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The 'D' Notice - Josh 238

Every other Alarmist tweet these days seems to have the 'D' word in it - is there something happening soon that they are getting excited about?

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That would be "D" for dustbin yes?

Sep 13, 2013 at 7:41 PM | Unregistered Commenterpesadia

Thou shall not deny, or hold any views contrary to the 'consensus'.

Thou shall keep this commandment and not listen to false gods, (like the god king emperor.)

Thou shall not question climate science or insult it in any way.

Thou shall 'give it a rest'.

Listen to your mum and dad, they know stuff..... (Unless they are deniers.)

Leave badgers alone, and especially Beagles.

No Dogging.

Don't touch those E mails (you know the ones).

You never saw 'nuffing' ...ok?!

Never mind how much money is being made, it's not yours....Ok?

Sep 13, 2013 at 7:48 PM | Unregistered Commenterfenbeagleblog

On the other hand .............

It was March this year that the password to Climategate Tranche 3.0 was released to the favoured few, and not a lot has been heard of it since then.

Sep 13, 2013 at 7:52 PM | Unregistered CommenterJoe Public

The word is used to polarize and whip up support. Losers.

Sep 13, 2013 at 8:09 PM | Registered Commentershub

They're still twerking on it.

Sep 13, 2013 at 8:24 PM | Registered CommenterPharos

What I want to know is will the thing be released in electronic format, and if so will the AR5E-Book be a free download.

Sep 13, 2013 at 8:35 PM | Unregistered CommenterReg. Blank

It has to be a free download. There are very few climate books I've paid money to read.

Sep 13, 2013 at 8:51 PM | Registered Commentershub

Bjorn Lomborg's Project Syndicate has just published his take on the IPCC's AR5. Essentially, he has no argument with what he believes are its contents. However, he does not consider its conclusions - especially its conclusion (95% certainty) that more than half of the global temperature increase since 1950 is man made - is nearly as alarming as he predicts the media will say they are. He argues that, even if we accept the AGW hypothesis (as he does), we should also accept the essential pointlessness of current policies designed to "solve" it.

It seems that - yet again - Josh has got it right.

Sep 13, 2013 at 9:36 PM | Registered CommenterRobin Guenier

On twitter, Ben Goldsmith, who runs a multimillion green investment business, falsely accuses nearly all scientific climate sceptics of being funded by fossil fuels. Smear campaign to run alongside the namecalling.

Sep 13, 2013 at 11:04 PM | Registered CommenterPaul Matthews

'Denier' is so banal; you wanna watch the ones using Parseltongue: 'Denialist'.

Sep 14, 2013 at 3:35 AM | Unregistered Commenterkim

Just heard that from 2015 that supermarkets will be required by law to charge 5p for every carrier bag, and according to the BBC the money raised will go to charity .So the question what charities will be getting my 5p.

Stories about the National Lottery crants going to community groups that supported Islamic extremist.Thing is you can choose not to play the lottery, but you cant choose not to shop in a super market everyone has to eat and buy food.

So if we cant choose where our carrier bag Levy goes and its law so its a tax but we elect governments then its a breach of our human rights.

Sep 14, 2013 at 8:04 AM | Unregistered Commenterjamspid

Forgive me for saying this as I'm normally quite professional...but doesn't "AR5" in Josh's cartoon lettering look a lot more like "ARS"?

As in, "Getting Ready For a Bunch Of A---"

Seems quite fitting.

Sep 14, 2013 at 8:06 AM | Unregistered CommenterMicky H Corbett

Jamspid! You can just choose to bring your own bag or shop in smaller shops that are not required to charge. it's pretty simple really!

Sep 14, 2013 at 8:23 AM | Unregistered CommenterAnon

Ed Davey was on "Today" defending the damaging effect on the environment of plastic bags. You'd think that, with all his responsibilities for fighting climate change and keeping the lights on, plastic bags would be the last thing on his mind at the moment. Is the use of plastic bags a responsibility of DECC?

Sep 14, 2013 at 8:49 AM | Registered CommenterPhillip Bratby

If Davey is now talking his way into a plastic bag we know the only reason to do so is the D word - deflection. The money raised will of course be destined for the BBC for the next round of executive pay-offs. No vested interest by the BBC in any of this of course.

Sep 14, 2013 at 8:58 AM | Unregistered CommenterRock Jock

Dissing the IPCC is likely to be one of the deviations to be observed in coming months as the dreams of anointed ones continue to be thwarted by reluctant politicians (the Australian election will surely have given many of them pause for thought, or for panic), and a Mother Nature inclined to do the opposite of whatever the high priests of climate change tell us is or will be happening. But will this be a 'right deviation' or a 'left deviation'? Will there be a standard deviation? Or standards of deviation? Or deviations from standards of deviation? Where and when and how will the deviationists show their hands? Time to order more popcorn?

Another splendid cartoon, by the way!

Sep 14, 2013 at 9:00 AM | Registered CommenterJohn Shade

Certainly there has been a lot of alarmist "chatter" of late. This is what my Dear Old Dad used to call "getting your retaliation in first".
I am bracing myself and readying the sickbags to withstand the wailing cries of "worse-than-we-thought" editorials and blogs which will be occasioned by the formal release of AR5.
It is at moments like this when you realise how much work still has to be done, despite the good news in Australia and the remarkable recent debate in the House of Commons.
Their fingers will have to be forcibly uncurled from our wallets one by one. Gah!

Sep 14, 2013 at 9:33 AM | Unregistered CommenterJack Savage

Good take on the subject, Josh, as always.

The spike in D-word usage might be due to the fact that "the IPCC has now recognized the need for a contribution from moral philosophy" - as climate baddies we are clearly on the wrong side of the moral equation, and due plenty of finger-pointing and name-calling.

Well, I'm off to make another cup of tea and shorten some future people's lives, as per Prof. Broome's explanation in last week's interview on BBC Radio 4's PM (h/t Paul in another thread.)

Pure evil! ;)

Sep 14, 2013 at 9:54 AM | Unregistered CommenterAlex Cull

Is it a requirement of a moral philosopher to be moral?

Sep 14, 2013 at 10:01 AM | Unregistered Commenterssat

Never understood what area of 'science' is represented by the throwing around of the silly and wholly inaccurate insult 'deniers' , can anyone help ?

Sep 14, 2013 at 10:55 AM | Unregistered CommenterKNR

Just come to September in Josh's calendar. One of the best months!

Sep 14, 2013 at 11:19 AM | Unregistered Commentermike fowle

Shub: To conjugate To Download: A 'download'; A 'Free download'; An 'ARSE Download' (Doesn't bear thinking about!) But to quote an item on Guido's blog yesterday, Lord Ashcroft advises:

'Under no circumstances take a sleeping pill and a strong laxative at the same time!'

Sep 14, 2013 at 11:24 AM | Unregistered CommenterSnotrocket

They certainly seem to be hyping up the propaganda.

Lord Rees, former president of the Royal Society has just accused the public of being "in denial"....

" He said the public was "in denial" and that the threat from out-of-control climate change and cyber or bio-terrorism was far more dangerous than people believe.

The efforts of scientists and environmentalists are vital to "survive this century", added the former president of the Royal Society.

"We fret too much about minor hazards of everyday life: improbable air crashes, carcinogens in food, low radiation doses, and so forth," said the 71-year-old.

"But the wide public is in denial about two kinds of threats: those that we're causing collectively to the biosphere, and those that stem from the greater vulnerability of our interconnected world to error or terror induced by individuals or small groups." "

"A list of doomsday scenarios that could wipe out humanity has been released by scientists. "

Oh, the irony !!!...............

Sep 14, 2013 at 11:55 AM | Unregistered CommenterMarion

jamspid - plastic bags. Ha, one state in Oz has been on top of that for 5 years. Here's the legislation.
When I visited a few years ago I didn't know about the legislation. Bought a few odds and ends at a supermarket and after I'd paid the bumptious old thing at the checkout just left them sitting there. I asked for some bags and she said, yes but they will be 15 cents each. I said ok but why do you charge for them here, we don't in Queensland.

She puffed herself up to full height and informed me that down here we don't mind paying to protect the environment. I gave her another 15 bucks and said, fine give me a hundred and let me make a really big contribution to protecting the environment. She refused, I insisted, a supervisor was called, people were tut-tutting in the lengthening queue behind me but the supervisor refused to sell me a hundred. Cost me 45 cents for three bags in the end. All good fun.

Sep 14, 2013 at 1:56 PM | Registered CommenterGrantB



I also gather that Davey has had to admit that he has no control over what the supermarkets do with the 5p's, as it's their money! I accept that plastic bags at sea and in waterways can be a problem, but who puts them there? Not the average householder...

Sep 16, 2013 at 10:38 AM | Registered Commenterjamesp

Paul M

"Ben Goldsmith, who runs a multimillion green investment business"

Which explains why his 'bad science' never extends to climatology!

Sep 16, 2013 at 10:42 AM | Registered Commenterjamesp

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