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Wednesday
Sep142011

The Gorathon

In honour of Al Gore's latest 24 hours to save the planet, Bishop Hill is proud to present...the Gorathon, a 24-hour extravaganza of Josh cartoons inspired by the great Goracle himself!

Click on the image for more toons, and keep coming back, because Josh will be adding more throughout the day. (If you click on the first image in the gallery, you'll get a lightbox thingy)

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Reader Comments (42)

Josh:
Excellent!! Keep them coming. Can Theo eat Gore at the end?

Sep 14, 2011 at 3:51 AM | Unregistered Commenterbernie

I tried signing up to the Climate reality project (out of curiosity) and after entering email address etc, you get directed to a "donate" page.

There is no "No thanks not now" option, but there is an option to donate monthly.

Has the man no shame?

Sep 14, 2011 at 4:03 AM | Unregistered Commenterandyscrase

Josh - Something about a new climate change record being achieved. The lowest R2 ever recorded in a peer reviewed climate journal. Gore presenting the trophy and winners sash inscribed R2=0.01

Sep 14, 2011 at 5:28 AM | Unregistered CommenterGrantB

Perhaps it could be called the "Its worse than we thought" prize.
Hopefully the term "robust" will appear in some of your offerings.

Sep 14, 2011 at 6:27 AM | Unregistered CommenterGrantB

Excellent Josh. Well done for staying awake for 24 hours to post a new cartoon every hour. I can't wait for the full set. Will you be creating a poster, or T-shirt or calendar with the full set?

Sep 14, 2011 at 6:45 AM | Unregistered CommenterPhillip Bratby

PS. Good to see Theo back.

Sep 14, 2011 at 7:04 AM | Unregistered CommenterPhillip Bratby

I love Theo too...but remind me why he is so-named?

Apologies if I am being very very stupid again....

Sep 14, 2011 at 7:51 AM | Unregistered CommenterLatimer Alder

Is this effort by Al, an attempt to prevent 2011 being a record low for his earnings since An Inconvenient Truth?

Sep 14, 2011 at 8:09 AM | Unregistered Commentergolf charley

Thanks guys... if you have any more ideas then feel free to post here.

GrantB - wonderfully obscure!

Sep 14, 2011 at 8:25 AM | Registered CommenterJosh

Josh, don't forget the (*coughs*) Hockey Stick. Maybe even an illusion?

Sep 14, 2011 at 8:26 AM | Unregistered Commenterandyscrase

Yes, does he locate his missing hockey stick, even if it is broken?

Sep 14, 2011 at 8:35 AM | Unregistered CommenterPhillip Bratby

I am getting worried for the bear. Gore has turned towards him already, and upset, and by the look of it, the last cartoon might contain a polar bear steak or two...

Sep 14, 2011 at 8:45 AM | Unregistered CommenterMaurizio Morabito

GrantB:

Perhaps it could be called the "Its worse than we thought" prize.

That not perhaps as funny as you think it is even though I agree with you. I'm about half-way through reading "Al Gore: A Users Manual" by Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St Clair. What a truly dreadful man Gore is even by the standards of politicians. I can say in all honesty that he is much, much worse than even I ever thought.

It says on the book's cover, "Find a difficult issue in Washington and Gore has probably been on the wrong side of it. Find an awkward fact about his life and Gore has almost certainly misrepresented it".

So far at least, the authors have shown that that is the case. The man is almost pathologically hypocritical and on no issue is he more hypocritical than on environmental ones.

Sep 14, 2011 at 8:47 AM | Unregistered CommenterDaveB

Just saw this on WUWT:

ALGORE is my shepherd; I shall not think.
He maketh me lie down in Greenzi pastures:
He leadeth me beside the still-freezing waters.
He selleth my soul for CO2:
He leadeth me in the paths of self-righteousness for his own sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of reason,
I will fear no logic: for thou art with me and thinking for me;
Thy Gore’s family oil fortune and thy 10,000 square Gorey foot mansion, they comfort me.
Thou preparest a movie in the presence of contradictory evidence:
Thou anointest mine head with nonsense; my fear runneth over.
Surely blind faith and hysteria shall follow me all the days of my life:
and I will dwell in the house of ALGORE forever.


(apologies to the religious - no disrespect intended)

Sep 14, 2011 at 8:51 AM | Unregistered CommenterRoger Longstaff

The funny thing is, I've only heard about the Goreathon from anti-alarmist blogs. It seems to be being ignored by UK lamestream. Am I missing something? Is it getting more traction in the US than Blighty? Does anyone care?

Sep 14, 2011 at 9:14 AM | Unregistered CommenterDavid C

When it comes to Cape Verde, it would be interesting to show that it should be getting wetter in the Horn of Africa, where a severe drought is underway:

http://ecotretas.blogspot.com/2011/09/horngate.html
http://ecotretas.blogspot.com/2011/09/horngate-how-contamination-has-been.html

Sep 14, 2011 at 9:16 AM | Unregistered CommenterEcotretas

Josh, as you are no doubt aware, and Hollywood worked out many years ago, cartoons featuring ducks and penguins are always funny.

Deforestation causes more Tree Ducks to land on water causing a rise in sea levels?

More polar bears, means fewer seals, fewer seals is less water displaced, leads to lower sea levels?

Is this years arctic ice melt due to record amounts of steaming polar bear sh~t, and resultant loss of albedo

Was the "lets haul a rowing boat across the ice to the place where the magnetic pole used to be" one of the dumbest publicity stunts ever? Why didn't they get Jeremy Clarkson to tow it there on a trailer, behind his Toyota?

Sep 14, 2011 at 9:22 AM | Unregistered Commentergolf charley

The Top Gear/Old Poultenay Tow to the pole?

Theo IS The Stig

Sep 14, 2011 at 9:41 AM | Unregistered Commentergolf charley

Josh

an idea

Al and Theo. standing by a lake side. Al having tossed a hockey stick into the water, the lady within catches it and drags it under.

Theo.'s speech bubble states "Ex-caliber"

Sep 14, 2011 at 10:05 AM | Unregistered CommenterAnoneumouse

A cartoon every hour? This is serial!

Sep 14, 2011 at 10:16 AM | Unregistered Commenterandyscrase

Excellent start to the gorathon - thanks Josh, and thanks all who've posted so far.

I love it when I can start the day with a huge grin on my face!

Sep 14, 2011 at 10:23 AM | Unregistered CommenterViv Evans

Great stuff. Like the cherry picker theme and the return of Theo. Struts on cherry picker made from shop-soiled hockey sticks, and a collapse at the end? :)

Sep 14, 2011 at 10:46 AM | Unregistered CommenterAtomic Hairdryer

Theo is what an elitist would call a teddy bear. (Theodore Roosevelt)

Sep 14, 2011 at 10:52 AM | Unregistered CommenterHarry Dale Huffman

Wonder if he will release the figures of how much money he makes?

Does anyoen know if the money you donate goes straight to his pocket or has he setup some sort of charity front?

Sep 14, 2011 at 11:01 AM | Unregistered CommenterShevva

Posted this at WUWT

Shevva says:
September 12, 2011 at 1:42 pm

Shame they can’t just let the facts stand on there own? Are models 3D? or would you have to stack climate models in a sort of house shape to stand them up?


Maybe Al trying to make a house of cards using climate models.

Sep 14, 2011 at 11:18 AM | Unregistered CommenterShevva

I'm trying to understand how Al's new "Climate Reality" operation works.

I looked at the website for the London end and it appears to be fronted by this chap:-

http://climaterealityproject.org/2011/08/04/meet-the-presenter-evan-williams/

Evan is an environmental economist and consultant who lives in Paisley, a town near Glasgow, Scotland. He previously worked for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, where he was Head of Economics and Sustainable Development. In 2008, he started his own environmental consulting firm, Environmental and Resource Economics, and has partnered with the Prince of Wales for the Princess Rainforest Project.

Evan helpfully adds:-

I did a really enjoyable presentation at Entrading, which is an environmentally friendly shop and cafe in Glasgow set up and run by a couple friends of mine.

Soooo..............."Climate Reality" seems to be some sort of business franchise - just like McDonald's or Pizza Hut.

Nothing wrong with that of course - but it could've been made a bit clearer before the Gullible Greeenies turnover their facebook sites and send off their ten bucks.

I suppose it's more like a franchised protection racket really - "Nice planet you've got here buddy - pity if anything happened to it".

Looks like Big Al's living up to his Chicago namesake.

Sep 14, 2011 at 12:29 PM | Unregistered CommenterFoxgoose

Big Al calls for a revival, but only the skeptics show up and see it as a big party to roast Big AL. He is so excited that at least someone is listening to him, as most skeptics listen very closely, that he climbs atop the stage of piled-up fire wood to preach to them. He thinks he is being very effective as all the skeptics are laughing and pointing at him. As the stage around him burns he thinks that he has 'set the world on fire' with his sermon. The AlleGory is that he, feeling the heat, has brought about his sense of reality to the forefront of the world. He believes he is proving the effects of the warming he feels. He will make one final toast from his stage of hell fire but believes he will rise from the ashes. He is the Goracle! He wants his image to be seen worldwide and Josh is assisting him with that reality! When the party's over, I will propose a toast to his toast.

Sep 14, 2011 at 3:04 PM | Unregistered Commentereyesonu

How about Al Gore surrounded by a "cloterie of climate scientists"

Sep 14, 2011 at 4:33 PM | Unregistered CommenterRobert Thomson

This a.m. I had five cartoons..Now I see nothing beyond "Hour 3" ...Is it just me?

Sep 14, 2011 at 4:42 PM | Unregistered CommenterPete H

@ Pete H

No,it ain't just you - I only got to see the three cartoons all day as well ...

Sep 14, 2011 at 6:19 PM | Unregistered CommenterViv Evans

Crazed Poodle Redux:

One thin September past
A floater surfaced
In Washington

Fortunes rose as
Fever settled on the media sea
Neptune laughed right heartily

Snow slid from the mountain
Icy fathers scared kinder for no reason
A hard anger built quickly

Then dirt was dug
Kindling placed in the academies
For the lightning’s celebration

de-bunked creatures
Took their leave, unmourned
Lawyers readied their whips

Flagelants became zeroes and fiends
The bell-end of the city
On the hill was rung dry

The shepherd lied
The hour of loosing has arrived
Here are your fools

Al Goracle

Sep 14, 2011 at 6:39 PM | Unregistered Commenterorkneylad

Theo is hopefully due to be unleashed at 5pm PST today to coincide with the attack of the ManBearPig. Sadly that's 8hrs behind us, so Josh either has a late night or a helper on the West coast.

Sep 14, 2011 at 7:18 PM | Unregistered CommenterAtomic Hairdryer

Yes, I saw all five this morning for a brief while, but only three ever since.

Sep 14, 2011 at 7:23 PM | Unregistered CommenterPhillip Bratby

Well, I thought I'd go have a look at the gore-athon in full flow. But - nothing happening. Apparently, I'm utterly confused about what time it starts. That's great marketing. Come watch our show, it's on 14th September! Except in the UK it isn't. Seems to start around midnight, UK time. Is that right? The Climate Reality web site says it starts at 7pm CT. Err... message to Al Gore - nobody outside the US has much of an idea what that means. You've really got your finger on the pulse of how this stuff works, Al.

Sep 14, 2011 at 7:42 PM | Unregistered CommenterJames Evans

James, I got confused too! I read it started on the 13th but that must have been wrong - so I jumped the gun a bit. Mea cupla.

Think of it as a preview and a preamble...

Apologies!

Sep 14, 2011 at 8:00 PM | Unregistered CommenterJosh

And more later...

Sep 14, 2011 at 8:01 PM | Registered CommenterJosh

I can't stand any more of this excitement I'm off to bed.

Happy Manbearpig Day everyone!

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/jamesdelingpole/100104897/24-hours-of-manbearpig/#dsq-content

Sep 14, 2011 at 11:11 PM | Unregistered CommenterFoxgoose

Josh,

The latest talking point certified by the lefty powers that be and regurgitated by Gore, Romm, Friedmann, et al is that climate science is really just high school physics. I think you can have lots and lots of fun with this.

I wrote this over at Jeff Id --

"I expect high school students will forget to site their instruments properly, forget to check them and never calibrate them.

I expect high school students to forget to show their work adequately in a way that makes it possible for others to audit or replicate it. And I expect them to decide it isn’t worth the bother to check anyone else’s work.

I expect HS students to work harder and care more about being popular and hanging with the in crowd, than applying themselves to improving the quality of their work. I expect them to gang up on others who are unpopular. I expect them to play ‘tricks’ and behave in a juvenile way toward the unpopular.

I expect HS students to screw up the math and complain about the math being too hard. I expect them to make careless mistakes. I expect them to fudge their data and their software to get the answer they want. I expect them to extrapolate short term trends into long run conclusions and to try to exaggerate the significance from tiny sample sizes

I expect HS students to lack experience and lack perspective regarding history. It’s just like HS youngsters to think that things are unprecedented and no one before has ever experienced anything like they have.

The more you think about it, the more appropos the description. The global warming hockey team is just like physics by a bunch of high schoolers. Although that may be a little harsh on high schoolers.

[slight edit of a typo].

I could see a cartoon with an out of control classroom (titled HS Physics -- Climate Science Dept) with "tricks" being played by the students inside while a harried teacher tries to explain to another in the hallway that they have no quality control, they never check their work, they can't do the math, they fudge their data, they don't check their instruments, .......

Sep 15, 2011 at 1:49 AM | Unregistered Commenterstan

Mr. Al Gore is giving a bad name to the politician's profession...

Sep 15, 2011 at 5:13 AM | Unregistered Commenterstefanthedenier

Looks like, when the sh..t hits the wind turbine, Mr. Gore can survive above poverty level; on red caviare... To ask you guys: if the Green people are so stupid; how come they rip-off the Urban Sheep - calling themselves ''Skeptics'' for billions of dollars? A: because they are reluctant to log on my new website: http://globalwarmingdenier.wordpress.com If is known what is there, will be the end of the misleading propaganda in few months. I am challenging you all, do you have stomach for real proofs?!

Sep 15, 2011 at 5:43 AM | Unregistered Commenterstefanthedenier

Hi all, updates on the Goreathon. I will update throughout today.

Stan, nice idea.

Sep 15, 2011 at 7:37 AM | Registered CommenterJosh

Thanks Josh! Greetings from Spain.

Sep 16, 2011 at 9:19 AM | Unregistered CommenterFurlock

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