Watts disappears a post!

Just for fun!
Tony often makes fun of  sites removing information. So why not turn the tables!

He recently removed this post:

A letter to Justin Gillis of the New York Times on his misleading sea ice story today

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The text I have recovered using search engines is:

TO: Justin Gillis, New York Times 8/27/12 1PM PDT

Mr. Gillis, Reference Story: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/28/science/earth/sea-ice-in-arctic-measured-at-record-low.html

Why do you not mention these two important facts:
1. You say: The amount of sea ice in the Arctic has fallen to the lowest level on record”. That this is a 30 year record of satellite data, not an “all record”. That wrongly misleads your readers.
2. According to NSIDC: That there was a contributory storm that broke up a lot of the Arctic sea ice: Sea ice extent dropped rapidly between  August 4 and August 8. While this drop coincided with an intense storm over the central Arctic Ocean, it is unclear if the storm prompted the rapid ice loss. Why do you ignore such facts?
If that was it all then perhaps one can understand his withdrawal! Also, the english is not so good!

Of course If I were Watts I would also wonder why this blogger has stopped the wayback machine archiving his latest posts (since 2011). This obviously shows he has much to hide!


  1. I fail to see your point. Do you know there are about a half dozen moderators at WUWT? Any one of them could have deleted the comment, even by mistake.

    Also wordpress disappears comments occasionally. I wish Anthony (not "Tony") would change from wordpress, it has far too many problems.

    I see no reason that anyone would "disappear" this particular post. Do you?

  2. No I see no reason other than the embarassingly poor English in the email and the fact that point 2 is not true.
    I also do not see a problem with removing a post if it is wrong.
    It is simply that "Anthony" makes such a big deal when someone else changes/removes a post

  3. It would be difficult to find a more minor nitpick than this.

  4. http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/08/13/bill-mckibben-disappears-his-own-commentary-on-poisonedweather/

    A quick search brings up these

    Perhaps watts needs to stop nitpicking?

  5. thefordprefect,

    Since you were banned from WUWT for threadbombing, it is not surprising that you are expressing your animosity in the only way you can, with nitpicking complaints.

  6. Not so!
    I do not know where you obtained your info but it is incorrect.

    This is my banning by watts:

    [I had accused in general terms, those on the blog as being more interested in money than the future of the world]

    You’ve lumped everyone into your world view and hurled a faux pau of major proportions.

    Possibly true! I should have targetted better.

    So “thefordprefect” whoever the hell you are (just another anonymous coward making unsubstantiated claims)

    No! I sent you a private email with my full name warning about allowing comments that could be considered defamatory by those attacked (the comments could affect their ability to earn, and it would be difficult for you to prove that they truly were trying to defraud). By remaining anonymous as thefordprefect your contributors are welcome to defame me as much as they like! I am unknown!

    This is the address section of the email:
    To: info@surfacestations.org
    Subject: FAO Anthony watts wattsupwiththat - be careful
    From: M. xxxxxxx
    Date: 01 March 2009 14:40:12

    Also most of the statements I have made have been backed up with data. My accusations are in response to insults hurled my and others' way.

    let me make this clear: apologize for your broad generalization as “we don’t care about the planet” or get the hell off my blog.

    This was a general impression I got from some of the responses. It was aimed at them. I had already read of your low energy home.

    I’m not interested in debating the issue, I’m not interested in your excuses. I’m not interested if you are offended. Apologize contritely or leave, those are the terms.

    Do what you will - my appology would only be for not tagetting my comment. There has been no possibility of any enlightening debate from the responses I got (although this last comment seems to have drawn some sensible response).

    I truly hope I (and others) are wrong about AGW. I truly fear that I am not.

    Anthony Watts - ItWorks (*****@itworks.com)
    Sent: Sat 3/14/09 6:20 AM
    To: *******@hotmail.com

    All you have to do is post an apology an move on. It's real easy. I'll even compose a sample for you.

    "I'm sorry that I made a generalization that assumes all posters here don't care about our environment. I will be more careful with my words in the future."

    Or something similar. If you don't wish to you are certainly not obligated, but you won't be posting anymore without such an apology.

    Your previous multi-level reply won't fly. I have no record of any previous email from you, this email address is what you listed in your comment form.

    Anthony Watts

    This is about the last time I was able to post on WUWT under the name thefordprefect.

    This and other wattsisms canbe found here by searching "oh dear"