Friday funny – Subsidy Sam in the news!

Josh writes:’Subsidy Sam’ is a children’s story written by Lyndsey Ward to counter the shameless pro-wind propaganda allowed in schools. Lyndsey asked me to help out with a cartoon and I was only too happy to oblige. Today ‘Subsidy Sam’ made it into The Press and Journal, a Scottish newspaper – see below. You can read…

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Hump day hilarity – Democracy poll toll

Josh writes: There is a delightful story in the UK news this week: After Internet users overwhelmingly voted to christen Britain’s new $300 million research ship “Boaty McBoatface” in an online naming poll, a government official suggested the name wouldn’t be used. “There is a process now for us to review all of the public’s choices,” Science Minister Jo Johnson told the BBC Monday, per Newsweek. “Many of them were…

Friday funny bonus – Green blob feeling the heat

Josh writes:  There is lots of news around about renewables, especially wind and solar, feeling the sharp stab of economic reality and the burn of bankrupcy – see SunEdison, German renewables, more SunEdison, Dutch wind and British green blundering – all via The GWPF. This would be cheery news if governments hadn’t wasted so much taxpayers cash on such pointless policies in…

Friday funny – Climate Chat-bot in evidence

Josh writes: As you may know, Microsoft recently launched a Chat-bot called ‘Tay’ as an experiment in “conversational understanding.” “The more you chat with Tay”, said Microsoft, “the smarter it gets, learning to engage people through “casual and playful conversation.” ” But as the Verge noted. Unfortunately, the conversations didn’t stay playful for long. Pretty soon after Tay…

Wednesday wit – Exit Stage Left

Josh writes: BishopHill has this story – Republicans in the US House of Representatives are currently trying to get a grip on one small part of the Washington bureaucracy by trying to get the National Science Foundation to concentrate on funding useful science. Lamar Smith, the Texas Congressman who is leading the charge, is firing off shots over NSF’s funding…

Friday funnies – a cartoon week

Josh writes: it’s been a fun week. First, there was a survey of 17 countries showing the British rank 15th in their concern over climate change. H/t GWPF   Then we had George Monbiot of the UK Guardian wrongly citing the IMF on an equally wrong definition of subsidies.   Finally, we had the post Paris realisation that since climate science is settled…

Saturday satire – Welcome to the new era of climate

You’ve heard of the Holocene, and the Anthropocene… The ‘Anthropocene‘ is a term widely used since its coining by Paul Crutzen and Eugene Stoermer in 2000 to denote the present time interval, in which many geologically significant conditions and processes are profoundly altered by human activities. Well, hold onto your hats, er data.. Josh writes:…

Monday mirth – Old Reliable

Josh writes: As visitors here know there’s a video titled “How reliable are satellite temperatures?” with the usual suspects giving their expert opinions. You can watch the video here and read the post on WUWT here. H/t @GroenMNG for the idea. Cartoons by Josh [Typo fixed]   NOTE/update:  To be clear, this most influential tree, YAD06, was used in Briffa 2000, not MBH98…