Twitter disappears Bill McKibben commentary on #poisonedweather

[See the Update below.   While the Tweets did in fact disappear from my view from one hour to the next using the same method to view them as before, and it certainly appeared Mr. McKibben has deleted Tweets, that wasn't the case, it turns out to be an odd nuance of Twitter.  An honest mistake that Mr. McKibben also agrees with in his comment below. This is a good lesson for future examinations of this short form communications.- Anthony]

I witnessed something interesting this morning. I composed my first ever Tweet to Bill McKibben and some of his buddies to alert them to this article: July hottest ever, but U.S. tornado count – lowest since 1951: ‘poisoned weather’ meme falsified by Nature.

Here’s my Tweet:

Surprisingly, while at coffee with friends this AM, I got a flurry of Twitter responses on  my phone, including two from McKibben himself.  But when I went home to write about them, they had disappeard from Bill McKibben’s Twitter feed and from mine. The “view conversation” balloon, indicating responses, had disappeared. Fortunately, I was able to take a photo of them on my phone, because I had not closed or updated the Twitter app:

Note that McKibben mentions that it is “not worth the tradeoff” in reference to linking tornadoes to #poisonedweather.

Here is the screen grab I made this AM, before going to coffee, showing the direct Tweet I made to him and To Brad Johnson and Stephen Lacey of ClimateProgress/ThinkProgress.

Here’s a response I made to Bill’s mention that it is “not worth the tradeoff”:

I suggested that if he really believed what he was tweeting, he should write an op-ed about it. He gets some serious press opportunities that I do not.

And a couple of minutes later, that was gone too:

All of this deletion of Tweets reminds me of Phil Jones and his deletion of emails before Climategate showed the world what sort of person he is.

It also reminds me of the second to last email Bob Phelan sent me before he died:

Bob was right, we aren’t dealing with honest people, as demonstrated so well by Bill McKibben today.

UPDATE: Commenter Sou points out that the Tweets by Bill McKibben responding to my initial one that I pointed out as having been “disappeared” are still available via direct links. Yet, they are not in my Twitter feed nor are they in Mr. McKibben’s Twitter feed as far as I can tell. What is clear though is that my Tweets to him have been removed from his Twitter feed, and thus I suspect his replies to me became orphans without a thread.

To be accurate then, since Mr McKibben’s Tweets still exist but mine do not in his feed, I have changed the title of this post from:

Bill McKibben disappears his own commentary on #poisonedweather

to

Bill McKibben disappears commentary on #poisonedweather

UPDATE2: Bill McKibben weighs in with a comment which I’ve reproduced here to be fair. Seeing his explanation, and to be accurate, and knowing that Twitter’s nuances can often be confusing and arbitrary, I’m changing the title yet again to:

Twitter disappears Bill McKibben commentary on #poisonedweather

I managed to leave this response originally in the other thread about this subject. So here it is again in case anyone missed it–thanks

As the commenter above points out with links, I didn’t disappear or delete anything. I think what happens is that you may not be following me on twitter and so the replies don’t show up on your stream. Here’s a link to the phenomenon, which is apparently common: http://www.voiceoftech.com/swhitley/index.php/2010/05/those-lost-twitter-replies/

It’s also possibly something as simple as turning on the “All” instead of “No Replies” thing next to the “Tweets” button on your twitter home page

At any rate, they’re still up there, and have been the whole time

Anyway, here’s what I was trying to say in those tweets, in case anyone else is having the same problem.

1) I was aware that July was remarkably low for tornadoes, apparently because the heat was so intense and the drought so deep–in fact, I’d tweeted about this fact two days before your post
2) I was quoting Jeff Masters as saying fewer tornadoes was not a good tradeoff for this kind of drought and heat. Here’s a link to the article that says both of the above http://www.heraldandnews.com/article_90e490d2-e419-11e1-84eb-001a4bcf887a.html
3) In response to the other comments above, I’m not actually advising the Romney campaign
and 4) I will in fact be debating publicly on the question of climate risk on Nov. 5–the Center for Industrial Progress challenged me, and I accepted. http://www.masterresource.org/2012/07/debate-350-orgs-bill-mckibben-vs-cips-alex-epstein/ As you can see, the commenters there are convinced that my clock wil be cleaned, and perhaps they’re right.

Finally, let me just state for the record: I don’t think you were dishonest in this post–it was something to do with the way Twitter works internally, or the way you’d configured your account. Nor do I doubt your sincerity in general. I disagree with your position, and I think that if we stick with it and do nothing about global warming it will do great damage to creation, but as I’ve pointed out publicly, I think you’re an able advocate and have fought with great effect. http://www.tomdispatch.com/archive/175549/

Let me add as well that I was sad to read of the passing of your colleague Mr. Phelan, and moved by the tributes to him.

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To quote Bob Phelan, in what was probably his best ever inline comment as moderator, and certainly applicable to your response:

“[REPLY: Your restraint, undoubtedly in the face of intolerable provocation, is appreciated. -REP]”

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/06/11/climate-skeptic-instructor-fired-from-oregon-state-university/#comment-1008302

Twitters nuances did do one good thing today though, it caused us to communicate -Anthony

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43 Responses to Twitter disappears Bill McKibben commentary on #poisonedweather

  1. Bill says:

    Is that weepy Bill McKibben. Same guy? :)

  2. Bob was right, we aren’t dealing with honest people
    Remember that Steven Schneider once said that it is OK to be economical with the truth as long as you get the message across.

  3. Interstellar Bill says:

    Self-deception evolved so that liars could be more convincing by believing their own lies.
    The CAGW crowd is the next step in that evolution, to ‘unprecedented’ depths of deceit.

  4. Anthony Watts says:

    Yep, weepy Bill

  5. highflight56433 says:

    Fear of the truth. :)

  6. TonyG says:

    You know, I recently re-read 1984, and this sort of maneuvering strikes me very much like the application of doublethink and the maneuverings of the Ministry of Truth. How these people are able to reconcile their dishonesty is beyond me.

  7. Fred says:

    That awful data again. How do they expect to do all that fear mongering and spreading hysteria when the bloody data refuses to cooperate.

  8. Joseph Bastardi says:

    When did you ever believe Mckibben was honest? He is either deceptive or ignorant of facts. It can be anything than that, either he knows what has happened before and says what he says, or he doesnt., His comments on Irene, along with Dr. Cullen and Dr. Mann show they either have no idea about what the actual weather has done, or they do, and simply chose to deceive people about it. How do you have all those hurricanes blast the east coast in the 50s the drought of the 50s, the wet years when the pdo flipped to warm, countless endless examples of more extremes, including the major reversal to cold with record lows where it was warm right now.record cold occurred in the places that they were screaming about heat 2 weeks ago ( we saw that in Russia too after the heat wave..god help us this winter if this goes the way it could) and yet they say what they say.
    The global 2 meter temp continues its jagged drop since the pdo flip and its like its not there to them

    http://www.weatherbellmodels.com/weather/climate/cfsr_t2m_recent.png

    We have to fight with truth, but when their absolute truths are challenged and all they believe in, they dont care about what is happening now. The will say and do anything Its the ends justify the means mentality.

    I would love to have a few of us get on a stage in a nationally televised debate agains Mann, Mckibben Hansen, Muller, Cullen and wipe the floor with them with past weather events linked to the large scale natural drivers that caused them. Its like they are weather voyeurs, they peak in on the weather when it suits their purpose. I believe they either have no idea of what they are talking about, or they do and would never be able to defend it. Heck I dont even have to be part of the debate, I would just love to sit there and watch a bunch of people I know could clean them out and end this.

    Dont kid yourself. This yelling across the fence at each other does are side no good. They must be confronted in a public forum where they can be exposed for what they are, people who will say anything to justify a view that prostitutes science, not uses to search for the correct answer.

    Competition brings out the best and exposes the weakness. This is what is needed, not the games that are played now while the EPA and others continue to tighten their grip based on a ghost driven agenda that has nothing to do with science

  9. Joseph Bastardi says:

    Stupid typos yet again, but you get the message. Besides Anthony this has my blood boiling

  10. Edohiguma says:

    Well, McKibben has an undergraduate degree in journalism (that’s as “un-science” as it gets), and in his “Deep Economy” book he basically suggests that we go back 200-300 years.

  11. captainfish says:

    Please tell me it isn’t true… McKibben is one of Romney’s advisors?? Say it ain’t so.

  12. To boil it down to essentials – these people are our enemies.

  13. Skiphil says:

    Scanning McKibben’s Twitter feed now, even the censored version, shows his fanatical imbecilic mentality….. my my what a demented blighted soul. He is out there for every loony enviro-fascist cause that suits his ideology, facts be damned. McKibben is a sick and twisted dude.

  14. Espen says:

    Joe Bastardi: Regarding your link to weatherbellmodels.com – I was wondering if Ryan Maue’s global anomaly forecast chart has found a new home too? I.e. the first chart on his old page here: http://policlimate.com/climate/gfs_t2m_bias.html

  15. Jeff D. says:

    Joseph Bastardi says:
    August 13, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Joseph, don’t hold back. Tell us how you really feel ! :)
    I would love to be in the same audience with you to see in person what jerks eating crow looks like..

  16. Gene Selkov says:

    It is an uphill battle. There are fewer honest people than dishonest ones (incidentally, it may be the reason why we value honesty). Similarly, those who appreciate knowledge are a scant minority. I think 1984 was not so much a contrived piece of satire as it was a scream of frustration.

  17. Mr Lynn says:

    captainfish says:
    August 13, 2012 at 10:59 am
    Please tell me it isn’t true… McKibben is one of Romney’s advisors?? Say it ain’t so.

    Ditto!

    /Mr Lynn

  18. Stephen Wilde says:

    1984 was a logical extrapolation of what George Orwell saw in the authoritarian nations of his time.

    Nonetheless it contains lessons applicable for all time since it encompasses many truths about human psychology and the organisation of human societies.

    We now see that elements of it can even creep into democracies but hopefully we are better empowered to resist it.

    Except that when the voters elect representatives who bribe the voters with the voters’ own money the downward slide towards authoritarianism can gain speed.

    We need more educated and politically sophisticated voters but the first thing that authoritarians devalue is the education system for obvious reasons.

    Then they seek to break the parent / child relationship and neuter the independence of the professional classes.

    Marx was correct only in one particular. Human society is a constant struggle between those who desire power (not necessarily the means of production) and those who wish to be free.

    Fortunately history shows us that freedom within a basic minimum of legal constraints produces the best outcome for humans and the environment but there are many greedy or resentful souls who refuse to learn from history.

    End of sermon.

  19. David, UK says:

    @ Joe: Typos aside (!) you’re spot on, of course. Whilst we sceptics call for truth and data, the alarmists simply throw out ad homs, accusing us of denialistism (surely the natural etymology from “denier” through “denialist”) and mental deficiency (aka retarded). In lieu of actual supportive facts, that’s really the best they can do.

  20. highflight56433 says:

    “How these people are able to reconcile their dishonesty is beyond me.”

    Psychopathic Narcissist
    http://mindexpressions.wordpress.com/narcissism-psychopathy-evil/

  21. Justthinkin says:

    So some people have now figured out that the CAGW crowd are not honest. To paraphrase Charlie Brown….Good Grief. Is honesty such a rarity now,that people have to be hit upside the head with a 2×4 to realize they are being lied to? We are dealing with psychopaths here,not simple ignorant people. Ignorance can be fixed,evil and psychopathy,not so much.

  22. John F. Hultquist says:

    Joseph Bastardi says:
    August 13, 2012 at 10:39 am
    “We have to fight with truth, but when their absolute truths are challenged . . .

    I think this ceased to be a truth and science issue a long while ago. Jo Nova has recently posted on a person named Oreskes – the posts and comments help clarify the non-science and active repression of views that do not meet the story line of humans tipping the world into a warm cesspool with their use of carbon based energy. The pillar of their belief is not truth, it is guilt. Humans are guilty and we should all be wearing goats’ hair undergarments.
    http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/07113b.htm

    A call to meet such folks in a public forum and expose their arguments insofar as science is concerned is a non-starter. They feel guilty. They want you to feel guilty. Life is no longer “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short” for those having an energy supported society. Somehow the CAGW crowd know there is something wrong and we need to get back to that time when guilt was not so overpowering. The only response to them is: You first.

  23. John F. Hultquist says:

    captainfish says:
    August 13, 2012 at 10:59 am
    Please tell me it isn’t true… McKibben is one of Romney’s advisors?? Say it ain’t so.
    Mr Lynn says:
    August 13, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Maybe you mean this guy:
    http://twitter.com/JasonMcKibben

  24. A. Scott says:

    Bill McKibben ‏@billmckibben
    Under Ryan plan, Romney pays no taxes at all. As in none. Now I get it! http://www.tnr.com/blog/plank/106046/why-ryan-makes-romneys-tax-problem-even-worse

    Nah … doesn’t sound like ol Billy would be consulting Romney on anything

  25. davidmhoffer says:

    Calls for a public debate are, I believe, fruitless. There was a time when I believed that the rhetoric of McKibbben and his ilk was confirmation bias or self delusion. I have long since stopped deluding myself on that score! Those who really belief their own rhetoric seek out debate, they don’t hide from it, and deleting your own tweets on a subject matter on which you haven’t a leg to stand on is simply proof in my mind that they are actively covering up the facts, and consciously so.

    But all is not lost. Everytime there is a slam dunk like this one, just do what Anthony did. Post it, and tweet it to them. If they respond with the usual spin, they are quickly exposed for what they are. If they run and hide, in this case by deleting their own tweets on the matter to keep it from public scrutiny, then document and post that, just as Anthony has done. Reading the record of their flight from a fair fight and their attempt to erase it from history tells a thinking adult all they need to know.

  26. Sou says:

    Thing is, the tweets from Bill McKibben are still on Twitter. Apart from the weirdness of an entire blog post about someone (not) deleting their tweets, it looks as if you don’t understand how Twitter works. Scroll down from here:
    https://twitter.com/#!/search/%40wattsupwiththat

    To see the tweet here:

    And this one:

    The tweet he refers to is this one:

    (As for July being the hottest in the USA – the climate reference network didn’t exist in the 1930s so it can’t be used to compare it with the 30′s temps. Heard the one about the folly of trying to compare apples and oranges?)

    REPLY: Thanks for that, I spent a lot of time trying to locate the Tweets that had been in my feed, and more time trying to locate them in McKibben’s feed. For reasons that make no sense in this situation, they are still not visible now using the same methods I used before. But, I’ll make a update/correction since they are in fact visible via direct links.

    As for the apples/oranges thing. The reverse is also true, the USHCN/COOP network of today used for that record determination is not the same as the network of the 1930′s, and therein lies the rub. There’s no good temporal homogeneity of the COOP network. Stations closed, moved, change equipment, get adjusted, etc. – Anthony

  27. Ray says:

    Anthony, you should have a new tab at the top… “Inconvenient Tweets”.

  28. Mark Luedtke says:

    Does this mean you’re going to allow the fr-word in comments?

    [Reply: WordPress, not Anthony or WUWT, screens specific words [such as "fraud" and "Nazi". We don't know all the words, as WP keeps them classified. Comments with forbidden words automatcally go into the Spam folder, so there is a delay in posting them. ~dbs, mod.]

  29. I managed to leave this response originally in the other thread about this subject. So here it is again in case anyone missed it–thanks

    As the commenter above points out with links, I didn’t disappear or delete anything. I think what happens is that you may not be following me on twitter and so the replies don’t show up on your stream. Here’s a link to the phenomenon, which is apparently common: http://www.voiceoftech.com/swhitley/index.php/2010/05/those-lost-twitter-replies/

    It’s also possibly something as simple as turning on the “All” instead of “No Replies” thing next to the “Tweets” button on your twitter home page

    At any rate, they’re still up there, and have been the whole time

    Anyway, here’s what I was trying to say in those tweets, in case anyone else is having the same problem.

    1) I was aware that July was remarkably low for tornadoes, apparently because the heat was so intense and the drought so deep–in fact, I’d tweeted about this fact two days before your post
    2) I was quoting Jeff Masters as saying fewer tornadoes was not a good tradeoff for this kind of drought and heat. Here’s a link to the article that says both of the above http://www.heraldandnews.com/article_90e490d2-e419-11e1-84eb-001a4bcf887a.html
    3) In response to the other comments above, I’m not actually advising the Romney campaign
    and 4) I will in fact be debating publicly on the question of climate risk on Nov. 5–the Center for Industrial Progress challenged me, and I accepted. http://www.masterresource.org/2012/07/debate-350-orgs-bill-mckibben-vs-cips-alex-epstein/ As you can see, the commenters there are convinced that my clock wil be cleaned, and perhaps they’re right.

    Finally, let me just state for the record: I don’t think you were dishonest in this post–it was something to do with the way Twitter works internally, or the way you’d configured your account. Nor do I doubt your sincerity in general. I disagree with your position, and I think that if we stick with it and do nothing about global warming it will do great damage to creation, but as I’ve pointed out publicly, I think you’re an able advocate and have fought with great effect. http://www.tomdispatch.com/archive/175549/

    Let me add as well that I was sad to read of the passing of your colleague Mr. Phelan, and moved by the tributes to him.

  30. Anthony Watts says:

    Thanks Bill for weighing in, I’ve made an update, see the bottom of the article. I’ll elevate your comment to the bottom of the post as well for full visibility.

    And thank you for the kind words about Mr. Phelan. You are the only prominent warmist that has offered such condolences.

  31. Well, okay. But nothing disappeared anywhere, so really the headline and indeed the whole story doesn’t really work. No need to get rid it, but perhaps just a straightforward acknowledgement at the top that I didn’t “disappear” or delete anything would be good. The tweets are in my feed, btw. (My guess is that if you switch your setting to “All” from “No replies” you’ll see them in yours as well).

    REPLY: I’ll look again and advise. – Anthony

    REPLY2: Yes I’d checked this before. https://twitter.com/billmckibben/with_replies still doesn’t show my original Tweet to you, but it will reveal that Tweet if I then visit click the conversation button. That’s backwards, as that was the thread starter Tweet but not your fault, it is a nuance of Twitter. I’ll make an additional note. – Anthony

  32. davidmhoffer says:

    I for one will be rather interested in how the debate comes out.

    I see it is being hosted at Duke University. It would be doubly interesting if Robert G Brown were to attend and be allowed to ask a few questions. My expectation is that BOTH sides would need to be on their toes…

  33. Robert of Ottawa says:

    I just don’t get Twitter. It appears to be composd of a succession of incomplete sentences.

  34. Ain’t Twitter great eh?
    Its disjointed, truncated, arcane nature makes it the perfect medium for promulgating the Post-Normal ‘s’cientific vision.
    Do you ‘follow’ me?

  35. nutso fasst says:

    McKibben is one of Romney’s advisers??

    McKibben’s been one of Romney’s most outspoken critics, but he and Romm recently defended Romney in response to an Obama pro-coal campaign ad:
    http://www.care2.com/causes/obama-slams-romney-for-having-admitted-coal-plants-kill-people.html

  36. Hoser says:

    Fear of the truth, eh? Interesting idea. It seems to make them happy. Does that mean they have a euphoria from euphobia? Or do they merely suffer from chronic coprocephalosis? ;->

  37. davidmhoffer says:

    Well, well, well.
    From the link that McKibben himself posted:

    “I challenged McKibben to a debate, offering him $10,000 and an audience at Duke University. To his credit, after some haggling over the topic, he accepted.”

    So he believes so strongly in his position that he is willing to debate it. For $10,000.00.

    Apparently it pays pretty good to be a warmist journalist.

  38. Bill McKibben:

    Finally, let me just state for the record: I don’t think you were dishonest in this post–it was something to do with the way Twitter works internally, or the way you’d configured your account. Nor do I doubt your sincerity in general. I disagree with your position, and I think that if we stick with it and do nothing about global warming it will do great damage to creation, but as I’ve pointed out publicly, I think you’re an able advocate and have fought with great effect. http://www.tomdispatch.com/archive/175549/

    Let me add as well that I was sad to read of the passing of your colleague Mr. Phelan, and moved by the tributes to him.

    Thank you, that was a real classy reply. Bill, you’ve just gone up a lot in my estimation. And you’ll go up even more, if you really are willing to debate the science publicly with some of us.

    Your whole tone of reply is what is respected here. Sadly it is very unlike so many others of your scientific persuasion, like NASA GISS man Jan P Perlwitz for instance, who came here, was rude, outed, denied his identity, then went off in a huff to cause trouble.

  39. Steven Sullivan says:

    [snip - by policy, WUWT does not publish derogatory snark]

  40. Replying to David M. Hoffer above–actually, the $10k will be paid to 350.org. I’m an unpaid volunteer with 350.org. You really don’t need to demean people you disagree with. And to Lucy Skywalker–thanks for your words, and as I said, I’ve accepted a challenge to debate on Nov. 5, and am told it will be online. Not a great debater, but will do my best to make it informative–bill

  41. TomT says:

    Bill is someone who doesn’t understand science and so has people do what they call “art” such as writing letters to mother nature about how they FEEL about global warming (as was done in Stowe VT outside of the Helen Day Art Center), but ask him to make even on scientific argument and he is lost. He has no credentials at all to be talking about anything having to do with science.

  42. Christian Bultmann says:

    Curiosity got the better of me and I listened to the interview outlined in Michael Mann’s tweet.
    I would suggest Bill starts with a lemonade stand to learn the basics of economics.

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