Friday Funny – let's get ready for science name calling

Josh writes:

Every other alarmist tweet these days seems to have the ‘D’ word in it – is there something happening soon that they are getting excited about?

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Scottish Sceptic
September 13, 2013 11:46 am

is it just me or did anyone else read that as ARS?

September 13, 2013 11:53 am

So, same old, same old.
Richard

September 13, 2013 11:56 am

He does cut to the heart of the debate.

MattS
September 13, 2013 11:59 am

Scottish Sceptic,
Should be ARF (Abort, Retry, Fail).

ralfellis
September 13, 2013 12:15 pm

Scottish Sceptic says: September 13, 2013 at 11:46 am
is it just me or did anyone else read that as ARS?
__________________________
With or without an ‘e’?

TinyCO2
September 13, 2013 12:17 pm

Scottish Sceptic says:
“Is it just me or did anyone else read that as ARS?”
LOL, beat me to it.

September 13, 2013 12:19 pm

Scottish Sceptic says:
September 13, 2013 at 11:46 am
is it just me or did anyone else read that as ARS?
After imagining a Scottish accent say ‘ARS’ I burst into a good laugh, eyes watered up!. 😉

Tom J
September 13, 2013 12:29 pm

This is off topic but since the topic is a Friday Funny maybe it’s ok to present it. It’s not funny but I found it quite exciting. To the astute readers of this blog it might be old news but I just found out about it.
Anyway, it appears NASA announced just yesterday that Voyager officially left the Solar System and has entered Interstellar Space. An explosion on the sun in March 2012 was recorded by Voyager in April 2013. Here’s the link:
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/voyager/voyager20130912.html#.UjNjPxK9LCR
Maybe it is appropriate. Humanity has sent a tiny token of its existence back to the Universe from whence we came. After all these billions of years. What a magnificent accomplishment. It does indeed make our starstruck, celebrity wannabe, taxpayer funded, climate warrior scientists look like the Friday Funnies they really all.

J Martin
September 13, 2013 12:42 pm

I am SO looking forward to AR5. If the IPCC fails to mention the possibility of cooling then they will have painted themselves into a corner from which there is no escape and when cooling does arrive as seems ever more likely then even the MSM will see that they look like the fools we all know they are.

Retired Engineer
September 13, 2013 12:51 pm

J Martin:
No escape? Nah. They’ll adjust a graph or two and claim the computer model predicted exactly what would happen, With some error bars and uncertainty, of course.

September 13, 2013 12:59 pm

The Climate Science Bible is to name calling as voodoo is to sticking pins in wax images of of skeptics.
Ooooo . . . this really could start to get hilarious on a Friday . . .
John

September 13, 2013 1:30 pm

Don’t forget the IPCC has a great mountain of “could”, “may”,
“might” and “indicates” that they plan to hide behind when the going gets tough.
They can see THEIR future well enough.

GeologyJim
September 13, 2013 1:47 pm

JOSH is an international treasure. Wickedly insightful, witty, impish – – – and thoroughly delightful
Carry on!

David, UK
September 13, 2013 1:49 pm

In the UK we pronounce ass AR5E.

Reply to  David, UK
September 16, 2013 4:47 am

@David, UK – LOL – I usually substitute Arse for A-$-$ as the US censors key on the second, and miss the first. So you did not have to spell it AR5E. But it was amusing to read.

September 13, 2013 2:41 pm

Are we still having Friday fun?
The IPCC centric exaggerators of AGW from fossil fuels call their skeptical critics Deniers.
Their skeptical critics could in fun call them the Denier Accusation Making Noobs . . . aka the DAMNed
John

Editor
September 13, 2013 2:52 pm

AR5? A bit like IPHONE5.
Same as all the rest, but with a few cosmetic changes.
And still a waste of money!

tgmccoy
September 13, 2013 3:07 pm

Scottish Sceptic- Yep, read it as ARS (- the E) hehehe….

September 13, 2013 3:31 pm

Maybe it could be recycled into something useful, say party hats for the next climate con(ference)?

DirkH
September 13, 2013 3:34 pm

Tom J says:
September 13, 2013 at 12:29 pm
“Maybe it is appropriate. Humanity has sent a tiny token of its existence back to the Universe from whence we came. After all these billions of years. What a magnificent accomplishment. It does indeed make our starstruck, celebrity wannabe, taxpayer funded, climate warrior scientists look like the Friday Funnies they really all.”
That was during the Golden Age of NASA; which has made way for cashing in on the CO2AGW scare (1.2 bn USD a year for NASA thanks to James Hansen and his successor G. Schmidt); and making Muslims feel good about scientific discoveries made by heathens they tolerated until Islamic clerics cracked down on them in the 12th century.
I wonder what nation will carry science into the future after the destruction of the US empire. Russia, China?

pat
September 13, 2013 3:39 pm

another funny:
13 Sept: WSJ: Google Jet Fleet Loses a Pentagon Fuel Perk
Questions Raised About Founders Use for Non-Government Flights
The agreement between the Google founders and the government, which started in 2007, ended Aug. 31 after officials at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration—which sponsored the arrangement—opted not to renew it, according to a Pentagon spokeswoman…
In explaining the unusual arrangement, NASA officials have pointed to a related agreement by the Google executives to perform scientific flights and other NASA-related transport. That mostly has involved flights by an Alpha jet, a small trainer bought by the Google executives and used by NASA to measure atmospheric greenhouse gases and ozone.
“NASA is always looking for innovative, public-private partnerships to help advance our mission and provide benefit to the American taxpayer,” a spokeswoman for NASA Ames said…
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323864604579069730686941454.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_MIDDLENexttoWhatsNewsForth

pat
September 13, 2013 4:02 pm

the good Bishop:
14 Sept: Australian: Andrew Montford: ‘Consensus’ on changing climate just PR campaign
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opinion/consensus-on-changing-climate-just-pr-campaign/story-e6frg6zo-1226718828707

September 13, 2013 4:15 pm

Josh wrote:

Every other alarmist tweet these days seems to have the ‘D’ word in it – is there something happening soon that they are getting excited about?

Maybe “they” would stop using the D-word if “we” stopped using the A-word. Let’s pretend just for a minute that we’re all grown-ups here shall we?

September 13, 2013 4:22 pm

Mike Mellor:
re your post at September 13, 2013 at 4:15 pm
Josh was speaking to grown ups.
Having read your post, I wonder what gave you the impression he was talking to you.
Richard

DirkH
September 13, 2013 4:33 pm

Mike Mellor says:
September 13, 2013 at 4:15 pm
“Maybe “they” would stop using the D-word if “we” stopped using the A-word. Let’s pretend just for a minute that we’re all grown-ups here shall we?”
I’m perfectly happy with calling them prostitutes instead.

Bill H
September 13, 2013 5:05 pm

AR5 is definitely “Round File” material..
Josh nails it AGAIN!

September 13, 2013 5:13 pm

Mike Mellor says:
September 13, 2013 at 4:15 pm
“Maybe “they” would stop using the D-word if “we” stopped using the A-word. Let’s pretend just for a minute that we’re all grown-ups here shall we?”

– – – – – – –
Mike Mellor,
As you suggested, I wholeheartedly agree to stop using the ‘A‘ word.
I, as a skeptic, will endeavor to stop using the word Anthropogenic. I will encourage my associates also.
Now, will you pass the word to the IPCC centric exaggerators of GW to try to stop with the d€ni€r name calling?
Deal?
John

pat
September 13, 2013 5:18 pm

taking a leaf (or colour) from the Aussie CAGW playbook:
New colour purple depicts worsening climate risks in UN draft report
OSLO, Sept 13 (Reuters) – Some parts of nature and human society are more vulnerable than expected to climate change, according to a draft of a U.N. report that adds a new purple colour to a key diagram to show worsening risks beyond the red used so far…
http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/09/13/friday-funny-lets-get-ready-to-namecall/
January: Guardian: Australia adds new colour to temperature maps as heat soars
The temperature forecast for next Monday by Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology is so unprecedented – over 52C – that it has had to add a new colour to the top of its scale, a suitably incandescent purple…
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/damian-carrington-blog/2013/jan/08/australia-bush-fires-heatwave-temperature-scale

September 13, 2013 5:34 pm

DirkH on September 13, 2013 at 4:33 pm
@Mike Mellor
I’m perfectly happy with calling them prostitutes instead.

– – – – – – –
DirkH,
If the GW alarmists are prostitutes it raises a paradoxical question. If they are the prostituters then who are the prostitutees? Not the skeptics. Are the prostituters only doing pseudo-scientific serving of each other?
Hmmmmm
John

September 13, 2013 5:36 pm

Sorry, Mike, I just can’t see any of the alarmist crowd saying to their pals, “Look, guys, those den- er… I mean those good folk who don’t agree with us are playing fair. They’ve stopped using the A-word, so let’s cut them some slack, let’s not use the D-word anymore.”
Can you see that happening? Really? Can anybody? You don’t seem to realize they are playing for keeps. This is not a game with them. This is not a mistake. This is full-blown winner takes all, lots of loot and control over the masses. They Don’t Play Fair.
If they did, they wouldn’t be manipulating the data, manipulating the message and manipulating the people. They’d lay their cards on the table, talk openly about methods, data, evidence and science, instead of shutting out those who question, shutting down debate, hiding their work, denying the facts and shouting down all and any dissention.
Go tackle them about playing fair.

Bob Ridges
September 13, 2013 5:38 pm

From over at Bishop Hill’s site:
What I want to know is will the thing be released in electronic format, and if so will the AR5E-Book be a free download.
Sep 13, 2013 at 8:35 PM | Unregistered Commenter Reg. Blank
@ Tom J
My thoughts, too. As John Grunsfeld, NASA’s associate administrator for science in Washington said, “Perhaps some future deep space explorers will catch up with Voyager, our first interstellar envoy, and reflect on how this intrepid spacecraft helped enable their journey.”
Inspirational words, indeed.

Jeff Alberts
September 13, 2013 5:42 pm

A.D. Everard says:
September 13, 2013 at 1:30 pm
Don’t forget the IPCC has a great mountain of “could”, “may”,
“might” and “indicates” that they plan to hide behind when the going gets tough.

And when the going gets tough, the tough get groin injuries.
H/T to Garrett Morris.

Jeff Alberts
September 13, 2013 5:44 pm

John Whitman says:
September 13, 2013 at 5:34 pm
If the GW alarmists are prostitutes it raises a paradoxical question. If they are the prostituters then who are the prostitutees? Not the skeptics. Are the prostituters only doing pseudo-scientific serving of each other?

Their johns would be the usual suspects, government officials. They’re the ones paying the prostitutes, after all.

NikFromNYC
September 13, 2013 5:48 pm

Lots of name calling is going on at the high traffic BoingBoing blog today, a contemporary version of the Whole Earth Catalog:
http://bbs.boingboing.net/t/googles-lobbyists-go-big-on-climate-change-denial-raise-money-for-inhofe-competitive-enterprise-insitute/9709/24

kadaka (KD Knoebel)
September 13, 2013 6:56 pm

This shouldn’t be funny, but how it’s becoming a tragedy is getting ridiculous.
The news is detailing the flooding in Boulder, Colorado, with breaking dams etc.
Boulder is where the National Snow and Ice Data Center is headquartered. As I mentioned earlier, an inquiry to nsidc.org got a splash page and:


NSIDC is closed today because of severe weather and flooding. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you.
Need to talk to us? You can always contact our friendly User Services Office at nsidc@nsidc.org or + 1 303.492.6199.

The page title (top of the browser window) mentioned server maintenance.
The entire domain was parked. Why? Where were the mirror sites? Are the servers located only in Boulder, subject to local disruptions? Where are the off-site backups?
Still the same, but now I’ve found another quirk.
For unknown reasons except possibly pissing off the NSA, Google wants to use a secure connection (https) lately. To check the site just now, I edited the URL, accidentally tried https://www.nsidc.org/
Instead of defaulting to normal connection, I got a “This Connection is Untrusted” warning. What? “Technical Details” says invalid security certificate. And that the certificate is good for a boatload of subdomains at various sites, including seventeen NSIDC subdomains, which inludes nsidc-dot-org.
But somehow they had left out http://www.nsidc-dot-org, THE most common address when punching in the URL direct but as secure.
What happened? Dr. Walt Meier leaves NSIDC and suddenly the clowns have taken over?
You know, if I was a paranoid sort, I’d think “never let a good crisis go to waste”. About when NSIDC has to admit the Arctic sea ice has not evaporated into summer nothingness as predicted, that perhaps the “death spiral” is a spring that has bounced… Suddenly all their official records and all recognized backups may be at risk of destruction, so they won’t have to admit anything?

deklein
September 13, 2013 6:56 pm

Father Jack on the forthcoming IPCC report:
http://youtu.be/mzgT-fg01vY

kadaka (KD Knoebel)
September 13, 2013 7:08 pm

Huh. Last comment hit moderation, go figure.
But what WordPress did is funny.
I know it likes to convert mentions of web site names into full-blown links, so I carefully spaced out a group-dot-org.
Which WordPress made an URL anyway.
Looks like the trigger was www-dot-group but with an actual dot.
Ah WordPress, so confident you know what a comment writer wants better than the writer does…

rogerknights
September 13, 2013 7:14 pm

NikFromNYC says:
September 13, 2013 at 5:48 pm
Lots of name calling is going on at the high traffic BoingBoing blog today, a contemporary version of the Whole Earth Catalog:

Actually, the current (unofficial) continuation of the Whole Earth Catalog is the Cool Tools site, curated by Kevin Kelly, a former chief editor of WEC. I think it’s even better than the original WEC in some ways.
http://kk.org/cooltools/
(I stopped visiting BoingBoing several years ago, when I detected its slant on AGW. I had been a daily visitor.)

rogerknights
September 13, 2013 7:16 pm

Darn, I forgot to outdent the last two paragraphs.

Father Dougal McGuire
September 13, 2013 7:20 pm

deklein says: September 13, 2013 at 6:56 pm
Father Jack on the forthcoming IPCC report:
That’s not All Gore by any chance is it, If I recall he claims Irish descent, but then he claims humans are responsible for climate change as well.

Martin 457
September 13, 2013 7:27 pm

I still prefer the term “cult”. Religions for the most part can’t be dis-proven, cults can.
Even if they don’t admit it themselves.

kim
September 13, 2013 7:30 pm

Denial of the Alarum.
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Hot under the collar
September 14, 2013 1:07 am

Mike Mellor wrote:
“Maybe “they” would stop using the D-word if “we” stopped using the A-word. Let’s pretend just for a minute that we’re all grown-ups here shall we?”
Having been brought up in Yorkshire where they “say what they think and think what they bloody well say” and now living in “Cockney Land” where an equally forthright political incorrectness rules the day, I don’t think I will be stopping using the “A-word”.
In these areas of the UK, if we think someone is an “Arse” we tell them to their face. ; )

DirkH
September 14, 2013 1:52 am

kadaka (KD Knoebel) says:
September 13, 2013 at 6:56 pm
“The entire domain was parked. Why? Where were the mirror sites? Are the servers located only in Boulder, subject to local disruptions? Where are the off-site backups?”
The NSA is changing infrastructure lately. There was a global Google outage; an Amazon outage; several incidents where the NASDAQ went dark in the past weeks. Maybe they’re virtualizing entire sites so that they can switch you over to a Matrix style pretend internet any moment; a kind of “Being John MalkovichCook” alternate universe.
Who still cares for botnets when the American Empire itself is corrupted from the top.

Janice Moore
September 14, 2013 1:49 pm

GREAT CARTOON (as usual), JOSH!
Loved Guy-on-the-Left’s hair! LOL, Dana N. obviously forgot to bring a second helmet — again.
On the other hand, could D.N.’s mo-ped go fast enough?….. Hm.
Could be…. Mikey Mann just ran by GOTL in the hallway, racing toward his office to make some last minute changes. WHOOSH!

CRS, DrPH
September 14, 2013 11:48 pm

Josh, you have no idea how close to the money you are! Check this out: http://climaterealityproject.org/
“Put the heat on DENIAL!” Yeah, baby, that’s the ticket!
Climate Deniers, you have been warned….I’m cereal.

Peter Young.
September 17, 2013 11:22 am

Galileo had a difficult time too. Stick with it Anthony and good luck.

Colin
September 18, 2013 2:05 pm

Dear Mike – whenever I have tried to have a science-based discussion with an AGW follower, and without using any ad hominum words, regardless of the letter of the alphabet, they resort to using the “D” word. I have asked a newspaper columnist what science he based his beliefs on, seriously asking as I may have missed something and without calling him anything, his answer quickely descended into using the “D” word in describing me. My response to him did not contain the “A” word. Play fair? With who?

Brian H
September 20, 2013 1:06 am

Mike Mellor says:
September 13, 2013 at 4:15 pm

Maybe “they” would stop using the D-word if “we” stopped using the A-word. Let’s pretend just for a minute that we’re all grown-ups here shall we?

Which came first? Like trying to make warmth→CO2 causation run backwards, your suggestion is risible.

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