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When BEST is not quite good enough - Josh 176 

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Interesting to see if Watts et al. 2012 gets picked up for next IPCC report. Somehow, why do I get the feeling IPCC will end up including Muller's study and simply ignore Watts et al. 2012?

Anthony, you've proven again that you are the much better chess player, not only in terms of strategy, but also in terms of integrity and innovation. Muller, second BEST again. LOL

Jul 30, 2012 at 10:59 AM | Unregistered Commenterjup

97% of climate scientists in Josh cartoons sport face fungus. (The blokes, at least.)

Jul 30, 2012 at 11:05 AM | Registered CommenterMartin A

Martin A - unfair to the 97% of us who have had beard for 46 years.
No really, I did a survey and published it.

Jul 30, 2012 at 11:13 AM | Registered CommenterGrantB

Should that not read Mueller Mullahed by Titanthony

From the Urban Dictionary

1. mullahed

Getting absolutely shoe'd, almost to the point of molestation by a clearly superior force or entity.

Jul 30, 2012 at 11:27 AM | Unregistered Commenterjazznick

Martin A - unfair to the 97% of us who have had beard for 46 years.
No really, I did a survey and published it.

Jul 30, 2012 at 11:13 AM | GrantB

Ah, but it's the sandals which go with the beard and, above all, the massive chip on the shoulder that sez it orl ...

Jul 30, 2012 at 11:35 AM | Unregistered CommenterHuhneToTheSlammer

It's the story of climate science! The best tools we have are still far from being any good...

Jul 30, 2012 at 12:19 PM | Registered Commenteromnologos

@ omnologos

Is there an activist version of that featuring a cut-out pony tail?

Jul 30, 2012 at 12:31 PM | Unregistered CommenterJustice4Rinka

You racist swine!
I have a beard, a pony tail and...........................................glasses.
But I'm not one of them!

Jul 30, 2012 at 1:32 PM | Unregistered CommenterJohn Silver


Here you go: Just cut out the eyes, and you're all set:

Alternative climate crazy look without ponytail:

For that Penn State bad boy look:


Jul 30, 2012 at 1:38 PM | Unregistered Commenteruranusisaplanet

In Climate Scientology, Best is clearly worst.

Jul 30, 2012 at 1:47 PM | Unregistered CommenterFred from Canuckistan

Can I please make a request. Can we all start labeling climate change pseudoscience like this new BEST study as “MANNIAN SCIENCE”.

hockey stick = mannian science
al gore rising sea levels = mannian science
tim flannery AGW-caused drought = mannian science
polar bear becoming extinct = mannian science



Jul 30, 2012 at 1:51 PM | Unregistered CommenterLiddy

Just to add, you know, Michael Mann and his ilk deem it appropriate to label climate change skeptics as holocaust deniers and beetle larvae. Only seems fair that we recognize his contributions to climate change science by giving him his own category. MANNIAN SCIENCE = hokey schtick science.


Jul 30, 2012 at 2:16 PM | Unregistered CommenterLiddy

Uranusisaplanet; I was just having my lunch........

Jul 30, 2012 at 2:50 PM | Unregistered Commenterspartacusisfree

The trouble is that :


Jul 30, 2012 at 3:03 PM | Unregistered CommenterIan E

Let's see what the experts (from both sides) say when they've had time to digest this new paper. This could back fire...

Jul 30, 2012 at 3:25 PM | Unregistered Commenterpax

Beetle larvae?

I'll take that one - how about those of Rodolia cardinalis or maybe our very own Coccinella septempunctata. They're both voracious predators which destroy billions of the dull-witted pests which suck the life out of humanity's treasures.

Mann simply doesn't have a clue.

Jul 30, 2012 at 3:53 PM | Registered Commenterflaxdoctor

"Can I please make a request. Can we all start labeling climate change pseudoscience like this new BEST study as “MANNIAN SCIENCE”."

Maybe call it Mannichean science?
[The ancient followers of Man(n)i believe the material world was evil and the spiritual good.] Our Mann believes material data is evil and must be processed by the virtual/virtuous world of computer models.]

Jul 30, 2012 at 4:55 PM | Unregistered CommenterPhilip Foster

Hmm yes...

Once could truly say that it is the Second BEST report and be absolutely correct and have their fun too!

Jul 30, 2012 at 6:06 PM | Unregistered CommenterWillR

There is no character, howsoever good and fine, but it can be destroyed by ridicule - Mark Twain

And the poseur, howsoever good and fine, by the earnest.

Jul 30, 2012 at 10:57 PM | Registered CommenterPharos

Jon Faine our ABC radio man in Oz definitely thinks BEST is good enough. Interviewing Prof Muller this morning as the turned sceptic, his final hard hitting question was - have you apologised to the planet?

No really, he said it.

Jul 31, 2012 at 7:13 AM | Registered CommenterGrantB

Adolf's take on Watts v BEST:

Jul 31, 2012 at 10:14 AM | Unregistered Commenterspartacusisfree

The Time of Observation Bias issue (TOBs) appears to be quite problematic for Anthony Watts paper. While there's some good parts about the paper, this will undermine its credibility.

Jul 31, 2012 at 8:14 PM | Unregistered CommenterLiT

Great cartoon usual. Here is my take on it:

Old (American) Indian saying:

He who speak with forked tongue get forked in return!

(Bish, this isn't intended to be rude)

Aug 1, 2012 at 8:45 AM | Registered Commenterpeterwalsh


re- " have you apologised to the planet?"

are these people deranged, or do they think Muller can talk for/to the biosphere/animals/microbes.

now I think back maybe "Doctor Do-little" is an apt name for many of his kind..

Aug 1, 2012 at 10:38 PM | Unregistered Commenterdougieh

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