Ownership Of My Opinion Is Only Part Of The Message
Declaring ownership of my opinion is only part of the message, and no, it's not assumed. Some of my fellow ATS members seem to think they have the
authority to put words in my mouth and decide my opinion for me.
To that I say “Nay nay!” and I will always challenge such charlatans wherever they rear their ugly and misinformed heads.
The Original Message Remains Unchanged, And Apparently Overlooked By Some
Hearken back to the very first words of the very first post and you will see that the openly declared purpose of this thread is to directly address
Global-Warming Scare-Mongers, who are people who use fear to try to bully people into believing in their version of Global Warming.
My message to such people is that I don't trust them, and will never be persuaded by such dishonest tactics.
The message for non-
Global-Warming Scare-Mongers is to avoid using those tactics, because they are self-discrediting and wrong.
I myself raised the point that perhaps the “Global-Warming Scare-Monger” is a straw man, but in truth they do exist -- examples abound right here
on ATS -- and that's why I want them to know that I'm on to their game.
I want to discourage fear-mongering and the use of fear tactics in the Global Warming debate, because they disgust me, and I am making no secret of
In particular, it is my opinion that fear-mongering and intellectual dishonesty have no legitimate place on ATS.
An Off-Topic Aside About My Own Opinions Regarding Global Warming
Ironically, my own opinions regarding Global Warming are actually somewhat off-topic. There are plenty of other threads for that sort of thing.
I started this thread to send a message to the fear-mongers and liars who are polluting what should be a serious and important debate.
I am not dismissing Global Warming theory out of hand. Far from it. I have many very serious concerns about the data and the phenomena, and I consider
it important to find out more.
What pisses me off
is that my earnest search for reliable information is constantly being thwarted by liars and charlatans who see fit to
massage data and draw erroneous conclusions for me.
I don't need that. What I need is information I can trust, and that is damn hard to come by.
No one in the Global Warming debate is a disinterested party. No one.
And that's because we all live here, and all must live with the consequences of whatever the hell is going on regardless of what our opinions may
There's also a hell
of a lot of money riding on Global Warming. Trillions and trillions of dollars.
Anyone who claims money has nothing to do with it is either a liar or a fool.
That makes the truth about Global Warming a scarce commodity, and thus all the more valuable.
For those of us who embrace intellectual honesty, there is no acceptable substitute for the truth, regardless of its scarcity or its cost.
Why I Am Undecided On Global Warming
I have a lot of concerns about global climate change, and I think some very bad things are happening.
However, I do not know enough about what is going on to make a decision that is informed enough to satisfy my own standards of intellectual integrity,
and I refuse to make a “leap of faith”.
So I choose to remain undecided for now, and to hell with anyone who has a problem with that.
I've spent enough of my life being lied to, believing lies and lying to myself to know what lies are, and have made a conscious and deliberate
decision to try to minimize lies in my life.
That starts with me, then extends to my diet of information. If something tastes like a lie, I spit it out. If something tastes like truth, then maybe
I'll swallow it.
But anyone trying to force-feed me bullcrap is going to have it spit back in their faces.
It took me far too long to adopt this policy, which is why I never intend to change it.
The Executive Summary
Don't try to scare me, don't lie to me and don't give me grief for having an independent mind, and we'll get along just fine.