Cartoons by Josh

Bishop Hill has a cohort, Josh,  that has turned Climategate and the blogospheric response into a running series of cartoons.

During his blogging sabbatical while he turned his attention to mining (not the data kind), I think Steve McIntyre missed this one, so I’ll present it here.

Some others of interest are:

Not sure, but I think this one is supposed to be Tamino.

And of course, VS and his unit root groupies from the now famous Bart thread:

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Leon Brozyna
March 28, 2010 8:44 am

And, on top of their many other admirable qualities, skeptics have a sense of humor.
REPLY: Yes, the angry and dour demeanor of some like Joe Romm and others is rather depressing. Perhaps they can learn to laugh someday. – A

March 28, 2010 8:55 am

Great satire! It is nice to laugh for a change. Josh, you need a cartoon on the seven gates to global warming.

March 28, 2010 8:58 am

The Physicist and
The Econometrician;
Winged wax melting.

March 28, 2010 8:58 am

And of course, VS and his unit root groupies from the now famous Bart thread:
Now famous? I had seen in the comments here some stuff about VS and “unit roots” but… Famous? And a thread on a site I’ve never visited before?
It’s official. Even with the internet, I don’t get out enough.

March 28, 2010 9:02 am

HEY !!!
Don’t make fun of “Data Miners”
That’s what I do !!!

March 28, 2010 9:14 am

Kadaka, it’s almost inconceivable; that thread has been getting better and better, for a MONTH.

j ferguson
March 28, 2010 9:58 am

WUWT: “During his blogging sabbatical while he turned his attention to mining (not the data kind), I think Steve McIntyre missed this one, so I’ll present it here.”
And to think that I had thought he’d gone to ground.

Amino Acids in Meteorites
March 28, 2010 10:01 am

Tamino’s work is a boring as that cartoon makes it look. It’s amazing how much value some global warming believers put into what he says.

March 28, 2010 10:16 am

Wow. The unit root thread certainly has a lot unit roots.

March 28, 2010 10:24 am

I saw a version of the VS cartoon with little chicks doing a random walk. Maybe this is a newer version.

March 28, 2010 10:38 am

The statistician looks exactly like Mike Mann to me…
REPLY: perhaps, but Mann is not an “auditor” Here’s a picture of Steve McIntyre
– Anthony

March 28, 2010 10:39 am

Now that VS introduced me to the Unit Roots, I can’t seem to stop laughing either! 😉

March 28, 2010 10:43 am

Boiling down the VS thread as I understand it – statistically, you cannot say that CO2 has been the main driver of the warming that has occured since 1936. The warming falls within natural variability parameters. Who woulda thunk?

March 28, 2010 10:44 am

What is the size of the square root of a unit root?
(I, personally, have dug many more round unit roots than square unit roots, but thenagian ….)

March 28, 2010 11:06 am

If you wonder what’s up with the unit root references, you can read about it in the comments at

March 28, 2010 11:43 am

On a slightly related subject, I’d love to see a comic strip series, along the lines of Dilbert, portraying the Climategate emails. I’m sure it could be made fairly humorous and at the same time portraying the inner workings at the CRU, perhaps tapping a complete new audience who would otherwise not read about this in the MSM.

March 28, 2010 11:46 am

I’m the miner (or was one). Except that I’m not bald and I wore a hard hat that my light clipped onto, a self-rescuer and a battery-pack on a belt that killed my back, heavy steel toed rubber boots and a banana suit.
We did not rely upon inanimate devices to keep us from getting killed all day long, we communicated and paid attention to every last detail of what was going on about us.
Which is why people like Michael Mann and Al Gore rub me the wrong way.
They don’t pay attention to the real-world details of what they are runnning on about.

March 28, 2010 12:57 pm

look at this posted by VS
“And Gerlich and Tscheschner had the following to say about you on this New York Times blog (comments section).
“First, let us start with discussing the identity of Eli Rabett. We have been informed that Eli Rabett is the pseudonym of Josh Halpern, a chemistry professor at Howard University. He is a laser spectroscopist with no formal training in climatology and theoretical physics.”on climate what a farce!
So now we know were to put Mr Wabbit when he comments so expertly

March 28, 2010 1:42 pm

How out of touch with reality is the penned straw man. It is all mountain top removal to make useful golf courses, nature preserves, and prisons for Acorn officials.

Andy May
March 28, 2010 1:43 pm

Dear Mr. Watts,
Sharon Begley wrote a column for the 29 March issue of Newsweek that used an insidious straw man logical fallacy to condemn Climate Skeptics (she used the word “Deniers”) by comparing us to Creationists who do not believe in evolution. I took great exception to this on many levels and sent the email below to Newsweek.
I’ve subscribed to Newsweek for 37 years, but I’m pretty sure they won’t publish this, maybe you will, on your web site?
Dear Ms. Begley,
Equating the well established theory of evolution, which has been tested for over 150 years, to the relatively new hypothesis of man-made global warming is both a logical fallacy and a cheap debating technique. Man-made global warming is so new and untested that a mere 35 years ago most climate scientists believed we were headed for an ice age.
Being a climate skeptic does not mean we are ignorant, nor that we are “deniers.” Both are cheap emotionally charged insults. It simply means that we are not convinced that increasing the level of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere, which is food for plants, is causing the world to get warmer, or is dangerous to man and animals.
Basic physics and chemistry do not support this idea, Carbon Dioxide cannot cause that much of a change. The evidence (if you can call it that) that CO2 can increase the atmospheric temperature is mostly from computer models that allow CO2 to increase temperature indirectly though water vapor. There is no evidence that this secondary effect is possible or works the way the models postulate. Increasing water vapor levels usually means more clouds that reflect heat, they don’t trap it. The effect of clouds is not included in any of the published computer models.
There is more evidence in the ice core record and in basic physics and chemistry that rising temperatures cause an increase in CO2, not the other way around.
Basically, your assumption that man-made global warming, through increasing CO2 concentration in the atmosphere is true, is way ahead of where the science is today. If all current challenges to the hypothesis are answered and no new ones come up in the next 100 years, it will be at the level of the theory of evolution. Until then, all true scientists should be skeptical. Honest skepticism = science. Let’s leave faith in the churches, we don’t need it in science.
Andy May
The Woodlands, Texas

March 28, 2010 2:26 pm

Looks like Josh is on his way to becoming the Bill Mauldin of the climate wars. Nice work, Josh.

Henry chance
March 28, 2010 3:51 pm

Is Mann a Data Minor or just a mental midget?

March 28, 2010 4:05 pm

Penn State climate professor: ‘I’m a skeptic’

Penn State global warming scientist Michael E. Mann regrets he did not instantly object when a fellow climatologist asked him in 2008 to delete e-mails subject to Freedom of Information requests.
“I wish in retrospect I had told him, ‘Hey, you shouldn’t even be thinking about this,'” Mann told The Morning Call in his first interview since the university last month launched an investigation into his conduct. “I didn’t think it was an appropriate request.”

Amino Acids in Meteorites
March 28, 2010 4:30 pm

Neo (16:05:43) :
Michael E. Mann….. “I wish in retrospect I had told him, ‘Hey, you shouldn’t even be thinking about this,’”
I’m sure he does wish this—now, ‘in retrospect’.

March 28, 2010 4:56 pm

Suggestion for cartoon:
Show Hermann, Deutsch Warrior, skewering Herr Doktor Gott-Gaia-Gore.
Title: Goreing Meets His Gotterdamerung on die “Zugspitz”.
“Germans lose fear of climate change after long, hard winter
Germans are losing their fear of climate change, according to a survey, with just 42 percent worried about global warming.
The latest figure is a clear drop from the 62 percent of Germans who said they were scared of such changes just last autumn.
The new survey, carried out by polling company Infratest for Der Spiegel magazine, showed a quarter of those questioned thought Germany would profit from climate change rather than be badly affected by it.
Many people have little faith in the information and prognosis of climate researchers with a third questioned in the survey not giving them much credence. This is thought to be largely due to mistakes and exaggerations recently discovered in a report of the intergovernmental panel on climate change, the IPCC.
Germany’s Leibniz Community, an umbrella organisation including many climate research institutes, broke ranks by calling for the resignation of IPCC head Rajendra Pachauri.
Climate research has been put, “in a difficult situation,” said Ernst Rietschel president of the Leibniz Community. He said sceptics have been given an easy target by the IPCC and said Pachauri should take on the responsibility and resign.
Last summer the glacier on Germany’s highest mountain, the Zugspitz in Bavaria, was covered over with plastic sheeting to try to protect it from warm rain which threatened to accelerate its melting.”

March 28, 2010 5:01 pm

Bishop Hill has a cohort, Josh…
They should do a study.

March 28, 2010 5:13 pm

I give up. In your cartoon ‘The Satistician – a legend in his own lunchbreak’ there is brownish ‘thing’ on the far side of the computer and partly obsured by it.
What the heck is that?
Great comics you do. {Yoda speak} The Charles Schultz of the climate comics? : )

March 28, 2010 5:37 pm

Um,… I have a bad feeling about this. Satire is mockery. Istm skeptics are being
mocked by those cartoons.

March 28, 2010 5:48 pm

Re: John Whitman (17:13:15)
Looks like the end of a guitar, half the pegs showing with curly string ends. (No I do not know the “technical” names.)

March 28, 2010 5:57 pm

”””’kadaka (17:48:24) : – Looks like the end of a guitar, half the pegs showing with curly string ends. (No I do not know the “technical” names.)”””’
Yeah, could be. So the Statistician protrayed by Josh could be a guitar enthusiast? Who is it?

March 28, 2010 6:04 pm

One of Tamino’s alter-egos is a musician and actually has a bit of a following.

Andy Scrase
March 28, 2010 6:20 pm

The thread on the VS cartoon seems to have taken on a life of its own.
Never since the Danish Islamist cartoon incident has there been so much offense taken by a simple picture.

March 28, 2010 6:41 pm

kadaka (17:48:24) :
Re: John Whitman (17:13:15)
Looks like the end of a guitar, half the pegs showing with curly string ends. (No I do not know the “technical” names.)

Sure. That makes sense because Grant used to spend his weekends as a minstrel at renaissance faires. Who knows. Probably still does.
When I see the freecreditreport “Renaissance Fair” commercial I think of Tammy wearing his pointy slippers and green wool tights.

March 28, 2010 6:47 pm

Ahhhhh, that is interesting.

March 28, 2010 7:00 pm

How about one of the Screeching Mercury Monkeys?

John M
March 28, 2010 7:01 pm

Quote of the Week?
“Penn State climate professor: ‘I’m a skeptic'”,0,6302038.story
It seems the good perfesser “regrets” not telling Dr. Phil that he shouldn’t be trying to delete e-mails.
Looks like the reporter at least talked to Steve McIntyre.

March 29, 2010 1:49 am

It would be singularly inappropriate for a bishop to have a cohort in the original sense, because a cohort was a Roman army unit equivalent to a battalion, about 600 men. Since the Roman army is no longer deployed, the word has changed its meaning to mean a group of sorts, largely in science referring to groups of experimental subjects. What it does definitely not mean is a colleague or companion. Please amend, as such use is tabloid-level ignorance.

Mike Haseler
March 29, 2010 7:29 am

Leon Brozyna : “And, on top of their many other admirable qualities, skeptics have a sense of humor.”
I don’t!

Roger Knights
March 29, 2010 9:35 am

Here’s a link to a humorous bunch of cartoons by Mike Reed, on “Internet Warriors,” which are drawn in a style similar to Josh’s:

March 29, 2010 12:26 pm

Q. How many warmists does it take to screw in a light bulb?

March 29, 2010 4:33 pm

Wooo hooo! That picture of the unit root about to crush that scientist! Man that’s funny. He looks like a real sociopath. Josh you worked hard to get the mad grin on his face. Take that scientists, nothing like a good bludgeoning with a 10ft hammer to knock some sense into them.
Satire that uses themes of violence to belittle the target..soooooo funny.

March 29, 2010 4:57 pm

“pman (16:33:49) :
Wooo hooo! That picture of the unit root about to crush that scientist! ”
You do understand that if it turns out that the deeper oceans don’t store the missing heat – and thus, no heat would be accumulating currently – this would indicate the presence of at least one unit root, in other words, the temperatures could not be a rising trend plus noise in that case?
This would be the end of the current AGW theory. And the deeper ocean is their last hope because the accumulating heat is neither in the atmosphere nor in the upper ocean (0-700m).
So, the image reflects the threat pretty well i think.

stephen richards
April 25, 2010 4:34 am

rbateman (11:46:02) :
Was that the lead-acid bat pack with the continuously rotating knob on the side of the lamp? Clunky ole thing. These youngsters have got it easy with the new led ones, eh?

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