zombie lie n. A false statement that keeps getting repeated no matter how often it has been refuted.
Steven Goddard must be a fan of Lewis Carroll's The Hunting of the Snark because Real Science is nothing if not repetitive. Like Carroll's Bellman, Goddard must believe, "What I tell you three times is true." Still, Goddard isn't taking any chances. Some lies get repeated four or five times.
Take the case of "open water" at the North Pole: Real Science has repeatedly tried to make the case that the current loss of Arctic sea-ice is nothing unusual. One specific piece of evidence to 'support' this claim is a photograph of a U.S. Navy Submarine - the USS Skate - supposedly in open water at the North Pole on March 17, 1959. This is a zombie lie. Goddard repeats it no less than 5 times:
- Been There, Done That In The Arctic
- Arctic Temperatures vs 1958
- Ice Free North Pole At Peak Ice On March 17, 1959
- NYT And IPCC 10 Years Ago : Ages-Old Icecap at North Pole Is Now Liquid, Scientists Find
- North Pole Then and Now
And just in case, there's also a guest post by Goddard, Open Water At The North Pole over at WattsUpWithThat.
The USS Skate *did* surface at the North Pole on March 17, 1959. And that *is* a photo of the USS Skate. It is *not* a photo of the USS Skate surfacing in open water at the North Pole on March 17, 1959.
The best guess is that the photo is from *August 1958* - when it surfaced at Drift Station Alpha.
Real photos of the USS Skate at the North Pole have been available since at least 1961; that's when the Commander of the Skate, James Calvert, published Surface At The Pole, Commander James Calvert
USN, The Extraordinary Voyages of the USS Skate. Within can be found the following images:
Rather than open water, the Skate surfaced through ice in a frozen lead. And as Patrick Lockerby has chronicled over at The Chatter Box, in Surface At the Pole Calvert details how they didn't find any open water on their 1959 cruise until several days *after* they surfaced at the North Pole - and when they did it was hundreds of miles from the pole and the 'open water' was a hole in the ice about two-feet in diameter!
This same zombie lie can be found all over the denialsphere. See! PROOF the Arctic was just as warm or warmer in the recent past! AGW is a fraud. No, the only fraud is claiming the USS Skate surfaced
in open water at the North Pole in March of 1959. Steven Goddard can keep repeating this zombie lie as often as he wants - we'll keep shooting it down.
UPDATE: Goddard has (sort of) admitted the truth: Navy Changes Their Caption. You see - it was all the fault of NavSource Online