The scorning of William Connolley.

I think we’ve all had that pleasant surprise when something totally unexpected just drops out of the sky and into your lap. That happened to me last weekend when a creature called William Connolley attempted to comment on a piece I’d written about the Bengtsson scandal. If you’re unfamiliar with him, he’s infamous for editing thousands of Wikipedia articles on climate and anyone significant in the area. You can find several articles on his activities over at WUWT.

His idea of truth is somewhat idiosyncratic to say the least, but let’s just say if you were any way sceptical, you weren’t going to get a glowing entry. When the skeptics tried to correct the foul calumnies for their entry, they were promptly changed back, a loop they went around until he banned them from being able to edit anything.

I’m actually quite knowledgeable about him, since I’ve been a fawning admirer and stroker of his ego for as far back as his days co-founding the joke site called Real Climate with Gavin Schmidt and others of a similar ilk. Needless to say, it’s under one of my dark side Eco-Annie personas. The site is pretty much moribund these days but it did get a sniffy mention in the climategate emails by Phil “hide the decline” Jones, as being there just to disseminate propaganda.

He was never particularly significant in the self-declared pantheon of climate demigods, more like their technical gopher despatched as required to cobble together various bits of HTML for them. In his Wikipedia heyday, he built up a small but dedicated following of fanboys but since Wiki banned him and nobody sane reads his blogging attempts, he’s of late been at a loose end, cruising around the skeptic blogosphere, trolling for all he’s worth and generally leaving a terrible stench behind him.

As it happens, I’ve a personal score to settle with him, and one I never thought I’d get the chance to do but this looked to be a heaven-sent opportunity, if I could just play it right. Picking an appropriate way would undoubtedly come down to making use on his own rather inflated idea of his importance in the general scheme of things climatic, but in just the right way. He’s used to swimming around in a little pond of mutual fishy admirers and as far as I’m aware has never had a good kicking, so I laced up my steel-toed boots and thought about an appropriate bait to fix on the hook.

I left his comment in moderation, because it was basically about nothing more than his idea of a damage limitation exercise in the wake of the Bengtsson scandal. Since one of their battle cries has always been no platform for “deniers”, I can’t deny it was with a certain pleasure that I intended to return the favour. An approach came to mind – hell hath no fury like a fanatic scorned, so I sharpened my scorning pencil and scorned his ego with the following opening shot.

If you’ve ever worked in a bar, and I have, there’s an expression – taking out the trash. It means someone is misbehaving themselves and are basically being a pain in the butt for the regulars, so you encourage them out of the joint – feet first or head first, and you’re easy about which way it’s going to be, but it is going to happen.

After a while, you can spot the type coming through the door and sometimes you already know all about them by reputation, because the bartender’s Mafia tend to pass the word around about undesirables.

I’ve just had a comment in for moderation from a certain William Connolley, the creature infamous for over five thousand egregious edits of Wikipedia articles on climate, before he finally got banned from there. I’ve no doubt he’s snuck back in under yet another sock puppet persona, but he’s their problem and very definitely not going to be mine.

I’m aware of the school of thought that allowing the occasional troll in will pump up the number of hits but as I really don’t give a rat’s ass about hits, it’s not a consideration. I’m not allowed to comment on any warmist sites under my own name, so in the spirit of reciprocity, I fail to see why I should let them into Pointy’s Bar & Grill.

A zero tolerance policy on trolling and undesirables means exactly that, and you mate are an undesirable.

You’re barred.

Any sensible person would have walked away after a rebuff like that, especially when you consider getting the upper hand in a one sided conversation is impossible, but we’re not dealing with sensible here. We’re dealing with arrogance. Would he be silly enough to bite? Sure enough, he chomped down hard on the bait.

Let the games begin.

How dare I refuse him entry? True to type, his reply after a bit of outraged whingeing was the threat that if I didn’t let him in, he’d blog all about it and then I’d be sorry, very very sorry. So there.

Meh, let’s take another lump out of his ego and scorn his sorry ass a bit more.

Publish away Willy, you’re yesterday’s man.

Jeez, he’s so predictable. An even more offended reply clumsily conflating freedom of ideas with his right to free expression, otherwise known as plying his trade as a propagandist all over my blog. Time to remind him of his murky past.

What’s it feel like Willy? To be denied a right of reply? Like your Wiki victims?

Another reply, taking offense at any idea he’s a troll, which I never accused him of being, but his reading and comprehension skills don’t appear to be too hot. That’ll get him into trouble in this little exchange. Let’s start moving him towards jumping through a few hoops for me. Yank hard on the line, get the hook all the way home.

 Reading skills Willy. I didn’t say you were a troll, just an undesirable.

Another irate reply, but this time about the really insightful comments he’s just dying to share with everyone. He doesn’t want to address the issue of whether he’s an undesirable or not. Ho hum, keep stirring the scorning stew using the voice of sweet reason, nudge him towards some hoops but keep him on the hook with a question.

Willy, it’s not about your comments, it’s about you. You’re an undesirable and if I let you in, it’d lower the whole tone of the joint. Pretty soon the polite company here would drift away and the place would just become a hangout for bums and drunkards high on cheap booze and their own boring egos.

Seriously though, you’re used to being banned. Why such a hissy fit because you got the bum’s rush outta my gaff?

Quick as a flash, he’s back and still digging his heels in over undesirable, but he’s having a go at his idea of turning on the charm. Why he’s even worried I might damage myself. Ain’t that nice? I’ll play nice with him in return, but in my own fashion. There’s nothing more irritating than being sweet voice of reasoned with. I’m beginning to despair of ever getting him near a hoop. If nice doesn’t work, I’ll go back to not so nice.

You’re banning me, because you don’t want your readers to see my comments; so it cannot but be about my comments. But you’ve given no reason why.”

But dear boy, I have and more than once – you’re an undesirable.

“Oh, I care. About you. About your intellectual honesty. Seeing you damage yourself like this is painful.”

Nice to know you care about me but I guess I’ll just have to limp along with the damage. Such is life, as Ned Kelly observed.

I’m just a minor imp of Satan, why are you obsessing on a wee timorous beastie like me? It’s not like I’ve any influence.

He replies and well, he finally got there in the end. I’ll show him the hoops with a suitable inducement. It’s a bit risky, because it might result in having to let the miserable little scrote in. What the hell, I’ll risk it for a biscuit and bit of fun.

“This is getting a bit odd. You’re now quoting my comments, but still not allowing the comments themselves to be published. I’m here to talk, if you’re prepared to have a conversation. But simply saying “you’re an undesirable” without saying why is the suppression that you claim to disdain.”

Ah, at last. Having finally dragged you to the heart of the matter, let’s do the Socratic thing. Why would I consider you to be an undesirable?

Get that answer right, and I’ll let you in.

The be nice with Pointy phase obviously exhausted him after five whole minutes of effort. Foreplay wouldn’t be this bozo’s strong suit. He’s gone back to ranting again, and speaking as a connoisseur of a decent rant, it must be said he’s not particularly good at it. I’ll return to scorning but put him under a bit more pressure. A slap on the wrist he gets, and we’ll put a countdown on his number of replies.

Because I’m rong and you’re right. Meh, not even warm Willy. Reread the question. It’s why “I” would consider you an undesirable – reading skills laddie. This is your chance to “read” me.

Get those little brain cells of yours racing around. That was strike one, by the way.

He’s back with a slightly more coherent answer. For someone called Willy, he’s inordinately fond of using the word expose. Probably an unconscious thing, but let’s resist exploring that thought any further. Anyway, he’s so far off the correct answer, there’s no chance of him getting in, but the nice guy in me throws him a hint. He’ll never get it anyway, it’s too firmly in his blind spot. He just knows he’s a righteous climate dude, so anything you do to further the “cause” is okay. Just ask Peter “identity thief” Gleick.

“I’m undesirable, because I expose the weakness of all the arguments that your “skeptical” commentators lap up”

Nope, you’ll find the commenters here quite capable of speaking their own mind when they don’t agree with a piece. I’d never insist a contributor must concur with my viewpoint and it’s a common courtesy I fully expect in return. Just as long as it’s lucid, polite and honest.

If that’s an example of you “reading” me, I have to say it’s pretty poor. I’ll give you a hint, since you obviously need one – it’s about data quality.

That was strike two. Only one more chance …

After a slight pause, he’s back. Rather than use up his last chance and be seen to fail, I feel he chickened out and did another free-range rant. Peck, peck, peck. Time for the blow off. This should get rid of him.

One chance left and you panicked, didn’t you Willy? There wasn’t even an attempt to answer the question in that last rambling diatribe. Think yourself lucky that I wasn’t your tutor in whatever hell hole of education dribbled you out. Even then, the pig’s ear and silk purse adage would apply, I’m afraid.

I notice a whole 3 hits from your blog amongst the hundreds of hits here today, so you’re obviously having a great old time telling me off over there. You make sure to tell all those righteous bruddas and sistas all about norty Pointy. Both of them.

Anyway, the answer is I don’t like data pollutants and after your activities on Wiki, that’s exactly what I consider you to be and therefore an undesirable.

Unbelievable! He’s back yet again, and he’s trying to work himself up to a Richter scale rant or something, but it’s a pretty lame effort. What the hell, I’m happy to keep booting him. Perhaps it’s time to set up another trap, preceded by another hard jerk on the line to keep his emotions running high.

You don’t handle rejection very well, do you Willy? You must be stamping your foot or holding your breath until you turn blue, all to no effect. You must feel very put upon. It’s so unfair when someone can dangle you off the end of a leash and there’s nothing you can do about it. I must admit, there’s a certain buzz jerking your particular lead.

Perhaps you’re now getting a feel for what your Wiki victims experienced.

And just like that, he took the bait, yet again. Un-bloody-believable. I beginning to realise I don’t need a hook with this one, he’s actually revelling in getting my exclusive attention. Getting rid of this clown will be as difficult as shaking off a little doggie that’s madly and insanely determined to hump your leg.

“what you’re saying makes no sense in the wiki context. Its almost like you know nothing about it.”

Oh I think I can speak with some authority about being one of your Wiki victims. Your activities there will not be forgotten, and if they are, I’ll make it my business to remind people. Let’s face it, in your heyday you went a little further than being a data pollutant.

A little pause before he replies in response to my terrible slip. Will he fall into the trap? I can almost hear the Machiavellian plan being honed and refined between him and his little Wiki helpers hunched together around a PC. If they can just identify me, they’ll be able to do an especially vicious Wiki hatchet job on me, as opposed to the usual vicious one. Yeah, go get him Willy, take him down, you is da man.

The plan rolls into action.

He’s “keen” to know my data and gone back to being nice, even prefacing the request for my identifying details with a pretty please. Jesus Christ. This guy is really profoundly thick, or imagines everyone else is.

At this stage, I’m beginning to wonder how much of a laughing-stock he’s going to insist on making of himself before he slinks away. I notice he studiously ignores my cryptic remark about him going a little further than just being a data pollutant but anyway, that’s for another day, isn’t it Willy? All that boasting to Eco-Annie about off-wiki activities might come back to haunt a certain someone …

Time for ye olde punch line. If it doesn’t get rid of him, nothing will.

“please provide us with the appropriate diff, so everyone can see just how I behaved. Or the article name, and rough date. And/or the name you edited under. See? I’m all keen to see your data”

No problem Willy, I’m there under my real name of Michael Mann. Just amend all those bloody lies under that piece and I’ll consider letting you in.


ps. Who’s the “us” by the way? It wouldn’t be that Victoria Venom or whoever person who’s also tapping on the glass to get in?

Since Willy has at this point exhausted his entire arsenal of tactics on me, namely being either dictatorial or nice, a new little creature has turned up and is demanding admission too. Bang, bang, bang, let me in, I demand entrance, and be quick about it, I’m a very important midget.

If he’d at least knocked politely, he’d have stood a snow flake’s chance. I’ve never heard of the little fellow but a quick Google reveals him to be a fanboy of Willy’s blog. Quelle surprise. As a matter of fact, he seems to be the only commenter there. Oh well, another little fishy on the line; let’s see how long I can play this one. Will he be as cognitively challenged as Willy? Let’s find out.

That should have been Victor Venema.

Sorry Vicky or is it Vic? Did you know a company tried to market a PC called the Vic-20 in Germany and didn’t sell a single one until they renamed it to the Steinberger-20 or something.

In German, the V in Vic is pronounced as F and is a lineal descendant of a very old Anglo-Saxon word …

He bites as well but it’s all yappy pooch trying to gnaw on my boot laces stuff. I won’t bore you with it. To be frank, I’m struggling to make any sense out of the pile of rambling rubbish. If a sequitur ever managed to take up residence in that vast cavernous vacuum between his ears, it’d die of loneliness. Apparently, I’m racist, sexist and tribalist, whatever that means. He’s tweeting away and saying terrible things about me to Miss Judy.

Nobody likes a teacher’s snitch.

He’s worried about my language offending the regulars but looking at the article and my comments, that whine appears to be totally baseless. Yes, I might very well think Willy is a wanker and someone with the name Victor Venema, who appears to be commonly referred to as V V by the climate “in” crowd, is just begging to have those letters permanently removed from his name and becoming Ictor Enema. I might think such things but heavens to Betsy, I’d never dream of saying them on this blog. Never.

He’s also segued into a rant about Judy Curry, who’d just blogged on the Bengtsson scandal using excerpts from several articles, including one of mine. I don’t like the way he did it. What little Christian charity I might possibly have had for him tanks. He really is small.

Vic Venom – “I do hope that your regulars do not take offence at your language.”

Coming from someone called Vic, that’s a larf. And don’t you mention Miss Curry, I’m getting to quite like her. I might even become a fan. Heaven and Earth Horatio …

The penny, after seemingly defying gravity for most of the evening, finally drops and Willy stomps out, but not before leaving a parting shot designed to salvage the tattered remains of his dignity. Of course, he can’t have the parting shot in a one way conversation but I certainly can. I don’t think he ever really understood the hopelessness of this game, because I rather suspect he refuses to believe anyone could possibly say no to him and mean it. It’s a whole new experience for the poor little chappie.

“You’ve provided an excuse (almost unbelievably tenuous, and not really believable by anyone of good faith, but an excuse nonetheless) for banning me. But you have no such excuse for VV,”

With a name like Vic Venom and his association with the likes of you, I’d ban him just on general principles.

“unless you’ve got something new to say, I’ll leave you to it.”

Thank God for that. Some people just can’t take a hint.

Run along now and bother someone else. And take your verminous little friend with you.

Well, that’s the end of that I think and I’m a happy bunny. I got my unexpected payback on Willy and had a whale of a time as well. Imagine that. After years of getting censored and banned, for once I get to wield the ban hammer on a climate prat like Connolley. Life don’t get any better. I’m sure there are more than a few of his Wiki victims out there who enjoyed it just as much.

I’m doing some end of day blog housekeeping and notice something strange, the hits are still racking up on the piece. Okay, it’s a fairly decent one but most of the regulars will have read it by now. What’s going on? A little bit of investigation reveals they’re mainly coming from Miss Judy’s blog, so I pop over for a look.

Well, I can’t believe my eyes. Willy and his latest pet stoat have drag assed over there to whine loudly about their treatment at my hands. Not only are they not getting any sympathy, quite the reverse actually, but the people there are popping over here to see what all the fuss is about. By any stretch of imagination, they’ve just had their ass handed to them in public and now they’re inviting anyone who might possibly have missed it to watch the action replay.

Momma Gump was surely right, stupid is as stupid does.


Related articles by Pointman:

The Age of Unenlightenment – ORIGINAL EXCHANGE OF FIRE HERE.

Moderating, trolls, soup ladles and Ethics.

Climate Alarmism and The Prat Principle.

Some thoughts on fanatics and how to fight them.

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101 Responses to “The scorning of William Connolley.”
  1. johnrmcd says:

    Magic! Loved it! We finally get the other side of that one sided conversation. Strangely, it was just as I expected.


  2. hazze says:

    😀 beautiful


  3. Blackswan says:


    Regular patrons of Pointy’s Bar & Grill will know you’re a keen fly fisherman, so they’d never underestimate your skill in reeling in your quarry. This time, you put him on the counter menu, served beautifully cooked and nicely garnished, with Greens as a side dish. Aah, very satisfying and all washed down with a fine Pinot Gris. What’s for dessert?


  4. RonSin says:

    Loved your piece Pointy – I’m sure the experience “made your day” and it sure made mine reading about it.
    Note to self – stay on Pointman’s good side.


  5. Thanks Pointman. I now better comprehend that global warming is defended by “Wiilies”.


  6. flyingtigercomics says:

    Reblogged this on Flying Tiger Comics.


  7. I’d no idea that grilled Stoat tasted that good. You must put it on the menu again…


  8. As I said at the time, I enjoyed the exchange immensely.

    *Taxi Driver Mode*
    I had that William Connolley in the back of my blog once. He blundered in, demanding the right to determine whether I am a nutter or not. Turned out I wasn’t so he got bored (actually we both did) and he wandered off again. I was extremely polite to him, as I was curious to see what he might say in such an uninhabited corner of the internet. Not much as it turned out, although he did confess to still considering Mann’s 1998-vintage hockey stick to be scientifically valid. That alone shows just how far down the rabbit-hole he is.
    Linky here:


  9. Rick Bradford says:

    *This guy is really profoundly thick, or imagines everyone else is.*

    There — but only there — I must take issue with you. These climate fanatics are not thick, in the IQ sense, at least. Many of them, perforce, are extremely good at rationalising their positions.

    Their problems are emotional, somewhere along the spectrum of infantile narcissism, lack of self-awareness, to full-blown sociopathy.

    Because they think so much of their own Self, they are unable to properly relate to Others. Empathy and insight are utterly lacking, and they are propped up by detached intelligence, which is why so many of them end up in the ‘clever words’ industries — journalism, academia, PR/marketing, and of course, politics and bureaucracy.

    Poor Willy seems not to have parlayed his written skills into any kind of paid position, so he remains a free Willy, peddling his opinions around the place to gain attention.

    And earning ridicule which he struggles to understand.

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  10. karabar says:

    Beautifully done, Pointman. And on the subject of Bengtsson, you might enjoy this little essay.


  11. M Simon says:

    ictor enema


  12. Hilarious, love the way you demote VV from venomous to verminous ;o))


  13. John A says:

    I don’t do political analysis very much except in a historical context, but William Connelley is a Marxist and his analysis of climate science and his attempt to suborn history on Wikipedia are classic Marxist beliefs in action.

    He once wrote an article on Wikipedia called “The Scientific Debate is Over” where he claimed that the phrase was invented by climate change skeptics, but I injected so many references to politicians and scientists saying more or less the same thing that he banned me for trolling (or at least the IP address in Vermont where I was staying), and then had the ignomony of the entire article being deleted.

    He’s a charming guy like that, but he’s never challenged Steve McIntyre because he knows that despite his PhD, he’d get creamed.


  14. A Lovell says:

    Too funny. I get quite depressed sometimes with this fight, but your article cheered me up immensely. As Hoppers has observed these CAGWers are just ‘horrible’. The old saying ‘You get more flies with honey than with vinegar’ is still valid. Not that honey from Willie would convince many. Or Vic (Vinegar) Venema………..


  15. Me and my big mouth. He’s back at my place now, demanding evidence that he ever did anything wrong on Wikipedia.
    *rolls eyes*


  16. philjourdan says:

    Outstanding! Especially your followup over at Dr. Curry’s site to his snark! But I thought harpooning whales was illegal these days? 😉


  17. After a similar exchange with him, I did some research. He likes to portray himself as someone knowledgeable about climate science and a keen environmentalists. But I couldn’t find anything that suggested he had ever done anything for the environment and he has no science qualification.

    So not an environmentalist and certainly not a climate scientist.

    So what is he?

    I found he sends his kids to an expensive school, spends his spare time rowing down a river and works in a semiconductor company and spends his money on house extensions and trips to Japan.

    At least with some climate zealots, they really do believe what they are saying and live the life of austerity that they would impose on everyone else.

    Connolley is just a nasty hypocrite.


    • diogenese2 says:

      He is not a hypocrite – this requires a modicum of self deception. He is an amoral wind up artist.
      He knows exactly what he is and what he is doing. He has no beliefs , Marxist or otherwise, outside of his own ego. That was the point of my “Elmer Gantry” reference, which he refuted with his affectation of injured innocence. The more accurate parallel was Jim Bakker.


  18. A.D. Everard says:

    I read your article at the time, then came back to it when you left a comment at WUWT that you were kicking his backside. Your articles are always insightful, and the comments often enjoyable, too, but that thread was pure delight.

    I should imagine that all your regulars would know exactly who Connolley is, what he’s done at Wiki, how intolerant he is – and understand completely the sheer joy and pleasure you must have experienced in dealing with him. I like the way you did it, the way you shared with your readers without actually letting him in. Beautifully done.

    I’m sure I wasn’t the only one grinning my way through that thread. 🙂


  19. nofixedaddress says:

    I picked up that he has previously offended you.

    But Pointman, Willhe Wanker is beneath your dignity.

    As attractive a target it may be this is your worst scribe.

    They are full of s**t so do not engage.

    Kind Regards


  20. lorne50 says:

    I still have snot falling out of my nose from laughing so hard nicely done ;>)


  21. hillbilly33 says:

    Pure gold Pointy.! I was one of many who was more than incensed and frustrated at Connelly’s blatant rewrites in Wiki under the guise of edits, and the support of CAGW true believers for his actions. That was followed by further salt into our wounds by them having the gall to quote the doctored articles as warmist cult gospel.

    It was akin to the fury and frustration I felt when with many others, I bombarded “our” Australian ABC with questions as to why, when the Climategate Emails Scandal broke and Google and other search engines were registering hundreds of thousands of hits, searches of the ABC website registered zero for many days. The groupthink commentators that still infest the place were finally dragged kicking and screaming into giving it a mainly dismissive mention!. A similar scenario to Gillard-gate”

    Back to this brilliantly written article, one could quote many cliches:’the pen is mightier than the sword’: ‘all things come to those who wait’:etc., Suffice to say I thoroughly enjoyed it, thank you for it and finally, ‘you have made my day’!

    Cheers H/B


  22. AJB says:

    So in name only anagrammatic verse it would go something like this:

    Oil well manic only
    Callow Limy on-line
    Canny lie will loom
    I cleanly will moon

    Call, yellow minion
    Lemon all icily won
    Will only mine coal
    Moan nicely, I’ll ‘owl

    Nominally eco-Will
    Wale molly icon, nil
    Wool calmly in-line
    Oily clown all mine


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  23. Old Rooster says:

    I love playing rope a dope. Thank you for showing me the work of a grand master of the game at his finest.


  24. hoppers says:

    When you land that final blow on the jaw of the school bully, a pleasure I experienced once in my life, you then have to endure the spectacle of the bully rounding up his fawning thuggish acolytes to explain to them that the humiliation they just witnessed didn’t actually happen.

    Such a debrief is currently happening over at Judith’s place.

    Lapdog VV has rolled on its back in the hope that its tummy will be tickled by bold William.

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  25. Rogueelement451 says:

    Revenge is a dish best served cold.


  26. vicgallus says:

    What’s wrong with the name Vic?


  27. omnologos says:

    There are some serious undertones to all this story that should not be overlooked. Conn has done a great disservice both to Wikipedia and to science.

    His actions have exposed the gnostic-like network of wikipedia supermegaeditors that control what knowledge is and is not shared. This included for me the impossibility to edit the Joe Romm entry to correct so that he would be defined according to his job title – the mildest and most obvious of changes, and still I was prevented absolutely (not by WC),

    In other words thanks to Conn and the people like him, I and many others have first-hand experience with all that’s wrong with Wikipedia and will never donate a cent to it if it risked closing down tomorrow.

    The other great disservice has been the publication with Peterson and Fleck of that history-denying article about the global cooling consensus in the 1970s being a ‘myth’.

    We all know there was a consensus about global cooling in the 1970s. Everybody remembers it and there are newspaper and magazine articles from the time aplenty, in several languages.

    Connolley himself during the course of researching his article stumbled upon the fact, and wrote that such a consensus was on between around 1972 and 1975. Still, none of that went into his article’s title, or abstract, and so the internet and knowledge have been polluted with the very wrong idea that there has never been a global cooling consensus.

    These are just two examples. Who knows what else he’s put his hands on and ruined. Like with the bombing of the Montecassino abbey, a self-righteous obsessed can do a lot of damage. He’s not just a figure of fun.


    • Pointman says:

      Amico mio, I second every word you just said, but if the only way to draw his fangs is to make him a figure of fun, I’ll settle for that.



    • nofixedaddress says:

      “a self-righteous obsessed can do a lot of damage. He’s not just a figure of fun.”

      and should not be given the molecule of carbon let alone the 2 molecules of oxygen on the World Wide Web.

      Sorry Pointman but I find discussion of proven purveyors of political porn a waste of our time and space.

      Though I appreciate what you did.


      • Pointman says:

        NFA, unlike Willy’s side, we’re allowed to strongly disagree and still remain friends. Lucid, civil and honest; all I’d ever ask of a poster here.


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    • PaleoSapiens says:

      I was going to dispute your description of wikipedia, citing the entry of ‘Wehrmacht’ as an example. Alas, you’re description of “supermegaeditors” controlling shared knowledge is most apt.

      Original edits and contributions, to the ‘Wehrmacht’ introduction, have been very watered down and distorted, rather than improved upon. Important subtleties, distinctions, and meanings have been lost. Wikipedia and global warming/climate science can be added to a long list of examples of ‘good intentions’ leading to ruin. Thus, wikipedia and climate science have fully earned any scorn and/or derision.

      Pointman has brought in some much needed humor by telling ‘them,’ “….[a]nd take your verminous little friend[s] with you.”


      • PaleoSapiens says:

        Edit – “Alas, you’re…” should be: “Alas, your…”
        Self editing was not done carefully enough…thrash me about the head & shoulders with a wet noodle…


  28. ossqss says:

    Words can’t do justice to my thoughts after reading this interesting bit. Thanks PM.

    Video’s can do justice however 🙂


  29. agimarc says:

    So like when you plan to set the hook and play the fish like this, are you using your 8-weight or 5-weight rod? Cheers –


    • Rastech says:

      The lighter weight fish deliver greater sport on lighter weight tackle.

      I’ll never forget the 50+ minute fight I had with a fighting fit 3.5lb rainbow on my lovely Berkeley Phaser graphite fly. 🙂

      Get something in double figures on the end of it though, and it just wouldn’t co-operate.


  30. vigilantfish says:

    Awww, you were too tough on him – not!

    I’ve got mixed feelings about Connelly – he’s nasty but useful. As many have said before, he has been a complete gift to the CAGW sceptic cause. My own faint scepticism blossomed from witnessing his carefully-tended vandalism of Wiki articles on the Medieval Warm Period etc. He was unfair, doctrinaire, and ungentlemanly – not to mention a complete bully – in gagging historians and those with real scholarship who opposed his denial of the existence of the Medieval Climate Optimum. He is everything that should be anathema to academics.

    Someone as nasty as Connelly deserves what he got from you!


    • philjourdan says:

      You should remind him of that every chance you get. While perhaps not as great an influence, his shenanigans were also responsible for my inquiry into the subject and the dismissal of propaganda.


  31. E.M.SMith says:

    Thanks for that.

    Having had a few Wiki’s that I quoted or linked in articles suddenly be re-written to say the opposite, I can say that there is an organized effort to rewrite history and truth to political ends. (The Jevons article originally and correctly described Jevons’ Paradox as the fact that higher efficiency of fuel USE results in more consumption, not less, due to more USES being done. A fact of economic history in the coal engine era. It got re-written to a disparagement of that point. As one example)

    So very nice to see a bit of ‘what goes around comes around’ 😉



  32. IskurBlast says:

    It seems to me that Connelly is jealous of his peers. Here is a guy who has been on the ground fighting the war in the trenches since day one, yet he has no fame or money to show for it. Along comes an out of work cartoonist and he gets a research position at a university and authors a paper that the President of the United States references.

    Connelly must be very very bitter about how so many of his peer has parlayed their activism into fun and profit and he is still a nobody.


  33. hunter says:

    Excellent work.
    There is something almost pathological or amoral about what this reveals about Connolley and his mini-me. That Connolley, Gleick and so many etcs. see nothing wrong with lying, cheating, misrepresenting and fibbing in the name of CO2 obsession is a telling demonstration of the corrosive power of unbalanced faith.
    I don’t visit often, but this was very much worth it.
    Thank you for this.


  34. Mac the Knife says:

    A battle of wits…. with a ‘half armed’ man.


  35. Barry says:

    Loved it.


  36. omnologos says:

    The behaviour of WC is not too impervious to decipher. For him, for Peter the Liar, for Bully Mann, for the underweared Mandia, etc etc the world is risking to turn into cinder by Tuesday.

    They have no time for niceties and if extinction is at stake, there is no higher moral to prevent them from acting like monsters.


  37. Doug Proctor says:

    He’s obsessive. Strong ego, weak sense of self. Esteem based on association with other, Alpha-male, mainstream, public characters. Has volunteered for a mission and thinks his Dad would have been proud of him for it. Feels warm thinking about how a Mann or two appreciate his efforts, not recognizing that the strong male dismisses the sycophant: adulation from the ladies is good for the testosterone prone, fawning from the boys, not so welcome.

    Connolley be devastated when Schmidt says in a year or two, actually, I didn’t say a disaster was coming, I was saying that with the data in hand a disaster COULD be coming (and so we should act as per the precautionary principle). Now that the NEW data shows the disaster (still) could happen but not within a few hundred years, I retract my earlier, more extreme position. [And Bill, please don’t e-mail me anymore.]


    • Tucci78 says:

      He’s obsessive. Strong ego, weak sense of self. Esteem based on association with other, Alpha-male, mainstream, public characters.

      Yeah. Ever noticed how all of these leftard luzers are perpetually sucked into the logical fallacy of argumentum ad populum as if “consensus reality” were actually something that exists in the phenomenal universe rather than in their own delusions?

      In this particularly Connolley specimen, we seem to have us a whackjob who sincerely believes that if only he can blather enough (and censor enough) to make it seem as if his statist-empowering scare tactics are bought by enough of the credulous, it will magically turn into physical actuality.

      Thus the long-prevailing warmist fixation on public opinion polls and surveys and such, all of them every bit as “cooked” in method and data reporting as are these quacks’ confabulations about the Earth’s climate.

      Anybody reading here familiar with Scott Adams’ Dilbert cartoons and his long-running expressions of contempt for the idiots in Marketing?

      Convince one of them that a focus group has concluded that all Marketing executives are rats in barely human form, and the Marketing guy starts growing whiskers and fur and a long naked tail….


      • Gail Combs says:

        The logical fallacy of argumentum ad populum Connolley and his ilk use comes straight from The Hegelian Basis of The Philosophy Of Karl Marx.

        Long story short:
        They believe all reality is in the mind of man and therefore reject physical reality as having any meaning. They also believe there is a an idea labeled a thesis, its opposite called its antithesis.

        Consequently, in this realm of the mind within which the universe had its only real existence, innumerable theses and antitheses existed. Struggle or conflict was the en-evitable fact in such a universe—conflict of the thesis with its antithesis. In this struggle thesis and antithesis acted and reacted on each other, and a new phenomenon—synthesis—was created. All action or change occurring in the universe was, under the Hegelian philosophy, the product of thesis, antithesis, and resulting synthesis…

        This is the foundation of the idea of “Consensus” and why skeptics are labeled De!ners. What we are actually denying is their philosophy. Just like “Climate Change” does not actually refer to ‘climate variability’ but to the new definition in the Framework Convention on Climate Change.

        The ‘Official’ definition is:

        “Climate change” means a change of climate which is attributed directly or indirectly to human activity that alters the composition of the global atmosphere and which is in addition to natural climate variability observed over comparable time periods.

        Again this is yet another Progressive/Marxist trick. Changing the meaning of a word or declaring a perfectly good word a cuss word. It confuses the heck our of your opponent and allows you to call him an idiot or ignoramus or racist.


  38. John Whitman says:

    Pointman showed us that the WC needed cleaning.

    Then Pointman decided it was un-cleanable so he quarantined the WC.

    Good decision Pointman.



  39. Avi ben Barzel says:

    That’s a riot, Pointman! I was monitoring Willy’s trolling on Anthony’s site once, about 2 years ago, and the dude is seriously obsessive and rim-full of himself. His MO is to dump an 18-wheeler’s worth of red herrings in every direction and send people to read this and read that. Non-sequiturs, red herrings and straw men everywhere…assault by sheer megatonnage of swill. My hat off to you for tweaking his nose! That type is all about image, about looking cool and smarter than everyone else, so it must burn his butt!

    And I wish you skeptic bloggers would host each other’s work more often. There is value in developing in individualism, in unique angles, idiosyncrasies and such which develop best when a blogger works alone with his roost, but there is a synergy in sharing, visiting and hosting. This way everyone wins and the numbers grow. You and so many others are amazing. Let’s do more of this stuff, folks! And unless someone beats me, I’ll have to start an online mag featuring all of you folks, getting you all under one roof.

    All the best Pointman…still love reading your stuff whenever I can!

    Shabbat shalom and peaceful weekend y’all!


  40. meester says:

    poor willy


  41. Tucci78 says:

    Dr. Mann, I misjudged you on the basis of your ostensible presentation as a “climate catastrophe” charlatan. Clearly, you were just stringing along the botched and the gullible on the leftard side (the gene pool shallow end) of our population.

    Can you ever forgive me?


  42. Man Bearpig says:

    Here’s a good video for Willy to ‘sing along’ to … Most apt I think.


  43. David, UK says:

    This is only a fraction of Willy’s just deserts.
    But desserts served cold!


  44. Eliza says:

    My impression is that that the guy is mellowing out somewhat from some comments hes made at Jo anne novas anyway. I would not be surprised that he either dissapears totally from the warmist scene in his older wiser days or heaven forbid…. declares himself skeptical.. I think many of the warmist’s ulterior motives are fading due to the no warming scenario and the frightful consequences of AGW looneys trying to manipulate the climate (C02 sequestration etc) with REALLY dangerous outcomes


  45. Sparks says:

    Out of his depth, the poor guy!


  46. evanmjones says:

    I’ve been back and forth with both him and VV (in “enemy territory”) regarding Anthony’s surface station paper (of which I am co-author). We kept it on strictly terms and I found them both on point and serious in their discussion.

    It should be noted, however, that we had our own objectives: They wanted to determine if we are for real (i.e., did we account for TOBs, MMTS, etc. — answer, “yes”). And I wanted very much to know what (inevitable) objections down the road (since we dealt with all the initial objections in 2013).

    I think I can say that both sides achieved their objectives.


    • Sparks says:

      You say more than your prayers! lol


    • Pointman says:

      Evan, when you think you can properly be held to account by a toe rag like Willy, you’re simply not being aspirational enough, or a bit sad. You parley with people like that, you’re accepting working in their cess pit. Kobayashi.



  47. _Jim says:

    Good read and good riddance to the little scrote -er- stoat …




  48. LewSkannen says:

    Great work!
    Here is a site you would enjoy of you have not joined up already.
    It uses all the same skills. You might even get WC to send a pic of himself.


    • hunter says:

      Yes, what a good insight. Pointman played Connolley just like the good guy at 419eater played the Nigerian scam con-artists. What is intriguing is to consider just why Mr. Connolley played the part of the con-artist so well. In other words, an honest rational person would not behave as the bad guys in the 419scam behaved. So what insights can we get about climate obsessed fanatics from this?


  49. Tel says:

    As my cat says, “I never fought a fair fight in my life!”

    I admit I laughed though, sad, but funny.


  50. Colin says:

    I haven’t laughed so hard in years.


  51. Gail Combs says:

    I enjoyed the original and I enjoyed this version even more.

    What a nice way to start the day, with a good belly laugh.

    Thank you Pointman


  52. AGW_Skeptic says:

    Sweet – Little Willy Song Lyrics

    North side , east side
    Little Willy, Willy wears the crown, he’s the king around town
    Dancing, glancing
    Willy drives them silly with his star shoe shimmy shuffle down

    Way past one, and feeling allright
    ‘Cause with little Willy round they can last all night
    Hey down, stay down, stay down down
    ‘Cause little Willy, Willy won’t go home

    But you can’t push Willy round
    Willy won’t go, try tellin’ everybody but, oh no
    Little Willy, Willy won’t go home
    Up town, down town

    Little Willy, Willy drives them wild with his run-around style
    Inside, outside
    Willy sends them silly with his star-shine shimmy shuffle smile
    Mama done chase Willy down through the hall

    But laugh, Willy laugh, he don’t care at all
    Hey down, stay down, stay down, down
    ‘Cause little Willy, Willy won’t go home
    But you can’t push Willy round

    Willy won’t go, try tellin’ everybody but, oh no
    Little Willy, Willy won’t go home
    Little Willy, Willy won’t
    Willy won’t, Willy won’t

    Little Willy, Willy won’t
    Willy won’t, Willy won’t
    Little Willy, Willy won’t
    Willy won’t, Willy won’t

    Little Willy, Willy won’t
    Willy won’t, Willy won’t
    Little Willy, Willy won’t go home
    But you can’t push Willy round

    Willy won’t go, try tellin’ everybody but, oh no
    Little Willy, Willy won’t go home
    Little Willy, Willy won’t go home
    But you can’t push Willy round

    Willy won’t go, try tellin’ everybody but, oh no
    Little Willy, Willy won’t go home


    • Jonas N says:

      Yes indeed! And the singers name is Connolly, who too wandered off into obscurity and oblivion and couldn’t handle not being center stage anymore …


  53. pottereaton says:

    Delicious, pointy. Reminded me of Clay standing over the barfly:,0,1992,1328/liston0302f-1.jpg


  54. Mike Singleton says:


    Nice to see that vacuous and pompous little twerp get his ponytail yanked.

    He’s probably off in a corner cuddling the teddy bear and crying for mummy ’cause the big boys aren’t being nice.


  55. Lars P. says:

    Refreshing drinks here at the Pointy’s Bar & Grill! Thanks for the good laugh Pointman, and not only for that.


  56. B.C. says:

    I’ve run into Wee Willy Wanker at other places around the ‘Net and he’s been a suppurating anal canker on the rectum of humanity each and every time. Kudos to you for reeling him in and gutting him like the hagfish he is. (My sincere apologies to hagfish everywhere. At least they serve a useful purpose at the ass-end of the food chain.)

    After reading this, you’re now on my “Daily Read” list, so Lil’ Will can at least say he’s done one thing positive in his miserable life. 😀


    • Pointman says:

      Are you paying attention Ictor Enema? BC knows exactly how to do a class rant; venomous, guided-weapon precise and funny, and all of it at the same time.



  57. 3x2 says:

    Let’s face it, the PTT* will never admit where his funding (24/7/365) on the ‘The Encyclopaedia that anyone can edit” comes from. I know for sure that I couldn’t keep up his activities without an external source of funding.

    I can’t imagine that anyone would employ the PTT in a real job so where does he make his money? Blabbing on the net is not a job unless someone pays you to do it.

    * Pony Tailed Twat


    • DirkH says:

      It is not as difficult as you make it sound. First, he had collaborators – Brigade Harvester Boris and a guy called Schultz or something. So they could work shifts. Second, after dabbling in climate research he went to work for some IT company – according to his book length bio on wikipedia. So he probably had free access to the internet during work; and probably set himself an alert that would notify him each time somebody changes the climate articles guarded by him. Within seconds, he could see the change, revert them with a simple mouseclick – easy as long as he had admin rights.

      Or he could automate that with some script that would do all of this in his name from his work PC.

      Plus, he probably has no life.


  58. Wayne Job says:

    The man is still full of it, over at Jo Nova’s site telling every one they are wrong including Jo


  59. Not Sure says:

    “I’m sure there are more than a few of his Wiki victims out there who enjoyed it just as much.”

    Yes. Thank you, sir. I had a very minor squabble with him a long time ago, and had neither the time nor the inclination to do anything about it. I’ve never trusted Wikipedia since.


  60. farmerbraun says:

    He’ll be back ; pricks like that just can’t help themselves.
    There will be further chapters .

    In anticipation of the completed work, can I suggest a working title?
    How about “The Old Man and the C”?


  61. gallopingcamel says:

    A gem. Many thanks!


  62. Jimmy Haigh. says:

    Here’s a picture of our hero WC proving that under every ponytail there is an arsehole.

    Liked by 1 person

  63. Looks like VV massages his ego with monitoring internet for mentions…lolz…


  64. M Simon says:


    You will love this:


    But all this starts from something broken, which is your deduction of a notch, by negating the solar forcing.


  65. Aaron M says:

    “Mr Pointman will see you now.”

    That, was like some kind of therapy, justice even.



  66. Tobias Smit says:

    Hey pointman, someone mentioned you love fly fishing and landed this guy easy and served him up at the bar . F,,k, I would have thrown it back, oh wait I would have thrown it it in a bag and put in the garbage!


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