Monday Mirthiness – Tweet of the Year

Based on the stories we cover here at WUWT, this has got to be the “tweet of the year” if not the decade.

It’s like a Josh cartoon, and you can visualize the figures behind the zingers. Enjoy.

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87 thoughts on “Monday Mirthiness – Tweet of the Year

  1. It greatly amuses me that those who accuse Trump of having his own version of reality going on in his head, equally have THEIR own versions of reality going on in their heads.

    It’s no wonder we in the everyday world bemoan what media, politicians, academics, bureaucrats and “influencers” (whatever they are) come out with every day to demonstrate their eye-rolling stupidity.

    • Your last name is remarkably similar to an author whose books are amazing and blog posts unceasingly entertaining…
      rip

  2. I’m ignorant to this woman, but she sounds smart. If someone has some links for her I’d be grateful. I’m embarrassed I don’t know..

  3. – Still mistake Michael Mann for a scientist.

    – Are okay with Billionaire Bloomberg buying State Attorney Generals to be his lackeys.

    – Assert the IPCC agenda is about climate science.

    – Believe atmospheric CO2 is pollution, but if diluted 10-fold don’t know that we’d all be dead.

    – Think academic scientists are always pure of motive and conclusions when grants and tenure that make or break their career are on the line.

    – Believe if enough money is given to the UN that global weather in 80 years will be “better.”

    • academic scientists

      Some are scientists but many academic types are simply responding to “Request For Proposals” (RFP) put out by funding agencies, mostly government agencies such as the National Science Foundation. So the true culprits are/were folks like John Kerry and Al Gore that influence the peopling of those agencies.

  4. Speaking of the President of the US, I note that the PM of the UK is in a bad way. link He’s old though so it really doesn’t matter. /sarc

    • Boris Johnson went to the hospital on about the tenth day of his infection. The pattern seemed to be in the past that the Wuhan virus disease untreated progressed for about 10 days and then the person either started feeling better, or got much worse. It looks like Boris got much worse.

      Trump said tonight he is sending some special help for Boris Johnson, in the form of new treatments that might be of use to him. No real details were provided.

    • It is said that Boris Johnson is at death’s door.
      Labour party members are praying that God will pull him through…

  5. Someone send thaT
    t tweet to Trump! He will make the MSM ‘talking heads’ EXPLODE ! BOOM BIGLY!

  6. Bill Gates and crew have spent much time on issues such as this virus thing. You can search it up. I suspect he knows more about these issues than my current doctor – who is not a doctor either. She is very smart and medically trained, and I (mostly) listen to her.
    So while I appreciate the “zingers”, Bill Gates is in a class that Al Gore and Bill Nye will never achieve.

    Also, first intro to PinkAboutit. Nice. Thanks.

    • Sadly Bill Gates has also wasted a huge amount of money in pursuit of his philanthropy. In 2016 he delivered the Nelson Mandela Lecture in Mamelodi outside Pretoria. Had he visited the local hospital down the road, he might have been shocked and abandoned his political platitudes and clichés or simply blamed a previous government.

      Gates talks to many on his flitting visits and then patronizingly tells them how they can succeed. The problem is that a wrong diagnosis leads to wasteful remedies. He acknowledges economic turmoil in two wealthy African countries but immediately pivots to Ebola and climate change. He does not examine the symptoms – the economic turmoil – and then move on to causes and treatment. Neither Al Gore nor Bill Nye, not even Bill Gates, fools us all.

      • The thing about Gates wasting money that is rarely pointed out is – it’s his money. He earned it, so it seems to me he can choose to “waste” it on whatever he wants. In America, even rich people are allowed freedom to choose how they spend their money. So if he helps solve a problem, good for him, if it turns out to be a waste – it’s on him to decide what to do next. At least he’s trying to help.

        • While that is all true and well stated.

          I think the point people are trying to make with Bill Gates is his analysis is wrong and whatever good he doing comes an agenda, while at the same time holding up the Las Vegas Neon signs, “Look at me.” I am right because I am rich. He might be right; nothing to do with being rich.

          Sure go out there, do whatever “good” you want to do; hopefully it is good. Bill Gates is a private citizen; well I would like for him to be private and quite.

    • “I suspect he knows more about these issues than my current doctor” Then you need a new doctor. Bill Gates is a successful opportunist, but he’s not some super-genius. He’s also pretty creepy with his authoritarian globalist agenda.

  7. So if Trump isn’t giving medical advice what is he doing when he states:
    “HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE & AZITHROMYCIN, taken together, have a real chance to be one of the biggest game changers in the history of medicine.”

    Or when he says that the US is getting 29 million does of Hydroxychloroqine?

    or when he says: “I’ll say it again: What do you have to lose? Take it. I really think they should take it. But it’s their choice.”

    All of which taken together sounds a lot like medical advice. Or is the tweet suggesting people should just
    ignore Donald Trump?

    • There are quite a few medical experts who have tried this treatment and it seems to work.
      It is also known drugs so the risk is relatively low. I suspect that Trump got this advice from medicos who say it is worth it based on the evidence so far. Better than anything else we have. So the President talking up medical advice he has received is somehow “giving medical advice”. If I get this beast, in Oz, i will be trying very hard to get treated with these drugs, which we are giving to all our front line doctors and nurses in a 4 months trial.

      • So, these drugs are for treating malaria. Malaria is an infection by parasites. It can simply have no efficacy for treating a virus or a bacteria.
        The best hope is that a treatment can be fashioned by using antibodies created by survivors, and then a vaccine can be developed to protect us from it. Just like smallpox, this disease also has to be eradicated, or everyone that has never caught it will.

        • How do you know anti – malarial drugs do not affect viruses? You do not, so don’t post garbage. Some drugs have been developed for certain ailments and have unintended anti – viral efficacy.

        • And Methotrexate is a cancer drug but it was also found to work on rheumatoid arthritis. You simply have no reason to be so absolute in your dismissal.

        • JS:
          Both drugs have anti-inflammatory effects that might lessen the lung damage COVID causes in severe cases. Hydroxychlorquine affects something called a ACE-receptor that the COVID virus seems to use to enter a cell, thus making it harder for the virus to infect cells. Both have long track records of usage thus their side effects are well known, and relatively mild.
          That said, Pres. Trump should not be touting any specific treatment and just let the doctors answer those questions.
          As to eradication: coronavirus is likely a zoonotic disease which means it has non-human hosts. You will never eradicate something that lives out in nature unless you can vacinate every last creature that could possibly harbor it. Not possible.

          • Yep — even wild animals that don’t live out in nature:

            A tiger at the Bronx Zoo tested positive for coronavirus. (I wonder if/how the virus mutated after going through this tiger?)

        • In October 2004, a group of Belgian researchers published a report, stating that chloroquine acts as an effective inhibitor of the replication of the SARS-CoV virus. In vitro, that is… It was never tested on humans.
          Now, in January 2020, Chinese medical researchers stated that exploratory research into chloroquine seemed to have “fairly good inhibitory effects” on the SARS-CoV-2 virus (in vivo). It is used as an experimental treatment.

        • The drug works on the pH of the cell. The corona virus is a pH dependent RNA virus. It simple alters the pH so the virus either can not replicate or it slows the rate of replication. Smallpox is a DNA virus, much easier to make a vaccine against this type of virus. DNA viruses do not mutate quickly or at all. RNA viruses mutate more so even though this particular virus is large~31kb which has been shown to mutate at a far slower rate than smaller ones.

        • How do you work that out? Lots of drugs for one thing work very well against something quite different. Or maybe it targets the same thing in both- RNA transcription say.

          Your comment is simply deeply ignorant.

        • Re : John Shotsky

          A completely RIDICULOUS comment from someone who clearly knows nothing about the subject. The fact that chloroquine and its relatives are anti-malarials is IRRELEVANT to their potential application in the treatment of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Many common drugs have multiple actions at the cellular level and their effects may be beneficial on several front due to effects quite distinct from their main therapeutic activity against one pathogen or another. So, your claim that because chloroquine is primarily an anti-malarial it can’t be used to treat a viral infection like SARS-CoV-2 is fatuous and shows you have no understanding of the topic at all.

          Chloroquine is effective against several diseases and is known to possess antiviral activity. Thus, chloroquine is known to be an ionophore……an agent that has affinity for certain ions and provides them with access to the intracellular space by helping them traverse the cell membrane. This effect is unrelated to the anti-malarial effect of the drug but it does provide a potential mechanism for antiviral activity. There have been several trials already of the drug used in combination with other agents like azithromycin and zinc and the drug (or combinations) is being prescribed to many patients by doctors in many countries at the moment to treat the Covid-19 illness so, no doubt, results of such administration will emerge in the coming weeks.

          It should also be noted that these drugs are dirt-cheap and have been used for a long time so their toxicity profile is very well understood. Bottom line: The US President was providing sensible preliminary commentary on a potentially-effective drug regimen that is widely available and cheap with minimal side effects.

          BTW, I have a degree in pharmacology so I have significantly more idea about this topic than you obviously do. Like many others who use this site, I could send you several references for your edification but you should check the facts BEFORE spouting off a bunch of vindictive nonsense. Thanks!

        • Have you read ANY of the studies on how it is believed to interfere with the virus? Or are you convinced that chemicals can have only one effect. Aspirin is a headache remedy, obviously it can have no effect in preventing heart attack or stroke.

        • Given the operation of Hydroxychloroqine is not well understood there are reasons to believe that it is effective at opening a gateway at the cellular level for zinc to enter the body’s cells.
          Zinc is toxic to this virus because when it gets into a cell it will deactivate the viruses ability to replicate.
          https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4182877/
          https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2973827/
          and
          https://www.researchgate.net/publication/8361588_In_vitro_inhibition_of_severe_acute_respiratory_syndrome_coronavirus_by_Chloroquine
          and there are a few other studies and medical videos about if you care to look.

        • Chloroquine is also cleared by the US FDA for treatment of Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis.

        • John Shotsky: “[Chloroquine] can simply have no efficacy for treating a virus or a bacteria.

          Chloroquine was reported to have activity against viral infection in 1993. Fesen, et al. (1993) Inhibitors of human immunodeficiency virus integrase PNAS 90, 2399-2403.

          Keyaerts,, et al. (2004) In vitro inhibition of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus by chloroquine Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun. 323, 264–268

          From the abstract: “We report on chloroquine, a 4-amino-quinoline, as an effective inhibitor of the replication of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) in vitro. Chloroquine is a clinically approved drug effective against malaria. … Chloroquine, an old antimalarial drug, may be considered for immediate use in the prevention and treatment of SARS-CoV infections.

          There are several later papers through to 2020 showing the efficacy of chloroquine against corona viruses.

          Best to check your declarations of fact for their actual facticity, John, before making them.

        • Don’t tell that to South Korea, that used this approach to completely stop the Virus. They were there before we were, so I would LISTEN to them, instead of the people who have a vested interest in NEW drugs. Your choice though if you get infected?

        • John Shotsky, I admire your misplaced certitude. Hydroxychloroquine is a malaria medicine, but by careful observation by doctors also developed its use as a rheumatoid arthritis medicine: it happens quite frequently in medicine that one substance has properties in another field. Ornithinine cyclase inhibitors are anti parasitic, but they also stop the growth of unsightly facial hair in women… and it goes on. The fact that hydroxychloroquine can be packaged by white blood cells and secreted to attack invading infectious entities is known. It is a disruptor of RNA, so it is one of the substances that knowledgable scientists would go to first. That’s why doctors spend six years in preclinical sciences then do clinicals. Singulair is an anti asthma drug which has promise in reducing pneumonia. Conversely, steroids prolong the infection in Covid. I am not disputing that convalescent plasma has a place, but the cost and difficulty of administering it is significantly greater that a couple of pills a day.

      • When I heard that the UK and China (now India as well) outlawed the export of it I thought “That’s gotta be something that works”.

      • I just found my old bottle of plaquenil of 100 theres 66left
        so it took 2 a day 200mg tabs for just 22days straight to give me oedema and bluehaze around everything i looked at, that resolved- but the tinnitus never went away;-(
        and did stuff all for my severe RA thay gave it to me for.
        so obviously some people manage it for longer periods ok
        some like me dont
        but for a early dose and maybe 10 days or so?
        it would be worth it for most.
        once accumulated its a 56day washout period so it would still have some mild effect for a while.
        personally Im going to be taikng the Ivermectin as far safer and giving around 6mths coverage(maybe)
        with the advantage as I see it of being able to dose 1ml wait a while then another ml etc
        dose for a 50kf person is 2.5ml

        news out about people have severe clotting issues that block lungs cause the heart fails and jam up the IV lines in Covid patients now the docs are looking t get anticlot meds ALREADY in use in hositals approved
        wtf> if theyd be used for any other serious clotting event in normal admissions like stroke/heartattacks then why wait to be asking for dispensation at all?
        absolutely stupid to deny treatment to save a a patient

    • I think the point of the tweet is that people who ascribe credibility to Gore or Thunberg also give Trump the gears over medical advice.

      The tweet is logical

      • Pat:
        Trump said on the 22nd of January “We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China, and we have it under control. It’s going to be just fine.”

        On the 24th of February he tweeted that the stock market was “looking good to me”

        On the 26th of February he stated: “”We’re going down, not up. We’re going very substantially down, not up,”

        Why on earth would I believe him now? He consistently downplayed the seriousness of the crisis blame the media for creating a hoax. As a result the USA reacted too late and thousands of people will die needlessly.

        • Iddak Walton,

          Do you remember the absolute uproar put on by the media about the H1N1 and the Pig flue? And the daily lists of the names of the dead? Yea, I don’t either.

        • Reacted too late?

          The dude stopped flights from China and the left went nuts. De Blasio was pushing the Chinese New Year celebrations in New York.

          We struggle believing any politician as Americans have been devastated by shut downs.

          • The difference between Trump and the others in that tweet is that the others don’t have the blood of thousands of Americans on their hands. Through mesmerising stupidity, sociopathic narcissism and an attempt to politicize a deadly virus – Trump does. So do the professional liars at Faux News and the herd of Republicans weaklings who remained silent in the face of this largely avoidable tragedy. The rest of the world has watched on in morbid horror as it inexorably unfolded, like watching 9-11 in ultra-slow motion, another 1200 dead Americans yesterday. It is not possible for an objective person to watch this video and come to any other conclusion. As an outsider the needless loss of so many lives – especially the medics who were forced to selflessly lay down their lives -has been deeply disturbing.

          • You vacuous hate filled moron. There is no end to your stupidity, your denial and your idiocy. You’re every words scream unjustified hate lies and agenda against a perceive ed enemy, that of democracy, freedom of speech and thought, your enemies. I hope you rot in a special hell reserved for the likes of you and your socialist scum friends.

          • Jamie Moodie
            “You vacuous hate filled moron. There is no end to your stupidity, your denial and your idiocy. You’re every words scream unjustified hate lies and agenda against a perceive ed enemy, that of democracy, freedom of speech and thought, your enemies. I hope you rot in a special hell reserved for the likes of you and your socialist scum friends.”

            I think you need to look in the mirror before accusing anyone of hate. That would be one of the more nasty posts I have ever seen here. In fact I am surprised it got past the moderators given this is clearly against the sites policy “Respect is given to those with manners, those without manners that insult others or begin starting flame wars may find their posts deleted.”

          • So it’s ok for you to accuse and hate but not the opposition. Yeah I get it. The moderators are supposed to be on your side are they. Foxtrot Oscar you socialist dork

          • No you don’t “get it” Jamie. Trump has just given his credibility a massive uppercut. Criticism is not hate.

          • ” It is not possible for an objective person to watch this video and come to any other conclusion.”

            Loydo, I don’t consider you to be an objective person. Any conclusions you draw are suspect.

          • Gee Loydo, pull the string and the words “sociopath” and “narcissist” come out. Aside from the asinine claim of blood on his hands, the really sad thing is that it makes you and your ilk happy. Just as you want destructive and landfalling hurricanes so that you can blame it on “climate change,” you have been wanting economic destruction under Trump. And with bodies on top of it…what could be better for you? You probably hoped it would come in the form of terrorism, but beggars can’t be choosers. The worst possible thing for you would be a safe country and thriving economy under Trump. The hate is transparent. Just admit it.

        • Still not getting it are you Izaak?

          It’s called a whoooosh. Right over your cognitively dissonant head.

          Here’s a clue. The post is not about Trump.

        • You will always find a (logical to you) reason to justify your inbuilt hate and biases if you look hard enough.

          • In this case it is called “Trump Derangement Syndrome”,
            also known as TDS.
            Izaak needs help that is hard to get when mayors and governors shut down their areas.

        • When he said he wanted to stop flights from Muslim countries to save lives, that was racist. When he didn’t want to stop flights from some countries even though some thought it would save lives he was stupid.

          It’s the constant hypocrisy of his opponents that’s the issue, not whether Trump is right or wrong

    • Apparently he is not allowed to voice his opinion? Because no where do I see him him giving Ann Landers type advice–just opinions.

    • There’s a difference between GIVING medical advice and RELAYING medical advice from sources generating it.

      It’s really not that hard to distinguish the difference.

    • None of that comes close to giving medical advice. Saying drugs hold promise and that large quantities are being purchased are particularly far away from giving advice.

  8. It’s very similar to the credulous alarmists who criticise climate skeptics for their lack of physics Ph.Ds. If you reject CAGW: “Where is your Ph.D?” If you accept it, no request for a Ph.D. will be made. It’s magic.

  9. Canadians need recognition, too! So….

    — Think that David Suzuki is an expert on anything besides the study of fornicating fruit flies.

    • He is an expert on overpopulation (all his kids) and misallocation of resources, ( all his many houses)

  10. Wow – so no one remembers the era when Bill Gates was the greedy money driver twat who forces us to use MS Office and gave the world that sodding paper clip?

    Need to check my notes but pretty sure he used to be a manifestation of evil and all that was wrong in the corporate world.

    • 640k of memory is enough for all times.
      MS Dos the worst of all existing Dos ever.
      😀
      He never was the brightest candle.

    • Gates’ version of MS was lawyer driven company, that attempted to take over, or co-op, all domestic and business desktop activity to his version of how computers should operate and access data and communications.

      Just search with “Gates MicroSoft and lawyers” to see where and when the MS lawyers were/are in action.

  11. I think there is a gap: That is the absence of some example (there are many) from the 1%-ers in Hollywood who are touted as experts on absolutely everything from climate to politics to immigration policy to forest care to GM food crops to the delegate system for Presidential elections. As experts in repeating words originating from others, they really ought to have the mickey taken out of them too.

    • Have you noticed how Hollywood has stopped telling us how they are surviving at home?

      Eff you Hollywood! People are suffering as they lose their jobs, worry about their jobs, listen to friends and family struggle…government sure can cause harm 🙁

  12. From my file of quotes & smart remarks:

    I would rather have questions that can’t be answered than answers that can’t be questioned.
    – Richard Feynman

    Climate science doesn’t know what world temperature is today within half a degree, and doesn’t know what it was 100 years ago, but they know what it will be 100 years from now.

    Lucy: Liberal scientists can prove climate change is real.
    Linus: They can’t tell the difference between boys and girls!

    When it comes from the right, free speech is violence.
    When It comes from the left, violence is free speech.

    “The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings.
    The inherent virtue of Socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.”
    Winston Churchill

    America is divided because half the nation wants every PERSON
    to be free, while the other half wants every THING to be free.

    The difference between a welfare state and a totalitarian state is a matter of time
    – – Ayn Rand

    California requires you to pick up your dog’s shit but not your own.

    Democrats believe fossil fuels will cause them to overheat and die.
    The same fossil fuels which are keeping them from freezing to death.

    Need now means wanting someone else’s money and greed means wanting to keep your own. Compassion is when a politician arranges the transfer. Joseph Sobran

    The Constitution doesn’t need to be rewritten, it needs to be reread.

    • Excellent quotes, Steve!
      Unfortunately, in an eerie Orwellian sense, they are also true.
      We are but bit actors in a 1950s Sci-Fi film.

    • “One of the surprising privileges of intellectuals is that they are free to be scandalously asinine without harming their reputation.”
      —Eric Hoffer

      “Socialism only works in two places: Heaven where they don’t need it and hell where they already have it.” – President Ronald Reagan

      “The proper business of socialist government is to have your heart in the right place, your head in the clouds and your hand in someone else’s pocket”

      “Commerce is greedy. Ideology is bloodthirsty.”
      —Mason Cooley

      Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views.
      – William F. Buckley

  13. I saw this one today from Laura Ingram:

    Laura Ingraham
    @IngrahamAngle
    Same billionaires who believe you shouldn’t go back to work or travel unless you carry a digital “medical immunity ID”, find voter ID and border enforcement abhorrent.

    And I had just watched a video of Bill Gates talking about us having a digital card or chip once we have had the virus.

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