31 Responses to Idle thoughts of a wet afternoon

  1. spangled drongo November 16, 2010 at 9:06 pm #

    On a wet evening with cuckoos calling, the world is a wonderful place. With both the cuckoos and their parasitees getting rarer with each passing year, I enjoy it while it lasts.

    The cuckoos all hysterically call,
    There’s fostering to be done.
    They don’t sign forms, just bring the storms
    Which pleases everyone.

  2. el gordo November 16, 2010 at 9:54 pm #

    It is hard to believe there is a black hole lurking just 50 million miles away.


    Surely they are mistaken, 50 million miles is nothing. At that distance we should be able to see the ‘event horizon’ with the naked eye.

  3. el gordo November 16, 2010 at 9:57 pm #

    Silly me, light years away. We can all breathe a sigh of relief.

  4. Another Ian November 17, 2010 at 6:14 am #


    “French President Nicolas Sarkozy has pulled the plug on the French prestige project, a super ministry of environment, dubbed “Medad” (Ministère du Développement durable). This piece of good news is brought to us by German warmist website klimaretter.de here in a piece written by Susanne Götze in Paris.

    Gone with Medad are its former director Jean-Louis Borloo, and with him, the last hope for a real breakthrough in environmental and climate policy in France. As a result, no one believes the CO2 tax, once promised by Sarkozy 2 years ago, has any chance today. Good riddance.”

    More at


  5. Amother Ian November 17, 2010 at 6:20 am #


    “With the AGW hypothesis collapsing all around, radical green factions and central-planning-type socialists in Germany now see that their only chance is to shut down dissent and to shield the country behind a sort of Climate-Berlin-Wall.

    These zealots are really stupid enough to think they can pull this off. They ought to look back at history. Little do they know, they are about to be steamrolled by a climate realist D Day.”

    More at

    (Both posted elsewhere but seem to fit here!)

  6. Another Ian November 17, 2010 at 6:30 am #


    “Andrew Montford (Bishop Hill) and Tony Newbery (Harmless Sky) have put in a submission to the BBC’s Review of Impartiality and Accuracy in their coverage of [Climate] Science. It’s a good read and summarizes very well some of the major areas of complaint about the BBC’s slanted reporting on environmentalism, scepticism and global warming.”

    More at


    Submission at


  7. Malcolm Hill November 17, 2010 at 7:06 am #

    The cartoon is hilarious

  8. el gordo November 17, 2010 at 4:23 pm #

    This particular journalist has a warmist bent, yet the article illustrates a diverse opinion on sea level rise. The true alarmists are saying 3 meters before the end of the century.


    The feeling is that the IPCC is underestimating. What do you think Gav?

  9. el gordo November 17, 2010 at 4:41 pm #

    Dr John Church’s estimate of sea level since 1870 is the international standard and so he carries respect on the subject.

    “I think we need immediately to begin thinking about our coastal cities — how are we going to protect them?” said John A. Church, an Australian scientist who is a leading expert on sea level. “We can’t afford to protect everything. We will have to abandon some areas.”

    Ha ha!

  10. spangled drongo November 17, 2010 at 5:31 pm #

    Yes eg,

    As Bob Carter says, John Church seems to be able to extract more SLR out of a given set of data than anyone else.

  11. cohenite November 17, 2010 at 5:37 pm #

    If luke is that fit I’ll have to show more respect.

  12. spangled drongo November 17, 2010 at 6:33 pm #

    Is he maximising or minimising entropy?

  13. spangled drongo November 17, 2010 at 6:36 pm #

    Is that Plan A or Plan B?

  14. spangled drongo November 17, 2010 at 6:38 pm #

    I think it might be John Sayer’s Plan C.

  15. spangled drongo November 17, 2010 at 7:43 pm #

    AGU don’t want Singer, Lindzen or Christy assisting with any explanations for Cancun:


  16. Schiller Thurkettle November 18, 2010 at 12:50 am #

    German Scientist: CO2 Not The Cause of Climate Change – Cold Period Is Anticipated

    The European Institute For Climate and Energy (EIKE) released a paper today written by German physicist Dr. Horst Bochert. The paper reveals a clear relation between solar activity and ocean cycles, and thus act as the main climate drivers. Measured data shows no CO2 impact on climate.


  17. Malcolm Hill November 18, 2010 at 7:03 am #

    …..depends upon how the axes are oriented and scaled.

    just like climate “science” really

  18. el gordo November 18, 2010 at 7:09 am #

    Dr Leif Svalgaard compares the current solar minimum to 1954.


    This flatness is a test bed.

  19. Another Ian November 18, 2010 at 7:28 am #

    A bit of current history

    Canadian Senate kills climate change bill.

    More at



    “Everything is consistent with Global Warming

    The CRU at East Anglia has released a new study which proves conclusively that Global Warming caused Climate Change, which in turn caused Climate Disruption, which in turn is the cause of everything else. Based on previous research by the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster linking global warming with the decrease in the number of pirates over the last few hundred years, and new research showing that the current flat trend in global temperatures correlates with a recent resurgence of piracy, especially in the waters off of Somalia, Phil Jones et al, have submitted a new research paper to the Journal of Unbelievably New Claptrap (JUNC) that proves everything is caused by Global Warming.””

    More at


  20. Another Ian November 18, 2010 at 7:43 am #

    From http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/11/17/climategate-anniversary-humor/

    John Shade says:
    November 17, 2010 at 12:03 pm
    In an earlier post, I lamented the lack of a Gilbert & Sullivan piece on scary professors down under. Then as luck would have it, I was visited by a somewhat tipsy and unmusical muse and that led to this:

    APOLOGIES: Gilbert and Sullivan
    TITLE: I Am the Very Model of a Modern Climate Gateral

    [Pirates of the IPPC]

    I am the very model of a modern Climate Gateral
    I’ve information digital, multimedia, and so quotable
    I know the hacks of TV-land, and speak quite like an oracle
    On ‘News at Ten’ to ‘News at One’, in order immaterial.

    I’m very well acquainted, too, with matters computational
    I can set parameters, both simple and fantastical
    About principal components I’m teeming with a lot o’news
    With many cheerful facts about the Yamal trees we like to use

    I’m very good at scariness and all degrees of fearfulness
    I know how to give a child nightmares quite horribilis
    In short, in matters terrible, fearsome, and excitable
    I am the very model of a modern Climate Gateral

    I know our media’s trickery, in Nature and the NYT
    I dish out those releases and they headline anything from me
    I quote in elegiacs all the flaws of Homo Sapiens
    With polemics I can dazzle almost any leftie audience

    I can tell Trenberths and Santers from the Manns and even Houghtons
    I know the Schmidts and Hansens from the Albert Gores and Joneses
    Then I can hum a fugue of which I’ve heard the music’s din anew
    And whistle all the airs from that wretched M4GW

    I can write a laundry list in Hulmian obtusiform
    While forgetting every detail of those emails in exCRUciform
    In short, in matters terrible, fearsome, and excitable
    I am the very model of a modern Climate Gateral

    In fact, when I know what is meant by “lapse rate” and “stratiform”
    When I can tell at sight a timeplot from a tephigram
    When such affairs as hunches and guesses I’m more wary at
    And when I know precisely what is meant by “wet in an adiabat”

    When I have learnt some better ways of methods so statistical
    When I know more ANOVA than a novice in a nunnery
    In short, when I’ve a smattering of elemental calculus
    You’ll say a better Climate-Gateral has never walked among us

    For my scientific knowledge, though I’m plucky and adventury,
    Has only been brought down to the beginning of last century
    But still, in matters terrible, fearsome, and excitable
    I am the very model of a modern Climate Gateral”

  21. cohenite November 18, 2010 at 8:00 am #

    Is luke meant to be Sisyphus?

  22. toby robertson November 18, 2010 at 11:41 am #

    Very clever Ian and now i will be humming the tune all day. thx!

  23. spangled drongo November 18, 2010 at 6:37 pm #

    Luke always gets his laws, hypotheses, theories etc arse up:


  24. spangled drongo November 18, 2010 at 6:54 pm #

    “Einstein, with his Special and General Theories of Relativity provided a far more complete understanding of mechanics and gravitation but Relativity is still called a ‘theory’.”

    Be interesting to see what would result from a RC.


  25. Luke November 18, 2010 at 7:13 pm #

    My latest video for yas

  26. Luke November 18, 2010 at 7:19 pm #

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BWTxyDV60E whoops too many stingers

  27. el gordo November 19, 2010 at 6:25 am #

    Cancun is all about the redistribution of wealth.


  28. toby robertson November 19, 2010 at 8:39 am #

    Scary stuff EG!

  29. el gordo November 20, 2010 at 1:56 pm #

    There are renewed warnings about increased mortality this NH winter from fuel poverty, now that the price for energy has been hiked again, but on closer inspection we can solve the problem with more appropriate clothing.

    They have discovered that influenza is not a major determinant, but there is a significant correlation between ‘excess winter mortality’ and temperature.

    A Lancet article from 1997 has a detailed study of the ‘relationships between inside and outside temperatures, and the types of winter clothing worn, in various European regions. They concluded that there was some evidence that people in countries with relatively mild winters did not take appropriate protective measures during cold spells.’

    The Scots are more vulnerable and as a result the population is ‘unable to protect themselves adequately from the effects of temperature rather than the effects of temperature itself’.

    Increased mortality is directly related to ‘ … indoor temperature and factors associated with poor thermal efficiency of dwellings, including property age, are associated with increased vulnerability to winter death from diseases of the heart and circulation’.

  30. Malcolm Hill November 21, 2010 at 1:15 pm #


    What a load of dribbling nonsense from Steketee.

    Never mind that the scince of AGW is highky suspect and the use of CM’s now clearly been seen as making a silk purse out of a sows ear etc

    …what is really nobable is just how some so called AGW scientists make it a habit of being both wrong and/or grossly over stating the case.

    A situation aided and abetted by MSM not doing its home work.

  31. Another Ian November 21, 2010 at 7:00 pm #

    Tongue in cheek – check out

    “Most Debunked X in Y.”


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