‘Mann of Steel’ – another box office bomb

WARNING: contents of this post may cause nausea, have your air sickness bag handy.

Apparently Michael Mann agrees with the label, his Twitter feed says:

Mann_of_steel

The movie referred to is this one.

Well, we all knew it was simply a matter of time before Mann took on the persona exhibited by his followers.

In case you don’t know, SUNY’s Professor Scott Mandia is the guy running Mike Mann’s legal defense fund.

My only question is, why does he need hip wader boots?

From Scott Mandia’s blog he captions this photo: The Caped Climate Crusader: Battling the evil forces of global warming deniers. “Faster than global T rise, more powerful than a stranded polar bear, able to leap over rising seas in a single bound.”

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81 Responses to ‘Mann of Steel’ – another box office bomb

  1. Dyrewulf says:

    He wears hip waders because, well, ‘it’ is getting deep….

  2. Matthew W says:

    Tell me that’s a photoshopped picture !!!
    No adult would dress like that in public.

    REPLY: Sadly, no. It is quite real. – Anthony

  3. The truth behind Mann’s hockey stick!

  4. slow to follow says:

    That Mandia “earnest face” pic looks like something off a scambaiter site.

  5. catweazle666 says:

    Yes, it’s definitely worse than we thought!

  6. Atomic Hairdryer says:

    Those whom the gods wish to destroy they first make climate communicators, and best selling authors. Which is a bit of a misquote, but then Euripdes was somewhat prescient:-

    Doth some one say that there be gods above?
    There are not; no, there are not. Let no fool,
    Led by the old false fable, thus deceive you.
    Look at the facts themselves, yielding my words
    No undue credence: for I say that kings
    Kill, rob, break oaths, lay cities waste by fraud,
    And doing thus are happier than those
    Who live calm pious lives day after day. All divinity
    Is built-up from our good and evil luck.

    Same stuff requiring waders, different set of indulgences on sale. False prophets can still generate real profits, especially with some enabling rent-seeking legislation.

  7. Ken Hall says:

    And people believe that this delusional narcissist practices hard nosed, reality based factual empirical science?

    I would not trust him with the remote control for the TV.

  8. DirkH says:

    Well I saw the film critic (of Man Of Steel) on redlettermedia… Maybe he should have watched it before using that name…
    http://redlettermedia.com/half-in-the-bag-man-of-steel/

  9. Steve C says:

    Pass the Manndrax.

  10. hyperzombie says:

    blackadderthe4th, Funny video, thanks for the laughs.

  11. Sweet Old Bob says:

    So– Is it another episode of “mann of steal” ?

  12. Copernicus34 says:

    my god, that is just embarrasing

  13. OssQss says:

    Seeing that picture again was quite painful. Even more so this time since I noticed the woven in speedo’s long pants “stupor hero edition”© {°×°}

  14. Tom J says:

    Steel can also be spelled: s-t-e-a-l. Taxpayer research grants anyone?

  15. ConfusedPhoton says:

    For a Mann of Steel he sure is reluctant to debate in public. More like Mann Mouse!

  16. mpaul says:

    If Mann didn’t exist, it would be necessary for the skeptics to create him. I, for one, would not have been a skeptic had I not encountered Micheal Mann. He’s the gift that just keeps giving.

  17. Big Don says:

    The mann is a legend in his own mind.

  18. Philip Peake says:

    You reminded me … I don’t think I have noticed an airsick bag for years.
    Maybe there is one in the setback pocket … but I rarely care to look too closely at what is in those.

  19. Txomin says:

    The link in “The movie referred to is this one.” is 404

  20. lorne50 says:

    Steve C says:
    July 9, 2013 at 3:48 pm
    Pass the Manndrax.
    you forgot the root ;>)

  21. cynical_scientist says:

    So Mandia once dressed up in a ridiculous costume for a Halloween party or similar. Good for a laugh I agree. And certainly the pretentiousness of the whole climate crusader thing with the hockley stick definitely deserved to be ridiculed. But having laughed at this picture a couple of times now, I’m really pretty much laughed out. Seeing the picture now just makes me uncomfortable.

  22. Bill H says:

    Mann is simply outstanding in his field…. or is it someone else’s field that he is squatting on?

    And that picture reminded me of an old movie…”The Three Musketeers- Men in Tights” it was a bad spoof on the original Three Musketeers.. I still cant get that bad image out of my head……

  23. RB says:

    Any news on Mann’s various bits of litigation?

  24. Sundance says:

    Based on Mann’s expanding Pillsbury Dough Boy girth he should be, “Mann of LaMunchy”. ;-)

  25. Marian says:

    Maybe dressing up as Manndrake the Magician might be more suitable.

    Since we see the magic trick illusion called the Hockey Stick.

  26. Eric Worrall says:

    M4GW explains Mannian Climate Science. An Oldy, but still a goodie :-)

  27. DEEBEE says:

    Mann of gspiel?

  28. Gunga Din says:

    blackadderthe4th says:
    July 9, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    The truth behind Mann’s hockey stick!

    ========================================================================
    Poor Mann! Jumped in the deep end with nothing to keep him afloat but his own imaginary Hockey Stick. (and George Soros.)

    (Worth a repeat.)

  29. Mac the Knife says:

    THAT is just … creepy weird.

  30. Paul Carter says:

    Having bent so many graphs into the required shapes, the man of steel is suffering from metal fatigue.

  31. rogerknights says:

    Dyrewulf says:
    July 9, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    He wears hip waders because, well, ‘it’ is getting deep….

    Man of Stool.

  32. Joseph Bastardi says:

    Funny how none of these super heroes will stand up to debate anyone. They demonize people, then run, claiming “settled science” when the only thing that is settled is the fact they dont know or understand what drives weather and climate.

    I suspect they would soil their super hero outfits.

    As a side note, as a former PSU wrestler, I would have loved to have had alot of these guys as my opponents. Could have been an NCAA champ. People that wont compete, are easy to beat

  33. chris y says:

    blackadderthe4th says:
    July 9, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    Thanks for the link to the video! There is a *remarkable* segment where The Mann states this-

    “If you can’t win your argument on the basis of science, you try to win based on…ah defamation, of slander, of um ah rhetoric, that sounds convincing, but has no basis in fact.”

    It is stunning how well 2008Mann perfectly describes the behavior of 2013Mann.

    Fantastic stuff!

    :-)

  34. Janice Moore says:

    Is that a WEDDING ring on his fourth finger?! No way…….

    …. but, yes, amazing-but-true. Here she is, Mrs. Mandiac (I found her photo in an employee-of-the-month announcement (IRS special ops unit)):
    http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4831014594740335&pid=1.9&w=300&h=300&p=0

  35. AB says:

    Oh the irony, does this fool not know that Stalin’s nickname was “man of steel”

    Joseph Stalin’s Early Years and Family
    Joseph Stalin was born Josef Vissarionovich Djugashvili on December 18, 1878, or December 6, 1878, according to the Old Style Julian calendar (although he later invented a new birth date for himself: December 21, 1879), in the small town of Gori, Georgia, then part of the Russian empire. When he was in his 30s, he took the name Stalin, from the Russian for “man of steel.”

  36. Janice Moore says:

    Mann of Steal (what a despicable creep! — “Everything’s for sale….”)

  37. philjourdan says:

    Well, you know how it goes. BS=Bull S—, MS=More S—, PhD=Piled High deeper.

    They really piled it on this time!

  38. Janice Moore says:

    AB — great memory! LOL, one erased people out of photos, the other erased data (and e mails).

    TOO ironic — God is on our side. #[:)]

  39. Gunga Din says:

    Joseph Bastardi says:
    July 9, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Funny how none of these super heroes will stand up to debate anyone.

    =========================================================================
    The New Mannian Scientific Method, “Don’t debate ‘em. Sue ‘em!”

  40. harkin says:

    How can an adult dressed like this NOT be selling used cars or appliances?

    And please…..”Capt. Climate” instead of caped climate crusader.

  41. Poor Yorek says:

    “Man of Stool.” LOL!

    Oh, the hu-MANN-ity!

  42. Janice Moore says:

    When all you can do is cluck ridiculous nonsense like “There is a consensus!!!” no WONDER you chicken out of a debate:

    Recent “science” seminar where Mann, et. al., explain their “Theory”

  43. Michael Jankowski says:

    Steel (thanks to newer technologies and lower cost) was one of the driving forces behind the Industrial Revolution – which supposedly started the anthropogenic climate change mess.

    The irony is apparently lost on Mann. What a fool.

  44. Goldie says:

    Oh….I see what you mean about the ego!

  45. Richard T. Fowler says:

    To those asking about the waders, I would have thought it clear that the waders were intended to represent jackboots.

    RTF

  46. C. K. Moore says:

    The heartbreak of dissociative identity disorder.

  47. Marian says:

    “Richard T. Fowler says:
    July 9, 2013 at 7:31 pm
    To those asking about the waders, I would have thought it clear that the waders were intended to represent jackboots.”

    LOL.

    The waders are for wading through an ‘imagined’ instant flood/sea level rise in a ‘single bound’.

  48. Janice Moore says:

    “Michael Mann. He’s the gift that just keeps giving.” [M. Paul]

    ““Mann of LaMunchy”.” [Sundance]

    “Manndrake the Magician” [Marian]

    “Having bent so many graphs into the required shapes, the man of steel is suffering from metal fatigue.” [Paul Carter]

    “People that won’t compete, are [called losers].” [Joseph Bastardi]

    “Steel … one of the driving forces behind the Industrial Revolution.” [Michael Jankowski]
    [AMAZING irony!]

    LAUGH — OUT — LOUD. WUWT has some fine minds. Much more witty than the stupid attempts at stand-up comedy that the Great Bore et. al. try.

  49. Edohiguma says:

    Anyone knowing human history knows that Mann’s hockey stick is complete nonsense.

    2,000 years ago, Rome and China didn’t do the things they did because it was colder than today. We have had the evidence for this in actual excavations for years now, decades even, with leftovers from those people.

    Roughly a thousand years ago we see the same again, in Europe and Asia, again. The Danes planted wine (they don’t do so today, because it’s too cold up there) and Japan had an unprecedented cultural bloom .

    Cultures only bloom when the conditions are good, aka when it’s warm and you have time to sit down and write novels and paint stuff rather than huddling together and trying not to freeze to death.

    Interestingly enough we can only find such cultural bloom on the northern hemisphere. Cultures on the southern hemisphere never had anything even remotely similar.

  50. Gunga Din says:

    Edohiguma says:
    July 9, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    Anyone knowing human history knows that Mann’s hockey stick is complete nonsense

    ====================================================================
    But you’re forgetting that only Mann knows what Man has done. We’re not talking about Human History but Mann’s History. Mann is the authority on that. Anyone who says otherwise is barking up the wrong tree. (He’s the authority on that also.)

  51. Skeptik says:

    Any ideas on what the “C” stands for?
    I have my own theory but am willing to leave it to others.

  52. William McClenney says:

    Well, the possibility consequently exists that organic waste products might be deeper than say half precession cycle old late Holocene vintage hominids might extraordinarily produce, Hi-carbon steel not excepted…………….. Such civilizations achieved during this interglacial (from say iron, bronze, semiconductor ages – not eligible)

    etc…..

    Humorously, the latest iteration of the genus Homo is once again at a half-precession (plus a few centuries change) old extreme interglacial.

    What is the latest hominid to do?

    (the “right choice” may not be the most obvious…….)

    At the genus level, you might just favor stripping whatever (perhaps a CO2 climate security blanket) might extend H. sapiens sapiens reign in favor of say something far and away in our possible genetic future alluded to in the conclusions of:

    Quaternary Science Reviews 28 (2009) 399–411, “Trends, rhythms and events in Plio-Pleistocene African climate”, Trauth et al, 2009………:

    “An examination of the fossil record indicates that the key junctures in hominin evolution reported nowadays at 2.6, 1.8 and 1 Ma coincide with 400 kyr eccentricity maxima, which suggests that periods with enhanced speciation and extinction events coincided with periods of maximum climate variability on high moisture levels.”

    As we are at an eccentricity minimum at this end extreme interglacial (the next eccentricity maxima some 2 ice ages, and associated interglacials, away) what would you recommend?

    Species, or genus-level discourse, appreciated……..

    The floor (of the species) is open

  53. Richard T. Fowler says:

    Skeptik, “Any ideas on what the “C” stands for?”

    God only knows, but, since he appears to be wearing the Soviet flag, “Communism” would be a good fit. Also the block-style font could be seen as two C’s: “Coyuz Covyetskik” (Soviet Union).

    RTF

  54. Gunga Din says:

    William McClenney says:
    July 9, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    What is the latest hominid to do?

    ===============================================================
    Save by switching to Geiko?

  55. Aldous says:

    One of my favourite jokes was the time that someone commented on that Mandia photo (I think it might have been Anthony) “This uniform gives him the power to be able to talk to girls” or something like that. Mandia: King of the Wieners

  56. Janice Moore says:

    C stands for — “CONFUSED.”?

    C stands for — his grade average?

    CLUCK (from above chicken video) = Climate Liars Unlimited — Credit or Kash (no checks)

    Bwah, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, haaaaaaaaaaa!

  57. Janice Moore says:

    Aldous — THEY WERE RIGHT! (LOL)

    He (apparently) talked one into marrying him!!

  58. Thomas says:

    There was a Soviet dictator who killed tens of millions. He called himself Man of Steel … Stalin. Mann is a profoundly dishonest person. Like his namesake. When I use the word “profound” I mean profound. When I use the word “dishonest” I mean liar.

  59. DirkH says:

    Janice Moore says:
    July 9, 2013 at 10:26 pm
    “Aldous — THEY WERE RIGHT! (LOL)
    He (apparently) talked one into marrying him!!”

    Job security in a growing industry. (That produces excuses for an ever increasing power grab and tax theft)
    I see warmunism as one of the prevailing economic conditions – like, say, an abundance of an elderly demographic. One warmunist scientist probably costs as much as a hundred pensioners; first, his wage must be paid; that’s equivalent to 10 pensioners; second; the policies he helps to push through enable capital redistribution (subsidy theft) worth a multiple of that, so let’s just assume a factor of 10 again.

    In Germany, warmunist subsidies are about 20 bn EUR a year. Under my calculation we would therefore expect warmunist science to cause direct costs of 2 bn EUR a year. Given a German public R&D budget of 20 bn a year ( http://cordis.europa.eu/germany/rd-germany_en.html ) this sounds exactly right – the EU has vowed to spend 1/9th of its R&D money on climate-related activities.

  60. KNR says:

    The guy has an ego so big you could fly a 747 through it sideways , and the irony is its that very ego that will bring his own downfall , upon which will be surprised to see who lines up to kick him on the way down . Such is the ‘quality’ of Mann.

  61. oriorda2012 says:

    The comment ‘no adult would dress like that’ is surely making an unsubstantiated assumption.

  62. Gail Combs says:

    Eric Worrall says:
    July 9, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    M4GW explains Mannian Climate Science. An Oldy, but still a goodie :-)
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    That is a great video. M4GW has other good ones too link

  63. Gail Combs says:

    William McClenney says: @ July 9, 2013 at 8:46 pm
    ….Humorously, the latest iteration of the genus Homo is once again at a half-precession (plus a few centuries change) old extreme interglacial…..

    Quaternary Science Reviews 28 (2009) 399–411, “Trends, rhythms and events in Plio-Pleistocene African climate”, Trauth et al, 2009………:

    “An examination of the fossil record indicates that the key junctures in hominin evolution reported nowadays at 2.6, 1.8 and 1 Ma coincide with 400 kyr eccentricity maxima, which suggests that periods with enhanced speciation and extinction events coincided with periods of maximum climate variability on high moisture levels.”

    As we are at an eccentricity minimum at this end extreme interglacial (the next eccentricity maxima some 2 ice ages, and associated interglacials, away) what would you recommend?…..
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    Small Nuclear Power Reactors preferably Thorium

    The thing that really sets humans apart is our ability to use energy that is not generated by our own bodies. With the use of abundant energy we can live in the Antarctic visit the bottom of the sea or explore space.

    Energy is critical to civilization and that is why the elite want to control and tax it.

  64. mycroft says:

    Looking at the Tweeter feed, nice to see the usual suspects paying homage to Mann especially the high priestess of biased reporting Goldenberg…….Overpec.Schmidt,Cook, and Heidi Culllen repeating the same B.S.
    Some of Manns comments seem to be close to libelous??

  65. David Chappell says:

    And Mann made god in his own image…and saw that it was good: with apologies to the Bronze Age authors of Genesis 1:27

  66. RockyRoad says:

    Well, there ya go–Mandia has said:

    “Faster than global T rise, more powerful than a stranded polar bear, able to leap over rising seas in a single bound.”

    We all know “global T” hasn’t risen in 17 years, 5 months (23 years by satellite measurements); that polar bears aren’t stranded (they’re expanding in numbers to the point of being a nuisance); and the seas aren’t rising any faster than normal (so saying he leaps any of them is a sad commentary on his mental state).

    Sounds like an epic failure on Mandia’s part.

    And Michael Mann? He’s no more made of steel than a wooden hockey stick.

    However, both sound like characters right out of some Marvel Comics book.

  67. Resourceguy says:

    It worked for PT Barnum and Buffalo Bill. That brings up a question of what real cowboys thought of the Buffalo Bill show at the time. Were they amused or disgusted? I guess it didn’t matter since both showmen were selling to a bemused but at the same time ignorant urban market.

  68. Mark Nutley says:

    I thought the man of steal was Peter Gleick?

  69. Ryan says:

    Solid video. A lot of the regular readers could learn from it, despite it’s short length. Not a one of you has been through an experience like Dr. Mann has. Childishly belittling him just confirms what people already think about WUWT and its audience.

    REPLY:
    and yet, here you are. Your statement should read “some people”. Mann’s view of himself is self parody, we’d be remiss to not point it out. If he doesn’t want criticism, then he shouldn’t make absurd self parodying superhero statements- Anthony

  70. Robert Austin says:

    blackadderthe4th says:
    July 9, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    The talking head in that video conveniently forgot to mention “hide the decline” and other such issues in climate reconstructions when he pronounced the present warming as unprecedented. in other words, the assumption is that while the past temperature reconstructions are all over the map and still controversial, the blade of the stick is still gospel.

  71. Ryan says:

    “We all know “global T” hasn’t risen in 17 years..”

    You should watch Alley’s talk. Might learn something.

  72. stevenlibby says:

    He reminds me of redneck ninja…

  73. RobRoy says:

    Here’s some irony for us. Carbon is added to steel to make it stronger.

  74. Mickey Reno says:

    Always love it when the Super-Scott Mandia photo appears! He’ll never live that down, but one day, I hope he can laugh at the silly hubris that motivated him to dress up like that.

  75. Ryan says:

    If he doesn’t want criticism, then he shouldn’t make absurd self parodying superhero statements- Anthony

    Actually, if he doesn’t want criticism he needs to stop doing climate research. That has been made abundantly clear.

    REPLY: correction “falsifiable climate research” if his hockey stick held up to the tests, there would be no issue – Anthony

  76. Ryan says:

    Lol okay. Truthfully Anthony, you seem like too smart of a guy to be wrapped up in this nonsense.

  77. Bruce Cobb says:

    Ah, but wait, it appears the Mann of Steel has a flaw; an Achilles Heel. Lowly H20 and O2, over time will reduce him to a pile of brownish flakes, in a process known as corrosion. In the world of Climatism, that corrosive power stems from the atmosphere of lies and deceit they themselves have created.
    Now, if they had only thought about adding a bit of chromium…

  78. gntonnik says:

    Why not? We live in a free world! So why is this man has no right to walk in what he wants? It is necessary to dress the way you want, and not as want a bunch of idiots around you .. We are free people, not slaves!!!

  79. TonyG says:

    chris y says:
    Thanks for the link to the video! There is a *remarkable* segment where The Mann states this-

    “If you can’t win your argument on the basis of science, you try to win based on…ah defamation, of slander, of um ah rhetoric, that sounds convincing, but has no basis in fact.”

    Havent’ had a chance to look yet (work), but 2 questions:

    1) can you point out where in the video this is?
    2) Is it really Michael Mann saying it?

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