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Shunda Barunda

I must say Ian, I have enjoyed reading your books and your refreshing style.
I have just finished the Divinity code and now half way through air con.
The Divinity code was a facinating read, and went a long way to off set some very negative events with some of my Christian "bretheren" of recent months.
I guess sometimes I need a reminder of what its all really about, cause people can be so flaming difficult!.
Keep up the good work, and don't let the "truffle hunters" of this world bother you to much.

robk

I came across this review of Air Con yesterday and it seemed obvious it was just a bluster, adding to global warming! Picking on the child eating greens comment out of context was indicative of Truffle's reactionary tone.

Alex

Looks like Ian has wiped the floor with Gareth Renowden. I too have read Air Con and Renowden's review is nought more than an attempted hatchet job.

Unfortunately for "Truffle", he's met his match both in terms of Air Con being a better science book and Ian being a better writer.

StephenR

It is somewhat disingenuous to label Renowden a mere truffle farmer when he has a Masters in (some science subject) from Oxford. Just saying.

McHughie

Interesting too in the wake of "Cindy"s comment highlighted above that Andy Revkin and the NYT have been forced to "apologise" for getting their great GCC scoop wrong:

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/05/02/nyt-issues-correction-to-front-page-climate-story-offends-grievously-against-all-of-these-journalistic-principles/

First Truffle has to apologise, now the New York Times. I wonder if Hot Topic will issue a correction on their site?

AcidComments

"The relationship continued for another decade - O'Keefe now heads the Marshall Institute (which received Exxon funding over the years and has hosted many a Fred Singer rant). From 2001 -2005/6, he was paid by Exxon to lobby the White House on climate change.


So, apparently it's OK to spout chapter and verse of alleged connections between people and the shadowy right wing conspiracy, but if one does the opposite, including citing the key documents of daft statements by lefties and the UN in their own words plotting for carbon taxes and emissions credits to fund a massive expansion of the UN, suddenly I'm indulging in "conspiracy theory"? "

We could say the same thing about Greenpeace and various other international environmental movements and leftwing organisations.

They've accepted funding from Oil cartels and energy companies over the years. As those same companies make bigger profits by selling less oil at hyperinflated profits!

Plus Greenpeace has been funded by the CIA in the past!

Ian

@StephenR

It's an Arts degree from 1975 in "Human Sciences", a course created in the sixties as part of the wider eco-consciousness movement of the time.

Whatever science he learnt, apparently papers direct from the science journals instead of those filtered by the IPCC or RealClimate are lost on Truffle...because he evidently failed to understand that his uncited assertions are challenged in peer-reviewed papers.

As for his journalism past, Gareth doesn't list any hard news or investigative journalism experience on his LinkedIn page - he's essentially a hi-fi enthusiast publication writer.

If he wishes to fling ad hom attacks at me, then he can endure the inevitable response, and I have plenty more scientific papers to beat him around the ears with if he keeps stepping up to the plate.

notASucker

For me the recommendation Ian Wishart uses on the web site is quite telling. Its very poorly written and its also anonymous - how are we to know that Ian Wishart didn't just write it himself? (I wouldn't be surprised if he did.)

Here it is:

"As one scientist has already said after reading the book:

?I started reading this book with an intensely critical eye, expecting that a mere journalist could not possibly cope with the complexities of climate science ? [But] He gives chapter and verse for almost everything he says and he has been far more far-ranging in searching the web than anyone else I know. The book is brilliant. The best I have seen which deals with the news item side of it as well as the science. He has done a very thorough job and I have no hesitation in unreserved commendation. It has come along at the time we most need it and I hope it is published and publicized widely.?"

"Chapter and Verse for almost everything he says." _Almost_ everything? Why not everything? "Chapter and Verse" - What does that mean? Is that a biblical term?

"far more far-ranging in searching the web than anyone else I know."

"far-more far-ranging" - Please learn to construct a sentence. What has searching the web got to do with anything? Research involves a lot more than just searching the web. "anyone else I know" - So what? My mate down at the pub thinks he knows much more about most things than anyone else I know. He is also full of sh*t.

I would have thought that the author of an "unreserved commendation" might be keen enough to include his/her name and/or occupation.

(Don't ask me about the mystery question marks - probably a copy and paste error.)

A recommendation like this is more than enough to put any intelligent person off reading this book. Of course there are a lot of suckers out there. Ian Wishart's target market I would say.

Ian

@notASucker

Are you sure you're not? This is what I mean by lefty toadstools popping up who prove their own ignorance. I know you haven't even looked at the book because the scientist who gave that quote is named on the back cover.

Great detective work, Sherlock.

If you want more named endorsemen of Air Con, you could try this:

http://briefingroom.typepad.com/the_briefing_room/2009/05/climate-expert-calls-air-con-the-definitive-book.html

Carol Stewart

Here's an inconvenient truth for you, Ian. Gareth's book 'Hot Topic' has been shortlisted for the Royal Society of NZ's Science Book Prize for 2009. Do let us know if your book gets shortlisted for any similar prestigious awards.

Danyl Mclauchlan

Has anyone else reviewed the book?

notASucker

@Ian

I'm not trying to find out who gave the endorsement (as if I should have to) - I am just pointing out the amateurish nature of it all. And that such an endorsement reflects very poorly upon you, your book and whoever it was that gave the endorsement.

Wouldn't you agree?

(lol @ the lame insults)

Acidcomments

"Here's an inconvenient truth for you, Ian. Gareth's book 'Hot Topic' has been shortlisted for the Royal Society of NZ's Science Book Prize for 2009. Do let us know if your book gets shortlisted for any similar prestigious awards."

Actually I'd say big deal.

Whose behide the Royal Society? A bunch of PC plonkers or real scientists or a bunch of individuals just patting themselves on the back. Or are just agreeing because it's good $$$ for them re keeping themselves in a gravy train of funding?


Reminds me of a group of top NZ medical specialists. They all agreed with each other, they were all good mates. Didn't really do any real investigation or research into their patients medical problem and the patient died. Diagonesed with a serious Brain tumour leading to death. The Patients conditions was only confirmed by an autopsy. She was right those plonkers were wrong!

May she RIP.

Same can be said for all the halfwits patting themselves on the back and trotting off IPCC data and pretend computer models and calling themselves experts.

Ian

@Carol

A piece of gentle advice. Perhaps if Gareth had spent more time reading science papers than IPCC and NIWA reports, his prose would be more accurate.

And if he worried less about trying to impress his global warming believer friends in the Royal Society, and more about understanding climate change, his skills could be used for good, not evil. :)

Carol Stewart

Ian, I appreciate the gentleness if not the advice. I'm scientifically literate enough to make up my own mind - thanks.
Something else inconvenient for you - have you read Gareth Morgan's new book?

notASucker

There's an example of a sucker in Acidcomments right there - he has no idea whose (sic) behide (sic) the Royal Society but has nevertheless made his mind up about them. You certainly have a loyal follower there Ian - like some sort of non-thinking drone out of a sci-fi movie.

Ian

@Sucker

In fairness to Acid, and indeed all of you, this Typepad blog appears to be slightly delayed on type entry so letters can get mangled. I am constantly having to back up and correct, so I have withheld criticising anyone on literacy.

notASucker

"I have withheld criticising anyone on literacy."

yea coz litchracy is all about typing correctly - amirite? I know of a literary giant capable of typing @ 80 wpm wasting her life away on secretarial work. How sad.

AcidComments

"There's an example of a sucker in Acidcomments right there - he has no idea whose (sic) behide (sic) the Royal Society but has nevertheless made his mind up about them. You certainly have a loyal follower there Ian - like some sort of non-thinking drone out of a sci-fi movie."


Actually Sucker.

I haven't read Ian.W book yet.

Although it looks like it comes to much of the same conclusions I've come too over the years.

People who've done real research. Not just Simon says parrot clones.

I take note of some of these many experts who were 'manmade climate change doomsayers'. Once they actually got off their backsides and did some 'real research' and stopped being glove puppets. They're now some of the most ardent critics against Manmade Globull Warming!

I've personnally seen and witnessed the atitude in some of this socalled 'Societies' of Experts and I can tell you much of it is a jumped up Kangaroo court!

Ian

@Danyl

Unaware of any. Review copies went out two weeks ago, can take time to filter through

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