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Flush with success - Josh 266


It seemed wrong not to mark this weeks big news, though I realise no cartoon can come close to the hilarity of Lew's paper problems. I am sure there is solution round the bend, er... I mean, corner.

Cartoons by Josh

[H/t Simon Abingdon for mopping up the typo ]

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A classic cartoon which sums up Lew's output.

Mar 22, 2014 at 5:37 PM | Unregistered CommenterGraeme No.3

Perishable goods.

Mar 22, 2014 at 5:53 PM | Unregistered Commenterkim

My favourite term is: "it's a double flusher"...

Mar 22, 2014 at 6:05 PM | Unregistered CommenterJimmy Haigh

Not keen on taking the piss out of his name. Should stick to the lack of facts in the paper. Ad hom attacks aren't nice.

[J: That's very funny ;-) ]

Mar 22, 2014 at 6:09 PM | Unregistered CommenterSadButMadLad

I'm still coming to terms with how John Cook decided to perform psychological analysis on Joanne Nova, Steve McIntyre, and Anthony Watts.

Mar 22, 2014 at 6:30 PM | Registered Commentershub

Getting to the bottom of the issues Josh or getting to the tissue of bottoms? Love it.

Mar 22, 2014 at 6:53 PM | Unregistered CommenterTinyCO2

I suppose Lew can be as harsh and abrasive as that product only BH's older readers will remember - Izal.

Mar 22, 2014 at 7:02 PM | Unregistered CommenterJoe Public

A lavatorial cartoon for toilet science. Very appropriate.

Mar 22, 2014 at 7:26 PM | Unregistered CommenterCapell

Is it true that Lew's middle name is IZAL? (That brings back memories! - shiny on both sides....)

Mar 22, 2014 at 7:31 PM | Unregistered CommenterHarry Passfield

"A tissue of lies" perhaps.

The phrase began to be used in the early 19th century, as in this example from the London journal, The Monthly Review, January 1800:

The ingenuity and cunning of politicians are not infrequently employed to conceal or misinterpret facts; and venal writers are easily found, ready to construct a tissue of lies to serve the purposes of their employers

Mar 22, 2014 at 7:33 PM | Unregistered Commenterpesadia

I was wondering whether Lewandowsky's abbreviation of the Lewandowsky, Oberauer, & Gignac drivelathon to 'LOG12' was beyond parody - or whether my understanding of the wider use of the word 'log' was merely local dialect.

The first ten entries in the list of 'words related to log' in the urban dictionary suggest it's not dialect at all.

Go Lew, go...

Mar 22, 2014 at 8:55 PM | Registered Commenterflaxdoctor

This was a 'paper' inviting derision. It is so obviously contrived that it deserves all the widespread mockery it receives. It reveals the type of self delusion it purports to smear sceptics of, on the authors and their cheerleaders themselves, and furthermore questions their ethical integrity.

Mar 22, 2014 at 9:32 PM | Registered CommenterPharos

"Recursive Fury" was just a floater. Sorry, sorry, so sorry. I had to say that.

Mar 22, 2014 at 10:05 PM | Unregistered CommenterMickey Reno

If he had any shame Lew would be Flushing right now.

Mar 22, 2014 at 11:41 PM | Unregistered CommenterAC1

We must stop pooh poohing poor Lew's work.

Mar 23, 2014 at 12:13 AM | Unregistered CommenterTinyCO2

Suprised actually that the good bish would allow such toilet humour and terrible puns on his bog

Mar 23, 2014 at 12:58 AM | Unregistered CommenterEternalOptimist

It's spelt "absorbent".

Mar 23, 2014 at 7:04 AM | Unregistered Commentersimon abingdon

J, I didn't mean anything by the use of "taking the piss". I still don't like the idea of an ad hom attack on Lew just because of his name. It's purile and childish, we should stick to the lack of science in his paper.

Mar 23, 2014 at 8:07 AM | Unregistered CommenterSadButMadLad

Sad: I think you need to take it up with the Bish and ask him outright what he makes of such terrible puns on his bog, as EternalOptimist put it so well. (It's sad indeed you made a very good one by accident. But a wee mistake like that shouldn't obscure the principle.)

Mar 23, 2014 at 8:56 AM | Registered CommenterRichard Drake

It does get tiresome after a while.

Mar 23, 2014 at 9:00 AM | Unregistered Commenterrhoda

Written less than sixteen hours and nineteen brief posts from the start. Can't you treat a flimsy thread like this as I treat the horoscope section in a tabloid newspaper Rhoda? I never as much as glance at those and haven't done all my adult life - but I can still gain a lot from Trevor Kavanagh or David Rose, say, nearby. We shouldn't in my view impose dull uniformity on BH and if that means a bit of excess under the colourful provocation of an occasional Josh cartoon there are surely ways to survive - by reading and contributing somewhere else. Meantime some of us may benefit from the release, given some of the seriousness and gloom elsewhere.

Mar 23, 2014 at 9:21 AM | Registered CommenterRichard Drake

It is not just this thread, it is every thread here and elsewhere which features the Lewandowsky paper. I just have a thing about making jokes based on names. They need to be really clever to be funny and usually they are neither. But that's just me. No big deal.

Mar 23, 2014 at 9:44 AM | Unregistered Commenterrhoda

No, wider point taken. I think we should take that on board.

Mar 23, 2014 at 9:49 AM | Registered CommenterRichard Drake

@ Rhoda 9:44

Humour, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.

Mar 23, 2014 at 1:09 PM | Unregistered CommenterJoe Public

The puns are a celebration of Josh's talent and a fairly healthier way to express anger against a warmist's attempt to paint us as mad. If the situations were reversed the warmists would just resort to a load of swearing and ugly threats.

Mar 23, 2014 at 1:16 PM | Unregistered CommenterTinyCO2

Disconcerting. I find myself in the odd position of disagreeing with Rhoda. A new experience and one I am sure won't happen again ;-)

The subject of the cartoon is Lew's paper not the man himself. I realise it plays on his name but the whole story is so staggeringly comic it is hard not to.

I have a confession. I like terrible puns. I think it might be some kind of affliction. And I agree with TinyCO2, I think a bit of ribaldry is both healthy and necessary. It is better to laugh at rather than swear at.

Mar 23, 2014 at 7:47 PM | Registered CommenterJosh

Josh, I love your puns and cartoons, just think that attacking the man and not the message is not productive.

Mar 24, 2014 at 1:06 PM | Unregistered CommenterSadButMadLad

Dude, this is a cartoon, a piece of visual satire, a direct ad hominem attack on one's morals, integrity, name, face, you name it. It is about belittling, insulting and ridiculing the subject matter. This is the bread and butter of satirist. The mere drawing of a person is a commentary on that person, leaving aside the caption for the moment.

My only criticism of Josh as a satirist - as I might have told him in an email 200 cartoons back- is that he lacks the killer instinct. In other words, I think Josh is far too soft on his subjects and definitely not ad hom enough. In satire, the ball is the man, and Josh is too careful to not kick the man in the balls.

Mar 24, 2014 at 1:55 PM | Unregistered CommentersHx

Sorry Josh that you haven't found time to correct the spelling.

Mar 24, 2014 at 2:32 PM | Unregistered Commentersimon abingdon

sHx, v funny!

Simon A, many apologies, I have been away travelling and won't get to my desk till tomorrow.

Sad, yes indeed but as I said above the target here is the paper. And now we discover that Lew exonerated himself. Incredible. I think a bit of sHx kicking might just be wholly appropriate.

Mar 24, 2014 at 10:14 PM | Registered CommenterJosh

Thanks Josh for the correction.

Mar 25, 2014 at 3:20 PM | Unregistered Commentersimon abingdon

It's true that Josh isn't Gerald Scarfe or Steve Bell. But I've always preferred the style of David Low (not that I was around at the time). What a difference that guy made when it really mattered. In our own day nobody for me can beat Matt in the Telegraph. The story Max Hastings tells about him in his autobiography is heartwarming indeed. Goodness can coexist with superb humour and devastating, pinpoint satire. May Josh find all three and increasingly so!

Mar 25, 2014 at 3:50 PM | Registered CommenterRichard Drake

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