Malicious WUWT troll sees police show up at his door

Sometimes, you just have to fight back. This is a personal note that goes along with the recent news of the bullying of Dr. Susan Crockford and Dr. Judith Curry.

Thanks to the Chico Police Department and officer Jim Parrott, I learned today that we were able to shut down a person living in Windsor Ontario who has been serially harassing me and threatening me and my family for over a year. He was doing this because of my views on “climate change” and my website: https://www.wattsupwiththat.com

Officer Parrott reached out to the Windsor Police Department (Constable Strong in the WPD Major Crimes Unit) and provided him all the research I’d gathered (including setting up an Internet “honeypot” to trap him) and today we get word back that the suspect has been identified, and has had police officers show up at his front door.

This particularly malicious troll is one of the “Arctic sea ice zealots” that inhabit Jim Hunt’s “Great White Con” website on sea ice. Both Jim and this troll were long ago banned from WUWT for serially bad behavior breaking our commenting policy multiple times, but this one troll couldn’t let it go. He escalated, and continued to do so.

Of course, the troll embraced the crazy and patently wrong views promoted by Dr. Michael Mann and many others that I’m an “agent of the Koch brothers, and on the take to run WUWT”.

As I’ve said many times in the past, I’ve never taken a dime from the Koch’s; they don’t even know who I am. WUWT is entirely supported by advertising and donations.

My opinions published here and the opinions of guest authors is entirely our own, and not “for hire” as some weak-minded people assert. One of these days, Dr. Mann is going to find himself on the wrong end of a lawsuit for promoting these falsehoods that incite people like I’ve had to deal with for over a year. In fact, this particular troll claimed he had enlisted Dr. Mann as part of his plan to “expose me” (the troll’s words). He also said he’d enlisted Sou aka Miriam O’Brien of Hotwhopper in his cause against me. Of course, it turned out to be nothing but bluster, but wow, this guy had quite an imagination and hatred for me in his heart.

Thanks to the work of the Windsor Police Department and the Chico Police Department, this malicious Internet troll won’t be bothering me again.

Thanks also to a number of bloggers who helped me zoom in on this guy by sharing information. Thanks also to “Poptech” whose research was very helpful. Great thanks to our own “Charles the Moderator” who helped me stay calm and focused on the “long game” rather than let this toad get under my skin.

Its quite a feeling of satisfaction to [get some action on] this case, especially since this dirtbag had assumed multiple identities, used fake emails, and other techniques to hide his identity. Much like some of the other trolls we deal with here daily, but this one stepped over the line, time and time again.

For example here are excerpts from a long rambling email I received (along with Charles the Moderator who was helping me) Tuesday, November 07, 2017 4:28 PM


Great news perverted WOMEN HATERS;)

Saul and Reggie are now officially “retired”

(Saul pulled it off and remained invisible, aren’t you impressed, my two little twinkies? Hehehe, just 11 followers)

Lawrence is job hunting,  raising money for @MSF 
Currently negotiating the sale of the ironically named @4salePeer, to a semi retired gentleman from Down-under:
 I believe you two girls are soon to be the laughing stock of the Reality Based Universe,
and there is only one way out, 
as my Buddhist Tokyo Rose says,
Never bring shame to your family, 
always do the honourable thing.
Funny thing, she once worked as an exec at TGNA, 
at a tech center based in USA
There is nothing more I can do to help you,
I have told you WATT was required,
A real man would have accepted
Because they were very reasonable requests
And you tried to weasel out with some weird link
That went to a 404
Watch you back #fakechristian
Welcome to hashtag hell
#Randi has got himself another television evangelist
Those crazy texas evangelical wingnuts have lots of guns,
lots of anger inside
 You’re one redneck Texas Christian
two cases of beer
A pickup truck full of guns
and a fun filled country music listening drive
away from meeting you maker:
Say hi to satan when you get there
Too bad you didn’t use some of that cock-sucking $$$,
You make grifting Koch/Cato talking points,
To make the requested donation to @MSF
Too late now 
I hope you  girly men know that there are dozens of  genuine SCIENTISTS,
who are currently in on this humiliating lesson #u2twinkies are experiencing,
and the future pain #FakeChristians like 
and who are laughing their asses off watching you and your motley crew of scientific misfits,
run away and hide from #TMOSAT
First Lesson:
Exponential growth
Why are you silly science deniers so afraid to debate The Master of Space and Time and Potholer?
It is because you know you are going to lose,
 and running away and being laughed at is less painful,
Isn’t that childish???
How many thousands of banned and blocked accounts,
does it take to create a virtually silent twitter feed
Just look at little clueless joe bastarda,( I changed his name to the feminine Italian),
because little joe has no balls), he has been humiliated,
and ran away,
 not much masculinity seen from lil joe, 
Do steroids explain his lack of balls???
Do you realize that running away and hiding Is going to make you look pathetic?
Your cowardly silence validates my algorithm
Which validates weather and climate models,
and on Nov 12th will be used to show how your silence
and the silence of so-called sceptics,
proves man-made climate change.
CATCH 22
You are not allowed to respond 
Your owners will never allow it
You are not allowed free speech
Slavery to big oil
 isn’t the way to live
And it’s a worse way to die
you have dug your own grave

NOVEMBER 12th 2017


This is just one of dozens of crazy emails with threats I received over the last year and a half. Some contained thinly veiled death threats, some like this one were irrational rants, some were incomprehensible references to things he “knew” but I had no idea what the hell he was talking about. The reference to November 12th in this email was a “drop dead date” for an extortion attempt (I was supposed to donate to the Canadian organization Medicine Sans Frontiers aka doctors without borders to avoid my exposure of “Koch dollars”). Of course, I’m not easily extorted, because I knew this jerk was just making things up out of his own Koch-fueled imagination.

My mistake was originally treating him with respect over a complaint he had about WUWT, and replying using my personal email. That was a dumb move of trust on my part that I won’t repeat again.

So, we nailed him. Despite his cowardice and shapeshifting, we prevailed, and we used his own stupidity against him to trap him in the “honeypot” so a positive ID could be made.

I won’t share the technique I devised, but it’s safe to say he had no idea what hit him when officers showed up at his door in Windsor. While it is very very tempting to share the file I have on him thanks to the police, I’ve learned long ago that “discretion is the greater part of valor“. I’ll just keep it handy, just in case I need to exercise my rights further.

Right Thomas? aka “Lawrence Martin”, aka “Reggie”, aka “Reginald Perrin” aka “Saul from Montreal”, aka “Solomon Gursky”, aka “Master of Space and Thyme” among others… here’s a partial photo of Thomas the troll from the file:

In the meantime, potential dirtbags that might be thinking of threatening me or my family or any other climate skeptic should think again. We won’t tolerate it. Climate skeptics are fed up with the threats and smears as we’ve seen against Dr. Curry and Dr. Crockford, and we aren’t going to take it anymore.

So, in closing…

Troll, troll, troll your boat gently down the stream…

Merrily, merrily, merrily merrily, anonymity is but a dream.

UPDATE:

BTW, I forgot to add this note. There’s precedence for arresting Internet trolls in Canada, such as this notorious one who got 16 counts and a psych evaluation:

https://pandasthumb.org/archives/2011/08/prolific-intern.html

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298 thoughts on “Malicious WUWT troll sees police show up at his door

      • I had a few amusing discussions with Blowtorch Reggie a couple of years ago. He’s certifiable material. But I’m sure you know that very well!

      • Most of us don’t have the resources to be able to follow in your footsteps Anthony, should we become victims of the same sort of malicious activity.

        So when you have a success like this, we are all the beneficiaries of your perseverance .

        And nice to hear that Chasmod was a helpful Man Friday.

        Every time you win one for our side, we all benefit in ways we may never realize.

        Jolly good show Man !

        G, and g too .

      • “He’s certifiable material. ” yes, this rambling BS sounds very incoherent but smart enough not to only make veiled threats. I’m sure our host has recd worse than this but probably less persistent cases.

        Hardly the same league as firing rounds at Christy and Spencer’s research building.

        Corduroy jacket ?! No really, he wears a Corduroy jacket. What a sad friggin mess.

      • I am so sorry you have to put up with this -bleep-. You deserve so much better.

        The best I can do is counter the -bleep- with my sincere thanks for all your wonderful posts, and all your kindness, and the countless hours of pleasure your blog has afforded me since I first discovered it back in 2007.

      • Reggie, Jim Hunt and Griff are three trolls of a feather. There is absolutely no way to reason with them in a polite manner. But even more chilling is that these people and even the supposedly more responsible true believers want to suspend the First Amendment, shut down the Internet, and destroy our right to free speech. Not to mention jailing skeptics.

        The fact that these people are going psycho at this time obviously shows that we are winning and they are losing!

      • Glad to know that this pathetic excuse for a homo sapiens was finally located and nailed, mostly because he can’t keep his Big Fat Mouth shut.

        I’ve had an online stalker for going on 4 years now, but he was dumb enough to think he could provoke me into retaliating. He began stalking and harassing other people, too, and it finally caught up with him. He is now in jail, with a second hearing coming up next week. This one is SO STUPID that he violated a restraining order placed on him by some of the others he had stalked and harrassed from his jail cell. I kid you not. In the process of finding things out, I and other people stumbled across things he is connected to in the past, things that made us all cringe. That is being investigated also.

        Congratulations, Anthony. Thumbs up, big time!!!

      • Ah but isn’t Soros on the left? I suspect if you want to instigate collectivism or wish abolish the right to free speech, he may well be glad to help. So long as one has an insidious plan that is. :)

  1. “Good Work Anthony!!”
    Remember what one buzzard said to another; ‘Patience my A**, I’m going to kill something!”

  2. I simply can’t understand people like that. He looks young enough to be holding down a job. If he is working and spending his time doing that sort of stuff he should be fired. If he is doing that outside working hours then he should get some sort of ‘real’ social life.

    • gnomish,
      If a person has an physical abnormality you would be violent to them?
      Or do you believe they should be given help and medical assistance?
      If someone has a mental abnormality you think that physical violence is a good method of assisting them and society, or is it just for your own gratification?

      Yes he’s a nasty, vicious troll of the very worst kind, and may even have become violent. He is undergoing an mental assessment and may well be found to be mentally defective in some way.
      That’s his problem, what’s yours gnomish for wishing to be violent to people with obvious mental abnormalities?

      • You are dangerously naive. Far too often people you describe go on, after “treatment”, to commit horrific acts of violence against innocent people. Will this one come after AW again? I doubt it, he will pick another target, one who has no clue what he is. And it is a good bet he will take this whole experience and become worse. Instead of helping him it will make him even more angry and he WILL seek outlets to receive that anger. The proverbial “boot to the head” may well be exactly what he needs. This idea that medical and psychiatric “treatment” can fix people who don’t want to be fixed is dangerous, and in far too many cases leads to innocent people being harmed or killed.

      • 2hotel9

        I take it you have verified figures for “Far too often people you describe go on, after “treatment”, to commit horrific acts of violence against innocent people. ”
        I’m of the belief more research into treatment should be done and not more violence against the person. Violence does not solve the problem!
        Your prognosis of giving people a “boot to the head” is truly vile and can not improve anything, certainly not any of society’s mental health problems. These people need effective treatment not violence!

      • Again, you are dangerously naive. Worst part is you are not the one who will suffer for it, innocent people do. Truly sad.

      • Do your own homework, pick up a newspaper and read, all those rapes, assaults, child molestations? They are being committed by the people you are so eager to defend. Or is it all the victims’ fault?

      • The majority can not be rehabilitated. They just learn how to act normal, sufficient to fool those who taught them how to act (i.e. the same people). They’ll reoffend as soon as they have opportunity, but they’ll be better at hiding now.

      • Glad to here it. The first thing I thought when I finished reading the article was, “This isn’t over!”. A visit from the police and/or some kind of restraining order may slow him down for a while, but he seems too whacko to just let it go. I hope you stay one step ahead of him, and that he gets the professional help he obviously needs.

        As a daily visitor to WUWT, I am expressing my gratitude for the work you and your volunteers do. You are already a ‘David’ to the ‘Goliath’ of the global warming paradigm. That would be more than enough right there. My appreciation grows ever larger when I see you persevere through this harassment nonsense with intelligence and due diligence.

        Thank You!

        Jim Clarke

      • Indeed. No doubt he has a network of friends, who may or may-not be like him (perhaps worse).

        And he’s not the only one out there. A little bit of Sun Tzu goes a long way :)

  3. A great result Anthony. A real team effort and great cooperation between two police districts got the job done! This might smarten the act up of those considering following in the trolls footsteps.

  4. I see this person as part of a wider problem in today’s ‘social-media’ world. Supposedly responsible people in the media, or people who get attention in the media, have long been playing fast and loose with both the truth and truthful language. They are often so blinded by a political hatred of people who disagree with them that they lose sight of what is considered normal respectful manners and consideration for other people. Thus if people who know better routinely, say, describe Donald Trump as “literally Hilter”, then there is going to be some small fraction of the population who start to think and act as if it might be true.

    In Anthony’s case, it is the Michael Mann’s of this world who do know better, but simply don’t care where their baseless allegations end up. Nor do they accept any personal responsibility for having effectively incited less intelligent people to do hurtful things to other people who are wholly innocent of the imagined misdemeanors.

    • I’ve come to regard Michael Mann more as a troll than as a scientist. But even bad as he is, he appears to be orders of magnitude less crazy than this ‘Blowtorch Reggie’. And while I’m not in favor of gun control, we definitely need to figure out a way to keep guns out of the hands of loons like this. He’s truly scary.

      • He lives in Canada. Unlikely he has anything more dangerous than a steak knife, although he appears to have weaponized stupidity.

      • I’ve recently looked at Michael Mann’s twitter account to see him use references to a Bruce Willis/Joel Osment movie called Sixth Sense where they use the line “I see dead people” which Michael mann translates as “I see deniers”. Appears as though he wants all deniers, dead. Call the cops!

    • LOL @ristvan, you think the Chico PD is going to have this guy extradited, and pay for his transport from Canada to California over a “telephone harassment” charge?

      You may be a lawyer, but you haven’t a clue about reality.

      • Elmer, I never thought any of your fevered imagination. The troll has been caught out by Canadian laws in Canada. Those are, per Mark Stein, much worse than in the US. Get a grip.

      • “The troll has been caught out by Canadian laws in Canada.”

        LOL, I didn’t realize you had the inside info on what the Canadians were up to. And I assumed you were an American. I apologize.

        Now tell me, are the Canadian authorities going to pay for the transport of the witnesses from Chico to attend the hearings?

      • Elmer Fudd,
        You can be assured that if Anthony needs to go to Canada to testify, we readers will come up with the money to make it happen. I’m also getting fed up with loonies and think it is time to start standing up to them.

      • I think this chap committed enough Canadian law mayhem to keep him in big trouble for a good while.

        No need to waste the energy required to actually ship the carcass to some other jurisdiction.

        As they say, the Mounties eventually get their man.

        G

      • FYI Elmer, up here in the Frozen North uttering threats is against the law. He’ll probably be charged in Windsor. Also noticed that he will get a physc eval. That and those several charges will give him some legal fees to remember.

        Good on ya Anthony, you took out another one of those operating in a brain free environment.

      • What the hell? Do they just line you guys up? Anthony manages to have one nutbag brought down and you run up to take his place?

        Enjoy your imagined superiority while it lasts “Elmer”.

      • My dearest Elmer, there is a tip box here that got Anthony to the UK a few years back and Donna Lafromboise to a conference she wanted to be at. It would not take much to get all the witnesses where they need to be and because of the nature of the allegations I suspect the tip jar will overflow with generosity.

      • Based on the description above, harassment or attempted extortion come to mind as POSSIBLE charges.

        In any event, please I notice I asked if he had been charged.

        I did not claim he committed an offense to which he could be charged.

      • He probably lost his computer, for a while at least. The Ontario Provincial Police computer forensics guys are wa-ay competent. They may find multiple other probable causes to dig even deeper. He’s toast.

      • Ant,

        Empty vessels make the most noise. I suspect this guy was never a physical threat to you or your family. He’s a nonentity; an internet bully with a juvenile inferiority complex that demands him seeking personal validation by issuing empty threats. He imagines he can hide behind anonymity because his naive belief is the internet is anonymous, which in itself reveals his puerile ignorance and incompetence.

        The point being is that he would never break cover to perpetrate a physical crime. Were he truly a threat to you he wouldn’t broadcast his ‘intentions’, he would just carry them out. And I would cite your own conduct to support that contention. You didn’t announce your intentions to have him dealt with, you had the good sense to just do it and quite literally, appear at his door, out the blue.

        You have demonstrated, with considerable credit to you and your close friends, that you are all trousers and no mouth.

        As irritating as he is, and I can imagine how much he upset you, you have done the right thing by enlisting help, tracking the guy down, and getting the police involved.

        And it may be of cold comfort, but you now know how to find, and deal with these people. Any subsequent event will become easier, and increasingly satisfying as you pick them off one by one.

      • Mike, Canada has one of the highest gun ownership rates in the world. 29% of Canadian homes own guns (just behind the USA at 34%).
        Trust me, it is strange to see some one with a big revolver in a hip holster walking their dog, but guns don’t “freak” us out.

      • Jeff in Calgary;

        It is true that guns do not ‘freak out’ us Canadians. However, our American friends should also know that gunfire does provoke extreme responses, and there is strong public reaction when the response is not extreme enough or the law enforcement officers lack the equipment or training maintain the proud Canadian ideal of one shot fired for every perpetrator downed.

    • Yeah, he seems a little deranged.

      Carrying is good! :)

      I’m not too familiar with Canadian law but I think they have a lot of laws about what you can and cannot say on the internet. What kind of charges, if any, does this guy face?

      • TA

        See http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/cycp-cpcj/bull-inti/index-eng.htm

        [Bullying is an offence.]

        Cyberbullying involves the use of communication technologies such as the Internet, social networking sites, websites, email, text messaging and instant messaging to repeatedly intimidate or harass others.

        Cyberbullying includes:
        •Sending mean or threatening emails or text/instant messages.
        •Posting embarrassing photos of someone online.
        •Creating a website to make fun of others.
        •Pretending to be someone by using their name.
        •Tricking someone into revealing personal or embarrassing information and sending it to others.

        Cyberbullying affects victims in different ways than traditional bullying. It can follow a victim everywhere 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from school, to the mall and all the way into the comfort of their home – usually safe from traditional forms of bullying.

        See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom_of_speech_in_Canada
        For more on internet freedom of speech and libel.

  5. Relative to polar bears and sea ice, from what I have read the polar bear and the brown bear are essentially the same species. From that I would expect that one migrated and evolved a difference in coat colors etc. This would then mean that there had been divergence at some point and probably convergence in the future. Net effect would be trivial and in any case, the ecosystem will change and the inhabitants of the area will change with it.

    • I think you should be posting about polar bears in some thread related to polar bears instead of here. There are many to choose.

  6. It is embarrassing that it was a Canadian that did this but not surprising. Canadians listen to the news and they believe it. They are not too bright. Maybe they will not notice when they freeze to death.

    Signed, a Canadian not living in that frozen wasteland they call Canada.

    • That is very interesting. Most of the Canadians I have ever dealt with have been the most polite people around. Is there something going on up there that has changed that recently? The Canadian Air Force ladies and gentlemen I dealt with were always very polite and unassuming. I couldn’t imagine any of them doing anything remotely like this.

      • “Is there something going on up there that has changed that recently?”

        Yes. A liberal government that is: welcoming ISIS fighters back into Canada, importing thousands of Islamic migrants to bolster their voter base; allowing thousands of illegal migrants to pour through non-ports of entry at an unprotected border to claim asylum; passing blasphemy motions to quell “Islamophobic” dissent; removing FGM as an illegal practice from citizenship guides; instituting escalating carbon taxes; crushing proposed pipelines with new emissions regulations (while allowing cement factories with twice the emissions to proceed with no regulation) – all while importing oil from terror states; a corrupt Finance minister whose family dumped $millions in shares days before a tax increase across the board.

        The looney troll is a left wing zealot and online bully that likely soiled himself when the cops showed up. He’ll show up in court like a whipped dog, full of tears when he realizes that there is a real world out there with consequences.

      • Your comment makes me smile, as the nicest Americans I met up here in Canada were from our local military base, they were the same as your description.

        Of late here – it’s sadly changed, more like a European state of mind than being for freedom and sovereignty of one’s own identity and culture. The current PM is one of the worst ones to date, in our short history. Global elites have been gobbling up Canada’s political landscape unfettered for at least a good decade or more.
        But as they say, you deserve the gov you voted for – save for I personally didn’t vote for this disastrous PM.
        ~ldd

  7. “…Koch-fueled imagination…”

    I’ve wondered for a long time whether a lot of warmist hysteria is the result of “better living through chemistry,” nerny perns, or Old Nogginthrob. Things don’t really go better with coke or similar substances.

    • crackers, griffs, germonios are different

      But in all, the wuwt is such an institution of contrarianism that it seriously attracts sick world saviours. From both ends. It is good to keep some distance.

  8. You can say all kinds of crazy stuff and get away with it. Some stuff slides over into criminal law, and that you can’t get away with. A credible death threat will produce a criminal conviction. That, in turn, will keep the troll on the Canadian side of the border.

      • Here’s the relevant Canadian law.

        264.1 (1) Every one commits an offence who, in any manner, knowingly utters, conveys or causes any person to receive a threat
        (a) to cause death or bodily harm to any person;

        link

        The penalty is as much as five years in prison.

        There is also law against harassment but it’s sometimes hard to get the police to deal with it. Threatening, on the other hand, is clear cut and the police are quite willing to lay charges.

      • Hugs: I don’t know. Looking at the US political situation, saying things and harassing seem to be considered basically the same thing.

      • Don’t know if it still holds, but several years ago some friends of mine tried to go through Canada on their way to Alaska for summer work. They were stopped at the border because both had DUI’s on their U.S. driving records. Canada wouldn’t even let them drive through.

  9. Anthony, you should sue DeSmogBlog (or that similar site) for its malicious falsehoods and misleading insinuations.

  10. Well done Anthony!!

    Once this scumbag was identified what are the specific consequences he faces from the authorities?

  11. We’ll done, and good riddance! I once hacked a honepot to trap an internet troll in the 1990s on the Yahoo Finance message boards, which solved the problem. No troll can resist a well-crafted honeypot. It’s a compulsion.

      • Specifically, did he offer at any time to stop doing something nasty in return for money?

      • @Latitude: Good Point.

        @Anthony: Good for you! Discretion is the better part of valor to be sure, gauge carefully when/if you will disclose all. I’m glad you took the initiative and fought back: now you need to do for you. This has been an attack for over a year now? That takes a toll. Don’t let it leave a stain. The guy is a crackpot, but don’t let it go internally more than that–non-invasive virtual hugs and good thoughts coming your way. You and your family deserve didn’t deserve any of this. So persecute, and then my modest advice? Let it go, move on. Nothing is worse for a troll than non-attention. And if in the future you start getting other letters of a similar kind? Engage someone else to read and evaluate them.

  12. Well done, Anthony. Its a great pity that the Internet was initially designed without security features that would help prevent nasty stuff like this. But at least it is now possible for the police to track down and hopefully stop some of the perps. I am amazed that some folk let a mere difference of opinion take over their lives like that. Just for interest, I once heard a theory that extreme religiosity was caused by a virus that affects the brain. Hmm.

    Keep up the great and good work, and stay safe!

    • “I am amazed that some folk let a mere difference of opinion take over their lives like that. ”

      Some people are crazy and can’t help themselves.

    • Its a great pity that the Internet was initially designed without security features that would help prevent nasty stuff like this.

      I agree with Ben Franklin.

      Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety. link

      Free speech is important. Anonymous pamphleteering is important so that folks can express unpopular ideas without exposing themselves to the tyranny of the majority. link

      Freedom is what made America great. Destroy freedom and you destroy America.

      • Its a great pity that the Constitution was initially designed without security features that would help prevent nasty stuff like this.

        There, fixed it for him.

    • Back in the days of the ARPAnet, things really were mostly a big, happy community. It helped that its capacity was 256 nodes (many running timesharing systems, so more than 256 users). None of us had time to be idiots, we were too busy creating something truly awesome.

      Sorry about how Email turned out.

      • Even then, we had the cannonical jokes threads. Imagine, I had over 3000 lawyer jokes, some of them totally tasteless, some of them so funny that lawyer friends of mine laughed with tears in their eyes. But, no, the vast majority of people kept it on the straight and narrow.

        ARPAnet let me get a copy of the program “Proceedings of the X-15 First Flight 30th Anniversary Celebration.” Thanks Ms. Schaefer at NASA.

  13. I don’t see how sending annoying e-mails and posting unpopular messages on blogs should be cause for receiving police at your door.

    • Oh, well, you haven’t seen the complete file. That was just one sample. There’s an entire docket on this guy. Blog comments are fair game, I can simply delete and ban when I get threats, but as I understand it from my briefing, the law treats this just like they would telephone harassment, postal mail harassment, etc.when it comes to me personally. Add an extortion attempt, and you’ve got a more than just “annoyance”, you have an actionable crime.

    • It isn’t annoying e-mails it is a death threat … the law doesn’t distinguish communication mechanism it is what it is.

    • @MikeN

      “I don’t see how sending annoying e-mails and posting unpopular messages on blogs should be cause for receiving police at your door.”

      Uh, did you even read the article? This seems even beyond harassment. I can’t imagine constantly getting this kind of ugly e-mail for a year and a half. It’s a lot more than “annoying e-mails” and “posting unpopular messages”. Nobody has a right to make threats. When something like this is going on, it can make life a living **** for someone. As far as I’m concerned, it’s no different than doing it in person.

  14. My mistake was originally treating him with respect over a complaint he had about WUWT, and replying using my personal email.

    It could be a good idea to change your personal email every so often. I had to do that involuntarily twice and it’s a big pain with financial accounts etc. But it might be worth it.

  15. Absolutely shocking – sorry you had to go through all that Anthony and Charles.

    Catastrophism is a moral slippery slope. What crime is inconceivable to someone who truly believes the world is on the brink of destruction?

    Even people who aren’t true believers can use the guise of true belief as cover for their antisocial viciousness.

    No different to Jihadis justifying their nastiness in the name of their holy mission to “save” mankind.

    • No different than a religious zealot of any stripe.

      “Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” Voltaire

      • Anti-religious zealots suck too. At least they mostly just go around trying to prove how much smarter they are than those “believers”.

        Though not all. The Ted Bundys and Jeffrey Dahmers were atheists too.

      • Agreed squiggy. I have known some religious people that I would have rather never even heard of (and I am both happily religious and capable of rational thought), yet I have met some anti-religious individuals who were just as obnoxious.

        I mock people who think that only people who believe in a metaphysical higher power are zealots. People who believe that human beings or governments are the highest power are quite capable of being overcome with obnoxious zealotry.

        Followers of Marx, who wanted to do away with religion (belief in a metaphysical higher power), only wanted to do away with it so that the people would instead worship the state as the highest power. Humanists, which include atheists, prefer to worship humanity as the pinnacle of higher power, and that can also create zealotry.

  16. It is great to see the heat being turned back on the worthless aggressive Trolls and to see that the Windsor Police Department and the Chico Police Department are working together and doing their job as expected. I hope that this malicious creature will not be bothering Anthony or anyone else in the future. He had been encouraged in his enterprise by the Leftist Hegemony.

  17. A lawsuit or criminal charges could go a long way to beginning to open some public discussion about climate science. I cannot believe how much heat (ahem) I get for even mentioning what I have learned here and elsewhere during polite dinner conversation. It’s disgusting. This kind of intellectual bigotry and self-righteous indignation, all based on a series of frauds, can amount to bullying at its finest. It tends towards a kind of totalitarianism, and it is not to be taken lightly. It is a mob and should be regarded as such. It has no redeeming qualities whatsoever, besides perhaps teaching you much about your ‘friends’, at least if you value free thought.

    I realize this is a group largely geared toward science concerns, but rest assured there are more frauds in other domains from which elaborate, equally harmful belief systems have formed, and these can be dangerous. They function the same way.

    It is wise to ask yourself seriously, How do I know this thing I have been told to be true?

    • public nutrition is a case in point. diabetes epidemic from junk science. US war dead in WW2 no heart disease. Korean war tons of heart. disease in young men 18 years old. smoking and animal fat blamed. both drastically reduced with very little increase in longevity.
      no one asked what changed in the diet during ww2. it wasn’t smoking or animal fat. plenty before the war. margarine and hydrogenated vegetable oil was the big change. synthetic food humans were not adapted to eat via evolution. we are seeing evolution in action as people die early humans become better adapted to eating junk food.

      • The ‘diet-health’ hypothesis, Ancel Keyes and his Seven Countries Study, the role of the Sugar Association in lobbying to mislead the public through nutrition policy and more, the vilification of John Yudkin and the nearly complete destruction of his scientific career is of course an excellent example, and not much politically controversial so easier to discuss than ‘climate change’. (The term as typically used makes me cringe.)

        There are others, and often poorly conducted (or outright fraudulent) studies are used to create a body of claims that become a belief system, and so are born various religions to which the rudderless may adhere.

        One really must be vigilant.

  18. Most excellent.

    While the internet has unleashed great creativity and great minds, it has also revealed mankind’s darker sides … strange critters that lurk in most unexpected places.

    Stay safe.

  19. Not a climate “scientist”, no beard. Cord jacket and t-shirt, could be an English Lit prof; can’t spell, scratch that, failed grad student? Looks like the Unabomber. Psycho-scary.

  20. Yeah, I think I know who he is,he can be really snotty at Jim Hunts place too,since Jim would ask him to stop swearing and similar to avoid getting his comments in the mod bin.

  21. If you’ve never been seriously harassed or stalked, count yourself lucky not to know the feelings it causes or the expenses it generates. Nails in the driveway, sugar in the gas tank, chased on the highway, and crank calls to family and employers take a toll. People who do this have some level of mental sickness that needs to be addressed — either by therapists or civil authorities. Good work, Anthony.

      • Sand doesn’t, either, but it can still be a problem in your gas tank. Don’t be a jerk for the sake of being a jerk and people just might not treat you like a jerk.

      • Elmo,
        I don’t think that you have the whole picture. Why don’t you try putting a cup of sugar in your gas tank and get back to us after a week? You might be surprised at the results. If you are certain about it having no effect, you have nothing to lose.

      • Elmer,
        It does work and I’ve seen it. It’s not catastrophic, but it’ll stop your car and cause expensive repairs to get rid of it. It works because it doesn’t dissolve.

      • Sugar has basically the same result as sand. It clogs up filters and is messy. It may stop the car, but not destroy the engine. There are far worse things that can be put in a gas tank. We should probably be happy that many people believe myths.

        (Gary—I’m not saying the sugar doesn’t cause a problem. It does. I would be furious if someone tried it on my car.)

    • For sure. And it doesn’t have to go as far as nails in the drive or sugar in the gas tank. I’ve had more than one “neighbor from ****” – the problem was noise 24/7.

      Glad you were able to get this guy, Anthony. It speaks volumes about how serious the situation is when the police see a need to be involved.

  22. There are a bunch of wind farms down Windsor way. Maybe this guy lives near one and that helps explain his scrambled brain.

  23. Wow, that was a barely coherent tirade. I’d say there are some legitimate mental issues, or he wrote it as a stream-of-consciousness exercise. I wouldn’t relax just yet, Anthony, some people aren’t easily dissuaded by the long arm of the law, unless they are in prison. Not someone I think that would respond to rational discussion either.

  24. I was in the process of executing an additional, and much more complicated plan to lead him to a honeypot.

    Luckily, for my naturally lazy self, he fell for stage one before I had to put in much effort. And no, we will not tell you what I was up to.

    • I look forward to the thriller. I’d look forward to the movie too but Hollywood has no ability to tell the good guys from the bad…

  25. I wonder if this is the same scumbag that forged my name to a series of hate-filled posts a year or so back? I always wonder how these people’s minds work. They know they cannot refute the argument logically or with evidence, so they forge fake posts. They have to know that they are wrong, surely? So why don’t they switch to the right side? Have they simply willingly chosen evil over good? Very puzzling. Anyway, great work, Anthony!

    • From personal experience of living side-by-side with such a person for 11 years:

      “They have to know that they are wrong, surely? So why don’t they switch to the right side? Have they simply willingly chosen evil over good? ”

      No, …What they know is that they *must* be right, as they were told they were right the first time. All else is betrayal of themselves, so they will make up whatever interpretation of events is needed to believe that their assigned position, of being on top, is right. To do otherwise is the evil of betrayal of self. They are either on top of the world, by being right, or they are scum scraped off the bottom of the cesspool, and there can be nothing in between. Yes, they can kill someone when their belief pushes them to that. There were 4 attempts from him on my life in those 11 years. Their enablers are nearly as bad.

  26. That is fantastic news! It’s spooky to see a partial face to the coward… He does not know how lucky he is you do not have malice in your heart.

  27. Well done Anthony (and Charles). So sorry you had to go through this emotional flack…the last thing you need in your life. I had never realised just how nutty some people reading this blog were/are. The lack of tolerence in society today is a real worry.

    Keep up the good work nevertheless…we all get so much out of the interesting material you put up every day.

    • It seems to me there a re none so intolerant or closed minded as those who want you to be tolerant and open minded and they get very angrified (as Willis puts it) if you’re not willing to let reason go and think as they think.

      Well that’s enough deep thought for today.
      All the best and as the phrase goes “don’t let the b*ggers get you down”.

      James Bull

      • Fully agree.
        The Efforts of Anthony – and his team – are hugely appreciated.
        I think that they are, just, starting to have an effect – the perseverance is gratefully acknowledged.
        And now the horrid scum-smearing effects of a troll.
        I hope that that ends well.

        Well done – well done indeed.

        Auto

  28. Excellent work, Anthony. From reading just that one diatribe, the guy clearly has b-i-g problems; had there been no internet he would probably have been dispensing much the same unpleasantness to someone nearer home, with letters to the local newspaper or whatever. Good grief, if I hated somebody (or his website) that much, I’d just have nothing to do with him.

    All respect for dealing with him coolly and calmly, and let’s hope the Mounties recommend him to a local MD before it’s too late.

  29. No wonder there is still ice in the Arctic. Reggie has been too busy harassing and threatening you to go up there and use it. Let’s hope that he is now too busy with the Canadian authorities to use it. Surely he would not be nuts enough to come back and start his insanity with you and your blog again after this experience.

    BTW I haven’t seen nor heard his buddy Jim Hunt on any of the Climate blogs for some time. If he shows up I’ll ask him how his good friend Thomas is doing.

  30. I was just looking at this again and was reminded of something from an essay I recently read, especially regarding the mindset of criminals:

    http://www.aei.org/publication/bernie-madoff-steve-jobs-and-wall-street-greed/

    A criminal psychologist was saying that people like Bernie Madoff would say that they are good people and sure enough, shortly after he made that point, Mr. Madoff was saying that he was a good person.

    I can just see this troll, after dealing with the police, spending time rationalizing in his mind that he really is a good person. I wonder how long before he goes back to his evil ways …

  31. Very sorry that you get crazies like this. I think that you’re owed a lot of apologies from warmist commentators for stirring up nutters like this. Most of them know that the oil funding is a myth but use it as an excuse for their own failure to persuade the multitudes. I’ve been reading your site since almost the start and I’ve never once doubted that you spoke from conviction and that you were a genuinely nice person. You’ve even got more personal experience with cutting CO2 than any warmist blogger I’ve read. I was really moved when you decided to drive to a meeting with the US weather bods rather than fly, so that you could audit weather stations on the way. That’s the behaviour of a very honest man.

    It’s worth noting that if you get a problem in the UK, the country also takes internet harassment seriously.

    Congratulations on getting this guy, and I hope he stays got.

  32. Well done Anthony, Charles too. I don’t think there can be any doubt that threat or fear of being identified and subsequently prosecuted for a crime – any crime – is a very strong deterrent to future would-be law-breakers. Let us hope that by exposing this, it will serve to put some others off – although not all. There will always be those who think they are too clever to be caught. Such is life.

  33. Awesome!

    Given WUWT is the most read blog, this word will be propagated around the usual suspects very quickly. And you are right Anthony, timing is everything.

  34. Well done on getting this certifiable basket case nailed. It just goes to show that AGW theory proponents are really not that much different from radical islamists.

    From their theological based doomsday loaded language (“do you BELIEVE in climate change? If not you’re a DENIER!”) it’s a theory, not a deity. Right through to their unhinged, threatening and sometimes violent behaviour, when someone questions their beliefs.

    • The AGW theory proponents most likely don’t know a theory from their elbows. This shiite science never even rose to the level of a hypothesis, let alone a falsifiable hypothesis. It was a conjecture at best, and now, shown by the evidence, to be a failed conjecture.

  35. Well done Anthony , those were the ravings of a lunatic and the threats were on the extreme end of intimidation and deserved to be dealt with by the law .
    I know you can probably look after yourself and have learned to grow an extra skin but when the whackos threaten your family it gets personal and scary .
    I used to use my real name on this site but now only on the Jo nova site but we should feel comfortable using our real names without the fear of attracting a nutjob .

    • Robert,
      My correct name always used.
      History of 3 threat episodes referred to police. One nutter let my car loose down our steep driveway? Another put a device that looked like a bomb on our outdoor BBQ table. Several other had death threats? The worst was one we never caught, who used to phone my wife when I was away an note that I was away. It became more creepy when our car was stolen then returned pronto by police who later were in local news for allegedly running a car stealing racket. All but the latter were plausibly related to my public stance against greenie madness, being on 4 Corners and so on. My logic is that I feel more positive and immune using real name, as in too much of a handful for nuisances to bother.
      CTM & Anthony, well done & thank you both. Geoff.

  36. I hope he’ll have to face the music and the book they’ll throw at him hits hard.
    When the enemy is on the run,
    continue firing until he’s done.

  37. Well done, guys.

    Keep at it and let us know the outcome. ITM, I’m sharing this on social media so that others may see what the protagonists of real climate science are up against.

  38. IF you ever need help with something, I think /pol/ would be glad to help you out. They love investigative work, are good at it, and hate PC. They are the ones who found where a flag was located based solely on a live camera view of just the flag and sky (using intersecting jet contrails, stars, etc).

  39. Anthony and Charles, so very sorry you had all this to deal with. Well done on catching him. I couldn’t make head or tail of that diatribe above…medical problems? Whatever is up with him, he should not be on the loose to harass and threaten decent people. Best wishes, Annie.

  40. My deepest appreciation to you Anthony for providing the world’s top skeptic(of catastrophic human caused climate change) site. The diversity and quality of articles and posters here is in a league of its own.

    The only bad thing personally is that it’s so good, that reading articles/posts and sometimes commenting here has been elevated to a level of priority in my life that I forget to eat and drink on some days…………just kidding.

    Seriously, the reward of bringing together, an elite level of skeptical minds for the world to be part of is unmatched.

    You know this of course but it’s nice to know even more, how much others appreciate it when 1 troublemaker can try to offset all of it with tactics similar to this character.

    Congrats on identifying and confronting him. Another example of assertiveness in fighting back against those that want to impose their belief system on others.

  41. Nice job Anthony.

    I haven’t had any death threats since I stopped blogging. Don’t miss that as much as I thought I would :D

  42. Anthony, so sorry you have had to endure what must have been an horrendous experience. No wonder you needed time off! I am pleased the police took this seriously. In the UK our police put political correctness before doing their duty and I am pleasantly surprised that the Canadian police didn’t do the same, given their governments support over “Green” policies. Hysteria is always confined to questioning a belief as opposed to logic questioning science, if that is small consolation?.

  43. Congratulations on getting rid of such problem, Anthony. Nobody should have to endure it. The law enforcement doesn’t prevent us from becoming a victim, it just puts an end to it.

    This particular form of manifestation of mental illness is not exclusive of climate alarmism, and in fact prominent alarmists might get their own loonies, being harassed and threatened by crazed “deni3rs.” We all know that every prominent internet site, no matter its subject and opinion, has to deal with internet trolls. It is the price of prominence in a world with instant communication that has a share of its population with mental problems.

  44. The only way to get rid of these people (Trolls) is to hit back hard (legally). No person should have to suffer threats, where Internet-based or not.

    It should be mandatory that the police contact his employer to inform them of the Troll’s habits. And what business does a middle-aged man have being an Internet Troll? He should be out working in a soup kitchen or teaching his Grand-Daughter how to read.

  45. Sorry that it came down to this kind of extreme action, but if there were legitimately legal threats, it was the right move.

    Sadly, instead of getting the help he needs, it could set him off even worse in the future, or he could even become a cause celebre. That doesn’t mean he shouldn’t have been confronted like this though.

  46. Thank you Anthony, et al. WUWT (ie you and your incredible “staff”) do an incredible service to those of us who just want to see a civil, rational and respectful discussion of the complex issues brought up by this blog. As I scroll through the various comments, I see one glaring omission…not a single apology from any of the usual suspect “warmists” that this kind of behavior is simply unacceptable, and should not be tolerated.

    I have donated $50 to WUWT. In the big scheme of things, a token. But I am a real believer that if you want to change or influence events, it starts with me.

    My name is Ethan Brand, I live in Roscommon Michigan. I fully support Anthony Watts and WUWT for what it stands for and enourages. The kind of behavior exhibited by the subject troll is NOT acceptable. Period.

  47. I’ve always asked my internet opponents to at least round the corner towards coherency before I waste my time responding. Bless you Anthony for putting up with this, I hope you get an outcome satisfactory to you.

    As a side-note: I post (semi) anonymously because waaaaay back in my Usenet days, when I was “debating” dbags like William Connolly, I used my real name. Then, my estranged wife started getting phone calls (I was living elsewhere at the time).

    I can’t describe the joy of having to explain what the internet was (this was the early 90s, pre-WWW) first to my non-very happy soon-to-be-ex, then to a judge during a child custody battle…

  48. Good work! This reminds me of having to deal with a particularly noxious troll that called itself “jadegold” a few years ago. These people seem to not realize the very medium which they are using can be used against them.

  49. The guy exhibits the signs of schizophrenia. If he is not diagnosed to this point, you have probably done him a huge favor. If they get his medication balance right, he’ll probably be embarrassed by his own behavior.

  50. “….In the meantime, potential dirtbags that might be thinking of threatening me or my family or any other climate skeptic should think again. We won’t tolerate it. Climate skeptics are fed up with the threats and smears as we’ve seen against Dr. Curry and Dr. Crockford, and we aren’t going to take it anymore….”

    From the motion picture ‘Network’…

  51. Hi Anthony, and congratulations on having this troll identified.

    I suggest you are being to kind to this troll and you should publicly name him, in order to discourage similar threatening conduct by others. This threatening conduct is not only upsetting, it can be dangerous, and that risk should be recognized and strongly discouraged.

    Dr. Tim Ball has been subjected to many death threats, and so have other climate scientists who have spoken out against false global warming alarmism. I received one such threat back in 2002 (it was rather lame, and I feel underappreciated).

    I am not at liberty to divulge details, but one highly respected scientist I know had the family dog taken from the yard and killed – that scientist is convinced that this was not a random event, but was a targeted attack due to that scientist’s public statements opposing global warming alarmism.

    There are global warming alarmists and there are the thugs who they encourage with their strident falsehoods. This stopped being about science decades ago, when some fraudster first said “the science is settled”.

    Global warming alarmism is a leftist political movement, as best described by Dr. Patrick Moore, a co-founder of Greenpeace in his 1994 essay, excerpted below. Moore states that after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the environmental movement was taken over by Marxists… and evolved into the watermelon outfit it is today. Read “The Rise of Eco-Extremism” below.

    Best regards and Best Wishes to all for the Holidays.

    – Allan MacRae

    http://ecosense.me/2012/12/30/key-environmental-issues-4/

    THE RISE OF ECO-EXTREMISM

    Two profound events triggered the split between those advocating a pragmatic or “liberal” approach to ecology and the new “zero-tolerance” attitude of the extremists. The first event, mentioned previously, was the widespread adoption of the environmental agenda by the mainstream of business and government. This left environmentalists with the choice of either being drawn into collaboration with their former “enemies” or of taking ever more extreme positions. Many environmentalists chose the latter route. They rejected the concept of “sustainable development” and took a strong “anti-development” stance.

    SURPRISINGLY ENOUGH THE SECOND EVENT THAT CAUSED THE ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT TO VEER TO THE LEFT WAS THE FALL OF THE BERLIN WALL. SUDDENLY THE INTERNATIONAL PEACE MOVEMENT HAD A LOT LESS TO DO. PRO-SOVIET GROUPS IN THE WEST WERE DISCREDITED. MANY OF THEIR MEMBERS MOVED INTO THE ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT BRINGING WITH THEM THEIR ECO-MARXISM AND PRO-SANDINISTA SENTIMENTS.

    THESE FACTORS HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO A NEW VARIANT OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT THAT IS SO EXTREME THAT MANY PEOPLE, INCLUDING MYSELF, BELIEVE ITS AGENDA IS A GREATER THREAT TO THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT THAN THAT POSED BY MAINSTREAM SOCIETY.

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

    • Allan you are not far off. In my 30 plus year profession I was required to work with the environmental movement at all levels, local, state, national and international. Early on the environmental movement and radical socialists could find no common ground. As the Soviet Union began to collapse, and that was well before 1990, funding and training of radical socialists in the West began to dramatically decline. About the same time several things happened. Groups of younger socialists began to approach environmental groups at the local level trying to gain a foothold in the larger organization at the state or national level. Meanwhile younger and far more inpatient environmentalists began to go radical, think of the monkey wrench gang movement. Remember that prior to 9-11-2001 the US terror assessment had radical environmental terrorists and animal rights radicals as the most serious domestic threat. Then along came CAGW. Suddenly there was common ground as they or at least their leaders saw it now there was common ground, a common enemy. Environmentalists blamed corporations and therefore capitalism as the biggest threat to mother earth. For radical socialists capitalism had always been the ultimate evil. So today we face the combined forces of these groups. There is cross fertilization between boards, funding sources, and planning. Staff from one group may work as board members on another. Funding is washed through one group to another. What is truly bizarre is that some of these same groups have now allied themselves with radical Islamists. I just wonder whether or not the troll after Anthony was on somebodies payroll. I know on some blogs they are.

  52. As Windsor is my hometown, I’m sorry this is your exposure to it. That being said, I’m glad the Cops were good!! Too bad you won’t/can’t reveal his name. He looks like he might be about my age and Windsor’s a pretty small town. That being said, this Windsorite (no longer living there), loves the work you do
    Cheers

  53. Stay safe out there. One commonality among doomsday cults is that they often seek self-fulfilling prophecy. So if the sky isn’t falling on its own, expect at least a few of these certifiables to make it so.

      • Yes, finally read it recently as well. Too true to be made into a movie today, but maybe when all bad producers, directors and writers get caught up in the Pervnado, real stories could be told again.

        And, yes, the rhetoric coming from the warmunists does sound very much like something that would come from someone sounding very much like Jim Jones.

  54. Congratulations Anthony. Well done! One malevolent troll down, lots more to go. Hope this guy gets the mental health care he clearly needs and that strong restrictions are put on his future abilities to harm others and himself.

  55. Paraphrasing from Knight’s Tale:
    CTM: You have been weighed.
    Willis: You have been measured.
    Officer Parrot: And you have absolutely…
    Chaucer: Been found wanting.
    Gracious Host: Welcome to New World. God save you, if it is right that He should do so.

  56. Anthony, why not reveal the full pic of this troll along with his real name and address? An email would be useful too.

    Let him learn that what goes around can come around.

  57. Congratulations to AW for hitting back. Long overdue. With a bit of luck, this will give the hysterical Warmunists something to think about.

    This is further evidence that the CAGW scare is finally coming to an end. Internet trolls like this specimen have no arguments, only abuse and insults.

  58. Anthony, the post does not describe the nature of the police visit. Was he arrested ? Charges filed ? Or was it a verbal warning : we know who you are and you had better stop, etc.

  59. What we don’t know from the post (and I don’t suggest it should be revealed) is whether the troll is one of the opposition elite (the “Consensus Club” of Climate Scientists), some academic with some smidgen of science in his background who is well known by the faithful on the blogosphere, or just one of the anonymous “useful idiots” who take CAWG as gospel.
    This take down should send a well deserved message message to all 3 groups and MAYBE will inject some degree of caution into their posts.
    That entire community may have been lulled over the years by the apparent success of Dr Mann to mis-use the law to fend off criticism, by attacks from the President’s Science Advisor, and even RICO threats by state AGs.
    Let’s hope this instance as well as efforts such as Dr Crockford’s stance against “scientific” bullying are evidence that the tide is turning.

  60. Anthony Watts: “I’m an ‘agent of the Koch brothers, and on the take to run WUWT’.” Ah ha! — so, you admit it!!! Climate-denier!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    [The mods have elected to clear this comment based on the belief that it is intended as sarcasm. -mod]

  61. Congratulations Anthony and Charles!

    Though you can’t reveal techniques, the fact that you were able to, is very reassuring for many. It would be nice if you pinned this article at the top for a week, so trolls and those they attack can see it. Much value in this story as a strong deterrent.

    I’d like to add this comment:
    There is some complacency among people, partly based on how things worked in the past, regarding being able to hunt down someone that commits crimes on the Internet. Long gone are the days of script kiddies. Today’s hackers are close to 100% organized crime or governments. Most of us don’t have that kind of skill to hide our identity.
    In addition, there are excellent tools, skilled people and organizations that know how to track people down. So, if you are a novice and think of engaging in illegal activities on the Internet, be ready to “do time”. One mistake on your part and you will be found.

    Again congratulations, and thank you!

  62. I am deeply disappointed. I thought I was fly in the ointment as the resident lefty and believer in climate change science. I thought my long history here swimming against the tide would have at least brought me some recognition…….. oh, hang on, won’t be a minute, there is someone banging on the door.

  63. Dear Anthony, so sorry this idiot came from my country, you were right in going as far with this as you did. We’re not good at keeping the criminally insane in check up here – therefore I’d consider one from up here as if they were in your state. There have been other nut cases from here who have gone state side to murder. Cops usually don’t just make a ‘friendly’ visits with a stern warning when it comes to this sort of thing now. They messed up with that one guy – who was reported doing sick stuff on internet and he murdered someone – mailed body parts to federal politicians.

  64. Congrats and be sure not to forget the biggest farce of all. Surely the time is coming for MM to “face the music.”
    Keep up the good work. It seems that WUWT may be becoming the biggest threat of all to this malicious intentionally manufactured blight on humanity.

  65. Fashion tips for trolls!

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    Maybe he is a clothing model and he is insulted by all the negative comments on WUWT about models?

  66. It’s taken Jeff Goldstein some 11 years to pin his most difficult troll to the wall, and I sincerely hope that this is it for you. Good luck in your dealings with this character!

  67. Such people seem to adopt writing styles that they fancy as being clever and creative, when, in actuality, a sane person can barely make any sense out of it.

    …psychotic banter, … delusional smack talk, … pseudo critique — I’ve seen other examples by other internet presences.

    Oh, I left out rhetorical masturbation, … or rather the attempt thereof, … with a limp ………………. you know.

  68. Great to hear the police have caught up with this dirt bag Anthony. Hopefully that’s the last you’ll hear from him.

  69. Well done Anthony and Charles!
    Your patience paid off, despite the additional stress this must have put you and yours through.
    Hopefully there will be no repeat performances.
    Keep safe.

  70. nice going team wuwt. i have to echo the comments regarding mental illness,no sane person would type the above diatribe.
    hopefully medical assistance will be of help, without it i doubt the troll in question has much of a future.

  71. Just donated CAD $133 (sadly only $100 USD) in gratitude for your excellent and ongoing battle for truth and against politicized science. It has taken your particular case for me to understand the full gravity of online bullying and threats. I hate the idea of governments regulating the internet, but I suppose given human nature that the need truly exists. Good luck in getting full justice re. this wretched Canadian.

    A word of caution: our Canadian court system is strongly skewed to the left, and tends to reward or ignore the transgressions of SJWs, while applying different standards to those on the wrong side of political correctness.

  72. Thanks for informing us about this, Anthony. Should be a lesson for all of us about the vulnerabilty of the internet…and the “Lunatic Fringe.”
    Red Rider

  73. Wikipedia:

    The Koch family foundations are a related group of non-profit organizations that began with the establishment of the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation in 1953, and now includes the Charles Koch Foundation, the David H. Koch Charitable Foundation and the Koch Cultural Trust. The organizations collectively have a stated goal of “advancing liberty and freedom” through the support of various causes which “further social progress and sustainable prosperity.”[11] In addition to the direct action of the non-profits, the groups have also contributed financially to other philanthropic organizations in the fields of research, public well-being, arts, and education, including contributions to scholarship programs, university support, and loan assistance through organizations like the United Negro College Fund.[12]

    What the heck is wrong with the Koch family??? Nothing!!!

  74. Living in Canada could prove to be a real problem for this troll . No benefit of the 1st Amendment there. A real pity.

  75. The weakness of Michael Mann’s ridiculous hockey stick arguments are underlined by his having to resort to trollerie; why is he so intransigent. From the outset my knowledge of radiation from non luminous gases made a CO2 led man made global warming a non starter, so I was never a skeptic as the concept has always been ridiculous. Well done Anthony for promoting reasoned argument with WUWT.

  76. Well done Anthony. The work you are doing here has embedded itself into the craw of the CAGW movement. I applaud your efforts in keeping WUWT alive and well, while allowing healthy debate on such a complex subject.
    I’m no climate expert, just a lowly engineer, so this and a few other sites are essential places to get alternate views and information not readily offered by mainstream media. It’s a shame so many lay people have made up their minds based on media headlines without so much as a cursory glance behind the curtain. For example, my wife, a PhD research scientist herself, leans toward AGW though has yet to spend a single minute looking into either side of the debate. Now we have to help 2 kids navigate through the inevitable indoctrination of HS science with an open mind. I foresee some rigorous conversations brewing in my own home in the next few years, though it won’t get as nasty as anonymous posters on blog sites or internet articles. :)

    Anyway, keep up the good work.

  77. This fruitcake looks like a real sweetheart from the nose down. A little tight-lipped, but.

    BTW, gracious host, the plural of “Koch” is “Kochs”, not “Koch’s”.

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