Merry Christmas – open thread

Above: Christmas trees in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres

As of this post, I’m offline until late Monday PST. Moderators, don’t be shy about taking time off too.

My sincerest and most heartfelt thank you all for your support this year, for daring to ask the questions, for standing up to what you believe in, and for staying the course. As Winston Churchill said, “Never give up, never give in.”

To all, no matter which side of the debate you are on, no matter whether you love me or hate me for what WUWT does, I wish you a Merry Christmas.

I leave you with a selection of my favorite Christmas music.

Britain’s Susan Boyle has been an inspiration to many, rising from obscurity to fame, for daring to be ridiculed on stage one night so that she could show the world what she could do. Here she is at Rockefeller plaza:

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217 thoughts on “Merry Christmas – open thread

  1. “The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end; there it is” – Winston Churchill

    Great choice in music Anthony, Merry Christmas

    Andrew

  2. Anthony and All –

    Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and a Joyous New Year to you and your friends and families.
    Many thanks to all for your wisdom and knowledge willingly shared.

  3. We just drove 5 hrs did some more last min shopping and stopping by here to wish all a very Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah.
    All the best in the New Year as well.

  4. “Never give up, never give in.”

    Wasn’t that Jason Nesmith??? Oh wait, that was “never give in, never surrender. Never mind. (but it’s still good advice!)

    Merry Christmas to all, and to all a Good Night!!!

  5. Peace and goodwill to all and many thanks for all the hard work, and humour, from Anthony and the Mods and the variety of posters which makes this site such a good read.

  6. Re Churchill: “Some chicken, some neck”. Have a wonderful – and restful – Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

  7. Seems Christmas comes earlier every year and the tidings are warmer. Hmmmm… Could we fit that to a graph? Joys of the season.

  8. Just to wish each and everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.

    Irrespective of your climate beliefs, religion, sexual orientation, age, and all the other myriad of things to avoid mentioning – do join in the spirit that pervades at this season – my heartfelt felicitations to you and yours

    Andy

  9. Anthony and elves!

    Thank you so much for your dedication and hard work. Your mission is honorable and most important.

    All the very best in 2012.

    Regards,
    Clive
    Alberta, Canada

  10. Merry Christmas, everybody!
    And to Anthony: Thanks for another brilliant year of WUWT. Enjoy your well-earned holiday!

    To get in the mood, I recommend this great M4GW satire :)

  11. Holiday Greetings to Everyone!

    Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, non-addictive, gender neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all…and a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling, and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2012, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make this country great (not to imply that this country is necessarily greater than any other country), and without regard to the race, creed, colour, age, physical ability, religious faith, or sexual orientation of the wisher.

    This wish is limited to the customary and usual good tidings for a period of one year, or until the issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first. “Holiday” is not intended to, nor shall it be considered, limited to the usual Judeo-Christian celebrations or observances, or to such activities of any organized or ad hoc religious community, group, individual or belief (or lack thereof).

    Note: By accepting this greeting, you are accepting these terms. This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal, and is revocable at the sole discretion of the wisher at any time, for any reason or for no reason at all. This greeting is freely transferable with no alteration to the original greeting. This greeting implies no promise by the wisher to or responsibility for the consequences which may arise from the implementation or non-implementation of same.

    This greeting is void where prohibited by law.

    Happy Holidays!

  12. Happy Christmas to all. A happy, healthy and prosperous new year 2012 also, and may the truth be with us all.

  13. Želim vam
    vesele božične in novoletne praznike,
    v novem letu pa veliko zradvja in sreče.

    John Billings

    [REPLY: In tudi za vas. -REP]

  14. I hope that you, Anthony, the moderators, and everyone who reads here have a Happy Christmas Season and a Fulfilling and Successful New Year.

    [REPLY: Thankyou. The same wishes for you and yours. -REP]

  15. Merry Christmas everyone, from the beautiful and warm south coast of NSW.
    John 8.32 “the truth will set you free”

  16. It’s been a marvelous year of WUWT discovery, revelations, insight, funnies, and revealed truth — immersed in the continuous tide of truth-evasion by The Team, the Establishment Media, and the usual assortment of parroting fact-free blog-heads.

    Weather will continue to illuminate the truth of “climate” and the general irrelevance of mankind to long-term trends. Poley bears will thrive. Life goes on. Our lives will continue to be enriched by fossil-fueled power. And plants will love us for our minor additions to their atmospheric fertilizer.

    If any Warm-istas want to sell their “endangered” beachfront property at deep discount, I’m more than willing to engage.

    Merry Christmas to all

  17. How “Merry Christmas” is said …..

    Afrikaans: Geseënde Kersfees
    Afrikander: Een Plesierige Kerfees
    African/ Eritrean/ Tigrinja: Rehus-Beal-Ledeats
    Albanian:Gezur Krislinjden
    Arabic: Milad Majid
    Argentine: Feliz Navidad
    Armenian: Shenoraavor Nor Dari yev Pari Gaghand
    Azeri: Tezze Iliniz Yahsi Olsun
    Bahasa Malaysia: Selamat Hari Natal
    Basque: Zorionak eta Urte Berri On!
    Bengali: Shuvo Naba Barsha
    Bohemian: Vesele Vanoce
    Bosnian: (BOSANSKI) Cestit Bozic i Sretna Nova godina
    Brazilian: Feliz Natal
    Breton: Nedeleg laouen na bloavezh mat
    Bulgarian: Tchestita Koleda; Tchestito Rojdestvo Hristovo
    Catalan: Bon Nadal i un Bon Any Nou!
    Chile: Feliz Navidad
    Chinese: (Cantonese) Gun Tso Sun Tan’Gung Haw Sun
    Chinese: (Mandarin) Sheng Dan Kuai Le
    Choctaw: Yukpa, Nitak Hollo Chito
    Columbia: Feliz Navidad y Próspero Año Nuevo
    Cornish: Nadelik looan na looan blethen noweth
    Corsian: Pace e salute
    Crazanian: Rot Yikji Dol La Roo
    Cree: Mitho Makosi Kesikansi
    Croatian: Sretan Bozic
    Czech: Prejeme Vam Vesele Vanoce a stastny Novy Rok
    Danish: Glædelig Jul
    Duri: Christmas-e- Shoma Mobarak
    Dutch: Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar! or Zalig Kerstfeast
    English: Merry Christmas
    Eskimo: (inupik) Jutdlime pivdluarit ukiortame pivdluaritlo!
    Esperanto: Gajan Kristnaskon
    Estonian: Rõõmsaid Jõulupühi
    Ethiopian: (Amharic) Melkin Yelidet Beaal
    Faeroese: Gledhilig jol og eydnurikt nyggjar!
    Farsi: Cristmas-e-shoma mobarak bashad
    Finnish: Hyvaa joulua
    Flemish: Zalig Kerstfeest en Gelukkig nieuw jaar
    French: Joyeux Noel
    Frisian: Noflike Krystdagen en in protte Lok en Seine yn it Nije Jier!
    Galician: Bo Nada
    Gaelic: Nollaig chridheil agus Bliadhna mhath ùr!
    German: Fröhliche Weihnachten
    Greek: Kala Christouyenna!
    Haiti: (Creole) Jwaye Nowel or to Jesus Edo Bri’cho o Rish D’Shato Brichto
    Hausa: Barka da Kirsimatikuma Barka da Sabuwar Shekara!
    Hawaiian: Mele Kalikimaka
    Hebrew: Mo’adim Lesimkha. Chena tova
    Hindi: Shub Naya Baras (good New Year not Merry Christmas)
    Hungarian: Kellemes Karacsonyi unnepeket
    Icelandic: Gledileg Jol
    Indonesian: Selamat Hari Natal
    Iraqi: Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah
    Irish: Nollaig Shona Dhuit, or Nodlaig mhaith chugnat
    Iroquois: Ojenyunyat Sungwiyadeson honungradon nagwutut. Ojenyunyat osrasay.
    Italian: Buone Feste Natalizie
    Japanese: Shinnen omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto
    Jiberish: Mithag Crithagsigathmithags
    Korean: Sung Tan Chuk Ha
    Lao: souksan van Christmas
    Latin: Natale hilare et Annum Faustum!
    Latvian: Prieci’gus Ziemsve’tkus un Laimi’gu Jauno Gadu!
    Lausitzian:Wjesole hody a strowe nowe leto
    Lettish: Priecigus Ziemassvetkus
    Lithuanian: Linksmu Kaledu
    Low Saxon: Heughliche Winachten un ‘n moi Nijaar
    Luxembourgish: Schèine Chreschtdaag an e gudde Rutsch
    Macedonian: Sreken Bozhik
    Maltese: IL-Milied It-tajjeb
    Manx: Nollick ghennal as blein vie noa
    Maori: Meri Kirihimete
    Marathi: Shub Naya Varsh (good New Year not Merry Christmas)
    Navajo: Merry Keshmish
    Norwegian: God Jul, or Gledelig Jul
    Occitan: Pulit nadal e bona annado
    Papiamento: Bon Pasco
    Papua New Guinea: Bikpela hamamas blong dispela Krismas na Nupela yia i go long yu
    Pennsylvania German: En frehlicher Grischtdaag un en hallich Nei Yaahr!
    Peru: Feliz Navidad y un Venturoso Año Nuevo
    Philippines: Maligayang Pasko!
    Polish: Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia or Boze Narodzenie
    Portuguese:Feliz Natal
    Pushto: Christmas Aao Ne-way Kaal Mo Mobarak Sha
    Rapa-Nui (Easter Island): Mata-Ki-Te-Rangi. Te-Pito-O-Te-Henua
    Rhetian: Bellas festas da nadal e bun onn
    Romanche: (sursilvan dialect): Legreivlas fiastas da Nadal e bien niev onn!
    Rumanian: Sarbatori vesele or Craciun fericit
    Russian: Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva is Novim Godom
    Sami: Buorrit Juovllat
    Samoan: La Maunia Le Kilisimasi Ma Le Tausaga Fou
    Sardinian: Bonu nadale e prosperu annu nou
    Scots Gaelic: Nollaig chridheil huibh
    Serbian: Hristos se rodi.
    Singhalese: Subha nath thalak Vewa. Subha Aluth Awrudhak Vewa
    Slovak: Vesele Vianoce. A stastlivy Novy Rok
    Slovene: Vesele Bozicne Praznike Srecno Novo Leto or Vesel Bozic in srecno Novo leto
    Spanish: Feliz Navidad
    Swedish: God Jul and (Och) Ett Gott Nytt År
    Tagalog: Maligayamg Pasko. Masaganang Bagong Taon
    Tamil: (Tamizh) Nathar Puthu Varuda Valthukkal (good New Year not Merry Christmas)
    Trukeese: (Micronesian) Neekiriisimas annim oo iyer seefe feyiyeech!
    Thai: Sawadee Pee Mai or souksan wan Christmas
    Turkish: Noeliniz Ve Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun
    Ukrainian: Srozhdestvom Kristovym or Z RIZDVOM HRYSTOVYM
    Urdu: Naya Saal Mubarak Ho (good New Year not Merry Christmas)
    Vietnamese: Chuc Mung Giang Sinh
    Welsh: Nadolig Llawen
    Yoruba: E ku odun, e ku iye’dun!

    Oh, and may the force be with you.

  18. I’m very impressed with our multilingual mods. Merry Christmas guys and/or gals and thanks for all you do!

  19. I’ve cracked one of the encrypted emails – quite revealing!!!

    CHRISTMAS PARTY

    FROM: Pauline, Human Resources Director

    TO: All Employees

    DATE: 21st October 2011

    RE: Christmas Party

    I’m happy to inform you that the company Christmas Party will take place on December 21st, starting at noon in the private function room at the Grill House. There will be a cash bar and plenty of drinks! We’ll have a small band playing traditional carols…please feel free to sing along.
    And don’t be surprised if the MD shows up dressed as Santa Claus! A Christmas tree will be lit at 1.00p.m. Exchange of gifts among employees can be done at that time; however, no gift should be over $20.00 to make the giving of gifts easy for everyone’s pockets. This gathering is only for employees! The MD will make a special announcement at the Party.

    Merry Christmas to you and your Family.

    Pauline

    ————————————————————————–

    FROM: Pauline, Human Resources Director

    TO: All Employees

    DATE: 24th October 2011

    RE: Holiday Party

    In no way was yesterday’s memo intended to exclude our Jewish employees.
    We recognize that Chanukah is an important holiday, which often coincides with Christmas, though unfortunately not this year. However, from now on we’re calling it our ‘Holiday Party’. The same policy applies to any other employees who are not Christians. There will be no Christmas tree or Christmas carols sung. We will have other types of music for your enjoyment.

    Happy now?

    Happy Holidays to you and your family.

    Pauline.

    ————————————————————————–

    FROM; Pauline, Human Resources Director

    TO: All Employees

    DATE: 25th October 2011

    RE: Holiday Party

    Regarding the note I received from a member of Alcoholics Anonymous requesting a non-drinking table…you didn’t sign your name. I’m happy to accommodate this request, but if I put a sign on a table that reads, ‘AA Only’, you wouldn’t be anonymous anymore!!!! How am I supposed to handle this? Somebody? Forget about the gift exchange, no gift exchange allowed now since the Union Officials feel that $20.00 is too much money and Management believe $20.00 is a little cheap. NO GIFT EXCHANGE WILL BE ALLOWED.

    Pauline.

    ————————————————————————–

    FROM: Pauline, Human Resources Director

    TO: All Employees

    DATE: 26th October 2011

    RE: Holiday Party

    What a diverse group we are! I had no idea that December 20th begins the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which forbids eating and drinking during daylight hours. There goes the party! Seriously, we can appreciate how a luncheon at this time of year does not accommodate our Muslim employees’
    beliefs, perhaps the Grill House can hold off on serving your meal until the end of the party – or else package everything up for you to take home in a little foil doggy bag. Will that work? Meanwhile, I’ve arranged for members of Weight Watchers to sit farthest from the dessert buffet and pregnant women will get the table closest to the toilets, Gays are allowed to sit with each other, L*sbians do not have to sit with gay men, each will have their own table. Yes, there will be flower arrangements for the gay men’s table too. To the person asking permission to cross dress – no cross dressing allowed. We will have booster seats for short people. Low fat food will be available for those on a diet. We cannot control the salt used in the food we suggest those people with high blood pressure taste the food first. There will be fresh fruits as dessert for Diabetics; the restaurant cannot supply ‘No Sugar’ desserts. Sorry! Did I miss anything?!?!

    Pauline.

    ————————————————————————–

    FROM: Pauline, Human Resources Director

    TO: All F**ing Employees

    DATE: 27th October 2011

    RE: The F….. Holiday Party.

    Vegetarians… I’ve had it with you people !!! We’re going to keep this party at the Grill House whether you like it or not, so you can sit quietly at the table furthest from the ‘grill of death’, as you so quaintly put it, you’ll get your f,,,,,, salad bar, including organic tomatoes, But you know tomatoes have feelings too, They scream when you slice them. I’ve heard them scream. I’m hearing the scream right NOW !!
    I hope you all have a rotten holiday, drink drive and die.

    The Witch from HELL!!!

    ————————————————————————–

    FROM: John Benson.( Acting Human Resources Director )

    TO: All Employees

    DATE: 28th October 2011

    RE: Pauline Lewis and Holiday Party

    I’m sure I speak for all of us in wishing Pauline a speedy recovery, and I’ll continue to forward your cards to her. In the meantime, the Management has decided to cancel our Holiday Party and instead, give everyone the afternoon of the 23rd December off with full pay.

    John Benson.

  20. Merry Christmas Anthony and all. In case you may be the only one on the planet who hasn’t seen it, I offer this:

  21. With all respect to Lucy Skywalker above, I’d like to see here a whole bunch of personally posted messages from every language possible This represents an individual reaching out across the thousands of miles or kilometres that separate us, drawn together by a wish that unites us. Let’s send and see greetings in every language possible; perhaps this thread could close at midnight on Christmas night on the west coast, or in Hawaii, and then we’ll count how many languages are represented. Bonus points earned for a genuine reply in the same language. Call your friends and neighbours – let’s have a festive language fest. I’ll repeat my greeting now, to start us off:

    Želim vam
    vesele božične in novoletne praznike,
    v novem letu pa veliko zradvja in sreče.

    John Billings

  22. Merry Xmas, I read the blog most days and it cheers me greatly that I’m not alone in thinking the world’s gone mad……..

    Here’s a silly video I shot at a family party, time for the lighter side of life.

    Hazel

  23. a very merry xmas and happy new year to anthony and family, the mods, and all who visit and/or contribute to WUWT.

  24. Christmas greeting from Western Australia, where Christmas weather is the same every year, horizon to horizon blue skies and hot sun.

  25. Merry Christmas y’all

    Now, give your significant other a really big hug … or two. Great cure for stress.

  26. Merry Christmas from another Australian
    And Antony posters and mods thanks for your indefatigable work

  27. Merry Christmas to all from Sydney! May sanity and common sense prevail in the New Year!

    Wonderful musical choices. Nat King Cole is incomparable and I couldn’t stop going from one Dean Martin number to another. Just his voice is enough to sooth the inner beast.

  28. At last! The moderator may be away so I can finally say what I really think about this Evil Big Oil Denier site…

    It is my favorite thing on the net! No end of brain candy in the articles and comments.

    So all the best to everyone involved in this ongoing gift – contributors and commenters and moderators – and my sincere thanks to Anthony for wondering about the impact of latex paint on the global climate and all the wonderful things he has done since. And now you are an IPCC reviewer!!! Long way from how it all started.

    [REPLY: The moderators are ALWAYS here. That was just Anthony’s subterfuge to draw out the ungodly. See if YOU ever get posted here again! Have a merry Christmas and Happy New Year. -REP]

  29. [REPLY: The moderators are ALWAYS here. That was just Anthony’s subterfuge to draw out the ungodly. See if YOU ever get posted here again! Have a merry Christmas and Happy New Year. -REP]
    ====================================
    ROTFLMAO

    Merry Christmas to all you guys and gals………………..

    [REPLY: And to you. Thanks for your contributions. -REP]

  30. Merry Christmas to you and yours AW & Mods! Have a very, very good one.

    The times they are a changin!

    And you guys are instrumental in bringing about the changes, many, many thanks.

    [REPLY: Our commenters are very often as effective. Thanks for your contributions and have a Merry Christmas and great New Year. -REP]

  31. Merry christmas to one & all from a WET SE Victoria Australia. we came close to a white xmas, least it started with the same letter ;)

    [REPLY: A lot of our most supportive commenters seem to come from Victoria. We’ve always envied your ability to celebrate Christmas with a barbie in the beach. Best wishes to you, our Victoria commenters, and the neighbors in New South Wales. -REP]

  32. Merry Christmas from Canberra, Australia. It’s a beautiful sunny day here, the bubbly and prawns are chilling in the fridge, and the barbie will shortly be fired up.

    Heartfelt thanks to Anthony, mods and contributors for giving us something to look forward to every day – like they used to say about the movies – ‘you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you won’t be able to take your eyes off the screen!’

    Very special Season’s Greetings to FOIA, whoever and wherever they are. You have done the planet a great service, possibly the greatest of 2011.

    [REPLY: Thank you Johanna. Second that about FOIA. Enjoy the holiday. Interested commenters make this worthwhile. It’s not like the mods are in this for the money… -REP]

  33. God jul och gott nytt år!

    [REPLY: Och en riktigt God Jul och välmående, frisk och gott nytt år till dig och din familj. (Yeah, it’s Google translate, I’m not that good, but the sentiments are heart-felt.) -REP]

  34. Merry Christmas and Happy Hanakkuh to all!

    Thank you, Anthony (and mods), for all you do. WUWT is a bastion of sanity is a sea to idiocy – and we appreciate it.

    [REPLY: Thank you, Barbara, but this site thanks its readers and commenters as well. You are the people who will make things happen. Season’s Greeting and best wishes to you and yours. -REP]

  35. Merry Christmas to all that make this the best site on the Internet – contributors, mods, commenters and even lurkers. May you be blessed with every good fortune in the coming year from Colorado Springs, where we’re both tracking Santa (NORAD) and enjoying a white Christmas.

  36. May all of you enjoy a happy (insert reference of your choice). I would like to take this opportunity to claim the title of WUWT Grinch. I am both a workaholic and an addicted…uhm…Wattsupwiththatian. Even a brief respite from both results in withdrawl symptoms for me!

    I’d like also like to extend a special thanks to:

    “the Team”. Never have so few done so much with so little. You are both an inspiration and a dire warning of what happens when we are not vigilant in the defense of the truth.
    “the Trolls”. Without you, there would be no outlet for my sarcastic wit. Who knows how backed up things would get inside my head without trolls to butt off of bridges. (I am a Grinch, Rank; Billy Goat)
    “the mods”. Wow, how you guys keep up and keep the discussion civil without strangling the debate is beyond me. thankyou thankyou thankyou.
    “those who made me laugh”. Serious as the matters we discuss are, the humour on this site keeps me coming back as much as the science.
    “those whom I made laugh”. There is no greater satisfaction for a humourist than to know that his work has brought merriment to others. I hesitate to clutter up threads with thankyou notes when people compliment my writing, so wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of you who did.
    “the authors”. I’ve learned SO much on this site, from SO many articles, and I know the amount of work it takes to write a good one, and that even a great article comes under fire, some justified and some not. Please keep the great work coming, and the same to those who jump into threads to share their knowledge, their experience, and their criticism. There is a PhD worth of knowledge to be had every week at WUWT thanks to your efforts.

    and…

    “Anthony”. I cannot thank you enough for what you have accomplished with WUWT, both as a forum that I personally enjoy participating in, and as a forum that is a major part of pulling the human race back from a descent into insanity.

    Thankyou.

  37. Thank you Anthony and mods for another year of erudition and entertainment – your site is a tonic.
    Happy Christmas from a rather warm UK.

  38. DirkH says:
    December 24, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Fröhliche Weihnachten!
    [REPLY: Danke. Und Frohe Weihnachten für Sie und Ihre, wie gut. -REP]

    Sorry – somebody has to play Scrooge, might as well be me…
    That would be: “Sie und den Ihren” (to you and yours). “Wie gut/how well” doesn’t make sense, at least to a German…
    Felix dies nativitatis!

  39. Merry Christmas to Anthony, the Mods, Guest Posters, commenters but especially to all EVUETIPTCTHODTEOAPTs and ETILTDSAWAWTMEITUs that might be listening.

  40. Ulrich Elkmann says:
    December 24, 2011 at 5:37 pm
    “DirkH says:
    December 24, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Fröhliche Weihnachten!
    [REPLY: Danke. Und Frohe Weihnachten für Sie und Ihre, wie gut. -REP]

    Sorry – somebody has to play Scrooge, might as well be me…
    That would be: “Sie und den Ihren” (to you and yours). “Wie gut/how well” doesn’t make sense, at least to a German…”

    I liked it. Sounded like Yoda.

  41. Merry Christmas to all from Colorado Springs, CO. We have plenty of snow on the ground and on the side streets. It’s only gotten to the upper 30s the last two days, but it feels warm during the day because of the strong high-altitude sunshine. Two weeks ago, I saw a Robin in our neighborhood. Don’t know where he came from, because we’ve had some below zero weather.

  42. Anthony will probably not read this, but I thank him for his tireless work… and for posting the Nat King Cole link, which has led to many viewings of Nat performances on his show! For those interested in this fine singer and musician, I highly recommend the recent Analogue Productions SACDs (no, of course I’m not a paid plugger – I just love these discs). These are hybrid SACD/CDs – so even if you do not have an SACD-compatible player, you can enjoy these discs with a normal CD player, and the sound is utterly amazing, having been transferred from the original 3-track studio session tapes. Hearing is believing! Merry Christmas one and all. :)

  43. Merry Christmas resonances and joyous new year frequencies, in this grand new journey about our beautiful electric variable star!

  44. “And so this is Christmas, and what have you done?
    Another year over, a new one just begun?”

    Something I have done – a little playing around with Fourier on HadCRUT3, preferably the UEA version. (I have questions about the UKMET version showing slightly more recent warming trend and slightly less periodicity thyan the UEA version.)

    One thing I can say: IIRC, UEA version of HadCRUT3 has a periodic component, even if only temporary, that held up for 2 cycles with amplitude of .217 degree C/K peak-to-peak. This has
    period of 64 years, most recent peak in 2005, and most recent dip in 1973. This pattern managed to sustain from 1879 to 2005.

    Furthermore: When reducing 1973-2005 “smoothed global warming” according to UEA version of HadCRUT3 by .217 degree, what is the warming rate – and how much positive feedback upon CO2 change is required to make that true?

    How about something else I have done – consideration of greenhouse gases other than CO2 that had atmospheric presence increasing significantly until sometime in the 1990’s, and afterwardes largely leveling off? This can easily account for 15-20% of increrase in “GHG effect”
    prior to 2005 but not in the future from 2005.

    With such considerations, it appears to me that “global climate sensitivity” to change in CO2 is about 1.1-1.2 degree C/K per change by a factor of 2. The feedbacks added by nature appear to me no more thyan slighjtly positive, maybe slightly negative.
    Furthermore, it appears to me that as global warming due to increase of greenhouse gases progresses, the most-negative feedback (the lapse rate one) has its magnitude increasing.

    – Don

  45. I put together a YouTube Playlist with all the clips Anthony posted as well as the contributions from the comments, save the clip about “Dear Leader”….(even the Bob River’s Twisted Tunes clip…he is back on the air btw, KJR FM Seattle)

    I will try to keep updating it.

    It is a bit eclectic…kinda like Watt’s Up With That!

    Andrew

  46. Christmas is a marketing gimmick and you are all suckers. The religious elements are a fiction. Look it up. It is a pagan winter festival not a christian event. It’s not in the Scriptures. It was invented as a political device to assimilate pagans into the Roman church.

  47. Donald L. Klipstein says:
    December 24, 2011 at 6:12 pm
    “And so this is Christmas, and what have you done?
    Another year over, a new one just begun?”

    Good Call…and notice the title…

    “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”

  48. Merry Christmas to all !
    “Watts Up” is really “down to Earth”.
    Thanks for the sanity amid the lunacy.
    Wishing you many more great years to come !
    Ken.

  49. To all the moderators who make this blog work. Have a relaxing and fun Christmas and new years holidays. Moderating a busy board like this is a huge amount of work and you all do a bang up job.

    Many happy wishes to you and your family and friends.

    [REPLY:Thanks for your understanding. Best of the season to you, too. -REP]

  50. Merry Christmas from a knuckle-dragging, redneck, Neanderthal, Luddite, d-word flat-earther …..

    It’s kinda cool being a better scientist than them.

    (….. and knowing that the time will come when they have to both admit, and deal with the above).

  51. Merry Christmas from Washington State east of the Cascade Crest!

    John and Nancy
    on the Naneum Fan

  52. Does anyone have URL of a map of the world to scale? I’m having a problem finding one, for example here: http://www.mapsofindia.com/worldmap/ India has an area of 1,269,210 square miles and Greenland 836,109 square miles – but on this map Greenland looks around twice as big as India…

    Reply: A map of the world to scale would be about 40,000 km wide. I think what you are looking for is information on different types of map projections, ~ctm or the representation of spherical geographic information on flat surfaces.

  53. To FOIA,
    May the blessings of liberty be yours for all time. You’ve done the world a tremendous service and wherever you are, best wishes go out to you. Stay safe.

    With tremendous thanks,
    Another grateful reader

  54. Myrrh says:
    December 24, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Does anyone have URL of a map of the world to scale?”

    Copyright can be a problem.

    What you want is area mapping. I’m probably sober and might be able to explain how to do it tomorrow. Either find the map or compute it from a bad map (simply a lookup or function)
    If you very briefly post on an early thread on web site by my name I’ll pick it up.
    (or tallbloke’s but Rog might get it first)

  55. Smokey says:
    December 24, 2011 at 6:37 pm
    “Eric Dailey,

    I bet you’re lots of fun at a party.

    I don’t think Eric goes to parties – those are marketing gimmicks by big business. Further, Eric doesn’t believe in fictions. However, the country in which I live does have Christians and they celebrate Christmas as the birth of Christ, despite knowing the date of birth is unknown. Yet this “fiction” drives major sectors of the world’s economy and encourages goodwill, cheer, and hope. In this way the idea of a “pagan winter festival” morphs into a world wide festival regardless of whether it is summer, winter, or whatever — location-wise. Eric will now list or calculate everything he has obtained in this life based on fictions and make proper amends.

    Friends here got together for a joyful Solstice—food, music, singing – and will repeat on Christmas Day. Thus, I and others are called suckers! Well, we will live with (and also cheer) that.

    Again, Merry Christmas All.

  56. Eric Dailey says: “Christmas is a marketing gimmick and you are all suckers. The religious elements are a fiction. Look it up. It is a pagan winter festival not a christian event. It’s not in the Scriptures. It was invented as a political device to assimilate pagans into the Roman church.”

    And it succeeded pretty well, didn’t it Eric? Yes, Yuletide was originally the winter solstice holiday. Lots of ale (I mean LOTS of ale) was downed. Toasts were made to the gods, the goddesses, the king, and finally to the memory of the departed. Lots of food was then eaten, along with drinking more ale (LOTS of ale). It was a time of mirth and joy. Trees were often cut down, brought in to houses, and decorated (Jeremiah 10:1-5), though that was done long before the Christian era, and the Christians were not told to avoid Christmas trees, just the Jews.

    And yes, Eric, the religious elements are a fiction. Obviously Jesus was born in the springtime, when the lambs are born (some symbolism in that). But if people choose to commemorate someone’s birth at a different time of year, and do it with a spirit of goodwill and cheer, I certainly think it is appropriate. All you have to do, Eric, is ignore all the good wishes and gentle humor, and sit in your corner and sneer at the rest of us.

    And definitely you should avoid the ale.

    Happy Christmas, Merry Hanukkah, and an ale-filled winter solstice to all!

  57. From a friend over the big pond that might give some cheer….

    And so began the tradition of sticking the little angel atop the Christmas tree …

    When four of Santa’s elves got sick, the trainee elves did not produce toys as fast as the regular ones, and Santa began to feel the Pre-Christmas pressure. Then Mrs. Claus told Santa her Mother was coming to visit, which stressed him even more.

    When Santa went to harness the reindeer, he found that three of them were about to give birth. Two others had jumped the fence and were out. Heaven knows where!

    When Santa began to load the sleigh, one of the floorboards cracked, the toy bag fell to the ground and the toys scattered.

    Frustrated, Santa went in the house for a big shot of rum. When he went to the cupboard, he discovered the elves had drunk all the liquor.

    Just then the doorbell rang, and an irritated Santa marched to the door. He yanked it open, and there stood a little angel with a great big Christmas tree. The angel said very cheerfully, ‘Merry Christmas, Santa. Isn’t this a lovely day? I have the Christmas tree for you. Where would you like me to stick it?’

    ….

    Now you can finally relate to Santa… even he has those kind of days!

  58. WUWT is the gift that gives all year long. Thanks to everyone for their stimulating contributions over the year, and of course to Anthony for having such a great place to exchange ideas. Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays everyone!

  59. Enjoy your time off Anthony, and thanks for all you have accomplished this year with the support of a great moderator team. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

  60. Lucy, you left out Texan: Merry Christmas, y’all!
    A gorgeous White Christmas in West Texas. Many thanks to Anthony and the mods for all their hard work, and more thanks to the learned commenters. I learn more all the time here, and am looking forward to future education. Best Wishes to all, wherever in the world you are, whatever your AGW leanings, political, or religious.

  61. Merry Christmas to Anthony and his family and to all of you who do the research, write the postings and contribute via comments on Watts Up With That. I read your work every day and deeply appreciate all of you.

  62. Merry Christmas everyone. The day is nearly over here in southern NZ. Its been warm, still and very pleasant. Please spare a thought for the people of Christchurch who, after all the earthquakes of the past year or so spent the day before Christmas Eve enduring a sequence of jolts, several over 5 and one at 6 on the Richter Scale.
    Thanks Anthony, mods and all who contribute. Happy new year.
    Kia ora, kia kaha.

  63. Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah everyone and happy whatever winter solstice celebration you choose!

    Greg Olsen
    Tempe, Arizona

  64. A Merry Christmas to Anthony and Moderators, and all who contribute here. The best wishes for a prosperous and healthy new year to all.

  65. Fröhliche Weihnachten!

    I am from Edmonton, Canada, although I was born in a country that no longer exists, but the city still exists. (East Germany)

    By the way, the Hadcrut3 November numbers just came out and 2011 slipped from 11th warmest to 12th warmest on that set. 2011 is also 12th warmest on RSS.

  66. Merry Christmas and Best Wishes to Anthony, the Moderators, contributing authors and all who have commented here. (And yes, I include the Warmists and even the Trolls in those sentiments.)

    This forum has taught me I much over the last few years. I usually visit here multiple times per day to enjoy the open discussions that should define all true seekers of truth, knowledge and wisdom behave. Initially, I was only slightly skeptical regarding Global Warming. However, the more I read, the more increasingly skeptical I became that CO2 was great evil that “the Team” made it out to be.

    I tried reading the pro-CAWG blogs also, but was put off by their one-sided “discussions” and egotistical views regarding all whom presumed to disagree with their rigid mindset.

    It has been a joy and a blessing to listen to the discussions here.

    May each of you have a Healthy and Joyous New Year as we strive to discover the beauty of truth together. – wermet

  67. Just nabbing a quick breakfast cuppa before I begin preparing the Christmas lunch (roast sirloin and Yorkshire pud). All the very best of the season, everyone.

  68. There is noway that I can let you all know that I wish you all to have a really wonderful peaceful Christmas and try to show some originality in my comment, so I’ll just throw up a lantern and wish you all the very best, have a Merry Christmas and be safe.

    :)

  69. Myrrh says “Does anyone have URL of a map of the world to scale?” – but what projection/ scale do you need?

    In case it helps I have a ~16k point simple lat/long world coastline map (I forget exactly where it came from …!) which I tend to use for world projections – see the Tinypic link below for a rather poor quality screenshot of an Excel spreadsheet on my machine with this data, which gives a dynamic sub-solar view of the earth in real time, just as a bit of fun!

    Happy to let you have a copy of this spreadsheet (on a supplied as seen, no warranty basis!) if you can let me have somewhere to post/send it to.

    And here’s wishing a merry and peaceful Christmas to all – especially Anthony and the Mods (isn’t that the name of some pop group?) for hosting this excellent site.

  70. Warmest best wishes for a happy Christmas and less conflicted 2012. May the evidence and tenacity of real science reveal the intellectual bankruptcy of the politics of consensus. May those who have led us down this path be remembered forever and held to account.
    In the words of Marcus Aurelius Augustus Antoninus:
    “The goal of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to avoid joining the ranks of the insane.”

  71. Eric Dailey 6:17:
    “Christmas is a marketing gimmick…etc”
    We know that, Eric, and we don’t care. Merry Christmas to you anyway, and to all at this site.

  72. Greetings from chilly Paris
    Boys up to their necks in Lego, me stunned by the new IPad, wife in the kitchen chatting with the old folks. Pagan it may be but I love it

    Joyeux Noel

  73. Merry Christmas to Anthony, the Mods, and all the contributors from a mild and slightly damp West Sussex. Looking forward to Christmas day with the grandchildren, and hoping that 2012 will bring more progress towards removal of the CAGW millstone from all our grandchildren’s futures.

  74. Well Christmas day is almost over in Melbourne, Australia We had 4 seasons in one day today, needing the beach at lunchtime and finally cooling down with hours of thunderstorms, torrential rain, huge hail and even a tornado!!

    To Anthony, the mods and the wonderful contributors all, THANK YOU for providing me with sanity, fun and education! Merry Christmas/Solstice, whatever, and a Happy New Year!

  75. Wishing Anthony and all at WUWT a very Happy Christmas. Thank you for everything you have done and are doing,

    Annie, (currently enjoying Christmas in the Arabian Gulf).

  76. Merry Christmas!

    ‘Cold Moutain’ (Han Shan) reached Cold Mountain (120° 48.9′ E 29° 4.6 ‘ N) in the cold year 760.
    Summer the ice doesn’t melt. He wrote poems on the rocks. A first blogger.

    “I reached Cold Mountain and all cares stopped
    no idle thoughts remained in my head
    nothing to do I write poems on the rocks
    and trust the current like an unmoored boat

    I’ve always loved Friends of the Way
    friends of the Way I’ve always held dear
    meeting a traveler with a silent spring
    or greeting a guest talking Zen.

    Talking of the unseen on a moonlit night
    searching for truth until dawn
    when ten thousand reasons disappear
    and we finally see who we are.

    People ask the way to Cold Mountain
    but roads don’t reach Cold Mountain
    Summer the ice doesn’t melt
    and the morning fog is too dense.”
    (Cold Mountain)
    (Songs translated by Red Pine)

    Cold Moutain (Han Shan) reached Cold Mountain (120° 48.9′ E 29° 4.6 ‘ N) in the year 760 AD. A stalagmite from the Spannagel cave in the Alps confirms there were cold times, but also the Suns partner.

    Thanks for the ‘rocks’, Anthony, we can write words on.

    love

    V.

  77. Merry Christmas to Anthony, the Mods, and all the contributors and readers from a snowy spa in Finland. On vacation here this Christmas season with family. Can’t resist visiting WUWT on a daily basis. Wondering if FOIA is going to end up in the history books as famous as Paul Revere.

  78. And from deepest Borneo …. where I can assure anyone worried about an extra 2 degrees of warmth not to be …. also wishing you a very merry Xmas.

    You do a great job …. don’t stop …. in the end the truth is the truth !!

  79. Merry Christmas and all best wishes for the New Year to Anthony and all fellow climate realists.

    Lets hope that some further light will be shone upon this issue next year, and that sanity will at long last prevail and the politicians will pull back from destroying western economies and condemning all those in developing countries to a life of hradship and poverty without the benefits of cheap and plentiful energy.

  80. Have a wholesome and happy Xmas everyone and may the New year bring climategates galore ( hope you see this FOIA!)

    Kind regards from a chilly Hong Kong
    Zorro

  81. An old favourite of mine for Christmas day

    My family says that I was exactly like Linus. I will admit to having carted a blanket around well past my 5th birthday…

    Joyeux Noël

  82. No moderators! Gone till Monday!…. wooooo HOOOOO!!! ….pitter patter pitter patter… (*runs to one side of the website — knocking fonts over*) …trample, rumble, *BANG!*… (*jumps off of banner diving into the sea where a Christmas tree grows inexplicably on the sea shore — OBVIOUSLY a sign from Gaia warning mankind against it’s follies, kicks over social media thumbnails on his way out*) …”yeah!… occupy WUWT!” … ~-~♪ ♫ ♩ ♬ …(*blast of horn//penny whistle blares!*)… `~-♪ ♫ ♩ ♬ ♭ ♮ ♯ ° Tooot — Toooot!.

    (Other websites were disturbed by the noises coming from WUWT, grinning only because somewhere down deep in these other webpages, they thought WUWT deserved what was coming to it for being so obstinate against the narrative of AGW. As these larger sites slumbered off into there groggy dreams of federally funded — tax payer lined coffers — to support their inane ramblings [~like this one~] and research of the beaked leopard mint canyon smelt and the affects of a years worth of a Yugo’s exhaust directly pointed to its face … you could hear a chorus arise…)

    [… louder, and louder…]

    Fah who for-aze!
    Dah who dor-aze!
    Welcome Christmas,
    Come this way!

    Fah who for-aze!
    Dah who dor-aze!
    Welcome Christmas,
    Christmas Day.

    Welcome, Welcome
    Fah who rah-moose
    Welcome, Welcome
    Dah who dah-moose
    Christmas day is in our grasp
    So long as we have hands to clasp

    Fah who for-aze!
    Dah who dor-aze!
    Welcome Christmas
    Bring your cheer

    Fah who for-aze!
    Dah who dor-aze!
    Welcome all Who’s
    Far and near

    Welcome Christmas, fah who rah-moose
    Welcome Christmas, dah who dah-moose
    Christmas day will always be
    Just so long as we have we

    Fah who for-aze
    Dah who dor-aze
    Welcome Christmas
    Bring your light
    (Bridge (about 65 sec))

    Welcome Christmas
    Fah who rah-moose!
    Welcome Christmas
    Dah who dah-moose!

    Welcome Christmas
    While we stand
    Heart to heart
    And hand in hand

    Fah who for-aze
    Dah who dor-aze
    Welcome welcome
    Christmas
    Christmas
    Day

    [MODERATOR’S STERN WARNING: We ARE here, and if you don’t gather up those fonts you knocked over and put them back the way they were, there will be no Christmas Pudding for you! -REP]

  83. Merry Christmas and Happy New year everyone. And a special thanks to Lance who posted very early–Thanks for your service and your son’s. I have been the family waiting at home, too. “They also serve who only stand and wait.” I pray every day for the safe return of service men and women overseas and away from their families.

  84. Mr. Watts and WUWT contributors and on behalf of my father (we’ll call him swright, long time lurker) Wish you and all contributors to this history making endeavor ] and your family(s)—-

    A very Merry Christmas and God Bless you all.

    dwright

  85. A very Happy Christmas to you and yours, Anthony!
    The same to all you mods – I hope you’re well provided with mince pies and gluhwein.
    And the same to all you posters!

    Eat, drink and be merry, because we’ll all die: either because it is too hot, or because it’s too cold, or too wet, too dry, or too stormy, as it is in good old Blighty right now.
    It is of course our own fault, no matter what (and the watermelons will ,of course, never die of anything ..) – so we might as well have a good time!

  86. Just to round out the Season’s Greetings, and to slip further down the imaginary axis . . .

    Vulcan: kunli-Christmas
    Klingon: QISmaS DatIvjaj ‘ej DIS chu’ DatIvjaj and QISmaS botIvjaj ‘ej DIS chu’ botIvjaj
    Elvish: Ná merye i turuhalmeri

    And, stealing shamelessly from User Friendly this morning, is a geeks rendition of Oh Holy Night

    Oh Modem lights
    I love to see you shining
    every night as I surf
    across the earth.

    Apart was the world
    Then came IP assigning
    We shook our hands
    And we all could share our mirth.

    Though broadband arrived
    And the waiting world rejoices
    I’ll always respect
    9600 baud

    Fall on your knees
    And hear the negotiation!
    Oh lights divine, Oh lights,
    You blink and warn.
    Oh lights divine.
    Oh lights. Oh lights divine!

  87. From our friends at the CPA, a Christmas message and a lesson in climatology and geology, could have been spoken by Bob Brown and his lackeys in the Labor Party.

    Dear Comrades, Guardian readers, supporters and friends,

    2011 witnessed an increase in class struggle all over the world and the people’s fight back for democratic rights, jobs and peace. We also witnessed the speeding up of the climate crisis with the devastating floods in Queensland and earthquakes in NZ and Japan. Climate change highlights that the world can no longer support imperialism with its profit-driven nature and wars. more …

  88. I used to know a little Italian. Here goes:

    Buon Natale e tanti auguri a tutti voi per l’anno nuovo.

    Merry Christmas from Utah.

  89. ♫ Merry Christmas everybody! ♫

    “Some people laughed to see the alteration in him, but he let them laugh, and little heeded them; for he was wise enough to know that nothing ever happened on this globe, for good, at which some people did not have their fill of laughter in the outset; and knowing that such as these would be blind anyway, he thought it quite as well that they should wrinkle up their eyes in grins, as have the malady in less attractive forms. His own heart laughed: and that was quite enough for him.”

    Andrew

  90. Its the right time for Christmas Tales… this might be the reason why “Le Monde”, one of the main french newspapers, is putting out a paper glorifying Michael Mann and the great Hockey stick curve… for french fluent readers, a nice example of first class propaganda :

    http://www.lemonde.fr/planete/article/2011/12/23/le-climatologue-a-la-crosse-de-hockey_1621693_3244.html#ens_id=1622654

    Best to all, and : Merry Christmas, Happy New Year to all men of good faith.

  91. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays (whichever you celebrate) to all. I am simply glad that sunset today here on the sunny, warm west central coast of Florida is 17:42, tomorrow it is 17:43 and the next day 17:44. Spring is on the way! Celebrating today with a nice cookout (barbie for those down under) at the beach. Thank goodness for global warming!!!!!!!!!!

  92. A little late for christmas, but nevertheless:
    Best wishes to all of you from Franconia! (part of Bavaria, Germany)

    Keep up with the good work!

  93. Hello. I have a question that someone may be able answer.
    Imagine that we have somewhere in the world a small region/area/nation
    (call it what you will) that consists of three suburbs jammed together in a
    row to form an “urban area”, each being 5×5 km. Along the back of these is
    a small range of hills and then a 15×15 km hinterland.

    In the middle of each of these four areas is a temperature station, and in
    each case the remps are recorded every 15 minutes. Let’s assume for the
    sake of this exercise that the temps in each are representative of the area
    in which the station is found. Clearly, with quarter-hour readings, it is
    possible to produce a daily mean for each station.

    Suppose that on Day 1 the four means are 10, 10, 10, 10, and on Day 2 the
    means for the 3 ‘urban’ and one ‘rural’ station are 10.5, 10.5, 10.5, 9.5.

    My question is: when these data are examined by climate scientists, do they
    conclude that there has been a 0.25 increase in mean temperature, or do they
    conclude that there has been a decrease of 0.25 deg per hectare?

    Thanks

  94. Merry Christmas and sincere appreciation to Anthony and the moderators for their incomparable work, and my warmest Christmas wishes to Smokey, our indefatigueable troll-slayer (whom I would also like to thank for making me aware of Maggie’s Farm some time ago).

    /dr.bill

  95. The gasp of “He Came!!” from the rug rats this morning said it all!!
    Merry Christmas to all.
    Cheers

  96. U don’t suppose the Mayan calender was predicting the fall of global warming hysterics do u? If so, hear hear to its ignoble demise.

  97. Rex;
    My question is: when these data are examined by climate scientists, do they
    conclude that there has been a 0.25 increase in mean temperature, or do they
    conclude that there has been a decrease of 0.25 deg per hectare?>>>

    Oh, if only there were a simple answer to that!
    What they do is divide the world into “grid cells”. The grid cells range in size based on which version of which temperature record you are looking at. The grid cells are defined by latitude and longitude. Most common are 1×1 degrees, 2×2 degrees and 5×5 degrees. That of course means that the area of a grid cell close to the poles is smaller than that of a grid cell at the equator. Then you have the matter of what area the weather station is presumed to be valid for. GISS for example gives their results based on both 250 km and 1200 km radius. Here’s a link where you can look at their data graphicaly based on either one. If you compare the 250 km radius to the 1200 km radius, you’ll see that there’s a lot more blank cells in the former because they don’t have enough valid data to assign a temperature to that grid cell.

    http://data.giss.nasa.gov/gistemp/maps_v3/

    How they average over lapping weather stations is beyond me.

  98. From snow-coated (maybe 2″) southern New Brunswick, where it got down to an unseasonable minus 18°C (0°F) overnight, I send best wishes for the solstice season (and whatever else you care to make of it) and best wishes for the new year. WUWT has provided a continuing stream of factual information to overcome the misinformation of the warmists. I want to thank Anthony and the patient moderators for making this all possible.

    Drat “wayne” for beating me to the punch with the story about the Xmas Tree Angel. But the following is more complete, being a combination of more than one source:

    How the Angel Came to be on Top of the Christmas Tree

    Daily life at the North Pole was not pleasant, and Santa Claus was in a
    pretty foul mood. There had been no snow during the entire month of December
    and nothing was going right in Santa’s workshops. The helpers were about
    three weeks behind in their work, and it didn’t look that all the toys would
    be ready by Christmas Eve. The elves in the bicycle department had been on
    strike since October, and now there was the possibility that the elves in
    the doll department might join them. Santa had tried to round up some extra
    helpers, but with no snow, they weren’t able to make it by sleigh to the
    workshop. Then the electricity went off, and all the power tools came to a
    stop.
    Mrs. Claus was suffering from arthritis and was very mad over the fact
    that her red velvet cake had fallen in the oven. In addition, she had told
    Santa her Mother was coming to visit, which stressed Santa even more.
    Santa’s foul mood was exacerbated by a bad case of hemorrhoids, and he
    wasn’t too happy about the possibility of having to ride so far on Christmas
    Eve.
    When he went to harness the reindeer, he found that three of them were
    about to give birth and two others had jumped the fence and were out, heaven
    knows where. Rudolph had a bad cold, and his nose wouldn’t light up. Comet
    and Prancer were fighting over Vixen, who had just come into heat. Blitzen’s
    right foreleg was still in a cast, and the vet said that they would have to
    wait until December 24 to decide if he would be able to pull the sleigh.
    When he finally began to load the sleigh, one of the floorboards cracked,
    the toy bag fell to the ground, and all the toys were scattered. Frustrated,
    Santa went in the house for a cup of apple cider and a shot of rum. When he
    went to the cupboard, he discovered the elves had drunk all the cider and
    hidden the liquor. In his frustration, he accidentally dropped the cider
    jug, and it broke into hundreds of little glass pieces all over the kitchen
    floor. He went to get the broom and found the mice had eaten all the straw
    off the end of the broom.
    Seeing the terrible state of affairs at the North Pole chez Santa, the
    angels took up an offering to buy a gift for the unhappy workers and the
    Clauses – something that would brighten their Christmas. They chose a
    Christmas tree, and sent it down by an angel. When the doorbell rang an
    irritated Santa marched to the door, yanked it open, and there stood the
    little angel with a great big Christmas tree. The angel said very
    cheerfully, “Merry Christmas, Santa. Isn’t this a lovely day? I have a
    beautiful tree for you. Where would you like me to
    stick it?”

    And so began the tradition of the little angel on top of the Christmas
    tree.

    All the best for 2012.

    IanM

  99. Merry Christmas to you, Anthony and Moderators, from Virginia! Not a white Christmas this year, but there is a delicious bite to the air. I hope you all are enjoying your holiday as much as we are enjoying ours.

  100. Happy Christmas and New Year Anthony and all who contribute.
    Win lose or draw, the world is a better place for WUWT keeping the debate open. Harder to think of a better compliment than that, that the world is a better place for you being in it.

  101. Best of seasons to Anthony, the Mods, contributors and lurkers to one of my favourte sites!
    You’re doing a lot for science and for proper scientific practices, a beacon for truth and free speech, thank you.

    I feel 2012 will be an interesting times for science and one hell of a year for political fall out!

    Get yer popcorn ready! ;v)

    Lance

  102. Merry Christmas everyone . . . this cyberplace of Anthony’s feels like home . . . and there is no place like home . . .

    John

    P.S. – on this day of family and friends I do not forget those Wise Men who we call the moderators . . . cheers to you all . . .

    [Bribery will get you anywhere … 8<) Robt]

  103. Great. So many quotes:

    “Never give up, never give in.” – Churchill

    ”Never give in, never surrender.” – Jason Nesmith (Galaxy Quest)

    “Never gonna give you up, Never gonna let you down, Never gonna run around and desert you.
    Never gonna make you cry, Never gonna say goodbye, Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you” – Rick Astley.

    Sorry, had to put that in…

  104. Merry Christmas Anthony, moderators, commentors and trolls. May your day be merry, your families happy, your roads clear, and your fences strong.

    From the North American steppe, where six inches of unforecast global warming has given the southern plains a whiter Christmas than in New England!

  105. Thank you and best wishes for the holiday season and to all those associated with WUWT who have made it such an outstanding success for freedom of thought and expression of ideas for the underdog. May it go from strength to strength in 2012.

    Just as Susan Boyle gained inspiration from Les Misérables and dreamed a dream for suppressed talent, let us keep dreaming that there will be a life to start when tomorrow comes and a world we all long to see.

    Merry Christmas to all.

  106. davidmhoffer:
    >> Then you have the matter of what area the weather station is presumed to be valid
    >> for. GISS for example gives their results based on both 250 km and 1200 km radius.

    Thanks David. So if there is a temp station plonked in the middle of nowhere
    they assume, if there is no better evidence available, that the temp recorded
    there represents the temp for (at least) 250 km in all directions ?? i.e. 62,500 sq kms,
    and that this contributes to the overall mean on that area basis ?

    Mind-boggling. Wouldn’t work in my country (NZ) … the temp station wouldn’t
    cover 5km away, let alone 250. This aspect needs to be investigated further, I feel.

  107. dr. bill,

    Yes, Maggie’s Farm is an excellent site that often links to WUWT articles. That’s why I’m happy to link back to them.

    Every day they have links to interesting sites. For example, scroll down to “Saturday morning links”, “Friday morning links”, etc.

  108. So glad Anthony pointed out Susan Boyle. Many may also be aware of Paul Potts who, also on Britains Got Talent, ‘dared to be ridiculed on stage for one night http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1k08yxu57NA in order to show the world his talent.’

    Now we have three lowly talents here, Charlie Brown, Susan Boyle, and Paul Potts…seems fitting for Christmas
    Merry Christmas to all. Craciun fericit.
    Incidently, my last name is Snow, my wife’s is Christmas (Craciun)

  109. Happy Chrismas to the people all over the world, and especially for my friends in Paraguay en ava ñe’ê:

    Tuvicha mitã Tupã arete!

  110. Twelve Days of Christmas

    A Correspondence

    John Julius Norwich

    25th December

    My dearest darling
    That partridge, in that lovely little pear tree! What a
    enchanting, romantic,poetic present! Bless you and thank you.
    Your deeply loving Emily

    26th December

    Mr dearest darling Edward
    The two turtle doves arrived this morning and are cooing
    away in the pear tree as I write. I’m so touched and
    grateful.
    With undying love, as always, Emily

    27th December

    My darling Edward

    You do thinks of the most original presents: whoever
    thought of sending anybody three French hens? Do they really
    come all the way from France? It’s a pity that we have no
    chicken coops, but I expect we’ll find some. Thank you,
    anyway, they’re lovely.
    Your loving Emily

    28th December

    Dearest Edward

    What a surprise – four calling birds arrived this morning.
    They are very sweet, even if they do call rather loudly –
    they make telephoning impossible. Bit I expect they’ll calm
    down when they get used to their new home. Anyway, I’m very
    grateful – of course I am.
    Love from Emily

    29th December

    Dearest Edward

    The postman has just delivered five most beautiful gold
    rings, one for each finger, and all fitting perfectly. A
    really lovely present -lovelier in a way than birds, which do
    take rather a lot of looking after. The four that arrived
    yesterday are still making a terrible row, and I’m afraid
    none of use got much sleep last night. Mummy says she wants
    us to use the rings to ‘wring’ their necks – she’s only
    joking, I think; though I know what she means. But I love
    the rings. Bless you
    Love, Emily

    30th December

    Dear Edward

    Whatever I expected to find when I opened the front door
    this morning, it certainly wasn’t six socking great geese
    laying eggs all over the doorstep. Frankly, I rather hoped
    you had stopped sending me birds – we have no room for them
    and they have already ruined the croquet lawn. I know you
    meant well, but – let’s call a halt, shall we?
    Love, Emily

    31st December

    Edward

    I thought I said no more birds; but this morning I woke up
    to find no less than seven swans all trying to get into our
    tiny goldfish pond. I’d rather not thinks what happened to
    the goldfish. The whole house seems to be full of birds – to
    say nothing of what they leave behind them. Please, please
    STOP
    Your Emily

    1st January

    Frankly, I think I prefer the birds. What am I to do with
    eight milkmaids – AND their cows? Is this some kind of a
    joke? If so, I’m afraid I don’t find it very amusing.
    Emily

    2nd January

    Look here Edward, this has gone far enough. You say you’re
    sending me nine ladies dancing; all I can say is that judging
    from the way they dance, they’re certainly not ladies. The
    village just isn’t accustomed to seeing a regiment of
    shameless hussies with nothing on but their lipstick
    cavorting round the green – and it’s Mummy and I who get
    blamed. If you value our friendship – which I do less and
    less – kindly stop this ridiculous behaviour at once.
    Emily

    3rd January

    As I write this letter, ten disgusting old men are
    prancing abour all over what used to be the garden -before
    the geese and the swans and the cows got at it; and several
    of them, I notice, are taking inexcusable liberties with the
    milkmaids. Meanwhile the neighbours are trying to have us
    evicted. I shall never speak to you again.
    Emily

    4th January

    This is the last straw. You know I detest bagpipes. The
    place has now become something between a menagerie and a
    madhouse and a man from the Council has just declared it
    unfit for habitation. At least Mummy has been spared this
    last outrage; they took her away yesterday afternoon in an
    ambulance. I hope you’re satisfied.

    5th January

    Sir
    Our client, Miss Emily Wilbraham, instructs me to inform
    you that with the arrival on her premises a half-past seven
    this morning of the entire percussion section of the
    Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and several of their friends
    she has no course left open to her but to seek an injunction
    to prevent your importuning her further. I am making
    arrangements for the return of much assorted livestock.
    I am, Sir, Yours faithfully,
    G.CREEP
    Solicitor-at-law

    HAPPY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE

    John Ratcliffe

  111. It’s the busiest time of the year for a mother to prepare and share a wonderful Christmas dinner with one husband, and 4 hulking sons and their friends.But at my first chance today to put my feet up, my first choice is to visit WUWT. What a treat to end the day reading the wonderful greetings from around the world here.

    Best wishes to all for a wonderful Christmas and happy holiday, and again, thank-you to Anthony, writers, those who share comments, and our patient and witty moderators for their wonderful efforts. I cannot better what davidmhoffer said above: Anthony has created a forum here “that is a major part of pulling the human race back from a descent into insanity”.

  112. Rex;
    Thanks David. So if there is a temp station plonked in the middle of nowhere
    they assume, if there is no better evidence available, that the temp recorded
    there represents the temp for (at least) 250 km in all directions ??>>>

    Yup! They do! I’m not certain which one they use for the offcial temperature record, but I think it is the 1200 km one which is even more ridiculous. Then, if they have a weather station whose radius extends into the ocean, they use the land weather station data instead of the ocean surface temperature within that radius. Steven Mosher is the guy who is really deep on this stuff, but the problems with the reliability of GISS and how they assign temperature just go on and on and on and….

  113. Rex,
    From the link I posted before:

    “•Smoothing radius: Distance over which a station influences regional temperature, either 250 km or 1200 km (standard case = 1200 km).”

    So, the “standard” is 1200 km….

  114. David and Rex: I understand the breakdown of thermal energy stored is close to ..

    90% oceans and sea ice
    6% land surfaces and other ice
    4% atmosphere

    Leaving aside the atmosphere, I suggest temperatures above ocean surfaces should be weighted 90:6 compared with land and other ice. This means a weighting of only 6/96 (that is 6.25%) for land surfaces would be more appropriate than anything near 30%. This would reflect the far greater stabilising effect of the oceans. Our best guide is thus NASA sea surface data which (unfortunately?) failed October 4, 2011. But at least up to that date it showed 2011 being cooler than 2003 http://earth-climate.com/2003-2011.jpg .

  115. Rex says:
    December 25, 2011 at 5:53 pm (Edit)
    davidmhoffer:
    >> Then you have the matter of what area the weather station is presumed to be valid
    >> for. GISS for example gives their results based on both 250 km and 1200 km radius.

    Thanks David. So if there is a temp station plonked in the middle of nowhere
    they assume, if there is no better evidence available, that the temp recorded
    there represents the temp for (at least) 250 km in all directions ?? i.e. 62,500 sq kms,
    and that this contributes to the overall mean on that area basis ?

    Mind-boggling. Wouldn’t work in my country (NZ) … the temp station wouldn’t
    cover 5km away, let alone 250. This aspect needs to be investigated further, I feel.

    ###########################################

    Rex, many people misunderstand how this works mathematically and why it works as well as it does.

    Lets say that you have a temperature at place x. 1C
    Now, consider a place y, 1000km away. Lets assume that its 10C.

    How can Giss or anybody else use Just one of those locations? Why look, the temperature changes every few km? it makes no sense.. right?

    Not so fast. Lets look at the station at place x. Over the course of 30 years it goes up and down.
    So does the station at place y. What GISS care about is the trend. If X goes up by .2C per
    decade, what do you suppose happens at place y? Well, it also goes up by .2C decade.

    The technical term for this is correlation. So one starts by calculating the correlation versus
    the distance. The closer the stations, the higher the correlation. The higher the correlation
    the fewer stations you need to capture the average trend. By look at 1000s of stations
    and how they correlate versus distance, you can determine how far apart stations can get
    before they de correlate. This of course is latitude and season dependent. at the
    northern most latitudes 1200km is a good cut off.

    One way we test this is by starting with thousands of stations and removing stations.
    so, you can start with 10,000 stations and remove 5000. the trend doesnt change
    remove 8000. trend doesnt change, remove 9500. trend doesnt change.

    Why? because the field is spatially coherent.

    Now if you were just interested in temperature that would be a different problem. But its the trend people care about and as long as you have a good scatter in latitude you can get
    by with very few stations.

    Now there are places where this is more fragile. NZ might be one, with stations on the coast
    and stations inland you will see one trend on the coast and another inland

  116. Merry Christmas to all, even though it is past midnight on the east coast, and the holiday is officially “over.” However it is not over to the West, and, in a sense, it is not over anywhere, ever.

    Even if the entire human race chooses to become ignorant, Truth remains true. It is a light which darkness cannot quench. There is no such thing as a flashlight which can produce a ray of darkness, but a single candle can defeat the darkness of a vast cave.

    In my youth I was always on the lookout for some sort of Christmas miracle, some proof light was more powerful than darkness, and I usually could find one, because I took the time to look. We are in fact surrounded by “signs” of the power of Truth, though we may be blinded by discouragement and fail to see them.

    Although the beauty of science is that it shows us the Truth, a true Christmas miracle cannot be replicated, and therefore is outside the bounds of science. In fact most of mine are minor things most would not call miracles, though they were miracles to me. (For example, if your mother-in-law said something nice about you, it might be a miracle to you, but no big deal to anyone else.)

    However one time I had this really amazing thing happen on Christmas Eve that was so neat I have to tell the tale, though I won’t blame you if you don’t believe me:

    Rent was due, and I was five dollars short. I lived in a motel unit, in a rough part of a rough town, and the owner of the motel was from India and could care less if it was Christmas Eve. He had a reputation for putting an odd clam-shell thing on your doorknob if you were late with your rent, and it kept you from opening your own door, until you came up with the rent. But I figured if I flourished fifty-five dollars in his face, he might let me stay in my unit on Christmas Eve, though the rent for the motel unit was sixty. However when I peeked through the picture window into the front office, I had my doubts. He had a mean look that evening. Not Christmassy at all. I figured I’d likely be sleeping in my car that night.

    A blast of wind blew dust across the parking lot, and it was cold. Then I noticed this little ball of paper tumbling over the tar. I swear I knew it was a five dollar bill even before it stopped at my feet. Then I stooped, picked it up, un-crumpled it, and saw old Abe Lincoln. I shook my head and said, “You’ve got to be Sh—ing me.”

    I don’t blame you if you don’t believe me. To be scientific you’d have to replicate the event, but I don’t expect I’ll ever see that sort of coincidence ever happen again, in my life.

    However now I’ll tell you of a Christmas miracle we all witnessed. It involves a cold wind blowing, six years ago, and fellows like me getting scolded for saying there was ever such a thing as Vikings growing grain and raising cows in Greenland, because that was “denier” talk. There was no place to turn, because WUWT did not exist, back then. Then, five Christmases ago, like a five dollar bill blowing across a parking lot, this unexpected event, an event you could not replicate, occurred. WUWT was lit like a little candle lit in darkness. And for most of us, learning it existed had us shaking our heads in happy disbelief, and saying, “You’ve got to be Sh—ing me.”

    Only now are we becoming aware there were some who don’t like the light of Truth, and who were spending vast amounts of money to keep the public in the dark. However they failed to include the internet into their calculations.

    We have all witnessed, and indeed been part of, a miracle. Despite the best efforts of those enamored of darkness, Light always finds a chink, and shines through. Remember that, and keep the faith, should times grow dark, this coming year.

  117. In a groveling display of special pleading, climate scientists studying a developing tropical cyclone east of Darwin have named it “Grant” and have written it up before it is finished.

    However, instead of growing through class 3, to 4, to the top rank of 5, it has now been degraded to a “low”.

    Those who have tickets on themselves about understanding tropical cyclones, their conditions of formation and the controls on their paths, should study this cyclone to be humiliated. Two turns of 180 degrees in a day or so. In Africa they say “Mumbo jumbo”. Here we say “sit down talk”.

  118. Rex says:
    December 25, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    You have to realize that the toolbox of statistical weapons available for the modern researcher to perform their various assaults on the sundry data sets that come under their consideration is an amazing thing. Despite this fact, or maybe because of it, I have over my years visiting this site, whenever I’ve been confronted by a lengthy deposition on how it is possible to extract incredibly precise results from data that is scant and shoddy, found that a catchy little tune from the days of my youth will almost inevitably pop into my head after just a few paragraphs. Being as you are from NZ and I have no idea of your age I suspect you probably may have no idea who Arlo Guthrie is, but he had a small hit back in the Sixties with a song titled “Alice’s Restaurant” which starts out “You can get anything you want at Alice’s Restaurant”. Check at about 0:45 on the clip and unfortunately not again until about 16:30.

  119. Merry Bloody Xmas to all Climate Realists!!

    A Happy New Year to all people who believe in this website and Lord Monckton!

    A big fat rasberry to prophets of doom…..

    Keep up the good fight Wattsy and the Lord and all other contributors.

    Australia needs this site more than ever after our Carbon Tax Crap!

    Bring on 2012, It`s gonna be a hell of a ride!! Hey, Phil???

  120. Many thanks to all who’ve responded to my request – it’s been quite an education, I hadn’t realised it was so complex.

    Having read through the links and offer, thanks TimC, I see John F. Hultquist is right – “you will find that the thing you want is very difficult to provide” :)

    I now know what I wanted was an atlas showing countries and borders in ‘equal area’, because the distortion of Greenland being so much bigger than India made for a very strange look at the world, and that picture is ubiquitous.

    “John F. Hultquist says:
    December 24, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Try this:

    Home site is:

    http://www.colorado.edu/geography/gcraft/notes/mapproj/mapproj_f.html

    “Eckert VI Equal Area
    The Eckert VI projection , used for maps of the world, is pseudocylindrical and equal area. The central meridian and all parallels are at right angles, all other meridians are sinusoidal curves. Shape distortion increases at the poles. Scale is correct at standard parallels of 49:16 North and South. ”

    This does come close.. Is it possible to improve on it?

    • Steven Wright might have a map that would work (joke)

      “I have a map of the United States… Actual size. It says, ‘Scale: 1 mile = 1 mile.’ I spent last summer folding it. I hardly ever unroll it. People ask me where I live, and I say, ‘E6.”
      ― Steven Wright

  121. Dave Wendt says: December 26, 2011 at 12:36 am
    Great allegory for the ‘system’. It’s a shame when your 5X7 glossies aren’t what you think they are. I remember when if a photo was printed at 5X7inches, it must represent something of import.
    A view from the Group ‘W’ bench.

  122. Steven Mosher says:
    December 25, 2011 at 10:21 pm
    “One way we test this is by starting with thousands of stations and removing stations.
    so, you can start with 10,000 stations and remove 5000. the trend doesnt change
    remove 8000. trend doesnt change, remove 9500. trend doesnt change.”

    The trend on an airfield in Brazil is the same as on the mountains in Bolivia.

    That’s why you don’t need thermometers in Bolivia.

    In Hansen’s pseudoscientific world.

  123. Merry Christmas everyone.

    Did you know the IPCC have come up with a scheme to export tinned CO2 to the moon.

    It will be injected under pressure into cans of liquid. Two companies have been awarded the lucrative project which will be payed for by government taxes.

    Cabon Dioxde Kept Encapsulated (COKE) and Permanently Encapsulated Prohibited Substance (PEPSI).

  124. Myrrh says “The Eckert VI projection … does come close. Is it possible to improve on it?”

    The Wikipedia ref below has quite a good article on projections including the Eckert IV and VI “equal area” projections – which are still subject to some shape distortion, by the way. Practically it’s simply not possible to render the surface of a sphere accurately onto a plane without either discontinuities (tearing) or other compromises (unusual or unequal scaling of meridians and parallels).

    The Wiki article is at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Map_projection

    Really it’s down to personal preference and your required use for the particular projection. The gnomonic is the most fun, over the poles!

  125. “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.” Winston Churchill

    Found this wonderful handy remote controlled gadget, that allows one to call out all who tell habitual lies, found here:- http://www.thecryptmag.com/Online/29/BullshitDetector.html

    Amazon sells , a cheap low cost button version for your desk here:- http://www.amazon.com/Official-Bullsh-Button-BS/dp/B000L70MQO

    And for a few dollars extra, a wrist watch version can be found here:-http://www.amazon.com/Universal-Bullshit-Detector-Watch-Skaggs/dp/B000M3BQBW

    Ah, the wonders of modern technology!

    A word of caution, use wisely, or one may find one self unemployed or divorced very quickly indeed, for some people in senior management have absolutely no sense of humor!

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