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The Grim Winnowing

September 18, 2019

Tim Flannery at The Guardian says climate activists like himself have failed:

… the climate crisis has now grown so severe that the actions of the denialists have turned predatory: they are now an immediate threat to our children. …

… future Earth may have enough resources to support far fewer people than the 7.6 billion it supports today. British scientist James Lovelock has predicted a future human population of just a billion people. Mass deaths are predicted to result from, among other causes, disease outbreaks, air pollution, malnutrition and starvation, heatwaves and suicide.

My children, and those of many prominent polluters and climate denialists, will probably live to be part of that grim winnowing.

The Conversation Australia has had it with climate science deniers, and simply won’t tolerate them anymore. Executive director Misha Ketchell writes:

Climate change deniers, and those shamelessly peddling pseudoscience and misinformation, are perpetuating ideas that will ultimately destroy the planet. As a publisher, giving them a voice on our site contributes to a stalled public discourse.

That’s why the editorial team in Australia is implementing a zero-tolerance approach to moderating climate change deniers, and sceptics. Not only will we be removing their comments, we’ll be locking their accounts.

Methodist pastors in Charlottesville are holding Bible study sessions at Confederate monuments in order to make the point that they are “idols to white supremacy.”

Ben Radford shows the surprising similarities between astrology and racism:

Astrology and racism share many of the same ideas. For one thing, in both cases a person is being judged by factors beyond their control. Just as a person has no control over their race or skin color, they also have no control over when and where they were born. Both astrology and racial stereotypes are based on a framework of belief that basically says, “Without even meeting you, I believe something about you: I can expect this particular sort of behavior or trait (stubbornness, laziness, arrogance, etc.) from members of this particular group of people (Jews, blacks, Aries, Pisces, etc.)”

Sean Spicer says you should vote for him on Dancing with the Stars because he like Jesus.

Bridget Read at The Cut says:

If you can watch this humanoid bread loaf move his leaden hips out of rhythm without asking yourself what you did to deserve living in a world where something like this exists, by all means, embrace that fortitude. Take the wheel. Because I can’t see the former White House press secretary shake his latex-clad chest behind his partner’s glittery-pineapple bosom without texting my therapist.

Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux at FiveThirtyEight explores why Marianne Williamson’s version of spirituality failed to catch on in the Democratic primary race (and it has failed):

According to Pew, people who identify as spiritual but not religious tend to be more highly educated than other religious groups, and that means they may be more leery of positions that fall outside the mainstream — of which Williamson has many. There is, for instance, her position on vaccines, which she had to repeatedly clarify after calling mandatory vaccinations “draconian” and “Orwellian” at an event in New Hampshire. Or her attacks on antidepressants, which she says are overprescribed and has suggested were to blame for some celebrities’ suicides. Williamson has claimed she’s being subjected to unfair scrutiny — for example, when she was ridiculed for appearing to suggest on Twitter that prayer and “the power of the mind” could change the path of Hurricane Dorian, she retorted that her view is “neither bizarre nor unintelligent.”

Hey, professional psychics, what’s going to happen in politics in 2020?

For 2020, a lot of people are going to be going through a lot of major changes. … Well, there is nothing really to tell. Most people are going to go through good changes next year. But a few are going to go through some really hard times.

How does anyone take these people seriously?

Universities in Washington state are wrestling with the “be nice to everybody” vs. “can of worms” challenges that come with the state law mandating broad religious accomodations for college students.

There’s no way this Newsweek article can live up to its headline: “Massive semen explosion after blaze hits bull artificial insemination facility, firefighters forced to dodge projectiles.”

Mountain lion caught on camera in DC! No wait. Sphinx! No, it’s a cat.

Quote of the Day

My personal choice for President of Earth, Greta Thunberg, to a Senate climate taskforce thing:

Please save your praise. We don’t want it. Don’t invite us here to just tell us how inspiring we are without actually doing anything about it because it doesn’t lead to anything. If you want advice for what you should do, invite scientists, ask scientists for their expertise. We don’t want to be heard. We want the science to be heard. …

… I know you are trying but just not hard enough. Sorry.

Don’t you dare be sorry.

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