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Sunday
Feb022014

Josh meets xkcd, well, kind of - Josh 255

I am sure many here are, like me, fans of the witty xkcd.com cartoons. So the recent Twittering of his cartoon on Global warming might have caused a few groans of dismay. You can see it here. It is a great cartoon. 

Sadly some seemed to think this was what Global warming scetpticism is about. So I thought a gentle riposte was in order. 


The Uncomfortable Pause

 

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Reader Comments (11)

Not a fan of xkcd.

Cutting through half the bs doesn't excuse them from the other half they blindly accept.

Feb 3, 2014 at 1:55 AM | Unregistered Commenterredc

Here is a great story from the Independent:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/when-winter-really-was-winter-the-last-of-the-london-frost-fairs-9100338.html

This quote says it all,

'But as the Little Ice Age of 1550 to 1850 faded, engineers performed the first of several deeds which ensured that, barring a dramatic side-effect of climate change, the river is highly unlikely to ever freeze again.'

In summary, the Thames won't freeze again because of climate change unless it does which will be a result of climate change.

Oh dear.

Feb 3, 2014 at 8:27 AM | Unregistered CommenterSteve Jones

Steve Jones: yes, a rather predictable article. Wonder why the digression into pickpockets and other unsavouries? Maybe they were unheard of in any other place in London, and only appear during a climate change? The writer really shows his(?) colours with the quote you gave us, obviously unable to see the Thames freezing over as a realistic sign of change of the climate, rather than a side-effect. I suspect that, in his(?) mind, climate change can only be one-way – and that is into the doom of a (slightly) warmer world! That said, however, it is good to see the commenters are not all as gullible as those in the Groan.

Great cartoon Josh – very much a case of hoist by his own petard!

Feb 3, 2014 at 10:01 AM | Unregistered CommenterRadical Rodent

The problem with the original cartoon is "projection". Alarmists attribute every weather event to climate change and then complain when ordinary people point out that it's rather cold.
The XKCD cartoon could be rewritten to refer to Katrina instead. Add a snappy chart showing the lack of change in Hurricanes over the years. The stick men stay the same and retain the bold "*Sigh*". The point being, the cartoon doesn't actually tell us anything except that the cartoonist hasn't understood the debate.

Feb 3, 2014 at 10:30 AM | Unregistered CommenterTDK

That xkcd could be re-written but with "flooding" replacing "cold" instead! On last weeks Question Time all the panellists seemed to agree that the wet January we've just had is DEFINITELY proof that man-made climate change is happening.

As the xkcd man says at the end, "*SIGH*".

Feb 3, 2014 at 10:34 AM | Unregistered CommenterSean O'Connor

One side of the cartoon is over simplified and the other is a bit rough around the edges but more convincing... a bit like warmists versus sceptics.

Feb 3, 2014 at 11:42 AM | Unregistered CommenterTinyCO2

Still funny though. Like tilting at windmills.
See http://xkcd.com/556/

Feb 3, 2014 at 2:23 PM | Unregistered CommenterKeith Macdonald

I prefer some of the the cartoons from Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal (SMBC). One titled: The Fundamental Law of Media Graph Construction applies nicely to the analytical approach used by many climate 'scientists' and their media supporters. Perhaps Prof. Turney can adapt the final graph to explain his recent problems :-)

Feb 3, 2014 at 2:27 PM | Unregistered CommenterRayJ

Feb 3, 2014 at 10:30 AM | Unregistered CommenterTDK

Spot on. Looks to me that Josh nailed the xkcd cartoon. Why all the fuss?

Feb 3, 2014 at 2:46 PM | Unregistered CommenterTheo Goodwin

xkcd is normally funny - but this is a bit too *worthy* like those radio 4 "comedians" that grab the microphone and rant about the latest islington-issue-du-jour.

Feb 3, 2014 at 8:38 PM | Unregistered CommenterJack Hughes

@Theo Goodwin

I didn't comment on or criticise Josh, so I don't get your point

Feb 3, 2014 at 11:52 PM | Unregistered CommenterTDK

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