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College professor: “Jail climate change deniers!”
Hotair ^ | 03/18/2014 | Bruce McQuain

Posted on 03/18/2014 12:38:38 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

It never fails. At some point, the mask slips among the “tolerant” members of academia and we are exposed to their real controlling and authoritarian face. Over the past few weeks there have been two good examples of this. At Harvard, we had senior Sandra Korn (“a joint history of science and studies of women, gender and sexuality concentrator”, whatever that might be) declare that academic freedom is an outdated concept and that “academic justice” is a much better concept:

In its oft-cited Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure, the American Association of University Professors declares that “Teachers are entitled to full freedom in research and in the publication of the results.” In principle, this policy seems sound: It would not do for academics to have their research restricted by the political whims of the moment.

Yet the liberal obsession with “academic freedom” seems a bit misplaced to me. After all, no one ever has “full freedom” in research and publication. Which research proposals receive funding and what papers are accepted for publication are always contingent on political priorities. The words used to articulate a research question can have implications for its outcome. No academic question is ever “free” from political realities. If our university community opposes racism, sexism, and heterosexism, why should we put up with research that counters our goals simply in the name of “academic freedom”?

Instead, I would like to propose a more rigorous standard: one of “academic justice.” When an academic community observes research promoting or justifying oppression, it should ensure that this research does not continue.

Tolerance of ideas you don’t like or agree with? Forget about it. Instead, refuse to fund research that doesn’t conform to your agenda and we’ll call that “academic justice”. Feel a little chill?

Now we have an assistant professor of philosophy at the Rochester Institute of Technology who would like to see those who disagree with him on climate change put in jail. Apparently freedom of thought and speech and the right to disagree are outdated concepts as well. Eric Owens at the Daily Caller brings us up to date:

The professor is Lawrence Torcello. Last week, he published a 900-word-plus essay at an academic website called The Conversation.

His main complaint is his belief that certain nefarious, unidentified individuals have organized a “campaign funding misinformation.” Such a campaign, he argues, “ought to be considered criminally negligent.”

Torcello, who has a Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo, explains that there are times when criminal negligence and “science misinformation” must be linked. The threat of climate change, he says, is one of those times.

Throughout the piece, he refers to the bizarre political aftermath of an earthquake in L’Aquila, Italy, which saw six scientists imprisoned for six years each because they failed to “clearly communicate risks to the public” about living in an earthquake zone.

“Consider cases in which science communication is intentionally undermined for political and financial gain,” the assistant professor urges.

“Imagine if in L’Aquila, scientists themselves had made every effort to communicate the risks of living in an earthquake zone,” Torcello argues, but evil “financiers” of a “denialist campaign” “funded an organised [sic] campaign to discredit the consensus findings of seismology, and for that reason no preparations were made.”

“I submit that this is just what is happening with the current, well documented funding of global warming denialism,” Torcello asserts.

No mention of the current, well documented funding of global warming alarmism (Al Gore, call your booking agent). No mention of the science that counters many of the claims of alarmists. No mention of the unexplained 15 year temperature pause. In fact, no mention of anything that might derail his argument. But that’s par for the course among alarmists, and Torcello is certainly one of them. And, as he makes clear, he will not tolerate deniers because they’re not only wrong, they’re criminals:

Torcello says that people are already dying because of global warming. “Nonetheless, climate denial remains a serious deterrent against meaningful political action in the very countries most responsible for the crisis.”

As such, Torcello wants governments to make “the funding of climate denial” a crime.

“The charge of criminal and moral negligence ought to extend to all activities of the climate deniers who receive funding as part of a sustained campaign to undermine the public’s understanding of scientific consensus.”

Of course the reason he’s so upset is this new fangled thing called the internet has enabled anyone who is curious about the climate debate to actually see both sides of the argument layed out before them. For the alarmists, that has inconveniently helped a majority of people realize that the science behind the alarmism is weak at best and fraudulent in some cases. It has also helped them understand that the alarmist science that Torcello wants enshrined as “truth” was gathered from deeply flawed computer models and fudged data. And, it has also let the voices of dissenting scientists be heard. Finally, this ability for the public to weigh the arguments has found most of the public viewing climate change as a minor problem at best.

Torcello would like to make all of that a crimnal activity based simply on his belief that the alarmist argument is the accurate argument. He’d jail the heretics and deny the public the opposing argument.

The Torcellos of the world once tried to do this to a man named Gallileo. And we know how that worked out.

It is always easy to wave away those like Torcello and claim they’re an anomoly. But it seems we see more and more of them popping up each day. The struggle to gain and maintain freedom is a daily struggle. It is the Torcellos and the Korns of the world who would – for your own good, of course – be happy to help incrementally rob you of your freedoms. They must be called out each and every time they do so and exposed for what they are.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 3rdthread; climatechange; college; globalwarming; liberalfascism; professor; progressivefascism; searchandfind

1 posted on 03/18/2014 12:38:38 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Why can’t all you anti science people accept what your betters tell you and shut up?

Any idiot knows an overheated atmosphere causes more snowfall. Questioning this is for morons.


2 posted on 03/18/2014 12:40:45 PM PDT by Tea Party Terrorist (Why work for a living when you can vote for a living?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Some of the most awesomely stupid people I ever met were college professors. They live in a special, protected environment like hothouse flowers and some have no idea what the real world is like.


3 posted on 03/18/2014 12:41:13 PM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: SeekAndFind

I have a better idea ; put far Leftists radicals and fanatics , including nutball college professors like this one , in camps . Chain gangs of these cretins could be put to good use on highway infrastructure projects


4 posted on 03/18/2014 12:42:02 PM PDT by LeoWindhorse
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To: SeekAndFind
Hey, Professor! Deny T?HIS:


5 posted on 03/18/2014 12:42:39 PM PDT by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Here’s an alternative idea—Withhold all government funding, including student financial aid, to institutions where faculty, staff, or students articulate opinions that contradict the Constitution.

I’ve taught the Constitution many times during Citizenship in the Nation merit badge classes and nowhere can I find any federal obligation to fund institutions of higher learning.


6 posted on 03/18/2014 12:43:55 PM PDT by Arm_Bears (Shoot cops that shoot dogs.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I have such high regard for “academics” who have never held a real job..... /sarc


7 posted on 03/18/2014 12:45:28 PM PDT by high info voter
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To: SeekAndFind

I would like to ask this guy his opinion on McCarthy and HUAC.


8 posted on 03/18/2014 12:46:06 PM PDT by chae (I was anti-Obama before it was cool)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’d be more concerned if climate didn’t change.


9 posted on 03/18/2014 12:46:37 PM PDT by o-n-money
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To: Yo-Yo

Clearly the actual data is wrong and the predictions are right. Just like when Kerry beat Bush.


10 posted on 03/18/2014 12:47:38 PM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (lib-pocrisy: requiring photo ID at a march protesting photo IDs for voters.)
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To: SeekAndFind; All

Hey coward Lawrence Torcello come and try to jail me — I dare you! Hell, bring three of your friends...I dare you to come and try and jail me.


11 posted on 03/18/2014 12:48:16 PM PDT by areukiddingme1 (areukiddingme1 is a synonym for a Retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer and tired of liberal BS.))
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To: areukiddingme1

Ah, but the whole point is to have the State punish you while Larry gets off watching it on TV.


12 posted on 03/18/2014 12:49:13 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: SeekAndFind
“Jail climate change deniers!”

You can get anything you want at Alice's Restaurant.

13 posted on 03/18/2014 12:49:27 PM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: Yo-Yo

Well, obviously, the actual data is wrong since it doesn’t reflect the model.

Isn’t that the argument they put forth in Bush v Kerry?


14 posted on 03/18/2014 12:51:06 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: MrB

Exactly, because he doesn’t have the stones to do it himself. Pathetic little man, living in his pathetic little world.

Those that can do — Those that can’t become assistant professors of philosophy at the Rochester Institute of Technology.


15 posted on 03/18/2014 12:53:46 PM PDT by areukiddingme1 (areukiddingme1 is a synonym for a Retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer and tired of liberal BS.))
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To: SeekAndFind

Jail communism-failure deniers. (many/most academics)


16 posted on 03/18/2014 12:57:05 PM PDT by Ray76 (/s)
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To: SeekAndFind

Maybe he’d like to give out his home address — so the deniers can surrender to him personally.


17 posted on 03/18/2014 12:57:39 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: areukiddingme1

That’s one of the deep little covetous, envious drives of liberals.

They see themselves as superior as “thinkers”, and despise the fact that “doers” get rewarded with wealth and notoriety.

They know they can’t or don’t want to “do” and as part of that, they know they can’t or don’t want to personally try to punish those they envy.

So, they stoke this little ember of a desire to see the State do what they want to see done.
And they loves them some Obama, because that’s just what he’s doing.


18 posted on 03/18/2014 12:58:17 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: SeekAndFind

Those who can DO. Those who can’t become college professors.

To amuse myself I always called them MISTER and not DOCTOR when I went to Temple. Tle look on their faces was priceless.


19 posted on 03/18/2014 12:59:01 PM PDT by LeonardFMason (LanceyHoward would AGREE)
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To: SeekAndFind

Liberals are really fascists with a nice-sounding name.


20 posted on 03/18/2014 1:01:37 PM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: Gen.Blather

“Some of the most awesomely stupid people I ever met were college professors. They live in a special, protected environment like hothouse flowers and some have no idea what the real world is like.”

Absolutely correct. I’ve worked for them. They are among some of the cheapest and most arrogant SOBs on the planet.


21 posted on 03/18/2014 1:04:21 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Inside every liberal is a fascist screaming to get out.


22 posted on 03/18/2014 1:06:24 PM PDT by thorvaldr
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To: SeekAndFind

The guy is really getting raked...


23 posted on 03/18/2014 1:09:05 PM PDT by bkepley
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To: I want the USA back

The process:
“You’ve got to jail those who don’t believe in global warming!” And they bully people into doing that.

“You have to agree that we MUST lower our standard of living to save the Earth!” And they bully people into doing that.

“We have to lower the population in order for Earth to survive! Let’s get rid of white Americans and Christians!” And they bully people into doing that.

I hope that before the 1st scenario there’s going to be an angry pushback that stops these fools in their tracks...and lowers their numbers in a quick and efficient manner.


24 posted on 03/18/2014 1:09:55 PM PDT by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: areukiddingme1
Daniel Greenfield posts this amazing condemnation of environmentalists in today's blog.Greenfield: The Genocidal Duck Whisperers of the Post-Human Left
25 posted on 03/18/2014 1:14:00 PM PDT by Louis Foxwell (This is a wake up call. Join the Sultan Knish ping list.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Memo to college professor:

Come and bring me in. Guarantee you don’t leave.


26 posted on 03/18/2014 1:16:56 PM PDT by Mouton (The insurrection laws perpetuate what we have for a government now.)
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To: Tea Party Terrorist

Consensus never equals science. Remember that 4 out of 5 doctors used to recommend nonfilter Camels....


27 posted on 03/18/2014 1:18:01 PM PDT by wbill
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To: SeekAndFind

When an adolescent liberal learns that he or she is smarter than their own dopey parents, they then presume to be smarter than everyone else, too. The few far lefties I personally know have safely hidden in academia for most of their adult years. Pathetic.


28 posted on 03/18/2014 1:18:52 PM PDT by LittleBillyInfidel (This tagline has been formatted to fit the screen. Some content has been edited.)
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To: SeekAndFind
"Professor" Lawrence Torcello: “Consider cases in which science communication is intentionally undermined for political and financial gain,” the assistant professor urges.

This seems to be what these jacklegs who call themselves "climate scientists" are doing. They are actively preventing independent evaluation of their "research" in order to keep the grant money stream flowing.

And yes, if it makes the good "professor" happy, I'll be more than happy to recommend the death penalty for academics engaged in this type of intellectual fraud. ;-)
29 posted on 03/18/2014 1:30:43 PM PDT by Milton Miteybad (I am Jim Thompson. {Really.})
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To: SeekAndFind

All I care to say to that POS is this...

“Give it your best shot.”


30 posted on 03/18/2014 1:36:18 PM PDT by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: SeekAndFind

All 250 million of us?

Have they got jails we don’t know about?


31 posted on 03/18/2014 1:39:20 PM PDT by Iron Munro (Albert Einstein: The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits)
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To: SeekAndFind

Torcello thinks that anti global warming people should be jail? Yes, let’s suspend free speech and jail anybody who disagree with you. We don’t want you to be upset with people who likes free speech.


32 posted on 03/18/2014 1:40:53 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (2014: The Year of DEAD RINOS)
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To: SeekAndFind

Just demonstrates that you can educate, overeducate and completely overeducate...an idiot.


33 posted on 03/18/2014 1:45:58 PM PDT by VRW Conspirator ( 2+2 = V)
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To: Ray76

“Jail communism-failure deniers. (many/most academics)”

The Khmer Rouge knew what they were doing when they wiped out their academics; they produced nothing but strife.


34 posted on 03/18/2014 2:07:26 PM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: SeekAndFind

Jail college professors


35 posted on 03/18/2014 2:19:04 PM PDT by ronnie raygun (Zippy the a##clown sez..............)
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To: SeekAndFind

The Climate Change Inquisition is looking to root out and punish heretics (a.k.a. deniers) Reminds me of the Inquisition seeking to silence Galileo for daring to question the dogma of an earth centered universe, which was certainly accepted by a consensus of scholars at the time.


36 posted on 03/18/2014 2:41:43 PM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: kearnyirish2

What I’m getting at is this idea that those you disagree with should be jailed merely because you disagree with them. People throwing around this “jail ‘climate change deniers’” crap better be careful because crap can be thrown right back at them.


37 posted on 03/18/2014 2:49:15 PM PDT by Ray76
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To: SeekAndFind

It’d be nice if we had a definition for the term “climate denier” (other than the implied definition, “one who disagrees with Torcello”).


38 posted on 03/18/2014 4:09:37 PM PDT by Stosh
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To: SeekAndFind

Only college students and the liberal media take college professors seriously.


39 posted on 03/18/2014 4:11:41 PM PDT by DungeonMaster (No one can come to me unless the Father who sent Me draws him.)
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To: areukiddingme1

“Exactly, because he doesn’t have the stones to do it himself.”

That’s a fact. The American leftists don’t have the balls to confront conservatives on the battlefield which is why they play kissy-face with the Muslim crazies. Leftists need a surrogate mercenary army to carry out their plan of murder and destruction.

The muslim freaks that are infiltrating the government are the vanguard planners to take us out.


40 posted on 03/18/2014 4:24:10 PM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: SeekAndFind

Lawrence Torcello has been indoctrinated by his own pseudo-science.


41 posted on 03/18/2014 8:10:53 PM PDT by ourworldawry
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To: Ray76

“What I’m getting at is this idea that those you disagree with should be jailed merely because you disagree with them. People throwing around this “jail ‘climate change deniers’” crap better be careful because crap can be thrown right back at them.”

I understand; I don’t know how a professor expressing these sentiments keeps his job or his credibility. It is not such a big stretch to substitute “believers in a divine being” for “deniers of climate change”...


42 posted on 03/19/2014 2:03:53 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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