## Sunday, November 23, 2008 ... //

### The Weather Channel: "Forecast Earth" nuked

A commenter informed us in the slow comments about another good consequence of the financial turmoil and the dropping TV ratings of NBC.

The Weather Channel - a channel founded by John Coleman, a well-known climate skeptic, but recently bought by NBC Universal (and two private equity firms) and overrun by left-wing activists - has finally fired pretty much all the staff of the "Forecast Earth" program.

"Forecast Earth" was a hysterical activist, doomsaying program (check some of the videos) that followed the example of "Climate Code" of Ms Heidi Cullen. Unfortunately, this lady who wanted to decertify and fire all climate skeptics in the U.S. remains at The Weather Channel.

Well, the ratings have to drop a little bit more for NBC to realize that it is not just one program but the repetitive, biased advocacy in general that is not compatible with the NBC's financial sustainability because the viewers are not as stupid and thirsty for repetitive propaganda as some people seem to think. And believe me or not, most of The Weather Channel viewers actually like to watch it to learn something about the weather! ;-)

You know, for example, this babe (probably Natalie Allenn - who performed an interview with an insane CEO about the dying living system on Earth) is hotter than Heidi Cullen and she probably had to go.

I am not afraid of these people's fate but it is good that useless - and perhaps even harmful - jobs are finally being liquidated. There are tens of thousands of similar jobs that have to be abolished, too. Unless, of course, the trend will be reverted and some of the weird people will succeed in creating not thousands but millions of new, useless, "green" jobs. If that ever happens, expect the national ratings to follow the fate of NBC.

"Global" hockey stick lives in the Californian mountains

Willis Eschenbach has statistically analyzed the contribution of different proxies to the hockey stick shape in the new hockey stick graph paper, Mann et al. 2008. Recall that Mann's strategy is to give a significant weight (choose) the proxies that show a significant trend in the 20th century, because this is what Mann says is "good for the agreement with observations". As a result, the average of such proxies "shows" that the 20th century trend is stronger than that in the previous centuries: he gets the hockey stick shape.

As you can see, the "result" can be directly derived from his assumptions. He actually assumes that the result must look like a hockey stick. If you require that there is a 20th century trend but you require nothing about the previous centuries, it is obvious that you will amplify the data whose 20th century trend is higher than for the previous centuries; the previous centuries will average essentially to a constant function.

At any rate, Willis looked which proxies contribute most to the hockey-stick-like shape. He found that all of them are "stripbark" pines in high-altitude southwestern United States. When you remove these trees, the hockey stick shape disappears. So even if you didn't realize that Mann's method of "proving" the hockey stick is based on circular reasoning, this analysis proves that the "unprecedented global warming" is only supported for the mountains in California and nearby states. It doesn't look terribly global. But maybe, we shouldn't underestimate the global influence of the Terminator who has probably has a cottage there. ;-)

James Hansen in high-energy physics

The first paper on Monday's high-energy physics theoretical preprint list - a paper about the holographic methods to study the relationship between magnetohydrodynamics and gravity in curved spaces - was written by Per Kraus and a collaborator with a scary name. No, it's not the same one. ;-)