Climate Craziness of the Week: how 'climate change is messing up' the search for the missing Malaysian airliner

While 10 different aircraft plus ships search the area near western Australia where debris was spotted by satellite, Mother Jone Magazine takes a stupid pill and puts this crazy theory on display.

‘One Reason It May Be Harder to Find Flight 370: We Messed Up the Currents

How climate change factors into the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight


While longer-term climate shifts are unlikely to play into day-to-day search and rescue efforts, these large climate-affected currents—among them the Antarctic Circumpolar Current, the world’s most powerful ocean system—are an essential factor in oceanographers’ understanding of the literal undercurrents of search operations.

According to interviews with three climate scientists who specialize in the region of the world where investigators are focusing their search, the winds of the Southern Indian Ocean bordering the Southern Ocean have been shifting southwards and intensifying over the last 20 to 30 years, in part due to a warming atmosphere and the hole in the ozone layer. Ocean currents are also tightening around Antarctica, shifting whole climate systems towards the South Pole.

Sure, whatever.


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Chuck L

To borrow from Anthony, “Ooh, the stupid, it burns!”

Mike Bromley the Kurd

Ouch. I mean, OUCH.


Maybe the maniac who flew the aircraft to about the most remote region it could reach made it harder to find MH370? No, that’s preposterous, it must me global warming. Sigh.

Un-named “scientists”…because even the loopy folks that are out there would DISOWN THEM!
But “Mother Jones” qualifies as “Left of the LEFT!”, and thus paying attention to them is not warrented.


Idiots (unless they are being facetious, in which case it is very funny).

Ed, 'Mr' Jones

The Mother_F2#$%%%s at ‘Mother’ Jones cannot be mocked relentlessly enough! Nor can their readers.
Next on the A-Hole Hit Parade: Wash. State mudslide caused by… (wait for it) … . GlowBull Klimat Changey

Leon Brozyna

After the black boxes are recovered and the analysis is complete, all the loons of the past couple weeks will be foaming at something else … they always find something to foam at.

Bet you anything the “debris” they’re seeing are just chunks of ice broken away from icebergs.


LOL… that’s really funny
The problem with stupid people…is they have nothing to compare it to
I can’t help but think the planes computers were hacked from the ground..
Before this, there were complaints about this birds computer systems not being protected enough
Everything that they know happened…happened exactly like it would happen if they were hacked.
Pilots didn’t know tracking was turned off when they made their last verbal contact, oxygen masks were reconfigured to read 5000 ft at 50,000 feet so they didn’t deploy (not turned off, reconfigured which you can do with a hack), plane navigates to known waypoints (exactly what you would have to do from the ground), and then set it to fly flat until it runs out of gas, etc
If this was a hack…it was a dry run

Curious George

Mother-in-law Jones.

While the internet is filled with crank conspiracies, it is telling that even liberals tend to shy away from MJ as a source for any reliable arguments. This story is a prime example of why.


Typo – Mother Jone.

It’s probably inappropriate tto introduce logic into this, but if you don’t know where the airliner
went into the ocean, how does knowledge of the currents do you any good? And if you know how the currents have changed (which you claim) then why can’t you use this knowledge to know where to look, should you happen to know where to start? And why would anyone think it of significance that once every 50 years, when a plane goes down in this area of the world, we could locate the wreckage a few days sooner? Mother Jones is one stupid mother.

The left is insanely desperate. They throw everything against a wall and hope something sticks for a day or two.

There probably isn’t a more difficult area on the planet to search for a plane crash than this most inaccessible part of the roaring 40s. To make it worse, it has the highest average wave height in the world. Mother Jones shouldn’t need any stupid climate speculation to explain why it is a difficult place to search.

As the airliner is now designated officially ‘lost’, one can only feel for the poor souls aboard and (assuming it was downed soon after contact lost) all the relatives subsequently living in hope.
I have to presume there will be some ongoing official search attempt, simply because the airline industry (and governments) can ill-afford mystery losses.
However, the daily ‘spotted… being chased… oh, it’s nothing’ hunt for ‘Where’s Flotsam?’ was getting downright silly, if keeping the world’s media in ‘nothing to report’ headlines daily. With luck this will now cease or at least ease.
However, this was one bandwagon really not worth jumping upon, especially in the way MJ opted to try.


The alien abduccion theory sounds more realistic.


Never let a good tragedy go to waste … Mother Jone

Dell from Michigan

iI told you in the comments on the CNN Blackhole-Malaysia Airline story.
The AGW propaganda with somehow claim any and all bad things are somehow caused by global warming.


This question may be sligthly off topic, but I hope you can allow it: Latitude, you wrote that oxygen masks of the Malaysian plane were reconfigured. What is the source/ link for this piece of information?


One word for the people that peddle this rubbish – BONEHEADS. That’s not the worst of it though, they are DANGEROUS VIRAL Boneheads – gradually infecting they less boneheaded people and consequently fuse their boneheads closer to their own. I guess it could be a bit like the Borg – a collective of sheer boneheads gradually amassing together……….scary!


I love this, “Ocean currents are also tightening around Antarctica, shifting whole climate systems towards the South Pole.”
Well, if “whole climate systems” are being shifted to the South Pole, and if the sea ice extent around the south pole is now at an “unprecented” large extent, what does this say about the “whole climate systems?”


I think climate change is making warmist alarmists stupid. Perhaps a study can be done on this aspect – as long as CO2 is mentioned in the study, it will get a government grant for sure.


Missing plane and missing heat to be found in the deep ocean.The most inaccessible part on Earth. You wonder why.


twil says:
March 24, 2014 at 9:01 am
twil, I described a scenario if the onboard computers were hacked from the ground…
You can’t turn them off from the ground….but….you can reconfigure them….so they would read the wrong altitude..and not work

Alan Robertson

The folks at MJ must not have realized that Courtney Love has already found the plane.


Let them shoot themselves in the foot. Mother Jones skeptics best friend with their stupidity LOL


I can just hear Chrissy Matthews form MSLSD in the near future say….”I’m so glad this plane went missing”.

Ignorance on parade. Let these people make fools of themselves for in doing so, they destroy themselves along with the lies they spew.


Pure press manipulation. A few innocent comments from oceanographers about current and pass ocean patterns. Mixed in with a bit of nonsense from a climatologist. And seasoned with a conclusion by a full on Warmist equals the most unlikely conclusion driven story of the year. We have not topped the kidney stone increase ( ), but we are trying.

That’s just the first step.
The next headline from one of the whack jobs will not be that CC is making it harder to find…
The next headline will be that the crash was CAUSED by CC.
Wait for it…
Jim from Florida 🙂


I just read that “climate change will increase kidney stones” article. You are quite right. Nothing, absolutely NO THING will top that one.

Harry Passfield

Could this be the first real sighting of the “Kunning-Druger” effect?

Henry Bowman

I don’t think that the folks at Mother Jones need to take stupid pills. They started out that way.

Doug Danhoff

In the sixties Mother was a very nice little journal full of usefull things…..or was it me who changed.
Where do they get these “climatologists” who have certain knowledge of deep ocean currents based on surface winds and a “warming world ” that isn’t warming?


Like in Top Gun’s Iceman:
*hand before face coughing* BullS**t


Latitude: thank you for your explanation. The hacking theory seems far-fetched, but it’s not impossible, especially since at the moment there is no plausible explanation for the mysterious disappearance of the plane.

Is it only me who finds this mildly offensive?
Inventing “scientific” reasons to use the loss of an aircraft and (presumably by now) everyone on board as a point-scoring exercise is, imho, beyond stupidity and edging out the wrong side of tacky. It would be nice if at least some of Mother Jones’ readership understood that but I won’t hold my breath.

Alan Robertson

Doug Danhoff says:
March 24, 2014 at 9:43 am
In the sixties Mother was a very nice little journal full of usefull things…..or was it me who changed.
I’d call it a stretch to think that MJ was ever useful, except as a propaganda rag.
Maybe you are thinking of The Mother Earth News, since Mother Jones magazine was first published in the mid- 70s.


Twil/Latitude: I can see no reason for allowing the update of flight equipment from the ground.
It gives a massive and therefore unacceptable risk to flight safety.
Can you provide links to evidence of this?


I’ll say it again: the left is making it very difficult for the fine folks at The Onion to earn a living. It’s simply impossible to parody this level of stupidity.

Mike Lowe

This used to be called “clutching at straws” before the warmists went mad!


devijvers on March 24, 2014 at 8:11 am
Maybe the maniac who flew the aircraft to about the most remote region it could reach made it harder to find MH370? No, that’s preposterous, it must me global warming. Sigh.
There was no maniac. My feeling is that the pilots – correctly – pointed the plane away from flight lanes due to an onboard fire. All on board were long dead before the plane ran out of fuel and ditched.


steverichards1984 says:
March 24, 2014 at 11:41 am
Twil/Latitude: I can see no reason for allowing the update of flight equipment from the ground.
You can take off, fly, and land a plane from the ground….of course
There’s has been some mention of their onboard systems/computers not being secure (enough)…way before this happened. I’ve been reading it since the plane came out, have no idea where a link is now.

Mickey Reno

Mother Jones is a sensationalistic ho. Good luck proving that currents are “messed up” you idiots. Oh, and while you’re looking, please look for the missing heat. I’m pretty damn sure you’ll find exactly what you look for, because that’s what you climate catastrophe alarmists usually do.
On a more serious note, do 777s use oxygen tanks or do they somehow concentrate O2 from the atmosphere? I’m leaning toward a theory of mass suffocation aboard Flight 370 due to lack of O2 in the cabin, a la the Payne Stewart Lear Jet tragedy from a few years back. Why the plane should veer off-course or the interior sensors not clue the pilots to immediately set down, I can’t say, of course. But IF there was a low O2 event happening, and the pilots tried to head for a nearby landing, but then passed out prior to suffocation, this could explain a lot.

Bruce Cobb

What are they smoking at MJ?

How long before the governor of Washington state declares that climate change caused the deadly mudslide near Oso?
What a horrible mess!!

@J.Philip Peterson – You thought it would take any time at all?

Having “cut my teeth” geologically in New Zealand – you get used to see “slumps” commonly in certain landscapes there. From photos I have seen Oso looks to me like a stock standard slump. I would expect to see signs of earlier slumping in that landscape if you looked.

Bob Diaz

So according the tha alarmists, CO2 can do ANYTHING as long as it’s a bad thing and good things, like helping plants grow is just not possible?

Owen in GA

A 777 pilot on a radio show (I wish I could remember which since ALL the talk shows put clueless “experts” on to fill air time) said the 777 flight system had a computer update in a recent technical service bulletin to correct the hacking problem. They didn’t call it a hacking problem though. I wasn’t aware the unauthorized updates could happen through the satellite feed though. I thought it was a wireless problem inside the aircraft. To me, having the possibility of the OFP being updated when the weight on wheels switch is in the false condition is a stupid feature. The software should be untouchable except on the ground, and safety equipment settings should be hard wired on a passenger aircraft.
I still lean toward a pilot intentionally doing it, but I can’t figure out a motive since no statement was found and no group has claimed responsibility.