Saturday, January 19, 2013

Appeal to the Bunnies

There has been some comment down below on the latest outrage, Anthony "Bad Science" Watts' unhappiness with Greg Laden for saying that Watts believed the tripe he published at his blog.  It's complicated, but as Russell points out, you have to consider the sauce.  For the scientific analysis go to Phil Plait on Bad Astronomy.

"Bad Science" is asking his readers for advice.  Now the fact is that his readers knew the bad science "Bad Science" was publishing was BAD, so cut the dears a break, but "Bad Science" needs help.  He has asked his readers what he should do, but given them a limited (you expected something else, when you fall off the carrot truck) set of choices

Should I sue the pants off Greg Laden?

Eli thinks the bunnies can help by suggesting alternatives.  One of them, seen at Romm's was grow up and has been added.

UPDATE:  The Weasel does a better job, and since he ripped Russell off, Eli will do so also


Lars Karlsson said...

Anthony Watts is such a great comedian.

(I hope he won't sue me for writing that. It is not meant in a derogatory manner. I just mean that he makes me laugh, and that's a good thing, isn't it?)

Anonymous said...

to extend the sports metafors, put both of them in sumo suits, reserve a hockey rink and let them play. laden would have a hockey stick while Anthony who doesn't believe in them would have a ringette stick. To even the battle out they should play it with a gym ball with montford and mann as goalies. the first to die of laughter wins.

spilgard said...

This option is probably redundant, as it seems to already be well underway:

Clench my hands into widdle fists and pound them on the highchair tray until someone replenishes the apple juice in my sippy cup.

Anonymous said...

I like the idea of a law suit.

The inevitable outcome would be a reprise of Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District with Watts cast in the roll of an intelligent [sic] designer.

The only difference would be the added humiliation that would come from being an unsuccessful complainant, as he would certainly be.

Please, please let him sue...

Bernard J.

Hank Roberts said...

Good take on it by

William M. Connolley said...

I'm finally moved to ask, since that's the third person I've seen using that pic (at why? Its a nice pic (it reminds me of the Welsh coast near Llangrannog, and indeed it may even *be* that - anyone know?) but how come 3 people use it? Is it someones default?

Hank Roberts said...

> someone's default
Yep; a WordPress 'Theme':

View background image shows it's

Not likely chosen for its resemblance to Kalispell, Montana; has an animated cloudscape worth a look.

Anonymous said...

My suggestion for an extra option would be

X. Remember you pretend to be a 'Libertarian' and therefore you should not be threatening other people's freedom of speech.

Regards, Millicent

Tenney Naumer said...

Russell was especially good with the

"lard sequestration"


Anonymous said...

Yeah Watts should emulate great people of integrity like Mann or Gleick.

Oh wait, thay have none.

err umm..


I confess to certain reservations about lard sequestration.

If oysters enter the lardoon's food chain , their removal from the ocean leaves behind the carbonic acid liberated when their shells calcified.

However, using their shells to pave over asphalt driveways may, depending on their degree of comminution, generate an albedo offset that partially or completely reverses the radiative forcing when the dissolved carbonate is exchanged with the atmosphere.

Somebody had better get a grant and model this complex question before Watts declares it a fatal flaw in the religion of warmism and declares victory in the war against cliche.

EliRabett said...

It would be wonderful if certain lairds were sequestered, Lord Monckton amongst them.

susan said...

Way OT, but that landscape is probably on the coast of Dorset. I once sat in almost that identical spot to make a painting (which didn't completely come out so I still have it). Close to Chesil Beach and Portland BIll (uphill looking out). The light was the same too. Very like weather on 9/11 on the way from Heathrow to the West Country.

yes, very OT, sorry. Kind of burned into my mind.

Anonymous said...

Well color me stoopid, that is why they call me "Hey Stoopid"!

Lol, here I thought I was stoopid, Willard and pals lack of functional mononeurons, has moved themselves into an entirely new evolutionary "Peter Principle' blind alley the "Homo Dumbass" class.

"Fiction, is obliged to stick with possibilities. Truth isn't"- Mark Twain