A New Climate Costumed Vigilante

A trivia question today for CA readers.
Most readers are aware of the picture of Scott Mandia of the “Climate Rapid Response Team” in spandex Superman uniform, though, as a costumed vigilante, Mandia would arguably be more the hapless Defendor than the aspirational Superman.

CA readers are aware that John Cook (picture below left), proprietor of SKS and Psychology groupie to Stephan Lewandowsky, is an occasional cartoonist. Part of his private cache of images was recently exposed, a cache that ranged from images of Cook himself in Nazi uniform to what appear to be Cook’s (hopefully merely metaphoric) male-GILF fantasies of Monckton, Watts and Delingpole as heavily muscled fantasy Spartans.

On the right below is a cartoon of a round-faced costumed vigilante, apparently affiliated with a Psychology (PSY) department, in Mandia’s favorite outfit. Readers are invited to speculate on whether this is from a new cache of private Cook images, perhaps featuring Cook himself as a sort of Psychology defendor of Lewandowsky and Mann, or otherwise identify Cook’s doppelganger.

Update: Cook’s doppelganger is of course from Gangnam Style http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=CH1XGdu-hzQ#t=193. One day, it struck me that the Team were a sort of science parody – doing it Gangnam style. It increasingly seems to me that the right response to unhinged articles like the most recent Lewandowsky et al is to listen to the chorus of Gangnam Style.

PSY notmandia

40 Comments

  1. Timothy Sorenson
    Posted Nov 5, 2013 at 10:07 PM | Permalink

    { Low, but fun. Must not character assassinate. NEW

  2. DBD
    Posted Nov 5, 2013 at 10:35 PM | Permalink

    Oh my!

  3. john robertson
    Posted Nov 5, 2013 at 10:55 PM | Permalink

    But Halloween was 5 days ago.
    I took a short look at the SS website a few days ago, if the comment numbers are anything to go on, no ones home.

    • Mark T
      Posted Nov 6, 2013 at 2:37 AM | Permalink

      You quadrupled their readership.

      Mark

  4. Sera
    Posted Nov 5, 2013 at 11:52 PM | Permalink

    It could be the Korean K-Pop artist named Psy…

    • redcords
      Posted Nov 6, 2013 at 12:49 AM | Permalink

      The dancers in the foreground give it away, the black and white smudge looks to be Psy in a tux.

    • hunter
      Posted Nov 6, 2013 at 5:35 AM | Permalink

      Cook was probably making a reference to Psy, the Korean pop star.
      Why give Cook more attention? He is a complete hack and loser.

    • Steve McIntyre
      Posted Nov 6, 2013 at 8:42 AM | Permalink

      Your answer is right. But the image isn’t in the version that you linked to.

      One day, it struck me that the Team were a sort of science parody – doing it Gangnam style – and played the video. The PSY superman seemed to me to be a Cook doppelganger.

      • Posted Nov 6, 2013 at 9:00 PM | Permalink

        Well, at first I thought this must be a “trick”™ question! But now that I’ve seen (and heard!) the answer, all I can say is that my knowledge of post-modern “music” is as deficient as my understanding of post-modern team “science” ;-)

        I would never have guessed in a million years!

        Steve: in the past, I’ve referred from time to time to workshop and conference presentations by Knowles et al; Jones, K. et al; and Mathers, M.

  5. Anthony Watts
    Posted Nov 6, 2013 at 1:21 AM | Permalink

    “Men in Black” wrangled unruly aliens on Earth

    “Men in Tights” wrangle unruly climate data on Earth

    • Sera
      Posted Nov 6, 2013 at 4:33 AM | Permalink

      “Men in Tights” is a classic…

  6. michael hart
    Posted Nov 6, 2013 at 1:34 AM | Permalink

    Possibly more superfriends.

  7. observa
    Posted Nov 6, 2013 at 1:36 AM | Permalink

    Psychlops but he’s been given two eyes instead of the familiar one. Even Art Depts suffer declining standards it seems.

  8. jeez
    Posted Nov 6, 2013 at 1:52 AM | Permalink

    It’s the superhero formerly known as

    The Recursive Fury.

  9. Anthony Watts
    Posted Nov 6, 2013 at 2:13 AM | Permalink

    Here is a set of pictures for the SkS kidz to photoshop next.

    “Nazi’s with cats”

    http://naziswithcats.tumblr.com/?og=1

    • hunter
      Posted Nov 6, 2013 at 3:42 PM | Permalink

      anthony,
      That is one creepy website.

  10. Stacey
    Posted Nov 6, 2013 at 7:51 AM | Permalink

    Can anyone help?

    On other word press site I have no problem viewing on my I Phone 4 but Steve’s site is split down the middle and is therefore unreadable.

    So as to stay on topic as unreadable as the full page view of John Cook’s SKS site?

    • TerryMN
      Posted Nov 6, 2013 at 9:42 AM | Permalink

      Stacy, scroll all the way to the bottom and you’ll see part of the “View Full Site” link. Click that or use this URL:

      climateaudit.org/?ak_action=reject_mobile

      • Stacey
        Posted Nov 7, 2013 at 8:42 AM | Permalink

        Dear TerryMN

        It works and very much appreciated. Hopefully Steve does not now have a long pause in blogging :-)

        Regards

        S

  11. Steven Mosher
    Posted Nov 6, 2013 at 11:27 AM | Permalink

    hehe, troublemaker

    Steve:is mentioning K-Pop to Mosher chum to shark?

    • Steven Mosher
      Posted Nov 7, 2013 at 11:52 AM | Permalink

      haha. Cook reminds me of the host of Star King. except less funny.

  12. Posted Nov 6, 2013 at 12:18 PM | Permalink

    Hi Steve. I’m a big fan of the TV show Red Dwarf, where they introduced something called a GELF, meaning a Genetically Engineered Life Form. A GILF on the other hand has a totally different meaning. You might want to make the change, if you meant the former …

    Pointman

    Steve: never heard of the TV show Red Dwarf.

    • geronimo
      Posted Nov 7, 2013 at 3:58 AM | Permalink

      No Pointy, GILF is Genetically Insignificant Life Form, Steve’s right.

      Steve, you should give Red Dwarf a look see.

      • Posted Nov 7, 2013 at 5:39 AM | Permalink

        Hi Geronimo. It’s usually an acronym for something a tad more earthy than Genetically Insignificant Life Form. It’s probably one of those transatlantic dialect things. As Churchill said, two great nations separated by the same language.

        http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=gilf

        Pointy

        • Posted Nov 7, 2013 at 6:12 AM | Permalink

          I ended up on the same page yesterday. Remember this is commentary on a beyond-strange photoshop of Monckton, Watts and Delingpole. Edgy yes – but Watts didn’t seem to mind and I’m sure Dellers wouldn’t want it any other way! Interesting that the effectiveness of this obsession with enemies is finally being questioned: The story of how greens became energy enemy number one. Thanks to Ruth Dixon and Ben Pile on Twitter for that.

          Steve: yes, the photoshopped image was beyond strange and it is very hard to understand the mentality. If you think about it, I think that my description, including the preceding adverb in parenthesis, is surprisingly apt.

  13. Jeff Id
    Posted Nov 6, 2013 at 2:42 PM | Permalink

    hahaha! :D

    • Fred
      Posted Nov 6, 2013 at 3:06 PM | Permalink

      GELF?

      Gaia Enthusiastic Life Force

  14. Geoff Sherrington
    Posted Nov 6, 2013 at 5:24 PM | Permalink

    Steve writes “right response to unhinged articles like the most recent Lewandowsky et al”
    I’d propose “right ORIGIN OF unhinged articles like the most recent Lewandowsky et al”
    The mentalities/maturities/influences match.
    How does one pronounce Lewandowsky with a Korean accent?

  15. ianl8888
    Posted Nov 6, 2013 at 5:41 PM | Permalink

    @SMc

    Please, please change the lead post

    The images and people depicted by them are just so atrociously ugly – it discourages logging on

  16. Posted Nov 6, 2013 at 6:26 PM | Permalink

    It increasingly seems to me that the right response to unhinged articles like the most recent Lewandowsky et al is to listen to the chorus of Gangnam Style.

    Ridicule deserved and detested. What’s not to like.

  17. Jeff
    Posted Nov 7, 2013 at 12:08 AM | Permalink

    Steve,

    You are better than this.

    -A long time fan

  18. R
    Posted Nov 7, 2013 at 12:58 AM | Permalink

    Agree with Jeff. This is below what I expect of CA – more WUWT like…

  19. DGH
    Posted Nov 7, 2013 at 1:54 AM | Permalink

    Well you given very serious environmentsl scientists something to Tweet about…

    Steve: the images of Cook in Nazi uniform and of the “Spartans” were posted up at SKS.

    • Posted Nov 7, 2013 at 6:03 AM | Permalink

      Note use of denialist, as the unhinged output of Mann and Lew is taken as mature compared to this childishness. But ridicule really is the only option – or at least it’s a totally valid option. Disagree therefore with Jeff and R.

    • Speed
      Posted Nov 7, 2013 at 10:30 AM | Permalink

      Did Dana Nuccitelli make comments about any of the preceding dozen or so very serious Climateaudit posts?

    • David S
      Posted Nov 7, 2013 at 11:05 AM | Permalink

      As opposed to mature behaviour, like dressing up as Superman, that pushes forward the cause of science, I suppose.

    • UC
      Posted Nov 7, 2013 at 5:00 PM | Permalink

      I see. And when there is a post about confidence regions in controlled multivariate calibration: radio silence.

  20. Matt Skaggs
    Posted Nov 7, 2013 at 10:06 AM | Permalink

    I was hoping the flying avenger was Spreadsheet Man, come to double check the arithmetic in Climate Science papers.

  21. Scott Basinger
    Posted Nov 7, 2013 at 12:42 PM | Permalink

    We’re ridiculing the frankly ridiculous stuff that they’ve created.

    Oh, and we *also make fun of the pictures they’ve taken and altered.

  22. johanna
    Posted Nov 8, 2013 at 5:09 PM | Permalink

    The fact that Dana et al have had a humour bypass is hardly a reflection on Steve.

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