Wednesday, April 9, 2014

BLACK HOLE FOUND NEAR CENTER OF CLIMATE BLOGOSPHERE

ENORMOUS SUCKING SOUND HEARD AS ECHO CHAMBER STRIPS OXYGEN FROM SURROUNDING MEDIA

"...A network of 171 individual blogs is identified, with three blogs in particular found to be the most central: Climate Audit, JoNova and Watts Up With That."

'the climate debate may have entered into the realm... where no amount of scientific information can reconcile the different values held on a certain topic. This is in contrast to the “rational-instrument” approach whereby science is seen as providing ‘verifiable facts about reality on which rational policy decisions can be based’

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR WATTS


THE CHARGE OF THE GULLIBLE WARMING CHICKEN LITTLE LEMMING DUMB@$$ BRIGADE

Some of those shouting the loudest for public debate in the Climate Wars seem reluctant to stay on the same page as their opponents. 
None more literally so than Peter Ferrara. Having segued into the orbit of the Heartland Institute fresh from the law offices of disbarred K-Street fixer Jack Abramoff, he now shares the Institute's media feed to Forbes with James Taylor and Larry Bell, and together they have raised the delivery of undiluted disinformation to the level of performance art.  
Peter's latest patter song: The Period Of No Global Warming Will Soon Be Longer Than the Period of Actual Global Warming outdistances his Heartland confreres by using his administrator status to jigger the comments in a manner recalling Johnny Carson's Carmac The Magnificent act.
Allowing only answers to questions he likes to appear on the first web page, Ferrara buries less than sycophantic answers in back page links. Here with emphasis is the result. All fanboi handles guaranteed real:


Sunday, April 6, 2014

BUT WHERE DO WE CLICK FOR THE MONKEY?

 The latest selfie from the law office of: http://www.steynonline.com

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

THE NEW REPUBLIC OF SCIENCE

The Nation's endorsement of Chris Mooney's The Republican War on Science, and Slate's report that only 6% of scientists identify with the GOP have led Mother Jones to conclude:
"... Of course scientists are hostile toward Republicans. As far as they're concerned, Republicans are troglodytes who don't believe in evolution, don't believe in climate change, want to ban stem cell research, and don't want to fund the NSF. They'd be crazy not to be hostile toward Republicans."
To frame a Republican outreach campaign to halt the implosion of bipartisanship these authors celebrate  lament, The American Association for the Advancement of Science can invoke the science popularizers who, having been around the longest, should evoke the most trust among conservative readers,
 J. D. Bernal and J.B.S. Haldane: 

America's largest science organization has also decided to broaden its political scope by putting aside the partisan biotech protocols and politicized cell line sources of the past. Henceforth Science will provide prospective molecular bio authors with their choice of DNA from venture capitalist Craig Venter, stem cells from late AAAS President Steve Gould, whose daddy raised him to be a Marxist, or toenail parings from the family crypt of the Chevalier de Lamarck.

So re-up for the Science Wars today! Renew your Science subscription by April 1st, and Science For The People and Union Of Concerned Scientists dues will be included at no extra charge!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

QUOT HOMINES, ITA PAUCI SENTENTIAE

To my considerable surprise, Roger Pielke Jr. has found his metier-- as a book reviewer.

Check out his Nature review of the book that started the science wars in earnest,  J. D. Bernal's 1940 classic, The Social Function of Science 
And then comrade Bernal asked Stalin to liquidate the Republicans!










COALS FROM NEWCASTLE

One cannot fault Matt Ridley's sense of place-  at risk of enlisting on the losing side in the war against cliche' he has become an equally staunch defender of the Northumbrian landscape and the coal mining that re-arranges it - a paradox of affection reflecting how many of the Ridley estate's broad acres are underlain by coal measures.

But what ever can the ex-Economist writer make of the coterie he's spent the last week responding to in WUWT, where Watts has headlined his recent WSJ Op-ed? Have any of them kept up with what the ever-skeptical Economist has been so eloquently saying about the realities of the science in question? 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

PSEUDS' CORNER

Watching a zombie journal like Pattern Recognition in Physics rise from the grave of climate denier captivity, one wonders why the cranks attempting its resurrection didn't hoist their editorial jolly roger aboard some less creaky journal ?
prp
You may not see them at your corner newsstand, but at $4,000 and up per institutional subscription, there is no sub-sub-discipline too obscure to command its own journal. Pergamon's late great Captain Bob was the first to grow rich inflating the list. At its high water mark, Harvard had 35,800 journal subscriptions to pay. 

Why fool around with old vanity presses or Pseudojournals like E&E and PRP, when publishers launch new ones with sciency titles and pristine reputations almost weekly? With application, pseuds like Viscount Monckton, and deferential operators like Benny Peiser and Fred Singer could sell space in the latest to every energy flack and PR hack on K-Street: 
The Journal of Pseudo-Differential 
Operators and Applications 

No anchorman dare challenge a title of such magisterial opacity!




OILER'S THEOREM

    What If   reports on Soda Sequestration
How much CO2 is contained in the world's stock of bottled fizzy drinks? How much soda would be needed to bring atmospheric CO2 back to preindustrial levels?- Brandon Seah.. One "part per million" of CO2 weighs about 7.8 billion tons. A can of soda contains in the neighborhood of 2.2 grams of CO2, so you would need about 450 quadrillion cans of soda...enough to cover the Earth's land with ten layers of cans... 
This layer of cans would get pretty annoying...Are there any ways out of this predicament? In some areas, you can turn in soda cans for recycling... If you collected one year's worth of soda cans—instead of layering them across the Earth's surface—and emptied them out, you could redeem them for $372 trillion.
With that much money, you could simply buy the world's current reserves of coal, oil, and natural gas—the source of the whole problem. Then, you put it all back in the ground and leave it there. Problem solved.
Not so fast , Brandon! Many jurisdictions disapprove of pouring oil down holes in the ground. 


Since oil is ~1,000 X  denser than CO2 gas it might be more prudent to instead pour the black goo into some of those 450,000,000,000,000,000 soda cans, and set them aside on lower pantry shelves to await the next ice age, or the revival of tar and feathering as a penalty for rhetorical excess in modest proposals.

'TIS A GIFT TO BE SIMPLE

A hare-brained visitor to lagomorphland has linked this dish of spagetti as a proof so positive of Michael Mann's statistical guilt that any kindergarten worth its crayons would convict him. 



And here from Science we have what Marcott et al's spagetti adds up to, minus WUWT's special sauce- 

Monday, March 24, 2014

A MAMMOTH HEADACHE


The measure of a great crank magnet is the force with which it attracts weird science from afar, like this offering from one of Watts more prestigeous academic fans, Jim Steele, Director emeritus of the Sierra Nevada Field Campus, San Francisco State University, which in the Wattsian calculus of credential inflation means a former campground manager and lecturer on 'Bird Identification by Song'. Spreading his wings, Mr. Steele has introduced WUWT readers to the remarkable hypothesis set forth in William Thompson's blog:
The gist of the theory is that a comet killed off North America's Ice Age megafauna, and flattened the Clovis culture. Undaunted by the failure of further field studies to confirm his ideas, Thompson has upstaged Edward Cayce with a 159 page bibliography of signs in the heavens and stratigraphic layers containing nanodiamonds so small that only the catastrophically pure of heart can see them.

I confess I was utterly charmed by 
Thompson's colleague Allen West's 2007 claim that the mammoths were shot dead by a meteor shower, a bar magnet having revealed birdshot sized bits of rust embedded in the upper surfaces of  fossil tusks.

Alas for Editor Watts, this wondrous blast from the past did not survive for long. The particles of purported shrapnel seen seven years ago burned up in the heated atmosphere of peer review, the cosmic tuskers having overlooked the geological ubiquity of iron. 

With so much underfoot,the late great  mammoths rooted about at far greater risk of getting bits of magnetite stuck in their ivories than being whacked by a meteorite.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

YOUR SHARE OF THE AIR


There is a corollary to Yogi Berra's momentous observation that:
'You can see a lot just by observing.'


The surest way to make people 
think about things 
is to show them to them. 

So forget 'framing'. If you want the idea of atmospheric change to hit people like a ton of bricks, turn their share of the air into a ton of bricks right in front of their eyes.
   This may be easier than it sounds, because your share of the air weighs three quarters of a million tonnes.
   
   Every year each American adds twenty tonnes of CO2 to the air, so translated into blocks of solidified gas, your share of the CO2 problem can be piled into something easy to see and mighty hard to ignore:
A PYRAMID OF DRY ICE TEN FEET TALL
In some circles this is known as reification, but members of the conceptual art commisioning classes are invited to contact the author about installations



Friday, March 21, 2014

THE CLIMATE STOATSMANSHIP OF WILLARD WATTS


While Secretary of State Kerry is busy firing up the Foreign Service in the Climate Wars,  Mr. Willard A. Watts, a former Cisco TV weatherman turned self appointed climate diplomacy doyen of Placer County California finds himsef faced with one of the great two-hookah problems of the day: 
 Who's suing whom in Mann v. Steyn?   

Saturday, March 15, 2014

JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE WATTS

Just as there is no political hypothesis so absurd that two Nobel laureates cannot be found to endorse it, there is no geophysics news so irrelevant to climate policy as to avoid a blog post by those two past masters of distraction, Messrs. Watts & Eschenbach of WUWT. 

To test this axiom, readers should note how long it takes them to declare peace in the water wars of our times by invoking newly discovered oceans of the stuff lying underfoot just a few hundred miles down, and a few thousand degrees up the thermocline. The clock started Saturday, with an Anonymous coolista hailing Time magazine's account of the discovery of hydrated silicate phases in the Earth's upper mantle:



Tuesday, March 11, 2014

BUT WILLARD, WE THOUGHT YOU LIKED THE LITTLE ICE AGE?

Climate Craziness of the Week: ‘warming causing lobster cannibalism’

AS WATTS VIDEO IS TOO GRUESOME FOR GENTEEL VIEWING, WE OFFER INSTEAD THIS VIEW OF  Homarus americanus  TAKING REVENGE FOR OCEAN ACIDIFICATION
             SEBASTIAN MUNSTER COSMOGRAPHIA [1545]

IT MAKES MORE SENSE IN THE ORIGINAL KLINGON

Given Star Trek 's susceptibility to climate hype- Starfleet has devoted an episode to nuclear winter on alien worlds, and declared its mission to seek out new fuel economy limits where no regulatory agency has ever gone before, WUWT's latest epiphany comes as a surprise: 

Having already embraced flying saucer fans, Anthony Watts has just come out as a trekkie:

Why climate change communications is like ‘Shaka, when the walls fell’
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With the pending climate pajamafest all-nighter at the U.S. Senate, (powered by the Washington DC coal burning power plant) the release of former             Picard and Dathon at El-Adrel NASA scientists and engineers Right Climate Stuff message that there is no need to be worried about CAGW, and Bill McKibben’s empty boxes fiasco, these loosely related events coaclesced into a moment of understanding last night after I watched what is probably my favorite episode of Star Trek, The Next Generation titled “Darmok“.
Watts neglects to mention that the metaphor the good captain invokes is an epic tale of refugees from climate change, wherein Gilgamesh encounters Utnapishtim, history's first Warmista, and a true believer in the prognostic skills of Enki, history's first climate modeler, who became the patron deity of Watts and his fellow TV weathermen by correctly predicting The Flood was on the way.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

HE DID IT FOR A FRIEND


Heartland Institute bore James Taylor has long elicited groans at Forbes for the impudence of his sockpuppetry. Now it seems he has been caught out in the cold by posting his latest column in the midst of a hacker attack that has paralyzed Forbes so completely that no one can comment, or as of this writing, change their password to sign back in.


Except , of course, those posessed of the Author's Password. As with most editorial software systems, there is a  firewalled back door to Forbes columns & comments authors and their pet trolls can access even when the website is in flames. Which makes one wonder who generated this, the sole and only comment on the wit & wisdom of Taylors latest screed, 

Kerry’s personal attacks on unnamed scientists are horrendous! The fact that he didn’t name any scientists is what makes those attacks so personal and so offensive. It’s like, “I won’t name names, but you know who I’m talking about” (wink wink).
Stop ramping up the personal attacks Kerry! You aren’t a scientist so you aren’t qualified to tell us your stupid opinion about science. Thanks for calling him out James. Well done!

Friday, February 21, 2014

THE SOYLENCE OF THE LAMBS

Before you embrace your inner recycler, and the manifest destiny of Vegan Imperialism to drive the nation's cattle, swine and sheep into the sea, beware what Bloombergian delights post-Buddhist biotechies may contemplate plating in the name of our new tofu portion control masters.
The question of how far down the fast food chain past the Soylent plant dark Greens are prepared to go to kill methane emissions at long last has an answer :   your local sewage farm.


Monday, February 17, 2014

Do Interdimensional Sasquatch Cause Global Warming ?

 LEARN ABOUT THE ALIEN BIGFOOT CARBON FOOTPRINT CROP CIRCLE CONNECTION WITH WATTS' EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE OF THE
WHILE AL DID NOT ATTEND THE PROCEEDINGS, MANY TESTIFIED IN HIS STEAD TO THE INTELLECTUAL SERIOUSNESS  OF THE LANDING PARTY FROM SPACESHIP WATTS :

MIKE CLELLAND

Researcher/Contactee
                        Owls, Synchronicity, and the UFO Abductee 
                                       TED PETERS
Author/Theologian
                               UFO Abductions: Are They Spiritual?

KEWAUNEE LAPSERITIS

Sasquatch Researcher/Contactee
                                                        Interdimensionalism: 
              The Secret to the Bigfoot/UFO Connection

 FURTHER  BIGFOOTGATE DEVELOPMENTS WILL BE REVEALED AS THEY UNFOLD !

Saturday, February 15, 2014

JOSH GETS JUICED

The latest sally by Josh, a cartoonist turned court jester to sundry Northumbrian coal barons & Lord Lawson is a cliche' as old as Yorick's skull. He really ought to think twice before invoking 'Roid Rage in an arena that actually includes professional bodybuilders turned TV weathermen:

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

THE TIMES CHRONICLE OF LOWER EDUCATION



(CLIMATE SCIENCE SUPPLEMENT)

Honorary degree recipients await Gov. Daniels at Rose-Hulman commencement
Whether they produce or consume disinformation, amateur and professional climate skeptics all must be educated somewhere. 
But where can they go to master disbelief in theories incompatible with career success on Fox Science TV?  Disremembering subjects as unforgettable as thermodynamics and the conservation of energy takes more than listening to Mark Steyn lecture at Rush U. 

As climate ignorami are thin on the ground at both ordinary and extraordinary institutions of higher learning, students of the sociology of agnotology need to start at the bottom of the university pecking order and work their way up.

Researchers have been harrowing the halls of academe to find places where the Peter Principle distills academic incompetence to levels high enough to produce pundits who share Coungressman Broun's view that scientific basics are "lies straight from the pit of hell," or  Indiana Governor Daniel's judgement that "The debate, so far, has been dominated by “experts” from the University of Hollywood and the P.C. Institute of Technology."

The answer seems to lie in universities with the worst graduation rates. Now 
Texan oil men, Oklahoman Senators, and Chicago's Heartland Institute can take pride in finding their epicenters of climate denial officially recognized in the Times of London's Chronicle of Higher Education

2010  Bottom Ten List

InstitutionGraduation rate @ 6 YearsGraduation rate @ 4 yearsUndergrad enrollmentPell grant recipients$ spent per degreeAid per recipient
Vincennes UniversityVincennes, Indiana0.0%0.0%16,59526.3%$47,741$9,675
University of Houston-DowntownHouston, Texas12.4%1.0%12,74641.8%$35,690$4,786
Texas Southern UniversityHouston, Texas13.3%5.9%6,96469.4%$135,930$6,950
Chicago State UniversityChicago, Illinois13.9%3.0%5,66771.6%$112,141$11,856
Cameron UniversityLawton, Oklahoma14.1%5.4%5,86038.9%$53,724$4,998
Utah Valley UniversityOrem, Utah15.0%3.9%32,57332.8%$46,697$4,247
Coppin State UniversityBaltimore, Maryland16.3%4.6%3,29858.3%$140,300$8,027
Indiana University-NorthwestGary, Indiana19.4%5.5%5,30733.0%$55,326$5,679
Central State UniversityWilberforce, Ohio19.4%7.9%2,24477.0%$197,534$7,446
CCNY College Jamaica Plain

19.5%3.7%7,78447.7%$124,532$6,076
The Chronicle's methodology seems right on the mark, producing a palpable hit at the Oil Patch's least endowed university.  

Though the Downtown Campus of The University of Houston somehow manages to graduate less than one student in a hundred on time, it still finds hanging space down the street from The Petroleum Club for the mortarboard of  Heartland Institute Fellow Larry Bell, whose chair in 'Space Architecture'  has been endowed by a colorful Japanese political figure and his heavily tattooed associates.