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.

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September 26, 2014 6:38 am

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.

Bryan A
Reply to  Ric Werme
September 26, 2014 10:08 am

It is supposed to be the ARCTIC ICE BUCKET and as everyone knows the arctic lost it’s ice last year

September 26, 2014 6:42 am

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.

Reply to  Henry Galt
September 26, 2014 6:51 am

“psychiatrists are the maddest, closely followed by mental heath-care professionals.”
Psychiatrists are mental heath-care professionals

Reply to  MattS
September 26, 2014 7:16 am
“The category seldom includes psychiatrists …”
I know, it’s wikipedia …

Reply to  Henry Galt
September 26, 2014 10:18 am

And then their kids.

Reply to  Henry Galt
September 26, 2014 2:49 pm

Biologists and Geneticists are also disporportionaly color blind, we tend to be interested in fields that apply to our conditions, so it highly plausable.

Joe Crawford
Reply to  Henry Galt
September 27, 2014 6:05 am

Back around 1960, the head of the psychology department at the University of South Carolina made the statement that all psychology majors are either alcoholics, schizophrenics or sex maniacs… or more than one of the above.

Reply to  Joe Crawford
September 28, 2014 8:54 am

Did they choose to major in psych because they were so afflicted, or did they become afflicted to deal with the pressure of being shrinks? I don’t see how the job could be any fun.

Joe Crawford
Reply to  Joe Crawford
September 28, 2014 3:38 pm

The assumption at the time was that most were already afflicted when they entered the program . Those that weren’t soon succumbed.

September 26, 2014 6:44 am

“The didn’t even seem to be any ice in that bucket,” (1st word)
[fixed thanks -mod]

Louis Hooffstetter
September 26, 2014 6:47 am

Stephan Lewandowsky & John Cook go together like Jim Carrey & Jeff Daniels

Reply to  Louis Hooffstetter
September 26, 2014 8:27 am

Maybe also Jim Beam and Jack Daniels.

Reply to  Dave
September 26, 2014 9:57 am

Kind of insulting to Jim Beam and Jack Daniels don’t’cha think? 😉

Bloke down the pub
September 26, 2014 6:57 am

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

September 26, 2014 6:59 am

97% of scientists would call that a ceramic bowl, not an ice bucket.

Jason Calley
Reply to  Gary
September 26, 2014 9:46 am

I would call it a cracked pot.
Oh, wait… Were you talking about the container or the presenter?

Reply to  Jason Calley
September 26, 2014 10:11 am


Man Bearpig
Reply to  Gary
September 26, 2014 2:34 pm

Thats his flak helmet

John W. Garrett
Reply to  Man Bearpig
September 26, 2014 3:59 pm


Reply to  Man Bearpig
September 27, 2014 12:42 am

Did it have a tin-foil coating inside ….. ?

Reply to  Gary
September 26, 2014 7:45 pm

More like a gozunder (gozunder the bed)

September 26, 2014 7:08 am

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.

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  ddpalmer
September 26, 2014 7:52 am

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.

kent blaker
September 26, 2014 7:30 am

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

Jim South London
September 26, 2014 7:36 am

Friday unfunny.

September 26, 2014 7:53 am

Google is gagging Skeptics its official now
Maybe we should all make an effort to strat using other search engines

Cold in Wisconsin
Reply to  Eliza
September 26, 2014 8:38 am

Ironically the most illiberal policy that I can possibly think of!

Reply to  Eliza
September 26, 2014 3:37 pm

Microsoft did the same thing recently,

September 26, 2014 7:58 am

Mods: please feel free to delete if you feel this is too far O/T – a cause I’m pretty passionate about.

Reply to  Admad
September 26, 2014 8:22 am

Or even the “You Caring” site!
I’ll get it right some time I expect!

Reply to  Admad
September 26, 2014 1:17 pm

I might be passionate about it too, but unless you give a bit of narrative of what the link contains, I’ll never click it.
Just an fyi.

Reply to  u.k.(us)
September 26, 2014 3:12 pm

fair comment, donein a rush from work. An”Edit” feature for comments would be useful!

September 26, 2014 8:24 am

Truly pathetic and unfortunately not surprising.

September 26, 2014 8:28 am

John Cook’s video that challenged Lew:

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

Reply to  redcords
September 26, 2014 1:42 pm

Rats! I liked John better in uniform. T-shirts just don’t have the same panache as a vintage German uniform.

Man Bearpig
Reply to  redcords
September 26, 2014 2:41 pm

And most of those will be from here

Reply to  redcords
September 27, 2014 1:54 am

Shot in the same backyard.

September 26, 2014 8:31 am

Also they look like they were filmed int he same garden, possibly at the same time.

September 26, 2014 8:33 am

“Gosh they have over a billion pledged already from governments.”
Not to mention that that amount is ABOVE and BEYOND the budgeted direct spending to “Combat Climate Change” by the federal government which is now over 2.5 BILLION of our tax dollars wasted every year on this nonsense!

September 26, 2014 8:40 am

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.

September 26, 2014 8:44 am

Here’s Dana if you want more:

About 8 of these so far.

Reply to  redcords
September 26, 2014 9:04 pm

It’s a good thing that pool isn’t full…he’s not wearing his safety floatie.

September 26, 2014 8:57 am

They’re just trying to show they’re “down with the kidz.”

September 26, 2014 9:01 am

Shame they didn’t rope in Chris Turney and his ill fated Spirit of Mawson expedition – which has surely been the ultimate ice bucket challenge to date so far.

Gary Pearse
September 26, 2014 9:09 am

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.

September 26, 2014 9:26 am

I´d like to announce I decided to publish my own paper. It is now in draft form waiting for editorial review

September 26, 2014 10:07 am

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September 26, 2014 11:11 am

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

Reply to  WestHighlander
September 26, 2014 2:09 pm

I have read of that and I wonder how these extraordinary creatures fare.

September 26, 2014 11:51 am

Come on now, you were in England for a number of days so why didn’t you tag this wit the correct spelling of ‘Humour?’. Not Humor.
Oh well. Here are some quotes on humour

Owen in GA
Reply to  climatereason
September 26, 2014 12:31 pm

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.

Reply to  Owen in GA
September 28, 2014 6:24 pm

Perhaps she thought that Sherlock would be best in the original?

September 26, 2014 1:22 pm

Seems to be very quiet on the Northwest Passage front. As I recall, there was a lot on our news about it in recent years. Presumably become so common as to be no longer newsworthy? Do they still have to use the Panama Canal through the northern winter?
A quick search and only came up with this proposed voyage.

Reply to  Warrick
September 26, 2014 7:17 pm

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.

September 26, 2014 2:10 pm

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!

M Seward
September 26, 2014 4:34 pm

The video about sums up the level at which these children operate.

September 26, 2014 5:32 pm

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

September 26, 2014 5:39 pm

Call me stupid. I don’t get it.

Reply to  Pamela Gray
September 26, 2014 7:53 pm

Sorry can’t do it. I tried. 🙂

Reply to  lee
September 27, 2014 9:19 am

Does that mean my stupidity can’t be fixed or you don’t get either?

September 26, 2014 8:09 pm

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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