UPDATE: Apparently, they didn’t like Lucia’s version of reality, she writes:
They suspended my account. And I wanted #1 on the leader board. Dang!!
UPDATE2: Apparently this is an Astroturfing project by the Kidz at “Skeptical Science”:
The Money Quote from http://climaterealityproject.org/press/ (see Feb 28th release):
Developed through a collaboration with the website Skeptical Science, Reality Drop curates hundreds of online news articles daily for articles that demand a response—whether it’s a misleading quote from a climate denier or a heated debate raging in the comments section.
So, it seems John Cook is not only in the conspiracy theory business, but also now in the comment spamming business for websites worldwide. Not only that, but it appears they were trying to involve the Met Office through a “Special Thanks” statement, though the Met Office says they’d never heard of it. Barry Woods says in comments at Lucia’s:
I asked Met Office’s Chief Press officer about it, (Dave Britton) he rang me back and said he had not heard of it, they are not officially involved in it, and he will be enquiring why they get a special thanks for their supposed ‘contribution’.
I have an email into John Cook asking him how much Al Gore paid him to make this Astroturfing software. I’ve been given a number by somebody who should be in the know, but I want to confirm with Cook. [Update: Cook responded that he was not paid anything and that the content he provided was given for free under a Creative Commons license. When I pointed out that his website has a Copyright John Cook 2013 on the bottom of each SkS webpage, he stated that he’ll make a change to the entire website. – Anthony]
UPDATE3: For anyone with websites, the simplest way to block these auto-bot SPAM faux comments from Al Gore and John Cook is to put “clmtr.lt” as a blocked web address in your system SPAM filter. I’ve done that for WUWT and recommend all other climate blogs do the same. These aren’t comments from real people, they are bot-generated, so there’s no moral issue with automatically sending them to the bit bucket IMHO.
I had been given some insight into Al Gore’s relaunched “Reality Drop” this weekend and planned to write an additional article beyond the initial chuckle here: Al Gore’s Reality Drop – Climate Change to Destroy Music? where one of the promoters is laughably worried that global warming will unleash some sort of Don Maclean-Al Goreian music killing vortex, and we’ll see a global Day the Music Died. No pie for you!
Apparently the first Reality Drop campaign was such a major dud that Gore personally had to “re-release” it last week on February 28th:
Lucia at The Blackboard, ever curious, decided to try it out.
Hilarity ensued, and there’s no way I can improve upon what she has already done, so I direct WUWT’s readers to: http://rankexploits.com/musings/2013/reality-drop/
Wanting to see the raging comment wars between “denialists” and “reality comment droppers”, I scanned for comments. The article does not support comments. At. All.
I note that Gore has still kept his fake Bill Nye narrated Climate 101 video front and center, which I recreated and factually demonstrated to be so fraudulent in premise that they had to fake the results in post production because the experiments couldn’t ever possibly work as demonstrated.
Yet, they keep pushing that version of their distorted reality. There’s no shame with Mr. Gore it seems as long as it brings in money, anything goes.