Just like climate models over-predict the future, so do protest organizers and journalists

From the “adjustments required” department comes this “Inconvenient Truth”. A couple of days ago I carried a reference to this story in The Guardian that said there would be “hundreds of thousands” of climate actions protesters this weekend organized by Bill McKibben’s 350.org.

 

I said then:

Just like models overestimate future climate, I’m betting they are overestimating the crowds.

Seems I was right. Compare these two before and after headlines:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/sep/07/hundreds-of-thousands-expected-to-join-global-climate-marches-this-weekend

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/sep/08/rise-for-climate-protests-san-francisco-new-york

Lest you think this is just a US vs. the world comparison, note that a day later, there are no other stories on the Guardian about “global protests”. Either there were none, or they were too miniscule to cover because they’d be embarrassing.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-change

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Bryan A
September 9, 2018 3:18 pm

I wonder if a heapin helpin of public ridicule would have a positive effect on climate protests? Just stand there as they pass by, point and laugh hysterically.

2hotel9
Reply to  Bryan A
September 9, 2018 4:02 pm

A bar with a nice patio overlooking the proceedings would have been nice. Bring in a bunch of bikers, set up the charcoal cooker and roast a pig, a bunch of ribs and chicken, have a burnout contest. A good time could have been had, at least by some! And don’t forget the American flags and the group singalong National Anthem and God Bless America.

John Tillman
Reply to  2hotel9
September 9, 2018 4:07 pm

And of course the after dinner cigars and bonfire. Not to mention CO2-rich been and champagne.

Sweet Old Bob
Reply to  2hotel9
September 9, 2018 5:09 pm

Especially if all four verses of the Anthem were sung ….
verse four would drive them .. . bonkers .

2hotel9
Reply to  Sweet Old Bob
September 9, 2018 5:29 pm

The crowd I generally run in is on the rough and unrefined side, bikers, farmers(many one in the same) oil and steel and construction workers(and again, many one in the same with bikers)vets and non, a slew of college and high school and elementary school “instructors” and staff(do I need to say it again) plus spouses/companions and chi’drens. So it should go without saying bonfires and cigars are common, start to finish. And usually you can’t even hum GBA or Anthem without a few people singing along.

Sara
Reply to  2hotel9
September 9, 2018 5:30 pm

You left out “This Land is Your Land” by Woody Guthrie.

2hotel9
Reply to  Sara
September 9, 2018 5:36 pm

Sung by a crowd like I usually am around THAT would put them right over the edge!

John Tillman
Reply to  Sara
September 9, 2018 5:40 pm

As a Communist, Woody meant that literally.

MarkW
Reply to  John Tillman
September 9, 2018 6:33 pm

As a communist, Guthrie was opposed to private property. He wanted everything to be owned by the government.

Sara
Reply to  John Tillman
September 9, 2018 7:44 pm

That’s the whole point. They have no clue as to who he was. It would drive them nuts.

Rhee
Reply to  2hotel9
September 10, 2018 9:40 am

Speaking of bikers, I happened to drive by Pepperdine University on Saturday afternoon and found myself in the midst of hundreds of Harley-Davidson motorcycles attending a patriotic celebration of some sort, at a lawn covered with thousands of US flags. I didn’t have the ability to stop to ask what was going on, but it was a breathtaking sight.

Brian R
Reply to  Bryan A
September 9, 2018 4:09 pm

Sounds like a good idea. Who doesn’t have a minute or two as the protest passes to ridicule the self righteous.

commieBob
Reply to  Brian R
September 9, 2018 5:49 pm

That’s a little close to Two Minutes Hate.

I think we should not stoop to their level. I’m reminded of the “Who’s evolved?” scene from Night at the Museum.

John Tillman
Reply to  commieBob
September 9, 2018 5:54 pm

How about Two Minutes of Derision?

Sara
Reply to  Brian R
September 9, 2018 7:43 pm

I kept wondering about this: What if they held a protest and nobody showed up?
And – well, it happened again, didn’t it?

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Sara
September 10, 2018 4:30 am

The Alarmist movement looks like it is losing steam. That’s what happens when alarmists make 30 years of dire climate predictions and none of them come true.

Latitude
Reply to  Bryan A
September 9, 2018 4:11 pm

Soros, has moved on…left the building
He’s now focused on Antifa, rigging elections and appointments…at least he stopped paying black people to burn black towns

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Latitude
September 10, 2018 4:36 am

A lot more attention needs to be focused on the Left-wing Socialist Billionaires of the world and how they are using their money to manipulate our politics.

They are a threat to our personal freedoms. They want to run our lives. They don’t want us running our own lives. And they are spending large amounts of money to tip the scales in their favor and against us.

September 9, 2018 3:21 pm

But surely Al Gore’s presence [flying in, I assume by wind-powered (Aeolian wind, in case anyone had other ideas about the wind source powering the AlGoreithm) pogo-stick] ensured a veritable blizzard of snowflakes.
Uhhh – didn’t it?

Auto

Gary Ashe
Reply to  Auto
September 9, 2018 5:00 pm

Al Bore ya.

Rich Davis
September 9, 2018 3:21 pm

This just in…
Hundreds of thousands thousands hundredsDozens march to protest climate

Jones
Reply to  Rich Davis
September 9, 2018 3:37 pm

“Many” dozens?

To be kind.

PaulH
Reply to  Jones
September 9, 2018 3:55 pm

Meh, let them have “many baker’s dozens” march…

Bryan A
Reply to  PaulH
September 10, 2018 9:55 am

Protesters too numerous to count on one finger

Reply to  Rich Davis
September 9, 2018 4:46 pm

To be fair, there was a 30,000-person march in CA, I believe, and a couple-thousand-person march in NY, … still a far cry from “hundreds of thousands”.

william Johnston
Reply to  Robert Kernodle
September 9, 2018 5:00 pm

Good. Fresh air and exercise keeps the body healthy.

MikeH
Reply to  Robert Kernodle
September 9, 2018 5:04 pm

Were there any other ‘incentives’ for someone to attend? Well known bands playing, etc.. The political left is good at pretending everyone at their gatherings are speaking in one voice, but I’ve seen where people really attended because of a concert at the end, or they’re really marching for ‘equality’ or ‘social justice’. It would be interesting to see if there were other banners with other social messages on them.

Fred250
Reply to  MikeH
September 9, 2018 6:23 pm

There are benefits to these marches.

I went to one of those marches several years ago.

Hooked up with this rather yummy hippy-chick.

That was a very pleasant night to remember 🙂

Needless to say, once she figured out I was a “climate denier” (lol)……….. oops !

But still.. fun was had. 🙂

John Endicott
Reply to  Fred250
September 10, 2018 5:49 am

Fred, hope you visited your Doctor afterwards to get checked out for any unwanted reminders of that “pleasant night to remember”. Just saying.

The Cob
Reply to  Fred250
September 10, 2018 10:33 pm

Fred you sly dog 😏

Crispin in Waterloo
Reply to  MikeH
September 9, 2018 9:02 pm

Because this is Waterloo, the protesters were mostly doctors, dentists and lawyers. They were waving hand-written placards so no one could read what they were trying to communicate. One word was either ‘fee’ or ‘free’. Not sure. They all drove nice cars though.

R Shearer
Reply to  Robert Kernodle
September 9, 2018 6:35 pm

Based on these pictures from 350.org it’s doubtful that the total # marches around the world amounted to 10,000 people. https://www.flickr.com/photos/350org/albums/72157673139541578/page1

Greg Cavanagh
Reply to  R Shearer
September 9, 2018 7:26 pm

Why do all the posters look to be supplied?

Sara
Reply to  Greg Cavanagh
September 9, 2018 7:46 pm

Why? Because they are.

Crispin in Waterloo
Reply to  Greg Cavanagh
September 9, 2018 9:03 pm

Illiteracy?

Dave O.
September 9, 2018 3:31 pm

Hundreds of millions of people are sane enough to recognize the value of fossil fuels and are not protesting.

Brent Hargreaves
September 9, 2018 3:32 pm

France 24 reports there were 18000 protesters in Paris. To my amazement the BBC (Bolshevik Brainwashing Company) is totally silent on the matter. Maybe nobody turned up in London. Ha ha!

John Tillman
Reply to  Brent Hargreaves
September 9, 2018 3:51 pm

Assuming the report be reliable, I wonder how that turnout compares with previous climate-themed marches and protests in the City of (fossil-fuel and nuclear-powered) Light.

J Mac
Reply to  Brent Hargreaves
September 9, 2018 4:09 pm

The climate has indeed changed in London. It used to be a civil society. Now, London carries the additional cache of acid, knife and vehicular terrorist attacks on any public assembly, from their diversity of islamic fundamentalist immigrants. Tends to put a damper on frivolous public displays of faux-climate-change virtue signaling, dontcha know?!

Patrick MJD
Reply to  J Mac
September 9, 2018 5:23 pm

“J Mac

The climate has indeed changed in London. It used to be a civil society. Now, London carries the additional cache of acid, knife and vehicular terrorist attacks on any public assembly, from their diversity of islamic fundamentalist immigrants.”

Not anymore. Many are “home grown”, the 2005 London bombers for instance.

Reply to  J Mac
September 9, 2018 8:46 pm

ITYM ‘cachet’

Adam Gallon
Reply to  J Mac
September 10, 2018 12:57 am

You need to check your glasses, seems to be a strange, pinkish tinge, to them.

J Mac
Reply to  Adam Gallon
September 11, 2018 4:44 pm

No glasses – 20/20 vision.

HotScot
Reply to  J Mac
September 10, 2018 2:05 am

J Mac

Interesting to note there isn’t a single functioning power station in London (being within the boundaries of the M25), they are all farmed out to the home counties. We are forced to tolerate the emissions from their profligate energy use but I don’t see the London snowflakes out here protesting about our air quality.

coaldust
Reply to  Brent Hargreaves
September 9, 2018 4:39 pm

From the France 25 article: “Police estimated that 18,500 took part in the Paris march, while organisers put the number at some 50,000.”

Ha ha the organizers said 50k. Police put it at about 1/3 of that. About the same as the inflated temperature readings.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Brent Hargreaves
September 9, 2018 5:22 pm

The French are always protesting about something.

MarkW
Reply to  Patrick MJD
September 9, 2018 6:35 pm

Can I protest the French?

Patrick MJD
Reply to  MarkW
September 9, 2018 7:15 pm

Je ne sais pas!

Astrocyte
Reply to  MarkW
September 10, 2018 4:07 am

Wine not!

MarkMcD
Reply to  Brent Hargreaves
September 9, 2018 7:35 pm

Are they sure they weren’t Parians protesting the invasion of their city?

Gunga Din
September 9, 2018 3:35 pm

Maybe they just think the chic holding the sign was “hot”?
(Or maybe they spent a bunch of “CO2” credits to fly her around the world?)

ATheoK
Reply to  Gunga Din
September 9, 2018 5:44 pm

Which chic holding which sign?

The lady in the center, wearing red, has a look that could curdle a cow’s milk. With a jaw set, capable of chewing nails.
Definitely not feisty, spirited, inspiring, exciting, challenging, alluring, etc. etc.

John Endicott
Reply to  ATheoK
September 10, 2018 5:52 am

“hot” is in the eyes of the beholder. Some beholders need to have their eyes examined.

Gunga Din
Reply to  ATheoK
September 10, 2018 2:35 pm

I didn’t say I thought she was “hot”. I said, “Maybe they just think the chic holding the sign was “hot”?”
She’s not.
They’re overestimating the heat again? 8- )

(Or maybe that was the biggest crowd they could find?)

John Tillman
September 9, 2018 3:46 pm

Esteemed Host,

Your crystal ball shows infinitely more predictive skill than the notorious, GIGO GCM computer games. At infinitely less expense, to boot.

Latitude
September 9, 2018 3:47 pm

“” there are now other stories on the Guardian””..

Anthony, is that supposed to be “no” other stories?

Tom Abbott
September 9, 2018 3:49 pm

The Alarmists must be very disappointed.

They have “cried wolf” too many times and no wolf appears. CAGW scare stories are landing on deaf ears.

J Mac
Reply to  Tom Abbott
September 9, 2018 4:13 pm

Agree Tom. But I would characterize it as ‘landing on knowledgeable and correctly dismissive ears’. The purported big, bad wolf is a hairless chihuahua, at best.

Gunga Din
Reply to  Tom Abbott
September 10, 2018 2:42 pm

They point and “cry wolf” to distract people.
They don’t want people to take a good look at them and realize who are the real wolves.

2hotel9
September 9, 2018 3:55 pm

Wow, these climate “rallies” are losing audience as fast as the nfl is. Beginning to see a pattern here. Same one I saw at Shrillary “rallies”.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  2hotel9
September 10, 2018 4:47 am

Just for the record, I won’t be watching the NFL Miami Dolphins or the Oakland Raiders play until they stand for the National Anthem. I hope neither one goes to the Superbowl. I would hate to miss the Superbowl.

My list is subject to change depending on the actions of the players. There could be additions.

Happily, my favorite team, the Dallas Cowboys have a policy that all players will stand for the National Anthem and they all did. So I get to watch my favorite team. 🙂

I think the Miami Dolphins and the Oakland Raiders were the only NFL teams who had members who did not stand for the National Anthem this week.

And having to watch that new Colin Kapernick Nike commercial is so offensive I have to change the channel while it runs. They are even running it during college football games. Sickening! If I owned anything made by Nike I would burn it.

John Endicott
Reply to  Tom Abbott
September 10, 2018 9:01 am

I certainly won’t be buying anything from Nike. (wasn’t going to any way, so it’s a rather hollow declaration 😉 )

J Mac
September 9, 2018 3:59 pm

‘Hundreds of thousands’ predicted. ‘Thousands’ are the generously counted reality.
Sounds quite normal…
Two orders of magnitude ‘accuracy’ is about right for climate seance predictions, in my experience.

H.R.
September 9, 2018 4:01 pm

The protests must have been effective. Nowhere have I read that they had to march through 3 feet of seawater. I didn’t see any photos of people in Miami in ski jackets. There were some reports of a couple of cubes of ice melting in Manhattan, but they were in a glass of scotch and the fellow seemed to have the melting under control. I didn’t hear any news about mass die-offs of penguins, so I take that as a no-news-is-good-news situation.

All in all, it seems most of the climate problems are well in hand. Everybody can go home now. Don’t forget to throw your sign in the nearest bin.

John Bell
September 9, 2018 4:01 pm

I have been watching some you tube vids of the marches and speeches, pretty pathetic, the main theme seems to be socialism, tear down the corporations, etc. All so hypocritical.

Bruce Cobb
September 9, 2018 4:02 pm

Climate change is so yesterday. Yawnersville.

simple-touriste
September 9, 2018 4:15 pm

All French information channels were promoting the “marche” that was supposed to start place de l’hotel de ville at 14 h. I watched many channels and could not see one large view. The “marche” stayed there for at least two hours. Wonders why.

Steve Reddish
September 9, 2018 4:20 pm

I checked to see what happened in Europe. From Al Jazeera:
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/09/global-climate-protests-call-united-action-talks-stall-180908184203368.html
“Organisers in France claim that roughly 115,000 took part in nationwide rallies. If true, it would make the “Rise for Climate” marches the largest environmental protest in the country’s history.”

Apparently Al Jazeera also has doubts about the claimed numbers. Note the “If true…”

SR

Anonymoose
September 9, 2018 4:24 pm

Hundreds of thousands protested by not burning gasoline to go to the protest. 🙂

Craig from Oz
September 9, 2018 4:32 pm

I think I may have passed one of these in sunny Adelaide this weekend, but it is always so hard to work out just what they are moaning about. Whenever one of these protests gets arranged all the fringe leftwing groups turn up for stage time with their own flags and banners. The group I saw could have been a ‘White People Are Evil’ protest by Aboriginal groups going by some of the flags being carried.

General public seemed utter indifferent.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Craig from Oz
September 9, 2018 5:26 pm

I am surprised there was no coverage at all over the w/e if there were any protests in Sydney.

John Bell
September 9, 2018 4:46 pm

Remember the BIG climate marches in autumn 2014 was it? Much smaller turnout this round. No one cares much about CC any more, i suppose.

Bob in Castlemaine
September 9, 2018 4:48 pm

Even in reasonable weather seems the doomsters can’t pull a crowd. Rent-a-crowd organisers here in Oz now often have to resort to free rock concerts, raves etc to pull a crowd.

steve case
September 9, 2018 4:49 pm

Years ago there was a nation-wide climate change/global warming protest organized for most major cities in the U.S. Emails were provided so that protesters could coordinate times and exact places to stage the event. So I joined in and showed up on Wisconsin Avenue in downtown Milwaukee at the appointed time. There were four demonstrators a Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reporter and me. I told the reporter not to count me. Sorry, I didn’t follow up to see if there was an item in the paper.

September 9, 2018 4:49 pm

There is literally no science behind this movement. It is a complete manufactured crisis.

Why CO2 is Irrelevant to the Earth’s Lower Atmosphere; You Can’t Absorb More than 100%
https://co2islife.wordpress.com/2018/09/08/why-co2-is-irrelevant-to-the-earths-lower-atmosphere-you-cant-absorb-more-than-100/

Alan Tomalty
Reply to  CO2isLife
September 10, 2018 2:06 am

Please explain the mathematical basis for CO2 saturation. I have never seen a satisfactory answer. All anyone says is it is like coats of paint.

Farmer Ch E retired
September 9, 2018 4:53 pm

Give them a break – they can’t do math and were only off by 2 decimal points. /s

ATheoK
September 9, 2018 4:59 pm

From the Daily Caller

“Thousands of environmental activists participated in marches around the world Saturday, calling on their governments to end fossil fuel production and embrace renewable energy.

Dubbed the “Rise for Climate” movement, thousands of environmentalists took to the streets to demand an end to the fossil fuel industry, claiming it is fueling a “climate crisis.” Around 820 demonstrations took place in 91 different counties, according to the Rise for Climate website. Led in large part by 350.0rg, the worldwide marches were orchestrated by other environmental groups, including the World Wildlife Fund, Climate Action Network and GreenFaith.”

That “thousands march across the US” line appears to be exaggerated too.

Even with extreme approaches to protest organization, attendances appear to be limited.

e.g. The Associated Press reports that the protest in Philadelphia were clearly exhibitionists. Not that climate alarmists being exhibitionists is a surprise; society has known that childish temper tantrums, acting out and over the top performances were methods of attracting attention.

AP’s article in the “Providence Journal“:

“PHILADELPHIA — Hundreds of fun-loving bicyclists spent the afternoon gearing up for a ride around Philadelphia and then took off — their clothes.

Mell-Taylor bore the message “Love Your Body” on her back, painted by artist Matt Deifer. She said that her husband attended a previous ride while she was pregnant and he loved it but that this was the first time for her and Juniper, who’d rather ride than walk or sit in a car seat.

“We started riding bikes with her,” Mell-Taylor said of her daughter. “It’s her preferred mode of transportation.”

The bike ride is to protest dependence on fossil fuels, advocate for the safety of cyclists on the road and promote positive body image.

Olivia Neely, who rode for the first time last year after the breakup of a long-term relationship, said the Philly Naked Bike Ride inspired her and made her realize she’s her “own superhero.” She said it’s something she wants to do every year.
“I’m doing it for myself,” she said.

Model and former burlesque performer Loretta Vendetta, back in the bike saddle for the fourth time, had another reason to attend: “I like to be naked.”

On top of Obama’s huge 750 rally attendees in Anaheim where he only attracted 750 attendees.

“ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA — Former President Obama made his first campaign stop of the midterm elections in Orange County, California Saturday to stump for seven Democratic House candidates

About 750 people attended the event at Anaheim Convention Center, where Obama delivered a short speech”

And that’s according to the exaggerative minds at ThinkProgress.

2hotel9
Reply to  ATheoK
September 9, 2018 5:12 pm

Wow, these nudist idiots in Phylthydelphia must have been freezing their a$$s off, been raining steadily since noon Saturday all across PA.

ATheoK
Reply to  2hotel9
September 9, 2018 6:19 pm

One could hope!

Tom Abbott
Reply to  ATheoK
September 9, 2018 5:53 pm

“ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA — Former President Obama made his first campaign stop of the midterm elections in Orange County, California Saturday to stump for seven Democratic House candidates

About 750 people attended the event at Anaheim Convention Center, where Obama delivered a short speech”

Trump had 10,000 people at his latest political rally. 🙂

ATheoK
Reply to  Tom Abbott
September 9, 2018 6:32 pm

Very very close, Tom.

“MT got 12,000! Indiana got 11,000! West Virginia got 13,600!”

Blue wave looks to be bluish trickle.

H.R.
Reply to  ATheoK
September 9, 2018 9:33 pm

ATheoK wrote: “Blue wave looks to be bluish trickle.”

I think there’s a new antibiotic out that will take care of the “bluish trickle” lickety split.

Sara
Reply to  Tom Abbott
September 9, 2018 7:51 pm

Is that the speech where B.O. mentioned himself 105 times in 64 minutes? Gotta have something, you know. Must be a record, a personal “best”..

drednicolson
Reply to  Sara
September 9, 2018 8:16 pm

Maybe the audience kept forgetting who he was and he had to keep reminding them. 🙂

And if it was the same speech, 64 minutes is not my idea of “short”. 😮

John Endicott
Reply to  drednicolson
September 10, 2018 8:50 am

for a B.O. speech, 64 minutes is a quickie. Man that guy can jabber away for hours without saying anything worth listening to.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Sara
September 10, 2018 6:06 am

Mentioning himself 105 times in a 64 minute speech is pretty much par for the course for Obama.

simple-touriste
Reply to  Tom Abbott
September 10, 2018 1:11 pm

Yet he couldn’t notice his agent claimed he wasn’t born in the US

sonofametman
Reply to  ATheoK
September 10, 2018 4:40 am

I’d never heard of ‘Greenfaith’ before. Their schtick seems to be ‘Religious Environmental Leadership’. On their website they report a 3-hour ferry boat ride
http://www.greenfaith.org/programs/environmental-justice/trek-to-the-turbines
to see the Block Island Wind Farm . I guess it didn’t strike them as ironic that their boat was diesel powered.

Sara
Reply to  sonofametman
September 10, 2018 4:56 am

Well, hallelujah!!! They are FINALLY coming out of the composter!!!

Sacre Gaia Terra Mater!!!! Will this be the start of The New Crusades?

Do those people earn a living, or are they just sponging off the taxpayers? Inquiring minds want to know.

John Endicott
Reply to  ATheoK
September 10, 2018 8:57 am

The bike ride is to protest dependence on fossil fuels, advocate for the safety of cyclists on the road and promote positive body image.

With so many “messages” who can say what the numbers are for each message? it becomes meaningless. The biker doing it for “positive body image” might care less about “dependence on fossil fuels” and vice-versa. And then there are those like Loretta whose reason for attending is simply “I like to be naked” which has f-all do to with fossil fuels or cycling safety.

Gary Ashe
September 9, 2018 5:05 pm

News flash…………..

Over 7,000.000.000 people did not march for the planet this weekend.

Ya B@stards.

John Bell
September 9, 2018 5:40 pm

the way they call it “climate justice” march, like they want revenge…against something, capitalism of course. Part of the pitch is for a “living wage” which seems to be far from the subject of weather.

Barbara
Reply to  John Bell
September 9, 2018 6:09 pm

These marchers might get what they wish for? A horse and buggy electricity system to go along with a horse and buggy economy.

Sara
Reply to  John Bell
September 10, 2018 5:07 am

If they are truly serious, they should spend time – at least a year – with an Amish family on a farm. No electricity.

Hand pumped water. Horse and buggy transportation. Oil lamps instead of light bulbs. Wood-fired cook stoves. And they’d have to attend church, too, as part of the package, and help out with soap-making, food preserving, gardening, and taking care of the livestock.

I don’t think they’d last more than the time it took to take their luggage out of the back of the buggy.

And personally, I would love to learn to use a woodfired stove, as well as the side oven for baking that is part of a Rumford fireplace. Cooking a spit loaded with chickens at the fireplace is how people used to live.

There self-righteous persons are not equipped, mentally or otherwise, to live that way.

Robert MacLellan
September 9, 2018 6:08 pm

It appears up to 200 marched in Toronto though the number may be a round-up. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/rise-for-climate-march-toronto-1.4815983

Crispin in Waterloo
Reply to  Robert MacLellan
September 9, 2018 9:20 pm

A significant number of them may have been paid organisers. 350.org has been paying protest organisers in Canada trying to get the universities to set a precedent by divesting from all ‘fossil fuel investments’ with the intention of making the companies bankrupt. It is not clear how selling your shares to someone else bankrupts a company, but no one is listening anyway.

Zero coverage of the mighty 200 on the CBC. You’d think they could have mustered at least 350 to go with the foreign sponsoring organisation.

JimG1
September 9, 2018 6:57 pm

In my day it was antiwar protests. Like today if you looked behind the curtain it was organized by leftist/commies and turned out to be big hippie grass smoking parties to protest Vietnam. Not much has changed.

Patrick MJD
September 9, 2018 7:24 pm

I like the sign at the rear and to the left that says…

“It’s too hot!”

Look at the number of people carrying what looks like to be jumpers or coats.

MarkMcD
September 9, 2018 7:28 pm

Interesting how many in the photo are carrying jackets or extra clothes. Were they told to brave the cold weather to make it look warmer? 😀

Dr. Strangelove
September 9, 2018 8:19 pm

The crowd didn’t show up because of global warming (too hot to walk). And Serena lost the US Open because of global warming (it made her head hot)

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J Mac
Reply to  Dr. Strangelove
September 9, 2018 9:46 pm

She can take a seat (or a knee) right next to Colin Kaepernick, on the ‘Self Destroyed Jocks Bench’. Her coach was shouting out suggestions from the stands while play was in progress, which is a violation of The Rules. No coaching during play. She was warned. Then she was penalized, when it continued. Then she was penalized for her faux-SJW tantrum. End of story.

Who will be the next sports millionaire fool to implode through childish tantrums?

John Tillman
Reply to  J Mac
September 9, 2018 11:22 pm

Not shouting. Hand signals. Common practice, though against the rules.

Thirty-six year old mom, though the greatest female tennis player of all time, against a 20 year-old challenger who had previously beaten her in less prestigious circumstances. Shades of 37 year-old Federer v. a low-ranked young opponent earlier in the US Open.

Even the best must eventually give way to younger challengers.

Not to justify Miss Williams’ (Mrs. Ohanian’s) behavior, but odds are good that she would have lost even without the questionable rulings by the ump. She’s obviously a fierce competitor, unused to losing in Grand Slam matches. So naturally, she was frustrated. Perhaps more so, since victory at the US Open would have tied her with Margaret Court in Grand Slam wins.

Miss Williams is still recovering from her maternity leave. Her game will improve, despite her age, and she will go on to equal and exceed Mrs. Court’s record, the majority of whose Grand Slam victories came before the Open Era, and almost half of which were Oz Opens when few top Northern Hemisphere (alleged) amateurs could afford to travel Down Under. Not to take anything away from Mrs. Court, who also took off two years at the peak of her powers, and retired only after becoming pregnant with her fourth child.

R Shearer
Reply to  John Tillman
September 10, 2018 6:49 am

And one might assume that her grunt afterward would break ear drums.

J Mac
Reply to  John Tillman
September 11, 2018 4:48 pm

In the report I read 2 days ago, her coach admitted he was shouting out suggestions; i.e. – coaching.

In addition, denying the cheating and hiding behind her age, sex, and child are the artifices of a cheating loser.

Dr. Strangelove
Reply to  Dr. Strangelove
September 9, 2018 11:34 pm

Better apologize Umpire. One whack from her has the force of Mike Tyson’s punch

John Tillman
Reply to  Dr. Strangelove
September 9, 2018 11:44 pm

Ump Ramos has been widely criticized, IMO rightly so. And Miss Williams is indeed a very strong player. More alarmingly for Mr. Ramos, she wields a lot of power in US and world tennis, so his umpiring career might indeed be in danger.

He probably won’t ever judge another of Miss Williams’ matches, at a minimum.

OTOH, Miss Osaka is a very promising young player at the tender age of 20. Miss Williams won her first Grand Slam, the US Open, as a teenager, defeating Grand Slam champions Kim Clijsters, Conchita Martínez, Monica Seles and defending champion American Lindsay Davenport to reach the final, where she defeated then world No. 1, Martina Hingis.

Quilter52
Reply to  John Tillman
September 10, 2018 6:56 pm

Calling th umpire a cheat for actually applying the rules is not on in any sport. Serena disgraced herself and i suspect the implosion was itself another form of cheating called trying to disrupt her opponent. Her behaviour was pathetic and calling it sexism in a game against another smaller female is a bit rich. Tie she remember she is a mother and grew up. Most mothers out there manage that rather well on a lot less coin that Serena. And BTW, she gets paid the same amount of money as the blokes for 60% of the work. This female thinks she is sad really that she has to resort to that.

J Mac
Reply to  Quilter52
September 11, 2018 5:06 pm

Miss Osaka was cheated out of the joy and celebration of her huge win by Serena’s adolescent loser temper tantrums, when Serena was caught cheating.

Dr. Strangelove
Reply to  Dr. Strangelove
September 10, 2018 1:32 am

Next time appoint Ronda Rousey as umpire. If you have complains, let’s settle it in the Octagon

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Marz Marleau
September 9, 2018 10:43 pm

Ah, shoot. I guess Soros forgot to put out a Help Wanted ad.

Reg Nelson
Reply to  Marz Marleau
September 9, 2018 10:46 pm
Alcheson
Reply to  Marz Marleau
September 9, 2018 11:08 pm

He did… but Trumps economy is too good… not many peeps looking for jobs these days… especially low paying ones.

Graemethecat
September 10, 2018 2:16 am

Anecdotal evidence for the Grauniad’s decline: two days ago I tried to buy a paper at W H Smith’s in Paddington Station and in Exeter St David’s. All the other papers were sold out, but there were at least 50 unsold copies of the Graun on the stand.

Needless to say, I didn’t bother to purchase one.

MattS
September 10, 2018 2:22 am

Nothing happened in the UK that made the media this weekend.

James Bull
September 10, 2018 2:53 am

Sounds like the useful idiots are getting themselves educated and are not as interested in things that cost them money.

James Bull

ozspeaksup
September 10, 2018 3:42 am

I went back over the preceeding days adelaide and melbourne online papers and couldnt find ANY mention ditto aunty abc either;-)
very pleased and amused;-)

Steve Richards
September 10, 2018 4:38 am

It’s odd that the numbers were down so much. Usually an offer of a free coach trip to the capital plus time to view the sites after the march would cause lots of takers. Your posters and banners were ready and waiting for you when you got to the capital. Those were the days….

ResourceGuy
September 10, 2018 6:06 am

Bring in the airbrush experts in climate media consulting.

Gamecock
September 10, 2018 7:07 am

They get their mileage from the original headline. Subsequent reality has no bearing; the original headline is the reality for many.

beng135
September 10, 2018 7:13 am

This is one among many reasons not to trust the lame-stream government-supported alarmists. Numbers are the first and easiest thing to manipulate. All the way from numbers in a so-called protest (paid for by alarmists) and political poll numbers to temperature records or other “scientific data”. One cannot trust ANY of it.

Jimmy
September 10, 2018 7:16 am

Nothing but a bunch of crazy white people.

Joel Snider
September 10, 2018 7:58 am

These days the press is about creating news, by controlling the message, not reporting reality.

PeterinMD
September 10, 2018 8:06 am

I think it would be a hoot to show up at one of these “protests” and ask the crowd if they are ready to give up fossil fuels. Any that say yes, tell them to strip including shoes, give you their cell phones and iWatches and say there you go, you are fossil fuel free, then tell them they have to walk home, no bikes because bike tires contain fossil fuels. I bet you could re-convert a bunch back to the sane side.

They have no clue what they ask for.

Caligula Jones
September 10, 2018 9:01 am

Well, I spent most of my weekend shivering here just north of Toronto as I was camping and the temp went down to 4 degrees Celsius so I didn’t have time to march against the insidious warming predicted…

BTW, most of these idiots don’t know much math, so hundreds of thousands and thousands are almost the same anyway.

jorgekafkazar
September 10, 2018 11:45 am

Total participation was well in excess of 100,000, if you count press, onlookers, people flying over, and fleas.

Eamon Butler
September 11, 2018 3:39 am

Same stock photo for both Headlines? I suspect if there was any remotely serious turn out any where, there would be plenty of pics.Ah well, there’s always next year. …. No, there isn’t.

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