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US Chamber Playing Us for Fools!

Published September 30, 2009 by tweetingdonal

The guys over at the WonkRoom (Brad Johnson has the by-line) provided an excellent writeup on the huge spin the US Chamber of Commerce is starting. Their spokesperson now tells us ‘We’ve Never Questioned The Science Behind Global Warming’. So of course we’re all supposed to be good little consumers, forget everything we were told before, and just believe the ‘TRUTH’ handed down from on high by the Chamber spokesmodels.Perhaps I’m just too old school, but I’m tired of watching corporate titans telling people what to do, and how to think. It’s not that they tell people what to do or how to think, I’m infuriated by the fact that people actually do what they are told by these steaming piles of avarice.C’mon people, show some outrage, Read the rest of this entry →

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The Court Jester returns once more. Wutz up Wid Dat?

Published September 29, 2009 by tweetingdonal

“We’re in a giant car heading toward a brick wall and everyone’s arguing over where they’re going to sit.” ~David SuzukiThe United Nations Environment Programme recently published the “Climate Change Science Compendium 2009”, a prodigious effort to bring a more current view of climate science and climate change to the public. According to the UNEP, the publication is: “a review of some 400 major scientific contributions to our understanding of Earth Systems and climate that have been released through peer-reviewed literature or from research institutions over the last three years, since the close of research for consideration by the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report.”This makes the Compendium a sort of “catch up” report that explains what happened in the Climate Science community after the cut off for AR4.  The new data that has been so carefully gathered and examined in the past 3 years has given us a clearer picture of what’s going on with the planet. Unfortunately, it also shows that AR4 was too optimistic, that we have solid evidence of climate change happening under our noses, and that action in the next few years is absolutely critical.

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But wait, where does a court jester play in this? Well, there are lots of ways to describe jesters. Other words in the same vein are buffoon, fool, or poltroon. While I prefer the poltroon definition in this instance, the proper association here is the image of the Fool in the tarot deck. The tarot depiction of the Fool includes a man walking forward distracted by pretty things while unknowingly walking off the edge of a cliff.

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Yes, this is where Anthony “the man in motley” Watts steps in. The new UNEP “Compendium” has 76 pages of explanation about how things are getting worse faster than expected. What is the major critique that Watts must raise a hue and cry over? One of the graphs in the backgrounder section intended to illustrate how atmospheric CO2 and average temperature measurements have some clear correlation, WAS NOT PEER REVIEWED!OH MY HEAVENS, it’s a chart from WIKIPEDIA!!!  How dare they?!?! Well, obviously this means that all the science is invalid. Toss it all!In fact, it’s as dastardly as when Read the rest of this entry →

“Your meeting doesn’t get covered unless it blows up.”

Published September 4, 2009 by tweetingdonal

We’ve been inundated with the overblown, sensationalized “debate” over health care reform. Wonder why?  An interesting comment attributed to a news stringer for national news, speaking to a U. S. Congressperson: “Your meeting doesn’t get covered unless it blows up.”I find the whole thing pretty fascinating, it seems as if the Health Care Lobbyists Read the rest of this entry →

How to reduce corporate influence in the political process: Term Limits

Published September 4, 2009 by tweetingdonal

Who knew? I certainly didn’t know my posts here would be like this, since politics is not what I came here to blog about.  Politics certainly doesn’t match what I have sitting in my drafts folder. But politics keeps intruding on my thougts, so…   Maybe I’ll get to use that draft next… On to the current point!Long ago, and far away, in a world that used to be ours, there were men and women of good intent Read the rest of this entry →