2011-01-30 06:06:30Spreading the Word: Monckton Myth Series
John Hartz
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I do believe that the Monckton Myth series would make for an excellent serial post on the USA's Huffington Post. As you know, Peter Gleick periodically posts op-eds debunking the Anti-AGW (Theory) Spin Machine and the Monckton Myth series would be of that genre. Peter could advise you on how best to approach the Huffington Post. 

 

Another benefit of posting on The Huffington post is that the articles get picked-up and reposted on other USA environmental sites such as Grist and on other USA progressive sites such as Common Dreams and Alternet.

 

I suspect that the readership of Huffington Post articles is a lot higher and more diverse than the respective readership of the other sites I mentioned.

 

BTW, all of the sites I have mentioned in the above note generate free daily e-bulletins about what's new for the day on their respective sites.

2011-01-30 06:42:09John's on it
dana1981
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John contacted Peter Gleick already about how we could get the Monckton Myths summary post in the HuffPost.  Might have looked into it a little too late for the effort to be successful though.
2011-01-30 07:08:26A few days ago, I emailed Peter re this
John Cook

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I really should've asked him weeks ago - my thoughts on marketing are always too late and to ad hoc. But better late than never. Peter told me he was actually approached by Huff Post. But he asked me to supply a one paragraph bio where I had to make myself sound like an indispensable addition to the Huff post stable and he passed it onto the powers that be.

I also contacted a contact I have at Treehugger who have huge traffic.

2011-01-30 08:47:45sKs needs...
John Hartz
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a Communications Director (or directors) who can work exclusively with online media in getting the word out.

I don't know if John has a budget and could hire someone. If not, we should all pitch in a see if we can't find some volunteers -- preferrably someone from each of the major countries or regions of the world.

Having created the SkS Powerhouse and fostered its growth, John Cook can no longer be chief cook and bottlewasher all wraped into one. 

JC: You may also want to hire a personal agent to book your appearances on late night TV talk shows and early morning news shows.     

2011-01-30 09:06:28
nealjking

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It's probably not a bad idea to have someone who's focused on increasing the footprint, specifically for online media. I would think we should be able to find someone good at that.
2011-01-30 13:35:46SkS budget
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I'm sorry to say Skeptical Science has a budget going into the negatives. I get the occasional paypal donation but the sheer amount of time I spend on SkS means its coming at significant financial cost (being self-employed means every hour spent not doing paid work is lost income). Don't get me wrong - it's a sacrifice I'm very willing to make. I would hate in my old age when my child asks "why didn't you act?" for the answer to be "it would've cost me". Doing this is a no-brainer.

If we were batting for the other side, we would probably be swimming in fossil fuel money right now. But rather than complain about the injustice of it all, I see the glass half full. We have thousands and thousands of scientists on our side (not to mention the full body of evidence) and much passion and energy to be harnessed. In 2010, we made huge strides towards a community based, crowd sourced effort - think of how far SkS has come over just a few months since beginning the forum. So if we don't have cash to fuel our efforts, we just have to create web 2.0 systems that harness passion and enthusiasm.

So I would like in 2011 to take this further - create structures that encourage crowd sourcing, take advantage of social media functionality, build the community, etc. Probably the backbone of this will be the Rapid Response Network. The forum as it is creates an environment where interaction and collaboration is possible. But the RRN will give the community focus and direction. Note how more productive this group becomes when we have a specific project like churning out basic rebuttals or creating the Monckton Myths.

Another area of development is building specialised areas. People skilled in media, marketing, web programming, etc. If we could get a few PHP/MySQL programmers, all the programming needs would no longer be bottlenecked through me.

So I think we're going to have to create an "Invite New Members" type feature to the forum so it's not just me who allows outsiders to join our forum. It needs to be carefully done to reduce the risk of infiltration by deniers. But the rewards far outweigh the risks. When the dust settles on Monckton Myths, I'll bring the Invitation feature up for discussion.

2011-01-30 13:53:49John Cook & George Soros
John Hartz
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John Cook:

Nicely said.

Thanks for all that you do.

BTW, the Climate Denial machine believes that you are on the payroll of Goerge Soros.

2011-01-30 14:52:05Getting help with the media
malamuddy

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Perhaps SkS could approach Peter Hadfield for help with media issues. Peter posts in You tube as potholer54. His mini videos on AGW are brilliant. He has had a full and stellar career as a journalist so would have the contacts and expertise SkS would need. He now seems to be retired. Retirees worried about the future for their grandchildren could be a rich resource of diverse skills for spreading the message. They would complement the brilliance of the young people on this site who know so much and who have all my admiration.
2011-01-30 16:10:50On the payroll of George Soros
John Cook

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That's a new one, where do they say that? And do they mean me, John Cook or the Republican John Cook (or maybe even the scientologist John Cook :-)

I'll have a look at Peter Hadfield's work. Does anyone know him?

2011-01-30 21:53:34
Paul D

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I'm not sure that I want to commit myself to volunteering my skills (I'm already committed to two local environmental/conservation efforts/groups, plus I was made redundant last year, so am trying to find work), but I have been teaching PHP/MySQl for about 5 years up until last year.

I thought this site used Joomla, but having had a look at the html/css it looks custom made??

I could possibly help out with the site, it could help keeping my skills going.

I have used Wordpress and Joomla CMS systems, modifying the javascript, php, html, css etc.
I have PHP, MySQL, Apache and PHPmyadmin installed on my Mac for develping/designing sites. I also have Dreamweaver 4, Flash 4 and Fireworks 4 installed. I was a software engineer for about 12 years or so.

Feel free to contact me John if you want to discuss possible help.

2011-01-31 00:00:01
nealjking

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John:

- I appreciate the point regarding budget: But maybe we can find a volunteer who has good instincts for online-media outreach. Marketing should not be ad hoc.

- I DO NOT like the idea about spreading out the "Invite new member" function: I think that should remain centralized, to preclude potential intrusions. It would be better, I think, to allow a Nomination process that would enable participants to forward likely names to you, along with a little supporting rationale & documentation (= exemplary links). I believe in being open -- but not in being naive. We're not necessarily fighting with gentlemen: Look at Climategate. "Moles" are a distinct possibility.

- and maybe you should give George Soros a call (;-)...

 

The Ville: It might be a great contribution if you could take on focused enhancement projects from time to time.

2011-01-31 01:33:27Joe Romm
John Hartz
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John Cook:

I susepect Joe Romm knows some people who might be willing to help out on a variety of fronts. You should sound him out.

Speaking of Joe Romm, I believe that your "guest hosting" of his blog is why many climate deniers believe that you are on the payroll of Geroge Soros. Anytime I have mentioned Joe Romm in a comment post, the climate deniers have  immeditaely decried him as a George Soros lackey.

For those of you not aware, Goerge Soros contributes to John Poedesta's Center for American Progress. Romm's blog is part of that organizaion.

In the US, Goerge Soros is Public Enemy #1 in the eyes of right wing-nut movement.   

2011-02-05 05:14:44Grist, Common Dreams, & Alternet
John Hartz
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John Cook:

I'll bet you a dollar and a donut that websites listed below will post an article about the Monckton Myths series if you were to submit it to them. 

Grtist http://www.grist.org/

Common Dreams: http://www.commondreams.org/

AlterNet:  http://www.alternet.org/