Over at RealClimate, in a post about Jim Hansen’s forecasts from the 1980s, a commenter calling himself “Victor” has bent over backwards to argue that the climate change we’ve seen already is just “natural.” He recently went so far as to say this:
Youngsters. Youth. Young adults, teens, tweens, even younger. My generation will suffer too, but as bad as it gets for us it’ll be far worse for them. And they’ll suffer the consequences longer than we will.
In response to the last post we got a super-insightful comment from “Jeff”:
“The level of Lyme disease diagnosis is more than anything, proportional to the publicity and near hysteria generated by shows like Dr Oz and Oprah.”
I know Oprah is powerful, but does she really have mind control over Maine’s physicians and the CDC? How did she muster the “publicity and near hysteria” for other tick-borne diseases like anaplasmosis and babesiosis?
The tick population has exploded in Maine over the last 20 years. The reason? Global warming.
Thirty years ago James Hansen testified in congress that man-made climate change (a.k.a. global warming) was underway. He forecast that the world would get hotter.
What happened since? The world got hotter.
Mother is the name for God in the mind of a child.
When mother and child come here because they hope for a good life in a great nation, not only will we not let them in, we will separate mother and child.
Is that how you make America great again?
Climate models do an excellent job reproducing how Earth’s temperature has changed over the last century and more. But when Judith Curry gives one of her interesting presentations, she seems determined to imply that they don’t.
One of the clearest signs of global warming is the disappearance of sea ice in polar regions, so dramatic that people actually take notice — and not just the people who live in the Arctic.
Climate deniers don’t want you to know that, so they say the opposite of what’s true, and when they show you some graph (hard to avoid that these days) they show it in the most deceptive way possible.
NEW RULE: Adults need to stop catering to whiny babies.
At the recent G7 conference, responsible world leaders from major economies got even more serious about climate change. Funny how adults want to protect their kids, and everybody else’s kids too. But not Donald Trump; petulant children don’t care about anything but themselves, and it’s useless to try reason — especially when their level of sophistication can’t even match PeeWee. Or pee.
When a baby throws a tantrum, too many adults respond by giving it the attention it craves. What it needs is a spanking.
… Or does Trump love a good spanking with his golden showers?
The headline of this post is the kind that might make my regular readers (a thoughtful and intelligent crowd if ever there was one) feel superior to the great unwashed and uneducated who are suckered by such nonsense; we’ve all seen similar click-bait beckoning us, beguiling us to peek at the peep-show of Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction or inflaming our most self-righteous indignation with a deep-state expose revealed by Hillary’s emails and Obama’s birth certificate. You might despair for my descent into headline hell; it’s not my style … Or is it?
I might be closer to the “clicky and sticky” approach to communication than you, or I, quite expect, when at my best. The power of making your message so catchy, so inspiring or infuriating or funny and mostly unforgettable, is the theme of Joe Romm’s latest book: How to Go Viral and Reach Millions.