No Point Reading the News
I notice that when things change, you see a news article about it, and then a bunch more that don't seem to know that it has happened.
Like Global Cooling. A few articles came out showing that it was cooling...even Old Farmer's Almanac...but this doesn't stop the EU from passing grueling laws to stop Global Warming.
Or Polar Bears. Everywhere I read about how the lack of ice flows is going to harm the Polar Bears (though I also read that after shrinking for over 100 years, the glaciers in Alaska actually grew this year.) But the one article I read discussing someone who actually went and checked on the Polar Bears...turned out they were thriving! (Who would think slightly warmer weather might be good for a mammal?) Perhaps, Polar Bears only live on ice flows because they gotta.
This on top of the fact that John learned yesterday that Nuclear Winter -- the great scare of the 80s -- was invented by a Russian Spy in order to keep the West from building more missile. Apparently, he fed the idea (possibly indirectly) to Carl Sagan, who fell for it, hook, line, and sinker. That's...creepy.
Any other subjects you guys see being bandied about, despite possible evidence to the contrary?
I saw a chart of the temperatures for the past 100 years or so... There were two humps facing downwards, cold years, prior to 1980 or so. And now we're on the downward slope of a shape that looks remarkably like the humps for cooling, but turned upside down.
Looks like cycles to me.
Course, nope. No cycles. All man-made chaos!
|Date:||December 14th, 2008 05:02 am (UTC)|| |
In his recent book Liberal Fascism, Jonah Goldberg talks about how many causes are used as a "moral equivalent of war," i.e., something that causes us to set aside normal societal rules and do what we deem must be done for life to continue.
Though you'll notice, they're moving away from calling it "Global Warming" to "climate change". As if the climate was a static thing!!
My office mate is stunned that big news networks weren't covering the deep snowfall in the south, because "isn't this more proof that we're destroying our planet?" Um...snow there is rare, but certainly not unheard of.
Sheesh. It's enough to make you think that no-one thinks anymore...at any rate, most people certainly have no idea that maybe they should ask some questions before blindly reacting.
|Date:||December 14th, 2008 02:30 pm (UTC)|| |
My father was a photographer for United Press International and constantly said that the news did not reflect what he saw. I remember one time we were watching something and Dad said "that was never said, I was there!" As my beloved points out, the news is paid for by ads and somewhere along the line, there is an agenda. This goes for anything published; NPR is supposedly "fair", but I can see many biases in their reporting.
As to global warming, my favorite idea is the one about all the cows that create huge gobs of methane (one person called this the "cow fart theory of global warming"). In North America before modern settlement, there were buffalo that covered the plains so heavily they took days to pass by a point. And these ruminates were methane free? I doubt it.