Jim and Bill’s excellent misadventure

Jim and Bill’s excellent misadventure. Anthony Watts has found a transcript of an interview of Jim Hansen by Bill McKibben. I wonder if he got permission to repost it?

According to Anthony;

Reading it, you can feel some of the anger these two guys have for people like you and I, riding just below the surface of the conversation. You can also get a hint of the panic they feel.

Oh, if wishes were fishes Anthony. Think about how people feel about truculent, obstinate stooges and you’ll get an idea of the emotions in play.

Cryosat ice mission returns first science data

Cryosat ice mission returns first science data. Yes, Cryosat, which measures sea-ice thickness using synthetic aperture radar, has started returning usable data. Strangely, Anthony Watts directs his readers to the disgustingly “alarmist” BBC for more information.

Now I suppose we simply have to wait 30 years for Anthony to begin to accept that the disappearing Arctic Sea Ice is statistically meaningful. After-all, this is “just the first data”!

You know it’s bad California when green companies move out of Berkeley

You know it’s bad California when green companies move out of Berkeley. More copy and paste from Anthony Watts, with his deep analysis neatly contained in the title. Apparently a wind turbine manufacturer is moving from California to Missouri. Thus disproving Global Warming.

Well don’t that beat all. Is this a sign that all those granola-eating So Cal lefties are about to get their just desserts?

Cancun COP16 attendees fall for the old “dihydrogen monoxide” petition as well as signing up to cripple the U.S. Economy

Cancun COP16 attendees fall for the old “dihydrogen monoxide” petition as well as signing up to cripple the U.S. Economy. More juvenile political stunts by “CFACT students” at the UN conference in Cancun. They seem to be the same Grade 3 wits that Lord Monckton was so taken with a few days before.

Yes, random people can be tricked into signing pretty much anything. Yes, this kind of ambush passes for intellectual triumph in the denialist blogosphere.

As I said before, where’s the science here? This is desperate political dirty tricks, and Anthony’s all for it.

Tempest in a teapot: International team of scientists describes swirling natural phenomena

Tempest in a teapot: International team of scientists describes swirling natural phenomena“. There’s nothing as quite as fun as making ignorant fun of scientists, is there Anthony? In this post Anthony Watts draws attention to scientists using swirling fluids to model vortices. How crazy is that?

Anthony only refers to a press release and chooses to illustrate his post with a photo of a tea-cup. His commenters continue the downward intellectual journey.

The actual paper in Physical Review Letters, titled Finite-Size Effects Lead to Supercritical Bifurcations in Turbulent Rotating Rayleigh-Bénard Convection, used laboratory cylinders to model circulation. From the press release:

Ahlers and his team discovered a new unexpected phenomenon that was not known before for turbulent flows like this.

The authors showed that their experimental findings are in keeping with a theoretical model similar to the one first developed by Vitaly Lazarevich Ginzburg and Lev Landau in the theory of superconductivity. That same model is also applicable to other areas of physics such as pattern formation and critical phenomena.

Oh Anthony, so quick to mock knowledge!

Curious weather on Jupiter

Curious weather on Jupiter“. Anthony Watts thinks that useful amateur observations of Jovian weather patterns, noted on NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day, prove that denialist obsessives such as himself are ‘doing science’ when they troll through weather records.

Coincidentally, William Connolley and Professor Steve Easterbrook recently put this idea in a climatology context on their respective websites. Sorry Anthony!