2011-02-01 10:52:16Monckton Myths launched
John Cook

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Just launched MM. A bit late, just before I was about to launch it, I thought I should really provide link buttons so other sites can link to it. So I took some extra time to add a buttons tab to the MM page and create some mythic looking buttons:

Monckton Myths (468 x 60 pixels) 

Have emailed the planet 3.0 group so hopefully a few climate bloggers will mention it. Also emailed the Guardian editor but haven't heard back so not sure if that will pan out.

UPDATE: will keep track of who links to MM in this thread. Hopefully what happens with MM will be a playbook for how we roll out the other Denier series, that we can build on and reach further each time (eg - involve Climate Crocks in the next one).

2011-02-01 11:09:04nice button
dana1981
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The button looks very cool.
2011-02-01 12:01:02Thank Wendy
John Cook

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I said to Wend, what's a good mythic font? She said look at dafont.com who happen to have a category on the homepage, Roman, Greek. Found a good font, whipped up some sepia colouring and an embossed look and bingo! Delayed the launch by an hour but hopefully will be worth the effort and will encourage other bloggers/webmasters to link to the page, good for traffic but also visibility.

Thought about adding Monckton's face in the button but then thought, well, that wouldn't be very classy :-)

Now I have to think about how the Carter Crocks and Lindzen Illusions buttons will look. I was thinking something magical for Lindzen. Hmm...

2011-02-01 12:02:17Tamino link
John Cook

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Tamino just posted a link:

http://tamino.wordpress.com/2011/02/01/peer-pressure/

Joe Romm said he would mention it on CP. So having those two big guns support MM is a good start, hopefully will encourage other bloggers to mention it too.

Oh and Huff Post invited me to write for them - have to now figure out the parameters for writing for them.

2011-02-01 13:05:16nice!
dana1981
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Good job Wendy.  And great to get the links from Tamino and CP.

Plus super awesome that you can write for Huff Post.  Good traffic there.

I bet you could come up with a super cool button for Lindzen Illusions.

2011-02-01 13:44:22Great post by Peter at Climate Crocks
John Cook

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All Monckton, All the Time. The Ultimate Monckton Debunking Resource.

John Cook’s indispensable SkepticalScience has launched a one-stop debunking center for every scrap of nonsense, piffle, twaddle, bunkum and codswallop that his Serene Lordship has ever put out.

Monckton Myths is the swiss army vegematic for shredding, chopping, slicing, dicing, mincing, and crushing Monckton Misinformation, and it’s open for business.  Now when Aunt Teabag or Uncle Dittohead sends you that ridiculous load of paranoid poppycock, no need to search the web for answers, you’ll be able to put your hands on exactly the right reference in no time flat.

And you’ll have the famous skepticalscience guarantee of absolute, well researched, and peer reviewed credibility.

 

2011-02-01 14:31:49Repost by Tenney Naumer at Climate Change Psychology
John Cook

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http://climatechangepsychology.blogspot.com/2011/02/john-cook-monckton-myths-one-stop-shop.html

2011-02-01 14:37:54Link from UU-UNO Climate Portal
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http://climate.uu-uno.org/articles/view/162732/?topic=50699
2011-02-01 15:34:49
Andy S

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Great job! 

Popcorn please 

2011-02-01 15:38:10Way to go
Albatross
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Congrats John...excellent job as always!

 

2011-02-01 16:09:10
Albatross
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John I have an idea for Lindzen, an iris, or camera shutter....you know, his beloved and mystical "iris effect".

 

 

2011-02-01 16:11:56Eli and video
John Cook

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Andy S, thanks for the link to Rabett Run. Eli mentions posting video later - if anyone notices that, please post a link here to let us know.

Albatross, thanks for that excellent comment on the blog post.

2011-02-01 16:12:29Magic button
Albatross
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The button is a hit, everyone seems to be using it. 

 

2011-02-01 16:14:50
Albatross
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No worries John..had to rework it a few times to stay within house rules...was not easy ;)

Wondering maybe you could take this opporunity of all this attention to advertise:

 "Coming soon, Lindzen Illusions"

2011-02-01 16:20:46Lindzen Illusions
John Cook

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I must confess, I enjoyed doing the Monckton Myths button so much, I already started looking at "magicy" fonts for Lindzen's Illusions. As I discussed with Dana, I think for the Lindzen and Carter series, we should first look through their material and start to get a picture of which rebuttals we will write. Then we should look for common patterns and themes. The pattern I identified in my MM post was Monckton's only giving half the picture which was also inspired by his quote about how shabby it is to give half the picture (convenient quote). Then we should establish a theme, a narrative for each series. And each rebuttal/post (and maybe even the button) should reinforce that narrative.

Something occured to me when looking through all the blog posts that have mentioned MM. They also mention the documentary. I think the fact that our launch coincided with the documentary worked well for us. Blogs that might not have mentioned MM now had a good excuse to mention it by combining it with the doco.

So a key to getting other sites to mention a new feature is to package it with other newsworthy happenings. Coordination and forward planning is crucial. For example, we'll package our Carter Crocks with Climate Crock of the Week videos - it increases the likelihood of the release getting mentioned and going viral.

Anyway, food for thought for future reference.

2011-02-01 16:37:22
Andy S

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I watched the BBC documentary using Identity Cloaker (I took out a short-term trial subscription for a few bucks.) I'm in BC, Canada and the BBC only lets UK ISP's view their programs (I guess they sell content to third party distributors outside the UK and have agreements to restrict broadcasting programs for free).

You then log in through a proxy server in the UK.

Then you can use iPlayer to watch it, pretending that you are in the UK. I suppose this is illegal/immoral in some small way but it's all in a good cause. The program is called "Storyville" as is listed at 10PM Monday on Channel 4.

It's a bit fiddly and it's not free. I tried free proxy servers but they did not work, plus you end up getting a lot of advertiisng junk in your browser window.

PS John Abraham comes over very well in the movie. The concept (conceit?) of the program is that the filmmaker is on a quest to see if he can find some reason to avoid the fear and pain of believing in Climate Change. It's not very believable, since I'm sure that he had his mind made up long before he started on the project. Still, the ploy got him a lot of access to Monckton and, while appearing to be fair and sympathetic to his lordship, it was actually a rather clever--and well deserved--hatchet job.

2011-02-01 16:42:49Lindzen
dana1981
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Lindzen isn't much different than Monckton in terms of only giving half the picture. His theme is one of intellectual dishonesty. But no rush to do Lindzen just yet. There's still MMs to be done. I think we've agreed to just complete my Lindzen trilogy for now, perhaps this weekend. Coincidentally, a guy at the NoTricksZone blog did a very similar calculation recently, but like Lindzen, neglected thermal inertia and thus got the wrong answer (like Lindzen).
2011-02-01 17:49:15Intellectual dishonesty
John Cook

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Yes, but we can't say that at SkS. So perhaps the narrative for Lindzen Illusions would be to say these are fundamental errors that any climate scientist should understand - the reader can decide for themselves whether Lindzen is incompetent or dishonest.

Julian, we probably shouldn't promote Lindzen Illusions just yet as we may do Carter Crocks first, depending on Peter Sinclair and how the pieces fall together.

Cool that people are using the buttons, that's very satisfying :-)

2011-02-01 17:50:03Huff Post mention
John Cook

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Not sure how this works, seems to be a Huff Post staffer tweeted MM:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/t/monckton-myths-debunked-_32287719312850945.html

2011-02-01 19:52:14
Riccardo

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Really great!
2011-02-02 03:07:27Climate Progress
BaerbelW

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Here is Climate Progress' post:

http://climateprogress.org/2011/02/01/monckton-myths-debunking-the-viscount/

2011-02-02 04:00:03PlanetSave
John Hartz
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John Cook:

I suspect that PlanetSave would permit you to post a guest blog. http://planetsave.com/

2011-02-02 05:24:22Comment
Robert Way

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Anyone find it online anywhere?
2011-02-02 08:18:03
MartinS

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More posts on "Monckton Myths"

Deltoid

A Few Things Ill Considered

The Cost of Energy

 

Is it possible to watch the BBC report on Monckton without living in Britain? 

2011-02-02 08:29:01linked by Bart
dana1981
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Also linked at Bart's view on climate change.  All kinds of links to MM!
2011-02-02 08:39:18Lou Grinzo (The Cost of Energy) on SkS
John Cook

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For the record, I’ve long suspected that John and his co-authors over at SkSci didn’t sleep. There didn’t seem to be any other way to explain their volume and quality of output. I’m now starting to lean more towards them being cyborgs that have time traveled back to our present to warn us of the environmental catastrophe we’re slowly tying ourselves to with our greenhouse gas emissions.
2011-02-02 08:53:35
Albatross
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Hi John,

Who said that (@8:39 AM) and where?  Was it Bart?

2011-02-02 08:55:21Lou Grinzo
dana1981
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It was Lou Grinzo in Martin's The Cost of Energy link.

John = Arnold Schwarzenegger.

2011-02-03 06:14:19Gareth at Hot Topic
John Cook

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http://hot-topic.co.nz/sic-transit-gloria-moncktoni/

Continuation of his Monckton/Scrotum spoof:

The Laird had been sat on his personal promontory for hours, staring out over the loch, an occasional tear rolling gently down his cheek. Scrotum had been quick to take him a generous snifter of the Queensland pineapple rum he’d enjoyed so much in the outback a year ago, but even the heady waft of tropical alcohol and memories of days in the Austral sun could not dispel Monckton’s black dog. The wrinkled retainer had seen the dog take him before, but this was no mere short-haired dachshund, it was the full weimaraner. Scrotum repaired to the library and opened Monckton’s laptop. A strange Roman script filled the screen…

Monckton Myths 468

Scrotum clicked the words and was transported to the other side of the world — as so many of his ancestors had been. There, laid out in an easy to access and understand way was a comprehensive debunking of all of Monckton’s favourite arguments. Scrotum smiled, and reached for his iPod. Time for a little Martha & Vandellas

2011-02-08 20:20:07Steve Easterbrook
James Wight

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...has also linked to Monckton Myths.
2011-02-08 20:40:13Thanks for the link, James
John Cook

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Just posted a comment and also emailed Dave C about his intriguing Firefox Add-on idea.

BTW, I should read more of Easterbrook, great blog. His “Daddy, what did YOU do in the climate wars?” really spoke to me - it was like looking in a mirror.