I was feeling really burned out… and then I read this

UPDATE: 3/17/12 Thanks to everyone for all the support, kind words, and well wishes. Today I found myself taking another long nap, and I awoke feeling much better than yesterday. Stress is an insidious thing, and until it catches up with you, you don’t realize what impact it has.  – Anthony

It has been an exhausting month since Fakegate hit the scene, and tonight when I came home from work, I crashed hard, taking a nap. I even missed dinner. My children tried to wake me up apparently to no avail. At the moment I feel like I have a hangover.

Behind the scenes, I’m dealing with a lot of things related to WUWT and the legal fight building with the Pacific Institute and Gleick, plus other things. Today for example I’m wrestling with starting the blog all over again on another platform because my wordpress.com free hosting keeps messing under the hood with the production code and they’d broken something yet again (some readers can’t comment any more thanks to a new security feature) just after we got the mess with adwords fixed last week. So yeah, I’m pretty toasted all in all at the moment. Then I read this comment from a reader on the DeSmog Blog headed back to obscurity thread.

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Ally E. says:

March 16, 2012 at 2:10 pm

I found WUWT barely a month before Fakegate happened. Prior to finding this site, I was a head-in-the-sand kind of person. I knew the whole fry-and-die alarmism was wrong, the claims were getting very stupid, as was the panic.

Getting fed up with ever increasing nonsense scare tactics, I pushed back from news outlets. I didn’t want to hear anymore. I also felt very alone. It was Ian Plimer’s “How to get expelled from school” that opened my eyes to the growing fight back to rational thinking. I bought the book (and there were only two left on the shelf, so I know it’s popular) and read it in a day.

Encouraged, I got online and found WUWT and others. I cannot express how wonderful it felt to learn that REAL scientists out there are practicing REAL science and presenting it properly.

Point is, for those years I had my head in the sand, I didn’t know just what a tangled mess this had all become. I didn’t know what a horrible world was developing right under our noses.

I come here every day. This is my home page. I love the science, I love the way it is presented and I love reading the comments and thoughts from so many very intelligent people. But I also devour any news on the political front. I crave and seek out every snippet of good news, and believe me, this is good news.

Anthony, I want to see these dastards go down. I came in at a most exciting time and I want to watch every step of the alarmists fall from grace. Thank you for providing the whole picture, the wide picture, science, politics and all.

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Thanks, Ally. That made my week.

235 thoughts on “I was feeling really burned out… and then I read this

  1. She speaks for a lot of us, Anthony. We appreciate what you do, and don’t want you to pull a Breitbart on us…so rest. :)

  2. Welcome. I’ve been here daily for years – one never tires of this topic or blog. You couldn’t make the stuff up if you tried.

    Tom

  3. Anthony … try to rest. Good luck with whatever changes you decide upon. You are a trooper and we all appreciate your efforts.

    And hats off to Ally … well said Ally! Thanks. Although you might be dyslexic. “dastards” is spelled incorrectly. ☺

    Clive

  4. Yes, Anthony, keep your spirits up through the difficult times you are
    experiencing. The are many, many people like Ally E. and me who
    would be wandering in the wilderness of untruth the Warmists have
    constructed, were it not for your efforts.
    Thank you.

  5. Agreed. WUWT is were I go for the Truth, or at least an honest discussion of were the truth may be found.

  6. WattsUWT
    ClimateAudit
    Bishop-Hill
    Joannenova.(oz lean)

    Every rationalist should keep up with these sites. For me not even bookmarked my autocomplete never forgets them.

  7. Hey Anthony, I have read your blog every day since Climategate. In fact if I’m ever waiting for a couple minutes (bus stop, doctor’s office) I pull out my iPhone and turn to WUWT. Keep up the good work.

  8. It’s like Ally E’s words came out of my mouth … I follow the same blogs as DavidA [8:35 pm] as well as Australian Climate Madness which has a good roll of breaking news.

    To be sure (it’s Paddy’s day) I can’t get enough of the wisdom.

  9. Ally. I have followed WUWT for years which has been the main driver for the AGW problemitas LOL, but there is also real-science by S Goddard who only shows graphs with very little comment, that are so obvious no explanations are actually needed

  10. Anthony, I too get discouraged–not so much with the Climate Science(?) as practiced by the team because nature doesn’t listen to idiots like Michael Mann, but with the political climate as evidenced by Australia’s attempts to suppress free speech. Then I read some interesting Post, Guest Post, or Comment on your blog and I feel better. Please take care of yourself; if not for your sake, for my sake. Do something to relax–go fishing, take a hike, watch a funny movie, read a good book, play golf (well maybe you should pass on the golf). Remember, in 100 years what happens now won’t make a whit of difference to most of us.

  11. To paraphrase Clarence Oddbody, “You see, Anthony, you’ve really had a wonderful life.”

  12. I keep your site open at all times and visit each day. I am an IT professional and lifelong follower of the weather. Please keep up the good work. You are appreciated more than you know.

  13. I will add my voice to the many. You do a great job Anthony. Your site provides information that allows us to understand. Thank you.

  14. If she thinks this is exciting times, she missed Climategate 1. THAT was a good time. ^_^

    Welcome to the side of real science, not manufactured results leading to a foregone conclusion for political gain.

  15. Same here. Times were hard almost 10 years ago when I saw the direction the CAGW meme was taking. In 2007, when I read parts of WG1, I was totally discouraged at the poor science, and later, at the gullible public, the ignorant media and the opportunistic politicians. CAGW was almost the perfect crime. It was politically incorrect to question it (it still is but somewhat less). Finding Climate Audit and WUWT was a breath of fresh air, to say the least. Thanks for your tireless work. I know it’s not your goal but the role of WUWT will eventually be widely acknowledged.

  16. I rarely see Anthony mention $$, so you know he is doing it for all the right reasons. The best way to say thank you is to open your wallets (to heartland too). There is tremendous power in a lot of small donations, the Tea Party has already proved that.

  17. Anthony keep up the GOOD work. for myself and many others your site is TOP of my list when I get home. I’m often tired and unsure about the science in an article but after digesting the many brilliant comments I can often come back and actually understand it. That what is so great about your blog it’s information plus that I and many others treasure.
    Ted.

  18. Anthony,

    I recognize the symptoms you describe, as I’ve been experiencing the same. You made me realize it’s ‘Time to tune it out, turn it off, and sleep deep for a bunch of nights in a row.’ Take your bride out – just because. Check out the blossoms of spring and enjoy an hours delight watching the wee hummingbirds zipping around the feeder.

    The blog world will still be here and the fight for integrity in climate science can rest on other shoulders for a bit. We respect your work ethic and deeply appreciate this forum of reason you have created.

    Most of us have not met you, yet we care about you, because we recognize a kindred spirit. Soooooo, please – take a break. Sleep deep. Awake refreshed. Kiss the wife and listen to the small yet ever hopeful sounds of a freshening spring season. It really is a wonderful world….
    Mtk

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2VCwBzGdPM

  19. My thanks as well Anthony. An to Ally, welcome to the ranks of the enlightened. What that means (as I’m sure you know) is that we don’t know everything, but at least we know that. Asking questions is a good thing. Perhaps I should say, seeking answers.

  20. Right on, Ally! I know how you feel. I discovered WUWT a couple of years ago after a bruising encounter with the vitriolic trolls who frequent the Guardian’s enviro site and it has become my go-to page for reading fascinating, educational stuff written by intelligent, sensible people and as a bonus,. Anthony’s blog-roll gives me access to a wider world of similar stuff.

  21. An olde timer says.
    Time to take more breaks Anthony. Too much stress is a real health breaker.
    I’ve enjoyed your blog for years and look forward to reading it everyday, but I think none of us readers/posters would want it at the cost of your health, …of course if you are on of those who thrive on stress well then that’s another matter.

    Thanks.

  22. Anthony, what can I say? I’m just an average joe who doesn’t pretend to be a scientist. I am like Ally in some ways. I knew deep down inside that something was wrong with the information and the way it was being presented to us by the powers-that-be in the Climate Bureaus. When you did your station site review I found a weather station that was maybe 30 ft. from a paved highway, and not even 20 ft. away from an AC vent. I knew this just wasn’t proper station siting, and I began to understand that AGW had more to do with politics and control than it had to do with climate. These people made no pretext of being fair or accurate, and could care less when someone like yourself pointed out these facts to them. Rather than address the problem, they attempted to silence their critics, and they continue to do so. This just wasn’t right. As I read more and more here, I’ve learned so much, and though I rarely comment, know that I visit this blog every day not only for the great posts but for the great comments as well.

    I say thank you, get some well-deserved rest, and slow down a little bit. I know the line holding back the hordes is thin, but more and more people are joining daily, and perhaps the tide is finally turning. You deserve a lot of credit in holding the line, Anthony. As with every successful revolution, the tiny few like yourself are the ones who make the difference, and pay the larger price. But you also get the pleasure of knowing that you made the sacrifice, you had the courage, and you stood when the tide was running against you. But you never quit. That’s something pretty great in itself. Thank you again, sir, you are an American hero, and you stand in good company among the very best.

  23. Anthony, the Australian Ministry of Propaganda had Michael Mann on an interview two nights ago. It was grippingly brilliant! In 20 minutes and in a moderately paced tone Mann the Magnificent covered every falsification, justification and distortion as fact. He even explained away the MWP and rinstated the Hockey Stick. There have been ‘no less than NINE investigations into the bhaviour of the Hockey Team and its methodologies – and every one of them ha exonerated the team. The tipping point is 2050, but probably sooner
    MM rolled out every cliché and in some cases present contradictory arguments. For instance the Hockey Stick shows no MWP, Yes, the Medieval period was warm before the Little Ice Age – but not as warm as now and not as warm as it is going to be when the Great Barrier Reef dies and our coasts are inundated and … and … and …
    Breathtaking stuff, all accepted at face value by the interviewer with hardly a murmur. Yes, the drought in Oz was exactly what the climate models predicted 20-years ago – as well as the floods, melting icecaps, colder winters and … and … and … whatever
    Yes, the deniers were part of a massively fossil fuel funded attack campaign (McIntyre and McKitrick both say on their blogs that they receive no ‘Big Oil’ funding and Bob Carter gets $1,550/month from Heartland, Monckton takes nothing, Lindzen is a government employee and … and … and … How can poor government scientists like mann & Co compete? I was sympathetic
    I did not that MM received over US$10M alone for a study into vector-borne diseases spread by climate change {despite not being an epidemiologist} a $M’s more as revealed in Climategate emails. Heartland spends $3.7M in total on Climate related issues.
    MM compared the attackers of the Climate Cultists to those who defended Big Tobacco – now read “Oil”. Sick
    If this is the state of the civilised world it is disgustingly unhealthy as it appears no fact, no data, nothing real, no common sense, not looking out the window, NOTHING can stop this juggernaut.
    The Big Lie has succeeded once more. Stalin and Goebbels must be smiling
    That bastion of greenfoolery, the UK is about to have its credit rating downgraded, Greece will re-default, Spain will now wreck the EU as they can see that the model of Greece is successful.

    On a related matter, how do i submit an article for publication on your website? Here is one i wrote published by Viv Forbes Carbonsense website. Rather long, but try to get through it. http://carbon-sense.com/2010/08/23/oil-spills

    [Reply: See the “Submit Story” link at the top of the site. ~dbs, mod.]

  24. Anthony,

    I too feel your exhaustion. But as with Alley, this is a haven for regeneration. I hate to admit how close I work to the front lines of Earth Science, but I can tell you the return to the real scientific method is not a lost cause, nor far off.

    Retool, rest and return the happy warrior.

    Cheers, AJStrata

  25. Where’s the Tip Jar???
    I’m feeling very generous today.
    I can donate now before Julia Gillard’s Australian carbon dioxide tax comes in and bleeds us all dry.

    [Note: The Donate button is along the right sidebar. ~dbs, mod.]

  26. Anthony, thank you for all you’ve done. Your contribution towards making the world a better place (or keeping it from becoming a worse place) has been hugely positive and I hope you can keep up the energy for as long as possible.

  27. The beauty of WUWT and Steve Goddard’s Real Science blog is that people get to see real discussions of different points of view, examination of items that do not pass the smell test, and just plain thoughts on different topics.

    A little appreciated, HUGE benefit of such sites are that they help people develop “knowledge filters” regarding science. More fondly called BS filters, they are not easily developed without a lot of exposure to the concepts as well as the relationships, laws, facts, and context. It’s more valuable than anything I know of.

  28. Yeah, this is all well and good, but I’m tempted to create my own “Open Thread” guest post, complete with rope splicing image, and tell everyone you’re taking the weekend off. Not that you’ll take the hint, or anything like that….

    Oh, and keep up the good work – except this weekend!

  29. Something was happening here and you did know what it was –
    Didn’t you, Mr. Watts?

  30. Yup. Keep it up Anthony – we’re all rootin’ for you.

    it’s monthly (more or less) visit-to-the-tip-jar time…

  31. And here I thought the most exciting time was Climategate, which burst out a week or so after I started regularly reading blogs on the subject. I’ve checked my list of sites twice-daily since then and all I can say is that it has taken/is taking more time than I originally thought it would for the whole thing to collapse. There is a good paper by Krestin Green(?) on the similarities between this and other scams. The prediction was that it would be a gradual process and that the damaging policies, taxes etc would take far longer to be removed.

    What will come out of this I’m sure will be rise of the new generation of mainstream media, the blogs of today. The current MSM appears to be losing credibility by the day and people are resorting to the few, independent, knowledgeble blogs whose owners have the integrity not seen in the MSM for many years.

    Hit the Tip Jar folks. People like Anthony need to be encouraged, and supported, to continue.

  32. Just think (and Ally is right)–the CAGW meme has displayed so much of their inner rot recently, Anthony is dog tired putting it up for all to see.

    So each of us should do a bit more–let’s all make a commitment to recommend this site to one new person every week. After a year, I’m betting readership would double. (Most of the people I’ve mentioned this site to had never heard of it before, so the opportunities for an ever-increasing audience are simply staggering.)

    Let’s all commit.

    And keep up the good work, Anthony–which dictates you take some time off to recuperate. Same goes for those wonderful mods you’ve got–and sorry if their workload increases, but “them’s the breaks”.

  33. Dear Anthony,
    Thank you for letting us know how you are feeling. Please note we are here to support you .I have been following this site since almost the beginning and have found it wonderful. Ally, like you , I felt as though I was looking for TRUTH and there was too much spin around all the AGW stuff, and when some so called film star (cant remember who) professed his belief in AGW and the ‘Science is settled’ I started to worry ‘cos he wern’t that bright. I learned at school that, within science , very little is settled and that we should question everything. I began searching for information as to what was going on. All I found was deceit and the more I dug the more the dirt seemed to come to the surface. having discovered WUWT things started to make more sense. Openness is the hallmark of truth and by saying something is ‘settled’ is like shutting down the conversation / arguement.
    Good luck to you ally and carry on Anthony … WE DO APPRECIATE YOU.
    D.

  34. Honored to have the company of bright folks in here, and being able to eviscerate some of the mad science gleaned from the Crypt. Ally, you’re right, this is an especially exciting time to be following the [non]issue of climate change. Anthony, pleased to hear that you got recharged by the tonic, and please accept all of our gratitude for having the gumption to continue.

  35. Anthony

    All I can say Anthony keep up the good work, I am only a technical whom is good at fixing what is broke, unfortunately that applies only to objects, not people, let us remember as simple saying.

    “God give me the strength to change the things I can. The courage to accept the things that I cannot. And the wisdom to know the difference”

    I expect you and I both struggle with the last two parts of that saying, remember I and a lot of people are in you corner, so please continue with you good work.

    Sincerely

    Mark Anthony Luhman

  36. For my first (and probably last) post:

    I’ve come to this site daily for about 2 years and I find it fascinating. I’d bet you’d be surprised how many “regular Joes” like me really appreciate this place.

  37. Anthony,

    Why don’t you host the site yourself and kiss wordpress good-bye. It is about content and yours is top notch. It will be like the old days,,, you will have better control and the web tools are much easier to use.

    You really don’t need somebody else’s hard drive…. they should be kissing your a$$ for the traffic.

    Evey body (Ally too) knows about WUWT and nobody cares that wordpress is the host platform.
    Have a geek write you a script. It is the internet and you own the domain name.

  38. Anthony,

    Keep up the good work – it is really making a difference and shows what real science is all about.

    BTW if anybody wants to follow all the main blogs from one page – follow my link…

  39. Being a bit Irish and with St. Patrick’s Day upon us, I will add this Irish toast:

    “May the road rise to meet you,
    May the wind be always at your back,
    May the sun shine warm upon your face,
    The rains fall soft upon your fields,
    And until we meet again,
    May God hold you
    In the palm of his hand.”

  40. Anthony,

    Charles Jennens, Handel’s librettist has message for you:
    As steals the morn upon the night,
    And melts the shades away,
    So Truth does Fancy’s charm dissolve,
    And rising Reason puts to flight
    The fumes that did the mind involve,
    Restoring intellectual day.
    Keep up the restoring of intellectual day.

    Stephen a’Beckett

  41. I have to echo the sentiments.

    WUWT teaches as well as informs. Informed discussion of actual science … from the inkling of an idea to hard worn facts. Hey? Watts Up With That?

  42. I read it every single day, morning and evening. Never comment, but enjoy the depth of content.

    Relax a little.

    Do you accept donations for running the blog, or is it just the surface station project?

  43. Everyone thinks of changing the world, but few think of first changing themselves. What Ally wrote to Anthony Watts is a testament to the value of hard work, common sense and stubborn commitment to the truth.

    It is said that diligence is the mother of good fortune. In the months and years to come, as the ideological war begun by others is ended by common sense; let us all never forget how we got here and what it takes to fight for the right to think and observe the laws of nature for ourselves without the need (or want) of others telling us what to think, feel and say because it happens to be politically or ideological ‘correct.’

    Patience can sometimes be bitter, but its fruit is sweet.

  44. I found your site about 3 months ago after my feeling that something wasn’t quite right about CAGW claims. We need you. Please, please take a break. At least 2 weeks, one to wind down and one to recharge the batteries. It would be an utter disaster if you burned out.

  45. Anthony

    The only tip jar I could find is the Surface Stations Tip Jar, which I’ve just hit with $250, BUT please feel free to use the money on yourself, like a relaxing meal with the wife and kids.

    I have been following WUWT for 5 years and have never donated. Sorry for being a bludger*

    WUWT is my homepage and my favourite website. I visit a minimum of twice a day.

    Thanks for all your hard, honest work.

    C’mon people hit that Tip Jar!

    *bludger – Aussie slang for someone who happily takes and doesn’t give anything back.

  46. You know Anthony if you were only willing to turn to the Dark Side, you could probably find any number of well funded PR firms to handle all those pesky details for you. Wouldn’t it be nice if we all really could have the Koch brothers on speed dial. But kidding aside, don’t be reticent about posting an open thread and taking some time for yourself and your family. The pace of posts lately has been so quick that my old eyes can’t keep up anyway. Despite appearances this mess won’t be going away anytime soon so we all need to pace ourselves for the long haul. Know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers daily and i wish I could find words adequate to express how much I appreciate the man killing effort you have put into this site. You truly are more deserving of a Nobel Peace prize than any recent recipient. I’d let you have mine, but since it didn’t come with any medal or money and the list of recent awardees has made any prestige associated with it mostly negative you probably wouldn’t want it. At any rate, take whatever time you need to keep yourself rejuvenated, we’ll be here when you get back.

  47. Anthony, I was the science guy for a couple years on a popular blog. It does wear one down. You have the politicized dolts, the professional money guys, the academics on the gravy train, and the simply dis-honest against you. And the real mathematicians, statisticians, scientists, economists, etc. all afraid because they have a house payment to make or a complicated paper they want to publish in a journal (a single publisher controls over a hundred titles, i don’t think many realize that) that may not conform to the party line.
    However, it may have been worthwhile. As you have seen.

  48. WUWT has been my favorite web site for years now. Thanks to you, I can discuss the climate mess with my physicist son and not get beaten down. Anthony, do take the time you need for yourself and family. We need you, and you will last longer if you spare yourself a little.

  49. I am a long time browser of this site and this is my first post.
    I feel exactly the same as AllyE. It scares me that there are so many drones out there who accept what they are told without any question. I was fortunate to be brought up in a school environment that taught me the skill of critical analysis and not to necessarily accept things on face value. Of course this was 45 years ago and things appear to have changed markedly in education.

    What ever happened to scientific skeptisism. We now live in a world of activist scientists who seem to have forgotten that science is never settled. Worse, they don’t even want to listen to theory or postulates outside of their own narrow view.

    Keep up the good work Anthony, there are many people out there like me who are an avid viewer of your site but don’t actually participate in the forum.

    k1w1

  50. Have experienced burnout with a 24/7 business so understand that you want to do so much but the body cries out “stop”. Rest is best. All your friends here care about you very much.

  51. In the Ozark Mountains streams and rivers the smallmouths will smash a Rapala Minnow lure hard now. These are strong fish that absolutely go ape when hooked. Or better still, a Storm Thundercore Minner. I was badly out fished by a woman who was using the only Storm Minner I had in the box. She out fished me so badly that day and it got down right difficult to take, so I hunted around and now have dozens of them. Sadly, Storm doesn’t make them any more. Glad I stocked up on them before they were all gone.

    Come on over to the Ozarks anytime you are ready to get away and I’ll put you on some big browns. If you don’t mind being blindfolded until I get you to the best places to fish.

  52. I don’t know if the book is too hot off the presses, but I went to Amazon.com and tried to see if it was available. All I got was the below message.

    Your search “Ian Plimer how to get expelled from school” did not match any products.

  53. Thanks Anthony for everything. This AGW alarmism / Lysenkoism was driving me crazy because it was so obviously false. 4C & .59 M sea rise in 100 years is supposed to destroy us, really? This site has reassured me that others could see the madness… and show me how to fight it.

    This is the only site where I use my real name. I do so proudly.

  54. “It is a rare and wondrous thing to find in another that world which should be a better place. But if you live your life cognizant of the fact that you are but a visitor in the lives of those you touch, with the right to be courteous, understanding, benevolent, then you create that world along the paths that you tread..” ’05

  55. There is something orwellian about the relentless alarmist message. I subscribe to the Australian (part of the “hate” media) out of hope I will get something intelligent and today one has Steketee getting stuck into Bob Carter. Apparantly Carter is not overly concerned about CO2 levels of 390 ppm, so Steketee establishes that it is a problem by quoting a BOM-Csiro report, ie appeal to authority, without having the ability to present the essential facts of why it is a problem, except that it is a matter of scientific opinion that the increase in Co2 has caused significant warming.
    OK an environmental reporter should report what scientists think. Why not ask simple questions such as:
    1) How come there was cooling from 1945 to 1970 or so, warming from about 1970 to 2000, then a flattenning out, while the CO2 is apparently an extremely steady increase. Effect should be correlated with cause.
    2) Why are the hansen/IPCC projections simply garbage.
    3) Why is the warming in the 20th century focused on countries with extremely suspect temperature measurements.
    4) How is Mann’s garbage tree-ring science not simply rejected out of hand. We know from many historical facts that climate varied significantly in the past.

    The skeptics have raised many questions that are simply ignored by the alarmists and also by environmental reporters on major newspapers. The reporters know that if they ask relevant questions they will develop career-threatening reputations. Its OK to be hated by the right. They will still listen if you have something intelligent to say. However the other side has no mercy.

  56. Anthony I started reading your blog quite a few years ago. I came in looking for something…and that something was a place to find truth. We kept hearing the world would end. That the sea’s would rise and the weather would become out of control. And I kept thinking we why do we have such vanity?

    What you have inspired is an army of people that think. We look into the facts to find the truth and that is wonderful.

    Thank you!!

    Dude

  57. Ally,
    I was around when the Montreal protocol removed some of the most efficient refrigerants on the market: R11, 12 and 502 and later 22. This may mean nothing to most of the people here but I felt like you. Alone. They claimed that they were destroying the ozone layer and increasing the green house gas effect. No proof was given that anyone in the industry would blow a charge intentionally. Scant evidence was given about the scientific claims of impending doom. Many jumped at the chance to present at conferences on how this would save the earth. Nobody challenged these people and commercial refrigeration depended on these refrigerants. As a result Allied Signal and Dupont made a killing with HCFC, Aziotropes and the like. These were less efficient meaning they required more energy to provide the same heat transfer. That meant higher power bills and and much more pollution as a result. The consumer suffered.

    The same nefarious hucksters are still at it. Selling us windmill farms that go idle when the tax syrup runs out. Selling us photo voltaic arrays that have negative cash flows even with 85% incentives. Selling us Electric Vehicles that get a range of 30 miles if you dare use the heater on your journey home. Tidal power, compressed air energy storage devices, algae, ethanol, bio gas and bio fuels that have no potential for sustainable production beyond a de minimis amount. All under the guise of saving the planet. But this time it is different. People are doing the math and demanding answers and accountability.

    In short, I join you Ally in your appreciation. I want to thank not only Mr. Watts but all the generous people that take time to post on this site. It is the best review of all the climate science out there. Most of the people here can be hard hitting on the science. Damn how I love reading those comments and what an education. I don’t feel alone anymore and after reading hundreds of scientific articles I challenge the hucksters, frauds and wannabe’s peddling this Anthropogenic Catastrophic Global Warming Scam. The stakes are just too high this time around to do nothing.

    Ally, I don’t know what your background is, (I am a mechanical engineer) but I can assure you it doesn’t require a whole lot of critical thinking skills to get acclimated here. Just time. curiosity and the giving nature of the science minded people that frequent this site.

    Chris G.

  58. Anthony, you and a few others (Benny Peiser, Richard Lindzen, Ian Plimer, Nigel Lawson, Chris Monckton, Jo Nova and others) are genuine teachers and lights to the world. You need to pace yourself. There is no doubt that the truth will out, and that fabrications finally fail. God Bless and keep well.

  59. Anthony, the fact that you have been voted the Best Science Blog on the web in consecutive years says it all. Like many others I keep your site open on my computer at all times and check it several times daily along with Bishop Hill and, being a True Blue Aussie I also have Jo Nova and Andrew Bolt open on the same basis.
    If our current Government proceeds with the recommendations of it’s recent enquiry into Media control not only our newspapers, but blogs will also be subject to their scrutiny (interesting that a Judge with a Jewish name like Finklestein should propose similar press controls as those utilised by Goebels in a democratic country with severe laws regarding libel and defamation already in place).

  60. Anthony, you should be justifiably proud of this blog. It is an outstanding achievement. It isn’t just the best science blog, it’s the best blog on the entire internet IMO.

    When they come to write to the social history of this era, I expect that you will get mentioned as one of the people who used the internet to break the power of big media/goverment, etc to peddle dogma as science, and to provide people like Ally and many others a place to get the facts and interesting debates around the science..

  61. I know people who don’t want to read WUWT because they may read something they don’t want to read and because what is here proves invariably to be factually correct or logically correct. I’m talking about some real deniers, AKA alarmists. Keep up the good work Anthony.

  62. I believe, the day will come, when Anthony Watts will be awarded the Nobel Prize.

    I`m a positive person – and I believe that truth and justice will win the day eventually. It will take another 5-to-6 years. Around 2018 when we get to “20 years with no warming” is when the C.AGW scam will completely crash down. I doubt it will happen before then, because there are too many crooks involved in the C.AGW scam, (I include the MSM as crooks). But eventually, the public will demand that those responsible for the $billions wasted and the millions of children brainwashed and the millions of jobs lost, be brought to justice (criminal justice). And then real science can resume. When that happens, I think Anthony along with Steve McIntyre and Ross McKitrick will be awarded the Nobel Prize.

    They certainly deserve it…..

  63. Stress builds up gradually, and then waylays you when a few things unexpectedly go wrong. We’re made with limits, and when you reach that limit, simple tasks suddenly become impossible. Been there. A warning sign is dizziness that sets in about 30 seconds after standing — then you know you’re nearing the wall. Sleep is the best cure. I’m guessing the prospect of migrating off WordPress is too much of an ask, Anthony. Recommend you rest, make no big changes for now, and see what your moderators can do for you to lighten the load.

  64. One man and his blog..

    taking on the whole of the $b of the AGW bretheren.. and winning ..

    because he is right,………

    and because he never lowers himself to their very low standards !!!

    PLEASE keep going until this fraud is dead and buried !

  65. Anthony,

    I have appreciated your blog since finding it via “Climate Debate Daily” – sometime back in ’08.

    As a small token of my respect to you and WUWT, I will proudly post USING my full name from now on.

    BEST WISHES TO YOU SIR

    DAB

  66. In a world where the press has betrayed the people, WUWT is a treasure. Pure science and the pursuit of truth are rare commodities these days so what Anthony hosts here is exceptional. We need ever be vigilant in defense of free speech for once that is lost, the game is over.

  67. On the website front.The good thing about wordpress is that you are limited in what you do so instead of playing with the technology, you create articles. WordPress also boost articles way beyond what they would as ordinary sites (at least my small blog can suddenly come out no.1 on google search whereas my village website has never achieved the same).

    However, there is a lot more you can do with your own site. …. but it needs more expertise, and you may find that you have even less people able to contribute and/or your regular helpers are spending time on the website and not time on the articles.

  68. Hang in there mate; WE are not alone.

    I’m down here in the City of Sails doing a bit of climate science myself; well weather science. Last Monday I visited with Professor Roger Davies at the UofA, to talk about his “Sky is Falling” paper; well clouds are falling anyhow; so I now have a copy of the complete paper. He’s a very pragmatic guy, and just wants to report what he finds from his (satellite) observations. I’ve been seeing some sky is falling effect myself. It’s a tad humid here, and the puffy cumulus clouds are so bloody low, they can almost go under the Harbor bridge. But Davies looks at Cirrus mostly, and I guess you, being a weather geek, would understand why that is. (I don’t). And my old electronics Professor told me that quite a few respectable scientists (Physicists) here.including Dr Chris de Freitas, are confident there are gaping holes in the knowledge of climate.
    Davies told me specifically, that “they” don’t know how to properly model the reflectance of clouds.

    This afternoon, I was out with a friend (and some new ones) tooling around in a 70 foot Volvo Round the World ocean raceboat; a former second place finisher. And the clouds were almost down to the mast top, and so bloody bright on my eyes. These things are even more powerful than the Americas Cup Boats, and we were flying full sail in 20 kts of wind, while a 2003 AC boat had to take two reefs in its main sail. I spent so much time looking at the clouds, and photographing them with a fisheye lens, that I hardly noticed much of the In Harbor race, that the current Volvo Race boats put on. Well the Team New Zealand/ Camper (Spanish shoe Company) boat won that race easily; and the current Volvo Leader came in last (Telephonica). Camper made good use of their knowledge of the local ocean crrents to scream into the lead early, and never looked back. They all head out into the Southern Ocean tomorrow, to monitor Antarctic ice growth; next stop Brazil.

    It was a fun way to study the energy interplay beweent he atmosphere and the ocean.

    If I had your knowledge of the weather system, I probably could have had even more fun.

    But definitely the clouds are falling; but the sun is shining on WUWT, so don’t sweat it Mate, it will all come out in the wash, and she’ll be right.

  69. Chin up Anthony! There are so many people here behind you. As said before, Ally speaks for many of us, and I heartily endorse the sentiments. I can’t remember ever posting before, but if I have it was a very long time ago, however, I visit the site daily and frequently e-mail snippets from it to friends. I am also a regular visitor to Jo Nova, Bishop Hill and Australian Climate Madness, and a less frequent visitor to a few other similar sites, but your is at the top of the ‘must read daily’ list.
    I would like to offer my thanks and gratitude for all that you and your helpers are doing.
    As an aside, when I was in senior classes at High School, over 50 years ago, we had a section of English called ‘Clear Thinking’. In that we would be given some written work- sometimes from a newspaper, sometimes from books, and had to analyse the information. All contradictory statements had to be exposed along with false arguments etc., and I am sure those who took that course have been helped through life by understanding how to see the wood through the trees. I believe that such courses don’t exist any more. I wonder why?
    Dane.

  70. I’ll certainly add my deep gratitude to you, Anthony, for what you have done and are doing – and the gentlemanly way in which you insist on doing it.

  71. Thanks too Anthony, your site is a tremendous help to me, please keep it up, but you do appear to enjoy doing what you do, as do all your commenters. As a long time ‘bludger and lurker,’ I have finally been able to send you a few dollars in appreciation after selling some seedlings to the government. If they only knew how much I ‘bag them’!

  72. Thank you Anthony for having a place where there is a bit of sanity. For the time and effort that you put into this blog. I look forward to reading it daily.

    In years past the media controlled the message, and therefore controlled us. With the internet, the people have regained some degree of power. It is amazing to be able to participate, each of us in our own small way, pushing back against the system that is trying to control our lives and our futures.

    Cheers!

  73. Agreed, in spades. You’ve done huge things in service of both truth and science, and at no small cost. If you closed up shop tomorrow to get your life back … at some point, you have to decide whether doing 90% of what’s possible is enough. Or 92%, or 95%. Thinking about 100% … that way lies madness. You’ve set a standard to be proud of, and you’ve reached millions, directly and indirectly. Thanks for that, most sincerely. Sooner or later, though, success becomes a matter of picking the right time to pass on the baton. Don’t worry … you’ve trained an army, and more than a few of them will carry on what you’ve started. Whatever you decide to do with WUWT, and whenever you decide to do it, you’ve earned our gratitude and respect. Very best wishes for a good life to you and yours. You’ve earned it.

  74. Anthony,
    you have had enough praise, I want to say a BIG THANK YOU to CHARLES the M
    The back room boys seem to be forgotten .

  75. Ally, it’s good to meet you – it’s always good to welcome a fellow rationalist. My own story is not so different, if you replace Fakegate with Climategate 1. Shortly before that, an amateur weatherwatching friend put cash on the table for anyone who could show him the evidence of impending catastrophe produced by mankind’s CO2: I set to with a will, having always been a scientific sort, but was horrified by the half-baked pseudoscience which I found. That in turn was explained when I started looking into the politics of it. (I hope you don’t horrify easily, if you’re going to look into that too, but it’s enlightening in its own horrible way.) Oh, and you won’t be surprised to hear that I think my friend’s cash is pretty safe, even as he annoyingly increases the sum annually (grrr!).

    Anthony, you know a lot of us out here wonder how you manage to keep so many balls in the air – WUWT, family life, work, ham radio, and, and. From where I sit, it looks like Chico gets more hours to the day than we do in the Old World! Total respect, and endless thanks for a site which is always interesting, informative and – just as important – kept polite and to the point. As long as you want to keep WUWT going, I shall be happy to call in and add my occasional two pennyworth, and I think I speak for most of us when I say that. Now, have a day off with your family!

    Vy 73 OM, Steve

  76. Love yer Anthony. I feel the same, coming to first Climate Audit, then WUWT has rekindled my love of science, which I stopped when I left school. WUWT is both full of well presented science and fun. You should be teaching in High School. Your evaluation of the Gore CO2 video was fascinating and ROTFL (I discussed it with a César winning film editor, and she agreed with you, anything that is edited contains a point of view and is therefore subjective).

  77. Hear Hear!

    We don’t thank you enough for all the work you do, but trust us, we are very thankful.

  78. Yep Ally…. Gosh, what is it, 6 years? since WUWT first started? Longer?… Whew, time flies!…..Climate Audit linking to WUWT is how I came to find Watt’s calm and considered opinions. All which helped to confirm my suspicions about the catastrophism, flawed science and overt politics within the AGW hypothesis. I was always sceptical, but it was good to see the scientific validation of that scepticism laid out so that a reasonable person could follow…. It is imperative that the scientific method is strictly applied at all times…. The opposite of sceptical, is gullible.

  79. WUWT is a rational and courteous island in a sea of misleading propaganda.
    God Bless you and yours. Take some rest.

  80. I manage a vast amount of ‘work’ each and every day. All I ask, is that others don’t ‘demand’ an instant response to their request. It’s all about managing the ‘peaks’. I greatly enjoy what I do but sometimes ‘things’ jam up and I need to get to the calmer place a.s.a.p. I try my hardest not to let people down and I rarely let get complaints so I must be doing things right. This describes me and it doesn’t matter what I do.
    Anthony, you do what you do on the world wide public stage and a great and important job you do. The core part of your blog is the only important part. ie the truth against the fraud…. with the help of an army of similar minded supporters.

  81. Anthony,

    I’m another regular reader, a node for spreading info from here to others who won’t get this via msm.

    Remember Kiplings “If”.

    And if things get worse then Churchill.

    Seems Cheifio also has the posting/copy problem in my just now experience. Haven’t tried any other wordpress sites

  82. It’s actually quite scary when you do think of the political reality of the world. I’m referring to the UN and its plans for – I know this sounds like something out of a James Bond film or a Gleick forgery, but it’s quite obvious by their own admissions – world domination. Our own elected leaders seem hell bent on handing power to unelected bureaucrats in the pursuit of their hallowed New World Order. What’s just as scary is the fact that most people can’t see it happening right under their noses, as Ally E now knows.

  83. I think I found your site about a year after you opened it, Anthony, and I have to say I have learned Massive amounts about the climate since then. I am currently considering writing an article of the various Negative feedback research papers you and yours have laid out for us to learn about- something which will Never take place on surrealclimate!

    Thanks for being there for us!

    Now go have a beer and a shot of black sambuca.

  84. I seem to have to double click to get the posting box.

    And, for the mix, Jo Nova’s site works as usual

  85. Anthony, please take a good rest, as long as you need. I know it is an exhausting job what you are doing, still going strong after all these years. But have a break in time, we desperately need this blog still for years to come!

    Ferdinand

  86. Tom G(ologist) says:
    March 16, 2012 at 8:27 pm
    “Welcome. I’ve been here daily for years – one never tires of this topic or blog. You couldn’t make the stuff up if you tried.

    Oh, but you can, Tom, if you’re RC, Desmog or SkS.

  87. Anthony,
    Awards, a loyal following, realise there is a lot of people in this world that support you in everything you do.

    And as I keep saying you and your family deserve a holiday of a life time, I would love to help out but even though my e-mail may look posh I am acutally in fuel poverty here in blighty but if I was some book publishing, science cheating, grant sucking, NGO financed backed, tax payer funded, climate scientist I would spend some of my hundreds of thousands of pounds a year I get on a holiday for you, so the thoughts there

    So instead I will just keep telling people that if we had more Anthony Watts in this would we would be closer to that Utopian world the Watermelons are so desperate to regulate on us.

    Two thumbs up to you my friend.

  88. I’m blocking 8 trackers + cookies on this page and I can still post comments. So it’s hard to imagine what WordPress is blocking! And it’s a robust platform – even if you buy dedicated hosting there will be issues with software upgrades, keeping away the inevitable DoS attacks etc. that will still cause you grief. No such thing as a trouble-free platform these days!

    I certainly get more useful and interesting stuff off WUWT in a normal week than I do from any other source. You’ve become the hub of the wheel Anthony – take it away before we reach our destination and the wheel will probably come off the wagon… Thanks!

  89. Dear Anthony, your blog is a daily read for me, it is fabulous and I have spent many hours when I should have been doing other stuff entranced by articles on this site. Please take a break, you are doing a wonderful job and I think all here will manage without a daily dose of interesting articles

  90. Anthony,

    You have the warmest thoughts and gratitude from so many people who visit here. I comment rarely but appreciate hugely what I read here. WUWT has become a focal point for the interested, the disaffected and the voiceless, but It’s human nature I guess to take good things for granted that have been around for a while – sorry.

    Your doing a grand job Anthony.

  91. That’s also the reason why I come here almost every day.
    Good comment Ally E. I completely agree with you: Climate alarmism doesn’t make sense anymore.

  92. Ally resonates because I stumbled upon WUWT the very night Climategate exploded. I was so excited by the revelations that I quoted Shakepeare’s Henry the 5th’s speech about St Crispian’s Day. And I made WUWT my computer’s opening webpage.

    And it still is, Anthony, so take a bow.

    But please take a rest! You’ll regret not spending time with your family.

  93. Buon jour,
    Je lis en englais, mai je n-ecrie pas.
    Donque, je commente en Francais.
    Je suis d’accord avec votre commentateur. Il me fait plaisire de lire ce blog. Et de trouver des hommes avec beaucoup de ration. Je doutais d’en exister.
    Goemarz

    [Reply: Merci. -REP]

  94. @Clive

    You should look up dastards in an online dictionary it has a stronger and more personal meaning than a mere accident of birth.

  95. Anthony, I have visited this site at least twice a day since you were doing your Tom Sawyer impressions, painting Stevenson screens various colours of white. Back then CO2 was 365ppm. What attracted me was that you had had the initial thought that all might not be well with those screens. I watched you do the resulting science carefully and methodically, eliminating variables as you went, working meticulously so that at the end of it apples would unquestionably be compared with apples. But the initial idea was key.

    Then came the Meteorological Sites project. The organization of that was marvelous, but most important was that you thought of it in the first place. Really, anybody could have done those two projects if they’d thought of them. But nobody had. Just you, Anthony. That original mind of yours is your greatest contribution.

    Along the way you have attracted a first-class corps of moderators. [I’ll bet I can say [“snip”] now and get away with it. No? Ah, well.] For that reason, and for all the foregoing reasons, and for a whole bunch of other reasons, I agree with everyone above: take a rest. Trust your loyal readers to behave themselves, and trust your moderators to squish them when they comment inappropriately.

    Take a week off, and start on St. Paddy’s day by painting some conservationists green. Make honest people of them!

  96. Just as I mentioned yesterday, Gleick inadvertently sent fence sitters to WUWT and similar blogs. As I also mentioned the ‘success’ of sceptics is because the media are up to their necks in alarmism and people have had enough.

    Anthony, there are many more like Ally E. who maybe don’t comment but are relieved that WUWT and similar blogs exist. When I found WUWT I realised that the not the whole world was mad. I too felt confused and alone.

    What would we do if it weren’t for the sceptical blogs? Where would we get balanced reporting? Certainly not from the BBC and definitely absolutely never from the extremely bias RICHARD BLACK the activist who is allowed to write for the BBC. I wonder how their pension investments in their carbon scheme is doing. ;-)

  97. Anthony,
    I have been visiting your website everyday and sometimes more often, since B.C.( before Climategate) I join with all your other supporters in thanking you for your dedication to the scientific cause and please take some time out to recharge your batteries. Just visited the tip jar. If everyone just contributes something it will make a difference.
    Thanks again and goodluck.

  98. Knowing something of Anthony’s operation, it will take a LARGE infusion of sustainable cash for him to take it off wordpress. He has the expertise available, but the scale that WUWT has become, would require a steady, reliable subscription base to pay for its maintenance. As annoying as WP can be when they start tinkering, the platform is mostly stable, and the auto promotion built into it frees Anthony up from from a lot of additional effort. Moderation is a huge part of the work..

    Most need to remember and understand that this site is not Anthony’s bread and butter. He runs a successful but constantly challenged meterological support business with employees, that provides him with the ability to play here.

    But he has to divide his time heavily, and maintaining and defining the balance between advocacy, family and sustenance is nearly impossible. Everyone thrives on good wishes and warm regards, but they nourish the soul, not the body.

    If you all really, truly, believe in the value of this site, then mark your calendar and become a self-driven, silent subscriber. MAKE A POINT of dropping 10, 20, 50, 100 dollars or what ever you can afford in the tip jar EVERY month. Most of us spend more than that a week on frivolous entertainment. Make your hard-earned income work for something truly positive for you, and your kids’ future.

    No one should have to carry the burden of holding up the beacons of truth alone. In the face of Big Green, Big Oil and Big Goverment, chip in and help Anthony be part of the army of Big Davids. It’s your future, too. Anthony puts his life into this effort. The rest of us, at the very least, can put in some cash, and make it easier for him to shoulder the burden.

  99. anthony, as said above:-)
    best blog award was richly deserved.

    what about using the paid version of WordPress?
    a mate just swapped her free version to paid and its cheap and shes happy.

  100. Shortly after I read Michael Crichton’s State of Fear, I began searching the web for factual information about global warming. WUWT quickly became a primary source for me.

  101. I had that experience quite a few years ago. WUWT is a daily read for me. So thanks!

    Oh, and delegation is the art of management. Surely can find some little Elves to help out with things?

  102. Anthony Anthony Anthony!

    What you do for science is great. But what you do for democracy is “watts” really fantastic. You are with your lifetime achievement award site with its over 100.000.000 visits the really big stone in the shoe of the corrupted antidemocratic gouverning class and propaganda machines. Maby you havent realized it yet, but you are a hero of democracy. Courage independence and a symbol of the imporance and value of free speach. I cant thank you enough Anthony and I no there are millions who realizes your value for democracy.

  103. Yes, you are a must read each day. I turned you on to my son who is a H.S. physics teacher in liberal Boston. He is very happy to have real science on his side now.

    We thank you all for your work, keep the good fight going.

  104. pat says:
    March 16, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Another fake prediction comes to an early halt.
    “Trees not invading as fast as earlier predicted”

    http://www.thearcticsounder.com/article/1211trees_not_invading_as_fast_as_earlier

    Don’t they just hate it when someone actually follows up?

    This is one of the reasons people come to WUWT. From your link:
    You see, the first time round it was based on bollocks (guesswork / alarmism / BS)

    “To generalize our results, the tree line is definitely moving north on average but we do not see any evidence for rates as big as 2 KILOMETERS per year anywhere along the Arctic rim,” he said in a release. “Where we have the most detailed information, our results suggest that a rate of around 100 METERS per year is more realistic. In some places, the tree line is actually moving south. The predictions of a loss of 40 percent of the tundra by the end of the century is probably far too alarming.”

    [my caps & emphasis]

    Never, ever believe a single thing the alarmists write or tell you. Check for yourself.

  105. I felt the same way three years ago when I stumbled onto this site. I check this site at least 5 times a day. I check it when I get up, then during my commute to work, then lunchtime, during the commute home, and then after dinner. That’s the baseline. Some days I log in from my iPhone during a boring meeting at work, etc. My next favorite site doesn’t get visited half as much.

    You’re doing great work Anthony. I’m thankful you are involved and fighting the anti-science and corruption!!!!

  106. Anthony,

    Take a holiday! But don’t leave us. As a former default warmer, it is the likes of your good self and the Bish who helped me see the error of my ways! You are one of the first ports of call every day when I uyse my PC.

  107. I also have never left a comment prior to this, though I have made several small donations. I assure you that it is your constant search for truth that has kept me coming to this site regularly for the past several years.

  108. Steady as she goes Cap’n. We are all in awe of the work flow you have managed over the last years. Sometimes things fatigue us, I got accused of ‘doctoring’ someones comment the other day because they did the old wordpress mistake of trapping some of their words between ‘less than’ and ‘more than’ chevrons. No amount of explanation appeased this person or got them to realise what had happened, and the accusations of fraud got worse until I called a halt, telling him:

    “If we were paid to take this abuse we’d have to grin and bear it, but since we do what we do for fun and interest, we don’t.”

    Enjoy the energising and uplifting comments like Ally’s, and let go of the negative comments which would otherwise drag you down. Stay strong and use some tip jar money to get some paid help to do the heavy lifting on the site migration work.

    Another donation coming your way to help oil that wheel.

    Stay strong

    Rog

  109. glad to know wordpress was responsible for the problems – I kept getting blocked in ways that had never happened before, but finally figured out how to get around the security issues. I thought it was just me!

    why oh why does wordpress keep trying to “fix” things that aren’t broke?

  110. Anthony,
    I started dropping in by accident searching for information on the solar cycle in 2008. It wasn’t long before I had to check-in at WUWT every day. Where else can you find discussions of this quality? Its a unique place. Very focused – yet eclectic within the field of view. Gleick’s manic determination to expose the money and power behind the “organized and coordinated” rebuttal of AGW is evidence you’ve facilitated something “new under the sun.” A worldwide fellowship of not-very-good scientists who come here for love, not money, to collaborate. Collaboration compounds and multiplies the little bit of science we each bring and we all end up knowing and understanding so much more than we did before. We leave “an army of one” with solid facts and we ripple out from here (more unsettling and dispruptive than we imagine) organized, coordinated & armed with that most devestating weapon, the truth.
    General Watts, we salute you. (we won’t forget the tip jar)

  111. I have been following WUWT for many years and visit it at least three times a day – it seems almost like a drug.
    I agree with all previous comments without exception.
    Just a thought, is there a chance of showing a photo of yourself.

  112. Like everyone else has said, this site is solid gold. I read a lot of other sites and then come back here to be amazed a new at what an incredible collection of high intellect is gather at this one site.

    Please take care of yourself Anthony. You are much more important than you know. You have a support crew like Charles the Mod, Willis and others who can take over for a bit and give you a break. As I said you have an incredible collection of high intellect gather here so hand off some of those problems, such as the computer glitches.

  113. kbray in california says on March 16, 2012 at 8:43 pm:

    WUWT…

    When U Want the Truth…

    Amen.

    (And – was just ‘dinged’ to log into WordPress to make this comment, but I didn’t/don’t mind …)

  114. Hi Anthony,

    I can’t add anything that hasn’t already been said, so all I can say is keep up the good work. I’ve been following your blogging since 2007, and have enjoyed all of it. Thanks!

    I’m running a St. Patty’s day 5K race today – I’ll try to break 22 minutes (my PR) in honor of WUWT :)

    cheers,
    Frank K.

  115. Seems some big wheel at “Boogle” aka Google got nick jacked and it being they rule the Democrat Party that can not stand notwithstanding 100,000 nicks get jacked down on our level every day.

    So, they put in the “fix”

  116. wws says on March 17, 2012 at 5:39 am:

    why oh why does wordpress keep trying to “fix” things that aren’t broke?

    “When the product (or service) is free, you ARE the product”
    . . . . -Zerohedge posters take on FaceBook, Twitter, etc

    Based on the above, I would say they have something else entirely in mind (something different from what you or I see or consider) when any changes are implemented.

    .

  117. I too would like to re-iterate Ally’s sentiments. I came to WUWT in 2007, and have tried (and almost succeeded) in reading every article written, including the comments, since then.

    What WUWT has done is not just opened my eyes to how mendacious some people can be, it has also opened my eyes to the wonderful world around us, and given me a huge insight into how it all fits together.

    You have a unique blog, Anthony, and it is unique because of the way you (and the mods – thanks, guys) have played it straight with people. I always feel like I’m at home here.

  118. I Ditto Ally. Mr. Watts, I don’t know where I’d be without WUWT. I too, was alone before. What you’ve created here, Anthony, is a family. Thanks and never stop. The truth will prevail.

  119. Anthony,
    I am what is known as a “lurker”. I very rarely post, but I read every day what is posted here. I am sure that there many more, even thousands, of similar “lurkers” out here that look to the insightful and interesting information posted here. Keep fighting the good fight! We are with you.
    Gary Meyers

  120. Take very good care of yourself and your health, Anthony – not just for our, your daily site visitors’ sake, but for the sake of your family.

    I happened to visit here for the first time some years ago, b.c. (before climategate), simply because someone told me to read Gavin’s blog if I wanted to ‘learn’, and found your blog being denigrated.
    Heh – had to go and see for myself why they did that, didn’t I!
    Never left here, and never went back to that other site … law of unintended consequences or what!

    Looking back, I am amazed as to how much I’ve learned here. It is like a private university.

    That’s why I want to reiterate my call from above: take very good care of yourself, Anthony – you and your work are hugely needed, and it ain’t over yet.

    Thank you, and thank you, all you mods – love your [remarks] when you snip!

  121. Anthony,

    We all need moments of absolute aloneness to relocate that innermost guiding star within ourselves that is necessary to navigate safely through this wonderful natural world.

    Take some time to be utterly alone.

    John

  122. I found this site because of Fakegate, very cool and informative site. Take a break if you need it man, it’s Paddy’s Day today so go have a beer or something :)

  123. Your web site offers an invaluable service in that you frequently link to peer reviewed papers. For people working tangentially in this field it reduces a very onerous task of keeping up to date with the literature. In particular literature that actually asks questions and offers alternative theory.

    If you link to a paper, I immediately send the title to our librarian that finds and provides me with a copy on short order. This is very useful as librarians circumvent pay walls and get the articles free.

    My biggest problem is that I can’t find space on my desk due to the piles of papers to write on a sticky note or eat my lunch…. soup is the worst.

    Excellent job Anthony, moderators, and contributing authors.

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    Your search “Ian Plimer how to get expelled from school” did not match any products.
    ___________________________________
    Peter, Try here: http://joannenova.com.au/2011/12/for-teachers-free-copy-of-plimers-book-how-to-get-expelled-from-school/
    Joanne Nova has the Order Form as a PDF.

    ______________________________________
    Zzyzx says: @ March 16, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    For my first (and probably last) post:

    I’ve come to this site daily for about 2 years and I find it fascinating. I’d bet you’d be surprised how many “regular Joes” like me really appreciate this place.
    ______________________________________
    To Zzyzx and the other “regular Joes” if you have questions ASK! Normally someone here will try and answer the question or point you to an article that will help answer your question.

    Among other things WUWT provides a good platform for getting an education in science that is unavailable from government schools. I certainly hope the home schoolers are using it.

  125. With all the great articles and discussion here and other fine blogs(CA, Joanne and Tallbloke, etc..) there should be a college credit course offered through these sites..I think the collective online college should be called “Brain Food U”..So much information and clear comments would be of far more value than your typical undergrad course. I come here everyday, do my homework and listen to the teacher(s) to expand what I know about these great topics..Thanks a whole bunch…teach.
    Anthony on another note, I need a Davis remote soil temp/moisture transmitter to go with the Vantage Pro II that I got from you last year to monitor some distance info. I sent an email a few days ago. I assume you are very busy and I can wait for a week or so. Please relax, if you can’t relax..go dancing!

  126. “wws says:
    March 17, 2012 at 5:39 am

    glad to know wordpress was responsible for the problems – I kept getting blocked in ways that had never happened before, but finally figured out how to get around the security issues. I thought it was just me!

    why oh why does wordpress keep trying to “fix” things that aren’t broke?”

    Its not a matter of fixing things that ain’t broke, its a matter of keeping up and compliant. OS/browser/security/privacy/govt/money issues on the web are moving at warp speed. WP has to do the heavy lifting to maintain functional capatibility across many technical AND ideological platforms. Its part of the reason for increase in popularity for cloud serving and platform outsourcing for content. The web as we presently know it for independent free connection for lowly individuals has a finite life. The light at the end of the tunnel for the internet is a train. Between Google and Govt, the writing is on the wall. Enjoy it now, but you will need plan B sooner than you think.

  127. When a student graduated from “Brain Food U” he of course would be called a “Brainiac”!

  128. The true measure of human worth can be found in the family. Work is like a virus. Family is the cure. I’m a partner in a busy demoltion business in Oregon. Next week I am dropping the work hat and taking my family to a VRBO home in a warm climate for 8 days. I expect “problems” when I return. Believe it or not, the demolition business is a bigger soap opera than Climate Science! C’est la vie. I Found WUWT during the weather station analysis days. It has since been my favorite gun in “the war”. Spend time with the cure Anthony. You can bulldoze the problems with ease when you are happy.Thanks for the terrific web site.

  129. Anthony, being old enough to be your . . . older sister . . . I will give you some completely unsolicited advice. It will not be remiss to take a real vacation (as in you do not even read it yourself) from this site. I would recommend at least one week per quarter, which could be saved up to be a whole month per year. There are very competent people who can take over for you for one week in every twelve. You could even leave up a posting which directs people to various other sites for that week (warning those sites beforehand that they may see an increase during that time). You have excellent moderators that can also handle any of us that get out-of-line during an Open Thread Week. You may also consider having some co-editors and co-writers that you start mentoring into positions of authority, who could be trusted to follow your lead.

    One of the things that I truly enjoyed when I transitioned from full-time mom to full-time out-of-the-house job, was the ability to have a vacation. A REAL turn-off-the-pager don’t-answer-the-phone vacation. I don’t need to travel, being perfectly happy to simply nap during the day when I’m tired, read some of those old free novels I’ve put in the Kindle (I’m cheap), eat only when I’m hungry, and ignore personal hygiene for several days at a time. But you need whatever your equivalent of a REAL vacation is, and you need it regularly.

    Trust me, we’ll be here when you get back . . .

  130. I have often thought about people like you Anthony and Jo Nova, how you keep going. I don’t know how you do it but I’m glad you do. Thanks for the sanity.

  131. I am truly humbled and grateful for all of the supportive comments and well wishes here.
    Thank you, most sincerely.

  132. Things are shifting, in a large part thanks to WUWT. Just in Belgium in the last few days, Henri Masson has gone on the record against the IPCC models, federal congressman David Clarinval has denounced the cost burden to the people of “climate” policies, which has triggered a debate in the federal parliament, with presentations by Istvan Marko and Drieu Godefridi.

    Invisible to English speakers, but big events nonetheless.

  133. Anthony: thank you for all you do. Happy St. Patrick’s Day, and do take the time you need to recharge. Like it or not, you’re a global force in the search for truth, and a lot of folks look to you for leadership. For proof of that you need not search beyond this thread with its very rich embroidery of comments. As always, they add a great deal to whatever you say: not necessarily more science (although I learn a great deal from other commenters as well as from you and your guest posters) but unfailingly good humor and new perspective.
    I think I discovered you before Climategate 1.0 and, as with many others, this is now my go-to site. Every day, rain or shine. And the cross-links to other sites –of all persuasions, but particularly folks like Steve McIntyre, Bishop Hill, Judith Curry, Jo Nova– are a great resource as well. There is no place like it. Thanks again.

  134. For the past 7 years I have averaged 75 billable hours a week in front of a computer. My survival (burnout avoidance) techniques include strict attention to food, drink, exercise, sleep, regular breaks and a touch of enjoyment:
    Food: I avoid sugar and go heavy on veggies like the NFL training camps (seriously).
    Drink: I avoid alcohol and soda and go heavy on mineral water (half an ounce a day for every pound you weigh).
    Exercise: Use 10-lb weights along with calisthenics 10 minutes twice a day.
    Sleep: 5-6 hours a night augmented with a 30-minute nap most days around 3:00 pm (more nap time makes me drowsy the rest of the day yet resting with eyes closed and brain “out of gear” is 90% as good as sleep).
    Regular breaks: I detach completely from work one day a week–this is Sunday for me and lets me come back with a clearer perception and greater resolve.
    Enjoyment: WUWT is my form of recreation, providing a stimulating break from the grind.

    Of course, you have a family to attend to and I’m a single “empty-nester”. But a single day off will not prevent burnout–you are in this for the long haul, Anthony–maybe until you pass on (preferably when you’re 95 and not sooner), so you need to pace yourself with discipline and recognition of your mortality. Computer work slowly kills and you must optimize your contribution to the world by taking care of yourself. Please find a burnout avoidance regimen that works for you and stick with it.

  135. So, we learn that real world superheros can get burned out just like us regular human beings. Relax, recharge and relish in the fact that you are changing the world.

  136. Anthony also mostly a lurker, but I have been reading and learning from your blog for probably some 4 to 5 years now. I also recommend it to all my family and friends and even my business colleagues (Aerospace and Defense contractor) as the very best of the science blogs. You and the rest of the science guys here have taught us much and we are very grateful. You guys are a gift.

  137. Just to add my sayings to the long, long list of accolades. This morning I opened the Houston Chronicle to t he editorial page. Still on the AGW bandwagon. WUWT is a welcome relief. Thanks, Anthony, for a bit of fresh air in this interglacial warming period.

  138. Anthony’ if you dont already have one put up a birdfeeder, This morning I walked out on my deck with a gandful of birdseen, Within a minute there were birds sitting on my knarled fingers pecking at the seed, I do this nearly everyday, It renews me,

  139. Anthony I’ve got a very tough job managing data centers around the world. I am lucky if my phone does not ring every hour around the clock.
    Your blog is the place I turn for a few minutes of reflection during my days and nights.
    The emphasis here on data and analysis and debate is refreshing. And I’ve found several tools to use in my daily work.
    My day is definitely brighter for WUWT.
    The one thing I have learned from work is that victories in a revolutionary time are rarely clean cut. Yet see from a few years later, what was done looks almost impossible.
    To paraphrase someone else, WUWT has stepped across history and said “NO!” and thus changed history.
    Thank you Anthony and Willis and Svensmark and Archibald. And everyone else.

  140. Take care of yourself Anthony, get rested and please come back; you are doing a lot of good.
    I have changed my e-mail address for commenting to avoid the latest WordPress bug.

  141. hi,
    I came to you after climategate. I never quit. I read you in bed before sleeping. Every night on my phone. I feel close to you, don’t givre up.

    A Guy from Paris, France.

  142. It was the site Groklaw for the fight against attacks on software/Linux (victory!), it is the site Daily Paul for the fight against attacks on liberty (victory!), and the site WUWT for the fight against attacks on science, (victory!). Thank you! Ideas matter. Pamela Jones, Michael Nystrom, and Anthony Watts; asking the questions and not accepting untenable answers. I really like that. I claim victory for my mind, but the battle is never ending.

  143. Dear Anthony,

    this is the first time I ever comment. Despite this, I visit your fantastic blog at least 4 times a day, and I eagerly await for new posts.

    I have been a skeptic for a long time, even before the infamous Scientific America editorial “science defends itself against the skeptical environmentalist”. I have a PhD in materials engineering and quite a lot of experience in using computer models, which I learnt to thoroughly distrust.

    Your efforts are truly stupendous. I have wondered many times before how you manage to run such a superb blog, a business and a family, so I am not surprised if I you feel a bit run down. Please rest and get better. We need you. You are our beacon of hope!!

    I just made a small donation. Please use it in whichever way to see fit…but I would buy a nice bottle of wine! :-)

    Wish you all the best,
    Luca

  144. Alaistair Pope:

    And don’t forget Willi Muenzenberg! (In fact, Josh should do a cartoon with WM in an AGW T-shirt.)

  145. I know you will probably not take my advice (heaven knows I don’t always) but take weekends off. Not to put too much emphasis on it but the world needs you to keep up the fight and this site will help the world (read politicians, scientific organizations and the MSM) get back to REAL science.

    Thank you for all you and the entire group of volunteers behind the scenes at WUWT do for us.

  146. My take on the voluminous adoration that is being heaped upon Lord Watts, smiter of the Algorites,defender of common sense, and most annointed conquerer of legions of the HockySchtickery, and there champion, sir Mann Hole… It is as deserved a praise as can be given (pythonesque Humour off)
    More than once the weight and significance of what I learn here daily has been of enormous wealth to me as an individual, and provided me the ability to engage others in intelligent, factual, discourse on an issue(global warming nonsense) that i feel very passionate about.
    Thank you, Lord Watts.

    Sam.

  147. Anthony:

    WordPress is a great platform. However, you should be able to move your WordPress site to a different host.

  148. Another “probably my only post” post!

    I’ve followed Climate Audit, WUWT and a few others since their start having had my eyes opened by John Daly’s site a few years ago. It really is one of the few places where you can get a balanced view of the world. Thanks Anthony and keep up the good work.

  149. RE: Dastards
    Yeah, I know the meaning of the word and know what Ally meant.
    I was just being a smarta$$ about the dyslexia. Thus the ☺ after the comment. ☺
    Clive

  150. When I started examining the question of CAGW four years ago, I discovered WUWT early on. I was quickly impressed by your willingness to discuss and argue the science. All I ever saw on the Pro-CAGW sites was that the argument was over and the the issue was settled – a total unwillingness to engage in the science. Thanks so much Anthony, keep up the good work.

  151. Hello Anthony:
    Been a fan for about 5 years now, from Kate’s small dead animals blog.
    Today my morning coffee was in my WUWT coffee mug, and my ‘homepage is here’ so this is the very first blog I check every day and all day long as I get all the emails too – don’t want to miss anything! Hubby loves his t-shirt – wears it proudly.
    We love science, reality, facts, the truth – rare to find these days – thankfully it’s here.
    I seldom post here as – I’m a sponge here – elsewhere I’m big poster opposing CAGW with facts. Facts that I get from here. Actually takes me some time to wad through data that is far beyond my level of education and comprehension (but that’s improving too, because of this site!) – so it’s in the comments where everything gets disseminated so that I can glean the facts and truths to articulate it elsewhere.

    For the most part I find the average person knows or has a strong inkling this is all BS, but they can’t explain why – then they get bowled over by fasle data being screamed out by the alarmists. Then there’s the whole political aspect of it…grrrrr. So finding a good way to explain this in terms people can understand that they in turn can explain themselves is key to tearing down this lie.

    On a personal note: Some years ago before I was even on the net 2002/3 iirc, my daughter came from first year high school with the story that ‘Greenland’ was all a propaganda lie by the governments of that era -“never was warm – all a gigantic lie”. We were rather shocked by this so sat her down and explained some hard facts about that nonsense right on the spot (at that point I, myself was one who was submissively going along with this ‘green is good’ thinking – but you can’t just LIE about history – that really ticked me off!!!) Thankfully she was able to see the truth and continues to question the ‘status-quo’ on everything and especially anything mainstream media blows out now. Scared me how hard they tried to pit her against what real science is. She graduated without being swayed to the dark side, thankfully.
    Now she’s another reader of WUWT and another voice out there within her peer group, stating facts instead of propaganda.

    Thank you Anthony, thank you for doing this tremendous task and all our best from our family to yours. Please take all the time off you require and then some!

    And a BIG thank you to all the contributors, all the other great BLOGS, mods and commenters – it’s all so valuable and vital to all of us.
    ldd
    p.s.
    Think someone may write a great book or movie about you and your life one day Anthony…just have that feeling. :)

  152. I couldn’t have written it any better!! That’s how I felt when I first found this site! Thanks for writing it so well.

  153. add to the list, my appreciation, too.
    but, frankly, i can’t wait until there is a whole lot of smiting going on.
    the time for pat.a.cake was over ages ago.

  154. LOL, and see? With just a bit more reading and I learned how to get through WP’s comment blocking. Change your email.

  155. I would like to echo all the comments so far. I’m new to WUWT, being buried forecasting plain ole weather, but have been exasperated and angered by the climatologists who have abandoned science to meet personal agendas Then I discovered your site quite by accident and found hundereds and more who share my feeling. I am truly amazed at your energy and ability to put this all together.
    Tough times pass, keep your chin up and chest out. You have more supporters out here than you probably know.

  156. Frank K. says:
    March 17, 2012 at 6:18 am

    “I’m running a St. Patty’s day 5K race today – I’ll try to break 22 minutes (my PR) in honor of WUWT :)”

    UPDATE:
    Well I did it! (21:35) Beat my old 5K PR :)

  157. I am Anthony Watts!

    Not really, but I saw something like that in a movie once where people had someone they respected… and loved. They were inspired by his dedication to what was right and his courage in opposing evil, tyranny and lawlessness. They supported and followed him to such an extent that they were willing to take up and continue his cause no matter what. They learned from him and realized they were the better for it.

    Such people are rare. Anthony Watts is one of those rarities. I come here every day to learn and be inspired and challenged.

    Keep up the good and righteous work you do, Anthony. You continue to inspire many.

  158. —————————————————————————-
    Dennis Kuzara says:
    March 16, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    I rarely see Anthony mention $$, so you know he is doing it for all the right reasons. The best way to say thank you is to open your wallets (to heartland too). There is tremendous power in a lot of small donations, the Tea Party has already proved that.
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    Echo that! – Anthony and Mods, thank You for everything

  159. Anthony, I have visited your site for years, found originally via a link or comment on the late John Daly’s ‘Still waiting for greenhouse.’ While I do not understand everything I read here, the input has been an invaluable counter to the constant distortion of science by those who political objectives have corrupted their capacity to be honest. Your contribution is byond measure, as others here have reminded. Keep at it. You make a difference.

  160. Speaking as one of the ones that cannot seem to post, I appreciate the efforts. Although it probably won’t let me post this…;-)

    You should check out the Goodreads blog interface. I don’t know if it is publicly available (and I don’t know if it supports latex, sadly) but it is butt-kicking good in other ways — preview feature, edit feature. The one thing you have to do to use it is set up an account (which is free) but I don’t really mind that.

    There has to be something out there that at least competes with wordpress.

    rgb

  161. Yes, Anthony! On this point . . . . Ally speaks for me . . . and says it well!
    I am glad you do what you are doing . . . thankyou!

  162. Anthony

    A big thank-you from me too. I found WUWT just in time (BC) and have visited pretty well daily ever since. I had been struggling to understand why so many people apparently with far better scientific credentials than myself clearly believed in a theory that did not reflect my experience of climate (after more than 50 years of personal observation), nor my knowledge or understanding of climate in either the historic or the geological past. Finding WUWT showed me I wasn’t alone. I’m no scientist and some of the techie stuff goes clear over my head, but the fact that you had the guts to create this site and have gathered so many high quality contributors gives me hope for the future. What really gets my goat is the true believers’ fallacy, that because they do what they do to “save the planet”, anyone who disagrees in the slightest must want to destroy it. It’s uphill work to counter that attitude, but together we’ll get there. Just give yourself a break occasionally – you deserve to be around to get your share of the plaudits when the AGW house of cards finally falls down. And when we are both long gone and the history books write up AGW as the weirdest, least explicable, potentially most economically disastrous case ever of international mass hysteria, WUWT will be in the footnotes as one of the few asylums for the sane in these dark days indeed.

  163. Anthony,

    Ever since I “discovered” WUWT in 2008, I don’t think a day has gone by without visiting, reading, learning, and sharing the most excellent subject matter found here with those who would be less enlightened, including my children.

    Real science is not dead. It lives here as evidenced by all of your faithful visitors, moderators, guest authors, and commentators. True champions of science and the scientific method all.

    Your efforts are most appreciated. Thank you sincerely for all that you do.

    Manfred Kintop

  164. Anthony,

    Your blog touches the inner light inside us that seeks the truth.
    This home of open discussion attracts all our little lights.
    You inspire us; intuition keeps us present.
    Bundled together our lights burn very brightly.
    Our synergy can change global attitudes back to something rational.
    Rest and rejuvenate and all of us will keep this home fire burning.

    kbray.

  165. It is my homepage too. I greatly appreciate, fellow readers, the links you provide to the original papers and the other links to interesting related materials. WUWT is my prime one-stop science shop. Engadget is the only other place that gets my clicks.

    I took heat for years as a climate catactrophe skeptic and have been on the right side all along. The reason is tha I was trained early on to seek to see for myself. Learning to read science papers is not difficult. After a while, spotting BS comes naturally.

    It was said a day or so ago that if the CAGW scam ended, there would be no reason for WUWT to exist. Not so. We can be positive and share. It is not only about demonstrating the falsity of bent ideas. It is about instilling a culture of international collaboration for truth and proof. And it is succeeding in the face of great odds.

  166. Anthony, your achievement at WUWT is immense. I have been a regular (almost daily) visitor for several years. I knew the warmist ideology and secular religion was built on sand. When I found WUWT I was able to acquire the detailed knowledge and ideas to combat the warmists. Trouble is that warmist believers fall back on authority and propaganda and never seem interetsed or able to debate the facts and science. Please, please keep going and be encouraged. When the going got tough Winston Churchill urged everyone to KBO (keep buggering on)…

  167. Once people learn the truth by reading blogs like WUWT, they can’t listen to the CAGW lies without bursting out into very angry laughter at the fraudulent bias of the rest of the Media.

  168. Anthony

    heartfelt thanks from a longtime reader here, yes, at least twice daily except the times I needed a break so badly that the only thing stopped me was my telephone provider going crazy.

    The only reason you’re not seeing so many posts from me is because I’m working hard on a wiki for us all to create. Now I do have my own point of view which is quite strong in certain directions, but my passion is to create a wiki that everyone else will eventually literally push me out of… because it’s fired everyone up and the whole skeptics community is busy making it their own.

    But for that to happen, as I see things, the “release” wiki needs to reach a level where the potential is sufficiently manifest.

    One big reason for doing this wiki is to develop a moving-on point from WUWT, as we all grow wise, scientifically informed, politically aware, stronger, and still passionate to right the current science iniquity. Insofar as “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” I often think of WUWT when looking for conveying the right spirit in this wiki – it is not Wikipedia after all.

    Anyone who would like to help it in its current alpha/beta stage, drop me an email. It’s still firmly under wraps but the plan is to work towards “barnraising” release. Wikimedia techies especially welcome.

  169. WUWT = (Sanity + Reason)^3 + (Humor + Style)^2 – (POV censorship) = Entertaining Truth

    Thanks so much!

  170. Anthony, my comment can not add to what has been posted before, except to add to the chorus of appreciation. Thank you for your dedication. I will add, spend some time with the family. Regarding children, you’ve heard they grow up faster than you can imagine. Until they are grown, you have no idea. Take whatever you imagine fast to be, and you still will have no idea. And by the time you do, well, it’s too late.

  171. I always tell people this is my favourite website. It’s nice to see new people joining the discussion, and interesting to see when they first started reading. Ally wrote what so many of us think. I’m making another donation in gratitude to you and your team of moderators and contributors. Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you, Anthony!

  172. Take a break Anthony, as a daily lurker and occassional commenter, I love what you and your helpers do here, from Canada I have just flung some funds, please use for rest and relaxation. I suspect you have already won the CAWG battle its just the huge festering organism will have deaththros to match. THANKYOU.

  173. Anthony – I have appreciated your efforts for defending the search for truth and maintaining a forum for learning for many years. For a long time, I have encouraged others to “search out the facts,” and referenced WUWT as an optimum source for such facts. Since inviting you to speak to our relatively small group, I have been overwhelmed by the deluge of events that have swept you beyond the effort you daily exert to inform us all. With sincerest appeciation – thank you!

  174. Anthony, if you don’t hear it as often as you should, we, your blog readers, very much appreciate both the blog, and all the work you put into it. The attitudes here, the honest questioning, as compared to the stifling hubris at RealClimate and SkepticalScience, DotEarth, BadAstronomy, to mention only a few, can be edifying and inspiring. And you always link to the important warmists, but most of them DON’T link back to you.

    If you need to take breaks, take them as often as you need. If you haven’t got your health…

  175. I came across the WUWT blog awhile before Climategate, and frankly enjoyed the random learnings and musings (a laymans point of view) from AT and I miss that. WUWT since then has grown exponentially into an anti-global warming alternative that is sadly needed. I applaud Anthony and the many others here taking up the cause. I too like Ally have woken up to the world and the politics of government control and in my own small way have joined as a Preciecnt chairman/committieman. Here locally I am part of a TEA party group to stop our City (Arlington, Texas) from subscribing to Agenda21, it is unbelievably difficult to get out the entrenched climate fanatics, but we all must slog and be persistent to rid us of this cancer. Again cheers to all the people here at WUWT.

  176. “Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never – in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”

    “We have only to persevere to conquer.”

    Thanks Anthony.

  177. Thank you, Anthony Thank you to the moderators and the posters and those who contribute the educational comments so often found here. Knowledge is better than gold although I feel obligated to contribute a little bit of my gold occasionaly, the education this site provides is priceless. I suspect there are several science teachers that refer to this site often.

  178. Yes, I love this blog and its real scientific approach to the problems of climate prediction. Thanks so much for the work you do Anthony!

    Please be careful, stress can harm your health. Bill Whittle had a nice message in his thoughts on Andrew Breitbart after his passing:

    You have a lot of people who care deeply about you and your work and want it to continue. You inspire us every day.

  179. Try cutting all wheat out of your diet. Read this book and try it for two weeks:

    For me, 15 lbs lost. Rode my bike 23 miles today and felt like doing it. Lipid panels (VAP test) went from probable metabolic syndrome “yes” to “no” in 6 weeks. For my wife, immediate end to daily prilosec tablets.

    Get your own lipid tests here: http://www.directlabs.com . You don’t need a friggin doctor.

  180. WUWT is wonderful the way it ties togther the struggle against irrationality. I also visit it every day. Without WUWT, it would be so much harder to keep track of the shenaniagns of the warmistas as well as progress of the rational skeptical argument. The web is a bleak wasteland of opionated nonsense, but WUWT stands out as a shining example of how good it can be. Thanks Anthony and I hope yours spirits pick up soon. You have made a difference.

  181. WUWT is a beacon of light in a world that has been brainwashed over the last 30 years by mainstream media and “scientists” mainly motivated in projects prolonging their own self interests. The turning point has started and we need WUWT and others to fight on our behalf to ensure that everybody is aware of our weather and the sponsored propoganda determined to maintain their stronghold. Capernicus, Galileo and others spring to mind, but the truth will eventually outshine.

    Thank you and long may WUWT continue.

  182. Thank you Anthony. You have taken on a behemoth by using simply your limited resources and the weapons of truth and reason. Your courage and tenacity is a lesson to all of us who know that there’s more to life than the spin of oligarchs. You have a good rest and come back fighting!

  183. I found out about WUWT from being a reader of Steve Milloy’s Junkscience blog, which did all this stuff way before it became even slightly acceptable in polite company. From memory, first looked at Junkscience in 1999 or so.

    Anyway, Anthony, remember the words of Samuel Taylor Coleridge in ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner':

    And now there came both mist and snow,
    And it grew wondrous cold:
    And ice, mast-high, came floating by,
    As green as emerald.

    And through the drifts the snowy clifts
    Did send a dismal sheen:
    Nor shapes of men nor beasts we ken–
    The ice was all between.

    The ice was here, the ice was there,
    The ice was all around:
    It cracked and growled, and roared and howled,
    Like noises in a swound!

    ———————————-
    Meh, sounds like just another day in the office at WUWT.

    But as Sam later pointed out:

    Oh sleep! it is a gentle thing,
    Beloved from pole to pole!
    To Mary Queen the praise be given!
    She sent the gentle sleep from Heaven,
    That slid into my soul.

    The silly buckets on the deck,
    That had so long remained,
    I dreamt that they were filled with dew;
    And when I awoke, it rained.

    That’s life. It describes the climate of Australia perfectly. It is also a reminder that getting a good night’s kip is very important to most people – hint, hint, Anthony.

    I commend this, possibly the greatest narrative poem in Englsh, to all WUWT readers:

    http://www.ram.org/contrib/rime_ancient_mariner.html

  184. Should also mention that there is a recording of Richard Burton reading ‘The Rime’ which is just magnificent – sends shivers down the spine. It has him reading Dylan Thomas’ ‘Under Milk Wood’ on the other side.

  185. Molon Labe says:
    March 18, 2012 at 12:29 am

    “Try cutting all wheat out of your diet. Read this book and try it for two weeks.”

    I REALLY love gluten-free pasta. MMMMM. :)

  186. I’m late to this, Anthony. I meekly add one more voice to the chorus of love and appreciation I’ve just scrolled through.

    Not just the numbers, but the extraordinary quality of your supporters makes me proud. I truly can imagine what it means to you.

    Like others, I’m sending along a contribution to the tip jar. I beg you to use it to play. Movies, a dinner out with family. Please be well. Please.

  187. OMG

    When I wrote that post, I had no idea it would be held up for all to see. I am so pleased my words gave Anthony a boost. I am so pleased that so many people have added their words in support of all Anthony has done and is doing. I also thank you all for your most warm welcome to me.

    And yes, I feel very much at home here and have done from the start. My love to all.

  188. Anthony, I had a similar revelation when I first stumbled onto WUWT about 5 years ago. I was amazed to meet other skeptics, and truly astounded by the knowledge and intelligence of the commentators. I have been checking WUWT at least twice a day since then. I’ve learned so much here, it’s just amazing. Also the links here, both posted by you and those posted by your commentators, have lead me to some amazing places. I’ve purchased and read dozens of books that were discussed here. In fact, I now have a (mostly full) bookcase reserved only for climate and global warming books. Your excellent website has changed my life for the better, and I really appreciate all the work you do. Thank you.

  189. PS I second what Molon Labe says about wheat, and I also highly recommend “Wheat Belly”. Cutting out the gluten made an amazing difference in my life. Thyroid problems slowly went away, and my mood greatly improved.

  190. Thanks for this site. As well as a welcome retreat from alarmist pap you provide the knowledge and tools to take the argument back out to them. I regularly use your resource to slap down rabid warmistas on other forums I frequent.

    You do an awesome job, Anthony.

  191. I check in morning and evening, most days. Thanks for adding a bucket full of arguments against the hysteria out there.

  192. WUWT: For several years now: 1st on the list of ”go to” places 4 info on the CAGW – climate change – etcetera saga. Thanks 4 all U have done, and continue 2 do. Be careful not to ”extend” too far beyond your personal performance envelope limits; 1 person can only do so much; you’ve done more than your share. Hang in there; at a reasonable & prudent ”speed”.

  193. Another lurker here, my dad showed me CA back when I was a teenager in college and I found wuwt shortly thereafter, and a love story began. I agree w/ everyone, it is like a drug I come here as much as possible, and it feels like a home where intelligent respectful people who are on the same page, trying to accept that we don’t know everything and working from there. Never arrogance. Wuwt that changed my life, changed what I want to be in life. Switched my major to geology, but I just dream of doing work like this site does.

  194. This is exactly how I felt when I found WUWT, I no longer felt alone in a world that seemed full of mindless drones, I felt like the dark ages where approaching yet again, now I have hope because of what is being done here and on similar sites.

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