ROB SMITH

Jack Daniel’s, lobster tails, whole grain bread, pots of raspberry jam, pasta in a sauce of sun-dried tomatoes, bottles of 2003 Cotes du Rhone – these environmentalist types are living like kings! I suppose all the food and booze might make up for the tedious conversation. Possibly.

Rob “Acidman” Smith, on the other hand … a few hours in a bar with Rob would have been an adventure. Farewell, Acidman.

Posted by Tim B. on 06/27/2006 at 03:12 AM
    1. From cores of ancient Greenland ice extracted by the National Science Foundation, researchers have identified at least 20 sudden climate changes in the last 110,000 years, in which average temperatures fluctuated as much as 15 degrees in a single decade.

      I don’t think even Tim Flannery could explain how 200 years of industrialisation could screw up the climate of 110,000 years ago. But I’d like to see him try.

      RIP, Acidman.

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2006 06 27 at 03:30 AM • permalink

 

    1. Damn.

      I mean – no, never mind.  Just damn.

      Posted by Pixy Misa on 2006 06 27 at 04:25 AM • permalink

 

    1. I know he’d see the humour. I’m having a beer for Rob.

      Posted by CB on 2006 06 27 at 05:14 AM • permalink

 

    1. Climate experts have started to worry that the ice cap is disappearing in ways that computer models had not predicted.

      Not the computer models, they can never be wrong!

      From cores of ancient Greenland ice extracted by the National Science Foundation, researchers have identified at least 20 sudden climate changes in the last 110,000 years, in which average temperatures fluctuated as much as 15 degrees in a single decade.

      I am just glad that Chimpy W. Neoconazi, Lord Rove and Wronwright are responsible for this. Just as they were responsible for the other 20 sudden climate shifts over the past 110,000 years.

      I mean, without them to blame, people might think that the endlessly unchanging climate might be naturally unstable, perhaps even dynamic.

      And if that were true, well, all the envirodoomscreamers yammering about industrial activity being solely responsible for global warmingcoolingclimate change would be … wrong.

      And we cannot have THAT.

      MarkL
      Canberra

      Posted by MarkL on 2006 06 27 at 06:54 AM • permalink

 

    1. I had only recently become acquainted with Acidman’s blog, and I liked his style. I’m sorry to read of his death, and extend condolences to his family.

      I believe the melting going on in Greenland is probably due to those bacchanalian feasts in which the enviros are indulging themselves. Polar bear flambe, alone, must raise the temperature several degrees in the immediate area.

      Posted by paco on 2006 06 27 at 07:00 AM • permalink

 

    1. Polar bear flambe with roast penguin on the side – yum!

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2006 06 27 at 07:11 AM • permalink

 

    1. Vale, Rob “Acidman” Smith.

      Cranky ol’ bastard who always spoke from the heart and was never afraid to stir the pot.

      Joining CB in hoisting a coldie in his memory.

      Farewell, old mate.

      Posted by Pedro the Ignorant on 2006 06 27 at 07:27 AM • permalink

 

    1. We still have another rather acidic character, spewing venom gain over the appointments to the ABC, and saying how bipartisan he is … truly really! Pining for the good old days when people got appointed on the nod (!) under the camelotean Hawke/Keating rule, and (truly really) it was all based on actual qualifications and stuff.
      These days it’s different though.
      It’s all Howard’s fault … again!

      Posted by blogstrop on 2006 06 27 at 07:56 AM • permalink

 

    1. Polar bear flambe with roast penguin on the side – yum!

      “I’ll have the roast penguin with the mango salsa.”

      – Al Gore.

      Posted by Dave S. on 2006 06 27 at 08:55 AM • permalink

 

    1. Always enjoyed the Acidman’s outlook on life.  A great shock to lose him.  I left my condolences among the many on his site, saying we’ll have a few beers for him. Glad to see my mates here express the same sentiment!  Godspeed, Rob.

      Posted by Ubique on 2006 06 27 at 09:09 AM • permalink

 

    1. The Cracker Curmudgeon will be missed. RIP Acidman.

      Posted by Some0Seppo on 2006 06 27 at 10:25 AM • permalink

 

    1. I read up to the part about the earring shaped like a dolphin, then my patented Wank-O-Meter buried the needle. Oh, and when roasting polar bear(or any bear) the penguin goes inside the bear, like a big turducken.

      Posted by Daniel San on 2006 06 27 at 10:58 AM • permalink

 

    1. Well, if the ice packs melt, won’t Greenland be green again?  Didn’t the Vikings raise grapes on Greenland?

      Sorry about Acidman.

      Posted by ushie on 2006 06 27 at 11:01 AM • permalink

 

    1. You notice they called it “climate change”, not “global warming”.

      “How does climate change get into the ice?” Zwally asked.

      What kind of a question is that?  What does that even mean?

      RIP, Acidman.  I started reading his blog back in 2001.  He had a unique point of view, and he was never dishonest about anything.  He’ll be missed.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 06 27 at 11:27 AM • permalink

 

    1. I think the effects of the Industrial Age are retroactive, SwinishCapitalist. There’s simply no other way to explain it.

      I really don’t get this at all. All the globalwarmiacs agree that the rise in global temperature over the past century is less than one degree Fahrenheit (for you metrics, that’s…oh, hell, I haven’t a clue what that is Celsius). Yet because of this miniscule change, the Greenland ice caps, we’re told, are melting away at an alarming rate and the Anartic ice sheets are shrinking. Now, if I increase the temperature in my freezer by one degree, nothing discernible happens. My ice cubes don’t melt, my frozen foods don’t thaw. Maybe, maybe, my ice cream is ever so slightly softer.

      (On the other hand, I’ve seen what a few degrees change in temperature can do. One winter we had a freak blizzard–snowed in for three days with no power–thank God the toilets ran. The snow was so wet and heavy it created absolute havoc. But, at our friends’ house 20, 30 max, feet higher in elevation, it was just cold enough that the snow was dry and they didn’t have those problems. Just a few feet in elevation and a few degrees made all the difference.)

      Now we’re told that the Greenland ice sheet has developed a maze of tunnels, natural pipes and cracks beneath the unblemished surface that channels the hot water of global warming deep into the ice. And that the breaking ice has dramatically increased seismic activity and generated swarms of earthquakes up to magnitude 5.0. And that if this accelerated slide continues there is a possibility that, perhaps decades from now, they could collapse suddenly and release the entire ice sheet into the ocean. And we all know what happens then.

      All because of a rise in temperature of one degree that took place gradually over 100 years. I don’t get it.

      Good journey, Acidman. Condolences to your family.

      Posted by Kyda Sylvester on 2006 06 27 at 12:21 PM • permalink

 

    1. #15–Kyda, Isn’t the metric/celsius conversion factor 1 degree C equals 9/5ths degree F, so that 1 degree F equals .55 degree C (or 5/9ths degree, the reciprocal of 9/5ths)?

      Posted by Forbes on 2006 06 27 at 01:13 PM • permalink

 

    1. The grapes grew in Vinland but yeah, Greenland was green, or at least green enough to grow crops for a while.  Though mostly “Greenland” was Eric the Red’s idea of colonial marketing.

      Rest in peace, Acidman.

      Posted by Synova on 2006 06 27 at 02:33 PM • permalink

 

    1. #9—I detest those commercials! Condescending bassard cave-dwellers! That Cro-Magnon’s attitude just makes my skin crawl…do you think he’s thinking how much fun & profitable a lawsuit by Jesse Jackson will be?

      Posted by Auntie KC on 2006 06 27 at 04:13 PM • permalink

 

    1. #8 Blogstrop. Please put a warning about where we are going in future links to that repellent, phat bastard. The brief glimpse I saw of his photo at the top of the page, before hitting the close button, was enough to ruin my day. I long ago decided never to listen to, nor read, any more of his bile. I will leave that to you younger guys.
      On the other hand, I regret that my first reading of Acidman’s wonderful work was his last post. I now look forward to reading backwards into his life.
      My best wishes to his family.

      Posted by Skeeter on 2006 06 27 at 05:15 PM • permalink

 

    1. #s 6, 9 and others planning penguin-polar bear banquets had better be prepared to do a lot of trans-equatorial travel.
      I’m pretty sure we have no polar bears in the wild down here, and you have no penguins up there.

      Posted by Skeeter on 2006 06 27 at 05:22 PM • permalink

 

    1. Can’t stand pasta and sundried tomatoes.

      Posted by MarshallD on 2006 06 27 at 06:27 PM • permalink

 

    1. #15 – Kyda, the only white powder we get in Perth comes from Colombia and not the skies. And we didn’t see too much global warming around here six months ago. Last summer was the coldest in fifty years.
      Al! AL! A bit of that heat our way, for Chrissake!

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2006 06 27 at 07:48 PM • permalink

 

    1. #15 Kyda: ‘the Anartic ice sheets are shrinking’

      Damn those anarchic ice sheets..

      Posted by Barrie on 2006 06 27 at 08:07 PM • permalink

 

    1. #15 “the Greenland ice sheet has developed a maze of tunnels, natural pipes and cracks beneath the unblemished surface that channels the hot water of global warming deep into the ice. And that the breaking ice has dramatically increased seismic activity and generated swarms of earthquakes up to magnitude 5.0. And that if this accelerated slide continues…”

      What did I tell you? *Earthquakes* are due to global warming.  And think about what all that oily oil is doing under Alaska..

      Posted by Barrie on 2006 06 27 at 08:12 PM • permalink

 

    1. ice and water cause earthquakes.  This will stun the seismologists…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 06 27 at 08:57 PM • permalink

 

    1. I once came second to the sour old bastard in a “Worlds Most Offensive Male Blogger” poll- a worthy opponent.

      Hey shit- does this make me number one?

      Yeee Haaa!

      Posted by Habib on 2006 06 27 at 11:25 PM • permalink

 

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