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Friday, June 24, 2005

Life, and Death, and Little Green Frogs

Well.....that was interesting! My sincere thanks to Michelle Malkin and all the other bloggers who linked to the site yesterday and drove more traffic here than we've had since we started. Hopefully some of yesterday's visitors will continue to stop by, otherwise we'll just have to wait and see if lightening strikes twice.

Rather than try for a repeat blockbuster performance, I'd like to continue the tradition of keeping Friday pretty light. I just picked up Michael Crichton's book State of Fear, another techno-thriller-sci-fi extravaganza from the man who invented the genre. I find that his books are only as good as the subject matter (the story's always basically the same), so I was pleased to see dinosaurs or intelligent nanobots replaced by environmental extremists as the antagonists in this one.

Only a few pages in so I can't comment on the book itself, but the premise gave me an idea. I did a Google for global warming, just to see how much of a fuss was still being made about the earth's impending doom. Even I was surprised by what I found:

And that was just the first page of results published in the last 24 hours. Well, like you, I was starting to get a little scared. Surely they wouldn't be sounding the alarm so loudly if we weren't in dire peril. It's not like these people go around calling just anything an impending catastrophe.

Oh wait, yes they do.

**Update** Apparently things got even worse over the weekend. I like the second subheading in this article: "APOCALYPSE NOW"

15 Comments:

Blogger Crackpot Press said...

What WILL children cut up in Biology class?

6/24/2005 10:03:00 AM  
Blogger Brash Limburg said...

Ask PETA, I hear they've just been dumping perfectly good cat corpses in public dumpsters.

6/24/2005 11:32:00 AM  
Blogger Crackpot Press said...

Which PETA?

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals?

People for the Eating of Tasty Animals?

Yes, the latter is a real organization.

6/24/2005 12:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All of your grandstanding and selfish political banter is only destroying any possability for a unified country/political landscape. There is no possible means of comprehension for your self-righteousness when there are children starving in our cities and rural areas, when our education system is being funded less than a Tom DeLay Sunday cookout and the entire world thinks we are a bunch of trigger happy militants who would resort to blowing up the world just to prove we could do it.

And by the way, the Patriot Act takes the rights and civil liberties away from imigrants in this country (a country "founded" by imigrants) who may or MAY NOT have anything to do with "terrorism." I wonder if any other governments throw you in jail if you don't have citizenship and say the word bomb on a train.

You should all add some meaning to your pathetic lives by volunteering at a school or becoming a social worker. Oh wait, republicans don't give a shit about fostering a healthy, well educated society where the common good is more important than how much money you have in your pocket and oil in your Escalade.

6/24/2005 12:26:00 PM  
Blogger Prof. Galt said...

HA HA HA.

Good one, Anonymous... good one.

6/24/2005 01:09:00 PM  
Blogger Brash Limburg said...

"I wonder if any other governments throw you in jail if you don't have citizenship and say the word bomb on a train."

If they didn't shoot you on the spot, they'd probably would.

Tell you what, go try it in China; write back if your fingers aren't broken and tell us how it goes.

6/24/2005 01:29:00 PM  
Anonymous MCH said...

Brash...

God gave us dominion so fuck the frogs, is that the logic? Pretty sad. Maybe we can live without them, but then again maybe we can't. The simple truth is we just don't know.

This planet is a complex web of life and at some point, if we poke enough holes in it, that web will either collapse or change to the point where humans can't survive in it. We imperil our children's future by allowing steady degradation of the rainforests on land and the ocean's coral.

Sure. Some people are being alarmist... but at least they care about something other than themselves. They're shouting to be heard over the din of apathetic drivel. A bit of exaggeration doesn't make them wrong any more than mocking makes you right.

6/24/2005 02:06:00 PM  
Blogger Crackpot Press said...

God I hate anonymous posters. Show your face!

6/24/2005 02:46:00 PM  
Anonymous mch said...

God, why am I such a queer? I think environmental alarmists aren't dangerous. That's because I'm a dipshit. A liberal, fucking dipshit.

6/24/2005 04:10:00 PM  
Anonymous the skald said...

What an amazing display of prepubescent childishness, Crackpot.

For someone whose bio just says "male, los angeles" you might as well be anonymous. It matters not at all whether someone who posts on a blog like this is male or female, rich or poor... or where they hail from. Chronological age isn't an issue either, only emotional maturity... for which you've already demonstrated your remarkably low level.

* * *

fading away like
the stars in the morning
losing their light
in the glorious sun
thus will we pass from
this earth and its toiling
only remembered
for what we have done

Only the truth that
in life we have spoken
only the seeds that
on earth we have sown
these will pass onward
when we are forgotten
only remembered
for what we have done

6/24/2005 07:03:00 PM  
Blogger Greg Mills said...

Mooshi Mooshi!

Pardon the brevity of my post as I am trying to pound down my traditional pickled daikon radish breakfast as introduced by our corporate Japanese overlords before going to the organ harvest farm to pick out a new spleen.

I just wanted to say, Crichton is rarely wrong with this sort of thing. The man is like Jeane Dixon.

Oh...gotta go...the eco-terrorist are liberating my gerber Daisy.

6/26/2005 09:52:00 AM  
Blogger Greg Mills said...

Actually, all kidding aside, I have a question for the Collectivists of the Right (sounds deliciously Maoist. I like it. I'm using it.)

If there are indicators that the frog population is declining, the globe is warming, unicorns don't exist, etc. Isn't worthwhile investigating the reasons for the indicators?

Should we ignore the indicators? Sounds like stupid questions, I know, but why does the Collective have such a hard time with global warming? Enlighten me to the controversies of the theory. And hit me with a load of Crichton goodness!!!!

I heard Judith Krantz has a book on string theory coming out. I'm walking on air!!!!!!!

6/26/2005 10:13:00 AM  
Blogger Brash Limburg said...

First of all, read the book. If a Catholic can get through The DaVinci Code, an enviornmentalist can get through this.

Second, no one is ignoring anything. Money's being spent left and right on this sort of thing (who do you think pays the scientists in the article). The point is that this "end of the world" rhetoric helps no one, and contributes to the "state of fear" Chrichton talks about. It holds back the science, rather than advance it.

6/27/2005 11:29:00 AM  
Blogger Greg Mills said...

For the people that matter, you're right, no one is ignoring anything.

There is still a certain trope out there that global warming is bad science or better yet, a hoax. Some aspects of global warming research is probably tainted, especially outside of government research.

I'm not going to read Crichton. Not an environmentalist. As an elitist, I must like shield my eyes from dreck. I would like to the Sceptical Environmentist. That looks pretty interesting.

6/27/2005 12:21:00 PM  
Blogger Greg Mills said...

My standing as a cultural elite is slipping as I am forced to applaud Texas. As soon as the Eminent Domain thang went down, a Texas state legislator made a double quick amendment proposal to strengthen property rights, thus blunting the idiocy of the SCOTUS ruling.

6/27/2005 02:07:00 PM  

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