Saturday, March 11, 2017

Satire Wants to be Free -- Parody Review Found

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As I noted in this post, an Amazon satirical review of Michael Mann's book, The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars, had disappeared from Amazon. In a later post, I detailed how I found a summary of it on the Wayback Machine. Well, it took some doing, but I finally found a full copy of it here.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Amazon Customer is back to Canman

All my Amazon reviews and comments appear to have reverted back from "Amazon Customer" to "Canman", so I suspect it was just squirrels. I just remembered another incident last summer where I found my reviews were unavailable. I went running to the library to see if they were available on their computers. They weren't! I got all excited and tried to find what other reviews were available. I don't even remember whether any others were or not. A short time later all of mine were back online.

Brandon Shollenberger's suggestion that his $9.99 mp3 cd version of his 99 cent ebook was a title mix up also seems plausible and likely. I'm probably reading too much Pointman.

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Weirdness at Amazon

I write Amazon reviews of books on climate and comment on Amazon reviews of books on climate. In my Gravatar profile I have a link to my Amazon reviews. When I recently went to check on some of my comments, I found that my name had been changed from "Canman" to "Amazon Customer". Well, that's kind of irritating. I changed it back on my profile, but my comments were still from "Amazon Customer". They did have a little "change" button that leads back to a profile change page, but changing it for the comments in one review does not change it for comments in other reviews!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

How Is Peter Gleik a Genius?

I've been blocked on Twitter from viewing Peter Gleik's tweets. Here's the tweet I retweeted and commented on:

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Amazon Deletes my Comments to Shawn Otto

Checking out the new reviews to Michael Mann's The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars, I found a short review by a name I recognized. I vaguely remember listening to at least one interview of Shawn Otto by Chris Mooney on Point of Inquiry. Checking around, I find that Otto has a has a new book out called The War on Science. The review, entitled A Must Read, reads like a short blurb:
An insightful account of a major global challenge from one of the leading scientists at the center of the storm. A must read.
I saw this as a chance to give one of Mann's enablers a piece of my mind, so I fired off this fire breathing comment in the form of a letter:

[Update: (7-21-16) A comment that I made with a link to this post has been deleted.]

[Update:(10-10-16) I wrote an Amazon review that panned Otto's latest book.]

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Mark Jacobson has Blocked Me on Twitter

Mark Jacobson, the Stanford professor with all the 100% renewable energy studies and a reputation for blocking critics on Twitter, has finally blocked me. When I tried to follow Michael Mann, it took about a nanosecond for him to block me. But for a small fry like me to get blocked by Jacobson, I've had to work extra hard. In one tweet I called him "the ├╝ber crackpot". I think this is the tweet that finally did it:

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Clean Techo Chamber

An outfit called Clean Technica, which claims it "is the #1 cleantech-focused website in the US and the world according to and" has rejected a comment by me to a post about Mark Jacobson, the Stanford professor with all the 100%  renewable energy studies. here's my comment:
Mark Jacobson is a crackpot! He's famous for larding the carbon footprint of nuclear power with soot from future nuclear wars. His original Scientific American study proposes hydrogen for transportation. He's now touting cryogenic airplanes. He's clueless about how impractical actually using hydrogen is. He also appears to be cherrypicking capacity numbers over generation ones. And Amory Lovins is being very disingenuous touting Germany's renewable generation. Bjorn Lomborg sucinctly [sic] demolishes their wind and solar claims:
Well, I called Jacobson a crackpot and accused Amory lovins of being disingenuous. Is this ample justification for canning my comment? I think I provided plenty of examples to back up my claims. There are seven comments that all pretty much fawn over Jacobson. Here's a ridiculous quote by commenter Freddy D:
Mark Jacobsen shows, beyond a reasonable doubt, that all the worlds primary energy needs can be met with wind, water, and solar.