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Saturday, January 30, 2016

The Truth about What'sUpWithThatWatts, et al.


"Your resident dummy reviewer... [referring to himself]"
- Peter Miesler, Skeptical Science Forums

Peter Miesler ("Pete the Carpenter") is a brain-dead stoner / framing carpenter with a high school diploma who likes to spam emotional and unsubstantiated nonsense around the Internet under the username 'citizenschallenge'.

Pete was born in Münster, Germany on July 1, 1955, moved to Burlingame, California in 1968, graduated from Burlingame high school in 1973, had a "spiritual re-birth" at Yosemite National Park in 1974 and moved to Colorado in 1979 where he spent two decades honing his "scientific" knowledge working at restaurants before moving to the scientific big leagues as a day laborer, yet wound up filing for divorce in 2012.

When Pete is not contributing to deforestation, he spews a horrendously formatted troll blog named "What'sUpWithThatWatts, et al." that was originally created to stalk and harass skeptical meteorologist Anthony Watts but is now used to smear anyone who disagrees with his alarmist ideology. Pete's scientific "credentials" include learning about global warming in a 1970's high school science class and being a registered Democrat.

Unfortunately, Pete's limited education and intellect prevents him from being able to defend the lies, misinformation and strawman arguments he spams on his blog. His debating skills amount to copying and pasting results from amateur Google searches without reading them, fabricating conspiratorial delusions that support his emotional positions and then censoring fact-based comments that refute all of the nonsense he spams.

Pete is incapable of debating anyone where they can actually reply without being censored or having their comments hacked up and edited. When he does respond it often includes incoherent gibberish, which is a telltale sign of marijuana induced brain damage, making any such interaction futile.

While others alarmists try and smear skeptics as "Holocaust deniers", ironically Pete's late father Dieter Werner Miesler actually fought for the Nazis - something cartoonist John Cook at Skeptical Science can only dream of.

Blogs:

Citizen's Challenge
What'sUpWithThatWatts, et al.
Friends of Wolf Creek
NO Village at Wolf Creek

Further Reading:

Clarifying Peter Miesler’s (aka CitizenChallenged) Dishonest Internet Sniping: Emperor Penguins
Peter Miesler Helps Expose USHCN Homogenization Insanity and Antarctic Illusions
How What'sUpWithThatWatts Argues Against Global-Warming Skeptics

Friday, April 10, 2015

Correcting History: Dyson and Einstein

World-renowned mathematical physicist Freeman Dyson recently did an interview with The Vancouver Sun regarding his views on climate change. After this interview appeared on various skeptic websites, a highly suspicious story began showing up in the comment sections regarding his interaction with Einstein at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.
"I found this story about Dyson online earlier. When Dyson came to Princeton in 1947 he was dying to meet Einstein, so he went to Einstein's secretary, Helen Dukas, to make an appointment. In order to have something relevant to discuss, he got copies of Einstein's papers on unified field theory. Reading them that evening, Dyson decided the papers were crap. He couldn't face the great Einstein and tell him his papers were junk, so he said he cancelled the meeting and spent the next eight years avoiding Einstein."
I initially believed this story to be completely unsubstantiated but surprisingly it appears to have originated in a 2007 book, The Trouble With Physics: The Rise of String Theory, The Fall of a Science, and What Comes Next by theoretical physicist Lee Smolin. Being unable to find anything else to substantiate this story and instead only finding contradictory evidence, I decided to contact Dyson himself. As I initially suspected this story is completely false.
"This story is a flat lie. Nothing like it ever happened. I never asked for an appointment with Einstein, never cancelled any appointment, and never avoided him. Whoever invented the story should be ashamed of himself."
- Freeman Dyson (Source: Email Correspondence)
I later notified Professor Dyson of the source and he was grateful to know who originated this myth.