UPDATE: Other variation of the towel spotted:
UPDATE: Other variation of the towel spotted:
This is a real news story. Not a joke….
But then again, it is a joke. Perhaps the best joke ever!
FAIRBANKS — Al Gore can thank the Nobel Committee for honoring him with the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.
He can also thank Fairbanks businessman Craig Compeau for what could be the farthest-north likeness of the former vice president: A 5-ton ice sculpture of a “shivering” Gore, created during a recent spell of bitterly cold weather in Alaska and aimed at confronting global-warming theories.
Compeau described himself as a moderate skeptic of those who “rabidly” believe man-made emissions are contributing to a rise in global temperatures. Gore won his Nobel for raising awareness of global warming as one of the greatest challenges facing mankind.
“Be skeptical. Or not. But research it yourself,” Compeau told the roughly three dozen onlookers and reporters gathered at the corner of Airport Way and Cushman Street at 10 a.m. Monday under gray skies. “There’s a lot on both sides.”
Compeau, who manages an outdoor recreation sporting goods store, is coupling the unveiling with a fundraiser to benefit the Presbyterian Hospitality House, a local nonprofit. Anyone — skeptic or not — can play by guessing whether this winter will be warmer or colder, and by how much, than was the winter of 1947-1948. Gore was born on March 31, 1948.
Compeau unveiled the sculpture — created by a local artist Steve Dean — near the downtown Thrifty Liquor store, where he said it will stay through March or “until it melts.”
Makes my year.
Again, just more opinions to consider when your local news talks about global warming, CO2 emissions, or carbon credits, as if global warming is a definite fact. This time they come from the founder of The Weather Channel, John Coleman. Note that he considers himself an environmentalist, as I do, though I have many serious doubts about the reality of man-caused global warming (aka. global climate change):
I know what you’re thinking, “Hey, wait a second — Wasn’t that the plot of the first movie, and didn’t it turn out to be a rather crappy and expensive flop?”
Yes, but the new movie is guaranteed to be a hit. Firstly, its budget is at least ten thousand times the first Waterworld, (and we all know that huge budgets make for great films).
“But where are they getting that kind of money?”, you might ask? From everyone of course! Gore and his fellow producers came up with the great idea that, since the first movie was so totally crappy and unsuccessful, everyone should be required to have a personal investment in the sequel. This way, even if some people don’t really care about the film, they will be obligated to see it because they will have a financial stake in its success.
The film is currently funded through a voluntary program where people can purchase “Sequel Credits.” Currently, those who don’t wish to contribute are being ignored, marginalized, or brow-beaten into guilt-laden compliance. The national media has been playing their part, only referring to the sequel in glowing and positive terms. Those who have voiced criticism of the film, such as its lack of convincing dialog, or concern over its rather ludicrous plot line, have been immediately silenced and shunned.
Gore is currently working closely with President-Elect Barack Obama to make this financing process non-voluntary, in a government initiative he calls, “The People’s Waterworld 2 Sequel Success Lock-Box.” Waterworld 2 will be starring Al Gore as a rather portly and desperate character, who is struggling for relevance during a time of planetary chaos. The film is slated for a 2013 release, pending sentient life on earth still exists.
Here’s the official Teaser-Trailer:
That’s 2013, so be sure to mark your calendars…
From the Daily Telegraph (emphasis mine):
A surreal scientific blunder last week raised a huge question mark about the temperature records that underpin the worldwide alarm over global warming. On Monday, Nasa’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), which is run by Al Gore’s chief scientific ally, Dr James Hansen, and is one of four bodies responsible for monitoring global temperatures, announced that last month was the hottest October on record.
This was startling. Across the world there were reports of unseasonal snow and plummeting temperatures last month, from the American Great Plains to China, and from the Alps to New Zealand. China’s official news agency reported that Tibet had suffered its “worst snowstorm ever”. In the US, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration registered 63 local snowfall records and 115 lowest-ever temperatures for the month, and ranked it as only the 70th-warmest October in 114 years.
So what explained the anomaly? GISS’s computerised temperature maps seemed to show readings across a large part of Russia had been up to 10 degrees higher than normal. But when expert readers of the two leading warming-sceptic blogs, Watts Up With That and Climate Audit, began detailed analysis of the GISS data they made an astonishing discovery. The reason for the freak figures was that scores of temperature records from Russia and elsewhere were not based on October readings at all. Figures from the previous month had simply been carried over and repeated two months running.
The error was so glaring that when it was reported…READ THE REST
Dr Pachauri, a former railway engineer with no qualifications in climate science, may believe what Dr Hansen tells him. But whether, on the basis of such evidence, it is wise for the world’s governments to embark on some of the most costly economic measures ever proposed, to remedy a problem which may actually not exist, is a question which should give us all pause for thought.
Ha! Climate Science… About as convincing as Astrology Science.
Will the media start reporting the fact that the science behind climate change is vastly complex and most predictions are based on biased computer models? What about promoting the idea that carbon dioxide emissions might not lead to catastrophic global warming? Or will a government official challenge the idea that we should oppose crippling legislation such as ‘carbon taxes’ on business, when it turns out there isn’t a consensus on anthropomorphic global warming? Or will schools stop teaching about global warming as a definite fact?
Uh Oh – somebody phone Al Gore!!!
[ht – CS]