Independence Day for Anthony

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Although he’s been running this blog as a labor of love for more than ten years, Anthony has never had more than a week or so off to relax and recharge.

Long time readers will remember me from the pre-Climategate days and the tumultuous period during and after.

I’ll be running the blog for the next couple of months while Anthony takes some well-deserved time off.

To introduce myself to readers who don’t have squatters’ rights that reach back into that distant past, here are a few posts from that ancient time, the old days, when the Internet ran on steam.

The CRUtape Letters™, an Alternative Explanation.

Climategate—The CTM story

Climategate–the Made Up Story, or Mr. Assange, WUWT?

And my favorite overall in the competition for best title.

I forwarded the email before I was against it

So things may be a little different around here through August.

I hope we can have some fun.

And don’t hate change.

Anyone else that still wants to volunteer to be a moderator, let me know via the contact form.

Also, I don’t read every comment on every post so if you need to tell me something, use the contact form.

~ctm

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119 thoughts on “Independence Day for Anthony

    • Hey Chasmod,

      Totally Ripper Mate; it’s a hat you truly deserve to wear.

      I still can’t get over how young you look. Even with the soup strainer, you still look just like a kid.

      Anyhow It’s good that Anthony has left the store in your hands while he’s sitting in on the G20 meetings with the guys (and gals).

      G and g too !! ??

  1. hit contact form to say can help with moderation.
    do need to know where any reply to me emails sent from so I can whitelist them on my mail servers.
    wattsupwiththat.com is whitelisted if thats where reply would be coming from.

    Reply: I’ll contact with a gmail account. That should alleviate need to whitelist ~ctm

    • actually it won’t I get about 400 spam emails a day from gmail spoofed accts.
      use subject line (type exactly)
      WUWT Mod Contact and I will whitelist subject line on xeams server

    • I second Ray in SC.

      I have sorely missed seeing that ctm signature for years!

      I thought it was something dire that prevented you from continuing as an active moderator. I hope I was wrong and that everything is fine; we all understand workload and family demands take precedence.

      Welcome back Charles and have a terrific Fourth of July!

    • I’m feeling too lazy to think for myself so … anything Janice says … ditto … :-)

    • Shortest comment that i’ve ever seen from Ms. M. (something tells me that she’s about ready to throw her smart phone across the room)…

      • YOU ARE RIGHT, Arthur!! Arrrgh.

        I was tickled at my smart mouth phone a few minutes ago, though, when it “corrected” Milhouse to “Nuthouse.” lolo

        Try it! If you didn’t already add “Milhouse” to your phone’s dictionary.

        #(:))

      • You know you could actually think of this as YOUR little vacation from WUWT. It seems that as time goes on your comments have become increasingly creative, some of them being really rather dazzling productions. i’m sure that when your new laptop arrives that you will be refreshed (and we’ll all be “ready for moore”)…

      • Well!

        Lol, okay, okay, Mr. F, I can take a hint. ON vacation! ….. but……juuuust — you — wait….. I’ll be back!

        Bwah, ha, ha, ha, haaaaaa!

        #(:))

        (I know you were just kidding, Arthur…. WHAT??! :) )

        P.S. Thank you for your generous compliment.

      • Well!

        Lol, okay, okay, Mr. F, I can take a hint. ON vacation! ….. but……juuuust — you — wait….. I’ll be back!

        Bwah, ha, ha, ha, haaaaaa!

        #(:))

        (I know you were just kidding, Arthur…. WHAT??! :) )

        P.S. Thank you for your generous compliment.

      • Take heart, a week is not forever… All that i have myself is an iphone 3GS(!) A friend of mine found it back in 2010 and gave it to me. It works great and is the perfect size for carrying around. Newer phones woud drive me crazy, they are TOO big. (it’s murder finding new batteries for it though as they generally no longer make them) It would be nice to be able to use the features available with a laptop like linking to other people’s comments. But, i’m generally fairly contented with it (just as long as i have my little emoticon… ☺)

        BTW, i think it’s spelled Milhous, without an “e”. (you don’t want to get archie bunker’s dandruff up)…

      • Thank you for the encouragement, Arthur. YOU may be content with that phone (and good for you), but I am not content FOR you. I just prayed that God will soon provide you with both a newer phone AND a good laptop.

        Now…. let’s see what my phone does to Milhouse. Rats. I had to enter it into my phone’s dictionary, so, it came up with what you see (when I spelled it per Archie B.).

        Take care.

        Janice

    • Happy 4th, Janice. You deserve it in special ways. proud to wear your love of the US on your arm. :-)

      • Thank you, Pat! How very kind. Yes, indeed, with Old Glory on my “United we stand” T-shirt and a big “I love America” smile on my face, I wish you, too, O Lover of Liberty, a very Happy Fourth!

        Hang in there, O Warrior for Science Truth! (so grateful for your persevering world-class, scholarship)

        Janice

    • Did you know the 4th of July is Independence from meat day.
      Have fun with the BBQ and steaks I say.
      Welcome back and enjoy your stay.

      James Bull

      • Mr. Bull …. that was mighty generous of you. :)

        Yes! Make mine medium rare, please.

      • Why, Miss Ejay, what a pleasant surprise. Do sit down. ….. Now, now, no need to lay hands on my prime rib, dear…. (raising voice) Paganini!

        — my personal chef will be in in a moment; I’ll have him put a steak on the grill for you. Oh, here’s the maid. She will show you where you can wash the horseradish off your lovely fingers….

        :)

  2. I’ll be running the blog for the next couple of months………..ohhhhh nooooooo!

    LOL….@ctm

  3. My favorite Climate site. Lots of info. Anthony is a skeptic…who honesty posts some things that may question skeptics’ point of view. I made a small donation a week ago.

    My position is that Co2 can warm the planet. But not to the extant the “consensus” seems to say. The sun…natural variability, much more important. I also think that a little warming may be positive for the planet…not the scare stories out there.

    Good luck Anthony! When you come back…expect another donation.

  4. Hi Charles.

    So it’s fun you want, is it? Can we invite D**g Cott*n as a guest contributor please?

    Actually for those that don’t know me or know my alternative identities in various other nooks and crannies I should tell you that about a year ago, during a particularly interesting scientific debate (not on WUWT), someone accused me of being him. I did laugh a lot.

    Actually WUWT never disappoints for humor, considering the seriousness of the issue this says rather a lot the well adjusted nature of many contributors. And it makes a nice contrast when Mann goes in the opposite direction!

    Reply: I was having such a good day before reading that, (shudder, (the first paragraph)). <—How's my Gleickian writing style ~ctm

    • I had to look up “Gleickian” but that’s an illustration of one of the things I like about WUWT. Always something new to learn from someone who knows more than oneself. So, getting back to my idea, ,Mr.DC, what can we learn? (Apart from how to strengthen the resistance to the desire to shoot the messenger).

      When you were at school no doubt you had teachers you liked and also those you absolutely loathed. Did you learn nothing from the latter group?

  5. I won’t ever forget the baby ice… looking forward to brilliant writing.

    Reply: That was a golden time. I find myself less able to compose and focus these days. I don’t think it’s age. I actually think social media addiction has caused my writing ability to suffer over the last 8 years or so. Or maybe it’s old age. The lawn of which is mine you should be off. ~ctm

    • Chronometric Disfunction sounds and looks so much better than Old Age.
      Welcome back.

      • In your case, OSDog (and that of nearly ALL the seniors I’ve known), make that:

        chronometric ENHANCEMENT.

        Take care, over there,

        Janice

  6. Bon voyage Anthony and if you make it to France please don’t hesitate to contact me.

  7. I began reading in September 2008. Prior to that we had dial-up on the POTS.
    Does that make us old friends?
    Hope ‘The Vacation Man Whose Name Can’t be Mentioned’ has a great time.
    And you too!

    Reply: Hugs and kisses~ctm

  8. RE: your fave above-linked article

    I missed that. SO funny. I hadn’t seen the embedded SNL skit, either. Thanks for the LOL.

    *************
    Milhouse, Kissinger, & Mann

    Our practice emphasizes “plausible deniability.”

    Call us today!
    *
    *

    FAQ: Why don’t you dopes use email?

    Joe Client

    MKM: Who are you? The FBI, or something? Forgot how to use a phone?

    Cheers,

    Milhouse, Kissinger & Mann

    ****************

  9. Along with July 4, 1776 we should also celebrate another Independence Day: November 17th, 2009.

  10. Blast from the past. CTM – one of my favorites. Thanks for stepping up. Hope Anthony has a great summer. Margaritaville, perhaps?

  11. How is that beautiful runaway friend of yours these days. Still giving you grief?

    Reply: Wow, wow, and wow, and yes. ~ctm

  12. I am most happy to see you back Charles. I always thought you were the best moderator ever.

    Oops, I think that M-word will get me landed in moderation yet again. :-)

  13. HIs wife having been killed by Hessians and his house burned down in a raid, Pastor James Caldwell was at the battle of Springfield outside his church. When the Patriot’s wadding (for loading muskets) ran out, he went in the church and brought out a hymn book by Isaac Watts, and began tearing out the pages.

    “Put Watts in ’em, boys! Give ’em Watts!”

    Happy Fourth!

  14. Happy Independence Day!. Anyone can celebrate a Fourth of July, only we fortunate US have it as Independence Day.

  15. Anthony and the rest of you deserve medals. It’s wonderful what you do, and an important bastion of truth.

  16. Nice one Charles – we WUWThatters based in the UK are with you all the way. Well done that man. And heartfelt good wishes to Anthony who we hope is on a sunlounger somewhere, beer in hand….

  17. On July 3, 1776, Gen. Howe landed on Staten Island. By November, he had driven Washington out of New York and across NJ to PA, with loss of most of the Continental army.

    But on Boxing Day, Washington’s remnant struck back against the Empire’s Hessian mercs:

    Without shoes.

  18. Great news to hear that Anthony is finally taking the time off he so deserves.

  19. Wait…
    last time this happened
    was Nov 2009.

    Anthony went to Europe and you took over and then all hell broke loose and I read about 2000 mails and didnt sleep.

    • Whatever happened to the rest? Was there nothing of interest in the remaining bunch at all?

      • I wrote some code to do a concordance for every mail and offered that out for folks if they wanted to
        play with it. I’d probably rewrite it given all the new tools in R for textual analysis

        The volume of mails was pretty huge and the only way for me to do what I do is I would have
        to re read all of them and build up in my head a kind of mental map of everything
        there was no way I could commit the time to do it the way I did before– basically read every last word
        and every mail until i know the whole thing by heart. 1000 mails was easy, the whole batch?
        too long.

      • basically read every last word
        and every mail until i know the whole thing by heart. 1000 mails was easy, the whole batch?
        too long.

        Yep. And yet there are people out there who still desperately want to believe it was an external hacker and not an internal leak.

        The thousands that were initially released were released after only a week or so of the last email dated in the bunch. That would have given a “hacker” only a week to put together the large set of coherent emails that was released and leave little else that people like Mosher and Anthony could find in the rest after all this time.

        The only sensible explanation is that it must have been an internal leak compiled over a very long time by a concerned employee.

      • Mr. M0Sher,

        Here’s a suggestion which has worked for me in organizing long research documents: as you plow through the information, create the outline as you go, using HEADINGS and headings and so on.

        Each time you come to a topic which appears to be new to you, check your outline/table-of-contents-in-progress.

        If topic not found, add (either as subtopic or a new MAIN topic).

        If you would like some free secretarial assistance, I would be happy to help (once my new laptop is ready around July 12).

        Just ask a mod for my email. This being the permission to give it to you.

        Eager to get that last batch of climategate emails out there,

        Janice

      • No, apparently they quickly read everything (all the millions of lines) and decided that there was nothing of interest. Mosh went to sniper school shortly thereafter and here we are.

        Only last week we had a certain satellite based group join the ‘adjust to stay in the funding ‘ game. No comment here.

        Science? We’ve got funding.

  20. I’ll bet in some circles Anothony’s semi retirement is seen as cheering news, in an odd way.

  21. CTM, thanks for willing to moderate this unordered, individualistic, chaotic bunch of skeptics (myself included), one of the most problematic, unpaid, but rewarding jobs in this world…

    Hope that Anthony has a very good vacation and returns with a fresh courage to fill another 10 years with new ideas, articles and discussions…

  22. Hi Charles,

    Thanks for volunteering (?) to help Anthony out. He deserves a good break or even two.

    Looking forward to your efforts and contributions.

    Wishing you the very best.

  23. Ah, CTM, never met, only exchanged a few times back in the day, yet I know we are in safe hands!

    Never mind the days or yore, still work to be done! Avast!

  24. It would be presumptuous to assume we were still on speaking terms, Charles the Moderator.
    I still hold you in the highest regard, as I do Anthony, despite our differing views on the GHE and CO2’s role in our atmosphere. Time will carry one of us across the line first. I just hope we are all around to see where the chips fall, although I have my doubts. Reason takes far longer to put on his boots than the truth does. Glad Mr. W is getting a well deserved break from the s**t storm that is the climate debate.

    Reply: I have no memory of any conflict, so I wouldn’t worry about it. There are certain times I’ve had to argue against the opinions of many people who visit, The PRiPers incident comes to mind.~ctm

    • No incident at all. I was hoping you would make it up to Banff for a frosty cold one after a good long hike up Johnson Canyon together.
      I just know how many here feel about those who dispute the greenhouse analogy.
      All the best, Charles.
      P.S. I have moved to even more picturesque surroundings.

  25. GTRDN Charles!

    All the best from the eeewwwmidity in FL.

    Willing to assit if needed. L8R》

  26. Good on you for stepping in Charles and helping Anthony get his much-deserved break. I just went to the link and re-read the Climategate post. Wow – real hair-raised-on-the-back-of-the-neck stuff. And for you to have been such a vital part of it! Exciting stuff.

  27. So things may be a little different around here through August.

    I hope we can have some fun.

    And don’t hate change.

    Anthony, don’t forget to turn your leashes (laptop, cellphone etc) off for at least a week. Two might be better. (I suspect you won’t actually do that till after a week.)
    You’ve left WUWT in good hands.

  28. Charles is awesome. For those that don’t know. Steven Mosher’s room-mate at one time but a crucial part of WUWT for a long time.

    But Anthony will be back because this is his calling. Everyone needs a break every now and again but no one has done more for factual science than Anthony has and when the battery is recharged, the calling will call him back.

    It’s not like he isn’t reading this every few hours. Charles is very welcome to plug in the recharger while it is needed.

  29. CTM, just sent by private back channel the first of several technical possible posts. Am going to ‘Red Team’ them all. Thanks for taking over in AW absence. You and he will not be disappointed.

  30. Now if the “97% consensus” would just take an extended vacation.

    What if everybody just told the IPCC that we believe everything that they have ever said and so they need say no more. We got the message. Their mission is fulfilled. Would they shut up then, or would they just find another agenda to match their acronym? — IPCC (International Panel for Cup Cakes) — they become an organization for bakers. … IPCC (Innovative Perspectives Concerning Comedy) — they become an organization for comedians. … IPCC (Illogical People Constantly Complaining) — they become a rich-boy fraternity just for the hell of complaining about anything. … IPCC (Inventors of some Pretty Convincing Crap) — they stay who they are, just because they like what they do, no matter how stupid it starts to get.

  31. 300 Baud, Tymenet and Compu$erve. Those were the days. Unix to Unix copy program; each Unix would dial its neighbors and send email along a “bang path”. It took a very long time and delivery was considerably less assured. Blogs are the new DBBS/RBBS.

    Reply: I know someone who still has a cs.com email address, and yes I was a user. I remember using their email gateway to communicate with academics at universities. ~ctm

    • Bob,

      There you are! Can you elaborate on why I’ve not seen any of your posts or much less any comments here on WUWT? I’ve always enjoyed your input and was wondering why you seemed to have disappeared off the face of the earth. Was worried you had crossed over to the other side.

      Thanks,
      K-Bob

  32. From an old timer, welcome back CTM; safe travels to Anthony.

    Above comments speaking of they who have not posted recently, I have not seen anything from RGB@Duke in quite some time. Still around I hope.

  33. We’ll try to be gentle, Charles.

    Happy travels, Anthony.

    (Just as I typed that, with the radio on NPR, I hear (approximate quote) “Climate change could impact places in the US where its already hot.” ) OH NOES! WUWT, we still need you.

  34. Charles in Charge!

    A super twofer. Anthony gets a break and WUWT gets one of the best blog moderators on the planet.

  35. I guess you’re the guy who straightened me out on etiquette the other day (not allowed to call someone a science d•n••r) so your moderation bodes well for those who sometimes join the discussion and have a contrarian view to most here.
    You were fair and friendly – that’s a good start in communication.
    Cheers

  36. Mickey Reno says, ” “Climate change could impact places in the US where its already hot.” ) OH NOES! WUWT, we still need you.”

    On a May road tour to the ocean, we passed through a small town whose welcome arch said, “It’s the Climate”. I will say this town did have beautiful weather. So I decided not to take it as a double entendre by the sneaking municipal government announcing its intentions to support bad science and expensive green globalist policies, under mayoral authority.

    But I could be wrong…

    –WUWT, we still need you!

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