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Finger puppets - Josh 302

As was noted here in the comments, by our host, maybe we should be

referring to Roger Harrabin as "Green blob spokesman Harrabin"

I think we can include Bob Ward too.

Cartoons by Josh

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Minor point, the hand is the wrong way around to present the message in the manner that we are used to!

Nov 22, 2014 at 6:55 PM | Unregistered CommenterLord Beaverbrook

Ward is more like an incarnation than a spokesperson. You meet him you've seen it.

Nov 22, 2014 at 7:21 PM | Registered Commentershub

Gives new meaning to 'talking heads'- and still ZERO improvement.

Nov 22, 2014 at 7:24 PM | Unregistered CommenterOtter (ClimateOtter on Twitter)

Aha.....You and I were thinking very similar thoughts. (You beat me to the draw), but no matter, they are different even so. Mine comes tomorrow I hope.

....Good idea Josh!

Nov 22, 2014 at 7:32 PM | Unregistered CommenterFen Beagle

Looking forward to that, Fen ;-)

Nov 22, 2014 at 7:44 PM | Registered CommenterJosh

Is Bob Ward the one that looks like the (finger-lickin') green bogie - or did Hazzabin sneeze?

Nov 22, 2014 at 8:56 PM | Unregistered CommenterHarry Passfield

The Rt Horrible Harrabin and his dastardly Ward.

Nov 22, 2014 at 9:01 PM | Unregistered CommenterAnoneumouse

Denier a badge we all wear with pride against the autocratic Eco Fascists world order.

Now meet the Oscar Schindler of the autocratic Health Fascists world order.

Nov 22, 2014 at 9:02 PM | Unregistered Commenterjamspid

Josh is good.

Nov 22, 2014 at 9:29 PM | Unregistered CommenterBrute

Typically two heads are better than one. Rog and Bob are the exception that proves the rule.
At first I was more inclined to hope the name "green mafia" would be adopted. But why insult the mafia since
"green blob" works well on many levels.

Nov 22, 2014 at 9:42 PM | Unregistered Commenterhunter

Do you want to read something really scary?

Google comes up with the phrase

"the BBC understands"
more than four times as frequently as
"the BBC believes"

Nov 22, 2014 at 10:06 PM | Unregistered Commentermichael hart

Is Bob Ward the one that looks like the (finger-lickin') green bogie - or did Hazzabin sneeze?

Nov 22, 2014 at 8:56 PM | Unregistered CommenterHarry Passfield

Harry Passfield, is this what you had in mind?

Nov 22, 2014 at 10:14 PM | Unregistered Commentermichael hart

Its not the LSE , by saying Bob fast fingers Ward and friends work for the LSE your given them far to much academic credit , credit for which they done nothing for . Bob & Co hide under sudo-LSE banner but do not work at all for the LSE , their paymaster bugs the LSE a ton of cash to use part of a buildings faculties. Its not usual to see this see at 'elite' universities who are able to sell their reputations for far more than hand full of silver to those looking to promote in a business or in this case a ideological outlook that could be very good for business.
In practice I think that even the LSE would never give Bob a job , because he is actual rubbish at what he does.

I think you should not forget about Mr Black , the would be Mann, whose very much stilled involved in the spinning and smearing games with his little book of BBC contacts. of which Harrabin is one.

Nov 22, 2014 at 11:08 PM | Unregistered CommenterKNR

michael hart: The other one the BBC likes is

"the BBC has learned"

I find it very hard to believe that the BBC ever learns anything.

Nov 23, 2014 at 7:11 AM | Registered CommenterPhillip Bratby

Shouldn't the back of the Blob's hand be facing us, rather than the palm?

(But: Good as ever. Thanks, Josh.)

Nov 23, 2014 at 8:03 AM | Unregistered CommenterSteve C

Could it be that environmentalism, which once was unambiguously virtuous (at least in its intentions) has been taken over by bad people, like the Mafia taking over a soup kitchen? I think the answer is yes; as such it represents a threat to the nation; an enemy within.

The next election is, as David Camenron says, the most important in a generation. With only UKIP prepared to declare Global Warmery a scam, my hope is that the Conservatives will win and come round to Owen Paterson's way of thinking in time to save us from the threat of the Green Blob, a phrase coined by him.

Nov 23, 2014 at 9:11 AM | Unregistered CommenterBrent Hargreaves

Surely Blob Ward

Nov 23, 2014 at 9:54 AM | Unregistered CommenterAllan M

Another depiction of the Green Blob here:

I added this as a minor amusement to my work describing the The CAGW Memeplex. At the heart of the Green Blob is a narrative, much of which is based on misinformation such as 'the certainty of catastrophe'. While not to be taken too literally, the picture shows the co-evolutionary leveraging of Authority, Radicalism, Guilt, and moral Attractors to protect and 'feed' Orthodoxy by creating a real-world infra-structure shell and pulling in fresh minds. The narrative array works something like a colony creature (in this case, of storylines), but of course is neither sentient or agential. This doesn't stop it having an agenda though, honed over (swift) generations of storylines via differential selection, the whole living off us in a similar manner to primitive parasites.

Nov 23, 2014 at 12:10 PM | Unregistered CommenterAndy West

That cartoon is totally unfair to Green blob spokesman Harrabin.

You've shown Green blob spokesman Harrabin to the right of Bob Ward.

No! Hang on! From his perspective Green blob spokesman Harrabin is to the left of Bob Ward.

I take it all back, that cartoon's totally fair to Green blob spokesman Harrabin.

Nov 23, 2014 at 3:08 PM | Registered CommenterMikeHaseler

Hi Bish, my post of about 4 hours back appears to be stuck in moderation, would appreciate a dig-out if you have a moment. Thanks.

Nov 23, 2014 at 4:10 PM | Unregistered CommenterAndy West

most experts agree there is a 99% chance the super intelligence singularity occurs before 2100

but never mind our lefties can see thru all that and its sconsequences and still predict catastrophic you know warming or weirding . never mind 16th century wimills are gonna fix all their site predictions.. that they are heavily invested into
thisisaccidental you knowknow..their windmills are you know just better than whatever zetaflop machines are going to come up with.. because they HV you know better judgement and are better choosing colours and mingling with people

Nov 23, 2014 at 5:13 PM | Unregistered Commenterptw

Could it be that environmentalism, which once was unambiguously virtuous (at least in its intentions) has been taken over by bad people, like the Mafia taking over a soup kitchen?
Nov 23, 2014 at 9:11 AM | Brent Hargreaves

I believe the currently fashionable term for them is Social Justice Warriors.

Nov 23, 2014 at 7:54 PM | Unregistered CommenterJake Haye

Maybe not so much bad as lacking in intelligence? Or lacking in some feature that responsible adults possess? The Hansens, the Houghtons, the Gores, the Pachauris, the Granthams, the Wards, the Harrabins, the Uncle Tom Cobleys and all of the WWF, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, and the like may just be suffering from low IQs, or have some other weakness that makes them vulnerable to going overboard when they hear scary speculations.

Nov 23, 2014 at 8:28 PM | Registered CommenterJohn Shade

John Shade

"Intelligence s a tool for achieving goals, but goals are not chosen intelligently"

Similarly opinions and beliefs are held irrationally, and intelligence is used to invent reasons for holding them. Evidence supporting ones beliefs is automatically weighed favourably and reasons can always be found to reject contrary evidence.

If we were all purely rational beings using intelligence purely as an analytical tool, the internet would be much quieter.

Nov 23, 2014 at 10:18 PM | Unregistered CommenterEntropic man

Josh, may I suggest that the insertion points are amended ... clearly the head only will not function without other compulsory features. ;-)

Nov 23, 2014 at 10:24 PM | Unregistered CommenterStreetcred

Josh, perhaps the hand should be reversed - you know like Churchill....

Nov 24, 2014 at 9:10 AM | Registered CommenterEuan Mearns

"…or have some other weakness that makes them vulnerable to going overboard when they hear scary speculations."
Nov 23, 2014 at 8:28 PM | John Shade

The Precautionary Principle: replacing derring-do with cow'ring can't.

Nov 24, 2014 at 11:20 AM | Unregistered CommenterAllan M

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