Note: I will happily admit an error, the Twitter account for Bolt is not from the real Bolt. A parody of Bolt’s views. Thanks to “Fake Andrew Bolt” for correction. Still, thanks for passing my post around view Twitter. I appreciate the additional reading audience. Welcome to anyone who is new to this site. It also means I’ve found a new source of information on the Bolt.
Additional note: Welcome to readers following the link from Andrew Bolt’s blog: http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/so_which_organisation_is_implicated_in_this_dishonesty/
I’m not very familiar with twitter, or the issue of parody/fake accounts and as a consequence assumed it was Andrew Bolt’s account. While embarrassed (red face) not to have immediately recognised it was a “fake” Bolt twitter account I’m happy to leave this post as record of my mistake. Stuff happens, mistakes are made and the best thing to do is admit your errors.
That’s how you learn.
Andrew Bolt throws his favorite slur at me today: apparently this blog is “barbarian nonesense” [sic].
Rather than address the issue of his articles being poorly researched and using studies whose authors are also the editors of the same journal, he decides I’m barbarian.
So addressing the false claims of the denial movement and fighting to preserve the reputation of science makes me a barbarian?
Well, there you go.
It’s called fact checking Andrew, remember that?
Actually, I’m feel proud today. Permit me to digress…
Being called a barbarian is a mark of honour. The last fifty years of research into ancient history have painted a completely different picture of the “barbarians” – the Goths, Alans and Franks. It’s now thought they did much to preserve Roman culture through the Dark Ages.
Rome was saved and preserved by the, ahem, barbarians in the fifth century at the Battle of Chalons. It was a mostly “barbarian” army under the command Flavius Aetius who halted Attila the Hun’s assault on the West.
This combined force of Roman, Alan and Visigoth forces defeated Attila in what is now France, thus preventing him conquering the Western half of the Roman Empire.
Its regarded as one of the most important battles in world history.
Had the “barbarians” lost Chalons, Attila would have swept through most of Europe destroying it’s culture, peoples and infrastructure.
Our cultural heritage would have been that much more poorer. History may have been very different.
I’ll proudly wear the mantle of “barbarian” then, as one he seeks to preserve the culture, science and society that came before me.
Facts, so inconvenient.