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Monckton tries to censor John Abraham

Posted on 15 July 2010 by John Cook

A few months ago, John Abraham from St Thomas University produced an excellent rebuttal of Christopher Monckton's arguments. Monckton's initial response was extraordinary - as well as likening John's presentation to Nazi propaganda, he accused Abraham of ad hominem attacks while mocking his accent and personal appearance (comparing him to an overcooked prawn). Abraham's response to this personal attack was professional and commendably stuck to the science. Now Monckton is trying to censor Abraham - urging Watts Up With That readers to pressure St. Thomas University to take down Abraham's presentation.

John Abraham's presentation is vital and important as it explains in clear and accessible language the many falsehoods and misrepresentations in Monkton's arguments. St. Thomas University needs to understand the importance of Abraham's work. Hopefully they already do but if there is a flood of WUWT readers sending them angry emails, a reminder wouldn't hurt. Rather than flood the University with even more emails, the New Zealand website Hot Topic has created a Support John Abraham page.

Here, they propose that anyone who supports John Abraham's efforts to leave a comment with their name, location and academic affiliation (if any). Comments from academics are especially welcome. Gareth at Hot Topic has been in touch with John Abraham and the St Thomas University and knows they are watching the comments thread. So I urge anyone who wishes John Abraham's presentation to not be removed from the University website to go to Support John Abraham and post a comment.

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  1. Although I am not trying to evoke sympathy for the man, Monckton is an unfortunate sufferer of Graves disease, a nasty and uncomfortable condition that is the cause of his enlarged eyes. The psychiatric symptoms are well worth looking up.
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  2. @KR, Excellent website. Another site you might like is Massimo Piglucci's Rationally Speaking Piglucci is an an evolutionary biologist turned professor of philosophy. He has many online talks about common logicla fallacies and distringuishing science from non-science.
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  3. Cornelius... That's incredible. It explains so much!! There's also a good wiki page on Graves Disease.
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  4. Regarding #57, this section of the abstract seems relevant: "A substantial proportion of patients have an altered mental state even after successful treatment of hyperthyroidism, suggesting that mechanisms other than hyperthyroidism, including the Graves' autoimmune process per se and ophthalmopathy, may also be involved. When psychiatric disorders remain after restoration of euthyroidism and after treatment with beta-adrenoceptor antagonists, specific treatment for the psychiatric symptoms, especially psychotropic drugs, may be needed."
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  5. WUWT has a "comment of the week" post where scientists and AGW supporters are called cockroaches and rats, and their extermination is actively called for. The comments are unreadable. It sounds like a lynch party. This is out of control. And who the hell knows if the next Timothy McVeigh is lurking out there.
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  6. robhon & dhogaza yes, Wiki is a good resource. Nice quote: "Several studies have suggested a high prevalence of neuropsychiatric disorders and mental symptoms in Graves' disease (and thyroid disease in general), which are similar to those in patients with organic brain disease"
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  7. Now I know why the cockroaches comment irked me so. There is an historic precedent. A radio openly calling for a "final war" to "exterminate the cockroaches Radio Television Libre des Mille Collines. The main Hutu broadcast from Kigali, Rwanda. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/3257748.stm
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  8. @KR Thanks for that - straight into favourites. Easy, concise, absolutely terrific.
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  9. Regarding the University's response posted above. Apparently there was an omission (apparently by Jo Nova), and according to Rabett Run, here's the proper reading: "Please be advised that neither we nor the University of St Thomas will communicate with you any further about your decision to sully the University of St. Thomas, Professor Abraham, and others rather than to focus on the scholarly differences between you and Professor Abraham."
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  10. Monckton's rejoinder cites a person named Taylor several times, but there is no last name. Is that the Peter Taylor who wrote "Chill"? Monbiot writes: [Taylor] has speculated that a Masonic conspiracy was tuning into his thoughts, and had sent a "kook, a ninja freak, some throwback from past lives" to kill him. He has also maintained that plutonium may "possess healing powers, borne of Plutonic dimension, a preparation for rebirth, an awakener to higher consciousness". http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/georgemonbiot/2010/jul/14/monckton-john-abraham Is that the Taylor Lord Monckton is citing?
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  11. Thanks for that, Sean A. I was wondering why that earlier quote seemed to be missing a bit... KR: thanks for that link re logical fallacies - it might be very useful to refer to in the future!
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  12. Ok the Facebook group has been set up. http://www.facebook.com/?sk=2361831622#!/group.php?gid=135508543148017&v=info Sorry it took so long.
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  13. I propose we stop calling him "Lord.." and start calling him "Chris". :)
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  14. Good post by Brian Angliss.
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  15. @ adelady at 01:45 AM on 16 July, 2010 "Denialistas have an exactly parallel problem. They have no way to control the ocean, the atmosphere or nature in general." In what respect can we control the ocean and the atmosphere system?
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  16. batsvensson at 08:30 AM on 18 July, 2010 We can't control it in the way we control mechanical things. But we can refrain from *damaging* it in the same kind of way that we sustain or maintain biological systems. If you don't want lung cancer, don't smoke and don't use one of those awful smoky stoves inside your little house in India. When London was enveloped in smog for endless years, with residents dropping like flies on the worst days, they got rid of coal burning domestic fires and got rid of the problem. The CO2 problem would have been solved decades ago if it had been smelly, visible, damaging buildings and bad for tourism.
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  17. We started a counterattack in support of John Abraham, an argumentum ad moncktonem: http://friendsofginandtonic.org/
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  18. Updates... Monckton blusters about libel charges to Scott Mandia, adding Mandia to his enemies list. The concept of fraud is investigated by kiwis at HotTopic.
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  19. Monckton News Flash: Viscount Monckton of Brenchley is not and has never been a member of the House of Lords. However, allegations that he has claimed to be a member, and that he has used an emblem resembling the parliamentary emblem, have been drawn to our attention. The House is currently taking steps with a view to ensuring that Lord Monckton does not in future either claim to be a member of the House or use the parliamentary emblem or any variant thereof. FOGT Famed Pink Portcullis to be closed for good?
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  20. Uh, oh - looks like the House of Lords are the next to be threatened with a Monckton writ : Comment on WUWT, which starts off : "I’m intrigued that so many of the bed-wetters, hand-wringers, and wolf-criers who populate the Church of Canutism are so mesmerized by my status as a member (albeit non-sitting and non-voting) of the House of Lords. For these, here is a copy of a letter I sent earlier this week to the Clerk of the Parliaments:"
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