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Thursday, October 06, 2005

Hockey Sticks are made of wood

How can we tell if she is a witch?

We see if she floats.

What else floats?

Wood.

And what else is made of wood?

Hockey Sticks?

Correct. So, logically?

Err, if we use tree rings to determine the age of wood, and the graph looks like a hockey stick, we can also check to see what the temperature of the world was. If we then ignore all climate change models from the effect of solar fluctuations, and ignore the fact that trees only grow on land, but wood floats. Then since 71% of the planet is covered by oceans, seas and lakes, tree rings can tell us nothing about the maritime climate, even though the oceans are known to be the prime determinants of climate conditions throughout the world. Doesn't matter. We can then take a range of temperatures derived by completely different techniques to tree ring measurements, stick those figures on the end of the graph and call it science.

And therefore?

A witch.

Reference: The Hockey Stick: A new Low in Climate Science

Hattip: Chefen's earlier post and an anonymous comment leading to this linked article, and with loose reference to the Holy Grail (and I don't mean the Nobel prize for science)

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Posted by ZenTiger | 10/06/2005 09:37:00 PM

10 Comments:

Blogger Murray said...

I think the Greens should start with the climate change issues of their home planet before they mess with ours.

Do they have an explaination for Mars?

10/06/2005 10:00:00 PM  
Blogger Chefen said...

Aliens and their oil. Didn't you see them in Life of Brian?

10/06/2005 10:05:00 PM  
Blogger ZenTiger said...

They are not Messiahs. They are just very naughty boys.

10/06/2005 10:07:00 PM  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

I've seen the John Daly link before - it's not the sort of rebuttal that will get other scientists and politicians to put pressure on the climate modellers to clear up their act.

But McIntyres is:
http://www.climateaudit.org

10/06/2005 10:29:00 PM  
Blogger Murray said...

Look you can't just blame "aliens" for everything. We must celebrate the diversity they represent and NOT judge them for their deeply held beliefs... like disitergration of all other life forms.

We need to look at the root causes of their alienation.

10/06/2005 11:19:00 PM  
Blogger Chefen said...

Root cause of alienation, that's a goodie!

Besides, what have the aliens ever done for us? All right, all right, besides sanitation, medicine, education, public order, irrigation, roads, fresh water, what have the aliens ever done for us?

10/06/2005 11:24:00 PM  
Blogger ZenTiger said...

I thought we were an autonomous collective?

Or is that the Borg?

10/06/2005 11:41:00 PM  
Blogger Chefen said...

Nah, it's those damn Martian People's Front... splitters!

10/06/2005 11:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alot of hockey sticks these days are not made of wood, most are composite, carbon fibre/kevlar etc....

10/07/2005 11:48:00 AM  
Blogger ZenTiger said...

Thanks anon. Well, that doesn't surprise me. More indication the base assumptions are totally out of the park and Mann is out of his tree.

10/07/2005 11:59:00 AM  

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