Friday Funny: New climate prognostication machine unveiled

Back when MIT showcased this hi-tech wonder, few thought it could be improved upon.

MIT’s “wheel of climate” – image courtesy Donna Coveney/MIT

They were wrong.

Kudos to Les Clay for this effort, and thanks for the chuckles.

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September 17, 2010 4:42 am

If this were Facebook, I’d type ROTFLMAO (so consider it typed). And they do so *hate being made fun of, don’t they. Brilliant.

September 17, 2010 4:47 am

Have you realised yet that you missed the point of that “wheel of climate”? You said “The only media visual they could have chosen that would send a worse message of forecast certainty was a dart board”. A message of forecast certainty was exactly the opposite of what they wanted to convey.
Climate predictions cover a range of possibilities. However, you should have noticed that the chunk of the wheel showing a temperature rise of less than 3°C is very small.

Malaga View
September 17, 2010 4:48 am

Glad to see that the MIT prototype has been developed further… I just hope MIT are receiving some hefty patent royalties so they can continue their earth shattering research…

Paul McCauley
September 17, 2010 4:51 am

Ha. While Boxer would be re-energized by this latest “climate disruption” development, it appears many of her cohorts and ex-cohorts are having second thoughts!

September 17, 2010 4:52 am

love the ending!

Lew Skannen
September 17, 2010 4:54 am


September 17, 2010 4:57 am

Brilliant – ROTFLMAO? Splitting my sides as well.
Greenstrifes dream world a la Fred Flintstone!

Joe Lalonde
September 17, 2010 5:04 am

They believe they are improving upon it all the time and are pushing the “Educated Idiot” system rather than reseaching and correcting their mistakes.

September 17, 2010 5:05 am

What monstrous absurdities and paradoxes have resisted whole batteries of serious arguments, and then crumbled swiftly into dust before the ringing death-knell of a laugh! ~Agnes Repplier

September 17, 2010 5:12 am

A bit off topic,
Quake Britain: UK overdue a massive tremor that could kill scores of people at any moment, warn experts
Britain is overdue a killer earthquake that could see up to 100 people crushed to death, a leading geologist has warned.
Dr Roger Musson of the British Geological Survey believes a fracture in the earth’s crust beneath the English Channel could slip at any time, sending a tremor rippling across the south east.
The same fault was to blame for one of Britain’s biggest earthquakes in the last 500 years – a magnitude 6 quake that killed TWO children in London in 1580.
This earthquake could certainly happen again because even the earthquake of 1580 itself was a repeat of a previous earthquake that occurred in 1382 with almost the same epicentre, almost the same size and almost the same results.
Did they use tree rings as a proxi for magnitude.
Read more:

September 17, 2010 5:12 am

Just look at the serious expressions on those faces. These are the best and the brightest we have to offer and they mean BUSINESS!

September 17, 2010 5:21 am

OT: But, I’ve noticed my Google Earth now has a layer called “Global Awareness”. Is this new? It links to Greenpeace, WWF, UNEP and so on. I know Google has a lot of money invested in global warming but is this sort of advocacy in a geography tool really necessary?

September 17, 2010 5:31 am

Actually these guys are ‘closet sceptics’, they need their grants for doing ‘hush hush’ secret research into ‘proper science’ of the natural climatic oscillations. Occasionally they need to come up with something to please AGW lobby, hence these incredible temperature rise projections that only fool would take seriously.
Grand work boys!

Steve from Rockwood
September 17, 2010 5:41 am

Les Clay thunked that one up real good. Not sure that coconut shell telephones are truly zero carbon foot-print though.

September 17, 2010 5:47 am

Please excuse the ill manners of copying an OT comment from Tips & Notes here.
However, it certainly warrants consideration for a Friday Funny.
Keith Battye found
For example, coconut oil and other GMO-free and sustainably harvested sources are a natural antibacterial that is good to your skin and can be used as lotion or as lube. As for your vibrator, see if it runs on batteries that are rechargeable? Or consider a solar powered one or a glass wand that gets the job done with a resounding, more carbon-neutral, “Yes!”
I never knew there was a solar powered vibrator. Daytime, outdoor use only.

September 17, 2010 5:59 am

Very very funny, but the current administration is currently following the AGW plan. The droughts, floods, ice melting, CO2 rising, energy price skyrocketing and hand ringing that its all your fault and we are in charge continues. Certainly a tax increase and some regulation will fix everything. In fact “NOAA understands and predicts changes in the Earth’s environment, from the depths of the oceans to surface of the sun, and conserves and manages our coastal and marine resources.” with all of that knowledge and with Lisa Jackson’s EPA and Holdren’s de-development how could they miss!

September 17, 2010 6:01 am

Now that was worth the 30 min download.
I also like the WUWT plug.

Vince Causey
September 17, 2010 6:03 am

The funniest part was when the reporter asked him to explain the apparent contradiction in the two predictions, and the scientists trotted out the familiar “I could explain it but only an intelligent climate scientist like myself could understand. . . ”
Not sure I agree with the part about them having zero carbon footprints though – like all elititists they will seek to deny others before denying themselves.

John Marshall
September 17, 2010 6:13 am

My seaweed tells a different story.

September 17, 2010 6:16 am

While we’re on a lighter note…
The climate’s changing, heating fast,
the science settled now at last,
so heed our science warning-
just how much can a polar bear?
It’s dreaded global warming!
And then we hear it’s all a sham
from sceptics far and wide,
it could be caused by sunspots;
but they are just a guide.
Cosmic rays are something else
to factor in, of course.
And then there’s clouds and moisture
and the axis changing course.
But they persist a CO2 event is coming near,
it really is a poisonous gas
not plant food – and it’s clear
that the best way to control the mass
is good old fashioned fear.
There’s money to be made
and power to be had,
if they convince the populace
that sceptics are all mad.

September 17, 2010 6:17 am

Maybe this also belongs here. I don’t understand the basics well enough but it sounds unreasonable to me.

September 17, 2010 6:27 am

Ya’ll see what can be done without a government grant? Now that’s AGW/CAGW/CACC/Anthropogenic Climate Disruption communication at its finest. AAAS should take note.

Alan the Brit
September 17, 2010 6:33 am

Great stuff! Made me laugh anyway.
I see the BBC South-West (Cornwall/Devon/Somerset/Dorset) is running a “Wild Weather”, by respected presenter & Meteorologist David Brayne (not sure I’ve spelt his name right). I don’t know if this is repeated similarly throughout the BBC regional broadcasts, but is does have some interesting information, but of course they have to put CC in there somewhere, starting with historic CC moving on to AGW! At least DB does say that although evidence is overwhelming that the world is warming, the most contentious issue is whether man is responsible. Enter a Paleoclimatolost who states, standing in front of cliffs 93 million years old, that there was evidence of vegetation growing near the north pole, atmoshperic CO2 was 7 times todays level, & that sea levels were some 400m above where they stood, & we’ve been buring fossil fuels for 100 years! No mention of the break up of Pangea in full swing. No mention that the sedimentary rock face behind were at a jaunty angle possibly as the result of lifting of the crust from below. No mention that ice-ages occurred during the last half-billion years despite higher CO2 levels. I thought we’d been buring “fossil” fuels for 250 years!I could go on. Despite the obvious (IMHO) effort to keep AGW/CC to the fore linked in with weather facts, would viewers not pick upon the higher sea-levels & warmer temperatures in the geological past? Trust the BBC to bang on about negative effects of Global Warming, in fact I can honestly say that I have never heard anybody from Auntie Beeb say things like, “of course more CO2 will encourage better plant growth, reduce the need for extensive irrigation, provide a longer growing season to produce food for a growing population, reduce the need for artificial warmth in some regions”! They should stick to their pints of beer, champagne, sparkling wine, diet cokes, soda, Fanta, 7-up, etc., & forget all about CO2!
Any further developments on recent revelations elsewhere that Oil may not in fact be a fossil fuel, according to Russian researchers, but is in fact a mineral based fuel, or was it posted on 1st April? If it was true that’s a whole new ball game! I have read some years ago that oil can be synthesised, suggesting that one didn’t need to wait for tens of millions of years for decaying creatures to turn into oil!

September 17, 2010 6:38 am

It’d be a helluva lot funnier if it didn’t so thoroughly reproduce precisely what I’ve been seeing on every lamestream media channel on television for the past ten years.
Anybody else spend their college years stepping carefully over the drunken inert bodies of Journalism majors scattered across the dormitory floors?
I mean, what the hell else were we entitled to expect of these guys once they’d gotten themselves jobs?

September 17, 2010 6:57 am

Hey You There!
What do you think about this article?: Say Goodbye to Sunspots?

September 17, 2010 6:59 am

Hey Anthony, you even go a mention!

September 17, 2010 6:59 am

Uhm that seem to be a most interesting mechanic supellex supellectilis so one has to wonder if it’s really true at all. Flooding and drought at the same time?
Makes sense though, first there’s a flood, then all the water drains away and we get a seriously nice drought. Finally all my hard work, melting all that damn ice cold ice, is going to give a huge pay off.

Andrew P.
September 17, 2010 7:23 am

This was re-posted earlier in the week on WUWT (but can’t find it now) but is worth repeating for those that did not see it; a comment by Jackn Hughes on BishopHill [ ] in response to someone who typed UAE rather than UEA (when commenting on the Oxburgh inquiry):

Don’t confuse the UAE and the UEA.
One is a dysfunctional autocratic place where backward-looking religious views dominate. The other is a country in the middle east.

Surely this has to be quote of the week?

September 17, 2010 7:57 am

Statistically with that wheel by far has more chances to achieve a correct forecast than their chaotic models, where a virtual sector in a wheel could repeat itself randomly to the infinite, which is imposible in the physical, and REAL, wheel.

David Davidovics
September 17, 2010 8:06 am

I wouldn’t underestimate the effectiveness of satire in damaging the agenda of alarmist greens everywhere. Who ever this Les Clay fellow is, he needs to keep up the good work.
Very funny stuff!

September 17, 2010 8:10 am

RW says:
September 17, 2010 at 4:47 am
“Climate predictions cover a range of possibilities. However, you should have noticed that the chunk of the wheel showing a temperature rise of less than 3°C is very small.”
Not having read the small print on the wheel until your sad elucidation, I thought we had to guess the number of brain cells owned communally between them. More than 7 I considered an exageration.

September 17, 2010 8:14 am

Hadn’t seen that before – must have missed it.
Thank you.

September 17, 2010 8:20 am

If this is going to be popular I’d suggest they get Vanna White to do the spinning.

Colin from Mission B.C.
September 17, 2010 9:03 am

Paul Clark says:
September 17, 2010 at 5:21 am
OT: But, I’ve noticed my Google Earth now has a layer called “Global Awareness”. Is this new? It links to Greenpeace, WWF, UNEP and so on. I know Google has a lot of money invested in global warming but is this sort of advocacy in a geography tool really necessary?
Paul, I’m not sure if he still is, but Gore was (still is?) a senior adviser to the Google board of directors. Not hard to figure out why Google would be such a one-sided advocate of the AGW scam.
It’s the reason all-things Google are boycotted in my household. Their products have been wiped from my computers, and I use Bing and Bing Maps now instead.

Mike M
September 17, 2010 11:18 am

A return of giant dragonflies is possible however. If plant life takes off with more CO2 then there will be more O2 allowing a comeback of a pre-historic 2.5 foot wingspan monster called Meganeura monyi Chihuahuas beware!

September 17, 2010 12:49 pm

I second that h/t to Les. Now THAT takes some real talent, great imagination, and most important, a well-needed sense of humor (across the isle, try it). Perhaps Les & WHN might consider showing Dr. Salt’s three-story industrial temperature graph homogenizer (hear he now has patent on how to handle all of the flames) ☺

September 17, 2010 1:31 pm

That gave me an idea. Perhaps we can make it a requirement of joining the “concensus” that they have to rescue one polar bear each!

John F. Hultquist
September 17, 2010 1:41 pm

Colin from Mission B.C. says: “all-things Google are boycotted”
Use Bing Maps with the aerial view and find where Central Washington University is in Ellensburg, WA, then zoom in. Do the same using Google Earth. On the former you will find a dashed white line labeled “Iron Horse Trail” going across the campus. This shows the location of a long ago abandoned railroad. Twenty some years ago one could still make out this old graded path of the RR. For at least 10 years now there is nothing to see as university buildings and landscaping have left nothing of the old route – not even a sign mentioning the long gone trains.
I find more issues with Bing Maps such as indicated above so despite sharing your reasoning my choice is usually Google.
As an aside: both have the name wrong. The John Wayne Pioneer Trail is one part of the State of WA’s Iron Horse State Park. This confuses even the locals.

Steve E
September 17, 2010 1:43 pm

Caption: Quoting Dr. Grumpy on the left.
“Spin it already! I’ve got to get it back to Delta House for tonight’s kegger.”

September 17, 2010 2:19 pm

Ric Werme says:
September 17, 2010 at 5:47 am
I never knew there was a solar powered vibrator. Daytime, outdoor use only.

Perhaps it’s only for the use of those people for whom the sun shines out of it?

September 17, 2010 3:28 pm

Thanks to all, and to AW for the post — the kind comments and laughter are inspiration to produce more irreverence. But I’d probably better inspire myself to get some work. Still, it’s an outlet for an unemployed old radio guy in Bozeman.
BTW, I actually invented and built the CCP before I did the cartoon. Maybe I can do a commission for MIT!

Bill H
September 17, 2010 4:45 pm

Why is it the smart ones are the ones suffering from Cranial Anal Thrust Syndrome? (CATS)

September 17, 2010 7:20 pm

Diane Sawyer did a rather strange report on the torando that ripped through New York City.
First, the unusual sea temps (in the Atlantic, of course, not the cold Pacific), then the track of the storm across the midsection of the US and to the East Coast, and finally the Global Warming question.
First, though, was the bit “tornadoes are rarely seen in NY, and the last one was in 1976, and near the Statue of Liberty”.
Well, if this is any sign of things to come, just look at the next 2 winters that came after that 1976 tornado. Seed is planted, thank you Diane.
Finally, the picture of hurricanes suddenly appearing, but heading harmlessly up north before hitting the US.
Parting caveat: The cause is still under consideration.

Hilary Ostrov (aka hro001)
September 18, 2010 1:41 am

In a somewhat similar vein, may humbly draw your attention to a lyrical tribute inspired by CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation)’s “climate science” maven, Bob McDonald’s latest post:

James Bull
September 18, 2010 2:49 am

To Robuk does this mean we’re going to be moving away from Europe physically if not politically. I suppose it’s a start at least here’s hoping.
As for the climate wheel of doom game will it be in the shops in time for Christmas, I can see many families gathered around the Christmas tree enjoying finding out how the world will end and how it is all our fault for not giving up our lives to save the planet from the carbon based infestation.

September 18, 2010 3:36 am

I didn’t see anything all that funny. Certainly not ROTFLMAO. The original picture of the MIT dartboard – yes, that’s a hoot. But the 4 minute cartoon? It makes some very laboured points. I think the basic mistake is in trying to parody people who are most ridiculous when you just show them as they are. It’s much more effective to show uncut footage of the same old doomsday merchants from back when they were predicting a new ice age, world famine by 1980, world runs out of oil by 2000, etc. Then cut to their new doomsday predictions. That’s funny.

Milwaukee Bob
September 18, 2010 6:53 am

I’m at a loss for a better word than what many above have said – BRILLIANT!
Les Clay should get an – – Emmy? Grammy? Oscar? Hmm? How about the Golden Anomaly Statue, The GAS Award, presented annually for the best comical harpooning of “climate” scientists, as voted on by the WUWT team. ???

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