Climate change prof wants to put me in jail

Climate change prof wants to put me in jail

Lawrence TorcelloAs I’ve said before, I’ll believe in global warming — now going under the euphemism “climate change” — when ex-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Secretary of State John Kerry give up their lavish lifestyles of the rich and famous. That mean Arnold dumping up his Mercedes and Bentley gas-guzzlers and his Pacific Palisades Compound for a 600-square-foot apartment. And it means Kerry giveing up his five homes for a single room at the Watergate Hotel.

But my position on the issue means Lawrence Torcello, an assistant professor of philosophy at Rochester Institute of Technology, whats to put me in jail. His article is titled, “Is misinformation about the climate criminally negligent?” He answers in the affirmative, writing:

“My argument probably raises an understandable, if misguided, concern regarding free speech. We must make the critical distinction between the protected voicing of one’s unpopular beliefs, and the funding of a strategically organised campaign to undermine the public’s ability to develop and voice informed opinions. Protecting the latter as a form of free speech stretches the definition of free speech to a degree that undermines the very concept.

“What are we to make of those behind the well documented corporate funding of global warming denial? Those who purposefully strive to make sure “inexact, incomplete and contradictory information” is given to the public? I believe we understand them correctly when we know them to be not only corrupt and deceitful, but criminally negligent in their willful disregard for human life. It is time for modern societies to interpret and update their legal systems accordingly.”

Thank God for the First Amendment! Or the Prof. Dr. would throw me in the klink right now. The First Amendment beautifully reads:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

‘Climate change’/global warming

In California, this has special application because of our AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, which the state continues rigorously to enforce. AB 32 was imposed by Schwarzenegger and the California Legislature just before “global warming” became “climate change” in the parlance of its partisans.

Indeed, in his article, the Prof. Dr. does not refer to “global warming,” instead using “climate change,” which as I have demonstrated is a meaningless tautology.

However, his biography on the same site as his article still uses “global warming”:

“My research interests include ethical theory, and applied ethics, social and political philosophy, and scientific skepticism. Current projects investigate the practical consequences and ethical responsibilities implicit to democratic citizenship in morally pluralistic societies, particularly in the domains of medicine and education, the environment and animal welfare, public policy and political discourse. My recent work pursues the moral implications of global warming denialism, as well as other forms of science denialism.”

Apparently he or the webmasters neglected to jam “global warming” down Orwell’s Memory Hole.

Like Trofim Lysenko in the old Soviet Union, Torcello seeks to shut down scientific controversy, debate and discovery by jailing those with opposing views. For now, skeptics are protected by the First Amendment. But who knows, perhaps his demand “for modern societies to interpret and update their legal systems accordingly” will be accomplished, the First Amendment shredded and people like me thrown into prison.

To get prepared, I’m dusting off my old Solzhenitsyn books on “The Gulag Archipelago.”

Stalag 13


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  1. Ted Steele, Manager
    Ted Steele, Manager 18 March, 2014, 10:32

    The Ted System would go your bail John.

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  2. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 18 March, 2014, 10:49

    Or….we bring you Nachos and Orange Crush on Sundays!

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  3. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 18 March, 2014, 14:28

    You made it sound like he wanted to put YOU PERSONALLY in the slammer. He means everyone who he disagrees with.

    Hard to believe an educated person, much less a professor, especially @RIT, would make such a statement. Then again he is a professor of philosophy. Teddy is of the same mold 🙂

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    • Donkey
      Donkey 18 March, 2014, 16:38

      Rex, anyone that plies away at a tax funded job has the inclination to have those that disagree with their views locked up. 🙂

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      • Rex the Wonder Dog!
        Rex the Wonder Dog! 19 March, 2014, 11:40

        Donk, many have that attitude, but not all. The problem is the $$$. CA public unions are accounting for 75% of ALL money spent in politics today- they have essentially co-opted the legislature buy being able to buy local races with their $$$. There is another article here or on that showed how much money the public unions spend, it s crazy. Until we have a grass roots rebellion, like Prop 13, it will be the same old same old.

        Chuck reeds pension imitative will get the same treatment from the AG’s office two years from now as it did this year, so how is that going to matter in 2014, 2016 or 2030?????? Nearly ALL of the state judges are creatures of politics, being APPOINTED based on their political beliefs and leanings, and they rule based on their political beliefs and leanings.

        When the Courts are no longer impartial and neutral parties, the third co-equal branch of government, then we have ceased to be the America we were created as by the founding fathers. We are simply just another third world banana republic where the golden rule trumps all- those with the gold make the rules, and that would be Big Business and Public Unions. Why else would GED educated cops and firewhiners, where there re literally THOUSANDS of qualified applicants, get comped in the $200K-$350K range?????

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  4. Sean
    Sean 18 March, 2014, 14:39

    Remember when the radicals on campus started out at UC Berkeley? I think in its first incarnation it was called the Free Speech Movement. I wonder what Torcello is going calls his organization?

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  5. Ted Steele, Manager
    Ted Steele, Manager 18 March, 2014, 15:00

    Maybe— “The Educate The Moron Teabag Movement”?

    Hard to say.

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  6. vonborks
    vonborks 18 March, 2014, 15:47

    Lawrence Torcello, an assistant professor of philosophy (same position as an assistant to the assistant director of an Al Gore movie)should be in Governor-for-life Jerry Brown’s inside circle of environmental consultants.

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  7. Bill Gore
    Bill Gore 18 March, 2014, 17:45

    Kerry may be as dumb as a bag of bird seed but he has excellent taste!
    Something inculcated at the Skull and Bones Tomb, no doubt….

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  8. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 18 March, 2014, 20:30

    Government workers are highly educated, trained and qualified to make civilized life bearable for a huge diverse population…They pay lots of taxes and consume a huge amount of goods and services.

    Unfortunately, many others cannot cut the job requirements and are pushed into dead ender careers…..some are petty and envious….a shame.

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  9. meetthenewboss...
    meetthenewboss... 18 March, 2014, 22:03

    Yeah, and I’ll believe in “global warming” when the science and data actually support it.

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    • Ted Steele, CEO
      Ted Steele, CEO 22 March, 2014, 21:01

      Yeah— Me too good buddy! There aint no dang gum science that say that Jesus is fixin to destroy the global weather.

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