Monday Mirthiness – Josh on the IPCC ransom note

Lampoon-dog-coverThe latest IPCC synthesis report is out, and the demands made in it remind me and many other people of the very famous National Lampoon cover of the 1970’s, seen at left or above depending on how your browser views WUWT.

From Wikipedia: Cheeseface was the name of the dog who featured on the famous Death Issue of the National Lampoon magazine, released January 1973. The cover, photographed by Ronald G. Harris, showed a dog with a gun pointed to his head, and the caption “If You Don’t Buy This Magazine, We’ll Kill This Dog”. The cover was voted #7 in the Top 40 Magazine Covers of the Last 40 Years by the American Society of Magazine Editors.

Josh decided to have a go and sends this cartoon of the IPCC ransom note:

IPCC_ransom_note

 

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123 thoughts on “Monday Mirthiness – Josh on the IPCC ransom note

  1. Hi,
    I agree. In fact, yesterday (Sunday) the local (Italy) news channel of the State TV (paid by my tax) explained that, because oh the highest level of CO2 in the last 800.000 years (? sorry, this is new to me) this is the last call for surviving.
    Please, can anyone tell me from where it comes the 800,000 years? And why 800.000 instead that a more simple number like one million or 100,000 or ten millions?
    Thank you, and compliment for your great “parallel” effort in saving us!
    An Italian

    • If you say 100,000 , it just sounds like you made it up as big number, if you say 800,000 it gives the impression that you are referring to some actual data rather that pulling it out of you own butt. Simple PR and sales tricks.

      • Did you hear the one about the family visiting a natural history museum. They’re getting close looks at a dinosaur skeleton . . . guard approaches and explains that this fossil is 1,000,025 years old. Dad asks, “How can you be so precise?” Guard explains, “Well, when I came to work here 25 years ago, they told me it was 1 million years old.”

    • I’m not qualified to credibly & explicitly answer your CO2 question (I have no doubt some other WUWT reader will…).
      However, once you get the answer, you will probably be amazed how easily numbers are distorted for the CAGW debate. Then you’ll wonder how supposedly “professional scientists” can get away with this fraudulent behavior.
      I can’t answer that question either.

    • Ice core from Vostok. If you look at the geological record you see it is actually the highest it has been in 20 million years. That is a very good thing because we were dangerously low in the last ice age to the 150 PPM extinction level.
      Our current 20 million years of low CO2 was actually exceeded in the Permian with its 30 million year years of low levels. In between we had 250 million years with 1000-2000 PPM and life flourished (except for a few nasty asteroid events). Quantity and diversity was much higher than today.

      • Salby gives a very credible argument that the proxy ice-core data has been distorted.
        That is to say, what is measured is not the actual CO2 level. Whilst he doesn’t say what mechanism could have produced that, he did talk to me about Clathrates.
        Another very obvious process is that some algae live in ice – and they will absorb CO2 and give out O2 within the top few layers.

      • But sea level was also much higher (no ice caps) so much of the presently occupied land surface was under water. Which is where a large part of the present human population lives.

      • CO2 diffuses in the ice that is why the levels look so similar. Of course as the hockey stick effect was what was wanted the levels were accepted without any real research,

      • Dear Scottish Sceptic,
        I’ the hopes ye might find the followin’ bit o’ information somat helpful… .
        Re: Dr. Murry Salby on ice core proxies
        From my summary of his April, 2013 Hamburg, Germany lecture (I provided the link to the video in another comment below) with times from that video:
        “… Proxy evidence of past atmospheric composition [4:25] … Ice cores (air bubbles in column sink under pressure of ice above them) …
        – Proxy temperature is inferred from isotopic oxygen … .”
        ***
        ” … CO2 levels in ice change over time (due to natural modification and to measurement error) [14:40]
        – Conservation Equation (includes non-conservative factor, i.e., CO2 sinks) [15:56]
        – illustrated by biomass [17:05]
        – The Conservation Equation includes the total or “effective” damping [23:30] from atmospheric damping (i.e., non-conservative influences) of CO2 in the firn (when ice at top) and damping in the ice as it descends.
        [25:40] Changes in atmospheric CO2 are underestimated in the proxy record (and this underestimation increases radically over time [see graph at 26:11], i.e., the change in the atmosphere is much greater than the apparent change of CO2 in the ice.
        – Over time scales of 10,000 years, the ice proxy underestimates atmospheric CO2 by a factor of 2 [27:01]; over 100,000 years, under by a factor of 15. [27:29]
        [27:52] Observed changes in the 20th century are certainly not unprecedented.
        [28:50] Incorporating depth (i.e., time) in ice transforms conservation equation to the Diffusion Equation – now you can see that the proxy CO2 underestimation of atmospheric CO2 increases with frequency [30:40] (high frequencies with short time scales that are CO2-conservative are suppressed in ice).
        [Cross covariance of temp. and CO2 equation at 18:02]
        ******************************************
        Have a bonny day (tomorrow)!
        With warm regards from a descendent of ye’r ancestor’s neighbors t’ the south …. many and many a year ago…,
        Janice #(:))

      • SInce that Murry Salby April, 2013 Hamburg, Germany, lecture video did not materialize into a control window in my comment below… here is a second attempt at that (it USUALLY does… but about every 5th time, it doesn’t…. go figure…)
        Dr. Murry Salby on CO2 Ice Core Proxies (youtube vid)

      • But, but but!! That implies – your saying that the levels were at 1000 to 2000 ppm in the past – that we are not in the slightest bit in danger of a runaway Venus type climate, and you KNOW that can’t possibly be the case ’cause THEY say we are going to all fry if it goes much higher! Hmmm, I’ll bet you got that from “data.” Everyone knows that computer modeling doesn’t allow for data to be accepted.
        Sorry, couldn’t resist.

    • An Italian,
      Congratulations! It must be wonderful being an Italian.
      To answer your question: They picked 800K years because before that, CO2 was higher than it is now. That was also before human emissions, and at a time when the biosphere was expanding with life and diversity.
      Currently, CO2 levels are at the lowest point in the geologic record. The biosphere is starved of that beneficial trace gas:
      http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_cHhMa7ARDDg/SoxiDu0taDI/AAAAAAAABFI/Z2yuZCWtzvc/s1600/Geocarb%2BIII-Mine-03.jpg
      CO2 has been almost twenty times higher in the past, during times when the planet was deep in a great Ice Age. If CO2 causes global warming, the effect must be extremely small, no?
      Don’t believe the media, they have an agenda — and it isn’t scientific truth. Look at the basic facts. If CO2 was a problem, we would have seen evidence of global harm by now. But we haven’t. The reason is that CO2 is harmless.

    • Not so sure. But put it another way, there is less CO2 in the atmosphere than there was 800,001 years ago! Various figures quoted have been 750,000, & 650,000, so I suspect the 800k figure is “squeeze everything you can out of it” type on scary number. After all, the UN IPCC just lurvs Big Numbers, probably why they refer to “1000,Million tons of CO2” because Giga-ton does sound so big to the ordinary man or woman in the street, & WWF/FoE/Redwar don’t understand the terms like Giga/Mega etc, except perhaps when they’re ordering a Big Mac special with a new topping!

      • perhaps they should try the Del Taco marketing trick, calling it something like Macho Nachos, because I’d surely believe it more if they tell me the problem is due to Mucho Millions of Tons of CO2… 🙂

    • They get the 800,000 year value from Ice cores. They don’t use the Stoma from plant leaves method of determining CO2 because that just gives them 13,000 years so it doesn’t sound scary enough.

    • Hi, Italiano/a!
      That there is a decimal point in “800.000” (not a “,” unless that was a typo), would make this statement possibly helpful to explain this particular piece of climate propaganda {Greg’s premise, that this is just more Envirostalinist (or… Enviromussolinist…. heh) distortion is correct}:

      “You might just be able to see that the middle graph (Carbon Dioxide concentration) slight{ly} lags** the temperature by about 800 years on average.”

      Source: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/11/17/climate-and-human-civilization-over-the-last-18000-years/
      *********************************************************************
      ** For an excellent and very understandable (with 2 or 3 viewings — well worth it!) to a layperson like myself (in English after German introduction), see Dr. Murry Salby’s April, 2013 Hamburg lecture about how ice core data reveal that net CO2 on earth lags temperature by a quarter cycle (youtube video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ROw_cDKwc0
      — Some video time indices with quotes from my summary of Salby’s lecture:
      “CO2 lags temp. by a quarter cycle (i.e., in quadrature [14:03], using cosine and sign, lags by 90 degrees) – Note: Differing periods means no single lag value will align all components, thus, CO2 and temp. must be distributed widely over positive lag.” [13:22]
      ***
      “(as with proxy) CO2 phase lags temp. by 90 degrees (i.e., evolve in quadrature, i.e., a quarter cycle out of phase)” [21:44]
      **********************************************************************
      Finally,
      WELCOME TO WUWT (glad you spoke up — keep on posting!)!
      Your American ally for truth,
      Janice

      • Most of Europe (exception UK & Ireland AFAIK, uses coma(,) to indicate decimal places, while full stop (.) is used to denote thousands and above.

      • Thank you, Vukcevic, learning all the time.
        Well, that negates the first part of my comment… . Thank you for the clarification!
        Janice
        ************************
        OBTW,

        NICE WORK, JOSH! #(:))

      • STAN STENDERA!


        #(:))
        I’ve been working full time for a long time trying to find a job. Long on education, short on experience… . Sigh. Still trying… . Gotta take a WUWT break once in awhile!
        GREAT to see YOU. Hope all is well with you and with you and Libby and the little birds on the railing and…. OKAY, even your friend the spider (shudder)… you have a great heart…. .
        Your quiet (but, not today! heh, heh), but loyal, WUWT pal,
        Janice
        P.S. And DO let me know you saw this — I have given you many a shout out and……… silence — Okay?

    • Making up numbers is a favorite leftist meme.
      Back during the Reagan administration, the homeless were the cause du jour. Homeless ” advocacy” groups would put out numbers like…oh, say 150 homeless people die every hour. Of course, if you did the math, we’d have to have bodies stacked up like cordwood all across the nation. But, the numbers stuck, because people believed Reagan and his ilk were mean and hated homeless people.
      Bottom line…never believe numbers touted in any media, specificalky old media. They’re most likely regurgitating the latest fax or email they got from some “green” group.

      • People won’t belive a lie unless it is a big lie. For some reaons people are more easily victimized by big lies than small lies. Politics are filled with small lies, big lies, and whopper lies.
        The IPCC likes to play in the whopper lie zone, the synthesis report being an excellent example.
        Interesting the reports never get personal, they never say if you do not buy solar panels for your home, extreme weather will kill you and your kids. It’s always a collective fuzziness combined with a dark fuzzy, scary planetary level future.

      • Alx
        Small lies, if local, are easy to detect and refute. Big lies, on the other hand, are remote and abstract it seems. So…

  2. The interesting thing is to watch the disconnect between the closing document of the IPCC and data the IPCC has developed.
    The two are not compatible. The data the IPCC provides shows things are not bad, are not getting bad, and are unlikely to get bad.
    This document claims the opposite and provides only one solution: Give over more money. It is as if the writers of the closing document have probably written it up without bothering to read the data.
    By the way- Josh, as always, does an amazing job of lampooning the farce of the climate obsessed rather well.
    Will we hear about how to buy the Josh 2015 calendar soon?

  3. Truly nothing but a belief system now. From scientific certainty to unsupported belief. Amazing path we have witnessed. Now how do we get all the believers to focus their rage on those that lied to them instead of us?
    To all who think that human CO2 emissions are responsible for the late 20th century warming: “You’ve been had. Now get mad and get even with those who lied to you!”.

  4. Well done, Josh, very creepy and ominous. I have the National Lampoon album with that cover art, entitled “That’s Not Funny, That’s Sick!” An apt description of IPCC antics, no doubt. Thanks for finding some mirth and sharing!

  5. Just saw an article claiming the arctic will be ice-free by 2020, based on submarine data. The dude sounded giddy, like he just discovered cold fusion. Only problem is there are only two counties that have subs that really can work under the ice cap, the U.S. and Russia … the subs are nuclear attack subs … they don’t waste a whole lot of time making and reporting precise measurements … that would give away too much information about their routes … any sub data is just a smoke screen for something else…

    • lol, Bruce Cobb #(:))
      And to prevent any readers unfamiliar with the “cereal” quote from thinking you who ALWAYS write highly intelligent, witty, well-informed, posts (like the one at 0851 today) are the resident lunatic, heh, heh….
      heeeeeeeeere’s Big Al!
      (youtube video of South Park clips)

      The End.
      loloolololololoololol

  6. “The latest IPCC synthesis report” <– please explain how this report differs from the flawed AR5 summary report for policy decision-makers?
    Are they spinning the flawed summary report?

  7. I read this site to find some comfort that maybe climate change isn’t going to wipe us out, but all I find is a self-congratulatory echo chamber full of people who either don’t get, or pretend not to get, the science. Which, needless to say, isn’t very comforting.

    • Oh, Rupert? …. you neglect to tell us precisely what site it is that you read for comfort. “I read this site… .”
      It is VERY OBVIOUS that you have done almost no careful reading of WUWT… .

    • If you can tell us we “either don’t get ,or pretend not to get, the science” it implies that you already know the science. It the follows that you are simply a AGW troll. Go back under your bridge.

      • Sorry about the missing “n”s, my arthritic fingers don’t type as well as my mind thinks they do.

      • You tell ‘im, Tom! Nice shot, O Logical One.
        Sorry about your arthritis. You sure don’t make many mistakes (been reading your comments for over a year, now) for having such a condition. Well done!
        Ad who eeds n’s ayway? 🙂

    • Rupert Affen
      November 3, 2014 at 9:14 am
      “I read this site to find some comfort that maybe climate change isn’t going to wipe us out,”
      So something made you think Climate Change will wipe us out? Are you crazy?
      If it gets 2 deg C warmer, you turn down the heating. My. Even if the already falsified computer models had predictive skill – 2 or 4 deg C would WIPE YOU OUT? What are you, a potty plant? Can you not move?

      • Hi, Dirk, that you can speak (at least) two languages is something I highly admire about you. I only speak one well (justinawhisper… you were looking for “potted,” I believe…. however (smile), I think potty plant fits very nicely).
        @ Rupert the CAGW plant, tsk, tsk, your disguise needs to be a tiny bit more opaque. You have not been outed… just like ol’ Plame, you outed yourself, heh.

    • Wait a minute, are you telling us visitors laughing our way through a comedic thread that you Rupert Affen specifically chose a humor thread to refute CAGW’s catastrophism?
      Well, I think your claim is rather specious. Not even CAGW cultist’s, e.g. Dana, Peter or Mikey could have such reading comprehension disability.
      If you are serious, then I suggest that you stay out of the humorous threads while you catch up by reading topical articles. Perhaps you can start this reading by searching for your area of greatest concern.

  8. Josh has outdone himself with this one (and that’s no small feat).
    Absolutely priceless (I’m still laughing).

  9. The IPCC must have thought that the time is right to finally come out with the real agenda.
    “The world must stop using fossil fuels by 2100”
    That was the objective all along, sad that the message needed to be so controversial, although I believe that originally they would have planned that for a lot earlier, in the days when we were going to run out of oil and gas in 20 years the whole issue was looking like a no brainer. Now of course we can last for another 200 years at least on oil and gas available, let alone what we have not confirmed yet and not looking at coal.
    So the date is set.
    Looking at the air pollution coal in particular creates when not scrubbed properly, London in the 60’s and 70’s, China today for instance, or what exhaust gases did to LA before legislation was put in place, one can see the need to clean up the air. Europe has a long way to go yet. Either by way of more expensive converters or cutting it out altogether.
    The world won’t have stopped using “fossil” fuels by then but we will be a long way down that track.
    But if a distant moon can harbor a-biotic (presumably) lakes of ethane and methane then who are we to think that the oil and gas here is not the same, which would make them “renewables”.
    Which does not mean that we should stop cleaning up the air as much as possible it just provides an interesting twist.
    Not that long ago the “scientists” (church scholars) of the day told people that the world was flat and the centre of the universe. The science then was settled also.
    Not a lot of changes really by those who spread the faith.

    • Actually the ‘flat earth’ idea was only created in the 19th century by Washington Irving, in his book “The Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus”, published in 1828. A noted humorist (“Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and “Rip Van Winkle”) Irving embellished the discussion at the court of Ferdinand and Isabella with the assembled “professors of astronomy, geography, mathematics, and other branches of science, together with various dignitaries of the church, and learned friars.” According to Irving he was shouted down with cries of the world is flat.
      In point of fact, all educated people then knew that the world was a sphere, and had done so since Greek times. Uneducated people might not have known, but they were not in a position to worry. The real point of discussion was whether the ships could carry sufficient food and water for a voyage to Asia. What was the true size of the earth?
      There were a couple of early Christian fundamentalist theologians (and very, very, early Greek philosophers) who held that the world was flat, but they had no influence on the Church (or science) till they were dredged up by “Victorian rationalist writers who, like radical philosophes, were set on sidelining religious belief as damaging to the progress of scientific truth.”
      Quotations are from passages in “Flat Earth: the History of an Infamous Idea” by Christine Garwood, Pan Books, 2008 (copyright 2007).
      As to the earth being the centre of the universe, this may well be true – can anyone say what is the distance to the edge of the universe in any particular direction? Again it may not.

  10. Off topic, but did anyone see the Simpsons anti-fracking episode last night? I think the episode unknowingly summed up the save-the-Earth crusader movement nicely. Logic and facts are severely lacking with these activists.

  11. The fear narrative of cAGW will eventually be discredited as was the fear narrative of WMD’s. Both these fear narratives were amplified by a complicit MSM and both have the potential to bankrupt nations.

  12. To all Italians:
    Just because RAI states that CO2 has never been higher now than in the past 800,000 years doesn’t mean its true. RAI is not a source for the truth. Only fools watch RAI.
    A tutti Italiani:
    Solo perché la RAI ha dichiarato che la CO2 non è mai stato più alto in questi ultimi 800 mila anni non vuol dire che é vero. RAI non é un fonte della verità. Solo gli scemi guardano RAI.
    For the record, RAI is a mouth piece of the government and always puts a slant on the truth that aids the government. The Italian government is forever raising taxes on Italians, and lies like this about the CO2 is just another excuse statement that will be repeated so as to indoctrinate Italians into paying more taxes. This will not stop until Italians stop supporting our corrupt and incompetent government. People who watch RAI are fools, Italians must learn to research for the truth themselves, and that is something sorely lacking here in Italy. I am sad to say, Italians are very lazy, and have lost the will to do anything positive for themselves that requires hard work or study. We have a culture today of cheating, everyone tries to cheat everyone else to get things they want, there is no hard work ethic. Its a terrible thing to say, but it is true 🙁
    If you are Italian and you are reading this, its time we in Italy said ENOUGH, é ora per dire BASTA! Our country is going to ruin, and Italians are doing nothing other than watching RAI.
    STOP WATCHING RAI. RAI IS NO GOOD, THEY ONLY TELL LIES.
    NON GUARDARE RAI. RAI E CATTIVO, DICONO SOLO LE BUGIE.

    • GO, DORIAN!
      Bra – VIS – simo!!
      — you are certainly not the typical Italian, if you are correct about Italians… 🙂

  13. Fantastic, Josh! Nice to see the advance SPM of ARs 6, 7, 8… 32, 33… 57, 58…
    (Yes, I see there are no graphs in the SPM, but they were just a visual nuisance cluttering up the reports. Now they get right to the heart of the matter.)

  14. We”l know the Great Delusion is close to its end when it becomes a common butt for television comedians.

    • Take heart, Martin! They already are…
      Jay Leno (2013)

      LOL, Global Warming is soooo over.
      And “Climate Change,” which never really got off the ground, finally ran out of steam last summer.
      After a big machine like that one has been turned off, it will still make noise for awhile…. pocketa….pocketa….. po…cke………..ta………. before it ……… stops….. (lots of little bicycle-pedaling stooges, recalled to active duty, are sweating away, madly pedaling to keep the thing powered up, but, the power-to-flywheel ratio is dwindling by the minute)
      AN-TH-ONY! TRUTH HAS WON!!
      Way — to– go!
      tick-tick-tick-tick-tick…….
      … just a matter of time ….
      @ Windmill and solar panel investors — Boo! It’s going to be Halloween all year for you, heh, heh.
      Sell before it’s tooooooo late… .
      You have about 24 hours until your “backers” (a.k.a. the U.S. taxpayers)
      shut — you — down.
      Bwah, ha, ha, ha, haaaaaaaaaaa!

  15. (y)
    Some media outlets are already suggesting the “higher intelligence” at the UN will soon call it a victory, give the IPCC et al. the obligatory coffee + donut and hardy handshake for a job well done and send everybody out the door.

  16. I’ve got trillions for them – from an email pal who was a prince in Zimbabwe. JUst have them send me the IPCCs bank account number.

  17. Here’s my cartoon idea:
    Left panel: Patchy in a red-and-black Satan suit (he’s got the beard and Mephistoclean (sp?) look already), pointing a pitchfork to the viewer with one arm, with a fiery pit in the background, and saying, “Things will get HOT for YOU . . . Unless . . . (pointing to the right panel)
    Right panel: A box with a slot in the top marked “Pay your indulgences here.”

    • Yes, dear Roger Knights, it is a good one. And be sure that “Mephistopheles” is fat and his stomach is bulging out between the top of his trousers and his too-small red crew-neck pullover polyester knit sweater and a Hi-t-1er moustache….. his face bearing a strange resemblance to the hockey stick boy, heh… and the tag showing on front of the neck of his sweater …. and …. aaaaaa, I’d better quit, lololol

  18. “The Synthesis Report” Does anybody eles think this has to be one of the stupidest names ever for a report on climate. It sounds more like the title of a low-budget science-fiction movie, ot a psuedo report put out by hucksters selling vitamins and supplements. It’s just low-budget, cheesy marketing. Any printed synthesis reports should be immediately recycled into something useful due to the cheesy title alone.

    • Actually, it’s brilliant. If you rearrange the letters in “The Synthesis Report…”, they spell out “…Presents Shit Theory.”

    • Sure wish I could edit my own post for just 30 seconds …. aaarggh … while I WOULD like to have an engineer’s thinking abilities…. the word is “It” {WOULD be an engineer}. grrr

  19. I don’t believe I ever saw the “If You Don’t Buy This Magazine, We’ll Kill This Dog” cover, but it sure cuts to the chase 🙂

  20. Josh,
    Please tell us the ‘rest of the story’. Like, tell us what was the piece of paper that the IPCC ransom note was pasted on? Was it pasted on the back of the cover of Aesop’s Fables or on the back of the cover of Oreskes’ ‘Merchants of Doubt’?
    John

  21. & this joke inspired by Josh’s cartoon . . .
    A lady walks into a bar. She shows the bartender the ‘synthesis report’ ransom note and she says, “What can I get for that?”
    The bartender strokes his chin then says, “Hmmm, probably 10-15 with time off for good behavior. Before you go, have a cocktail on the house, they don’t serve them in the joint.”
    John
    {was also posted at BH’s}

  22. National Lampoon 1973, I bought that issue as soon as I saw it on the rack; well, after I stopped laughing I did.
    Ah, back in the days of R. Crumb and a truly off the wall National Lampoon.
    I wonder if I still have that issue…

  23. I am waiting. If CO2 is so dangerous, why won’t the Warmists put of CO2 absorbers to remove all CO2 from there bodies. Along with a carbon free diet, it would eliminate a lot of global warming nonsense.

  24. I am pleased to say that I actually (still) own a copy of that National Lampoon (along with a large pile of the rest). I subscribed for several years back in my teens. There were some classics in there back in the day that P. J. O’Rourke was a leading gonzo journalist on staff. Son’o’God comics (featuring Satan Himself), the Gentleman’s Bathroom Companion…
    And yes, that cover is such a great metaphor. I still use it myself, threatening to shoot my dog if a student doesn’t get a problem right for example. Students look at me blankly, or shocked. We live in humorless times.
    Two other cartoons that Josh could use for inspiration involving dogs (and cats):
    http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/236x/22/22/79/222279ceaa98f293e76e1565459f800a.jpg
    I could see this either way, with the IPCC being the man telling the rest of us that we’re not saving the planet or the GCM modellers being Ginger — “You call that modelling the planet? Bad dog!”
    or
    http://s823.photobucket.com/user/fwoppy/media/gary-larson-what-we-say-to-dogs-what-dogs-hear.jpg.html
    What we say to the IPCC: “OK, there is no risk of a catastrophe, you are not getting our MONEY. We need our MONEY ourselves, because we work hard for our MONEY and need it to feed and clothe ourselves and give MONEY to the truly destitute so they can buy energy and clean water and food”. What they hear: “Blah blah blah MONEY. Blah blah MONEY blah MONEY blah blah blah MONEY blah blah blah.”
    Only the IPCC-cat is worse…
    rgb

  25. Depending on the weather, it will prove that the ransom worked and more is needed or did not work and more is needed. Not. Playing. That. Game.

  26. Josh’s ransom note cartoon brings to mind the really wonderful short story ‘Ransom of Red Chief’ by O. Henry. In the story a rich family’s son is kidnapped for ransom, but the kid is so much trouble to the kidnappers that they finally agree to pay the family to take the kid back.
    An idea from that short story; maybe skeptical citizenry can make so much trouble for the IPCC by showing they are totally fabricating alarm. We make the IPCC, out of despair, volunteer to pay the skeptical citizenry trillions back and take all the fossil fuel restrictions back and use fossil fuel in a pure free market setting. Hey, dreams have uses . . . . right?
    Personal Note – National Lampoon Magazine wasn’t in my comedy/satire diet In the ’70s, I was still picking up Mad Magazines in bookstores, a habit of mine from the ’60’s. My remembrances of National Lampoon only stated with the 1978 movie ‘Animal House’. I still watch it once in a while when it comes across on cable.
    John

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