Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Parody at internet speed is almost scary.
Very good. I hope this song goes viral. I don't know if Tom Lehrer would agree with the sentiment behind the lyrics, but the satire in the song evokes a latter-day Tom Lehrer. As Tom Lehrer wrote songs about the elements of the Periodic Table and a famous mathematician, a song that features graphs and fudged data would have been up his alley. I suspect Tom would have given it a more sophisticated musical treatment, though.
Climate Scientist: "The sky is falling..... we're all going to DIE!"
Critic: "Your research is flawed, fraudulently biased and mistaken...."
Climate Scientist: " No wait...The sky is rising, we're all going to DIE!
The science of global warming isn't settled. That was true a month ago. What's different today is that there's a story developing that we can all understand: pseudo-scientists craving attention and grant money fudge their data and worse, facilitated by opportunistic politicians like Al "ManBearPig" Gore.
How will this unfold? Will the masses wake up to understand that AGW was just a theory all along? ... that climate science is no more scientific than sociology?
MSM may not report this unless pressed to. They're still in denial. Coverage may differ if it turns out that the leaker was an outraged insider instead of a diabolical politically-driven outsider hacker. Martyr vs. villian. There also may be more stuff that gets leaked, some of it even more damning. If so, it could become a huge story. Many powerful interests will want to deny this -- Obama & Co included. But if it becomes a big story, they'll be terribly exposed.
Satire like this video may be the way forward.
Sadly, I expect this will give the environmental movement a bad name.
Where's Brian these days?. I want to beat him with a tire iron, for openers.
There is no risk to the environmental movement as a practical matter - don't pollute if at all possible, leave a small footprint, etc etc. The 'risk' is the severance of a tie between desiring responsible stewardship and desiring societal suicide. The whole arrangement always depended on co-opting people who just wanted to be smart into the "it would be better if we all ate twigs" camp. The only way to get the rational people into that camp was with data/reason/facts. Oops.
The curtain has come back on The Great and Powerful Oz. It's going to take some time for that fact to sink in.
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