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Climate Change And The Tiger Woods Index
We are often accused by people who refer to themselves as scientists of taking the piss out of science. Well we run an equal opportunities journal and take the piss out of everybody in the news, celebrities, sports stars, politicians as they deserve. But we are happy to praise proper science when we encounter it as we did in the Tiger Woods index for measuring the importance of news stories.
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by Ian R Thorpe
2009-12-06
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KEYWORDS: tiger_woods, news, sport, golf, marriage, sex, celebrity, science, climate_change, humour, humor

Most of the reporting on climate change this week has tried to brush aside the dodgy science, the science of telling the bloke with the money what he wants to hear and the science of fiddling the figures while maintaining the official line that Copenhagen is our last chance to save the planet.

(Copenhagen, as we have been repoting on our more serious pages since soon after the G20 summit earlier in the year is our last change to save the New World Order project. Good thing your campiagning bloggers were on the case.)

Another big story in mainstream media has been the imminent demise of the newspaper industry. Now fatsally might bemoan the anticipated loss of newspapers because it will mean she has nothing to wrap the copiously shat upon cat litter in, but really the press have only themselves to blame. They have become far too cosy with the business and political interests behind the New World Order project to the extent they have totally lost touch with their readers.

While much of the worlds press has given blanket coverage to Tigergate (or trousergate or windscreengate depending on whose story you believe,) climategate - the story of the leaked e-mails, dodgy scientists, the Church Of Climate Change and other climate nonscience related issues has attracted far more interest on blogs. So much so that a web statistician has invented the Tiger Woods index which measures the amout of coverage in news pages on a story with the amount of public interest as shown by web searches (now that's what I call proper science) Here's what the Tiger Index reveals:

Tiger Woods delivered 22,500,000 web and 46,025 news pages, giving ratio of 489. That is the “Tiger Woods Index” (TWI) against which I chose to measure a raft of other issues.

Here are the rankings:

1. Climategate: 28,400,000 – 2,930 = 9693
2. Afghanistan: 143,000,000 – 154,145 = 928
3. Obama: 202,000,000 – 252,583 = 800
4. Tiger Woods: 22,500,000 – 46,025 = 489
5. Gordon Brown: 12,300,000 – 37,021 = 332
6. Climate change: 22,200,000 – 68,419 = 324
7. Sally Bercow: 25,000 – 86 = 290
8. David Cameron: 545,000 – 4837 = 113
9. Meredith Kercher: 261,000 – 3,471 = 75
10. Chilcot Inquiry: 125,000 – 4,350 = 29

So what this proves is:

(a) We're not the shallow, celebrity obsessed morons the pseudo intellectuals in the media took us for.

(b)David Cameron is up shit creek. Clegg for Prime Minister (not the Lib Dem bloke, the one from Last Of The Summer Wine and Wallace & Gromett)

(c)Nobody much believed the climate scientists. OK they were mostly stating the obvious (hey everyone, something is going on, look.) but their conclusions were totally loop-the-loop. (Actually it was "Anthropogenic" that gave them away. They are so arrogant they assumed we would not know it refers to apes and humans. But we did and also knew the apes were innocent, they had nothing to do with global warming.)

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