Friday, December 2, 2011


Okay, I have to take it all back: Mitt Romney is a man of constancy after all.


Anonymous said...

Seriously, Dr. Sid?
That's small time fibbing.
Grab some popcorn & watch a master at work:


Anonymous said...

Unrelated to your extremely salient and eye opening blog topic today, but still great news. You can take down the for sale sign; looks like waterfront property may be safe from global warming induced flooding after-all!

Put that in your global warming pipe and smoke it.

Sid Schwab said...

We agree Obama over-promised. On the other hand, he fulfilled many of his promises, including some none thought possible.

Romney's campaign is absolutely and completely based on a lie. The only thing he consistently says, the centerpiece of every speech. I'm sure you know what it is, since, like me, you're fair and balanced.

Sid Schwab said...

Yep. You've nailed global warming; it's gone. All those temperature data, refuted. Who knew it was so easy?

Sid Schwab said...

Y'know, PT, it's really interesting to me -- and I mean it seriously, as a student of human behavior and human frailty -- that disbelief in global climate change is, in the US, entirely within one political party. Why is it that such a thing as science would split along political lines?

To me, the answer is pretty plain: it's the same party that is the domain of the religiously fundamental; ie, the ones that needs simple and clear answers, that reject all evidence that doesn't fit their needed world view, which is based on unwillingness to face reality.

Every time it snows in Atlanta, Frankie and Glenn Beck laugh at Al Gore. Rick Perry, who disbelieves as strongly as you (no coincidence) runs (to use the term loosely) a state in the throes of years of unprecedented drought. Data show global average climate relentlessly climbing for the last few decades. Ice packs recede at unheard-of rates.

And yet, because sea levels are known to fluctuate, people such as you are able -- from a deep-seated need -- to laugh off the data that finds agreement in all but a tiny number of climate scientists.

I could just -- because I'm a generous person, an empath, a liberal -- feel sorry for you, recognize that such need to cling to your own version of non-reality stems from a sad and lonely place; but in this case, such ideological dogmatism, such denialism, affects us all.

Your guy mentions rainfall. Wonder why there's been so much lately... He ignores Pacific Islands sinking beneath the sea.

But let's join him in ignoring that. In my view, climate change isn't (just) about sea level. It's about flooding, drought, ocean acidification, and much more...

I guess the worst thing about it is how embarrassing it is: for you, for your party, for our country. We're on our way to becoming a third-rate nation because of the anti-science, anti-expertise, anti-education stance of the Republican party. I'm old enough that, other than entertainment value, I don't really need to give a shit (although I guess I regret not being able to live long enough to see people like you, as the ship sinks below the waves literally and figuratively, recognize what they wrought).

But I love my county enough to find it pretty painful that we've become overtaken by fundamentalist thinking so completely and so relatively suddenly.

Really. Truly. I simply never thought it possible. There was a time we were a promising nation. It's long, long gone. Because of people who think like you. No offense. But it's true. And you're so smug about it. Proud of it. Think you're playing a game. And winning. Able to leap reams of facts with a single bound. Rationalizing ignorance. Loving every minute of it.

It's beyond my understanding. But there it is. Look at the best the Rs have to offer as candidates for president. It's absolutely astounding. Yet I read your comments, and I realize they're the perfect reflections of who we've become.

Anonymous said...


Sid Schwab said...

Normally I don't post anonymous comments, but it's not as if this post is about consistency...

Anonymous said...

Maybe global warming is too large a concept with far-in-the future consequences so most people choose to ignore it. It is remotely possible that there is a natural warming and cooling cycle on earth unknown to human science. But-- it is more plausible that the advent of the industrial revolution, the ever escalating population and use of fossil fuels has upset the ecologic balance of the earth.

You might recall when Pittsburgh, PA (my hometown) was known for its smoky, sooty skies during the heyday of the US steel industry. The air quality improved when steel making moved overseas. The connection between pollution and steel production in that instance was a simple, observable, measurable example of human impact on environment.

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