Update - a comment from one of Australia's more cracked crackpots (see below)
Anthony Watts posts an email from Murry Salby in which Salby alleges he's got the sack from Macquarie University. I wonder if that's true. If it is it's probably just as well. Would you want him teaching your child?
Between John Cook, Stephan Lewandowsky, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, plus Mike Marriot and his idiotic ideas, I’m beginning to think Australia is ground zero for AGW crackpottery.Australia does have more than its share of crackpots, like Salby (who was an import from somewhere or other, with Macquarie Uni slipping badly), but Anthony is citing people who are much respected in the climate arena.
As an example I looked up Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg's publications and top of the list was a paper published in Nature in 2002 which is listed in Google Scholar as being cited 3,850 times. If that's what constitutes "crackpottery" then crackpottery is something every scientist would aspire to. (Salby's most cited work got 455 cites, which is not at all shabby but an order of magnitude less.)
John Cook won a coveted award, a Eureka Prize from the Australian Museum for his creation, SkepticalScience.com. Plus, of course, his presidential tweet that sent Anthony Watts into such a frenzy of denial. Stephan Lewandowsky is recognised for his work in cognitive science, including on science rejection.
As for Mike Marriot, Anthony doesn't like anyone who Watches the Deniers and takes exception to WTD urging him to present the NSIDC charts in the manner of NSIDC. Anthony is happy to display the charts of the NSIDC despite him thinking they have "idiotic ideas", like showing +/- two standard deviations from the 1981-2000 mean. (Knowing the grasp Anthony has of charts and numbers, he probably thinks a standard deviation is a human perversion.)
Back to Murry Salby. In an email, in between rambling down side streets, he describes what he thinks happened in regard to what he says is his 'termination of appointment'. Professor Salby is still listed on the Macquarie University website so I don't know what the real story is. After this episode if he has been given the boot then I doubt he'll get offered his job back.
Salby had some strange bits and pieces in his email, like resources he reckoned he was supposed to get while at Macquarie:
Included was technical support to convert several hundred thousand lines of computer code, comprising numerical models and analyses (the tools of my research), to enable those computer programs to operate in Australia.We drive on a different side of the road to people in Colorado, but I wasn't aware that our computers had some unique language that was different to computers in the USA. I guess he was saying that he had a contract to employ a couple of techies to rewrite his program. Can anyone shed some light on what he could be talking about?
And Salby writes:
To promote the Climate Commission’s newest report is the latest sobering claim: “one in two chance that by 2100 there’ll be no human beings left on this planet”That quote is not from anyone from the Climate Commission. It is from Admiral Chris Barrie, former Chief of the Australian Defense Force. When Will Steffen was launching a new report from the Climate Commission on ABC television he was accompanied by Admiral Barrie. The presenter asked Admiral Barrie if climate change "was something that's been of concern to you for some time, Chris Barrie?", and he replied in part with a reference to a doomsayer book he'd read:
Years ago I read a book called "Our Final Hour" written by Lord Martin Rees the Astronomer Royal and the Former President of the Royal Society in London, and Martin lays out the climate change consequences and some other behaviours that are not so good and predicts that there is a one in two chance that by 2100 there will be no human beings left on this planet.
Maybe Salby had unrealistic expectations of his Macquarie appointment. Or maybe he's just gone off the rails for good. Or maybe he didn't keep his end of the bargain. Nick Stokes asks:
July 8, 2013 at 11:43 pm Murry Salby was apparently professor for five years. Does anyone know of any scientific papers that he wrote (published or not) in that time?
REPLY: Nick, sometimes I think your head is up your arse. This is one of those times. How could he publish in that sort of environment? – AnthonyThis is a list of publications since 2008 (from Google Scholar), when Salby says he was first appointed at Macquarie. Two papers in external journals and his book. That's it. In five years! (The list includes four papers in which he's listed as a co-author and published in 2008 but submitted before he arrived at Macquarie University.)
July 9, 2013 at 12:11 am Nick, Anthony and temp, did any of you bother to actually check if Salby has published any articles? As a matter of fact he did publish some papers on the ozone layer such as “Rebound of Antarctic ozone”, GRL, Volume 38, Issue 9, 16 May 2011 “Changes of the Antarctic ozone hole: Controlling mechanisms, seasonal predictability, and evolution”, JGR Volume 117, Issue D10, 27 May 2012.
REPLY: According to his summary at McQuarrie, his last publication was 2008. http://envsci.mq.edu.au/staff/ms/pubs.htmlAnthony spells Macquarie University wrongly. At least he got Murry Salby's name right this time around, unlike previously. And besides Anthony, there are a few of the more pompous gits out in force, like Kevin Begaud, who says (I can hear the plum in his mouth):
That’s what I was basing it on. – Anthony
July 9, 2013 at 12:16 am This outrage is being taken up at the highest political level here in Australia. An influential section of the media has also been informed. It is a blight on the proud history of Australian scientific integrity and, if all the facts are as stated, cannot be allowed to stand.
While the distinctly unholy Janice Moore says: "I’ll be praying for you, Dr. Salby. Already started."
Update - one of the biggest crackpots of them all
I see that one of the biggest crackpots of all the Australian crackpots has made a comment on WUWT:
Malcolm Roberts says:
July 9, 2013 at 4:39 am Anthony, your question as to whether downunder is ground zero for crackpottery understates the situation.
Malcolm-Ieuan,Read the rest of Ben's response here, with more info on the crackpottery of Malcolm Roberts from Graham Readfearn.
In considering your request that I identify errors in the report you sent to me – CSIROh! Climate of Deception? Or First Step to Freedom? – I find myself confronting an unusual problem: how does one critically analyse a pile of horse shit?