Archive for March, 2012

Climate Change: Wry Polar Disorder

27 March 2012

One of the first things I do every morning is to click up Google News and check my favorite topics.  One of them is climate change.  Today’s listings provide a neat visual summary of the dichotomous reporting I’m dubbing Wry Polar Disorder.

Here are the listings as I just looked at them:


Climate Change »

Daily Mail
Wall Street Journal – ‎15 hours ago‎
The lack of any statistically significant warming for over a decade has made it more difficult for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and its supporters to demonize the atmospheric gas CO2 which is released when fossil 
Straits Times
Reuters – ‎21 hours ago‎
By Nina Chestney | LONDON (Reuters) – The world is close to reaching tipping points that will make it irreversibly hotter, making this decade critical in efforts to contain global warming, scientists warned on Monday. Scientific estimates differ but 

It doesn’t take a climate scientist to suss out the split here, does it?   According to the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and NewsMax stories, everything is fine–cool even.  Then below those articles is an article distributed by Reuters and links to that story distributed by some environmental groups. Things look not so fine in these versions of the world.

Now admittedly, Reuters, a major news agency, covers business news, but it’s unlike WSJ, Forbes,  and Newsmax in that Reuters is headquartered in London.  I’m not sure how their stories like this one fare in Britain, but in America they aren’t as prominent in business publications as stories and op-ed pieces regaling the glories and/or irrelevance of a rising carbon dioxide level. Although I do see the occasional exception, American business publications tend to toss out alarming climate change information in favor of stories–rationalizations?  fictions?  fables?–indicating things are fine.

Is it surprising that the typical business and corporate types are likely to doubt or even sneer at those who say climate change is not only real but dangerous?  Where do you think the people who run businesses are likely to get their information?  Environmental websites?  Peer-reviewed climate journals?  I think not.  I suspect they are far more likely to read WSJ, Forbes, and Newsmax.  Those are Merkin, true-believing sources.  Would they mislead?  No!  That’s what those environmental sites do.  They’re run by lefties, and we all know lefties are into world domination–unlike major American corporations.

Living in a facts-optional, fantasy-lauding country like the current incarnation of the United States alarms me even more than the supported, documented news I read.  And that’s saying something.



Breaking New(t)s

14 March 2012

Reading my email is one of the first things I do after feeding horses and ducks. Today a CNN breaking news email contained this line:

On Tuesday, Rick Santorum was projected to sweep the two southern primaries in Alabama and Newt Gingrich.

I knew Gingrich was large, but I had no idea he’d morphed into a state.

Rush Limbaugh Is Good for Something–

12 March 2012

Humorless Rush is good for firing creativity in others. For example, this from the Reformed Whores:

Now I wish I could carry a tune.

It Had to Happen

12 March 2012

How Do You Cite a Tweet in an Academic Paper? – The Atlantic.

And I remember times when I had to show other instructors how to turn on a computer.


Monsanto and Faust? Separated at Birth?

11 March 2012

Monsanto had a hard time building Frankenseeds capable of overcoming their powerful poison, so they thought Nature would have an even harder time defeating their powerful poison.

What’s wrong with this logic?

Monsanto is finding out.

This NPR article by Daniel Charles is succinct: “Why Monsanto Thought Weeds Would Never Defeat Roundup”

Stunning hubris. I’ve never been optimistic about our species, but over the last few months I’ve had trouble writing about the level of arrogant idiocy I’m seeing. America looks to have gone completely mad.

Anyone else here feel the same way?