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  •  Talking Points MUST be rewritten. (7+ / 0-)

    We all MUST write K.I.S.S. talking points.

    I can't do it now. My first thought goes like this, however:

    Scientists deal in facts while businessmen deal in spin.

    When scientists are proven wrong, they correct themselves. When businessmen are proved wrong, (they kill the messenger)(break the competitor's kneecaps)(you fill in the blank).............

    I say this as someone who has worked in both science and Wall Street and PR.

    • Talking points should convey one – or at the most two – key messages.
    Keep the targeted audience in mind. If you want the media or politicians to catch on you must keep it very much to the point. Short. Further details can follow, but you need to make the basic points crystal clear.

    As someone trained in the exquisite art of obfuscation and misdirection, I'm not the best wordsmith.

    Maybe some of you can also put it in rhyme, to make it much more memorable?


    Uelmen came up with and Cochran repeated a quip he had used several times in relation to other points in his closing arguments, "If it doesn't fit, you must acquit" often misquoted as "If the glove don't fit, you must acquit."

    Media Reform Action Link

    by LNK on Wed Nov 25, 2009 at 03:43:28 PM PST

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    •  Yup Too much info and people turn off (7+ / 0-)

      We are very info based, we always want the whole story. The media and people who want to use this as a tool against us deal in too little info and it makes them very effective.

      It's something I was complaining about in another comment, how does a single word like "dithering", become a repeated talking point? That's some dark side juju there. We aren't good at it and we need to get on it quick.

      "Take it back, take it back. Oh no you can't say that. All of my friends are not dead or in jail." John Prine

      by high uintas on Wed Nov 25, 2009 at 03:50:44 PM PST

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      •  CEI sues Real Climate for blog moderation (10+ / 0-)

        Competitive Enterprise Institute which received millions of Exxon's dollars is suing the scientist blog moderator of Real Climate.

        Climate scientists are now being subjected to bogus Republican legal harassment.

        Kudos to Tim Lambert at Science Blogs.

        Gavin Schmidt has done a wonderful job at RealClimate patiently explaining the context of the stolen emails. He's made it perfectly clear that the claims of scientific malpractice are without foundation. He must be doing a really good job, because the Competitive Enterprise Institute intends to sue him.

           [CEI seeks documents] relating to the content, importance, or propriety of workday-hour posts or entries by GISS/NASA employee Gavin A. Schmidt on the weblog or "blog" RealClimate, which is owned by the advocacy Environmental Media Services and was started as an effort to defend the debunked "Hockey Stick" that is so central to the CRU files. is implicated in the leaked files and expressly offered as a tool to be used "in any way you think would be helpful" to a certain advocacy campaign, including an assertion of Schmidt's active involvement in, e.g., delaying and/or screening out unhelpful input by "skeptics" attempting to comment on claims made on the website.

        look for my DK Greenroots diary series Wednesday evening. "It's the planet, stupid."

        by FishOutofWater on Wed Nov 25, 2009 at 04:50:01 PM PST

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      •  Anybody Think Sarah Palin Would Read This Diary? (1+ / 0-)
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        Sarah said she reads just everything.

        I don't think she reads diaries like this.

        Even Sarah's running mate John McCain is not likely to read such a diary though he says he believes in climate change.  

        Climate scientists are their own worst enemies.

        They depend on unschooled dunces to misinterpret and offer bad prescriptions.  I am looking at you, Al Gore and Michael Pollan.

        The data is unexceptional and unequivocal.

        The frightening thing is the path to salvation is as strewed with broken glass and false premises as the one to the Promised Land.

        We need an Alan Grayson to do for climaticide what Grayson does for economics.

        You know - someone who can talk Sarah's language and yet knows what he is talking about.

        Best,  Terry

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