Peter Gleick makes a complete fool of himself…again

Whoo boy. Maybe he just better stick to bottled water ranting, because he’s now 0-2 for climate and political commentary. Cue the America’s Dumbest Criminals theme intro.

Here’s the tweet the link to the image (image link – which he has already deleted):

Twitter / PeterGleick:

Irony? Coincidence? When I downloaded the NYTimes Eastwood convention story, the ad on the page was about dementia.

Gleick thinks he’s pretty smart, in that Wile E. Coyote sort of way…until Lucia Liljegren comes along with a line worthy of Eastwood himself:

Lucia, you just made my day!

h/t to Tom Nelson

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September 1, 2012 12:51 am


September 1, 2012 12:53 am

Ha! It may my day too. Brilliant retort from Lucia!

September 1, 2012 12:54 am

Delicious, Gleick is a nugget alright and a priceless one at that.

September 1, 2012 12:57 am

The man is obviously a total [snip], dementia is not something to be mocked; it is a cruel, terminal, illness that is incurable.

Mike Bromley the Kurd
September 1, 2012 12:58 am

Brilliant! Like so many narcissistic people, Ol’ Gleick is blissfully unaware of how vainglorious he actually is. Haughty indifference reigns.

September 1, 2012 1:03 am

Lucia and Anthony stop making fun of somebody feeble of mind!

September 1, 2012 1:13 am

Made my day.

September 1, 2012 1:16 am

great retort

Jack Cowper
September 1, 2012 1:20 am

100% agree with Mr Harding. Gleick should be ashamed of that tweet. True colours shining through at last.

A Lovell
September 1, 2012 1:31 am

Gleick is currently winning the vote for ‘Climate Prat of the Year’ on Pointman’s site. I would say this probably clinches it!

September 1, 2012 1:34 am

Well done Lucia – oh to be that quick witted myself!
Gleick forgets that when you point a finger at someone and look down at your hand you have three pointing back at yourself. It works just the same for mockery as it does for blame.
Stand on the worlds stage and you make yourself a target – Clint Eastwood, a veteran performer – knows this and is prepared to be mocked for his cause. Gleick is happy to dish it out but can’t take it and has to remove the comment lest all the world sees it (as he intended).

September 1, 2012 1:53 am

Gleick will get a prize this year for his contribution to climate science:
And the contenders for greatest contribution to Climate Science this year are
Peter Gleick
…. for showing the true nature of climate science.
Svensmark, Martin Enghoff and Jens Olaf Pedersen for their paper: “Response of Cloud Condensation Nuclei (> 50 nm) to changes in ion-nucleation“

And the prize for worst contribution … there’s only one contender. Who could that possibly be?
[link editted ~ac]

September 1, 2012 1:54 am

On the heels of Gleickgate, a lot of people think Gleick is probably an idiot. Why does he feel the urgent need to remove all doubt of it?

Disko Troop
September 1, 2012 1:56 am

andrewmharding says:
September 1, 2012 at 12:57
I totally agree with Mr Harding.
Gleick is not just a thief and a fraudster he now shows himself to be a nasty vicious, spiteful [snip]. My father, who WAS a genius, died after ten years of dementia.
Ivor Ward

Rick Bradford
September 1, 2012 1:59 am

Gleick really is a sorry piece of work — and those who decided to support his lying to the Heartland Institute go into the same can, as far as I am concerned.
These people serially display a total lack of integrity, and then act surprised when nobody believes their alarmist pronouncements on climate.

Doug UK
September 1, 2012 2:01 am

What a fantastic retort – certainly made my Sat morning! :0)

cui bono
September 1, 2012 2:04 am

I care for my mother 24*7. She is 98 and has advanced dementia. She needs a lot of help.
But she is still less sick in her mind than Peter Gleick.

David, UK
September 1, 2012 2:08 am

Pardon my French, but: Absolutely f'<X!¬g PERFECT response! And so much more intelligent than Gleick's crass remark. Go Lucia!

September 1, 2012 2:08 am

more humour in the East Anglia news:
1 Sept: East Anglia Daily Times: Matt Hunter: Eye: Wind Turbines rejected over bat concerns
Mid Suffolk District Council officers had recommended the application for the wind turbines in Kings Farm, Cranley Road, Eye for approval.
But the chairman of the planning referrals committee, councillor Stuart Gemmill said the council had decided to change the application’s recommendation to refusal, after there were concerns that an ecological survey had not been carried out and there were worries about the effect the turbines could have on a bat colony. The joint owner of Kings Farm, Sheila Havers, said she only found out about the council’s change of position when she arrived at the meeting.
She said: “I think it’s bad that something is going for recommendation and then I find out it is going to be refused – they can change their minds like that.”
Mrs Havers said she thought the plans had gone to the referrals committee because of concerns, which were later quashed, that noise from the turbines could affect dogs at the boarding kennels business at the farm.
“They were going to discuss the kennels but by the time I had got there it was the bat issue. I have never been to a council meeting before and I can understand why.”…
But Mrs Havers said that although there had been a colony of bats on the 250-acre farm a few years ago they had now disappeared…

September 1, 2012 2:09 am

It just proves that education does not always equate to wisdom, Gleick comes over as a rather foolish and bitter person. A common trait amongst Warmists…

September 1, 2012 2:33 am

more battiness:
31 Aug: GazetteXtra: AP: Federal effort focuses on bats, Wisconsin wind turbines
MADISON—Federal wildlife officials are asking the public to weigh in on ways to protect birds and bats from wind turbines in Wisconsin and elsewhere…
Department spokeswoman Georgia Parham says one solution could be to have wind-energy companies change how they operate turbines. That could include slowing the turbines when bats are near or birds are in a migration pattern.
Another solution could be not to locate wind-energy projects in areas frequented by endangered birds and bats…

September 1, 2012 3:01 am

Hey Gleick [snip], want to know how a true human being acts.
Then again your just a spiteful little man. Learn something [snip].

September 1, 2012 3:05 am

I wish I’d thought of that.

September 1, 2012 3:34 am

Seen this before
“Prezza’s ’embarrassing own goal’: Former deputy PM accuses Tory of advertising Thai Brides… but MP points out adverts are based on visitors’ previous browser use”

Kurt in Switzerland
September 1, 2012 3:46 am

“Climate Prat of the Year” — thx for the ref. A Lovell! Great stuff.
Could you send a pointman link?
Maybe another word would be better for some, as “prat” is not widely used in N. America.
Anthony could highlight the contest, with the top ten announced on 31 December 2012.
Kurt in Switzerland

September 1, 2012 3:52 am

Magnificent. Priceless. Many times, one looks brighter if one stays shut.

David L
September 1, 2012 3:53 am

He exposed himself not only as a [snip] but an insensitive jerk as well.

September 1, 2012 4:00 am

An ad about dementia should come as no surprise to Gleick, he has kookies enabled.

A Lovell
September 1, 2012 4:23 am

Kurt in Switzerland says:
September 1, 2012 at 3:46 am
“Climate Prat of the Year”
I am merely a reader and occasional commenter at the above site. I have no other connection with it. However it, seemed apposite when a prat like Gleick makes such an odious observation.

September 1, 2012 5:17 am

I thought Eastwood was perfectly lucid, I just don’t agree with him though……dementia? Some people didn’t get his little performance.

Vince Causey
September 1, 2012 5:36 am

So Peter Gleick sees fit to mock an elderly man with a dementia joke. Of course, it’s always open season on the elderly (would he have made a similar wisecrack if, instead of being merely old, he was disabled?) But what of Clint’s performance anyway?
It is certainly true that Clint appeared to struggle to recall the words he needed to complete his thoughts, and it is true that he went on longer than was necessary – too long for sure.
But his presentation was well thought out, witty, and appropriate. He said how everyone was crying when Obama won: “Oprah cried (laughter). Even I cried. I have never cried so much until I learned that 23 million Americans are out of work (applause).”
The empty chair routine is old enough in comedy – whether it be an actual chair, or a dummy. Harry Corbet (UK) used to have a glove puppet called Sooty, who, despite not uttering a single word, was able to have a conversation with Harry, who filled in just enough by repeating what Sooty was supposed to have said to make the dialogue understandable. The “dialogue” with the empty chair was also hilarious, although not particularly erudite. For example, Clint to chair: “What was that you said? You can’t say that to Mitt. (pause). How can he do that to himself? (rapturous laughter)”
I don’t think Clint Eastwood made a fool of himself at all. Age affects all of us, and that he was prepared to perform despite these handicaps speaks of his courage. Whether or not it overshadowed Mitt, well, that is another question entirely.

M Seward
September 1, 2012 5:39 am

and the real punchline is…. Gleick probably faked the dementia ad thing up to start with.
Either way what a hoot. Purrrfect!

Chuck L
September 1, 2012 5:44 am

Gleick got my vote as “Climate Prat” of the year. He is a reprehensible little insect and a waste of protein.

Tom J
September 1, 2012 6:02 am

I think an important point is being missed here, and that’s the dirty secret of age discrimination on the left. Gleick’s innuendo about Clint Eastwood and dementia was clearly a biased statement on Eastwood’s age. C’mon, it’s rampant on the left and in the Obama administration. I mean look at the 700 billion raided from Medicare. Or the retirement accounts; blown to smithereens, obliterated, wiped off the face of the earth.

September 1, 2012 6:07 am

I loved the Eastwood bit. Thought he did a great job. Obama has been the absent President and the empty chair was perfect.

September 1, 2012 6:24 am

-shrug- I tend to rank jokes about dementia at the same level as fart jokes.

September 1, 2012 6:28 am

Brilliant, Lucia, just brilliant!

September 1, 2012 6:39 am

First principles: if you’ve dug yourself a hole, stop digging. It only makes things worse!

mark f
September 1, 2012 7:07 am

Totally justified comment by the hate-panderers on the left. The dems should put him on the stage at their own convention, no?

Joe Postma
September 1, 2012 7:13 am

OMG how perfectly brilliant. But see, understanding logic like this is the difference between real rational capability and skeptical science vs. the mass of frauds, cheats, decline hiders, and stupefied masses that hate and deny non-anthropogenic climate change.

Chris B
September 1, 2012 7:13 am

Perhaps Peter could explain his twitter comment, here and now?

Mickey Reno
September 1, 2012 7:17 am

Good one, Lucia. Maybe, in 5 or 10 years, when Peter Glieck sees another in a long stream of similarly scathing responses to his pointless ponderings, he may actually begin to understand the profundity of the effects of his criminal behavior. But it’s clear to me is that he hasn’t learned it, yet.

September 1, 2012 7:26 am

Glad you guys enjoyed it. I went to check whether anyone tweeted on Lewandowsky, and there was Gleick’s tweet. I couldn’t help myself!
Oddly, I don’t tweet much and certainly rarely get off any zingers.

David A. Evans
September 1, 2012 7:42 am

Lucia, I think I love you. 😉

September 1, 2012 8:07 am

andrewmharding says: “The man is obviously a total moron, dementia is not something to be mocked; it is a cruel, terminal, illness that is incurable.”
Yes, as well as progressive.
We’ll be hearing more nonsense from Gleick in future.

stephen richards
September 1, 2012 8:30 am

She is a bright young lady, Lucia.

Jeff D
September 1, 2012 8:38 am

Will he please just crawl back under the rock from whence he came.

September 1, 2012 9:19 am

It appears that he continues to exhibit a serious lapse of his “own professional judgment and ethics”.
Thanks goodness he is no longer in charge of AGU’s Scientific Ethics panel.

Mario Lento
September 1, 2012 9:29 am

If only Obama were in fact absent. While I get the job… and think he’s an empty chair, the fact is he’s not. He’s done most of the things he’s promised. Here’s a short list off the top of my head. 1) He has spread the wealth around, albeit now there is much less of it. 2) He brought us Obama care, and 3) It was rewritten by and then passed the supreme court. 4) He’s made energy and electricity more expensive than it needs to be. All of these things were promises before he got in office. We need to be careful we do not confuse logical understanding with our ability to convince voters this is not a good course.

Luther Wu
September 1, 2012 9:47 am

Got an address where we can send a bouquet?
Say, does anyone know if Lucia is married?

Oscar Bajner
September 1, 2012 9:49 am

Well done Lucia!
And well done to ALL the lefties, ya, making all the lovable ol coots mad as hell!
See ya’ll in November

September 1, 2012 9:58 am

For a few seconds, I couldn’t tell where Eastwood was going with that bit. But as soon as I recognized the empty chair was a prop to represent a conversation with the President, I realized he was ripping off Bob Newhart’s act. And yesterday, Bob tweeted that he was going to have his lawyers look into suing Eastwood for it (in jest, of course).
The low-key approach made it sound like an unrehearsed conversation, in which Clint was saying what most people would say if they had a chance to actually have that conversation. And most important of all, he showed that it’s possible to mock this President, as comedians mock every other President, but seem to be afraid they can’t do without being raaaaacist somehow. As Saul Alinsky put it in his Rules for Radicals, ridicule is a very potent weapon, which can’t be refuted. Just look at how many people believe that Gov. Palin said she could see Russia from her house, or who think Pres. Ford fell down every Saturday night, just because someone playing them on SNL did those things.
Eastwood was not exhibiting dementia or senility. He was doing performance art, and he emptied his entire magazine in the 10-ring. Every GOP candidate for any office should arrange to have an empty chair on stage at every event from now until Election Day. They don’t have to say a word about it. Just have it on the stage. Maybe when referring to the policies of the current Adminstration, allow the eyes to flick ever so briefly in the direction of the empty chair. It would really pump up the crowd, and as Alinsky said, there is no way to answer it.
Whenever warmists refuse to debate skeptics, I recommend the skeptics appear with a chair empty save for a hockey stick.

September 1, 2012 10:28 am

Hey Clint,
I spent 1956 – 1962 living near Eglin AFB in the Florida Panhandle. The WWII and Korean Police Action era pilots had an appropriate saying that fits your situation exactly.
“You know you are over the right target when you start getting a lot of Flak”.

John F. Hultquist
September 1, 2012 10:47 am

The Monster says:
September 1, 2012 at 9:58 am
“. . . he emptied his entire magazine in the 10-ring

In a community where “it’s not surprising,” that we “get bitter and” .. “cling to guns” your analogy will be easily understood. There may be many readers of WUWT in need of a visual clue:
In this image, note that its creator seems to have started in the lower right (about the 5 o’clock position) and beyond the 5-ring, seemingly to improve with many 10-ring entries. There is a hole just under the “6” on the 9 o’clock side. WUWT?

John F. Hultquist
September 1, 2012 10:59 am

. . . and to continue from my above comment:
I think Monster’s idea is brilliant, namely
”Every GOP candidate for any office should arrange to have an empty chair on stage at every event from now until Election Day. They don’t have to say a word about it. Just have it on the stage. [The Monster, 9/1/2012, @ 9:58 am]
Please, with Monster’s permission, can we circulate this widely?
** despicable **
Peter Gleick’s photo should appear beside this word in picture dictionaries.

September 1, 2012 11:04 am

Mods…. am I permitted to say what a dickhead?

September 1, 2012 11:50 am

Alternate Headline: Democrat doesn’t understand art, says “Hollywood types suffer dementia.”

kadaka (KD Knoebel)
September 1, 2012 11:51 am

From SunderlandSteve on September 1, 2012 at 11:04 am:

Mods…. am I permitted to say what a dickhead?

The end of my male member wishes to protest such an insulting comparison, as opposed to Gleick it knows when it’s time to get out of a hole and which ones it shouldn’t be in to begin with.

George E. Smith
September 1, 2012 1:04 pm

Well the only problem I had watching the thoroughly priceless Impromptu live performance by mega actor Clint Eastwood, is that I couldn’t reconcile him doing that without the usual tennis net stereo teleprompter Obama performances, we get from the alphabet soup T&V networks.
That silly old geezer who used to be a newsman on CBS evening news, thoroughly embarrassed himself, with his comment about Eastwoods Oscar winning performance.
Dementia; my foot, he performed as well as Meryl Streep did on Dame Margaret Thatcher.

September 1, 2012 1:12 pm

kadaka (KD Knoebel) says:
September 1, 2012 at 11:51 am
From SunderlandSteve on September 1, 2012 at 11:04 am:
Mods…. am I permitted to say what a dickhead?
The end of my male member wishes to protest such an insulting comparison, as opposed to Gleick it knows when it’s time to get out of a hole and which ones it shouldn’t be in to begin with.
It pays to have a “male member” with a mind of it’s own. Gleick’s, apparently, doesn’t.
So dick/head applies.

September 1, 2012 1:14 pm

clipe says:
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September 1, 2012 at 1:12 pm
kadaka (KD Knoebel) says:
September 1, 2012 at 11:51 am
From SunderlandSteve on September 1, 2012 at 11:04 am:
Mods…. am I permitted to say what a dickhead?
The end of my male member wishes to protest such an insulting comparison, as opposed to Gleick it knows when it’s time to get out of a hole and which ones it shouldn’t be in to begin with.

It pays to have a “male member” with a mind of it’s own. Gleick’s, apparently, doesn’t.
So dick/head applies.

Brian H
September 1, 2012 2:24 pm

Disko Troop says:
September 1, 2012 at 1:56 am
andrewmharding says:
September 1, 2012 at 12:57
I totally agree with Mr Harding.
Gleick is not just a thief and a fraudster he now shows himself to be a nasty vicious, spiteful [snip]. My father, who WAS a genius, died after ten years of dementia.
Ivor Ward

Gleick suffers from a special kind: voluntary dementia.

Brian H
September 1, 2012 2:34 pm

PaulH says:
September 1, 2012 at 6:24 am
-shrug- I tend to rank jokes about dementia at the same level as fart jokes.

Japan’s favourite!
Even before Kyoto.

September 1, 2012 3:33 pm

Re: Mr. Eastwood and the (empty) chair, Gleick mocking the elderly. It struck me as the type of prop (method) actors use to get into the proper frame of mind. In this case, a certain Mr. O, a poorly performing, arrogant and sullen employee is about to get a dressing down from his boss, Mr. E in the role of we-the-people. Which (after disrespecting his employer with language and an attitude Mr. O is known to use) is going to end with “your measure has been taken and you’ve been found wanting, you’re fired, now get out of my sight.”
Mr. E even asks him to step aside to let Mr. R begin cleaning up the mess he’s created. Hmm.. Remember the clamor in the MSM in 2008 asking that Mr. B remove himself in November so Mr. O could begin to save the earth and earn his Nobel immediately? Certainly seems more deserved in this case.
Well done. I hope I am half as able when I’m 80. I suspect the leftists have yet to appreciate how Mr. E’s skit has exposed their emperor, and is inexorably destroying the facades of their entire Potemkin village.
Even better every response by the Left to Mr. E will expose how they really think about and treat the elderly (His zero-interest rate policies have halved the income of most the elderly, and Obamacare has promised to take trillions out of the elderly’s health-system – ending medical-innovation as we know it, leaving who-can-get-what treatment to a government panel who will also be telling us how we have to live, etc.). Remember Mr. O’s treatment of his grandmother? And his never missing an opportunity to neglect to ask his Muslim friends to emancipate women? (doubly striking given his own use of racialism and history). His family, brother in Africa? Even children, condemning many of the least of us to a worthless education in government schools, to say nothing of the ethnic cleansing we see of unborn children.
So Mr. E has pitched, and the Left has hit into a triple play – every retort showing the Left is at war with the elderly, with women and with the family.

September 1, 2012 4:22 pm

F. Hultquist
Of course you have my permission. The point of expressing that idea was that maybe someone working for a candidate will see it and run with it. The more people repost that idea, the better the chance.

September 1, 2012 4:36 pm

Did anyone ask Mr. Gleick if he’s seen a doctor about his raging case of fraud?

En Passant
September 1, 2012 7:06 pm

The real disappointment is that Gleick has not been charged for his frauds and deceptions yet. Now it appears this troll believes he is off the hook and can poke his head out of his hole again

Aussie Luke Warm
September 1, 2012 7:50 pm

I think Lucia just won the “rejoinder of the year award.”

Aussie Luke Warm
September 1, 2012 7:58 pm

aritai says:
September 1, 2012 at 3:33 pm
“so Mr. O could begin to save the earth and earn his Nobel immediately? ”
Ah yes, the Nobel Peace Prize episode. *still shaking head in stunned disbelief*

September 1, 2012 8:34 pm

There was a wonderful observation on Eastwood’s speech from Richard Fernandez at The Belmont Club:

It was an old man’s delivery, but overstatedly so for effect. It was a cutting delivery and for that reason delivered in low key. But for all of Clint Eastwood’s rhetorical cleverness at the Republican Convention, the speech derived its effectiveness precisely because it wasn’t one of those “I take this platform tonight with pen in hand, bearing in mind the immortal words of Clancy M. Duckworth” type orations. It wasn’t the speech of someone who was running for office.Rather it might have come from Mr. Weller down at the corner office musing on simple things to not very important people. How it wasn’t good form to mess things up continuously. How one might lose faith in a man who made one broken promise too many. How at the end of the day everyone either did the job or quit out of decency. Even presidents.There was no malice in it. Just a tone of regret. But it was redolent of memory too. Of simple things a world away from the Mountaintop, of sentiments a light-year from dramatic arcs, and of ordinary happiness in a universe apart from grand bargains and high-flown rhetorical visions. They were truths that everyone who has ever worked knows but has somehow forgotten because they were so ordinary.But they were never known to those who had never worked a real job in their lives. And that is the wonder. That they never knew them. Thus the speech was at once us versus them; it was the check in the mail against the certainties of the heart. Every true challenge is built on the bricks of memory. And there were as many challenges in the Eastwood speech as the stones we stand on.

September 1, 2012 9:48 pm

Moderator, may I simply say that Peter Gleick has proved once again that he is a vile scummy charlatan who proves himself unworthy of whatever sympathy I never had for him???
Dementia jokes, really???

kadaka (KD Knoebel)
September 2, 2012 12:51 am

From Skiphil on September 1, 2012 at 9:48 pm:

Dementia jokes, really???

Oh, I dunno. My dad used to like jokes about people who got forgetful with age until he forgot how to chuckle or smile.

September 2, 2012 6:30 am

[Snip. Baseless insults. ~dbs, mod.]

September 2, 2012 7:45 am

Stupid is as stupid does.

Rational Db8
September 2, 2012 10:04 am

Another Eastwood related tweet I thought apropos and hilarious was along the lines of ‘I thought Marco Rubio’s speech was the best of the night, with one major flaw – it was a little rude of him to ignore invisible Obama sitting right there in the chair on the stage.’

Rational Db8
September 2, 2012 10:14 am

re post by: Brian H says: September 1, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Gleick suffers from a special kind: voluntary dementia.

Probably more in line with his Dear Leader’s problem: Confident Ignorance. They know what they know, but what they know ain’t so!
Obama’s ‘Confident Ignorance’ At Root Of His Failure
Thomas Sowell Tue, Sep 04 2012

Rational Db8
September 2, 2012 10:28 am

Even Obama, ‘the most brilliant president evah‘, fell right into Eastwood’s trap. After claiming he wasn’t watching the RNC speeches, at midnight that night he tweeted a response to Clint – a photo of the back of a chair labelled ‘the president’ with the back of his head peeking over the top, and the tweet “this chair’s taken.” Even in trying for a rejoinder, Obama turns his back on the American people.
Wonder how Obama likes being compared all over the web and in the media to Jimmy Stewart’s invisible 6′ rabbit, Harvey?

September 3, 2012 12:28 pm

Gleick must be angling for the Climate Prat award; what a dumb thing to say! (More evidence that lefties can’t do humor.)
The rejoinder, though, is right on the mark.

Tim Minchin
September 4, 2012 5:58 pm

You shuldn’t pick on the retarded
[Nor those who knead spell check. 8<) Robt]

S Basinger
September 5, 2012 7:57 am

I’m now an even bigger fan of Lucia. Brilliantly done.

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