June 10th is Hug a Climate Scientist Day

Hal Jordan, via the Submit Story feature submits this brief entry:

Apparently, Australian AGW advocates are not well liked.

Aussie climate scientists need random hugs from strangers to reassure them that they aren’t universally hated.

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88 thoughts on “June 10th is Hug a Climate Scientist Day

  1. Or is it to reassure them they won’t be out of jobs when it turns out they’re wrong? In the back of their wee little minds, it must be a concern.

    Mark

  2. Consistent with my Sicilian ethnicity, why don’t I just pick one and keep patting him on the back until small holes start appearing between my fingers?

  3. Another national embarrassment on these pages. Could someone introduce a rule that number of stories be proportional to GNP or size of armed forces or something.

  4. You know, I still can’t understand if it is humor, sarcasm, or the bare truth. And I suppose that’s a compliment for the author.

  5. I am not sure if it is possible to find a real climate scientist, while there are lots of “climate scientists” sucking hard at the grants teat, or producing ever more alarming scare stories in order to justify their bloated salaries.

    If I find one, I will hug him/her just for the hell of it, before giving him/her an invoice for all the damage and unnecessary expense they are causing.

  6. That is beyond precious. Imagine going up to Mike Mann or Ben Santer and giving them a spontaneous big hug. it brings tears to my eyes (of laughter).

  7. Sounds desperate to me. And THAT sounds like music in my ears.

    They’re losing and they know it.

  8. This seems to me to be a typical MSM ‘if it bleeds, it leads’ beat-up. I’m sure that even most warmists don’t believe that their opponents are licenced to kill them, except with verbal missiles and scientific arguments, none of which have the headlin-making potebtial of ‘reported’ deat threats!

  9. Aussie climate scientists need random hugs from strangers to reassure them that they aren’t universally hated.

    Are these the blokes (and blokettes) who appeared in The Hungry Beast’s : “I’m a Climate Scientist” video a few weeks back?

    .

  10. Clasp them to your bosom? Oh, I thought an Australian hug was hand around the throat. ;)

  11. “Find a fellow warmenist and cling trembling to each other in the knowledge that it’s too late for even the adorable Climate Scientists to save us”

    Save us from what? The next ice age?

  12. Australia is really losing it. Apart from the climate stupidity, they now have probably lost their entire cattle export trade which will be replaced by Brazilian etc cattle and no one will even care…..

  13. So the point of this cartoon is that Aussie climate scientists and their followers don’t have oppose-able thumbs? (just judging from the the pics of course ) . Long noses too. ;)

  14. Just keep an eye on their hands when doing the hug. You might lose your wallet and your watch

  15. Couple of points.

    1. It has been revealed that some of the email “threats” date back to early 2010 and in effect pre-dates the Aust Govt’s decision to implement a carbon tax by a whole year.
    2. The artist of the cartoon produces cartoons for the left wing Australian website called “crikey” (among other media outlets). I was a bit surprised to see it here.

  16. TonyK
    June 8, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Please, please tell me this isn’t meant to be taken seriously!
    ###

    Its propaganda, all it needs to do is to keep the narrative going.

  17. My birthday is June 10. I didn’t know about the ballpoint pen or the ants thing, so I’m glad I read that. ;-)

  18. I was going to post a comment with the word “tattoo” in it but no, I will not allow myself to be dragged into the sewer …..

    By the way, unlike some, I am assuming this is satire and the author is not a big fan of climate scientists.

  19. Louise is referring to a Green led ban on exporting live cattle to indonesia. This followed a ‘public outcry’ after scenes of cruelty were filmed in an Indonesian slaughter house.
    Firstly, I grew up on a dairy farm and I detest any cruelty to cows which are in the main gentle creatures…but as with so much Green thinking there is an absence of logic which has lead to a glaring and frankly appalling error of judgment on the part of the Gillard Government. Let me put it this way.
    Cruelty to some cows in Indonesia = despicable= perpetrators should be punished = practice abolished = 1 X on the ‘scale of suffering’.
    Cruelty to 250.000! cows which will not be exported over the next six months = hunger…transport…slaughter…pit burial…unimaginable pain and waste = cruelty to farmers, feed stock merchants, truckers, stock yard owners, ship owners = financial ruin…domestic violence…possible suicide = 1000 X on the same ‘scale of suffering.
    I a reminded of when the Animal Liberation People in the UK ‘liberated’ the population of a mink farm so that the cute furry things would not be harmed….it simply didn’t occur to them that the mink would kill every living thing on the river system for miles around…in short they caused an ecological disaster.
    The Greens are a menace and must be stopped.

  20. Scarface says: “Apparently the death threats are a hoax, just as AGW itself: http://www.australianclimatemadness.com/2011/06/anu-death-threats-story-goes-cold/

    I love the part where it says “The university denied it was creating a ruse, maintaining the initial report, in the Fairfax-owned Canberra Times last week, failed to indicate when the threats were made.” Nor were the nine scientists “locked away.”

    What, no peer-review? Shame on the university! How can we be expected to believe university staff, much less scientists, if they have no capacity to review the work of others? That could lead to white-washed investigations and worse!

  21. All Australians were recently issued 1 free boarding pass and ticket for the SS Handbag which is leaving for it’s destination of Hell on July 1st

  22. For the benefit of non- Australian readers the ‘hug a climate scientist’ is one small part of a concerted campaign by warmists who all came crawling out of the woodwork in response to the Gillard Labor Govt’s shocking poll numbers, largely because of their backflip on introduction of a carbon tax, but also their general fiscal and policy incompetence. With World Environment Day falling on a Sunday the usual rentacrowd were out in a few noisy thousands in the capital cities to spruik the Govt’s failing stocks with a ‘Yes to carbon tax day’. You’ll get the flavour and the hypocrisy exposed of some notable attendees here-

    http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/column_a_lecture_on_emissions_from_the_lady_on_the_jet/

    Yes we have our Hollywood hypocrites too and the usual jetsetting carbonistas dropping in for moral support.

    No coincidence mind you, but at the same time the Canberra Times (you know those Washington librul media types) breaks the story that Australian National University climate scientists are receiving death threats and woe is them and get out the sympathy vote folks. Except that it was all a beatup by the warmists increasingly desperate as their world view is crumbling all about them now-

    http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/even_those_death_threats_are_a_beat_up/

    Their time in the sun in Australia is coming to an end like it is everywhere else and we have the power and democracy of the internet to thank for that, not least sites like WUWT. Charlatans and carpet-baggers cannot control the message and the ether forever, although they can certainly ride the waves of mass hysteria for some considerable time.

  23. I don’t know about a hug – how about a good old fashioned Bronx cheer instead?

  24. TonyK says:
    June 8, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Please, please tell me this isn’t meant to be taken seriously!
    ====================================================
    Its a cartoon. I thought it was hilarious! Poor scairt critters. Don’t make any sudden political movements….. irrelevant ballpoint pens and ants. Hiding in a radio broadcasting building. And best of all, the cheesy goatee? worn by the critter on the bottom left………. a riot!

  25. the tragedy is that the MSM’s coverage of the so-called “death threats” is still dominant on searches and those who so readily fell for this nonsense will not now report that it was the usual spin we’ve come to expect from warmists.
    i won’t be hugging any of them, least of all the warmist MSM.

  26. In Oz, on Monday 6th June a local TV Channel website Ninemsn ran a poll asking : “should an election be held before a carbon tax is introduced”. I did not see the final result but in less than a 24 hour period the voting was:
    YES 109,158
    NO 25,762
    IMO the significance of this poll should not be underestimated, coming as it did after a fortnight of intensive non-stop propaganda by government and associated CAGW believers, of which the bogus death threat beatup was a part.
    It also included the Steffen Report which was just a rehash of the guesses in the pathetic UNIPCC 2007 Report:
    the grossly misleading and deceptive Cate Blanchett/Michael Caton celebrity ad:
    the trundling out of former Prime Ministers and a bitter former Leader of the Liberal Party who is a principal in an investment firm dealing with renewable energies:
    compliant church leaders, some of whom, if the UK experience is similar, probably have their Church Pension Funds invested in companies relying on heavily subsidised renewable energy investments:
    the almost daily recycling of all the old scare-’em-silly disaster scenarios by a succession of all the usual suspects, P.M Gillard, Climate Change Minister Combet, The Greens Brown & Milne, (Chief Priest and High Priestess respectively of the CAGW Cult), discredited alarmist Tim Flannery*, UNIPCC scientist David Karoly , “our” ABC et al:
    the mindless chanting GET UP/Unions and others campaign “Say Yes to a Carbon(dioxide)Tax ” etc.,etc.

    Despite all this, in a 24-hour period nearly 135,000 people chose to register a vote with a massive majority calling for an election and by default,registering their opposition to a tax on carbon dioxide. In my view, these numbers reflect the widespread concern in the community which journalist and polticians fail to recognise. Combet dismisses such clear opposition merely as rabble stirred up by L/CP Leader Tony Abbott. How wrong he and most MSM journalists are!!

    * See http://www.icecap.us/ for the scathing exposure of the errors and discrepancies in Tim Flannery’s best seller
    “The Weather Makers”

  27. I’m more than happy to hug an Australian climate scientist. Virtual hugs to Ian Plimer, Mike Pook, Garth Paltridge, Bob Carter…

  28. I’m not sure I’d dare to hug any of them hippies, I know some of ‘em and there’s like autonomous living stuff crawling in them beards of theirs that freaks me out. The a natural sewer smell I can take but OMG the sight and sound of that crawling autonomous stuff….

  29. The half baked stories of recent death threats to Australian climate pseudo scientists were cooked up from stale emails years old. These stories however were not intended to garner sympathy for the climate activist scientists, rather they were intended as a smear against sceptics. This was supposed to lend support to calls for less coverage of sceptic views in the media as it may encourage such behaviour. This is evidenced by stories such as this –

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/calls-to-calm-a-climate-of-fear/story-e6frgcjx-1226070849313

    – being placed in media shortly after the initial death threat stories. Delightfully the whole sorry edifice of lies has collapsed, causing main stream media embarrassment to it’s intended benefactors.

  30. Several of the scientists in Canberra have been moved to a more secure location after receiving [death] threats over their research. [source]

    Then comes the kicker, in the final sentence:

    The Australian Federal Police says it is aware of the issue, but there is no investigation underway.

    Ah. “No investigation” = Bogosity.

  31. AT 5:16 PM on 8 June, fred nerk had written:

    we don’t hate them we just ignore them which is everything they deserve

    Speak for yourself, fred. I certainly hate them, and it’s not about us ignoring them. As long as the bureaucrats and the politicians don’t ignore their “research” grant applications and shovel out for them the billions upon billions of taxpayer dollars to fund their academic empire-building, we’ve got more than sufficient reason to hate them.

    Every damned time one of them signs his (her) name to a funding application containing the knowing utterance of falsehoods in order to obtain government funding, he (she) is perpetrating theft of value by fraud. Might be a case for taking them on under the RICO statute, too. Or didn’t that evidence of coordination discovered in the Climategate e-mail communications cross your threshold of appreciation?

  32. Hug a climate scientist. They’re currently freezing their butts off in Canberra and they need all the warmnth they can get. Poor dears.

  33. “And we all know that without the humble ballpoint pen science would simply stop.”

    Well, we did science with pencils and sliderules (and we would have been fired for gross incompetence).

  34. I think I’ll designate a hunting polar bear as my proxy hugger. Should be able to accommodate several prey climate scientists!

  35. Just come up behind ‘em and give ‘em a big heimlich maneuver! All of us deniers are stuck in their craws anyway.

  36. Miken Mangan

    Kick Hansen in the nuts…really?

    I don’t want to kick Hansen in the ‘nuts’ . The guy is already drawing enough attention to himself by getting arrested etc.

    No violence please. Only hugs! :)

  37. charles nelson says:

    “I a reminded of when the Animal Liberation People in the UK ‘liberated’ the population of a mink farm so that the cute furry things would not be harmed….it simply didn’t occur to them that the mink would kill every living thing on the river system for miles around…”

    *Blink,,, BUAHAHAH!!!! Oh that is classic. Pure classic.

    Sort of a real life version of the WKRP (sitcom) Thanksgiving Turkey Toss.

  38. Unfortunately some climate scientists in Australia are hated so much they have been getting death threats.

    Reminds me of the Catholic church a few hundred year ago.

    Very sad.

  39. Pompous Git says: “I’m more than happy to hug an Australian climate scientist. Virtual hugs to Ian Plimer, Mike Pook, Garth Paltridge, Bob Carter…”

    Best comment yet.

  40. Oddly enough, I’ve seen far more convincing evidence that the warmists and their supporters have uttered death threats to skeptics over the years. Including me. So their whiny little complaints have absolutely zero sympathy from me.

    I’ve always avoided hugging stupid people, you never know what diseases they’ve exposed themselves to due to their ignorance.

  41. Too funny! I’m all out of hugs for these types, one hand on a computer simulation, the other in my wallet.

  42. jorgekafkazar said @ June 8, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    “Pompous Git says: “I’m more than happy to hug an Australian climate scientist. Virtual hugs to Ian Plimer, Mike Pook, Garth Paltridge, Bob Carter…”

    Best comment yet.”

    Thanks Jorge. I read it as climate scientists, as distinct from climate “scientists”.

    Randy Links said @ June 8, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    “Hug a climate scientist. They’re currently freezing their butts off in Canberra and they need all the warmnth [sic] they can get. Poor dears.”

    I suspect that like The Git, Mike and Garth are freezing their butts off in Tasmania. The Git is heading towards the kitchen where there’s a lovely CO2-emitting fire, a glass of red neddy and a nice curry to cook. ‘Night :-)

  43. If the poor abused lambs (who believe being sworn at is the same as death threats) want hugs then send them to the Amazon Rainforest they love so much. I suspect there’s a few anacondas that would be happy to oblige them.

  44. Some believe that AGW alarmism has been used to help polar bears. Perhaps Aussies could import a few for hugging purposes. Surely the bears ought to be grateful.

  45. Some people mistake a hug for an attempt to smother. Maybe that’s the hidden agenda?

  46. I live in Europe. Can I catch E.Coli from hugging a climie? And are funds available for the subsequent deep fumigation that I would need?

  47. they tell us today that the death threats where made a year ago a beat up from the news papers who are all far left in australia

  48. [Snip. Continuing to label other commentators as “denialists” will get you banned. Last warning. ~dbs, mod.]

  49. In Canada the environmentalists fight tooth and nail every year against the annual east coast seal hunt. They claim it is cruel and only provides seal pelts for rich folks.

    However in Australia the environmentalists are promoting a camel hunt. It too will be cruel, but they say killing camels will save the planet from climate catastrophe so its ok.

    How is a camel hunt really any different from a seal hunt?

    How can environmentalists face themseves in the mirror every morning?

  50. Charles Nelson;
    = practice abolished = 1 X on the ‘scale of suffering’.
    Cruelty to 250.000! cows which will not be exported over the next six months = hunger…transport…slaughter…pit burial…unimaginable pain and waste = cruelty to farmers, feed stock merchants, truckers, stock yard owners, ship owners = financial ruin…domestic violence…possible suicide = 1000 X on the same ‘scale of suffering.
    ==============
    what?
    yes the farmers will lose some income in the immediate time, but as to the pit burials wasteful slaughter etc, no, theres no reason for that theyll be fed and shipped to aussie abbatoirs and for a change aussies may be able to afford meat more than 1 or 2 meals a week. it doesnt cost to range feed and most of ours are thankfully NOT CAFO farms.
    counting the closed abbatoirs or part time work that followed the massive layoffs after live trade took aussie jobs..this may just get the work Back here where WE benefit.
    and if the beef board did what they take money for then it shouldnt BE an issue at all Money and training charges to all beef producers for 20 years going to Indonesian plants and workers etc and still this happens? NOT good enough. I support toal live trade bans of all animals.
    and Brazil etc have CJD not hot prospects for imports.

  51. In order to hug a climate scientist, one must catch one first. Here are instructions on how to catch the wily climate scientists with a shovel, cord of wood, and a pea.

    First use the shovel to dig a deep hole. Next burn the cord of wood and place the ashes in the hole. Now place the pea beside the hole. Hide yourself near-by and wait.

    When the correct scientist comes to take a pea… KICK him/her in the ash-hole. GK

  52. Randy Links says:
    June 8, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Hug a climate scientist. They’re currently freezing their butts off in Canberra and they need all the warmth they can get. Poor dears.
    ==================
    Absolutely. Then gently escort them to their new job as a highly paid manager of McDonald’s, or the local equivalent.

  53. If you can’t (or don’t want to) hug a climate scientist you could always have a Picnic with one of their neighbours instead:

    Join scientists at special picnic

    A group supporting the John Innes Centre in Norwich is inviting people to peruse the grounds and talk to their top scientists. The Friends of John Innes are holding a Pimms and Picnic in the Plots at 6pm followed by a walk around the small site plots at 6.30pm. Visitors can also talk to crop scientists and enjoy strawberries and cream in the conference centre at 8.30pm. The event is on Monday, June 20, at the Centenary Henge, near the John Innes Centre, Colney Lane, Norwich. Attendance is free.

    Note: The John Innes Centre is just over the road from the UEA…

  54. I think y’all are makin’ all a big fuss over a typo.
    Boson, not bosom.
    Everybody knows climate scientists like bosons, not bosoms.
    Simple mistake. Could happen to anybody.

  55. klem said @ June 9, 2011 at 6:05 am

    “How is a camel hunt really any different from a seal hunt?”

    Camels are not native to Australia. Inevitably, they out-compete our mostly marsupial mammals. Fur seals are, to the best of my understanding, native to the region where they are hunted.

    “How can environmentalists face themseves [sic] in the mirror every morning?”

    Mostly in exactly the same manner as anti-environmentalists I suspect, though The Git has a tendency to ask himselves: “Who am I? And if so, how many?”

  56. amicus curiae said @ June 9, 2011 at 6:17 am

    “yes the farmers will lose some income in the immediate time, but as to the pit burials wasteful slaughter etc, no, theres no reason for that theyll be fed and shipped to aussie abbatoirs and for a change aussies may be able to afford meat more than 1 or 2 meals a week. it doesnt cost to range feed and most of ours are thankfully NOT CAFO farms.
    counting the closed abbatoirs or part time work that followed the massive layoffs after live trade took aussie jobs..this may just get the work Back here where WE benefit.
    and if the beef board did what they take money for then it shouldnt BE an issue at all Money and training charges to all beef producers for 20 years going to Indonesian plants and workers etc and still this happens? NOT good enough. I support toal live trade bans of all animals.
    and Brazil etc have CJD not hot prospects for imports.”

    Of course it “costs nothing to range feed”; everybody who works in beef ranching works for nothing. They enjoy castrating bull calves, ear-tagging and mustering so much they don’t want to be paid. [/sarc]

  57. Keith said @ June 9, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    “What I find strange is that they look like rats.”

    What The Git finds strange is that in all this bashing of climate scientists is that no-one has called attention to the fact that Anthony is a climate scientist…

  58. When those scientist find that they were wrong about climate change and have improved knowledge about climatic behavior and have made us all change the world for the better. They will have done it all for nothing.

  59. No, sorry.

    But let me know when it’s Kick a “Climate Scientist” for Jesus Week, and I’ll be straight off to East Anglia. :-)

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