Charles Pierce: Meditation on Bill Nye and David Gregory

February 18, 2014

Esquire:

This week, a Very Special Episode of How We’re Fked As A Species.

Centuries from now, when the several remaining humans are huddled around a dwindling fire and pondering how each of them will kill the others and eat their still-warm flesh, the most boring among the remnant will pose the question, “Who is to blame for all of this?” Someone will mention the Koch Brothers. Someone else will bring up BP, and maybe our old friend, the Keystone XL pipeline will get a moan-out while the silent one in the corner sizes up the available rocks and studies the heads of his companions. If I’m not around, I hope at least one of them will summon up his last remaining breath and say, “The noodlebrained bag of useless flesh named David Gregory,” before collapsing in a heap in the corner, whence he will awaken an hour later to find one of his companions sizing up his quadriceps for a light snack.

Yesterday, and I am not exaggerating a bit here, David Gregory and the  Meet The Press gang presented the definitive argument not only for their mutual expulsion from the company of sentient primates, but also the single best example of why the entire elite political class of this country is one day going to be subject to a massive class-action negligence suit on the part of whatever rodents are left. Let us stipulate from the outset — among the people who actually know what they’re talking about, there is no debate about climate change. None. It is occurring. Humans are exacerbating it at an unacceptable rate and, if something isn’t done, beachfront property in Indianapolis one day is going to be at a premium. Neither political party has shown itself overly willing to confront this reality, but only one of them mocks the science and slanders the scientists. Having largely ignored the primary environmental issue of the past millennium, the Dancin’ Master decides to take the bull by the ass and stage a “debate” between Bill Nye, a mechanical engineer turned television science guy, and Marsha Blackburn, a congresswoman from Tennessee with a BS from Mississippi State. The rodents are going to have a helluva case, I’m thinking.

There’s more at the link. Pierce is always trenchant.

9 Responses to “Charles Pierce: Meditation on Bill Nye and David Gregory”

  1. dumboldguy Says:

    Excellent stuff! I like Pierce’s “style”.

    “The noodlebrained bag of useless flesh named David Gregory”, indeed!

    PS Nice rat pic! As a child in NJ, I went on rat hunts down at the dump with my buddies and dogs—no guns, just clubs, rocks, and dog bites—I hope their descendants don’t end up hunting down my descendants in that fast-approaching future.

  2. Wes Says:

    I highly recommend Guy McPherson’s video outlining the actual spot we’re in which you can find on Vimeo here: http://vimeo.com/78610016
    If that link doesn’t work, just search Vimeo for Guy McPherson Climate Chaos

    It’s a very sobering look at tipping points already reached, and sea level rise doesn’t even make the list. It’s an effect, not a cause anyway. What David Gregory believes is no more significant than any other old pile of poo on the sidewalk.

    • vierotchka Says:

      In other words… we’re screwed and there’s nothing we can do about it.

      At least, at my age (66) I won’t live to see it, but chances are that my children (aged 42 and 45) might experience the worse, and my grand-daughter (aged 17) certainly will.

    • rayduray Says:

      Wes,

      Aficionados of gloom have choices. I’ve corresponded with Guy MacPherson and he’s a perfect gentleman, albeit a bit prone to yelling fire in crowded theaters and lecture halls.

      I was reminded by your link of The Dark Mountain Project and Paul Kingsnorth. This is another byway on the darker side of philosophy and human observation. You might find this of some interest. Although I’ll give you fair warning…. Paul Kingsnorth seems to dwell in whatever is the opposite of “merry old England”. 🙂

      http://dark-mountain.net/

    • greenman3610 Says:

      we’ve had some discussion of Macpherson here. I believe he is way over the top – to the degree that he is unhelpful, and creates unrealistic hopelessness among the very folk we need to inspire to act.


      • Yes he is definitely over the top. Rejecting scientific consensus for his own cherry picked stuff. Scientists who know this stuff ( climate )say otherwise. Runaway greenhouse turning earth into Venus in 100 years? Links to the science have been posted on previous CC. Let’s not get carried away. We don’t need to get to the surface of Venus temps to be thoroughly screwed. The craziness of climate change and peak everything is that we are already in it, and the world acts like nothing happened.


  3. Trenchant. A tool with a sharp edge. Indeed. Is somebody fed up with the raw stupidity of denial? Out with the scythe. It’s time to cut hay. Nice to know we are not the only ones. Nice catch, Peter.

  4. kanspaugh Says:

    MEET David Gregory and THE full court PRESS of establishment stupidity. Glenn Greenwald has had a few choice words for Gregory as “journalist” re: the Edward Snowden affair. I also remember Gregory snidely defending mainstream journalists in the wake of the invasion of Iraq, insisting that they didn’t cheer on the war, didn’t screw the pooch. Poofy-haired pretty boy journalism, that’s what DG represents.


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