Climate & Climate Politics
- Climategate mark 2 — the quotes and the context – YouTube
- OpEd— Global Weirding Whacks Your Wallet | njtoday.net – Everything New Jersey.
- Shooting down climate change myths: There is scientific consensus that planet’s warming | Alaska Dispatch
Virtually 100 percent of full-time, actively publishing climate scientists agree the planet is warming up, with people playing a major role.
A 2010 survey found that 90 percent of 3,146 earth scientists surveyed around the world believe average global temperatures have risen over the past two centuries, and 82 percent agreed that greenhouse gas emissions from human activity have been a significant driver of the sizzle.
Many other studies repeatedly demonstrate this same overwhelming consensus among researchers: There is no widespread scientific “debate” over the reality of global warming. Even one of the most outspoken scientific skeptics nowagrees the planet has heated up.
And yet, about half of all Americans don’t buy it….
- Global warming: Propaganda creates myth of disagreement « Summit County Citizens Voice
- And here is a piece of spectacular global warming denial intended to slander and discredit all the Climate activists as being “in it” just for the money and the trips to conferences in exotic locals around the world: Global-warming sham | Columnists | Opinion | Toronto Sun. Just a propagandist rant from Canadian lawyer, conservative political activist named Ezra Levant (my first impression is he’s kind of a Canadian version of Glenn Beck). He does hit all the denial bull shit talking points. ‘Got to hand that to him. Levant it turns out is the author of Ethical Oil: The Case for Canada’s Oil Sands. Who would have guessed?
- Climate Change Conference: Pope Calls For Responsible Deal In Durban
- via Top Ten Myths About the Brain – Laura Helmuth – Smithsonian.com – RichardDawkins.net
- Top Ten Myths About the Brain | Science & Nature | Smithsonian Magazine
- Conservatives Can’t Be Intentionally Funny | Dispatches from the Culture Wars by Ed Brayton at Dispatches from the Culture Wars
The complete collapse of Dennis Miller’s ability to be funny over the last few years should convince everyone that, with rare exceptions, conservative just aren’t funny. And when Glenn Beck tries to be, it will just make you cringe. Here’s a clip from a new conservative alternative to the Daily Show that Beck is running on his network. Prepare to gape in astonishment:
Ironically, it was Dennis Miller himself who once remarked that Jerry Lewis made him laugh when he was trying to be serious and left him stone-faced when he was trying to be funny. That is exactly the reality of right wing comedy — they’re only funny when the humor is unintentional.
- Georgia Business Declares New Company Policy: ‘We Are Not Hiring Until Obama Is Gone’ | ThinkProgress
The notion that President Obama’s economic policies preclude small businesses from hiring new workers isn’t the only ludicrous claim Looman pushes. A cursory glance at Looman’s public Facebook page shows he is prone to anti-Obama conspiracy theories. Earlier this month, he posted a false report that Larry Sinclair – the man who claimed he did drugs and had sex with President Obama – had died and implied foul play,writing “MAKES YOU WONDER HUH?” Looman’s page is also riddled with pro-confederate and anti-Muslim postings.
More importantly, Looman’s assertion that he would be able to hire more workers but for Obama’s economic policies defies reason. In the last few months alone, Obama has proposed giving major tax credits to businesses that hire new workers, including a$4,000 credit for hiring the long-term unemployed. Just this week, Obama signed a law to give additional tax credits to businesses that hire veterans.
Ironically, despite the fact that he claims to want to hire new workers, Looman’s anti-Obama anti-hiring stance will prevent his business from enjoying any of these new incentives.
- Late Night FDL: Old Men Re-interpreting the Words of Other Old Men About Things that Happened Two Thousand Years Ago | Firedoglake
The revised Roman Missal, which contains the language used in the Mass, reflects more of a word-for-word translation of the Latin than the previous version that Catholics have used for years.
The specific change that caught my eye was:
By saying Jesus died “for many” instead of “for all,” will Roman Catholic priests be proclaiming a different theology beginning this weekend — narrowing the extent to which they believe Jesus saved sinners?
No, say the pope and bishops, the official teaching authorities of the church.
Opponents of sweeping liturgical revisions that will take effect this weekend, already distrustful of the top-down process that led to the changes, aren’t so sure.
I guess my first question is “When did Jesus speak Latin?” But it really goes far beyond that. It goes to the heart of the various interpretations and various bibles that are extant in the world today. It is the very problem I have with folks who look to any bible as the literal word of God (and Jesus). I am asked to believe that people writing hundreds and thousands of years after the fact or are using translations of translations (ancient Hebrew to Aramaic to Greek to Latin) can accurately convey the meanings of words said or written over two thousand years ago. All I over see in these instances are the words of one set of old men being pored over and glossed over by another group of old men….(the emphasis is mine—JJH)
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