the Air Vent

Because the world needs another opinion


Posted by Jeff Id on October 20, 2009

Common sense constrained

Intellectualism refrained

Affronted by rationalism

Logic forlorn

Creativity to porn

Fear not the change

The old free is the blame

Eyes closed, relax

‘Tis help- not tax

Worry not mine.

Have hope not greed

Collective will provide

Thus ye may survive

Free, in the womb.

11 Responses to “2009”

  1. I wrote verse 1, Tallbloke added verse 2

    hoxy proxy, pinecones foxy,
    records bloxy, treerings poxy,
    fire burn and cauldron bubble.

    Bristlecones and hockey sticks all in a row
    spark the tinder and watch them glow
    the ray of light through the lens of Hubble
    lightening the load of toil and trouble.

  2. Jeff Id said

    I’ll let you guys handle the poetry from now on. 😀

  3. stevemcintyre said

    We’ve had some CA poetry contests from time to time. Here was one submission:

    Cherry trees have tasty fruit;
    And pickers need dexterity;
    But not as much as paleos,
    Who claim unprecedentity.

  4. Arn Riewe said

    Back at Steve:

    Yamal data’s exposed to be schlockey
    Making Briffa’s conclusions quite rocky
    Data Steve M could scrape
    Showed it gave them the shape
    Of a stick that is used to play hockey.

  5. Feedback said

    I’ll give it a try:

    There once was a fellow from CRU
    Whose stick was his pride and his clue
    But it would only rise
    From one core of a size
    That he carefully kept out of view

  6. Boudu said

    In times of old when days were cold
    Folks cared not what they burned
    Modern times now focus the mind
    And men of ill repute have learned
    That people believe a lie that’s new
    While increasing levels of CO2
    Are just the thing that leaders need
    To satiate their craving greed
    For power, control and ultimate aim
    To shackle economies, make them lame
    While hair-shirted martyrs to the cause
    Vote them in to change the laws
    The final outcome is yet to be seen
    Hastened along by those who are Green
    History should give us a warning
    Don’t be fooled by Global Warming

  7. Boudu said

    Or . . .

    There once was a chap called Mann
    Who thought it a cunning plan
    To mix up his tree ring
    With a hockey players stick thing
    But his science went right down the pan

  8. kuhnkat said


    were y’all really English Lit majors??

  9. Jeff what have you started??

    Feedback #5 ROTFLMAO. You’re the limit!

  10. Geoff Sherrington said

    Apologies to Ogden Nash:

    I think that I shall never see
    A proxy lovely as a tree.
    Perhaps, unless the errors fall,
    I’ll never see treemometry.

    More apologies – to Lewis Carroll:

    “I can repeat poetry as well as other folks if it comes to that —” “Oh, it needn’t come to that”, Alice hastily said.

  11. nanny_govt_sucks said

    The Chronology not Taken

    TWO chronologies diverged on my graph paper,
    And sorry I could not cherry pick both
    And be one alarmist dendro, long I stood
    And looked at one as far as I could
    To where it cooled post-1960;

    Then cherry picked the other, as just as fair,
    And having perhaps the better claim,
    Because it was “stable through time” and had a hockey-stick shape;
    Though as for that the choice there
    both were really pretty unstable,

    And both that morning equally lay
    In files no one else had access to.
    Oh, I kept the first for another day!
    Yet knowing how dendros “move on”,
    I doubted if I should ever come back.

    I shall be telling this with a grin
    Somewhere ages and ages hence:
    Two chronologies diverged on my graph paper, and I—
    I took the one with the big hockey-stick blade,
    And that has made all the difference.

    (apologies to Robert Frost)

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