Ultimate irony: Snowstorm squelches “screaming” climate change protest

And yet…it was claimed to be a “success”. Note to organizers: the media is laughing at you.

Snowstorm squelches climate change protest

By Judy Fahys, The Salt Lake Tribune Updated: 12/30/2009 06:36:58 PM MST

From KSL-TV - click for video and full report

A downtown [Salt Lake City] protest of the climate change talks in Copenhagen became a victim of Wednesday’s snowstorm.

“Not many people showed up because of the blizzard conditions,” said organizer Clea Major, an international studies student at the University of Utah.

It didn’t take long for the six friends to pack up a bullhorn and posters they’d planned to use for their “scream-in,” an outlet for their frustration about the failure of the Copenhagen climate talks earlier this month to curb the pollution blamed for climate change.

Still, they chatted with a few passers-by during the commuter-hour protest near the Gateway, and explained that, blizzard aside, climate change is expected to bring chaos to the global climate, said Major.

She called Wednesday evening’s effort a success and possibly the first in a series. As for the snow, it’s not entirely new; a protest she attended last year in Washington, D.C., suffered a similar fate.

“There is always the irony element,” Major said.

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Here’s the original announcement from KCPW in Salt Lake:

Protesters Scream for Climate Change

12.30.2009 by Elizabeth Ziegler

(KCPW News) Climate change activists will stage a “scream-in” today at the Gateway Mall in downtown Salt Lake City to vent their frustrations about the Copenhagen Accord adopted by global leaders two weeks ago. University of Utah student Cléa Major says the demonstration is intended to call attention to the fact that the accord doesn’t require countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“Basically we want your average shopper to go home tonight after work and say, ‘Man, you know, I was returning my Christmas gift and there were these people screaming on the sidewalk, you know, what’s that all about?’” Major says. “We wanted to make an impression on people and we wanted to maybe put it in a location where it wasn’t necessarily expected to get people out of the post-Christmas haze to just sort of listen.”

Major sees the Copenhagen Accord as a failure, akin to the cap and trade legislation, The American Clean Energy and Security Act, that activists had hoped would set the tone in Copenhagen. The bill has stalled in the Senate after garnering a narrow margin of support in the House of Representatives this summer. All three of Utah’s Congressmen voted against it.

Major says the scream-in will be cathartic for those participating, who see the Copenhagen Accord as a missed opportunity to reverse climate change.

“We just all felt so helpless, we felt betrayed by this,” Major says. “We felt helpless and we felt furious because it was like we had just been looking to this to be the big thing that could turn it around or at least be a major jumping off point. And it just kind of stalled and failed and now there’s kind of this feeling of we don’t really know where to go next.”

The scream-in takes place at 5:30 p.m. on the northwest corner of 400 West and 200 South at the Gateway Mall.



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212 thoughts on “Ultimate irony: Snowstorm squelches “screaming” climate change protest

  1. The Gore Effect is the one aspect of climate (or is it weather?) that can be predicted with almost 100% accuracy!

    ;))

  2. Poor deluded young idiots.
    Perhaps reality will eventually bite when they actually have to support themselves.

  3. Is it mean-spirited of me to chuckle?

    I just wish Ms. Major would take a moment to do some primary research. She’s supposed to be at an institution of higher learning, after all.

    Learn more, “scream in” less.

    Mark

  4. “Basically we want your average shopper to go home tonight after work and say, ‘Man, you know, I was returning my Christmas gift and there were these people screaming on the sidewalk, you know, what’s that all about?’”

    Uh, yeah… you’re freaking crazy!!!

  5. When strangers scream at me, my first thought will not be “what’s that all about?” My first thought will be “Now where did I put that firehose?”.

    Poor babies, they’re furious.

  6. WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
    It was a wopper of a snow storm too.
    I’m a student at the UofU, too bad they cannot find some better to protest about
    like Nuclear waste from Italy being stored in Utah. I guess when the Ice Age comes the UofU climate protesters will be frozen and Italian Nuclear waste will provide a warming glow across utah.

  7. 6 people?!? A success?!? And it gets coverage from the MSM in the area!? It is to laugh.

    In contrast, a “Tea Party” with hundreds of protesters gets ignored, even though it was probably more impactful and resonated better with the general populace. And many Tea Parties involved people standing around in inclement weather.

  8. I’m waiting for an ‘Anti-Global Warming Protestors Treated For Hypothermia’ headline. But until then, Happy New Year all!

  9. Had I known I’m sure I could have rounded up at least a dozen counter-protesters. I know several people in my neighborhood who would gladly have gone with me.

    We could have sung “Hide the Decline” to the warmists. I’m bummed!

  10. They felt betrayed because the world didn’t give them what they want? Maybe they could ask themselves why the world disagreed with them.

    But yeah, “climate chaos” is the new buzz phrase.

  11. “‘Man, you know, I was returning my Christmas gift and there were these people screaming on the sidewalk, you know, what’s that all about?’” “Not many people showed up because of the blizzard conditions,” said organizer Clea Major, an international studies student at the University of Utah.

    Somehow, I knew she wasn’t an engineering major.

  12. “now there’s kind of this feeling of we don’t really know where to go next.”

    I can think of a few places…..

    A Happy New Year to Anthony and all his helpers.

  13. Presumably the real issue here is that they feel their parents just didn’t lavish them with enough attention as they were growing up but I can’t help feeling that if their political arguments cannot be put forward in a more constructive way than standing on street corners literally screaming at people then it is maybe time for them to find a new hobby.

  14. The one thing that seems to be unaddressed by all this so far is that no one seems to notice the scale of what is proposed:

    If we universally accept that the industrial activity over the last 110 years has increased the global temperature by 1.5C and we then set a goal to limit any future increase, wouldn’t it be reasonable to think it would require the same amount of energy to apply the brakes?

    Or is it as simple as breaking a fat dog’s plate?

  15. White is black and black is white to a catastrophic global alarmist. Negative feedback becomes positive and good becomes bad. I must read Alice in Wonderland again. I suggest Clea have a nice warm cup of coco to calm down and take a nap. In the morning she could vent her frustrations by volunteering in a homeless shelter and actually helping someone instead of wasting her breath trying to save something that neither is in danger nor can be saved by her.

  16. Should have rented an ice cream truck. Get it? Ice…cream…i…scream…oh never mind.

    Of course, there would be a certain irony to that too. ;)

  17. What constitutes a “success” to Ms. Majors must have as wide an error bar as the climate modelers for whom all weather, warm or cool, seems to be “consistent with the models”.

  18. “Note to organizers: the media is laughing at you.”

    Well, if the media you’re talking about is the Limbaugh, Hannity, et al., crowd, then I’d agree. Otherwise, not so much.

    “Major says the scream-in will be cathartic for those participating…”

    So the scream-in is for the protestors, not the the benefit of any possible converts? Good luck getting THAT to go viral.

  19. Clea Major, International Studies student. Lots of math and science there. Know why Clea Major is in International Studies? I’ll put it in terms he/she can understand. Cause math is like hard and stuff, and I’m like, not good at that, cause I’m like stupid and stuff just like everyone else studying like countries and stuff.

  20. Man – idiots are truly a force of nature; of course, ‘international studies’ is the modern-day version of basket weaving.

  21. Scream your heads off at the FRAUD you and your lunatic friends have fallen for.

    Scream at the French over this — http://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/12/29/french-revolution-carbon-tax-ruled-unconstitutional-just-two-days-before-taking-effect/

    Scream at Science Daily for this – No Rise of Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Fraction in Past 160 Years, New Research Finds – http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/12/091230184221.htm

    Scream at this — In his research, Lu discovers that while there was global warming from 1950 to 2000, there has been global cooling since 2002. The cooling trend will continue for the next 50 years, according to his new research observations. http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/50_years_of_cooling_predicted#65269

    I could list page after page at things you should scream about, but please do scream LOUDLY at the total fraud you clowns have been sucked into.

  22. Looks like next week will bring some of the coldest air since 1983 to the Southern Plains. The models are consistently showing subzero temps in OK/TX/ARK with subfreezing temps into Mexico and over Florida – all accompanied by a strong wind. You can kiss the Citrus crops good bye.

    It will be interesting to see if the cold front can make it all the way down to Panama and out to the Pacific via the Darien Gap like it did in 89.

  23. There were thousands of people in downtown SLC last night for the New Year’s Eve Eve activities. They really shouldn’t blame the poor showing on a little snowstorm. There simply wasn’t enough interest. Now that is irony.

  24. a student of international studies talking like the authority on climate change. these people use their hijacked brains to feel good. any scientific conclusions on climate they heard about in the news or magazines have numerous pitfalls, limitations, uncertainties and assumptions behind them that are never mentioned, understood, or appreciated. Yet, these reading bugs seem to think they know a lot.

  25. The “Gore Effect” strikes again! With an typical mean temperature of 25 degrees, December 30th might not have been the best day to schedule a global warming protest in Salt Lake City …

  26. I think these climate change protesters need to start thinking for themselves.
    Here’s a few videos they should take a look at with an open mind and ask themselves some questions about how much their idolised climate sceintists/data manipulators really know.
    This guy is on to something. His forecasts are hard to get hold of because he has to make a living but……….
    Posted 7th oct 2009:

    Posted 29 sept 2009:

    His thoughts on Copenhagen:

    Happy New year everyone :-)

  27. Brings to mind that line from Ian Malcolm in Jurassic Park: “The lack of humility before nature that’s being displayed here, uh… staggers me.”

  28. ‘Man, you know, I was returning my Christmas gift and there were these people screaming on the sidewalk, you know, what’s that all about?’

    Answer: Looks like the alarmists have gone stark raving mad.

  29. O/T but I’ve just seen the following in the local paper – it may be of interest:

    Tim O’Riordan, emeritus professor of environmental sciences at UEA, is made an OBE for services to sustainable development.

    Over the past 40 years Prof O’Riordan has been a hard voice to ignore as an advocate for a more sustainable future.

    He has edited a number of books on the institutional aspects of global environmental policy and practice, and lead two EU research projects looking forward to a transition to sustainability.

    Since retiring from his role as professor of environmental sciences at UEA in 2005 he has continued to keep his voice heard as an active member of Sustainable Development Commission until last year, and is the current Sheriff of Norwich.

    I searched the emails, and his name appears in this one:

    http://www.eastangliaemails.com/emails.php?eid=156&filename=947541692.txt

  30. Five inches of powdery snow in Salt Lake City yesterday. Not that cold (28F was max) and not very windy. People should have enjoyed the protest.

  31. The article uncritically buys into identifying the protest as being about “Climate Change”. In fact, the change that is supposed to be of concern is Global Warming.

  32. People may debate the existence of God, but they must acknowledge that if
    He exists He has a sense of humor.

  33. It wasn’t even really snowing, it was more of a freezing fog. It didn’t stop my dog from demanding his daily walk.

  34. Reminds me of the “Peace Camp” at my University during the Gulf War. It made the National News (Canada) but in reality there were 20 empty tents and about a dozen wanna-be 1960’s protesters there. When the media showed up they got passers by to stand in so the nightly news could show 100s of protesters.

  35. It’s a shame they didn’t stay and scream at the blizzard, that would have been a far more appropriate outcome than they could possibly realize.

  36. “a protest she attended last year in Washington D.C. suffered a similar fate”

    She has her own Gore effect – if she’d just protest more and maybe Al could give a few more speeches and they might be able to bring us back into an Ice Age. Cooler is beter right?

  37. A plucky young lady named Clea
    Was afraid of the heat risen sea
    So she called a protest
    But admitted when pressed
    “It’s as cold as last year in D.C.”

  38. 400 West 200 South – great place to catch the inner city bus to Snowbird plaza for some of the best skiing in North America, with “screaming” powder runs.
    Whats not to scream about.

  39. Poor people in warm countries are laughing at these affluent white kids screaming their backsides off in freezing weather.

    All this proves is that it was wrong for us to abandon the idea that children should work when they’re not studying.

  40. Major snow seems to be following Major around.

    And it just kind of stalled and failed and now there’s kind of this feeling of we don’t really know where to go next.”

    Home.

  41. “Darling, what are those people screaming about?”

    “They say it’s too warm.”

    “What are they, Canadians?”

  42. It reminds me of an incident a couple of years ago. Some peace protesters went to Iraq or Afghanistan to tell the enemy how Americans felt sorry for them. They were captured by the enemy, and sadly the leader was murdered before the others were released. At the news conference, a girl in tears explained about how “successful” their mission was.

    The prevailing mindset seems to be “If I think it, therefore it is”. Yeah, you just think that bus is not heading towards you. You’ll be correct… until just before the bus runs you down.

    When are we going to stop suspending common sense in this country?

  43. Screaming children who can’t even figure out negative PR. Maybe they’ll forget to come in out of the cold…

  44. I posted about this on Joannenova.
    They are making themselves look thinking impaired.
    I suggest the warm mongers visit Padre Island or Cancun and take a 3 month winter spring break. They hurt their agenda with these stunts.

    Maybe they drank too much koolaid and reached their tipping point.

    I also suggest wearing sandals and walking on sand in the Sahara desert would have their pictures line up better with their agenda.

  45. These spoiled, narcissistic infants think that they, and their feelings, are so important that they must express them in public.

  46. It’s the nature of radicals and extremists to never reduce speed regardless of the facts on the ground or in the air. But then with the two million degree temperatures just a few miles down it won’t matter much longer since the crust will melt and 2012 will arrive earlier than expected! [:)]

    pwl

    http://PathsToKnowledge.net

  47. “She called Wednesday evening’s effort a success and possibly the first in a series. As for the snow, it’s not entirely new; a protest she attended last year in Washington, D.C., suffered a similar fate.

    “There is always the irony element,” Major said.”

    When will Clea get a clue as her events are canceled year in and year out due to Snow storms, that the planet is cooling, and that man has nothing to do with it?
    How many snowed out events will it take for her to believe?

  48. Perhaps screaming kept them warm?
    It gave them something to do over Chrismas break?

    Ah, to be young and foolish again.

  49. Ah, youth!

    The report doesn’t say, but I’ll bet they later celebrated by staging an “ice cream-in” at Dairy Queen and ordering Blizzards.

  50. “There is always the irony element,” Major said.
    ##################################

    Which always manages to coincide with the idiot element. Who’d have guessed?

  51. So 6 screaming people … and you call the AGW skeptics insane. I don’t know about you, but if I saw someone screaming in public, I would either think they belong in a mental hospital, are off their medication, or the victim of a crime. In any event, I would never think “hey, because they are shouting, it must be for real!”

  52. I graduated from the U of U: Got two degrees in mining engineering. We had a total of 3 professors at the time and a student count equivalent to the Sociology Dept, which had 27 faculty members. We laughingly called ‘em the “do nothing end of campus”. Based on their student to faculty ratio, about the only thing they could do after graduation, apparently, was…. teach sociology.

    I’m betting “international studies” is about as worthwhile as sociology.

  53. Anchorage AK: Currently observing the moon in umbra lasting 1852-1952GMT, sunrise soon at 1914GMT. Simultaneous sun and umbral eclipse, thanks of course to atmospheric refraction.

  54. Just like Copenhagen, while snow splashes on their faces, they demand to end global warming. The base of honest AGW supporters is largely made of gullible retards. These people simply cannot think.
    Whatever TV tells them, they’ll line up like zombies and protest.

  55. “…and explained that, blizzard aside, climate change is expected to bring chaos to the global climate.”

    That’s because the climate models can only produce “chaotic” solutions…

  56. You would think these idiots would pick a hot summer day….oh, hang on, i just stated the obvious…idiots….

  57. This reminds me of my admittedly modest activism during my university days all those years ago. Some friends were much more activist than I was, but I don’t recall there being a lightning rod back then as all-encompassing as climate change is today. As I grew older and more aware, my activism turned to scepticism and I learned how much I actually had not learned in university. So too will it likely be for these protestors.

    We all wanted to change the world when we were young and impressionable university students. Now as working adults in the real world we just want real, measurable, tangible security for our families.

  58. They are Uni students? Just shows the average intelligence of these idiots. They figure that if you don’t like it then must be that it is “climate change” that some one else is guilty of. Hope they did not wear clothes made in evironmentally unfriendly ways.

  59. What next a “hold my breath until I turn blue” sit in? These leftists have all of the maturity of a 5 year old. Check that: a spoiled 5 year old.

    And if they keep holding these protests we’re going to have an ice age based on what’s been happening when they do!

  60. Bill Marsh (10:44:31) :

    OT — Anthony, have you seen this??

    No Rise of Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Fraction in Past 160 Years, New Research Finds

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/12/091230184221.htm

    Kinda wondering what the implications of this are.

    One obvious consequence is that the alarmists will go from being global warmists to ocean acidificationists. From one scam to another, it never ends. But we won’t get fooled again.

    Another possible outcome is that this research on CO2 will be completely ignored and the global warmists will continue to scream at snowstorms and blizzards for the next 100 years.

  61. Joe Romm is screaming “Hottest decade evah” on climate Progress.
    They are immature nature freaks that crave attention.

    Many of us enjoy nature and express a rational view point about it.

    Joe is showing his fear map using red color where Louisianna is going to be flooded fer sure.

  62. Yeah, many scream-in candidates may have had to delay any protests here last night. The reason – “one of the best shows on earth” – Sydney’s New Year’s Eve annual fireworks display. One and a half million people watched as 4,500 kilograms of pyrotechnics went up in smoke into the atmosphere over Sydney Harbour:

    And some of them no doubt will be trying to hang banners over the Opera House next week telling us how poisonous CO2 is. Mmmnn, strange world.

  63. You do have to feel sorry for them.

    Imagine for a moment, that if you really believed the alarmism coming from Gore and the IPCC. You’d be living on a the only tiny speck in this vast neighborhood of the Milky Way that can sustain human life within attainable lifetime light-speed distance, while governments, companies, and individuals were doing their best to destroy it.

    Of course, the notion is absurd, but glimpse into their world for a moment, and you will feel pretty sorry for these idiots.

  64. Mother Nature has a sense of humor; or sweet justice, as the case may be.

    Meanwhile, in the local ”weather is not climate” department:
    Here at the ranch in ND we had -10 degrees below zero F. this morning (just another winter day).
    But tonight and tomorrow night local forecast sez:
    -22 to -23 below zero F. still air temp; with chill factor 40 to 45 below both nights. IOW:
    Already we have a head start on a winter where a little ”local warming” would be REALLY nice. . . .

  65. If you check into the educational background of many of the most rabid AGW advocates, you find that many have degrees in watered down majors such as International STUDIES, environmental STUDIES, gender STUDIES, etc. Even NY Times writer Thomas Friedman has a B.A. from Brandeis in Mediterranean STUDIES. Even Gore and Obama have virtually no genuine science in their educational resumes. The people who push hardest for AGW often seem woefully lacking in basic science. Of course scientists like Mann, Jones, Hansen clearly have more of a political/monetary stake in the game rather than real science. I just don’t understand why the world can possibly take any of what they say seriously.

  66. One of the things they claim will happen is that there are going be more climate refuges.

    They may be right.
    I for one, wish to move south, if this weather continues. -20C for the last week.

  67. They should have held their ‘scream in’ in the Arctic. Mr Gore assures us its like Marbella in August up there – Polar bears lolling about on deckchairs, seal kebabs sizzling on the BBQ.

  68. Ah, go easy on them folks, mummy needs to come change their nappies for them.

    Happy and prosperous New Year to all.
    My resolution is to breathe out more CO2 than ever before! The plants told me to do it.

  69. “Reader (10:21:31) :

    a student of international studies talking like the authority on climate change. these people use their hijacked brains to feel good. any scientific conclusions on climate they heard about in the news or magazines have numerous pitfalls, limitations, uncertainties and assumptions behind them that are never mentioned, understood, or appreciated. Yet, these reading bugs seem to think they know a lot.”

    Right on Reader.

    When you have a conclusion based on a preconceived notion whilst backing it up with cherry-picked data, and then using “hot button” words being advanced as science, no wonder a “soft” studies student would take up the cause. It’s right up their alleys, for no actual thought went into the issue, so it takes no thought for them to believe.

  70. “Somehow, I knew she wasn’t an engineering major”

    I’m in my 50’s and returning to college while still working full-time. Most of my career (with an electric utility) has been in the engineering/technical side, even without a degree.

    I attend a notedly extreme liberal college through location, not choice. At a mandatory orientation session for new students, the Head of Admissions spoke about her interviews with applicants to the school about their choice of this college. I had a hard time not laughing out loud when she said one of the most often given reasons was the lesser math requirements to earn a degree compared to other schools.

    Explains why a lot of these enviro nutjobs can’t follow the flaws in the underlying data. “We doan need no stinkin’ data!”

  71. I wonder if this cream filled twinkie realizes that the exertion to do the screaming generated extra CO2 which she then emitted. In her own worldview, she is a climate criminal.

  72. Galen Haugh (11:08:49) :

    Many years ago, there was a graffito in the Cambridge University (UK) lavatory/toilet/john. Above the useful roll was neatly written:

    Sociology degrees; please take one.

    We only need to substitute ‘international studies.’

  73. Will (11:10:06) :

    Anchorage AK: Currently observing the moon in umbra lasting 1852-1952GMT, sunrise soon at 1914GMT. Simultaneous sun and umbral eclipse, thanks of course to atmospheric refraction.

    Now there’s an incredible phenomenon.

  74. These are the children that voted Obama into office! These children do not care about science they want to be led into the promised land by their savior. Hopefully they do not freeze the rest of us to death with skyrocket energy Obama.

  75. IMO, Activism is a fantasy psychodrama.
    The protest for him was not politics, but theater; and the significance of his role lay not in the political ends his actions might achieve, but rather in their symbolic value as ritual.

    They considered it a success because it still gave them the chance to preen in self-righteousness. They completed their ritual, they have demonstrated that they are Good People, thereby, and are validated.

  76. OT and apologies, but I couldn’t think where else to post – feel free to snip if desired.

    I have found “Global warming science” at http://www.appinsys.com/GlobalWarming/ to be a very useful sceptic site, particularly for a non-expert like me. However, I noticed it doesn’t seem to be in the recommended links here. Maybe it’s worth consideration for inclusion? The site does link to WUWT, by the way.

  77. shellback (11:28:52) wrote:

    She is a college student?
    we are dooooooomed!

    *****************************************

    Yes, she represents a climate trend chiefly detectable on college campuses, and one far more alarming that AGW: The Snowflake Student Syndrome.

  78. I am opening a dossier on Clea Major.

    He/she is an organizer. Anybody who can motivate people to protest about global warming in a snow storm – twice – requires watching.

    He/she may well be in Congress within the next twenty years.

    Does that thought make you feel warmer? I thought not.

  79. “cream filled twinkie”. ROFL! They are definitely “twinkies”! Spongy with fluff inside and no nutritional value.

  80. If all are still wondering about where El Nino goes into this this article has a list of the strength of all El Nino episodes based on the ONI index

    http://www.accuweather.com/mt-news-blogs.asp?partner=accuweather&blog=Clark&pgurl=/mtweb/content/Clark/archives/2009/12/facts_myths_and_misconceptions_about_the_current_el_nino_1.asp

    According to the list this is not the strongest since 97/98 according to the ONI index, in fact it looks as if this one falls on the bottom half if you list their ONI indexes from highest to lowest.

  81. Happy New Year folks. Its 2010 here in Aotearoa.

    A pity those screaming brainless idiots didnt chain themselves in and were able to escape the “climate change” that they were wanting to stop.

    There should be a survey of prominent warmists down with pneumonia and frostbite.

    Now here is a real danger to the Earth, as opposed to the manufactured one of the alarmists:
    Russia ‘plans to stop asteroid’

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8435829.stm

  82. Ken Roberts, where did you get a 1.5C rise?

    IPCC AR4 says there was global warming of 0.76°C (0.57 to 0.95°C) over the past century.

  83. No, it’s the penultimate irony. The ultimate irony would be to have the protest cancelled due to glaciers.

  84. Allen Cichanski (11:49:30)

    “I just don’t understand why the world can possibly take any of what they say seriously.”

    Power and money. Gore (and others) stand to make a very impressive amount of money from this scam. Various factions of this government (US,) the UN, and Europe see huge amounts of political power to be gained (which is frequently more intoxicating than money.)

    There is neither power nor money in fact based discourse or research on global warming.

  85. when your school has political activists in your met program and pro agw faculty all the way…that makes me not want to suggest it to other science type students

  86. Come on folks. You all know that it only snowed because the climate is getting so warm…

    Hey, Al, and all the other ditzy jerks in SLC… Did I get that right?

  87. The world is coming to an end they SCREAM and they have their proof. The sky is falling in cold fluffy little white bits.

  88. Evil Red Scandi (10:35:40) : “Lame idea anyway. Considering the politics of that state (over 80% Republican), it’d be like screaming Ayn Rand quotations at a socialist convention.”

    If you wear little Marxist spectacles, an Obama tee-shirt, and Birkenstocks, and spew spittle as you rant, you might be done and on your way home before they realize you weren’t a Socialist.

  89. A great laugh, and a great way to ring in the New Year.

    Thanks Anthony…for everything. Happy New Year.

  90. Perhaps they could have gotten a bigger crowd if they had appeared naked.
    A good bout of frostbite would probably be therapeutic.

  91. “Could it be we were hot wired,
    Late one night while very tired,
    They stole our minds and thought we’d never know it.

    With a bottle in each hand,
    Too late to try to understand,
    We don’t care where it lands we just throw it.”

    Yeah, their minds have been stolen. They just don’t understand whodunnit.

  92. Clea Major quote ““There is always the irony delusional element,” Major said.

    Now fixed.

  93. I could respect enviromentalists a lot more if they practiced what they preached: No cars, no air travel, no cellphones, no TVs, no iPods; in other words, live as if they were living in the 19th century. Will this happen? I doubt it.

    While the enviro-mentalists are doing their iScream (is there an App for that?), the Russians want to have a go at the asteroid Apophis. According to “El Reg” : http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/12/31/russia_apophis_mission/

    “Apophis is set to pass close by the Earth in 2029 – so close that it will be nearer than television satellites in geosynchronous orbit. Collision at that stage has been ruled out, but according the latest NASA analysis there is a remote chance – 1 in 250,000 – that the 27-million-tonne rock might pass through a so-called “keyhole” during the 2029 pass which would alter its course so as to hit us on the next pass, in 2036. ”

    So if there are unexpected perturbations in Apophis’ orbit, it could perform a landfall in 2036. Surely an extinction event. I expect lots of screaming to take place should that happen. No amount of Cap and Trade will stop that one…

  94. Allan M (12:17:20) :

    Galen Haugh (11:08:49) :

    Many years ago, there was a graffito in the Cambridge University (UK) lavatory/toilet/john. Above the useful roll was neatly written:

    Sociology degrees; please take one.

    We only need to substitute ‘international studies.’

    Saw the same point made at Latrobe Uni, Melbourne, Australia. Except it had “Arts Degrees”. I was a Philosophy Major at the time…

  95. I would never have imagined you could get frostbite from global warming. I have seen lots of patients in ER and they fabricate some of the wildest claims when i read history notes. This would top it all. Stay inside during extreeme global warming events. Frostbite is nasty.

  96. What ever could have led these poor souls to the idea that Copenhagen was about reducing CO2 emissions? It was about wealth transfers, and that was for the most part a bust.

    Someone in authority, maybe the Goracle, needs to let these folks in on the scam before they do something to harm themselves; such as freezing to death in a blizzard.

  97. Desdemona Despair quotes the Jordan Times on a scientific forum on Arab water security, that, so far, climate change has caused a 30 per cent reduction in the Kingdom’s surface water resources, as well as a decrease in the volume of rainfall and agricultural production, both of which the country and the Arab world heavily rely on.

  98. ‘Empty vessels make most noise’

    A saying refering originally, I believe, to unladen sailing vessels. Meaning now of course that those who have the least to say make the most noise.

  99. I’m glad it is the warmest decade ever. Those poor souls who grew up in the coldest decade ever must have had it pretty bad given how cold it is now.

    But then, it was only 0.7C or 0.4C colder in the coldest decade so it probably wasn’t that much different.

    And then, there has got to be more to this Gore Effect than just having Gore present. Any fall, winter or spring global warming fest seems to be accompanied by a snowstorm.

  100. As an alternate climate protest, everyone who thinks global warming is NOT a man-made crisis, scream your lungs out at midnight tonight. Shoot fireworks too, if you have them.

  101. In 5 years time, seeking to escape thermageddon, Clea and her merry band of sociology post grads flee to a mountain top to await the end…

    G

  102. In other notes Hansen is working furiously on a vaccine to ward off the spread of the Gore virus, It appears that the Gore effect is reaching global proportions.

  103. Perhaps these screamers should go and join the (mostly I think) Swedish hunger strikers who made a very quiet pitch at the Copenhagen conference for ‘someone to do something about climate change’.

    Is there any news of them, by the way?

    Chas

  104. I know that it’s OT but I can’t resist!

    Allan M (12:17:20) :
    Galen Haugh (11:08:49) :
    Many years ago, there was a graffito in the Cambridge University (UK) lavatory/toilet/john. Above the useful roll was neatly written:
    Sociology degrees; please take one.
    We only need to substitute ‘international studies.’

    I was taken by a girl friend to see the graffiti written UNDERNEATH the toilet seat in the Residence in which she lived. Upon lifting the seat one was confronted by a comment which read, “Thank God! A man at last!”

  105. The forecast for New York City tonight is Rain turning to Snow after midnight with 1-2 inches accumulation possible. So we may see the ball drop obscured by snowflakes.

    Happy New Year!!

  106. I found this today and it fits this post:

    “The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.” – Albert Einstein

    But my own thought for today is this:
    ————- Great Year in Climate Reporting ———-
    Thanks Anthony and moderators & friends!

  107. I would like people of the Green Environmental persuasion to tune in to an Australian radio station via the web.

    http://www.2sm.com.au/listen.html

    This is about the plight of Australian farmers, who have had their property rights stolen from them by both levels of Government.

    Peter is on a hunger strike.

    Farmer after farmer is rining in to the station to tell their story.

    This is huge.

    Whilst we all want to protect the environment, shouldn’t we also ensure our farmers don’t suffer?

  108. Re: Ken Roberts (10:10:55) & R Shearer (12:54:26),

    Part of the problem is the imprecision in the meaning of “global warming”, not to mention “climate change”.
    The alarmists exploit the vagueness to suit the occasion.

    According to the IPCC, the period of ‘global warming’ started mid-twentieth century — and it would be absurd to exclude the war years — so about 1940.

    Since 1940, according to GISSTEMP, the temperature has risen about 0.5 °C, over 50% of which is over 90% likely due to human GHGs.

    The IPCC are over 90% confident that at least 0.25 °C of the temperature rise since 1940 (0.35 °C / century) is due to human GHGs..

    Since the IPCC is tasked with evaluating the risk of climate change caused by human activity and the 0.3 °C rise 1900-1940 cannot be attributed to human GHGs [http://photos.mongabay.com/09/0323co2emissions_global.jpg], they have wisely attributed it to “natural variation”.

  109. Steve in SC (13:13:36) :

    Perhaps they could have gotten a bigger crowd if they had appeared naked.
    A good bout of frostbite would probably be therapeutic.

    A dual-purpose protest, for both Greenpeace and PETA?

    “I’d rather be naked than wear fur, and it’s too warm out here! Can’t you tell?”

    “I’d rather freeze than warm myself with fossil fuels! And you shouldn’t have pets! They should roam free outdoors, where Nature will take care of them, just as she takes care of us!”

    Straight to YouTube and a million hits…

  110. We speak of the Gore effect. Medically, “algor” is “the sensation of cold or a chill, particularly in the first stage of a fever”. Maybe Gore was right – the earth is in the first stage of a fever and experiencing the chills is a symptom.

  111. Roger Knights (14:32:02) :

    A year or two ago participation would have been (much?) higher.

    The AGW meme peaked in popularity in 2007/early 2008. REF: http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/environment_energy/energy_update

    Politicians and the MSM, much like teen-aged girls (Clea?) in the school yard, are driven by the quest for popularity to survive; and contrary to their own perceptions of leading public opinion are lagging indicators of popular belief as theey jump from one band wagon to the next.

    As the destructive AGW meme continues it’s slow march into the oblivion of history the politicians, MSM and the rent-seeking activists will need to find other “popular” causes to champion.

    Of course, a fringe group of die hard true believers will go to their graves certain in the belief that man made emissions of CO2 will cause global thermageddon.

  112. Thumbnail (14:44:42) :

    I would like people of the Green Environmental persuasion to tune in to an Australian radio station via the web.

    http://www.2sm.com.au/listen.html

    This is about the plight of Australian farmers, who have had their property rights stolen from them by both levels of Government.

    Peter is on a hunger strike.

    Farmer after farmer is rining in to the station to tell their story.

    This is huge.

    Whilst we all want to protect the environment, shouldn’t we also ensure our farmers don’t suffer?

    I agree that Peter’s plight is a clear case of government thuggary. However if you were hoping to enlist “people of the Green Environmental persuasion” you seem to be on the wrong blog.

    What you seem to have missed is that the green movement is directly aligned with the Rudd Government actions to smash farmers such as Peter in the name of satisfying the Kyoto protocol. Please read Patrick Moore (Greenpeace Founder) on the usurpation of the environmental movement by people more interested in power than the environment. REF: http://www.greenspirit.com/key_issues.cfm?msid=34

    So you are unlikely to find the response that you are naively seeking from “people of the Green Environmental persuasion“.

    It is those who respect the rule of law, private property, free enterprise and minimal government interferance in peoples livelihoods who are most likely to take a stand for Peter.

    Further info on Peter’s plight is at REF: http://joannenova.com.au/2009/12/wholesale-theft-in-the-name-of-carbon/

  113. Let’s wait and see in a year what happens. I hope the cooling reverses and we get some warming or you guys in the Northern Hemisphere might have a much bigger problem than even the worst global warming prediction by the IPCC. I’m not joking – this is serious.

  114. I wish a very happy new year to all, skeptics and warmists alike. May the climate get warmer so that farmers can start planting vineyards in Siberia and banana plantations in North Dakota. May the Great White North become the Great Green North.

  115. Don’t be so hard on the students, it’s what students do.

    Happy new year to you all, whether warmist or realist.

    Thank you to Anthony and the Mods, for all your hard work in 2009. Please keep up he good work in 2010.

    I really enjoy visiting your site.

    All the best.

    Bernie.

  116. Its near midnight 31 Dec here in the UK and I’d like to send greetings and best wishes to Anthony’s team and sincere thanks especially for stirling efforts in the last 6 or so frantic weeks. Well Done.

    REPLY: Thanks much, avoid the decline. – Anthony

  117. Stay inside during extreme global warming events. Frostbite is nasty.

    This would make a great bumper sticker. Right now where I live in Washington state it’s snowing and 27 degrees.

  118. Happy New Year!
    Anyone given a thought to how much CO2 is produced from the fireworks worldwide? Not only CO2 released from fire crackers and rockets but by people transport etc etc. How many greenie groups are protesting at this? A good example of ‘its okay cos we like doing it and anyway it wouldn’t look good if we told the world to stop’.
    A good example of green hipocrital subjective targetting if you ask me.

  119. Big city lefties think food comes from stores. Where do the stores get the food? It’s delivered by big trucks. Well where do the trucks get it? They don’t have a clue.

    They’re not taught where food comes from, they don’t take field trips to farms and dairies. Many of them apparently aren’t taught the proper nutrition that an omnivorous animal (such as a human) needs.

    What they have been learning is that those silly farms don’t need water, that farmers “torture” and “murder” animals, that humans can survive perfectly fine on a diet of only plants. They don’t appear to understand that fermenting massive amounts of corn and other grains into alcohol for “biofuel” is raising the price *they* (and everyone else) pay for food. It’s no wonder Jay Leno has no problem finding clueless people for his “Jaywalking” bit on his TV show.

    Pushing that asteroid far away is stupid. What a waste of resources! A better plan would be to guide it into orbit around Earth or Mars. In Martian orbit it’d make an excellent observation platform and staging base. In Earth orbit it’d be a source of raw materials for construction, or just dig into it as-is for a huge space station.

    Consider it practice for nabbing some passing comets to skip into Mars’ atmosphere to plump it up and make it warm enough to melt the water and gasses frozen in its soil. Collecting enough rocks to mash together into a new moon big enough to tidally stress Mars the way our moon does Earth would also help things along. Likewise for Venus to help strip away its excess atmosphere, though speeding up its very slow rotation is the biggest obstacle in terraforming Venus.

  120. Best wishes to Anthony and the moderating team. I suspect there are some long suffering wives and partners that deserve our thanks also.

    Tonyb

  121. Martin Weiss (10:33:13) :

    Five inches of powdery snow in Salt Lake City yesterday. Not that cold (28F was max) and not very windy. People should have enjoyed the protest.

    I agree- I’d be heading up to the Mountains with my Boards waxed-heck, I’ll do that this weekend in NE Oregon….

  122. What a bunch of idiots…protesting global warming in winter….why not wait till a hot day in August.

  123. Typically when I have crazies yelling at me this time of the year about how the end times are coming and we are all going to die, I’m usually in Times Square and the crazy typically supports himself with a tin cup or spray bottel and squeege.

    Note to Ms. Major: There is plenty of stree corners in New York where you can scream about the comming apocalypse and earn a living (sort of) and you won’t have to waste money at a University either.

    Now what will be interesting is what the Gore Effect is going to bring to Mexico City next year. A major Earthquake perhaps?


  124. Kenny Adams (17:48:36) :
    What a bunch of idiots…protesting global warming in winter….why not wait till a hot day in August.

    That would mean they were rational, which if they were rational they would not believe in AGW… These are kids that have been taught that the world is going to end if they don’t do something. So they did something.

  125. Kenny Adams (17:48:36) :

    What a bunch of idiots…protesting global warming in winter….why not wait till a hot day in August.

    Have you not noticed how we must urgently act NOW, to limit something that shall still go on for centuries regardless?

    Besides, depending where you are, hot days in August may be in short supply in 2010. Here in central Pennsylvania, I wonder if we even got just one in 2009.

  126. “Lank (16:28:04) :

    Happy New Year!
    Anyone given a thought to how much CO2 is produced from the fireworks worldwide?”

    You find a good analysis, i think at treehugger. Really. Go over there, they’re debating green ways to celebrate new year.

  127. DirkH (18:41:14) :

    You find a good analysis, i think at treehugger. Really. Go over there, they’re debating green ways to celebrate new year.

    Fireworks with chromium? Or was that copper?

  128. Have a Great New Year, Anthony, and the Mods.

    You’ve “Made a Difference,” This Year.

    Great Job. Thanks.

  129. Those who are lambasting arts/sociology/international affairs degrees are making unwarranted extrapolations. For an example of penetrating insight on the consequences of Copenhagen from a professor of international affairs see

    http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2009/s2783656.htm

    This level of analysis does not happen merely by wistful thinking.

    The problem is not hard science versus sloppy arts. The problem is the general dumbing-down in the universities of the West. Yes, it began with arts/humanities, but from what I can see most if not all disciplines in Western universities have now been negatively affected to some degree – even engineering.

    I started my professional life as a junior classics academic, then retrained in computer science, and now write data analysis software for a living, so I speak with some understanding of the perspectives of both sides.

  130. “kadaka (18:57:04) :
    Fireworks with chromium? Or was that copper?”

    What do i know… didn’t stay there for long. Maybe throwing carrots in the air.

  131. Some scientists claim that hydrogen, because it is so plentiful, is the basic building block of the universe. I dispute that. I say there is more stupidity than hydrogen, and that is the basic building block of the universe.
    ~Frank Zappa

    Happy New Year!
    Health, happiness, and prosperity to all, with a side order of whirled peas.

  132. Hey, nothing wrong with a little copper: Use copper tubing in your home to carry the water supply and you’ll never have to worry about legionella. Equip your home with brass door knobs and faucet handles and the chance of getting viruses or bacteria from anyone that touches those items is greatly reduced. Of course, silver would do the same thing, but we’re all on a budget, right? Besides, silver tarnishes quicker and has to be polished occasionally. I’m too busy studying on WUWT to be polishing silver.

    BTW: Happy New Year, everybody!

  133. We must act quickly.

    How to tell when the above is 100% certain:
    You wake up one clear day, and look out to see the yellow ball, that yesterday was the sun, has tured beet red.

  134. DaleC (19:11:43) says:

    Those who are lambasting arts/sociology/international affairs degrees are making unwarranted extrapolations. For an example of penetrating insight on the consequences of Copenhagen from a professor of international affairs see

    http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2009/s2783656.htm

    This level of analysis does not happen merely by wistful thinking.

    The problem is not hard science versus sloppy arts. The problem is the general dumbing-down in the universities of the West. Yes, it began with arts/humanities, but from what I can see most if not all disciplines in Western universities have now been negatively affected to some degree – even engineering.

    I started my professional life as a junior classics academic, then retrained in computer science, and now write data analysis software for a living, so I speak with some understanding of the perspectives of both sides.

    I am not sure I understand? Were you referring to the grammatical mistakes in the article or the simplistic (and lacking in any perspective other than a Western-elites one) analysis of China’s intent and position?

    I started my professional life in computer science and now write Linux device drivers and work with iSCSI, but along the way I have picked up some Cantonese, some Mandarin (both spoken and some written) and a good understanding of the bread-and-circuses model of democracy.

  135. Being green today is like being a frog in a blizzard. Or was that a blender? Eh….

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! A toast to Anthony, the mods & all the readers here. God bless & have a happy & healthy 2010. Cheers.

  136. But is the screaming of 6 idiots being drowned out by a screaming blizzard the “Ultimate Irony”?

    What about President Obama giving a speech in Copenhagen “.. the reality of climate change is not in doubt..That is why I have come here today. Not to talk, but to act.”?

    And his action? Rushing home to Washington to beat a humongous snowstorm.

  137. The River Dee in Edinburgh is still frozen on the first day of the new year, forcing the cancellation of the traditional regatta.

    Otherwise, apart from the large number of homeless Poles who perished, this has been a very timely winter and a blow to AGW.

  138. But let us not laugh at the 6. Let us honour them in song and verse:

    The Charge of the Climate Brigade

    Half a league, half a league,
    Half a league onward,
    All in the blizzard of Death
    Rode the six.
    “Forward, the Climate Brigade!
    “Charge for the snow!” he said:
    Into the blizzard of Death
    Rode the six.
    “Forward, the Climate Brigade!”
    Was there a man dismay’d?
    Not tho’ the screamers knew
    Someone had blunder’d:
    Theirs not to make reply,
    Theirs not to reason why,
    Theirs but to do and die:
    Into the blizzard of Death
    Rode the six.

    Snow to right of them,
    Ice to left of them,
    Hail in front of them
    Volley’d and thunder’d;
    Storm’d at with shot and shell,
    Boldly they rode and well,
    Into the jaws of Death,
    Into the mouth of Hell
    Rode the six.
    Flash’d all their bullhorns bare,
    Flash’d as they turn’d in air,
    Screaming at the snowmen there,
    Charging a blizzard, while
    All the world wonder’d:
    Plunged in the white-out snow
    Right thro’ the line they broke;
    Danish and Russian
    Reel’d from the bullhorn scream
    Shatter’d and sunder’d.
    Then they rode back, but not
    Not the six.

    Snow to right of them,
    Ice to left of them,
    Hail behind them
    Volley’d and thunder’d;
    Storm’d at with shot and shell,
    While hero and heroine fell,
    They that had screamed so well
    Came thro’ the jaws of Death
    Back from the mouth of Hell,
    All that was left of them,
    Left of six.

    When can their glory fade?
    O the wild charge they made!
    All the world wondered.
    Honor the charge they made,
    Honor the Climate Brigade,
    Noble six.

  139. gerard (21:23:09) : Sorry Peter from Perth, Ididn,t see your post. Aussies think alike!

    yyzdnl (14:16:36) : beat you both to it

  140. To Richard Sharpe:

    Search this page for the words ‘toilet’ and ‘international’, and read the posts. My concern is that in general holding science/mathematics/engineering as inherently superior to arts/history/literature inadvertently aids and abets those very forces which have a vested interest in dismantling the enlightenment. The solution to the problem posed by the Clea Majors of this world is to redress the lowering of standards. Attacking by denigration the body of disciplines which primarily deal with understanding ourselves and our societies is not helpful.

  141. I admire the protesters who show up to protest against global warming, no matter how cold it is, blizzard or not, year in and year out.

    I would be such a protester myself.

    If I was younger, more gullible, more naive and easier to sway.

  142. Still, they chatted with a few passers-by during the commuter-hour protest near the Gateway, and explained that, blizzard aside, climate change is expected to bring chaos to the global climate, said Major.

    She called Wednesday evening’s effort a success…

    So, they came to protest Copenhagen, and ended up being Copenhagen? That is priceless.

  143. “…climate change is expected to bring chaos to the global climate.”

    Translation: a thing that has been changing unpredictably for millennia is now going to change in a way that can’t be predicted, and in turn this is going to bring unpredictable changes.

    Yeah, thanks for the insight, Clea.

  144. REPLY: Thanks much, avoid the decline. – Anthony

    If I read this correctly, it is a very clever way of saying “Stay warm.” If I do not, I propose it as a very clever way of saying “Stay warm.” :-D

    Happy New Year to the WUWT crew, all of you! I owe you some fresh air for the internet reading you have given me. Twice as interesting as the mainstream blogs and, it appears, twice as relevant. Can’t believe it, but I was reading this blog before you got to 10,000,000. :-D

  145. “Ern Matthews (10:21:44) :

    Move along folks nothing to see here. The cool chicks have left the movement and the men have followed.”

    I’ve read and heard from Baby Boomers who lived that time period that a lot of the people at protests were there for that very reason, and that one alone.

  146. she probably went home and googled herself to see if she had improved her standing in the world darn no response.

  147. Oslo (22:14:30) : Satire can fall flat if it is accepted literally. If I walked into a restaurant in Iceland or Norway and said I was so hungry I could eat a whale, I wouldnt expect one to be served up piping hot. But then I may be surprised.

    I think the warmists lack a sense of humour. They are the sort when presented with King Canute’s decree to halt the waves, blame humans for not seeing to it that his orders are obeyed and can admire the Emperors clothes made out of transparent CO2.

    The irony that Copenhagen was the town where Hans Christian Anderson, wrote the Emperors New Clothes, and which hosted a conference on Global Warming, which had to be cut short because of snowstorms is completely lost on them.

  148. Perhaps us sceptics should think about setting up drop-in centres where the poor CAGW protagonists who have had their belief shattered can be de-programmed and put on the road of being able to think for themselves again.

    The IPCC cabal and the MSM have to take the blame for promulgating the big climate lie, and the politicians who sponsored this farrago need to be consigned to the dustbin of history.

    Here’s wishing everyone involved in WUWT a prosperous and sceptical New Year.

  149. DaleC (22:03:36) :

    To Richard Sharpe:

    Search this page for the words ‘toilet’ and ‘international’, and read the posts. My concern is that in general holding science/mathematics/engineering as inherently superior to arts/history/literature inadvertently aids and abets those very forces which have a vested interest in dismantling the enlightenment. The solution to the problem posed by the Clea Majors of this world is to redress the lowering of standards. Attacking by denigration the body of disciplines which primarily deal with understanding ourselves and our societies is not helpful.

    I am one of your offenders. I studied chemistry and physics to the age of 19, and one year later was a student at the Royal Manchester College of Music, where I was lucky enough to be taught by some of the finest musicians in Europe.

    There was plenty of discipline in that, both practical and academic. And even that was only an introduction to a life of disciplined work. There is always plenty to learn.

    What I am saying is that many of the new ‘subjects’, often using the suffix ‘studies’ are invented to help make up the numbers to convince us that our politicians are improving education, while in fact they are busy wrecking it. Our UK government has a target for 50% of young people to go to university. When everyone has a degree it can no longer be called a degree by any accepted etymology.

    We are in agreement that the real problem is the lowering of standards, and I am sure that it is part of a political agenda; a faulty notion of ‘equality’ and maybe that politicians prefer an unthinking electorate.

    The trouble now is that the lowering of standards now applies to the academics also. The woman I lived with for some years did a Fine Arts degree as a mature student. The verdict, both hers and many other students, was that they had not been taught the basic skills, most likely because their tutors didn’t have them to teach.

  150. Allan M (03:48:27) says:

    DaleC (22:03:36) :

    To Richard Sharpe:

    Search this page for the words ‘toilet’ and ‘international’, and read the posts. My concern is that in general holding science/mathematics/engineering as inherently superior to arts/history/literature inadvertently aids and abets those very forces which have a vested interest in dismantling the enlightenment. The solution to the problem posed by the Clea Majors of this world is to redress the lowering of standards. Attacking by denigration the body of disciplines which primarily deal with understanding ourselves and our societies is not helpful.

    I am one of your offenders. I studied chemistry and physics to the age of 19, and one year later was a student at the Royal Manchester College of Music, where I was lucky enough to be taught by some of the finest musicians in Europe.

    There was plenty of discipline in that, both practical and academic. And even that was only an introduction to a life of disciplined work. There is always plenty to learn.

    What I am saying is that many of the new ’subjects’, often using the suffix ’studies’ are invented to help make up the numbers to convince us that our politicians are improving education, while in fact they are busy wrecking it. Our UK government has a target for 50% of young people to go to university. When everyone has a degree it can no longer be called a degree by any accepted etymology.

    We are in agreement that the real problem is the lowering of standards, and I am sure that it is part of a political agenda; a faulty notion of ‘equality’ and maybe that politicians prefer an unthinking electorate.

    The trouble now is that the lowering of standards now applies to the academics also. The woman I lived with for some years did a Fine Arts degree as a mature student. The verdict, both hers and many other students, was that they had not been taught the basic skills, most likely because their tutors didn’t have them to teach.

    2000 years ago Chinese intellectuals had a discussion of the role of government (by some definition) in the economy. It was enlightening to discover that fact.

    Credentialism is rampant these days but it cannot overcome the fact that 50% of people are below average and that ability and intelligence are highly heritable.

  151. The end is nigh – the of AGW/CC alarmism, that is. Even they must know it, in their heart of hearts. Yet, I suppose the committed ones will soldier on, maybe even rally the troops one last time.
    We’re witnessing the end of an error.

  152. Bruce Cobb (10:46:44) : The end is nigh – the of AGW/CC alarmism, that is. Even they must know it, in their heart of hearts. Yet, I suppose the committed ones will soldier on, maybe even rally the troops one last time. We’re witnessing the end of an error.

    Dont be so confident. AGW alarmism never was about truth. The battle will be long and hard.

    No political leader is on our side. Nor are the political bosses of the scientific committees. Climategatekeeping is alive and well.

    “To capture the public imagination … we have to offer up some scary scenarios, make simplified dramatic statements and little mention of any doubts one might have. …Each of us has to decide the right balance between being effective, and being honest.” STEPHEN SCHNEIDER, Stanford Professor of Climatology, lead author of many IPCC reports,Discover Magazine interview, Oct.89

    “Unless we announce disasters no one will listen.” SIR JOHN HOUGHTON, first co-chair of the IPCC and lead editor of its first three reports (1990, 1995, 2001), in his 1994 book “Global Warming, The Complete Briefing”

    “Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn’t it our responsiblity to bring that about?” MAURICE STRONG, founder of the UN Environment Programme, WEST magazine interview, May.90

    “It doesn’t matter what is true, it only matters what people believe is true. … You are what the media define you to be. [Greenpeace] became a myth, and a myth-generating machine.” PAUL WATSON, co-founder of Greenpeace, on the “secret of Greenpeace’s success”, Forbes magazine interview, 11.Nov.91

  153. Does major realise what the treaty in Copenhagen would have meant? Higher learning does not mean higher intelligence. These people obviously do not believe in research. It is a real sad statement for the condition this world is in, so many are uninformed and unable to use common sense. Makes me feel like screaming “WAKE UP!”….please.

  154. Why is the concept of climate change so hard to grasp when by it’s nature it’s in layman’s terms? The climate systems are changing, I could tell that with only 26 years of observation, the summers are longer, the winters more intense once they arrive, rampant water shortages and desertification is beginning. In short folks, you calling people naive that are (for whatever reason) able to grasp that the world’s climate patterns are rapidly changing. The last serious (and quick) world change was the dark ages after a massive volcanic eruption interupted farming because of darking the sky and changing water fall. We were plagued with shortages, famine, civil unrest, and culture fell into generalized madness. And a time previous to that we can quantify a climate change that changed the face of living things on the planet….oh yeah the dinosaurs were eliminated from the ecosystem. While we wouldn’t have been able to survive if they’d have remained, you’d be stupid not to realize the dominant species, who don’t physically acclimate well, currently on the planet…is us.

  155. KCrann,

    Thank you for your comment. In your 26 years of experience I do believe you have it figured out, including how the dinosaurs fit into the ecosystem.

    Humans are very fortunate that a nearby supernova or an asteroid took out our scaly competitors, or we would be fighting tooth and nail to keep our kids from being eaten on their way to school. As someone who had to walk barefoot through the snow to school, uphill both ways, I can not imagine having to fend off hungry dinosaurs too.

    Your knowledge of the Dark Ages is also comprehensive. As you say, during the Dark Ages the culture fell into generalized madness. We are fortunate that today human nature has changed so radically that we no longer have to fear the ignorance and superstition endemic to that unenlightened time, when governments blamed witches for all manner of ills, and every common weather event, from droughts to hurricanes, was pointed out to all right thinking people as evil omens.

    Inhabitants of the Dark Ages did not possess your grasp of the big picture, which is that the climate actually changes. We are more enlightened now, properly placing the blame for climate change on the evil carbon emitters of the West. If not for those selfish reprobates, we know that the climate would always be Goldilocks perfect, never too hot and never too cold.

    I know it’s presumptuous of me to ask, but before the next volcanic eruption brings about a new Dark Age, can I have your autograph? Yes, your analysis is that impressive. I would like to have a souvenir of the modern young mind diligently at work; a well educated mind, uncorrupted by the incessant blast of media finger-pointing that blames the Bad People, particularly those in the U.S., for the world’s ills: America evil, China good. I am a simple acolyte, a grasshopper, learning at the feet of the 26 year old Master.

    If for any reason I can’t have your autograph, may I print out your analysis for reference from time to time? If I should waver in my quest for carbon justice, I will have your wisdom to steady my hand on the tiller. Thank you for all you do in promoting science on this “Best Science” site.

    Sincerely, your admirer, Smokey
    (…who is well past his bedtime)

  156. “KCrann (01:45:18) :
    […]The climate systems are changing, I could tell that with only 26 years of observation, the summers are longer, the winters more intense once they arrive, rampant water shortages and desertification is beginning.”

    I go along with the intense winters. That the summers are longer now has escaped me but the last few appeared, well, wet. Very much like some summers in the 70ies. KCrann, you didn’t mention anywhere in your post the terms “man-made” or “anthropogenic”. So i guess you do understand that there is natural variability at work here. Climate Change is natural. We need to adapt. Are we on common ground there?

  157. Wow… 26 years of observation… too bad your entire life has been lived in the warm phase of the PDO… your generation should learn alot in the next ten years or so… if it’s not too late. Mike

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