We learned about today’s letter-to-the-editor from one of our clandestine operatives who is so well-placed and valuable that he doesn’t even have a code name. It appears in the West Central Tribune of Willmar, Minnesota — the site of a bank robbery by the Machine Gun Kelly gang on July 15, 1930. The title of the letter is We cannot trust ‘authoritative sources’ in science, and the newspaper doesn’t have a comments feature.
Because the writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. He writes a lot of letters, but that doesn’t qualify for full-name treatment. We’ve written about his letters before, for example: #792: The No-Brainer. His first name is Phil. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, some bold font for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]. Here we go!
I’ve been writing letters to the editor in opposition to the notion of “man-made” global warming for about a dozen years.
We rarely blog about global warming, so we’re skipping a few paragraphs about that. (You’re not missing anything.) Then he says:
You cannot always trust “authoritative sources” in science. [Gasp!] I’ve been subscribing to the prestigious AAAS “Science” weekly magazine for about 8 years. It’s a fanatically pro-evolution, pro-Man-made global warming, pro-old age of the earth, pro-heliocentric publication.
Egad, heliocentrism! Why does Phil subscribe to a publication like that? He tells us:
Part of its mission statement (in small fine print) says it publishes material on which a consensus is reached, as well as presenting minority or conflicting points of view. Presentations of material opposing the four “pros” above [pro-evolution, etc.], are essentially non-existent. This is why you can’t just cite sources for your point of view.
Good thinking, Phil! He continues:
No one can defend evolution, old age of the earth and heliocentricity decisively [Hooray for Phil!]; but that doesn’t matter to our higher education system; theirs is a “My way or the highway” attitude.
Egad, our higher education system is totally messed up! Let’s read on:
So if you’re going to cite names of supporters of man-made CO2 causing global warming; then please follow up with brief, basic science principles explaining how man’s tiny contribution of CO2 forces the entire globe to heat up.
Do you have the courage to accept Phil’s challenge, dear reader? Of course you don’t! He ends his letter with this:
I still like the magazine, lots of neat science in it, especially regarding the bottomless pit of new discoveries in the field of structural and molecular biology, which is vindicating Intelligent Design to the max [Hee hee!]; in spite of evolutionists tenaciously clinging to their evolution fantasyland precepts.
You didn’t know that Science magazine is vindicating intelligent design, did you? Well, now you do. Thanks, Phil — great letter!
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