Climate & Climate Politics
- Koch brothers indirectly funding climate change skeptics
- The Investor’s Business Daily continues it editorial war on truth and science: Junk Science: Global Warming Models Got It Wrong, Say Researchers – Investors.com. Oh,… about Investor’s Business Daily, I’ll quote from this great analysis Investor’s Business Daily – RationalWiki
Investor’s Business Daily (IBD) is an American newspaper (with associated website) that (obviously) covers mostly financial, business, and investment news. Put simply, it’s more or less the poor man’s Wall Street Journal, which goes for its editorial pages as well. Its op-eds are, similarly, notably batty but a thousand times worse, being chock-full of Ben Steineryalong with numerous denialist hit pieces, astroturf, and mouthing off by bottom-of-the-barrel wingnuts (e.g., Brent Bozell). Their editorial cartoons can get a bit nutty, and their anti-environmentalism can reach astounding heights. At times, they venture into full-on, balls-out conspiracy theory territory when it comes to global warming, including accusing NASA andNOAA of conspiring to manipulate data and fabricated the now popular denialist talking point that James Hansen is a shillfor George Soros.. (Oh, can’t forget Climategate, of course, they were all over that.) This is even less surprising when you notice that they let lobbyists and PR reps for denialist think tanks like the Heartland Institute and the Competitive Enterprise Institute and experts for hire like Michael Fumento pen their bullshit all over IBD’s pages. There’s the other usual anti-environmental nonsense as well, including DDT denial and second-hand smoke denial.
IBD’s most infamous op-ed was one that, in trying to make an argument against Obamacare, claimed Stephen Hawkingwould have been euthanized by the NHS if he lived in Britain. Hawking then replied that he credits the NHS with saving his life. In true IBD fashion, they then issued a “correction” noting that the “implication” in the column that Hawking was not a citizen of the UK had been “fixed.”
On personal finance matters, IBD promotes investing using CAN SLIM, a pseudoscientific technical analysis of stocks developed by IBD founder William J. O’Neil. One of the claims frequently found in IBD is that a price graph in a “cup and handle” shape indicates an ideal time to buy a stock.
The Culture Wars
- Michelle Obama’s posterior again the subject of a public rant – The Washington Post
- School board likely to meet soon about coach’s remarks – TimesDaily.com
…A student made an audio recording of Grisham making disparaging remarks about first lady Michelle Obama and gays. He referred to the first lady at one point as “fat butt Michelle Obama,” He also refers multiple times on the 1 minute 24-second tape to his disdain of “queers.”…
Reading the transcript of the recording (contianed in the article) where this football coach was making these comments its evident he wasn’t the only ugly idiot caught on tape demonstrating their ignorance, stupidity, and lack of character.
- A great look at how GoDaddy moves to set a new low for Super Bowl commercials: The Anti-Commercial | Joseph Scrimshaw