1 Keep it up, you ignorant exaggerators, liars and hypers. Keep it up. Eventually people of good will and functioning brains will figure out that you and whatever movements you crave lack integrity and decency, and rely on manipulation and fake news from a news media that decries fake news.
2. Yesterday, Stevie Wonder began yesterday’s Hand In Hand Telethon to raise money for hurricane recovery by by saying, “Anyone who believes that there’s no such thing as global warming must be blind or unintelligent.”
Good-bye, Hand In Hand Telethon! In fact, good-bye all such telethons, forever. The last one featured professional asshole Kanye West announcing that President Bush was deliberately leaving blacks unrescued, while weenie Mike Myers stood there next to the rapper like gutless tool he is. I switched off Stevie and his ignorant pals and watched the Red Sox slaughter the Oakland As and reruns of “Criminal Minds.”
I know you aren’t especially educated or astute beyond your musical genius, Stevie, but that means that you should keep your half-baked opinions off national live TV and out of the ears of people who admire you and are as ignorant as you are (See here). Since global warming cannot credibly or definitively be blamed for any single weather event, Stevie’s inappropriate outburst was a complete non sequitur. The existence of two big hurricanes isn’t evidence of climate change. We could have experienced two hurricanes of the same or greater power if there were no climate change, or if the world were cooling. We know this because we have experienced stronger hurricanes long, long before anyone was arguing about global warming. Thus it would have been equally appropriate for Stevie to declare, “Anyone who doesn’t think Barry Bonds belongs in the Hall of Fame is an idiot,” or “Anyone who doesn’t think Brussels sprouts are yummy is an idiot.” Thanks for sharing, but what exactly does it have to do with helping hurricane victims?
Sensing an opportunity, many celebrities, elected officials and pundits have been acting like blind, under-educated pop singers. The proper analogy would be the periodic attempts to use mass shootings by unstable people who obtained guns in ways that wouldn’t be blocked in any way by proposed gun policy changes to create a wave of emotion, polls and blind (sorry, Stevie, but you started it) anger that would force new restrictions on individual rights.
When this happens, my personal reaction, as it was to gun control mania after the Sandy Hook shooting, is to say, “OK, that’s it. I was generally in favor of some reasonable policy measures to respond to this problem, but since you advocates for them keep lying, spinning, and using misleading statistics and false arguments, I’m out. I don’t trust you to draft or implement such policies, and as long as liars, cheaters and fools like you are on that side, I’m on the other. Get back to me when you stop lying.”
3. Once you get started slapping down the people who are trying to mislead on the climate change issue, you may have time for nothing else. Last week, Bill Nye “The Science Guy” who isn’t really a scientist but probably more knowledgeable than Stevie, told Dan Rather the Journalism Guy who is no longer a respectable journalist in a radio interview,
“It’s the strength [of these hurricanes] that’s almost certainly associated with global warming. Global warming and climate change are the same thing. As the world gets warmer and there’s more heat energy in the atmosphere you expect storms to get stronger. The more heat energy in the atmosphere strengthens the storms, Dan.We are all gonna pay for Harvey, we’re all gonna pay for Irma, one way or another.”
Oops. Ph.D. and meteorologist Ryan Maue tweeted, “Bill Nye confuses the oceans with the atmosphere. #FakeScience.” Later, Maue took on reporter Bloomberg reporter Sahil Kapur when he reported that President Donald Trump was asked whether climate change caused the hurricanes. Kapur implicitly mocked the President for not answering, and presumably not answering in the affirmative. Maue tweeted,
“The answer is no. Hurricanes are not a result of climate change. Next question, Sahil.”
Later he added, anticipating Wonder’s gaffe,
“If you believe climate change causes hurricanes, then you’re an idiot.”
The meteorologist also helpfully linked to NOAA, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, which presumably knows a bit more about hurricanes and what causes them than President Trump, Bill Nye, Dan Rather, Stevie Wonder, and the Pope.
The website says,
“It is premature to conclude that human activities — and particularly greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming — have already had a detectable impact on Atlantic hurricane or global tropical cyclone activity.”
4. Oh, never mind that! Let’s hype, and bash the President in the process!
MSNBC’s Dave Briggs: “That’s the second record breaking hurricane in weeks. Climate change back in focus but the White House won’t draw a connection between global warming and this outbreak of wild weather. ”
That’s because there is no proven connection, you idiot.
5. At one of my recent legal ethics programs, a young woman, presumably a lawyer, came up to me and registered an objection to my explanation about why law firms can and should allow clients to choose who their lawyers are even if the reasons for their preferences are based on prejudice or bias. “A client refusing to allow a female associate handle his case might harm the progress of that lawyer’s career, ” she protested. I’ve only addressed this issue about a thousand times—in law, supposedly a profession, it is the client’s need that must prevail, not the lawyer’s—and began to explain when she did an about face and walked away from me, ignoring me when I called after her.
This is the new “anti-mansplaining” tactic, and to hell with it. Women adopting this attitude maintain that it is inherently sexist for any male to presume to tell any woman that she is mistaken, misguided or wrong about anything.
Kudos to feminist blogger and writer Amy Alkon, who calls this mindset “feminist NeoVictorianism: demanding that women be treated like emotionally fragile toddlers.” Beginning with the position that if you are going to state your opinions, you have an obligation to be able to defend them, and if you can’t, learn how, she rejected the recommendation of a woman who tweeted,
…Alkon wrote, “Count me the fuck out.”