New KGB-Fossil Fuel Company Attack at UVic

Increasingly nervous about progress at Copenhagen, the KGB-fossil fuel network have intensified their pressure on Andrew Weaver of the University of Victoria and climate modelers throughout the world. The most recent outrage was a laptop theft from an anthropology lab at the university. Breaking news from our correspondent at the University of Victoria, ground zero for KGB activity:

my colleague just called me at home to say that one of the anthropology offices and two labs had been broken into (locks jimmied) and that MY laptop is gone! Conspiracy!

Our correspondent reports that Andrew Ll. Weaver was immediately on the case, but once again, when he arrived on the scene:

Macavity’s not there.

Can the Russian secret service-fossil fuel interests go any lower than this latest outrage?  Copenhagen waits with bated breath.


  1. Dave Dardinger
    Posted Dec 10, 2009 at 3:09 PM | Permalink

    “Copenhagen waits with bated breath.”

    No, the fishy odor is just from Copenhaqen being on the shoreline.

  2. Fred
    Posted Dec 10, 2009 at 3:18 PM | Permalink

    Or perhaps ““Copenhagen waits with baited data.”

    • cpx
      Posted Dec 15, 2009 at 4:38 PM | Permalink

      Or perhaps “Copenhagen baits with weighted data”

  3. michel
    Posted Dec 10, 2009 at 3:58 PM | Permalink

    He really needs to make a note of the license plate numbers on the way to the office. This is going to be the giveaway, the perps clearly will have to signal to each other, and they will naturally use license plates of cars parked on his walking or cycle route to his office. If he can just extract the signal from those plates, he could maybe decode the enigma and solve the case, do you think?

  4. Mike B.
    Posted Dec 10, 2009 at 4:13 PM | Permalink

    Campus police need to be on the lookout for Karl Urban.

  5. Punch My Ticket
    Posted Dec 10, 2009 at 4:24 PM | Permalink

    When a rival is destroying himself through foolishness, let him proceed unmolested.

    • Follow the Money
      Posted Dec 10, 2009 at 9:17 PM | Permalink

      En climate science une absurdité n’est pas un obstacle.

  6. AdrianS
    Posted Dec 10, 2009 at 4:31 PM | Permalink

    If all else fails , blame the Russian Bogey man!
    Nyet, Nyet Nyet
    the Russians probably have a much better grip on reality than we do!
    I like the Russians they call a thermometer a thermometer

  7. Anthony Watts
    Posted Dec 10, 2009 at 4:35 PM | Permalink

    I’ll bet that Sandy Berger was there and stuffed the laptop down his pants.

    • ryanm
      Posted Dec 10, 2009 at 5:56 PM | Permalink

      Sandy Burglar remarked that he took bathroom breaks every half-hour in order to pilfer the top-secret documents. This smells of a “vast right-wing conspiracy”.

  8. Chris D
    Posted Dec 10, 2009 at 5:01 PM | Permalink

    Steve- longtime lurker and fan… any idea when you might start resuming more substantive scientific posts? I fear that you have a presumably large audience of new CA readers curious about “this mcintyre guy that seems to have been at the center of it all” and that you’re leaving them with an impression that most of your content is about silly conspiracy theories and the like (like this post). Such an impression would obviously be WAY wrong. Certainly all the substantive stuff you’ve done over the years is available for people willing to hunt, but its no substitute for your daily diary of debilitating science and exposure of the Team’s shenanigans over the years. I’m certain you’re quite QUITE busy these days- but I miss the meaty content!!!! Throw us a bone, mate!

    • Posted Dec 11, 2009 at 7:00 AM | Permalink

      I raised the same concern on the previous thread. But Steve’s latest incredibly detailed analysis of the context of the ‘trick’ more than answers these concerns.

  9. Duke C.
    Posted Dec 10, 2009 at 5:04 PM | Permalink

    Just read that university investigators determined the thieves gained entrance to the lab by breaking out a window with a squash racket…

  10. Andy
    Posted Dec 10, 2009 at 5:13 PM | Permalink

    Chris D.

    A little levity once in a while doesn’t hurt.

  11. Bernie
    Posted Dec 10, 2009 at 5:18 PM | Permalink

    Sounds like you see Steve as a professional ball player where the question is always: What have you done for us lately?!
    Have patience – plus Hu, Jean, Jeff Id, Willis and Matt Briggs are providing plenty of substance. I find that there is always a ton to learn and understand. For example, John Christy’s performance last night – if you watch this

    you will see that Christy is not a great public speaker (compared to say Monckton) but he definitely knows his stuff and can essentially bring relevant data to bear on most climate related issues that is readily understood by anyone. If you listen to the questions at the end you will find that he is unflappable as well as having enormous integrity.

  12. Bob Meyer
    Posted Dec 10, 2009 at 5:22 PM | Permalink

    This just in…Ransom note states:

    “If you want to see laptop again, you must turn over Moose and Squirrel”

    • Duke C.
      Posted Dec 10, 2009 at 6:15 PM | Permalink

      Boris: “Natasha, we must stop marketing department Moose and Squirrel from capturing social media influencers!”

      Natashe: “But, Borees, dollink … social media new influencers say Pee-arrhhh has no place social media, all beeg social media bloggers say Pee-arrhhhh bad, nasty, awful, corrupting influence.”

      Bullwinkle: “Hey Rocky, watch me pull a hockeystick out of my hat … we’ll influence those social media influencers, without them thinking we’re influencing their influence, because we’ll influence them directly and disrupt the bad, nasty, awful corrupting influence of the blogosphere.”

      Rocky: “I don’t know, Bullwinkle … think it’ll work?”

  13. Dave Dardinger
    Posted Dec 10, 2009 at 5:39 PM | Permalink

    “Your email is never shared.”

    Unless, of course, it’s required to be by a FOIA request.

  14. DeNihilist
    Posted Dec 10, 2009 at 8:56 PM | Permalink

    I take it that your weekend of squash recharged you? Love the levity. It makes all this seriousness make easier to digest.

  15. Alan Fields
    Posted Dec 10, 2009 at 9:06 PM | Permalink

    Every University and other organisation involved in “Climategate” will be happy to start a very thorough investigation, this allows them to refuse to comment on the situation and postpone any action until the investigation is complete – could be years, sounds like sir Humphrey in Yes Prime Minister.

  16. Robert
    Posted Dec 11, 2009 at 12:23 AM | Permalink

    Having listened to Dr Weaver’s rhetoric many times, it’s no surprise when he concocted this story about alleged break ins targeted to derail the Copenhagen process. Frankly it struck me as a bit of desperation on his part.

  17. BradH
    Posted Dec 11, 2009 at 8:46 AM | Permalink

    Hey, my laptop was just stolen, too! Damnit!…Oh, hang on – it was insured! I get a replacement for free!

    Not to mention, there were a whole lot of emails I’d sent from there which were never backed-up. Now, I won’t have to spend the next 350 years of my life complying with those tiresome FOI requests to give them incriminating ….errr….”innocuous” bits and pieces.

    Hmmm…maybe I should tell Mike and Keith that this is a far better idea than deleting stuff….

  18. Rocky
    Posted Dec 11, 2009 at 11:02 AM | Permalink

    Another signer (number 1143) of has called for Steve McIntyre’s participation.

    For those of you who say OT, I say levity: The petition only needs 1155 more signatures to become more popular than “Metallica Needs To Come To Saskatoon, Saskatchewan!!!”.

    • Shevva
      Posted Dec 11, 2009 at 11:22 AM | Permalink

      I’ll need to move in for a few days to sign this petition.

      @Steve – long time reader, first time poster. Keep up the good work as you must get tired saving the world.

  19. Posted Dec 11, 2009 at 11:57 AM | Permalink

    and my wife wonders why I read this stuff…

  20. andycanuck
    Posted Dec 11, 2009 at 12:42 PM | Permalink

    Professor Mann, in the laboratory, with a hockey stick.

  21. Posted Dec 11, 2009 at 2:57 PM | Permalink

    Terence Corcoran in yesterday’s FP Comment in the National Post has picked up on this:

    Weaver’s Web II

    Climate modeler’s break-in caper spreads across Canadian
    university, exposing Climategate as monster crossdisciplinary big-oil funded attack on psychology labs


    This news comes from none other than Steve McIntyre (the man who broke Mr. Weaver’s hockey stick) on his world-famous Climate Audit blog. A UVic informant sent Mr. McIntyre a copy of the internal email after reading that Doc Weaver was publicly blaming the oil industry for the break-in at his office at the university, where he is chair in Climate Modeling and Analysis. He says his computer was stolen and implied a connection to the Climategate email scandal at the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) a the University of East Anglia. Gosh those oil industry guys are smart and sophisticated–there they are wandering around the University of Victoria, jimmying locks in the psych labs. Look there: Are those lab tests on cognitive impairment part of the climate modelers tool kit?

    Steve McIntyre has an even better explanation of what’s going on: “GCM (General Crime Modelers) believe that the break-ins at the Psychology Department at the University of Victoria are the proverbial ‘smoking gun’ that proves the teleconnection between American fossil fuel interests and the Russian secret service, that resulted in Climategate.”


  22. Kevin_S
    Posted Dec 11, 2009 at 4:58 PM | Permalink

    Did anyone find a business card? I would have stated: “This office ransacked by Sam Fisher. If you determine that Mr. Fisher was unprofessional in his ransacking duties please call the NSA at 1-800-Setec Astronomy”
    Heck, if they want to go for conspiracies, go for the gold. How about a NSA-KGB-Big Oil(both Russian and US) consortium?

  23. Edward McDermed
    Posted Dec 11, 2009 at 6:09 PM | Permalink

    Please find this link to the APS split over their Global warming statement titled
    Physics Group Splinters Over Global Warming Review on the CBS news blog at link

    Interesting to see embedded in the article that a promiment supporter of AGW would have accepted a $1 million from BP Amoco. I thought only skeptics were tools of the oil industry. I think Socolow alone has gotten more money from oil than all skeptics combined.

    From the article:
    “The scientist who will head the American Physical Society’s review of its 2007 statement calling for immediate reductions of carbon dioxide is Princeton’s Robert Socolow, a prominent supporter of the link between CO2 and global warming who has warned of possible “catastrophic consequences” of climate change.

    Socolow’s research institute at Princeton has received well over $20 million in grants dealing with climate change and carbon reduction, plus an additional $2 million a year from BP and still more from the federal government. In an interview published by Princeton’s public relations office, Socolow called CO2 a “climate problem” that governments need to address.

    “It is Socolow whose entire research funding stream, well over a million dollars a year, depends on continued alarm over global warming,” says William Happer, a fellow Princeton University professor and head of the Happer physics lab who has raised the question of a conflict of interest. The reason: the ostensibly neutral person charged with evaluating a statement endorsing man-made global warming is a leading proponent of precisely that theory whose funding is tied to that theory.”


    • NickAtNight
      Posted Dec 11, 2009 at 9:00 PM | Permalink

      “Interesting to see embedded in the article that a promiment supporter of AGW would have accepted a $1 million from BP Amoco.”

      In that case, he (the promiment supporter of AGW) should watch his back. It probably means they are getting ready to throw him overboard.

      • Posted Dec 12, 2009 at 8:14 PM | Permalink

        I don’t think so. BP has been pushing this for some time, and was an early strong supporter of the Kyoto Protocol, according to this:

        BP is valuable to them, in this email

        I have talked with Tim O’Riordan and others here today and Tim has a wealth of contacts he is prepared to help with. Four specific ones from Tim are:
        – Charlotte Grezo, BP Fuel Options (possibly on the Assessment Panel. She is also on the ESRC Research Priorities Board), but someone Tim can easily talk with. There are others in BP Tim knows too.
        – Richard Sykes, Head of Environment Division at Shell International

        From here:

        Just as Shell is mentioned in these emails and documents as supplying support, as long as you focus on “practical” (profitable) aspects. From the internal document UEA-Tyndall-Shell-Memo.doc:

        2. Shell’s interest is not in basic science. Any work they support must have a clear and immediate relevance to ‘real-world’ activities. They are particularly interested in emissions trading and CDM.

        It’s not clear how much (or even if) Shell has given them for the Tyndall Center, but their meetings apparently resulted in the above document.

        I expect that BP’s interest is similar.

        ===|==============/ Level Head

  24. derek
    Posted Dec 12, 2009 at 12:44 AM | Permalink

    Steve thanks for the effort i truly appriciate it.

  25. HankHenry
    Posted Dec 12, 2009 at 1:25 PM | Permalink

    OFF thread but I hope it’s ok here:

    The NYTimes, at Dot Earth, are inviting people to pose questions for their reporters.

    • Sean Peake
      Posted Dec 12, 2009 at 7:34 PM | Permalink

      I think doing that is a waste of electrons. Canned responses.

  26. UVIC
    Posted Dec 12, 2009 at 4:01 PM | Permalink

    I’m not surprised that Weaver is coming up with this conspiracy. I’m at UVic and after this theft happened the folks in the EOS building were closing it down at 7pm each day. They’re ultra paranoid there. Pretty much every room on the floor that Weaver’s office is on is keyfobed. I studied in an area on his floor around the 7pm close time and was kicked out of the building and told that campus security would be called if I didn’t leave. On a funny note, after the theft, signs were posting saying “Put your laptop in a locked drawer, if they can’t see it they can’t steal it.” Maybe Weaver’s rational was that if he “hid” his laptop then the climate change “deniers” couldn’t steal it.

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