Flim Flam Flannery’s Fecklessness Foiled

UPDATE: Veteran Australian cartoonist  Pickering weighs in, see below. (h/t to Dale Stiller)

There’s yet another scare coming from Australia’s Climate Commissioner Tim Flannery hot of the heels of his failed drought predictions. And who could forget Flannery’s “quote of the millennium” immortalized by Josh?

Junkscience.com reports that: Slippery when wet – Tim Flannery’s climate warnings questioned after recent flooding

Flimflam is probably worth the $180K/yr this government pays him for his part-time position. He’s an implacable liar. Absolutely relentless with his climate hysteria, audacious and unrepentant. Definitely delivering all that this government asks.

FIVE years ago, Climate Commissioner Tim Flannery predicted that the nation’s dams would never be full again and major Australian cities would need desalination plants to cater for our water needs.

Yesterday, in his latest report, he said “climate change cannot be ruled out” as a factor in recent flooding rains, which led to some of those dams overflowing.

The apparent contradiction accompanies predictions that heatwaves, made worse by concrete, asphalt and buildings, will cause deaths and violence in western Sydney.

So he’s given up on climate change and now blaming UHI? I like it.

Jennifer Marohasy finds that the broader Sydney climate data shows another grandiose cherry pick to define the start of the trend in “hot days”.

Climate Commission Fudges Hot Day Data

IF you believe Australia’s Climate Commissioner, Tim Flannery, it is getting hotter and hotter in Western Sydney.[1]

But scientist Basil Beamish noticed that in the Climate Commission report they only show the trend of the number of hot days from 1970-2011. There is data for Sydney, measured at Observatory Hill, back to 1890.

Dr Beamish noticed that if you use all of the hot days data back to 1890 it is clear there is a different long-term pattern in play (see blue line in chart). In fact the year with the greatest number of hot days for Sydney is 1926 (12 days) and this has not been beaten since.

But instead of reporting on the long term trend for Sydney as measured at Observatory Hill from 1890, Professor Flannery has chosen to just focus on Western Sydney and in particular use only the data for Parramatta North (see orange line in chart). This data set begins in 1970, which was a low point in the hot days cycle. By choosing Parramatta and beginning in 1970, Professor Flannery can make the upward trend in hot days look dramatic.

Parramatta is further inland than the Observatory Hill site and so the summers are warmer and the winter’s colder. But if there were data for Parramatta back to 1890 it would almost certainly show the same pattern as Observatory Hill. Indeed it was almost certainly hotter in Parramatta, in Western Sydney, in 1926 than anytime since.

Once again the observational data does not support the nonsense claims made by Australia’s Climate Commissioner, Professor Flannery.

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Basil Beamish provided the chart and many of the words. Thank you.

1. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-05-14/heatwaves-bushfires-predicted-to-hammer-nsw/4009006

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UPDATE: WUWT reader Dale Stiller writes

“The very funny, veteran Aussie cartoonist Pickering has drawn a classic about Flim Flan’s utterances.”

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60 Responses to Flim Flam Flannery’s Fecklessness Foiled

  1. steveta_uk says:

    Chief climate commissioner Tim Flannery says some of the negative impacts of warmer weather in Sydney’s west are not immediately obvious.

    “What happens when we get these very, very hot days is that elderly people and the very young particularly are vulnerable and people get a little bit confused because they’re heat stressed,” he said.

    Mr Flannery is already “a little bit confused” – so it’s worse than we thought!

  2. petermue says:

    2007:
    “Environmental researcher Tim Flannery has warned that Brisbane and Adelaide – [3 mio. people] – could run out of water by year’s end.”
    2008:
    “The water problem is so severe for Adelaide that it may run out of water by early 2009.”
    2009:
    “Our fifth-largest city, Adelaide, may be out of drinking water next year.”
    2010: ?

  3. Deadman says:

    Here he is on radio, saying that temperatures may yet rise by 4 to 5ºC globally: http://bit.ly/KlJWCF

  4. Bill Tuttle says:

    steveta_uk says:
    May 14, 2012 at 7:48 am
    Mr Flannery is already “a little bit confused” …

    In the same way that water is “a little bit damp”…

  5. Max says:

    Just heard about Sydney getting hot on channel 7 news update, here in Aus. Last line quoted was something like this. ‘Critics claim it is based on faulty science’ LOL It followed an earlier story stating the Government has sent out 3 letters to households how they might be able to claw back some of the ever increasing energy bills, not one of these letters mentions that your bill has increased because of the new carbon tax. So Channel 7 news is taking no nonsense.

  6. DavidA says:

    They forget that there’s already temperature variation across the globe much greater than this proposed global warming jump. Who’s ever heard it’s better to live in colder climates to avoid stress? In Australia we have the option of living in Queensland or Tasmania, very different climates. Are people in Tasmania less stressed? Dumb Flannery, dumb.

  7. Affizzyfist says:

    This story is important. Its the first time a really mainstream newspaper has taken him on in Australia anyway….

  8. Michael J says:

    @petermue — I’ve tasted Adelaide drinking water. It is salty and heavy with mud. You wash your hair and it sticks to your head like a helmet. If they run out of the stuff, nobody will miss it.

  9. Latitude says:

    Greens Senator Christine Milne says the climate science is clear.

    “Every report that comes out anywhere in the world has shown that climate change is accelerating,” she says.
    ======================
    so much for flat out lies

  10. Kaboom says:

    In the Old West they had a rail, feathers and some tar around for his ilk.

  11. Australians better watch out – their country still holds the record of number of days over 100 degrees.

    Most consecutive days above 100 °F (37.8 °C): 160 days; Marble Bar, Western Australia from 31 October 1923 to 7 April 1924.

    160 days over 100 degrees. A little more than 5 months. NOBODY has even come close to that record. Not even Death Valley.

    Yet we hear that the weather extremes will get more extreme as CO2 goes up. If any place in Australia should be getting hotter due to CAGW, it should be Marble Bar.

    Someone needs to plot out THAT series to check for increases…

  12. DaveG says:

    Tim Flannery epitomizes the portrait of a Flim Flan man!

    A Fiim Flam man is a con artist who uses the tricks of the trade. Some of the scams which one of the 3 pods (cups) is the pea under the answer is none it’s always in his hand so you never win. But the big guys only start that little trick’s young when young and move on quickly through life always looking for the big score.
    The Term Ponzi scheme is a classic snake oil sales job designed to separate the gullible from their money or possessions. Bernie Madoff was one such con man he just went for a mere $50 Billon of Flim Flan trickery.

    Governments are constantly looking for Ponzi schemes and sales men who can sell them – Example: Real and phoney War’s based on false premises, manufactured data and so called intelligence – Ever increasing Taxes and Fee’s – Changing or relaxing of good and beneficial laws’ that protect’s a country’s economy by relaxed regulations that change the banking act and allow Derivatives and banks to act like gamblers, that nearly ( and still might) bankrupt the Western world Example The EU – UK – USA Etc…

    The Flim Fam crooks over at Enron designed (Cap and Trade) the big tax of an invisible gas that drove the Western governments, socialist, and bureaucrats wild with anticipation of (Flim Flan) Co2 money tax = an Existence tax = you’re alive we tax your breath.

    (George Harrison of the Beatles the Taxman song says it all way back in 1964)

    Global warming is the biggest con job in the history of the world with tax’s that will and do sharply affect EVERY man woman and child on the planet – lots of BS sold as science = lot’s of money for a relatively few and a lot of financial pain and reduced quality of life for the many.

    Flim Flan is a Confidence trickster, a fraud scheme run by the scam designer, and if necessary covered up by phoney boards of inquiry (at great expense) known as the white washing, hiding the truth or the nothing to see here deceleration, after all every one but the victim MUST benefit from the scheme!

    A confidence trick is also known as a con game, con, scam, grift, hustle, bunko, bunco, swindle, flimflam, gaffle, or bamboozle. The intended victims are known as marks. The perpetrator of a confidence trick is often referred to as a confidence man or woman, con man or woman, con artist or grifter. When accomplices are employed, they are known as shills. Confidence tricks exploit typical human characteristics such as greed, dishonesty, vanity, honesty, compassion, credulity, irresponsibility, desperation and naivete. As such, there is no consistent profile of a confidence trick victim, the common factor is simply that the victim relies on the good faith, sincerity, belief that the message is truthful.

    All tricks and ability’s of the con artist are learned early in life. Victims of Grand world saving scams tend to show an incautious level of greed, gullibility or true concern that the bill of goods being sold is truly genuine or dire enough to to warrant immediate action ,even if it make them a slave to the idea and consequent poorer life style.

  13. 01wmarsh says:

    “climate change cannot be ruled out”

    Neither can ‘super intelligent alien’ influence be ‘ruled out’. Pretty much nothing can be ‘ruled out’. These kinds of statements are long on implication, short on containing any actually useful information and are generally a waste of CO2 to utter.

  14. Gail Combs says:

    Kaboom says:
    May 14, 2012 at 9:13 am

    In the Old West they had a rail, feathers and some tar around for his ilk.
    _______________________________
    Kaboom, I live in the Tarheel State and have been busy gathering feathers for a few years now.

    Interesting that the link to the state website giving the origin of tarheel now has no reference to the name at all. Political Correctness strikes again or are they afraid we might get ideas….

  15. steveta_uk says:

    (George Harrison of the Beatles the Taxman song says it all way back in 1964)

    I think not – 1974 perhaps.

  16. Betapug says:

    It may not matter what the MSM say as Tim Flannery already has the kids. The Panasonic Chair in Environmental Sustainability at Maquarie University is teaching SCOM200:
    “The role of truth, ethics and power in science communication… a ‘must do’ unit for anyone who is passionate about the importance, relevance and function of science in today’s society”.
    http://www.science.mq.edu.au/news_and_events/news/tim_flannery_launches_new_science_communication_program

    As part of the endowment conditions, Dr. Flannery reports to Panasonic executives on “emerging consumer attitudes towards environmental products”. http://www.science.mq.edu.au/news_and_events/news/new_panasonic_chair_in_environmental_sustainability

    Looks like a Green end to end solution.

  17. DaveG says:

    steveta_uk says:
    May 14, 2012 at 9:45 am

    (George Harrison of the Beatles the Taxman song says it all way back in 1964)

    I think not – 1974 perhaps.

    Sorry Steve’
    We are both wrong, it was released in 1966 on the Revolver LP. However it does not matter when it was released, rather it’s the deadly serious content and meaning in the song that I was trying in a long winded way to portray.

    The U-tube was done much latter with Eric Clapton.

    If George was singing it today he might have an extra verse
    If you take a breath, I’ll tax your heart beat!

    Lyrics – Taxman.
    Let me tell you how it will be
    There’s one for you, nineteen for me
    ‘Cause I’m the taxman, yeah, I’m the taxman

    Should five per cent appear too small
    Be thankful I don’t take it all
    ‘Cause I’m the taxman, yeah I’m the taxman

    If you drive a car, I’ll tax the street,
    If you try to sit, I’ll tax your seat.
    If you get too cold, I’ll tax the heat, === Energy poverty thanks to Co2 policy’s
    If you take a walk, I’ll tax your feet.

    Don’t ask me what I want it for
    If you don’t want to pay some more
    ‘Cause I’m the taxman, yeah, I’m the taxman

    Now my advice for those who die
    Declare the pennies on your eyes
    ‘Cause I’m the taxman, yeah, I’m the taxman
    ***And you’re working for no one but me.***

  18. curious george says:

    Mark Twain described this kind of magicians in Chapter XXIV of “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court”. The magician knows that “The high and mighty Emperor of the East doth at this moment put money in the palm of a holy begging friar–one, two, three pieces,and they be all of silver.”, but he can not tell what a guy in the audience is doing with his right hand.

    To be fair to Prof. Flannery, he actually made a prediction for a 5-year timeframe. Most esteemed climatologists only tell you what is going to happen to CLIMATE in 100 years. Where can I get a reliable WEATHER forecast for 100 hours? No models there?

  19. Gail Combs says:

    henrythethird says: @ May 14, 2012 at 9:23 am

    …. If any place in Australia should be getting hotter due to CAGW, it should be Marble Bar.

    Someone needs to plot out THAT series to check for increases…
    ____________________________
    You can get a graph of the temperatures of the closest area to that from GISS: http://data.giss.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/gistemp/findstation.py?datatype=gistemp&data_set=14&name=&world_map.x=642&world_map.y=291

    But you would have to do some real digging to find the actual raw data.

  20. - Are we sure Tim Flannery History of Mammals scientist wasn’t switched around with a look-a-like Tim Flannery the TIMESHARE SALESMAN ?
    cos that’s what it sounds like from the lines he uses
    – “you’ve gotta get into right now, you can’t wait a few years, then it’ll be too late !”
    – and of the incredulous hype : “you won’t believe what it’ll be like in a few years, everything will have completely changed… the sea level will have risen, the Great Barrier Reef will be dead, but we’ll have magic windmills & solar”

    – Just like the compelling pitches of those timeshare salesmen turn out to be completely different from reality .. so it seems the same for Flannery’s grand visions
    … and his guarantees are worthless, he won’t be giving you your money back.!

  21. BTW I see someone has a list of Timbo’s predictions …. apparently this year is the last year of the Arctic Ice Cap

  22. Jimmy Haigh says:

    Kaboom says:
    May 14, 2012 at 9:13 am
    “In the Old West they had a rail, feathers and some tar around for his ilk.”

    Careful now. Some may read this statement as a death threat…

  23. Interstellar Bill says:

    Re: Con men vs. Alarmists

    The Warmista ‘consensus’ is 2-3 deg C ‘global’ warming and a 2-3 ft sea-level hike, always delivered in somber, near-sepulchral tones dripping in self-assurance. Their models are as authoritative as the very laws of thermodynamics, their data is immaculate and unambiguous, their conclusions not to be doubted, their policy reccomendations to be implemented immediately.

    If you thought the medieval Catholic Church was dogmatic, scope out this bunch. Flim-flam grifters they’re not, for the latter believe not a ‘jog or a tittle’ of their deceptive pattern, while the Warmistas cling to their credo like a drowning man to a toothpick. These credulous miscreants are True Believers all, much more dangerous than con men. When you pop up all three shells to reveal there’s no pea, the con man will instantly flee, but the Warmista will sit there and innocently insist the pea is invisible and intangible, and won’t fully materialize until 2100.

  24. Bruce Cobb says:

    Heh, Tim the Flim Flam Man based quite a bit of the foolishness in his big steaming pile he called “The Weathermakers” on Lovelock’s “Gaia” theory. Must sting a little now that Lovelock has recanted his Alarmist stance.

  25. Gail Combs says:

    Interstellar Bill says:
    May 14, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Re: Con men vs. Alarmists
    _________________________
    Bill you are just describing two different subspecies of Alarmicus Warmisttus of the Family: Muridae.

    The Conman subspecies is rarer but occupies the highest place in the heterarchy while the common alarmist are those with blind faith following the lead of their leaders/gurus sort of like lemmings.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOOs8MaR1YM&feature=related

  26. Gail Combs says:

    Jimmy Haigh says:
    May 14, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Kaboom says:
    May 14, 2012 at 9:13 am
    “In the Old West they had a rail, feathers and some tar around for his ilk.”

    Careful now. Some may read this statement as a death threat…
    ___________________________
    NAH, just a bit of decoration so we know who is who.

  27. Dale Stiller says:

    The very funny, veteran Aussie cartoonist Pickering has drawn a classic about Flim Flan’s utterances. To view follow this link.
    https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/545138_352221811498650_236991276355038_886332_2021662987_n.jpg

  28. Interstellar Bill says:

    Gail Combs: A further telling point just occurred to me:
    Each of us realists came via independent thought to our non-CAGW conclusions,
    whereas each Warmista came to their pre-determined AGW conclusion
    via rote-thoughts highly channeled from official dogma, no independence there.

    It’s a general pattern with the Left, which comprises an army of mind-clones marching in lock-step chanting their mantras, while their heterogenous opponents each have their own reasons to oppose Leftist insanity, which has numerous injurious components in its avalanche-like onslaught. Every aspect of civilization is under withering attack, and CAGW is but the tip of their spear.

    Who needs a conspiracy when Group-Think works so well? Self-deceit is the essence of Alarmist sincerity, with Mann, Hansen, et al. impenetrably convinced of their rectitude and our villainy, whereas every one of us has sometimes wavered, however briefly, and considered ‘What if I’m wrong and there is a problem?’. This is because we are truth-seekers first and group-joiners second. I, for example, stand with WUWT because I believe that one of humanity’s supreme achievements, science itself, has been coopted and steered horribly wrong, and only the Internet can counter it.

    I remember the very first Hockey Stick, the population bomb, appearing on the cover of Science as ‘Doomsday 2026′, back in the early Sixties. That fraud sailed right by and never was debunked, nor was Carson’s DDT fraud or Rowland’s deliberate overlooking of volcanic fluorocarbons. Whoops, globally rampant malaria and a trillion dollars wasted pointlessly throwing away Freon, and they don’t have to admit there was even the tiniest mistake, let alone a pair of history-scale frauds, with an even worse one half-hatched already.

    If only that natural warming had continued another 20 years and we didn’t have that pesky Internet…

  29. DirkH says:

    Betapug says:
    May 14, 2012 at 9:58 am
    “As part of the endowment conditions, Dr. Flannery reports to Panasonic executives on “emerging consumer attitudes towards environmental products”. ”

    In other news, Panasonic hopes to return to profitability in 2013.
    Maybe that’s when they fire their CEO.

  30. I always refer to him as Tim ‘Ghost Metropolis’ Flannery.

  31. Ally E. says:

    Interstella Bill has pegged it.

    “These credulous miscreants are True Believers all, much more dangerous than con men. When you pop up all three shells to reveal there’s no pea, the con man will instantly flee, but the Warmista will sit there and innocently insist the pea is invisible and intangible, and won’t fully materialize until 2100.”

    Here I was hoping that in the face of repeated non-events and outright prediction failures, some of these people would actually give it up as a bad job. But they’re really just not going to, are they? Their hides must be a foot thick.

  32. Ally E. says:

    Gail Combs says:

    May 14, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Jimmy Haigh says:
    May 14, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Kaboom says:
    May 14, 2012 at 9:13 am
    “In the Old West they had a rail, feathers and some tar around for his ilk.”

    Careful now. Some may read this statement as a death threat…
    ___________________________
    NAH, just a bit of decoration so we know who is who.

    *

    You mean, they already strut like turkeys so we ought to decorate them the rest of the way? Probably totally unnecessary (the “gobble gobble” will give them away every time). Kinda cute, though. :)

  33. jules says:

    Isn’t this the same guy that gave us this?

  34. Paul Deacon says:

    I watched an Australian TV news programme (SKY) last night (I live in NZ). The lead items were:

    (a) The Government’s advertisements for “carbon tax” compensation to voters, which are costing tens of millions of dollars, and manage not to mention the tax at all. This was emphasised by the news reader. Opposition spokesman prominently featured.

    (b) The latest report from Flannery and his cohorts. The news reader was struggling to keep a straight face, and was close to open ridicule. Bob Carter had a cameo appearance on his verandah saying the models are wrong.

    This is a big and welcome change from the style of reporting on the issue not long ago.

  35. manicbeancounter says:

    “climate change cannot be ruled out”

    If that is CO2 climate change, there needs to be evidence why we should accept this explanation over natural causes. Climate Science may offer an explanation, but it is only able to be scientifically valid if it can discount other causes. In Tim Flannery’s case, previous false predictions of continuing drought rule him out of the scientific arena.

    Before people give excuses for Flannery, they should look up the severest problem for real empirical science.

    “The underdetermination thesis – the idea that any body of evidence can be explained by any number of mutually incompatible theories”

    Quote from Kuhn vs Popper – Steve Fuller 2003
    The first step on the path the supremacy of a particular theory is to make novel predictions. Predicting prolonged drought is Australia is not novel, neither is that there will be floods in future. It is predicting something radically different.

  36. Ripper says:

    henrythethird says: @ May 14, 2012 at 9:23 am
    Marble Bar pre homoginised. Only goes to 2008

    http://members.westnet.com.au/rippersc/mbar.jpg

  37. betapug says:

    I neglected to mention that the Australian Climate Change Commisioner, Prof. Flannery’s Science Communication courses at Maquarie Univ. are first year undergrad courses where young students learn (from unbiased World Wildlife Fund staff!) all about media strategies to communicate “Science” before they have learned very much of it. http://www.envirogeog.mq.edu.au/research/sci-communication.html

    His multiple income streams as simultaneous government policy advocate and University prof, amongst others, have allowed Flannery to purchase big waterfront properties in areas sure to be inundated and worthless in the coming 8-story sea rise.
    http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/prof-tim-flannerys-waterside-getaway/story-fn6b3v4f-1226104010903
    Fast on his feet, he seems to be one of the first to have leveled the “Breivik” accusation against critics.
    http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/opinion/crikey-its-time-to-set-the-record-straight-tim/story-e6frezz0-1226205215165
    Again I point out that with 38,000 students to impress at a University ranked seventh in Australia, (out of 21) and a huge majority of sympathetic minds on the other 20, Flannery can act like a clown, but it really does not matter.

  38. eo says:

    It really does not matter except for Australians who will be paying a premium for the desalination plants that will not be operating from sometime when the decision makers decided to take tim Flannerry’s projection and scare.

  39. Mike Busby says:

    Of course he is a warmist – he admitted in his latest bit of video nonsense “Two men on the Great Divide” (An exploration of Australia’s Great Dividing Range) that he was actually much happier not wearing any clothes and would much prefer a warmer climate.

  40. Peter says:

    Flannery ADMITS lying about it all!! (He would call it exaggeration!) Careful who you talk to Tim…
    http://www.thepunch.com.au/articles/climate-change-and-the-crisis-of-communication/

    See quote “So here’s the real news. Scientists don’t actually believe heatwaves will send us all mad. They’re just saying stuff like this because they’re desperately fumbling for new ways to grab the public’s attention. How do I know this? Because Tim Flannery himself told me (and a small room of other people) pretty much exactly that this very weekend. “

  41. Tim Minchin says:

    Flannery is a moron.

  42. Tim Minchin says:

    We call it the Schweppervescence Tax in Australia now (Schweppes advertises that their drinks are bubblier than other brands because they contain more ‘schweppervescence’ ie carbon dioxide)

  43. Tim Minchin says:

    I wonder if the greenies have ever read ‘The Boy who cried Wolf’?

  44. ken Methven says:

    All very funny…except for the AUD$1.9B spent on an unnecessary desalination plant. Unfortunately, this is a serious topic which makes it even more outrageous that FlimFlam thinks its a communications challenge for his pet theory.

  45. Sunspot says:

    Poor Tim is suffering from sunstroke after Dr. Jim pinched his hat at their last love in.

  46. goldie says:

    I pay taxes so this charlatan can get paid to prognosticate on stuff he knows nothing about. There is nothing funny at all about the way this government has adopted a concerted propaganda campaign to try to sell its carbon tax and nothing that these intellectual prostitutes won’t say in order to push the party line.
    I am disgusted by this man and his sidekick Ross Garnaut and I wonder how they can sleep at night given their premeditated program to mislead the Australian public.
    I have no doubt that these two who are both quite bright are fully aware of the contradictory statements they have made over the years and are quite aware when they are speaking on topics that are well outside their area of expertise.
    This guy is a palaeontologist, so what would he know about interpreting the recent meteorological record? Nothing.
    Meanwhile Garnaut who is an economist thinks he had something valid to say about extreme weather and climate.
    my only hope for justice now is that Flannery’s earlier alarmist garbage about sea level rise actually occurs so that the drains in his sea side house back up and he ends up drowning in his own excrement

  47. observa says:

    “This guy is a palaeontologist, so what would he know about interpreting the recent meteorological record? Nothing.
    Meanwhile Garnaut who is an economist thinks he had something valid to say about extreme weather and climate.”

    Tut tut! That’s not true Goldie. They may both have something important to say on the topic irrespective of their particular speciality. As to whether they do or not, depends entirely on the science and the veracity of their predictions as a result. There aint no such thing as a ‘climatologist’ in capital letters, anymore than I’m a self appointed humanologist.

  48. Bill Tuttle says:

    King of Cool says:
    May 14, 2012 at 4:09 pm
    Some more Pickering cartoons on the same theme (WARNING – some of them are a little bit rude)

    Considering the subject matter, not rude enough…

  49. Bill Tuttle says:

    Ally E.</b< says:
    May 14, 2012 at 2:09 pm
    Here I was hoping that in the face of repeated non-events and outright prediction failures, some of these people would actually give it up as a bad job. But they’re really just not going to, are they? Their hides must be a foot thick.

    As are their skulls.

  50. rogerknights says:

    Tonight at this instant, Coast to Coast AM radio is having a guest discussing “Climategate and Eco-tyranny.”

  51. peter_dtm says:

    DaveG says:
    May 14, 2012 at 10:16 am

    steveta_uk says:
    May 14, 2012 at 9:45 am
    ……….
    Lyrics – Taxman.
    Let me tell you how it will be
    There’s one for you, nineteen for me
    ‘Cause I’m the taxman, yeah, I’m the taxman

    In case any one wondered the one for you ninteen for me refered to the then higher tax rate of 19/6 (nineteen shillings and six pence; pronounced ninteen and six) in the pound – or in todays simplified decimal system £0.95 per pond — yes; that really was 95% tax – ok it was a marginal rate; so it only applied to high earners; but did cause a lot of people to flee the tax regime and move to other area; thus costing the UK tax man a hell of a lot more than he ever made out of this legalised theft.

  52. thingadonta says:

    Flannery also said in the Future Eaters in the 1990s that Australia shouldn’t invest in minerals, as they were on the way out.

    He also said in 2011 that the greatest threat to hunanity is from mining. He also said that the miners undo what the oceans do-which take the nasty minerals out of seawater, and put them in mineral deposits. No mention of what volcanoes do to increase the same nasty minerals.

    T

  53. Alex Heyworth says:

    Betapug says:
    May 14, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Somehow I don’t think Flannery really “has the kids”. Even a fairly naive 18 year old would only have to watch about 30 seconds of him on TV to know that he lives on an entirely different planet. A more Peter Pan-like individual would be difficult to imagine.

  54. wayne says:

    The 130 year downward temperature trend of Alice Springs looks a bit more realistic, though it is much further northwest.
    http://data.giss.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/gistemp/gistemp_station.py?id=501943260000&data_set=14&num_neighbors=1

  55. Jessie says:

    Affizzyfist says: May 14, 2012 at 8:36 am
    This story is important. Its the first time a really mainstream newspaper has taken him on in Australia anyway….

    This is true.

    With the recent exception of the excellent work by Graham Lloyd on the Brisbane floods The Australian has very rarely critiqued the CAGW science or the promoters or the major policy of which they report.
    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/opinion/wind-farm-scam-a-huge-cover-up/story-e6frgd0x-1226345185075

    After the fact, yes, as with the deaths of the young men installing roofing insulation for the pink batts scheme/green govt pseudo-police scheme. And what an absolute horror and injustice for those young men and their wives/lovers and families. A truly dreadful fiasco that was.

    Thanks Dale, for bringing to our attention Pickering’s exactness of human behaviour; of Flannery, the pseudo-scientist and his vile hypocrisy.

  56. johanna says:

    betapug says:
    May 14, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    [snip]
    Again I point out that with 38,000 students to impress at a University ranked seventh in Australia, (out of 21) and a huge majority of sympathetic minds on the other 20, Flannery can act like a clown, but it really does not matter.
    ———————————————————–
    In what universe is Macquarie University ranked 7th in Australia? There are only a half a dozen or so Australian universities ranked in the world top 100, on various scales, and Macquarie ain’t one of them. It’s not even close. It may well have individual courses that are well regarded, but isn’t even in the top 10 in Australia.

    And Professor Tim Flannery was appointed by a former College of Advanced Education in the bush which has excellent courses in viticulture, and knows as much about philosophy and ethics as Sydney University knows about viticulture. That would be zero.

  57. John Trigge (in Oz) says:

    Flim Flammery was on Oz TV this week and was asked about his failed statements of droughts, etc.

    His response was not to address the question but to offer ‘scientists all agree…” etc, etc.

    He is the Dodgeball (dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge) response to his inane predictions (or were they scenarios?).

  58. John Trigge (in Oz) says:

    Meanwhile:

    Foreign Affairs Minister Bob Carr and Climate Change Minister Greg Combet announced Dr Lee’s appointment in a statement today.

    His role will be to lead negotiations on Australia’s behalf within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, based in the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency’s international division.

    We do use the most highly qualified people to represent us in climate change matters –

    Dr Lee holds a BA (Jur.) (Hons), a PhD in Development Geography from the University of Adelaide and a Graduate Diploma in Foreign Affairs and Trade from Monash University. He is married and has two children. Dr Lee is a fluent Indonesian speaker.

  59. Reblogged this on The GOLDEN RULE and commented:
    Cherry-picking, scientific garbage. This is the science that drives the Australian government to introduce a carbon tax. It also drives the Australian economy downhill and the thinking Australian public to distraction.

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