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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July 25, 2015 2:00 pm

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.

MarkW
Reply to  Ric Werme
July 25, 2015 2:49 pm

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.

Reply to  MarkW
July 25, 2015 11:06 pm

It’s not obvious why the UK needs any experts in Arctic ice thickness. We managed for hundreds of years without any such experts.

Reply to  MarkW
July 25, 2015 11:32 pm

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 … 😉

Amatør1
Reply to  MarkW
July 26, 2015 3:19 am

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.

BFL
Reply to  Ric Werme
July 25, 2015 6:11 pm

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

Man Bearpig
Reply to  BFL
July 27, 2015 12:00 am

Huh? This sounds like conspracy ideation. Just popped over from sks to drop a plant???

johann wundersamer
Reply to  BFL
July 28, 2015 7:45 am

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 …

Auto
Reply to  Ric Werme
July 26, 2015 1:18 pm

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 . . . .
Auto

July 25, 2015 2:03 pm

I’m impressed by the targeted lightning strike!

PiperPaul
Reply to  Slywolfe
July 25, 2015 2:13 pm

Lightning is renewable energy!

Reply to  PiperPaul
July 25, 2015 2:29 pm

If lightning can be targeted, it may be controllable to be useful. But extracting energy from lightning will reduce atmospheric energy and dynamics, thus causing droughts.

Chip Javert
Reply to  PiperPaul
July 25, 2015 6:22 pm

Slywolfe:
…or reduce droughts.
Gimme some money and I’ll model which ever position you wish to evangelize (this week).
I’m really pretty flexible.

Auto
Reply to  PiperPaul
July 26, 2015 1:21 pm

Chip
Appreciated.
What’s your going rate?
A Nobel?
Auto
Mods – guess – SARC.
SARC.
Smiles

Jim
Reply to  Slywolfe
July 25, 2015 2:55 pm

Good one

Pat Frank
Reply to  Slywolfe
July 25, 2015 6:25 pm

Nobody expects the Spanish Inquis… big Zeus Oil!

July 25, 2015 2:05 pm

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!

M Courtney
Reply to  David Johnson
July 25, 2015 2:10 pm

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.

Reply to  David Johnson
July 26, 2015 8:41 am

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.

rbabcock
July 25, 2015 2:05 pm

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.

Reply to  rbabcock
July 25, 2015 2:33 pm

The trucks and steps are old school wetworks. That directed electron beam now there’s some super modern highly classified technology! They musta really wanted that guy!

Reply to  fossilsage
July 26, 2015 10:30 am

I think someone with a little more authority called in his marker.
Someone that could control lightning.

MarkW
Reply to  rbabcock
July 25, 2015 2:49 pm

At the same time, or sequentially?

July 25, 2015 2:17 pm

….. and then there’s Big Oil fabricating the Arctic Sea Ice data, poor man:
http://ocean.dmi.dk/arctic/plots/icecover/icecover_current_new.png

July 25, 2015 2:20 pm

Whatever hes smoking , I want some too.

sophocles
Reply to  william fox (@pbcfunchat)
July 26, 2015 1:11 am

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!

Keitho
Editor
Reply to  william fox (@pbcfunchat)
July 27, 2015 3:21 am

He should be told that smoking crack on an empty head seldom turns out well.

Ted G
July 25, 2015 2:24 pm

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!!! .

July 25, 2015 2:42 pm

And when he’s not pretending to be Motl, Cook is pretending to be a Nazi officer. [snip -over the top -mod]

M Courtney
Reply to  R T Deco
July 25, 2015 3:34 pm

Cook was not pretending to be a Nazi officer. /ambiguity

Tom T
Reply to  M Courtney
July 27, 2015 8:42 am

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

rogerknights
Reply to  R T Deco
July 25, 2015 5:58 pm

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

joelobryan
July 25, 2015 2:44 pm

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

Admad
July 25, 2015 2:56 pm

DavidM
Reply to  Admad
July 25, 2015 5:54 pm

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?

Michael 2
Reply to  DavidM
July 25, 2015 8:25 pm

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.

billw1984
Reply to  DavidM
July 26, 2015 4:10 am

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.

Frank Kotler
July 25, 2015 3:36 pm

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

rdcii
July 25, 2015 3:40 pm

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…

schitzree
July 25, 2015 3:46 pm

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. ^¿^

July 25, 2015 5:56 pm

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.

Harold
July 25, 2015 7:38 pm

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

Gunga Din
Reply to  Harold
July 25, 2015 9:09 pm

Well, if he ever reaches 50-50, maybe start listening to his better half.

Reply to  Gunga Din
July 26, 2015 4:35 am

Very funny, what a lovely thought 😉

Michael 2
July 25, 2015 8:26 pm

Conspiracy Ideation, anyone? (Re: Peter Wadhams)

Nylo
July 26, 2015 12:44 am

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 😀

Robert of Ottawa
July 26, 2015 5:38 am

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

Keith Willshaw
July 26, 2015 6:37 am

“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 ?

JPeden
July 26, 2015 7:46 am

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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