Paul Ehrlich joins the Royal Society, rants on Twitter

Josh writes: “All the text Paul Ehrlich is saying comes from his recent tweets.

And the Bishop says “it’s a hoot”. I wonder where he got the idea that its was “the greatest snowstorm on record for the city” when no new records have been set?

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See the Tweet collection here:

http://www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2013/2/9/im-following-paul.html

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How deeply ironic that “ehrlich” in German means “honest” !

Ian W

Nullius in Verba
Just keep remembering that motto and fact check what Ehrlich says. It is only now there are all these climate ‘scientists’ that there are people that are capable of being wrong as often as him.

A lot of people don’t think that highly of any organisation with ‘Royal’ in its name…so no surprises here!

John Silver

“I wonder where he got the idea that its was “the greatest snowstorm on record for the city” when no new records have been set?”
He got it from one of his favorites, a moron.

David Sanger (@davidsanger)

He’s quite right on the record. Ehrlich simply retweeted @wunderground https://twitter.com/wunderground/status/300253893315661824 which copied the NOAA report
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SXUS71 KGYX 091832
RERPWM
RECORD EVENT REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAY ME
132 PM EST SAT FEB 09 2013
…RECORD STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL SET AT PORTLAND ME…
A RECORD SNOWFALL OF 31.9 INCHES HAS SET AT PORTLAND ME TODAY. THIS
BREAKS THE OLD RECORD OF 27.1 SET ON JANUARY 17 AND 18 1979. THIS
MAKES IT THE GREATEST SNOWSTORM ON RECORD AT PORTLAND ME…AND
ADDITIONAL ACCUMULATION IS EXPECTED.
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/view/national.php?prod=RER
REPLY: I thought he was talking about Boston, which has no new record. Lots of expectations that Boston would set a new record the week leading up to it. – Anthony

Morons eh? He is obviously speaking from experience!

jorgekafkazar

“There is no error so monstrous that it fails to find defenders among the ablest men.” –Lord Acton.
Obviously I’m not talking about Ehrlich.

Manfred

Apart from the Royal Society, you would find such spirit only in the lowest level discussions on the lowest level message boards. But nice to see them running our Societies.

Don’t forget that salaries for senior management at the Royal Society have gone through the roof there in the last few years.
The top earner has gone from £100K to £160K in six years.
At the same time govt funding has gone up 53%.
Coincidence?
http://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2012/06/02/royal-society-funding/

Slabadang

Wattch CNN and get really stupid!
Asteroid caused by “Global Warming” ?

The Royal Society is no longer what it was in the days of Newton, Hooke and Bacon. Its latest recruit has gone from being the golden guru of ‘The Population Bomb’ 1968 to being an irrelevant furiously tweeting raving ratbag completely out of touch with reality and the facts.

So Paul Ehrlich is pushing the idea of Foresight Intelligence on all of us as a way to plan and shape the future. All the while showing no interest in the lessons of the past. http://www.invisibleserfscollar.com/all-that-is-solid-melts-into-air-but-does-it-really/
If you’ve ever wondered why the UN agencies keep talking about a Knowledge Society while simultaneously showing no respect for genuine knowledge, there’s your answer. It’s not a good sign I used one of Uncle Karl’s most famous hyperbolic passages to make the point.
And I would assert that the “unifying central cultural thought for humanity” is in fact Sustainability. We may not believe it but the betting is our kids will soon enough by making fostering these beliefs at a deep emotional level the focus of much of the curricula. And it will be online so it will be hard to see.
Great cartoon Josh especially as I have to read so much of this nonsense.
If we are remaking civilization based on new values, why on Earth should they be the Ehrlichs’ values?

Chuck Nolan

All I saw was The Three Musketeers together.
Ehrlich, Mann and Gleick tweeting away.
My Granny used to say “You’re known by the company you keep.”
Put Al Gore on their side and I have no choice where to place my trust.
Anybody ask Ehrlich, “Where are all the corpses?”
Global warming: The latest scam from the elite.
cn

Amazing how someone, such as Ehrlich, who has been consistently dead wrong in his predictions for decades, and a common boor to boot, is still considered as a seer by many in supposed learned societies.
There’s no business like the doomsday business.

Silver Ralph

Slabadang says: February 10, 2013 at 1:08 pm
Wattch CNN and get really stupid!
Asteroid caused by “Global Warming” ?
____________________________________
Actually, there is a great similarity with Global Warming here. This guy is trying to sell a global catastrophe (via meteor strike), in return for greater funding. Same scam, different name.
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ShrNfr

Gad it is almost as bad as (gasp) 1978. We all know what the temperature anomaly was then.

Nigel S

Charles Gerard Nelson says: February 10, 2013 at 11:59 am; A lot of people don’t think that highly of any organisation with ‘Royal’ in its name…
“What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;…”
The tragedy, as ntesdorf says: February 10, 2013 at 1:11 pm, is that the Royal Society has gone from Newton, Hooke, Bacon, Wren and Boyle to Nurse.

Jeremy

You may dismiss Ehrlich all you want but as a long time associate and previous colleague of Obama’s science adviser John Holdren, his views have a direct hotline to the President.
When Obama says he will do what is necessary to save the planet for our children, you can rest assured that “those who know what’s best for us” have strong beliefs and will stop at nothing to achieve their ends.
Where planetary survival is concerned, the end justifies the means. The “morons” and “deniers” are likely to be the first to be swept aside in the coming “new order”.

Me

And now they will move the goal post yet again to suit their needs.

mark fraser

Um, “morons” is a term NOT intended to describe the man’s supporters, who might qualify under my own (conventional) definition.

William McClenney

Gosh! And here I was thinking we should all have been dead, maybe several times, by now. Sorry “Honest”, the population bomb should have blown us all back to cro-magnon. But, you know, somehow it didn’t. Or did it? Given how many of us seem to be able to come to the exact wrong conclusion these days……
But some of us graduated from thin doom and gloom mantras. I read the Pop. Bomb in a first ever high-school class on “Environmental Studies” in the Charlotte, NC school system. I came away from that class programmed, thinly, with a lot of eco feldercarb. De-programming took a tad longer. Pretty much the time your first “predictionz” should have come true. By that time I was a lot better researcher, but it was also clear that you are no better of a seer.
It might behoove us all to remember that the only known substitute for intelligence is ignorance.

Paul Penrose

The man’s a raving lunatic.

Ray Hudson

All these tweets from the idiot who got so many predictions of doom so very wrong in his past. One wonders how anyone pays him any attention, much less invites him into the RS, when his pas predictions were so far off as to be laughable.

Jimbo

I want some of what Paul Ehrlich is smoking. I read the tweets and he is a disgrace to the scientific community. How is it that such FAILURE in predictions about the future is rewarded?
CAGW is a scam. Paul Ehrlich puts Malthus to shame.

Jimbo

It’s just all too easy to post his FAILED predictions and compare it to reality. He calls us “deniers”, what I want to know is does he deny that his predictions about global hunger FAILED? His children should be ashamed to have a father like that. I feel sorry for them having such a FAILED role model.
CAGW now rewards FAILURE. Where is our ice age as per Schneider? Failure is the key.

One of his many failures in prophecy was the prediction in 1980 that by 2000 50% of all species on earth would extinct and by 2015 ALL would be extinct (presumably including Erhlich himself).
2 years to go and just, ooo , say 10 million species to go.

Taphonomic

Dang, those tweets indicate that Ehrlich is still ticked that Julian Simon beat him in that bet.
The only thoughts I have on Ehrlich can be summed up by a quote from a Paul Simon song: “Still crazy afler all these years. Oh, still crazy after all these years.”

Darren

I thinkwe have a new word in our lexicon. ehrlich (vrb.) ‘to; froth at the mouth over a written media form , e.g. What the hell was that twitter rant about, he erliched all over the net , it was disgusting’

Jimbo

Philip Foster (Revd) says:
February 10, 2013 at 3:07 pm
One of his many failures in prophecy was the prediction in 1980 that by 2000 50% of all species on earth would extinct and by 2015 ALL would be extinct (presumably including Erhlich himself).
2 years to go and just, ooo , say 10 million species to go.

I’m sure he will be proven right. I mean, with the growing biosphere and nowhere for creatures to go. And if the world warms then disaster will hit Canada, Scandinavia, Russia and Northern China. We all know how most vegetation and creatures prefer cooler climes as opposed to tropical climes. Ehrlich is now surely due his long overdue Nobel Prize for talking utter bullshit.

R. Shearer

That’s what I said all along. Snow in Maine in February is unprecedented.

Jimbo

After Paul Ehrlich lost the bet with Julian Simon, Mr. Simon proposed another bet which Ehrlich declined because Ehrlich insisted on using certain ‘metrics’. Just how many times does a man need to fail before he becomes humbled? Ehrlich has now shame and I feel real pity for his friends and family to be associated with such a global failure.

Jimbo

Typo:
“Ehrlich has no shame…”

Jimbo

The Royal Society’s motto roughly translates as “on the word of no one” or “Take nobody’s word for it”. Sooooo, when the ‘Failure’ made his predictions about world hunger, did he expect us to take his word for it? Does the Royal Society take the great ‘Failure’s’ predictions seriously? Is the Royal Society converting to belief in witchcraft? Has it abandoned the scientific method in favour of lavish funding?

The disasters predicted have actually happened. Billions of people have led lives that were nasty, brutish and short. When humans were lucky to make it out of the womb and the womb was lucky to make it to a second fruition, people didn’t need to follow Ehrlich. They just lived with the low consumption and low resources that Ehrlich recommends. It’s not that they did not populate like crazy – only modern societies with with a dominant middle class neglect to populate – it’s just that everybody got to die early. Our Green Betters, so in love with easeful death, look away from this Great Contradiction: poverty is the populator.
Of course, Ehrlich and our Green Betters have emotional reasons to reject mass prosperity. People who can be grateful for prosperity will want it for others. Self-loathers are convinced that there is no point in prosperity because it has not served to gratify or fulfil them to the extent they wish to be gratified and fulfilled (which is like trying to fill the Grand Canyon with hen’s teeth).
Here’s an idea: Use Earth Hour to cultivate gratitude!
When the lights go down, contemplate the marvel of rooms and buildings and streets flooded with light at the flick of a switch. Contemplate the choices given to you by an era of abundant, controlled light and energy. Without noise or odour or fumes or hazard of fire. Available instantly through pressure applied by a fingertip.
Make it a private contemplation rather than an argument. For you can do little for those who cannot love the things they are unwilling to do without – beyond one hour of fashion-dictated deprivation. Use Earth Hour to cleanse your own little space of that great infection of our times: Global Ingratitude.

Sean

How is Paul Ehrlich coming with his final solution for the population bomb? Has he found a supplier for the Zyklon B gas yet? This is a man that the royal society wants to induct? They are truly evil.

Sean

Jimbo, the Royal Society’s new motto is “screw you, peasants”.

MattS

I will repeat a comment from an earlier thread about another member of the Team tweeting stupid stuff.
Only twits tweet.

dmacleo

John M says:
February 10, 2013 at 12:22 pm
Record snow in Portland, ME?
Whew, good thing.
Why, just last year…
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the good old BDN.
great for starting fires, liberal rags burn so well 🙂
glad I stopped paying for them years ago,

bikermailman

Over at the Ace of Spades Headquarters blog, “moron” is used as a term of endearment. Sort of an Alinski-ish jiu jitsu kind of thing, take what your detractors are throwing at you, spin it around and use it against them. Mock them. Mercilessly. Josh definitely has the concept down perfectly.

NZ Willy

Let’s not be down on Royal Societies in general, the one here in NZ (of which I am a member) has very nice hard-working scientists and not a mad tweeter among them that I am aware of.

DirkH

Insufferable waste of taxpayer money again.

thelastdemocrat

Ehrlich’s The Population Bomb opened with an anecdote of Ehrlich visiting India. He is aghast at the swarming poor, including so many children.
This is the hidden racism and classism of us liberals.
In Ehrlich’s view, and the view shared by many of us elitist intellectual white people, is that these countries with growing populatons of darker-skinned poor people need to be managed before they wreck evreything for those of us who are deserving.
This line of thinking has had a very big impact upon us educated Westerners. We have no problem with The U.S. and a few other Western, white countries jumping into the business of most every other coultry on the planet and pushing population control, tied as a necessary condition to international development assistance, such as intl development loans.
Here is the pattern of United Nations Population Fund, and Planned Parenthood International: jump in and advise a nation that economic prosperity requires nation-wide population control, then develop demography infrastructure, then tie economic aid to the country hitting population goals.
Once the country buys into this idealogy, they are hooked. They are part of the international society, and have over-ruled their local culture and sovereignty.
Now, many of these countries are seeing two unintended consequences. The first is a population deficit, where there are or will soon be too few working-age adults to support the aging population born before Ehrlich and his fellow meddlers (Hilary Clinton, etc.). Those born before this major population control push are in their golden years. The second is that in some cultures, the combination of male and female status/roles plus significant limits on naturally desired family size has led to sex-selective abortion and infanticide. A horrible unintended consequence. Yet we cannot see this as emerging from the internationally introduced population control efforts.
You can look back in the birth ratios of these countries and see clearly that, while these countries may have had quite clear entrenched gender roles, the birth ratio emerges only after we white, educated, liberal Westerners show up and start meddling.
This first began possibly in Japan, in the post-WWII occupation. MacArthur appointed William Draper to develop a census / develop nation-wide demography in Japan; our goal to have them control their population was part of that reconstruction.
Draper was a prominent Ehrlich-style population control advocate:
“I wear several hats: I am Honorary Chairman of the Population Crisis Committee here in Washington; I’m on the Governing Body of the International Planned Parenthood Federation; and am Honorary Vice-Chairman of the Planned Parenthood movement in this country; also by President Nixon’s appointment. I represent the United States each two years, or whenever meetings are held, of the United Nations Population Commission. Our last meeting was in November 1971 in Geneva, the first two weeks of November. In general, my work with the Population Crisis Committee, means dealing with our own Government, and other governments, and with private and international organizations interested and involved in the population problem. I travel a great deal.” -Draper, 1972.
Also in Japan at the time, at MacArthur’s request, was a young statistician trained under Shewhart, named Deming. Yes, the quality guru. Go google “MacArthur” and “Deming.”
Deming knew statistical sampling first to achieve quality control for Bell Labs as the telephone network was built, with far-flung and buried components that are difficult to replace when failure occurs, then in agricultural investigations. This smapling knowledge brought up Deming’s name when MacArthur wanted a statistician to help rebuild Japan in the image acceptable to us.
i have not yet located Deming’s views on that role. However, it is known that Deming drifted from his designated role as demographer (you cannot manage what you cannot count) to business developer, obviously the more fruitful path for post-WWII Japan to have followed. This quirk of fate may leadingly be responsible for Japan’s astounding post-WWII success.
We have succeeded in getting Japan, and many countries since, to follow our Western ideal of not having so many children. Japan has had very high abortion rates: http://www.johnstonsarchive.net/policy/abortion/ab-japan.html
-Note at that link that records begin just post-WWI, and abortion rates spring upwards from that point.
Many other nations follow this pattern, witrh those organizations mentioned in the Draper quote showing up in some country, then demography getting established, then family size dropping, abortion rates rising, and often sex-selective abortion and infanticide appearing as unintended consequences.
This includes China, where International Planned Parenthood Federation was on the ground as China developed their late-1970s one-child policy, and the China Planned Parenthood Federation was formally established in the early 1980s.
Here is a good link: http://www.ewtn.com/library/PROLENC/ENCYC050.HTM
“One highly sensitive NSC document entitled “Implications of Worldwide Population Growth for U.S. Security and Overseas Interests” was written in 1974 and was only declassified in late 1990. This document served as the foundation for our country’s anti-natalist population philosophy.
The document states that “Commitment to population stabilization will only take place when leaders of less-developed countries (LDCs) clearly see the negative impact of unrestricted population growth and believe it is possible to deal with this question through governmental action.”
Much of this information is explored and published by Christian pro-life advocates who have unraveled this relatively unrecognized aspect of recent history. A great portion of WUWT readers likely are not devout Bible-believing Christians, and so can dismiss this argument that Ehrlich and his ilk led to China’s one-child policy and its gruesome sex-selective abortion emphasis.
But the truth is out there. Many of us educated people choose not to see this Western meddling imperialism, and we are happy to blame sex-selctive abortion and infanticide on those foreign cultures.
But the evidence is there. And there are people around who remember the old days, before the international poulation control efforts got rolling. As with abolition, it is devout Christians on the sharp end of this controversy. I point this out mainly to disarm critics who might be hesitant to explore this topic, when a fair portion of historical and factual information is from steeply Christian individuals and organizations, rather than from being exposed from some PhD’s dissertation.
This juxtaposition is uncomfortable for many of us educated, modern believers in “women’s rights,” and believers in the pro-choice point of view, and it can be difficult for some of us to hear that the “good guys” might actually be the “bad guys,” and that the religious-zealot “bad guys” might actually be the “good guys.”
I find it surprising that anyone listens to Ehrlich, but the overpopulation scam is still in full play, even as the global warming scam starts to unravel.

Michael Mann has a blurb by Ehrlich on the jacket of his book. Inside, he calls Ehrlich a personal hero.

With all his failures, you’d think Ehrlich would pause and reflect a bit on his beliefs. I’m trying to work out why he listens to himself.

Sad-But-True-Its-You

Oh Dear.
The ‘Royal Society’ is becoming a Royal Pain In Thee Arse.
And the Miller let flee a fart.

Darren@2-10-13,3:10pm,

ehrlich (vrb.) ‘to; froth at the mouth over a written media form , e.g. What the hell was that twitter rant about, he erliched all over the net , it was disgusting’

That was pretty good. Here’s my evolving definition:
ehrlich (ar’likh)
-n. A spectacularly wrong prediction. (e.g. The tabloid’s year end psychic predictions all turned out to be ehrlichs.)
-v. 1. To not pan out. (e.g. The ponzi scheme started out fine, but then it ehrliched.)
2. To not admit a mistake. (e.g. The drunk who caused the five car pileup ehrliched.)
3. To call someone a disparaging name, especially “idiot” or “moron”. (e.g. The troll ehrliched me.)
-adj. Wrong, incorrect. (e.g. The Mayan Calendar end of the world prediction turned out to be ehrlich.)

Ehrlich in the Royal Society? I’ve been away for a while and when I come back I see this. I think some at the Royal society didn’t think enough what this would make them look like. Or maybe I’m naive and they know and want it. So much for putting science first at the royal society!

observa

The trouble with you one track, rationalising, cranium types is you just can’t ‘feel’ all the feng shui that’s out there in the ether and as a consequence you can’t rationalise it all afterwards like gifted climatologists, greens, gaians, etc can. Only when you’ve got a complete handle on the feng shui thingy, then and only then is it all so simple to rationalise these sorts of things-
http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/10/04/1096871816447.html
Cmon, you know it makes logical sense.

Tom J

“Ehrlich to bed, Ehrlich to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy…but not very wise”
Um, I think that’s incorrect. I think the proper saying is: Ehrlich to bed, Ehrlich to rise, makes the girls go out with the other guys.