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Badge of honor

Over at the excellent Watts Up With That blog (which I read and would surely put on my blogroll if I weren’t such a banana about updating my blogroll), they’ve got a thread going on a recently published ‘blacklist’ of climate skeptics.

General opinion in the comment thread: it’s an honor to be on the list, rather irritating to be left off of it and, on the whole, it would be awfully gratifying to have some kind of actual badge that one could wear signifying one is a member of the skeptocracy. A blacklistophile.

That’s when my name came up.

I agreed to take some of the rough ideas and smooth them off a bit. And then we’re going to…umm…I’m not sure, actually. Take the best and put them on buttons? Take all the damn things and put them on buttons?

I don’t know. We can work that out later. For now, let’s kick around some ideas. In this thread, I’ll post pics of some of the stuff I’ve done from some of the suggestions from WUWT. Feel free to chime in and claim your idea, if you spot it — it was a long thread and I didn’t take names. If you’ve created artwork to illustrate your idea, email it to stoaty@ (I wish you could post pictures into the thread yourselves, but WordPress won’t allow it).

If you want to create artwork that’ll actually be usable, it needs to be about 900 by 900 pixels for a 3″ button and more like 2400 pixels for a t-shirt. I know what you’re thinking — it looks great on my screen and it’s only 150 pixels! — well, it won’t look great in print without all them extra pixels. I swears.

Ready? Begin.

sock it to me

Comments


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 24, 2010, 10:30 pm

From the thread suggestions, some skeptical smilies:

That first one features a broken hockey stick for a mouth.

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 24, 2010, 10:32 pm

The center one is a parody of the War Resisters League insignia, per a suggestion on the thread.

 


Comment from Mike C.
Time: June 24, 2010, 10:33 pm

I’m thinking a piratical eye patch and more of a snarl here…

But the broken hockey stick is excellent (although it needs to be heavier to be more obvious.)

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 24, 2010, 10:35 pm

Eh. I’m going to have to make the thermometer bigger. I didn’t realize it until I saw the design at this scale. Yeah, these are roughs, despite…not looking very rough.

 


Comment from Mike C.
Time: June 24, 2010, 10:35 pm

Okay – love the “Consensus Resistance League” one !

 


Comment from Mike C.
Time: June 24, 2010, 10:36 pm

No to the last three.

Lookee me – I’m a graphics arts consultant !

(Is there any money in that ?)

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 24, 2010, 10:37 pm

A whole page of good ‘uns from John from CA:

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 24, 2010, 10:38 pm

More John from CA:

 


Comment from Scubafreak
Time: June 24, 2010, 10:44 pm

Hey, Don’t forget the AlGore Global Warming in the Pants angle… (or maybe something about global warming not coming with a happy ending, as it were…)

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 24, 2010, 10:54 pm

Mike C., that was from a suggestion by Roger Knights.

 


Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: June 24, 2010, 10:55 pm

The bear carrying the space heater is great!

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 24, 2010, 10:55 pm

Yeah, I definitely wanted to do an Al Gore one, Scoob. I hoped to be able to spend time on this today, but I’ve just learned my mother in law is descending on us Monday.

Aiiiiiiiiii!

 


Comment from Spad13
Time: June 24, 2010, 10:59 pm

I’m with Mike on the Consensus Resistance League.

 


Comment from Allen
Time: June 24, 2010, 11:04 pm

That picture of the polar bear on the ice floe with the caption: Are you sure?

 


Comment from Mike C.
Time: June 24, 2010, 11:11 pm

Not real big on those ones from John in CA. Some with too much cute, none with enough snark.

Wish I could think of a way to get “Snowball Earth” and “You wanna talk climate change?” into one thing.

 


Comment from Mike C.
Time: June 24, 2010, 11:13 pm

Then again, I guess the “Snowball Earth” bit wouldn’t go for any but the geologically inclined. Never mind…

 


Comment from Rog Tallbloke
Time: June 24, 2010, 11:19 pm

I did this one. If you would like to tidy it up and make it print-ready, I’d be really grateful. I’m going to get 500 2″ badges made in the UK.

http://tallbloke.files.wordpress.com/2010/06/scepticsmiley1.jpg

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 24, 2010, 11:22 pm

Will do, Rog. Can you give me a couple of days?

Who do you use in the UK for print? I don’t actively market anything over here because I don’t have a good source of supply. Zazzle has .co.uk domains, but everything is still made in California and shipped over. I assume that to be so prohibitively expensive that I haven’t bought anything of my own.

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 24, 2010, 11:36 pm

This is Rog Tallbloke’s, incidentally:

 


Comment from John from CA
Time: June 24, 2010, 11:57 pm

Hey S. Weasel,
Thanks for picking up the ball and running with this. The photos I used, other then the camping space heater which I heavily reworked, are my own so rights aren’t an issue and the designs I created based on some of the comments (also originals).

The jpg of the buttons page was done in InDesign.

Let me know if you’d like me to send you the original InDesign files to save you some time. I can save it in CS3 or CS4 or pull a pdf into Illustrator 3 or 4.

I’ll post the original high res art to the flicker page where you got the jpgs.

The polar bear needs some final retouching; eyes, nostrils, and possibly some heat waves coming off the face of the camping heater. I can do this if you feel its worth producing.

Other ideas I thought were funny but didn’t execute:

Someone holding a lighter or match to the top bulb of an hour glass filled with glacial ice.

Al Gore with a Sherlock Holms pipe blowing bubbles. Probably to negative to bother with.

Regards,
John from cA

 


Comment from Nina from GCP
Time: June 25, 2010, 12:24 am

A lot of these are great! I especially like the broken hockey stick, in whatever iteration. Sweet!

 


Comment from John from CA
Time: June 25, 2010, 12:53 am

2 images uploaded to http://www.flickr.com/photos/39632727@N08/

let me know if you need the layered psd files

 


Comment from John from CA
Time: June 25, 2010, 2:39 am

thoughts as they occur to me:
Coke-a-Cola-esk polar bears around a camp fire — pay-off would be the political comic style caption below the image. Something like, “We’re going to run out of wood if they keep cutting back!”

Cheers

 


Comment from DJMoore
Time: June 25, 2010, 2:41 am

Stoaty, I love your skeptical smiley — but for this I think it needs a santa hat.

 


Comment from JeffS
Time: June 25, 2010, 3:16 am

The “Consensus Resistance League” is KEWL!!!!!

I’d vote for a button with a polar bear flipping the bird to Gorezilla, but that would be too complicated for a button, alas.

 


Comment from Gromulin
Time: June 25, 2010, 4:46 am

Perhaps a florida swamp for sale theme?
Brooklyn Bridge?

That graph you posted a while back..showing the relative size of the Medieval warm period vs. current temps was eye-opening…not exactly button size, but on a T-Shirt mebbe?

Thats all I can offers.

Off thread: just got back from a cub scout dealie-bob where I got to help a bunch of suburban yunguns learn to shoot a BB gun for the first time, and also learn how to properly retire (incinerate) a worn out flag. Gives me hope for my country. Which is in short supply right now.

 


Comment from Bill (still the .00358% of your traffic that’s from Iraq) T
Time: June 25, 2010, 4:49 am

Got a pic of Uncle Al in RVN peering down the barrel of his M-16 while he was adjusting the sling. It was a dot-mil domain icon during the ’90s, but it doesn’t translate well into a 150×150 format. Want it anyway?

 


Comment from Rog Tallbloke
Time: June 25, 2010, 5:54 am

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 24, 2010, 11:22 pm

Will do, Rog. Can you give me a couple of days?

Who do you use in the UK for print? I don’t actively market anything over here because I don’t have a good source of supply. Zazzle has .co.uk domains, but everything is still made in California and shipped over. I assume that to be so prohibitively expensive that I haven’t bought anything of my own.

Fantastic, thanks. I’m rubbish with digital artwork. I found this small company who make badges and got a quote.
http://www.bigdogbadges.co.uk/

 


Comment from Roger Knights
Time: June 25, 2010, 7:10 am

@Mike C., Spad13, and Nina: Thanks for the thumbs-up on my broken hockey stick image (or rather, the idea for it). I have a revision that would improve its caption. Change from “Consensus Resistance League” to “Gore Resisters League.” This is wittier because its wording is much closer to the originators of the image, the War Resisters League. (The revision rhymes and uses Resisters instead of Resistance.) Gore is closely associated with the hockey stick, having used it in many presentations.
———–

I further suggest that the white Stevenson screens be colored green and overlayed by an green image of Mr. Yuck, not the current modified smilie-facial lines. The visual image wordlessly communicates that the temperature records and the associated record-collection process are revolting. Here’s a link to a pageful of Mr. Yuck images:
http://www.google.com/images?q=mr.%20Yuck&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=og&sa=N&hl=en&tab=wi

 


Comment from Roger Knights
Time: June 25, 2010, 7:22 am

PS: Thanks also to the pat on the back from Jeff S.

 


Comment from Roger Knights
Time: June 25, 2010, 7:28 am

PPS: I also suggest that the words “Gore Resisters League” be considerably enlarged, to increase the number of button-viewers who will Get The Point.

 


Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: June 25, 2010, 12:15 pm

John C, if you put Space Heater Bear into production, I want one.

The one with the polar bears around the camp fire, will they be drinking Coke, and roasting a penguin?

 


Comment from steve
Time: June 25, 2010, 1:13 pm

Something about being “Sceptical of the GOREy Details”….

(Which might be equally applicable to the recently disclosed chocolaty crazed sex poodle tomfoolery, as well)

I likes the “Consensus Resistance League”. I likes it lots.

Also…

http://www.carbonliberators.com/

 


Comment from Bill (still the .00358% of your traffic that’s from Iraq) T
Time: June 25, 2010, 1:19 pm

I *like* the first two variations. Took me a second to get the broken hockey stick, but I ain’t the sharpest bulb in the knife drawer…

*waving hiya to the WUWT folks*

 


Comment from Clifford Scridlow
Time: June 25, 2010, 1:24 pm

Howzabout somthing featuring the manbearpig’s awful bloated head, combined with an old style round thermostat. “I’m cranking it down for Al”. . .

WUWT ?

 


Comment from RobinL
Time: June 25, 2010, 2:56 pm

The middle one of ‘design 1’. As you have on the page. By a country mile – it’s a proper smiley.

Good to see the ‘belches carbon’ sticker out there.

 


Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: June 25, 2010, 3:00 pm

How about something simple like:

Global Warming?
Where’s the HEAT?

 


Comment from Hotrodelectric
Time: June 25, 2010, 3:58 pm

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: June 25, 2010, 3:00 pm

How about something simple like:

Global Warming?
Where’s the HEAT?

That would be more suitable as a .wav file with a Clara Peller sound-alike approximating an angry foghorn.

Y’all remember Clara- she was the one who did the “Where’s the beef?” ads for Wendy’s.

 


Comment from John from CA
Time: June 25, 2010, 4:50 pm

I think the the Polar Bears already ate them all SCOTTtheBADGER — Arctic Aurora Penguins haven’t been sited since the 1990’s. I suppose someone could FedeX a few up there.

Thanks, glad you liked the Polar Bear with the Camping heater — Where’s the Heat is Great fun and would make a great Flash Banner!

The target audience is Scientists so the Revolution looking badge and button designs are probably not going to be received well. A positive symbol was something Anthony Watt’s was looking so humor might be the best approach.

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 25, 2010, 5:19 pm

Here’s one from the WUWT poster/moderator ~dbs, mod.

 


Comment from John from CA
Time: June 25, 2010, 6:09 pm

I like that one S.Weasel – maybe ghost the CO2 since its colorless?

Here’s a “Where’s the Heat” alt.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/39632727@N08/4733696766/

 


Comment from John from CA
Time: June 25, 2010, 7:34 pm

added another for fun:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/39632727@N08/4733785090/

 


Comment from John from CA
Time: June 25, 2010, 8:48 pm

Plants Prefer CO2
http://www.flickr.com/photos/39632727@N08/4734065464/

that’s a wrap for the week — have a great weekend

 


Comment from Scubafreak
Time: June 25, 2010, 9:10 pm

How about a creepy AlBore in a bath towel with the caption “guess where the REAL global warming was…” ?

On the other hand, that might require eye bleach….

 


Comment from Bill (still the .00358% of your traffic that’s from Iraq) T
Time: June 25, 2010, 9:15 pm

If this takes off, the Gorebull Wormers might start calling the sweasel/WUWT connection “The Axis of Weasel.”

Nah. No sense of humor.

BTW, Mizz Stoaty, check your mailbox. MilFolks likeses weasels in Iraq…

 


Comment from Mike C.
Time: June 25, 2010, 9:26 pm

Somebody needs to get the input of Minnesotans for Global Warming…

“Mann Overboard!”

 


Comment from Allen
Time: June 25, 2010, 9:42 pm

An oldy but a goody.

“Where’s the Heat!”

With a mean looking granny on it.

 


Comment from John from CA
Time: June 25, 2010, 10:11 pm

Reckless Taxation version
http://www.flickr.com/photos/39632727@N08/4733611961/

 


Comment from Bob Mulroy
Time: June 25, 2010, 10:16 pm

Split atoms, not birds!

 


Comment from Scubafreak
Time: June 25, 2010, 10:16 pm

Dude, ask Uncle B’s mom if she wants to be famous!

If an old woman would be good, then an old woman badger would be even better!

(omg, I just had a horrible vision. Take the badger .gif with the swinging cod, and change it to a greying and wrinkled badger with two swinging old gorilla tits…..)

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 25, 2010, 10:32 pm

David Gillies’ entry:

Which he assures me is “Galileo’s apocryphal utterance on being forced to recant.” Which means he’s far better versed in the history of science than I am, but he has yet to get the concept of “round.”

Kidding, kidding. It’s perfect bumpersticker size.

 


Comment from David Gillies
Time: June 25, 2010, 11:22 pm

To be honest, with the limited crop of image manipulation tools I have at my disposal right now, bumper sticker format was all I could manage.

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 25, 2010, 11:25 pm

Round is hard. Even with P’shop.

 


Comment from Roger Knights
Time: June 26, 2010, 9:31 am

“Round is hard. Even with P’shop.”

I appreciate what you’ve done, and I can imagine the difficulties from having wrestled with graphics software.

 


Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: June 26, 2010, 3:19 pm

I can’t find the actual blacklist in that post, I suspect I might be on it but who knows?

 


Comment from John from CA
Time: June 27, 2010, 4:35 am

Green Progress version using Polar Bear image:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/39632727@N08/4737740532/sizes/l/

 


Comment from Bill (still the .00358% of your traffic that’s from Iraq) T
Time: June 27, 2010, 3:47 pm

I can’t find the actual blacklist in that post, I suspect I might be on it but who knows?

It takes a little rooting around to find it, Chris, but here’s a pretty comprehensive version of it. Bassets didn’t even alphabetize it — it’s in descending order of the number of cited works that the listmaker found (I could think of less idiotic ways to do it, but I guess that puts the “Biggest Skeptics” closest to the top)…

http://www.eecg.utoronto.ca/~prall/climate/skeptic_authors_table.html

 


Comment from John from CA
Time: June 27, 2010, 5:40 pm

I edited some of the copy and loaded the recent single versions onto a full page. http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4121/4739377148_b1a014bc3c_b.jpg

 


Comment from John from CA
Time: June 27, 2010, 6:32 pm

tighter crop on the polar bear – any final suggestions on the retouching?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/39632727@N08/4739542324/sizes/l/

 


Comment from old construction worker
Time: June 28, 2010, 12:37 am

Here’s my stupid two cent worth. I like the face with the raise eyebrow with skeptic above it. I wonder if Anthony would let you put WUWT at the bottom. The other bottom I would buy would be consensus resistance league.

 


Comment from jorgekafkazar
Time: June 28, 2010, 1:16 am

I nominate Nikolai Vavilov, Lysenko’s most famous opponent.

http://www.vir.nw.ru/history/vavilov.htm

 


Comment from John from CA
Time: June 28, 2010, 6:15 pm

CO2 smiley with a black eye
http://www.flickr.com/photos/39632727@N08/4742544163/sizes/s/

 


Comment from Bill S
Time: June 28, 2010, 6:26 pm

I am no good at art, but I make this suggestion if someone else wants to try it–the mouth and eyes of the smiley are the C and Os of CO2. And perhaps a rising temp line as the hairline.

I like the Stevenson screen smiley:)

 


Comment from John from CA
Time: June 28, 2010, 8:12 pm

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 24, 2010, 10:30 pm

Try adding a black eye to the middle version of your skeptics icon, this caption “In The Name of Science?”, and some sort of label pin metal background to unite the 2 elements and I think you’ve got the winner for a Badge of Honor.

 


Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: June 28, 2010, 10:04 pm

Of all the choices I prefer the broken hockey stick one

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 28, 2010, 10:46 pm

For the record, Joe — that was you, wasn’t it, Sockless Joe? — suggested a button with the face of Nikolai Vavilov, the opponent of Lysenko. Which would be a pretty good symbol of skepticism in the face of bullshit.

 


Comment from Sockless Joe
Time: June 28, 2010, 11:02 pm

Sorry, I didn’t suggest any buttons. Must’a been somebody else.

 


Comment from hro001
Time: June 29, 2010, 3:21 am

How about windturbine splicing “con sen sus” [with arms being variants of broken hockey sticks]?

 


Comment from Bill (still the .00358% of your traffic that’s from Iraq) T
Time: June 29, 2010, 11:58 am

With emphasis on the “con”…

 


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Comment from John from CA
Time: August 27, 2010, 6:50 pm

musing on a Friday,
“How many Climate Scientists does it take to screw in a light bulb”
A: No one knows, the Science isn’t Settled!

Anthony hasn’t moved on the button idea so it is now fair game and I’d like to publish them before the election in Nov. Let me know if you’d like the high res cmyk versions for some yuks in the UK and maybe a bit of Bubble Money.

I can’t imagine anyone is getting a “yuk” out of the cost of all this foolishness over there but maybe the UK likes burning money without any heat.

Best,
John from CA

 


Comment from Roger Knights
Time: June 12, 2011, 10:52 pm

Hi,

There’s an online contest with a $500 prize for a tattoo to show that one is a scorcher-scam scoffer. (I.e., to express ones deviationist / denier position on manmade global warming.) The deadline is June 16th. Here’s the link: http://junkscience.com/2011/06/06/win-500-in-the-climate-change-denier-tattoo-sweepstakes/comment-page-1/

Here are the rules:

1. Entrants agreed to be bound by the the Contest Rules.
2. JunkScience.com, in its sole discretion, will determine the winner from Contest entries. All determinations made by JunkScience.com are final.
3. The winner will receive Five Hundred Dollars ($500) in a single, lump sum payment. Winner must have a US bank account to collect. JunkScience.com will not transmit funds internationally.
4. All entries must represent the original work of an entrant that has been produced specifically for the Contest. Copyright and trademark infringement is prohibited.
5. Entries will be accepted starting June 6, 2011. No entries will be accepted after June 16, 2011. Contest results will be announced within a reasonable time after June 16, 2011.
6. Entries must be submitted in .jpg or .gif format.
7. Entrants consent to their entries being posted on JunKScience.com, including public review and comment.
8. Entrants waive all rights and claims against JunkScience.com related to, or arising from the Contest.
9. Contest void where prohibited.

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Here’s what I posted on that thread:

I’ve come up with an unambiguous, striking, and clever tattoo (or T-shirt or coffee cup) for us scorcher-scam scoffers. (It may not qualify for your contest, but if not I hope it will be endorsed by the site as a “winner” anyway.):

A pair of upraised, chain-shackled hands decisively snapping a hockey stick (with its blade upturned at the right).
It is based on the well-known (to many warmists) logo of the War Resisters League, in which the hands are snapping a rifle.
A large, easily readable caption around the perimeter of the button would read, “Gore Resisters’ League.”

In response to an earlier version of my suggestion that I posted on WUWT (which had a weaker slogan, a too-small typeface, and lacked the chain), a kindly blogger named S. Weasel created an image that came close to my vision, here: [this site’s address given]. I made a couple of comments on that thread about the design that document my claim to be its originator.

I hope someone here will enhance his version in the way I’ve advocated—then I might take it to a tattoo artist and “get it on.” (He’d blow it up on a copier and use it as a tattoo-template.)
===========

I hope you (Mr. Weasel) would make the three revisions to the image you’ve posted here and split the prize with me 50/50. (If you don’t have a US bank acct. I’ll accept the prize and forward the $250 to you.) (Please e-mail me if you’d like to discuss this with me offline.)

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 13, 2011, 1:53 pm

Hiya, Roger. You may pinch the design (plus your revisions) and claim it entirely for your own, with my blessing. After all, I pinched it from the War Resisters League.

I don’t think I have that one at a larger size, but it shouldn’t be too hard to find someone to reproduce it for you.

 


Comment from Roger Knights
Time: June 14, 2011, 7:52 pm

Hi SW, — The thing is:

1. I don’t just need the design reproduced & enlarged, I need a revised version. (The text-rim around the edge should be enlarged and revised (“Gore” in place of “Consensus”) and shackles with a 6″ (say) chain added to the wrists. The current version isn’t powerful enough for me to have tattood on myself. (I have none as yet—this would be a first.)

2. You’re the only person I know who could do it for me–especially on short notice. The deadline is two days away.

3. The only reason I claimed to be the design’s originator is to satisfy the contest rules. Your work in crafting the image was at least as important as my contribution. (I’d be happy to let you have the entire $500.)

4. I don’t think we’ve “pinched” our IDEA from the WRL; rather we’ve parodied it, which is not an infringement of copyright under US law.

Incidentally, here are a couple of original (non-pinched) twists I put on the common phrase, “Too big to fail”:

Too big to jail (This got widespread traction)
Too PIIG to bail (A suggested rallying cry for anti-bailout euro-skeptics in Finland, etc.)

 


Comment from Roger Knights
Time: June 14, 2011, 8:09 pm

PS: Check out this scorcher-scam-scoffer site, whose owner has adopted a beagle as his totemic animal:

http://fenbeagleblog.wordpress.com/2011/06/11/taking-the-mikado/

 


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: June 14, 2011, 9:15 pm

Oh, I’m not worried about copyright infringement. It’s more a) stuff like this is more work than it looks, b) I think it’s a kinda ugly design so c) I would be horrified to think of this image tattoo’d permanently on your skin. I have enough things to lie awake at night feeling guilty.

You could probably pick up a cheap P’shop artist here: http://www.photoshopgurus.com/forum/photoshop-freelance-work/ (I was going to suggest here http://www.conceptart.org/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=11 but they’ve done something funny with their hiring forum).

You’d be amazed what you can get waving a $20 in front of a bunch of unemployed artists. Let somebody else’s karma take the hit.

 


Comment from Roger Knights
Time: June 15, 2011, 3:57 am

Hi SW,

OK, I won’t get a tattoo! (I mostly floated the possibility in hopes it would motivate you positively.)

Could you post (or e-mail me) your hockey stick image as a “singleton” (not part of a strip of three) so I can forward it to one of the artists at the link you gave? It would be less work for him to modify it than to create one from scratch.

Thanks in advance, Roger

 

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