Not sure how I missed this but Canadian climate change skeptic (read: irresponsible, dishonest hack) Tim Ball is suing a bunch of folks for pointing out what kind of dishonest hack he is.
Don't you need a reputation to have it defamed in the first place?
BONUS SNARK AT NO EXTRA CHARGE: Just for the entertainment value, you should follow up on a more recent piece by Tim Lambert regarding Tim Ball and, in particular, follow the early link to read Ball's actual statement and the hysterically self-destructive defense Ball presents, including the following gem in which Ball takes exception with Dr. Dan Johnson's claim that Ball could not possibly have been a professor at the U of Winnipeg for 28 years, to which Ball responds:
Ball has never had a website, but in any event, he was a professor at the University of Winnipeg from 1988 to the date of his retirement.
Um ... so there! How dare you accuse me of not being a professor for 28 years! I was there since 1988!
You just can't invent people as unspeakably stupid as Tim Ball. I'm sure his membership in the Blogging Tories is imminent.
KICKING SOMEONE WHILE THEY'RE DOWN. Just for the amusement value, it's worth pointing out that, by Ball's own admission, he didn't become a professor at the U of Winnipeg until 1988 and, since he retired in 1996, that makes him a professor for somewhat less than 28 years. Determining the actual value is left as an exercise for the reader.
If the reader is a Blogging Tory, the answer is eight.