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This gave me a chuckle:

“Today 56 newspapers in 45 countries take the unprecedented step of speaking with one voice through a common editorial,” announces that editorial, produced by London’s Guardian. “We do so because humanity faces a profound emergency. Unless we combine to take decisive action, climate change will ravage our planet” blah blah blah, etc.

To put it another way, this is such a dire emergency that the editorial boards of 55 newspapers (including, in this country, the Miami Herald) cannot be troubled to write a word about it.

Is it really that “unprecedented”? It’s only a few months since 56 newspapers in at least four countries spoke with one voice by copying out the same misquote of me from page one of the New York Times, for which the Times subsequently issued a correction, but only after the Irish Times had done so, blaming it on their gullible reporter copying it out of the New York Times.

Anyway, that’s not the bit that made me chuckle. This was:

The Guardian even solicits “reader leaders” (to go with the extraterritorial editorial–ha ha, what wits), although if you scroll down on the page, you will see that a good many of the submissions have been “removed by a moderator.” That is what scientists call peer review.

Very true.