Sunday Silly – Please don't talk to the bus driver

Like Anthony, I get mail.  Only he gets much, much more.

A few days ago, a Canadian reader sent me this photo and asked how he could display it on WUWT.  The short answer is you need to get it on the WWW with a URL that ends in .jpg.

Or, tickle my fancy, especially on an Open Thread weekend.

He notes “I took the picture of the sculpture not realizing the significance of the script on the bus at the time. An innocent juxtaposition I am sure.”

Perhaps, but if I were to get on this bus and saw this lady in the driver’s seat, I’d walk.  Even if I worked for NOAA.




38 thoughts on “Sunday Silly – Please don't talk to the bus driver

  1. “I took the picture of the sculpture not realizing the significance of the script on the bus at the time. An innocent juxtaposition I am sure.”
    Maybe, maybe not. But it is hilarious no matter which it is.

    • NOAA =Oceans
      Statue embodies= “Ocean acidification!! ”
      Extrapolate! Extrapolate!
      (Dr. Who reference)

      • Loved the old Dr. Who characters, particularly Colin Baker, I heard TARDIS is now an acronym for Temperature And Relative Dissonance In Society.

  2. I think it’s the Terminator rising up from the trash heap of history that is CAGW to terminate all us climate deniers who are standing in the way of global governance by the self righteous misinformed elites.

  3. This is the early genesis of the War Against The Machines. An early cybernetics research program at NOAA which would eventually morph into Skynet.

    • The decline in US wheat acreage is a product of the federal government’s Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). The program is designed to take marginally productive lands out of production that are prone to soil erosion and other hazards and pay farmers to plant those lands to permanent non-crop vegetative cover. The program started enrolling these lands in 1986 and wheat acreage started declining immediately thereafter.
      Since wheat is more likely to be grown on low productivity land than corn or soybeans, wheat acreage in the US has been most strongly affected by this widely adopted federal program.
      This decline in US wheat acreage is not connected to ethanol production.

      • OSUprof says: April 24, 2016 at 10:02 am
        … This decline in US wheat acreage is not connected to ethanol production.

        Over the years, wheat production has become less important to Saskatchewan where U.S. government policy does not apply. link
        I agree, there are different forces which are causing a decrease in wheat production.

    • I notice the plot above starts at 1990. The seeds of losing the wheat wars may have been sown (excuse the pun) as early as 1980 by President Carter with the Russian grain embargo. Then, throw in the CRP and Ethanol laws and we get the full story about losing out to Russia in wheat production.
      Peak wheat production in the US appears to have been around 1980:
      The lasting affects of the grain 1980 embargo, while arguable and with varied opinions on the internet, seem to be most often summarized with the following passages (which parrot the explanations from my wheat farmer cousins and uncles in Kansas who experienced real and lasting effects)…

      “Of all the negative things the U.S. government could do or have done to agriculture, this one has hurt the most, with long-lasting consequences because it meant the U.S. could be an unreliable supplier and it sent the signal to big importers to expand their supply sources and in turn to supplying countries to increase their production.”
      Those are truly long-term impacts that while hard to quantify have stuck around for years and years. It generated debate about and legislation involving contract sanctity. But it also helped fuel the dramatic growth in South America’s agricultural production.

    • I guess everybody wants ethanol when it’s mandated. Government in action, simultaneously making both food and fuel more expensive.

  4. Caption: “NOAA — We are driving this bus, and the route is settled. (Pay no attention to our rust.)”

  5. It is the Goddess Gaia !
    Glorified Abstraction Impersonating Art
    Gears And Iron Acidifying
    Goofy Anthropological Invented Agenda
    Wait a sec….is it CHAINED to the bus??? There is so much symbolism in that image that could be hilariously examined and pontificate upon…..

  6. And one more thought…why is NOAA destroying the environment by not chopping up and recycling it’s transportation vehicles after using them to their fullest potential? Are they selling off their “toxic waste” to Canada where all those toxins and chemicals are allowed to leach into the soil there? Shameful!

  7. It appears the robot is wearing beer goggles as a bra.
    Also has an open differential between her thighs but her knees are chained closed. I guess she can’t make up her mind.

  8. NOAA’s “Magic School Bus” wit their ever so friendly school teacher and bus driver.
    Trouble is the bus driver doesn’t have the magic red hair, is all steel and devoid of any intent to present replicable science; plus she loves to lie to children and the childish.
    NOAA’s bus to nowhere with anyone foolish enough to ride.
    Ya gotta admit one thing, she sure looks like the Gavinator’s type; tall, in chains with a Mohawk. Gavin better make his move before Manniacal sees her.

  9. Does that bus look like its been parked and mothballed in those weeds for a while? My first thought was that someone chained themselves to it hoping to get NOAA to “get serious” about global warming only to end up like this six months later when someone finally came back.

  10. That looks like a Bill Swets sculpture, a former farmer from the little town of Timnath, Colorado (near Fort Collins), who makes fantastic animals out of old steel farm implements, chains, car parts, etc. If I recall, he was also attempting to repurpose an old bus at one time, but I think it was an old Denver city bus, not a NOAA vehicle. Anyway, here’s one of Swets’ fabulous metal dinosaurs.

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