Nobel cause corruption?

UPDATE: uh oh

The National Review decided to offer congratulations to Dr. Mann, they write:

Honoring Michael Mann’s Nobel Prize

To mark Michael Mann’s Nobel Prize, we bought this full-page ad that ran in today’s Penn State student newspaper.

Rich Lowry is the editor of National Review.

h/t to WUWT reader Frank K

UPDATE: Proof that it actually ran, here

h/t to Brian Lemon


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It is fitting that this partial share of a Nobel prize came under the Politicking category, and not as Science.

[snip – funny but a bit over the top -mod]

Mark T

That’s just plain cold-hearted. I like it.

Nicholas Harding

Hate it when the mod snips stuff and calls it funny—-mod just snip it don’t tell me it’s funny.
Leaders Undone By Resume Fraud
Scott Thompson – After spending only a few months as CEO of Yahoo!, Thompson was fired when an activist investor revealed he did not actually hold a degree in computer science from StoneHill College, as his credentials had said. His degree was actually in business.
Ronald Zarrella – In 2002, the CEO of Bausch & Lomb offered to resign after it was revealed he did not actually have a master’s degree in business administration from New York University, which he had listed on his resume for a decade. His $1.1 million bonus was revoked.
Ken Lonchar – The executive vice president and chief financial officer of Veritas software–now Symantec–resigned after reports that he embellished his resume with a fake MBA from Standford University.
Joe Biden – Now the vice president of the United States, Biden dropped out of the 1988 president race after it was found he had plagiarized during his time as a law student, made false claims about his academic history, and plagiarized a speech.
Marille Jones – Jones resigned as dean of admissions at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2007, after admitting she had lied about her academic degrees on her application to work there 28 years before.

Gunga Din

[snip – over the top, and not funny -mod]


[snip – please let’s not go there – mod]

Satire is good. The more biting the better. Unfortunately it is only those who are secure within, that can laugh at themselves and celebrate it with others.

Oh, that’s gotta sting like mad.
So why am I laughing so hard?!
Well played, NRO, extremely well played. 🙂


This is brutal. What extremists like Mann cannot deal with, is being the laughing stock of the Nation.

kbray in california

Outstandingly embarrassing !
With all that rain, there must be a fresh sinkhole nearby he can crawl into.

Nicholas – it was just a variation on this:


Pretty cheap shot……
….but then again, if anyone was ever more deserving of a cheap shot…

Pamela Gray

Claiming a Nobel Prize where none has been given is fraud. Not a laughing matter. It lends credence to the charge of fraud often spoken by many skeptics and ridiculed as being paranoid by AGWers.

I would have preferred to have had the previous sticky about Mann’s suit still at the top. The comments may have been getting unwieldy but there was still some good conversation going on. Sadly that all ends in a day as soon as the post drops from the front.
Ah well, my only comment about this article is: The headline is genius!

James Allison

Haha – given how over the top the advert is these snipped comments must be really really over the top.


Apparently the last-mentioned Rigoberta Menchu was accused of stretching the truth a bit in her dictated autobiography “… to meet the publicity needs of the guerrilla movement…”

Art Sprunger

[snip – over the top -mod]

Political Junkie

An attempt by Mann to intimidate Steyn and National Review seems to be falling just a tad below Mickey’s expectations!
To buy ad space in the Penn State newspaper – brilliant!
Steyn’s cojones are impressive!

cui bono

MegaloMann will probably have the editor of the student newspaper fired for carrying this. He or she will then join a very distinguished cohort…
No sense of humour, some people.


[self snip]
Ha ha mod, beat you to it!


Priceless, absolutely priceless!

Ayup. As expected, NRO is enjoying this lawsuit. Well played.
Poor Mike. I can picture him sitting there staring at that ad… “But… but… my lawyer said they’d be intimidated by the lawsuit.”

Physics Major

I like it!

Theo Goodwin

Why would Mann not treat the ad as legitimate. Isn’t that the Mann way?


Mann has absolutely no idea what he’s gotten himself into. These guys are good.

Mike Smith

Ouch! That has got to sting!


i believe that we can file this under Rule 5
“Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” There is no defense. It’s irrational. It’s infuriating.
good job nro

P. Solar

Looks like Judith got it right, this is going to end in tears Mikey.
Reputation? What reputation?


As a leading scholar of Mannic behavior, I predict that Mann will resist attempts by his lawyers to amend the complaint. He will insist that he has in fact won the Nobel Prize, and will call the Nobel Committee’s statement to the contrary “bizarre” and “disingenuous”. This will put the lawyers in the real bind (its amazing to me that they didn’t check this basic fact before filing their compliant with the court). In the end, if Mann refuses to allow the lawyers to amend the complaint, the lawyers will have no other options but to withdraw as counsel to Mann.
On a related note, I’m surprised that he student newspaper ran the add. I imagine Mann is working to have the editor removed as we speak.

Awesome NRO.


Me thinks that Mann is a denier… he denied reality when stating that he’s a Nobel laureate. One has to think that there are some at Penn State that believe that Mann is a distraction at best and an idiot at worst. As for me… I’m leaning towards the conclusion that he’s an idiot.
Megakudos to those running the student newspaper at Penn State! They had the guts to do what the administration of that school couldn’t… or wouldn’t.

Ridicule is the antidote to pomposity.

James Allison

Pamela Gray says:
October 31, 2012 at 6:04 pm
Claiming a Nobel Prize where none has been given is fraud. Not a laughing matter.
Fair comment but its highly unlikely there will be any successful official inquiry (yet another whitewash – yawn) into Mann several false claims that he received the Nobel Peace Prize. So at least skeptics can have some fun along the way and denting Mann’s huge ego is really good fun.


Re Rigoberta Menchú: While their is some doubt about elements of her story, it seems generally accepted that she was deserving of a Nobel Peace Prize. (other than David Horowitz attempting to label her as a “Marxist terrorist).
Rather a pity they had to use the comparison. Unnecessary.

P. Solar

I like the way they point out how utterly farcical the Peace Prize is anyway. Especially the Rigoberta Menchu bit.

Dale McIntyre

Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive…


I like it.

Julian Williams in Wales

The lawyer’s firm who filed this case must feel like fools too, to have taken on such a public case and fallen before they reached the first fence must be very damaging to their reputation. I wonder how much per hour they charge for such ineptitude


Perhaps, Nobel Prize presumption?


Awww, your going to hurt Manny’s feelings again. You meanies.

brian lemon

Heres a link to the digital “hard copy”
Beauty – [snip]


See Mike? NRO’s not so bad. They didn’t even use the F* word.


Mann thinks the fuss is all about him. He deserves this roasting.

You should have added “Faux-cahontas” (Elizabeth Warren – running against Scott Brown in the Massachusetts Senatorial contest who apparently got into Harvard pretending to be a Native American, whose grandfather was guilty of actually shooting a Native American, and to which heritage she has produced no evidence) to the list of prevaricators. She contributed 5 recipes to a book titled, “Pow Wow Chow” , claiming Cherokee origin for these, in which 2 or 3 of the recipes were found to be plagiarized from a French Cookbook.
“The two recipes, “Cold Omelets with Crab Meat” and “Crab with Tomato Mayonnaise Dressing,” appear in an article titled “Cold Omelets with Crab Meat,” written by Pierre Franey of the New York Times News Service that was published in the August 22, 1979 edition of the Virgin Islands Daily News.”
Like Joe Biden, she may still win that office next Tuesday.




Typicall … The Nobel Peace Prize is not a Nobel Prize! From being something serious, it has evolved into a political tool.
Unlike the real Nobel Prize Committees, which consists of professionally skilled people, the Nobel Peace Prize Committee consists of politically reliable persons appointed by the Norwegian Government, Stortinget. So, the choice of the Peace Prize winner depends on polilitical winds in Norway … (There’s no coincidence that the selection of controversial winners …)

Russ R.

I’m still long popcorn.


ooooohhh…..that’s gonna leave a stain


The Mann effect would appear to be the greater curse on comparison with the Streisand effect. It is true that one should never quarrel with those who buy ink by the barrel.