Friday funny – Unbalanced by Josh

Josh writes: On Wednesday the BBC’s Newsnight interviewed Emma Thompson on the newsworthy topic of left wing activists protesting about drilling for oil in the Arctic. And refugees. And voting for Jeremy Corbyn, hopeful candidate for the Leadership of the UK Labour Party.


Emma clearly did not have a clue what she was talking about – even Richard Betts, from the UK Met Office, said she was wrong (good on you, Richard). Ed Hawkins, Climate Scientist, also tweeted “what Emma Thompson said was scientifically inaccurate & implausible.”

Sadly Emma had not got the memo on coal not being the ‘dirtiest’ fuel. It isnt, biofuels and wood burning stoves are worse – the Guardian is not very keen on them either.

Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis suggested Emma get herself arrested. Hmm.

Cartoons by Josh

[Update: added Ed’s Tweet]

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September 4, 2015 6:52 am

I’m not sure I want to click that interview link, as I’m afraid my IQ will drop several points just by watching.

Alan Robertson
Reply to  PaulH
September 4, 2015 6:58 am

Aeee wantched it adn noting hapneped to mee.

Tom J
Reply to  Alan Robertson
September 4, 2015 8:30 am

Following a cup of coffee with a shot of espresso that was an eggselendt start to my day.
I used to start my day with a beer but now that I’m old I wait until at least 10:00 am.

Reply to  Alan Robertson
September 4, 2015 8:31 am

Thanks for the laugh… great way to start a Friday!

Bill MacMichael
Reply to  Alan Robertson
September 6, 2015 2:43 pm

uh huh!

Reply to  PaulH
September 4, 2015 3:29 pm

I guess that I can find something I don’t like about the diet of a subset of London-based actors.
I am not sure – but I don’t think that makes me an expert on their diets . . .
I’m a celebrity.
And – you all live on Planet Mushroom!
Auto – and, yeah, /Sarc

Reply to  PaulH
September 7, 2015 12:36 am

PaulH – There’s a pill for that:

This pill is guaranteed to help you believe in climate change as ordained by the Church of the IPCC.

September 4, 2015 7:01 am

I watched ET being interviewed by Joshi on SKY a few months ago. She was marching against Climate Change ®. I have to say she is as thick as a brick, maybe two bricks. Utterly clueless but totally certain she understood everything and was right.
I understand she went to Cambridge and graduated with some luvvie degree or other but “airhead” doesn’t even begin to describe her.

Nigel S
Reply to  Keitho
September 4, 2015 7:30 am

English Literature, a reasonably serious degree from our top university. She’s written some excellent film scripts and acted in some good films but ignorance of science is characteristic of that set and explains much about the BBC and our politicians too.

Tom J
Reply to  Nigel S
September 4, 2015 8:44 am

Just ignorance of science?

Reply to  Nigel S
September 4, 2015 9:32 am

They rely on “experts” (of the correct political persuasion, of course) to inform them about sciencey stuff. And because they’re entertainers, they are hyperconcerned about bad publicity and petrified of being viciously attacked by the type of people who regularly bash UnCorrectThinkers.

Reply to  Nigel S
September 4, 2015 10:22 am

They rely on “experts”, but only those “experts” who tell them what they want to believe.

Reply to  Nigel S
September 4, 2015 1:32 pm

Is “climate jackass” an official degree program these days?
I mean, sure, you can go to a trade school and study “climate lying”, but is that really going to help you earn top grant dollar funding in the coming years?

Gerry, England
Reply to  Nigel S
September 7, 2015 5:27 am

They also have this misunderstanding that normal people actually care what they think and will change their views just because Emma was wonderful in….(insert some film or something of your choice).

Reply to  Keitho
September 4, 2015 7:38 am

She’s a talented and award winning screenwriter.
But she doesn’t understand science. Instead she takes the word of the authorities.
That means she has poor judgement.
It doesn’t mean she’s an “airhead” or just to be derided as stupid.

Reply to  MCourtney
September 4, 2015 7:59 am

There is no fault in being ignorant. Being ignorant is simply a lack of knowledge on a certain topic. It could be poor judgment that allows someone to flaunt ignorance as subject matter knowledge or could be narcissistic delusions of grandeur. Regardless of the reasons for her words, they do make her look stupid.

Reply to  MCourtney
September 4, 2015 9:14 am

Some synonyms of stupid:
unwise (ill-advised, thoughtless, irresponsible), foolish (silly, ludicrous, laughable, asinine, daft), unintelligent (thick, slow, obtuse, imperceptive …)
Would it be O.K. to deride her through the use of the above adjectives?

Reply to  MCourtney
September 4, 2015 9:21 am

Well, “unwise (ill-advised, thoughtless, irresponsible),” seems fitting.
But those words do not mean, “unintelligent (thick, slow, obtuse,”.

Reply to  MCourtney
September 4, 2015 10:23 am

Taking the word of the authorities is by definition stupid, and anyone who does so qualifies as an airhead.

Reply to  MCourtney
September 4, 2015 10:59 am

I don’t even think that she can be said to be repeating the word of any authority. What she has been saying is either coming from some other direction entirely, or the authority line has gotten so twisted and exaggerated through her emotional state that she truly is thick and imperceptive.

Harry Passfield
Reply to  MCourtney
September 4, 2015 11:31 am

MCourtney: What I would dearly like to see is a non-actor (a real ham) speak out on acting styles, modes and methods, not to mention screen-plays (Mr Ernest Wise’s plays come to mind) and see just how she would react to that.

Reply to  MCourtney
September 4, 2015 2:21 pm

Harry Passfield, surely we would agree that the ill-informed person is foolish.
But we wouldn’t say that they were stupid.
We wouldn’t say that the person who is ill-informed about acting knows nothing about anything.
For example, David Beckham can’t act but he knows about taking free kicks and English patriotism. Is he stupid?
He’s a celebrity who campaigns (successfully for the 2012 Olympics) but he is not listened to about quantum mechanics. Why mock him if his views on quantum mechanics (whatever they may be) were reported?
So don’t scorn an achiever in one field for being weak in another and not knowing it.
Specialism creates the impression of stupidity. Because they are less learned and confodent they appear foolish. They may even be foolish.
But they aren’t stupid.
Emma Thompson is not stupid – her record shows that..

Harry Passfield
Reply to  MCourtney
September 4, 2015 2:53 pm

MCourtney: You respond with attitude, it seems. Yes, I like ET as an actress (her Sense and Sensibility is great – and I’m a big fan of Austen). My point was similar to yours: being great in one field, especially one in the public domain, does not mean that one has the ability to spout on things outside that brief. Yes, one can have opinions – as we all do – but no one listens to mine or adds weight to them because of who I am, a nobody. That said, I’ll listen to ET’s views on acting, and on climate if what she said was measured. But it’s not. She’s being used.

Reply to  MCourtney
September 4, 2015 3:31 pm

Harry Passfield, it seems we do generally agree.
My apologies if I came across as too aggressive.
My culture is to defend those who are insulted (especially ladies – we Courtneys are somewhat old-fashioned that way).
And Emma Thompson was wrongly sneered at as stupid. I had to ride out assertively. That’s just my way.

Reply to  MCourtney
September 4, 2015 7:13 pm

Mama says, “Stupid is as stupid does.” – Forrest Gump

Reply to  MCourtney
September 4, 2015 7:25 pm

“But handsome is as handsome does, we say” – Samwise Gamgee
“Tiny is as tiny does” – Frank Zappa

David Chappell
Reply to  Keitho
September 4, 2015 7:49 am

It must have been the Magic Roundabout influence in her childhood.
(For those too young or foreign, her father was the voice of the English version of Magic Roundabout – DuckDuckGo it)

Reply to  David Chappell
September 4, 2015 8:38 am

“Magic” as in Magic Mushrooms.
The characters were all stoned.

Silver ralph
Reply to  David Chappell
September 4, 2015 10:55 am

As further clarification – this was typical ’70s BBC. Magic Roundabout was a prime-time children’s program, but covertly based upon drug-culture.
A bit like thenother old favourite, Captain Pugwash. And don’t ask…….

Harry Passfield
Reply to  David Chappell
September 4, 2015 11:34 am

Silver Ralph: “A children’s programme”? Oh b&gger! It had so many levels, didn’t it? Time for bed, Florence….

Reply to  David Chappell
September 4, 2015 11:36 am

The Magic Roundabout was … magic. A kid’s program. Aimed at the ~4 to 5 years old group, but watched by people from 4 to 94. England basically came to a halt when this was on (about 4pm if I remember right). It was the narration that did it. The original French soundtrack was for kids. The English dubbing which never has any relationship to the original soundtrack was pure … magic. Mostly, it was done on the fly, and not recorded. A huge loss IMHO.

Reply to  David Chappell
September 4, 2015 6:38 pm

A bit off-topic Silver Ralph, but hilarious though they were, the Captain Pugwash double entendres were actually an urban myth.

Reply to  David Chappell
September 5, 2015 3:01 am

>>the Captain Pugwash double entendres
>>were actually an urban myth.
You mean the Grauniad was lying to us back in 1991? Surely not….!

carbon bigfoot
Reply to  Keitho
September 5, 2015 6:03 am

Exemplifies my father’s reason that women should never had the Vote. It involves the brain, gravity and an additional orifice. You’ll figure it out.
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Reply to  carbon bigfoot
September 5, 2015 8:38 am

When your daughter looks at you with the big blue eyes and wants to know why it wasn’t until 1920 that women were able to vote in the US, I will tell you THE ANSWER.
In the early days of the Republic, generally only men who paid taxes (ie owned property) could vote. Gradually, the states dropped these requirements and adopted universal suffrage for the men. The 15th Amendment prohibited the states from denying the vote to black men in 1870, after the Civil War. In the Wyoming Territory, women had the vote in 1869. Many states followed suit. It was adopted at a federal level in 1920.
You too can avoid thoughlessly stumbling in word and getting into trouble with the ladies.

September 4, 2015 7:07 am

“you look at the science – our temperature will rise 4 degrees Celsius by 2030”
Alex has transcribed it all here:
Emma: “No, because we’ve been negotiating with Shell for years, and there’s been so much obfuscation and so many lies, actually, and so much greenwash. They’ve absolutely put lip service to – “Yes, yes, we’re interested in renewables, yes, yes, yes”, but they’ve continued without cessation to extract, and they’ve continued their plans to drill in the Arctic. They have plans to drill until 2030, and if they take out of the earth all the oil they want to take out, you look at the science – our temperature will rise 4 degrees Celsius by 2030, and that’s not sustainable. ”
“Our refugee crisis – which, let me tell you, if we allow climate change to go on as it’s going, the refugee crisis we have at the moment will look like a tea party, compared to what’s going to happen in a few years’ time. Because if we allow climate change to continue, there are going to be entire swathes of the Earth that will become uninhabitable, and where are those people going to go? Where do we think they’re going to go? We’re looking at a humanitarian disaster of proportions we simply can’t imagine. ”
why/how does a celebrity Greenpeace activist/spokeperson, get to go on the BBC and attack Shell, without any balance (from Shell) anyway… let alone talk about what the science says…
we (UK) are racist as well..

Crispin in Waterloo
Reply to  Barry Woods
September 4, 2015 8:40 am

“…you look at the science – our temperature will rise 4 degrees Celsius by 2030, and that’s not sustainable. ””
It is her argument that is not sustainable. As the tropics don’t warm, it would mean the 4 degrees would be proportioned mostly towards the poles. If our winter warmed by 4 degrees C maybe 20% of it would be above freezing. That would be great. We could farm much further north in Ontario.

Gloria Swansong
Reply to  Barry Woods
September 4, 2015 4:18 pm

Has anyone told Thompson that the IPCC’s central guess (based upon unrealistic assumptions, to say the least) is three degrees by AD 2100, ie 85 years, with a range of 1.5 to 4.5 degrees?
Thus her assertion of 0.267 degrees per year presumes warming 7.63 times more rapid than IPCC’s central figure of 0.035 degrees per annum?

September 4, 2015 7:07 am

I see the problem is that we have replaced royalty with celebrity. Actors, comedians, sports figures, et al certainly have a right to their opinions, but they have a platform that is disproportionate to their knowledge of anything but their own specialties. It’s made worse by a society that depends on social media rather actual education for their knowledge of history, politics and particularly science.

Reply to  Djozar
September 4, 2015 9:03 am

The followers of the Actors comedians and sports figures are generally stupid (intellectual limits), and/or airheads.
The celebrity figures that attempt to step up to lead, if not airheads themselves, are calculating assholes.
I would give woman the benefit of the doubt and call her an airhead.

Reply to  Djozar
September 4, 2015 10:42 am

Yep. And, that is why we should all be preparing, for good or ill, for President Trump. Celebrity, for youthful ET fans, is the Elder Wand.

Bill Parsons
Reply to  Djozar
September 4, 2015 12:28 pm

“…we have replaced royalty with celebrity.”
Aren’t knights “royalty”? If so, Britain is actually busy synthesizing the two, as in Sirs… Ralph, Robert, Sean, Michael, Kenneth (former hubby to Emma), Paul, Bill, etc
Sustainability is key: When Her Majesty shuffles off… the dubbing sword shall see such use as it shall not soon see again in our lifetimes, I’ll warrant.

September 4, 2015 7:08 am

Ms Emma Thompson another celebrity millionaire who loves to demonstrate her huge ignorance. I am afraid I have heard her and her equally daft friend, Vivienne Westwood, rant on so many times in the past. Both remind me of the Mad Cat Lady on the Simpsons.
I shall give the dubious pleasure of watching her Newsnight rant a miss.

September 4, 2015 7:20 am

I will take Josh’s word for ET’s lack of knowledge, I have no wish to waste 10 minutes of my life listening to someone whose fame is only exceeded by her ignorance of basic science. I am also sick of the “celebrity” culture, that sets in stone any of the moronic utterances of these people.

September 4, 2015 7:22 am

Luvvies are lunatics, almost without exception. They don’t have to know meaning of the words they’re spewing out, they just have to emote.

Paul Westhaver
September 4, 2015 7:27 am

Hi Josh,
I never saw her look so good.

Nigel S
Reply to  Paul Westhaver
September 4, 2015 8:19 am

ET as Purdy (the lovely Joanna Lumley) is how it looks to me.

September 4, 2015 7:28 am

It is called Grantham Disease after Jeremy Grantham. I actually know him and he is not malicious, but science and climate are not his fortes. I had to explain to him why cold fusion was very highly unlikely when that happened. Stern and the rest of them are going for a ride on his wallet.

michael hart
Reply to  ShrNfr
September 4, 2015 6:10 pm

I wonder if he is in too much of a hurry to “leave a legacy”? Many of us (at this blog, obviously) think that “the world’s greatest problem” du jour is not even close to being global warming and climate claptrap.
The truly great philanthropists of the past left their wealth to things like genuine education, not something like carbon-trading that they expected to profit from in their own lifetime.

Berényi Péter
September 4, 2015 7:28 am

The actress said she thought reaction in the UK to the crisis had “a lot to do with racism”, claiming that if the migrants were white Europeans, the situation would be perceived differently.

But Syrian refugees are white people.
I mean, really. Those looking whiter than this in Europe or anywhere are either cheating or seriously sick.
Need to find a better buzzword than “racism”.

Reply to  Berényi Péter
September 4, 2015 9:06 am

The term is Caucasoid. Has little to do with melanin conc.

Reply to  Berényi Péter
September 4, 2015 10:01 am

However I do think there is a bit of racism in air; and the Syrian flood of refugees is certainly putting the Schengen treaty into a test. Europe has very nationalistic recent history, and not all of it has been that positive. For example, Russian invasion in eastern Ukraine and Crimean peninsula is highly nationalism-driven. Sweden, on the other hand, behaves as the public social affairs office for the whole Europe, taking a huge amount of immigrants despite everything. Poor Swedes. They will have hard aftermath.

Silver ralph
Reply to  Hugh
September 4, 2015 11:12 am

You don’t have to take 500 million refugees into Europe to be ‘nice’. These people should be helped in their own lands, where they belong. The problem is that eejits like William Hague and Hussain Obama backed the wrong horse in Syria.
Any fool with half an eye to the history of the region could have told them that there were worse people and groups in the region than the semi-secular Assad regime. Assad was fighting terrorists. What would the USA do, if 50,000 armed terrorists took over Chicago? Surrender and give them the keys to the White House?? I think not. (Some may say they already have taken the city…)
As I have said before, Assad and his Alawites have been the persecuted minority in Syria for 1,200 years, ever since the army of Big Mo arrived in the region. But I thought that the West supported persecuted minorities? — Ah, yes, but not when the persecuted minority fights back – that’s just not cricket. (Check out Obama’s view on Israel too.). Persecuted minorities, should know thier place, and remain persecuted, so that the West can pretend to help them.
Assad’s Alawites are the Yazadi, with guns. So you can be sure that if the Yazadi got some weaponry and defended themselves, they would be condemned too. There is no pleasing some folk….

Berényi Péter
Reply to  Hugh
September 4, 2015 1:14 pm

Nationalism is a better term, yes. However, the fact is all representative democracies are built as nation states. Even the U.S. of A. is one nation under God, remember?
Now, nationalism may sound nasty, but constitutional democracy does not. The fact is, you can’t have one without the other, not in practice.
Supranational entities like the EU, not to mention the UN, are inherently undemocratic &. unconstitutional.
It is not nationalism to uphold long fought for European values (shared by several countries overseas).
For example, it is absolutely intolerable to have sharia law in Europe, no matter what the Archbishop of Canterbury says, not even by choice, not even for a select group of citizens, not even for the sake of “social cohesion”, not even for a minute. It took several centuries of heavy infighting to arrive at the idea of a secular state or separation of church and state and it is not for sale for any price.
Similarly, freedom of expression is a non negotiable value, so any attack against it is utterly intolerable. There can be no controversy about it, our political stance should be rigid to the last ditch in this respect.
Also, basic forms of traditional European dress code should be observed in public contexts, especially faces should be visible. No discrimination against women is tolerable, not even for those claiming to submit it on their own free will. The same way we would never tolerate persons selling themselves to slavery, not even voluntarily.
While we are at it, migrants should make an effort to speak the language of the country they intend to settle in, that’s non negotiable either.
And so on and on in the same vein. Those who want to live in our societies, should accept these self evident principles unconditionally.

Warren Latham
Reply to  Berényi Péter
September 9, 2015 3:19 am

Spot on !

Steve in SC
September 4, 2015 7:28 am

Calling this woman a moron is an unfair insult to morons worldwide.

September 4, 2015 7:34 am

A rise of 4 degrees by 2030 ?? That’s a degree every 4 years. Which would take some doing given that there hasn’t been any rise for nearly 2 decades.
Haha … or maybe she is a little mixed up between a ‘degree centigrade’ and a ‘degree batchelor of science’ .. they take about 4 years.

Reply to  ImranCan
September 4, 2015 8:13 am

……and it’s only risen 0.7c in the last 100+ years!

Reply to  meltemian
September 4, 2015 10:04 am

What about last 1000 years?

Jeff Alberts
September 4, 2015 7:36 am

Nice touch on the teeth, lovely shade of yuk.

Reply to  Jeff Alberts
September 4, 2015 9:45 am

I hope not to insult the British folks here, but that is par for the course in Britain. Doing anything in the way of dental work does not happen. Sadly, most Europeans have the dental health of a stray dog. Not the best idea for the health of the individual, but it seems to be customary over there.

Reply to  ShrNfr
September 4, 2015 10:15 am

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Harvey H Homitz.
Reply to  ShrNfr
September 4, 2015 11:24 am

No offense taken ShrNfr, sad but true! However in the in the forty odd years years I’ve spent on this side of the pond I’ve noticed that straight teeth trump straight talk hands down… especially in politics!

Reply to  ShrNfr
September 4, 2015 4:05 pm

As a UK dentist, I have to disagree with you, I would also disagree with the assumption that in parts of the USA, families interbreed! We need to dispel these notions to combat the greater evil, that AGW is happening!
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Reply to  ShrNfr
September 5, 2015 1:20 am

Charlie boy is half German and half Greek.

Reply to  ShrNfr
September 5, 2015 2:38 am

“Charlie boy is half German and half Greek.” & 97% of us Brits think he’s half baked !!

Jeff Alberts
Reply to  ShrNfr
September 5, 2015 10:34 am

As a UK dentist, I have to disagree with you, I would also disagree with the assumption that in parts of the USA, families interbreed! We need to dispel these notions to combat the greater evil, that AGW is happening!

Apparently you’ve never been to West Virginia. 😉

Reply to  Jeff Alberts
September 5, 2015 10:53 am

Actors and actresses are people who make fortunes convincingly playing respected characters and historical figures known and loved by all in English speaking countries.
However, this acting at good, principled individuals is so difficult for them, that when they get older and have more seniority, they are able to play more villains. This is much less of a strain on their abilities and requires much less acting on their parts. In fact they are truly brilliant at it. For example, Uma Thurman plays Medusa in Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief:
Sneak a Peak

Medusa Chases Percy

Or Cate Blanchet as the wicked step mother. And so on.

Ian Magness
September 4, 2015 7:47 am

How about doing a cartoon about the climate scientists unable to leave a remote cabin in Arctic Russia due to being surrounded by polar bears? Link as follows:
You couldn’t make it up!
Now, I know I’m getting old, but weren’t we told they were nearing extinction (sadly, I mean the polar bears not the climate scientists). Those bears, apparently, seem healthy enough for the scientists.

Reply to  Ian Magness
September 4, 2015 10:35 am

I picked up this gem beach combing the net littoral. “When Al Gore was born there were 7,000 polar bears. Today, there’s only 30,000 of them left.”

Ian Magness
Reply to  Kevin Lohse
September 4, 2015 10:50 am


Reply to  Kevin Lohse
September 4, 2015 12:11 pm

Love it, can you post the source please, we should spread that gem about

Reply to  Kevin Lohse
September 4, 2015 9:46 pm
William Astley
September 4, 2015 7:49 am

It is nice to see that the news programs are providing jobs for handsome/pretty mentally challenged men and women.
It is all in fun until there is real climate change. Why there is no CAGW problem to solve and why the planet is about to abruptly cool in 2 minutes 22 seconds.

Timing of abrupt climate change: A precise clock by Stefan Rahmstorf
Many paleoclimatic data reveal an approx. 1,500 year cyclicity of unknown origin. A crucial question is how stable and regular this cycle is. An analysis of the GISP2 ice core record from Greenland reveals that abrupt climate events appear to be paced by a 1,470-year cycle with a period that is probably stable to within a few percent; with 95% confidence the period is maintained to better than 12% over at least 23 cycles. This highly precise clock points to an origin outside the Earth system; oscillatory modes within the Earth system can be expected to be far more irregular in period.

The peculiar solar cycle 24 – where do we stand?

Reply to  William Astley
September 4, 2015 9:12 am

Nice one William! A fine example of AGW cherry-picking!

Reply to  William Astley
September 4, 2015 4:33 pm

1470 is an interesting number when deducted from 2020 or thereabouts (Nov 2nd will do):
How’s that dipole asymmetry coming along BTW? Interesting times.

Arthur Clapham
September 4, 2015 7:55 am

I am aware that over population of the world is a growing problem, if Emma Thompson addressed a Worldwide audience, millions would lose the will to live. Problem solved.
Emma should do what she doe’s best, acting at which she excels!

Caligula Jones
September 4, 2015 8:10 am

Having written screenplays, she is obviously more creative than most actors, the majority of whom are famous for a) winning the genetic lottery, and b) being lucky at an audition.
As my screenwriting teacher told us in college, its not that actors are dumb, but its not exactly a pre-requisite for fame. They recite words written by others, in a way that is directed by others. They are well-lit, well-dressed, well-made up, well-wigged and have multiple takes to get it right. Sound engineers make them sound good (and even then, are often overdubbed by non-famous, non-genetically acceptable actors). And he was also an actor.
Ask yourself: when was the last time you saw a screenwriter (other than an actor or director moonlighting) interviewed on any of the 200 or so talk shows?
Just last week Curt Shillilng tweeted an accurate statistic. He apparently is no longer welcome on ESPN (at least for the rest of the season).
Yet Ms Thompson (of whom I am a great fan) can spout nonsense, and it will enhance her career.
Why is it that in some cases its bad for a person to use his or her fame to get something noticed, but not others?

Kevin Kilty
Reply to  Caligula Jones
September 4, 2015 8:43 am

One of the great ironies of life, and part of our stone-age minds we seem incapable of ditching.

Caligula Jones
September 4, 2015 8:11 am

Sorry, that should be “its not that actors are dumb, but being smart is not exactly a pre-requisite for fame”

Gary Pearse
September 4, 2015 8:21 am

I believe Mark Steyn’s book is having the effect of emboldening and bringing these otherwise quiet climate scientists out to be critical of bad AGW science and remarks made about it. Mark has given the silent ones some courage and you will see a lot more of this. I believe the book has started the end game that was too slow for getting there with scepticism alone.

Bruce Cobb
September 4, 2015 8:27 am

She flaps her gums about climate and has absolutely no clue whatsoever what she’s talking about. That makes her a moron.

Kevin Kilty
September 4, 2015 8:41 am

Emma may be a box of bolts when it comes to thinking things through, but she’s a celebrity, and a large plurality of voters look to celebrities for guidance. This connects to that Yale Program for Climate Change Communication study I wrote a bit about on Wednesday’s Josh thread. The survey indicates that 74% of people think CO2 out to be regulated as a pollutant, and 63% think limiting CO2 from power plants is a good idea but only 35% think anyone is being harmed by climate change. The responses are incongruent and indicate confused, non-logical, free-form thoughts. Emma is on the left-hand tail of the bell curve of the clueless, but the majority of people make up the rest of that distribution.

Kevin Kilty
Reply to  Kevin Kilty
September 4, 2015 8:46 am

Sorry…Thursday’s Josh thread.

September 4, 2015 8:50 am

{bold emphasis mine – John Whitman}
Josh’s cartoon of Emma Thompson had her saying,
“I looked into the science, darling, and it was awful. I didn’t understand a word! But a nice Greenpeace person told me we are all going to fry imminently. And we must under no circumstances use electricity or turn the heating on because that will cause the Earth to melt and we will have to migrate to the Arctic . . .”

On a local popular downtown street here in Mountain View CA I’ve frequently run across pairs of Greenpeace representatives hawking for support on the sidewalk. They are always in pairs; one catches pedestrian traffic in one direction and the other the other direction; they stay within a few steps of each other. I’ve been approached every time I walk by. I was approached more than 10 times in last several months.
One GP rep will give me opening lines that are usually confidently assertive, but when my initial response is to express open skepticism or if I just do some quiet/ subdued laughing with a negative head shake, then the other nearby GP rep senses it and together they go very defensive and get emotionally mean. Passersby slowdown and rubberneck.
For me it is very important to stay civil and keep a cold emotional neutrality compared to their somewhat emotional state. I quietly remind them that they initiated unsolicited advocacy toward me that is quite offensive to me.

Richard of NZ
Reply to  John Whitman
September 4, 2015 4:29 pm

I tend to ask them where they have come from and when they say from X which is Z miles away act admiringly. When they catch on (not often) I comment on their ability to walk such a distance in a reasonable time. To their admitting to using a car I mutter something like “Hypocrite” or “Planet murderer” and stalk off in a dudgeon.

September 4, 2015 8:54 am

Climate prat of 2015, an early burst towards the tape.

Reply to  Pointman
September 4, 2015 10:56 am

I’d say she’s no more than a pratlet.

Steve Jones
September 4, 2015 8:54 am

ET has played a wide variety of roles in films but, in real life, she seems to prefer to play a clown…any clown.

Tom J
September 4, 2015 9:23 am

Four degrees centigrade by 2030? Only an absolute, total, complete imbecile could believe that. How do I know that? Well, because a friend of mine and I were absolute, total, complete imbeciles. That’s how. But, notice how I described it as a past tense malady. I think we’ve graduated from imbecilitis.
Almost 20 years ago I was babysitting the 5 year old child of a couple I was friends with. (Yes, some people actually trusted me with this.) When they returned the mother immediately went to bed in expectation of the morning’s hangover. So, the borderline sick child was left to the care of not just one, but two young males. The sick child awoke crying. The father didn’t know where the thermometer was. So, I was sent on a mission to find one.
I returned to the home, brand new thermometer in hand. The father took his son’s temperature. Ready? One hundred and eleven degrees Fahrenheit. So, we rushed the child to the hospital.
See, what I mean? Only a pair of absolute, total, complete imbeciles could possibly believe that a child’s, or anybody’s, temperature could possibly have climbed to 111 degrees and still be alive and not in a microwave.
The nurse understand perfectly: we were young men. What is Emma Thompson’s excuse? The likelihood the climate could pop up a full four degrees centigrade in 15 years is no more likely than the notion that a child’s temperature could pop up eleven degrees Fahrenheit (unless, of course, it’s a zombie child or a vampire kid).
Now, that friend and I have matured a bit over the years. And, to allay your fears let me advise you that that child is now a well adjusted 25 year old. And, to show you how well we raised him, he’s become a brewer working for a microbrewery. So, he can keep us old farts well stocked into our golden years.
Now, let us return to ET. Will she do such a good job that her actions will encourage microbreweries to be popping up all over the place? Or, instead, windmills? Need I say more?

Gloria Swansong
Reply to  Tom J
September 4, 2015 4:36 pm

More beer. More CO2. It’s all good.

Tom J
Reply to  Gloria Swansong
September 4, 2015 6:00 pm

You madam, are a wealth of wonderful information. A necessity for the functioning of civilized societies is well informed people. And beer.

September 4, 2015 9:26 am

Does it really matter how stupid her comments might be. If not challenged on air there are a lot of people who believe them and will vote according.
It is the same problem with the MSM in the USA, did they call the president on his claim of 6-12 degree rise in temperature in Alaska when the average rise is actually very low over the years or the melting of a glacier which has been happening over centuries?
How many times have I heard the 97% issue from the president and others on the MSM when the number is actually under 50%. Lies work when dealing with the public unless challenged by the MSM when spoken.

Bob Turner
September 4, 2015 9:31 am

Your link to the BBC interview brings up an item about the treatment of refugees trying to get into the UK. Since this is currently a highly emotional topic, may I suggest you correct it quickly?

David Smith
September 4, 2015 10:16 am

Emma once said this about Tony Blair:

And, I’m sorry, Tony Blair, going around earning money and accruing wealth, someone that was supposed to be a socialist — it is a tragic journey watching that”

ET lives near me in West Hampstead in NW London. I know the street and only the wealthy can afford to live there: houses on the street cost the best part of £2 000 000.
Is it wrong to have an expensive house? No. Is it hypocritical to deride others for being wealthy when you have considerable wealth yourself? Yes.
ET is known in our area for being the ultimate champagne socialist. Oh, and her daughter’s called Gaia.

Reply to  David Smith
September 4, 2015 11:20 am

I wonder if she ever goes around earning money, or if she has accrued wealth.

Lady Gaiagaia
Reply to  David Smith
September 4, 2015 12:25 pm

Normally I’m in favor of home schooling, but in the case of these two, it amounts to child abuse:
Gaia says school is not for her. Maybe they required her to study math(s) and science.

Harry Passfield
Reply to  David Smith
September 4, 2015 12:32 pm

ET: Faux gnome.

Silver ralph
September 4, 2015 10:48 am

There are 200 million potential immigrants queueing up to come to Europe, and Thompson’s response is: ” oh, we should take them all – daaarrrling – but not in my road or house….”
It reminds me of another well known champagne solialist, Lady Jay. She condemned private education and said we should all use comprehensive (socialist) schools. But then she sent her children to a private school. At a dinner party the conversation then went:
Q. “Peggy, how can you justify sending your children to the best private school?”
A. “Oh, daaaarrrling, we don’t experiment with OUR OWN children……!”

Reply to  Silver ralph
September 4, 2015 1:30 pm

Well not in her house at least. She is having an extension to her home built, but to home school her daughter.

Reply to  ukip south suffolk (@ukipsuffolk)
September 4, 2015 2:13 pm

>>She is having an extension to her home built.
So the house-extension is not for three families of refugees? Now there is a surprise…….
There is nothing quite so hypocritical as a champagne socialist.

Tom in Florida
September 4, 2015 11:11 am

Self snip.

September 4, 2015 11:22 am

just another Friday night.

September 4, 2015 11:24 am

The left is enamored with 2 things totalitarianism and stupidity. Evey now and then the 2 are combined totalitarian stupidity. Thanks for the demo Emma.

Steve R
September 4, 2015 11:40 am

Is Emma Thompson someone famous in the UK?

Reply to  Steve R
September 4, 2015 2:15 pm

She thinks so.
She is a well-known thesbian. With a ‘th’. Possibly with a ‘l’ too, but she is not saying….

Reply to  Steve R
September 4, 2015 2:42 pm

She is the ex-wife of the director of Disney’s live action Cinderella movie.

Gloria Swansong
Reply to  MCourtney
September 4, 2015 6:49 pm

At the risk of turning WUWT into a tabloid:
Emma forgives her aristocratic former friend and colleague Helena. Everyone has remarried and lived happily ever after. Except that Helena has divorced her horror movie directing husband.
Kenneth not the best ever Henry V, IMO. Nor Olivier. The best Henry V has yet to be played.

September 4, 2015 11:52 am

When did British fascination with opinionated personality types begin? Is it a post war pattern of behavior or something ancient, handed down over the eons? The Germans refer to the Brits as unique personalities. They see it too.

September 4, 2015 12:00 pm

Emma Thompson is just lip-syncing both Naomi Oreskes and Naomi Klein simultaneously.
. . . she might need surgical lip repair afterward . . .

September 4, 2015 12:09 pm

For those with BBC iPlayer access, full segment here:
Begins at 20:42.
Link at top via twitter redirect is a potted extract that has little if any context.
NewsBlight has gone to hell. The BBC as a whole appears to be having severe problems adjusting to post-election political reality. The New Labour project is dead, get over it. Stop manufacturing news and pumping out even more ridiculous propaganda, solely by and for the has-been North London narcoatti.
Please get rid of the slew of lefty pillocks you have accumulated over the past two decades and put your ship in order, a return to the here and now is long overdue. Nobody is interested in some oblique GreenSleaze agenda take on things anymore, least of all the personal opinions of some air head like Emma Thompson. It’s like watching some time-warp back to 70’s fashion and sniggering at wide collars and bell bottoms.
You cannot just decant huge chunks of the Middle East or wherever into Europe. Political and religious turmoil must be dealt with at source, preferably (and ultimately) by those it directly affects. The BBC would do well to stop winding up political tensions by coating everything in its half-baked politically correct slime 24×7. The world beyond Hampstead Heath is not interested in Jeremy Bowen’s opinion or any other correspondent’s take on things. Stop interviewing yourselves, just present the unadulterated facts. Most of those affected would likely far rather enjoy a peaceful future in their countries of birth.
A peaceful, prosperous future it appears the BBC and its band of dial-on-demand PC meat cleavers seek to undermine and denigrate at every possible opportunity! Stop the synthetic celebrity creation and worship, constant hope-sapping blather and tiresome innuendo. Find a positive role or eventually go under. The world does not and cannot revolve around the BBC no matter how much divisive propaganda it pumps out.

Reply to  AJB
September 4, 2015 6:34 pm

Peace, prosperity, nothing left to regulate, no one to be offended on behalf of ? A phony socialist nightmare, Hell on Earth even.

Reply to  philincalifornia
September 4, 2015 8:32 pm

Why mention regulation, is Hell on Earth paved with plastic egg shells over there in California?

Reply to  philincalifornia
September 5, 2015 6:27 am

Forgive me – of course, I was referring to phony regulation

Pamela Gray
September 4, 2015 12:12 pm

“…stop climate change.”
Sigh. There are just no words.

September 4, 2015 1:00 pm

Josh is a genius artist.
Scroll the image such that the face is visible only from the tip of the nose up. It’s all about the eyes. Josh has perfectly captured deer-in-the-headlights.

Bruce Cobb
September 4, 2015 1:13 pm

Never mind ET. Think of all the papers – thousands upon thousands which mention “climate change”. After all, that’s how science is done, right? We need to get with the program.

September 4, 2015 1:25 pm

Shouldn’t that Emma flake have a stick that she thumps the ground with?

September 4, 2015 2:07 pm

Ha ha
Don’t forget ox dung and Irish peat briquettes ( for the BBQ.

September 4, 2015 2:08 pm

Beautiful. That Emily Maitliss would get it, though. Fit.

September 4, 2015 2:12 pm

“Emma clearly did not have a clue what she was talking about…”
What! You found a Climate Alarmist who did not have a clue what they were talking about?
Wonder if there are any more.

Harvey H Homitz.
September 4, 2015 2:24 pm

Great Cartoon Josh! Any chance of a Bumper Sticker, Post Card, or better still a Christmas Card version?
I’d buy a bunch of them.

September 4, 2015 2:35 pm

for those who can’t get Iplayer.
BBC have put it on Youtube:


September 4, 2015 2:49 pm

That ‘4 degrees warming by 2030’ comment is both hilarious and stupid all in one.
Meanwhile the delectable Ms Maitliss flutters her eyelashes as her gob opens and her jaw drops faster than global temperatures this side of an ice age. Women, eh?

Reply to  cheshirered
September 4, 2015 6:21 pm

She will probably be around to see that statement falsified.
When she was doing the Heathrow Airport new runway thing, I actually felt sorry for her, having been duped so badly. Are these people ever going to get angry that they fell for this crap or are they just going to pretend it never happened, or keep saying it’s going to happen at some point in the future.

September 4, 2015 3:07 pm

This has to be one of your best to date Josh 🙂

September 4, 2015 3:15 pm

Just for interest how many plane trips does et do per year. Here in australia we had to put up with airmiles kate blanchet spruiking a carbon tax.

Gunga Din
September 4, 2015 3:17 pm

In Harry Potter she played a very good Prof. Trelawny. Maybe she wasn’t acting?

Reply to  Gunga Din
September 4, 2015 3:35 pm

Judge for your self –

September 4, 2015 5:48 pm

Actors and actresses make their living by playing respected historical and fictional characters.
They make their living acting like principled, good people within the country they live in.
Then they visit Cuba for their vacations.

Gary Hladik
September 4, 2015 8:10 pm

To paraphrase Homer Simpson: “Celebrities! Is there anything they don’t know?”

September 4, 2015 10:04 pm

“I’m very torn, I mean, the Labour Party have been… useless,”
UK posters, tell me what I’m missing here. The Labour party had the biggest UK climate change (to use their phony terminology) liar ever as leader for the last election. Of course he was useless, but what’s she on about …. ?

Reply to  philincalifornia
September 5, 2015 1:22 am

That should read – “but what’s she on …. ?”

Reply to  1saveenergy
September 5, 2015 6:44 am

Ha ha yes, a trip, a multi-decadal guilt trip. With Ed Davey, they had the perfect climate liar combo. I guess they just didn’t lie hard enough.

September 5, 2015 5:32 am

Emma’s repeated use of “If we allow” tells me she is ….. BATSHIT CRAZY.
[Please do not insult perfectly useful fertilizer by comparing it to CAGW alarmists in this manner. .mod]

Reply to  peyelut
September 5, 2015 8:19 am

If only WUWT had a dollar for every time someone said the temps would rise more than they have, and a thousand dollars for every day the cold records outnumbered the warm, and ten pounds of perfectly useful bat guano for every time a spoiled Boomer actor or actress said we must all reduce our energy use.

Reply to  Zeke
September 5, 2015 11:06 am

Remember, Malificent says leave those mineral resources in the ground!
And Medusa says, “So rude not to look someone in the eye.”comment image
Now that is getting your money’s worth from Hollywood.

Gunga Din
Reply to  Zeke
September 5, 2015 1:01 pm

For my little spot on the globe in 2007 most of the record highs were set before 1950 and most of the record lows were set after 1950.
I don’t think that’s the case now but I do find it odd that for a given day some of the new record highs are lower than the old ones and some of the new record lows are higher than the old ones.

Reply to  Gunga Din
September 5, 2015 2:02 pm

Well maybe we need a little Congressional oversight of your thermometer and your data.

Gunga Din
Reply to  Zeke
September 7, 2015 6:26 am

September 5, 2015 at 2:02 pm
Well maybe we need a little Congressional oversight of your thermometer and your data.

😎 Wouldn’t hurt.
But it wasn’t my thermometer. The lists of record highs and lows came from the NWS.
Here’s the current list.
I got the 2007 list from there in 2007.
Old list can be found using TheWayBackMachine. ( )

Jaime Jessop
September 5, 2015 12:06 pm

Emma ‘daarling’ Thompson says she doesn’t know if the President of the United States will listen to her. He would not, because he is just as culpably ill-informed and just as enthusiastic to spread climate garbage as Mzzz T herself. Whereas ET’s ‘clueless’ distortion of consensus climate science ‘facts’ might suck in a few more wavering luvvies, celebrity idolaters, and closet lefties, Obama is in a position to press the Green self-destruct button on the American economy in order to save us all from a Thermageddon rescheduled to start next Thursday.

September 5, 2015 11:25 pm

Worst yet you should hear what she said of superhero movies… shocking!

Reply to  Wu
September 7, 2015 1:18 am

She said she will hang hang herself if there is another spiderman movie. We’ll see.

Svend Ferdinandsen
September 6, 2015 10:55 am
September 6, 2015 1:43 pm

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