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Superstitious Primitives Burned Book That Frightened and Confused Them

In response to Let's all laugh at the superstitious primitives:

John, this story made me think of you. The Mad Mad Mad World of Climatism, a book that purportedly calls out the state of climate studies in higher education, inspired some unseemly behavior in these two San Jose State University professors.

After a screenshot of the image recently made it onto the popular “wattsupwiththat” global warming and climate change website under the headline “San Jose State University Meteorology decides burning books they don’t agree with is better than reading them,” the picture and post were removed from the university’s website.

Anthony Watts, who posted the image on wattsupwiththat, made sure to save screenshots, and rightly noted:

“From the Fahrenheit 451 department comes this indictment of California’s higher education’s “tolerance” for opposing views. When I first got the tip on this, I thought to myself “nobody can be this stupid to photograph themselves doing this” but, here they are, right from the San Jose State University Meteorology Department web page …”

The offending book, with a tagline “climate change is natural, cars are innocent,” was published in August and is heralded by the nonprofit Heartland Institute, which sent the professors a copy of it in April, according to the professors’ cutline under their photo.

Perhaps they were making an offering to the "Angry Sky Gods?"


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