Last year Graham Young, accused me of being blatantly dishonest for writing that Peiser had admitted to making multiple errors, even though Peiser had confirmed this in an email to Young. He ended up writing 20 comments denying Peiser’s admission.
Now Young has lashed out at me in a post at On Line Opinion. He calls me a “bully” and a “tick” and claims I use “brown-shirt tactics”. (If you don’t know what brown-shirt tactics are, see Sturmabteilung.) My crime?
Lambert, through his blog Deltoid promulgates whatever the current orthodoxy happens to be, but he does not restrict himself to his blog, frequently diving into comment threads on other online publications. And once you have Lambert on your thread, he sticks closer than a tick, hoping to suck the lifeblood out of the argument until you give up.
I post comments on other online publications!! Tactics apparently just like those used by the Nazi paramilitaries to dominate the streets of Germany.
John Quiggin, who Young also accuses of using Nazi tactics, calls him on a double Godwin.
Young’s primary target is Robyn Williams, who he accuses of the vicious bullying of Don Aitkin. Unfortunately for Young, Aitken himself rejects the charge:
For the record, Robyn Williams invited me to give a talk after the original paper’s summary in the Australian. When he read the full paper he asked me to do two. I have no complaint at all, since I recognise that that my paper does not support the orthodoxy. I also had no complaint about the introduction, other than it did not make clear that in my professional life I have had a great deal to do with the funding of scientists and science policy. Robyn made that clear in his introduction to the second talk. Just as Robyn exerted no influence over me with respect to the content of my talks, since that is my business, I believe that he is entitled to introduce speakers as he likes: that is his business. Both of us carry the can for our own decisions.