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Last updated on August 10th, 2017 at 10:22 am

Man has cigarette. Academic loses it.

Posted by Tim B. on 04/24/2006 at 10:41 AM
    1. “Every time a cigarette is lit, a polar bear drowns!”

      — From It WAS a Wonderful Life, You Fascist, Gaia-Hating Bastards!, Frank Capra IV, 2007

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 04 24 at 10:56 AM • permalink


    1. Lessee, an eminent climate scientist makes a sarcastic remark about the cigarette he’s lighting and that somehow forever destroys his credibility on all things? And somehow the persistent failure of the global climate to follow the fearful computer model predictions makes them all the more credible.

      I’m still waiting for the AGW alarmists to explain what human activity caused the Medieval War Period and the Little Ice Age. And how the slight global cooling trend since 1998 supports their precious theory that industrialized West is destroying the planet.

      I suspect Anthropogenic Global Warming Theory is a religious cult not unlike Scientology.

      Posted by Spiny Norman on 2006 04 24 at 12:41 PM • permalink


    1. Medieval Warm Period.

      Although the victims of Viking depredations would probably agree with the first spelling.

      Posted by Spiny Norman on 2006 04 24 at 12:43 PM • permalink


    1. #1 Priceless, Richard – as usual!

      The background on my computer at work is a photo from the 1947 film noir classic, “Out of the Past”. The picture features private eye Robert Mitchum with a cigarette dangling from his mouth, Zippo lighter at the ready. Femme fatale Jane Greer is cosying up to him, under the shadow of his fedora.

      Posted by paco on 2006 04 24 at 12:50 PM • permalink


    1. The first few comments on Quiggin’s post can be summed up as “Why are you bothering with this crap, Quiggie?”

      The (n)ever astute Perfesser has jumped the shark.

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2006 04 24 at 03:42 PM • permalink


    1. You can’t beat the inherent irony in a bitchy blog post that starts with

      Among the scientists taking a public position sceptical of global warming, Richard Lindzen has always seemed the most credible. Unlike nearly all “sceptics”, he’s a real climate scientistwho has done significant research on climate change …

      and comes from a guy who doesn’t have anything to do with “real climate research” himself. I guess lack of field experience instantly disqualifies you from the discussion only when you don’t hold the “correct” views.

      Posted by PW on 2006 04 24 at 05:13 PM • permalink


    1. Here are a couple more sceptics.

      Posted by Franklin on 2006 04 24 at 06:23 PM • permalink


    1. The spurious linking between tobaccco companies and climate sceptics is further explored HERE

      Posted by rog on 2006 04 24 at 06:41 PM • permalink


    1. #4: gumshoe with fedora, zippo and dangerous dame… those were the days

      nowadays Bob Brown would be heckling in the background

      Posted by Henry boy on 2006 04 24 at 07:13 PM • permalink


    1. Now there’s an argument the anti-smokers haven’t used yet – smoking causes global warming!

      Posted by jobreborn on 2006 04 24 at 07:33 PM • permalink


    1. Quiggin’s line of reasoning seems to be:

      – Climate scientist has an unsound opinion about cigarettes

      – Climate scientist clearly has unsound judgement

      – We therefore cannot trust climate scientist on climate science.

      Not the first time he’s made this sort of argument. In a previous post linked from this blog, he argued that since climate science sceptics had unsound judgement, they could not ever be trusted in the future.

      But it’s a moot point why we should trust the opinions of Quiggin – an economist – on climate science at all.

      Posted by TimT on 2006 04 24 at 08:23 PM • permalink


    1. To be fair, as a rule of thumb, a healthy skepticism about ANY scientist’s opinion outside his own field or those directly impinging on it is usually a good idea…

      One remembers the British Astronomer Royal who flatly stated that space flight was impossible.  He knew a great deal about looking at planets and stars but SFA about engineering and human stubbornness…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 04 24 at 08:27 PM • permalink


    1. Richard I think that one is well covered by one of Arthur C Clarke’s maxims.

      “If a venerable old scientist insists something is impossible he will be almotst certainly wrong”

      Or something like that.

      Posted by Francis H on 2006 04 24 at 10:33 PM • permalink


    1. FrancisH — “If an eminent scientific authority insists something is possible, he is almost certainly right.  If he insists something is impossible, he is almost certainly wrong<strike>wright</strike>.”

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 04 24 at 10:57 PM • permalink


    1. Quiggin truly is a national treasure. He’s like the gift that keeps on giving. There is no limit to this “academic’s” stupidity.

      He recently reinterated that a good way of getting Iran to de-nuke was for France and the UK to give up their nuclear weapons.
      This guy is a real fresh thinker.

      Posted by powderkeg on 2006 04 24 at 11:06 PM • permalink


    1. ’m still waiting for the AGW alarmists to explain what human activity caused the Medieval War Period and the Little Ice Age.

      Burning saintly, spiritual Goddess worshipping womyn as witches, of course, duh…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 04 25 at 01:07 AM • permalink


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