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My new goal is to get suspended on twitter (UPDATE @tan123 is back!)

UPDATE April 4th: Tom Nelson’s account was unsuspended today. Success!

What fantastic publicity. Twitter suspended Steven Goddard’s account last week, then reinstated it after getting inundated with complaints. Now Tom Nelson’s twitter account is gone, also “suspended”, because he used the word “crap” in response to Gavin Schmidt using the word “crap”.

Those two accounts that have made the all new celebrity Twitmo Hall of Fame:

@SteveSGoddard     and     @tan123.

The word is that trolls abuse the “report abuse” link to get skeptics silenced. We note Michael Mann recommends blocking and reporting. What else can you do when you don’t have an answer?

So let’s show them that silencing voices doesn’t work.  Follow @SteveSGoddard to show that trying to silence people only makes them stronger. To get Tom Nelson reinstated, send your thoughts on this to @Support.

WattsUp calls it abusive censorship.  ✔ @MarkSteynOnline wants to know why @twitter “suspended” another climate dissident, Tom Nelson @tan123.  See also  @iowahawkblog.

Useful hashtags to watch and join in on are #BigClimateEnforcers and #twitterthoughtpolice.

 

Follow me @JoanneNova

UPDATE: Do you hate twitter? Is it a land you never visit? Read my comment #7.1.

Read the other comments where I make the case that it’s worth bothering to learn the bare essentials so you have a voice. Read my four rules of Twitter below.

 

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    Just-A-Guy

    Rockin’ Robin – Bobby Day

    He rocks in the treetops all day long,
    Hoppin’ and-a boppin’ and-a singin’ this song,
    All the little birds on Jaybird Street,
    Love to hear the robin go “tweet, tweet, tweet”!

    Abe

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      Just-A-Guy

      It seems those old ‘crows’ don’t realize that when you try to silence someone, that very act, makes the one being silenced more prominent and therefore more likely to be heard. :o

      So, tweet, ppl, tweet! :)

      Abe

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    graphicconception

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      Just-A-Guy

      graphicconception,

      Never new this thing had a name. Thanks.

      Abe

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        Rereke Whakaaro

        But because graphicconnection gave a link to the wikipedia page with the offending photograph, at least a score of people here will click on it, to have a look, and two or three of those will tell their friends …

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    Ursus Augustus

    I have a better idea. Boycott Twitter.

    It is little more than the bully pulpit for the usual sort of economic/intellectual celibates who no one actually listens to except a few green-leftard ideothugs. I mean, doesn’t the bloody name say it all?

    (Oowahh! Miss Jo, Miss Jo! Ursus wrote ‘bloody’ miss, thats worse that ‘crap’ …. isn’t it? )

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      Rereke Whakaaro

      Actually, the term “crap” is derived from the name of the person who invented flush toilets, Thomas Crapper.

      It is no worse than using Edison screw light bulbs, or communicating in Morse Code, or mixing ingredients in a KenWood mixer.

      Methinks the folks at Twitter do not understand as much as they believe they do.

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        Andrew McRae

        Somewhere a little alarm bell began ringing in my head that I had heard this legend contradicted somewhere before.

        Snopes says otherwise:

        Crapper may have sold or installed water closets, but he didn’t have much to do with their development.

        the word ‘crap’ (used in a scatological sense) antedates Thomas Crapper and is therefore not derived from his name

        I’m assuming Snopes’ references are themselves honest.

        We cover all the important topics here on JoanneNova.com.

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          Rereke Whakaaro

          I will defer to your superior research skills, and the supremely unerring accuracy of Snopes, in all serious matters of note.

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          diogenese2

          Thomas Crapper operated from a premises in Kings Road, Chelsea. The building is still there (a boutique when I last looked)It is replete with the Royal Coat of Arms granted as “purveyor of sanitary equipment to the Duke of Cambridge”, one of Queen Vic’s later sons. It is believed this led to Her Majesty forbidding minor royalty the use of the warrant.
          W.C.s were known from medieval times. The word in question evolved when the refined classes excused themselves not with euphemistic reference to “bathrooms” or “restrooms” but simple said “I am going to use the Crapper”, this conveying that they were rich and refined enough to possess Thomas’s sophisticated and expensive equipment.
          It is often forgotten that until the early 20th century even the well off only had a seat and a bucket. If not well off you had no seat, and if poor – no bucket.

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          tom0mason

          Crap question of the day–
          Is that ‘crap’ real information about about Thomas Crapper, or is that crap just more crap about the origin of the crap word ‘crap’?
          ______________________________________________________
          Most Twitter comments appear to be 128 characters of crap, originated by crap-heads. We also now know Twitter is admin’ed by crap-heads.

          ________Disclaimer_________
          If you are offended by the crap written here and any other crap written by this crap-head please feel free to write your crap complaint on crap-paper and flush-post down the crapper.

          –A Dunnie. (Twitter admin.[Chief-Operating-Crap-head])

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        TdeF

        In the Etymologicon, a great book, crap is a very modern word, 20th century. The name Crapper was brought back from WWI by American Soldiers who saw every toilet in Londan had Thomas Crapper’s name on it. As in going to the Crapper. It was clearly the most successful plumbing business in London and he was not the inventor. Flushing toilets had been known for hundreds of years. What they needed was a sewerage system, which had to be retrofitted, as it was in Melbourne in the 1880s, known as Marvellous Smellbourne. A lot of words came back with soldiers, including my personal observation of the introduction of Hi, the Japanese word for yes. It was possibly all some soldiers learned in Japan and appeared only in the late 1950s. It was an odd word. Other words include khaki, pyjama, verandah and many more brought back from India by soldiers. Other words like Gypped, which was from the WWI experience in Egypt. As for Twitter, it seems to be the exclusive domain of the Greens and leftist journalists. It is well named.

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    Brute

    Pushing back might encourage Twitter to invest some effort in identifying the people who are misusing the “report abuse” link. I bet that, no matter how noisy, they are likely to be very, very few.

    It would also be the smart move on their part. Otherwise, they will find themselves forced to make a stand on the issue of “climate change” and the warm-mongers only accept unconditional surrender.

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      Rereke Whakaaro

      So what you are saying is that certain people are abusively using the “report abuse” link, in an abusive way.

      It will probably make them go blind.

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    thingadonta

    We’re the People’s Front of Judea!!!

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    Rathnakumar

    Good luck, Jo!

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    JunkPsychology

    Best of luck.

    I don’t have a Twitter account, and have looked at Twitter maybe twice, when the material was linked directly from an article.

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      I can see most readers don’t like Twitter, and I understand why. But get with the game I say! :-) Twitter has its uses. Learn the absolute bare minimum, play it, get in, and get out. Twitter is a speed filter for ideas/thoughts/emotion. It might not be your home territory, but it is for some people (like Tom Nelson) and they spend all day in there. I let them filter for me.

      160 characters is not long enough for deep thinking, but rarely, sometimes, it’s long enough for deep truths. Ideas are floated in blogs, and explored and thrashed out in comments. But twitter amplifies. It’s a tool.

      In some ways, it’s a kind of Hadron text collider. It doesn’t destroy particles but it can destroy time (specifically yours and mine, so learn to exit quickly). Now and then though, for a moment, there is a transformation. It’s a jungle of mangled half-English part sentences, but I’ve had debates in there with professors and editors that would never have happened on a blog, or in a room. People let their guard down. (Don’t you be one of them).

      Twitter is a game. It’s worth learning just enough to be able to play. Even if all you do is set up an account that you rarely use, you still get to vote. Follow those you like, because your interest adds weight to their words. Their influence grows a little (even if you don’t read them). Twitter is the place for instant news – minute to minute. It’s also a place to get answers from some bureaucrats and officials. What twitter is not is a sorted, organised archive. Never ever venture into the past without professional advice and a guide.

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        Yonniestone

        Jo Twitter seems to be rife with luvvies so don’t have your profile as a one legged, trans gender, indigenous, greens member, occupy activist, anti fracking, getup supporting Bolt hater or you’ll NEVER get suspended!

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        Rod Stuart

        Twitter is CRAP

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        Diogenes

        Only twits twatter

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        Rereke Whakaaro

        Twitter – News, without the impediment of context.

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        Of course, as you report, it’s no longer a tool for Tom Nelson anymore.

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        Tel

        In my own way I’m making the best possible use of Twitter. I have nothing to say to them, and they have nothing to say to me. Perfectly optimal.

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        dp

        I was happy when I’d read that Tom was banned. Life is too important to be just another twidiot noodling oh-so-clever sound bites hour after hour. Life is also too short to be wading through inanities looking for juicy twaddle jotted off by hostile twidiot tribes simply for the pleasure of counter-twaddling with yet another inanity. I’d have tweeted this but I didn’t want it to be lost in the profuse world of tweetiocrity.

        Has anyone noticed that the growth in global warming strongly correlates with the growth of Social Mediocrity data centers? Must be all that waste heat caused from storing addled thoughts on spinning mass storage on the chance that true intellectual gems stored there are easier to find than the Lost Ark.

        Oops – this twinanity has exceeded the allowed twaddle length.

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    Roy Hogue

    It goes to show you how times change — maybe not for the better either.

    I used to think twitter was something birds did.

    “Let’s all sing like the birdies sing; tweet; tweet tweet; tweet tweet…”

    And now humans do it too?

    How does an old guy like me keep up? ;-)

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      Roy Hogue

      The whole thing seems a little out of kilter to me. Exhibitionism? Don’t know but it doesn’t look exactly worthwhile.

      Sorry to all you who do it but it doesn’t look like something I’d want to follow, much less anything I would do.

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        Yes, twitter can be a meat grinder. But there are smart ways to play it. Following people is a vote for them, it does not mean you have to read everything they say. If you want news fast be very discerning and pick a few accounts carefully. These people probably won’t be the ones with 70,000 tweets. I choose a few who post up quality links.

        Twitter can be a bulletin board or a theater. Use it like a notice board and it’s incredibly fast. Most of the theater is a waste of time, but you don’t have be there.

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        Yonniestone

        Same here Roy, I couldn’t be stuffed with Twitter either but if it helps Jo out I suppose we could break one of our dogmas. :)

        Personally I feel Twitter has encroached into an important aspect of peoples lives, it’s taken away the element of mystery surrounding the celebrity or renowned which gave us something to speculate during our mundane existence, but hey I suppose with so many openly spilling their guts about every personal opinion they have it gives us a chance to connect the dots and determine who’s worth following, without Twitter we’d still think DiCaprio was a nice guy.

        Twitter’s still crap though.

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          Roy Hogue

          Jo certainly has incentive to follow some Twitterers. Just as certainly I don’t.

          My comment, “Exhibitionism?” is exactly what I think of it in general. Others obviously differ but you and I are on the same page about it.

          I like my communication in person, in writing or least preferable, by phone.

          I put the phone last because about 99 times out of 98 the phone interrupts something I’m doing. It never rings when I’m sitting there trying to relax for a few minutes. ;-)

          You get the idea I’m sure.

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            Roy Hogue

            In writing as in email or a letter with enough space to actually say something useful.

            My phone rejects text messages by the way.

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              Yonniestone

              Texting or SMS is another can-o-worms again, this form of communication has it’s place mostly between people who know each other fairly well but like Twitter the message can be lost in translation very easily, I’ve sold things via the net (ebay etc) and sometimes the texting is so awkward in conveying descriptions the deal falls through, I even had one guy refuse to answer his phone as he was more comfortable with texting than talking, just how socially retarded will people get with the removal of the original communication method between humans of talking?!

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        Matty

        Twitter allows playground psychology to be carried on into adult life, until we eventually grow up. Like most communities it has all sorts of characters and the village idiots tend to come into their own.

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    It is especially ironic to me when you look at twitter’s mission statement:

    Our mission: To give everyone the power to create and share ideas and information instantly, without barriers.

    I do so enjoy a good laugh once in a while.

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    handjive

    But how to get banned?

    I will play the twitter game of getting banned.
    But how? If I find Gavin Schmidt, and ask him the same question as Tom Nelson, will it get me banned?

    Just following people doesn’t seem very subversive to me.

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      Rereke Whakaaro

      Just following people doesn’t seem very subversive to me.

      Think of it as stalking them.

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    gator69

    https://stevengoddard.wordpress.com/2015/04/01/twitter-climate-nazis-are-back/

    They have changed the complaint form since Tony’s suspension, but after some digging I was able to find good contact info for those who do not have an account.

    http://www.contacthelp.com/Twitter/customer-service

    Phone: 415-222-9670

    press@twitter.com,

    http://www.contacthelp.com/Twitter/update-department/421

    Flood those fascists with your righteous indignation.

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    Glen Michel

    Ain’t no place for street fightin’ man.

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    bemused

    Twitter is a tool for the chattering classes and in no way represents the mainstream population. Using it simply gives it attention that it doesn’t deserve.

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      ianl8888

      Actually, using it is designed to give you attention that you don’t deserve

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        Rereke Whakaaro

        But I do deserve attention. Why else would I comment on blogs?

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          ianl8888

          That’s about 39% of the allowable 160 tweety-pie characters

          Repeat that sentence 2.5 times more for instant fame :) :)

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      Andrew McRae

      I find many of the conversations that “the chattering classes” have on their phones in public places to be mostly mundane, ego-centric, bordering on Solipsism.
      That doesn’t mean there anything bad about the telephone network.

      Twitter is infrastructure. What people say on it is a different phenomenon.

      As Ghandi never said, “You must be the change you want to see in the Twitterverse.”

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    handjive

    The irony!

    via twitter & john cook:

    Great @TEDx talk by Susan Hassol on science communication & impacts of climate change
    . . .
    Video is 16 minutes long. Long on memes, short on facts.

    Hassol covers many words, but ‘crap’ isn’t one of them.

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    Manfred

    From a Gump-esque perspective, Twitter is as Twitter does.

    Time, a precious resource and Twitter the last place I’d waste any. Twitter exemplifies reductio ad absurdum, the culture of the micro-attention span married to the throw-away sound-bite. It amounts to new-age window-dressing, here today gone tomorrow though doubtless it serves a purpose, perhaps as the Town Crier did of yore.

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      Given that tweets now run on national TV, and get reprinted in newspapers, it’s a tool we can use. I am suggesting people spend a bare few minutes figuring it out, and have an account. If you only write 2 tweets a year (say to get skeptics reinstated), you are 100% more influential and at little expense.

      Use twitter to get your voice out, not for research.

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        Manfred

        Thank you, Jo.
        I do understand that Twitter may be a currently relevant ‘tool’ of self-projection lying as far from ‘research’ as it is possible to get. There remains nonetheless a bizarre circularity when it comes to the MSM reporting ‘tweets’?…sounds very like confirmation bias becoming its own news…

        On the other hand, the potential voice Twitter provides against The Klimate Meme…perhaps. But the life expectancy of a tweet?

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    Thejoker

    Yes, come on Group Thinking followers. Jo needs some more attention please. and then perhaps you can give her some more money. All for the sake of science of course.

    Make her a martyr and then make her money!

    —-
    [Perhaps you might like to try again, and this time add your point of view about the subject under discussion] Fly

    [I dunno Fly, this is his point of view. Science-by-hate. I think theJoker sockpuppet captures the pagan tribalism of this debate quite well. -- Jo]

    [Good point, Jo. I guess I am overly optimistic about people being rational -Fly]

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      Tel

      “Make her a martyr”

      No no no, locking people’s accounts in a very obviously public and unfair manner is not my job. I’ll leave that work to the climate experts.

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      James Bradley

      Thejoker,

      Writing on my own behalf, donations to Jonova are voluntary and proportional to the reprentation of views, unlike the forced tax payer funding to an unrepresetative ABC.

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    Rud Istvan

    Jo, you are media trained and media savvy. While I took a mandatory 3 day media course as a senior exec at a Fortune 50 company, the main takeaway was media avoidance because I am neither. Looked into Twitter and Facebook, decided to do them at all. Value my privacy greatly, with no need to have people know what I do day to day professionally or personally. Would rather use spare time to write thoughtful guest posts and ebooks than debate the unwashed in real time. That way, ideas become fully cooked, ready to be served to the general public. There is very little that can be argued intelligently in 140 characters –even including all the Twitter codes– on either climate or energy matters and policies. And neither of those are my main occupation.
    I prefer not to waste time on unintelligent argument; time is my most precious asset. High regards, and hope you liked the gifted Kindle ebook Blowing Smoke: essays on energy and climate, foreword by Judith Curry.

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      Rud, I got no training in twitter.

      The Rules I have figured out:
      1: Twitter is like the river Ganges. Lots flows past: let it go, don’t swim, don’t drink.
      2: To make a point in 140 char, make a statement but anchor yourself to solid ground — link to places where there are complete sentences and whole paragraphs. Turn down your scientific urge to include all the conditionals and caveats in your tweet. Let the link do that. (Though be as accurate as you can).
      3: The only point in debating the unwashed is if an Editor/journo/professor (or several) are linked in as bystanders.
      4: It is worth asking an Editor/journo/professor a question direct — their fans are watching, they feel pressure to respond (unlike in emails). If they don’t know the answer, they may “retweet” to their fans, hoping for help. (That’s when the unwashed arrive, see point 3). Or they may block you. An admission of defeat (as long as you have kept your cool and your manners).

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        Annie

        I can understand all you say Jo but I still don’t wish to engage with Twitter.

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        sophocles

        That’s a nice succinct exposition. Thank you for that, Jo.

        However, I have regarded and still do regard Twitter as the adult version of the Kindergarten Sandpit with about the same level of intelligence, which isn’t much. There is the occasional `tweet’ of discerning wit—which is not necessarily humour—but it’s by far the exception from the rule.

        Twitter hasn’t and still doesn’t enthuse me. I’ll continue to pass …

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    pat

    banned by Twit-ter for the “c” word?

    2 April: Independent: Frankie Boyle calls Richard Branson a ‘mad c**t’ after airline boss’s plea to save the Arctic
    Comedian Frankie Boyle has delivered a stinging put down to Richard Branson’s latest plea to do more to tackle climate change.
    The Virgin Atlantic boss, who made his estimated $4.8 billion fortune in the airline industry, tweeted two days ago: “It’s time for bold leadership and conservation in #Arctic”.
    His suggestion, shortly after Nasa warned that sea ice in the Arctic Ocean had fallen to its lowest levels on record, was not well received by the Scottish comedian.
    ***Keeping things simple, Boyle tweeted back at the billionaire boss: “You own an airline, you mad c**t”.
    Branson’s original tweet has been retweeted just over 300 times – in comparison, Boyle’s explicit rebuke has been favourited over 1,500 times and retweeted over 1,000…
    The 64-year-old Virgin Atlantic boss is well-known for his environmental campaigns. In 2006 Branson publicly promised to divert a significant share of his profits from Virgin airlines to fund a cleaner fuel, after meeting with US environmental campaigner Al Gore.
    Boyle, 42, is well known for his often controversial style of humour, frequently over-running the fine line between amusing and offensive.
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/frankie-boyle-calls-richard-branson-a-mad-ct-after-airline-bosss-plea-to-save-the-arctic-10152040.html#

    Branson good for promising things but the final word has Boyle as being “offensive”. LOL.

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      toorightmate

      Agree.
      “Crap” is one of the more innocuous words I have seen on Twitter and Facebook.

      Being as old as I am, I regard Twitter and Facebook as “Crap”. Sorry younger folk.

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    Eddie

    What ! Not good old @tan123 surely? He has such a handy Twitter handle (everyone should limit their Twitter name to 6 characters ).
    Twitter seems to keep both sides of the argument talking to (rather than about) each other in a way you never get on blogs, reminding each other they are humans after all.

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      Rereke Whakaaro

      … reminding each other they are humans after all.

      Apart from the twitter-bots, of course.

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    Bob in Castlemaine

    I suspect the young, fresh from institutional indoctrination sorry, their modern education are likely to gravitate to what they see as hip ways of communicating e.g. Twitter and Facebook. These social media may well be one of the most efficient ways to reach such people with new facts and ideas likely to challenge the their perceptions of the world sooner than would otherwise be the case.
    The political Green/Left is well aware of the reach of social media and while in large part it’s simply a case of preaching to the converted, nonetheless I think it is an opportunity for those who would sow alternative ideas and notions.

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      Rereke Whakaaro

      Organisations of the political Green/Left have no idea about security and tweet it all away.

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    Dennis

    Twitter is not on my favourites list.

    But sometimes I read about happenings there, Andrew Bolt published an amusing 1 April exchange;

    http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/andrewbolt/index.php/dailytelegraph/comments/a_zinger_a_labor_policy_an_april_fool_joke_who_can_tell/

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    Wally

    I have a real job, and during the day, I work. For money. I don’t twit.

    And anyone who is twitting during working hours needs a talking to from their boss, because they are being a twit, not working.

    For those retired or sponging off benefits, I suppose none of that applies – but then what does that do to the quality of twit on twitter?

    So no thanks, I’m not playing the twit game.

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    Hmm! Twitter wouldn’t be of much use to me.

    How do you explain the absolute uselessness of wind and solar power in a one liner?

    Tony.

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      Rereke Whakaaro

      Or one page?

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      You inadvertently explain why Twitter is popular with those who occupy their minds with the facile thoughts of others.

      Joanne noted above “160 characters is not long enough for deep thinking but rarely, sometimes, it’s long enough for deep truths.” significantly adding “Ideas are floated in blogs, and explored and thrashed out in comments. But twitter amplifies. It’s a tool.”

      Unfortunately, too many of the twitterati never go beyond the text of the tweet, under the belief that the tweet encapsulates all that one needs to know and what passes for their thinking, stops there. It’s functional illiteracy.

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      TonyfromOz asks: How do you explain the absolute uselessness of wind and solar power in a one liner?

      Like this:
      Renewable energy is a $250 billion dollar industry that makes about 3% of our electricity (insert link) @Joannenova

      OR

      The more wind and solar you use the less CO2 you save http://joannenova.com.au/2011/07/lessons-in-wasting-money-use-more-wind-and-solar-and-emit-just-as-much-co2/ @Joannenova

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        Thanks for that Joanne.

        Oddly, I thought that when something needed to be explained, then that could only be done by, well, explaining it.

        Let me try then.

        Obama to slash CO2 emissions by 28%. Selecting 2005 was lucky, because he’s already got 12% reduction in the power generation sector alone.

        139 Characters

        It’s difficult to get the main point across in such a short space, but I can see how it might pique interest.

        Tony.

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          Just-A-Guy

          TonyfromOz,

          “Obama to slash CO2 emissions by 28%. Selecting 2005 was lucky, because he’s already got 12% reduction in the power generation sector alone.”

          139 Characters

          It’s difficult to get the main point across in such a short space, but I can see how it might pique interest.

          Change that tweet to: “Obama to slash CO2 emissions by 28%. Selecting 2005 means he’s already got 12% redux in the power gen sector …link here

          And now everyone getting the tweet will click on the link to your site for an in-depth explanation.

          Abe

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            Abe,

            all I have to do is finish it off for tomorrow.

            How lucky was he that 2005 just happened to be the year when CO2 emissions were highest in that sector.

            Still, there is a potential road block for Paris if 2005 is the year that has been selected. China was just beginning its huge ramping up of its emissions, and there is NO WAY KNOWN that China will go back to that level. Same for India too, so Paris, good luck with that.

            Tony.

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              Raven

              But Tony . . . China and India are both ‘developing’ countries . . doncha know.
              They’ll be lining up for their share of the gravy.

              And they’ve both already stated they won’t be allowing the UN inspectors in to audit their *cough* progress . . :-)

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              Tony what about “Paris conference waste of time & money. China, India , Japan will not sign link”

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          gnome

          It might be wise to use the next 140 characters (or whatever) to ensure the gullible that that 12% reduction was not because of 10000 windmills and 100000000 solar panels, because that would be the assumption most people make.

          When the feathers are being handed out for the floggings, one of them will be labelled “banned from twitter”.

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            gnome,

            you seriously have to wonder just what all that wind and solar is being used for. Add together the total generated power in 2005 from Coal fired, Natural Gas fired, and Nuclear, and it’s within 1% of what it is now, ten years later from those same three sources.

            I’ll bet no one knows about that.

            Nice guess on the total number of wind towers, but it’s actually on the up side of 35,000+ Towers for a Nameplate of 66,000MW at a Capacity Factor of just on 30%.

            Tony.

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      toorightmate

      Tony,
      “Crap” could fit into a one liner.

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    Andrew RIchards

    But who has authority to suspend? Does he/she/they have names (or twitter accounts)? Who polices the police? If the rules of the game are exercised subjectively – according to the dictates of mainstream political correctness – and clearly they are – then doesn’t participating in this game lend credibility to a loaded dice? Like voting in a political system that is neither democratic or representative but purports to be both.

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      Matty

      There’s little doubt when you’re on a private blog who calls the shots, but the likes of Twitta & Faceache making themselves out to be some kind of social phenomenon then there is more of an expectation they are ‘public’ and therefore should be subject to more openness & transparency & accountability it seems.

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    RoHa

    I’ve avoided both Facebook and Twitter. As far as I can tell, on Facebook you post a picture and a few details about yourself for the benefit of the NSA and Mossad. Then a bunch of strangers claim to be your friends. I simply cannot understand why anyone would want to do that.

    I understand Twitter as a clever way of broadcasting a short comment to the world. Never before, in the field of communication, have so many people of so little importance been able to demonstrate their total idiocy to so many.

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    I think it was Arthur C. Clarke who once commented that the purpose of humanity was to communicate with each other.
    i.e we’re a bunch of semi intelligent chattering monkeys.
    Twitter is the proof.

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    ROM

    RoHa @ #23

    This quote may well go down through history as the classic description of “Twitter”
    .

    Never before, in the field of communication, have so many people of so little importance been able to demonstrate their total idiocy to so many.

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    Matty

    ” “suspended”, because he used the word “crap” in response to Gavin Schmidt using the word “crap”. ”

    Should we all (use) “crap” all over Twitter , thereby normalising its use. Clearly there is sometimes no other word that can adequately convey the meaning & Twitter does demand short, succinct and to the pointness, there being little room to mince words.

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      Matty

      (I used to get moderation all the time. That was until this post, that was so filled with “crap” it seems to have got me accepted at last ( or did it just break the moderation filter?))


      See your email. – Jo

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      Matty

      You can never have too much moderation ;-)

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    pat

    ***Three “good” billionaires fund a report by non-scientifically-minded, self-proclaimed “climate scientists” who have their precise predictions for the future lapped up by an un-curious MSM who call on CAGW activists to comment:

    2 April Orange County Register: Aaron Orlowski: The high cost of climate change: Billions of dollars, thousands of lives in California, new report says
    Staff writer Megan Nicolai contributed to this report
    The impacts of climate change – heat-related deaths, rising sea levels, higher electricity prices – will cost California thousands of lives and billions of dollars in the next century, according to a new report…
    Statewide, hotter temperatures will worsen the drought while damaging crop yields.
    Sea levels will rise 2 to 3 feet in Orange County by the end of the century if greenhouse gas emissions continue unabated, the report said. Sea level will rise different amounts in different parts of the state because of varying geology and tectonic shifts – in some places the land is rising almost as fast as sea level.
    California is on track to lose $8 billion to $10 billion of coastal property that will be underwater by midcentury, according to the report, released Thursday. An additional $20 billion will be at risk during high tide.
    By the end of the century, $19 billion of property will be underwater.
    “Coastal damages are certainly important,” said Bob Kopp, a climate scientist at Rutgers University who worked with the data that formed the foundation of the report. “But if you compare California to the East Coast, where you have flat, low-lying coastlines,” it’s not quite as bad…

    ***The report, called “From Boom to Bust: Climate Risk in the Golden State,” was commissioned by the Risky Business Project, a collection of business and policy leaders dedicated to publicizing the economic costs of unabated climate change. The group is chaired by environmentalist donor Tom Steyer, billionaire and ex-New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Henry Paulson Jr., a former Treasury Secretary…

    “It’s critical we start to realize the economic risks and to quantify them,” said Dennis Arp, the group leader for the north Orange County chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby, which advocates for a national tax on carbon emissions. Climate change “just hasn’t seemed as real and immediate as the crisis warrants.”
    Kate Gordon, the lead author, said the report should be a wake-up call to governments and industries, which need to take climate change seriously…
    Some of the biggest impacts are the most obvious. The number of days per year in Southern California above 95 degrees will increase from 13 days today to 19 to 30 days by midcentury. By the end of the century, it could be 35 to 71 days…
    Meanwhile, businesses’ bottom lines will suffer as workers’ productivity declines 3 percent by the end of the century…
    http://www.ocregister.com/articles/report-656606-sea-climate.html

    LinkedIn: Bob Kopp, Associate Director, Rutgers Energy Institute, and Associate Professor, Earth & Planetary Sciences, at Rutgers University
    ***My scientific and policy research interests are guided by the recognition that, over the last two centuries, human civilization has become a geological force; we are inducing planetary environmental conditions like those that Earth has not experienced for millions of years…
    I served as the lead scientist for the American Climate Prospectus: Economic Risks in the United States, the technical analysis underlying the Risky Business Project. I also served on the Maryland Climate Change Commission’s sea-level rise expert group and was a contributing author to Working Groups 1 and 2 of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report…
    Served as Department advisor to the U.S. delegation to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s 31st Plenary session and helped coordinate the U.S. author/reviewer nomination process for the Fifth Assessment Report…
    2007-2009: Postdoctoral researcher in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs and the Department of Geosciences, working with Professors Michael Oppenheimer and Adam Maloof…
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/bobkopp

    lead author, Kate Gordon (from Wikipedia)
    Kate Gordon is an American energy analyst, writer, and leader in the “green jobs” movement. She is currently the Vice President and Director of the Energy and Climate Program at the nonpartisan think tank called The Center for the Next Generation in San Francisco and a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress (CAP) in Washington D.C. She is also contributor to The Huffington Post and The Wall Street Journal…
    Campaigns and Elections magazine named Gordon one of the top fifty “Influencers to watch ahead of the 2014 election cycle.”…
    Gordon received an undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University. Gordon earned a J.D. and master’s degree in city planning from the University of California-Berkeley…

    from The Next Generation website:
    ***She also serves as a Senior Advisor to the Risky Business Project, an initiative to quantify and publicize the economic risks of climate change that is co-chaired by Michael Bloomberg, Hank Paulson, and Tom Steyer. Kate was the Executive Director of the project for its first two years…

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      Leigh

      A lot of “serving” there.
      It’s like a waiters convention that list.
      All those people “serving”.
      All doing nothing but serving their own self interests.

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    Markus

    Can’t protest the Twitterati censorship because I have steadfastly refused to join Twitter
    in the first place. Twitter seems to me to be the intellectual equivalent of the Nullarbor
    where, if a divergent thought is sighted and identified as an anomalous tree, thousands
    of ignoramuses, armed with a 180-tooth chainsaw converge to cut down the offending growth.
    97% of people who think that they are important use Twitter.

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      Eddie

      Yes, there’s a reason it’s called Twitter, which is nothing to do with birds. You don’t have 2B a twit 2 use it, but it helps. Only the real twits take it seriously though.

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    pat

    the biggest threat to CAGW is coming from the AIIB.. any missing urls can be easily found online:

    2 April: Bangkok Post: Kyodo News: Japan to decide on AIIB by June
    About 50 countries have expressed intention to become members of the AIIB, but Japan and the United States are standing back from joining..

    Nov 2014: IBTimes: Mugdha Variyar: Can China-backed Infrastructure Bank Solve India’s Power Crisis Through Coal Investment?
    Power-strapped India may soon be able to get funds to operate its coal-based energy projects from the new China-sponsored investment bank, raising hopes after the World Bank had put a complete block on coal-fired power plants.
    The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), which is sponsored by China, of which India recently became a founding-member, could allow funding of coal-based power plants, Reuters reported…
    The World Bank had cut off funding for coal-fired plants except in ‘rare circumstances’ last year in a bid to support ‘low-carbon growth’. The move came close on the heels of the Obama administration’s decision to stop funding for coal projects to fight climate change…
    “When you have 1.3 billion people starved of electricity access and the rest of the world has created a carbon space, at this point denying funding is denying access to cheap energy,” a senior Indian official told Reuters…
    However, World Bank Chief Jim Yong Kim reiterated the institution’s stand of not funding coal-fired projects on Wednesday.
    “We have got to redouble and redouble again our efforts at fighting climate change. And our way of doing it is to just do everything we can to avoid coal,” Kim told Reuters in an interview…
    http://www.ibtimes.co.in/can-china-backed-infrastructure-bank-solve-indias-power-crisis-through-coal-investment-613227

    17 March: Foreign Policy Mag: Daniel Runde: Britain Launches European Rush to Join AIIB (Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank). Now What?
    The Obama administration must take some blame for the rise of the AIIB because AIIB fills a void due to administration policy decisions around energy financing. Through policies and executive actions, the World Bank, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), and the Export-Import Bank (EXIM) are turning away from coal, nuclear, hydro, and even oil and gas projects because of environmental concerns and pressures from environmental lobbies. Asia is the largest consumer of coal in the world, and the United States is the Saudi Arabia of coal. You could see the AIIB financing U.S.-built coal-fired power plants, or situations where the United States is providing the coal when OPIC, EXIM, and the Bretton Woods institutions have turned up their noses to these projects. These environmental policies, pushed largely by the Obama administration (although the OPIC “carbon cap” was regrettably instituted under President George W. Bush), are largely opposed by developing countries who have major energy demands and are making decisions based on “energy poverty” first…

    yet, even now, we have NYT’s Jane Perlez giving ***environmental ultimatums to China & demanding “transparency”! LOL.

    3 April: NYT: Jane Perlez: Stampede to Join China’s Development Bank Stuns Even Its Founder
    China has deep pockets, and the institutions backed by the United States have not met the growing demands for roads, railroads and pipelines in Asia…
    (NOT FOR LONG?)By this week, Japan, China’s chief rival in Asia, was the only major Asian ally still standing with the Obama administration, while usually staunch allies like South Korea and Australia had pledged to join, reversing earlier decisions…
    Now that the United States has lost the battle, it has softened its position, saying that it will encourage the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank to cooperate with the new bank, provided projects meet ***certain standards…
    Now, the onus is on the Chinese organizers to build an institution that meets ***transparency, lending and ***environmental standards, and that fits the demands of many kinds of members with different agendas…
    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/03/world/asia/china-asian-infrastructure-investment-bank.html?_r=0

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    En passant

    I refuse to use Twitter, I have abandoned Google (for Duck Duck Go), rarely use Facebook (and would close it if I could) – and do not feel deprived.
    Stay off Twitter and let it die.

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      Dipole

      I think it is important to either watch, follow or tweet if you must. I joined (under a different name) and follow various science and space sites. I also follow BOM in some of its state/national guises, and if a storm is brewing, the news is there quickly.
      There is a need to follow like minded folk to balance the inane dark side. I tried to follow Patrick Moore https://twitter.com/EcoSenseNow but he comments constantly and hogs the page with his comments.
      Twitter is a strange beast, but it is there as a communications force and we should at least understand it.
      Reinforcing each other in a blog, valuable as it is, does not disseminate the message quickly enough..

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    tom0mason

    The latest unverifiable Cook crap survey of Twitter crap said that 97% crap from twitter users reinforced the 97% Government approved 97% crap meme for 97% of tweets. Thus this proves Crap science is now 97% settled crap.

    –Please flush after retweeting–

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    Joanne will fail in her quest. There is no equity for female sceptics.

    (Apologies for the gratuitous link.)

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    Dave VanArsdale

    Twitter is the Ganges…I like that. I once heard twitter described as trying to take a sip of water from a fire hose. Both are apt. @gudolpops says, like most new stuff, don’t knock it if you haven’t tried it!

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    Joe V.

    Could we all change our Twitter profiles to @tan123 ‘s, until he’s reinstated ?

    There’s still a copy of it at this place
    if you’re game.
    (Don’t 4get 2 save your own one elsewhere B4 changing)

    We are @tan123 !

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      Matty

      GR8 Idea Joe. I never bothered with Twitter but I might take 2 it to defend users from its abuse.

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      Matty

      Tom, now operating @brd333 doesn’t think it’s such a good idea though.

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      Joe V.

      Don’t try this at home.
      Seems I may have got Matty into a Twitter storm of his own and him a complete newbie too.

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      Matty

      Not to worry Joe. This SM stuff can be painful if not unexciting. Less of the -bie though, if you don’t mind.

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    Skeptik

    If I want to listen to self absorbed brainless idiots prattle on about nothing I will watch Question Time.

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    Matty

    Holy crap
    @tan123 is back !

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      Thanks Matty, post updated. Yes he is back.

      If you read Tom Nelson blogspot you can see the story of what happened.

      His account was locked until he deleted a tweet with the word “crap” in it. He did that, but then rebelling against the unfairness he cheekily posted a screenshot of the deleted tweet. That’s when he got suspended.

      As @JWSpry says on Twitter:

      Al-Qaeda & ISIS have @twitter accounts but Climate Sceptic @tan123 is banned for using ‘crap’ word?! http://wp.me/p3Bc8A-1Lx @Support #Auspol

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    Matty

    It looks like @tan123 was suspended twice because now that it’s back you can see Tom talking about the first suspension, for a Tweet from 22 March, until this Tweet some time on the 1st of April. There was nothing after that till he started up on @brd333 late on Friday 3rd.

    Maybe it was just the site robots being randomly over zealous. Unthinking, uncaring, unfeeling automatons.

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      Eddie

      No that description seems more likely to apply to Warmist abusers exercising their faux indignation & driving the robots to respond, as prompted by a few prominent Warmists, then compounded by Twitter’s lack of oversight

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    Joe V.

    Maybe is was rather this preceding retweet of an April 1st hoax from Eric Holthaus that finally did it.
    Breaking: Climate Change A Hoax

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    Tom Nelson @tan123 is out of Twitmo

    An earlier Breitbart article; and a response (of sorts) to WUWT

    P.S. I only joined Twitter yesterday and I’m already being stalked by Richard Windsor.

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      Rereke Whakaaro

      I wouldn’t worry, he appears to be stalking half of the planet.

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      Bernd, good on you. If Richard Windsor has picked you up already you are be doing alright. Golly, I see you have been busy. Photos, retweets, all so soon?

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        My main reason for getting onto Twitter was to establish a credible social media profile for @TConversation. I added one for me personally to establish a follower and to get @tan123 out of Twitmo.

        You pick a few people, look at who they follow. Follow the likely punters. Watch for a hook in those tweets to hang your relevant tweet and include a link to an article on your “Accurate · Authoritative · … · Sustainable · Timely” magazine-format blog. It helps if you have a repository of blog articles covering a variety of subjects.

        Read the “conversations”. Learn what pushes their buttons and the language that they use. Retweet to say “I’m with you”; even if you have no followers :-) . Mark “Favorites” sparingly.

        Much the same applies in all communications; not just Twitter.

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      Matty

      There are some real Twitter ‘whores’ ( if you’ll pardon the French ). If @SpaceWeather101 follows me, I’ll give you some tips ;-)

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    Ken R.

    I see Twitter as another source for attack groups to mine the history of your tweets and find material to take out of context and beat you over the head with. Currently this is happening to the guy taking over the Daily Show. They grabbed tweets from 2009 that “prove” he is insensitive to women’s rights.

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    Maryann Cassidy

    Speaking of censorship, there are 2 (March 18, April 2) articles on John Christy and Spencer at http://www.al.com/news/huntsville/index.ssf/2015/04/7_questions_with_john_christy.html

    The first is on funding, the 2nd (at the link) is “7 questions with John Christy and Roy Spencer: Climate change skeptics for 25 years”.
    Comments are still open. It’s an unusual opportunity to post comments in a forum that’s not composed of similar viewpoints on the global warming scam.

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    Matty

    A curious site @tan123
    Replying to any of its posts seems to get almost routinely ‘Favourited’ by either of a couple of Bots.
    Mobile Fantasic@mobilefantasti
    and/or
    mobileapple@mobileprices214

    It’s the constant peddling that seems to turn Twitter into another minefield of commercialism.

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    Howard Simpson

    For goodness sake, people. You too, Jo!
    TA is correct. Twitter is Graffiti. Twitter is a free advertising paper.
    Twitter is NOT a refelection of what the average opinion of any subject is. It’s not a poll!
    The “#Illridwithyou” and the “#bringourgirslhome” thingies, should – should – be enough to alert any thinking person to what it’s really all about.
    It’s just children’s noise. It’s just like kids. “Look at me, Mum! Look at me!” “Watch me, Mum! Watch me!”
    You don’t know who these people are!
    You don’t know if what they write, is really their opinion, or is just stirring for the sake of it!
    You actually believe – you too Jo, that what they write is the god given truth, according to them!
    You don’t know how many twitter accounts the same person has, and repeats the same message, ovr and over!
    You fall for the trick that someone like Rudd, actually reads and writes his own twits!
    And, unfortunately, to a lesser extent, so are blog comments.
    At least the blog hosts put their names up!
    For goodness sake people. Get a grip!
    H

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    Eddie

    Speaking of cheeky Tweets.
    Don’t miss this one.
    That @tan123 is priceless

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