(why am I thinking about cocaine now?)
crakar was one of my most prolific commenters, contributing about 100 comments per month since last December. He always struck me as a congenial fellow but he was definately antagonistic to the science of global warming and contributed mainly misinformation and misunderstanding. Nevertheless, I am actually a bit sorry to see him go on a personal level even though his presence was on balance a negative contribution.
I think that crakar approached this issue somewhat like a game, where he had his chosen side and used whatever he could to defend it and whatever he could to attack the other side. The problem with this is that this is not a game, this is a globally unfolding event with serious and potentially tragic consequences for millions upon millions, if not all of humanity. It is that serious, which is why tolerance of his brand of wilful ignorance is not really an option despite his likely (and clearly thoughtless) sincerity.
I got flack from otherwise friendly followers of AFTIC for not banning him and perhaps I should have. I am still internally debating this question. As it happened, things worked out even better in the sense that his continuous regurgitation of fully debunked arguments have ceased and I did not have to use the nuclear option on him.
My feelings about Snowman are very different. In my opinion, it is very likely he was here on assignment. He openly acknowledged that his idea of the debate was political and not scientfic even while he tried to argue about the science. He wrote very eloquently, with a stylish flourish that was matched only but its complete detachment from reality. His first couple of days here, he tried being his own sockpuppet but when called on it silently ceased and did not try again. While I found crakar to be totally wrong but generally sincere, Snowman I would describe as sociopathic in his disregard for intellectual honesty.
To me, crakar represents a demographic that should be talked to. His “type”, if I may, can possibly be reached and if not at least he can be effectively and publically refuted. Time consuming, I know! Snowman on the other hand is just here to kick sand in everyone’s face all the while with a disingenuous smile. Him, I will not miss!