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Last Night, I Hit Rand Simberg’s Tip Jar for $10, Because … Science!

Posted on | December 27, 2013 | 16 Comments

Global warming “hockey stick” theorist Michael Mann has sued several critics, a litigation that Mark Steyn calls “a textbook example” of “bollocks on stilts.” When Mann first sued in October 2012, Ken White at Popehat called it “Butt Hurt in the First Degree”:

[T]he complaint seems almost calculated to support likely conservative narratives about it. It’s very heavy on arguments by authority, citing the National Science Foundation and Columbia Journalism Review and Discovery Magazine and others for its propositions that the defendants are simply wrong in their criticisms of Mr. Mann. It fairly drips with righteous indignation over the existence of persistent global warming deniers. Global warming skeptics have been asserting that the scientific establishment is hostile to any dissent on global warming; this complaint isn’t going to dispel that impression. . . .
[T]he complaint misconstrues hyperbolic rhetoric and statements of opinion as false statements of fact.

Strong language is not defamation, and disagreement is not a tort, but attempting to sue one’s critics into silence is all the rage lately. There was an appeals court ruling in the Mann case and defendant Rand Simberg has a tip jar, so I hit it, with malice aforethought.

If there’s anything I hate worse than a phony scientific “consensus,” it’s a tenured academic suing honest citizens who work for a living.  Michael Mann is a professor at Penn State University. Has anyone in the vicinity of State College, Pa., heard any salacious rumors about Professor Mann? Molesting coeds, peddling methamphetamine, that sort of thing? Have you had a sordid encounter with Professor Mann at a Rest Area on the Turnpike? Now is the time to come forward and spill the beans.

Clearly, we must question the morals and/or sanity of a university professor who would sue Rand Simberg, and there have been reports recently that suggest America’s so-called “scientific community” is populated by madmen, criminals and degenerates. The Environmental Protection Agency’s top climate-change expert John C. Beale copped a plea for swindling the government and an Iowa State University professor faked an AIDS vaccine to defraud the National Institutes of Health for $19 million in research grants. Given this evidence of widespread moral turpitude among Official Credentialed Scientists, who knows what kind of depravity Professor Mann might be involved in, especially now that he has gone so far as to sue Rand Simberg?

So if there is gossip in Professor Mann’s neighborhood of a “rape dungeon” in his basement — ghastly screams in the night, truck-stop hookers buried in his backyard, etc. — please let us know.

Otherwise, go hit Rand Simberg’s tip jar, because . . . Science!



16 Responses to “Last Night, I Hit Rand Simberg’s Tip Jar for $10, Because … Science!”

  1. scarymatt
    December 27th, 2013 @ 3:33 pm

    Trolling for lawsuits? What, are you jealous that this time the crazy found Steyn/Simberg instead of McCain? Domain name burning a hole in your pocket?

  2. CrustyB
    December 27th, 2013 @ 4:03 pm

    Someone once argued to me that climate change deniers were all liars paid off by the big corporations. I suggested he adjust the tilt of his tinfoil hat.

  3. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    December 27th, 2013 @ 5:18 pm A flash back to young Stacy and Smitty coming up with The Other McCain blog.

  4. Adjoran
    December 27th, 2013 @ 5:49 pm

    Mann’s original – and now dismissed – lawsuit included the previously unknown tort of “defaming a Nobel Laureate,” which was a novel claim not only because there is no such specific rule, but also because Mann is not a Nobel winner.

    The Nobel committee, useless for decades in most matters, diminished their standing in the sciences as well some years ago by awarding a prize to the IPCC group, of which Mann was an adjunct. He received no mention, no medal, and no money, but has repeatedly falsely represented himself as a “Nobel Prize winner” – which is not even as true as my claim to be Time’s Person of the Year for 2006.

    Mann has fought legal battles to keep his emails – on publicly subsidized university accounts and servers, concerning publicly funded research – secret, and it isn’t because of the kiddie porn. It’s because the details of his ongoing fraud would derail his career forever, and put him on the trash heap of history with other frauds and fakers.

  5. Adjoran
    December 27th, 2013 @ 5:52 pm

    The judge who allowed Mann’s suit against Steyn, et al, to proceed was a moonbat leftist whore appointed by Clinton. She issued the ruling and subsequently retired from the bench. Good riddance.

    While it would be hilarious to see Mann’s suits proceed to the discovery phase where he could no longer hide his emails, there is unfortunately no way to force him, in the end, to pay the legal bills for all the defendants of his nuisance suit.

  6. robertstacymccain
    December 27th, 2013 @ 6:14 pm

    While I don’t necessarily endorse your comment, I’m pretty sure you don’t trade methamphetamine for sex with Puerto Rican transvestite hookers, as some “climate scientists” are rumored to do.

  7. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    December 27th, 2013 @ 6:34 pm

    You say that as if it were a bad thing?

  8. Rain
    December 27th, 2013 @ 7:00 pm

    someone once mentioned the same thing to me, that all AGW sceptics/deniers were paid off by the oil companies, I suggested that maybe those who are screaming the loudest about how we “MUST DO SOMETHING” about it are being paid by enviro groups and lobbyists , I swear their head almost exploded….

  9. Steve Skubinna
    December 27th, 2013 @ 8:36 pm

    Meanwhile, a ship full of warmists is stuck in the Arctic ice.

    They might have organized a scratch hockey game, but apparently they discarded all their hockey sticks.

  10. MattRoss
    December 27th, 2013 @ 9:02 pm

    And, if you watch the movie, you see that they invented Rule 5 shortly thereafter!

  11. Adjoran
    December 28th, 2013 @ 2:41 am

    I heard Mann has a lot of nieces. Young nieces.

  12. scarymatt
    December 28th, 2013 @ 7:04 am

    Actually, it’s antarctic ice. So they got stuck in sea ice in summer.

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  14. robertstacymccain
    December 28th, 2013 @ 9:40 am

    It’s possible to develop Tort Envy.

  15. Soylent Green
    December 28th, 2013 @ 11:00 pm

    That’s right, Michael Mann hasn’t denied having an S&M Dungeon in his basement. Just as Harry Reid still hasn’t denied rumors from a source no one can remember that he’s a pederast. Ipso facto. QED. And any other Latin that applies.

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