Today I started the day with Toronto's Number One morning man, talking Obama's ice follies in Alaska and then the even more rapid melt of Hillary's presidential campaign. And just to connect the two of them up, I advanced my theory that, as the only guy on the planet to have blown up the supposedly indestructible Clinton Machine (in 2008), Obama was lining up to do it all over again.
Oh, and given that the President has been kind enough to do so many visually striking promotional tie-ins for my new book, I also put in a word for "A Disgrace to the Profession". More on that below. But, for the full conversation between me and John, simply click and enjoy:
~If you're wondering about that little book of mine that John was kind enough to mention, it's called "A Disgrace to the Profession" - the story of the most notorious piece of cartoon climatology - the "hockey stick" - and its perversion and corruption of science in the 21st century. Yesterday thousands upon thousands of pre-order customers woke up to the Kindle edition auto-delivered to their breakfast table while they slept, but, if you're one of those Kindlephobic types, the good news is that the book is also available in Nook from Barnes & Noble and other outlets worldwide. As for the old-fashioned hard copy, I'm pleased to say we're already in our fourth printing. We're the Number One climatology bestseller, with our companion volume Climate Change: The Facts at Number Six, and both books kicking the butt of Michael E Mann's Dreary Predictions, down at Number 15. Over on the main Amazon chart, we're in the Top 500, which isn't bad for a science book on its second day of sales, and we're doing similarly in Oz. In Canada, we're already in the Hot 100.
~Australian reader Mark McGuire draws my attention to a disturbing development. Now that the hockey stick is useless to science, desperate warm-mongers are putting it to other uses:
Two boys have run off empty handed after trying to rob a Queensland convenience store armed with nothing but a hockey stick.
That's quite a comedown from the days when Mann, Pachauri et al tried to shake down the entire global economy armed with nothing but a hockey stick.
~But is the actual book any good? Over at our Facebook page, satisfied customer John Davison says:
On scientist #51, gold plated examination of the subject, exactly what I was expecting of the trial itself, congratulations Mark!
If you want to know who "scientist #51" is, you'll have to pick up the book. But scientist #113 is pretty good, too. Sue Galen gives a more general endorsement:
Good and funny (as you would expect).
Yeah, but funny in a scientific way, I hope.
Over at Amazon, the reviews are also coming in. Brent Thale:
It's sad that this book even needs to be written, it's the aftermath of a terrible story of how climate science was hijacked by a rogue scientist, and how his work was promoted as the gospel truth by people with political agendas...
Some of the quoted scientists knew the Hockey Stick was wrong and yet they said nothing in public, allowing themselves to be browbeaten and cowed into silence. Some of them figured that "the end justifies the means" and knowingly went along with the charade as long as it was effective in scaring the public into allowing bureaucrats to spend billions on a misguided, futile effort that their friends benefited from...
Bravo to Mark Steyn for taking the time and having the courage to stand up to what has become all-too-common bullying of the press.
~Later today I'll join Buck Sexton on The Blaze, live coast to coast at 1pm Eastern/10am Pacific.