Friday, March 27, 2015

THE COMEDY OF ERIS


The GWPF ought to have provided a grammar checker for the latest addition to its board: ambiguity-challenged U. of Western Ontario calculus  text  coauthor  Christopher  Essex :

"There is no justification for acting like vicious badgers toward scientists. The response of some GWPF scientists to the climate orthodoxy shows that scientists do not need to be paid to have reason to question the climate orthodoxy.  
Its positions are scientifically very weak, not strong, and it is the dogmatists that are responsible for that weakness."


Essex objects to critics :
Questioning our ethics, morality, competence, and even sanity...
This entire assault could not be more anti-scientific. The protagonists are political interlopers in science who do not understand or respect the nature of scientific truths and how they are discovered,... What the dogmatists understand well is eristic argument, after Eris the Greek goddess of discord and chaos.

 Essex's view is on a collision course with nemesis, for those questioning his cohort's ethics, morality, competence and even sanity, find their wildest dreams fulfilled richly and anew every time the Heartland Institute stages a climate conference on the Las Vegas Strip.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

NOBODY EXPECTS THE SPANISH ARMADA


Nobody in the Spanish Inquisition expected a one dimensional Senator to embrace a two dimensional model of the world. 

Had Queen Isabella rejected the Classical model of the Earth as a sphere,  and Cuba and Texas gone undiscovered, there would be no one to tell The Texas Tribune:

" Global warming alarmists are the equivalent of the flat-Earthers... you know it used to be it is accepted scientific wisdom the Earth is flat, and this heretic named Galileo was branded a denier,”
That would have shocked the representatives of the Inquisition  assigned to sail around the world three times before the trial of Galileo began, keeping an eye on  such wayward circumnavigators as Ferdinand Magellan (1519-1522), Garcia  Jofre  de Loaysa (1525-1536) and  Simon  de  Cordes (1598-1601).


Senator Ted is Cruzing for an academic bruising: had the flat earth been the accepted scientific wisdom of 1633, anyone who sailed into the sunset only to come back from the far side of the world would have ended up on the rack for heresy, unless the Inquisition's man on the quarterdeck  perished of scurvy or went AWOL in London to catch some plays at the Globe.

Cruz's rollback of regulatory overkill will get nowhere if he bets the ranch on what the late  Carl Sagan rhetorically  styled " a sophisticated one dimensional model. "

Friday, March 20, 2015

A NONE TOO BRIEF HISTORY OF CO2 SENSITIVITY ESTIMATES

AS CAN BE SEEN, STEVENS'  2015 ~ 1.3 C CO2 DOUBLING SENSITIVITY ESTIMATE IS BY NO MEANS THE LOWEST IN THE LITERATURE
HAT TIP TO BARTON LEVINSON FOR STARTING THE HISTORICAL CHART A DECADE AGO
 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

CAN IT REALLY BE WORSE THAN SOUS VIDE ?

The latest  bee in Watts' Easter bonnet is the forlorn  hope of seeing what he styles  " James Hansen's boiling ocean / runaway greenhouse scenario "  rendered " more vivid " by:
"an artist’s impression of  what the boiling oceans will do to the Easter Bunny.'
The late Robert der Grosse,  2003 - 2007 
Before enlisting the Easter Bunny as Climate  Wars cannon fodder, Watts should  recall what befell  Robert der Grosse,  the  gargantuan gigabunny a philanthropic German rabbit farmer sent to starving North Korea
“with the aim of setting up a breeding program to alleviate famine”




Alas, the unfortunate uberbunny arrived on the eve of

Kim Jong-il's 2007 birthday party, and was spotted by

one of the Great Comrade's culinary talent scouts.


In a matter of hours, the World's Largest Rabbit became the

Dear Leaders lunch, diverted from a petting zoo into a

wok, and served up as a supersized entree' beside Uzbek

malossal caviar & Zambian hippo cutlets.


The Berlin embassy of the the Hermit Kingdom hasenpfepper fiend denied the Guiding Sun Ray and Invincible and Ever Triumphant General authorized the alleged lepicide, but his personal chef later confessed the Prussian Giant Grey joined a giant pumpkin in a crunchy stir-fry. 'North Korea won't be getting any more rabbits from me, they needn't bother asking.' Szmolinsky told Der Speigel.

Some hope to see his dream's resurrection, for though it takes lots of fodder to raise 50 pound giant rabbits , biofuel  and  gasohol plants spew nourishing rabbit  roughage by the megaton, which could render the other other white meat sustainable as tofu.




Absent the dictator's orgy of lagomorphagy, Robert der Grosse might have wed some winsome Manchu mega-Mopsey, and founded a dynasty of Malthusian fecundity, catapulting Korea into the ranks of protein-exporting countries. 

Instead we face an existential threat rivaling boiling oceans : how many divisions of militarized GMO Giants might Kim Jong-un send thumping across the 38th Parallel if the Acme Corporation's wascally DNA jockeys decipher the growth hormone sequence of the Prussian Giant grey?