August 20, 2016
Mainstream society has only just now begun to figure out the alt-right. This relative tardiness makes sense: Prolonged alienation from mainstream society is the only explanation for the noxious concoction of racism, illiberalism, and psychological derangement that defines the movement. But after years of incubating online in harmless irrelevancy, the alt-right is getting attention. This is in large part owing to the way that certain parts of its online coalition have latched onto Donald Trump as their conquering vanguard.
Breitbart writer Milo Yiannopoulos, who calls Trump “Daddy,” has penned the most comprehensive alt-right apologia. According to him, the movement’s deployment of white-nationalist imagery and rhetoric is provocative satire. And one might well ask, What’s so weird, after all, about Trump fan sites posting Trump-related images and links?
UPDATE: David Duke and radio buddy on the takeover of the Republican party. “The Yids are flipping their lids.”
To find an answer to that question, watch this video.(above)
It is in the form of a commercial; uploaded on Wednesday, it currently has more than 600,000 views. The video has a stylized, futuristic aesthetic common to Japanese popular culture, a semiotic hallmark of the alt-right. But its origins are decidedly American: It was created by meme generator Mike Diva. Perhaps Diva created this video out of an artistic impulse or as a clever ploy for money; he’s selling the video’s song on iTunes for $0.99. But people are genuinely watching this stuff. They are posting in these “Trump General” threads, and waging furious comment wars on Reddit about the reasons neo-Nazis should be welcome in “The_Donald.” People are spending hours rebuking journalists on Twitter who pronounce their disdain for Donald Trump. The defense that it’s somehow lighthearted satire is hard to maintain when you look at the all-consuming investment that the online people have in the Trump campaign.
Nice piece by Rachel Maddow explaining the back ground of Donald Trump’s new campaign “CEO” Stephen Bannon, formerly chairman of the right wing website Breitbart.
Maddow focuses on some of the most egregious racist, anti-semitic and mysogynistic outbursts from one of the right wing’s most feverish swamps, but neglects to point out something that makes perfect sense to anyone that has followed this blog – that there is some weird, poisonous, toxic, incestuous relationship between racism and climate denial.
I was honored not long ago to be the target of one of Breitbart’s (near instantaneous) attacks on my video discussing the accuracy of satellite temperature data.
But it didn’t take long to assemble a list of headlines illustrating the website’s curious predilection for mixing vile white supremacist rhetoric with anti-science screeds.
See below: Read the rest of this entry »
August 20, 2016
New footage from Dark Snow Chief Scientist Jason Box – description:
Sequence starts with a rough comparison of stills entitled “south Greenland glacier resembling an Eagle, now wingless”
Below, Dr. Box in a recent interview on Danish TV. Starts in Danish but Jason is interviewed in English about 30 seconds in. Read the rest of this entry »
August 20, 2016
Climate deniers like to talk about hurricane activity being “down”. What they don’t specify, is that the only thing that is down is land falling major hurricanes, Category 3 or higher on the US mainland. In fact, 2015 set a record for Category 3 and higher storms in the northern hemisphere.
Below, NASA video discusses current “drought” of landfall hurricanes in US.
Technically, Hurricane Sandy was not a “major” hurricane, as wind speeds made it a Category 1 when it came ashore, even though it’s size, power, and storm surge made it one of the most destructive storms in history.
Below, MIT’s Kerry Emanuel and others discuss the effect of climate change on this year’s hurricane season, which is just winding up. Read the rest of this entry »
August 19, 2016
I’ve been waiting for this.
Above, Zeke Hausfather of the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project tweeted an updated comparison of global temps to model predictions, including the most recent measurements.
In 1981 James Hansen and colleagues published research in the prestigious peer-reviewed journal Science titled “Climate Impact of Increasing Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide.” They discussed the result of basic physics, that carbon dioxide in the air inhibits Earth cooling off, thus heating the planet. They also reported the results of computer simulations of Earth’s climate in a world with ever-increasing CO2.
In that research they stated some of the more notable results, both for the long term (if we double the amount of CO2 in the air), and some of the changes expected by the year 2010 if CO2 kept increasing the way it had been (because of our burning fossil fuels). These include:
- Doubling the atmosphere’s CO2 would raise Earth’s overall temperature by 2.8°C (5°F).
- By 2010, Earth’s temperature would rise about 0.4°C (0.7°F).
- The Arctic will warm considerably faster than the globe as a whole.
- There will be a reduction of sea ice in the Arctic.
- There’s a chance we might see the opening of the fabled “Northwest passage” during late summer.
Naturally one wonders, how did things turn out?
August 19, 2016
Twitter has been lit up this week following the exchange on the Australian television show “Q and A”, between Professor Bryan Cox and a right wing legislator Malcolm Roberts.
Climate denier Roberts attempted to refute NASA data by appealing to the non-scientist blogger who calls himself Steven Goddard, leaving the audience notably unimpressed.
ONE of the world’s most accomplished scientists clashed with a climate change denier from Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party on Monday night. The result? Captivating television.
British physicist Professor Brian Cox and newly-elected Queensland Senator Malcolm Roberts went head-to-head over climate change science on the ABC’s Q&A program.
Viewers knew the showdown was coming long before it started. Mr Roberts has previously questioned the legitimacy of claims that humans are responsible for a warming planet. He’s even called for a royal commission into climate science.
Then Cox pulled out a graph showing a rapid increase of carbon dioxide in the air, which is currently at its highest levels in 650,000 years.
“So the question essentially, first of all, are those two things correlated, and secondly, do we understand the physical mechanisms — and we’ve understood those since the 19th century,” Cox said.
That wasn’t good enough for Roberts, who wanted to focus on the spike in temperatures during the mid-1930s to 1940s. “Yeah, the 1930s and ’40s were warmer than the current decades,” he claimed.
Except they aren’t, as illustrated by Cox’s finger-pointing.
August 18, 2016
Bloomberg (october 2015):
Three-quarters of Americans now accept the scientific consensus on climate change, the highest level in four years of surveys conducted by the University of Texas at Austin. The biggest shocker is what’s happening inside the GOP. In a remarkable turnabout, 59 percent of Republicans now say climate change is happening, up from 47 percent just six months ago.
A new public opinion survey finds that “Americans across political lines, except conservative Republicans, would support a presidential candidate who strongly supports taking action to reduce global warming.”
The survey of 1,004 registered voters by the Climate Change Communication programs at Yale and George Mason University yielded a number of important findings consistent with earlier polling this year by Gallup.
The new survey found a growing number of registered voters understand global warming is happening: “Three in four (73%, up 7 points since Spring 2014) now think it is happening. Large majorities of Democrats — liberal (95%) and moderate/conservative (80%) — think it is happening, as do three in four Independents (74%, up 15 points since Spring 2014) and the majority of liberal/moderate Republicans (71%, up 10 points).”
August 17, 2016
“People didn’t understand how big this disaster was”
Katrina Syndrome: the victims were poor and many dark skinned, no proximity to New York. Therefore, media uninterested, wants to talk about Obama founding ISIS.
Below, worth repeating or sharing, my vid on how climate change makes for stronger storms.