Too Funny! I send Michael Mann a free WUWT calendar as a Christmas gift, and he goes full conspiracy theory

Some days, you just have to laugh. As WUWT readers know, we’ve had the Josh 2013 Skeptic Calendar done independently in the UK via Bishop Hill, and of course we gauged interest here at WUWT. Josh sent over the artwork via email which I turned into the USA version. (Note: Dr. Mann probably doesn’t realize that Josh is a professional illustrator in the UK who gives his climate caricature services to skeptics free each week, just for fun.) Last week I sent out a few free copies to some folks that I thought could really use some Christmas cheer: Dr. Mike Mann, Dr. Gavin Schmidt, Dr. Peter Gleick, and Dana Nuccitelli.

Never beyond my wildest dreams did I think it would turn into a #Kochmachine conspiracy theory issue. But then again, there’s this strange pervading idea that skeptics are well funded and well organized.  Here’s what Dr. Mann Tweeted today:

Mann_twitter_capture

If four people is “widely distributed” well then I guess we all need to revise our world view.

It gets even funnier. Here is what he posted on Facebook:

Mann_calendar_capture

Mann_COSTCO_Capture

The return label says COSTCO Photo Center, not Heartland, not Koch Brothers World Headquarters, and not “Skeptic Lair”. I guess Dr. Mann really is out of touch with the common man, because all he had to do was visit COSTCO photo center to see for himself that ANYONE can create and order calendars, and have them sent to friends or family, just like I did. No Koch Brothers credit card needed.

COSTCO_Calendar_page

It is really easy. All you have to do is upload JPEG images (Josh’s artwork emailed to me) and use the calendar creator wizard.

COSTCO_Calendar_album

Here’s what it looks like after completion in the COSTCO photo center website:

COSTCO_calendar_editor

And in answer to the question of:

“Who paid for production and shipping costs for this flashy (apparently widely distributed) Anthony Watts WUWT climate change denial calendar?”

The answer is, me. I used my personal credit card, here’s the screen cap of the order to Dr. Mann. I’ve blurred out his address as a courtesy to him:

COSTCO_Mann_order

See the “did you know” sidebar item that allows you to send orders from COSTCO.

So, I spent a whopping $15.84 to send this, and about the same for the other three. Given the reaction, I’d say my plan to spread a little good humor just didn’t work on the humorless.

Merry Christmas anyway Dr. Mann, and to you too Gavin, Peter, and Dana. (Of course none of this would be an issue if the world had just ended yesterday like it was supposed to, but I’m an optimist).

If you want a calendar, you can get one here. For the USA edition, Josh and I split the meager profit, the Koch Brothers get nothing. If you are in the UK/Europe, you can get one at Bishop Hill’s place. Or at http://www.cartoonsbyjosh.com/

P.S. Oh, I should mention, I gave one to Steve McIntyre too. Here’s (Right to Left) Steve, Mosher, Charles the Moderator, and I at AGU in San Francisco at a private dinner at COCO500 (Steve and I split the check). Note the Josh calendar on the table:

Dinner_at_AGU

UPDATE: 9AM PST 11/23 It seems Dr. Mann’s ploy has backfired. This article is now #1 on WordPress worldwide. See the screencap from the WordPress dashboard:

Calender_topposts

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Philip Peake
December 22, 2012 6:07 pm

Seems like Mikey doesn’t understand Christmas.
Maybe he is the original Scrooge reincarnated?

Severian
December 22, 2012 6:09 pm

Oh jeez, these folks are beyond caricatures…

December 22, 2012 6:10 pm

I think I’ll save that picture to show my grandkids. I wonder what stories I’ll tell them to accompany it?

Camburn
December 22, 2012 6:14 pm

Not in your wildest dreams Anthony could you make up this kind of reaction.
It was very nice of you to spread Christmas Cheer to Dr. Mann, etc. I hope they have the calanders hung up in a very conspicous place.

Gunga Din
December 22, 2012 6:14 pm

A little prick by a gift starts a hemorage. I guess Mann does have thin skin. I wonder what he’ll sue you for?

December 22, 2012 6:15 pm

As a Nobel Prize recipient, why wouldn’t people be breaking into their piggy banks to buy him lavish gifts? No mystery here.

Otter
December 22, 2012 6:16 pm

As to your photo: People Never seem to look like one thinks they might 😛
As to mikey- ‘He won’t like it! He hates Everything!’
…emphasis on Hates.

Editor
December 22, 2012 6:16 pm

Looks like you got your $15.84 of pleasure from that particular calendar. I think your next move is to send Mike a bill. Hmm, that might be illegal, at least in his eyes. Perhaps if you add a VIP discount of $15.84 so the total comes to $0.00. I think rubbing virtual salt in a virtual wound can’t be much more than a virtuous offense. Include an order form for more.

Editor
December 22, 2012 6:17 pm

The well fun-ded Anthony Watts!

Chris B
December 22, 2012 6:19 pm

Deception breeds paranoia. The poor Mann is losing it.

jdgalt
December 22, 2012 6:21 pm

Maybe we should call him Mickey and depict him with guess what kind of ears…

Chris B
December 22, 2012 6:22 pm

I hope you autographed the calendar. It will be worth a lot someday.

REPLY:
Actually, no I couldn’t. It was drop shipped from COSTCO photo Center. – Anthony

Michael Jankowski
December 22, 2012 6:23 pm

I wonder if Koch pops in my head when he gets a widely-distributed family Christmas photo from a relative or friend. Or maybe he’s just never gotten one?

Michael Jankowski
December 22, 2012 6:23 pm

HIS head, not MY head, lol

mpainter
December 22, 2012 6:24 pm

Send Mann and invoice and see what happens. Offer him a lot discount. Ask him for a mailing list.
There is more fun to be had from this.

D Böehm
December 22, 2012 6:25 pm

Pure projection on Mann’s part, since he has his own benefactors funding his lawsuits.

Gary Pate
December 22, 2012 6:26 pm

At least his delusion is “well funded”

kim2ooo
December 22, 2012 6:26 pm

Reblogged this on Climate Ponderings and commented:
TOOOOOO FUNNY!

ATheoK
December 22, 2012 6:28 pm

What’s that about never look a gift horse in the mouth?
Or in Manniacal’s case; who must never receive unexpected gifts, always scream “conspiracy!” when a gift arrives…

Baa Humbug
December 22, 2012 6:30 pm

The two Costco pics look the same. Am I not seeing something?
REPLY: REFRESH your browser – A

thisisnotgoodtogo
December 22, 2012 6:31 pm

Next year maybe Kenji of the UCS should send out a few to some of the climate kittens.

December 22, 2012 6:31 pm

Must be all that big oil money that you’re getting.

December 22, 2012 6:40 pm

“There are strange things done in the midnight sun
By the men who moil for gold;
The Arctic trails have their secret tales
That would make your blood run cold;
The Northern Lights have seen queer sights,
But the queerest they ever did see
Was that night on the marge of Lake Lebarge…”
I had intended to take Robert Services poem and recast it or more a part of it, into some satirical comment. I know how Dr. Mann loves satire. He must he opens himself up to it so often. I have had too much joy reading Service over the years to do that. WUWT’s readers, are truly eclectic and clever enough to do that for themselves and they do not need my attempts, so the concept is my seasonal present to all of you. Enjoy the moment.

thingadonta
December 22, 2012 6:41 pm

Mann is obviously one of those idiots who thinks government funding somehow means that a pursuit is pure and untainted, and everything else is questionable.

pat
December 22, 2012 6:41 pm

seasons greetings to anthony & family, mods, guest writers, commenters.
anthony, send the following to MM – it’s sure to blow another fuse:
23 Dec: Saudi Gazette: Syed Rashid Husain: World on brink of losing battle vs. global warming
And with coal back on the global energy circuit, it is now set to surpass oil as the world’s top fuel within a decade, driven by growth in emerging market. China and others including India are already on the list, as the major consumers. Now energy-starved Pakistan, also seems evaluating seriously to exploit its huge Thar coal reserves to generate power and meet the burgeoning need of a rapidly growing population. The deposits – 6th largest in the world – were discovered in 1991 by Geological Survey of Pakistan (GSP) and the United State Agency for International Development…
And the allure to use coal now is so tempting that even Europe is finding it hard to cut its use despite pollution concerns, the International Energy Agency now says in its recent Medium-Term Coal Market Report. As per the report, global coal demand will rise 2.6 percent annually over the next six years and challenge oil as the top energy source…
***A number of European countries have seen their use of coal for electricity consumption jump at the beginning of this year, including by 65 percent in Spain, 35 percent in Britain and 8 per cent in Germany…
“Thanks to abundant supplies and insatiable demand for power from emerging markets, coal met nearly half of the rise in global energy demand during the first decade of the 21st century,” said Maria van der Hoeven, the Executive Director of the Paris-based International Energy Agency.
Economic growth is expected to push up further coal’s share of the global energy mix, “and if no changes are made to current policies, coal will catch oil within a decade,” she said in a statement.
The latest IEA projections see coal consumption nearly catching oil consumption in four years time, rising to 4.32 billion tons of oil equivalent in 2017 against 4.4 billion tons for oil…
http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20121223146837
COAL IS KING. IF ONLY OUR GOVT IN AUSTRALIA WOULD WAKE UP TO THE FACTS AND START BULDING SOME COAL-FIRED POWER STATIONS, INSTEAD OF EXPORTING OUR COAL TO CHINA, WHILE PRETENDING TO SAVE THE PLANET.

LamontT
December 22, 2012 6:41 pm

From his frothing and foaming reaction I think you definitely got $16 pleasure out of that gift. 😀 Oh Mickey Mickey.

Ray
December 22, 2012 6:41 pm

Is Mann really such a Stooge?

Ken in Beaverton, OR
December 22, 2012 6:43 pm

An answer to Ina Warren from Mann’s response to your calendar.
“Put one in the time capsule. Anyone surviving the next century will need to see who sealed the fate on civilization.”
Maybe Ina will look like the fool when the warmist’s predictions don’t pan out in the next century!

Peter S
December 22, 2012 6:44 pm

In this particular Nativity scene MM seems to have grabbed the role starring as an Ass.
Still this does make some sort of twisted sense, and, if you think about it, completely in character for MM and the team.
MM gets a calendar, and comments about it by email to some close friends. Hey presto, Gavin Schmidt, Peter Gleick, and Dana Nuccitelli all reply – “We got one too.”
Being a good, nay great, Climatologist, Mann jumps to the only possible conclusion- it is an unmistakeable and sinister trend in the data.
Well done Anthony. Great site. Sending the Calendar was pure gold.
Merry Christmas everyone.

Justthinkin
December 22, 2012 6:46 pm

Actually….funny is not the word….paranoid schizoid is the word you are looking for. [snip – a bit over the top – Anthony]

Rick Bradford
December 22, 2012 6:48 pm

They used to say about the Soviet leaders that they got confused and suspicious when anybody was nice to them. Mann seems to share a similar bunker mentality.

Lil Fella from OZ
December 22, 2012 6:52 pm

Ripper! Somethings you just can’t script. Obviously it would be impossible for Mann to have a cheery Christmas.

u.k.(us)
December 22, 2012 6:53 pm

In the spirit of the season, I’ll resist (Mann), and send best wishes to the mugs in the portrait.

banjo
December 22, 2012 6:54 pm

The bile,the venting,the rage and the tweets.
I suppose a simple `Thank you` or a witty `touche` would have been completely beyond him.
Is there a secret Groanpeace funded medical facility where these predictable,tedious,irredeemably unfunny berks have their sense of humour surgically removed?

Editor
December 22, 2012 6:54 pm

Dennis Nikols says:
December 22, 2012 at 6:40 pm
. … WUWT’s readers, are truly eclectic and cleaver enough to do that for themselves and they do not need my attempts, so the concept is my seasonal present to all of you. Enjoy the moment.
Now I’m worried.
Can I recharge my eclectic cleaver from a windmill where the sun don’t shine?
Wit will I do if my eclectic cleaver isn’t sharpened?
Can an eclectic cleaver cut Y’mall pine trees, or only a select few of them?
REPLY: Note I fixed the spelling error in the original comment – Anthony

December 22, 2012 6:58 pm

The title next year should be: The (widely distributed) WUWT 2014 Skeptic Calendar.

MAC
December 22, 2012 7:01 pm

Flashy? Widely distributed? LOL.
Mann: “We know Anthony Watts received $44K/yr from Koch-funded #Heartland Institute (http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/blog/2012/feb/15/leaked-heartland-institute-documents-climate-scepticism). Question is: Who paid for production and shipping costs for this flashy (apparently widely distributed) Anthony Watts WUWT climate change denial calendar?”
Hey, Mann, man up for once and enjoy the humor and Christmas spirit.

Transport by Zeppelin
December 22, 2012 7:06 pm

Michael Mann’s Christmases are now less joyful than at any other time in the last 2,000 years, according to Christmas tree ring data.

SteveC
December 22, 2012 7:07 pm

Spreading the truth with humor month-by-month via Costco! It doesn’t get any better than this! Thank you Anthony and a Most Merry Christmas to you!

eyesonu
December 22, 2012 7:07 pm

I hope he received it on Dec 21, 2012.

December 22, 2012 7:07 pm

$9.99 + S&H well spent!
Bravo!
(What is that old saying: “Pay them out enough rope and they will … themselves.“)

mpainter
December 22, 2012 7:10 pm

pat says: December 22, 2012 at 6:41 pm
==============================
Interesting. This gives some insight into the global warming circus. Big Coal surplants Big Oil and so Big Arab joins the global warmers. Big Chuckle.

john robertson
December 22, 2012 7:13 pm

See it works, kind words and gestures to the Mann, yield great results.
Merry Christmas

gallopingcamel
December 22, 2012 7:15 pm

What happened to “omanuel” who used to be one of the first to comment on every issue.
I hope he is OK.
REPLY: AFAIK He’s fine, but I had to give him the boot because he was thread bombing his iron sun theory on most every thread. He posts at Judith Curry’s place now. – Anthony

markx
December 22, 2012 7:23 pm

Ha ha! Brilliant that you sent him one! Even more brilliant he reacted!
In MasterCard terminology:
Personalized Calendar? $9.99
Shipping and handling $4.95
Mann’s over the top humorless response? Priceless!!!

carbon-based life form
December 22, 2012 7:26 pm

Hey Anthony,
I’ll give you $25 for my very own copy. 365 laughs. Pretty cheap.

December 22, 2012 7:40 pm

Ha,
I wonder if you could get student book store at his university to pick up the calender.
That would be a hoot.

Rufus
December 22, 2012 7:41 pm

I just donated $15.84. Hope that clears up who is funding this. 😉

Brian R
December 22, 2012 7:42 pm

Mann doesn’t seem to realize that some people actually work for a living. Thus they are able to use their own funds to send presents to others.

December 22, 2012 7:43 pm

Look, if Mike can deduce the earth’s temperature record from a few dodgy tree rings, I’m certain he can extrapolate an entire universe of conspiracy from the receipt of a simple calendar!
Why go to all the trouble of getting evidence when your ‘hunch’ is so reliable?

Bob Malloy
December 22, 2012 7:43 pm

What is it they say about gift horses and mouths, seems MM gift to us is far more valuable than your calendar is to him.

RayG
December 22, 2012 7:47 pm

Anthony, you surely have hurt Jim Hansen’s feelings by leaving him off of your Xmas list or did you really send him a lump of coal wrapped in a sock?

December 22, 2012 7:47 pm

We all got way more than $15.84 worth of laughs — money well spent!

theduke
December 22, 2012 7:48 pm

Mike clearly does not understand or appreciate the spirit of Christmas, i.e. the spirit of giving, which is characterized by generosity to loved ones, friends, associates and charity for the poor and downtrodden. He’s a true believer in that other religion–the one that demonizes humankind and asserts that man is changing the climate in ways that create a hell on earth. A modern version of original sin, you might call it.
Merry Christmas, Mike! If you don’t like your calender, donate it to someone less fortunate who can use it.

u.k.(us)
December 22, 2012 7:50 pm

mpainter says:
December 22, 2012 at 7:10 pm
pat says: December 22, 2012 at 6:41 pm
==============================
Interesting. This gives some insight into the global warming circus. Big Coal surplants Big Oil and so Big Arab joins the global warmers. Big Chuckle.
+++++++++++++++++
Stick around, it’ll get better after the holidays.
People stay warm and productive.
Ask for less.
Then what?

OssQss
December 22, 2012 7:55 pm

Ha, perhaps he just doesn’t believe in Christmas presents Anthony.
Ya know the politically correct climate crowd seems to assault all that is not polically correct in their eyes in the end.
Merry Christmas and or Happy Holidays to all!
Mann, this post brings back memories 🙂

Gunga Din
December 22, 2012 8:01 pm

Dennis Nikols says:
December 22, 2012 at 6:40 pm
. … WUWT’s readers, are truly eclectic and cleaver ……
===================================================================
Hmmm … Maybe if you’d sent him an electric cleaver he could go back to Yamal and cut down a few more trees rings? Who knows how history would be changed!

Aussie Love
December 22, 2012 8:08 pm

Should have sent one to DR Lewandowski in Australia

DaveG
December 22, 2012 8:08 pm

Mann oh Mann – Mann sure got his nickers in a knot.
Merry Christmas to all.

Steve
December 22, 2012 8:08 pm

Four people probably constitutes a consensus…lol!

george e. smith
December 22, 2012 8:17 pm

Well Steve looks like a Steve; I would have missed completely on Mosh. Chasmod looks like he’s still sober; Merry Cristmas Chasmod.
And Anthony, you are having too much fun.
George

lance
December 22, 2012 8:31 pm

Well…from the cold white north Merry Christams Anthony

December 22, 2012 8:35 pm

Tis the season for giving. You give a calendar to the gift that keeps on giving. And now he has a calendar to plan his future giving, day by day. So, you see, he is actually a most cheerful and jovial fellow, brimming with Christmas Spirit, and will go on giving and giving until he gives out.
Now, if he was the paranoid sort, brimming with suspicious malice, he would wonder why you chose to send him a calendar. Then….a light would go off in his genius brain. He’d remember the name of the fellow who worked with Keeling developing the “Keeling Curve” was named….”Callendar.”
Of course, of course! It’s all so simple, once you understand the devious subtleties of Anthony Watts……and his pack of wealthy oil tycoons. But he’s on to you now, fellows. Very soon he will figure out the mysterious code obtained by reading the calendar backwards, or upside down. So next year will find you blinking under the ruthless spotlight of his genius analysis….if he is the paranoid sort. (End Sarc.)
Have a merry Christmas, everyone! Into the darkest days there comes a bright light, called Truth. The tallest, darkest, most mighty shadow must fall away, even from the smallest light of that candle.

Aussie Luke Warm
December 22, 2012 8:36 pm

Love the social criticism Anthony makes when he ruminates on why Prof Mann doesn’t recognise the Costco photo centre production. You are 100% correct, Anthony, in my opinion. The well heeled Professor doesn’t shop where ordinary working people go to shop. These alarmists are the same in Australia. They all live in the best hip inner urban districts, have great, high pay, low stress government jobs and also, somewhat counter-intuitively, have the largest carbon footprints (Like Bongo from U2 or Lady Gaga).
Merry Christmas to all at WUWT

Nick in Vancouver
December 22, 2012 8:38 pm

Merry Christmas Mr. Watts, you are a prince among men and a credit to your country. To paraphrase Winnie I think we are at the end of the begining. All the best for 2013 and best wishes to you and yours.

John F. Hultquist
December 22, 2012 8:40 pm

Prof. Mann needs to relax – and maybe see a therapist.
I can’t find an image for this calendar (3rd in a series) for the history of Hanna Coal but for just $12 you can send one to your favorite coal aficionado – what’s his name?
http://www.timesleaderonline.com/page/content.detail/id/543446/Hanna-Coal-s-past-recalled-in-calendars.html?nav=5010
The site does have one photo (looks to have been copied from an old newspaper).

James of the Glens
December 22, 2012 8:47 pm

What a sad wee fellow is this Mann. First he actually awards himself a Nobel Prize, no less, to boost his weeny ego, and now, like all paranoids, can no longer distinguish between humour and Big Persecution.
He’d be a whole heap of fun to be near at Christmas; probing the pudding for IED’s, checking the crackers for sarin, selecting the cherries of all one kind, and adjusting down the heating based on Sydney’s Christmas Day temp. .

Dave
December 22, 2012 8:58 pm

Anthony,
You’ve done a superb job of spreading the cheer… I’m much more cheerful knowing that Mikey went off the deep end once again. And I agree with an earlier post… send him a bill!

December 22, 2012 9:08 pm

Ya Anthony, I figure that you could start by contacting college republican groups and do group sales.

Marian
December 22, 2012 9:10 pm

That’s sooo funny.
You could have been a Scrooge miser and posted him the calendar without postage stamps. If the US postal Service works similar to other countries, then the recipient of the post is supposed to pay for the unstamped mail.
Now what would have Mikey Mann tweeted then. LOL.

u.k.(us)
December 22, 2012 9:14 pm

Steven Mosher says:
December 22, 2012 at 9:08 pm
Ya Anthony, I figure that you could start by contacting college republican groups and do group sales.
=====
Of what?
REPLY: The calendar, silly. See Mosh’s comment upstream – Anthony

Skiphil
December 22, 2012 9:15 pm

This episode shows yet again how poor Michael Mann’s reasoning processes are. He is just a Desmog blogger with a PhD, an angry activist who wants to change the world to suit his own beliefs. What he is NOT is a careful, rigorous thinker.
He ASSUMES that the calendar must have been sent to some vast number of people for free (already a huge leap without evidence), and then ASSUMES that the evil (sic) Koch bros. must have something to do with it.
Everything I see of Michael Mann makes me think that he is merely Michael Moore with a PhD, another hot-headed propagandist with no respect for factual accuracy.
Maybe we need a thread on “The Two Michaels – Separated at Birth?”

Jeff Alberts
December 22, 2012 9:21 pm

Marian says:
December 22, 2012 at 9:10 pm
That’s sooo funny.
You could have been a Scrooge miser and posted him the calendar without postage stamps. If the US postal Service works similar to other countries, then the recipient of the post is supposed to pay for the unstamped mail.

In the US it would be returned to sender for insufficient postage.

Phyllograptus
December 22, 2012 9:26 pm

Michael Mann sends his legions of warriors to protest at Anthony’s house
http://imgur.com/s6G8n

leftinbrooklyn
December 22, 2012 9:29 pm

You know, leaving Mike’s address unblurred could have been your Christmas gift to all of us… 😉

Colin in BC
December 22, 2012 9:33 pm

Transport by Zeppelin says:
December 22, 2012 at 7:06 pm
Michael Mann’s Christmases are now less joyful than at any other time in the last 2,000 years, according to Christmas tree ring data.
……………………
This made me LOL. Thanks for that. 😉
Merry Christmas to the WUWT community!

Werner Brozek
December 22, 2012 9:45 pm

Romans 12:20: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
    if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”

December 22, 2012 9:56 pm

“Widely distributed” obviously means “plenty of plenty” which is, indeed, four. Reference:
http://bigbangtrans.wordpress.com/series-2-episode-02-the-codpiece-topology/
Leonard: What? I’ve dated plenty of women. There was Joyce Kim, Leslie Winkle.
Sheldon: Notify the editors of the Oxford English Dictionary, the word plenty has been redefined to mean two.

michaelspj
December 22, 2012 10:01 pm

Wow. I hope Rodney Erickson (a fair guy on climate issues), interim president at PSU, is sent this thread. He needs to have Dan Larson (also a fair guy), Dean of the College of Science, get Mann some needed help. Sad. This is not helping Penn State.

December 22, 2012 10:02 pm

well this is Mann we are talking about. the guy probably wishes he could drive a Co2 spewing sports car so he wouldn’t have to launch lawsuits to prove how big a mann he is.

u.k.(us)
December 22, 2012 10:04 pm

u.k.(us) says:
December 22, 2012 at 9:14 pm
Steven Mosher says:
December 22, 2012 at 9:08 pm
Ya Anthony, I figure that you could start by contacting college republican groups and do group sales.
=====
Of what?
REPLY: The calendar, silly. See Mosh’s comment upstream – Anthony
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
I walked into an inside discussion, felt it, didn’t listen to my inner voice.
Live and learn.
My fault for intruding.

pkatt
December 22, 2012 10:23 pm

We call this poking the bear… The man will already be known in the history books as the biggest fool of the century.. that is if he is remembered at all.

F. Ross
December 22, 2012 10:28 pm

Merry Christmas Anthony and mods and thanks for almost another year so far of great posts
*******************

Charles Gerard Nelson says:
December 22, 2012 at 7:43 pm
Look, if Mike can deduce the earth’s temperature record from a few dodgy tree rings, I’m certain he can extrapolate an entire universe of conspiracy from the receipt of a simple calendar!
Why go to all the trouble of getting evidence when your ‘hunch’ is so reliable?

[+emphasis]
I thought the good Dr. Mann’s latest discovery was a temperature record partially based on “missing” tree rings(?)

Rhys Jaggar
December 22, 2012 10:29 pm

I sent a spoof April Fool joke to a Nobel Prize winner in the UK a decade ago – it was a skit on Harry Potter and astrology called ‘Baccy Potter and the Nobel Laureate’s (dream about being) Stone(d)’ – it was spoof about a hippy astrologer reading the Nobel’s chart – of course it was done knowing a bit about the person’s life, which of course is scientifically unacceptable as you are supposed to ‘analyse data blind’.
What was hilarious was that people that I was a true believer in astrology. I wrote an astrologer’s interpretation of the state of the world at the exact time the Twin Towers came crashing down too, but that doesn’t mean astrology’s true, it just means that this is what astrology would say presented with a particular planetary constellation.
One thing people need to get a life about is this: just because you read about something, learn about its principles and mores, doesn’t mean you believe it per se. You don’t have to be a Christian to read the bible, a Muslim to read the Koran etc etc.
Thing about astrology is this: the way to test it scientifically is to analyse the charts of various people without telling them and see if their future lives bear any relation to the analysis.
No point in telling them the outcome, because by doing that you favour the possibility that they will either conform to the predictions or rebel against them due to the knowledge of what was said.
I’ve never come across anything more pathetic than scientists calling themselves scientists and then saying that the only people who can analyse one set of data is themselves.
True scientists are happy for anyone to do it, because they are confident that either they will be vindicated or a new truth will emerge.

Joey
December 22, 2012 10:30 pm

Looks to me like Michael Mann is indulging in out and out defamation. Perhaps time he suffered a bit of lawfare himself.

Bill Jamison
December 22, 2012 10:44 pm

There’s obviously no way you could afford to spend $15.84 without funding from Big Oil.

Layne
December 22, 2012 10:44 pm

I like the idea of Kenji sending these gifts in the future… and with, of course, a list of his esteemed credentials. And there could be pictures of Kenji in his lab coat, running complex experiments on cutting edge research…. on…. yellow snow, or something. 🙂

Phillip Bratby
December 22, 2012 10:56 pm

Many people who live well at tax-payers’ expense don’t realise that out there in the real world are others whose future is not assured by the tax-payer and who thrive due to their own hard work and risk taking. These people can’t understand that others are prepared to do something at their own expense.

Alex
December 22, 2012 10:57 pm

ROFL! Mann should get his head checked.

December 22, 2012 11:05 pm

I sent the UK version of the Evil Big Oil-funded calendar to a millennial catastophist of my acquaintance, to give you an idea, he thinks George Monbiot is the final arbiter of climate science.
His reply? ” Thanks (seriously) for the calendar – it is clever and funny, if misguided”. So there you are Guys and Gals, spread the good news in calendar form this Christmas.

Steve Keohane
December 22, 2012 11:13 pm

Perfect Anthony. It would have been very amusing had those four each only contacted one another at first, making it appear the distribution were ‘widespread’. Worth every penny. A Merry Christmas to you and yours and the Mods and all who contribute here. Thank you for all you do..

thisisnotgoodtogo
December 22, 2012 11:20 pm

Kenji studying Pine Bark Beetles;

Nick Kermode
December 22, 2012 11:33 pm

Wow, a “free” ….”christmas gift”

Ed, "Mr" Jones
December 22, 2012 11:34 pm

Mann = Ebenezer [snip – a bit over the top – Anthony]

PMT
December 22, 2012 11:36 pm

Anthony, surely this post should be filed under the new topic “I send people stuff”. Merry Christmas to all. Paul.

Roger Knights
December 22, 2012 11:40 pm

Joey says:
December 22, 2012 at 10:30 pm
Looks to me like Michael Mann is indulging in out and out defamation. Perhaps time he suffered a bit of lawfare himself.

That’s my thought too. Here’s the background on the Anthony/Heartland deal, which has been posted in one form or another widely enough that warmists ought to know about it. Watts isn’t paid for his blogging. A Heartland document describes a request he made last year for funding for a different project:

“Anthony Watts proposes to create a new Web site devoted to accessing the new temperature data from NOAA’s web site and converting them into easy-to-understand graphs that can be easily found and understood by weathermen and the general interested public. Watts has deep expertise in Web site design generally and is well-known and highly regarded by weathermen and meteorologists everywhere. The new site will be promoted heavily at WattsUpwithThat.com. Heartland has agreed to help Anthony raise $88,000 for the project in 2011. The Anonymous Donor has already pledged $44,000. We’ll seek to raise the balance.”

Watts later reported on the progress of this project. Most of the money, apparently, will go to a contract programmer and for equipment and internet fees:

“Using the funds provided with the help of Heartland’s private donor, I hired a specialist programmer familiar with NOAA systems to trap and convert the NOAA sat feed data to look like any other hourly station (like ASOS hourly stations at airports etc) so that we’d be able to start the visualization and comparison process. This is just one phase of the project before it is ready for public consumption. When finished, there will be a website free and open to the public that will allow tracking and visualization of temperatures from the CRN right alongside that of the regular surface network”

See http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/04/07/an-update-on-my-climate-reference-network-visualization-project/

Jenn Oates
December 22, 2012 11:41 pm

Bwahahaha! This made my cold, dark, Christmassy Oslo morning, thanks, Anthony. 🙂

Chris Schoneveld
December 22, 2012 11:50 pm

Skiphil, what an ill-timed comment about Michael Moore after the Newtown massacre. You had a problem with Moore’s Columbine movie?

George Leroy Tirebiter
December 22, 2012 11:56 pm

As Bugs Bunny would say, “What a Maroon!”

December 22, 2012 11:59 pm

Snort. A perfect Christmas gift.
One of the reasons why we’re winning (along with data, analysis and science) is that the sceptics have a collective sense of humour. I fear the warmists are just a tiny bit humour challenged.
Along with sketchy science, the inability to lighten up and deal with people in good faith is costing them a lot of good will. (Romm’s reaction to Ridley is a great example of this.)
For the rest of us, Merry Christmas!

sophocles
December 23, 2012 12:06 am

That provoked an interesting definition of “widely distributed” wasn’t it?
It seems poor li’l old Mikey hasn’t got many friends if four (4) of his…
allies…received a copy as a “Christmas Gift” from the great big bad
sceptic Anthony Watts, to make it “widely distributed” and, of course, it
just had to be paid for by the Koch Foundation…like, he can’t afford $64
to shed a little a joy out of his meagre professorial salary … and research
funding.
Gee, that’s just so sad to see such a microscopic (microcephalic?) world view…
What a wonderful poke, Anthony. We’re about to have our own “Perfect
Storm” here in NZ. Cyclone Evan has slid south to meet a cold front over
the northern north island of NZ It’s now just a tropical storm (starting to
break up) and it’s grazing the north east of the North Island. Northland
to Auckland is going to be soaked. In the face of this, it was good to have
a good laugh.
Merry Christmas to all! The world hasn’t ended … yet again. (That must be
48 out of 48 EotW’s which have failed, so far … )

Admin
December 23, 2012 12:07 am

I want one now if it makes Mann react like that 🙂
Get Josh to do an extra page on Mann’s response, package and sell them!

RB
December 23, 2012 12:07 am

Proof, if it were neeed, that the guy has absolutely no sense of humour.
How bleak his created little world must be.
Happy Xmas to all at WUWT.

TimC
December 23, 2012 12:23 am

Defamation lawsuits are the means for a plaintiff to recover damages for loss of his/her good name and reputation. If the plaintiff’s reputation is anyway trashed then the customary award (at least in the UK, and I suspect in Canada too) is the derisory figure of £1 nominal damages only.
It strikes me that the good Dr’s tweets (including his wonderful description of us bloggers as “the rabble” as in an earlier WUWT thread) is leading exactly in that direction …

AndyG55
December 23, 2012 12:23 am

Now you need to send him a special card thanking him for all the FREE ADVERTISING !!!! 🙂

AndyG55
December 23, 2012 12:29 am

Oh, and is there an Aussie version ?
We have a LOT of very looney CAGW bletheren down here !!!

December 23, 2012 12:34 am

This picture of you four conspirators hanging out together in a pub tells a bigger story: You seem to have plenty of money to spend on beer, and clearly spend all your time hanging around in pubs getting drunk and laughing about your crimes against the Gods of Science. Now we can see it is not really you lot that write all these posts and papers criticizing the studious work of your betters. Be truthful they are written for you by the marketing departments of big oil. (sarc off)

Skiphil
December 23, 2012 12:35 am

Chris Schoneveld says:
December 22, 2012 at 11:50 pm
==================================
What a silly remark. Don’t “concern troll” me about Newtown when I was not saying anything about that. I have a problem with all of Michael Moore’s work. Whatever one thinks of his overall policy positions, each film is a piece of scurrilous propaganda, smearing people and ripping bit and pieces of scenes out of context. The late Christopher Hitchens did a superb fisking of Moore’s “Fahrenheit 911” for example.
No honest person should want either Michael Moore or Michael Mann as an “ally” on any issue.

Steve C
December 23, 2012 12:38 am

“Ho ho ho” seems the most appropriate response here! Big Conspiracy meets Big Smile … and loses in the first round. Anthony, thank you for that very seasonal expression of goodwill to all Manns, and may that big smile thrive and prosper for another year. Merry Christmas!

david elder, australia
December 23, 2012 12:45 am

To Chris Schoneveld Dec 22, 11:50 pm. I did had a major problem with Moore’s more recent claim that bin Laden was long deliberately left at large by the evil US to justify big US spending on the military-industrial complex. They will stop at nothing … Please can the Greens and media stop unloading whackos like Moore on Australia, with the GFC we’ve got enough problems.
I have never had a gun, with my eyesight a gun would endanger mainly my own feet. I have no fixed allegiance in US politics. I am not necessarily opposed to CO2 mitigation schemes if practical. I will happily adopt a more pro-AGW stance if the facts point that way. At present they do not; witness the lack of significant global warming for some 16 years.

Mike Bromley the Canucklehead
December 23, 2012 12:47 am

Has anyone ever considered writing the Koch siblings with a tongue-and-cheek request for funding? Like 13.95 for a Josh Calendar? Then at least Mann could gain back a shred of respectablity by being correct about the Koch Kash tsunami that inundates our stridency.

Skiphil
December 23, 2012 12:52 am

If the mods will permit, and then I will not discuss further, the comparision I was thinking of for Michael Mann was more in the vein of this criticism of the distortions of Moore’s “Fahrenheit 911” — it is an excellent take-down of Moore’s methods:
http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/fighting_words/2004/06/unfairenheit_911.html

AndyG55
December 23, 2012 12:54 am

Micheal Mann, the gift that keeps on giving ! 🙂

December 23, 2012 1:05 am

Serial litigators, who peddle bad science, are known for their extreme sensitivity and stunted sense of humour.
Unfortunately, he may have the last laugh knowing that it is almost impossible to fire senior, government funded, bureaucrats for incompetence and/or fraud, especially if they enjoy his kind of infamous reputation.
Hmm, perhaps going over a ‘fiscal cliff’ could be a good thing after all – pointless expenditure, such as promoting climate disinformation, could be among one of the first things to go.
Merry Christmas to all.

Nigel S
December 23, 2012 1:11 am

The world’s most viewed site on global warming and climate change
‘Glossy and widely distributed.’
(Suggested addition to the strapline)

andy hunter
December 23, 2012 1:14 am

thanks for the smiles i get miles of sun

Nigel S
December 23, 2012 1:15 am

‘flashy and widely distributed’
Sorry, bit early in the morning here

Farmer Charlie
December 23, 2012 1:27 am

Am I the only thinking that perhaps – just perhaps – Mann might be joining in the joke?

Kev-in-Uk
December 23, 2012 1:29 am

It certainly does seem as if the guy has a high level of paranoia, but maybe he also feels under pressure/threat and feels he needs to react to every little thing?
Much as I think the guy is a poor climate scientist (as in unscientific), he probably isn’t actually a bad bloke, and in that sense he probably doesn’t deserve personal ridicule. Unfortunately, these kinds of responses from him suggest that he is deeply psychologically affected by such things (perhaps as well as politically motivated?) and has moved into his own alternative reality in the ‘world’ he has created in his own mind?
But more seriously, does he not realise how ridiculous he appears? Everyone makes feck-ups, but most normal folk simply hold their hand up and admit errors. Why can’t Mann just re-tweet that he made a mistake and recover the first smidgen of humility?
I dunno, I just wanted to say that we must not make ad hom material out of this – but it’s difficult and I personally find it hard to ‘feel’ for the guy based on his petty and childlike responses!

Ian W
December 23, 2012 1:40 am

pat says:
December 22, 2012 at 6:41 pm
…………………
COAL IS KING. IF ONLY OUR GOVT IN AUSTRALIA WOULD WAKE UP TO THE FACTS AND START BULDING SOME COAL-FIRED POWER STATIONS, INSTEAD OF EXPORTING OUR COAL TO CHINA, WHILE PRETENDING TO SAVE THE PLANET.

Pat, has no-one pointed out the weakness of an argument that says that burning coal in Australia causes CAGW but shipping coal to China so it can be burned there does not?
Perhaps that is not the Australian government position – after all Maurice Strong, one of the creators of Agenda 21 has moved to China. Perhaps that is where the UN intend to put their seat of Global Governance and the Australian government is just sending its tithes early?

Roy
December 23, 2012 1:53 am

@ Steve
Four people probably constitutes a consensus…lol!
Yes “consensus” seems to be the correct collective noun for a group of climate scientists, so in that sense Michael Mann was quite right to say the calendar was widely distributed. Furthermore I am sure that deep down Anthony must be quite disappointed by Mann’s lack of Christmas spirit. I’m sure that he was hoping for a hockey stick in return!

Kaboom
December 23, 2012 1:56 am

Probably the best entertainment 16 bucks can buy these days, considering how much movie tickets cost.

oldseadog
December 23, 2012 1:59 am

This is awful. I true Scottish tradition I am not opening the envelope the calendar came in until the 1st. of January, and the curiosity is now almost too much to take.
But compliments of the season to all.

Eric H.
December 23, 2012 2:05 am

As a kid, the only thing funnier than leaving a flaming bag of dog poop on the door step of the neighborhood jack a$$ is to watch the idiot try and stomp out the flames in his slippers.

Stuck-Record
December 23, 2012 2:08 am

It’s one of the most profound delusions of the CAGW crowd (and explains a lot of their paranoid mindset). Because they float in an endless sea of public funding, they simply cannot conceive that anyone else would do such thing off their own back.
Hence the creation of ‘Big-oil funding climate deniers’.

Chris Schoneveld
December 23, 2012 2:10 am

Skiphil
December 23, 2012 at 12:35 am
You brought up the silly comparison.

December 23, 2012 2:13 am

Mann doesn’t understand Science and now we can see that he doesn’t understand Christmas either.

Réaumur
December 23, 2012 2:21 am

I am a skeptic and no fan of the Mann-kind, but I have been very worried recently that there is getting to be far too much ad hom at WUWT. We have rebuked others for this in the past and it would be best not to lay ourselves open to similar criticism.

AndyG55
December 23, 2012 2:25 am

Actually, Anthony, if you really cared, you would have sent him some class notes for Statistics 101.

December 23, 2012 2:41 am

Very amusing. I would like to have sent a copy to the awful William M. Connell[e]y and watch him spontaneously combust with rage. It would certainly have taken profanity to another level.
Season’s greetings to all at WUWT and thanks for the ongoing education throughout 2012.

CEH
December 23, 2012 2:48 am

It was a dark and stormy night
In a corner Michael sat
his yes closed, shaking, tormented.
Everyone and everything was against him.
Then suddenly the doorbell rang, outside stood the postman saying:
Special express delivery for you Sir.
The package he opened, finding inside the most horrifc
calender making fun of of him and his dear fellows,
mocking the CAUSE. Who might be so rude?
Anthony Watts? Michael sat down, bewildered,ponderng.
Then he suddenly rose, the storm ceased,the darkness went away,
the sun shone, angels were singing. Gotcha Anthony,
where did you get the money for this,
Big OIL,the Koch brothers?
He Facebooked ,he Tweeted, he Twa…d, finally his heyday had come.
Oh, glory.
Then there was a voice in his ear: Go visit WUWT and read about it.
HE payed for it himself………! Oh,no.
It was a dark and stormy night
In a corner Michael sat
his yes closed, shaking, tormented.
Everyone and everything was against him.
Again.
A Merry Christmas to you Anthony, your family and your helpers at WUWT.
Also a Merry Christmas to all contributors, it is always a pleasure to
read your posts.

j ferguson
December 23, 2012 3:17 am

Framer Charlie, I’m with you. Mann’s pulling our legs.

Editor
December 23, 2012 3:17 am

I wonder what Mikey’s buying you for Xmas, Anthony?

j ferguson
December 23, 2012 3:17 am

Oops, not “Framer Charlie” Farmer Charlie

chinook
December 23, 2012 3:18 am

Dr. Mann just can’t help himself, always inadvertently exposing that mighty bristlecone chip on his shoulder for all to see. Merry Christmas to Mr. Watts and all and a hearty thank you for nudging letting the chips fall where they may.

S Basinger
December 23, 2012 3:30 am

He should’ve said “Thank You” like a normal person would, but I guess he’s a bit post-normal.

Man Bearpig
December 23, 2012 3:36 am

I don’t know about the USA, but in the UK there is a series of Children’s books called the ‘Mister Men’ They are named after attributes of characters .. e.g. There is ‘Mr Bump’, ‘Mr Silly’, Mr Grumpy, Mr Guilty .. etc etc (search for Roger Hargreaves Mr Men) I always think of these when I hear about the antics of some of these climate scientists .. Each event seems to refer precisely to a different character from the Mr Men ..

D. Patterson
December 23, 2012 3:39 am

If Michael Mann and buddies can use one ttree in Yamal as a global representative changing world economies and world historry, it is then no wonder they would become alarmed by the distribution FOUR calendars in response.

knr
December 23, 2012 3:59 am

‘strange pervading idea that skeptics are well funded and well organized. ‘ it provides them with comfort blanket to explain why the worlds not has they think it should be while at the same time allowing them to continue to believe there is nothing wrong with their message , the problem lies in others inability to understand it .

cassandraclub
December 23, 2012 4:00 am

Wonderful.
Dr. Lewandosky must have enjoyed Dr. Mann’s big-oil-conspiracy-theory.

Matt
December 23, 2012 4:01 am

Glad you cleared this one up. Maybe you’ll get a Climate Science for Dummies Paperback in turn. 😉

wucash
December 23, 2012 4:07 am

If that picture doesn’t scream CONSPIRACY, I don;t know what will.

andrewmharding
December 23, 2012 4:13 am

Next year you should send him a “2014 Hot Babes Calendar”. He would think they were “Hot” due to global warming!
Very funny though, it has made my morning!

michaelozanne
December 23, 2012 4:13 am

It seems that Mr Mann is the most even tempered man on the planet, mad all the time…….

markx
December 23, 2012 4:35 am

Farmer Charlie says: December 23, 2012 at 1:27 am
“….Am I the only thinking that perhaps – just perhaps – Mann might be joining in the joke?…”
Nah, he’s never shown any sign of a sense of humor before, and given his apparent obsession with his own fame and glory, I see no reason he’d suddenly develop any appreciation for a joke at his expense.

John Silver
December 23, 2012 4:48 am

Merry Christmas everybody!
(Except Mickey Mann)

Gail Combs
December 23, 2012 4:52 am

D Böehm says:
December 22, 2012 at 6:25 pm
Pure projection on Mann’s part, since he has his own benefactors funding his lawsuits.
_____________________________
Very true. I imagine that Mikey has such a miserly little soul filled with hate and paranoia he is utterly incapable of understanding human values like generosity, humor, honesty, pro-bono publico and volunteerism.
I wonder how much coal Santa is going to leave him…. (No I won’t go there)

Gail Combs
December 23, 2012 5:05 am

Dennis Nikols says:
December 22, 2012 at 6:40 pm
“There are strange things done in the midnight sun….
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
My favorite poem.
I first heard the poem in the dark huddled around a campfire staring at the big dipper pouring out the Devils Tower in Wyoming before attempting the climb the next day.
It was one of those memories of youth that stays vivid the rest of your life.

UK Sceptic
December 23, 2012 5:06 am

No surprise that Mann believes four calendars to be wide distribution. After all he himself believes that it takes only one tree upon which to build a climate catastrophe theory.
Merry Christmas Anthony and all who hang out at WUWT.

December 23, 2012 5:08 am

There is a conspiracy…
A Conspiracy to Educate The Mann
Unfortunately it has failed miserably.

Theodore
December 23, 2012 5:16 am

Philip Peake says: ” December 22, 2012 at 6:07 pm
Seems like Mikey doesn’t understand Christmas.
Maybe he is the original Scrooge reincarnated?”
Hopefully he will be visited by the Ghosts of Climate Past, Present and Future this Christmas and he can wake up Tuesday as a skeptic after he sees the unadjusted data.

David Ross
December 23, 2012 5:20 am

‘My Gaia! They’re firing calendars at now. Are there no weapons of mass distraction they won’t stoop to using? What’s next: Christmas bauble grenades, exploding Yuletide blogs!’
And I thought the Mayan calendar was the one people were getting hysterical over.
Merry Christmas everyone.

Bruce Cobb
December 23, 2012 5:27 am

Oh-oh, Anthony, now you’ve done it. Calendargate has begun. Everybody start up those paper shredders and dumping all emails. We’re doomed.

Editor
December 23, 2012 5:30 am

Layne says:
December 22, 2012 at 10:44 pm

I like the idea of Kenji sending these gifts in the future… and with, of course, a list of his esteemed credentials. And there could be pictures of Kenji in his lab coat, running complex experiments on cutting edge research…. on…. yellow snow, or something. 🙂

My dog stops and does a chemical analysis of volatile components of every sample of discolored snow she smells. Pretty much every damn patch. And then adds her own discoloration….

Stephen Richards
December 23, 2012 5:31 am

Chris Schoneveld says:
December 22, 2012 at 11:50 pm
Skiphil, what an ill-timed comment about Michael Moore after the Newtown massacre. You had a problem with Moore’s Columbine movie?
You are as big a prat as Moore. A nastier lump of lard I have never seen. He poisons every film he makes with his misguided political beliefs.

T Pugh
December 23, 2012 5:32 am

I have travelled to the arctic circle sseveral times over the past 30 years and I can tell you without a doubt that the north is melting and rapidly. This web site has loads of data proving (look at the ice pages) that the planet is warming yet everyone here seems to ignore the obvious. No matter what you think or say here you will be effected by these changes. So let me spell it out for you.
There are companies that are buying ice breaking cargo ships because they intend to use the Northwest Passage to ship goods to Europe from Asia. This works because what ice that forms there is very thin and not multiyear, as it has been in the past. If you deny the fact that ice is melting you miss a great opportunity to make money. Asia isn’t missing that.
The US military and coast guard is spending lots of money on watching the northern ports of Russia, since now they can sail where only submarines could go in the past. In addition, the value of these ports to Russian industry will be huge, not to mention the possibility of shipping all of that oil and gas globally.
Oil companies are building rigs for the Arctic Ocean that will not depend on ice islands being created. They even believe the ice is melting. This is part of a huge resources grab going on in the Arctic Ocean. I hope we get a piece of that pie.
The US insurance industry is rapidly exiting the coastal insurance market. These companies deal in making decisions based on risk experience and they are running from the likes of Florida and the east coast. Pretty soon, the only insurance you will get in these areas will be backed by the government.
The views shared by the people who march in lock step with this web site, are all destined to be overtaken by events.
Meanwhile, as you are all trying hard to make the data fit the views expressed here, the rest of the world is moving on to living with, and taking advantage of, these changes. Wake up and get a clue!

Andy
December 23, 2012 5:38 am

He is a buffoon.

Gail Combs
December 23, 2012 5:46 am

MAC says:
December 22, 2012 at 7:01 pm
Flashy? Widely distributed? LOL.
Mann: “We know Anthony Watts received $44K/yr from Koch-funded #Heartland Institute….
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
WOW a one time grant for a surface station study for a mind boggling $44,000!
So how does that stack up to Mikey’s Moola?
Grants = Michael Mann brought at least $4,166,168 to Penn State
Rank and file “..atmospheric, earth, marine, and space sciences teachers, postsecondary” earn considerably more than the average university teacher ( @ $70.61 per hour)…. [normal] university lecturers and professors earn an average of $49.88 an hour From Salaries for all US Scientists by field – A Full Professor in Science $129,818
Gee, that $44,000 is such a HUGE amount in comparison now isn’t it Mikey. No wonder you are SO jealous.

D Böehm
December 23, 2012 5:53 am

T Pugh:
1. The planet is warming. That is entirely a good thing
2. Human activity has nothing measurable to do with it. Global warming is natural
3. An ice-free Northwest Passage will save immense amounts of fuel, and transit time
4. Melting Arctic ice is a non-event. It will not add one millimeter to the sea level
5. It is the alarmist cult that is always trying to make the data fit their belief system. When data and their models conflict, they discard the data
It is amazing how flat wrong someone can be, about everything. The climate alarmist crowd cannot ever admit that anything about a warming world could be beneficial. That indicates how out of touch with reality they are.
Wake up and get a clue yourself.

Richard111
December 23, 2012 5:55 am

T Pugh says:
December 23, 2012 at 5:32 am

Good to meet a man who lives by his convictions. Hope you will have immense pleasure over the next few years advising us here at WUWT on how well your shares on the Arctic oil fields are doing.

DirkH
December 23, 2012 6:01 am

T Pugh says:
December 23, 2012 at 5:32 am
“I have travelled to the arctic circle sseveral times over the past 30 years and I can tell you without a doubt that the north is melting and rapidly.”
Well WUWT has the graphs that show it is, and that at the same time Antarctic Sea Ice is expanding. What’s your complaint?
“There are companies that are buying ice breaking cargo ships because they intend to use the Northwest Passage to ship goods to Europe from Asia. ”
Why do they need ice breakers when the ice is disappearing?
“The US military and coast guard is spending lots of money on watching the northern ports of Russia, since now they can sail where only submarines could go in the past. ”
T Pugh, WHY DID THEY BUILD PORTS WHEN THEY COULDN’T USE THEM? Think for a moment. There must be a reason for that.
“The US insurance industry is rapidly exiting the coastal insurance market. These companies deal in making decisions based on risk experience and they are running from the likes of Florida and the east coast. Pretty soon, the only insurance you will get in these areas will be backed by the government.”
That’s not new. You build homes on a sandbank called Long Island, the only insurance you get is federal, and ridiculously cheap. John Stossel explained on Fox News that he had the government pay him three homes over the years this way.
http://video.foxnews.com/v/1938066980001/should-the-federal-government-subsidize-flood-insurance
“The views shared by the people who march in lock step with this web site, are all destined to be overtaken by events.”
Wanna bet? I’m expecting cooling. My money is in oil, cement, steel. Oil because an inefficient society building windmills will need MORE, not less, cement because it makes great foundations for wind mills, steel because it makes great towers for windmills, all of which we wouldn’t need without the cargo cult science of global warming modelers, who, for all I can tell, have not yet understood the limitations of their models, as they lack the necessary mathematical education for that.
“Meanwhile, as you are all trying hard to make the data fit the views expressed here, the rest of the world is moving on to living with, and taking advantage of, these changes. Wake up and get a clue!”
Thank you very much for your condescension, but I’ve been exploiting the warmist cult rituals for years. Heck I even made money from a ridiculous food-to-fuel operation. I was not always that lucky with gaming the subsidy schemes of warmism but I’m getting better.
Oh BTW; I’m selling CPU’s and GPU’s as well, they make for great climate simulating supercomputers. AMD up 8% on Friday…

December 23, 2012 6:01 am

Mann’s reasoning was like this: If I get one of these, then surely everybody else will, too. In a man who has risen to fame both as a hockey star and a Nobelist, I find this natural, unaffected modesty most commendable.

DirkH
December 23, 2012 6:16 am

Skiphil says:
December 22, 2012 at 9:15 pm
“Everything I see of Michael Mann makes me think that he is merely Michael Moore with a PhD, another hot-headed propagandist with no respect for factual accuracy.”
Chris Schoneveld says:
December 22, 2012 at 11:50 pm
“Skiphil, what an ill-timed comment about Michael Moore after the Newtown massacre. You had a problem with Moore’s Columbine movie?”
I fully agree with Skiphil. Chris Schoeneveld, are you saying we can’t criticize Moore for x months after somebody gets shot?
Well, I think you’re reducing Moore’s work too much.
We should by your logic also not criticize him as long as anyone is obese, or as long as anyone on the planet practizes the dark art of capitalism.
You know, Moore isn’t just about shooting people.

ShrNfr
December 23, 2012 6:29 am

@T Pugh The northeast and northwest passages were open in the 1930s. Here is a book review about a couple of guys who did it in a canoe in 1937. http://adirondackdailyenterprise.com/page/content.detail/id/532959/-The-Northwest-Passage-by-Canoe-.html?nav=5230

T Pugh
Reply to  ShrNfr
December 23, 2012 6:44 am

Thanks for the pointer. I think you miss my point.
There is a difference as the book points out that they were mostly within reach of the shore line and this passage has opened on and off over the years. The reason shipping companies are spending billions on these new ships is because it is open for much longer and over a much wider region that will allow an easy shipping route. It’s very different.
In addition I have been to quite a few of the places noted in the book. So I have first hand experince. Maybe I could suggest you try giong to these areas and forming your own judgement.

Gail Combs
December 23, 2012 6:29 am

Peter Miller says: @ December 23, 2012 at 1:05 am
…..Hmm, perhaps going over a ‘fiscal cliff’ could be a good thing after all – pointless expenditure, such as promoting climate disinformation, could be among one of the first things to go…..
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
It is my New Year’s Wish.
Unfortunately politicians NEVER EVER cut the gravy trains they use to reward campaign funders and hangers-on. Any proposed cuts are always cuts designed to hurt the tax payer the most.

Bruce Cobb
December 23, 2012 6:31 am

Mann needs to be paid a visit by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. Unfortunately, he would probably just send them packing, and threaten them with a lawsuit!

petermue
December 23, 2012 6:33 am

If four people is “widely distributed”…
… then now I understand the 97% consensus. 😉
Merry Chrismas around the world to all freezing sceptics and frying warmists also.

Gail Combs
December 23, 2012 6:38 am

wucash says:
December 23, 2012 at 4:07 am
If that picture doesn’t scream CONSPIRACY, I don;t know what will.
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Christmas party?

Math Genius
December 23, 2012 6:43 am

Aren’t the 163 comments already made here and the several thousands of visitors today on WUWT enough evidence of the evilness of the Koch Brothers?
Obviousley they are forcing hundreds of their employees to work the weekend before Christmas, visit WUWT and write comments here, just to make it look like WUWT was a popular site. And let’s not forget all the planes with them they throw several million tons of frozen ice over the UK and other parts of europe every year aabout this time of the year in order to cover the fact that snow has become impossible in those areas.

Bruce Cobb
December 23, 2012 6:49 am

FTT T Pugh;
No one here denies that we’ve had some warming, or that Arctic sea ice extent is down from what it was 30 years ago. It is actually the Warmist cult that make the facts fit their so-far unsubstantiated conjecture that man is causing the rather mild and in no way unprecedented warming. If you stick around, you might actually learn something.

December 23, 2012 6:52 am

Ha, Ha Ha, Ha Ha, Ha Ha!……..Ha!

Gail Combs
December 23, 2012 6:55 am

T Pugh says:
December 23, 2012 at 5:32 am
I have travelled to the arctic circle sseveral times over the past 30 years and I can tell you without a doubt that the north is melting and rapidly…..
Wake up and get a clue!
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Thirty years? Only thirty years?
Graph 1
Peer-reviewed Paper
Pay special note to the section about “..the first major reactivation of the bipolar seesaw would probably constitute an indication that the transition to a glacial state had already taken place.”
NASA Technical Report: Mass Gains of the Antarctic Ice Sheet Exceed Losses by Zwally, H. Jay; Li, Jun; Robbins, John; Saba, Jack L.; Yi, Donghui; Brenner, Anita; Bromwich, David
Interesting what the Arctic sea Ice loss means when you put it into the context of these to papers….
Merry Christmas to all

T Pugh
December 23, 2012 7:11 am

DickH: Boy, did I hit a sore spot. Your comments prove my point. You are shouting so loud that you are missing the events that are really happening that will effect us all in many ways.
Ice breakers – because its a business bet that they can extend the shipping season by a few weeks.
Russian ports – Before the USSR that was the only coast line they had and now again, the same is true. These ports were almost exclusively military in nature – remember the cold war?
Insurance – the difference is that they are deserting whole states not just regions that have local problems.
Ice melting – as I am sure you know there are many reasons north and south act differently – more ice in the south does not disprove the facts I have stated above.

CodeTech
December 23, 2012 7:11 am

Is Costco aware of this incredible testimonial to the professional appearance of their calendars?
I got 2 “free” copies of a calendar featuring a picture of my car that I sent in (free= ‘just pay postage and a small handling fee’), and I guarantee nobody would mistake the quality of that calendar with a mass-produced slick and glossy production… so Costco should be proud.
Some days I feel kinda bad for Mann. But that goes away soon enough. I think we’ve all known people a lot like him during our working lives, and, yeah, it’s hard to feel bad for too long.
For reference, I once sent a lawyer a tube of KY (pretty sure everyone can make the connection). The calendar, in comparison, was a nice gesture.

RoyFOMR
December 23, 2012 7:23 am

‘Anthony, surely this post should be filed under the new topic “I send people stuff”.
Classic!
Thank you PMT

johanna
December 23, 2012 7:26 am

“Tis the season to be jolly” … unless you’re sad little Mikey Mann. Well played, Anthony.
Merry Christmas to all those who make WUWT possible every day, and to commenters and readers as well.
I predict that 2013 will be even better than this year for those who are optimistic about the future of the planet!

LearDog
December 23, 2012 7:28 am

He knows it came from Costco – and yet he spews lies about funding. This one example nicely illustrates Mann’s morals and ethics I think.
I kind of feel sorry for him on a personal level, but professionally – he needs to reap what he has sown. This one guy has caused people across the planet significant harm.

Don B
December 23, 2012 7:30 am

You can lead a Mann to water, but you can’t make him think.
I am not horseing around; 97% of pier (sic) reviewed studies confirm that.

mpainter
December 23, 2012 7:33 am

T Pugh says:
December 23, 2012 at 5:32 am
================================
Actually, the planet is not warming. In fact, the planet has cooled in the last ten years are so. See the temperature data for the last 16 years.
But before you start to rejoice over this news, consider this: a warmer planet is entirely beneficial; life flourishes in warmer times. Cold is the scythe of death. This planet is still in the ice age. Presently it is in an interstadial which cannot last and continental ice sheets will return. When this begins, it is the crack of doom.
-Colder winters mean higher fuel bills and more discomfort. Quality of lifestyle diminishes during more severe winters. Older people especially suffer. Winter storms means death for unfortunates who get stranded or who cannot afford fuel.
-Cold brings extinctions, this shown by paleontological studies.
-Cold brings a shorter growing season, less humidity, a shrinkage of arable land world-wide and less food production, and famine. This is of paramount concern for a world whose population will double and redouble this century. A cooling globe threatens world-wide famine with billions of deaths through starvation and lowered resistance to disease.
-A cooling globe means the accumulation of ice in polar regions. Sea level will fall. Ports will be stranded. With no ports, international trade will be ruined. World-wide economic depression more severe than any before will be the result, with economic hardship for the billion, already threatened with starvation. Present beach-front property values will plummet.
-I could go on, but I think you get the picture. So think of your grandchildren and pray for a warmer world.
Cheers.

DirkH
December 23, 2012 7:33 am

T Pugh says:
December 23, 2012 at 6:44 am
“The reason shipping companies are spending billions on these new ships is because it is open for much longer and over a much wider region that will allow an easy shipping route. ”
Ah well, it wouldn’t be the first costly mistake.
I approach my warming-related investments with the 100% conviction that IT’s A SCAM from start to finish – and that the investors and governments riding it KNOW it’s a scam, witness GE and the Immelt-Obama connection, and since I decided to do so, I haven’t lost any money with warming related investments.
So thank you very much, I’ll happily provide the steel for the ships these guys have themselves built but I won’t touch a shipping company with a ten foot pole. Most of them will perish.
They already started doing so, remember the publicity stunt of the Beluga?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beluga_Shipping
They’re broke now, they made headlines by running a ship through the North East passage in Summer, accompanied by a Russian ice breaker; German media fell all over themselves pontificating about the significance of this epic voyage (ignoring the fact that for some reason somebody had ports all along the way… )
Remember my words, it’s all a scam and the people partaking it know it. If you invest in it you are a minor player in the scam so you’ll be toast when the big boys call it quits… but maybe you can make a dime from frontrunning… that’s the only dime you can make.

DirkH
December 23, 2012 7:37 am

T Pugh says:
December 23, 2012 at 7:11 am
“DickH: Boy, did I hit a sore spot. Your comments prove my point. You are shouting so loud that you are missing the events that are really happening that will effect us all in many ways. ”
You’re telling ME you hit a “sore spot” yet YOU are mutilating my name? Okay, projection, it shows. Again, T Pugh: I’m currently making money. I hope I will continue to do so. Betting on an increase in inefficiency through misguided policies, driving up demand for certain things that would otherwise not be needed.
As long as you warmists continue to print money to build useless things, making societies even more inefficient, this bet looks good.

slow to follow
December 23, 2012 7:38 am

Farmer Charlie, j ferguson – yeah, I think so too. First glimmer of humour I’ve seen from the fellow. Hope the calendar makes him smile 🙂
Merry Christmas to all, and thanks to Anthony and the team for the blog.

Ima
December 23, 2012 7:38 am

Your calendar cost about the same as 2 cases of koch zero at Costco, hence the conspiracy…….

beesaman
December 23, 2012 7:42 am

His good friend, Peter Gleick, should be able to explain to him all about the perils of a bunker mentality.

mikeL
December 23, 2012 7:48 am

Oh ya right we all know that WUWT has commandeered the under ground missile silos north of the Chico airport for its underground lair.

john in cheshire
December 23, 2012 7:48 am

In the climate change pantomime, Mr Mann is making himself the widow twankey. Or in the case of a royal court, he is becoming the jester. As an aside, I suppose that Mr Mann actually exists?

Gail Combs
December 23, 2012 7:52 am

T Pugh says:
December 23, 2012 at 7:11 am
DickH: Boy, did I hit a sore spot. Your comments prove my point. You are shouting so loud that you are missing the events that are really happening that will effect us all in many ways…..
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Sigh, you are making the mistake of thinking we are your typical bloggers with a high school education at most and no idea of what is happening round the world or in science. You are incorrect. The Arctic sea Ice is a frequent topic here:
A listing of the 287 WUWT articles on the Arctic with active links is HERE You can go click on them.

Mrs. M. Mann Sr. (aka G. Combs)
December 23, 2012 8:03 am

“Who paid for production and shipping costs for this flashy (apparently widely distributed) Anthony Watts WUWT climate change denial calendar?”
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Mikey!
That is tacky and very bad manners. You never ask about the cost of a gift. I taught you better than that.
Now go apologize to that nice Mr. Watts for giving you a present.
Your Mother

HarveyS
December 23, 2012 8:08 am

roflao, got my comment removed on mann’s page about the calender, i was polite. Just asked if he checked his facts before he posted. Or was it like his tree ring data, that he manipulated ? to suit his own agende.
what the hell its typical of those that support AGW, in that you cant question the lies they put out

Robert of Ottawa
December 23, 2012 8:33 am

Hey, Anthony, if 0.0% is “worse than we thought” then 4 is definately “widely distributed“.
Merry Crhistmas to all, including the 97% of scinetists who are warmistas.

Sean
December 23, 2012 8:36 am

It HAD to be funded by the Koch brothers….in Mann’s gravy train world it is impossible with his belief system to even conceive of the idea of someone spending their own personal money on something they are committed too.
This is how his brain works. Just like how his cognitive bias towards his eco-religion, and lack of critical thinking skills, are what prevent him from doing real science. He is beyond redemption.

Mike Smith
December 23, 2012 8:37 am

Only yesterday, we had the most stupid climate change stories of the decade.
Today… that article appears to be in great need of a major update. Manny just set a new record!
You couldn’t make this stuff up. Well done, Anthony.
.

Robert of Ottawa
December 23, 2012 8:38 am

Breaking News:
Snow in Canada!

sam williamson
December 23, 2012 8:45 am

If four means widely distributed, I should get Mikey to nominate me for a Nobel Prize in literature.

Steve Keohane
December 23, 2012 8:53 am

Matt says:December 23, 2012 at 4:01 am
Glad you cleared this one up. Maybe you’ll get a Climate Science for Dummies Paperback in turn. 😉

Like this one?
http://i49.tinypic.com/erik48.jpg
/sarc

Who is Richard Windsor?
December 23, 2012 8:55 am

Not nice to poke inmates with sticks.

Gary Pearse
December 23, 2012 8:56 am

I think gnomish’s comment from Haigh Anxiety thread is very apropos here:
gnomish says:
December 21, 2012 at 8:05 am
“it can’t be nice for a climate catastrophists kids and pets about now…”

PaulH
December 23, 2012 9:00 am

I actually think Mr. Mann is pulling our collective leg here in his tweet. Perhaps he really does have a sense of humour after all. ;-> It’s a Saturnalia Miracle!

Bob
December 23, 2012 9:01 am

Anthony, I am surprised you chose to shop at Costco. CEO is a big Obama fan and global warmer. Could have chosen Staples – they believe in science.
REPLY: Yes, but the irony and #conspiracymemekiller by my using COSTCO is delicious, much like their $1.50 hot dog and soda 😉
– Anthony

ItsStillTooColdInCanada
December 23, 2012 9:02 am

Ahhh… Dr. Mann: You’re the BEST of the BEST of the BEST! You’re everything we’ve come to expect from YEARS of government funding. We encourage you to display your calendar with pride beside your widely distributed Nobel Peace Prize.

December 23, 2012 9:07 am

Awesome, I love it!!
Boohoo, watts sent me a koch funded calender, lets impose as Charles The Moderator, ask Anthony for the koch invoices, spice them up and publicize!

Adam Gallon
December 23, 2012 9:19 am

What a humourless knob that Mann is!
Still, he’s advertised Josh & his wares far & wide, to those Greenies who wouldn’t dream of looking here & Bishop Hill!

Bruce Cobb
December 23, 2012 9:22 am

Hmmm….Yesterday when I retrieved our mail there was a package, and I noticed it was from Costco. As I didn’t order anything from Costco, I’m thinking this “calendar conspiracy” must be bigger than we thought! The fact that my wife snatched it away from me, accusing me of looking at her mail means nothing.

What Did I Tell You!?
December 23, 2012 9:22 am

Michael Mann is the kind of person who made the Soviet Union just so much doggone fun.

MattN
December 23, 2012 9:39 am

Well done Anthony, well done…

December 23, 2012 9:44 am

Reblogged this on gottadobetterthanthis and commented:
Just jumping on the bandwagon without further comment.

December 23, 2012 9:46 am

Anthony Watts says:
December 22, 2012 at 7:43 pm
Great idea Mosh! He’d probably go buy them all to keep them from being seen.
====================================================================
No, he would get a federal research grant to buy them up.

December 23, 2012 10:02 am

Anthony.
Recall what Steve mc talked about. Storms of our parents and grand parents.
1. Ask goddard to dredge up the worst weather news for every day of the year.
2. Pick a worst for every month
3. Josh to do a cartoon on the worst weather for that month.
4. for every day of the year put the description of the worst weather for that day in the
box. Like Feb 14: 1898: flood kills 3000 in timbuktoo
Of course the cartoon can feature some little mann making pronouncements

John F. Hultquist
December 23, 2012 10:04 am

Réaumur says:
December 23, 2012 at 2:21 am
“. . . far too much ad hom . . .

Your comment is a general one not necessarily addressed to the current post. As such, it is a useful comment. No one seems to have addressed it with respect to this post, so I will.
Subtle or not so subtle differences in context need to be recognized. When Person XYZ makes a statement about climate or any other legitimate subject it is not appropriate to attack their personal appearance, the religion they were born into or accept, members of their family, and all such things. When a person makes a public statement that is stupendously silly, seems clueless about the world, lacks understanding regarding irony, lacks a sense of humor, and a sense of good cheer during these seasonal holidays . . . then it is not an ad hominem argument to point out that the person is behaving in one or more of the ways mentioned.
Arguments of the ad hominem kind focus not on the evidence but on the character of the person advancing it, seeking to discredit positions by discrediting those who hold them. Some comments above might fail in this regard. But that’s is not the fault of the post as done by Mr. Watts.

Lars P.
December 23, 2012 10:05 am

Maybe we got the wrong meaning?
koch-machine is german for cook-machine.
kochen=boiling
Wonder if somebody felt boiling, watching the calendar?
Well done Anthony, small presents bring big smiles!
And a super thanks to Josh!

Scott
December 23, 2012 10:06 am

You should have sent him a lump of coal.

John M
December 23, 2012 10:22 am

“It’s a Saturnalia Miracle!”
I think Mann is more of a Festivus type of guy.

gnomish
December 23, 2012 10:26 am

+++ on Mosher’s idea – that’s really, really good!

December 23, 2012 10:30 am

The only thing I hear about Pennsylvania State University in addition to the above named person, is as follows: http://paranormalresearchsociety.org/
Coincidence?

Gail Combs
December 23, 2012 10:32 am

Steven Mosher says:
December 23, 2012 at 10:02 am
Anthony.
Recall what Steve mc talked about. Storms of our parents and grand parents…..
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Oh that one would be great to send to all our politicians to remind them Weather Weirding is Warped thinking, but we need it before Jan 1 and they stick us with a carbon tax.

December 23, 2012 10:33 am

Highly amusing.
But, like several of the other commenters, I start to feel a little – tiny – bit sorry for the esteemed Dr. Mann.
Can he really be so severely by-passed at the humerus?
I think Penn State should seriously consider some form of analyst for their star climate chap. He’s brought millions in grants – its is the least they can do . . . .
Otherwise – Merry Christmas to all (INCLUDING the fragrant Dr. Mann) and all best wishes for a Happy and Healthy New Year.
Auto

December 23, 2012 10:36 am

T Pugh says:
December 23, 2012 at 5:32 am

… and the Earth did not exist before you were there the first time …? How religious! [face palm!]

T Pugh says:
December 23, 2012 at 6:44 am

Note that what ShrNfr @ 12/23, 2012 at 6:29 am refers to, to go canoeing the same path is something extremely dangerous today and doomed to fail with a fatal outcome …
The climate occurs in cycles … Get used to it!

Gunga Din
December 23, 2012 10:40 am

Steven Mosher says:
December 23, 2012 at 10:02 am
Anthony.
Recall what Steve mc talked about. Storms of our parents and grand parents.
1. Ask goddard to dredge up the worst weather news for every day of the year.
2. Pick a worst for every month
3. Josh to do a cartoon on the worst weather for that month.
4. for every day of the year put the description of the worst weather for that day in the
box. Like Feb 14: 1898: flood kills 3000 in timbuktoo
Of course the cartoon can feature some little mann making pronouncements
======================================================================
Perhaps add some of the predictions the Hansenites have said should have happened by now along with a few quotes that had been used to describe how “extreme” last year’s weather had been?

December 23, 2012 10:40 am

Michael Moore: “ARGH! Anthony Watts MUST be funded by the Koch brothers to have the money to send me this! Now if you will excuse me, I need to cash my check from a George Soros organization before the banks close for Christmas.”
(Just a little satire to highlight the hypocrisy of fussing about where someone gets funding.)

Editor
December 23, 2012 10:50 am

Bruce Cobb says:
December 23, 2012 at 9:22 am

Hmmm….Yesterday when I retrieved our mail there was a package, and I noticed it was from Costco. As I didn’t order anything from Costco, I’m thinking this “calendar conspiracy” must be bigger than we thought! The fact that my wife snatched it away from me, accusing me of looking at her mail means nothing.

Mine came addressed to my wife. As she didn’t remember ordering anything from CostCo, she figured it was a present to her from someone and gave it to me to open and wrap. I think I’m still expected to wrap it.

jonny old boy
December 23, 2012 10:51 am

Mann’s analytical skills are clearly poor,,, if he is not careful he may one day publish something and declare the results as fact and convince gullible governments and media organisations to abandon rational study and strategy and pour money into things they may not need to…. oh hang on a minute…… 😉

December 23, 2012 10:54 am

For DirkH and any other readers of this blog that are interested in the real deal story on Antarctic sea ice:
http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/antarctic_melting.html
From this:
http://tugpullpushstop.blogspot.com/2012/10/what-i-really-posted.html

DirkH
December 23, 2012 11:02 am

Oakden Wolf (@oakden_wolf) says:
December 23, 2012 at 10:54 am
“For DirkH and any other readers of this blog that are interested in the real deal story on Antarctic sea ice:”
Thanks, Oakden Wolf, is that the same NASA that cashes in 1.2 bn USD in Global Waring research funds thanks to their alarmist employee James Hansen?
I take it that the Antarctic melting will start RSN now… 🙂
(Probably beyond my investment horizon, unfortunately)

DirkH
December 23, 2012 11:12 am

Oakden Wolf (@oakden_wolf) says:
December 23, 2012 at 10:54 am
“For DirkH and any other readers of this blog that are interested in the real deal story on Antarctic sea ice:”
That’s better than I thought, a real side-splitter if you’re not an American taxpayer, now look at this, they found out that it snows on the sea ice. No really.

“Flooded Sea Ice Turns Snow to Ice
Water-logged sea ice is the third phenomenon that may explain why sea ice in the Antarctic is increasing. The process, which scientists call “snow-to-ice conversion,” occurs when the weight of accumulated snow presses down on a slab of sea ice until it’s nearly submerged. When that happens, waves cause ocean water to spill on top of the ice and into the snow, forming a layer that eventually freezes and becomes “snow ice.””

And re the 1.2 bn USD a year in Global warming research funds that NASA devours, here’s the links, just for brevity.
http://notrickszone.com/2012/04/12/nasa-abdalatis-response-to-50-esteemed-professionals-is-managerial-negligence-an-embarrassment/#comment-92515
http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/FY12-climate-fs.pdf
The best part is of course:

“”We’ve made some progress,” said Markus, “but in the next few years, I think we’re going to see much more detailed measurements of the flooding of the snow-ice interface.””

Yay! Soon we’ll know even better what happens when it snows on sea ice! Keynesianism at work! Print, Bernanke, print!

December 23, 2012 11:18 am

Oakden Wolf (@oakden_wolf) says:
December 23, 2012 at 10:54 am

Regarding the first link: There are stuff missing there, check the date!
Second picture covers only 29 years and ends 2007! (One year less then T Pugh example.) Today we are near end of 2012 … What happened before 1979 and after 2007 …?

Peter Dunford
December 23, 2012 11:42 am

I feel sorry for Mann’s family this Christmas. Not only do they have to agonise over what to buy him, now they have to factor in his over-reaction and slurs on their motivation.
On reflection, probably no different to any other Christmas for them.

D Böehm
December 23, 2012 11:45 am
Brian H
December 23, 2012 12:24 pm

The meme out in Warmi-la-la-land about WUWT:
I mentioned it in another blog, and a poster challenged me to deny that Anthony/WUWT was on a $90K salary from Heartland. Of course, I clarified that Anthony had initiated a project to make a valuable but nearly unusable gov’t database accessible with an open graphics package, costing about $80K, and that one of Heartland’s backers had anonymously contributed ½, $40K, the rest being raised through WUWT readership, etc. That this was a one-time event, and that not a dime had gone from Heartland to WUWT before or after. I invited him to examine the relationship of RealClimate to its fatcat PR firm owner, Fenton, as a contrast to the out-of-pocket and readership supported WUWT, or any other sceptic site.
The realities of “sceptic funding” seem to be just opaque and incomprehensible to these loons. They project their own situations and motivations — and condemn them!!
The bind moggles.

December 23, 2012 12:28 pm

DirkH:
Maybe you would benefit from knowing more about NASA’s efforts with regard to cryospheric science.
http://giesn.uc.edu/upload/FCKeditor/2010-05/02112139.pdf
Regarding the snow-on-ice mechanism, the operative part is that it is snowing more now on both the sea ice and the Antarctic continent than in the recent past. So that mechanism is becoming more important and significant.

polski
December 23, 2012 12:43 pm

Got to this thread late since this morning I had to plow snow for a couple of hours for the Christmas buffet here at our club. Was further detained after filling snow plow with gas(JD 260 diesel of course!). After running ok for 15 minutes it stopped…2 hours later and fuel system drained and refilled in busy parking lot here I am…
Anthony, had I known you were sending Mikey a Christmas gift I would have been happy to donate a fruit cake!

polski
December 23, 2012 12:48 pm

Doing something stupid on occasion is fine, own up to it and taking the ribbing you deserve

AndyG55
December 23, 2012 12:48 pm

“forming a layer that eventually freezes and becomes “snow ice.”””
Gees, I just figured out how snow turns to ice. !
Because its really COLD !!!!!!

DirkH
December 23, 2012 12:57 pm

Oakden Wolf (@oakden_wolf) says:
December 23, 2012 at 12:28 pm
“Maybe you would benefit from knowing more about NASA’s efforts with regard to cryospheric science.
http://giesn.uc.edu/upload/FCKeditor/2010-05/02112139.pdf

From the page:
“The program’s focus is on the use of remote sensing data to study the Earth’s cryosphere.”
Now that’s funny. The NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies does all its temperature measurements with 1,500 earthbound thermometers (that is, after 4500 of them died).
NASA suddenly uses satellites? I’m cracking myself up!

December 23, 2012 1:24 pm

DirkH
I don’t believe that GISS is strongly allied with NASA’s cryosphere program. Maybe more research is required 😉

Ilma630
December 23, 2012 1:26 pm

The man has a serious inferiority complex! He thinks he’s important 🙂

Ian W
December 23, 2012 1:54 pm

T Pugh says:
December 23, 2012 at 5:32 am
I have travelled to the arctic circle sseveral times over the past 30 years and I can tell you without a doubt that the north is melting and rapidly. This web site has loads of data proving (look at the ice pages) that the planet is warming yet everyone here seems to ignore the obvious. No matter what you think or say here you will be effected by these changes. So let me spell it out for you.

You have seen all the responses so far and I have the feeling that you are disregarding them all as hand waving and bloviating by people who haven’t seen what you have seen – and you have 30 years experience of sailing in the Arctic. Unfortunately, you are making the mistake in thinking that your experience is the ‘normal’ for the Arctic. It isn’t. There is a continual cycle of large melts followed by recoveries. But I do not expect you to believe me after all I am just hand waviing like the rest. So why not read: http://docs.lib.noaa.gov/rescue/mwr/050/mwr-050-11-0589a.pdf ?
This is an archive of reports saved by NOAA. The report you should read starts 2/3rds of the way down the left column. It is a report from a Geology lecturer from the University of Christiana on the great changes his expedition have found in the Arctic in November 1922 Ninety (90) years ago:
“The oceanographic observations have, however, been
even more interesting. Ice conditions were exceptional.
In fact, so little ice has never before been noted. The
expedition all but established a record, sailing as far
north as 8ldeg21min in ice-free water. This is the farthest
north ever reached with modern oceanographic apparatus.

The character of the waters of the great polar basin
has heretofore been practically unknown. Dr. Hoel reports
that he made a section of the Gulf Stream at 81′
north latitude and took soundings to a depth of 3,100
meters. These show the Gulf Stream very warm, and it
could be traced as a surface current till beyond the 81st
parallel. The warmth of the waters makes it probable
that the favorable ice conditions will continue for some time.”

They even quote someone who sounds very much like you only he had more than 54 years experience sailing in the Arctic – and makes almost precisely the same comments as you – except a century earlier…
In connection with Dr. Hoel’s report, it is of interest
to note the unusually warm summer in Arctic Norway
and the observations of Capt. Martin Ingebrigtsen, who
has sailed the eastern Arctic for 54 years past. He says
that he first noted warmer conditions in 1915, that since
that time it has steadily gotten warmer, and that to-day
the Arctic of that region is not recognizable as the same
region of 1865 to 1917.

You make much of the race for oil – this expedition was no different except they were looking for coal. The report says:
Dr. Hoel, who has just returned, reports the location
of hitherto unknown coal deposits on the eastern shores
of Advent Bay-deposits of vast extent and superior
quality. This is regarded as of first importance, as so
far most of the coal mined by the Norwegian companies
on those islands has not been of the best quality.

Plus ca change – the race to reach easy access resources was present even a century ago.
So we have reports from 100 years ago that sound almost precisely the same as your post. Its warmer than ever, there is no ice, there is a search for fossil fuel resources. Indeed, the ocean was completely ice free as far as 81:21N. Yet we know that the ice returned again after that then melted again during the 1940’s then returned again. This is a cycle slightly longer than a man’s lifetime experience. The Vikings sailed to Greenland and created large communities with arable farming for several centuries, and also had communities in North East Canada, It is a natural cycle. Those who have not learned history are unaware that they are watching a repeat. Perhaps you should read some history it can be more reliable than politicians and climate ‘scientists’ as it actually happened.

DirkH
December 23, 2012 2:27 pm

Oakden Wolf (@oakden_wolf) says:
December 23, 2012 at 1:24 pm
“DirkH
I don’t believe that GISS is strongly allied with NASA’s cryosphere program. Maybe more research is required ;-)”
I am very sure NASA’s cryosphere program will not find out anything that could jeopardize the very successful grant-grabbing enabled by Dr. Hansen, of NASA GISS fame, with his superior temperature extrapolation technique.
Or if they do, they will cover it in caveats as thick as the Antarctic ice shield.
See, that’s how much I trust NASA. You won’t convince me otherwise. Money talks. Same thing happening here in the EU, of course. 200bn of the 2013 EU budget (research and non research combined) are marked as being for “climate-related” activities.
Meaning, up for grabs by the people in the know, never to be seen again.

mpainter
December 23, 2012 2:33 pm

Ian W says: December 23, 2012 at 1:54 pm
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Thank you for that post. This is the sort of post that should silence the wailing and the hand wringing over melting ice. But the global warmers always ignore this sort of proof.
“Dr. Hoel reports that he made a section of the Gulf Stream at 81′
north latitude and took soundings to a depth of 3,100
meters. These show the Gulf Stream very warm, and it
could be traced as a surface current till beyond the 81st
parallel. The warmth of the waters makes it probable
that the favorable ice conditions will continue for some time.”
Here is the reason for the present warmth in the arctic. The global warmers refuse to look past their cherished and oft-refuted AGW theory. SST is due to insolation, not the greenhouse effect. Warmer SST is not due to AGW, and this is incontrovertably so.

u.k.(us)
December 23, 2012 3:09 pm

Steven Mosher says:
December 23, 2012 at 10:02 am
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I’m sure we didn’t deserve it.
But, it was a nicely worded comment.

Alan Watt, CD (Certified Denialist), Level 7
December 23, 2012 3:51 pm

Mann may be upset because he was planning on coming out with his own calendar to “communicate better” about climate science. However by the time the Team got done with artistic design, detailed wording, stock selection, several rounds of reviews with 97% of top climate scientists, status meetings in Hawaii, etc., etc., the cost estimates were up over $800K and he was putting together a grant application to cover it.
Thus his comment about where you are getting funding for your effort.
/sarc, in case anyone needs it.
By coincidence, my calendar arrived on the 21st. I will hang it up at work when I return.

Editor
December 23, 2012 3:51 pm

Sigh, I own out pn MM’s FB site that I partially funded his calendar, and what do I get? my comment is deleted (and I imagine many others), and he writes:

Michael E. Mann So Watts minions coming out to defend him against having spent any of his 88K from Heartland (i.e. Koch Bros et al) on calendar. So how did he spend the Heartland/Koch money??

He hasn’t learned what the latest Koch donation was tagged for (health care), I doubt he’s interested in anything beyond his own confirmation bias.

Queen1
December 23, 2012 4:03 pm

Wow, Anthony! I had no idea Charles the Mod was so cute! More pictures, please!

December 23, 2012 4:12 pm

Brilliant Anthony!
It’ll keep his mind off the microphones we managed to have fitted to the Xmas tree lights in his office
oh… sorry

DirkH
December 23, 2012 4:19 pm

Ric Werme says:
December 23, 2012 at 3:51 pm


Sigh, I own out pn MM’s FB site that I partially funded his calendar, and what do I get? my comment is deleted (and I imagine many others), and he writes:
Michael E. Mann So Watts minions coming out to defend him against having spent any of his 88K from Heartland (i.e. Koch Bros et al) on calendar. So how did he spend the Heartland/Koch money??”

He… said… what? “having spent any of his 88K from Heartland (i.e. Koch Bros et al) on calendar.”?
Rotflmao, I say, rotflmao.

Keith Sketchley
December 23, 2012 4:23 pm

Hey Anthony, it is a convenient lie.
Since they’ve told it so often and their faithful flock believe it, repeating it “appears to work”.

bikermailman
December 23, 2012 4:39 pm

I had a feeling CtM was younger than the rest. The Snark is strong in This One. Merry Christmas to Anthony, Charles, Willis, and everyone responsible for this great place. Happy Solstice to those of another bent, even Dr. Mann and his crew!
[I’m 7 months older than Mosh, ~ctm]

HarveyS
December 23, 2012 5:10 pm

Ric Werme says:
December 23, 2012 at 3:51 pm
Sigh, I own out pn MM’s FB site that I partially funded his calendar, and what do I get? my comment is deleted (and I imagine many others), and he writes:
Michael E. Mann So Watts minions coming out to defend him against having spent any of his 88K from Heartland (i.e. Koch Bros et al) on calendar. So how did he spend the Heartland/Koch money??
He hasn’t learned what the latest Koch donation was tagged for (health care), I doubt he’s interested in anything beyond his own confirmation bias.
Oh it gets worst, they have complained to twitter that i have posted unsolicated replies to peoples accounts, so i have had my account suspended.
How low a level do they want to go?

December 23, 2012 5:25 pm

Time to composite pictures: 6 hours
Time to add them to Costco calendar: 2 hours
Cost to send personally made calendar: $15.84
Reaction of recipient moving article to #1 in WP: Priceless

manicbeancounter
December 23, 2012 5:30 pm

It is not just a sense of humor that Dr Mann lacks, it is a sense of proportion. Climate science is connected to the real world by statistical analysis, so this lack of proportion is more than a trivial issue.

Mike H.
December 23, 2012 5:31 pm

Dr. Hook “Everybody Loves Me” verse 2&3.
It used to be a kind face was a rarity
But now I got friends coming out both ends just to visit me
But it don’t make sense ’cause my confidence has been destroyed
Everybody loves me but I’m paranoid
What ever happened to the cold cruel world I used to understand
When every road was paved with wet cement
Back when if I was hanging off a cliff you’d be walking on my hands
Somebody please tell me where all the good times went whooo

Niff
December 23, 2012 5:43 pm

I would have thought there was ample material here for Prof. Lewandosky, but wait, wrong meme.
Absolutely hilarious, hours of fun. many thanks, and a Merry Christmas to all.

Johnny Terawatt
December 23, 2012 5:48 pm

Peter Gleick commented on Mann’s Facebook page, ” I can hang it next to my personal copy of my Fakegate tshirt and mug.”
It’s nice he can be so comfortable in his own skin.

DirkH
December 23, 2012 5:50 pm

HarveyS says:
December 23, 2012 at 5:10 pm
“Oh it gets worst, they have complained to twitter that i have posted unsolicated replies to peoples accounts, so i have had my account suspended.
How low a level do they want to go?”
Time-tested strategy of the left, google Twitter Gulag. They do it all the time.

Sardondi
December 23, 2012 6:08 pm

What strikes me about so many of these “the-science-is-settled!” types such as Dr. Mann, who scoff at what they claim is the gross a-scientific background of those who disagree with their diktat about the climate, are really, shockingly, ignorant of so many of the everyday, pedestrian parts of modern technological life which everyman takes for granted and then masters and uses without a second thought, such as the ease and little expense with which we can now draft, create, copy, transfer and distribute a humorous and professional-looking “climate calendar”. I mean, these guys keep telling us we should listen to them because of how smart they are, right? Uh, not so fast there, Dr. Mann…

LazyTeenager
December 23, 2012 6:15 pm

Given the reaction, I’d say my plan to spread a little good humor just didn’t work on the humorless
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Go on. It’s just annoying and inflammatory.
So Michael Mann has some crazy speculation that you’re funded by the Koch brothers. This is the same level of sanity that the WUWT readers display when they reckon that AGW is a world wide plot by thousands of climate scientists.

D Böehm
December 23, 2012 6:34 pm

Lazy says:
“…AGW is a world wide plot by thousands of climate scientists.”
Not really. There is only a relatively small clique of AGW promoting scientists. The rest are newspaper reporters, ignorant editorial writers, scientifically illiterate lay persons, self-serving blog promoters, and various other clueless lemmings.
If AGW-alarmist scientists were too numerous, their grant gravy train would have to be shared by too many, and the central clique would have to take a pay cut. They certainly don’t want that.
The OISM Petition proved beyond doubt that the vast majority of professionals in the hard sciences do not buy into the “carbon” scare. Despite numerous attempts, the alarmist crowd has been unable to come anywhere close to the OISM numbers. But not for lack of trying.

u.k.(us)
December 23, 2012 6:44 pm

LazyTeenager says:
December 23, 2012 at 6:15 pm
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“WUWT readers”, don’t underestimate your audience.
You punter.

u.k.(us)
December 23, 2012 6:59 pm

So, I can let it rip, nothing shows up on the board.
I kinda like it.
And, now it’s free.
Best to all, and I mean that.

Richard D
December 23, 2012 7:47 pm
Skeptik
December 23, 2012 8:11 pm

Jelly sets in 30 minutes
Ice-cream sets in 90 minutes
Concrete sets in 16 hours.
Paranoia just sets in.

Kevin
December 23, 2012 8:23 pm

Interesting that in Josh’s cover illustration for the calendar, the coastline almost exactly replicates the Taranaki coastline, on the North Island of New Zealand

lurker passing through, laughing
December 23, 2012 8:24 pm

Like many blowhard extremists, Dr. Mann appears to be suffering from a total humorectomy.

dp
December 23, 2012 8:37 pm

He obviously suffers from Small Mann complex which is not at all related to small man complex which purportedly applies to short people. Michael is just small. Small in intellect, small in wit, small in thought. His is a small universe – filled mostly with himself. His peers likely would rather be known as anything but. Should he ever reference one of my papers I fear I shall burn it straight away. Other than that he seems like a novel chap you’d like to have a beer over when he’s gone. Later I shall focus on less kind impressions of the Mann and his climate foibles. Keep you your stick on the ice!

December 23, 2012 11:09 pm

“…really, shockingly, ignorant of so many of the everyday, pedestrian parts of modern technological life which everyman takes for granted and then masters and uses without a second thought, such as the ease and little expense with which we can now draft, create, copy, transfer and distribute a humorous and professional-looking “climate calendar”. “
Yes, well put Sardondi, I’ve noticed that too. Why is this? Probably because they’re living in a well-funded bubble and really don’t have any intellectual curiousity. Which being up a related point — why do they so readily accuse others of being funded by commercial interests? Most likely because they simply project their own situation and mentality onto others.

December 23, 2012 11:37 pm

“…Where did #AnthonyWatts (#WUWT) get funds for widely distributed #climatechange #denier calendar? http://on.fb.me/12H62WI #KochMachine…”
Maybe we need to ask just where did Michael Mann get the funds to get a “alarmist” book published? Considering that it was released by Columbia University Press, I’m sure he had help – maybe even using some of his “climate science” grant money to push this out.
You do have to wonder why he couldn’t (or wouldn’t) use Pennsylvania State University’s press (http://www.psupress.org) to put it out. He does work there, doesn’t he?
Never mind – I’ve figured it out: “…Penn State University Press is dedicated to serving the University community, the citizens of Pennsylvania, and scholars worldwide by publishing books and journals of the highest quality…”

Editor
December 23, 2012 11:43 pm

Wow… Just wow. SOoooo out of touch with the real world.
Perhaps we ought to each select our favorite bits of FOIA email and make them in to a calendar too, then send them to “selected folks”… I can see that causing stratospheric ejecta 😉

David Jones
December 24, 2012 12:32 am

Chris B says:
December 22, 2012 at 6:19 pm
“Deception breeds paranoia. The poor Mann is losing it.”
Did the poor Mann ever have it?

Gail Combs
December 24, 2012 12:49 am

E.M.Smith says: @ December 23, 2012 at 11:43 pm
Perhaps we ought to each select our favorite bits of FOIA email and make them in to a calendar too, then send them to “selected folks”… I can see that causing stratospheric ejecta 😉
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
HMMM,
How about Mosher’s historic climate catastrophe pictorial with caption at the top and a favorite bit of FOIA e-mail at the bottom or in those extra day spaces calenders always have.
Perfect for your Congress Critters.

David
December 24, 2012 2:56 am

LazyTeenager says:
December 23, 2012 at 6:15 pm
Go on. It’s just annoying and inflammatory.
So Michael Mann has some crazy speculation that you’re funded by the Koch brothers. This is the same level of sanity that the WUWT readers display when they reckon that AGW is a world wide plot by thousands of climate scientists.
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Lazy, you and Mickey have a lot in common. Please point to one WUWT article that expresses the view that AGW is a conspirracy by thousands of climate scientist. Oh, and for bonus points please list the thousands of atmospheric scientist that support CAGW. I nticed you left the “C” off of CAGW. Without the “C” you have nothing. Once again you live up to your handle. Perhaps you are funded by the Koch brothers.

December 24, 2012 3:36 am

Where do I go to order one of YOUR calendars?????

DirkH
December 24, 2012 4:31 am

LazyTeenager says:
December 23, 2012 at 6:15 pm
“So Michael Mann has some crazy speculation that you’re funded by the Koch brothers. This is the same level of sanity that the WUWT readers display when they reckon that AGW is a world wide plot by thousands of climate scientists.”
The climate modelers are bought and paid for. The next EU budget has about 200 bn EUR earmarked for “climate related activities”.
http://www.nature.com/nclimate/journal/v2/n4/images_article/nclimate1464-f1.jpg
Sooo…. As long as the Eurocrats can spread the meme that CO2 is gonna kill us all, they get all this nice money to move around… into whichever pocket they desire…
The climate modelers (I’d like to avoid the word “scientist” here) just enable this corrupti0n. We all have to choose whether we want to be efficient or honest, remember?

December 24, 2012 6:51 am

pat says:
December 22, 2012 at 6:41 pm
COAL IS KING. IF ONLY OUR GOVT IN AUSTRALIA WOULD WAKE UP TO THE FACTS AND START BULDING SOME COAL-FIRED POWER STATIONS, INSTEAD OF EXPORTING OUR COAL TO CHINA, WHILE PRETENDING TO SAVE THE PLANET.
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What Oz is exporting to China is prosperity, funded by a CO2 tax on ‘stralians. The people of OZ are paying the people of China to take Ozzie coal and burn it in China. Then Mother Nature ships the CO2 back to Oz. Within a few years this unfair competition, created by the Ozzie government policies and Chinese currency manipulation will wipe out manufacturing in Oz, reducing Aussie CO2 production.
How can any manufacturer compete when the Chinese can land manufactured goods on your doorstep for less than what it costs to by the raw materials wholesale?

December 24, 2012 7:02 am

LazyTeenager says:
December 23, 2012 at 6:15 pm
“AGW is a world wide plot by thousands of climate scientists.”
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When the US government pays scientists 90 billion dollars to find evidence of AGW, you will get $90 billion dollars worth of studies saying “here is evidence of AGW”. You may recall the Al Gore was Vice President for 8 years while these policies were set in place.
If you paid me $90 billion dollars to prove that red hair makes men tall, I could quite easily find and publish tens of thousands of example of tall red-headed men. Clearly proof that red-hair makes men tall. I expect my peers would be more than happy to review and approve my studies in return for me taking the time to review and approve their studies.
No conspiracy is required. Simply money handed out based on a religious belief Al Gore and others have been promoting for 30 years, using science as a tool to promote the belief, and public funds to game the system by rewarding the faithful.

another john galt