Sunday, June 14, 2009

The Yanomami

If this guy gets it, WHAT is wrong with the US Congress?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/video/2009/jun/13/davi-yanomami-climate-change-dangerous

2 comments:

  1. I saw the comment you left at climateprogress.org - and it was rude. I hope you do not waste peoples time to voice your opinions on blogs in the future. The idea is everyone is allowed to share their opinions. Who are you to judge?

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  2. Okay...just for the record, this was my comment Anonymous is referring to, I assume, at climateprogress.org...

    Sometimes I wonder, why do people who are clearly ignorant of the most rudimentary principles of climate science gravitate towards a blog about climate change in the first place? If they are so convinced that weather = climate, why do they even bother to post a comment? Don’t they have better things to do than repeat tediously silly standard denier points?

    Because if they choose to lurk at a climate change website because they actually possess honest intellectual curiosity, wouldn’t they read just a little bit before posting? Enough to understand how trivial it is to explain a basic notion like, average temperature rise does not equate to steady, linear, even temperature rise everywhere, that places will heat disproportionately, wind patterns will change, and some places will be cooler and wetter??

    I mean, what level of education is necessary to ponder this through? Sixth grade perhaps?

    So to return to the original question, if somebody posts here, not because they are intellectually honest and curious but just a bit slow, but rather are deliberately obtuse, why oh why bother?

    Could it be deep down they really get the science but just can’t stand the policy implications, so they can’t resist the urge to post lame ideas, sort of like prodding a sore tooth, ideologically speaking?

    Go figure!

    Which more or less was directed to this comment:

    So far, June’s chill is one for the records
    By Steve Kahnon June 12, 2009
    WGN chicago
    The cloudy, chilly and rainy open to June here has been the talk of the town. So far this June is running more than 12 degrees cooler than last year, and the clouds, rain and chilly lake winds have been persistent. The average temperature at O’Hare International Airport through Friday has been only 59.5 degrees: nearly 7 degrees below normal and the coldest since records there began 50 years ago.

    More bad weather is on the way Saturday with a cold rain expected to linger through the bulk of the morning. Rainfall could be heavy — especially north of the city, which would be a reversal of Thursday’s deluge that targeted the southern suburbs.

    Now, I have answered Anonymous' charge of "rudeness" (shriek!)

    with this comment, which at the moment is in moderation:

    To the anonymous commenter who wrote this:

    “I saw the comment you left at climateprogress.org - and it was rude. I hope you do not waste peoples time to voice your opinions on blogs in the future. The idea is everyone is allowed to share their opinions. Who are you to judge?”

    Um, if everyone is allowed to share their opinion, doesn’t that include me? There is a little logical fallacy here methinks.

    Anyhoo, can you answer any of my questions as to why people persist in speciously equating weather with climate change when climate science explicitly eschews such a connection? Or contribute anything significant to the issue of rising seas - how fast that will happen and how people will cope? Or what the enormous loss of biodiversity on our planet will mean to us humans ?

    Feel free to reply, anonymous, I respect your right to speak freely even though you don't appear to respect mine.

    Keep in mind, I never suggested said poster shouldn't post. I asked WHY he posted, out of puzzlement.

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