The flying Monck

Lord Monckton parachutes into Durban

At first I thought this was a joke. Then I see Monck flying through the air via live cam during freefall, grinning no less. Marc Morano gives the introduction.

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68 thoughts on “The flying Monck

  1. Awesome! That man has spunk! What courage! (I saw this on another site that didn’t identify Lord Monckton and when I saw this unmistakable face with the big grin, I thought, “No…. can’t be! But it was!)

  2. Ah, where eagles dare…
    …to stomp los warmista turkeys.
    Nothing of the science (or the absence thereof in the whole preposterous bogosity of the AGW contention), but wonderful fun nevertheless.
    Why should this Durban circle-jerk be nothing more than a festival of the fascisti?

  3. Not in a million years would I do that, just seeing it on video is enough to give me the heebie jeebies! But it’s awesome anyway!

  4. LOLOLOL! Great stunt. I hope it gets the attention it deserves. Very courageous; very impressive. Seeing Lord Monckton in the video was a great moment. I’m still smiling!

  5. Nice one Lord Monckton. I thought Jo Nova was having a laugh yesterday and did not check it out! Balls of steel! Shame you could not have landed on Huhne’s head!

  6. That’s hilarious!! Kudos to Lord Monckton. I’ve got to say that I’ve always gotten a huge grin and bit of a warm fuzzy hearing about folks who a bit surprisingly perhaps, take a shot at a little adventure, such as Lord Monckton here or President Bush, Sr., going for a skydive on his 85th birthday. http://tinyurl.com/nzsyko
    I’ve never actually skydived because I have a very bad knee from an accident while I was just a teen. I didn’t want to risk totally ruining it (was told it’d be easy to damage so badly that they’d have a hard time even do a total knee replacement). But I have gone indoor skydiving a few times, and that’s an utter blast!!! (no pun intended) Those of you having a hard time believing/comprehending that concept, it’s real – check out: http://flyawayindoorskydiving.com/pf.html Just a few bucks, and you can be blown away {VBG}. I believe there is at least one other indoor skydiving place in the USA also, but sure not many of them. I was told that a lot of the very best precision skydiving teams train at these places, because the confines of the room force you to very accurately control your motion in the slipstream while airborne, which really helps if you’re trying to match up with others and grab hands while still in free fall, for example. On the other hand, when you skydive in the wide open sky, you can have a tremendous amount of motion in various directions without realizing it. Regardless, the indoor version is a lot of fun, and I can sure understand why Lord Monckton would break out in that big grin!

  7. While I appreciate the efforts that Marc Morano & Lord Monckton put forth daily on a shoestring budget against the massive resources of the Global Warming Industry but this is a stunt I secretly enjoy but would have preferred not to have happened.

  8. Not to pick nits, but the skydiving part comes only BEFORE you open the chute. After that, you’re parachuting, of course. The record altitude, btw, is about 20 miles. A planned 23-mile-high challenge was cancelled last year because of some liability issues or SLT.

  9. Brilliant! Lord Monckton seemed as if he was enjoying the sky dive as much as the publicity. Anyone who can sky dive and then walk around on a beach in the height of a South African summer, wearing a black suit deserves the description “Cool”.
    Once again, well done Lord Monckton.
    Incidentally the BBC propaganda machine continues to roll. No mention of the cold weather, but a report about glaciers shrinking in the French Alps was given prominence, together with another report that 40% of cancers are caused by lifestyle choices. There is little to choose between health and climate fascism.

  10. Nice to know there are one or two people in Durban whose IQ score is higher than their hat size. And well done to Monckton.
    But viewed purely as agitprop, the smug & egregious Meltdown Mann’s slickly staged performance (posted on WUWT today) wins hands down. Production values do count for something. And the sound here is terrible.

  11. congratulations to CFACT and to Lord Monckton
    what courage you guys have
    and yes I’m making a donation to CFACT
    HERE’S a copy of the e mail I received
    CFACT is at COP17 in Durban, South Africa as the main negotiating team representing those like you who challenge the UN’s claims of man-made global warming and the ruinously expensive (wholly ineffective) solutions being forced upon the free world’s economies at this conference.
    I want to share with you a first hand account of what Barack Obama and other heads of state are doing in your name at this moment in Africa. Our fragile economic recovery and our future economic and civil freedoms are on the table and being negotiated away.
    This shocking threat is real.
    Our negotiating team needs your help RIGHT NOW.
    The new Climategate emails show clearly to any unbiased observer that climate science has been ruinously corrupted by Al Gore, the UN and the massive global warming industry they have created for themselves. CFACT is leading the way in bringing these emails to the world’s attention. After reading this email, make sure to visit CFACT’s ClimateDepot.com and read the most comprehensive Climategate account available.
    We’re here now with what the UK Guardian described today as “the formidable team” of Lord Christopher Monckton, Climate Depot’s Marc Morano, Kelvin Kemm (a leading South African nuclear scientist you will likely remember from his crucial work on pebble bed reactors), Nobel prize nominee Leon Louw of South Africa’s Free Market Foundation and CFACT’s expert staff.
    Earlier today, CFACT’s skydiving team parachuted past COP17 onto Amanzimtoti beach. The divers trailed smoke and banners proclaiming “Climategate 2.0, Science Not Settled” and “No New Treaty.” Multiple media outlets showed up to record the event, including the AP, BBC, and South Africa’s national news network. It was a huge success!
    We are face to face in Durban with the negotiators. We have learned that while many have discounted this conference, knowing that a full climate treaty is difficult to achieve especially with a U.S. Senate that will not vote to ratify, Obama and his fellow climate travelers are working around the Senate and planning to stick America with the bill. They are creating side agreements that give them much of what they want from a treaty. These side agreements will not come home for a vote in the Senate, or other national legislatures. Democracy is being blind-sided.
    How about a new tax on every foreign currency transaction in the world? This is only one small example of what the radical greens are planning in collusion with world governments in Durban. This is how they plan to fund a $100 billion “Green Climate Fund” and then expand it to $400 billion.
    That’s right. Every time you travel abroad, you’ll have to pay a climate tax. More importantly, ever time we import goods, every time we export our fine products (think jobs) we will do so with a climate tax skimming off the top. Europeans seem particularly open this to this monstrosity. Reckless spending has badly tarnished the Euro. But transactions within the Eurozone won’t have to pay this new tax. Guess who will?
    CFACT is here. In South Africa. Keeping you briefed on these developments. We are speaking truth to power. They don’t love us here. For us, that is a badge of honor and proof of our effectiveness. Today CFACT is setting up a “climate classroom” in our official UN display space. We will use this display to call attention to Marc Morano’s comprehensive new report which details the failures of climate science from A-Z.
    We’ll keep you posted. More importantly, we won’t permit the UN climatecrats, the climate research grant seekers, the radical climate campaigners and those eager to redistribute what you have worked for
    to the whole UN menagerie of third world despots and corporations who want to keep on cashing in.
    We are your eyes, ears and voice in these crucial negotiations.
    We cannot do it alone.
    As the talks advance, tension mounts and nerves begin to fray, being able to count on you, having you with us, sustains us and permits us to carry on the fight. We know you understand this and hope you know how much we appreciate you who stand beside us.
    We plan so much in the short time we have left to influence these talks. Barack Obama, Al Gore, their UN pals and the climate kleptocracy cannot be permitted to operate unobserved. They must be forced to listen. We need your help and we need it today.
    I am proud of the team I am honored to lead. I am proud to join with you.
    Thank you,
    Craig Rucker
    Executive Director
    CFACT
    P.S. The whole global warming industry is in Durban, South Africa. They are smug. They expect to leave here with money for themselves and less freedom for you. Stopping them is a herculean task. We are making headway here. We will challenge them again and again. With your help. In the end. We will win.

  12. Three people jump out of an airplane: a Monck, a Nurse, and a NASA-funded part-time activist.
    Who won?
    The first was well prepared, flew downward, popped his fine silk parachute, and floated down to land. The Monck looked rather chipper.
    The Nurse flailed his arms about, shouted to the wind how the best scientific computer models all showed how all the hot air being expelled by the humans below would keep him afloat, but failed to convince Gravity that those models properly described his reality. Good night, Nurse.
    But, the activist won. You see, he hated trains, dirty deadly trains hauling coal, wanted to stop them from running. When he leapt out, he looked below and saw train tracks, and a train hauling filthy coal! He tucked his arms in, and soared straight down, aiming for the tracks ahead of the train. The activist won, he undeniably succeeded in his ultimate objective, he forced that train to stop dead on its tracks, for when he impacted the railway bed at terminal velocity he crafted a beautiful magnificent Hansen crater.

  13. @W*T H*L*B*T , Viscount Monckton has never been leader of UKIP. He is their spokesperson for climate and climate change issues, but he was never their leader. And I am also a supporter of UKIP.

  14. Did the AFF in Oz in 1999, did 7 of the 10 jumps but then realised that I was to intelligent to be jumping out of a perfectly good plane, ticked it off my bucket list though. Spent a fortnight at the airfield with some of the craziest guys you will ever meet.
    And if your wondering what you first jump will be like don’t worry most people will not remember exactly what happened as you get Total sensory overload :- http://www.bpslangar.co.uk/default.aspx?id=9c250a21-144c-4efe-a4d9-332a984410ee

  15. So is Monckton now officially one of the ‘Lords’ a Leaping’?
    Cool stunt from a cool guy – but a stunt nonetheless! I just hope he keeps up with his skills at verbally thrashing the warmistas.

  16. Meme to the eco-number-crunchers …
    What’s the carbon footprint for each delegate’s arrival to the Durban Gab-fest??
    What’s the carbon-footprint for the free-fall arrival of “The Monck” to the Durban Gab-fest??
    The symbolism is Monck-perfect

  17. I find this very impressive, (The Vid) It shows how trivia, stunts, scares, smears etc are more effective than the quiet truth.
    it’s kinda roundabout but…
    twentyish years ago, as a young ‘copywriter’ in London I got the chance to ‘pitch’ for writing work on a PR campaign about the Kyoto Protocol and CFCs. (If you wish to triangulate on the subject you ought to know that London’s star PR Consultant back then was a woman. That should give you a clue)
    My ‘brief’ was to get the message across in 30 seconds…about 50 words.
    I was writing radio commercials.
    I was given briefing material…god how I wish I had been the orderly settled type who could have pulled that from his archives…but moves from house to house, city to country… to different continent means that the notes are lost.
    So I am working from memory and I don’t rate myself highly in that department….but firstly let me explain that I had already heard via New Scientist about the ‘scary’ C02 warming thing. And I was very very undecided at the time…i would have been more interested in quantum mechanics, which was going through some interesting times and I admit that from where I was at, the Global Warming thing seemed to me the squawling of an eco-minority aimed at Millennarian Catastrope Market. Puny and ill thought through…anyone with an ounce of common sense and basic scientific training could see that it didn’t add up. I didn’t reckon it would make it…I wrote it off as second rate at the time…poor judgement on my part eh?.
    Anyway, the ‘scientific’ briefing material I was given explained with the aid of Graphs, Equations and Impressive Stuff…that from every released CFC molecule there was unleashed an endless chain reaction of Ozone destruction. Now I was no trained scientist, (I had done the first year of A-level physics and dropped it as my weakest subject, my maths was poor.)
    But it was quite clear to me that according to the formula which stated that every shattered Ozone bond left behind chemicals which would pull down another two ozone molcules with it…i.e. exponential breakdown….was just…garbage.
    That was the moment I understood that this had nothing to do with Science and everything to do with PR.
    If the ‘scientific briefing material’ was correct then the Earth’s ozone layer was a matter of mere HOURS away from total annihilation as the ‘chain reaction’ tore through it….exponentially…
    I was no scientist…but I knew That was not science.
    That was the day I became a skeptic.
    I then spent the next twenty years watching these crazy activistists claim the high ground.
    Now I grumble about it….
    Go figure.

  18. Well done Lord Monckton, with apologies for misspelling your name in a previous comment. But I have never seen the sense of leaping out of a perfectly serviceable aircraft whilst it is still airborne.

  19. I think we found one lord a leaping.
    I can’t believe he didn’t wear a helmet. I went parachuting twice back in the day when no one wore helmets while riding bikes, but even back then everyone wore helmets while skydiving.

  20. The debonair Monck managed to get 5 seconds of fame on our national propaganda channel, (I mean our national broadcaster’s news channel SABC 3, in South Africa)
    They actually allowed him to say on TV news: “The expected temperature increase will be approximately one degree Celsius in a hundred years, and that is all”
    Granted, they did allow 15 seconds of fame to the Greenies, but to the Monck’s advantage.
    Five greenies had their visas revoked and were booted back home, for absailing down a building without a permit, lol.

  21. Given the title of the post, I’m surprised that no one has suggested that Sally Field may now have some stiff competition. I wonder if he’ll get his own T.V. show?

  22. I love it when the jump master gets LM to let go and put your arms out. Too funny. Whoever had that idea it was a good one. Well done by the old geezer to do a jump at his age!

  23. Enjoyment of Monckton’s aerial adventure wouldn’t be complete without his words at the event. A bit long but worthy:
    http://www.cfact.tv/2011/12/02/it-isnt-happening/
    By Lord Christopher Monckton of Brenchley
    Mainstream science, politics, bureaucracy, academe, banking, business, media – all were of one mind. The West, so the playbook ran, must be shut down at once to Save The Planet from “global warming”, er, “climate change”, um, “climate disruption”, no, “extreme-weather events”, ah, that is, “energy-security challenges”. Shale gas? That would solve everything. Hundreds of years’ global supply. No more peak oil. Low carbon footprint. Ban it quick.
    I find myself with CFACT in Durban among the creatures of “consensus” for the annual UN climate gabfest. Yet the party line was wrong. At a recent dinner for the inconvenient economist Bjorn Lomborg in London, I first uttered the three fateful words that now fill the hearts of the world’s governing climate racketeers with dread.
    “It. Isn’t. Happening.”
    When I plopped these three plump pebbles into the conversation, there was a ripple of aghast silence. It was as though I’d perpetrated what the Professor of Greek at Cambridge used to call a “gaseous halation” in front of the Queen.
    Most of the diners were climate skeptics. But they were making a bundle out of it. The skeptics had almost as much of a direct, cash vested interest in flogging the long-dead horse of climatic apocalypse as the prophets and profiteers of climate doom.
    It just wasn’t the done thing to poop on the party by pointing out that every dire prediction that the usual suspects had made with such sneering arrogance has failed.
    Just look. Professor “Phil” Jones of the “University” of East Anglia had to admit, when the BBC’s chief environmental campaigner – er, “correspondent” – put to him a question I’d drafted – that there had been no statistically-significant “global warming” for 15 years. Oops! The UN’s models had not predicted that.
    Arctic sea ice was supposed to be gone by 2013. Then it rebounded. Then it was going to reach a new low on 15 September this year, when Al Gore launched his Titanic “Climate Unreality” project. The ice did not oblige. Gore hit a berg that somehow hadn’t melted. His project sank. Even his fellow fortune-hunters in the Green[back] movement now disown his bleating attribution of every recent natural disaster to “global warming”.
    Antarctic sea ice has been on the up throughout the satellite era. Global sea ice shows little trend in 30 years.
    Polar bears were supposed to be headed for extinction. The fossils on the Supreme Court said so (but they’ve been extinct for years). Today there are five times as many polar bears as 70 years ago.
    Kilimanjaro has been losing ice since 1880. Most of the summit glacier had gone by 1936, when Hemingway wrote The Snows. “Global warming” could not have caused the recent ice loss: NASA says the region has been cooling for 30 years. The summit temperature, monitored by satellites, has not changed. Now the glacier is growing again.
    Sea level is the big one. James Hansen of NASA, who made more than $1 million out of the climate scare last year alone, had predicted it would rise imminently by 246 feet. Was he right? No. The increase over the past eight years, according to the Envisat satellite, was at a rate equivalent to 2 inches per century. Not meters, not even feet. Inches. Two of them. Per century. Gee wow golly gosh! Take to the boats!
    Malaria was going to spread because of “global warming”. Yet the terrible leap in mortality from 50,000 to 1 million child deaths a year occurred a generation ago, when the Environmental Defense Fund – which, with Greenpeace and the World Wide Fund, spent $1 billion of taxpayers’ and donors’ cash on anti-Western pseudo-enviro propaganda last year alone – successfully campaigned for a worldwide ban on DDT, the only effective agent against the mosquitoes that carry malaria.
    When the Board of the EDF met to plan the DDT ban, its then legal advisor, Victor John Yannacone Jr., begged it to ban only outdoor use: DDT sprayed inside houses would harm only the mosquitoes and spare the children.
    The then chairman, furious, fired Yannacone on the spot. As he left the room, someone said: “That’s the last time we employ anyone who knows any science.” That ban has killed 40 million children.
    Extreme-weather deaths are down sharply. Global tropical-cyclone and hurricane activity is almost at its least in 30 years. Severe tornadoes have declined. Patterns of drought and flood remain as unpredictable and as devastating as ever. Bangladesh and nearly all of the Pacific atolls are gaining land mass, not losing it.
    Net primary productivity of trees and plants worldwide is up. If you want a greener planet, add as much CO2 to the air as you can. Your emissions are also helping to stave off the next Ice Age. It’s already 6000 years overdue.
    Yet the dreary, wasteful, pointless congresses of the greedy feeble-minded continue. The Bali Road-Map to Nowhere. The Copenhagen World-Government Treaty that collapsed as soon as it saw the light of day. The Cancun Concordats to establish 1000 – yes, 1000 – new bureaucracies: the structure of the unelected world government that every ex-politician from Gore and Chirac to Attali is demanding.
    Everyone says nothing will happen at Durban. That worries me. It suggests the process of building a totalitarian global junta by what one UN official at Cancun called “transparent impenetrability” – publishing documents of such prolix length and complex obscurantism that no one can understand a word and yet no one can later deny the information was available – will invisibly gather pace.
    Lord Reith, the BBC’s first chairman, laying the foundation-stone of what is now the abomination of desolation called Harlow New Town, was heard to mutter, “You’re not going to like it, but you’re going to have it!”
    So it will be with the Marxists’ wet dream that is global totalitarian dictatorship. You’re not going to like it. But the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow and I are in Durban to stop them. So perhaps you’re not going to have it after all.

  24. Lew Skannen says:
    December 6, 2011 at 11:07 pm
    Brilliant! Lord Monckton makes Superman look like an aimless plodding amateur.

    Where’s SuperMandia?

  25. I wonder if anyone calculated the change in terminal velocity due to atmospheric CO2 concentration increases. With the change in air density, how did they know it was safe. \sarc GK

  26. I note that that in his note to Durban, the esteemed and OK Senator said that they are ‘on the ground in Durban’.
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  27. I might add, that’s a great headline, Anthony.
    (For our non-U.S. friends, “The Flying Nun” was a very popular TV show in the U.S. in the ’60s and ’70s)

  28. Cassandra says:
    December 7, 2011 at 12:52 am
    massive drop in AGW belief in Britain read guardian
    Kev-in-Uk says:
    December 7, 2011 at 1:31 am
    link for Cassandra’s post
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/dec/07/public-support-climate-change-declines?intcmp=122

    “Huntsman Blinks on Climate Change at heritage”:
    http://www.google.com/url?sa=X&q=http://www.newser.com/story/134872/huntsman-blinks-on-climate-science-at-heritage.html&ct=ga&cad=CAcQAhgAIAAoATABOAFAu5399gRIAVAAWABiBWVuLVVT&cd=jS61wPYDa6M&usg=AFQjCNF0Jf-k5X1r_AGztPL1pW7CXYZfTg

  29. Well common courtesy protocol has always caused me to refer to the Viscount by his Title; Lord Monckton.
    But in view of this breach of propriety, I feel that just this once, it is ok for me to say; Christopher, you are a Dude !
    Outstanding Sir.
    George

  30. Lord A’Mighty! “That’s one small step for the Viscount, One giant leap for Mankind!”
    I LOVE IT!!!

  31. It is funny to me that the worst thing they can actually pin on Lord Monckton is that he is entertaining.
    He is. Doesn’t make him wrong.

  32. you’ve heard of the lord of the dance… This is the LORD of the AIR!!! Lord of the atmosphhere!!! plunging through the Ozone hole into our living rooms with nothing but the facts…The truth…and nothing but the truth!!!

  33. What surprised me, so people could not say ‘That;s a body double’ he left off his helmet? That was taking a safety chance isn’t it? Well done Lord Christopher, now top it Mr Combet and realise humans are heavier that CO2.

  34. I would truly like to pack Al Gores parachute so that he could “one up” Christopher Monckton’s feat. GK

  35. Bernd Felsche says: December 7, 2011 at 7:43 am
    @Bob_L says:
    Only Lord Monckton – Skydiving in a suit!
    You’re mistaken. Unless Lord Monckton is James Bond 😉
    *****
    Could be that this is James Bond’s retirement gig. Still saving the world!
    Regards,
    Steamboat Jack (Jon Jewett’s evil twin!)

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