Friday Funny – Lewandowsky and Cook on the Arctic Sea Ice Bucket challenge, sans ALS

From the Cabot Institute blog, where we await them posting the full videos of the Cook and Mann lectures. The “lewpaper” cartoon from Josh gets a cameo appearance in this video.


The entire video below, is a bit late on the latest Internet meme. The video is accompanied by this description:

Cabot Institute Director Prof Rich Pancost has been nominated by fellow colleague Prof Steve Lewandowsky to do the Arctic Sea Ice Bucket challenge to raise awareness of the impacts of climate change on Arctic sea ice and to help raise funds for climate research.

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Oddly, there’s no mention on the Cabot Institute blog of the original reason for the Ice Bucket Challenge, ALS reseach Funding. It seems our friends have co-opted that chartable Internet sensation into it being all about them and clowning around about sea ice instead. There didn’t even seem to be any ice in that bucket, but maybe they think all the ice has already melted. Clowning around aside, you’d think they’d have the presence of mind to mention the ALS charitable cause somewhere, but sadly, no. They say instead “…to help raise funds for climate research“. Gosh they have over a billion pledged already from governments.

65 thoughts on “Friday Funny – Lewandowsky and Cook on the Arctic Sea Ice Bucket challenge, sans ALS

  1. I suppose it’s one thing for some internet nobody to not want his voice on these videos, but Lew lectures students, lectures audiences, heck – lectures anyone in earshot. Why the silent treatment? And it needed ice.
    Nice Josh cameo though.

  2. On a scale, of the people I have known in my 6 decades, psychiatrists are the maddest, closely followed by mental heath-care professionals.
    This guy is up there.

  3. Perhaps if he had taken the Arctic Sea ice bucket challenge in the Arctic he might have got some kudos.

  4. The original reason for the Ice Bucket Challenge was not ALS research funding. It was actually co-opted for ALS, prior to that it was used in the name of many different charities.

    • Prior to that, it was used (and still is) to pour over the heads of winning coaches in sports games, preferably filled with Gatorade and ice.

  5. lewpaper… in some parts of the world the lew is what we would call the bathroom,,,ie the toilet. lewpaper is = to toilet paper.

  6. John Cook’s video that challenged Lew:

    Somehow at 300-400 views they haven’t quite taken off like the ALS challenge did.

  7. In the video linked here called “Johnathan Bamber talks sea level rise…” he says a sea level rise of only 1 meter could cost trillions of dollars. Sea level has already risen by 9 inches or 0.22 meters over the last 120 years, yet that hasn’t cost even close to 20% of trillions of dollars, its cost nothing at all as far I know. He says millions in Florida will have to relocate, but has anyone at all had to relocate yet with 20% of a 1 meter rise? Either there is some threshold where sea level will start to cost hundreds of billions of dollars, a threshold we haven’t reached yet, or the more likely the sea level rise hasn’t changed the coastline much at all because of other factors that have changed along with sea level rise that are incorrectly assumed to remain constant while sea level rises.

  8. Google has had real time experience with China controlling what Google does. Is Eric not aware that the lefties he’s buckling under to here are of the same stripe. Isn’t this in itself controlling google?
    “The very fact that Google ended some of its services in China, and the reasons for it, were censored in China.”
    The entire section on “Ending (by Google) of self censorship” was their battle on principle in China. If they start this here, banning right wing associations, it will turn out to be the end of their own lucrative business and will encourage more interference by soshulists. Look to their share shrinking noticeably when this climate fiasco is over.

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  10. I hope some one is raising funds to save the Emperor Penguins — with the rapid spread of the Antarctic Sea Ice — the annual epic march of the adult Emperor Penguins to the edge of the ice to fish will become impossibly long — the adults wont be able to feed the chicks and the species will go extinct — Oh the Horror of Global Cooling

    • ahh, the old Churchill (attributed to many others as well) about 2 nations separated by a common tongue. I read it either way without issue. I grew up reading UK editions of Sherlock Holmes and had to argue with my teachers on every test through high school as to whether my essays were misspelled. I finally caved to American spelling. I don’t know where my American mom got all the UK editions though.

    • It’s pretty much shut down for the season. The Grey Goose was very busy for a week or so, though.
      Part of his summary:
      How many vessels started on what appeared to be attempting a 2014 Northwest Passage? 30 vessels.
      How many of those vessels proceeded north of the Arctic Circle in 2014? 27 vessels.
      How many vessels completed a west to east 2014 Northwest Passage? 2 vessels.
      How many vessels completed a east to west 2014 Northwest Passage? 7 vessels.
      See for much, much, more.

  11. This is LewSpeak is so pitiful….it is however nice to know that he acknowledges Josh’s cartoon.
    As for the alleged “ice bucket” …. since there was no ice we don’t even know that they used cold water. It might have been a pleasant warm bath with faked reaction.
    There, that is skepticism!

  12. Interesting that the greatest bandwagon in the history of mankind finds it necessary to jump on someone else’s bandwagon!

  13. I still think they should be shooting the ice cubes at the sun to slow down the global warming. Well if not that, a better use is mixed drinks.

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