Inside The Skeptical Science Secret Tree House Bunker*

*with apologies to Josh

Normally I don’t go with a Godwins Law parody but…

  1. The Skeptical Science Kidz made it a front page issue
  2. It’s darn funny!

h/t to “Foxgoose” who made the parody.

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M Courtney

But the online Guardian is read by a lot more…
Let us hope that SkS are dumped by the Guardian.
Like it or not, the Guardian is taken more seriously than the Daily Mai – even if (especially as) the Daily Mail has better totty photos.

I’m in the unwanted position of being sympathetic to much of what Skeptical Science had to say about that article as are several of your commenters.

Mark Bofill

Christoph,
Did SkS have something to say? I didn’t see anything on their site today about it. Where?
Thanks,

Just incredibly brilliant. Big Hat tip.
Facebook peeps (especially you young whippersnappers who call me Mama Day)–please watch this. I can’t say enough good things about the creatives who composed it. #climatechange

Auto

Another brilliant take on ‘that’ scene. I don’t Twatter or You-Tube or whatever, but even I have seen about a dozen takes – each with subtitles. [The Hitler flies Ryanair one is a side-splitter, too!].
this is one of the best – IHMO. [See I can do it a bit]
Auto.

Addendum: I thought my original comment would automatically show on my timeline. It didn’t so I’ll just link it directly. But the comment was obviously directed to my FB friends. Thought I shd. clarify.

Like it or not, the Guardian is taken more seriously than the Daily Mai

By whom? I don’t know of anyone who thinks of The Guardian as anything but a “progressive” propaganda spin sheet. It’s like the print version of MSNBC.

Txomin

@Christoph Dollis
You are going too far. It’s silly.

Foxgoose,
You know, I do not think it is a given that Cook and his denizens at his Skeptical[-less] Science site will consider your video parody. They, based on the weird images originally in their in their site’s subdirectory ‘user_uploaded’, bizarrely may proudly consider your video as their general biography.
I hope to get John Cook’s autograph on a DVD of your video. {a whole lot of chuckling going on }
John

temp

Epic line right here
“I had an idea for a website that was completely devoid of scepticism or science but brilliantly named “skeptical science.”

@crosspatch
ah but the Grauniad is seen as a ‘serious paper’ by those who do read it (because they agree with its eco- and social spin), whereas they look down on the Mail as gossip and fluff.

SasjaL

Where is this “funny” tree house bunker located?
Penn State University, Pennhurst Annex ?
(ie., in some mann’s office …)

I have no problem whatsoever with the SkS kidz getting a slap upside the head. About bloody time! The whole alarmist crowd is out to undermine science and civilization, and not by accident. Nor for free. There’s some serious money over there.
They get no sympathy from me and never will. Not one of them.
This little video gave me a good laugh. Thanks for posting it, Anthony. 🙂

Inglourious Basterds . . . indeed . . .
Ha ha ha
John

DesertYote

Christoph Dollis says:
August 7, 2013 at 1:49 pm
I’m in the unwanted position of being sympathetic to much of what Skeptical Science had to say about that article as are several of your commenters.
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How would you know, troll? Your comment is number two so you are making claims based on ONE data point, which you had to invert. On top of that I have never seen your handle in the many years I have been visiting here. You’re just blowing smoke.

SasjaL

Oh, just realized that the address I mentioned above, is suitable for counting the tree rings …
What could go wrong …?

Dellingpole is going to have trouble topping that. At least he has a photo prop.

David L.

Too funny! Parodies of that scene never get old!

Christoph Dollis says:
August 7, 2013 at 1:49 pm
I’m in the unwanted position of being sympathetic to much of what Skeptical Science had to say about that article as are several of your commenters.

– – – – – – –
Christoph Dollis,
If it is a consolation to you, you can be cheered up by the observation that . . . they also serve well the WUWT skeptical dialogs who chronicle minority views on a comment thread.
I’ve been in that position a few times and it was a good experience.
: )
John

EternalOptimist

it was funny, I laughed, so thanks foxgoose
but it was easy.
I dont think that finally nailing these liars is going to be easy. so laugh and move on

Roy UK

This is so funny, I wonder how long it will be until Youtube/Google take it down.

True, John!

Joe Public

ROFLMFAO

Gary Hladik

I love the “Hitler rants” videos. This one didn’t disappoint.
“A waste disposal operative with a clapped out scooter and a sexual Dr. Who fixation”
HAHAHAHA!

milodonharlani

Roy UK says:
August 7, 2013 at 2:32 pm
Speaking of Google, can Smiley John Cook as Reichsfuehrer be posted on Google Images?

Ken Hall

The guardian is taken seriously by far fewer people than the Sun or the Daily Mail or the Telegraph. It sells 200k copies and a large chunk of them are to the paedophile protecting BBC and the public sector unions.
It is Not taken seriously by anyone else.

John Mason

Hey – I have had a novel idea.
Let’s just settle this endless and tedious battle with a contest – who can make the best Hitler video! Originality gets points and points mean prizes! This could end the blog-wars at a stroke and leave us all with much more time to be doing more interesting things. Fishing or gardening, for instance. The leading question must be, though, who would be the judges? A panel, representing all corners fairly (Slayers included) would be quite necessary… and the films would need to be new ones and a mutually-agreed deadline for submissions would be necessary too – there could even be a mini-film festival, bringing much-needed business to a location mutually agreed. Whaddya say, guys?

TinyCO2

I’ve posted it before but the warmist zeal always makes me think of this comedy video where two SS officers come to the slow conclusion they’re on the wrong side.
http://www.snotr.com/video/3167/Are_we_the_baddies

Pamela Gray

It is hard for me to marry the awful emotion on the faces of the actors (who did it well I might add), and the funny subscripts. I am a student of all things WW2, and each time I read about it I feel the raw emotions of the times though I wasn’t even born yet. Which is probably why I love Charlie Chaplin’s take on Hitler. It allows me to appreciate someone making fun of this twisted man and his beliefs.
What I am saying is that I guess I am uncomfortable in calling or portraying another human being Hitler-like. Even in jest and even if they have done it to themselves. It kind of surprised me that I feel this way.

TomRude

Thomson Reuters is at it peddling the Tom Karl report and quoted by CBC:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/story/2013/08/07/technology-state-of-the-climate-report-2012.html
However, other changes detailed in the report paint a more complex picture:
• Sea levels reached a record high, after a sharp decrease in 2011 possibly linked to the Pacific Ocean phenomenon La Nina, which can have a cooling effect;
• Arctic sea ice shrank to its smallest summer minimum since satellite records began 34 years ago, while Antarctic sea ice reached a record high;
• More than 97 percent of the ice sheet covering Greenland melted at least a bit in the summer of 2012, four times greater than the 1981-2010 average;
• Average sea surface temperatures rose, but not much, making 2012 among the 11th warmest years on record;
• Ocean heat was near record high levels in the upper half-mile (.8 km) of the water, and temperatures also increased in the deep ocean.
Imagine that “Sea levels reached a record high, after a sharp decrease in 2011 possibly linked to the Pacific Ocean phenomenon La Nina, which can have a cooling effect”… over ONE YEAR???? And “More than 97 percent of the ice sheet covering Greenland melted at least a bit in the summer of 2012, four times greater than the 1981-2010 average” most stupid claim given that it occured 150 years ago too… etc…

That is unbelievably brilliant and produced so quickly too.

This is great. 🙂

Funniest version since the Gordon Brown parody.
😀

nospin

brilliant

Does this mean I’m allowed to repost my own climate related Downfall video? (WARNING: contains profanities and will only make complete sense to Brits):
[ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deedSFoguBw ]

When the presumed (and implied from their comic collection?) SkS progenitor recited the line below was when all composure was lost and outright laughter ensued:
We’ll look like a bunch of immature adolescent fantasists with a world domination complex
.

DirkH

Anthony; I would recommend you let the links to Downfall subtitle videos disappear. At least here in Germany Constantin Film was pretty mercyless with regard to copyright violations. In America you have the DMCA; be careful, it’s not worth it.
REPLY: Thanks for the concern, but there is no risk in it for me, since I did not produce it. A person in England did. Plus there is broad “fair use” interpretation for parody, under which this clearly qualifies. – Anthony

Cook’s Skeptical[-less] Science site, with its weird phantasy images, adds a whole new dimension to meaning of this quote,

“There are some secrets which do not permit themselves to be told.”
From: Edgar Allan Poe

John

Steve from Rockwood

Hitler parodies are rarely funny. Was that funny? Yes. Yes it was.

bit chilly

foxgoose has a career in comedy script writing waiting if he ever needs it. side splittingly funny.

Rud Istvan

Pamela Grey, you have a major point.
Even in parody, there is nothing funny about a social movement that caused a world war and exterminated several million innocents.
As important as the debate about CAGW is, it should never stoop to this level. If SkS does even in parody, we should pity, assume error, but NEVER forget. But not in this way here. It detracts rather than strengthens what were supposed to be scientific and political arguments.

Pamela Gray on August 7, 2013 at 3:13 pm said,
[. . .]
What I am saying is that I guess I am uncomfortable in calling or portraying another human being Hitler-like. Even in jest and even if they have done it to themselves. It kind of surprised me that I feel this way.

– – – – – – – –
Pamela Gray,
Emotion can be surprising.
I have an emotion somewhat like an embarrassing pity for people who act as inanely as shown in this exposé of Cook’s Skeptical[-less] Science site.
Also, imagine how the ‘settled / consensus’ scientists may feel who may have previously praised Cook’s Skeptical[-less] Science site. Those scientists may now have emotions that are not so charitable toward that site’s management.
If this whole weird phantasy image situation at Cook’s Skeptical[-less] Science site turns out to be some kind of Lewandowsky-like conspiracy baloney experiment gone bad, then I have no pity at all.
John

RoyFOMR

I thought this was very funny [Citation Required]

Plus there is broad “fair use” interpretation for parody, under which this clearly qualifies.

Actually this is satire.

Producers or creators of parodies of a copyrighted work have been sued for infringement by the targets of their ridicule, even though such use may be protected as fair use. These fair use cases distinguish between parodies (using a work in order to poke fun at or comment on the work itself) and satires (using a work to poke fun at or comment on something else). Courts have been more willing to grant fair use protections to parodies than to satires, but the ultimate outcome in either circumstance will turn on the application of the four fair use factors.

I’m not complaining about the production of the satire, just pointing out the distinction.

Fred Love

One can only wonder what Cook’s employers at the pretend University of Queensland think of his latest efforts as “Climate Communication Fellow”. As one whose taxes fund these sheltered workshops I am less than amused. I did get a great laugh out of the Hitlerian rant, so I guess it’s not all money down the sewer of Oz academia.

SasjaL

Anthony, DirkH do has a point! It is simular to all the court cases, where torrent site owners has been convicted for linking to copyrighted material (for illigal distrbution). In this case, just a different angle …

knr

SS was basically set up has a ‘fan site ‘ by Cook for ‘the Team’, no scepticism was ever really intended when it came to ‘the cause ‘ but a rather Orwellian ‘good or double good’ approach to how it should be viewed .
Its main job is to act as a ‘smear centre ‘ against any AGW sceptics who are seen as a threat, and that should be taken as a complement.

Chris Edwards

Brilliant and well aimed, I truly hope the end is accurate!

Lawrence13

The Guardian is a left middle class liberal rag that’s subsidised by local governments, schools and libraries. Even is circulation figures are falsified as the BBC and aforementioned organisations buy tens of thousands just as the old Soviet Union used to buy half the print run of the Morning Star.

Jeef

‘bunker’ parodies have a permanent exemption from Godwin’s Law.
This one was excellent!