Laugh of the day – where's that DDT when you really need it?

Over at DeSmog blog, the hilarity from the Daily Bayonet Story earlier today continues.

Gotta love this comment from the DeSmog thread:

It makes me think of DeSmoggers James Hoggan or Richard Littlemore shouting this famous Seinfeld line from Frank Costanza:

              “I won’t tolerate infestation!”

You have to register there at DeSmog Blog and be approved by the powers that be (they don’t let just anybody make angry rants), so any “infestations” are of their own doing.

UPDATE: 9:40AM 2/28 – This post has become the “top post” aka #1 on WordPress blogs worldwide today. This was probably not the sort of attention DeSmog was seeking. Here’s a screencap from my WordPress dashboard:


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February 27, 2012 4:41 pm

Gee, I wonder who the real deniers are, eh? 😉 Conspiracy theorists, maybe, but not genuine skeptics.

February 27, 2012 4:44 pm

Still rolling on the floor…someone help me stop laughing….pleeeease…lolololololol…..and this just in from DailyMail – A picture of “Gleick Swarmed by Deniers”

February 27, 2012 4:44 pm

That SOB that trolls Eric Berger aka Science Guy’s blog spewing BS about AGW? Berger isn’t much of science guy, that’s for sure when I can come up with much better stuff. Watt’s is a much better place when it comes to learning about climate change covering many things, not just CO2 that Berger only seemed to cover and nothing else. I guess I can’t blame him because he works for Houston Chronicle, a well known for its liberal bias so I don’t know for sure what he truly believes in. He claims to be unbiased but who knows?

February 27, 2012 4:46 pm

I’ve never been to DeSmog, and don’t plan on going (I have my own ethical standards to maintain). They can infest themselves all they want–Makes no nevermind to me.

February 27, 2012 4:51 pm

Global warming causes swarming? ;->

February 27, 2012 4:58 pm
February 27, 2012 4:59 pm

Hmm. I just noticed that Desmogblog was talking about The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your Future by Senator Inhofe., not Gleick’s scandal. Has anyone read it yet? I am still reading Delinquent Teenager. There are too many books on my list to read though.

Tim Minchin
February 27, 2012 5:00 pm

Global Swarming

David Ball
February 27, 2012 5:00 pm

I’ve had it up to here with these mental midgets, ….

Dave L.
February 27, 2012 5:04 pm

Laughter can be infectious.

February 27, 2012 5:07 pm

Serenity now…

Al Gored
February 27, 2012 5:07 pm

[snip – over the top -Anthony]

February 27, 2012 5:07 pm

mental midges?

kbray in california
February 27, 2012 5:10 pm

“I won’t tolerate infestation!”
“I won’t tolerate fenestration either! ( as in openness of a window or door )
Global warming causes swarming?
Global warming also causes smarming.
Urban Dictionary: smarm means sleezy,and creepy; gleick-like .also smarmy and smarmball; verb: to gleicksmarm

February 27, 2012 5:36 pm
February 27, 2012 5:43 pm

Now for those who do not take CBC at its word, a great analysis of Tides Canada’s smoke and mirror show:

Philip Bradley
February 27, 2012 5:53 pm

I went to the Desmog blog for the first time the other day.
Very apocalyptic.
Otherwise, it’s Real Climate for the scientifically and critically challenged.

February 27, 2012 5:53 pm

DeSmog? Never heard of them…

John Blake
February 27, 2012 5:54 pm

“Smarmy” derives from the 19th Century pejorative “schoolmarm,” typically connoting an obnoxious pendant obsessed with correcting students’ grammatical deficiencies.
In confronting attested physical reality, Warmists in general and self-righteous DeSmoggers in particular suffer recurrent bouts of angst that “things are not what they should be.” Their solution is not to reconsider the Green Gang’s peculating asininities but to mouth small-minded defiance of all objective or even rational criteria.
Absent extraordinarily corrupt, malfeasant political establishments, panhandling warmsters will perforce hurl different epithets. Can’t happen soon enough.

February 27, 2012 5:56 pm

Tue, 2012-02-21 20:40Rating: +3
69 votes Gee, considering that co-founder of DeSmog blog James Hoggan is the chair of the DSF should anyone be surprised that professor fruit fly thinks this criminal act is perfectly OK? Compare the $6.4M Heartland Fund versus the tens of billions that have been spent on the CAGW scam and which side is actually winning the war based on the scientific proof, it’s no wonder Suzuki still wets the bed.
Agree Disagree.
This response to the above suzuki article linked by T Rude,pretty well represents the opinion of non-watermelon Canadians.

Aussie ALF
February 27, 2012 5:56 pm

Psychologists have long attributed bad behaviour online to “deindividuation” – the feeling people get when they think they are anonymous.
“Social distance can cause a 55-year-old climate change sceptic with a job and a mortgage to behave like a spastic donkey with strange malicious behaviour,” said Professor James Heathers, of the University of Sydney.

So skeptics are the only ones that show “social distance” and act like a “spastic donkey”.
Bias’d reporting and statements from Universities are the cause of alarmist having a “holier than thou” syndrome and feel that committing federal offenses is acceptable for the “cause”.
I do hope one day it will change.

February 27, 2012 5:58 pm

Bummer… Apparently I’ve been blocked at deSmugBlog. No reason to go back there again I guess.

February 27, 2012 6:16 pm

Aussie ALF says:
February 27, 2012 at 5:56 pm
Sad to see this from a prof at my old uni. And an unfortunate analogy: he should read his classics.

February 27, 2012 6:22 pm

Lmao!!!! Actually, don’t know whether to laugh or (fake) cry.

A. Scott
February 27, 2012 6:28 pm

mental midges?
For those times when “mental midget’s” and even “lower than pond scum” are still giving too much credit … “mental midges” works just right 😉

February 27, 2012 6:37 pm

I visit Desmog quite often and my comments are usually voted down quickly as I’m viewed as a ‘denialist’ there. It’s actually a fun place to hang out if you keep a sense of humor in your comments. That is the way to drive the regulars bonkers!
Fwiw, there seems to be a lot of new registered users on the warmists side since the Fakegate/Heartland story broke. Desmog must have been doing some serious recruiting to offset all the jibes they’ve been getting from the skeptics.

February 27, 2012 6:37 pm

It is time for the airing of the grievances.

February 27, 2012 6:40 pm

I had to do it. I had to go to DeSmog at wander around, and see what it was all about.
After seeing who the people are who are running it…. They’re abject failures at their trade.
Failures, the lot of them.
I read their articles/editorials, and I was not convinced. In fact, I may feel a little stronger in my convictions after having waded through their incessant insults. Consider:
Highly trained PR masters, gilt with Pulitzers, couldn’t sway me to even bookmark their site for an occasional glance.

Philip Finck
February 27, 2012 6:45 pm

Is it only me but do other people also find the ladies on the `singles add’ far more interesting than the Gleik story.

kadaka (KD Knoebel)
February 27, 2012 6:54 pm

From Philip Bradley on February 27, 2012 at 5:53 pm:

I went to the Desmog blog for the first time the other day.

Did you get your shots first?

Tim Minchin
February 27, 2012 6:58 pm

Philip Finck – A little secret … the advert you see is targeted on your behaviour…. 😉

margaret berger
February 27, 2012 7:04 pm

Congrats on the two Bloggie awards although in some circles that’s gotta be salt in some big open wounds.

February 27, 2012 7:12 pm

Tim Minchin says:
February 27, 2012 at 6:58 pm
Philip Finck – A little secret … the advert you see is targeted on your behaviour…. 😉
LOL! Very funny! I have seen that a few times by others wondering why those advertisement was there not knowing that it was based on their past “googling” past.
So funny…

Randall G
February 27, 2012 7:13 pm

We definately have some new yuk yuk phrases available now, though probably not the best for serious debate:
h/t to Tim Minchin for

“Global Swarming”,

which may not be as bad as Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Swarming, but who are we to say?
And a h/t to kbray in california for suggesting Smarming, further defined by John Blake that leads to Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Smarming, which is the probable way that history will view the wamista cabal. With or without smoothings and side orders of polynominals in irony sauce.
Gotta love it!

Randall G
February 27, 2012 7:20 pm

To the mods: I apologize for the sloppy html in my post above. Montoya hitting the drying truck and the resulting fire at the Daytona 500 was a serious distraction. My bad.

February 27, 2012 7:38 pm

I registered and waiting for acceptance lol. I have to read some of that drivel.

Amino Acids in Meteorites
February 27, 2012 7:53 pm

Politics, money, and politics. Or is it Money, politics, and money. I get them mixed up.

February 27, 2012 7:53 pm

What is really stupid, is that desmogblog focuses exclusively on CO2 and its “ramifications”. CO2 bad! You deny that—you bad! (I’m paraphrasing the basis of their emotional argument). Yet CO2 has nothing to do with smog. Smog is caused by ozone reacting with hydrocarbons. Here is displayed for all to see, the ignorance and the pathetic irony carried by these clowns—they supposedly love ozone, and hate CO2. Clear-cut case of more cognitive dissonance with the wacko eco-crowd. Ignorant of their own foibles.

February 27, 2012 8:05 pm

more laughs:
what is showing on Google as:
Global warming is making the world colder
Adelaide Now – ‎4 hours ago‎
has had the headline changed when u open the link:
28 Feb: Australian Adelaide Advertiser: AFP: Melting Arctic causes snowier winters in Europe, the US
perfect subject for Richard Black:
27 Feb: BBC: Richard Black: Melting Arctic link to cold, snowy UK winters
Whether conditions will get colder still as ice melts further is unclear…

February 27, 2012 8:57 pm

John Blake said @ February 27, 2012 at 5:54 pm

“Smarmy” derives from the 19th Century pejorative “schoolmarm,” typically connoting an obnoxious pendant obsessed with correcting students’ grammatical deficiencies.

Emphasis mine
I am unable to resist! I think you mean pedant; and yes, I are wun 😉

February 27, 2012 9:03 pm

I went to DeSmugBilge once, but it was for investigative purposes only — honest 😉
Kerosene works quite well on crab-lice if you can’t get any DDT emulsion. Just don’t smoke any cigarettes afterwards until its all evaporated/absorbed, or whatever.

Don Simpson
February 27, 2012 9:05 pm

Desmog used to be a good site to goto and post a few comments. Since cliamtegate though they have become very militant and angry, generally they will lock out an identified denier within a few days. Up to the 2009 climate conference they we’re hoping for “hard targets” on emissions but after that went belly up and it became apparent governments we’re just playing lip service to the whole agw issue they have become quite radical in their rhetoric. Accusing senators and congressmen of being on the take.
I am not surprised by there latest escapade but it is funny to watch them in there death spiral. I have been banned long ago but I still go back to watch the same 10 – 20 deluded commenters expouse moral outrage at the so called deniers.
Looking forward to the lawsuit as Desmog will not back down, this is the fight they have been waiting for good versus evil. This is there crusade and they will die on the cross before they concede anything to the Heartland Institute.

February 27, 2012 9:13 pm

The endarkened DeSmogBorg:

Of course, as we well know which sides wins:

Dedication to the highest standards of the scientific method questioning everything while maintaining a commitment to integrity, persistence, vigilance to ensure that all the claims have been independently verified or refuted. That’s the Wattian Way. That is the honest Scientific Way.

Russell C
February 27, 2012 9:19 pm

Probably a good idea to step just a bit further back and consider just who else is famous at Desmogblog, a blogger who started in Jan 2006 just 3 months after Hoggan started the site………
See: “In Case of Heart[land] Attack, Break Glass”
Excerpts: “There is not one thing new about DeSmogBlog’s attack on the Heartland Institute; in fact, elements of it go all the way back to at least 1992, and one person has been involved in this throughout that entire stretch of time: anti-skeptic book author Ross Gelbspan.”
“And so it goes to this day, anybody who has the audacity to question the idea of man-caused global warming must be marginalized in the eyes of the public by any means possible.”

February 27, 2012 9:26 pm

“Global Swarming”
OMG I about pizzed myself! 🙂

February 27, 2012 9:59 pm

I’ve been wondering….anybody know what is the story behind the name “DeSmog?” Is this supposed to be a reference to smog, as in L.A. back in the seventies? I mean, that problem was dealt with years ago. I just don’t get it………..???

Wayne Liston
February 27, 2012 10:17 pm

Remember to keep your friends close but your enemies closer.
DeSmog looks exactly as you would expect it to be but examining the actual Hoggan operating mechanism inside is much more interesting and entertaining.
“Crisis & Issues Management
The best crises are the ones that never happen: calamities that you avoid through thoughtful planning; catastrophes no one notices because you handle them with skill and composure.”
“We help clients identify the optimum frame and establish it in the public mind. In a crisis, we can help lift a story out of a frame that might have been set up by critics”.
“We make it our business to know all that we can about media outlets and the influential individuals within them, all in the interest of enriching your media experience and minimizing unhelpful explosions.”
“For four years our(social media) team has worked with major corporations, government agencies and the non-profit sector to develop and execute cutting-edge social media and online communications.”

Luther Wu
February 27, 2012 10:36 pm

TomRude says:
February 27, 2012 at 5:36 pm
Suzuki comments on the Gleick affair…
When Suzuki starts out saying- “When hackers broke into [CRU]… and selectively released massive amounts of correspondence…”
you just know the rest of his screed is going to be an even bigger laff riot.
Some people actually pay attention to that guy… probably people with the same abilities to sift and process information as those who ‘fall in love’ with and marry death row inmates.

Al Gored
February 27, 2012 10:44 pm

Al Gored says:
February 27, 2012 at 5:07 pm
[snip – over the top -Anthony]
Yes it was. Pardon me. I get carried away when I get that swarming feeling.

February 27, 2012 10:52 pm

Infested with swarms of anti-consensus.

February 27, 2012 11:11 pm

A very perceptive comment by Andrew McRae over at JoNova’s site:

Rhoda Ramirez
February 27, 2012 11:41 pm

Doug Jones, I’m not sure that I agree with McRae’s thesis. Except for the Pentagon Papers, all of the examples that he gave were government vs government in normal intelligence operations. Gleick was cold-bloodedly planning to harm, if not destroy, an organization for no better reason that he didn’t agree with them. This was an individual deciding that he was better than the laws for a ‘nobel. cause’. People can do a lot of damage with that kind of reasoning. As an example I give you 9/11

February 28, 2012 12:20 am

Do you think DeSmug could muster a swarm? A cloud? ok a couple? no, one person then?
Funny how a PR firms web site doesn’t get the folowing of a true science site, scratch that the No.1 Science site and it’s been doing it for years, got an award for that to, would you like to see them I’m sure Anthony will let you look at one of his two awards, DeSmug? you there?
I remember the good old days when PR firms such as DeSmug would give us such things as Ronald McDonald, I guess he gave up fronting Maccy’Ds and went to work for DeSmug blog.
Right I’ve had my fun back to work.

Steve C
February 28, 2012 12:37 am

Nah, they’re just hoping to get a few WUWT commenters over there to bump their page views up. It doesn’t seem to occur to them that when you’re used to the best, you don’t need the rest.

February 28, 2012 12:47 am

For some strange reason Desmog Blog’s feelings of persecution remind me of a story I once heard about Winston Churchill.
It took place on one of those infamous Country House weekends in the 1920’s. Late one night Churchill (as usual the worse for drink) was stumbling along a corridor when he heard a shriek!
A rather frumpish lady pointed at him with a horrified look and said. ‘ Oh Mr Chruchill…it’s sticking out.’
Churchill looked back at her and replied.
‘You flatter yourself’s ‘hanging’ out.’!

Hexe Froschbein
February 28, 2012 12:57 am

Hiding dissenting comments is a stupid feature — I am quite able to judge for myself what to think about things I read, no-one needs to protect me…
And the presence of this lame censoring device shows the way of thinking of the blog owner for using it.

David L
February 28, 2012 1:53 am

The more pressure the warmists feel, the more I see that they are a bunch of paranoid conspiracy minded people. Everything is a conspiracy to them. Big oil is hiding behind every shrub. They are constantly being attacked that is well funded and well coordinated. Reminds me of the era of McCarthy: everyone was a communist. A lot of these guys need psychological evaluation.

February 28, 2012 2:01 am

That solid pillar of the academic community known by his initials as Dr.CO2, from the Anglia-Americus Superior University, was found out as bit of a fraud, was seen inebriated tottering down the road late at night.

February 28, 2012 2:12 am

O/T but my laugh of the day.
J Henry Fair describes Gleick as a hero, “Peter Gleick is a hero, and a man of gumption.”
I tried to make my first ever comment on Huffpo, tried to log in under my Facebook account that uses my real name, and guess what:
I get the message “You have been banned” 🙂

February 28, 2012 2:26 am

Tim Minchin says:
Philip Finck – A little secret … the advert you see is targeted on your behaviour…. 😉
If anyone is concerned about privacy when using search machines and…
“Google is about to start storing a lot more information about the websites you visit.”
…then you might want to try alternative search engines which supposedly don’t track you.
These seem to be generally recommended although I’ve only just started using them so it’s early days: (a search engine run by ixquick which searches through Google but privately)

February 28, 2012 3:05 am

Meta-pix from this morning Guardian front page
(see also

Arthur Gevart
February 28, 2012 3:38 am

My feeling is that DeSmog is meant for : “clearing the minds of the people from the smog of denialist lies ” They see themselves as crisaders, fighting evil,indeed.

February 28, 2012 3:46 am

More hilarity is to be found via this YouTube clip about the Global Warming Panic

Al Gore and his Nobel prize get a mention about 2 minutes in … the comic timing is perfection!

Chuck L
February 28, 2012 4:10 am

Idiots – if a glacier came knocking at their door, they would blame CO2-causes global warming.

February 28, 2012 4:12 am

Ah, a new buzzword is it. It must be buzzing godawful inside their heads. I doubt their heads’ll go pop though, what with how dense they are, implosion seem rather the more logical concluding end. :p

Richard M
February 28, 2012 4:57 am

What some of the folks running censored blogs probably don’t realize is they are partially responsible for the actions of Gleick and others like him. By continuing to present lies about skeptics they get a few dolts to actually believe we are funded by the fossil fuel industry and our only goal is disinformation. If they allowed real scientific debate then people would know this is a lie.
Of course, since that’s about all they have to support the continued scam I guess you can see why it’s done.

Berényi Péter
February 28, 2012 5:52 am

Gleickogenic Global Swarming, the Catastrophic kind

Mike M
February 28, 2012 6:09 am

The desmugblog comment was apparently (& unexpectedly!) already disappeared. I was on Huffpo for a little while to make trouble but it got down to the point that they were desperately and shamelessly blocking my comments that contained links to even government sites like NOAA and NASA that backed up my claims. Yep, it ain’t just a river in Egypt…
If enough of those kind of people, (aka communists), infest our government the 1st Amendment will no longer have any meaning at all which then leaves us starting off with the 2nd.

February 28, 2012 7:01 am

Global Swarming – perfect.

February 28, 2012 7:40 am

HorhamBren says on February 28, 2012 at 3:46 am:
More hilarity is to be found via this YouTube clip about the Global Warming Panic …

THAT was darned good .. best laugh of the morning so far …

John in L du B
February 28, 2012 7:50 am

Ok. OT but just got to say it and Ben Pile over at spike noted it today. The amazing thing revealed by Fakegate and other recent revelatuions isn’t how little funding skeptics receive from any source compared to the CAGW alarmists. We already knew that. What is amazing is how much more the greenshirt organizations get from fossil fuel companies than skeptical scientists. It’s truly mind boggling. Climategate showed the UEA CRU getting grants from Shell, Susuki funded by Encana, Sierra Club funded by a huge donation from Chesapeake Energy.
This was all made really clear to me by an American friend the other day. We were talking about our investments and energy prices and he said “don’t be afriad of high gasoline prices”. I realized that Obama, in his quest for high prices at the pump, is the fossil fuel companies’ little helper along with the greenshirts. Greenshirts are also really happy to take money from banks who would dearly like to rip us by trading carbon credits since the subprime loan scam has played itself out.
Well I do worry about high pump prices. I worry about single moms and working poor who need to drive cars to get to work because there isn’t adequate public tranist. I worry about fuel poverty for the elderly during the winter. Everything that the greenshirts are doing in the name of climate seems to be expressly designed to harm the weekest in society. Have they no conscience?

Mike M
February 28, 2012 8:01 am

Richard M says: … By continuing to present lies about skeptics they get a few dolts to actually believe …

And that word ‘FEW’ my friend pretty much sums up the reason they are losing – not only did they way overestimate the impact CO2 has on temperature, they WAY overestimated the number of dolts stupid enough to believe it.

February 28, 2012 8:43 am

I know this place is usually too high-brow for such simple pop-culture references, but I’ll go ahead and lower the bar.

February 28, 2012 8:56 am

So anyone care to guess when all of this insanity finally flips Megan McCardle as she realized she has been backing a theories defended by a bunch of bozos rather than the repeatable and accurate theories of clear headed AGW skeptics?
She’s soooo close to figuring it all out.
My bet is March 17th.

Dave Wendt
February 28, 2012 10:12 am

In regard to the meme that, despite all the deception and dishonesty the leaked memos still demonstrate the “massive” support offered to the skeptic community by HI, consider this list from of the top 140 biggest political donors in federal-level politics from 1989-2011
HI can’t make these contributions because of their tax status, but this is the arena of influence which they are trying to affect. As a point of reference if you are looking for that other very popular leftist bugaboo Koch Industries, they are down in 79th spot. Pay particular attention to the Tilt column where the relative Dem/ Rep ratios are shown
OpenSecrets has collected an incredible amount of data on the really “massive” quantity of money devoted to manipulating political and public thought and,if you spend any time browsing through it, the overwhelming edge enjoyed by the forces dedicated to the notion of the great need for and true wonderfulness of ever more intrusive and powerful government is undeniable. In almost all areas the money dedicated to pressing the notions of individual liberty and market economics barely rises above the level of round off error of the total.
The recent PR dump about the upcoming Rio conference demonstrates the inexorable quality of the effort. Having determined that CAGW is a loser on the merits, the meme has shifted to the much more amorphous challenge of “Sustainability” and the bureaucratic Leviathon moves ever forward.
Of course focusing on the overt money flows ignores the real edge the statists enjoy in in kind propaganda support from their dominance of academia, media and entertainment. Their combined efforts have so far been entirely successful at concealing the well established historical fact that only one thing always has and always will be “Unsustainable” which is Marxist economics. Sooner or later, and in the present moment much sooner, you always run out of Other People’s Money.

February 28, 2012 10:47 am

TomRude said:”Suzuki comments on the Gleick affair… LOL. ”
Susuki didn’t even write that himself! Now he has lackeys doing his offal writing.

February 28, 2012 3:23 pm
Just click on their Global Warming section. Everything else on that site is pretty solid, but as for AGW, they’re dead wrong. I lost it at “How we know Global Warming is real and human caused”.

February 28, 2012 4:32 pm


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