It’s a question worth asking today, with the sad news of Stephen Hawking’s death. The celebrated cosmologist was only 76, which suggests his life was cut short by complications of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis [ALS].
By all accounts, Hawking was a climate alarmist—which is hardly a crime, let alone if you’re too busy doing real science to investigate eco-nonscience—but I doubt even he would have approved of John Cook’s Arctic Antics.
To quote Wikipedia [emphasis as in original],
The Ice Bucket Challenge, sometimes called the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, is an activity involving the dumping of a bucket of ice and water over a person’s head, either by another person or self-administered, to promote awareness of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as motor neurone disease and in the US as Lou Gehrig‘s disease) and encourage donations to research.
And here’s John Cook signalling his virtue on YouTube by suffering (or making Lewandowsky suffer) for the ALS cause:
Wait, no, silly me. Lewandowsky describes the video thus:
Cabot Institute Director Prof Rich Pancost has been nominated by fellow colleague Prof Steve Lewandowsky to do the Arctic Sea Ice Bucket challenge to raise awareness of the impacts of climate change on Arctic sea ice and to help raise funds for climate research.
Or at least he used to. Sometime after I grabbed the above text, Lewandowsky appears to have deleted it—perhaps in a belated attempt to avoid feedback like this:
But Cook was too lazy to delete the damning boilerplate from his video:
I (belatedly) answer Jason Box’s Arctic Sea Ice Bucket Challenge, in order to raise awareness of the impacts of climate change on Arctic sea ice and to help raise funds for climate research.
Like perverted [in]versions of Robin Hood, our adversaries think nothing of hijacking a meme intended to help poor people like Stephen Hawking (only poorer, in most cases) and giving the proceeds to their rich friends in the Alternative and Imaginary Sciences.
Fake charities were funny twenty years ago, when George Costanza did them. But John Cook is no Jason Alexander, and climate research is no Human Fund.
And yes, the title of my post is hyperbolic. I’m sure the money diverted from ALS research by these twisted fucks wouldn’t have literally made the difference between a cure and not-a-cure. Not in time to save Stephen Hawking, at least.
Still—it’s the principle.
Memo to John, Stephan, the aptly-named Rich et hoc genus omne:
If you have to be schooled in human decency by a YouTube commenter, maybe it’s time to consider a career as a different species, hmm? And by different I mean lower. (I hear the rock spiders are hiring at this time of year, though some genera may insist on a Child Safety Check so you’ll probably need to shop around.)
Finally, check out the walking spittoons who just couldn’t resist trying to Krush “Mikeishere1st’s” objection:
Only… every single scientific organization on the planet believes it’s real and a significant problem for humanity. And nearly every published research paper on the subject agrees it’s real. And nearly every researcher working in this field believes this is real. So, yeah. Other than that we’re just fine.
Sorry, global warming caused by the release of fossil Carbon mainly as the greenhouse gas CO2 is for real.
Ouch! Well done, Rob ‘N’ Greg And His Merry Krew: it only took you five logical fallacies or garden-variety falsehoods to, like, totally put Mikeishere1st in his place—several rungs above you on the evolutionary ladder.