Thursday, June 29, 2017

The sky continues to fall

World has three years to prevent dangerous climate change, warn experts
— Chicken Little

What would we do without experts?

Doom predictions on the first Earth Day in 1970:

Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.
— George Wald, Harvard Biologist

It is already too late to avoid mass starvation.
— Denis Hayes, chief organizer for Earth Day

"In ten years all important animal life in the sea will be extinct. Large areas of coastline will have to be evacuated because of the stench of dead fish."
— Paul Ehrlich, Stanford University biologist

The world has been chilling sharply for about twenty years. If present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but eleven degrees colder in the year 2000. This is about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age.
— Kenneth Watt, Ecologist

Oops. Guess the science was less settled than we thought.

Of course, failure has not diminished this heated rhetoric over the last 47 years. We're always just a few years from climate catastrophe.

For another 107 examples, see this.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Follow the Monetization

Loss of advertising revenue has compelled the MSM to up the ante on monetization of their opinions; which used to pass for “news.”

Without the drive to capture internet eyeballs the whole phenomenon of "click bait" wouldn’t exist, and fake news would be less pervasive and less hysterical.

Fake news wouldn’t disappear, we had plenty of it before AlGore invented the internet. I noted a few of the modern practitioners here, mentioning Walter Cronkite, Jayson Blair, Stephen Glass, Dan Rather and Walter Duranty.

If the internet has accomplished nothing else, it has truncated the loop in which “journalists” get fired or resign for blatant lying. Of those mentioned above, it took quite a long time for them to be expelled from the fellowship.

Some never were. The NYT hasn’t given back Duranty’s 1932 Pulitzer. Dan Rather is still out there claiming he was right about Dubya’s service in the National Guard. Water Cronkite still invokes reverence among the naive.

OTOH, CNN’s Eric Lichtblau, Thomas Frank, and Lex Haris were fired or resigned within hours of their lies.

Thanks to Donald Trump for his assistance in provoking the MSM liars to self-identify. And thanks to AlGore for his invention, though that’s yet another fake news meme.

I’d also credit Google, since they’re the primary entity eating the MSM advertising revenue, but Google’s bias is even more pervasive and harmful than the MSM’s.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Is Paris spurning?

"Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam."

Shifting his focus to the Paris Climate Accord, he calls for California Governor Jerry Brown to be prosecuted on a charge of treason.

Mr. Greenfield needs to take a calming breath while hugging a warm puppy in his safe space.

Also, since he’s calling for prosecution, (and not withstanding Gov. Moonbeam’s 1st Amendment protected, silly rhetoric) Greenfield should look up the legal definition of "treason.” With whom are we at war? Which enemy is aided and comforted?

To those questions you might reply, “With talking heads, the MSM, Antifa thugs and Hollywood airheads,” and "the Democrat Party base,” but that translates nascent civil disobedience into a capital crime. And it's redundant.

Furthermore, the Paris Accord is not an “illegal treaty,” since it’s a) not a treaty and, b) it’s not illegal for a state to have an environmental policy independent of the General Government, however stupid the policy. Might as well call California emissions standards treasonous.

Leave this sort of frantic fantasy to the NYT.

H/T HG