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Tuesday
Oct162012

Quote of the week

By Today's Moderator.

I rather liked this comment on WUWT about the spat between David Rose and the Met Office and whether global warming has recently stopped or not .

the duke October 13, 7.14pm.

So, should we all conclude that temperatures are relatively normal, or temporarily normal, or abnormally normal, or apparently normal on a continuing but wholly unpredictable basis? Or are there other possibilities?

 

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/10/13/report-global-warming-stopped-16-years-ago/

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Reader Comments (15)

Postnormal?

Oct 16, 2012 at 3:06 PM | Unregistered CommenterDon Keiller

This is so Douglas Adamsian it's not even funny.

Oct 16, 2012 at 3:35 PM | Unregistered CommenterLuis Dias

Dull fellow.

Oct 16, 2012 at 4:32 PM | Unregistered CommenterRussell

Why thank you. I'm glad you appreciate the humor. I was trying to express my confusion at living in the world of post-modern science.

A couple of glasses of wine also helped.

Oct 16, 2012 at 4:32 PM | Unregistered Commentertheduke

Very funny !


I think what my very serious right wing anti warming allies do not grasp is that the warmists in science and government are lying. That's why they have to twist themselves in ridiculous knots. Satellites are proving that the world isn't getting warmer. It only looked that way due to the in built grant seeking behaviour of scientists and their political biases.

Global warming politics isn't driven by green ideology, it's a multi trillion dollar carbon trading scam dreamt up by Enron.

Oct 16, 2012 at 4:54 PM | Unregistered CommentereSmiff

Rather reminds me of an article from The Onion, which was something along the lines of 'Climate Change Brings More Average Weather'.

The premise was that because Climate Change was causing more hot weather and more cold weather, it could also be blamed for more normal weather as well.

Oct 16, 2012 at 5:14 PM | Unregistered CommenterIan Blanchard

"I don't go to mythical places with strange men." Douglas Adams

Oct 16, 2012 at 6:13 PM | Unregistered Commentertheduke

theduke:
Too funny. Did you write it using Sir Humphrey's accent?

Oct 16, 2012 at 6:16 PM | Unregistered Commenterbernie49

Bernie: I may have tried, but my english accent is unconvincing.

Re Sir Humphrey, but paraphrased to make it relevant:


James Hacker: Climate Change is a complicated business, isn't it?
Sir Humphrey Appleby: Yes, indeed, Prime Minister. That's why we leave it to the Met Office.

Oct 16, 2012 at 6:28 PM | Unregistered Commentertheduke

I was entertained by the photo (now gone) in the DM article of "smoke pouring from the smokestacks" of a large coal-powered generating station. The photo showed steam coming from the cooling towers.

Oct 16, 2012 at 6:40 PM | Unregistered CommenterPeter D. Tillman

Interesting that the actor who so superbly played the part of Sir Humphrey Appleby, the quintessential civil servant, was in fact a South African.

Oct 16, 2012 at 9:19 PM | Unregistered CommenterAlexander K

The short answer to the question is , whatever answer best helps 'the cause ' , this is politics not science.

Oct 17, 2012 at 10:34 AM | Unregistered CommenterKnR

Ian Blanchard>

Climate change does indeed appear to be causing an increase in hot weather, cold weather, and average weather. Did you know that August just tied the record for the most days with weather in a month since records began? I'm pretty sure it'll do so again next year as well. That's two years in a row! Doesn't it worry you?

Oct 17, 2012 at 4:45 PM | Unregistered Commenterdave

(You'll have to do the voices yourselves.)


Hacker: Ah, Humphrey, I found this paper about climate change mitigation in one of my boxes, and it looks like complete nonsense to me. Shouldn't we be doing something?

Appleby: I'm afraid I'm unable to advise you on that, Minister.

Hacker: Unable to advise me, Humphrey? It's your job to advise me.

Appleby: Yes, Minister, but in this instance there is a conflict of interests.

Hacker: A conflict of interests?

Appleby: Yes, Minister, a conflict of interests. You see, the Civil Service will benefit greatly from the expansion required as a consequence of taking the proposed action. As a senior civil servant, my loyalty to the service comes into conflict with my loyalty to my minister, Minister.

Hacker: I see.

[The telephone rings. Hacker picks it up.]

Hacker: Hello? Jim Hacker speaking. What's that? Speak up. Who? No! Absolutely not. Never!

[Hacker slams the phone down.]

Hacker: Humphrey, that was a journalist. Asking questions. I nearly answered one of them. How did he get through to me? I thought you keep an eye on the list of people who can get through. You're supposed to protect me from people like that.

Appleby: I'm terribly sorry, Minister, but with the best will in the world I am unable to be in two places at once.

Hacker: But Humphrey, you've always managed to do such a good job of it before now.

Appleby: Yes, but now I find that in the absence of a dedicated Civil Service department to deal with these climate change matters, more and more of my time is taken up by them. Of course, with the expansion proposed in that paper you mentioned earlier, I would be free to resume my former role, Minister.

Hacker: So if I support the proposal, you'll carry on shielding me from the press?

Appleby: Yes, Minister.

Oct 17, 2012 at 5:08 PM | Unregistered Commenterdave

Of course the recent weather is called "Abbie Normal"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yH97lImrr0Q

Oct 17, 2012 at 10:54 PM | Unregistered Commenterlurker, passing through laughing

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