Monbiot, fooled…or ‘the biggest blunder’

George Monbiot, ideologue, leftist, elitist, name-caller, I could think of a few more, but homeopathic? Seriously, George has lost it. This column below was nothing but name-calling verbage. Then this Norwegian web news site seems horrified by a wicked magazine story about sea levels, or ice, or Durban or something.

Åpenhet fra 1989 til Durban

Publisert 27. november – 3517 visninger Innlegg

Jeg tror de fleste vil være enige i at klimaproblematikken i grunnen dreier seg om våre barn, barnebarn, og deres fremtid. En menneskeskapt oppvarming vil har en tidshorisont på over hundre år. Og det finnes en oppfatning om at vi spiller russisk rul

Ikke minst er det en oppfatning som jeg deler med flere meningsfeller.

I forrige uke presentert nye funn i vitenskaplige tidsskriftet Nature:Reconstructed changes in Arctic sea ice over the past 1,450 years.

Actually, I have no idea what he was saying, but a commenter of this post linked to George below about sea levels, so I had a look…

The Spectator runs false sea-level claims on its cover

Fraser Nelson makes the biggest blunder of his career by putting Nils-Axel Mörner’s, a serial promoter of nonsense, in his magazine

The Spectator front cover with the headline The Sea Level Scam

The Spectator front cover. Photograph: The Guardian

In the brilliant farce Le Dîner de Cons, a group of bored, rich businessmen have set each other an ongoing challenge: to entice the biggest idiot they can find to come to their weekly dinners. A publisher called Pierre Brochant finds a man he is sure will be the week’s prize idiot, and invites him to his apartment before setting off for the dinner. But Brochant’s triumph backfires horribly, as the man he brings into his home proceeds unwittingly to destroy his life.

Could Fraser Nelson have accepted a similar challenge? He’s a publisher of a kind – editor of the Spectator magazine in fact – and, like Brochant, he has just made the biggest blunder of his career. He has invited a serial promoter of nonsense into his magazine and, to show off his remarkable find, has put him on the front cover, where his claims are promoted as straight fact.

Nelson’s “find” is a man some of us found years ago and have seen as a source of wild entertainment ever since. He’s called Nils-Axel Mörner, and among his claims to fame are that he possesses paranormal abilities to find water and metal using a dowsing rod, and that he has discovered “the Hong Kong of the [ancient] Greeks” in Sweden.

The celebrated debunker of cobblers James Randi challenged Mörner to demonstrate his expertise with a dowsing rod, but he “consistently refused to be tested”. He did however, allow his paranormal abilities to be examined on Swedish television, using a test that Mörner himself devised: dowsing for a packet of sugar concealed under one of 10 cups. Needless to say, he failed, blaming, as such people so often do, “interference” and “influences”.

In 2007, Mörner and his collaborator, a homeopath and amateur archaeologist called Bob Lind, were reprimanded by the Scania County archaeologist in Sweden for damaging an Iron Age cemetery during their quest to demonstrate the “Bronze Age calendar alignments”, which would somehow help to show that this local graveyard was in fact an ancient Hellenic trading will have to find your own link if you can stand it to read it all…

nothing about the actual science…(my bold) Then another commenter linked to this post of mine on sea levels. This brought George Monbiot’s moan to my attention.

The Science?…it’s not ‘climate science’:

Beach Mandurah, Western Australia

The Daily Telegraph exposed the NSW state government protecting the world from some dangerous scientific analysis of sea-levels. The officials pulled papers and posters within days of when they were due to be released, late in September 2011. Doug Lord examined 120 years of tidal data from Sydney Harbour, and found a 1 mm year on year rise which didn’t fit with the 900 mm rise projected by the Wizards of Climate Change at the Department. He finds the official figures exaggerate ten fold.

Ken Stewart has taken the dangerous data from 19 sites around Australia and finds it averaged 1.4 mm/year over the last 100 years. He finds about an 8-fold exaggeration. This is another sordid tale in the Science-perverted-for-PR category.

Sea Level Change in Australia: What’s Likely?

The mean sea-level rise recorded at 19 stations around Australia (warning, data is limited in the first half of the series). The trend is a steady rise. The last 20 years is not unusual.

Seas have been rising in a reasonably continuous trend around the world since 1800.  The last two decades are not unusual.

Keep reading  →

And this from 2009:

And Real Science on ice too, just in case that was what the Norwegian post was about, after all he was discussing a Guardian story too:

Understanding Arctic Experts

Sept. 11, 2011

Arctic sea ice has melted to a level not recorded since satellite observations started in 1972 – and almost certainly not experienced for at least 8,000 years, say polar scientists.


What they really mean is : “No lie is too big to keep our funding coming.

Understanding Arctic Experts

About Tom Harley

Amateur ecologist and horticulturalist and CEO of Kimberley Environmental Horticulture Inc. (Tom Harley)
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