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We dedicate this cultural masterpiece from days of yore to the supporters of AGW everywhere

… but particularly we dedicate this to Professor Turney, who may have done more to raise awareness of the veracity of the AGW thesis since someone somewhere said something about hockey sticks…

(hat tip to Samizdata commenter Mr. Ed, who may or may not be a talking horse, of course)

23 comments to We dedicate this cultural masterpiece from days of yore to the supporters of AGW everywhere

  • Mr Ed

    Of course I am a horse, of course, thank you SI for the hat-tip, and surely Vanilla Ice was a prophet, the first verse lyrics almost foresee this incident and the entire movement.

    Ice ice baby
    Ice ice baby
    All right stop
    Collaborate and listen
    Ice is back with a brand new invention
    Something grabs a hold of me tightly
    Flow like a harpoon daily and nightly
    Will it ever stop?
    Yo, I don’t know
    Turn off the lights and I’ll glow

  • Laird

    Thanks for the transcription, Mr. Ed. I was only able to glean a few of the words from the actual video.

    Of course, it still makes absolutely no sense. But then neither does AGW, so I suppose that’s OK.

  • PersonFromPorlock

    January 2, 2014 at 5:19 pm
    Of course, it still makes absolutely no sense. But then neither does AGW, so I suppose that’s OK.

    This probably explains things:

    What is ice?

    Ice and base are methamphetamine, part of the amphetamine family of drugs which also includes speed. The difference between ice, base and speed is that ice is the most pure form, followed by base then speed. The ‘high’ experienced from ice and base is much more intense, and with intense reactions come powerful responses including comedown, the potential for dependence (addiction) and chronic physical and mental problems.

  • Julie near Chicago

    What Laird said.

    But PfP’s info tempted me to follow Mr. Ed’s link to read all the lyrics. So is the point that ice and so forth are where it’s at, baby, or is it that you can get a great, and safer, high from V.I.’s rap? Or neither?

    And the shortspeak for “microphone” is “mike” — not “mic”-rhymes-with-“tic” — and has been since the bloody thing was invented.

  • Laird

    OK, PfP, now you forced me to research this a little deeper. I think your proffered explanation is wrong.

    The performing name of the soi disant artist is “Vanilla Ice”, and according to the Fount of all Knowledge he wrote this song partly based on his experience in a shooting on South Florida but mostly about himself. The chorus bears that out:

    If there was a problem, yo, I’ll solve it
    Check out the hook while my DJ revolves it

    Ice, Ice, baby
    Vanilla Ice, Ice, baby
    Vanilla Ice, Ice, baby
    Vanilla Ice, Ice, baby

    Nothing to do with meth in any form. Of course, nothing to do with AGW, either. And, when you get down to it, nothing to do with much of anything period. Sort of a poor man’s Allen Ginsberg; less “Howl!” than “Yawn!”.

  • bloke in spain

    @ Laird
    Are you presuming vanilla is a flavouring?

  • Jaded Voluntaryist

    If there was no ice, they would have issued statements to the media calling it global warming. If criticised for using “weather” to describe climate, they’d have said “Oh well, that’s the media misrepresenting the science. But, you know, they’re kinda right….”

    As it is, lots of ice is either “just weather”, or somehow indirectly caused by global warming. The media are happy to play along.

    What kind of scientific theory is it that you ignore all evidence to the contrary while focussing on anything that supports your hypothesis again? Oh yes, that’s right, no kind…..

  • Laird

    BIS, “Vanilla” refers to his coloring (he was one of the first white rappers). Do you have another point?

  • PersonFromPorlock

    Actually, parsing the utterances of those who are speaking in tongues is pretty much of a wasted effort. (That’s my analogy-of-choice when confronted with the palmier sort of Proglodyte logic.)

  • Julie near Chicago

    Laird at 7:12 p.m.: What you said, again.

    “The first of the white rappers”? Well, at least he’s clean, well-groomed, not wife-beater-stubbled-faced, yuck, and not pierced. (IIRC). And he and the chorus don’t look as if their haberdasher gets their costumes from a guy who sleeps under a bridge.

  • Regional

    Young men doing interpretive dance for global cooling.

  • Danny Ireland

    If “big government” was the cause of “big business” (crony capitalism/socialism), how can this problem be stopped in the next era of Enlightenment?

    Was it inherent flaws in the US Constitution (regulation of interstate commerce, welfare clause and power of eminent domain) that planted the seeds of its own destruction, permitting the growth of big government through special interests groups and reinterpretations of its meaning?

  • Mr Ed

    Danny, I suppose that government on the scale of Liechtenstein would be a start, where the nation on which the state subsists is so small that it may not offer the economies of scale that a continental sized nation with commensurate population affords, and there is more chance to know persnally political candidates and influence their election chances. However, the advantage of smallness may be lost rapidly of you consider Guernsey and Jersey, the larger island Jersey being cnsiderably more statist than Guernsey with only a slightly larger population.

  • Dom

    If you chart the number of PR disasters on a timeline, the chart is shaped like a hockey stick. Undoubtedly due to global warming.

  • Rob

    This entire cockup could only have become more ironic if the crew had been attacked and slaughtered by polar bears.

  • Laird

    That’s a nice thought, Rob. Unfortunately, polar bears only live at the north pole, not the south pole.

  • IanH

    Downfall – Hitler Gets Trapped in Ice:

  • Mr Ed

    Meanwhile, the current drama in the ice gets funnier, er worse. There are reports that the Chinese icebreaker may now be stuck and the Australian rescue ship with the Warmists on board is now on standby for another rescue mission, rather than taking the tourists to Tasmania.

  • Mr Ed

    Laird, but the ice may spread so far that the bears may walk an ice bridge South in their search for food, with a nice media convoy squealing about their plight all the way.

    The local top predator, Killer Whale apart, would be the Leopard Seal, which is a nasty piece of work but probably a hazard only if you are in or near the water and very unlucky.

    Leopard seals rank alongside killer whales as Antarctica’s top predator. Named after their spotted coats and fearsome jaws, leopard seals have large, reptilian heads and streamlined bodies. They propel themselves using powerful fore-flippers, reaching speeds of 25 miles per hour (40 kilometers per hour). Females grow larger than males, weighing up to 990 pounds (450 kilograms) and measuring over 13 feet (4 meters) in length.

  • bloke in spain

    “BIS, “Vanilla” refers to his coloring (he was one of the first white rappers). Do you have another point?

    No, but with “vanilla” being a desert flavouring, an icecream of an off white colour usually containing no vanilla whatsoever & something that is ordinary or conventional- ie not “bad” meaning not good , what street talk has done with the word in the past few weeks would bring few surprises.

  • Tedd

    Danny Ireland:

    Timothy Sandefur gives some historical background to the constitution and how the sections and amendments you referred to have been interpreted by the courts, in his book The Conscience of the Constitution. I found it a very interesting read.

  • Mr Ed

    IanH top find, the Downfall spoof, these types need to be ridiculed without mercy.

  • Danny Ireland

    Thanks, will look into the read. Great blog, entertaining & informative commentary – will drop by this site more often.