Friday funny: I scream, you scream, we all scream for global warming

It was really hot out…


The sculpture is called “Hot With a Chance of Late Storm” by The Glue Society. These photos are from the display at Sculpture By The Sea, in Sydney, Australia in 2006.

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May 7, 2010 4:24 pm

This is your ice cream truck on drugs.

May 7, 2010 4:26 pm

its broken.. and I wanted to see more photos:)

Mike McMillan
May 7, 2010 4:39 pm

Government Motors is making ice cream trucks now?

May 7, 2010 4:42 pm

Shoulda used an electric van!!

Layne Blanchard
May 7, 2010 4:54 pm

In the CA central valley in summer, this wouldn’t be a sculpture. I grew up in the Chico area.

May 7, 2010 5:03 pm


May 7, 2010 5:13 pm

a big breakthrough in australia despite MSM advocacy…
7 May: Australian Herald-Sun: One in three voters against paying for climate change ‘myth’
•One-third against climate change bills
•Two-thirds don’t believe it is real
•Low-income earners most resistant
The survey showed two-thirds of respondents were not convinced by man-made climate change, despite “billions of dollars of government propaganda,” said John Roskam of the Institute of Public Affairs.
“These polls also show Australians won’t pay huge amounts of money to fix a problem they are not sure exists,” said Mr Roskam…

Leon Brozyna
May 7, 2010 5:20 pm

It’s an Ice Cream Truck … literally.
Now I’ve got this urge to run out and get some … ice cream, that is.

Geoff Sherrington
May 7, 2010 5:23 pm

In Perth, Australia, I snapped a Mr Whippy ice cream van with a rear sign –
Mr Whippy
Beware of Children
Specially made for you.

May 7, 2010 5:25 pm

Must have been those extreme air temperatures that are occurring at beaches with increasing frequency these days. Or, was it the high surface temperature of the concrete and adjacent beach sand? No it couldn’t be, that would mean it was caused by the sun!

May 7, 2010 5:27 pm

The probable result of the CAGW bus, in Cancun. 😉

May 7, 2010 5:31 pm

There are some who suggest that an air cooled engine is not appropriate for warmer climes. Too much positive feedback and runaway warming! And there is a direct correlation to fossil fuel use and the influence of Big Oil (leaks). It’s not like “they” didn’t warn us!

May 7, 2010 6:34 pm

There are those who will do anything to frighten sheeple into abandoning thier possessions in the name of (insert noble cause).
Whether the threat is implied by guilt or direct is beside the point.

Keith Minto
May 7, 2010 6:39 pm

It is a very clever sculpture and the rocky headland between Bondi and Bronte makes this a fun annual event for outdoor sculpture. That ice-cream van played a slow,wobbly,’melting’, version of ‘Greensleeves’ as you approached it.

D. King
May 7, 2010 7:25 pm

Literalist disasters.

May 7, 2010 7:27 pm

Now we know where Trenberth’s missing heat went. It’s a travesty it had to end up minding that “climate scientist”.

May 7, 2010 7:30 pm

Barrie Harrop lives in Australia. That is enough to explain any insanity.

May 7, 2010 7:52 pm

If your tribes lived out in the open for say 50,000 years, evidence that your gene code was good enough to make it. Would it not follow that said tribes would know lots about the climate just there on their skin each day and night.
The ones of wisdom now are not the only ones to have wisdom of the earths climate.

May 7, 2010 8:05 pm

The melted truck is a great reminder of Sol power. Pretty much lost here as having replaced a few 4th floor 60 deg. pitched slate roofs where ice cream (and most anything else!) would be a mirage – at most. Come to think of it it’d be a great idea to hoist any CAGWers up on a stone roof at noon. Then keep’em up there ’till after the sun’s down an hour to get an idea about the temp. differential – then pop the question: notice any temp. change? Could solar exposure have anything to do with terra warming? How would this effect UHI?
Huh, right now we’ve got a cold front rumbling in, lightening and temps headed for 40 in the morning after being near 80 today.

May 7, 2010 9:10 pm

k, it’s a slow night here, and being off topic, but true to the WUWT question, NYSE down 1000 points in five minutes, how is that possible? I fat finger my keyboard all the time, and even if P&G fell a 1/3, it doesn’t account for all of that. I know reaction time. It doesn’t work that way. I surmise, it was a test run. Does anyone know WUWT?

May 7, 2010 10:34 pm

James Sexton says:
May 7, 2010 at 9:10 pm
k, it’s a slow night here, and being off topic, but true to the WUWT question, NYSE down 1000 points in five minutes, how is that possible? I fat finger my keyboard all the time, and even if P&G fell a 1/3, it doesn’t account for all of that. I know reaction time. It doesn’t work that way. I surmise, it was a test run. Does anyone know WUWT>>
The regulators are still trying to figure it out. P&G was just one of the erroneous trades, it was just the biggest. They cancelled almost 300 trades after the fact and there were a dozen stocks affected. Since everything is public on this stuff, I’m pretty certain they will get to root cause and it will have something to do with the computerized matching system for buy and ask prices.

May 7, 2010 10:34 pm

it will have something to do with the computerized matching system for buy and ask prices.>>
I meant of course, sell and ask prices.

UK Sceptic
May 7, 2010 11:03 pm

Wow, that must have been some seagull! What do you feed them on down under?

Phill Williams
May 7, 2010 11:07 pm

I have look and looked……cant seem to find the weather station anywhere in this pic. Is it under the melted van?

May 7, 2010 11:24 pm

Been a while since I saw a good turbidity current movie. Meanwhile, whether
phreatic, pyroclastic or acidically eruptive, no-one escapes the terror of the world’s second Loganberry slick…..Aaaaarggghhh………………
[OK, it’s the weekend and no need for standards to fall]

May 7, 2010 11:28 pm

davidmhoffer says:
May 7, 2010 at 10:34 pm
I hate conspiracy theories, but that was a beta test. I was a beta tester long enough to know one when I see one.
“erroneous trade”……what exactly does that mean?? I am supposing, an automated trade set by some computer algorithm? There are, supposedly, safeguards in place to prevent a free fall of our markets. They failed. Miserably. Hope upon hope that they correct the safeguards. The fallacy was/is the tying the markets to the economy. It isn’t even close to the same. The markets are but a pale and distorted reflection of our economy, yet we’ve pinned everything to the markets. So much so, that the majority of our economy runs off of the whims of market traders and their skiddish personalities. I sat in awe as I watched. It wasn’t my fortune that I was worried about, in spite of some negative values that occurred, I don’t have much. But what little I have is tangible. It was the Country’s flank that was exposed. We can worry about the climate all we will and the climate will remain and do as it does. The markets are much more sensitive to tipping points.

spangled drongo
May 8, 2010 3:03 am

The icecream van is melting in the sand,
All the sweet pink icing running down.
Someone left the truck out in the sun,
I don’t think that I can take it
Cos it took so long to fake it
And I’ll never have the recipe again.
Oh, no!

Geoff Sherrington
May 8, 2010 3:38 am

ShrNfr says:
May 7, 2010 at 7:30 pm “Barrie Harrop lives in Australia. That is enough to explain any insanity.”
So do I, and it is. In the mid-1970s we had a motoring writer, Romsey Quints, (aka Bill Tuckey) in a high performance car mag named “Wheels” who did a road test of a Mr Whippy ice cream van. Careful testing of the output of both the van engine and the refrigerator engine, etc. Brilliant humour. Anyone keep a copy? Can’t find it on the Web.
It is important because it extends the proxy record for melting Ice Cream vans substantially.

May 8, 2010 4:09 am

The Rev. Al Gore’s Weather (AGW) : Let Us Spray.
Say Amen, Bill.
“Bill Gates pays for ‘artificial’ clouds to beat greenhouse gases
The first trials of controversial sunshielding technology are being planned after the United Nations failed to secure agreement on cutting greenhouse gases.
Bill Gates, the Microsoft billionaire, is funding research into machines to suck up ten tonnes of seawater every second and spray it upwards. This would seed vast banks of white clouds to reflect the Sun’s rays away from Earth.
The British and American scientists involved do not intend to wait for international rules on technology that deliberately alters the climate. They believe that the weak outcome of December’s climate summit in Copenhagen means that emissions will continue to rise unchecked and that the world urgently needs an alternative strategy to protect itself from global warming.
Many methods of cooling the planet, collectively known as geoengineering, have been proposed. They include …”

ron from Texas
May 8, 2010 5:40 am

The Great Depression was brought on, in part, by what is called buying on margin. You want to buy a $ 1M worth of stock but don’t have that money. Not a problem. A brokerage or bank lends you the million to buy the stock with the idea that later, the stock will be worth 2 or 3 times as much and you will sell and out of the proceeds, you will pay back the loan with interest and still have a profit left to continue market trading.
So, the govt thought they would fix it by disallowing margin investing. And, instead, creates GSEs, namely Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. And expects AIG to insure the investments, so that people will invest. Fannie Mae, operating for the govt, requires banks to extend loans at sub-prime rates or the banks will lose ratings, FDIC insurance status, etc. Blackmail. So , these loans are written for houses priced over normal value, as everyone is working to meet this govt created housing demand (the housing bubble) to people who really can’t afford it. Normally, to buy a house, you have to put down 10 percent and pay at a percentage that gets the bank back their interest in short order. It’s why mortgages are amortized. But, thanks to Fannie Mae, you could get rates below prime, which means that the banks weren’t recovering their money fast enough and the people, either through inability to pay or through losing jobs as markets naturally shift, couldn’t pay back. By this time, the loans had been “bundled” as investment instruments. Investors could essentially buy the value of the loans with receiving the paybacks as the return on the investment. Goldman Sachs was doing this but also investing on the failure of loan payback (totally legal). It’s called selling short, or expecting the possibility of something that might fail.
It all happens on a grand scale and a large number of people can’t repay the mortgages and AIG goes bankrupt trying to cover the insurance claims on the defaulted loans the govt required everyone to grant. And creates a domino effect of job loss. As financial support companies lose the money, they lay and quit buying as much, which causes other businesses to suffer.
The same is happening around the globe. The only reason we haven’t totally lost it is because we are not yet required to invest in other countries and we are not yet tied into the Euro. If we had been, USA would be broke right now and flailing like Greece.

May 8, 2010 6:15 am

So these “do-gooders” mistakenly geoengineer us right into the next Ice Age, perhaps? Where’s their checkbooks-we’ll take it ALL should this happen–and throw them in the brig and toss away the key, just for starters.
Questions: Would any of you support such actions based on Mann’s honest hockey stick? Or Phil Jones’ transparent temperature database. Or the climate clarity exposed in the Harry_Read_Me file? Or Trenberth’s commanding confidence in missing heat? Duh.

May 8, 2010 8:01 am

The Warmists are losing the PR war. Their stratagems are transparent, their efforts to manipulate children’s minds are comically inept and highly disturbing. Many people, even people who are mostly detached from the climate debate, are seeing through the lies and manipulations. The Warmists are becoming a joke. The content managers at tend to lean left, and here’s one of their images of the day:

May 8, 2010 10:16 am

And I thought you guys were freezing down there;-)

May 8, 2010 3:00 pm

I was sent a picture of this by a friend in Australia over a year ago; it was very funny at the time. It didn’t seem so funny after the Black Saturday firestorm.

May 8, 2010 3:01 pm

Pascvacks: Southern Australia does have winter, you know! There are ski resorts too!

May 8, 2010 3:07 pm

Pascvacks: That is to say; it can have ferociously hot summers in places like Victoria, as it did last year, leading to those dreadful fires, followed in a few weeks by cool, then cold weather. Marysville was burnt out on Black Saturday, but it can also have snow and it is very near a large cross-country ski area (Lake Mountain).

Zeke the Sneak
May 9, 2010 5:44 pm

This little ice cream truck folly looks like a walk in the park compared to the “art” the Aussie taxpayer is now paying for on TV:
“A television comedy about a bong-smoking dog that has sex with a cat and a teddy bear has received $1.5 million of federal and state taxpayers’ money.”
‘The name of this TV show is “Wilfred,” which we’re told is “also peppered with profanity, full-frontal nudity and jokes about rape.” The plot centers on a woman named Sarah, her boyfriend, Adam, and her dog, Wilfred — who’s actually a man with a three-day beard in a dog suit and a painted-on black nose.’
Don’t leave the remote laying around. Maybe just take the kids to the beach.

May 10, 2010 12:14 am

davidmhoffer says: May 7, 2010 at 10:34 pm
James Sexton says: May 7, 2010 at 9:10 pm

NYSE down 1000 points in five minutes, how is that possible? I fat finger my keyboard all the time, and even if P&G fell a 1/3, it doesn’t account for all of that. I know reaction time. It doesn’t work that way. I surmise, it was a test run. Does anyone know WUWT

The regulators are still trying to figure it out. P&G was just one of the erroneous trades, it was just the biggest. They cancelled almost 300 trades after the fact and there were a dozen stocks affected. Since everything is public on this stuff, I’m pretty certain they will get to root cause and it will have something to do with the computerized matching system for buy and ask prices.
The best explanation I’ve heard so far is that folks assembled an unstable computer network and didn’t realize it.
On a down 200+ day, the NYSE had a “Go Slow” put in place and unlike the past when markets were not so heavily interconnected, it did not “give time to think” but instead just shifted the “deal volume” to exchanges that were completely unprepared to handle it, so “bids” plummeted. This then “printed” low prices that triggered more selling (via automated sell programs and stop loss orders etc.) that then caused even lower prices and on and on.
Now, you might think, why didn’t the NYSE just reverse their Go Slow when this happened? Well, you see, we are all thinking in “human time” and this process unfolded in computer time. The “Go Slow” was for a very long time… 90 seconds.
Yup, in the past, the NYSE would give the floor brokers 90 seconds to take a breath, call the boss, or maybe just take that “Sell 1,000,000 P&G at market” and ask the seller “REALLY? At $40 in stead of $50?” or at least ping a major mutual fund and say “Want to pick up some P&G for $45? It’s at $50 now?” and that would be the end of it. But a few things are different now.
1) The NYSE can “go slow” and the TRADES don’t go slow with them, they go elsewhere. So, for example (not to pick on them, I just happen to know their guarantee) E-Trade has a 2 second execution guarantee. Other brokerages may be 5 seconds or even 10 seconds (for one I like to use that’s a bit more staid…).
So think about it. If you have a 2 second guarantee, and you hit the NYSE, and it’s a NO-GO, you then hit the Pacific or American or NASDAQ or “Bob’s Pretty Good Stock Bucket Shop of Outer Muskrat Falls” and you still have 80 seconds of “Go Slow” even after “Bob” gave you a “fill” at $40. So now that “$40” price prints on the tape and triggers some stop loss orders, that end up at Bob’s… and get $20, the $10, then …
For, you see, while the NYSE might have “buy orders” for 1,000,000 shares on the books at $49, $48, $47.50… the other exchanges only expect a deal volume on the order of 1/10th of that, or maybe even 1/100th … so just deflecting a minor percentage of the excess deal volume to them blows right through their $49, $48, etc. bids and hits the “crazy by I’m bored” orders of $20 or $1 a share. (Yes, I’ve put in “crazy but I’m bored” orders myself sometimes, never ever expecting them to be hit with a market order sell… but there was this one time…)
Basically, the whale pushed back from the table for all of 90 seconds, and the deal volume flooded elsewhere rather than slow down. Thus the cascade begins.
2) The “High Frequency Traders” pushed back from the table. These are the folks who do things like arbitrage the NYSE vs Pacific or Nasdaq prices. Or just pick off that “crazy $50 price on a $54 stock”.
So I’m the “P&G” monkey at Goldman. All I do is trade P&G. I’ve got my NYSE screen and my Nasdaq and my …. and suddenly I’m seeing “no volume on NYSE” and a Go Slow… So I hesitate for, oh, 5 seconds and pause my pushing of the “buy” key. That “at market order” bypasses my station (as it bypassed the NYSE) and heads for the next stop. And prints a $40 instead of a $50. Now I’m seeing NYSE “Go Slow” no BID, and I’m seeing (call it) a Nasdaq $4o print (and this is in the context of a hard down day after a few hard down days and Bad News Flow on Greece) and I just pull my bids while I take a minute to sip my coffee. One of MY rules about trades is “If you don’t KNOW what’s going on, STOP.” So these “high volume traders” push away from the table right as the $40 prints and sends a ton more “stop loss orders” in to a “sell at market” and with brokers that have a ‘few seconds’ trade guarantee….
Repeat until “Bob’s Pretty Good Stock Bucket Shop” is the only guy showing a “bid” for P&G (and that’s only because he had put up a “Buy 1,000,000 at a penny a share” when he took a coffee break before all the action started… and may not even be at his station (and yes, I’ve seen it done AND I’ve done it. ) But the computers are not as smart as the NSYE Floor brokers and they don’t know that the “Sell at market inside 2 seconds damn it” will not be happy with a 1 cent bid (and so the floor broker would not execute the trade); rather the computers just seek out the “fill” at the fastest speed for whatever is the bid. Period.
The bottom line is that we’ve built an unstable computer oscillator that works on milliseconds time and put a human hand on it that works in 90 seconds time. The inevitable result of this combo is an unstable collapse.
And now the “regulatory bodies” and the “exchanges” are trying to find someone else to blame, er, um, rather “are trying to find a way to prevent this in the future”….
I’d suggest having a single exchange be in charge of when a particular stock is ‘open’ or not (or “go slow” or not) and maybe, just maybe, having a little more respect for the value of a human on a brokerage floor…
Oh, and all of YOU can help by entering a “Stop LIMIT” order instead of a simple “Stop Loss” or “Stop Market” order. In a simple “stop loss” (sometimes called a ‘sell at market if touched’) you look at P&G at $54 and say “stop loss sell at $51”. That means if the price TOUCHES $51, sell my stock “At Market” for ANY PRICE that is on bid. No Questions Asked. If you enter a “Stop Limit” order, you say “stop loss sell at $51, limit $47” and that says “If the price hits $51, sell me out, but with a lower limit of $47. So if you can get $50.50, great, or even $47 go ahead, but at $46.99 it is just not a deal I want to do, so don’t sell. That’s just too cheap.”
If more folks had that kind of stop loss order in effect, the cascade failure would be less and the whole acceleration thing would have dampened faster.
And if nothing else, you wouldn’t feel like a chump for selling out at dirt cheap prices in a panic…
FWIW, I rarely use a simple stop loss order. I’m either driving my trades directly and “long hand” or it’s a stop limit order. I do it mostly just to force myself to ask the question “What price would I buy this stock at, no questions asked?” and “When is this a cheap enough stock I’d buy?” That’s my limit price. Why would I sell at a price where I’d be a buyer?
Oh, btw, part of the “cascade failure” was that as the indexes got knocked down from individual stocks on the NYSE having a ‘go slow’ and the deal volume running off to Bob’s… that caused a bunch of folks doing automated index trading to enter trades based on those index prices. That then drives the WHOLE body of stocks into the river with the NYSE stocks…. So folks running things like “Tradestation” (and most major houses have software to automate trades, even Schwab has a program) with buy / sell rules that you can program; started kicking out even more orders to sell as the downward trend hit the screens… So P&G takes a hit, that makes the DOW drop a little, that makes the TradeStation folks see a downtrend and dump DOW index, that takes the other 29 DOW stocks and starts selling them… they are also in the S&P 500, so it starts to sag, causing the SPY to drop, causing automated sell programs to kick in… repeat to the bottom.
Basically, there are no circuit breakers between individual stocks and ‘baskets’ any more. So once some stocks head down, the contagion to the whole basket begins. And where Mutual Funds used to only trade / settle at 5 pm when the markets closed, the Exchange Traded Funds ( the targets of many / most automated trade strategies) trade immediately and contribute to the deal volume and price movements.
There are a couple of more levers in this Rube Goldberg machine; but I won’t go into them here. Maybe on my blog in a day or two after the dust settles. They are not very important ones to the basic process anyway.

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