Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Woody Guthrie Award

The observant (look right!), and/or well-read, will have already noticed...I was honoured that John Nielsen-Gammon has passed on the Woody Guthrie Award for a Thinking Blogger to me. It's had an illustrious history, passing through the hands of a number of the more thoughtful and interesting climate-related bloggers over the last couple of years. John has the lineage here.

I'm open to suggestions as to who to pass it on to.

11 comments:

Carrick said...

Well deserved! Congratulations!

Martin Vermeer said...

> who[m] to pass it on to.

That would be mt, a blogger thinking to a fault :-)

n-g said...

Sorry, James, I didn't expect pushback. BTW, Joe Romm was one of the bloggers who failed my honesty test.

James Annan said...

Oh, I'm not bothered by a bit of debate. I must admit, on looking through the list of previous recipients, Romm didn't exactly jump to mind for me.

Carrick said...

John I was wondering if you had blogged where you felt Joe Romm had failed your honesty test?

EliRabett said...

A lot of this misunderstanding is a result of the disneyification of Woodie Guthrie. Guthrie grew up in the middle of the worst environmental disaster the US has ever had and was one of the internal refugees that resulted. Woodie and the Okies were not welcome elsewhere

So John, tell Eli who is representing Woodies position better than Joe Romm?

geoffchambers said...

Congratulations on the award, which I’d never heard of. I once got into a dispute on a sceptic blog where I (a middle class Limey lefty) defended Guthrie against a Teaparty-supporting sceptic for whom Woody was just a typical unwashed commy hippy. (Oh well, This Land was His Land, not mine).
On the question of who to pass it on to, may I propose Ben Pile of Climate Resistance? He’s quite anti-fascist, and even anti-proto-fascist. I note that the award announcement reproduces Woody’s famous slogan “this machine kills fascists”. I understand that “kills” is to be understood metaphorically. But what kind of fascists are you opposing here?

James Annan said...

Shit-flinging monkeys, mostly.

n-g said...

Carrick - Joe reprinted a story by Brad Johnson that misquoted me. Brad corrected his story, but Joe neither corrected his reprinted version nor allowed my comment noting the error to go through.

Eli - Woody Guthrie had a story to tell too, but it was real.

EliRabett said...

John, Woodie was a songwriter and an activist who wanted to bring people to protest and fight against injustice. You think he never exaggerated a bit.

Woodie was a lot closer to Joe than the Kool Kidz.

Carrick said...

John:Carrick - Joe reprinted a story by Brad Johnson that misquoted me. Brad corrected his story, but Joe neither corrected his reprinted version nor allowed my comment noting the error to go through.

Actually this sounds spineless as well as dishonest. Personally, I think climate science could do without highlighting that sort of behavior as the exemplar for everybody else to live up to.