Quite possibly the world’s dumbest Kickstarter project for climate

God help us. These “artistes” write:

The scientific community can meet us in December when we bring the calendar to the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting. This is the world’s largest gathering of Earth and space scientists: 20,000 of them converge in San Francisco to discuss their research (think science fair for adults).

Have a look at what they are pitching along with “please send money”:

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Last year Josh and I published a calendar using only on demand printing services (like COSTCO) and Josh’s talents. We didn’t have to sucker in the clueless to “fund” the project. We just did it. They justify their pitch with:

What’s Inside

The 12×9 calendar features 13 months of renowned climate scientists and their research, along with information like their favorite dataset, chart or climate phenomenon. The calendar also includes dates of weather and climate events that live in infamy, dates of key scientific meetings and more. Participating researchers work at Columbia University’s International Research Institute for Climate and Society, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

Why kick start the Climate Models calendar?

We’ve had a photo shoot and designed the calendar, and even received a grant from the New York City chapter of the Awesome Foundation. Now we need to raise funds to print it. That’s where you come in. We believe in the power of this calendar to increase scientific literacy and want to distribute as many as possible. Meeting our funding goal will enable us to do this by covering the cost of printing our first run of calendars.

Any money raised above and beyond our goal will be used for calendar-related education and outreach activities.

 

You can read more about it here.

This year won’t be any different for Josh and I, though maybe this year when Michael Mann gets his free copy he won’t try to create conspiracy theory about it.

 

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104 thoughts on “Quite possibly the world’s dumbest Kickstarter project for climate

  1. Pledge $5 or more

    Show your love of climate science on your laptop sleeve or car (we hope it’s a hybrid). Pledge $5 or more and we’ll send you an I Heart Climate Models sticker.
    —–
    This would make a perfect Christmas gift for Mosher.

  2. Needs to be pictures of a bunch of plus size models (since they all seem to be a little heavy in their predictions) laying around eating melting snowcones. Now THAT, I’d buy!

  3. LOL, a calendar from people who lie about dates, whose time series’ are always WRONG, and whose graphs are distorted.

    “For that special person on your Christmas list who doesn’t care what day it is.

    Calendar recipient Pip says:

    I love this calendar! It’s just so much fun. It gives me a day, say, Monday, for instance. Ha! I don’t know whether it is or not! Great way to pass the time.

    Buy one — TODAY (we haven’t printed them yet, but, once we get enough suckers investors, we’ll have those babies in the mail)!

  4. chuckarama says:
    October 29, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Needs to be pictures of a bunch of plus size models (since they all seem to be a little heavy in their predictions) laying around eating melting snowcones. Now THAT, I’d buy!
    _________________________
    Reubens would have bought you a beer.

  5. I clicked on the “here” to read more about it, and tried to send a message saying “if you want to go into business put up your own cash”, but it only works if you are on facebook.

  6. Alan Robertson said:
    October 29, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    chuckarama says:
    October 29, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Needs to be pictures of a bunch of plus size models (since they all seem to be a little heavy in their predictions) laying around eating melting snowcones. Now THAT, I’d buy!
    _________________________
    Reubens would have bought you a beer.
    _________________________
    Pee Wee Herman likes plus-size models?

  7. Well lets see if Michael Mann puts his hand in HIS pocket (rather than the taxpayers) and actually buys one of those to send to you A….. But then why should HE change his lifelong habits, perhaps he will send his freebie advance copy to you… sarc/

  8. From the Risks & Challenges section: “We’ve already faced a few challenges in the process of producing the calendar, including a federal government shutdown, food poisoning and temperamental models. We’re only kidding about one of those.”

    Temperamental models. Maybe they’re finally starting to recognize the problems with GCMs. Or maybe they’re talking about models for the calendar instead of computer models. Either way.

    (I’m just going to assume it’s the government shutdown they were kidding about.)

  9. (yes, I know the “l” is right next to the “k”….., heh, but could not resist)

    The Loch Brothers!
    (you can tell that they are rich and wi-cked because they wear suits and ties)

    Note: A-th-y W-att-s receives no funding from either the Loch or the Koch brothers>

  10. @Mark and Two Cats, you owe me a new bottle of brain bleach. That was a horrible mental picture to inflict on an innocent thread reader!

  11. When writers parenthetically tell me to (think something they believe), the thing in the parenthesis is usually a misnomer, something I disagree with, a bad analogy, or just plain wrong. I believe they put these phrases in parenthesis because their subconcious mind is too embarassed to form them into a plain text sentence.

    Watch for it, it has become a rhetorical black hole lately.

  12. I would rather see a calendar with Bob Tisdale’s data models than a calendar where Al Gore, Bill McKibben, Lewandowsky, or James Hansen as models.

  13. It’s a good idea, but they got the year wrong. It should be a 2100 calendar, because that’s the year their projections are finally going to come true.

  14. chucakrama: “Needs to be pictures of a bunch of plus size models”

    Wouldn’t that be a Global Cooling calendar from the 70s? I’d rather think a Global Warming calendar would have skin-ups of the Swedish Bikini team in sunny Stockholm.

  15. “The 12×9 calendar features 13 months of renowned climate scientists”

    Auch. Why don’t they feature 13 more hot models inside, one for each month of the year, like the lady on cover with a fire extinguisher? It would be a much smoother sell, besides climate scientists are not hot at all, just ugly.

    As for 13 months in a year… well, it is a fact heat makes things extend, is it not? The science is settled, next year should not be an exception.

  16. Meanwhile: Al Gore is said to have invested $200 million in a Canadian fracking company, PetroBakken

    http://www.canadabuster.com/al-gore-is-said-to-have-invested-200-million-in-a-canadian-fracking-company-petrobakken/

    In an interview with Canada’s BNN news channel, however, Gore offered a robust defense of his actions.
    “First of all, if I didn’t invest in this company somebody else would,” he explained to anchor Bill McAvoy. “Do you think Mother Nature cares about the shareholding structure of companies that cause pollution?
    “A kilogram of CO2 is a kilogram of CO2. It doesn’t matter who owns the company that made it. This investment doesn’t put a single extra molecule of greenhouse gas into the atmosphere.”

    If this is true, he will receive the Nobel Hypocrisy Prize.

  17. Scarface says:
    October 29, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    Meanwhile: Al Gore is said to have invested $200 million in a Canadian fracking company, PetroBakken

    See? This is why coal has to be regulated out of the market. Makes fracking much more profitable.

  18. Perhaps it is 13 smoothed months

    OTOH, being on DEC 9, 10, 11, 12, & 13 they are certainly cutting it close to not being able to call it a fall meeting. 8 days later begins winter

  19. We could do a hockey stick satire calendar, heh.

    Sample captions:

    “At first, it was just a dream.”

    “The dream became ‘reality.'”

    “You, too can be a scientist — with this genuine hockey stick!”

    “It’s easy! Even a kid can do it.”

    “Women with low IQ’s will adore you.”

    “Don’t let the cold get you down — break out the stick!”

    “Buy yours before November 38th and we’ll throw in an Al Gore coaster —
    — Yes! We are cereal! Act now! Before the planet explodes!
    Quantities limited ……”

  20. To make it less confusing, the calendar doesn’t show the actual days in a month, only the anomaly. If you turn to the February page, it’s a big giant -3 (minus two in leap years).

  21. “We believe in the power of this calendar to increase scientific literacy”

    I know where they can start …

  22. They also didn’t say it would be thirteen consecutive months… They could be cherry-picked out of a 30 year period… And where did they find 13 renowned climate scientists? I could easily come up with 13 beclowned climate scientists, or 13 powned scientists, but 13 renowned climate scientists? I dunno…. Notice I wrote all that without mentioning Michael Mann’s name once!. Oh, drat…

  23. “The calendar also includes dates of weather and climate events that live in infamy”

    Will this include the dates of Gleick’s exploits?

  24. “‘We believe in the power of this calendar… .'” (quoted by Wonko at 3:05 — lol)

    Their language betrays them, yet again… .

  25. I think Bob Tisdale could be on to something….perhaps could be combined with Josh and ANthony? How about each month showing one of the fail models and predictions, blown up to large scale (to exaggerate the failure as per IPCC graphs, etc) and featuring a cartoon in an appropriate corner………Would be a great way to get the FAILURES across to the public??

  26. “Photos in the calendar shatter stereotypes of scientists”

    I’m guessing the Photoshopped photos are going to reinforce my stereotypes of climate scientists – particularly the stereotype of the climate scientist that Photoshops photos. Maybe they will have a Photoshoped photo of a climate scientist not Photoshopping a photo?

  27. “This year won’t be any different for Josh and I” should read: ‘Josh and me’ Just because you add Josh’s name shouldn’t change “for me” to “for I”.

  28. Mark and two Cats says:

    October 29, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Does the calendar feature a nekkid picture of algore greased up for a massage?
    ———————————————————

    Please. I just ate.

  29. 13 months?

    No wonder the annual average temperature has risen, the Team have made the average year 395 days long

    Or Is MAN MADE CO2 causing the rise in months too?

    Or perhaps 13 months the GISS / HADCRUT adjusted length of year these days?

  30. Dressing in Superman outfits, sending dispatches from the front lines of Climate Wars, Stories of storms that our grandchildren may have, which cant compare to what has actually happened ( (my father, a meteorologist loves to tell his grandkids about the hurricanes of his life in Rhode Island,1938,1944,1954,1960 which outdo any of the storms I have seen up the east coast as far as intensity north of Hatteras. You dont need storms of my grandchildren when my kids can hear about storms of their grandfather) And now this..Alot of these people are into being worshipped, and this is just the latest example of what is becoming a weirder cult each day.

  31. Too bad they’ve forgotten how to do their father’s science. If they did things the old way, e.g. test hypotheses against real data as opposed to garbage in garbage out modeling, perhaps we wouldn’t be having this discussion.

  32. “Does the calendar feature a nekkid picture of algore greased up for a massage?”

    Gawd, I hope not.

  33. Reg Nelson says:
    October 29, 2013 at 3:38 pm
    According to Santer, the calendar needs to be at least 17 months.

    Yeah, well Santa is always trying to lengthen the year – and his holidays……??

  34. Even beyond the unbelievable hypocrisy of Al Gore investing $200 million (I mean $200 million) in fracking oil company PetroBakken,

    How about the GISS temperature anomaly in September. It is very high +0.78C but all of the warming came from the region …

    … you guessed it, Antarctica !!!

    Despite there being an all-time record sea ice extent, they even have 66S (the main concentration of sea ice latitude) as being +3.0C. I mean a completely contrary to known physical laws.

  35. Was that a CO2 fire extinguisher in the picture? Would it not reignite the ashes if used? Where was the peer review on the picture?

  36. Brunette bimbo wearing a tight knee length bright red dress that can’t be easy to walk in, let alone on uneven ground before considering the high heels and the smokiness. Somehow, I doubt that the grass fire was just extinguished before they stuffed a fire extinguisher into her hands and had her totter out. Probably the AGU’s barby-q choking on their super secret climate sauce.

    Still, she looks to be enjoying herself immensely. Kinda makes one wonder why… Perhaps she won the coin toss and gets her picture took while her co-worker who lost the toss has to accompany a climate clown to the AGU dinner. A serious coin flip loss if it turns out to be Manniacal.

    Incongruous pictures are definitively a negative when trying to influence buyers. Other magazines may get away with idiots performing dumb stunts, but either their models distract in other ways or their target audience loves the dumb and dumber simulated activity.

  37. Be sure to check the dates. Most likely they will shorten the early months and lengthen the later months.

  38. This seems so strangely appropriate for Halloween. At the risk of encouraging undue evilness, I propose we submit ideas for a calendar of our own. My suggestions for models include Super Mandia, D.B.Stealy’s Inflatable Love “Mann”-equin, and perhaps this illustration of Dr. Norgaard: http://iowntheworld.com/blog/?p=127443

    Or not.

  39. “20,000 of them”, They clearly get excited by big numbers.

    Which is also likely the cause of their confusion.

  40. A boycott sure would be very timely right now for those who still consider themselves actual scientists, with a grain of honor left, to just say…

    NO!

    Too far this time.

  41. Someone is surely taking the mickey ?!

    “calendar-related education and outreach activities.’

    What, teach people how to use a calender????

  42. OssQss (7:54pm) — (high five) –> Dude! Yeah. #(:))

    I think the last one fit the best, but, actually, all but the happy peanut butter “dude” work great. Cool post.

  43. Somehow I managed to hit “Post” before pointing out some of the other ridiculous climate-porn projects on Kickstarter:

    First one: a book about how there won’t be snow in 75 years:

    Help publish a book about the culture of skiing, the miracle of snow and how climate change could wipe out both in 75 years.

    “Skiing offers a good barometer of the trouble we’re in—and, as this book reminds us, one more good reason for wanting to face that trouble.” —Bill McKibben, author of Oil and Honey and co-founder of 350.org

    That’s it, appeal to the skiers.

    Next one: another book, this one is even financed. And it uses the particularly nasty tactic of indoctrinating children.

    For our next project, we’ve been invited by the good folks at Island Press to create a Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change that will cover the science, impacts, and policy of global warming. As we did with the econ cartoon books, we want to take a tough subject—one that enrages some people and bores others—and make a fun and accessible cartoon book that everybody can relate to and learn from.

    Yes, a subject that “enrages some”… so let’s make a cartoon book, throw it at kids, and destroy the critical thinking skills of a whole new generation.

    At least one more: a project to document climate change in Peru. That’s right, nothing says “GLOBAL” warming like one small area in one small country in one region of the world.

    A film project about the impacts of climate change on the people of Andean Peru and an EWB group’s efforts to help.

    I want to create a film that captures the impacts of climate change on the people of Andean Peru and the efforts of an Engineers Without Borders project to help.

    I had a few projects that I tried promoting on Kickstarter some years ago. None of them got anything. Apparently you need to throw in a bleeding-heart angle to get anywhere. Hey, if you don’t help finance my business, THE PLANET WILL MELT AND YOU WILL DIE A HORRIBLE DEATH. Yeah, that sounds legit…

  44. CodeTech: “Apparently you need to throw in a bleeding-heart angle to get anywhere.”

    First law of salesmanship: Reason don’t sell. Emotions do.
    Second law of salesmanship: Make room for them to make excuses for their own emotions.

  45. Codetech!

    Where have you been? I hope you have just been happily busy. Everything okay up there?

    Well, down here, in Washington State (just two doors down the hall from Hell), I’ve been wondering.

    I hope you’ll look in on Nov. 5th — I found a vid to post to wish you a happy birthday!

    (in case you don’t see my greeting that day, well, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, early!)

    Janice
    #(:))

    P.S.
    THE TRUMPETER SWANS ARE BACK! They flew in just at sunset this past Sunday. I was out on the evening ramble with my German Shepherd and, as I stood gazing at the molten gold-edged cloud-obscured sunset, I heard them. Then, about 5 minutes later, they had circled around my little corner of Skagit Valley and I saw them, white against mauve-and-blue gray clouds, heading north toward the big field where they would spend the night. There were just eight. Just one family. More are on the way, though. Well, just had to share that with someone (Johanna of Canberra, Australia does, too, I know) who I know likes birds. Any new arrivals at your pond?

  46. Obviously 12 months of 28 days and February 29days, making 13. The new month to be called Goreblimey and to be located between July and August in the Northern Hemisphere and between February and March in the Southern Hemisphere so it will always be warm somewhere.

  47. “In leaps and bounds Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory scientist Jason Smerdon advances understanding of Earth’s climate, using climate models, statistics and natural records of past climate, known as climate proxies.”

    LOL!

    First, models can’t advance your understanding because to build a decent model you already have to understand the phenomena.

    Second, statistics have to be used properly and on actual data not model output or proxies.

    And thirdly, climate proxies are NOT records of past climate, hence why they are called proxies. They are records of something that someone believes mirrors the climate. But again if the process that made the natural record (i.e. tree growth, glacier formation, etc.) isn’t fully understood already then the proxy won’t be a valid record of past climate.

  48. I guess Al Gore did NOT invest in PetroBakken. It was just a satirical new story that keeps getting quoted.

  49. Bob Tisdale says:
    October 29, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Hmmm. That gives me an idea, too! My 12 favorite model-data comparisons showing how poorly climate models really perform.

    How about pictures of models with outfits sized based on climate models, sort of barely (!!!) able to keep them from falling off for being too large?

    And don’t forget important dates like Holidays will be “projected”; not “predicted”. Or perhaps the historical dates can be “adjusted”? Then there’s the “moving goalpost” mandatory enrollment date for Obamacare.

    So many things to parody, so little time.

  50. Resourceguy says:
    October 29, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    “Yes, it’s time to re-post this link to the recent LA Times story on how science lost its way.—
    http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-hiltzik-20131027,0,1228881.column#axzz2j7KJsAIj

    Hiltzik! He had the only LAT blog at one time and wrote a piece about the town of Costa Mesa checking out the immigration status of suspects its Police caught who had allegedly committed major crimes. He was against this procedure and touted illegal immigration by referring to ~”what the Social Security Trustees said” about the wonders of illegal immigration in relation to the future economic status or solvency of SS in a Table he linked to. I went to the link and found that the SS Trustees specifically said they weren’t saying anything at all about the future economic status of SS, so that Hiltzik was lying.

    Meanwhile Paterrico had caught Hiltzik sock puppeting himself at the LAT blog, mainly by dissing Paterrico, and there was a big blog war, but only on Hiltzig’s sock puppeting because I couldn’t get anyone at all at Paterrico’s to take any interest at all in Hiltzig’s direct lying. Hiltzig got removed from the LAT blog on the basis of his sock puppeting. But I did get through to Matt Welch who was at the LAT at the time and had temporarily taken over Hiltzik’s blog to damage control by fielding complaints about Hiltzik.

    But here is Hiltzik back again writing business[!] columns at the LAT, which I had noted as ironic at the time of his sock puppeting. Hiltzik was also intentionally misrepresenting Blog Popularity Numbers in order to diss someone – I don’t remember who. And now he’s talking about “how Science lost its way”, which is kind of like he lost his way and what anybody at the LAT did about it, which was apparently nothing!

  51. Bob Tisdale says:
    October 29, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    ” Hmmm. That gives me an idea, too! My 12 favorite model-data comparisons showing how poorly climate models really perform.”

    How about some really “Hot” models to help explain why the Climate Scientists are so addicted to their Warming Models and never seem to be able to get outside to see the light of day or check the weather or the surface stations, except for that one time when it was too cold in Boulder? or something.

  52. How about a calendar of FAILED CAGW predictions?
    (Arctic ice gone by [pick your year]… Stratospheric hot spot… Alaska canary in the coal mine.. more hurricanes, more tornadoes, Manhattan underwater…)
    12 months may not be enough…

  53. “Hmmm. That gives me an idea, too! My 12 favorite model-data comparisons showing how poorly climate models really perform.”

    Bob, that is one, I would buy!

  54. @Bill Illis says:
    October 29, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    Even beyond the unbelievable hypocrisy of Al Gore investing $200 million (I mean $200 million) in fracking oil company PetroBakken,

    How about the GISS temperature anomaly in September. It is very high +0.78C but all of the warming came from the region …

    … you guessed it, Antarctica !!!

    Despite there being an all-time record sea ice extent, they even have 66S (the main concentration of sea ice latitude) as being +3.0C. I mean a completely contrary to known physical laws.

    All this really means is that instead of -80dF it is -77dF

  55. Here’s an idea that fits with their agenda.

    A picture of a well known character or environment with each calendar month that goes with the holiday’s/theme of that month and allows them to feature some of their AGW hero’s and villains.

    For instance:

    December=Santa Claus at an ice free North Pole
    January=Father TIme/baby choking outside of a power plant(emitting “touched up/black steam)
    February=Cupid shooting an arrow thru the head of Anthony Watts
    March=Extreme winds blowing Dr. Roy Spencer’s house down
    April=Easter Bunny drowning in a flood
    May=Tornado picking up Dr. Tim Ball
    June=Intense sunshine burning a hole in the head of Leif Svalgaard
    July=Heat wave and Dr. Richard Lindzen sweating
    August=Michael Mann with his hockey stick graph
    September=Cat. 6 hurricane from the Al Gore imaginary book of weather
    October= Witches, Goblins, Ghosts and Monsters attacking Bob Tisdale
    November=James Hansen with a bunch of turkeys

  56. The AGW archery marksman via Cupid completely missed the mark on our Anthony, hitting him in the wrong place(head). Everybody knows that Cupid shoots arrows through your HEART.

    December=Santa Claus at an ice free North Pole
    January=Father TIme/baby choking outside of a power plant(emitting “touched up/black steam)
    February=Cupid shooting an arrow thru the HEART of Anthony Watts
    March=Extreme winds blowing Dr. Roy Spencer’s house down
    April=Easter Bunny drowning in a flood
    May=Tornado picking up Dr. Tim Ball
    June=Intense sunshine burning a hole in the head of Leif Svalgaard
    July=Heat wave and Dr. Richard Lindzen sweating
    August=Michael Mann with his hockey stick graph
    September=Cat. 6 hurricane from the Al Gore imaginary book of weather
    October= Witches, Goblins, Ghosts and Monsters attacking Bob Tisdale
    November=James Hansen with a bunch of turkeys

  57. @ Mike Maguire — lol. GREAT IDEA! #(:))

    I mean, even though the images of our guys being harmed are not pleasant for US, it would sell really big with the Climate Cult! — money!$!$!$!$!$!$!$. We could try to get Steven Mosher to be our marketing rep. (30% straight) and say the money is going to fund “calendar education;” they’ll buy it in a heartbeat.

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