Tom Nelson & Steve Goddard suspension, a reminder Twitter’s part of the Establishment

gavinCCD Editor’s Note: Tom Nelson has a NEW twitter account, which unfortunately means all his past tweets, followers, etc…, are gone. If you want to support Mr. Nelson, follow his new twitter handle at @brd333.

Twitter, like Facebook, is a part of the establishment. When Steve Goddard & Tom Nelson’s climate questions got too hot under the collar they were suspended.

Goddard’s account was reinstated after an outcry. But Goddard’s suspension lasted only about twelve hours from my observation; Tom Nelson’s (@tan123) has been suspended for 2 days now.

Tom Nelson’s Twitter account epitomises the virtues of free speech, asking lots of questions that were uncomfortable to the climate establishment.

Was Gavin Schmidt (@ClimateOfGavin) the person responsible for getting Tom Nelson suspended?

Schmidt blocked me a few months ago.

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I gather he holds a lot of sway in Twitter and the establishment in general.  He is after all the King of Tweak:

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Y is <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/KingOfTweak?src=hash”>#KingOfTweak</a> <a href=”https://twitter.com/ClimateOfGavin”>@ClimateOfGavin</a>’s Gistemp trend line steeper than other temp data sets? <a href=”http://t.co/zVrqVdwgbq”>http://t.co/zVrqVdwgbq</a> <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/AGW?src=hash”>#AGW</a> <a href=”http://t.co/FStOxPFszW”>pic.twitter.com/FStOxPFszW</a><br />
&#8212; Paul Clark (@cbfool) <a href=”https://twitter.com/cbfool/status/523858408017907712″>October 19, 2014</a></blockquote>
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NASA’s Gavin Schmidt comes across as a spiteful kinda’ guy who will lash out if threatened.

And he couldn’t care less about, and is mysteriously blase about the causes of, Tom Nelson’s suspension

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<a href=”https://twitter.com/wattsupwiththat”>@wattsupwiththat</a> which do you prefer? I mute you until this all goes away, or I block you entirely? <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/dontcare?src=hash”>#dontcare</a><br />
&#8212; Gavin Schmidt (@ClimateOfGavin) <a href=”https://twitter.com/ClimateOfGavin/status/583703401361514496″>April 2, 2015</a></blockquote>
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There were some disparaging comments about the Twitter platform in the initial WattsUpWithThat article about the Tom Nelson suspension.

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I disagree. I think Twitter is pretty good. I discovered Twitter a year and a half ago and have been an avid follower of Tom Nelson most of that time.  I find Twitter to be a useful research and communication tool.

Sure Twitter is limited to 140 characters, but the fact you can include pics and links compensates for that.  I don’t even have to surf my usual internet placed for climate news — I can get all my links from Twitter.

And Twitter is also good as a debating and communication tool — as a free speech forum. This aspect is greatly damaged through rash, authoritarian actions like suspending Tom Nelson’s account.

I was inspired by Tom Nelson to utilise Twitter a lot to express my climate views. I know Twitter is public, and anyone can see it. But this supension’s a timely reminder that Twitter is also an organ of the establishment. They monitor and surveille, and will shut up free speech if their schemes such as global warming are threatened.

Tom Nelson is an important account for us climate sceptics and not having it damages Twitter’s credibility as a platform for free speech, and for an open exchange of views.

Although in the scheme of things it will statistically be just be a blip for a company as large as Twitter if sceptics boycott en masse, it will be a blow to the Twitter brand.

I thought of quitting Twitter altogether when @SteveSGoddard was blocked a few days ago.  My enthusiasm to use Twitter is dampened by this episode too. Fascist platforms are no fun. Is there a Twitter alternative?

Meantime I’ll be putting up a protest avatar such as I did when Steven Goddard was suspended:

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..and consider reducing my Twitter participation.

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    Gator

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    I gained another serial harassing stalker yesterday, because I posted Twitter contact info on the Daily Caller. The putz claimed he had been banned from Breitbart because he ‘they had facts wrong on global warming’. He then accused me of being a hypocrite (?) because I would not whine with him about his alleged banning. I explained Nelson had done nothing wrong, and that I had no idea why he had been allegedly banned from Breitbart, but that I suspected it was for being a serial harassing troll.

    I told him several times, that if he had a beef with Breitbart banning him that he should find some friends, and contact Breitbart. He just kept carping on and on, so much so that I went and found Breitbart’s contact info for him, but apparently by then he had been banned from DC for serial harassment. 😆

    The lemmings have their orders, and are marching with zeal right over the cliff.

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    sonnyhill

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    Birds of a feather flock together….and peck mercilessly at the others. Twitter is just taking care of business. eBay does the same thing. If you point out the obvious (buyer beware),you get the wet blanket.

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      Gator

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      I am a collector of vintage Breweriana, and buy off eBay all the time. I have twice had to send items back to sellers, and eBay took care of all charges, including return shipping, 100%. If you combine eBay purchases with Paypal and a good credit card, you have three layers of protection.

      Redundancy in systems is key in purchases, just as it is in nuclear power plants and space vehicles. 😉

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        sonnyhill

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        Gator, I should put you in touch with my cousin in Dallas. He is an expert with neon signs, collects vintage beer neon. His company did the exterior lighting for tallest building in town.

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          Gator

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          He must be a very busy man. The art of commercial neon sign making is dying out. I looked into opening a neon repair shop on my property because I was going to buy nonworking signs and resell them, but the start up costs and skills needed are more than even I was prepared for. I made friends with the only commercial neon repair shop owner in my region, and he regularly travels hours to do repairs across two states, because there is literally noone else who can.

          I have more neons than I need, and I am mainly focusing on pre-prohibition glassware right now. It is amazing how much of our nation’s history was built on booze, and how much of it has been completely forgotten.

          Prohibition, and the campaigns that lead up to it, are some of the most important lessons of US history. Any self respecting lover of liberty and industry would do themselves a large favor by studying the Progressive movement that lead to prohibition, the effect it had on our economy, and how it built organized crime into an industry that is still with us today.

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    sonnyhill

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    If you have an old picture of a neon sign, he can duplicate it. What did Ben Franklin say about beer?

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      Gator

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      [i]’Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.'[/i]

      Cheers!

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      Gator

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      This was my very first Breweriana purchase, and she is still one of my favorites…

      [img]http://thumbs4.picclick.com/d/l400/pict/181620860607_/Vintage-Miller-High-Life-Lady-and-Moon-Beer.jpg[/img]

      I have what I call my roadhouse, and I built a ‘pie shelf’ that circles the room above the windows, and filled it with beer trays. Nobody spends more money, or hires better graphic artists than breweries.

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        Me

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        Ya have a very nice place from what you have shown us, Stick with it and enjoy it. Everybody needs their peice of paradise, and keep enjoying many a beer, Cheers!

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          Gator

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          Hey Me! Thanks! I have built this as my retirement home. I still have to finish the roadhouse, the basement, and move the washer and dryer into the master bath (right now I carry dirty clothes the entire length of the house, and clean clothes all the way back :o). Once the W/D is moved, the bar (when built) will have a ready water supply.

          If I am lucky, I will finish before I die. 😉

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    Me

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    “He is after all the King of Tweak:”

    😆 Priceless! LMAO!

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      Gator

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      Kings actually need to know how to ‘rule’ things, and not ‘tweak’ them. 😉

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        Me

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        Just in case wanted to learn it on guitar. But you probably already know where to find that.

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          Me

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          I like this one better but hey, it is variety, so it would be boreing if everything was the same.

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          Gator

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          I’ve got their greatest hits guitar book, for beginners, I was never a great player but enjoy accompanying myself.

          I used to get summer scholarships to state music camps, and saw the wide gap between my talent, and those who really are musicians.

          The straw that broke my music career was my college girlfriend, who could play any instrument you put in her hands.

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            Me

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            Yeah, I hear ya, some people it comes too easy for them, but we can dream and it hurts no one, as oppose to some out there. I mostly lost it when I joined the military, different people, different intress, and the work was more important at the time, but ya can still dream. Just do the best ya can.

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            Robert

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            Ah Gator you should know that just because someone can play any instrument you hand them doesn’t mean they can write hit songs. The entire music “biz” is an insane mix of talent, luck, and timing.

            Since we were talking about Joe B the other day I thought I’d mention a couple other names you may have heard of. Coco Montoya and Walter Trout. I can’t say I’m a huge John Mayall fan but the “Chicago Line” album with those two doing the guitar work is pretty intense.

            I still play now and then, mostly my guitar sits in its case and makes me feel guilty for not taking it out more. But I never did put the time into it I should have as I never had the urge to get up in front of crowds. Too many people in one place is usually a good indicator that it is time for me to be somewhere else.

            I got into the blues late in life, my roots were Alex Lifeson of RUSH, Jimmy Page, Ritchie Blackmore, Randy Rhodes, Black Sabbath, and the whole heavy metal thing before they reclassified it as “classic rock.”

            Granted the bulk of the above is blues on steroids mixed with some classical and other styles to create what they created, it isn’t until you can sit an listen to someone like Lightnin’ Hopkins sitting by himself with an acoustic that you can start to understand where it all began.

            Even the old 50’s stuff like Bill Haley and Chuck Berry still grooves. If it really was good it will always be good. Those who need to follow the trends won’t like it, but the real musicians always will.

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            JayPee

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            And ” payola ” did not end in the ’50’s .

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            Gator

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            Hey Robert! You would love my roadhouse. I set it up as a tribute to roadhouse music and atmosphere. My DVR is filled with live concerts including about 5 of Bonamassa.

            I was trained as a classical musician, and learned to play on a classical acoustic, which I still have. I took piano and voice lessons and was usually one of the featured soloists (vocal) whenever we had school or church performances. I was one of only two recipients of a perfect score at our state music competition in the four years I attended high school, the other was a break your heart classmate of mine who played Anna to my King of Siam in ‘The King and I’.

            I love all music, but I do not include rap/hip-hop as music.

            I was the King of our schools Madrigal Dinner concerts that we held every year at a local college, and we wowed the crowds, they thought we were college age, and all on scholarships.

            I progressed through music as I got older, and it helped that my brother is seven years older and turned me onto what he listened to. At 7 my favorite song was “dock of the Bay’ by Otis Redding.

            Styx, BTO, The Guess Who, The Doors, The Moody Blues, Cream, Aerosmith, Foreigner, Deep Purple, Rush, Yes, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Police, Grand Funk Railroad, and even got into The Dead thanks to the tireless efforts of three friends.

            As good as their studio cuts were, those that survived, and are still playing live, are even better now.

            And I love the modern crop of blues players like Susan Tedeschi, and her husband Derek Trucks. John Mayer, Johnny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Big Head Todd, and Lenny Kravitz.

            I know I am forgetting many, but then I am having so many bands and players flood my brain. I love Zac Brown, Allison Krauss and Union Station, Jason Mraz, The Band Perry, Little Big Town, Jerry Douglas, and of course Brad Paisley (WOW).

            And I keep discovering new bands and artists. I have to thank ‘Live from Daryl’s House’ for introducing me to new artists, that I would have never heard otherwise.

            http://www.livefromdarylshouse.com/

            But I have to say, I only listen to live performances, and when on the rare occasion I hear one of these new artists at the store or at a party, sometimes I wonder who produced it, because their live acts are so much better than the studio.

            Oh, and I cannot forget Brian Setzer and his orchestra. Started listening to the Stray Cats back in my 8-track days, and if you have not seen his performance at at the Montreal Jazz Festival (2011 or 2010), you must.

            I could go on for days talking about music, even though I rarely play or sing anymore, it is still one of the biggest and best parts of my life.

            Thanks for bringing back some great memories, pick up that guitar, and play some funky music white boy. 😆

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    Dave N

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    I wonder if Gavin would #care if he was banned? 97% of scientists would probably say yes.

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      Gator

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      Gavin’s stance on this issue?

      [b]#quackliesmatter[/b]

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