Saturday satire – The Strange World of John Cook

Josh writes: As you know John Cook, of Skeptical Science blog, has been impersonating Lubos Motl, read Lubos blog here, but also posted here on WUWT and the Air Vent, here and here.

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Why John Cook thought this was a good idea remains a mystery. But then it has been a strange week with Peter Wadhams convinced there is a conspiracy against him. Are the alarmists getting alarmed?

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49 thoughts on “Saturday satire – The Strange World of John Cook

  1. The IB Times article says:

    The professor said there were just four people in the UK, including himself who were “leaders on ice thickness in the Arctic”.
    Those he named all died in 2013. Professor Laxon died after falling down stairs at a New Year’s Eve party, while Dr Katharine Giles was killed in a cycling accident with a lorry. Police reports state that Dr Tim Boyd died after being struck by lightning while walking in Scotland.
    According to Wadhams: “It seems to me to be too bizarre to be accidental but each individual incident looks accidental, which may mean it’s been made to look accidental.”

    By Jove, it’s a pity that HAARP is off limits for discussion (not to mention that it’s been shut down).
    And I’m sure the CIA would deny they’ve been active in this, which of course means that they’re in it to their eyeballs.

    • If all of England’s experts in the thickness of Arctic ice were to die, what percentage of the world’s experts in such things would that amount to?
      I’;m pretty sure that England isn’t the only country in the world investigating such things.

      • Whatever led you to believe Britain had ANY sea ice thickness experts? Why wood they?
        And all the Artic and Antarctic Trekkers in recent years certainly didn’t have any. I suspect they froze water in labs and then made models … 😉

      • Wayne Delbeke
        July 25, 2015 at 11:32 pm
        Whatever led you to believe Britain had ANY sea ice thickness experts? Why wood they?

        In any case, they now have tree less.

    • Lest we forget CIA’s MK Ultra which could have discreetly produced the desired actions:
      “The scope of Project MK Ultra was broad, with research undertaken at 80 institutions, including 44 colleges and universities, as well as hospitals, prisons and pharmaceutical companies.[10] The CIA operated through these institutions using front organizations, although sometimes top officials at these institutions were aware of the CIA’s involvement.[11] As the US Supreme Court later noted, MKULTRA was: concerned with “the research and development of chemical, biological, and radiological materials capable of employment in clandestine operations to control human behavior.” The program consisted of some 149 subprojects which the Agency contracted out to various universities, research foundations, and similar institutions. At least 80 institutions and 185 private researchers participated. Because the Agency funded MKULTRA indirectly, many of the participating individuals were unaware that they were dealing with the Agency.”
      The scope of Project MKUltra was broad, with research undertaken at 80 institutions, including 44 colleges and universities, as well as hospitals, prisons and pharmaceutical companies. The CIA operated through these institutions using front organizations, although sometimes top officials at these institutions were aware of the CIA’s involvement.”
      Two possible candidates in this instance are: Substances which will promote illogical thinking and impulsiveness and substances which promote weakness or distortion of the eyesight or hearing faculties, preferably without permanent effects.
      I’m sure that important results were passed to MI6. However since “they” don’t believe in conspiracies, I’m sure that this one will be ignored (La, La, La, La).
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_MKUltra

      • get it cheaper – just
        The Men Who Stare at Goats –
        Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
        The Men Who Stare at Goats
        (2004) is a book by Jon Ronson about the U.S. Army’s exploration of New Age concepts …

    • And the KGB – they’ll deny it, too;, which of course means that they’re in it to their eyeballs.
      And the French SCECSEASESC [alphabetti spaghetti – those thugs who emphatically didn’t do the Rainbow Thingy] , which of course means that they’re in it to their eyeballs.
      And MI5 and MI6 and MI8 – [perhaps DIs nowadays . . .}they’ll deny outright; which of course means that they’re in it to their eyeballs.
      And the Khmer Rouge – if they have access to the media nowadays – they’ll deny outright; which of course means that they’re in it to their eyeballs.
      And the Israeli chappies – up to their eyeballs., obviously.
      And San Marino Special forces – after the exchange rate, that’s a black squirrel, and a few surviving honey-bees – they’ll deny outright; which of course means that they’re in it to their eyeballs.
      Continue ad infinitum – until every tile in every booth of every café near every gite in every commune in every department in every region in every free nation [YOU may think I’m talking about France: I couldn’t possibly comment!], in the EU has denied.
      So they are all in it up to their eyeballs [not the other kind!].
      Must be pretty spacious with all these good soul ‘up to their eyeballs’ in it . . . .
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  2. So how come Wadhams is still alive? And how come no US ice experts have been eliminated? This is so funny. I notice the comments section in the Daily Telegraph was shut down very quickly!

    • The evil overlords are out to destroy us. They do want us to cower in fear.
      But no-one fears anything more than a clown
      So Wadhams is fine for now.

    • Ah HA just the sort of question they want you ask. You’re finally beginning to think things through, good work Watson, …come there isn’t a moment to lose.

  3. Maybe Willis can do a statistical study on the odds of getting hit by lightning and a truck and falling down a flight of steps.

    • Be careful what you wish for. Do you really want to
      live in such a state of paranoia?
      Where everyone is out to get you?
      Where everything is out to get you?
      Don’t forget, lightning can come in through windows!

  4. Soup De Jour.
    Chef John Cook with a flair of creating something out of nothing in his magical world of make believe, Chef John has created his greatest triumph to date. is preparing a Motl Lubos carbonic soup, a beautifully crafted steaming dish of top secret exotic ingredients such a 97% predigested oddities that Promotes healthy plant growth and nutrients. along with 3% taste tantalizing factoids that will enhance the whole experience with a rise too and from a deranged mind, with zestful common misconceptions and urban legends. Walla!!! .

      • No he was not pretending to be a Nazi Officer. The Cook picture is a Photoshop of Henrich Himmler.

    • What he was trying to imply, with his puzzled penguin insignia all over, was that he was a storm trooper for climate action.

  5. Cook impersonating Dr. Motl is small fare. Think most of NOAA NCEI and NASA GISS science staffs are impersonating being scientists.

    • Was it ever established what these Nazi photos along with the skeptic “500” photos they were found with were for?
      Posing yourself as a Nazi officer is a very, very odd thing to do. Were they going to plant them somewhere and claim they were maliciously made by skeptics but caught before they had a chance?

      • These photos weren’t intended for public exposure. It reveals private ethics are not aligned with public ethics. Masquerading as Lubos Motl (a physicist) is simply more of the same kind of thing. It appears that, too, wasn’t supposed to be made public — but then, neither were the Climategate emails.

      • Probably just sophomoric humor. People (actual sceptics) were referring to the Skeptical Science website as the SS. So his buddies at the SS website probably thought it was funny to stick Cook’s face over an old picture of someone in an SS uniform.

  6. Surely this is Dr. Cook impersonating Dr. Wadhams saying such crazy things while Dr. Lewandowsky studies whether we believe it?

  7. Of course, an investigator into the Wadham Conspiracy would have to wonder…who benefits? Didn’t Wadham just become the UK’s ONLY great Ice Expert?
    /sarc for the humor-impaired…
    Wadham should feel perfectly comfortable, though…since he likes to make poor near-term predictions that are useful to skeptics, he’s far too valuable for skeptics to knock off…

  8. Hey now, John wrote that those skeptic names he and his friends impersonated for that experiment where going to be removed later. And I for one believe him. Neither he nor Lew would leave real people’s name in one of their studies….
    At least, not after it got their last paper retracted. ^¿^

  9. Me thinks the title should read; The Strange Sad World of John Cook.
    As more of this poor mans mental state is revealed the more pity will supplant anger.

  10. There’s something creepily quantum about being 97% Cook and 3% Motl. I’m sure Lubos could explain it.

  11. I have another theory: if there were 4 experts on arctic ice and 3 of them died in non-suspicious ways but close in time 2 years ago in 2013, (which itself make the thing suspicious, according to this guy), while he didn’t, then HE is suspect number one. Because who is the british media going to ask now about the arctic? Who will get all the headers? And he can blame Big Oil for it, what’s not to like?
    The guy makes a stupid prediction about ice disappearing in 2012. The prediction fails miserably. Media may then start to turn to some other ice experts for information. Unless they are dead.
    We can all play the conspiracy game 😀

  12. As Lubos puts it:
    John Cook found a “simply clever” albeit not quite ethical (and legal?) way to raise his IQ by 60 points

  13. “Are the alarmists getting alarmed?”
    Actually they should be getting alarmed if sceptics can arrange for them to be hit by lightning !
    Which engenders the following thought. Since death by lightning was traditionally considered an act of god does that make the supreme being a denier ?

  14. According to Wadhams: “It seems to me to be too bizarre to be accidental but each individual incident looks accidental, which may mean it’s been made to look accidental.”
    ‘Sounds like good Climate Science to me! It only looks like CO2-Climate Change hasn’t got a prediction right yet, which might-could mean it is right, which we all agree is the correct finding anyway.

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