Thursday, August 21, 2014

WHEN WILL HE GET AROUND TO BANNING THE WORD BANNED?

While waiting the addition of  'irony'  and  '1984'  to the list of automatically banned terms, WUWT outer party members can enjoy the warm bellyfeel of knowing Big Brother's drones are in doubleplus good working order as WUWT's odometer approaches the one million Wikilink mark:

I saw this coming a mile away.
On Wednesday August 20th, Dr. Roy Spencer noted how John Cook’s well debunked 97% ‘consensus’ claim, based of statistical sleight of hand and pal review, was used as an example of propaganda techniques
Connolley …immediately went into Orwellian 1984 Winston Smith mode and re-wrote the entry, simply because he himself believes in the 97% consensus meme. Roy writes today:
That didn’t take long. Less than 24 hours after I noted the use of the “97% of scientists agree” meme as an example of “propaganda techniques” on Wikipedia, the example has disappeared...
In science, citations are done on published works knowing that good or bad, they’ll be there in 10-20 years for the most part, except in cases where the work is so bad, it has to be retracted, such as the Lewandowsky-Cook Recursive Fury paper


[ Surely Watts means the infallible Spencer & Christy’s famous 2004  Science  retraction in response tohaving gotten the sign wrong on two decades of globl satellite temperature trends ?]
Wikipedia, being at the mercy of thousands of Winston Smiths in the form of the banned and maligned William Connolley, is like a shape-shifting information portal at the will of the controlling Wikipedians. It might be good enough for a passing blog reference, but…it certainly isn’t good enough for scientific publication citation.
Maybe that’s why there has been a movement at colleges to ban Wikipedia as a source, even going so far recently as to remove it from college dorm WiFi connections.


Could wannabe internet censor Watt’s  pique reflect Connolley’s recent reminder of  the ongoing  non-publication of the earth shaking scientific paper by Watts et al.  promised us some years before his censors went on autopilot ?

In apparent solidarity with Watts,  Steve McIntyre of Climate Audit has adjusted his blog's censor's sensors to reject comments containing the word 'Blog'.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

NO GUTS, NO GLORY

WARNING : 
THIS POST CONTAINS A FISH STORY & THE ATTACHED MAP IS NOT INTENDED FOR PURPOSES OF  NAVIGATION OR ELEPHANT HUNTING 


The Editor has gone to the Elizabeth Islands to study ocean albedo & heat content the old-fashioned way, by body surfing.

Dateline Squibnocket: 

A climate of calm still prevails in the Republican Gaza Strip sandwiched between the shores of Naushon, the cliffs of Gay Head, and the dunes of Squibnocket, a corner of Martha's Vineyard buffered against infiltration by papparazzi by two dry townships where Baptists and bootleggers have colluded to turn an impenetrable jungle of wild grape vines into a backwater so wineless that only tabloid hacks with beer-filled camel bags dare attempt to cross it.  

Despite the Presidential presence, the Vineyard's fourteen surviving up-island Republicans remain serene in their sanctuary, fondly recalling how Providence delivered them from the vacationing Clintons two decades ago.

Not content with their Democratic hosts' private beach in Tisbury, the First Family lusted after an invitation to the even more soigné sands east of Mrs. Onassis’s place, an enclave combining the finest kind of upland shooting, fabulous stripped bass fishing, and powdery dunes in an environment so inspirational that Mutiny On The Bounty was written there, rather than Tahiti.

The turncoat Association member who invited the Clintons and the First Cat shall remain nameless, but the consequences of her defection soon became clear. The day before the partisan beach party the Secret Service came calling to sternly warn Republican indigenes to stay off their road, avert their eyes and touch their caps as the Presidential cavalcade rolled by.

The appointed day dawned remarkably warm and fair for so fog-prone a district, and at high noon a cloud of dust rising from the beach plums, heralded a Hummer-led motorcade dozens of vehicles long. As smaller armored columns have been seen to conquer medium sized nations, we feared a long afternoon under the thumb of  the Secret Service, but scarcely a half hour later, the presidential caravan reappeared, headed west, and disappeared down the long allee' of beetlebung trees never to be seen again.

Stunned by our sudden deliverance from paramilitary occupation,  we piled into a car and headed out to the Associates beach to see what social disaster had overtaken the Clinton’s hosts. 

Summiting the tall dunes we saw the answer. Before us, in a mile-long arc extending from Squibnocket Point to the elysian Long Beach of the Onassides, lay a swath of rotting fish guts fully an inch deep and fought over by enough squabbling seagulls for a remake of The Birds.  

One whiff had sent the Clinton's packing, but two tides and a lot of seagulls later, not s shred remained. Word of this Republican miracle of the gulls and fishes soon reached The Vineyard Gazette, which unleashed its interns on the case. The budding journalists soon determined that the the dirty deed was perpetrated by the fish-stick magnates of New Bedford, on the far side of Buzzards Bay. 

Unbeknownst to the beach-going public, the old whaling town's many fish packers have for decades dispatched a weekly gurry boat  to a designated dumping point miles south of Cuttyhunk, where, normally, several hundred tons of fragrant fish guts soon end up back inside the next generation of fish.

On reading this, the Gazettes readership divided into warring camps. True-blue Greens contended that rotting fish guts are a heart-healthy, organic and biodegradable natural product, and a rich source of vitamins as well, while the island's literary aesthetes, still recoiling from the very large smell of the dead Right Whale that had stranded on the same point some years before, insisted the Deep Greens were  dead wrong  and that rotting fish guts were a public nuisance. 

The  Commodore of the Edgartown Yacht Club was asked to weigh in, but Walter Cronkite sagely recused himself, leaving it to a knowledgeable Woods Hole Oceanographer to speculate that the mischief sprang from a wayward Gulf Stream eddy.  In lieu of that hypothesis, the insular Republicans of Chilmark evolved a theory of their own that many adhere to to this day. they staunchly maintain that the arrival of the gurry at the Clinton’s feet admits of but one explanation: it leaves no doubt whatever as to the party affiliation of God.

Who knows what He may visit on the Presidential shore in the vacation week to come, before the sunburned, poison-ivy ravaged and deer-tick infested entourage beats an itchy retreat back to the fever-swamps of the Potomac, and the cycle of the seasons begins anew.

Friday, August 8, 2014

CRUISING THE SEA OF DENIAL : TARSANDINIA, THE SEPTIC ISLE

THE ORIGINAL CARTOONIST NOTED :
"With a certain amount of hysteria and hand wringing over the latest Heartland ads I thought a more pastoral cartoon might be a good ideA.
I will update the cartoon if people suggest improvements but my aim is to express where we are in the debate over Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming – I think the catastrophists are on a small island of sinking sand out there somewhere cold, and, even though there are still arguments to win and vested interests to battle, I think the land is ours.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

MONCKTON NOW REASONABLY SURE HE'S PROBABLY WRONG

Despite recently dismissing one group of IPCC report boosters as: 

"The Union of Hysterical Bedwetters" 

and delivering a speech to the 2014 Ideacity conference entitled:

                           Global Warming is a Hoax 

The globetrotting tarsandinista's latest WUWT  tract confesses that he is a two-thirds true believer in the validity of the IPCC's basic 1.5 degree lower bound on man made climate change:


"In 2001 the IPCC said it was 66% confident we had caused most of the warming since 1950; in 2001, 90% confident; in 2013, 95-99% confident. All of these confidence values are direct lies. For there is no dataset from whose values any such supposed confidence levels can be determined by any recognizable statistical process.
My own best estimate, for what little it is worth, is that a doubling of CO2 concentration would warm the world by about 1 Cº, if that. The IPCC is heading – albeit far too slowly – towards the same answer. "
AS  THE  IPCC DEFINITION OF  'LIKELY' IS  >66%, AND  1ºC  IS >66% OF 1.5º C, DOES THIS UNSEEMLY  CONVERGENCE WITH SCIENTIFIC REALITY PORTEND A DAMASCENE CONVERSION, A CONVENIENT MEMORY LAPSE,  OR LORDLY INDIFERENCE TO THE CLIMATE FEEDBACK CONSEQUENCES  OF RAISING THE SURFACE TEMPERATURE, AND THE VAPOR PRESSURE, OF THE HYDROSPHERE? 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

AND THE RUNNERS UP ARE...

CONSENSUS TRIUMPHS AS WATTS DEFEATS COWARDLY FEMINIST 
AND PEOPLE I WANT TO PUNCH IN THE THROAT
Sydney Mineral Exploration Discussion Group
AKA  
 Anthropogenic Climate Change Sceptics (Militant Wing)
Another Climate Wars Own Goal from the land of coal has arrived from a Politically Correct Office Services manager bent on doing for Clive Hamilton what Fred Singer has done for Chris Mooney.

Though ominously fond of Comic Sans, this scientifically tone-deaf and stylistically challenged Dogberry seems relectant to link to the object of his dudgeon, The Deaf/Death Of Global Warming:

Re :Commentary involving Dr Russel Sietz, Harvard Uni
From: Geoff Derrick 
Chelmer Office Services
Shop 5, 10 Central Avenue, Graceville  Q  4075 [geoffd@powerup.com.au] 

Suggested additional material for the Resume ofDr Russel Seitz, Department of Physics, University of Harvard. 
Dear Sir or madam I am a consultant geologist. These comments are not directed at most of you as a personal message, but more to inform you of the type of person that inhabits your own workplace, is closely linked to the University and who works in the Department of Physics. By his recent actions this person, Dr Russell Seitz, is both besmirching the reputation of your University, and at the same time showing himself to be a person of considerable nastiness and with absolutely no moral character whatsoever. 
The good doctor hosts a blog labelled “VVatts up with That”, which is described as being a spoof of the best web science blog on the internet run by Anthony Watts, “Watts up with That.” The latter blog is a highly popular and hugely respected website focussing on climate scepticism, and is strongly science-based, as evidenced by an impressive array of awards, as shown here.
Anthony is a person of the highest integrity who has overcome extreme hearing disability to be an active and highly respected participant in the world of meteorology, science broadcasting and climate matters.
Seitz has chosen to attack Anthony’s hearing disability, and to personally abuse him. In Anthony Watts’ words, (link: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/07/29/these-are-the-sortof-people-we-are-up-against/#more-113703“It’s one thing to say things about me because I holdcontrary ideas about global warming, that’s fair game. But I have to say that combining that criticism of my views onglobal warming with taunts over my hearing problem, is just so over-the-top and beyond decency”.He describes me as a “serial hearing aid abuser”.I simply have no words that can convey how repulsive this is to me. 
I’m sure anyone who knows how people suffer from the issues of hearing loss, bothemotionally and socially, can relate. The only explanation I can think of for this sort of behavior is that Dr. Seitz must be unable to grapple with his own moral demons, because no rational person, and certainly no professional academic, would publicly taunt a person for a handicap that they suffer withdaily. I feel sorry for him.” As a measure of Anthony’s basic integrity, he has elected to accept no comments on the posting noted above from WUWT, thus saving Dr Seitz from a flood of likely abusive and outraged commentary from the WUWT readership in response to Seitz’s own brand of personal denigration of Watts.
I am not so sensitive on this issue. The good Dr Seitz has behaved very badly on this occasion, and in my mind has irredeemably sullied the reputation not only of himself butalso your institution. As co-workers at Harvard, you should not be proud of having this man operating from within your hallowed walls. As we say here, he is just a ‘piece of work’.            Sincerely  
 Dr G M Derrick 31 July 2014

As I told the author of a more succinct and civil note, the charge of 'serial hearing aid abuse' pertains less to to Mr. Watt's refusal to hear what he dislikes than his policy of silencing critics entirely.







Tuesday, July 29, 2014

TOSS ANOTHER CENTIPEDE ON THE BARBY, IT'S A GOLDEN AGE!

Were S. Fred Singer to look back on his 90 year career, the man he might see gaining on him the fastest is a Carboniferous chap from Queensland, Stanmore coal director and Burton Coal, Dalrymple Bay Coal, South Blackwater Coal, Tahmoor Coal, & Newlands Coal factotum and Carbon Sense Coalition chairman Viv Forbes.

While “pasture manager, soil scientist and geologist" Forbes, who thinks "a period of global cooling is likely”, has yet to produce any peer-reviewed climate science, he has pulled alongside Singer in the race to drivelify conservative discourse by publishing 62 pages of chloroform in print to S. Fred’s 67, in one journal alone, the paradoxically titled  American Thinker.
What's more, his Carbon Sense Coalition has published “All Cows are Green” in an opinion-leading journal of the humanities, Australian Sugarcane. Here's a prime Viv Thinkerthought set in Carboniferous context:
and the rest of his scintilating American Thinker title list: