Headed into ‘Lew-world’ in the U.K. – I could use your help

Yesterday, it was discovered that both John Cook and Michael Mann are headed to the Stephan Lewandowsky’s current place of trough feeding academic residence at the University of Bristol to give talks on Sept. 19th and 23rd. Since the talks are both free and open to the public, a number of people have already registered to attend. Yours truly is one of those people. If you have not already registered, you can do so here at this WUWT story: Calling all UK Skeptics – Free Talk with 97% Bias – plus the ability to ask questions.

Some people wondered why I’d bother to make such a trip, especially since both Cook and Mann aren’t likely to talk about anything of substance, but simply their own brand of science and consensus as they interpret it, plus Mann’s usual book plugs. It has some of the people over at “wackadoodle central” in a tizzy that I’m attending, and they want to know why I’m going. Well, that’s for me to know and them to find out.

In the meantime, I did the planning, I’ve reserved a flight to London, and I’ll make my way up to Bristol from there. The cost of the RT flight, accommodations, food, sundries, and rubber chicken props needed for attending these talks looks to easily top $2700.00.

So, I’m asking for some help to make this trip.

The silver lining here is that while I have met with climate skeptics at many conferences, and even did a speaking tour in Australia in 2010, I’ve never met any of the UK skeptics save Monckton, Delingpole, and briefly some in Brussels as Climategate was breaking, which caused me to spend much of that time locked in my room on the Internet working out what to do about it all and speaking to nobody about it. With the exception of a short layover at Heathrow in 2009, I haven’t been to the UK since I spent time doing some consulting for television weather presentation back in 1989 with the international company Weathernews, when I spent some time in London and also in Aberdeen. So, it is long overdue for me to visit, and this seemed as good a time as any.

This time, there will be time for a skeptics gathering in the UK, and I aim to help that happen while I’m there, as has been suggested on yesterday’s thread. Plus I will come fully equipped to make a presentation or two, should the opportunity present itself.

For me, this is a working trip, and I have a couple of goals to meet while I’m there. I’ll be in touch with some of your privately. Of course I’ll bring my video camera and post items of relevance here at WUWT along the way.

So, if you kind folks can pitch in to help defray travel expenses, because sadly, Exxon, B.P. and the Koch brothers STILL have not stepped up (though I keep hearing they have been sending scads of money my way, but for some reason I never see those checks in the mail), I can make this trip and accomplish a few things, have our own meeting, and see some people that I’m long overdue to meet and discuss business with.

Here’s the PayPal button-

UPDATE: Goal reached! THANK YOU EVERYONE!

You know what to do. Just a bunch of small donations is all that is needed to add up. For example if I got 100 people to give $30.00, that would do it. I wish I didn’t have to beg, but either all those claims about money I’m getting from big oil are bogus, or my postman is redirecting those checks in the mail elsewhere.

Thanks for your consideration, and as always, thanks for reading WUWT and standing up for climate reality.

Anthony

 

 

144 thoughts on “Headed into ‘Lew-world’ in the U.K. – I could use your help

  1. I hope you are contacting the Global Warming Policy Foundation and hopefully using the support of Lord Lawson to arrange a presentation in a committee room of the House of Lords. I believe that the use of such a room is free if it is booked by a Lord or a Memebr of Parliament. I am sure that you would get a good attendance for an evening meeting.

  2. Whilst you’re so close take the chance and visit the city of Bath, which is only 10 miles from Bristol. And good luck!

  3. Done.

    And if you are anywhere near Newcastle during the week or London at the weekend it would be my pleasure to treat you to dinner.

  4. It would not surprise me if ticket holding recognized non-members of the CAGW Industry were denied entrance to the show.

  5. “A gathering of scientific men or of artists, owning to the mere fact that they form an assemblage, will not deliver judgments of general subjects sensibly different from those rendered by a gathering of masons or grocers.” – Gustave le Bon (The Crowd, 1895)

    “It is what Zola calls “triomphe de la médiocrité.” Snobs, nobodies, take the place of workers, thinkers, artists; and it isn’t even noticed. The public, yes, one part of it is dissatisfied, but material grandeur also finds applause; however, do not forget that this is merely a straw fire, and that those who applaud generally do so only because it has become the fashion. But on the day after the banquet, there will be a void – a silence and indifference after all that noise.” – Vincent van Gogh (letter to Theo van Gogh, 1882)

    “Many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” – Jesus of Nazareth

    “A world that has been impoverished is in an instant ready to accept that this is the way it has always been. The unthinkable is taken for granted.” – Federico Fellini (I, Fellini, 2001)

    “In the Dominican collection, was there not to be found a certain Doctor of Theology, Révérend Père Rouard de Card, a Preaching Brother, who in a brochure entitled:-”Of the Falsification of the Sacramental Substances,” has demonstrated beyond a doubt that the major part of Masses were null and void, by reason of the fact that the materials used in the rite were sophisticated by dealers? For years, the holy oil had been adulterated with goose-grease; the taper-wax with burnt bones; the incense with common resin and old benzoin. But worse than all, the substances indispensable for the holy sacrifice, the two things without which no oblation was possible, had likewise been falsified, – the wine by repeated dilutings and the illicit addition of Pernambuco barc, elder-berries, alcohol, alum, salicylate, litharge; the bread, that bread of the Eucarist that must be kneaded of the fine flour of wheat, by ground haricot-beans, potash and pipeclay! Nay, now they had gone further yet; they had dared to suppress the wheat altogether and shameless dealers manufactured out of potato meal nearly all the hosts! Now God declined to come down and be made flesh in potato flour.” – J. K. Huysmans (Against the Grain, 1883)

    “Museums are just a lot of lies, and the people who make art their business are mostly imposters.” – Pablo Picasso (In “Picasso: Fifty Years of his Art” by A. H. Barr, Jr., 1946)

    “Do you know that it is so very, very necessary for honest people to remain in art? I do not mean to say that there are none, but you feel what I mean, and know as well as I know many painters are inveterate liars.” – Vincent van Gogh (letter to Theo van Gogh, 1882)

    “Modern Art has become completely literary: the paintings and other works exist only to illustrate the text.” – Tom Wolfe (The Painted Word, 1975)

  6. Mr Watts, you are a powerful voice in the worldwide appeal to AGW sanity. Why not capitalise on your visit and make it a bit longer than just attending the Bristol University lecture. A quick press release on your UK visit to all the British media could well result in a few profitable interviews or TV appearances that would be good for the sceptic cause in the UK. Also, is it too late to organise a lecture in London while you are here with the audience paying a fee to attend? I would certainly travel to London for the purpose. All contributing to your exs. and making your visit worthwhile.

  7. Anthony
    Although I have no intention of wasting any of my life pandering to the ego’s of Mann or Cook it would be a pleasure to meet you on such a rare visit so keep us informed of your itinerary and try to get a bit further North of Watford, we have some beautiful countryside ‘up North’ and a warm open hospitality.

  8. Anthony,
    Are you not afraid that my colleagues will refuse to referee your papers, will cease to co-author with you and make other undefined threats if you go over to Uni of Bristol, in the same way that Lennart Bengtsson’s former friends threatened to do to him if he went over to the GWPF?
    Of course you are not, because this side of the debate had more ethics than the other.
    Bon voyage.

    p.s. Australia passed legislation to repeal the Carbon Tax today.

  9. Done – best of luck with your trip. Hope to be able to meet you and shake your hand at the Bristol Uni presentations.

  10. I have flung funds yesterday for your trip, Anthony. I am planning to visit Bristol en route to Europe for a conference (if my relatives agree to a brief visit) and would be arriving on the 20th. I would love the opportunity to meet other sceptics.

  11. Done and done.
    Good luck and be careful. Media could work hard to make this a circular evidence based story confirming the conspiracy wackjob bs.

  12. A modest contribution has been lobbed in the pot, (all I can give at present I’m afraid) and I endorse what George Lawson (at 2:37) says, too.

  13. On it’s way, and as I’m not too far from Brissel, let me know if I can help in any other way.

  14. I wonder whether as Anthony is going to be here for a week at least whether a ‘UK Denier-Up’ might be in order?

    I’d move other things around to be there…if there was the possibility of beer ;)

    I’m pretty sure someone from the GWPF lurks here. Why don’t you engage Anthony to do a talk while he is over if he is agreeable?

    I for one would like to see the thermometer siting study presented.

  15. $30 – All yours mate…. And a very “Warm” :-) welcome to the UK.

    Normally, live in Bristol and wish I could go, but work has taken me elsewhere for the minute, it really would have been good to meet the man behind my favourite web site.

    Still, at least the rubber chicken quotient can hopefully be maintained ;-)

  16. I think I donated. My browser crashed every step of the way. Have fun! Bring us back something special!

  17. Done. I hope you enjoy your trip over here to England notwithstanding some of the company you seem anxious to encounter!

  18. Anthony – done. Registered for both. Would be great to have a sceptics gathering around same time (using the UK spelling, ignoring the red underline). Look forward to the chance to say hi.

  19. Another $30 on its way from the UK. Just as a small thank you for all the work you undertake on our (and humanity’s) behalf. As others have said, if you make it north, then I would be delighted to invite you out for a meal at my expense. Best wishes.

  20. $50 just sent. Welcome to UK (when you get here!) from all the sensible people here. If you do present any lecture here I will surely attend and if you are in the North at any time I will buy you lunch or dinner!!

  21. Done. I’m only sorry I won’t be back in the UK in time to see the ‘lectures’ live.

  22. Done.
    A very warm welcome to the UK Anthony. You will find it is still a wonderful country, despite it being run by Green lunatics!

  23. Whats the bet that “certain names” will be on the exclude list? I don’t hold out much hope for the “sceptic” (Read realist) attendees.

  24. Done. Not much, but still the cheapest proxy theatre ticket I have ever bought. Looking forward to the performance of the three stooges, Lew, Cook and Mann.

  25. Anthony I don’t use paypal are there other ways to send you money? Jim Roth

    Sent from my iPhone

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    [paypal also allows the use of a regular credit card -mod]

  26. I am sure there will be no names on any exclude list.
    it is a public lecture by a uk university. That will not happen
    if you have a ticket. Free. Via eventbrite. There is sbsolutely no reason to think it will not be honoured
    I am equally sure that if anybody is rude or abusive to anybody there, whoever they are. They will be asked to stop. (And or leave) which i hope everybody woukd agree is necessary for a public debate

    the guardian debate which steve mcintyre attended, his flight alsi paid for by sceptical readers of climate audit. Was very positive and civil

    being critical or disagreeing. Is of course not abusive or rude

  27. $100 done. I may be travelling myself at that date, but if not I would certainly get over to a gathering if this becomes a definite event.

  28. £18.09 donated. I am not going to Bristol, but I will wait to see if there is a real climate science debate elsewhere.

  29. Very first thing that popped into my mind was that Mr Mann and co. will do everything in their power to make sure Mr Watts is banned from attending, or that they do not have to confront him.

    Would it be possible for them to get a court order barring him from the premises as a known agitator and disruptive influence? I have seen nothing in Mr Mann’s past actions that would make me think he would not take this avenue.

    On the other hand, also giving past performance, I can easily see him telling the organizers he will not attend as long as Mr Watts is in the same room. As he is a serious scientist and has no inclination to subject himself to the sort of abuse Mr Watts is well known for.

    Not my opinion, in case it’s not clear from the way I expressed myself.

    Seems to me in the past that many of the big names in the alarmist camp have ducked out of such confrontation at the last second.

  30. Done. I hope you will have a very pleasant (equinoctial) trip over here – but it can get quite chilly in early September so bring some warm gear!

  31. Since you are going to face John Cook I thought you would be interested in how he handles opposing arguments. On 27 January 2010 he had an article on his web site with the title “The upcoming ice age has been postponed indefinitely.” I judged it to be a straw man argument and put in a comment demolishing it and a few other things he had been saying. The comment was posted as No. 30 on January 28th and I made a copy of it. But next time I looked he had erased half of it, leaving a distorted picture of what I had said. I protested and the entire comment was erased. Below is a copy of that comment. All statements in it are backed up in my book.

    Comment submitted to the Skeptical Science on January 28th 2010 and erased by John Cook

    30 • Arno Arrak at 11:13 AM on 28 January, 2010
    An interesting straw man but I never saw anything in it. We live in an inter-glacial age and the next ice age will arrive in due course of time but not anytime soon. And AGW will not postpone it for a second because it doesn’t exist. I say this because the warming we have been told about is faked and the global temperatures published by NASA, NOAA, and the Met Office are all cooked. There is no anthropogenic global warming that is going to cook us and there never was any. Not even anthropogenic arctic warming. The present arctic warming is a result of a rearrangement of North Atlantic currents hundred twenty years ago that directed warm currents north and initiated the warming that is still going on. At present we have accurate global temperature records for the last thirty years measured by satellites. They are available from UAH MSU and RSS and both can be downloaded from the web. These records show that in the eighties and nineties global temperatures oscillated in a multiyear pattern, up and down by half a degree, but did not rise until 1998 showed up. But the same period is shown by NASA, NOAA, and HadCRUT3 from the UK as a period of steadily rising temperatures known as the “late twentieth century warming.” It is this warming whose continuation we are supposed to fight that is totally phony. But in 1988, right in the middle of it, James Hansen gets up and announces that global warming caused by the greenhouse effect of carbon dioxide has arrived. With over ten television cameras trained on him he showed frightening temperature projections up to 2020, scared the press, the public, and the politicians, and put global warming on every TV set that night. That same year IPCC was established and the religion of global warming had its start. Checking the NOAA temperature chart we see that there was indeed warming that had started in 1977. But carbon dioxide had already been in the air for years by then and nothing special had happened in 1977 to change its behavior. It must have just opened its eyes one morning and decided that 1977 was a good year to start warming up the world. Natura non facit saltum as Newton used to say, but here is an exception right in front of the world. Science it is not, a miracle maybe, the founding miracle of the global warming cult. But Hansen apparently felt that ten years was a bit skimpy to base an earth-shaking theory on so he claimed that the warming had been going on for twenty five years. This is not what the NOAA temperature curve shows. Before 1975 no one had heard of global warming and people were worried about a coming ice age. But this problem does not exist if you realize that the warming itself is phony. To show that it actually is phony you must download the satellite temperature curves and the ground-based temperature curves as well and put both of them side by side on the same graph. The oscillations in satellite curves trace out the El Nino (warm) and La Nina (cool) phases of the ENSO system in the Pacific Ocean because ENSO has a global climate influence. Comparing them with ground based data you see that they all started by cherry picking the warm El Nino peaks. And then they raised up the intervening cool La Nina valleys to turn a horizontal temperature curve into a rising temperature curve. There is more falsification involved but to present these curves as “Global Temperature” curves is scientific fraud. And since all three organizations are doing it, in slightly different ways, it amounts to a criminal conspiracy as well. Some part of the billions of dollars spent on “climate research” should go towards investigating this climate change fraud. Climategate is only the tip of the iceberg but they do talk casually about altering temperature curves. The fraud involved in changing world temperatures is much bigger and obviously well hidden up to now. If you want all the details they are available in “What Warming?” on Amazon.com.

  32. I just sent to your surfacestations thingy 3 Mazuldars that I had I recently acquired from a dwarf by means of a game of chance. Works out to approximately 30 Murican dollars.

    Even if you don’ t end up going I ‘m sure this will be put to good use. I usually only give to Christian-based charities, but this will be one of the exceptions. I believe the implications of this stuff goes well, well beyond just climate change and scientific fraud. Whatever youse can do to pound on these clowns is good by me.

  33. Anthony,

    Another excursion recommendation, since you’ll be in the general area: after your w/e tour of the Cornwall and Devon countryside, consider making a stop in Exeter, home of the Met Office, on Monday (a charming town in its own right). Perhaps you could get an audience with Professor Dame Julia Slingo OBE, to ask her a few topical questions about the science. I am SURE your readers would appreciate it!

    http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/research/people/julia-slingo

    first.last@metoffice.gov.uk

    Kurt in Switzerland

  34. Small donation made. I have also telephoned the GWPF and asked them if they would consider inviting Mr Watts to give a lecture.

  35. “bobj62 says:
    Cheers. Have a great trip…give ‘em hell!”

    Agreed.. Give ‘em Mordor, Anthony, and hopefully more than 3k can be collected and you can have a nice well-deserved vacation while you are there as well. Doing things culturally significant and fullfilling , like visiting every pub you can find (solely to observe the natives, of course ).

  36. Have a pint on me, Anthony. Looks like the minimum cost is covered. Hope we can up your hotel a star or two.

  37. Done. Well worth a couple movies worth of popcorn and soda. THIS will be much better entertainment, cheaper and less calories and sodium.

  38. I donate a bit this morning – put my money where my mouth is. WUWT has been such a great site to stay connected to for so many years now. Your work, Anthony, has done so much to counter the craziness of the Globaloney industry. Thanks.

  39. As a long time lurker on your blog, and living fairly local to Bristol, I have no hesitation in sending a small donation. Not sure whether I can bear to sit through the actual event, but if there is any way to meet up and shake you by the hand I would be delighted to do so. Keep up the good work

  40. By the way, my small donation was a way for the Koch brothers to send you even more money!

  41. $50, a small something to help in this cause and to say thank you to the work you do. Once you’re here, I hope you and WUWT gets lots of publicity.

  42. Lets hope Cook and Mann will be taking questions. I believe Al Gore does not when he gives a lecture. Donation on its way. All the best and good travelling.

  43. Anthony, I’m thinking about it. Employment prospects are looking good. A little piece of advice on the trans-Atlantic air trip: GET UP AND MOVE ABOUT! Blood clots in legs are nasty, and happen far more frequently than most people would guess. SIMPLE solution, to make sure there is movement of the legs once every hour, or somewhat better… (now, with the new/improved sardine packing..unless you go 1st class, it’s harder on your systems in your body to be “schrunced” in an even tighter seat than 20 years ago (1996, my last trip to England).

  44. @Arno Arrak says:
    July 17, 2014 at 6:53 am

    Please break your text-blocks into paragraphs!

  45. ‘I wish I didn’t have to beg…’

    Nonsense. After all the work you’ve done, free of charge (and, unlike other attendees such as Mann, free of any taxpayer remuneration), I don’t interpret your request as begging, but as a rightful request to have your costs defrayed by those who have benefitted by your efforts.

  46. peter says:
    July 17, 2014 at 6:13 am

    “As he is a serious scientist and has no inclination to subject himself to the sort of abuse Mr Watts is well known for. ”

    Mann? A serious scientist? Why doesn’t he do any actual science then? You know, as according to the scientific method, type science. As in formulate a hypothesis, then try to falsify it through experiment or observation and allow everyone else full access to his data and methods to allow them to do the same. IF his hypothesis is correct, it will survive such examination and testing.

    Sadly he never, ever does that and I am still waiting for him to engage in any actual scientific process.

  47. I’ve kicked in as well. Wow, looks like you’re close to your funding goal already. My only concern is that “peter says: @ July 17, 2014 at 6:13 am” is right and one or more will bow out at the last moment when they realize they won’t be a room full of sycophants..

  48. The photosynthesizers outnumber the humans, they would vote for more CO2 in the atmosphere. Any person who wants to reduce atmospheric CO2 is also trying to starve the trees.

  49. I second Tom J above. You have earned the right to be heard in the UK. And to be thanked for work you have done to create and run WUWT

    I am delighted to have made a small contribution to your expenses. PayPal is so easy to use!

    I do hope you are able to arrange (or have arranged for you) a UK venue where your thousands of UK admirers can met you at last and hear your presentation in person.

    Spectator Events, chaired by Andrew Neal, are always well attended and well ordered.

  50. funds flunged.
    My only concern being that they know you are coming….

    REPLY: Well I’m and easy target, I’ll be the guy in the front row struggling to hear what is being said. I’ve asked Uni-Bristol for hearing assistance in that room but so far no response.

    And, thanks for your support – Anthony

  51. Done.
    And I also agree with Tom J: “a rightful request to have your costs defrayed by those who have benefited by your efforts “

  52. I know you reached your goal, Anthony, and I’m glad to see it. I did kick in an extra $50, though, in case you have to pick up the check for the lunch I hope you have a chance to take with Dr. Mann. ;>)

    Felix

    P.S.: Not that I’m paranoid, you understand, but I fully expect to be audited now that I’ve made this contribution. Pure coincidence, I’m sure.

  53. If Anthony gets enough donations he could book the conference rooms on the S.S.Great Britain.
    It seems not far from the University looking on Google Maps.

  54. Just got back to the forum and, even though you had reached your goal, sent a few $$$’s your way.

    Even though you have enough to go on the trip, maybe a little extra to insure you have enough to get back?

    /grin

  55. I see you have already met your goal, but I must say it warms my heart to be able to provide a small contribution for your trip.

  56. Welcome to England, Anthony. Enjoy your visit.
    For the life of me, as much as I try, I cannot think which, of many questions rattling round my brain, I would ask Cook or Mann. If I did manage to get to ask a question it would have to be one that I thought would get an answer, not an evasion.
    When you’ve been and gone I hope you will share with us the questions you wanted to ask; the one(s) you did; and the answer(s) you got – or hoped to get.
    BTW: Keep a count of how many times you get accused of being funded by ‘fossil-fuel': You can counter with the sure and certain knowledge that your (donating) readers must all be ‘big oil’ apologists.

  57. $100 done -good luck and I hope other well-known UK sceptics attend. I took my maths degree at Bristol (many years ago) and always reckoned it was one of the best in the UK, but recently their alumni magazine has had too much green and carbon footprint rubbish in it, so I’m becoming ashamed of it.

    Still, I remember lots of good evenings at the Victoria rooms, so please help to make this event a memorable one.

  58. Three points regarding the posting by NikfromNYC:
    Firstly, the book, “Against the Grain” is a work of fiction. There never existed a Doctor of Theology, Révérend Père Rouard de Card and there never existed a brochure entitled:-”Of the Falsification of the Sacramental Substances,” except in that same work of fiction. (Look them up on the internet.)
    Secondly, what is the point of posting such a quotation from this work of fiction on this website?
    Thirdly, I note that NikfromNYC has posted the same quotation on the RealScience website.

  59. Done. Welcome to the UK Anthony. Sorry I can not make it to give you support. I hope there will be many others who can,

  60. Very pleased to know that you’ll be able to come to Bristol. I would really welcome the possibility of a gathering of people who really think about climate somewhere in the UK. Bristol? (people will be there already) London? Birmingham (central)? Manchester? Stratford or indeed anywhere. For me the date would have to be 21st Sept or later.

  61. Anthony,
    Do not suffer in silence – literally – without assistance in hearing. Get one of your UK contacts – James Delingpole or Lord Monckton, to work with the “Action On Hearing Loss” organization that used to be called the Royal Institute for the Deaf. They have T-Coil loop systems for hire that use microphones near the speaker and a loop near you.

    Do not expect fulsome help from Bristol University.

  62. I just kicked in $100 to help you stay longer in the UK and enjoy more of your many friends there. Alice and I enjoyed meeting you and attending your panel at the Climate Change Conference in Las Vegas, and I’m sure our British cousins would enjoy a bit of the same from you. Cheers.

  63. I’m happy to have finally met you in Vegas Anthony and thankful for all you do to seek truth. May I suggest that you do PayPal for all your trips? Every little bit helps and you do so much to help us that it’s only fair. Just think…… you, in Paris next year for the IPCC, reprogramming the Kool-Aid drinkers! Heck , I bet that’s considered a charitable activity and you could even set it up as a 501c3 so our donations are tax deductible!

  64. To make honest people out of your detractors, I send about 10% of my revenue from oil production last month. Hope the $50 helps.

  65. Oh no, I just realized. Anthony needs FIRST CLASS. Otherwise, with Cahoona’s as big as he’s got, coach would just be too small for him. Good luck Anthony!

  66. I guess if you are going to Bristol you could go take a visit to the ‘Somerset Levels’ which was the site of major flooding this winter past and is therefore the epicentre of what caused it (i.e. global warming vs lack of dredging vs lack of pumping vs lack of water-absorbing sinks at the watersheds etc etc). It’s about 1hr down the Interstate 5 (we call it the M5 over here) from Bristol. It certainly had some devastating effects for some farmers.

  67. My donation IS ‘little oil’ a portion of the monthly overriding oil / gas royalty payments I receive because my father’s uncle had the foresight to purchase the rights as a small part of the Elk Basin Unit, Montana and Wyoming.

  68. Nic says:
    July 17, 2014 at 9:47 pm
    ……………
    Wikipedia did not exist when I was told it as a fact at school decades ago. I wonder what the Americans were told at their schools?
    Amerigo Vespucci was cartographer and travelled to the new world several times.
    Encyclopaedia Britannica.
    In 1507 a humanist, Martin Waldseemüller, reprinted at Saint-Dié in Lorraine the “Quattuor Americi navigationes” (“Four Voyages of Amerigo”), preceded by a pamphlet of his own entitled “Cosmographiae introductio,” and he suggested that the newly discovered world be named “ab Americo Inventore…quasi Americi terram sive Americam” (“from Amerigo the discovereras if it were the land of Americus or America”).

    http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/626894/Amerigo-Vespucci

    Propaganda did not start with wikipedia; Spanish, British and French practiced and employed it for centuries to claim primate to their colonies.

  69. Amerigo Vespucci’s voyage to the New World, detail of the first map to use the name America, by Martin Waldseemüller, 1507.
    The Granger Collection, New York

  70. BTW Anthony, don’t forget to buy a couple of US/UK adaptors before you come – the UK electric sockets are unique.

  71. As an Australian, I just saved $10.55 per week by dumping the Carbon Tax. As I now celebrate, I donated my first week of savings to your quest.

    I know it’s not much, but you should have enough to get a chicken tikka sandwich and a cup of tea!

    All the best.

  72. Interesting times in the UK. Last night the BBC did a Horizon program on our recent winter weather. They blamed it on the jet stream, suggested it might be carbon dioxide, then they said the science was far from settled and it might equally be something in the stratosphere. They ended saying we should make ready for climate change by being prepared. I liked it because they came and filmed at our local Highandover, pointing their cameras south to the meandering Cuckmere rather than the impressive barrow and ancient earthworks they were standing on.

  73. It was as a result of reading Christopher Booker’s well regarded column in The Sunday Telegraph that I was first alerted to WUWT. He has mentioned it several times. A brief reference in his column prior to your visit would produce round-the-block queues to hear you… Go for it!

  74. A link up with Lord Lawson ( No connection) of the GWPF Might also be very worthwhile.

  75. I meant to do this yesterday when I got home but forgot. I kicked in $30 today — use it to buy a round for any fellow skeptics you encounter.

  76. vukcevic says:
    July 18, 2014 at 12:06 am

    Nic says:
    July 17, 2014 at 9:47 pm
    ……………
    I fear we must leave the Amerigo/Ameryck debate to more informed scholars than us.

    ” I wonder what the Americans were told at their schools?”

    They are told that Columbus discovered America ! He never went there. Bahamas, Hispaniola and some other islands but he never set foot on the Continent until his fourth expedition led him to Central America.

    The Bristol merchants were following in the footsteps of the Vikings long before Columbus and had their secret sources of cod and fur (now called Canada ?). Columbus was trying to find a route to the south of the land mass now know as Canada/USA to the East Indies and took with him an Irish navigator who had been to the land to the north.

    But – The accuracy of sources (as you allude to); like adjusted temprature records, we still ask “What was the original data ?”.

  77. Big Oil is just such a whimsical payer. I’ve been waiting for a check from Big Oil also and so far none have arrived. I just don’t know what I can do. I’ve been told I have been a shrill for Big Oil so many times I am just frustrated that they refuse to pay the money I am supposed to have gotten for been a sceptic. Life is just not fair.

  78. Anthony,
    Gave you a small donation, given the cost of living in the UK it will probably enable you buy a couple of beers.

    In the spirit of full disclosure you need to know that this is secondhand Big Oil money, they do send me a cheque every month for services rendered prior to retirement. Hope this doesn’t raise the ire of the zealots.

  79. Anthony, Old’un noted that UK has different electrical plugs. It also runs on three phase 240 volts, which will fry any unsuspecting US 120V items. (Although lots of modern stuff is dual voltage. )

  80. Dyspeptic Curmudgeon says:
    July 18, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    Anthony, Old’un noted that UK has different electrical plugs. It also runs on three phase 240 volts,..

    Not quite right – you won’t get 3-phase out of a standard UK wall socket. Single phase 240 V at 50 Hz. But, as pointed out, most laptop power supplies, phone chargers and the like will accept either US or European voltage/frequency, so you just need some big ugly travel adaptors…

  81. Harry Passfield says:
    July 17, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Welcome to England, Anthony. Enjoy your visit.
    For the life of me, as much as I try, I cannot think which, of many questions rattling round my brain, I would ask Cook or Mann.

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    “How to serve Man”?
    (Sorry. Old Twilight Zone reference.)

  82. I’ve put a discussion thread up at

    http://bishophill.squarespace.com/discussion/post/2382980

    specifically to promote suggestions on how to get this event into the media. The presence of Anthony and Lucia should transform this from a run-of-the-mill climate alarmist propaganda event into a real “Man Bites Dog” (or “Mann bites Dust”?) story. But with the BBC’s official policy of filtering acceptable opinions on climate according to academic credentials, and almost the entire British media being opposed to scepticism, there’s every danger that the story will be ignored. Suggestions on how to ensure that the event has maximum impact welcome.

  83. I fully support what you’re doing Anthony… $30 donation made to assist you. Good luck and best wishes.

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