Quote of the week – bonus edition

I said in my earlier QOTW that:

I’ve seen lots of quotes this week, many surrounding the Gleick Fakegate affair.

I was basically saying that there were so many to choose from in this target rich week, it was a tough choice.

Since today is Dr. Judith Curry’s birthday, (she’s 39, according to GISS adjusted data) it makes this bonus edition easier. Here’s her QOTW bonus on Gleick:

When ‘Heartlandgate’ first broke, I saw no parallels with Climategate. Now, with the involvement of Gleick, there most certainly are parallels. There is the common theme of climate scientists compromising personal and professional ethics, integrity, and responsibility, all in the interests of a ’cause’.


h/t to Charles The Moderator

Happy Birthday Dr. Curry!

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Evan Jones
February 26, 2012 5:30 am

Since today is Dr. Judith Curry’s birthday, (she’s 39, according to GISS adjusted data) it makes this bonus edition easier.
But her microsite rating is Class A-number-one!

February 26, 2012 5:31 am

Happy Birthday Dr. Curry! (I hope she stops by). You have it nailed- this is the ONLY point in which gleickgate is similar to Climategate.
So… what is the real number, before GISS Adjus- *slaps hands* You! Stay away from the keyboard!
(and, very odd: about every other week, I am unable to comment in here, unless I open a window to WUWT in mozilla Firefox. )

February 26, 2012 5:32 am

umm so if its GISS adjusted shes really 35 right?

February 26, 2012 5:47 am

Well said Dr Curry. The common theme is the consistent malpractice on the “warmist” side of this exercise in politics…. It sure ain’t science, so it must be politics.

Jeff Wiita
February 26, 2012 5:50 am

Fakegate, Heartlandgate, Gleickgate. We have to settledown with only one gate so that the message does not get lost. I vote to stay with Fakegate.
Thank you Heartland.

February 26, 2012 5:52 am

OK guys she is 19……………………she just has 20 years of experience 😉 happy birthday young lady.

Paul Coppin
February 26, 2012 5:54 am

Happy birthday Judith!.
I wonder if she is aware, that according to the chronomeme of her contemporaries, while she may have been 39 for the last few time divisions, next week she’ll be 56, and the week after, 132, and three weeks from now, 357.
[chronomeme – new term: an ideological time period that is chosen to conflate scientific arguments made by climatologists supportive of the AGW pseudo-hypothesis]

February 26, 2012 6:05 am

I have to admire Dr. Curry. Even if she believes in CAGW she believes that scientists must maintain their ethical standards or they destroy the integrity of their field. Bravo Dr., Bravo!

February 26, 2012 6:35 am

The problem with true believers in the CAGW Faith is that they do not see any equivalence between their actions and those of deniers. The thought that opposing the true faith is in any way valid has not entered their minds. The Heartland institute is a den of heretics. Any amount of money donated to them, no matter how small, is a thought crime. Any donor must be pursued and made to Confess. Because they hold the only truth, we who doubt must be made to Convert, even under pain of death 😉 The fact that they exposed such a tiny budget $7m, does not compare to the billions they spend because they are right! I think more was spent on the 10:10 snuff film than the whole Heartland budget revealed by their Hero. Lets all take a moment today to give a donation to someone on our side.

February 26, 2012 6:38 am

Thanks to all for the kind wishes!

February 26, 2012 6:40 am

Nobody expects the Algore Inquisition :O

February 26, 2012 6:43 am

Ah, 39. The new 27 (if you count in Hex – works for me! And I’m at the Douglas Adam’s Hex age of 42, so I’m hoping the discover the answer to the universe, and all that.)

February 26, 2012 6:58 am

Geick Flake-Gate Affair !!!

February 26, 2012 6:58 am

Geek Flake-Gate Affair

John Greenfraud
February 26, 2012 7:21 am

Happy birthday Judith Curry. Looking forward to many more years of sanity and civil discussion @ JC blog. All class all the time.

Jenn Oates
February 26, 2012 7:23 am

Happy birthday and many more!

February 26, 2012 7:32 am

A true gentleman NEVER enquires after a Ladies true age. Happy birthday Dr Curry.

February 26, 2012 7:41 am

No No no, according to GISS adjusted data she would be about 60. They DECREASE the value of the older data (her birth date)!!!!!!!

February 26, 2012 7:42 am

she’s 39, according to GISS…
I can’t really add much to this (I’m 36 years young)((I see what you did there Mr Watts))
I however can say that my Dad has been skeptical about his marriage decisions after reading her blog. 😉
Ms Curry, I wish you many more Happy Birthdays

February 26, 2012 7:44 am

“A true gentleman NEVER enquires after a Ladies true age.”
…No, that’s what FOIAs are for!
JK. Happy birthday, Dr. Curry, and may you enjoy many more, adjusted or otherwise!

February 26, 2012 8:00 am

Sorry about the Dr. – Ms. mistake, my bad.
#(spin) I made the same Ms take with my personal Doc. It made the annual physical slightly awkward.
She didn’t break out the rubber glove and lube(this year)

Ben Wilson
February 26, 2012 8:14 am

Happy birthday, no matter how many years young you are. . . .
and please pass along to your parents the gratitude from the board for making such an excellent contribution to the field of science!!

TG McCoy (Douglas DC)
February 26, 2012 8:16 am

Happy Birthday,Ma’am.

February 26, 2012 8:26 am

A lady who tells her real age? Now that is integrity. Really Judy I could have sworn you were 29 … again.
Cheers and happy birthday.

February 26, 2012 8:38 am

I am reminded of the lady in Ann Landers who was really 71 years old and whenever she went to the drug store by herself, she always got her senior’s discount. But when her boyfriend was with her, she always paid the regular amount.

February 26, 2012 8:46 am

A truly awful forgery is now known as a Gleickenspiel.

Steve from Rockwood
February 26, 2012 8:52 am

Happy birthday Dr. Curry and best of luck with your excellent blog-site.
I tried following Gleick on twitter but I guess he’s not exactly “winning” right now.

February 26, 2012 9:15 am

Happy Birthday Dr. Curry 🙂

February 26, 2012 9:22 am

Since today is Dr. Judith Curry’s birthday, (she’s 39, according to GISS adjusted data)
That was a good one!… 🙂

February 26, 2012 9:33 am

Laffaire Gleick reminds me of the old British comedy series, That Was The Week That Was aka TW3.
For another Quote of the Week, a commenter at Climate Audit posted the following from A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream,
“Bottom (wearing the head of an ass): Nay, I can gleek upon occasion.
Titania: Thou art as wise as thou art beautiful.”

February 26, 2012 9:34 am

Oops, should be “l’affaire…”

February 26, 2012 9:39 am

Happy Birthday Dr. Curry!
If ever there were a counter to the accusations of total demonizing on the part of those of us who love real science, the outflow of birthday wishes to you should put a firm plug in that test tube. I appreciate you willingness to enter into, and then continue a – dare I say it – adult dialog with those of us here.
Thank you!

February 26, 2012 9:47 am

I am reminded of the lady of a certain age who was appearing inj court and stated her age as 39. And the judge inquired; “Weren’t you up before this bench only 15 months ago, and didn’t you then also state that your age was 39?”
The lady replied: “Yes, M’lud. I am not the type of woman who says one thing one day and a completely different thing another day…”
Happy birthday, Judith!

February 26, 2012 9:52 am

Happy Birthday, Dr. Curry! You’re an eminently fair climate scientist, in contrast to the Gleicks, Hansens, Manns, etc. Would that more reporters paid attention to what you’re saying.

February 26, 2012 10:04 am

Many years ago, long before any gates, I asked Dr. Curry a few questions, amongst others about the Arctic ice passing Greenland at the eastside at a strange moment (with relative high temperatures). I received a nice answer. My first thought was: that is someone who stands behind Science and has no Ivory Tower mentality. Over the years, she has shown that my first thought was true, despite all the pressure from the “consensus”… My respect for an integer scientist!
Have a nice birthday, Dr. Curry!

February 26, 2012 10:10 am

The only serious warmth we’re observing here is for Dr. Curry. Happy Birthday!

February 26, 2012 10:26 am

Dr. Curry, as you may have noticed, I do not mince words or say things just for effect.
So you can be assured that when I wish you the happiest of birthdays and a long and productive life, there are no hidden messages or caveats. I have nothing but respect for the difficult “middle ground” that you have carved out in a fractious debate. You have become (partly by default as one of the few brave AGW adherents) the go-to person for the media, and I cannot imagine a more apt person for the task.
All the best to you, many happy returns,

February 26, 2012 11:15 am

Re; Dr Curry – “(she’s 39, according to GISS adjusted data)”
Very witty but perhaps a touch ungentlemanly. One should know when not always to be sceptical.
Keep up the good work.

Dave Wendt
February 26, 2012 11:32 am

MHR Dr. Curry and I add my appreciation for the courageous manner in which you have stood for integrity in science. It is perhaps the saddest aspect of this whole controversy that the positions you’ve advanced, which in any even modestly rational world would not be in the least bit controversial, should have required any special courage to express, although from the venomous reactions you have generated, it is clear that the courage required cannot be overestimated.
BTW Anthony, although you’ve had two pops at QOTW, you’ve still managed to miss the one that I think is not only QOTW, but probably Quote of the Century so far. It’s from Megan McCardle at The Atlantic
“After you have convinced people that you fervently believe your cause to be more important than telling the truth, you’ve lost the power to convince them of anything else.”

February 26, 2012 11:51 am

RayG says:
“Bottom (wearing the head of an ass): Nay, I can gleek upon occasion.
ScottMandia: Thou art as wise as thou art beautiful.”

John F. Hultquist
February 26, 2012 11:57 am

Several of us, when asked our age, say we are “38 and holding.” So, friend Walt told that to a young grandson. The little guy replied: “Grandpa, how old will you be if you let go?”
Dr. Judith writes well. When one finds an excellent wordsmith among the highly degreed it is a welcome surprise. In her honor, I will have chocolate cake today.

Bill Jamison
February 26, 2012 1:14 pm

So Dr. Curry is 39 based on GISS adjusted data. Does that mean in 5 years she’ll be 50? After all, they adjust past years down and future years up!

February 26, 2012 1:23 pm

PaulID says:
February 26, 2012 at 5:52 am

OK guys she is 19……………………she just has 20 years of experience 😉 happy birthday young lady.

Or it could be her anniversary-birthday: The 20th anniversary of her 19th birthdate.
And I’ll be joining John Hultquist in having chocolate cake in her honor today–it’s the least I can do.

February 26, 2012 1:25 pm

“Jeff Wiita says:
February 26, 2012 at 5:50 am
Fakegate, Heartlandgate, Gleickgate. We have to settledown with only one gate so that the message does not get lost. I vote to stay with Fakegate.”
My vote is Gleick-gate.
It puts the name of the culprit front and center for all time. It has a nice ring to it.

February 26, 2012 1:27 pm

The way it’s going, Dr. Curry could be the last “man” standing on the CAGW side. And if so, that’s fine with me.

February 26, 2012 2:18 pm

Happy Birthday Dr Curry!

Alexander K
February 26, 2012 2:51 pm

Dr Curry, sincere best wishes for your birthday.

Karl-Hans Arrak
February 26, 2012 4:34 pm

Greetings from Estonia – this article is bigger than life, must be very desperate or stupid, to write this stuff 😀 –

February 26, 2012 4:46 pm

Happy Birthday Dr. Curry!

February 26, 2012 6:17 pm

Dr.Curry –
I can not possibly say more eloquently my thoughts and wishes for you than Willis Eschenbach @10:26. I admire you, and wish I were able to be more like you.
Best wishes for long and enjoyable future years.

February 26, 2012 6:54 pm

“…Bottom (wearing the head of an ass): Nay, I can gleek upon occasion…”
Means even more when you use the Shakespearean definition of “gleek” – which means ‘to trick; to make a gibe or jest (at a person).’

Evan Thomas
February 26, 2012 7:31 pm

Dear Dr Curry. Happy birthday. Should you ever decide to visit us Downunder I will move that you be offered an Honorary Aussie Sheila award for services to science, the philosophy and ethics of science and just being a straightforward Sheila, which every dinkum Aussie naturally luvs and respecks. Cheers from soggy Sydney.

February 26, 2012 9:16 pm

Happy birthday, Dr. Curry. I lurk at your blog and am very impressed at your efforts to find neutral ground on a highly divisive issue.

February 26, 2012 9:27 pm

Since Desmogblog was involved, it is funny to read what the great David Suzuki himself got to say… LOL

Tim Minchin
February 26, 2012 9:46 pm

I’ve modelled her age and according to my absolutely accurate models she is 117. My models correlate perfectly up until a few years ago – I had to splice in tree ring data after that , but should all be good.

Chris G
February 26, 2012 10:27 pm

Dr. Curry, Happy Birthday and feel free to “hide the decline” today.
[REPLY: Hide what decline? Every day, in every way, Dr. Curry just gets better and better. -REP]

David Cage
February 26, 2012 11:04 pm

(she’s 39, according to GISS adjusted data)
Since they use a times three feedback where there should be none or a negative one does that make her 13?

Amino Acids in Meteorites
February 27, 2012 5:13 am

She’s 29.

Reed Coray
February 27, 2012 10:57 am

Happy birthday Dr. Curry. Stay the course you are obviously on and seek the truth wherever it leads.

Tim Mcd
February 27, 2012 1:31 pm

Does that mean that in Dr. Mann’s chart, she was 40 last year?

Malcolm Miller
February 27, 2012 3:16 pm

Well deserved reputation, Dr Curry. A scientist with absolute integrity; the opposite of Dr Gleik.

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