My friend Sady is not happy. Not one bit.
She did everything right. She conformed—slavishly—to the house style. She made sure to throw in some inflammatory language directed at the Out-group, and only at the Out-group. She even had her comment peer-reviewed, like a real, live scientist: by asking three other mammals of the same age, size and ignorance to double-check her draft for violations of the Comments Policies. And of course, she backed up her “assertions” with the unimpeachable authority of a paper by Naomi Oreskes:
Only when it was perfect did Sady post her comment under the relevant myth (Scientists Were Predicting Global Cooling in the ’70s? Don’t be absurd!) at Skeptical Science.
So she was expecting, at the least, to receive the courtesy of a Stalinesque deletion a couple months from now. You know, to give the thread time to grow before it was suddenly rendered nonsensical with dangling references and misnumbered comments.
But no. Her meticulously compliant, good-faith remarks (below) were desaparecidos within the day.
Those SkS Boyz with their Teutonic efficiency have raised cowardice to a science. Maybe they’ll do the same for climate one day.
Lest you doubt that we live in an age of imps, gimps and bottoms, check it out.