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04/16/2009

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Rob, that's a false equivalence you're aessrting.Here's a sample of the kind of abuse that climate campaingers receive, from Hamilton's article: F**k off!!! Or you will be chased down the street with burning stakes and hung from your f**king neck, until you are dead, dead, dead! F**k you little pieces of sh*t, show youselves in public!!! Your mother was a goat f**ker!!!!!! Your father was a turd!!!!!!! You will be one of the first taken out in the revolution!!!!!!!! Your head will be on a stake!! C**t! If you think that calling somone a denialist is equivalent to the screed above, well, we'll have to agree to disagree. Go cry, emo kid.Besides, denialist is not a term of abuse. It's an accurate descriptive label.Here's how it works:If you are unaware of something, you are ignorant (no shame in that).If something has been explained to you, but you ignore it, you are wilfully ignorant.If, after ignoring previous explanations, you continue to propound the same discredited arguments in support of your view, you are a denialist.We are all entitled to our opinions Rob, but we are not entitled to our own facts. Denialist is a perfectly valid label for a person who behaves in the manner described by the above declension.

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