A few years back I wrote a rather joking post providing a script for, then Met Office’s chief scientist, Dame Julia Slingo.
Paul Homewood was kind enough to make it a post over at his blog at the time. But as the saying goes ‘what goes around, comes around’, so even though Dame Julia no longer graces us with her attribution soundbites we now have the new and improved soundbite queen, Fredi Otto. According to the fawning and barf-inducing coverage, Fredi ‘cuts a striking figure‘ and is an all-round media starlet of weather attribution. That she is easier on the eyes than the old*, desperately unhip Dame Julia, no doubt suits a media that is still all too happy to discard women once they reach menopause. I mean kids, panicked by the young and ultra-hip Communist Doom Goblin Greta, just won’t relate to fogies and they are probably still traumatised from killing granny. We need young and hip icons wearing scarves around their necks, not heads!
Nevermind the rather Monty Pythonesque sounding ‘Rapid Reaction Force of Climate Attribution’ or that Climate Attribution is rather like a human centipede.
For Fredi just happens to work at Imperial College. It is quite likely that she is hoping to snatch the crown of the World’s Dodgiest Modeller for The Science™️, taking that prodigious mantle off of her fellow Imperial colleague, Professor Nial ‘Pantsdown’ Ferguson of that dodgy Covid model fame. (What is about Imperial and their symbiosis with models that just so happen to support an agenda that pushes lockdowns?) Jaime Jessop has been doing a sterling job over at her Substack of covering our newly crowned Queen Fredi and her narcissistic need to insert herself into weather events. It was there I read Fredi’s latest climate attribution copypasta.
For anyone at least semi-conscious of the never-ending excuses and with a memory lasting barely more than a nanosecond, a distant echo should be ringing in their head – even with the kaleidoscope of fear porn to distract you these past few years. The script is almost identikit to Julia Slingo’s all those years ago. As indeed is the excuse of a wavy Jetstream which goes waaaaaaaay back before Fredi was even born and has been quite a crowd favourite over recent years despite the repeated plagiarism that the markers should have picked up on by now.
The penchant for so-called Climate Scientists, seems to be to repeat mantras as Jaime highlights later in her article, highlighting this old trope.
But the problem is this theory has been debonked by the actual data of what the Jetstream is actually doing.
In old parlance, you could call it flogging a dead horse (that’s being dragged to the knackers yard) but its actually more like flogging a dead parrot.
I feel therefore it’s only fair that I save Fredi the effort and write a script for her.
The record-breaking [insert weather] across Europe was made more likely to happen by human-caused climate change, just as climate change is now making every [insert weather] more likely and [insert weather with an 'er' at the end]," Friederike Otto, a climate scientist at Imperial College London, said.
But you know I’m not a Climate Scientist, so I’m not allowed to point out what lies in front of us despite it honking out the room.
* This doesn’t seem to affect “whispery-voiced gorilla-hugging Malthusian, slayer of walruses” old men who are veritable National Treasures. Not that that’s saying much.
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Reblogged this on CraigM350 and commented:
I do rather get a chortle from this post
It takes an Economics Professor to explain to us simpletons the common link between cold weather, bomb cyclones, European heatwaves, global warming and a wavy jet stream – a dead parrot.