“Monckton says he’ll take over the shuttered Pattern Recognition in Physics Journal“ (2014-01-23). Anthony Watts praises an “emotional commentary” in World Nutter Daily by the rabid Lord Monckton, who wants to relaunch the catastrophically failed journal Pattern Recognition in Physics. Remember the denialists who appointed themselves editors and approved each other’s nonsense papers and then got caught red-handed?
Because scientific cranks not being allowed to pretend their rants have passed objective review is proof that “The Age of Reason and Enlightenment is over. The Dark Ages are back.”
From this quote, it sounds like Anthony has realized what side of his bread the butter’s on (that would be the conspiracy theory right-wing lunatic side):
All I can say is that I hope the people that tried to publish in the first PRP journal (now closed) find a friendly home there. It will be interesting to watch it evolve and I wish them all the success they deserve.
HotWhopper has some entertaining observations, such as noting the comments of non-scientist (but pretend journal editor) Roger “Tallbloke” Tattersall:
Roger reckons he’s going to use Christopher’s mighty shoulder to heave the stone of ignorance off the path of knowledge and straighten the road
January 30th update: I can’t believe I didn’t click through to Monckton’s own post! It’s the most awesome example of Monckton in full raging, foaming, comic, flight I’ve seen! Funniest thing I’ve seen in months, and I watch a lot of cute cat videos.
Resentful, thin-skinned PRP editor-in-chief Mörner is apparently a “charming and lively man, with a soul and a wit that are eternal youth personified” while the blind-sided publisher is “formless lump of lard” and “appalling”. Naturally the phrases “Nazi-era book-burning”, “Galileo”, “New Dogma”, ”Communist” and “criminal organization” are also thrown about with vigour. Monckton’s supporters try to reach the same comic heights in their comments, but the bar is just set too high. Good times, good times.