Nafeez Ahmed starts deleting tweets

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Nafeez Ahmed, the Guardian blogger who published the “exclusive” story that NASA funded a study showing that civilization might collapse, continues to behave in the most shoddy of manner.

As I pointed out last week, after I linked to a piece he wrote full of 9/11 conspiracy theories he simply deleted the piece from his website.

He has now started to do the same thing with his tweets so that he can dodge the claim he ever implied this study was by NASA. Either that or the tweet where he advertised his piece with the sentence “NASA study warns ‘perfect storm’ of global crises could lead to ‘irreversible collapse’ of modern civilisation” was made up by me in blog posts here and here. The link to this tweet however is now dead. A curious thing.

Perhaps one of my readers can confirm if I was simply making this stuff up, or if Mr. Ahmed has being going around deleting inconvenient tweets?

Update: Warren Peace in the comments points to the Google cache of Ahmed’s tweet. I have taken a screen shot. So, I can now rest easy in the knowledge that I am not making things up, and that Mr. Ahmed goes around deleting things to cover his tracks.



13 thoughts on “Nafeez Ahmed starts deleting tweets

      Robert Wilson said:
      March 24, 2014 at 10:34 am

      Excellent. I’ve now updated the post. Incredible how this guy thinks he can act like a third rate con artist and get away with it.


    Donough Shanahan said:
    March 24, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    There are a couple of juicy tweets from NA. Here are three

    “sure I get that – was told Nasa partially funded study. I shorthanded it. I never said that Nasa was saying anything”

    Mmmh. I would hardly list partial funders in a headline.

    “didn’t intend imply nasa endorsement, never said this -assumed (naively) readers wud assume agency funding diff from “NASA said”

    Ditto and reading his articles definitely implies NASA endorsement.

    But my favorite

    @kejames for sure, I saw Nasa's funding as big boost to credibility of study, plus great news hook – but didn't expect it to go so wild— Nafeez Ahmed (@NafeezAhmed) March 23, 2014

    So I used to work for ECN, one of the largest researchers centers dedicated to energy in Europe. This would automatically give some credibility to my papers? No. The content of the papers is what is important.


      Donough Shanahan said:
      March 24, 2014 at 2:22 pm

      I just posted the above and a link to the tweet NA deleted and my post on the guardian gets deleted. That is the first time on the Guardian website that has happened. So much for comment is free.


        Dan Olner (@DanOlner) said:
        March 24, 2014 at 2:32 pm

        Donough, that’s not good! Did you say anything else in the comment that might have set off moderation?


        Robert Wilson said:
        March 24, 2014 at 2:35 pm

        Well, I pointed out that Ahmed implied Keith Kloor was a closet climate change denier in the first version of the post. He removed the smear. And I asked that he apologise as well. My comment was deleted. I don’t think there is an argument that I broke the FAQ, so removing it was unjustified.


        Donough Shanahan said:
        March 24, 2014 at 3:20 pm

        Dan Olner

        No. I simply posted the above though replaced ‘juicy’ with ‘interesting’ instead. I also did not add ‘But my favorite’. I do not believe that this is a personal attack. I have ~ 1.3K posts on the guardian cif over 5 years system and this is a first.


    Dan Olner (@DanOlner) said:
    March 24, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Are you sure he deleted it? It’s just that other tweets remain up containing the same “NASA study says” text, I’m puzzled why he’d delete one of them. Might be worth asking him – “third rate con artist” is a little strong language without being sure, isn’t it?


      Robert Wilson said:
      March 24, 2014 at 2:05 pm

      Yes, he deleted it and has refused to deny it on Twitter. He wants to go down the route of claiming he was simply tweeting how other media outlets described it.

      And I think “third rate con artist” is mild for someone who claims the US government had a hand in September 11th and then deletes his ravings from his website hoping no-one will notice.


    Rouget said:
    March 24, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    His peak oil news are also rigged with wrong information.

    Apocalypse porn.


    J. M. Korhonen said:
    March 25, 2014 at 11:20 am


    as a PhD student you might be interested in this recent study. In it, a researcher who used to work at CERN* uses equations and a computer model to prove that historical civilizations collapsed because of insufficient support for PhD students.

    Given the rather unequivocal evidence that no collapsed civilization had any PhD student support program in place, I find the explanation quite plausible.

    Really did! For one summer in 2006.


    Donough Shanahan said:
    March 27, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    Loath to go to his site but NA ‘reflects’ on what has happened.

    “Once again rather than engaging with the issues raised in the paper, Kloor wrote” and claims of his ‘research’ being ‘hijacked’. Pitiful.


      Robert Wilson said:
      March 27, 2014 at 3:15 pm

      It’s a very muddled piece of thinking, if thinking is the appropriate word. He attacks me for not understanding modelling while demonstrating that his understanding goes as far as being able to quote other people.

      I’m just ignoring it from now on, even though he is attacking me. If he actually responded to any of the substance of the critiques directed at his “journalism” or the research itself, then it might be worth replying to. But he has not. He is just hoisting himself on his own petard. I will leave him to it.


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