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Climate Nazi Richard Glover Teachers Stupid Americans About Irony

by | 11th, June 2011

WHEN Richard Glover suggested that climate-change deniers be forcibly tattooed, he hit upon a great idea.

Surely it’s time for climate-change deniers to have their opinions forcibly tattooed on their bodies. Not necessarily on the forehead; I’m a reasonable man. Just something along their arm or across their chest…

Again. Great idea.

On second thoughts, maybe the tattooing along the arm is a bit Nazi-creepy. So how about they are forced to buy property on low-lying islands, the sort of property that will become worthless with a few more centimetres of ocean rise, so they are bankrupted by their own bloody-mindedness?

Again and again, his ideas are terrific. Because you do not agree with him you should be punished.

But then the nasties get wind of his plan to tattoo people who do not believe in the things he believe in. No-one thought to tell Glover that if you publish words on the internet, people who once had their arms forcibly tattooed for not believing the same as the experts might think you’re a bigoted Nazi.

Says Glover:

After 25 years writing this column, I’ve had my first experience of an internet hate campaign.

You read your own words on the web?

So far, more than 2400 people, nearly all American, have emailed me. More emails come every time I hit the send/receive button. About 5 per cent contain threats of violence. Even stranger, quite a few threaten me with sexual violence. They say, in various forms, that they want to rape me.

Whereas a top bloke like Glover only wants to tattoo you, watch you drown and grind you and your family into poverty..?

Glover’s words went global.

Suddenly I was the toast of town: about 300,000 people read the piece on smh.com.au between Sunday night and Tuesday morning. I had more readers than anyone else in the Herald. Only problem was: many of them wanted to kill me.

Poison gas? A hoe to the head? A beheading?

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