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The World Wildlife Fund thinks its corporate logo should be plastered on children’s flesh.

For 30 years I’ve held strong views about involving, using, or targeting children in political campaigns. I think it’s unconscionable.

Whether the issue is nuclear disarmament, labour practices in developing countries, or the environment, these matters are complicated. Nuances and tradeoffs are not things children fully understand. A 10-year-old lacks a bedrock of experience, has had no opportunity to develop an independent opinion, and has made none of the painful mistakes that bring wisdom.

Many jurisdictions frown on advertising that targets children. Presumably that’s because we recognize that children have fewer intellectual and psychological defenses. Perhaps it’s also because we regard childhood as a fleeting time of innocence and wonder.

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF), however, thinks children are walking billboards. It thinks its corporate logo should be plastered on their flesh.

According to a press…

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  1. Peter Kovachev says:

    Congratulations on your blog, Kim; it’s really coming along nicely. I really like the mix of articles you’re selecting and I put up a convenient desktop icon to this place. I’ll be setting up my just-turned-11 daughter with her own email this Sunday and I’ll email her the link to your blog; she is becoming interested in the issue and this is a good article for her to start with …and maybe do up a current issues report on it.

    I commented on your comment at WUWT, the one on your fun with RC, in case you missed it in the avalanche there. All the best!

  2. kim2ooo says:

    Peter Kovachev says:
    May 3, 2012 at 11:13 pm (Edit)

    Thank you! 🙂
    I use this blog as kind of a scrapbook.
    One of the hardest things, as a climate researcher, is being able to find references of support to use when I challenge unsupportable claims made by others. This blog allows me to find those references a bit easier, instead of trying to wade through thousands of articles listed in search engines – to “re-find” an article.

    So, when I’m debating, against unsupported claims, I attempt a “search” here, first…AND then post the entire ORIGINAL article linked, from my “reblogs” here.

    I have learned, not to attack the “faith based” belief in CAGW – AGW ….BUT the “unsupportable claims” made…..OR logic fallacies used by defenders of CAGW – AGW. To be able to do so, without falling into the same logic fallacies or unsupportable claims, I need these references.

    The WordPress “reblog” fixture helps. The “editor” fixture here, is a java script console and heavy on PHP / HTML language…soooooooo..I depend on other WordPress sites, such as WUWT, Junk Science, etc for content – And those sites link to the ORIGINAL source.. I’m not allowed to Tweet etc.

    I’m trying to learn “TAGS” here, to help my on-site ‘searches’ .

    Sit deep…enjoy AND don’t feel that you can’t correct a view expressed here. 🙂

  3. miked1947 says:

    Hello Kim2000:
    I have read a few of your posts at other locations and want to welcome you to the wonderful world of realism.
    These days I limit my comments to either Sutys or Real Science.
    Word press forced me to change my name as Mike Davis was not unique. I also wanted to show off my pet.
    Climatologists will get it right when Pigs can fly. I want to provide a reminder of that by showing a flying pig.
    Best wishes in your search.
    If I can help in any way stop by Sutys and ask.

  4. miked1947 says:

    BTW:
    WWF has been about the money since they started, it has always been a money making gimmick. But they are not alone as environmental issues have been a large source of funding for many shady groups. Fear sells.

  5. kim2ooo says:

    miked1947 says:
    May 4, 2012 at 11:55 pm (Edit)

    Hiyas 🙂
    Thank you!
    I go to those sites too. Mr Goddard has a lot of climate history stuff.

    Love your pet! 🙂

  6. Peter Kovachev says:

    LOL! That’s brialliant, Kim; making your own searchable database out of a blog engine. Wish I could advise you on some of the technical stuff, but I’m out of the loop and you seem to know quite a bit more than I. I’m planning to re-post my art website, built in static html in DreamWeaver, but I’m sick of catching up to the new versions and may try using one of these blog engines as a portfolio site, as I’ve seen a few people do.

    A friend’s son, who’s 13, is getting sick and tired of the pro-warmist stuff in his textbooks and in-class eco-plugging, so I sent him the links to WUWT and your blog. Don’t be surprised if one day a gang of young skeptic “rebels” begin appearing here; many kids seem to be getting miffed at having their heads stuffed with eco-nuttery at school and are looking for new information. Perhaps one day you can begin writing-up brief explanatory summaries here for young people as a part of a project.

    Regarding Twitter, I’d say hold off as long as you can…many of us are avoiding the social media craze totally. I’ve been dreading the day our daughter will “demand” such things, but just last week she surprised me when she asked us not to get her a device or a Twitter account, even if she temporarily gives in to the weakness and the growing pressure from her peers. Apparently, it’s mostly low-brow gossip, bullying and many wasted hours. I’ve been around since the early days of home computers (Mac Plus with a 20[sic.!] MB hard drive) and was one of the first Web designers, but the social media does not appeal at all to me as it feels invasive and stressful with its implied pressure to respond to every hum-drum inanity. Computers and the Internet are wild enough, but this virtual connectedness and faux socializing is a very different animal from anything humankind has dealt with and I wonder what it will do to people behaviourally and socially a few years down the road not the technology itself, but the speed and the spread of the impact. I know this sounds a bit on the paranoid Luddite side, but while progress is to be welcomed, history is littered with victims of sudden or too-rapid advances in technology and it’s better to let others experiment on themselves if they are so inclined.

    Anyhow, enough of pontificating from me. You have a splendit project going here and you can count on me to wade into a debate from time to time. As you might have noticed at WUWT, I have been known to have an opinion or two on this and that.

  7. kim2ooo says:

    Peter Kovachev says:
    May 8, 2012 at 8:55 pm (Edit)

    Hiyas 🙂
    When you do your art webpages – I’ll do a link here, if you don’t mind.

    “A friend’s son, who’s 13, is getting sick and tired of the pro-warmist stuff in his textbooks and in-class eco-plugging, so I sent him the links to WUWT and your blog. Don’t be surprised if one day a gang of young skeptic “rebels” begin appearing here; many kids seem to be getting miffed at having their heads stuffed with eco-nuttery at school and are looking for new information. ”

    They will be welcomed here. Maybe, you could help moderate?
    I have a lot of PDFs and links to share. Two of the best are on the sidebar here “Senate on CRU” And “Senate on IPCC and EPA”.

    I’m allowed a Facebook but only to get / download PDF’s from like Scribs. I get a lot of friend requests but I only approved one. I never post to it or anything.

    My “social network” is in person, with people I know…. BUT I debate at sites I trust. 🙂

    What do you think about the braking UEA stuff?

  8. Peter Kovachev says:

    Hi Kim,

    Soeey for the hiaitus; I lost this page for a while and just saw your post. Thanks for the offer! I’m swamped with getting some publishing stuff squared away. My site’s down and I haven’t renewed because I just haven’t had time to update it since 2008. It’s a dtatic html site I built in DreamWeaver from scratch, something appaently few do nowadays. I got a Facebook somewhere because I keep on getting email notifications like swarms of pests and one day I;ll have to get off my duff and shut it off….or just drop that email account. The thing’s an intrusive disease, as far as Im concerned, even if it has a lot of useful features. Still, when I ask people what they do on Facebook, the sum-total of their answers is: Gossip. We get from microliths to gee-gaws indistinguishable from magic and all we do with them is gossip.

    Anyway, my wife was checking out the NASA site after I told her about the astronauts letter and she sent me this link on climate in their kid’s section: http://climate.nasa.gov/kids/bigQuestions/whatDoesGCCmean/#bg9

    If I manage to bring some kids over, my friend’s son can moderate too. He’s a responsible chap and he is chomping at the bit to join us security volunteers at our synagogue. Rest of them know not not to cross me if they ever want access to the pop (or soda, as you folks call it) supply in the social hall fridge!

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