Monday Mirthiness – The Science News Cycle

After all the rubbish coming out of Washington today on climate, we all need a laugh.

This cartoon was intended to illustrate general science reporting, but works just as well and is equally funny and prescient for climate science.


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May 5, 2014 4:16 pm

LOL! I love it!

May 5, 2014 4:25 pm

If the “free press” is a pillar of democracy, is it any wonder that freedoms are being taken away?

May 5, 2014 4:30 pm

I am an “A” denier…!

Janice Moore
May 5, 2014 4:33 pm

A is correlated with B…
therefore…. . Nothing. No logical conclusion possible.
{which of course includes the Precautionary Fallacy, Mr. M0sher (ahem)}
While correlations bear looking into, to CONCLUDE causation is wishful thinking, pure superstition.
“As odd or silly of some superstitions might seem, local psychiatrist Dr. Clark Smith says fans practice superstitions because they want to feel like a part of the team – part of something bigger than themselves. Dr. Smith says people also have an illusion of control.”
“Save the Planet.”
What a bunch of garbage.
Fortunately…. the average Joe and Maria are not stupid. They may wear their “lucky shirt” to the ball game, but there is NO WAY IN THE WORLD they will believe human CO2 causes any significant change in the climate of the earth……
…. unless someone l1es to them.
Even then, truth stands the test of time.
Title for article about this sc@m in 2114 encyclopedias:
“Global Warming: IPCC’S Epic Fail”
GREAT CARTOON — thank you for sharing it!

May 5, 2014 4:36 pm

5 May: Daily Mail: Ellie Zolfagharifard: Global warming is ‘not uniform’: Regions of the planet have actually COOLED over the past 100 years, study claims
From 1910 to 1980, study found areas south of the equator cooled down
Other areas near the equator didn’t see significant changes in warming
It found largest warming to date has been at the northern mid latitudes
The research comes as United Nations secretary-general urges the world’s policymakers to do more to address the threat of climate change
“Global warming was not as understood as we thought,’ said Zhaohua Wu, an assistant professor of meteorology at Florida State University…
5 May: Reuters: Thomas Atkins: Briton arrested in Las Vegas carbon trading probe
FRANKFURT: U.S. officials have arrested a 56-year-old Briton in Las Vegas in connection with suspected tax fraud worth 136 million euros ($189 million), deepening a European carbon trading probe that has also drawn in Deutsche Bank.
A German prosecutor on Monday said the man was under investigation for participating in a scheme to evade taxes through trading European Union carbon emission certificates using a business based in Dubai.
German authorities issued an international warrant for his arrest on May 2 and the man was arrested on May 4. The suspect’s identity was not revealed. He is now being held in custody in Las Vegas awaiting extradition, the Frankfurt prosecutor said in a statement.
“The accused had flown from Dubai to a boxing event in Las Vegas where he was sponsoring one of the boxers in a fight,” the prosecutor said. “He was arrested on the sidelines of the event.”
The arrest broadens a carbon trading probe that has also affected Deutsche Bank, where prosecutors are investigating 25 staff, including co-Chief Executive Juergen Fitschen and finance chief Stefan Krause, on suspicion of tax evasion, money laundering and obstruction of justice…
***European police agency Europol has estimated that such crime has cost taxpayers more than 5 billion euros in lost revenue since 2008.

Green Sand
May 5, 2014 4:52 pm

Cartoon good, but the Grandma in our family is more likely to clip grandson around the ear for allowing such nonesense to pervade.
Grandma is not into being “politically correnct” but is into common sense and banging heads together.
I cannot, in polite society repeat her view on AGW alarmists. Is she qualified to make such judgements? Well, best advice I can give is thatif you might not like the answer, don’t ask the question!

Janice Moore
May 5, 2014 5:04 pm

“Grandma is not into being ‘politically correct'” — LOVE it.
@ Green Sand — Well, you just tell her, “Go, Granny, go!”
“Little Old Lady from Pasadena” — Beach Boys

“… she’ll shut-em down… .”
And, GO, internal combustion engine!!!

May 5, 2014 5:27 pm

good Lord….ain’t it the truth

May 5, 2014 5:31 pm

Who knew grandma was the smartest one among us?

May 5, 2014 5:34 pm

It isn’t a cycle yet.
You need at least three more story points.
— Politician warning we must act to prevent A by big government
— Grandma votes for politician
— Politician raises taxes to fund research into A and it’s causes and prevention.
— Scientists conduct research into A, B, C, D, E, F, G. They find bupkis below p=0.20.
— Must write papers to justify funded research
Which THEN brings it full circle.

May 5, 2014 5:36 pm

THe hats are required for the Obama regime.

May 5, 2014 5:54 pm

Stephen Rasey says:
May 5, 2014 at 5:34 pm
Nice! I enjoyed that.

Pat Frank
May 5, 2014 6:04 pm

The contribution from the university PR department is understated.
More typically: ‘HiRank University scientists have found a startling correlation between A and B. Group leader Prof. Dee P. Thot cautioned that the results are preliminary, but said that the correlation model predicted that those who have B may find their A’s falling off. Post doctoral scholar Hijob Hopes, who carried out the research, described the results as “unexpected,” and “unprecedented but robust.” Scholar Hopes, modeling the implication, showed that if C is not regulated, the impact of B on A fall-off could impact bodily integrity worldwide. “Our grandchildren may never know they should have had an A, and will not know what A’s looked like,” Hopes said.’

May 5, 2014 6:04 pm

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***critically-acclaimed! show us the evidence. MSM has been VERY quiet.

May 5, 2014 6:08 pm

Thanks, Anthony. It IS appropriate.

May 5, 2014 6:36 pm

Pat Frank:
Dee P. Thot?

May 5, 2014 7:05 pm

Power corrupts. Journalists show this again and again?

May 5, 2014 7:07 pm

philjourdan says:
May 5, 2014 at 5:36 pm
THe hats are required for the Obama regime.
MAN, I wish crazy-looking hats were all you needed for protection from the Obama regime.

May 5, 2014 7:19 pm

Ha ha LOL.

Pat Frank
May 5, 2014 7:30 pm

inMAGICn, happenstance coincidence. Yet one more indication that correlation does not prove causation. 🙂
I do know the academe and climate science posturing, though, so the choice of names was studied.

May 5, 2014 7:36 pm

Next iteration: “A is negatively correlated with B.”

Mike McMillan
May 5, 2014 8:18 pm

Is that a put down of tinfoil hats?
Totally uncalled for.

Michael Gordon
May 5, 2014 9:25 pm

I chuckled out loud (COL)

May 5, 2014 9:36 pm

Green Sand says:
May 5, 2014 at 4:52 pm

Cartoon good, but the Grandma in our family …

I think I’d like to have a beer with your Grandma.

Lil Fella from OZ
May 5, 2014 9:55 pm

Anything supported by governments – BEWARE!

May 5, 2014 10:18 pm

My grandma’s favorite saying when confronted with nonsense – “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”

May 5, 2014 10:30 pm

proves, once again, it’s all about grabbing the trillions sitting in the retirement funds of the baby boomer generation:
5 May: World Bank: A Call for Countries & Companies to Support a Price on Carbon
The debate over carbon pricing has shifted, with the focus moving from whether to have carbon pricing to how to put an effective price on carbon. The change comes in the face of scientific warnings, clear evidence of countries acting to spur low-carbon development, companies moving to develop business strategies for a carbon-constrained world, and a groundswell of interest in how to use economic policy and business planning to transition to low-carbon and resilient development…
*** Rachel Kyte, World Bank Group vice president and special envoy for climate change: “A carbon price provides a necessary signal for investment in low-carbon and resilient growth and, regardless of the mechanism used, should be part of any package of policies to scale up mitigation.”
Kyte was speaking at a session on carbon pricing during the Abu Dhabi Ascent, a preparatory meeting for the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Summit, to be held in New York on Sept. 23. Together with senior representatives from China, Morocco, the European Commission, European Investment Bank, IKEA, the Carbon Disclosure Project and the International Emissions Trading Association, she drew attention to a proposed public statement that reflects a sense of urgency and inevitably for carbon pricing…
In the statement, they agree to work together toward the long-term goal of a carbon price applied throughout the global economy by:
• Strengthening carbon pricing policies to redirect investment commensurate with the scale of the climate challenge;
• Bringing forward and strengthening the implementation of existing carbon pricing policies to better manage investment risks and opportunities …
***“Taking action now will not only solve the problems of protecting the planet, but it will be a tremendous boost for economies,” President Kim told the press before a closed-door meeting with finance ministers…

May 5, 2014 10:34 pm

5 May: Oil & Gas Journal: Nick Snow: Rockefeller bill would expand carbon dioxide EOR tax credits
US Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.) introduced legislation that would increase tax credits for using carbon dioxide in enhanced oil recovery, and establish a certification process to help future projects obtain financing…
The bill also would establish periodic reviews of the CO2 sequestration credit under Section 45Q of the federal tax code and provide the US Treasury Secretary authority to ensure that new tax credits would be revenue positive to the federal government over time when taking into account the revenue produced from increased oil recovery resulting from the credit compared with tax revenue lost from credits being claimed, Rockefeller said.
According to the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), increasing the supply of CO2 captured from manmade sources has the potential to increase American oil production by tens of billions of barrels, while safely storing billions of tons of CO2 underground, the senator added…
He introduced his Expanding Carbon Capture through Enhanced Oil Recovery Act alongside another bill, the Carbon Capture and Sequestration Deployment Act, which would authorize $1 billion over 15 years for a cooperative industry-government research and development program in the US Department of Energy’s Fossil Energy Office…
It also would modify Section 45Q by allowing projects to apply for a guaranteed allocation of credits for future use, and authorize $20 billion in loan guarantees to be used for the construction of new commercial-scale electric generation units or industrial facilities utilizing carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology; the retrofit of existing commercial-scale electric generation units or industrial facilities utilizing CCS technology; and the construction of CO2 transmission pipelines.
“The reality for West Virginia and the rest of the country is that we need coal; we can’t meet our energy needs without it,” Rockefeller said. “It is simply unrealistic to think that we can stop burning coal and shift to cleaner sources of energy instantly. And it is equally unrealistic to think that coal is as clean as it could be, or that it will be around forever. Either way, we have to prepare for the future.”
The National Enhanced Oil Recovery Initiative, a coalition organized by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (formerly the Pew Center on Global Climate Change), and the Great Plains Institute, said the tax credit program in Rockefeller’s CO2-EOR bill would pay for itself within 10 years through the federal revenue generated from new domestic oil production…
“This tax incentive will boost domestic oil production, generate net federal revenue, encourage the development of much-needed carbon capture technology, and safely store carbon dioxide underground,” said Brad Crabtree, vice-president for fossil energy at the Great Plains Institute…

May 5, 2014 10:36 pm

the US Ambassador to Australia lecturing the Australian Environment Minister, whose Govt is supposed to be getting rid of the carbon tax, and whose Govt allegedly doesn’t have CC on the Agenda for the G20:
5 May: Australian: AAP: Nick Perry: US urges closer ties on climate change
UNITED States ambassador John Berry has urged Australia to work closely with its ally in Washington on climate change, pointing to the major economic opportunities available in tackling the global challenge.
The US is one of the world’s largest polluters, but has made significant progress reducing its emissions since climate change was made a top-priority issue by the Obama administration…
“The issue is serious, it deserves everyone’s attention,” Ambassador Berry told a climate summit attended by Environment Minister Greg Hunt on Monday.
“We know you will continue to work with us – both bilaterally and in multilateral organisations – on the tremendous challenges climate change presents in the region.”…
The US has forged agreements with other major polluters like India and China in the lead up to the 2015 summit, and wants to see climate change on the G20 agenda in Brisbane in November.
Ambassador Berry said the US should work closer with Australia to chase the huge economic benefits posed by the growth of renewable energy…

May 5, 2014 11:09 pm

Never in the history of science have so few caused so much to be owed by so many.

May 5, 2014 11:37 pm

Not really a ‘cycle’, though, is it? There’s no link between Grandma and the initial research. ‘Sequence’ – yes. ‘Cycle’ – no.

May 5, 2014 11:55 pm

“Science commits suicide when it adopts a creed.”
Thomas Henry Huxley

May 6, 2014 12:40 am

Stephen Rasey May 5, 2014 at 5:34 pm

May 6, 2014 12:44 am

Wrong end of the stick surely.
The cartoon does not blame science for the exaggerations and distortions – it blames the media, and , er… blogs.

May 6, 2014 2:54 am

Don’t forget about Common Core adding “A” to the corriculum to create long term social change.

Big Don
May 6, 2014 5:35 am

The cartoon needs to include the school kid who starts a petition to ban A from production, and the politicians and industrialists who cave-in.

May 6, 2014 6:01 am

Global warming?? Hey Dude, this was like….. 18 years ago!
The last step to make the circle complete is missing. Billions in tax dollars from Grandma going back into “research”.
Steamboat Jack (Jon Jewett’s evil twin)

May 6, 2014 6:47 am

PR for the incorrect theory of CAGW Science is to the news cycle as snake oil is to snake oil salesman.

Tommy E
May 6, 2014 8:30 am

inMAGICn says: May 5, 2014 at 6:36 pm
Pat Frank: Dee P. Thot? 42.
Pat Frank says: May 5, 2014 at 7:30 pm
inMAGICn, happenstance coincidence. Yet one more indication that correlation does not prove causation. 🙂 I do know the academe and climate science posturing, though, so the choice of names was studied.
You are both much closer than you realize. Deep Thought calculated 42 as the answer the Ultimate Question to Life, the Universe, and Everything. Clearly, the developers of Deep Thought did not understand the question.
The same is true of the climate establishment … they do not understand the question (or they ask the wrong questions) and they are programming computers to tell them the answers.
Douglass would have enjoyed life imitating his art.

Eamon Butler
May 6, 2014 4:47 pm

My poor ole’ grandma made better weather forecasts than the present day meddlers. I love the cartoon, but Granny is getting unfair press here. Grandad Hansen on the other hand might be better suited.

May 6, 2014 7:53 pm

Tommy E
Nice elucidation.

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