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If the science were real, they wouldn’t have to be so tricksy

The Associate Press published this interactive map today. You click the little buttons at the top, and you get to see the map turn from cool blues and grays to scary-hot oranges and yellows as average global temperatures get warmer.

Then I read the key.

They are comparing warm seasons (May to October) of four recent periods (1891-1900 to 1945-1954 to 1970-1979 to 1997-2006) to the averages for 1951-1980. Prithee, allow me to inquire — what the fuckity fuck? Here that is on the calendar:  



Why those four particular nine-year clusters? And why compare them against that particular overlapping 29 year stretch? And why just the warm seasons? They don’t explain, but we suspect we know why, don’t us?

Comparing four random chunks of time to another random chunk of time may make for a colorful, scary-looking picture, but it sure as shit isn’t science, folks.

But wait! There’s more! Remember our old friend the Greenland ice cores from a while back? Taking the earliest period versus the latest period on their map, this is what their cunning stunt looks like plotted on that:


Pff! Lovely settled science there, guys.

Oh, and the little stars on the map? You’re supposed to click them — all six of them — to learn what adorable, doe-eye animals are endangered by this obvious runaway warmening. Click the star for Sweden and you discover that climate change means filthy, disease-carrying ticks can survive there now.

So it’s getting warmer in Sweden, and the most striking consequence of that is…ticks!?!


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 22, 2009, 7:52 pm

Oh, ummm…hey. I may have neglected to mention. That old ice core graph is available for purchase on an array of colorful high quality merchandise. <koff>

Comment from dfbaskwill
Time: December 22, 2009, 8:26 pm

And, there are 5 times as many Polar Bears now than in 1950! The bastards are only after our money! But Obama is fooling them; he’ll get it all first.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: December 22, 2009, 8:30 pm

If what is emerging about the recording of temperatures and the selection of which recordings make the stats is true, then the entire premise for such a graph in the first place is nonsense.

I have always been a conspiracy theory sceptic (I prefer the cock-up theory of history) but the more of this rubbish I read, the more I’m starting to suspect that there really has been something darker than mere stupidity at work.

Comment from EW1(SG)
Time: December 22, 2009, 9:25 pm

Uncle Badger:

(I prefer the cock-up theory of history)

Same here, but I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that the stupidity ‘something darker’ involved is simply the innate “Man is bad! And he’ll bugger it all up, if left to his own devices!” self-hate displayed by the Marxist Left.

Comment from weirdsister
Time: December 22, 2009, 10:47 pm

Sadly, that misleading interactive chart and the doe-eyed animals are really all that it takes to convince your average naive envirotard that global warming is real; easy as shooting fish in a barrel.

Comment from Schlippy
Time: December 23, 2009, 12:00 am

Science! What can it not do?

(If you actually apply the idea of peer reviewed and proveable theory vs attempting to apply it to your own religious zealotry read: hide inconvenient facts?)

Comment from JuliaM
Time: December 23, 2009, 6:44 am

“Why those four particular nine-year clusters? “

And just how contemptuous of their audience must they be to not even try to explain it away?

Comment from BillT(aka \\\”The .0004572% Of Traffic That\\\’s From Iraq)
Time: December 23, 2009, 7:48 am

“From the scourge of the Vikings, O Lord, deliver us.”

Note that the Irish didn’t ask for deliverance from the Vikings, but from the *scourge* of the Vikings — ticks…

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 23, 2009, 9:41 am

Heh. Sorry about that, BillT. Something in the coments box goes progressively zooey if you put an apostrophe in your username.

Every time you post, you’ll earn another backslash. Kinda like an angel getting his wings.

Comment from Pupster
Time: December 23, 2009, 9:45 am

“Cunning stunt”. Heh.

+3 Nobel Prizes

Comment from Oceania
Time: December 24, 2009, 11:24 pm

Shoot a Hippy/Greeny/greenpeace worker/politician.

Do your bit to save the planet!

Comment from BillT (aka "The .0004572% Of Traffic That’s From Iraq)
Time: December 26, 2009, 9:22 am

Kinda like an angel getting his wings.

More like a trilobite growing additional legs…

*yet another useful use discovered for the “delete” key*

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