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Could this be the most pointless and petty post ever published on a mainstream news site? A columnist/blogger who himself claims to study the science and make it accessible to the public derides the fact that someone else has produced an accessible, evidence-based summary of climate science. But the silliest part comes at the end where he tries to blame this on some horrible, biased bogeyman:

Oddly enough, iTunes offers no such help to the sceptic.

Here’s how it works, Andrew – iTunes is a repository for applications that run on Apple’s digital devices. Most of those applications are developed by third-party software developers – in this case, a Melbourne IT company demonstrated Aussie ingenuity to the world by developeing the Skeptical Science application.

iTunes is just a central place for consumers to locate apps they might like – a marketplace, if you will. As a conservative, I would have though you’d have no objections to a free market for apps.

If you want a tool summarising the arguments supporting climate change denial, write one yourself and submit it to the iTunes App Store. Or find someone else to do it. Whining about some iTunes conspiracy makes you sound a bit sad.

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  • 1
    SonofMogh
    Posted February 24, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    Could this be the start of Bolta’s decent into maddness? Everyone is out to get him, conspiracies everywhere, he’s the only one who knows the truth. Cue the straight jacket.

  • 2
    monkeywrench
    Posted February 24, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    Embarassisimus! Here’s the guy who waxes knowledgeable about IT issues such as the broadband rollout ( always to condemn Rudd) but he doesn’t know how iTunes functions. Laughing-stock, Mr. Bolt, laughing-stock!! btw I posted a comment suggesting that not only didn’t he realise how iTunes works, but that denialists weren’t cluey enough to develop their own apps. Let’s see if it gets the snip……

  • 3
    surlysimon
    Posted February 24, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    What is it with the right and not being entrepreneurial? Surely if all the sceptic scientists are so clever they could have made a killer anti-warming App by now? Again, surely no one is suggesting that Apple is part of some sort of global conspiricy to prevent us being told the “truth”?
    This is the trouble with those who oppose the notion of AGW, they want others to do all the work for them.

  • 4
    couchy
    Posted February 24, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    I hear that these Apple socialists also offer other apps that feature real live nekkid boobies.

    Won’t someone think of the denialist children?

  • 5
    Rich Uncle Skeleton
    Posted February 24, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

    We need an app called “Bolt Sez” for those confused conservatives trying, and failing, to argue against science.

    “BOLT SEZ….it hasn’t warmed since 1993!”

    “BOLT SEZ…the planet was hotter when it was a ball of molten lava 12 billon years ago!”

    Saved!

  • 6
    Posted February 24, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    A monkey hitting keys at random for an infinite amount of time would surely, at some point, have a miniscule chance of producing a major literary work.

    A monkey hitting keys at random for about a twelfth of a nanosecond could probably produce something resembling a blogpost by Andrew Bolt.

    After which, said monkey would throw its own poo around its cage in celebration.

  • 7
    chrismayer
    Posted February 24, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    I wonder if he will ever update his post, nothing that what he is implying is stupid. Interesting insight into the way he operates if he doesn’t, shows clearly how little he cares for correct information actually being on the public record. Doesn’t matter if information is wrong as long as it supports your basic argument.

  • 8
    Ben Tehan
    Posted February 24, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

    “Surely if all the sceptic scientists are so clever they could have made a killer anti-warming App by now? ”

    I thought the deniers are all experts in the Fortran code found in the Climate Gate emails … Surely an iphone app would be childs play for these experts.

  • 9
    couchy
    Posted February 24, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    What’s itTunes anyway?

  • 10
    surlysimon
    Posted February 24, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    couchy @5
    That’s what most Denialists are asking themselves right now.

  • 11
    Sisyphis
    Posted February 24, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    That post is up there with bolta’s peculiar view of the fillum “Nemo”.

    Damn that wicked Apple causing chaos amongst the fairies at the bottom of bolta’s own Garden of Eden.

  • 12
    BlueGreen
    Posted February 24, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    And here’s Andrew “proving” the Warmenists wrong again:

    http://andrewboltliesdeceptionsonagw.wordpress.com/2010/02/24/africa-might-actually-love-that-warming-rain/

    Except…he isn’t and hasn’t.

  • 13
    Posted February 24, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    BlueGreen – Have to commend your work on trawling through Bolt’s typing. I do make comments on some of his topics when they relate to my area of technical knowledge (water). He has been quiet on that topic for a while now compared to what he was like 4 or 5 years ago.

  • 14
    Dave55
    Posted February 24, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

    BlueGreen

    I saw that one as well. I tried to post a comment pointing out that he seems to like science when it suits his arguments but not when it doesn’t. I doubt it will get published – I haven’t had one published there for years (I use nice language as well).

    Anyone tried to post a comment to the iPhone App post – it seems stuck at 15 comments (and none are supportive of Andrew).

  • 15
    surlysimon
    Posted February 24, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

    A Bolt soundboard App, like the Get This Soundboard. His Radio and TV apearances could provide a lot of material. Annabel Crabb’s “University of East Bumcrack” would get a gurnsey for sure. You could combine it with the App “la petite dummy” for some real fun.

  • 16
    Brennen
    Posted February 24, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    Well, let’s be fair. Crackpot conspiracy theories aside, nothing thoroughly controlled by Apple is ever going to be all _that_ free of a market.

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    Alan Shore
    Posted February 24, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

    Couchy went:

    I hear that these Apple socialists also offer other apps that feature real live nekkid boobies.

    No they don’t Couchy. In fact, Apple just purged 5000 “overtly adult” apps from the App store.

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    confessions
    Posted February 24, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    Anyone tried to post a comment to the iPhone App post – it seems stuck at 15 comments

    LOL that’s a standard tactic of his: when threads don’t turn out the way you want and sheep opinion is against you, shut down the comments.

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    Bloods05
    Posted February 24, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

    “overtly adult”

    Fabulously stupid euphemism.

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    Sisyphis
    Posted February 24, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    covertly adult sounds more salacious.

    What ASIO chaps do in the broom cupboard during tea breaks?

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    BlueGreen
    Posted February 24, 2010 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

    DBofP, Dave55,

    I decided to start the blog as a bit of an experiment to see just how much of his GW stuff could be scientifically (I have tried to steer away from commentary and political aspects) rebutted. Initally, I started looking at posts from 6 months ago but I found that nearly every single post (and I don’t make that statement lightly or frivolously) could and should be refuted – but I gave up, realising how time-consuming it would be, in order to concentrate on the “real-time” output. Again, I found that nearly every post was inaccurate, misrepresentative or just plain wrong.

    It’s a little project whilst I have time on my hands. If I’m unable to keep it up, it will at least stand as a snapshot of his scientific illiteracy…and other traits.

    Sadly, he has put himself forward and become a focus for the anti-AGW crowd in Oz and so his blog has become a convenient place in which to sort through the sceptic and denial material – which I am keen to see as I believe I’m a true sceptic.

    I think what it (his blog) most and best demonstrates is what happens when a person lets a political position and a tribal focus, dictate and determine how that person perceives and conveys scientific information. Although harsher conclusions could also be reached.

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    EnergyPedant
    Posted February 24, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

    I would suggest the reason there is no anti-warming app for the iTunes is that the main constituency for anti-warming propaganda and the constituency for iTunes don’t overlap at all. Not that many over 60s downloading from iTunes.

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    monkeywrench
    Posted February 24, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

    While we’re on the subject of Bolt and Evil Biased Leftists, he’s having another swipe at Crikey “taking over” The Drum. He uses as evidence a blog by Gavin Atkins which makes the following assertion:
    During January and February, we have been treated to columns on ABC online by Alex Cook, John Hewson, David Horton, Christine Milne, David Shearman, Clive Hamilton (soon to be a set of five articles over five days), Arek Sinanian, Kellie Tranter and Malcolm Turnbull – that’s 13 articles with very similar points of view about global warming.

    Over the same period there have been precisely no articles by anthropogenic global warming skeptics.
    Atkins seems to have acquired Bolt’s taste for cherry-picking his dates, for there have been a number of ( quite silly) anti-AGW rants on The Drum before this. A two-minute search got me this doozie from some angry hoot called Bob Carter published in the month before, called “Kill the IPCC”. Nothing terribly even-handed there then.

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    Sancho
    Posted February 24, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    This is the trouble with those who oppose the notion of AGW, they want others to do all the work for them.

    I’ve noticed that among Right-wing commentators in general, including on forums and Crikey. They’ll claim the earth is a cube, that Beethoven is jazz, and that Hitler was an atheist, then, when challenged to back any of it up with evidence, shout that you haven’t done enough research.

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    surlysimon
    Posted February 24, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    I have added it to my iPhone, so it is ready for the next Luddite I meet

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    confessions
    Posted February 24, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Permalink

    monkeywrench: John Roskam wrote an equally silly anti AGW piece when The Drum first started. Total rubbish it was. And who’d want to read a piece of denialist fluff when you can read a considered and informative article? Stupid denialists, always in denial about reality.

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    nickws
    Posted February 24, 2010 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

    @22 I would suggest the reason there is no anti-warming app for the iTunes is that the main constituency for anti-warming propaganda and the constituency for iTunes don’t overlap at all. Not that many over 60s downloading from iTunes.

    Charlie Denialist Geezers don’t surf (and create content for) the iGeneration’s side of the net.

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    Campbell
    Posted February 24, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

    All I have to say is #LOLBolt.

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    Mr. Peabody
    Posted February 25, 2010 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    Now that Andrew has been made aware that Al Gore is on the Apple board can we now expect to see daily rants about the evils of Apple?

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