.wordpress.com was originally hacked in August 2011 hence the reason that Steven Goddard made Real-Science.com, so guys, please do not believe anything posted on StevenGoddard.Wordpress.com

  12. Martin C says:

    My apologies if Steve did pass away, but I thought he lived in Maryland, not in Texas. My first thought is maybe this is/was a prank for the upcoming earth day . . ?

    Again, my apologies for the above if he did indeed pass away . . .

  13. Kaboom says:

    Whoever did this is still over there and moderating comments. I posted one early that referred to the wordpress link and it (obviously) didn’t get put up but 21 new comments after that did.

  14. Latitude says:

    Steve’s blog is being moderated, so no one can post it’s a hack…..

    He’s back on his old blog….

    Here he is…………

    Real Science Was Hacked
    Posted on April 21, 2012

    I am fine and will be posting on this site in the future.

    No doubt this looks like a publicity stunt, but I had nothing to do with it.

    http://stevengoddard.wordpress.com/2012/04/21/real-science-was-hacked/

  15. Latitude says:

    BTW….I think it goes without saying…..but don’t send an email to the address posted on his hacked blog

  16. Latitude says:

    An alternate Steve Goddard site is claiming that Real Science was hacked and that the death announcement is fake.
    ====================
    Anthony, that was Steve’s original site…the first one….he still has it….and kept it just in case something like this happened, or word crashed or something……….

  17. Brian says:

    I just wrote in the other post:

    “Brian says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    April 21, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    It says that he was 81 years old and new management will be taking over. Seems strange because I never got the impression that he was 81 years old. I figured he ran the blog on his also so I ask: New management?? Something seems strange or off.

    If it’s real and not part of some joke or something, then RIP.”

    Something seems “off” with this entire thing.

  18. Martin C says:

    It appears it was a hack or something – see the below link:

    http://stevengoddard.wordpress.com/2012/04/21/real-science-was-hacked/#comments

  19. Anything is possible says:

    Thought it was a hoax all along.

    I’m pretty sure Steve isn’t 81, and I know for certain he doesn’t live in Dallas.

    A case for “Moshpit of the yard?”

  20. Ian Hoder says:

    Dudes…the end of the obit says “If you are interested in writing for Real-Science.com, please contact us at info@real-science.com

    Methinks it’s fake.

  21. Robert Smith says:

    Attention people: StevenGoddard.Wordpress.com was hacked in August 2011 by some guy called Anthony hence the reason that Steven created Real-Science.com in the first place. He is definitely dead, his family have confirmed it.

  22. kramer says:

    I just got an email announcing this and my hotmail email message says when I open it “This message looks very suspicious to our SmartScreen filters, so we’ve blocked attachments, pictures, and links for your safety.”

  23. sunsettommy says:

    He lives in COLORADO.

    Yet it has him dying in Dallas Texas.

    That he was supposedly 81 and yet he rides his bike continually even in cold wintry weather.How many 80 year old people doing that?

  24. evanmjones says:

    Phew!

    The Twain quote springs to mind . . .

  25. Lars P. says:

    Looking like somebody hacked the site.
    Is this a kind of intimidation by some CAGW fanatic?
    Or somebody thought this would be funny to announce his death? The CAGW guys reaching to new lows?
    http://stevengoddard.wordpress.com/2012/04/21/real-science-was-hacked/

  26. DirkH says:

    The hack story seems right. A comment from me to real science landed in moderation, and a lot of sockpuppet comments are there. The alternate Steve Goddard site accepted me without moderation.

  27. u.k.(us) says:

    “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated”

  28. kbray in california says:

    Much is not adding up here…

    Someone was posting great articles earlier this morning signed “Steven Goddard”.
    Some are now gone.
    But the site says he died last night. ??

    The national database has no Steve or Steven Goddard age 81 in the entire USA.
    There is one Mr. Goddard in Missouri who is 79.

    Besides I thought “Steven Goddard” was a pen name. ?

    Something goofy here. Is it something special for “Earth Day”?

  29. omnologos says:

    And how’s Peter Gleick?

  30. Nick Stokes says:

    kbray
    Steve Goddard is his real name. He’s from Colorado, a keen cyclist and certainly not 81. I saw quite a loit of him in Lisbon. I’d be very sorry to hear that something had happened to him, but this story sounds dubious.

    .

  31. Earle Williams says:

    Has the real-science.com domain been hijacked? If not, he can shut down the DNS redirection.

  32. Lars P. says:

    Possibly somebody is gathering now id’s and emails from skeptics. Fake posts and the kind to follow…

  33. P Walker says:

    Just had a look at Real Science – Steve Goddard appears to be alive and well and responding to comments .

  34. Steven Mosher says:

    Steve was not 81. he did not live in texas. his name isnt even steve goddard

  35. Michael Auer says:

    Hmmm…
    Found this link…
    http://lazarus-on.blogspot.com/2012/01/who-is-steven-goddard.html
    “reason from a dead man walking”
    This is something from a guy who has a blog ‘Really Sciency’
    Strange…
    Cheers,
    Michael

  36. kbray in california says:

    Here is a brief exchange just now from his old blog:

    ————————————————————-
    u.k.(us) says: April 21, 2012 at 8:35 pm
    Are you dead, or alive.
    I need to know.

    Reply stevengoddard says: April 21, 2012 at 8:39 pm
    I’m fine, thanks.

    Reply Eric Barnes says: April 21, 2012 at 8:41 pm
    How could you resist the temptation to answer “I’m dead”?

    u.k.(us) says: April 21, 2012 at 8:47 pm
    Now that that has been resolved, are you really 81 years old ?

    stevengoddard says:
    April 21, 2012 at 8:49 pm
    No. Not yet!
    —————————————————–

    He seems quite lively…

    The mystery continues….

  37. johanna says:

    You have to wonder what is going on in the collective psyche of alarmists when we have, in a short frame of time, exploding unbelievers, advocating burning people’s houses down, death notices for people who disagree etc. As more moderate people shift their opinions, the lunatic fringe comes to the fore. What they don’t get is that this stuff alienates the mainstream even more.

    I sincerely hope that none of these deranged fanatics decides to take it any further. Thanks to a compliant MSM, things like destroying experimental GM crops, disrupting coal loading (in Australia) and harassing scientists and their families (in the UK) are treated as high spirited pranks. I suspect that a lot of MSM journalists think ‘there, but for the grace … etc’ with regard to their own offspring when reporting these events.

    Last week, the Australian Leader of the Opposition was bailed up in a restaurant where he was having dinner with a friend by a couple of harpies who disagreed with his views on gay marriage. They then attracted a Twitterati who gathered around the restaurant and banged on the glass windows. As it happens, I agree more with their stance than his – I don’t care much who marries whom. It makes no difference to me. But, I am repelled by the view that shrieking abuse in a public restaurant, and gathering a mob to do the same, is a legitimate form of political protest in a functioning democracy. It is playground behaviour, at best.

    In the lead up to Rio (if only Hunter S was still with us!) I guess that a lot more weirdness will surface. Perhaps this time a few decent investigative journalists will recognise the potential for stories beyond the press releases at this forthcoming Bacchanalia For The Planet.

  38. Steven Mosher says:

    Fantasing about the death of skeptics is the penultimate step. Given what Zwick wrote, this hacking is not to be taken lightly. Long before this or the 10:10 video I explained that this stage would come. First stage: declare the end of debate. Second stage: ignore the other side.
    Third stage: dehumanize the other side ( crazy, criminal, ect) Fourth stage: Fantasize violence.
    5th stage: real violence.

  39. Karl Maki says:

    The original post on real-science has info about his funeral and cremation even though his reported death was apparently only hours old. I’ve never seen those kinds of details emerge that quickly following someone’s unexpected demise.

  40. carlos robinson says:

    Steven Goddard is a part of the illuminati!

    [Reply: Are you "Carlos Robinson" or "Robert Smith"? Please use only one screen name. ~dbs, mod.]

  41. David Ball says:

    Mosher, you know you weren’t the first with the five stages. Other than that, I agree fully with your post.

  42. Ummm, what’s going on with this?

  43. David Ball says:

    Oh, I see, that is your version of the five. I agree completely with your post then, …

  44. AndyG55 says:

    This is a bit of a worry.

    It seems the hackers have probably got hold of email addresses, and will now be able to post on many sites under the name of the owner of that email.
    This has the potential to make things VERY awkward especially if it was orchestrated by some extreme warmist group.

  45. Smokey says:

    The notice said that Steve Goddard was a Catholic, and that his remains would be cremated. The two don’t go together.

  46. David Ball says:

    Glad you are ok, Mr. Goddard !!

  47. Earle Williams says:

    Weird. I did a whois on real-science.com and posted that at http://stevengoddard.wordpress.com, but my comment is in moderation.

    earle@feynman:~$ whois real-science.com
    
    Whois Server Version 2.0
    
    Domain names in the .com and .net domains can now be registered
    with many different competing registrars. Go to http://www.internic.net
    for detailed information.
    
       Domain Name: REAL-SCIENCE.COM
       Registrar: ENOM, INC.
       Whois Server: whois.enom.com
       Referral URL: http://www.enom.com
       Name Server: IAN.NS.CLOUDFLARE.COM
       Name Server: ROXY.NS.CLOUDFLARE.COM
       Status: clientTransferProhibited
       Updated Date: 08-apr-2012
       Creation Date: 25-aug-2011
       Expiration Date: 25-aug-2013
    

    Just trying to get a handle on this hacking.

    I'm no master webmaster, but it seems that there are two (at least) ways a site can be hacked.
    1) Someone compromises the server that hosts the web site. A continued "hack" would mean that the access password has been changed and the original site owner cannot log in. Presumably there exist means to cure this situation with the hosting company.
    2) Someone compromises the DNS registration and redirects name lookups to an alternate site. From my limited experience that does not appear to be the case here, as all of Steve Goddard's postings at real-science.com still appear to be accessible. Presumably Mr. Goddard still has control of his DNS registration and can assert control of his domain name, if not the web site.

  48. u.k.(us) says:

    Steven Mosher says:
    April 21, 2012 at 2:32 pm
    “Steve was not 81. he did not live in texas. his name isnt even steve goddard”
    ===============
    So what, do tell.

  49. Jeff Alberts says:

    Someone needs to point the domain elsewhere so he can re-take control of it.

  50. march says:

    I replied to an email purportedly from Real Science and got this response…seems like a fishing trip.

    Thank you for your interest in contributing posts to Real-Science.com. Feel free to send us as many posts as you would like for review per day.

    Username: Editor
    Password: RealScience951
    http://www.Real-Science.com/wp-login.php

  51. march says:

    The user name and password are real

  52. Kyle K says:

    Sea Ice is above normal on both poles, they must be worried now having to resort to this.

  53. cui bono says:

    Billy Liar says (April 21, 2012 at 3:26 pm)
    —-
    Hmm. I made the same suggestion some time ago but got moderated out. I presumed it was because the Mods were working on it and didn’t want to give the game away. This is what comes of reading too many spy novels.

  54. march says:

    Note to moderator- might be wise to remove that for now?

    [REPLY: No, this is getting interesting. -REP]

  55. Steven Mosher says:

    David ball.

    i dont know whether i was the first or was not the first. I made no claim to priority and make no claim to priority and don’t give a damn.

    It seemed obvious to me when I made the comment a couple years ago. Priority really isnt the issue

  56. kbray in california says:

    march says:
    April 21, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    March, I logged in using your info. It let me in.

    I saw my nasty comment pending but logged out.

    Now I’m probably on the suspect list…

    What was I thinking?

  57. NZ Willy says:

    I think the person posting on stevengoddard.wordpress.com is not SG either, as he gives no useful information. If it is indeed SG, then this is an unpleasant intramural or family matter. If not SG, a police matter. I’m in the middle of reading “State of Fear” by Michael Crichton, and there are enough unpleasant people in that book, never mind in the real world.

  58. James Sexton says:

    You haven’t changed your sticky.

  59. peterhodges says:

    I received the death notice email as well.

    For a hoax, it sure is spooky.

  60. DirkH says:

    kbray in california says:
    April 21, 2012 at 3:50 pm
    “Now I’m probably on the suspect list…
    What was I thinking?”

    I did as well. It’s only an editor account. You can’t do much. I tried to find out the e-mail addrs of commenters, doesn’t work. You need more rights for that.

  61. Duster says:

    It seems a little tangled. Nick Stokes and Mosher both agree that Goddard was not 81. Stokes says he is/was an avid cyclist and that they spent time together in Lisbon. Stokes says his name IS Steve Goddard. Mosher says it is not. I’m not certain how or where one could verify information for a wordpress blog. A “whois” run on real-science.com points to an ENOM.com, which in turn points to moniker.com. Other whois information for real-science.com points to whoisguard.com, which acts as a privacy cut-out that theoretically protects site owners from being spammed. So whoever the real Steve Goddard is, he or she is (or was) really fanatic about privacy (amusing when you consider the existence of a public blog) and probably wasn’t 81.

  62. John Whitman says:

    Whether on the real-science.com site or on the stevengoddard.wordpress.com, how can we know any messages from Steve Goddard are real?

    I certainly hope Steve is OK. But this is not unraveling into clarity yet.

    John

  63. Larry Ledwick (hotrod) says:

    Some of you may be reading something into the fact the real-science.com whois listing shows cloudflare.com as the dns servers.

    Cloudflare is a benign web caching service (I used it on two of my web sites for some time). It collects hit stats, and provides a protective layer between the primary web servers and users requesting pages. It caches web pages to increase web page response speed and also acts as a configurable filter that will block certain malicious attacks and known spammer queries so that total traffic is reduced to real queries in some cases dramatically lowering band width usage by the primary domain and improving page response times. So there is nothing significant about that dns info.

    Regarding the rest of this issue I have no further info.

    Larry

  64. Earle Williams says:

    I’m inclined to agree with NZ Willy. While the announcement on real-science.com appears to be a hoax, I’m not completely sold on the ‘hacking’ of that web site. I’ve posted comments today at stevengoddard.wordpress.com that remain in moderation – one comment provides the result of the WHOIS I posted above. It’s publicly available information available to anyone capable of typing ‘whois real-science .com’ on a Unix-like computer, or going to any WHOIS web site.

    Plus, the Steven Goddard posting at stevengoddard.wordpress.com says it’s a long story. Sounds to me [speculation] like Mr. Goddard found a marvelous wooden horse outside the gates and decided to bring it in to Troy. He got punked, and gave someone the keys to the domain as well as the web site. [/speculation]

  65. Bebben says:

    I just received an e-mail from “info@real-science.com”:

    “Scientist Steven Goddard has died in Dallas, aged 81. Paramedics were called to the scientist’s home at about midnight after he stopped breathing.
    Goddard was taken to the medical centre early in the morning, and paramedics administered CPR in the ambulance. He did not regain consciousness and was reported dead about two hours later.
    His friend, Susan Moore, told us: “He was a hilarious man. He had an outlook on life that was very honest and made you laugh with all the facts he came out with all the time.”
    Goddard’s Dallas funeral at the St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church and cremation are scheduled for Wednesday. He is survived by his wife, activist Sarah Goddard, and their three children.
    P.S. We will have a day of silence tomorrow where there will be no posts. On Monday 23rd April 2012 a new management team will take-over. If you are interested in writing for Real-Science.com, please contact us at info@real-science.com

    I suppose it’s because I left a comment there once or twice.

    But what’s the point? “We know who you are and where you live, etc.”? Is that it?
    Well if you wanna know, why don’t you just ask? I’ll happily answer.

  66. kbray in california says:

    DirkH,

    Steve says it’s a friend of his… ouch!
    I think he’s trying to shield his friend from criminal ramifications.
    Let him work it out…

    Personal betrayal really sucks.

  67. gytrr1 says:

    On the 19th April, a number of WordPress vulnerabilities were published on bugtraq. Bugtraq generally doesn’t publish the info until the vendor has been contacted, and patches released (assuming they acknowledge the issue). If the hosting server for real-science hasn’t been patched, there is a possibility that they used one of the 3 published vulnerabilities, or they used a php sql injection directly and gained control.

    Patch Tuedsday is an extremely important day.

  68. I’m fine. I was off at a soccer game when this happened. Basically, someone I trusted went insane and took control of the site. I still don’t have access, as my IP address has been blocked.

  69. David Ball says:

    Steven Mosher, you may have missed my addedum.

    David Ball says:
    April 21, 2012 at 3:14 pm
    Oh, I see, that is your version of the five. I agree completely with your post then, …

  70. DirkH says:

    Bebben says:
    April 21, 2012 at 4:27 pm
    “But what’s the point? “We know who you are and where you live, etc.”? Is that it?
    Well if you wanna know, why don’t you just ask? I’ll happily answer.”

    Would you also tell everyone your e-mail address so they can impersonate on you on blogs?

  71. AndyG55 says:

    Thank you Steven,

    AG

  72. Curiousgeorge says:

    @ Steven Mosher says:
    April 21, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Fantasing about the death of skeptics is the penultimate step. Given what Zwick wrote, this hacking is not to be taken lightly. Long before this or the 10:10 video I explained that this stage would come. First stage: declare the end of debate. Second stage: ignore the other side.
    Third stage: dehumanize the other side ( crazy, criminal, ect) Fourth stage: Fantasize violence.
    5th stage: real violence.
    ******************************************************************************

    You may find this monograph from the Army War College, of interest regarding your stages of violence. http://www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/pubs/display.cfm?pubID=1101 . Although it is primarily focused on the Title statement ( Drug Trafficking, Violence, and Instability) , it has some bearing on your stages and notes that VNSA’s (Violent Non State Actors ) are on the rise around the world. I would include those organizations and individuals in the AGW camp who are promoting violence, in this description. It has been commented that: ““As surprising as it may seem, pirate attacks off Somalia, militias in Lebanon, and criminal armies in Mexico are part of a global pattern and not anomalies.” While these groups may not be discernably coordinated or associated, I would agree that there is a pattern developing.

    The full paper may be freely downloaded as a ~ 3mb pdf.

    Here is the introductory synopsis:

    Quote:
    Brief Synopsis

    Although challenges posed by various kinds of violent armed groups initially appear highly diverse and unrelated to one another, in fact they all reflect the increasing connections between security and governance and, in particular, the relationship between poor governance and violent armed groups. In many cases, these groups are overtly challenging the state; in others they are cooperating and colluding with state structures while subtly undermining them; in yet others, the state is a passive bystander while violent armed groups are fighting one another. The mix is different, the combinations vary, and the perpetrators of violence have different motives, methods, and targets. In spite of their divergent forms, violent nonstate actors (VNSAs) share certain qualities and characteristics. These violent armed groups represent a common challenge to national and international security, a challenge that is far greater than the sum of the individual groups, and that is likely to grow rather than diminish over the next several decades. This monograph focuses on the complex relationship between human security, crime, illicit economies, and law enforcement. It also seeks to disentangle the linkages between insurgency on the one hand and drug trafficking and organized crime on the other, suggesting that criminal activities help sustain an insurgency, but also carry certain risks for the insurgency.

  73. tallbloke says:

    Anything is possible says:
    April 21, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Thought it was a hoax all along.

    I’m pretty sure Steve isn’t 81, and I know for certain he doesn’t live in Dallas.

    A case for “Moshpit of the yard?”

    Last Time Mosh and I saw Steve Goddard, he was dressed in Lycra and a smart pair of shades, straddling a mountain bike in downtown Lisbon.

    He didn’t look 80 years old…

    :-)

  74. Rhoda R says:

    “Basically, someone I trusted went insane and took control of the site.” Bummer.

  75. gytrr1 says:

    DirkH says:
    April 21, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    I’ll add to it… If you have an account, you have an escalated privelege level to an anonymous, non-logged in user, allowing greater access to the site, meaning you could find an exploit, allowing you access to the member database and the possibility of decrypting passwords. How many people use the same passwords for everything they log into (from work, to cloud based email through to bank accounts)?

  76. AndyG55 says:

    Particularly when that someone is trusted, for them to turn around and do this sort of thing…..

    that must hurt terribly.

    Steven, I hope you can get control of the site back soon.

  77. gytrr1 says:

    Sorry to keep harping on it (given that this case was more personal) however here is one example of a recently patched exploit: http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Security/Mac-Flashback-Attack-Started-With-Compromised-WordPress-Blogs-345275/

  78. Gail Combs says:

    Steve Goddard may not be dead but Richard Harter of Richard Harters World just died last night. He was a friend of my husband and an active Science Fiction fan… AND a Marine (can not forget that)

    Harter had a very sharp wit. For example he wrote a fictional biography of Jane Austin (sp) that managed to get used by some kid plagiarising her homework. A quick look at his website is worth the time while it is still up.

  79. sunsettommy says:

    AndyG55,

    Steve can regain control by going to his serverhost who can shut down the backstabber then restore Steve’s access.

  80. AndyG55 says:

    @ sunsettommy…

    just hope he can do it quickly ..

    there are some sick people (or one very, very sick person) on that Real-Science site at the moment.

  81. James Sexton says:

    sunsettommy says:
    April 21, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    AndyG55,

    Steve can regain control by going to his serverhost who can shut down the backstabber then restore Steve’s access.
    ====================================
    It takes time……especially on the weekend. This time next week, everything will be fine.

  82. More Soylent Green! says:

    So if I said ‘Steve Goddard Denies Own Death,’ would it be in bad taste?

  83. John S says:

    AW and Steve Goodard the below email was sent to me as soon as I hit the submit button when I commented on another post on WUWT. Not sure you care but just in case I posted in the comments here.

    from: Real Science

    Scientist Steven Goddard has died in Dallas, aged 81. Paramedics were called to the scientist’s home at about midnight after he stopped breathing.
    Goddard was taken to the medical centre early in the morning, and paramedics administered CPR in the ambulance. He did not regain consciousness and was reported dead about two hours later.
    His friend, Susan Moore, told us: “He was a hilarious man. He had an outlook on life that was very honest and made you laugh with all the facts he came out with all the time.”
    Goddard’s Dallas funeral at the St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church and cremation are scheduled for Wednesday. He is survived by his wife, activist Sarah Goddard, and their three children.
    P.S. We will have a day of silence tomorrow where there will be no posts. On Monday 23rd April 2012 a new management team will take-over. If you are interested in writing for Real-Science.com, please contact us at info@real-science.com

  84. Smokey says:

    This is identity theft. Right? And done with malicious intent.

    But I suppose Stephen Schneider and Peter Gleick would approve.

  85. Green Sand says:

    “Basically, someone I trusted went insane and took control of the site.”

    Well there you go, I did not even know that he was married :-)

  86. wayne says:

    Glad to hear you’re hangin in there Steve.

    Everyone… just look at the times, they make zero sense and someone else should have noticed it. They (whoever ‘they’ are) say death was last night at midnight but Steve has made post entries throughout the day on real-science. Besides, afaik Steve lives in Colorado.

  87. RoyFOMR says:

    The number 81 may hint of the ‘calling card’, much beloved by crime-writers, being played.
    Simply put this is where the arch-criminal and ‘genius-mastermind’ puts up their signature as a challenge to the eventually successful detective that the former believe is far too subtle
    for their ‘inferior’ protagonist to solve.
    It’s a tactic, unsucessfully, utilised time after time by soon-to-be-humbled by the more worthy good guys. For example, the ill-doer may for reasons of conceit and as a mechanism to bathe in the approbation of their admirers will ACTUALLY introduce their own names on the ‘calling card’
    This is an extreme example and for reasons, totally hidden from me, is called the PG tactic.
    Proven Genius, Protector of Gaia, Parental Guidance, Psychopathic Gambler spring to mind- but all are just WAGS on my part.
    Steve’s work often includes analysis of RDHMO (Rigified Di-Hydrogen Monoxide) extent and behaviour, with time, on the third planet from the Sun.
    The number 81 occurs, at first goggle-glance, with glacial extent and North Pole location.
    His findings (that may not always be received favourably by some) have frequently received responses from individuals whom have felt it appropriate to respond in a more lateral way than is traditional.
    Once again just sheer conjecture on my part.

  88. “If you are interested in writing for Real-Science.com, please contact us at info@real-science.com

    Pishing expedition…

  89. Robert Morris says:

    “Basically, someone I trusted went insane and took control of the site.”

    Wives, eh?

  90. Jer0me says:

    johanna says:
    April 21, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    In the lead up to Rio (if only Hunter S was still with us!) I guess that a lot more weirdness will surface. Perhaps this time a few decent investigative journalists will recognise the potential for stories beyond the press releases at this forthcoming Bacchanalia For The Planet.

    Oh, for the return of Hunter! Unfortunately, God broke the mould after Hunter was made ….

  91. sunsettommy says:

    James Sexton writes:
    “It takes time……especially on the weekend. This time next week, everything will be fine.”

    He could also enter his cPANEL right now and stop him.

  92. kim says:

    Crossing the normal
    Like crossing the equator.
    God Neptune erupts.
    ==============

  93. u.k.(us) says:

    I’m glad Steven is still alive.
    I wouldn’t wish upon anyone, the scrutiny this story will bring.

  94. geo says:

    Steve–

    Glad to hear you’re feeling better! Carry on.

  95. Fantasing about the death of skeptics is the penultimate step. Given what Zwick wrote, this hacking is not to be taken lightly. Long before this or the 10:10 video I explained that this stage would come.

    First stage: declare the end of debate.
    Second stage: ignore the other side.
    Third stage: dehumanize the other side ( crazy, criminal, ect)
    Fourth stage: Fantasize violence.
    5th stage: real violence.

    *****************************************************************************************************

    This bears repeating. The world is getting more and more polarized and as curiousgeorge linked above, we probably will see new growth in groups like EarthFirst! who have already committed terrorist acts in the name of “the planet”. Those who are prominent skeptics, like Mosh, Anthony, Steve, Steve M, and others need to take heed of this and to attend to your physical as well as virtual security.

    This is going to get worse, especially if the solar theory is correct and we begin to go into a significant cooling period. The cognitive dissonance of the split between reality and worldview will be more than some can handle. I have posted skeptical articles on an MSNBC blog for five years now, and you can see this in the evolution of the writing some of my long term adversaries.

    This is not a joke, and the other side is playing for keeps because they truly believe that they are saving the planet and that a group of people are standing in their way. I was in London last year and read a book in a bookstore by a group that was praising the bloodletting of the French Revolution as a good thing, a necessary thing, in order “to set things right”. Political efforts related to climate change was at the top of their list.

  96. Wagathon says:

    I think what happened is there was this graph by Michael Mann of Steven Goddard’s life and it was flat for years and then it spiked up at the end to such an extent it was just assumed runaway aging caused all hell to break loose.

  97. spangled drongo says:

    Like Bebben and John S, I just got the following:

    Scientist Steven Goddard has died in Dallas, aged 81. Paramedics were called to the scientist’s home at about midnight after he stopped breathing.

    Goddard was taken to the medical centre early in the morning, and paramedics administered CPR in the ambulance. He did not regain consciousness and was reported dead about two hours later.

    His friend, Susan Moore, told us: “He was a hilarious man. He had an outlook on life that was very honest and made you laugh with all the facts he came out with all the time.”

    Goddard’s Dallas funeral at the St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church and cremation are scheduled for Wednesday. He is survived by his wife, activist Sarah Goddard, and their three children.

    P.S. We will have a day of silence tomorrow where there will be no posts. On Monday 23rd April 2012 a new management team will take-over. If you are interested in writing for Real-Science.com, please contact us at info@real-science.com

    But Steve says he is still alive.

    I’m inclined to believe Steve.

    And I really hope he’s right.

  98. Mike McMillan says:

    What fun.
    google “password generator” and get a long random password next time.
    My high school reunion site was hacked twice before I got one. Now it’s a double encrypted 256-bit random key that NSA couldn’t break with a quantum computer.
    Just wish I could remember where I wrote it down.

  99. Jim G says:

    I believe the quote from Twain is appropriate here.

    “…the report of my death was an exaggeration.”
    Mark Twain.

  100. Dale Alexander says:

    Anthony,
    What’s up with the Obama advert on the WUWT website?

    REPLY: Out of my control – Google adwords – Anthony

  101. John from CA says:

    Gail Combs says:
    April 21, 2012 at 5:02 pm
    Steve Goddard may not be dead but Richard Harter of Richard Harters World just died last night. ========
    Even though I have 2 cats, The Seat Stays up tonight.

    Very Sad Gail, he will be missed!

  102. Brian H says:

    Now that Steve has joined the ranks of the Undead, perhaps he can give us the zombie perspective on Climate Weirding !
    Anent which, here’s the memo:
    http://tinyurl.com/Zombie-Brains-Memo

    <|8-0 !

  103. LazyTeenager says:

    Steven Mosher says
    Fantasing about the death of skeptics is the penultimate step.
    ———–
    I agree with your 5 principles.

    But it’s also worth observing that some here are fantasizing about a warmists hack. Presumably because they would delight in an opportunity to feed their own extremism.

    For what it’s worth I think anyone with any brains of the warmists persuasion would not even bother to hack Steve’s web site.

    Steve is an interesting guy and I give him brownie points for the amount of effort he’s put in to his investigations, even if he is often wrong.

    But being wrong is hardly reason to steal his web site. More likely some personal conflict is behind it.

  104. Neil Jones says:

    Clearly we are entering the end-game where all that is left to those who believe is to disrupt the world around us as much as possible.

    Cry Havoc and let loose the dogs of phut?

  105. tallbloke says:

    Steven Mosher says:
    April 21, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Fantasing about the death of skeptics is the penultimate step. Given what Zwick wrote, this hacking is not to be taken lightly. Long before this or the 10:10 video I explained that this stage would come. First stage: declare the end of debate. Second stage: ignore the other side.
    Third stage: dehumanize the other side ( crazy, criminal, ect) Fourth stage: Fantasize violence.
    5th stage: real violence.

    Excellent. I have my bike helmet, elbow pads and autographed memorabilia hockeystick at the ready. Where’s the fight?

  106. The Ghost Of Big Jim Cooley says:

    Steve, I think you were off at a ‘football’ game. What the kinell is ‘soccer’?

  107. Scottish Sceptic says:

    I’m fine…. Basically, someone I trusted went insane and took control of the site. I still don’t have access, as my IP address has been blocked.

    Sums up what I feel about the way science was taken over by climate “science”.

  108. Scottish Sceptic says:

    Jim G says: April 21, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    I believe the quote from Twain is appropriate here.

    “…the report of my death was an exaggeration.”
    Mark Twain.

    Or perhaps … using the IPCC standards of proof … his death is a scientific certainty.

  109. John Mason says:

    Guys, Steve himself says on his own blog: http://stevengoddard.wordpress.com/2012/04/21/real-science-was-hacked/

    **************************************
    stevengoddard says:
    April 22, 2012 at 7:18 am

    pat, this wasn’t political or climate related.
    **************************************

    A lot of you above have quickly jumped to conclusions that this is to do with his stance on the climate. Is it not a much better bet to put the cart behind the horse, rather than in front of it? Here he is saying, in no uncertain terms, that it is not. Had it been so, I would have condemned it unequivocally and so would most people across the field. Most of us believe in fair play and playing the ball, not the man.

  110. Shona says:

    What a very unpleasant practical joke. I agree with the poster above – with the end of the GW bubble looming, crackpots will start to become dangerous. The turning point seems to be the infamous blowing up school kids video. People are now calling openly for our houses to burn …. Anthony, Steve and everyone, you need to take your personal and familial security seriously, this is one step from violent.

    I’m glad Steve is OK, on the plus side, he’s now a member of a very exclusive club, people who have read their own obit!

  111. dmacleo says:

    in the interim could, depending on how hosted, edit A and cname records to stop further posting there.
    can block the hackers ip in cloudflare itself too.
    no one solution, all depends on setup. shared host will be different from vps and unmanaged vps/server will be different then managed vps.

  112. J.Hansford says:

    LOL… The advert on the Real Science blog just under the “Steve Goddard dies” post is for a Locksmith… Emergency Locksmith. Locked Out or Lost your keys call…….

    Sometimes you gotta see the funny in the bad. :-)

    …. also seems a bit serendipitous of google, hmmm?

  113. polistra says:

    That’s what happens when you trust humans. I gave up that habit a long time ago.

  114. Mike McMillan says:

    Dale Alexander says:April 21, 2012 at 10:36 pm
    Anthony,
    What’s up with the Obama advert on the WUWT website?
    REPLY: Out of my control – Google adwords – Anthony

    It’s Pay-Per-Click by the ObamaNation campaign, so keep clicking!

  115. Vince Causey says:

    Welcome back to the land of the living, Steve.

  116. Dave N says:

    Fakegate, the sequel?

  117. markstoval says:

    Steve,

    So when are you going to get control of your blog again? I hope you fill us in on the details as I would not want anyone doing that to my little backwater blog.

    Go to hear you are not dead and not yet 81.

  118. Affizzyfist says:

    Beware at the bottom of his new page there is a link to we have moved to this site which brings you back to the original hacked site please recheck with S Goddard thanks. I would not post anything until this matter is totally cleared up.

  119. John Whitman says:

    Steve Goddard,

    Alive is good. : )

    A friend turning on you by a hostile takeover of your site is bad.

    John

  120. The site has been returned to my control. Thanks to everyone for their concern. I have taken steps to prevent this from happening in the future, and my apologies for any discomfort it caused.

    It had nothing to do with politics or my views on global warming.

  121. John Whitman says:

    Just tried the link to ‘real-climate.com’ above in WUWT’s lead post for the fake article that said Steve G. is dead. I got this message:

    Not Found – Apologies, but the page you requested could not be found. Perhaps searching will help.

    John

  122. Smokey says:

    Good for you, Steve.

    I was shocked and dismayed when I first read of your demise. I thought, “Not another one of the good guys!” First, there was the late, great John Daly, with the odious Phil Jones cackling when he died, and then Andy Breitbart [I'm probably forgetting one or two others].

    Anyway, I’m very glad this was a hoax. With any luck the publicity will help add to your site traffic. Keep up the good fight! We are winning because of people like you; people who are getting the truth out.

  123. Pamela Gray says:

    Ah. If it’s the enemy that invades your camp, easily dealt with, victory party at 11:00. If this invader be of a different camp altogether, my sympathies Steve.

  124. Wellington says:

    The Ghost Of Big Jim Cooley says:

    Steve, I think you were off at a ‘football’ game. What the kinell is ‘soccer’?

    Ghost,

    Soccer is an archaic abbreviation for association football when it was still an upper class sport for gentlemen. It’s one of those jolly good English leisure class words that no longer command respect in the UK but remain customary in former colonies. I’ve heard the British call the game metric football or something like that now.

    I was off to soccer games myself and I read about Steve’s departure only after he said the report’s been exaggerated. Soccer is good this way.

  125. G. Karst says:

    It is becoming more obvious that this Steve Goddard is now a Zombie. Starving for brains, he is prowling skeptical sites. It would be futile to prowl warmist sites as they were all zombiefied years ago, and there is not enough brain matter there to feed a zombie ant. If you possess a brain BEWARE.

  126. John Mason says:

    G. Karst, that’s a difficult post to reply to. Therefore, I’ll leave you be!

    Steve, good to hear you are back up and running: though I do not share your views, that can be debated and such debates should not need to descend to these levels, though additionally I again note your point that the problem has nothing to do with politics or climate. I say this as a “warmist”: this crap has to stop! It does nobody any favours whatsoever.

  127. beesaman says:

    Er, football and soccer are used interchangeably in all of the UK not just England, unfortunately when the Amercains introduced body armour into the game of rugby they failed to come up with a new name for it, hence the confusion on the Colonials side of the pond. We understand the difference quite easily by just calling that padded game of rugby ‘American Football.’

  128. Wellington says:

    beesaman says:
    “… introduced body armour into the game of rugby they failed to come up with a new name for it …”

    You are right. It’s a pity that early American footballers did not adopt the proper original British term “Start-Stop Rugby with Padding”. That would have ended all confusion.

    Well, whatever the name, it’s good that Steve’s been off to a game rather than off to heaven.

  129. Y2,72K says:

    Condolences to everyone who died recently, especially the green movement.

  130. Jimbo says:

    prjindigo says:
    April 21, 2012 at 7:10 am
    ……………………
    I don’t have to have a “peer reviewed” publication in order to prove the law of thermodynamics works, thank you, Jimbo!

    I repeat, do you have any peer reviewed evidence that the weather is getting weirder? It’s a simple question really. ;-)

  131. Alexej Buergin says:

    If THE GAME was “metric” football, the goal would not be 2.44 m high and 7.32 m wide, it would be 2.5 m by 8 m (and more goals would be scored).

  132. paullm says:

    Wow, from grief to elation in less than a minute! Steve, sorry to hear of any defection. My encouragement in keeping the chin up – but maybe a facemask is needed.

  133. Ron Dean says:

    Very pleased to hear that news of Steve’s death is greatly exaggerated! Congratulations on your resurgent health Steve, and may you live long past your purported 81 years.

    wrt:

    Smokey says:
    April 21, 2012 at 3:17 pm
    The notice said that Steve Goddard was a Catholic, and that his remains would be cremated. The two don’t go together.

    That is no longer true in Catholicism. I think the Catholic church rescinded its discouragement of cremation in 1997. My father was a devout Catholic, and was cremated in a Catholic crematory.

  134. Brian H says:

    Ron;
    yup, dust to ashes, or SLT! ;)

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