Friday Funny – for whom the bell Tols

Josh writes of this latest hilarious drawing:

Richard Tol says that Bob Ward is ‘engaged in a smear campaign’ against him. Reading quite a bit of what Bob has written over the past few years, and not just about Richard but about many others, it is difficult not to agree.


H/t to Anthony Watts who came up with ‘SpongeBob SmearPants’.

Cartoons by Josh

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January 30, 2015 5:45 am


January 30, 2015 5:52 am

Verdi good.

January 30, 2015 5:58 am

The little green troll’s bucket says ‘GREEN SLIME’, but its contents are clearly yellowish-brown. Why is that?
… Oh yeah, never mind.

Alberta Slim
Reply to  Johanus
January 30, 2015 6:51 am

Mine is green. Check your monitor. ;^D

Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7
Reply to  Johanus
January 30, 2015 8:02 am

Not green actually, but perfect barf.

D.J. Hawkins
Reply to  Johanus
January 30, 2015 9:54 am

Have you been tested for color blindness? My wife and both my sons are green-brown color blind. It’s only apparent with subdued colors like “sage” and “fawn brown”. “Kelly green” and “chocolate bar brown” aren’t an issue. Based on my observations of their experiences, Josh’s coloring is right in their trouble zone.

Reply to  D.J. Hawkins
January 30, 2015 12:14 pm

The RGB value is, approximately, {181, 178, 45}
This is a dark “wheat” brown with a reduced red:green ratio. If you add some red it becomes a dark yellow wheat brown. If you remove some it will become more green.
This means, most likely, his monitor is set too warm, since that will add red, and yours may be set too cool, which will remove red.
It doesn’t have much of a green tint, even on my color-calibrated IPS monitor.
If you work in HSV and increase the value to max (1.0) it becomes {255, 249, 63} which is almost perfect bright yellow. So, he could also have his brightness or contrast up too high.
I love color 😉

Reply to  D.J. Hawkins
January 30, 2015 1:09 pm

I don’t think I’m green-brown color blind.
I’ve got my Samsung TV set up as a monitor, and set to max brightness (really bright). So perhaps I am getting a little extra boost in the red. I see yellowish brown, with perhaps a whisper of green.
Thanks for the explanations.

Reply to  Johanus
January 30, 2015 4:31 pm

Every Sponge Bob fan knows that’s Tartar Sauce !

January 30, 2015 6:16 am

Thanks, Josh. Made me laugh.

January 30, 2015 6:28 am

Anthony: you’ve missed your calling! Comedy scriptwriting as its most endearing – and deserved!

M Courtney
January 30, 2015 6:38 am

Is there some meaning behind the cheese?
Other than it’s full of holes, of course.

Alberta Slim
Reply to  M Courtney
January 30, 2015 6:56 am

He considers himself a “Big Cheese” but he is full of holes.[and BS] IMO.

Reply to  M Courtney
January 30, 2015 7:25 am

It’s a sponge, surely and the holes are for grants/donations from government (and hedge fund titans who should know better). You do have the word ‘sponger’ in the US of A, surely? Brilliant wordplay by Josh and Anthony.

M Courtney
Reply to  Richard Drake
January 30, 2015 7:32 am

Is it a sponge?
I think the “Big Cheese” idea looks closer.
Like Josh, I also am British and know the phrase “sponger”. But they don’t tend to obtain money through threats.

D.J. Hawkins
Reply to  Richard Drake
January 30, 2015 9:58 am

@M Courtney
Definitely a sponge. It’s a rif on a cartoon character over here named “Sponge Bob Square Pants”.

Reply to  Richard Drake
January 30, 2015 11:35 pm

Spongebob, right. Got it.
I’m a bit slow on the uptake sometimes.

Gunga Din
Reply to  M Courtney
January 30, 2015 3:38 pm
Eamon Butler
Reply to  M Courtney
January 30, 2015 4:07 pm

He’s a sponge. Check out Sponge Bob, Square pants. You’re in for a treat.

Tom O
January 30, 2015 7:11 am

I love the nice looking diapers. They ARE diapers, right?

Reply to  Tom O
January 30, 2015 7:18 am

It all Depends.

Reply to  RockyRoad
January 30, 2015 12:29 pm


Bruce Cobb
January 30, 2015 7:21 am

I don’t know; pretty cheesy.

Sue Deacon
January 30, 2015 7:40 am

The clue is in the title ‘SPONGE Bob Smear Pants’! Though I do like the idea of the Big Cheese. Very funny, very apt.

January 30, 2015 7:44 am

Ho ho ho. The Gremlins are coming!
See my comments on Richard’s blog for the facts of the matter:
The Gremlins have somehow managed to get in there as well!

Reply to  Jim Hunt
January 30, 2015 10:38 am

I wondered what made Ward be on such a zeolous mission to discredit Prof. Tol.
The answer became obvious, the continual throwing poop against a wall hoping eventually something, anything sticks is to shut-up Tol, to remove him from the discussion, for Ward to be able to say I won the debate by ensuring Tol is not invited to debate.
It’s funny that in Wards complaint to IPSO (Independent Press Standards Organization), Ward used the same technique of throwing piles of poop against a wall and hoping something sticks. He filed 6 complaints and the IPSO committee dismissed 5 of them as having no merit. The one complaint they accepted was in reporting Ward did admit some of the errors as small, but did not report Ward thought they still required correction. They asked the Daily Mail to file an amendment to the article. 1 for 6 in specious complaints; in Wards world, where he has nothing better to do, that is a good day.
In a different environment I would have more colorful choice words for Ward and his behavior but here I’ll just say Wards behavior demonstrates a severe lack of character and reveals how weak his scientific positions are. That he is an IPCC reviewer, demonstrates the pettiness and feeble-minded thinking of the IPCC. And that is not a smear, just the truth as I see it.

Reply to  Alx
January 30, 2015 10:49 am

Please try to keep up. Ward’s complaint was to the PCC. When the PCC metamorphosed into IPSO It transferred over.

Chip Javert
Reply to  Alx
January 30, 2015 4:29 pm

“…press standards…?
You’re kidding, right?

January 30, 2015 7:51 am

His bucket looks like split pea soup.

Reply to  RHS
January 30, 2015 10:19 pm

I used to like split pea soup you put me off for a long time (glad the winter is over).

January 30, 2015 7:57 am

Ward won’t expect the Climate Inquisition to eat its own.

January 30, 2015 8:21 am

Excellent as usual Josh.

January 30, 2015 8:26 am

A little bit of humour goes a long way with the Bobs of this world. Since they don’t have the first clue about it, they’ve no defence against it.

January 30, 2015 8:42 am

Very funny! I especially like the £notes/$bills being sucked into the sponge.
Art reflecting life!

Reply to  andrewmharding
January 30, 2015 12:56 pm

Must be dollars. Look at them: GREENbacks.

January 30, 2015 8:52 am

Do you not have any good cartoonists over there in the good ole USA who could do something similar to the excellent work of Josh?

Reply to  phillipbratby
January 31, 2015 5:21 pm

Go to Google Images and search for global warming OR climate change and you’ll find some.

Richard Barnes
January 30, 2015 9:22 am

He appears to have only three toes on each foot.
Hadn’t realised that palaeopiezometry fieldwork was so dangerous.

January 30, 2015 9:51 am

Everytime Bob Ward claims to be working for the London Schol of Economics, he is being Mannian with the truth.

January 30, 2015 9:59 am

Mr Watts came up with that line? You have a new source of inspiration for your art now. That is a good one. Thanks to you both.

January 30, 2015 10:22 am

How would you feel if you’d be kicked off the drums just before this?

January 30, 2015 11:15 am

Bob Ward is a professional smear campaigner. Arch malthusian Grantham pays him for that. So, Bob’s just doing his job.

Reply to  DirkH
January 30, 2015 5:04 pm

“Grantham argues that the late-18th-century doomsayer Thomas Malthus pretty much got it right but just had the bad timing to make his predictions about unsustainable population growth on the eve of the hydrocarbon-fueled Industrial Revolution, which “partially removed the barriers to rapid population growth, wealth and scientific progress.””
Making false predictions and being wrong is just “bad timing.”

Reply to  DirkH
January 30, 2015 5:39 pm

According to Grantham: “Agriculture is more worrisome. Local water shortages will cause “persistent irritation” — wars, famines. Of the three essential macro nutrient fertilizers, nitrogen is relatively plentiful and recoverable, but we’re running out of potassium and phosphorus, finite mined resources that are “necessary for all life.” Canada has large reserves of potash (the source of potassium), which is good news for Americans, but 50 to 75 percent of the known reserves of phosphate (the source of phosphorus) are located in Morocco and the western Sahara. Assuming a 2 percent annual increase in phosphorus consumption, Grantham believes the rest of the world’s reserves won’t last more than 50 years, so he expects “gamesmanship” from the phosphate-rich.”
Here in the US, the BLM has initiated a water pipeline from Indian and ranching land in central Nevada to…wait for it…Las Vegas.
The plan “to construct and operate a vast pipeline system to transport precious groundwater from the ancestral lands of Goshute and Shoshone people in central-eastern Nevada to the Las Vegas Valley” would also prevent the use of the water by the Indian tribes to mine potash.

Reply to  DirkH
January 31, 2015 3:09 am

Whilst Anthony is “just doing his job”?
A wholly unjustifiable “smear” on the reputation of NSIDC director Mark Serreze?

Reply to  Jim Hunt
January 31, 2015 4:55 am

Serreze writes an opinion screed — mentioning Anthony and WUWT about ten times! Serreze is fixated on Anthony!
Not a single chart, either, just the usual anti-science bluster, claiming Arctic ice is gonna disappear in no time.
“The Arctic is screaming!” heh. What is Serreze smoking? I want some!
Get a clue, Hunt, all publicity is good publicity. This means Anthony and the skeptic group is right over the target. They’re squealing! And of course, you had to suck up to that nonsense.
Love it. Thanx for posting. We needed some mindless amusement.
Now, for some commentary correcting the record, see here:

Reply to  Jim Hunt
January 31, 2015 4:54 pm

[snip – trolling -mod]

Mac the Knife
January 30, 2015 11:54 am

Almost lost control of a mouthful of soup!
(Note To Self: Swallow any liquids or solids before opening Josh’s cartoons…)

Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7
January 30, 2015 1:02 pm

I don’t get it. I’m looking at his pants and I don’t see any smear. Maybe if we got a view of the backside …

Tom in Florida
Reply to  Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7
January 30, 2015 2:39 pm

That would be a skid mark.

Eamon Butler
Reply to  Tom in Florida
January 30, 2015 4:12 pm

That works too I think. Sponge Bob, Skid marks.

January 31, 2015 3:25 am

I think we all view Josh as the best political cartoonist/caricaturist in the “climate and environment” arena today, whose talent and messages are totally ignored by the mainstream media (for obvious reason: they are part of his subject matter).
His work reminds me of Thomas Nast, the great 19th century American cartoonist, who exposed the rotund “Boss Tweed” and his corrupt Democratic Party political machine known as “Tammany Hall“.
Tweed’s biographer Kenneth Ackerman wrote:

It’s hard not to admire the skill behind Tweed’s system … The Tweed ring at its height was an engineering marvel, strong and solid, strategically deployed to control key power points: the courts, the legislature, the treasury and the ballot box. Its frauds had a grandeur of scale and an elegance of structure: money-laundering, profit sharing and organization.

I think future historians will marvel at the grandeur and effectiveness of the CAGW Climate Deception, whose scale far exceeds Tammany Hall. Josh has been at forefront exposing this deception to the world.
Bob Ward, consider yourself ‘fortunate’ to have been one of the climate trolls exposed and immortalized by Josh’s pen.

Reply to  Johanus
January 31, 2015 9:11 am

Profound history lesson and analogising, thank you.

January 31, 2015 5:43 pm

“Sponge Bob Swear Rants”
(or “… Scare Rants”)

Jaakko Kateenkorva
February 1, 2015 8:08 am

It’s not all gloomy, Bob. SpongeBob SquarePants seems like a jolly good fellow.
Also spongiforma squarepantsii has something sympathetic about it.

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