Friday Funny – Wind Turbine Flunky

Les Clay of Brick Moon Productions made this animated short about wind turbines.

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55 Responses to Friday Funny – Wind Turbine Flunky

  1. Pedantic says:

    Friday “not really that” Funny…

  2. Laurie says:

    You have to recognize the who and what this is about. It’s not about wind turbines, really.
    http://www.westernjournalism.com/epa-manager-who-called-crucify-quits/
    May 1, 2012
    “The regional Environmental Protection Agency executive who told an audience his ‘philosophy of enforcement’ was to ‘crucify’ and ‘make examples of’ energy companies has quit.”

    “In a letter to EPA administrator Lisa Jackson over the weekend, Al Armendariz, the former top environmental official in the South and Southwest Region, said he regretted the comments but boasted of his ‘integrity and hard work.'”

  3. Gary Turner says:

    Pedantic says:
    June 8, 2012 at 12:53 am
    ===================
    true dat

  4. Orkneygal says:

    Very America centric. Not funny at all, actually. Unless you think boring is funny.

  5. Anthea Collins says:

    I thought it was great, I even recognised EPA, although I’m in the UK. Orkneygal should pay more attention. What makes her think it couldn’t happen here?

    Anthea

  6. orkneygal says:

    For me, “here” is Aotearoa, Anthea,

    Perhaps you should pay more attention.

  7. mfo says:

    I’ve gone all goggle eyed :o)

  8. Roger Carr says:

    Laurie says: (June 8, 2012 at 1:35 am) “You have to recognize the who and what this is about. It’s not about wind turbines, really…”

    Thanks, Laurie; that makes sense of it.

  9. Steve in SC says:

    Absolutely spot on.

  10. Luther Wu says:

    “Very America centric.”
    Now that is kinda funny.

  11. carol smith says:

    I liked it and unlike a lot of videos watched it to the conclusion

  12. Chuck Nolan says:

    Very good

  13. red jeff says:

    To Anthea and Orkneygal, it’s already happening in the UK “As many as 20,000 town hall snoopers have assumed powers to enter people’s homes without a warrant and search for information, a survey revealed last night… These include checking for fridges which do not have the correct eco-friendly energy rating, making sure a hedge is not too high and inspecting a property to ensure ‘illegal or unregulated hypnotism’ is not taking place.” http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1238800/The-20-000-snooper-army-Vast-number-town-hall-bureaucrats-power-enter-home-warrant.html

    At least Cameron banned the municipal governments illegal ‘green’ recycling eco-fines!

  14. dp says:

    I think my IQ just fell a little.

  15. xiver1972 says:

    I thought it was funny, but I expect there will be some false equivalencies made to the exploding children video.

  16. William Astley says:

    AGW is being used as the wedge to forcing an agenda. As the planet’s feedback response to a change in forcing is negative (clouds in the tropics increase or decrease reflecting more or less sunlight into space thereby resisting forcing changes) as opposed to positive (whereby the planet amplifies forcing changes) the warming due to a doubling of atmospheric CO2 will result in less than 1C of warming with most of the warming occurring at high latitudes which will result in the biosphere expanding.

    CO2 is not a poison. Commercial greenhouse injected CO2 into the greenhouse at 1000 ppm to 1500 ppm to reduce growing times and increase yields. Cereal crop yield increases by 30% to 40% with a doubling of a CO2.

    The science is settled. CO2 is not the problem. CO2 is not the problem. The world is not at a “tipping” point due to CO2 emissions.

    The “extreme” green policies destroy competitiveness, which has and will destroy jobs. The Western governments have reached to the limit of deficit spending. Deficit spending on green scams which do not significantly reduce total CO2 emissions which is not a problem anyway does not create jobs.

    The EU is leading the way with the race to economic ruin. Massive unemployment is a problem. The lack of honesty and clarity of why Western countries are failing is a problem. Currency collapse is a problem. Hyper inflation will be a problem.

    We need Margaret Thatcher, like honesty, leadership, and change. It is time to vote for change and work for change.

    http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S016788090700045X

    “Impact of elevated CO2 and temperature on rice yield and methods of adaptation as evaluated by crop simulation studies

    But increases in the CO2 concentration up to 700 ppm led to the average yield increases of about 30.73% by ORYZA1 and 56.37% by INFOCROP rice.”

    http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/crops/facts/00-077.htm

    “The benefits of carbon dioxide supplementation on plant growth and production within the greenhouse environment have been well understood for many years.

    Carbon dioxide (CO2) is an essential component of photosynthesis (also called carbon assimilation). Photosynthesis is a chemical process that uses light energy to convert CO2 and water into sugars in green plants. These sugars are then used for growth within the plant, through respiration. The difference between the rate of photosynthesis and the rate of respiration is the basis for dry-matter accumulation (growth) in the plant. In greenhouse production the aim of all growers is to increase dry-matter content and economically optimize crop yield. CO2 increases productivity through improved plant growth and vigour. Some ways in which productivity is increased by CO2 include earlier flowering, higher fruit yields, reduced bud abortion in roses, improved stem strength and flower size. Growers should regard CO2 as a nutrient.

    For the majority of greenhouse crops, net photosynthesis increases as CO2 levels increase from 340–1,000 ppm (parts per million). Most crops show that for any given level of photosynthetically active radiation (PAR), increasing the CO2 level to 1,000 ppm will increase the photosynthesis by about 50% over ambient CO2 levels.”

    http://www.leif.org/EOS/2009GL039628-pip.pdf

    “On the determination of climate feedbacks from ERBE data
    Richard S. Lindzen and Yong-Sang Choi
    Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Climate feedbacks are estimated from fluctuations in the outgoing radiation budget from the latest version of Earth Radiation Budget Experiment (ERBE) nonscanner data. It appears, for the entire tropics, the observed outgoing radiation fluxes increase with the increase in sea surface temperatures (SSTs). The observed behavior of radiation fluxes implies negative feedback processes associated with relatively low climate sensitivity. This is the opposite of the behavior of 11 atmospheric models forced by the same SSTs. Therefore, the models display much higher climate sensitivity than is inferred from ERBE…

    1)The models display much higher climate sensitivity than is inferred from ERBE.

    2) The (negative) feedback in ERBE is mostly from SW while the (positive) feedback in
    the models is mostly from OLR.”

  17. Jim says:

    Anthony, all of your hard work and NCDC proved climate change yesterday. “Each of the 12 months from June 2011 through May 2012 ranked among the warmest third of their historical distribution for the first time in the 1895-present record. The odds of this occurring randomly are 1 in 531,441.” Since the probability of this occurring is so low, we can essentially eliminate the possibility of chance (i.e. nature) and presume that it was caused by climate change.

  18. DirkH says:

    Orkneygal says:
    June 8, 2012 at 1:54 am
    “Very America centric. Not funny at all, actually. Unless you think boring is funny.”

    You obviously missed all the Obama administration fun of the past few weeks. It was much better than Hollywood productions.

  19. Eric Dailey says:

    This is not a good image to show. It’s like the exploding head video. Bad idea.

  20. Bill says:

    More like mildly amusing. It seems to hit both political parties a bit. Will appeal more to Ron Paul fans like myself.

  21. WillR says:

    I re-posted the You Tube link at Ontario Wind Resistance.

    I think Canadians will “get it” — they might grind their teeth and not laugh though.

  22. jayhd says:

    The AGW/Climate Change hoax is serious business, hurting hundreds of millions of people, even killing thousands. The proponents of this hoax are attacking our freedoms and stealing our money. Nasty comics about the proponents of AGW and their henchmen are the least we can do. This is all out war and we should not pull any punches.

    Jay Davis

  23. Mike Jowsey says:

    Kinda weird…. Not funny. Very hard to watch. Dialogue was good, but it could have been presented in a much less violent way.

  24. Anthea Collins says:

    Orkneygal, sorry I’m too parochial. Have learned some new geography, another day not wasted!
    Anthea

  25. Gail Combs says:

    Anthea Collins says:
    June 8, 2012 at 3:43 am

    I thought it was great, I even recognised EPA, although I’m in the UK. Orkneygal should pay more attention. What makes her think it couldn’t happen here?
    ________________________________
    It is ALREADY here in the USA.

    An explanation of key words in the cartoon:

    Curly bulb – http://www.forbes.com/sites/christopherhelman/2011/12/16/congress-kills-light-bulb-ban-sort-of/“>Congress kills light bulb ban sort of

    Terrorist Manual – Jihadi Suicide Manual Found on Arizona Smuggling Trail
    Amish/Raw Milk – FDA Blasted for Sting Operation Against Pennsylvania Amish Farmer
    Faster & furiouser – Documents: ATF used “Fast and Furious” to make the case for gun regulations
    Grope – N’- Fly for Granny – 10 of the Most Outrageous TSA Horror Stories and
    grandmother in wheel chair made to pay grease money before being cleared to board her plane
    Famly farm kids – Child Labor Farm Rules Scrapped By White House Under Political Pressure
    Make an example out of people – …USDA office in Maryland. A man there said, “We’re going to make an example of you,”…
    USDA seized and slaughtered a flock of sheep
    Henshaw
    Henshaw Update
    Moringland Dairy Case

    Keep money you earn – Time to raise taxes on the rich
    Obama tax plan would hit the rich
    Discussion on small business owners and taxes

    Note: The really wealthy do not earn wages so a “Tax the Rich” scheme only hits high income WAGE EARNERS (Upper middle class)and not the really wealthy. It is the usual twisting of words the regulating class is so very fond of. The wrote the book on how to lie while “telling the truth”

  26. William Astley says:

    In reply to Mike Jowsey.
    “it could have been presented in a much less violent way.” It is a cartoon. It appears you to have missed the message.

    Have you heard about the so called “green” jobs. The “green” scams are where billions of dollars of subsidies – deficit government spending – are used to produce power at three to four times the cost of conventional power. If the carbon inputs to the construct the “green” scams are included and the wasted energy required to turn power plants on and off, when the wind does and does not blow and the sun does and does not shine are included the “green” scams do not even reduce total CO2 emissions.

    That is madness, insanity. The EU is facing economic collapse if they do not stop the ‘green” madness. There are a group in the US who leading us off the same cliff that the Europeans appear about to fall off of.

    It is time to wake up. The crisis is not AGW, it is a complete lack of economic competitiveness in part due to the “green” scams and the EPA efforts to increase the cost of all energy in the US.

    http://www.spiegel.de/international/business/q-cells-bankruptcy-heralds-end-of-german-solar-cell-industry-a-825490.html

    “Twilight of an Industry Bankruptcies Have German Solar on the Ropes
    By Stefan Schultz

    German solar panel manufacturer Q-Cells filed for bankruptcy on Tuesday.
    It wasn’t so long ago that people viewed Q-Cells as an energy company of the future. At one point, it was the world’s largest manufacturer of solar cells and quarter after quarter, it topped analysts’ expectations. The company proved to be a money-making machine even during the financial crisis, with some believing it might one day grow to become part of Germany’s DAX index of benchmark companies on the stock exchange.
    But Q-Cells’ insolvency also comes as a great shock to the Germany’s solar industry. It is already the fourth major bankruptcy in a sector in crisis, and it underscores the degree to which German solar firms are being outpaced by competition from Asia — despite billions in German government subsidies granted each year to the industry. And despite solar energy gradually becoming more competitive, the setbacks are rapidly mounting.
    In March 2012, Freiburg-based Scheuten Solar, the firm that presented what was the world’s largest solar module at the time eight years ago, declared bankruptcy. The same month, power plant producer Solarhybrid and the Frankfurt an der Oder-based Odersun, which had been prestige projects supported by political leaders in the eastern state of Brandenburg, also filed for insolvency proceedings. Other bankruptcies are likely to follow.

    http://www.germanenergyblog.de/?p=4055
    With feed-in tariffs for solar energy of on average EUR 0.31/ kWh, well above the spot market price for electricity of roughly 5 ct/kWh, solar installations have boomed in Germany. Some experts are expecting between 6 and 8 GW of new PV capacity in Germany this year. In July, the Federal Network Agency expected German additional installed photovoltaic capacity to exceed 3 GW. The additional capacity for the remainder of 2010 is particularly difficult to predict due to the recent July and the upcoming October reduction in solar feed-in tariffs.
    Under the EEG, grid operators can pass on the feed-in costs to consumers. In view the current solar expansion rate, experts fear that reallocation fee will rise from currently 2.05 to 4 ct/kWh. 50% of these extra costs would be due to solar power, even though solar contributes only 3.5% to the electricity generation.

    http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/business/2012-05/02/c_131564607.htm
    OPENHAGEN, May 2 (Xinhua) — Danish wind-turbine manufacturer Vestas posted a net loss of 162 million euros (212.8 million U.S. dollars) in the first quarter this year, it was reported on Wednesday.
    Losses before interest and taxes rose to 245 million euros in the first quarter, up from losses of 69 million euros in the same period last year, the company said in a press statement.
    First quarter revenue was 1.1 billion euros, up from 1.06 billion euros year-on-year, it added.
    According to Danish financial newspaper Boersen, analysts expected the company to make a first-quarter 2012 loss of around 52 million euros. Vestas said revenues were hit by fewer deliveries, high turbine production costs and restructuring costs.
    “There’s no question Q1 was disappointing in terms of revenues and earnings,” Vestas CEO Ditlev Engel said.
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/06/us-solar-firm-solyndra-_n_949929.html
    (Reuters) – Solyndra LLC, a solar panel maker which had earlier received $535 million in federal loan guarantees, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection early on Tuesday, making it the third U.S. solar firm to succumb to pressure from lower-cost Chinese rivals.

  27. Dr. Lurtz says:

    This is perfect!! Note that the turbine is not moving. Only the world’s governments can create enough wind to get that baby to spin.

  28. D. J. Hawkins says:

    Jim says:
    June 8, 2012 at 6:49 am
    Anthony, all of your hard work and NCDC proved climate change yesterday. “Each of the 12 months from June 2011 through May 2012 ranked among the warmest third of their historical distribution for the first time in the 1895-present record. The odds of this occurring randomly are 1 in 531,441.” Since the probability of this occurring is so low, we can essentially eliminate the possibility of chance (i.e. nature) and presume that it was caused by climate change.

    Jim, in the year and a half or so that I’ve been looking at this site, I can recall only one or two posters who have claimed that there is no recent temperature trend over the last 200 years or so. The vast majority of us understand that climate changes; it gets colder and warmer. Since we’re still coming out of the Little Ice Age, no one should be astonished that recent temperatures as a whole are warmer today than they were a hundred years ago. It’s your lot that seem to think that the temperature should never change. Like climate Panglossians, you believe that “today’s climate is the best of all possible climates” (apologies to Voltaire). The crux is not that the climate is changing, but why. Since we know that temperatures have gone up and down in the past without the assisstance of human action, it is not unreasonable to expect they will continue to do so. Your burden is to prove that now is different from then. So far, no dice. Models where you choose, not measure, the CO2 forcing and then assign, not measure, all the feedbacks to get back to the CO2 forcing you started with are most unimpressive.

  29. lordsunhawk says:

    The ‘violence’ at the end is a clear Men In Black homage, didn’t you notice that the bureaucrat ‘exploded’ into a tentacle alien right out of the Men in Black movies, and the MiB ‘flashing’ us all with the twisty bulb? LOL

  30. DR_UK says:

    “Jim says:
    June 8, 2012 at 6:49 am
    Anthony, all of your hard work and NCDC proved climate change yesterday. “Each of the 12 months from June 2011 through May 2012 ranked among the warmest third of their historical distribution for the first time in the 1895-present record. The odds of this occurring randomly are 1 in 531,441.” Since the probability of this occurring is so low, we can essentially eliminate the possibility of chance (i.e. nature) and presume that it was caused by climate change”

    And in the last 12 months my child is taller than he has been in any month in the previous 10 years. The odds of this occuring randomly are… NCDC need to explain the autocorrelated nature of their data and how this affects the odds. As D J Hawkins says, this just shows that there’s been a warming trend – it is not the probability of that trend being man-made.

  31. Crispin in Waterloo says:

    “…making sure a hedge is not too high and inspecting a property to ensure ‘illegal or unregulated hypnotism’ is not taking place.”

    There are more registered witches in the UK than clerics, I hear. Surely they should be looking as well into their pots for a remnant eye of bat or tail of lizard? They are all endangered, you know. Surely since the legalisation of key-hole peeping to see if people were in church or not, there has never been as intrusive a bunch as the post-modern Brits. Soon there will be obligatory checking of one’s thoughts against the aacceptable list provided by the Ministry of Truth. You just can’t make this stuff up (can you?)

  32. Mike Jowsey says:

    @William Astley says:
    June 8, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Your verbose and off-topic post does not state what message you contend that I missed. As I said, the dialogue of the cartoon was good, in other words I thought the message was good. What do you think I missed about the message? What I did not like was that it was difficult and boring to watch and it had a theme of violence towards Mister EPA.

  33. Robertvdl says:

    You can still make that 9 11 call. It is just maybe not too late.

  34. James Sexton says:

    Jim says:
    June 8, 2012 at 6:49 am

    Anthony, all of your hard work and NCDC proved climate change yesterday. “Each of the 12 months from June 2011 through May 2012 ranked among the warmest third of their historical distribution for the first time in the 1895-present record. The odds of this occurring randomly are 1 in 531,441.” Since the probability of this occurring is so low, we can essentially eliminate the possibility of chance (i.e. nature) and presume that it was caused by climate change.
    =================================================
    Would that be pre or post history revision?

  35. Ian Hoder says:

    Not very funny, just someone’s long rambling political rant against the US government. I’d rather keep the climate debate on science and evidence.

  36. Gary Hladik says:

    orkneygal says (June 8, 2012 at 5:11 am): ‘For me, “here” is Aotearoa, Anthea,’

    Hey, I remember Kid Orkney. Fought out of New Zealand, right?

  37. Thanks for the great comments, all. Yes, the title logo and the conclusion are homages to MIB — even the blue “blood,” featured in the movies, which I used to make it a little less morbid.

    Now, if you want to see some really crazy, messed up stuff, you can search for some of Joe Cartoon’s videos, like his “frog in a blender” genre — the inspiration for this piece. But I couldn’t shine Joe’s hip waders in regard to cartooning and talent in…what he does.

    I was intentionally going for an edgy lampoon, though, and alluded to real-world incidents of abuse of power, which I believe largely underlies the snowballing “alien” threats of alarmism, intrusive government, and knee-jerk over-regulation. Admittedly, I didn’t focus specifically on climate and narrowly-related issues, but I hope I got the idea across in a way that is relevant to this forum. I can’t compete with the brains and savvy found here in WUWT territory. I contend that there are “some folks you just can’t reach” with even the clearest presentation of logic, science and evidence. Sometimes it takes those like cartoonist Josh to drive the point home.

    One interesting thing I learned from a commenter elsewhere — apparently in some areas they do check light bulbs for efficiency as part of final building inspections.

    Thanks to Gail Combs for the annotations. I hadn’t thought of how many, especially outside of the U.S., haven’t been exposed to some of the issues referenced. I follow a lot of news — and, of course, learn something new every day from WUWT.

  38. Janice says:

    Precious bodily fluids? Out of one of my favorite movies. This was a funny short. Thanks.

  39. Gail Combs says:

    Les Clay (@LesClay) says:
    June 8, 2012 at 2:12 pm
    ….Thanks to Gail Combs for the annotations….
    ________________________________
    Feel free to steal any or all of what I did and post beneath the cartoon if you want to .

  40. Hee — good catch, Janet.

  41. “Janet”? Janice. I need some shuteye.

  42. Janice says:

    It’s OK, Les, I’ve been called worse . . .

    I’m going to have to watch your movie several times. I’m sure I’ve missed a few more zingers.

  43. Chico Sajovic says:

    While I may agree with large parts of the message in the video, it remains political hackery and it politicizes this website by association.

  44. J.Hansford says:

    I watched it to the end… So that is a statement to its effectiveness…..Sometimes political satire is not really meant to be funny.

  45. orkneygal says:

    red jeff says:
    June 8, 2012 at 6:07 am

    To Anthea and Orkneygal, it’s already happening in the UK

    —————————————————————-

    Yes, the UK is well known for it’s unfunny “comedy” and incomprehensible satire.

  46. Poptech says:

    Sorry, that was not funny and I got all the references and the intended point. I also could not stand the MIB movies.

  47. My apologies if the expression of my views has possibly diminished the integrity and credibility of this website in the eyes of at least one reader. I trust that my unusual form of commentary is not entirely incongruous with the stated description of the site, “News and commentary on puzzling things in life, nature, science, weather, climate change, technology…”

    As I’ve suggested, I don’t pretend to be qualified to engage in scientific arguments. However, I still assert that many of the underlying issues in the debate concerning such things as climate change are not exclusively in the realm of math, physics and biology. If they were, then the topics would seldom be brought up by politicians — or an unpaid hack like me, whom the proprietor of this site has so graciously indulged.

    For instance, I don’t consider myself a hypocrite if I use CFLs or conserve energy for pragmatic reasons, but the trouble begins when government forces such changes upon me, and essentially charges me for that enforcement in the name of “saving the planet.”

    Theoretically, from a scientific, statistical perspective, one could argue that many lives and injuries would be saved if the use of helmets while using stepladders were mandated for every citizen. But is the exposure of the inanity of the idea and its intrusiveness a purely political, subjective argument that should be off limits in a predominantly scientific forum?

    If one seeks ostensibly apolitical humorless indignation, intractable certitude and “settled science,” then I understand there exist other venues for that.

  48. Janice says:

    Les, both my husband and I laughed ourselves silly watching your video. We found it pertinent to current events, and filled with many subtle references to old movies (all of which were themselves pertinent to various current events at the time they were made). However, I must add the caveat that both my husband and I have a very odd sense of humor (geek humor), and have one of the most complete libraries of old science fiction/fantasy movies that I know of. So, did you say the magical phrase just right, or leave out a few syllables? I think you definitely came close enough, though the dead are rising against you. I’ll check the Necronomicon and get back with you.

  49. Pamela Gray says:

    Ray Bradbury would have been proud of you. And may he rest in peace.

  50. kanwar says:

    very nice

  51. Poptech says:

    My apologies if the expression of my views has possibly diminished the integrity and credibility of this website in the eyes of at least one reader.

    If they cannot understand it was intended to be a joke then they should not be reading this website.

  52. Janice: …necktie…nectar…nickel?
    Aliquando bonus dormitat Homerus.

    Pamela, I’m humbled by the nicest compliment I have ever received.

    I don’t expect the off-the-wall caricatures in my infrequently produced videos to be everybody’s cup of tea. My wife usually just sighs and shakes her head. But I occasionally attempt to inflict them on the public if so motivated. Mostly, I take the advice of my old music teacher and “play” to entertain myself — but if someone else appreciates them, all the better.

  53. sean c says:

    No people, you don’t understand. He’s going to get 2800 RPM with that tiny propeller assembly and no balanced low speed flywheel driving a high RPM gear. No constant speed unit or control circuits but that doesn’t matter which such an efficient design. And he can take his home off grid with the extra power he’ll get from that pulley. The thin mounting post looks like it can handle some high wind load and the torque loads he’ll need running! Brilliant!

    signed,

    The Consensus

  54. jorgekafkazar says:

    It was so terrific! Oh, wait. I meant soporific. Zzzzzzz.

  55. Scott says:

    That was very very clever.

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