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"No debate about that stuff? Bullshit."
Thu, 08 Feb 2007 18:56:14 PST
Alex here. As I said in the last episode, global warming is a recipe for an argument, and was is it ever. Parallels to holocaust denial. Rationalizations for the social marginalization of global warming skeptics. The fulfillment of Godwin's law
As I've always
said, it's the kind of topic that takes average friendly people and somehow finds them standing on a table spitting in anger. Apparently we're past the realm of rational debate.
Well maybe it's my turn to get mad. Maybe it's my turn to say "hey, you're not the only one with a viewpoint." I'm sick and tired of the level of disrespect and intolerance we see for opposing viewpoints on this topic.
Well guess what, this is the 21st century. This is democracy. The way you know freedom of speech is alive and well is when you're hearing something that makes you uncomfortable. The way you know science is alive and well is when you're hearing something that makes you uncomfortable. Opposing views are essential. We need them for the health of science. We need them for the health of society.Let's keep science strong in this country. You can start by challenging people when they say "there is no more debate about this issue."
There's a tenet of modern justice that says: "it is better that some guilty persons go free than one innocent go to jail." I would argue that this is just as important in science. Sure skeptics have been wrong... but so has the establishment. If we shut down minority views, we have an all-expenses paid trip back to the middle ages.My biggest worry is that we're headed for totalitarianism on climate change.
So what about the title of this post? It's a quote from Penn and Teller's new show "Bullshit," and they did an episode on this very topic: environmental hysteria
: "There's no debate that the glaciers are melting, that the oceans are warming up, that species are going extinct, that forests
are dying off, there's no debate about that stuff"Penn and Teller
: "No debate about that stuff? Bullshit."
Other points they make:
- There's a tendency among environmentalist groups to resort to emotionalism.
- Nobody's going to listen to you if you say the world's not coming to an end. If you say the world is coming to an end, you get headlines.
- They send someone out to an environmental rally to get people to sign a petition to ban the dangerous "di-hydrogen monoxide" (aka Water). Many people sign.
Penn and Teller: Bullshit! Environmental Hysteria [Watch]
Episode 12 - Podfading, Bam!
Mon, 24 Jul 2006 22:47:27 PDT
Topics Covered:Target Market: Eco-capitalism at Ottawa Bluesfest, Predictive markets and collaborative wisdom, Click fraud and the Yahoo stock bomb, The long tail of markets.All About Voting: Preferential voting, Strategic voting, and Proportion representation.Israel & Lebanon: Understanding the end game, The (a)symmetry of the war measures, Western reaction and sentiment, Fighting autonomous groups instead of nation-states.
Slate: Middle East Buddy List
Wired: The Next Green Revolution
Wired: The Long Tail
Wikipedia: Lebanon-Israel Conflict
Guardian: How could both sides have blundered so badly?
Cenimar Predictive Market
PHB Cartoon #3
Sun, 23 Jul 2006 15:18:01 PDT
(image) And I think it's going to be a long long time... for peace, that is.
PHB Cartoon #2
Sun, 23 Jul 2006 01:09:45 PDT
This one's from way back in the winter during the election. I did it for Rick Mercer's photo challenge
and entitled it "Miss Accountability." -Alex
PHB Cartoon #1
Sun, 23 Jul 2006 00:55:41 PDT
No worries... the PHB's are alive and well. We were actually all geared up to record a show on Friday until we got a Skype call from an American colleague. Alas, California tech drowned out any hope for Canadian Politick that day.
In the mean time, here is the first in a series of PHB satire cartoons!
Episode 08 - Merriment in the Chamber
Thu, 27 Apr 2006 21:34:11 PDT
Topics Covered:QP Round-up: The latest and greatest from Question Period.Parliament Preview: Jeremy's take on the tone in the House of Commons and what to watch for.Leadership Madness Continues: Ever more Liberal candidates with lots of baggage to go around, the Green Party gets in on the leadership fun.
Due to not having done a show on my computer before, I wasn't prepared for a few technical difficulties. As a result, the quality of the show is generally subpar and there is some clicking and skipping that gets progressively worst towards the end. Apologies.
Episode 03 - Who's sticking who?
Tue, 14 Mar 2006 16:11:28 PST
Topics Covered:Seal Hunt: Premier Williams vs Paul McCarney: "I've got a word or two, to say about the things that you do."
Emerson Lives On: Ethics commissioner launches investigation to PMO's public chagrin, Alex reveals what the P stands for in MP, 28 and a half Helens agree: Emerson should face byelection.
Weapons of Past Restriction: The Supreme Court overturns ban on the Sikh Kirpan in public schools, Kirpans are daggers in name only.
Patent Fever: Justice Rothstein gets the nod while we revisit his ruling on patenting living organisms, RIM pays up to NTP.
Provincial Jurisdiction: Premier Klein keeps peddling his healthcare vision, Ontario fesses up to a coming energy crisis.
Other Random Rants: Crash scoops Best Picture, Liberal leadership potentials mastermind their sinister plots to power.
Williams, McCartneys on Larry KingDon't touch the seals, Paul
Supreme Court ruling on Kirpans
Ethics commisioner to look at floor crossing
Emerson's mock byelection
Geist on Rothstein
Klein's third way health-care
RIM and NTP settle
Potential Liberal leadership candidates test waters
Ontario's "Our Energy, Our Future" [pdf]
The Fine Print
Mon, 27 Feb 2006 17:05:01 PST
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The Hillbilly Invasion
Mon, 13 Feb 2006 20:44:36 PST
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