Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for July, 2009

Countess Brigh and Count BardolphBPSDBPrologue:

(the story so far) Peter Sinclair produced a video debunking the climate change Denier “surface station” fable. The main champion of that fable Anthony Watts filed a DMCA complaint and Youtube removed the video.

Kevin Grandia and DeSmogBlog checked with the lawyers, reposted it, and many blogs and Monbiot at the Guardian spread the word. From Watts and the Deniers we heard nothing, until now…

[Character notes: In his rebuttal/refutation/response it seems Watts would like to play at being Henry V, roused to rightous and Royal fury by a mock from some unworthy, but merciful in his Royal Majesty. What we actually get is decidedly more reminiscent of the rogue, coward and liar Bardolph.]

But enough, now your humble patience pray, Gently to hear, kindly to judge, our play…

(more…)

Read Full Post »

The Denier Canon

BPSDBOK, climate change denial has always been about politics, not science, but the climate change Deniers are expanding the scope of their lying and frauds.

Now they are forging letters allegedly from groups representing marginalized populations in an attempt to prevent any meaningful action on climate change. The letters to members of the U.S. Congress actually came from a Washington lobby firm.

“They stole our name. They stole our logo. They created a position title and made up the name of someone to fill it. They forged a letter and sent it to our congressman without our authorization,” said Tim Freilich, who sits on the executive committee of Creciendo Juntos, a nonprofit network that tackles issues related to Charlottesville’s Hispanic community. “It’s this type of activity that undermines Americans’ faith in democracy.”

(more…)

Read Full Post »

Monbiot: Climate change deniers claim they’re censored. What hypocrites

BPSDBOne of the allegations made repeatedly by climate change deniers is that they are being censored. There’s just one problem with this claim: they have yet to produce a single valid example.

Monbiot’s latest column is worth spreading far and wide for two reasons:

  1. to keep the Watts controversy more broadly known, and hence get more people to become aware of the entire  “Climate Denial Crock of the Week” series.
  2. Monbiot uses this incident as a framing for shooting down yet another Denier meme, the fictional censorship of Deniers, while talking about the real suppression of climate science.

“On the other hand, there are hundreds of examples of direct attempts to censor climate scientists.”

So Tweet Stumble Digg Facebook Reddit etc asap …

(more…)

Read Full Post »

BPSDB

google

For those who were not aware of it, two days ago climate change Denier Anthony Watts filed a complaint causing the removal of from youtube of Peter Sinclair’s excellent video Whats up with Anthony Watts?. You can follow the developments from here if you wish.

The video was reposted and an informal campaign to spread the word took off.  The grassroots campaign to keep Peter Sinclair’s video public has had considerable success. As you can see, the search I just did yielded 29,000 hit. Of course  not all of them are related to this story, but from what I could tell a great many of them were.

(more…)

Read Full Post »


BPSDB

The Great Climate “Skeptics” Swindle

I also note where each author ranked in my overall listings [of climate research papers]. None of these four [skeptics] even made it into the top 200.

Meanwhile the skeptics include three names with zero hits on “climate” and another two with just one match.”

Jim Prall

Actually I don’t know Jim at all. He’s just some Dude who showed up here as a commenter last Dec 10th. A Virgo apparently, likes birding and sailing …  may like Pina Coldas for all I know. But when I saw the work he was doing my reaction was “You’re insane! A wonderful, magical, beautiful type of insane.

(more…)

Read Full Post »

BPSDB

So what what’s up with watts?

But but (from the Watts)

But but (from the Watts)

UPDATE: July 28th

Watts update: “Watts Up With Watts?” video checked for copyright, reposted

Climate Crock of the Week: What’s Up with Anthony Watts [take 2]

“The video has since been reviewed by a number of US copyright experts and (big surprise) there appears to be nothing that could be construed as anything but fair use.”

Thanks to Recycling Boys for alerting me to the fact that “it’s back”

How and for how long? I have no idea, although it’s k21desmog’s Channel. Watch it while you can just in case this goes bye bye too.

—-

Latest development on the Sinclair Watts “breakup” ;)- it’s spreading!

Some other blog reactions:

(more…)

Read Full Post »

Watts Up With Watts? Error!

BPSDB Kevin Grandia recently profiled Peter Sinclair’s Climate Crock video “Watts up with Watts?” that I shared in Mixed Media; Kevin gave you a choice of Debunking Another Climate Change Crock: What’s Up with Anthony Watts? or [flame war edition].

The Watts Up With That readers are an “emotional” little gang of online trolls … the massive flame war that the video has provoked.

Trivial aside, I got a link to a repost that had obviously been babble fished such that the above read:

The Watts Up With That readers are an “emotional” lowercase association of online trolls that pay artefact likewise such instance on their safekeeping …. to wager the large burning struggle that the recording has provoked.

“Flame war” as “the large burning struggle”, I liked that.

The latest development: Global warming denier uses the DMCA to silence a critic

Well, the video must have been really on target — it stung Anthony Watts so badly that he initiated a DMCA “takedown” action and got the “Watts Up With Watts” video removed from youtube.com!

(more…)

Read Full Post »

BPSDB

A discussion of the “Influence of the Southern Oscillation and tropospheric temperature on climate change Deniers and their delusions, bad science and general unethical behaviour”.

Sigh. Yet another “New Study” that doesn’t say what the climate change Deniers claim it does. Or more curiously, the study “says” it, it just doesn’t have any evidence for it.

I am referring to the study Influence of the Southern Oscillation on tropospheric temperature“, (abstract only, the journal itself is for subscribers) discussed at Climate Despot as “Peer-Reviewed Study Rocks Climate Debate! ‘Nature not man responsible for recent global warming…little or none of late 20th century warming and cooling can be attributed to humans’” (for God’s sake, someone please stop that man before he writes another title).

(more…)

Read Full Post »

BPSDBLately we have been experiencing another rash of news from the “Dept of the Obvious Dept”, coupled with the other climate change Denier tactic of offering “New Improved Lipstick on a Dead Pig” (act now, operators are waiting!).

  • “New! Improved!” Lipstick on a Dead Pig

  • Dept of the Obvious Dept

.

  • Collected Resource Links

  • Sunspot Blindness

  • An actual “New Study”

The “Dept of the Obvious Dept” (hereafter DoOD) tactic is just another variation of the Red Herring Fallacy.  In this case the tactic is to take some aspect of climate science that is fully accounted for in the science, well known to those even passingly familiar with the basics, and pretend that it is  i) news,  and ii) not accounted for in the science. (more…)

Read Full Post »

BPSDB

The world’s ocean surface temperature was the warmest on record for June, breaking the previous high mark set in 2005. NOAA – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Read Full Post »

BPSDB June 2009 was the second warmest on record for June and the January-June year-to-date tied with 2004 as the fifth warmest on record. (NCDC: Climate of 2009 – June Global Analysis).

But it’s been cold and wet here, how is that possible?

There are several layers to that question; the explicit question of how it is possible, and the implicit assumption that it should not be happening. There is a third part that almost never comes up, the question of whether it actually has been cool and wet.

(more…)

Read Full Post »

Sigh.

Like Coby and ScruffyDan (and probably every climate blogger at one point or another) I find that I have to rethink comments policy on this blog.  Not surprisingly the issue is the same as elsewhere, the proverbial “shouting match” over the reality of anthropogenic climate change.

The “problem” is perfectly evident on these threads and at every climate rationalist’s site; overwhelmingly some climate change Denier posts uniformed &/or obviously nonsensical repetitions of the same old debunked Denier nonsense. In many cases quite obviously without even having read the post to which they are appended.

arguing1Some other commenter replies, with or without facts refuting the nonsense, and off it goes.

While not universally true, typically it is the Denier who  does not engage rationally, logically or honestly, responding to refutations by ignoring them and advancing yet another false argument instead. (more…)

Read Full Post »

Please be advised:

This thread is for most comments that are not relevant to a particular post on this site;

IF your comment is an attempt to challenge the core science of anthropogenic climate change then it belongs on the “Challenging the Core Science” Comment Thread, NOT HERE. Violators will simply be deleted.

Comments will be also be deleted without mercy &/or have one of the following texts appended, or substituted for it IF:

  1. It attacks individuals;
  2. It replicates at length arguments that could simply have been linked;
  3. It duplicates other comments you have made in this thread or elsewhere on this site;
  4. It is a copy of a comment that you spam climate sites with.

ALL posters, please do not engage or reply to policy violators. I will be deleting their comments as soon as possible which will leave your comment contextless.

Please be advised:

Read Full Post »

This thread is for comments that purport to challenge the core science of anthropogenic climate change (use the IPCC  The IPCC Assessment Reports as a baseline).

Please be advised:

Your comment will be ignored without mercy &/or have one of the following texts appended, or even substituted for it IF:

  1. It does not fully reference and link science based sources; not necessarily peer reviewed literature, but sources which are ultimately based on peer reviewed science in a manner that can be verified.
  2. The argument is based on a logical fallacy such as cherry picking or an ad hominem Check First!
  3. It merely repeats one of the Denier memes well known to be idiotic nonsense Check First!
  4. It merely propagates some Denier spam post that has already been debunked as nonsense Check First! (more…)

Read Full Post »

naturegeoscienceBPSDB

The fraud fad ‘meme de jour’ in climate science Denier tabloid media this week is the hoary old chestnut:

New Study disproves/overturns/undermines global warming / climate change science/models/theory!

.

.

Never mind that:

  • they repeat this meme every few weeks with a completely different study;
  • none of the Deniers seem to even remotely understand the study they refer to;
  • none of the studies ever turn out to say what the Deniers believe/claim;
  • the fact that it is “new” means it should be treated with caution since review by the entire scientific community can lead to:
    • discovery of subtle errors that the authors and reviewers missed;
    • a way of understanding the data different from how the authors had;
  • the probability that a single study could overturn the thousands upon thousands of studies that support our understanding of climate change is remote in the extreme (see here).

(more…)

Read Full Post »

Mixed media transferBPSDB

.

  • The Bill
  • Watts Up With Watts?
  • Very disappointing
  • State of the science 2009
  • The Physics that we Know
  • Climate Wars
  • Global Warming Art
  • Just for fun
  • Dejas vu all over again

.

This 4 1/2 minute movie can seem a bit dry and pedantic at first, but trust me, you’re being set up. Watch it right through to the end. The send up of our Western lifestyle and moral callousness is done superbly.

from GERMANWATCH

(more…)

Read Full Post »

flat-earth-societyBPSDB

Yes, I know calling climate change Deniers “Flat Earthers1” is usually used as a epithet to describe those who brainlessly dismiss the obvious facts, such as in “Sir Nicholas Stern: Climate change deniers are ‘flat-earthers’.”

However, what I mean is that the climate change Deniers literally are Flat Earthers; bear with me please.

.

.

Consider two of the Deniers favourite memes:

1) Climate change ended in 1998 (or 2001)

2) It was (record) cold today in ______, that proves climate change isn’t happening.

(more…)

Read Full Post »

empty suitsBPSDB

The infamous “Oregon Petition” is the source of the various climate change Denier claims that 17,000, 31,000, 60,000 etc scientists “have signed a petition that…”

Peter Sinclair does a nice presentation telling the basic story of the Oregon Petition, so I leave it to him:

(more…)

Read Full Post »

crockBPSDBSix more of the climate change Denier fables have been nicely debunked in Peter Sinclair’s excellent Climate Crock of the Week series. I cannot recommend these enough for popping into comment threads and forums where the various fables appear.

Of particular value are “Party like it’s 1998” debunking the ‘clmate change ended in … ‘ stupidity, “This Year’s Model” debunking the various variants of the ‘models are all wrong’, and the two dealing with CO2 and the CO2 lag memes.

(more…)

Read Full Post »

BPSDB

.

The climate change Denialosphere is all a twitter over their latest fraud.

It seems Carlin co-authored an internal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) climate change / global warming report with John Davidson that was suppressed and censored until the courageous Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) blew the whistle on the EPA.

.

.OK, except

  • it’s Alan Carlin, not George,
  • it’s not an EPA report,
  • it was never suppressed,
  • there was no cover up,
  • CEI is just another PR firm pretending to be a think tank,

and all Carlin (the principle author) does in his personal (NOT agency) rant  is regurgitate the standard Denier nonsense known to be scientific gibberish, (but he’s still funny).

(more…)

Read Full Post »

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 61 other followers