Hurricane Dorian “Man-Made” According to Emory University Professor

Guest “are you fracking kidding me?” by David Middleton

Emory University Creative Writing Prof: Hurricane Dorian Is ‘Man-Made’

By TOM CICCOTTA 5 Sep 2019

An Emory University professor of English and creative writing claimed today that humans are responsible for the recent tropical storms and hurricanes which have battered the Caribbean.

Appearing on the progressive news program “Democracy Now!,” Tiphanie Yanique said the storms hitting areas around her homeland of the Virgin Islands are “historic, unprecedented, and […] man-made.”
The professor added: “When I was growing up in the Caribbean, we would get really dangerous storms once a decade. And now we’re beginning to see them regularly.”

Yanique was joined by fellow guest Bahamian poet Christian Campbell (currently a visiting artist at the Art Institute of Chicago). Host Amy Goodman sought to blame President Trump and the region’s history of oppression for how these powerful storms are covered by the media.


Yanique argued that she was disappointed that none of the news coverage of the storm mentioned climate change. According to Yanique, Hurricane Dorian is the result of “carbon emissions” made by humans.


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September 5, 2019 10:10 pm

LOL – Seriously, jfc.

Curious George
Reply to  FrozenOhio
September 6, 2019 7:29 am

Creative writing indeed. Will she couple it with creative accounting?

Joel Snider
Reply to  Curious George
September 6, 2019 8:12 am

This is how this crap bleeds into popular culture – some idiot who makes up stories for a living sells it to another idiot in Hollywood – who now thinks they’re informed because they talked to a ‘professor’ – an academic who literally specializes in non-reality, but heavily reinforced by close-minded zealot dogma – and now, Mr. Hollywood thinks he’s informed – and presto – Godzilla the Climate Change Monster hits the theaters, and a marching army of bored, brain-dead celebrities riding his tail, so they can feel socially relevant. Never mind the actual consequences of their warm-fuzzy posturing.

Nicholas McGinley
Reply to  Joel Snider
September 6, 2019 7:14 pm

Even if everything she said is true, she is referring to a period in which she was a child growing up, as indicative of “the past”, and then believing that any uptick from some short time span when she was a teen represents what can be expected forever.
A 50 year old in Palm Beach county for their whole life might think strong hurricanes NEVER hit that part of the world. Except very rarely and usually far enough away to be only an inconvenience or perhaps a worrisome nuisance.
Someone born in 1910 in that same place might expect that hurricanes of fearsome strength will come through that region many times per decade, and regard that as normal.
Any given location can easily go several decades with no direct hit from a strong tropical system.
The same locations can easily get several per decade for several decades in a row, and a bunch more near misses.
The fact is a lot of heavily populated real estate has been very fortunately spared for an unusually long time.
When I was a kid in the 1060s and early 1970s, sea shores were sparsely inhabited, and most of the people that did live there did so seasonally.
Just a few decades ago Florida had a small fraction of the current population.
Since the time of Hurricane Andrew, entire counties have gone from most wildlands, forests, and farms, to mostly housing communities.
In 1960, less than 5 million (4.95 million actual) lived in Florida.
By 1970, the number had jumped up to 6.79 million, by 1980, (shortly before I moved here MOL permanently) there were 9.75 million, 1990, 12.94 million, 2000 15.98 million, 2010 the number was up to 18.85 million, and as of 2018 the state had 21.3 million people (which means we will get some new congressional districts and electoral votes after the census).
3 million new people every decade for 60 years straight, with no sign of slowing.
Most of those new people are crowed along the coasts, especially the East Coast.
Many millions of people living where hurricanes, strong hurricanes, ought to be expected to hit regularly, have never lived through one hitting directly where they live.
In the US as a whole, in 1960 there were 180 million people total, and 40 million living in coastal counties. About 22%.
At the present time (census 2020 projection), 133 million people(MOL) live in coastal counties in the US, out of 325 million. About 41%.
93 million more, and nearly twice as many percentagewise.
Over 2 in 3 of those live along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts.

In the US Virgin Islands, in 1960 there were less than 30,000 people living there.
By 1990 the number was over 100,000, and has fluctuated around that number ever since. The population actually peaked in 1999 or so.
Tiphanie Yanique is 40, born in 1978. One might assume most of her awareness of weather is from the mid 1980s (if not later) onward. So her entire perspective as described here amounts to comparing two separate 20 year periods.
The amount of variability in any one spot being struck by hurricanes can vary enormously on such time scales, from zero to many. In fact, this is almost surely the norm, as such events, even if random, will tend to cluster somewhat.
And hurricanes are know to have multiyear and multi decadal variability in a given basin.
And a lot has changed in 40 years: News coverage and especially weather reporting has gone from spotty to 24/7/365 in 40 years.
Improvement is satellite detection and characterization has also increased hugely over this time period. Every year now we have small storms form in the open ocean and quickly dissipate without effecting anyone, that in the past were almost always overlooked.
Unless we look at landfalling storms over hundreds of years, it is impossible to say much about trendiness or lack thereof. All that is really happening is annual and decadal variability is being described, when looked at over short time scales.
The greater number of people living in vulnerable locations, and the increased property values, and the better accounting of human lives affected by weather events, ensures that nearly any stats on Hurricanes will be heavily skewed to more recent years.

This article says more about the worthlessness to science of personal anecdotal accounts, than anything else

Tom Gelsthorpe
Reply to  Nicholas McGinley
September 8, 2019 2:52 am

This is one the best comments I’ve ever read about the self-induced distortions of short-term, undisciplined thinking. Thanks!

Bill Powers
Reply to  FrozenOhio
September 6, 2019 9:03 am

The best part about being a liberal is you get to just blurt out whatever ignorant nonsense comes to mind and then the mainstream media pick it up and either run with your nonsense or cover up the stupidity to prevent you from being thought of a fool. You will not hear about this on ABNBCBS MS/CNN.

Reply to  Bill Powers
September 6, 2019 10:56 am

Better to keep one’s mouth shut and be thought a fool, than say something foolish and remove all doubt.

old engineer
Reply to  Bill Powers
September 6, 2019 12:11 pm

But you might hear it on NPR. It seems like the type of thing they might feature. Maybe someone who listens to NPR might comment.

Reply to  old engineer
September 6, 2019 1:33 pm

I could ask my sister-in-law, she has npr on in her house and vehicle constantly. May no actually hear it, just background noise, occasionally has some pretty music. I’ll ask anyway.

David Hood
September 5, 2019 10:29 pm

Wow – and endless supply of stupid.
Is THAT historically unprecedented as well???

Jeroen B.
Reply to  David Hood
September 6, 2019 3:13 am

How much longer before we get protests against weapons-grade stupid ?
More destructive than nuclear weapons!

Reply to  David Hood
September 6, 2019 3:16 am

Robert Mugabe, the destroyer of Rhodesia/Zimbabwe, died at age 95 in Singapore.


Juan Slayton
September 6, 2019 5:10 am

As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked…

Reply to  Juan Slayton
September 6, 2019 7:01 am

I believe this concept/belief appears twice in Ezekiel (could be mistaken). It is arguably a core foundation of the Judeo-Christian canon, and sadly, something missing in today’s online-heavy discourse. Thank you Juan for dropping it into my day! (That said, I don’t believe Mugabe ever actually ‘turned from his evil ways’.)

Reply to  Juan Slayton
September 6, 2019 9:46 am

I take no delight in the death of Mugabe. Especially not at the ripe old age of 95, and apparently living well far from the nation he ruined.

I do however pray that he is finally getting what he so greatly deserved.


Walter Sobchak
Reply to  Schitzree
September 6, 2019 11:43 am

Only the Good Die Young

Reply to  Juan Slayton
September 6, 2019 4:58 pm

Thank you Juan,

God occupies a somewhat higher chair than I do – that is to say, I am imperfect.

I hardly ever drink anymore, save Guinness – essential for cultural and medicinal purposes.

In my cupboard there is a bottle of Glenfiddich straight malt.

Upon their deaths, I dust it off to celebrate the lives of good and great men, and the deaths of scoundrels.

I shall particularly enjoy a dram this evening.

Regards, Allan 🙂

September 6, 2019 8:39 pm

Two fingers of straight malt in a heavy tumbler… a drop of water to release the serpents…


Michael S. Kelly LS, BSA Ret.
September 6, 2019 9:14 am

Wasn’t Mugabe the fashion designer guy who brainwashed Derek to off the Prime Minister of Micronesia?

Reply to  David Hood
September 6, 2019 10:43 am

Einstein noted its endlessness some time ago. More infinite than the universe.

September 5, 2019 10:30 pm

Let me guess … she also HATES “white” Western civilization as chauvinistic, and homophobic. She prefers a “native” narrative of living “with nature”. A civilization where they simply rebuilt their grass huts when they were blown to pieces … six times per year.

Reply to  Kenji
September 6, 2019 10:54 am

I’ve visited Kenya and traversed across the countryside. Rural dwellings are very primitive.
Not grass actually, the Masai near the Mara river use dung and wattle construction, wherein animal dung is smeared upon woven stick framed huts. It lasts a bit longer than grass is more fire resistant and will stop the wind, but termites eat away the underlying wood frame work so they only last about 2 years before needing relocation. But, this serves the herdsmen adequately I guess.
Interestingly enough, not 2 hours away by auto the tribes have advanced to permanent agriculture and build with sun dried earthen bricks with corrugated tin roofing.

John the Econ
September 5, 2019 10:53 pm

If I had a degree from Emory, I’d be demanding a refund. They charge way too much to employ this level of ignorance.

St. Ferdinand III
Reply to  John the Econ
September 5, 2019 11:37 pm

She is after a professor of English – a real scientist. Another nitwit who never built, made, deployed a damn thing, who never had a ‘real’ job, who never had to satisfy a client…..yet she teaches the little kids and no doubt infuses them with anti-white racism and made-up stories about the plant food…..typical fracking quackademic

HD Hoese
Reply to  St. Ferdinand III
September 6, 2019 7:54 am

I am old enough to have dealt with professors of English and other humanities who were real scholars. Suspect that they may have suffered more than science, based on their surprise and lack of understanding when universities first put money over learning. along with the little bit I have read and heard about it since. Creative writing–create?

Carl Friis-Hansen
September 5, 2019 11:00 pm

So, why did Trump, oh sorry USA, bought the Virgin Islands a century ago, when they are just hit by storms all the time? /SARC
It is really too bad the professional poets and writers forget to use the correct climate industry words.

September 5, 2019 11:06 pm


September 5, 2019 11:09 pm

Hair pulled too tight maybe?? ….Interfering with blood flow to the brain? Maybe?

Reply to  Mike
September 6, 2019 4:17 am

What brain?

Bruce Cobb
Reply to  Sara
September 6, 2019 5:36 am

The one she’s sitting on.

oebele bruinsma
September 5, 2019 11:18 pm

“An Emory University professor of English and creative writing claimed today that humans are responsible for the recent tropical storms and hurricanes which have battered the Caribbean.” Amazing such ‘professorial’ creative writings.

Tom Halla
Reply to  oebele bruinsma
September 6, 2019 2:26 am

Right up there with the Byzantine Greeks believing earthquakes were caused by sodomy, a bit of historical trivia repeated by the flamboyantly gay writer of historical fiction, Gore Vidal. She is a probable English Lit major, after all.

Reply to  Tom Halla
September 6, 2019 3:12 am

Earthquakes aren’t caused by sodomy? Blimey, I learn something new every day.

Reply to  Graemethecat
September 6, 2019 9:51 am

They probably just weren’t doing it right.


Farmer Ch E retired
Reply to  Tom Halla
September 6, 2019 6:41 am

Let’s just hope we don’t see a repeat of the Salem Witch Trials with climate science deniers (or are we seeing this now). Weren’t the trials associated with deteriorating economic conditions at that time and location and didn’t the trials lead to separation of Church and State? Maybe we should have separation of Climate Science and State. That would solve a whole lot of issues.

Johann Wundersamer
Reply to  oebele bruinsma
September 6, 2019 5:10 am
September 5, 2019 11:27 pm

I’m guessing there were more than a few who saw the man-made claim coming. 😉

September 5, 2019 11:28 pm

The sad thing is so many people will be mentally hit by such comments, they will be terrified of what to come. Instead of offering solutions to our fuel needs, which they say is the cause of the crazy weather, they just constantly scare people. I’ve been through the depression of their scare tactics, and this site helped me, but, I’ve yet to read/hear any type of solution for our fuel needs… Not one!!

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  Sunny
September 6, 2019 12:31 am

“but, I’ve yet to read/hear any type of solution for our fuel needs… Not one!!”

Here’s 4 Sunny,

Drill baby, drill. (oil)
Frack baby, Frack. (nat gas)
Dig baby, dig. (coal)
Nuje on baby. (fission)

Any questions????

We live in a wonderful era of energy abundance, and it can continue. But the Socialists hate that, becasue cheap energy means indivual freedom, not a reliance on the State or Big Brother for a hand-out. It denies them power over the masses.

Once you realize the Left wants your freedom and 401K, you can give Bernie and all of them the HUGE middle-finger, and live a life of abundance and liberty. Shed the fear. They want you to live in fear.

/with all seriousness,
Joel, PhD.
“you can trust me I’m a doctor.”
No really don’t that was joke.

That’s what “they” want you to think.
Trust only what you see and understand what they do (actions not words), not what they say.
The billionaires who want you to sacrifice do NOT for themselves. Trust your eyes.

Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
September 6, 2019 3:37 am

Joel…. They were fracking in england, and those areas have seen earthquake rumbles, if I remember right there was a rumble a few weeks ago caused by local fracking, so maybe not a good thing… Fusion would be brilliant, but its always “we will be online in 20” years, so fusion won’t happen anytime soon… Thus its back to the black gold, and it seems everybody on the news media hates oil… I would absolutely love to see more climate scientists speak the truth openly, for them to have media time on national channels, not just blogs which most people do not know about… Bernie and his trillion dollar play won’t solve anything, as trillions wont buy everybody a EV, or build the Infrastructure needed.. The uk is seriously lacking super chargers. But back to my original question, its either EV’s or we all die????

Reply to  Sunny
September 6, 2019 6:33 am

There used to be earthquakes around the coal mines too, though very minor. The settling of soils due to water extraction has also caused local tremors. Heck, even blasting work in quarries sets minor shockwaves in motion.

I would love to see the seismic data on these “fracking earthquakes”. My bet going in is that they were natural fault activity no where near where the fluids were being injected, and probably miles deeper than any wells exist. I would also bet that if we were to look at historic seismic data in the area, those earthquakes have been going on since the instruments were set up, and the population, primed by activists, now feel them even though they are barely detectable. Human nature usually explains these events well. Of course, after looking at the analyzed seismic data I could prove to be wrong, but I doubt it.

Reply to  OweninGA
September 6, 2019 7:56 am

oweninGA…. This is england, and I can never recall a earthquake or tremor, but since fracking started, people have been reporting these tremors I suppose people were happier when social media and mass news media didn’t exist, as if it snowed or there was heavy rain, winds etc etc, it was seen as weather only, and people got on with it…. But now its become a massive business of making people terrified of mother nature…

Reply to  OweninGA
September 6, 2019 9:00 am

Owen – When I was a kid back in the 50s I visited Lick Observatory. When the guide showed us the seismograph we asked why was the line on the graph constantly wiggling? He told us that was just heavy trucks rolling down Santa Clara Street (in San Jose, miles away). Even then, I was quite impressed by the seismograph’s sensitivity.

Reply to  OweninGA
September 6, 2019 9:59 am

I live a few miles away from the fracking site. The minor earthquakes are down to the geology of the area – plane slippage. This part of the world was once under a shallow sea so we have deposits of salt, clays, marls and poor grade limestones that are interspersed. The shale is over a mile deep beneath these deposits and fracking does cause minor plane slippage hence the micro-earthquakes. Quakes of more than 0.5 force fracking to stop. The BBC happily interviewed a family living near the site who were getting hysterical about the house shaking and the ground making very loud cracking noises. The size of the largest quake wasn’t strong enough to put ripples in their skinny vanilla lattes. The story mysteriously died.

Unfortunately the greenies and their government/media enablers, whenever they hear the word “earthquake”, immediately scream like the site has suddenly fallen through an unreality warp and it’s going to be like Japan and the tsunami, innit. It’s all bollocks of course.

Nicholas McGinley
Reply to  OweninGA
September 6, 2019 7:21 pm

Here in the US the tiny and mostly barely perceptible earthquakes are almost all due to the reinjection of extracted water, not to the fracking process itself.
Ground shaking below a level which can damage anything is a problem how?
A busy road with a bus line and a pothole outside your house produces more shaking.

Reply to  Sunny
September 6, 2019 12:46 am

If we had unlimited cheapish electricity we could make all of our fuels synthetically. Perhaps with just using CO2 as the feedstock. That is my prediction for the long term future, since we will someday have very safe nuclear or some type of high density atomic power electricity, perhaps fusion. We already do have nuclear Gen 2-3, but it is still too expensive and complicated. I don’t think we quit using carbon based high density fuels for a very, very long time, albeit in a 100 years it will still probably be majority synfuels, with a lot of new and improved battery/electricity tech backing it all up.

Reply to  Earthling2
September 6, 2019 8:37 am

Earthling2 I totally agree, carbon engineering ltd has produced a ultra low carbon fuel which can be run on diesel, petrol vehicles, yet no world governments are funding it, even though the technology uses of the shelf parts. Making the machines are easy, but it seems the oil money wins again..

Reply to  Sunny
September 6, 2019 9:11 am

Stop with the conspiracy nuttery. You sound like one of the “Stealing Engine” advocates. Any process that adds chemical energy takes a lot of energy. There is no “Magic bullet”, just high energy demanding processes. In the end, it is not very different from battery or hydrogen. Put enough energy into it, and you get some stored chemical energy. If/When it is cost effective, the Market Economy will utilize it. Oil would likely need to reach $200 to $500 to make any of these schemes economical.

Reply to  Sunny
September 6, 2019 9:38 am

The oil money wins again because oil is currently cheap this decade but this probably won’t be the case for the long term future the next hundred years. The Government of Canada and British Columbia fund part of the Carbon Engineering demonstration plant. It is probably a good thing to at least know how to do this technology so that it can be scaled up some day in the future. It could have all kinds of basic long chain carbon molecule technology development being made from electricity and CO2. Which means we can keep our current civilization with all its carbon based infrastructure and products forever. Or future Mars inhabitants could also have a carbon technology based upon synthetic oil,

It currently costs about 3 times as much as fossil fuel to make a gallon of synthetic jet fuel, but scale could bring that price down. I think we would need $200-$250 a barrel oil to make it cost comparable and an abundance of cheap electricity to establish a true synthetic oil industry. It will happen some day, when the price of a barrel of oil makes other alternatives viable, which is probably how it should work instead of outlawing fossil fuels. I would support further development of the jet synfuel example if it were to bring sanity to the CAGW narrative and then Greta could fly again.

Reply to  Earthling2
September 6, 2019 4:33 pm

We’ve got enough oil to last 400 to 500 years.
I’ll let the people who are alive 300 years from now, using technology we haven’t even dreamed of, solve this problem.

Reply to  Earthling2
September 6, 2019 6:59 pm

“We’ve got enough oil to last 400 to 500 years.”

Do you have a link for that? Honestly, I would like to know if that is true. We are burning 100+ Million barrels per day right now, times that by 365 days/Yr = 36.5 Billion barrels a year x 500 years = 18.52 Trillion Barrels required.

It is my understanding that so far since 1850, according to best estimates we have maybe consumed 1.5 trillion barrels. And according to current estimates, we have about 1.5 trillion barrels left, or what the prediction is at recoverable current prices, about 50-55 years worth. Nat gas and coal would also extend that quite a bit, and if we ever develop methane hydrates, then that is a game changer too. But basic crude oil, both conventional and unconventional probably have a lifespan less than the end of this century at current rates of production and prices. Which will be more reserves when prices go up, but my my entire point was the price point of crude oil being more than what a synthetic replacement would cost. Of course that depends on affordable and abundant electricity, which I think has a better chance of being developed than hunting down every barrel of recoverable oil. Oil is a finite resource, and the price point is everything, which means that we never really out of oil, only affordable oil.

Nicholas McGinley
Reply to  Earthling2
September 7, 2019 6:08 am

The gas and oil will last longer if we build new nuclear plants and use the energy in fissionable elements to produce a large percentage of out electric power, and use gas and oi for things which are not well suited to being done using electric power.
IOW…we should be using all of our resources while they are plentiful.

John Cherry
Reply to  Sunny
September 6, 2019 10:58 am

Sunny: “This is England and I can never recall an earthquake or tremor …”. Well I can, in Carlisle in 1979, long before fracking was thought of, so you are quite incorrect in what you imply.

Reply to  Sunny
September 6, 2019 1:19 am

“I’ve yet to read/hear any type of solution for our fuel needs… Not one!!”
Stay calm. There is no crisis, so there is no urgent need for solutions. Our current energy technologies and capabilities will serve us well for the foreseeable future.
Also, there is a great, no carbon, and cheap energy source available now. Nuclear. Only two things stand in it’s way.
1) An irrational fear on the part of the public. Note well that this fear has been deliberately cultivated by various actors for decades.
2) Out of control government regulatory agencies. As far as the NRC goes, it now seems clear in hindsight that the agenda was to stop nuclear power dead in it’s tracks. The NRC was totally successful in this regard. One big tool the NRC used was to make any and every nuclear project as expensive as possible, and to make them take as long as possible. Many current estimates of the costs of nuclear include these artificially inflated costs. I for one, reject such costs as unnecessary and utterly unconnected to any rational relationship to safety. Get rid of these costs and the price goes right back down.
Nuclear wastes, the big hobgoblin – Two solutions:
1) Spent fuel reprocessing. France does it with their commercial reactor fuel (not just military), and has been for decades. All without incident.
2) Burn the waste as fuel in new Thorium reactors. Problem solved. You may not have heard of Thorium reactors, but they are not some new untried technology. The first ones were built and operated way back in the 1960s.
A further note on nuclear waste.
In the late 1960s and especially in the early 1970s, nuclear power became a major cause with the environmental movement. The Vietnam was was ending, and with it, the reason for existence of the Anti-War movement. As their existential crisis loomed, the Anti-War crowd went en-mass into the Environmental Movement. After all, the Enviros were getting the TV cameras and media attention that the Anti-War crowd craved. The Anti-War people took their No-Nukes sentiments with them. What had been an understandable opposition to nuclear weapons morphed into a not very understandable opposition to commercial nuclear power.
One strategy to block adoption of nuclear power was to tie up waste disposal. In a very calculated way, they reasoned that if they could stop the processing, or handling in any way, of the waste, they could shut down the production of that waste. The first critical step was to block the reprocessing of fuel, which was done. Eventually President Carter would sign an Executive Order banning reprocessing. Second, they would fight Tooth and Nail against any alternate plans for waste disposal. We can see this today in the Yucca Mountain waste repository, now well over 50 years (!) in development, protest, and litigation. The whole plan was, as the environmental crowd put it, to “Constipate” the system.
Today we are living with the consequences of decisions made and actions taken way back in the 1960s and 1970s. When we understand the history of how we got to this point, we realize that the decisions and actions of those days were political and ideological in nature. Today, there are no rational reasons for continuing those policies, and it is long past time to revisit some of those issues.
The Last thing Greenpeace and the Sierra Club want is a solution to these perceived problems. If these problems go away, then so do they. And they know it. Just like the Anti-War protesters of 1975.

Alan the Brit
Reply to  TonyL
September 6, 2019 3:01 am

Well said, Sir!

Kurt Linton
Reply to  TonyL
September 6, 2019 3:38 am

1973. Anti-war protests diminished considerably after conscription ended. Wonder why…

Reply to  Kurt Linton
September 6, 2019 5:07 am

Obviously, the war was winding down at that point. Two iconic leaders of the Anti-War movement were Abbie Hoffman and Angela Davis. By 1975, both were on the Board of Directors at Greenpeace! Nothing like starting at the bottom and working your way up the organization, right.
Just for the sake of irony, remember that the political centers of the protest movement were the college campuses. College students all had student deferments from the draft anyways. The students could protest all they wanted, everybody else had to work for a living.
For a walk down Memory Lane, do an internet search on the “Chicago Seven”, and relive the riots caused by the Radical Left at the Democrat National Convention of 1968, in Chicago.

Jim Whelan
Reply to  TonyL
September 6, 2019 11:08 am

I don’t think you know what you are talking about. College deferments only lasted while the students were in college so they were facing the draft. It was the draft, not the war that drove the movement. As a Berkeley student in the 60’s I knew that most of those protesting were basically cowards and were really thinking about the draft, not the war. Useful idiots for the leftists with anti-American agendas.

Reply to  TonyL
September 6, 2019 7:36 pm

College deferments only lasted while the students were in college

Remember the poster – “War is bad for children and other living things”. I would have sworn it was about war, not the draft.
Yup, do massive quantities of drugs, alter your reality, expand your consciousnesses, and Flunk Out! Then sh*t your pants when you realize your deferment just went up in a poof of black, greasy smoke. *Then* protest because of the draft.

For myself, I had a great idea. Do Not Flunk Out. They used to fling crap at me constantly. Called me “uncool”, “straight”, and a whole lot of other things.

As a Berkeley student in the 60’s

OMG, says it all. Thanks for the memories and the laughs.
Peace, Love, and don’t Bogart that joint, my friend.

Reply to  Kurt Linton
September 6, 2019 6:56 am

You hit the nail on the head. Obama was responsible for destroying 3 countries (Libya, Syria, Yemen) and was the first US president to bomb other countries every day of his 8-year reign, yet not one peep was heard from the left, IMO, because they weren’t threatened personally by a draft.

Reply to  icisil
September 6, 2019 4:36 pm

The left certainly protested every move made by Reagan, or either Bush. They still weren’t being threatened by the draft.

Unfortunately most leftists firmly believe that any criticism of someone on their side is tantamount to treason.

Charlie Adamson
Reply to  TonyL
September 6, 2019 11:04 am

“In the late 1960s and especially in the early 1970s, nuclear power became a major cause with the environmental movement. The Vietnam was was ending, and with it, the reason for existence of the Anti-War movement. As their existential crisis loomed, the Anti-War crowd went en-mass into the Environmental Movement.” A very salient point TonyL.

Bear with me here. Your point is to be well taken. And yes many will for now respond by saying, “Well,.. duh,.. that is the history of those nut jobs and hippies. So what? They are not important.”
I say that you have opened a door to a darkness which has plagued mankind for millennia.
For now however, let me share a bit of my journey.

I will begin with the text I extracted from your post. It triggered the research that I have been doing for a number of years having to do with a group known as “The Frankfurt School”. This is a terribly deep rabbit hole, but years of science research anchored in engineering equipped me with a high tolerance for frustration sorting out false leads and distractions.

Hitler and Stalin were actually puppets of a far deeper group which has been causing havoc throughout human history. Perhaps my curiosity about these faces of horrific governments started when I came across a book on my grandmothers bookshelf? Though it was written in Polish it’s photos screamed at me. Pictures of vats filled with human legs severed from the hip, lamp shades made from human skin, heaps of skeletonized bodies, furnace interiors filled with ashes mingled with human skulls and bones, compelled me to seek answers and one of my many life journeys had begun.

What happened in the 60’s was a continuation of the metastasizing of the same disease that was behind both world wars, not to mention countless wars prior to and after those wars. Cultural Marxism is a virulent vector of this same sickness. What makes it so difficult to diagnose is that it is a master of disguise often appearing beautiful but ultimately it is always deadly.

The Frankfurt School devised methods and techniques to spread corruption and decay through all forms of media, from Hollywood , to print, music, radio, television, news organizations, education and government itself. The disease took on these faces because they could easily hide there.

So Tony, I appreciate your contributions here on WUWT. There is so much discovery for people to uncover before they can wake up. Your words help greatly. Thank you.

Rich Davis
Reply to  Sunny
September 6, 2019 4:08 am

There are plenty of options for the distant future when gas, oil, and coal are all too expensive to find. Conventional designs for nuclear power already provide a viable choice and will be augmented by safer, more advanced designs that will produce more fuel than they consume, while also eliminating the nuclear waste problem. There is no reason to fear.

It should be instructive that the socialists pushing their green new deal are adamantly opposed to nuclear and even hydroelectric power. They are opposed to letting the little people have any freedom to live independently. Affordable energy is the key to human freedom and wellbeing. In reality, the consequences of relying exclusively on unreliable, intermittent sources would be mass starvation and death from exposure. It cannot be ruled out that some of these zealots know and embrace that outcome.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Rich Davis
September 6, 2019 7:29 am

“There are plenty of options for the distant future when gas, oil, and coal are all too expensive to find. Conventional designs for nuclear power already provide a viable choice and will be augmented by safer, more advanced designs that will produce more fuel than they consume, while also eliminating the nuclear waste problem. There is no reason to fear.”

The Democrat presidential candidates cited nuclear waste as the reason they wouldn’t support building new nuclear powerplants. They apparently are not up on the latest nuclear powerplant designs which could turn this “waste” into fuel for nuclear powerplants. The Democrats seemed to think that nuclear waste would be a problem for humanity for millions of years into the future. Clueless, comes to mind.. We don’t want these people running our country.

Reply to  Tom Abbott
September 6, 2019 4:37 pm

The left fought tooth and nail to shut down the reprocessing of spent fuel.
Now they use the excuse that used fuel rods are stacking up as an excuse to oppose nuclear power.

Craig from Oz
September 5, 2019 11:40 pm


So when she was growing up she experienced a ‘dangerous storm’ once a decade.

Muse on those words. Once a decade.

So if we are generous and accept she took 20 years to grow up AND has an excellent memory from her early childhood we could assume that she was exposed to 2, possibly 3 ‘dangerous storms’ during this period. Not full fledged hurricanes (although she could have meant that), just ‘dangerous storms’.


Now, assuming Wikipedia is correct in informing me that this woman is 40 then in the second half of her life all she has had to do is experience MORE than 3 ‘dangerous storms’ for her claims to be technically correct.

(aside, Wikipedia also suggests she currently lives in New York state, but one assumes she follows Virgin Islands weather closely from affair.)

However, having a casual poke around brings up another Wikipedia (so it must be true!) article listing all the hurricanes to actually hit the British Virgin Islands. Not exactly where our brave hero grew up, and the list is conditional on actual formal hurricanes striking the islands.

Anyway – 1989 to 1999 (aka when our brave hero was growing up) seven hurricanes.

2000 to 2010 – one

2011 to 2016 – none (inconvenient truth there…)

2017 to now – three.

Yes, thank you, Tiphanie. You have been most useful.

Reply to  Craig from Oz
September 6, 2019 1:03 am

She displays the utter solipsism of her generation and Millenials. Everything is judged against her experience, her reality.

The whole point of “science” is remove this subjective, flawed state from our understanding of the world. Because it is so utterly flawed. An they call sceptics the science deniers!

Ed Zuiderwijkp
September 6, 2019 12:03 am

I lived in the Netherland in the 1970s. I remember there were two massive autumn storms of force 10 or 11 (inland) in short succession which caused massive damage. And nothing like them since. Surely this means that hurricanes are getting weaker.

Hilary Barnes
September 6, 2019 12:06 am

When one is young once in a decade seems like a very long time. When ne gets to 60 or 70, once in a decade seems like every five minutes.

September 6, 2019 12:07 am

You’re getting your tropical cyclone advise from an English teacher? She was close, if she’d said “made worse by man” that would have far more precise.

Looks like (if Bob’s aging graph is extrapolated) about 1C increase by now.
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That results in about a 13mph increase, almost enough to bump a Cat 4 to a Cat 5.
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Can’t seem to find the link but I remember reading that a 1c rise in sst translates into a 15% incease in the area of 26.5 °C water – the minimum temp they’ll form at.

Reply to  Loydo
September 6, 2019 2:11 am

“if she’d said “made worse by man” that would have far more precise.”

She would, however, been equally wrong.

Reply to  David Middleton
September 6, 2019 5:14 am

Facts obviously don’t compute with these people. Warmer SSTs means more and worse hurricanes ACE be damned. Why? Well because a professor of English and a bunch of other cretins says so.
But who can blame them for their learning disabilities? I mean after all three years ago the Washington Post told us during the hiatus to be terrified because no major hurricanes had hit the US mainland in a decade! And of course they believed that also! Hurricanes bad! No hurricanes terrifying! I mean really. What more proof does one need that these people are frigging crazy?

Reply to  Loydo
September 6, 2019 3:36 am

Loydo wrtes

You’re getting your tropical cyclone advise from an English teacher? She was close, if she’d said “made worse by man” that would have far more precise.

The problem is that a lot of people have no clue and will take her at her word.

And then

Can’t seem to find the link but I remember reading that a 1c rise in sst translates into a 15% incease in the area of 26.5 °C water – the minimum temp they’ll form at.

But warm water doesn’t automatically mean hurricane. There are multiple factors that are involved and nobody knows what the net effect will end up being. If the net effect was more frequent lower energy storms would that be net worse?

Either way, they’re a strong negative feedback moving huge amounts of energy high into the atmosphere away from the sea surface.

Reply to  Loydo
September 6, 2019 5:36 am
Reply to  Loydo
September 6, 2019 9:22 am

Your “1C increase” is air temperature. SST may have increased as much as 0.2°C.

Joel Snider
Reply to  Loydo
September 6, 2019 12:25 pm

Well, actually WE aren’t getting tropical cyclone ‘advise’ from an English teacher – the ‘creative writing professor’ is dispensing it as if she were qualified.

Can’t even be honest about a single sentence, can you?

Joel O'Bryan
September 6, 2019 12:21 am


You can’t fix stupid.
But we can ridicule it.
Personally, I would have awarded Professor of English and Creative Arts Tiphanie Yanique a 10x Billy Madison for her claim that major hurricane in the Bahamas in the middle of peak hurricane season was due to “human-made” CO2. That’s absolutely magical that a hurricane knows the difference between a human CO2 molecule and nature-produced CO2 molecule.

Nice job otherwise.


Tom Abbott
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
September 6, 2019 7:37 am

“You can’t fix stupid.
But we can ridicule it.”

That’s right! 🙂

Coeur de Lion
September 6, 2019 12:56 am

We have to give her plenty of slack, boys and girls, because she belongs to an oppressed minority and is a woman. We mustn’t expect much from her. Ask her to read a map or back an automobile – good practice.

Carl Friis-Hansen
Reply to  Coeur de Lion
September 6, 2019 2:45 am

Back/reverse an automobile!
The Germans have researched ability for Men and Woman to reverse cars – turned out that there is virtually no difference between the sexes.

Reply to  Carl Friis-Hansen
September 6, 2019 5:39 am

So German men are just as bad at it as the women?
Actually, that explains some things.

Reply to  Carl Friis-Hansen
September 6, 2019 7:47 am

Agree! This big truck driver is here to tell you there are plenty of excellent women big truck drivers out there. Women that can blind back a 53′ trailer into a door every bit if not better than me.

September 6, 2019 1:00 am

Paul Homewood, in “NotaLot…” has a current thread on the suggestion that Dorian is “man-made” :
I hope that he will not mind me quoting from his note :
-“According to the experts at NOAA’s Hurricane Research Division, however, there were many more major Atlantic hurricanes in the 1940s and 50s, than in the last two decades.
Data from the pre 1940s is of course not comparable, as there were no satellites or hurricane hunter aircraft around to spot every storm in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.”-
with plots to justify the comment .
Also the connection with the change in AMO over the decades is pointed out , and notice also the comment from Tom Abbott about the similarity of the AMO plot to the Hansen 1999 US surface temperature plot.
I am fairly convinced that the appropriate conclusion is that the hurricane Dorian is less a result of AGW than it is a natural event, perhaps the more scary because of the irregular and infrequent nature of such events

September 6, 2019 1:17 am

Why is WUWT bothering with the opinions of a professor of English and creative writing on climate change? Is “Democracy Now!” a major and influential news network which needs to be addressed, or has WUWT been reduced to featuring articles addressing claims by nobodies on nothing sites?

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  Andrew_W
September 6, 2019 2:25 am

No. But it typifies the lunacy that is on-going in the Leftist university academics today.

So people should be aware of how nut-so our universities and colleges are becoming with an activist irrational, emotional Leftist wing teaching their kids climate nonsense and indoctrinating them with Socialism to “fix” a non-problem.

GREG in Houston
Reply to  David Middleton
September 6, 2019 7:07 am

Those posts always make my day!

Reply to  David Middleton
September 6, 2019 10:43 am

David Middleton September 6, 2019 at 3:41 am
It puts you on the same level, which puts WUWT on the same level. I remember when WUWT was a site that carried articles that challenged the “established science” of climate changed, now most of what it carries is close to the fracking retardedness it targets. Has WUWT now accepted AGW is real so just challenges the loopyist of alarmism?

Reply to  David Middleton
September 6, 2019 6:39 pm

Dave he is called a concern troll, always worried about “tone” always ready to pipe up with “you sound angry” my favorite fiction author has a bingo system for fools like this.

Reply to  Andrew_W
September 6, 2019 5:04 pm

These fraudulent academics are in the trenches (just ask Michael Mann) and to get to get at them you must get down in the trenches with them.

September 6, 2019 1:20 am

“Creative Writing “. Says it all, doesn’t it.

September 6, 2019 1:43 am

Wow, the CAGW crowd must be really panicking if they’re resorting to this sort of claptrap to sustain the meme

Reply to  Analitik
September 6, 2019 4:48 am

They use what works.

Rod Evans
September 6, 2019 1:48 am

Does being a Professor of Creative writing mean, you can write what ever comes into your head in any word order and without concern for accuracy or reality. If anyone dares to complain about the writing they are just dismissed as moronic ignoramuses, who have no concept of artistic freedom and imagination.
If that is what it creative writing means? Then it is clear why the Professor holds that qualification.

September 6, 2019 1:58 am

Less than 20 years ago Emory University demonstrated it actually had some academic standards when they got their feet held to the fire. Anyone remember Professor of History Michael A. Bellesiles being forced to resign?

Reply to  rah
September 6, 2019 4:03 am

Yep. That sorry saga illustrated to me that peer-review meant nothing, consensus of experts even less, and that rampant confirmational bias distorted some topics. There are many elements of that episode that has been mirrored in the manmade climate change debate.

Mark Broderick
September 6, 2019 2:00 am

“Astonishing Media Misinformation About the IPCC”

“We teach children that a summary should accurately reflect a longer document. But that’s not what happens at the world’s most important climate body.”

This blog is written by Canadian journalist Donna Laframboise

Rod Evans
September 6, 2019 2:00 am

You just could not make this stuff up could you…? Well, if you are a Professor of Creative Writing, you could.
Seriously? Is this the level of educator the youth and young adults in America are being instructed by?

Reply to  Rod Evans
September 6, 2019 2:16 am

Yes! Just another tweeting girl living in her twitter world.

Mark - Helsinki
September 6, 2019 2:08 am

Democracy now, who I used to kinda follow years ago have become far left unhinged liars

September 6, 2019 2:11 am

We note, of course, that anecdotal evidence from the professors youth goes unquestioned, but when a sceptic refers to their experiences they are shouted down.

September 6, 2019 2:36 am
September 6, 2019 2:57 am

The ranks of climate communicators are filled with idiot liars.

September 6, 2019 3:34 am

“Hurricane Dorian is the result of “carbon emissions” made by humans”.

Sorry, every time I breathe out, I cause a hurricane.

September 6, 2019 3:49 am

would,nt want my kids near anyone that stupid

September 6, 2019 4:25 am

You have to know about people like this, who are so stupid they don’t even know they’re alive.

It’s okay to point at them and giggle, but if you turn your head away they will do far more harm than good.

Reply to  Sara
September 6, 2019 5:04 am

Yep! Like declaring the NRA a domestic terrorist organization.

Johann Wundersamer
September 6, 2019 5:21 am
Bruce Cobb
September 6, 2019 5:51 am

“When I was growing up in the Caribbean, we would get really dangerous storms once a decade. And now we’re beginning to see them regularly.”
I know what she means. When I was younger we used to see reports of UFOs every week, and now we’re starting to see them regularly. If this keeps up we will soon be seeing them routinely, or even – gasp, automatically. We’re really doomed if we start to see them habitually.

September 6, 2019 6:16 am

Why not say “It’s the sun, stupid ?” 😀

Maybe there is more than corellation between hurricane strength and sun storms (kp and A index)
Being an Analysis of Atmospheric Influences – During Hurricane Season 2017′

Perhaps the most significant aspect of late summer – early autumn 2017 was the severity of the hurricane season, especially in the Caribbean / Atlantic region. We may therefore seek to make an analysis of the atmospheric activity and solar influences to assess whether there has been any relevant interaction or correlation in that area of interest.

ref. 2019 Dorian

In a comment on this post, the “Atmosphere Guy” brought up an interesting idea. His thought was that increases in solar Kp (fluctuations in the solar magnetic field ) and the resulting flow of high energy particles can accelerate the development of jet-streams, hurricanes, and cyclones on the earth.

Can the Sun Produce More Powerful Storms on Earth?

Sounds very interesting.

September 6, 2019 6:27 am

I now know why today’s college educated people can not read, write or speak English. Watch any show on any network and you will hear bring being used when take is the proper word, PBS and NPR included. Worse, sentence structure is so bad that it is not understandable. My highschool English teacher would give them an “F.”

September 6, 2019 6:33 am

American schools have been actively turning out morons for decades now, why would anyone be surprised by this latest example?

John Smith
September 6, 2019 6:38 am

Well who caused all those devastating hurricanes in the 18th century?

See the list :

1780 is particularly notable – 28,000 deaths.

September 6, 2019 6:43 am

Sure on fusion.
All that is needed is that engineers recreate, on Earth, the Sun’s gravitational field strength.

Reply to  Bob Hoye
September 6, 2019 8:09 am

bob hoye…. MIT has invented new super magnets which are key to keeping a stable reaction, and now more and more companies are joining the fusion race… It looks real promising, just the time scale is worrying… The science and mechanics have totally changed and things look good for fusion.

Reply to  Sunny
September 6, 2019 9:14 am

That is what they have been saying for my entire lifetime. 10-20 years away; for reals this time.

September 6, 2019 6:50 am

When the historical record disagrees with your childhood memories, go with the memories every time.

It’s quite possible that her home town was only hit once a decade or so. However she’s now comparing that to any storm, anywhere in the Caribbean.

Reply to  MarkW
September 6, 2019 7:33 am

Yes but I like the way she segued into blaming the fossil fuels and the climate changing Trump for all the poor victims as they’re panning down the streets of the Bahamas with all the drowned cars in the background. Perhaps she’s happy now they won’t run and neither will the lights turn on? Green nirvana no doubt.

September 6, 2019 7:17 am

Unfortunately, when anyone with some dose of skepticism, talks about any subject on climate, there is always anyone pointing out fragilities in curriculum or any other personal issue. In this case it is evident that the person is completely clueless about the subject that she is talking about but no one cares. Impressive!
Well, at least the so called Professor, as a creative writer, she might be expanding her activity as a creative climate thinker.

September 6, 2019 7:36 am

Well, we probably can say it is Mann-made, cause in reality Dorian was a weak category 2 hurricane, but NOAA made him to a category 5 monster. As far as I could see they inflated wind speed from 96 knots to 160knots, and the pressure from 955hPa to 910hPa.

September 6, 2019 7:57 am

Tiphanie Yanique is obviously greatly over paid.

September 6, 2019 8:31 am

When I was in the Philippines and Okinawa the weather never failed to disappoint with typhoons every year and the feeder bands always telling of the approaching storm. I don’t recall anyone calling it anything other than weather and normal. There are also earth tremors not caused by humans and spiders.

Bruce Cobb
September 6, 2019 8:42 am

I heard them on NPR this morning prattling on about with the newly-minted claim about “climate change” being responsible for storms like Dorian basically stalling, and dumping prodigious amounts of rain as a result. Whenever a fresh, new lie about climate comes out, the climatards are all on that bandwagon like flies on you-know-what to disseminate it as the gospel.

Reply to  Bruce Cobb
September 6, 2019 1:29 pm

That is the same throughout “news” and “science” media, almost as if they are interconnected through some sort of online messaging system or something.

Denny Gomez
September 6, 2019 8:59 am

First time on this site. I’m concerned that a post like this is “preaching to the choir”. These statements by the Professor and artist are clearly the ideological babbling of idiots. But I had to read down to find out what this site is about. I don’t see the use in letting the idiots speak without clearly refuting their hysterical claims. The data shows definitively that the frequency and intensity of these storms has decreased in recent history. A useful post would have given that data, and it’s source.

Reply to  Denny Gomez
September 6, 2019 1:21 pm

Brother? You need to check the sidebar, lots of information, maps, links to other web pages and to individual research, Solar images link, Arctic Ice data link, etc etc. And keep scrolling down, there is a LOT of it. 97% say it is too much information for one person to get through in one working day. Good luck and welcome.

Jeff Labute
September 6, 2019 9:28 am

If it was Climate Barbie’s claim, it would had been worded as ‘person-made’ rather than ‘man-made’. She is therefore an amateur progressive.

Maybe she’s experiencing withdrawal symptoms after losing all her cocaine?

John M Brunette, Jr.
September 6, 2019 9:31 am

I would challenge this clown to go and make her own man made hurricane in a lees populated area, and if she succeeds, I’d be happy to cut her a check for 1 million dollars.

Nick Werner
September 6, 2019 9:35 am

“Emory University Creative Writing Prof: Hurricane Dorian Is ‘Man-Made’”

She could be on to something… did anyone else notice that Hurricane Dorian showed up just as a high-profile racing yacht was streaking across the Atlantic on its way to New York? We have correlation.

September 6, 2019 9:45 am

While I have no doubt that governments are experimenting with various weather control and instigation technologies (they’ve admitted it for decades) I think proof for such claims is on those saying it. Just saying this is “unprecedented” when the opposite is true is not proof.

For those who doubt the first statement check out what Ben Livingston (Navy Physicist) says. He was involved in cloud seeding programs that successfully slowed north Vietnamese and north Korean troop movements. He maintains that hurricane control was the top priority in the 60’s and that the technology was fully operational.

One should never take those type of statements at face value. If you want to scare your opposition you get some qualified people to make statements. It could be disinformation, it could be real. We have no way of knowing. A lot of people just accept it as fact. That is a mistake and obviously one Tiphanie Yanique has made.

Critical thinking is in short supply. Be open and suspicious to all possibilities!

John Garrett
September 6, 2019 11:23 am

Democracy Now! is a platform for crackpots hosted by a crackpot (Amy Goodman).

I occasionally watch it when I a laugh.

September 6, 2019 1:11 pm

Mosher has a sister? LOL

C Lynch
September 6, 2019 3:01 pm

“And your area of scientific expertise is?” Listening to this congenital idiot reminds me of the saying – you can’t fix stupid. Or as we say in Ireland – you’re never finished with a fool.

September 7, 2019 12:51 pm

Silly, silly human.

William Haas
September 9, 2019 3:55 pm

So I guess all hurricanes have always been man made even those that took place before mankind evolved. Are all storms man made as well?

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