Not quite Friday Funny

Over at Skeptical Science, SkS founder John  Cook has gone on the full defensive because of the linking of conspiracy “moon landing was faked” author Stephan Lewandowsky to Mr. Cook (and his website) and of offhand comments about his website and the people that run it. It’s a hilarious read, as if they are surprised by the negative reactions due to the transparent and clumsy attempts to paint climate skeptics as conspiracy theorists. Of course, being blind as bats to their own issues, they have their own private conspiracy theory forum where they plot to “rip my throat out”  as part of the ‘…we need a conspiracy to save humanity’ theme. They feel they are being treated unfairly. Priceless.

The funniest part is that Cook ends with this: “We intend to remain focused on what really matters, such as the alarmingly rapid decline in Arctic sea ice and increase in extreme weather events.” Apparently Mr. Cook doesn’t feel the Nature editorial putting science on notice saying: ‘Better models are needed before exceptional events can be reliably linked to global warming’ is worth heeding. It’s climate activist comedy gold.

Josh, always prescient, has some comedy gold of his own.

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September 20, 2012 7:17 am

Onslaught incoming from Columbia University and Greenpeace about a planetary emergyency due to disappearing Arctic sea ice…Onslaught incoming from Columbia University and Greenpeace about a planetary emergyency due to disappearing Arctic sea ice…Onslaught incoming from Columbia University and Greenpeace about a planetary emergyency due to disappearing Arctic sea ice…

September 20, 2012 7:17 am

Brilliant.

Sam the First
September 20, 2012 7:19 am

Endless projection, with these people. It’s a psychoanalytical term.
It’s really got a hold with all these AGW fanatics. They really do need some help to see the mirror-image absurdity of their reactions, never mind being helped with the basics of scientific methodology

Bob Johnston
September 20, 2012 7:21 am

Too funny… particularly after my Facebook page just got hit up by some alarmists who think quoting Cook on Arctic/Antarctic ice extent is persuasive in any fashion whatsoever.

Editor
September 20, 2012 7:22 am

Another great cartoon by Josh to highlight a post about another absurd post from SkepticalScience. Well done, Anthony!!

theduke
September 20, 2012 7:22 am

First link comes up, “not found.”

September 20, 2012 7:23 am

Union of Concerned Skeptics…I love it!
Maybe Kenji can join! I think a piece of blotter paper, and a quiet spot somewhere, Kenji can do pee-er review on the papers.

SanityP
September 20, 2012 7:27 am

I almost read Clime-Aid as Slime-Aid … well, I did.

September 20, 2012 7:28 am

Add another:
“No. You are doing it backwards. First you plot your data. THEN you draw your line.”

The Ghost Of Big Jim Cooley
September 20, 2012 7:32 am

I commented quite a lot on SKS a while back. I found Mr Cook only a little bit less ‘removed’ than Mr Foster over at Open Mind. I love it when people who think they’re intelligent don’t ‘get it’. It says more about them than words ever could.

Dale
September 20, 2012 7:40 am

I posted the following comment third on that thread, but it was deleted by Cook.
“Don’t forget to concentrate on the alarming news that the Great Southern Ocean has also lost just over a million square kms in extent! (As Jo Nova puts it).
Just because one must be balanced.”
To me, balance would mean reporting the new low Arctic ice extent AND the new high Antarctic ice extent.

prjindigo
September 20, 2012 7:44 am

needs a touch of “keep their private life separate from work communications” but its the first comic I’ve printed in nearly a decade.
Thanks!

Peter Miller
September 20, 2012 7:44 am

In my opinion, Josh’s funniest one to date. Sadly, it is a far too accurate portrayal of ‘climate scientists today.
I just logged on to Climate Progress -just out of interest, never done it before – the good folks there are apopleptic about Anthony’s interview on PBS.
It is interesting to read the comments, mostly of the well-argued “Yah, boo suck to you” type. The common thread seems to be hysteria and hate.
With their degree of tolerance and reason, plus if Anthony had written a lot of books, I feel sure street book burning parties would right now be underway in several parts of America.
I cannot be bothered to do it, but has anyone seen any alarmist comments about the record Antarctic sea ice extent, or are they solely concentrating on the supposedly more scary decline in the Arctic ice cap? One thing you can normally never accuse alarmists of, and that is having any sense of balance.

September 20, 2012 7:45 am

Well done, Josh! I love sly, subtle humor. These should be circulated on the windshields of cars parked outside of malls, NOAA, NASA, and East Anglia.

David Ball
September 20, 2012 7:46 am

Hilarious Josh!!! I’ve made a contribution on several occasions but it does not seem to be getting through to the people who need it.

September 20, 2012 7:49 am

Sure it is not, “Slime Aid?”

Craig Moore
September 20, 2012 7:53 am

Change “Part” to “Fraternity.”

DaveA
September 20, 2012 7:57 am

SkS member Dale, questioning the orthodoxy, is told that UHI is gauged by drawing a line between rural and urban stations,
“The script will allow you to process rural and urban stations separately, so that you can see the effects of UHI for yourself.”

AlecM
September 20, 2012 8:02 am

Arctic ice will I suspect have the fastest rebound in History. The physics is quite clear on this. The fast melt was because 3 m waves and more broke up the ice and mixed the stratified top 500 ft of Arctic Ocean. This is normally fresh melt water on top of much warmer salt water.
So, you had salty mixed water which melted the broken up ice and the water cooled. That water is now sending heat to space when there had been no heat transfer from the air [it was below freezing and albedo effects don’t matter over 65° N over flat seas [total external reflection]. Normally the ice acts as an insulator.
Therefore there has probably been a net cooling taking account of the enthalpy of mixing [when you mix fresh water with saline, the mixture cools]. On that basis I am predicting an extraordinarily fast ice melt because there will be no warming from below.
Here are the data showing the start of refreezing: http://ocean.dmi.dk/arctic/icecover.uk.php

Jeff D.
September 20, 2012 8:02 am

Still laughing! Thanks Josh. That is by far my favorite for the last two years. Keep em coming, with the pain that is climate a good laugh really does help.

davidmhoffer
September 20, 2012 8:06 am

“We intend to remain focused on what really matters, such as the alarmingly rapid decline in Arctic sea ice and increase in extreme weather events.”
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Yes, we intend to focus on what really matters, which is the temps going up.
What? Temps aren’t going up?
Yes, we intend to focus on what really matters, extreme weather events.
What? Total Cyclone Energy has been falling?
Yes, we intend to focus on what really matters, sea level rise.
What? Sea level rise is decelerating and insignificant?
Well, we intend to focus on what really matters, glacier retreat.
What? They’re not retreating like we thought and some of them are advancing?
Well, we intend to focus on what really matters, extreme weather events.
What? We used that one already? I forgot. OK, how about temps. Nope used that one too. So all we got is ice, and only the ice from one end of the planet. OK, hype that.

Ken B
September 20, 2012 8:14 am

I think doing a Lewandowsky trumps a Gleick and has Cooked, Cooks skeptical Goose and we Dana Nucitelli care!!….so delicious!! Poetic, there is some justice!!

highflight56433
September 20, 2012 8:36 am

Stephen Rasey says:
September 20, 2012 at 7:28 am
Add another: “No. You are doing it backwards. First you plot your data. THEN you draw your line.”
…maybe should purchase a hockystick so the line can be properly traced….first?

September 20, 2012 8:40 am

Google news shows a single hit for ‘Antarctic sea ice’ (at least in the first few pages). Some obscure US news site pointing out the Antarctic sea ice maximum record. The article has 2 comments, both warmist. The second is a gem.
“The extremity to which cc deniers now go to make a point has reached the level of absurdity. ”
To paraphrase Willis, ‘It’s denial all the way down to the South Pole.’

Don
September 20, 2012 8:42 am

Josh, this is priceless and perfectly realized!
My panel would be “Wardrobe Choices”:
“That emperor’s crown is so yesterday. And don’t you think you’d be warmer in trousers and a shirt?”

September 20, 2012 9:00 am

I’ll see Josh’s cartoon, and raise him a song! I did try to fit a hockey stick in there, but, like the science, it just doesn’t fit! 🙂
Scare The World (Don’t they know it’s Climate Change????)
It’s Climate Change, we all need to be afraid 
With Climate Change, we fake science or we banish it 
And in our world of plenty, we should destroy prosperity! 
Throw your arms up in despair, it’s Climate Change! 
But say a prayer – pray for the stupid ones 
With Climate Change, it’s hard but you must stop having fun 
There’s an IPCC consensus
And it’s a report of dread and fear 
Cause the only water flowing are the melt from the glaciers 
And the deniers and auditors, ignore our science and our doom 
Well tonight pray Gaia takes them instead of you 
And there wont be snow in London town this Christmas time 
The greatest gift they’ll get this year is Al….. Gore 
Heat waves forever grow 
No rain or rivers flow 
Do they know it’s Climate Change at all? 
Here’s to you there’s no gas for anyone 
Here’s to them they’re so ignorant and dumb 
Do they know it’s Climate Change at all? 
Scare the world 
Scare the world 
Scare the world  
Let them know it’s Climate Change and 
Scare the world  
Let them know it’s Climate Change
Scare the world  
Let them know it’s Climate Change….

Here’s the vid for those too young to know or remember….

Steve C
September 20, 2012 9:07 am
beesaman
September 20, 2012 9:24 am

The thing that always strikes me about the majority of Warmists and Warmist blogs is the pure vitriolic hate shown towards anyone that dares not tow the party line. It makes you realise that it was intransigent, blinkered people like this that burnt witches at the stake, prevented emancipation because of a persons gender, creed or race, forced millions into political collectives, held back the reformation and the enlightenment all because they refuse to allow any opposition to their beliefs. They truly are the Climate Taliban and sadly they are funded by our taxes and\or via charity tax exemptions.
As for the academic saps that feed them dubious and academically poor information, well it must be a thrill for so many previosly inconsequential and unproductive people to have a taste of real political power, no wonder they have become addicted to it and now can’t give it up. It is going to take one huge dose of cognitive dissonance to shake these people. But not to worry, nature will see to that, eventually…

John Silver
September 20, 2012 9:24 am

Using more than one sample?
Bah, that’s for laymen. A statistical genius like the Lew man can create an entire world view of one sample.

John R T
September 20, 2012 9:48 am

@davidmhopper
“Yes, we intend to focus on what really matters, sea level rise.
What? Sea level rise is decelerating and insignificant?”
“!?!? Coco / Caribe plates’ movement raises Nicoya?!?!?
Over a meter, you say? Where do we put that: increased elevation? lowered sea level?
Yes, we intend to focus on what really matters,………….”

Editor
September 20, 2012 10:12 am

Bob Tisdale says:
September 20, 2012 at 7:22 am

Another great cartoon by Josh to highlight a post about another absurd post from SkepticalScience. Well done, Anthony!!

From the first couple of sub-cartoons I thought it was directed to a particular scientist at UEA.
Sooner or later they’ll thank us. Most likely later.

Crispin in Waterloo
September 20, 2012 10:30 am

@AlexM
I think you meant, “Therefore there has probably been a net cooling taking account of the enthalpy of mixing [when you mix fresh water with saline, the mixture cools]. On that basis I am predicting an extraordinarily fast ice freezebecause there will be no warming from below.”
I agree with your analysis.

davidmhoffer
September 20, 2012 10:42 am

John R T says:
September 20, 2012 at 9:48 am
@davidmhopper
“Yes, we intend to focus on what really matters, sea level rise.
What? Sea level rise is decelerating and insignificant?”
“!?!? Coco / Caribe plates’ movement raises Nicoya?!?!?
Over a meter, you say? Where do we put that: increased elevation? lowered sea level?
Yes, we intend to focus on what really matters,………….”
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Is there some part of the word “decelerating” that you do not understand?

Bloke down the pub
September 20, 2012 11:04 am

Peter Miller says:
September 20, 2012 at 7:44 am
With their degree of tolerance and reason, plus if Anthony had written a lot of books, I feel sure street book burning parties would right now be underway in several parts of America.
Perhaps as Anthony writes a blog, they’ll be out there burning their computers. I don’t know if Phil Jones still has to wipe the typex off the screen.

davidmhoffer
September 20, 2012 11:15 am

Alarmist: Look! Look! That car is travelling 100 km/hr straight toward a wall that it will strike with catastrophic consequences.
Skeptic: Uhm…. the wall is 100 km away and the car is decelerating.
Alarmist: Do you not understand what happens when a car hits a wall at 100 km/hr?
Skeptic: Uhm…. yes I do, but the car is decelerating!
Alarmist: Look! Look! That car is travelling 1400 meters/minute and is headed staright for that wall! Catastrophe!
Skeptic: Uhm…. the wall is about 99 km away and the car is decelerating…
Alarmist: Do you know what happens when a car hits a wall at 1400 meters/minute?
Skeptic: Uhm…. yes, somewhat less than what would happen at 100 km/hr, but the point is the car is decelerating.
Alasmist: Look! Look! That car is travelling 10,000 mm/S and is headed straight for that wall! Catastrophe!
Skeptic: Uhm…. the wall is about 98.5 km away and the car is decelerating.
Alarmist: Graph those data points! 100! 1400! 10,000! Do you not see what is happening here? Catastrophe! Catastrophe!
Skeptic: Uhm…. the car has come to a stop. Ooops, he got rear ended. OK, now we have a problem.
Alarmist: See? I TOLD you that car was headed for catastrophe! And LOOK! After being hit from behind by that semi-trailer, the car is now skidding down the road toward that wall again! MORE catastrophe! When are you skeptics going to learn something about science?
Skeptic: Uhm…. I’ve got some land for sale. Not worth much right now but in a hundred years it will be beach front property. Speculators are going wild. You want in on the ground floor?

Stephen Brown
September 20, 2012 11:40 am

Josh has created an even more amusing up-dated desktop version!
http://www.cartoonsbyjosh.com/Clime_aid_desktop.jpg

September 20, 2012 12:18 pm

Just read the original crook Cook post.
In relation to the hacking at the sKs site, he indignantly refers to

…. unethical process of publishing stolen private correspondence.

and

mining from stolen private correspondence

The sad sack tone contrasts with the glee and almost ecstatic fervour with which sKs participated in the dissemination of the stolen Heartland documents here and here and here
Hypocrite.

EternalOptimist
September 20, 2012 12:20 pm

wait…I see a climate refugee coming up the drive, probably wants assistance for him and his family.

no.. it was a solar panel salesman. told him to b**ger off and get a proper job

Tucci78
September 20, 2012 3:08 pm

At 11:15 AM on 20 September, davidmhoffer proves yet again that he is an evil person.
Quotable, sure. But evil.

IanG
September 20, 2012 5:27 pm

I’m surprised John Cook is not seeking the contact details for Bob Geldof to arrange for “Concert for Clime-Aid”.

September 20, 2012 10:42 pm

Hey…. My song works!!!!!

Tucci78
September 21, 2012 5:37 am

At 11″40 AM on 20 September, Stephen Brown had observed of the above-cited cartoon:

Josh has created an even more amusing up-dated desktop version!

…which, please note, uses as its “wallpaper” Josh’s version of the University of East Anglia’s own.
I do hope the UEA folks enjoy getting done “Different.”
If anybody ever deserved to get done – good and hard – it’s them folks.

Mario Lento
September 21, 2012 10:03 am

@Bob Johnston: I would like to get into the debate on your FB pages. These kooks who reference SkS don’t see straight and I would be honored to take them on with facts to bolster your fun.

Editor
September 22, 2012 6:34 am

Michael J Alexander – love the song!

Lars P.
September 22, 2012 10:31 am

Josh this is priceless! Thank you!

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