Monday, January 27, 2014

IF YOU CAN KEEP YOUR HEAD ABOUT YOU

The ease with which Mark Steyn's lawyers routed the censors taking him to task for trash-talking Canadian turban wearers suggests an easy out for his libel defense team. 

Counsel need but remind his literary agent that book sales could soar if the humorist stops molesting climate scientists and starts comparing Jerry Sandusky to the founder of his previous target group.



Since this gambit worked splendidly for Salman Rushdie, Steyn's agent can take the heat off his libel lawyers by sending the neocon comedian off on an book tour of the Middle East with fellow climate contrarians Pat Michaels & Robert Balling.


What could possibly go wrong?



SEMANTIC AGRESSION STRIKES BACK

Tired of adding the adjective Catastrophic to Anthopogenic Global Warming  Fred Singer has begun tacking Calamitous on to episodes of unseemly Coolth 

 Fred's latest op-ed  in the agnotologically challenged American Thinker admonishes us that 

The Hockeystick is a manufactured item and does not correspond to well-established historic reality.  It does not show the generally beneficial Medieval Warm Period (MWP) at around 1000 AD, or the calamitous Little Ice Age (LIA) between about 1400 and 1800. 

Now I like a good disaster as well as anyone, but where's the fun in his last 400 year run of calamities?
By 1400, the Black Death was over and done with, and the Crusades and the Golden Horde were toast.
By 1500, printing had given rise to pornography, and 1492 had opened up nothing more than the New World order.
By 1600 the Renaissance had flowered and gone to seed leaving nothing but the reformation and Galileo in its wake.
By 1700 monarchies were turning Constitutional and colonies were turning ornery.
By 1800, the Industrial and American  Revolutions had born fruit, with postmodernity to follow.
Now that 300 years of  industry have doubled climate forcing, what's not to like about restoring the general benefits of 1000 AD?  

Singerian historians can look forward to rising sea levels undoing the Netherlands until the Rhine once again becomes a Viking free trade superhighway. crop driven population growth renders serfdom again competitive with slavery, and expanding ash tree rings signal the resurgance of human sacrifice in Scandinavia.

Friday, January 24, 2014

A MAN IN A CHICKEN LITTLE SUIT WALKS INTO A BAR

The day after the Chinese Academy of Science's rejected his NIPCC report, D.C. Denial Doyen Fred Singer delivered a  wowser of an interview to outback yack radio host Topher. Some highlights:


Tossing Archimedes' Principle out with the bath water:
Don’t use glaciers as thermometers... In my view…when the next ice age starts,  more of the  sea water  will  freeze and become ice  and sea level  will fall back  down  to what it was  during the last ice age.
Setting agriculture back 100 million years by making corn and dinosaurs coeval:
Also from an historic reason, you should remember that all our major food crops that’s wheat and rice and maize, all developed about oh, maybe three to five thousand, well when carbon dioxide levels were three to five thousand parts per million, which is about ten let’s say ten times the present value.
 While Warmists complain flowering plants like wheat, rice and maize did not evolve until 100,000,000 years after the Carboniferous high water mark of atmospheric CO2, Fred hears the wee things crying out for the status quo ante of their tree fern ancestors:
So they really are used to higher CO2 levels, they want more CO2 levels, they are crying out to us, please give us more CO2!
After all we are returning the CO2 which we took from the atmosphere , put into fossil fuels, we are now returning it to the atmosphere.
All this carbon dioxide essentially came from carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, in the ancient atmosphere and we’re returning it at this time.
In Singer's view, science should deal with fossil CO2 levels the way K Street's leading legal lights taught him to deal with unwanted evidence when he worked as a paid witness for patent trolls- By ignoring it :
There is in fact no real correlation. There were warm periods and there’ve been  cold periods; these correlate more with the way the solar system moves through the galaxy. 
Which has nothing to do with carbon dioxide is a completely different issue but has a lot to do with what exists in galactic arms, namely increased intensity of cosmic rays. Apparently that factor is an important factor in changing the climate.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

FAUX ARMES , MES AMIS !

TRUE TO BAD FORM , SERIAL LESE MAJESTE'  PERP MONCKTON HAS USURPED THE ARMORIAL BEARING OF THE HOUSE OF LORDS, OF WHICH HE IS NOT A MEMBER.

THIS TIME HE HAS PASTED HIS  PINK PARODY OF A PORTCULIS ON A PIECE PROTESTING THE  SCIENCE PUBLISHER WHO PULLED THE PLUG ON A CABAL OF MONCKTON'S FELLOW CLIMATE PSEUDS WHO HAD TURNED PATTERN RECOGNITION IN PHYSICS INTO A SCIENTIFIC LAUGHINGSTOCK:

THE PROXIMITY OF MONCKTON"S ERSATZ EMBLEM TO A SCIENTIFIC DEATH SPIRAL MAKES SENSE, BUT IF THE STAR SPANGLED VISCOUNT  WITH THE TEN GALLON CORONET WANTS TO SEE HIS  BANNER HEADLINES COMPETE WITH THE  DAILY BEAST, THE ARMORIALLY CORRECT  SCIENCE TABLOID SHOULD LOOK LIKE THIS :



TELL IT NOT IN GATH OR ASHKELON

VISCOUNT MONCKTON'S ANSWER TO THE PROBLEM OF UNPUBLISHABLY SILLY PAPERS : 

FIND AN EVEN SILLIER PUBLISHER 


Bowing to extreme pressure from a handful of mad scientists (mad, that is, at the loss of income and prestige that the inexorable collapse of the Great Lie entails), the managing director of Copernicus scientific publishers, a formless lump of lard by the name of Rasmussen, has killed a promising new journal, Pattern Recognition in Physics.
The appalling Rasmussen’s monstrous reason for this 21st-century equivalent of Nazi-era book-burning? In a single glancing reference, the 19 authors who had contributed to a gripping special issue about planetary tidal influences on solar activity, edited by professor Mörner, had dared to dance in church.
The 19 eminent scientist who had co-written the dozen learned papers in the special issue had suggested – tell it not in Gath and Ashkelon – that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a racketeer-influenced criminal organization headquartered in Switzerland (which conveniently has no RICO statute ...
Unlike Galileo, who also got into trouble over the theological implications of the interaction between the Sun and the planets, professor Mörner did not even get a trial in front of the Holy Inquisition. For the Thermageddon Cult is, to its very roots, instinctually Communist...
So The Borg assimilated the Copernicus scientific publishing house instead. They made it clear to the rabbit in charge that unless he kowtowed, conformed, submitted, obeyed and toed the line he would have his reputation destroyed just as They always try to destroy the reputations of any who have been curious enough to ask questions about the New Dogma.
There is only one reasonable conclusion to be drawn from the above passages. The Age of Reason and Enlightenment is over. The Dark Ages are back.
But I am not taking this one lying down.  I shall take over the journal. Here is a mock-up of the front cover:

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

A WEEK AGO, MAYOR BLOOMBERG WOULD HAVE BANNED IT

Proof that  climate, diet, and drug  policy factoids don't mix unless powdered, ignited and inhaled vigorously by the Mayor of Toronto:


                 SURGEON GENERALS WARNING : SMOKING WIND TURBINES MAY CAUSE NOSE MAGGOTS IN BATS

Monday, January 20, 2014

Journals ? What Journals ?


There are over a hundred thousand scientific journals in print these days, some good, some bad and some very ugly indeed.


Yet though Watts boasts of hosting more thousands of articles and millions of comments than any living climate denier, he now asks us to believe that he is as innocent of their content as Sargent Schultz or Captain Renault --the emphasis is his, not mine:

This must come as a surprise to such frequent WUWT contributors and climate skeptic-friendly journal founders and editors as Pat Michaels, Christine de Freitas, and Edward Wegman, whose pay-for-play journals contain most of the extant references to Watt's only published scientific paper. 

CLIMATE HYPOTHESES : BUY 3 GET 1 FREE !


Sunday, January 19, 2014

HOW CAN YOU WARMISTS EXPECT CO2 TO TRAP THE HEAT OF THE SUN WHEN THE EARTH IS THE CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE ?

The Weekly Standard's, hagiography of  contrarian Dick Lindzen,  drew criticism in The Guardian from Dana Nuccitelli, who challenged the Neocon's predictable comparison of their scientific hero to a certain Italian astronomer:

The major difference between Lindzen and Galileo was that Galileo was right


This heresy outraged Viscount Monckton, a staunch defender of the faith, whose title can be traced back all the way to the year of our Lord 1956, some forty years before he became my shirtmaker. He writes in WUWT:

Actually, Galileo was wrong. 
The Church, as well as informed scientific opinion, had long agreed that the Earth orbits the Sun and not the other way about. However, Galileo had drawn inappropriate theological conclusions from heliocentricity, perpetrating the notorious non sequitur that since the Earth was not the centre of the Universe the Incarnation and Crucifixion were of less importance than the Church maintained.

However,
 Steven Mosher says:
January 13, 2014 at 9:43 pm          Galileo has a case.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

TOSS ANOTHER PENGUIN ON THE BARBIE

Expect deceased Editor William F. Buckley to rotate a few RPM faster:
Gregg Pollewitz, arbiter & chief copy provider of National Review's hilariously un-fact checked Planet Gore blog, has followed Watts example in censoring scientific comments while giving the peanut gallery carte blanche to pontificate at will.




When The Moon Is In The 7th House, Does It Still Rhyme With Loon?

Dear Dr.Clive Best:
How do you do?
I have read your interesting essay “Coal-The hard facts”.
After Fukushima nuclear disaster, hot debates are going on
as to the energy mix in Japan.

Since AGW theory is a fictitious science, I believe coal is the best choice in terms of resources quantity, electricity generating cost and safety problem. If youmail to me, I can send you a E&E paper showing the basic error of IPCC’s AGW scheme together with several essays posted to “Climate Clash” (http://climateclash.com/).

I would like to have your comments on my ideas.
Sincerely,
Mr.Kyoji Kimoto
ON THE CONFUSION OF PLANCK FEEDBACK PARAMETERS.
  • Source: Energy & Environment . 2009, Vol. 20 Issue 7, p1057-1066. 10p. 2 Charts.
  • Author(s): Kimoto, Kyoji
  • Abstract:
  • ... Since the IPCC overestimates the threat of carbon dioxide by 4-6 times, the revaluation will be needed for the CO<sub>2</sub> reduction policies in terms of cost and potential hazards.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

SOME TIME EARLIER , ON THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD


From Pareidolia to Idiolalia

Why do so many happy climate warriors rejoice in making mincemeat of language ? The more disagreeable advocates of climate change cleave to the concept of the Party Line, treating climate projections through the year 2100 as as much of a done deal as an exit poll, and maledicting any who question their received policy wisdom. 

Not to be outdone semi-pro PR operatives like Watts cover the opposite sides retreat from reality by tacking comparative terms like  'catastrophic' on to phenomena whose un-exaggerated existence nobody can deny.  As this continues, the gap between the two climate cultures can onlywiden, for once opponents in a policy debate succumb to idiolalia, substantive discussion gives way yo semantic agression, and the stage is set for confrontations as symbolic as professional wrestling or dueling stump preachers.

Left to feed on themselves, the sort of revival meetings conducted in the name of environmental journalism  on the left and 'Sound Science ' on the right give rise to a cross between Idiolalia and Pareidolia in which the faithful of all parties see signs and wonders in the scientific noise - no matter how absurdly climate data are stretched to fit an agenda of belief, there is always some true believer prepared to discount the undistorted data.  If no one can gainsay a Welsh father of three from Danygrig, Ystrad who sees the face of salvation in a marmite lid, who in the name of dimensional analysis can deal with folk who contend underwater volcanoes justify the photoshopped reversal of all measured long term climate trends : idiolalia's  more advanced stages overlap the dyslexic's ability to insist that up and sideways mean down:- like this offering from Viscount Monckton:


In idiolalia's wake the climate wars have regressed to the intellectual level of the Thirty Years War, when the reigning theological praxis, as opposed to principle was cuius Regio, cuius Religio- whatever the boss says goes. This time round opposing views of social engineering, not the Diety, divide Republicans and UKIP Tories, from Democrats and Greens.


Though the Teaparty's dozen-odd op-ed stalwarts chant the  Science Is Religion  mantra, it is they who currently lead in the creation and manipulation of symbols.  While the left has shown some sense of decency  in letting stale memes die natural deaths-polar bears are passe',  the more zombified neocons lead the climate ignoring classes in addiction to emblems.


Waving climategate icons and hockey sticks above the heads of their flocks like the leaders of an imagined peasant's revolt, they exhort them to march out to burn the scientific windmill du jour, in yack TV scenes less reminiscent of Calvinist Dominies in the days of Melancthon and Zwingli than the last remake of Frankenstein- as bad as  The Day After Tomorrow, or Vice-presidential potboilers may be, this is dystopic SciFi of an even lower ordAs some think the climate stakes astronomically high, it is cautionary that NASA has just ignited an pareidolic firestorm by imaging this 17,000 light year distant supernova remnant: You can guess the title the tabloids have hit on.

But before moving to shake this extended celestial hand as an homage to Ursula Le Guin's eponymous film, the theologically prudent will recall that while Christ is supposed to be seated at the right hand of the Father, the subject of this emblem is clearly a lefty, and missing his ring finger to boot-- even the Hollywood version of Tolkien's works points to the folly of obsession.

Friday, January 3, 2014

THE DOG DAYS OF WINTER

Reluctance to swallow such headlines as these :


Kim Jong Un Reportedly Feeds Uncle to Starving Dogs                                 
Kim Jong Un's executed uncle was 

eaten alive by 120 hungry dogs

suggest the media remain in denial about the culinary achievements of the previous North Korean dictator Kim Jung Il, who in 2007 fed the Easter Bunny to his birthday party guests. 

As Adamant reported at the time:
Giantrabbit_small_2Robert der Grosse, the largest rabbit in recorded Prussian history, is missing and believed dead in North Korea.
The 23 1/2 pound uberbunny was sent to Pyongyang last year along with 11 others by Karl Szmolinsky of Eberswalde, "with the aim of setting up a breeding program to alleviate famine, " They instead ended up on the menu at Dear Leader Kim Jong-il's February 16 2007 birthday banquet.
Der Spiegel says the Brandenburg  Meisterkaninchenzüchter was due to travel to North Korea to set up the farm, but received a  last minute call from a DPRK official canceling the trip.
"North Korea won't be getting any more rabbits from me, they don't even need to bother asking " Szmolinsky said. rejecting the denial of the alleged lepicide issued by the Berlin embassy of the diminutive Hermit Kingdom Hasenpfepper fiend.
Herr Smolinsky's German Giant Greys can produce upwards of seven kilograms of meat, and keen to alleviate hunger in the impoverished country, he gave the North Koreans a 150 Euro per rabbit discount off the usual €200 to 250 price, telling Spiegel Online,  "I've sent them 12 rabbits so far, they're in a petting zoo for now."
Absent the orgy of lagomorphagy, the 12 could have produced 60 bunnies a year if fed properly.  " I feed them everything-- grain, carrots, a lot of cabbages. At the moment they're getting kale," said Szmolinsky of his 50 surviving charges.  Asked if he has any pets he could never part with, he replied: " You can't hang on to them... They cost a lot to feed." 

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Complex, Dynamic, & So Cold That Participles Hang Dangling In The Air

Special to WUWT from the Great White North:


Authoritative proof positive, if kind of hard to parse, that it's OK if sentence structure is temperature dependent if you're a geography teacher worth his weight in Dogberrys in out-authorifying the IPCC:


Severe Limitations of IPCC Understanding And Explanation Of Monsoons As Mechanisms Of Massive Energy Transfer.

Guest essay by Dr. Tim Ball                             Author of :
As Cold As I Ever Knew It.  History & Science Society  of  Manitoba Transactions                          1976-77  

An Early Enrgy Crisis:The Importance of Woodcutting  at Churchill in the Early Years of the Fur Trade  
                              Horizon Canada,                 1985                                                                                                                       "Timber"            The Beaver                         1987  
The Migration Of Geese as an Indicator of Climate Change             Climatic Change                   1985

In order to make their hypothesis that human CO2 is causing global warming work, a small group at or associated with the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) used the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to ignore or rewrite data, create false mechanisms, misuse science and the scientific method.
One sign of malfeasance is if the claim is made from computer model output. A second sign is a design to overthrow an existing explanation without adequate proof it is inadequate. An almost guaranteed sign is a combination of both. They are aided and abetted by people acting for a variety of reasons but rarely with understanding of climatology. Usually they study one part of the complex, dynamic, open system that is global climate out of context.