The Tuesday Titter – Mannte’s Inferno

Heh, I saw this last night, and I made a screencap early on but decided not to comment about it. But since Tom Nelson has put it out there, I thought maybe I should bring attention to it now.

Dr. Michael Mann sure has interesting and entertaining Facebook friends, at least the ones that are allowed to comment.

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Heh, Kelly Anspaugh, (PhD in Twentieth Century Literature and Literary Theory) climate expert, please tell us how you really feel.

Tom Nelson reminds us of this other gem from Dr. Mann’s Facebook page:

One person’s maggot is another’s friend I suppose.

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82 thoughts on “The Tuesday Titter – Mannte’s Inferno

  1. “Thoughtful discussion?” That would be a first if it happened.

    “Intellectual bankruptcy.” Excellent self-analysis.

    “Climate change denial zealotry” I suppose it means something, perhaps a troll could explain.

  2. HArd to blame him for comments made by others as these threads get pretty nasty too, that said, the comments he has made himself mirror the sentiment.

  3. Denail, denialists… they just love those words don’t they. Just what exactly do they think we deny?

  4. Ha, ha, ha: Dante’s hell. Oh well at least Fred,My Lord and Anthony will have lots of company, including me, gladly. Funny how the alarmists think that God is a warmist. I have not met one alarmist who even believes in God. I am always accused if being a Creationist in the derogatory sense. My belief in a higher power has to do with “What happened before the big bang, and before that before as well!)

  5. The “believers” are not interested in real scientific discussion because the real science is showing that CO2 is not the driving factor behind the warming but such a conclusion will halt the funding gravy train. I’ve tried on numerous occasions to engage in discussions at other sites, politely, with facts, but have not passed moderation, while the sycophants continue with their slobbering adoration for the “hosts”. What a travesty.

  6. ” (PhD in Twentieth Century Literature and Literary Theory) ” – With that PhD, would that not make them more learned than Michael Mann?

    So, sad to say, I guess they are a climate expert.

  7. Hahaha, at last this whole AGW-hoodoo-voodoo-science was a definitely a cult. And not more. Our Mr. Anspaugh just proofed that.

  8. Well, Dr. Michael Mann and Kelly Anspaugh, after over 15 years with no warming (any slight trends in data sets less than error range) we know who the true denialists are, so why talk about yourself?

    The next possible La Nina looks like extending this another year too.

  9. “Kelly Anspaugh, (PhD in Twentieth Century Literature and Literary Theory) climate expert”
    Small wonder that nobody takes my opinions seriously on the energy flow of the environment. My degrees are only in Applied Mathematics, Chemistry, and Chemical Physics. :(

  10. More flattery thanks,the mann and his accolades do great service in the battle against ignorance, if they did not exist we would have had to invent them, otherwise there would be so little entertainment from the cult.
    If the manic energy shows signs of flagging, be sure to tweet words of encouragement and admiration to the mann, he really is on the side of the angels.
    Mann, Loony Lew, Trenberth and Hansen way too funny.

  11. I too have a degree in literature, but I have enough curiosity to read some science papers, and enough brains to understand what I’m reading. Kelly Anspaugh should try that sometime.

    They are condemned by their own foul language and polluted thoughts.
    Pure projection from Michael Mann, too!

  12. Keeping with the Dante theme, I think “CAGW heretic” is more descriptive and appropriate than “denier” or “denialist.”

  13. I think at this point that Mann & fellow zealots are so busy defending an untenable position that they have already passed the insanity event horizon and are accelerating. Perhaps they are about to disappear from normal space/ time?

  14. Is Kelly Anspaugh’s PHD literature speciality in comic books? That seem to be his level of thinking and commentary.

  15. Jonathan Frodsham says:
    December 18, 2012 at 11:16 am
    “My belief in a higher power has to do with “What happened before the big bang, and before that before as well!)”

    The fun thing is that the Big bang theory was first proposed by I think a Belgian cleric and was at the time rejected by the materialists as they saw it as a sneaky attempt to smuggle divine creation into cosmology.

  16. “Climate of Fear” – they appear to be the ones actually living in one, complete with its own rarefied atmosphere. It’s always fun to watch egos burst.

  17. Interesting …. Apparently our friend Dr. Anspaugh got fired for verbally assaulting a collegue who didn’t toe the party line on AGW .

  18. So Mann calls Kelly Anspaugh’s comment “thoughtful discussion”. (Yes, I know, the Mann comment is not directly related to Kelly Anspaugh’s comment. But as Kelly Anspaugh is one of the anoynted ones I think he counts as “thoughful” contributor in Mann’s book.)

    Now WHO IS Kelly Anspaugh?

    Looks like he was an English teacher who wanted to correct the science teacher’s position about Global Warming:
    (Kelly Anspaugh’s account of what happened to him)

    http://thesoapboxrantings.blogspot.de/2012/07/dr-kelly-c-anspaugh-fired-for-standing.html

    I guess English teachers are knowledgable enough about climate science to count as “thoughtful contributors” for Michael Mann.

  19. Eight Circle [Fraud]: panderers & seducers; simonists; diviners, astrologers & magicians; barrators; hypocrites; thieves; fraudulent counselors; sowers of scandal and schism; falsifiers of metal, persons, coins, worlds.

    Any party involving Christopher Monckton and Anthony Watts sounds too good to miss whatever the venue!

  20. Dang, Anthony, you and Moncton and Singer get your own special circle of hell, and I don’t even get a T-shirt? Is there no justice in this world?

    w.

  21. So, a deep knowledge of Medieval Literature qualifies you to make judgements on the subject of Catastrophic Global Warming?
    Well given that Dante’s universe was ‘rigid, moralistic and mythological’ you can see why.
    I find that a large proportion of CAGW believers have studied non science topics at school and university!

  22. I heard about the devil giving Mann the grand tour.
    ‘This here is a new circle where you can see some horrible people up to their eyelashes in sh1te, would you like to join them doctor ?’
    ‘er , no thanks’
    ‘This here is an older circle. These folks are up to their waists in sh!te. as you can see, they are drinking cool aid, eating chocolate cake , cashing grant cheques and smoking fat cigars’
    ‘Yes, this is good for me. I’ll spend the rest of eternity here’
    so in he jumps and starts eating the cake.

    Five minutes later, the devil gets his whip out and shouts, ‘ok you skunks. Christmas treat is over. Back on your heads’

  23. “PhD in Twentieth Century Literature and Literary Theory”. Literary Theory! Is there a model for that? I guess Kelly’s CAGW science is supported by Dante’s Inferno where I understand it is quite hot. Word has it that that’s where Al Gore got his data on the millions of degrees in the earth’s interior. Indeed, it it wasn’t manmade, there would be no need for the Inferno. It is telling that the butchers, the bakers and the candlestick makers (chandlers?) didn’t blog and dispute Einstein’s theories, yet in climate science it is accepted and encouraged.

  24. Please, someone with some higher ed science qualification post some comment on the link kindly supply by DirkH above! the lastest HADCRUT graphs showing no warming for 16 years would be a good start. there’s no point my doing it…

    But what a self-serving and self-deluded man Dr Kanspaugh is. I agree with the university admin: he IS a danger to students.

    So is any teacher who decides to undermine a colleague in a discipline of which he understands not the first thing; what arrogance. And thank goodness there is at least one teaching establishment not filling students’ heads with unscientific and discredited AGW nonsense.

  25. Kelly, you seem to have a very limited circle of interest. Your Facebook page says:

    Inspirational people: Timon of Athens.

    And here’s what Facebook says about Timon: Timon of Athens was a citizen of Athens whose reputation for misanthropy grew to legendary status. According to Lucian, Timon was the wealthy son of Echecratides who lavished his money on flattering friends. When funds ran out, friends deserted and Timon was reduced to working in the fields. One day, he found a pot of gold and soon his fairweather friends were back. This time, he drove them away with dirt clods. Both Aristophanes and Plato Comicus mention Timon as an angry despiser of mankind who held Alcibiades in high regard because he correctly believed Alcibiades would someday harm Athens. In Lysistrata, the chorus of old women claim that although Timon hated men, he was friendly and courteous towards women.

    Other: Michael E. Mann, Bill McKibben, Guardian Science, Climate Progress, The Guardian [and four others I don't recognize].

    Poor miserable wretch. You should read Helen Forrester who had the same problem as Timon – if not worse – but handled it very differently. Or, even better, read The Hiding Place.

    When you’ve drunk from these much sweeter wells, come back and have a chat.

  26. Since Dante’s poems are simply his functional interpretation of more fiction and he gained a mighty reputation by creating it is there some symbolism here I am just not seeing. Both Dante and Mann et al. are playing the same mythology game with theologies maybe it is more appropriate then I had at first thought. I do feel slighted to have been left off the list thought.

  27. Whoa! Just read how Super Hero Anspaugh, Climate expert extraordinaire, stood up to deny a denialist scientist at his university. And got the sack. Exquisite.

    Mann and Anspaugh make a beautiful couple. I wish them every happiness in their future relationship :-). Boy, has he got a HIGH opinion of himself.

  28. Kelly Anspaugh, not only out of his depth with respect to science, but a PhD in Twentieth Century Literature and Literary Theory (whatever that is) invoking Dante is at least as ridiculous…Doctors of 20th Century Literature don’t believe in heaven or hell; but, after reading Dr. Anspaugh’s history, I can see how he can understand and believe in being up to one’s chin in sh*te.

    Thank you DirkH for the link!

  29. Willis Eschenbach says:
    December 18, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Dang, Anthony, you and Moncton and Singer get your own special circle of hell, and I don’t even get a T-shirt? Is there no justice in this world?

    =====================================================================
    No justice , Willis. You will have to figure out some way to piss off Anspaugh if you wish to get promoted.

  30. ”PhD in Twentieth Century Literature and Literary Theory”

    From the University of Wisconsin-Madison, no less. A school that consistently ranks in the top ten of party schools.

  31. Kelly Anspaugh, (PhD in Twentieth Century Literature and Literary Theory) …
    —————————————————————————
    Quoting Roger Kimball ‘… they don’t do truth in the fashionable predicts of the academy today … they do “theory” … theory as practiced in the academy today is primarily an instrument of politics, not inquiry …”.
    Modern deconstructionist theory abhors truth, is nihilistic and anti-enlightenment.

  32. SunderlandSteve says:
    December 18, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Denail, denialists… they just love those words don’t they. Just what exactly do they think we deny?

    Good question. I once asked that of the commenters on the Guardian a few years back and was promptly banned. This is after I accepted that the Earth has been warming since the Little Ice Age, that Co2 is a greenhouse gas and that global mean temperatures had flatlined. Funny that.

  33. Funny! Just look at all the projectionist words in Mann’s mere few sentences:

    trolls
    marching
    flood
    infestation
    larvae
    mindless
    parrot
    pollutes
    exposes
    intellectual bankruptcy
    denial
    zealotry

    I mean, you can’t make this stuff up…

  34. Even though I will never make Mann’s *sh1te* list, I’m his worst nightmare with my 8 kids and their growing carbon footprints.

    Take THAT, Mr. Mann. And may each of my kids have as many carbon-generating kids and may their kids have the same, ad infinitum.

    (Ho, Ho, Ho–This really makes my Holidays Happy!)

  35. Forgetting Mann, a strange creature of his own dark closet ….

    Notice the tweet: “… overshadowing the real debate.”

    That would be the capitalist, western society of non-green, non-eco-preservationist values. Including population numbers, not just consumption per capta.

    Yes, “that” would be the real debate. A worthy one, but not the one the IPCC and Mann have claimed is the “problem”.

  36. And they say we are conspiracy theorists!

    From the comments about his dismissal:

    “…This denialist rhetoric is infuriating to say the least. They are using the same tactics (and often the same PR companies) as tobacco companies did in days of yore. There is no debate, but the denialists have expertly created the perception of a debate. Which gives the politicians the perfect excuse to dodge making politically unpopular decisions.
    ………………………………………………………
    kanspaughAugust 2, 2012 10:01 PM

    Exactly. In my case political considerations came into play as well, but they were more local. The Dean and Associate Dean did not care if I was right about AGW and the climate teacher wrong, all they cared about was protecting a loyal crony from being exposed as a crackpot. As for the rest of the faculty, they were more concerned about staying on the good side of the administration than they were about protecting the quality of science education the students were receiving. The result was my termination, not for a lack of devotion to duty, but for an excess thereof. Sickening…”

  37. ”PhD in Twentieth Century Literature and Literary Theory”? Hmmm… I’m not sure, but I think that might trump my bachelor’s degree in Twentieth Century Beer and Pretzel Theory. OK, Dr. A has won me over to his side. :-)
    /snark

  38. This is the intriguing thing about their mind set… the religious iconography. Young Earth Creationists are not a popular group among Sceptics either, however I recall few Sceptics demanding these individuals be punished for Thought Crime.

  39. Erik Loomis, Assistant Professor, American History, University of Rhode Island, is another social sciences academic engaging in vitriolic disparagement of anyone disputing Climate Change or Global Warming Alarmism along with an assortment of other other “Progressive” political causes. His latest missives on Twitter, Twitchy, his own blog, and other blogs resulted in an interview with the Rhode Island state police. The blogosphere reacted to what he claims to be no more than metaphors as threats the murder of the NRA Presideent and other people he hates or despises for their political activities with which he disagrees. His dislike of people disputing climate change has also prompted his intemperate language. So much for the scientific method and civility in academia.

  40. D. Patterson,

    Erik Loomis has suddenly disabled his Twitter account after a visit from the police. His vile comments can be read here.

  41. I believe Dr Mann (and i use the term Dr lightly) likes and ECHO chamber… his own voice over and over and over and over and over and over….

  42. “…Looks like he was an English teacher who wanted to correct the science teacher’s position about Global Warming:
    (Kelly Anspaugh’s account of what happened to him)…”

    Classic! He rails against “conspiracy theorists,” yet claims his firing was a well-woven web of conspiracy by the admin to protect their crony.

    Oh the irony! I wonder if the PhD in Twentieth Century Literature and Literary Theory is capable of grasping it.

    But why stop there? Dr. Anspaugh took issue with this other OSU profs credentials, yet who was teaching a class that “will focus on the issue of contemporary attacks on science, more specifically the attack on climate science by ‘contrarian’ thinkers?” None other than Dr. Anspaugh himself.
    http://lima.osu.edu/english/pdf/courseDescWi12.pdf Hmmm…

  43. Alex Heyworth says:
    December 18, 2012 at 3:52 pm
    Beetle larvae usually consume dead matter.
    —————
    Depends on the species. Some destroy live forests, others roots and yet others leafy greens. On the other hand, the matter is dead by the time it passes the mouth and we can look through its pockets for loose change.

  44. One has to wonder how many Dr. Kelly Anspaugh’s there could be so deeply tied to OSU (and living in a town of Ada, 16 miles from Lima)…safe to assume this is the same fellow. More irony follows when you take a look at his views on the NCAA and football coach Jim Tressel’s resignation of shame a few years ago. Enjoy.

    http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/sports/2011/06/13/0612-extra-letters-to-dispatch-sports-editor-ray-stein.html

    “…Editor: What the Tressel resignation shows is how absolute power leads to insanity. My reference is not to Tressel’s power but the power of the NCAA. The officials at that strange institution are as capricious in their judgments and actions as the Gods of Olympus. I suppose we should be grateful that Tressel was permitted to resign. The NCAA could have ordered that his house be stormed, the coach shot in the head, and his body dumped in Mirror Lake.

    Dr. Kelly C. Anspaugh, Ada…”

  45. Willis Eschenbach says:
    December 18, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Dang, Anthony, you and Moncton and Singer get your own special circle of hell, and I don’t even get a T-shirt? Is there no justice in this world?

    w.

    I think you get permanent Visitor’s Rights to all the circles. ;)

  46. D Böehm says:
    December 18, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Yes, Loomis is defending his tweets as being metaphoric and not literal threats or incitement of violence. Then he proceeds to castigate his targets as terrorists after using what he claims to be no more than metaphorical threats to kill and behead his political targets. Having provoked a reaction from the victims of his vitriol, Loomis now complains about being subjected to their unwanted responses.

    Neil O’Brien was suspended from Fresno State University for questioning professors about some alleged racist conduct and policies at the university. Among the questions was the rationale for tolerating the university publication of a poem encouraging the killing of “white savages.” The professors went so far as to call the campus security police to have O’Brien arrested for his threatening conduct, but the police declined after seeing the student’s video recording showing he made no threats and only asked permissable questions about policies. Unhappy with the outcome, the professors retaliated by bringing the student before a university disciplinary committee predisposed with like minds, and they suspended the senior from the university.

    It is no wonder under such regimes to find faculty and student dissent to the alarmist Climate Change politics is under suppression.

  47. RE Michael Jankowski’s post at 6:00 pm:

    Here’s the description of a course taught by Anspaugh:

    English 367.01:        Intermediate Essay Writing 5 Credits
    English 367 is designed to assist students in advancing their analytical writing skills beyond those developed in freshman composition. Central to this course is the acquisition of skills necessary to produce research papers with MLA documentation style as well as annotated bibliographies. In this section we will focus on the issue of contemporary attacks on science, more specifically the attack on climate science by “contrarian” thinkers. We will be reading history, journalism, fiction, and watching documentaries. Satisfies GEC requirements for a second writing course and a course in social diversity.
    MW 8:00 – 10:00 Kelly Anspaugh

    Why just teach a course on writing essays when you can propagandize your students and bully them into conformity with your views? Anspaugh no doubt views himself as a free thinker. Oh the irony.

  48. @ Brad who says: HArd to blame him for comments made by others as these threads get pretty nasty too, that said, the comments he has made himself mirror the sentiment.

    I couldn’t disagree with you more. I find the WUWT pages to be witty, insightful with a droll humor that I love. I sometimes laugh so hard–there really is disucssion here–with references to back up claims–there really is open discussion and a generosity to thsoe who openly question the skeptic position. We don’t assisnate people–poke so well deserved fun at them, but tell them to go to hell and boil in s**t? What are you talking about?

    What I see is vastly different from you. Anything “nasty” is pretty much snipped–and I appreciate it.

  49. @beng

    >trolls, marching, flood, infestation, larvae, mindless, parrot, pollutes, exposes, intellectual, bankruptcy, denial, zealotry

    >I mean, you can’t make this stuff up…

    Are you sure? He makes stuff up all the time….

  50. Dante didn’t deserve to have his magnificent, great-hearted poem abused by the likes of Kelly C. Anspaugh; but it happens all the time, and what’s wonderful is how the abuse of small people doesn’t make the poem smaller. Proof of its greatness, I suppose.
    Agree with the commenters who enjoy the quality of discussion at WUWT. I always learn good stuff here, and often what I learn is how valuable, because rare, are good humor and goodwill. Thanks all.

  51. D Böehm says:
    December 18, 2012 at 4:53 pm
    ==================

    I followed your link to http://twitchy.com/2012/12/18/university-of-rhode-island-professors-retweet-murder-anyone-who-thinks-teachers-should-be-armed/ with regards to Erik Loomis, Assistant Professor, American History, University of Rhode Island.

    It appears that the inmates are running the academic institutions as an asylum of their making. A serious evaluation needs to be made with regards to the “educators” within our academic institutions.

  52. eyesonu says:
    December 19, 2012 at 3:02 am
    “with regards to Erik Loomis, Assistant Professor, American History, University of Rhode Island. ”

    It looks to me as if Loomis’ unconscious thinks the teaching job is no fun; and has made him terminate his employment by that tweeting rampage.

  53. eyesonu says:
    December 19, 2012 at 3:02 am

    Erik Loomis is convinced that the people who are skeptical of manmade Climate Change is putting his wild coffee plants at risk of extinction, so he won’t be able to afford a cup of coffee by the end of the century. He is also complaining about being intimidated for his saying he wanted NRA members heads on a pike. Go figure….

    See his blog:

    http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2012/11/climate-change-and-coffee

    http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/author/erik-loomis

    http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/

  54. DCA said on December 18, 2012 at 3:22 pm:

    DirkH
    “Looks like he was an English teacher who wanted to correct the science teacher’s position about Global Warming:”

    I researched the two and I found that Ackerman’s “overall quality” rating was 4.8 compared to Anspaugh at 3.5.

    http://www.ratemyprofessors.com/ShowRatings.jsp?tid=180053

    From theduke on December 18, 2012 at 7:45 pm:

    It takes a very special kind of person who, as a professor with a PhD in literature, gets fired for attacking a professor of climate science on the subject climate change.

    But that’s the confusing part. I can find an OSU-Lima faculty listing for a Dr William Vaughn Ackerman, but his degrees are geography with his work looking like sociology.

    There is an Amazon Profile for Dr. William V. Ackerman, of his two reviews one was a highly favorable one for Lawrence Solomon’s 2008 book The Deniers: The World Renowned Scientists Who Stood Up Against Global Warming Hysteria, Political Persecution, and Fraud* (*And those who are too fearful to do so).

    He’s no climate scientist, and purists may complain he’s not a real scientist as he does geography and sociology. But he sounds eminently qualified to declare the prophesied societal disruptions from CAGW to be complete bunkum, with actual knowledge of how local populations react to long-term weather patterns (aka climate).

    Anspaugh doesn’t appear to have the facts right, e.g. it sure doesn’t look like Ackerman has retired etc. He unleashed the ultimate leftist political slur, calling Ackerman a “right-wing tea-partier”.

    Looks like Anspaugh was just another “Professor Behaving Badly”, who thought being in academia granted him an unlimited right to disparage whomever however and whenever he wanted, including fellow professors and the institution that employed them both. Now that reality slapped him upside the head, he’s complaining about “cozy associations” that lead to him getting fired for being a noisy troublemaker.

    Apparently his being a total disrespectful prat has not been considered by him as a possible reason for his dismissal.

  55. D Böehm says:
    December 18, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    D. Patterson,

    Erik Loomis has suddenly disabled his Twitter account after a visit from the police. His vile comments can be read here.
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    And his buddies gather round.

  56. tadchem: Small wonder that nobody takes my opinions seriously on the energy flow of the environment.

    I am on the lookout for my next read. What is the best most recent book on that topic? I have recently read Marcel Leroux: Dynamic Analysis of Weather and Climate, and I have read much of Raymond T Pierrehumbert: Principles of Planetary Climate.

    thank you.

  57. I am actually very impressed that a modern literature wonk has even heard of Dante.

    These days, The Divine Comedy is a rather closely guarded secret, spoken of in reverent, hushed tones by the staff of ID software. A well placed source once told me that John Carmack has a hologram of Dante on his Desk Top. Anyone who has ever played Wolfenstein, Doom, Quake etc, will immediately recognize the various levels of hell, except of course, Doom has
    bonus levels, and cheat keys and the BFG2000.

    Why anyone would need to add a new level is beyond me, Dante had everything covered, and Pr Kelly should find that level 8, the Malebolge, is eminently suitable for the IPCC crowd.
    Level 8, habedashery and ladies whatsits welcomes: magicians, diviners, fortune tellers, and panderers, there is already ample supple of excrement and boiling pitch.

    The 9th level, (traitors) is a frigid pit of frozen ice, furthest from source of light and heat.
    Satan fans the wastes with his wings, has three faces, the mouths gush foam and CO2, thus keeping the temperature warmer than it would have been otherwise. a sort of dark satanic, green windmill effect.

  58. Gail Combs says:
    December 19, 2012 at 2:27 pm
    And his buddies gather round.

    Loomis and his supporters reserve to themselves an exclusive right to utilize alleged metaphorical appeals to the violent and murderous suppression of dissent. It was Henry II who supposedly engaged in just such a metaphorical appeal to be rid of the troublesome Archbishop of Centerbury, Thomas Becket, which led to Becket’s murder at the hands of the King’s supporters. Loomis being an associate professor of history you would think should be aware of this historical precedent of metaphorical incitement to political murder. Yet, Loomis and his followers have no compunction against using such language to suppreess dissent against Climate Change alarmism or any other of their favored political causes.

    Statement on Erik Loomis
    by Erik Loomis Statement on December 19, 2012

    http://crookedtimber.org/2012/12/19/statement-on-erik-loomis/

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