Picture of the week – great moments in climate protests

I trained to be a 350.org climate activist, now I are one!

From the Keystone XL protest yesterday ahead of the SOTU address. Note the snow and cold weather gear which is required for a global warming protest, but that’s not all…


According to Matt Dempsey who took the photo, “about 50 activists showed up”, I’m not sure if their brains came with them to the protest though.

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January 29, 2014 12:19 pm

Obviously when the looked down at it from the back it read correctly. The snow and their clothing added the stupidity of it all!

January 29, 2014 12:19 pm

OR what? Could have been ARE climate Champion???
Upside down? Thats so 1/2 the congress could read it…while standing on their heads, when told to do so by their masters!

January 29, 2014 12:23 pm

BTW – this organisation of fools needs to change it’s name – perhaps 400.org err, nope – let’s make it 500,org – that way we won’t have to change it again for a while.

Peter S
January 29, 2014 12:23 pm

Reminds me of a wannabe gang member in NZ that tattooed the gang name across his forehead, in the mirror.

January 29, 2014 12:25 pm

Is that sign made out of plastic? They just don’t get it, do they.
On being upside down – I hope they didn’t notice. 🙂

Chris @NJSnowFan
January 29, 2014 12:26 pm

Looks like a picture of the climate model predictions, upside down.
They must be model huggers.
OT Anthony, I have been studying the Great Lakes Ice Forecast Models. They are a complete Failure.
No lie or Joke.
I posted some model run pictures on my twitter act.
Lake superior ice forecast model completely failed in two days. Ice concentration on 1/27 Was at 48% and 120 hr forecast was for ice concentration to decrease to 37% in 120 yes. Ice grew in two days from 48% to 67% at mid day today.
Now I know how the Arctic alarmist failed so bad.
Links on my twitter act posted today for NOOA great lakes ice data link.

Bill Sticker
January 29, 2014 12:27 pm

Gives me a great idea for a new collective noun. An embarrassment of activists.

January 29, 2014 12:30 pm

They made right by standing on their heads.

Bryan A
January 29, 2014 12:32 pm

Fuel for Josh???

Brian H
January 29, 2014 12:33 pm

“Duh. Looks right from up here!”

Bryan A
January 29, 2014 12:34 pm

Perhaps it was to read “OUR CLIMATE CHAMPIONS” but since the “U” is Horseshoe shaped and thereby being Upside-down, their luck drained and it vanished…..

January 29, 2014 12:36 pm

50? I guess they have fewer brains than Al gore put together!

January 29, 2014 12:37 pm

Did Matt say how long it took them to figure out the problem?

David Larsen
January 29, 2014 12:40 pm

I lived in Virginia (worked down by the White House) in the late 1970’s. We had one snow storm that was 21.5 inches in northern Virginia. It took three days to clear the roads in Arlington because there was only one snowplow. I cross country skied to the store for two days.

patrick healy
January 29, 2014 12:41 pm

Bill Sticker above—- How about a ‘thicket of inactivists’

M Seward
January 29, 2014 12:41 pm

At least there is only about 8 or 10 of them so the disease does not seem to be prevalent. How many msm outfits had that on the front page/lead story?

tony k
January 29, 2014 12:46 pm

They did a poll, apparently, 97% of them believed they were holding the sign correctly

January 29, 2014 12:48 pm

With the removal of the carbon tax by our new Government that slogan was obviously carefully set up and aimed at all of us Aussie’s down here in the Southern Hemisphere

January 29, 2014 12:48 pm

Bust Or Climate Champions?
Seems like Bust won out!

January 29, 2014 12:49 pm

My submission for Picture of the Week (okay, video clip)
Jim Cantore, who with this move earned the title of the Toughest Weatherman in the biz today.
don’t you DARE try to jump into his shot!!!

Peter Miller
January 29, 2014 12:49 pm

Collective noun?
How about a plonker of ecoloons?

January 29, 2014 12:50 pm

Are you sure they’re holding a banner upside down, and not positioning a giant inflatable pipeline before inflating it? http://www.energydigital.com/oil_gas/keystone-protest.jpg
REPLY: Well if it was, and they inflated it in that orientation it is being held in, it would still read upside down. #stupid – Anthony

January 29, 2014 12:51 pm

It makes sense to me: since the protesters are “reading to the choir”, they have to hold it that way.

Tom J
January 29, 2014 12:54 pm

Nancy Pelosi must’ve said, “You have to pass the climate change bill to know what’s in it.” Those guys are just holding that upside down so we don’t know what’s on it until the legislation passes.

January 29, 2014 12:56 pm

Should have kept them on Ice in the Antarctica.

January 29, 2014 12:57 pm

What do you expect from minimum wage paid protestors?

January 29, 2014 1:07 pm

Collective noun suggestion: A Turney of activists.

Pamela Gray
January 29, 2014 1:08 pm

Typical. Always displaying climate stuff upside down.

Gunga Din
January 29, 2014 1:09 pm

Uh…What was the name of that lake core Mann used? Perhaps he’s their “Climate Chumpion”?
(Or they are his?)

Fred Harwood
January 29, 2014 1:11 pm

Pamela wins.

Tom in Florida (where we gonna be nice and warm this weekend)
January 29, 2014 1:12 pm

Did they use an evil, petroleum based plastic for that sign?

Berényi Péter
January 29, 2014 1:13 pm
Reply to  Berényi Péter
January 29, 2014 1:48 pm

@Berényi Péter – is that for our Australian friends? 😉

January 29, 2014 1:17 pm

Worst case of brain freeze ever.
First ever case of mass brain freeze.

January 29, 2014 1:17 pm

This photo makes me laugh and laugh! You’d think that ONE of them would have noticed BEFORE they got it all the way unrolled….but nope. Steven- I LOVE IT! A “Turney” of activists! Perfect.

January 29, 2014 1:20 pm
January 29, 2014 1:22 pm

Lets give these protesters a little credit. They tried very hard to get that banner right. Just because they didn’t doesn’t mean they are as dumb as rocks. Well, nematodes maybe.

January 29, 2014 1:25 pm

Even better is Al Gore’s Jan 22 tweet illustration of activists with hammers smashing “climate denial”…which looks rather like a block of ice. comment image
The great man is off to Johannesburg in a couple of weeks, to catch the peak of southern hemisphere summer and preach on Global Warming. Tennessee too cold.

January 29, 2014 1:34 pm

Is it a “Tiljander Banner”?
That’s my sediment.

Oscar Bajner
January 29, 2014 1:36 pm

Looks like they had too much of the Breakfast of Climate Champions before they set out.

son of mulder
January 29, 2014 1:37 pm

Made in Tijander.

January 29, 2014 1:37 pm

Given the photo in Aphan’s link, perhaps they were still in the process of setting up. Inflated, it’d be a long tube, so if they were presenting to people behind them, it would be fine once inflated and spun along its long axis. Maybe they were checking orientation at this moment (the tube isn’t yet inflated after all) and corrected the problem prior to inflation.
Of course, It’s so much funnier this way, but I’ve got to give them the benefit of the doubt.

Berényi Péter
January 29, 2014 1:38 pm

Okay, it is the “Pipeline President or Climate Champion!” thing.

January 29, 2014 1:46 pm

I like the snow in the picture best. Why are they so worried, Viner’s prediction has been falsified, they should celebrate their victory over warming.

January 29, 2014 1:46 pm

Their banner model told them that was the right way to hold it.

January 29, 2014 1:49 pm

Tiljander wuz here

Paul Westhaver
January 29, 2014 1:52 pm

I counted the number or organizers present in the photo prior to the protest. There were 19 individuals. If 50 were there, then only 31 people, other than the organizers, and I use the term “organizers” loosely given the upside down sign. FAIL

January 29, 2014 2:07 pm

Anthony: Thanks for moving the Recent Posts list up one more “notch” in the sidebar. Now it’s only one page-down from the top. (I hope this applies to all subsequent threads, not just this one.)

January 29, 2014 2:07 pm

wga ni eveileb stsitneics etamilc fo %79

January 29, 2014 2:11 pm

How about a folly of sheeple.?

January 29, 2014 2:23 pm

rogerthesurf says:
January 29, 2014 at 2:11 pm
“How about a folly of sheeple.?”
I thinking they could also be termed a ‘plot of vegetables.’

January 29, 2014 2:27 pm

Just to be fair.
If the fan, shown in the earlier post, were used to inflate the “pipeline” as laid-out, all they would have to do is roll it over and take their pictures from the building side.
The propaganda would be able to be read.
I’m sure they worked it all out in the end, and it will have a major influence on their next stunt.

Gail Combs
January 29, 2014 2:32 pm

Matt Dempsey, should send this to one of the more truthful News agencies ASAP!

January 29, 2014 2:36 pm

With the ENSO Meter set onto negative territory [just] – I wonder if the snow may have raised queries with our Achilles of Climate Denial. Or, perhaps, not.
If the original AlGoreism Man is off to SA, as I read, do you know anyone with (Industrial) space heaters they can ship to Jo’burg by early Feb? Mostly air-freight now, I guess – time is short, or we’ll waste the planet. [Is that right? /Sarc!].
Algore needs to publish his itinerary at least three months in advance, so entrepreneurs can capitalise on the Algore effect – but, crucially, using environmentally-friendly sea freight.
Why does Algore not do this?
just enquiring, just in case . . . .

January 29, 2014 2:41 pm

I’m sure it looked fine to the people holding the banner….

M Courtney
January 29, 2014 2:45 pm

We may laugh at the protest but the pipeline isn’t built yet…

January 29, 2014 2:54 pm

No, no, no … you have it all wrong. They are clearly Australian activists, so it is the correct way up after all …

January 29, 2014 2:57 pm

Anthony watts & al
I just came home now from the monthly meeting of the climate- surrealists at Pelles Pizza in Oslo, with many sceptical and trustful peasants and surrealists.
They would not buy that incandescent lamp of science on the net at constant voltage, that drains less current if you put on it a very fine hat of aluminium foil. That experiment obviously is too painful. It disqualifies the very central jewel in the crown, and the pearl of “Psi-” in the acker of climate denialism and surrealism.
I tried to tell about the iron rod that you heat up to red hot at the end, then if you cool the other end with cold water, the glow will drop a bit, but if you heat the other end also to red hot with another bunsen burner, the allready red hot end will glow up even a bit higher, and the middle of the rod will remain black. There you can paint it with cod liver oil or cold pressed lineseed oil or sunflower oil, in order to be absolutely safe and sure of all this, and even smell what goes on and what you are doing.
But I got suggested 2 bricks , the absolute bricks M1 and M2 in space and in vacuum at equal temperature..
M because Brick is called “Murstein” in Norwegian, for severely traditional political reasons, a “Murstein is to be called a Miurtsten and notrhing but a Murstein. (=Redbrick STALINism and functionalism)
But this is really very practical because we can write “M” on each stone with V for Voltage as you can see and 2 leads out downwards from the “M”s , where we write an S for Sinus and AC power from the net between the leads.
Inside of the redbricks, we adjust the resistance until it gives exactly 10 watts inside each brick. the size of the bricks are then finely adjusted until they keep 300 K temperature quite exactly.
Now, what cools the bricks?
if nothing cools, temperature will grow AD INFINITVM which is impossible.
But, if they are kept in absolute real space away from anything else, Big Bang will cool them. And Big Bang is all around the situation, keeping 3K or practically zero with a quite enormeous heat capacity. BIG BANG is quite easily seen, it is the Black Night, a relativistic phaenomena. Many satelites are there.
If M2 is close to M1 it will stand in the way for Big Bang a bit, and there will be a reduced cooling. Then the temperature will rise a bit in M1. Then we can vary the voltage and thus the temperature in M2. And then we can discuss radiation both back and forth.
We also discussed Temperature.
Roy Spencer was told to have corrected himself. He has said that vacuum has got a temperature, now he says that Vacuum has no temperature. Which is very fine. Because up in the “Thermospere” where the satelites go, you can have a thermometer showing -150 Celsius and at the same time discuss hundreds of plus degrees and what about the Aurora Borealis?
The healthy CREDO is that the very conscept of themperature falls apart and becomes not valid anymore if the air gets too thin, but down in the thicker troposphere we can indeed discuss temperatures.
And a point does not have any temperature. Temperatures are only valid of molecular matter and of larger things, thus it will also allways be the mean temperature in an area or in a thing. The bathing water temperatures at Vippetangen or in Torne-träsk or in southern California for instance.
This, one could rather agree on among the climate- surrealists.
The moral of this is that you ought to have a thermometer outdoor in the shadow 3 meters over the ground, and take a look now and then.
But for really knowing, better take a look on the snow and the eventually icy pools and on the trees and on the flowers and rather go out and feel it for yourself. Then you will know better how to dress and how to drive.
If working with concrete at dubious temperatures for instance, don`t rely on any thermometer. Place a bitty of water and a glass of water there, and see what happens overnight, and take also a look at the flowers what they say.
Potatoes, tomatoes, beans, Dahlia variabilis… take no frost at all. They give us the first signals of slightest night frost. Cabbage cruxiferavceae and catrrots umbelliferæ, and onions are rather nordic plants and take a lot more. They survive a grade or 2 or 3 of frost and live on. Thus Flora is a really very proper temperature and climate indicator.
Temperature seems to be rather a macroscopic form or way of being, of molecular matter, and not a material. They examined that in the good old Paris school, trying to weigh the temperature and the heat. Finding nothing and being proper materialists and atomists and positivists, they cleverly concluded that temperature and energy is a state or a form of common matter, and not a material or kind of matter for itself.
Some people are silly enough to instruct and educate us that global temperature is ridiculous and impossible.
Of course it is not. It is only another scale than what they are aquainted to, and they should rather start from the beginning, re- educate and train rather the right and better way, their most basic conscepts and ideas of temperatures and heat first, that are rather rotten and unscientific anti-. scientific in their roots.
To conquer “alarmism”, rather get scientifically healthy first.
Examples of very rotten and quacky basic ideas is that of temperature being heat, surface being weight and content and volume and substance, and that heat is a liquid or solid state ware coming through the central heating tube or by the soid state train waggons going one and only one way. Think rather of a traffic going all ways.
“Rather a form of GAS….CHAOS” they found in Paris at the time of Enlightment, thus Thermal- diffusion. Heat in molecular matter follow laws of gas diffusion. Not of one way waggon trains and oil pipelines.

Beta Blocker
January 29, 2014 3:05 pm

That is an inflatable protest sign that looks like a big black pipeline when it is fully filled with air.
The protesters are waiting for it to be inflated before they lift it over their heads, at which point the lettering will then be right side up and pointing towards the building.
Maybe we will see something like this in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade next fall.

January 29, 2014 3:09 pm

Popeye Noted:
Popeye says:
January 29, 2014 at 12:23 pm
BTW – this organisation of fools needs to change it’s name – perhaps 400.org err, nope – let’s make it 500,org – that way we won’t have to change it again for a while.
Well maybe, but 404.org might be more appropriate? Warming not found? Although with the banner orientation, 420.org might have been more appropriate?

January 29, 2014 3:11 pm

M Courtney says:
January 29, 2014 at 2:45 pm
“We may laugh at the protest but the pipeline isn’t built yet…”
The oil get transported nevertheless, with Warren Buffet’s trains; transport cost is twice of what it would be with the pipeline , and it’s more accident prone, and of course it costs more energy to move the oil, so the protesters are simply a hypocritical bunch of activists for Warren and actually work for more pollution, not less. Whether Uncle Warren pays them I don’t know; I do know that money from Rockefeller Brothers foundation went to 350.org. Uncle Warren is a philantropist so maybe he pays them as well. That would count as philantropic.

January 29, 2014 3:15 pm

A Turney of activists.
Someone alert the urban dictionary people; we have an entry!

January 29, 2014 3:17 pm

Farther South, at least 13 deaths due to the cold. http://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2014/01/29/snowstorm-travel-disruption-south/5010845/
Now let’s tally the number of documented deaths attributable to CAGW. I’ll wager a 6 pack of Feather River Brewing’s Dark River Ale that the number is zero unless it was processed by Phil Jones.

January 29, 2014 3:18 pm

M Courtney says:
January 29, 2014 at 2:45 pm
We may laugh at the protest but the pipeline isn’t built yet…
Agreed, it takes forward looking people to make these plans.
What’s not to like:
Years of work in construction/surveying/engineering, nearby towns get an influx of cash from the workers, and we get the infrastructure that weans us off Mideast oil.
Self- sufficiency leaves the Government out of the loop.
It scares the hell out of (some of) them.

Steve Keohane
January 29, 2014 3:20 pm

George says:January 29, 2014 at 3:09 pm
Maybe we need a .arg for certain things.

David L
January 29, 2014 3:22 pm

Wile E.Coyote, Super Genius

January 29, 2014 3:29 pm

˙˙pǝʇuᴉɹd ɹǝuuɐq ɹᴉǝɥʇ ʇoƃ ʎǝɥʇ ǝɹǝɥʍ ʍouʞ I ʞuᴉɥʇ I

January 29, 2014 3:32 pm

Thanks. 😉
It’s just like the water “feedback”; Upside down!

george e. smith
January 29, 2014 3:35 pm

Obviously Australians ! Don’t even know which side of the pizza they are on !

Steve from Rockwood
January 29, 2014 3:36 pm

What a bunch of tools. They spelled it backwards. Wait!

January 29, 2014 3:36 pm

“Really don’t mind if you sit this one out.
My words but a whisper your deafness a SHOUT.
I may make you feel but I can’t make you think.
Your sperm’s in the gutter your love’s in the sink.
So you ride yourselves over the fields and
you make all your animal deals and
your wise men don’t know how it feels to be thick as a brick.”
For some reason this song came to mind with that picture.<:o)

Juan Slayton
January 29, 2014 3:38 pm

I gotta know, DJ, how did you do that?

January 29, 2014 3:41 pm

DJ says:
January 29, 2014 at 3:29 pm
Still not too old to learn new tricks ??

Lars P.
January 29, 2014 3:44 pm

tony k says:
January 29, 2014 at 12:46 pm
They did a poll, apparently, 97% of them believed they were holding the sign correctly
ROFL thanks tony for the good laugh
Sean says:
January 29, 2014 at 12:50 pm
Are you sure they’re holding a banner upside down, and not positioning a giant inflatable pipeline before inflating it? http://www.energydigital.com/oil_gas/keystone-protest.jpg
REPLY: Well if it was, and they inflated it in that orientation it is being held in, it would still read upside down. #stupid – Anthony

And thanks Sean for the good laugh, I see you go with the consensus
George says:
January 29, 2014 at 3:09 pm
Well maybe, but 404.org might be more appropriate? Warming not found?
Made my day!

Chad Wozniak
January 29, 2014 3:51 pm

@Dirk H –
Yes, Warren Buffett has to be one of der Fuehrer’s favorite crony capitalists, adding all kinds of cost to each gallon of gasoline consumed by low- and middle-income people when then goes in his pockets. Another mechanism for redistributing wealth from poorer to richer (although in point of fact, ALL such “wealth redistribution” schemes actually make the rich richer and the poor poorer). Typical socialist corruption, and an interesting take on der Fuehrer’s argument about income inequality – super-rich Buffett gets richer though der Fuehrer’s policies, and the rest of us get poorer.
I’m beginning to understand why so many billionaires and corporate big shots are Democrats – the Democrats offer many more opportunities for crony capitalism because Democrat economics is so messed up – essentially economically illiterate, and making it easier to engage in legalized bribery. More opportunities for monkey business for amoral big-business types.

Ian Cooper
January 29, 2014 3:52 pm

They are obviously recently arrived from the southern hemisphere and with no sign of the sun in the sky they haven’t been able to adjust their bearings! Brilliant!!

Pablo an ex Pat
January 29, 2014 4:00 pm

According to Wiki (sorry) the collective name for clowns is either an Alley or a Pratfall. Therefore as they clearly aren’t in an Alley they must be Prats.

Gail Combs
January 29, 2014 4:01 pm

Chad Wozniak says: @ January 29, 2014 at 3:51 pm
Now you are catching on. And Yes Warren Buffet is a big Obama fan.

James (Aus.)
January 29, 2014 4:07 pm

Watch it, georgey smith : “Obviously Australians ! Don’t even know which side of the pizza they are on !”. You’re a drongo (look it up).
We’re getting rid of the Carbon Tax introduced by Left Labor. What are you doing?

January 29, 2014 4:08 pm

Obama’s opposition to the Keystone pipeline is proof that he does not care one bit about the middle class. Thousands of construction jobs will be lost as will many permanent jobs in refining and transportation. US energy prices will be higher.

January 29, 2014 4:09 pm

Gee, was Bill “Crazy Eyes” McKibben in attendance?

January 29, 2014 4:11 pm

Ok, from the pictures of the finished sign it looks like it was reasonably grammatically correct. Now we can marvel at how inane the message is….

January 29, 2014 4:17 pm

one good laugh deserves another:
30 Jan: Bloomberg: Tom Randall: Enlightened Power: New Eco Warriors are Really Well Armed
Windmill-hugging Europeans announced a plan last week to get 27 percent of their energy from renewables by 2030. If they don’t watch out, they may soon be upstaged by an unlikely eco warrior: the U.S. military.
U.S. armed forces have a target that’s similar to Europe’s — 25 percent renewables — but is on track to meet it five years sooner. Europe’s plan took a lot of heat last week for being unenforceable. By contrast, U.S. military goals aren’t just aspirational; they’re law…
The push for renewables cuts costs, reduces dependence on vulnerable supply lines and helps ensure 24/7 access to electricity. And it’s happening at little or no cost to taxpayers…
As extreme weather from climate change increases, so do power outages. In 2012, there were 87 outages lasting eight hours or longer at domestic military bases, according to a new report by Pew Charitable Trusts…
The greening of the military wasn’t an Obama project snuck into the piles of stimulus funds during the financial crisis. The toughest renewables targets were passed under George W. Bush, most notably with the National Defense Authorization Act of 2006…

January 29, 2014 4:19 pm

The climate change globaloney battle is reminiscent of the old cold war struggle in so many ways. How hard and long did we have to fight and viola! it all fell to pieces so quickly. Once it was over you couldn’t find a true believer from the other side and most of the fellow-traveling useful idiots as we called them denied their own actions. Current US Secretary of State John Kerry was one of those forever on the wrong side of history during that fight and amazingly he’s a prime mover in this one. The pic made me think of this because so many protesters in The West shuffled out repeatedly just like this to push us into accommodation with totalitarianism. Now they insist we bend the knee before a lie to accomplish their most recent goals.
They should read a little world history. There will always be just enough of us refusniks around to foil them.

January 29, 2014 4:22 pm

29 Jan: RenewEconomy: Graph of the Day: Would we do more if we could see CO2?

Jimmy Haigh
January 29, 2014 4:24 pm

Fossil fuel deniers.

January 29, 2014 4:35 pm

Boy, even the ice and snow can’t change stupid!

January 29, 2014 4:37 pm

Mojo says:
January 29, 2014 at 4:09 pm
Gee, was Bill “Crazy Eyes” McKibben in attendance?
Don’t know, it does seem that the aspersions cast, were misdirected.
Care to try again ?
Or is the Mojo a bit off recently.

Barbara Skolaut
January 29, 2014 4:38 pm

Bill Stickler – I am so stealing that! 😀

January 29, 2014 4:59 pm

The global warming exaggerater in me says that from a few activist acorns, a giant popular anti- pipeline CAGW movement may grow.
The sceptic inside me tells me that most acorns end up as squirrel sh*t

January 29, 2014 5:06 pm

Well they had the Hockey Stick upside down (any CO2 warming is logarithmic so DOES actually look a bit like a hockey stick…)

January 29, 2014 5:07 pm

“Useful idiots” being useful…

January 29, 2014 5:23 pm

Well maybe if when building the pipeline we promised to:
-bury a swimming pool of cement every eighty feet
-broadcast infrasound along the entire length
-shoot birds and bats who fly over it
-build twice as many roads to inaccessible places as the pipeline needs
-promise to wildly inflate the cost of the pipeline through regs and add it to gas price
-raise it above the treeline considerably in beautiful countryside and paint it white
-call it a wind turbine project
then they would love it. You just have to sweeten up the deal.

January 29, 2014 5:58 pm
January 29, 2014 6:26 pm

Was he ever rooted in ? :
By Carl Sandburg
Hog Butcher for the World,
Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat,
Player with Railroads and the Nation’s Freight Handler;
Stormy, husky, brawling,
City of the Big Shoulders:
They tell me you are wicked and I believe them, for I have seen your painted women under the gas lamps luring the farm boys.
And they tell me you are crooked and I answer: Yes, it is true I have seen the gunman kill and go free to kill again.
And they tell me you are brutal and my reply is: On the faces of women and children I have seen the marks of wanton hunger.
And having answered so I turn once more to those who sneer at this my city, and I give them back the sneer and say to them:
Come and show me another city with lifted head singing so proud to be alive and coarse and strong and cunning.
Flinging magnetic curses amid the toil of piling job on job, here is a tall bold slugger set vivid against the little soft cities;
Fierce as a dog with tongue lapping for action, cunning as a savage pitted against the wilderness,
Building, breaking, rebuilding,
Under the smoke, dust all over his mouth, laughing with white teeth,
Under the terrible burden of destiny laughing as a young man laughs,
Laughing even as an ignorant fighter laughs who has never lost a battle,
Bragging and laughing that under his wrist is the pulse, and under his ribs the heart of the people,
Laughing the stormy, husky, brawling laughter of Youth, half-naked, sweating, proud to be Hog Butcher, Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat, Player with Railroads and Freight Handler to the Nation.

Keith Minto
January 29, 2014 7:31 pm

george e. smith says:
January 29, 2014 at 3:35 pm
Obviously Australians ! Don’t even know which side of the pizza they are on !

george e. smith says:
January 29, 2014 at 3:35 pm
¿ sıɥʇ ǝʞıן uɐǝɯ noʎ op

January 29, 2014 7:46 pm

And talking of Australia, the ABC is going to give airtime to David Susuki tomorrow. They even show the clip of him talking about humans and maggots, no sound of course. Tony Abbott, the incumbent PM, has suggested the ABC is “unAustralian” and “biased”.

January 29, 2014 7:59 pm

An idiocracy of eco-activists….

January 29, 2014 8:06 pm

“Why fools are endowed by Nature with voices so much louder than sensible people possess is a mystery. It is a fact emphasized throughout history.” – Hertzler
“The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.” – Bertrand Russell
“If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears.” – Glenn Clark

January 29, 2014 8:39 pm

Protesting against oil holding a *plastic* banner, wearing nylon weather gear – no wonder they are too stupid to get the banner the right way round 🙂

Mike Wryley
January 29, 2014 8:50 pm

Chad, Dirk,
Let’s not forget our politically connected Warren, the anacle of Omaha, who had the amazing foresight and courage of his convictions to spend $500M upgrading the BNSF railroad infrastructure for crude transport as if he knew that the pipeline would somehow be delayed, saw one of his trains wreck and cook off over 400,000 gallons of oil in a dangerous and toxic fire up in the Dakotas.

January 29, 2014 9:10 pm

Mike Wryley says:
January 29, 2014 at 8:50 pm
It really doesn’t matter, might as well say it was Warren Buffett.
You just don’t want to be holding stock when he sells.
Move oil now, and if the economy ever picks up, freight later.
He’s got it covered, stay out of railroad stocks.

Mac the Knife
January 29, 2014 10:19 pm

…A clod of climate crusaders!

High Treason
January 29, 2014 10:38 pm

Primate champion was what it was meant to say.

Steve in Seattle
January 29, 2014 11:35 pm

thanks Zeke, that was good …

January 30, 2014 12:07 am

Oh come on, give these people a break. It’s tough being a climate activist. I mean you have to get up early and then meet with like minded individuals at some pre-arranged location, and then get your sign the right way up… And probably chant and stuff…

george e. smith
January 30, 2014 12:08 am

“””””…..James (Aus.) says:
January 29, 2014 at 4:07 pm
Watch it, georgey smith : “Obviously Australians ! Don’t even know which side of the pizza they are on !”. You’re a drongo (look it up).
We’re getting rid of the Carbon Tax introduced by Left Labor. What are you doing?…..””””
Well slow down there Mate ! ……I’m from the crusty side of the pizza too; from the Shaky Isles !
As for me looking up “drongo” ; maybe, I should tell you to go jump in a billabong !
But we can’t have a south Pacific war; it would make people think we’re all just ruffians, and descendants of bread thieves.

Stephen Richards
January 30, 2014 1:14 am

According to Matt Dempsey who took the photo, “about 50 activists showed up”, I’m not sure if their brains came with them to the protest though.
Looks like the brighter ones left early !!

Stephen Richards
January 30, 2014 1:18 am

“Why fools are endowed by Nature with voices so much louder than sensible people possess is a mystery. It is a fact emphasized throughout history.” – Hertzler
Empty vessels make the most noise. my mum.

Stephen Richards
January 30, 2014 1:29 am

philjourdan says:
January 29, 2014 at 12:36 pm
50? I guess they have fewer brains than Al gore put together!
Phil That is a gross insult. That mean that 49 have none brain at all. 🙂

Andy H
January 30, 2014 3:10 am

You people make me sick !You are obviously taking an entirely objective view. When subjectively analyzed in accordance with my model which takes in to account , Cognizance,Real time view,Area of visibility and Perception. Otherwise known as CRAP for short , we can see that these people were quite clearly able not to see the woods for the trees.

Ed Zuiderwijk
January 30, 2014 4:04 am

The “keystone cops” come to mind …

Brad R
January 30, 2014 4:07 am

That reminds me of Gary Larson’s “Imbeciles of America” cartoon:

James (Aus.)
January 30, 2014 6:10 am

“But we can’t have a south Pacific war; it would make people think we’re all just ruffians, and descendants of bread thieves”
Speak for yourself George, I’m from SA, the FREE colony. No Convict spoken here, my little Artful Dodger. :-).

January 30, 2014 6:59 am

I kind of thought that Bill Ney was involved directly. It sort of reflects the sadly delusional, imminent dementia meme he projects these days.

Reply to  wsbriggs
January 30, 2014 11:38 am

Anthony watts & al
May I help you with initial and elementary chosmology here.
During the night that Al Gore got the Nobel Piece Price, by which you were taken on bed one early sunday morning in october, I was flying in a Jumbojet on a grand cycle south of Island, from Frankfurt airport over to a town that they called Baaaaaaaasten. I allways thought it was Boston, but it is Baaaaaasten.
Next to me in the Lufthansa plane,(The tight- packers) was a very comfortable US citizen lady that I could lean into an onto all the time.
She was hot favourite of Al Gore, and one cannot quarrel inside a tight packed Jumbojet at 11.5 to 12Km Altitude, at outdoor temperatures waving from -65 to incredibly – 70 celsius in very bright sunshine south of Island and all the way over.( =The tropopause, the cool side of the globe) ,
(But Mr.Watts, air pressure halves for every 5.5 Km upwards, so that plane did float on only 1/4 Air, burning Kerosene by what would be only 5% oxygen in the air.That takes quite a turbo compressor,…)
I had to be very diplomatic and say that I am able to give Gore right on 2 points.
§1, I do not like coalsmoke and
§2, I will not have our icebear and our north pole sooted black.
The lady was very satisfied with that.
This is rather my very interests and project, and Anthony watts will now understand why also. We need proper BARLEY for Beer, and we also like apples. further we like fat sprats and long fat salmons. That`s what I brought for gifts from Norway to represent us.
Further, wer nur den lieben Gott lasst walten und hoffet auf ihn allerzeit, I have found that song from 1642 by Georg Neumark and it comes on Youtube. The Mozart choir in Berlin is best on it.
Then we discussed the world, That woman and I.
She could sustain and confess that she believes that the earth is cylindric, rather like most US Citizens, and that is Mercators projection.
Whereas I, coming from rather quite exactly 60 deg North, rather live by the idea that the world is actually conical, because the shortest way to China or to Anchorage Alaska is right via the North Pole.
Ok, how can we clear up and get to an agreement on this?
We have litterature on it. Snorri Sturlason wrote Kringla Heimsins which means the round world, is a collection of books in Snorres edition on Island, and rather clearly stated in order to pleace the arch bishop of Nidaros ( made aware of earlier).
That edition or media- house does seem to have had 2 models of the earth. The pizza- model and the melone model. ( i.e neither cylindric nor conical)
The Melone- model has been known for sure and for definite in old Alexandria at the fameous University there, where the libary unluckily burnt, but details and elements have been secured. Erarostenes of Alexandria and Aristarchos of Samos and Ptolemaios also of old Alexandroia,…rather have given the frames of reference for the Nidaros school of chosmology.
But when does the earth become flat? When does the Pizza- model show up again and again and again and again?
A certain Adam Smith also delivered a chosmology, Although the Earth is round, it is flat as a penny-coin with 2 sides Pro & Contra ……., and it cycles or circulates around and around on a flat table or a market mooved by a greedy and invisible hand. This chosmic situation is then believed to “Cause” or even “Create” wealth and welfare in the nations.
Just think of that. If that is`nt dia- lectic materialism,…..
……….I thought it was the Sun along with properly enlighted manpower.
Adam Smith truly was a scot. The copper wire was invented by 2 scotsmen who found a penny on the street.
But Aristoteles rather from Makedonia has stated the Alexandrine and sphaerical idea or model of the Earth quite clearly and argued for it.
Tycho Brahe, who was court astrologist and minister of enviroment for King Christian IV of Demark and Norway probably had it from Nidaros, the SPECVLVM REGALE manuscript with its clear classical and Alexandrine roots. Tycho was Later to become Court Astrologist for Emperor Rudolf 2 in Praga, and through his successor J.Keppler also for King James 2 and his “royal society” where SIR! I Newton was first precidendt and in charge on behalf of the Royal Treasury. Against ADVLTERARE.
On ADVLTERARE, on prooven False Gloria and virtual reality, the Experts were taken to court, where SIR Isaac asked the Judge on behalf of the Royal Treasury to state proof by warrant in written law for the Experts` duties and rights.
The duty was to step up on Tower, and the right there to make a free choise between Rope and Bloc with Axe.
If the experts found themselves above such ridiculous free choises in the grades, the Judge was eventually able to state proof of their right to carry a sword.
And thus secure the Kings best sword warrior and fighter in charge and on duty for lifetime on Tower, and the next best one as food for the ravens, still on Tower.
That`s why Newton later in his life allways wore a wig. Not because he had got an apple on his head as often believed, but in order to scare the experts off from comitting ADVLTERARE, on the streets allready.
It was proper actions taken against virtual reality and virtual money. The king having to buy for Gold, thus experts able to buy for brass is unfair.
Thus my suggestion for a proper theory of this is that on ADVLTERARE, the Earth seems to become flat every time.
It seems also to follow whenever people loose contact with the heavens. Because URANOS all around us, the Big Bang phaenomena (= the dark night all around us) is obviously sphaerical or global.
Macrochosmos in microchosmos and microchosmos in macrochosmos is old Alexandrine and Egyptian wisdom also repeaded litterally by Tycho de Brahe.
SIR Isaac followed up the same idea with great success.
Just look at it. Where there is a lot of ADVLTERARE like in Washington DC in theese days, people step up and discuss a pizza or a flat penny with 2 sides pro & contra, and deny both Macro and Microchosmos and fight Uranos (=The starry heavens) and Gaia(=The Earth)

January 30, 2014 9:13 am

Sundance says:
January 29, 2014 at 12:30 pm
They made right by standing on their heads.
Of course! I should have known. It should be patently obvious to anyone that they will be standing on their heads while holding the inflated pipeline that way during the protest. Then it will read correctly.
Anthony, you and your WUWT readers should be undermining the intelligence of these wonderfully enlightened protesters. They know exactly what they’re doing! /sarc off

January 30, 2014 10:23 am

Like the woman I read about in the UK who had herself sterilized to save the Planet (Earth presumably), These protestors are young with the best intentions. They believe they’re correct.
The problem, of course. is those who would teach these kids the eco-Socialist, “eat the rich”,
“fossil fuels are evil” propaganda. These people are neither innocent nor pure of heart.
They are power seeking radicals yearning to control their fellow man. The Global Warming lie is their current avenue to power. These people/entities are dangerous and evil
The people participating in this protest are their first wave of VICTIMS.
They’re “Useful Idiots”
Flying monkies for the Commies

January 30, 2014 11:59 am

Keystone XL protest? Keystone XXS protest.is more appropriate…ahem.
I’ll get my coat.

January 30, 2014 12:59 pm

Florida, the sunshine state.

29 January 2013
PHOTOS: Snow, ice on Florida Panhandle

Tom in Florida
January 30, 2014 5:29 pm

Jimbo says:
January 30, 2014 at 12:59 pm
“Florida, the sunshine state.
29 January 2013
PHOTOS: Snow, ice on Florida Panhandle”
Well, most of the rest of us don’t consider the panhandle as part of Florida. It’s more like Alabama.

george e. smith
January 31, 2014 12:14 pm

“””””…..Tom in Florida says:
January 30, 2014 at 5:29 pm
Jimbo says:
January 30, 2014 at 12:59 pm
“Florida, the sunshine state.
29 January 2013
PHOTOS: Snow, ice on Florida Panhandle”
Well, most of the rest of us don’t consider the panhandle as part of Florida. It’s more like Alabama…..”””””
Yes we’ve noticed that; every election night, when the LSM have declared Florida’s Election result, while the polls are still open in the Panhandle. It’s their standard trick for rigging elections.
Here in California, we never get the opportunity to cast a vote for the Presidency; the election is declared before Californians (and Hawaiians) have voted.
Election Day should be changed. Polls open for 24 hours GMT 0000 to 2400.
Everybody gets to vote in the exact same 24 hour GMT period.
>>>…NO POLLING RESULTS….<<< until ALL polls in every state are closed.
I would also eliminate early and absentee ballots. Show up at a voting booth during the open 24 hours, or else. Only exception would be for full time Federal employees (including military personnel, ) who are out of the country on OFFICIAL Federal business. But they too would have to vote on election day.
At present, we have the absurdity, of people casting early ballots for Presidential "candidates" who aren't even on the ballot on election day, and have dropped out.
But I digress. Anyway; do it however you want; you get the government you deserve.

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