Showing posts from January, 2015

Lost Faith in Forbes

Forbes Magazine was Just a Billionaire's Fan Boy

…But I still thought they had some decent financial reporting, some telling investigations and a tendency to be tough when it counted.  That was their "image" in my wee brain for years.  I thought Steve Forbes was a rightist dweeb, but I didn't hold that against his magazine.

(source) Then they hired "Smiley" James Taylor (here supporting Rick Perry)
(senior fellow for environment policy at the Heartland Institute*) to write blatant denialist pieces on climate change.  He's a slick trickster who writes pseudo-science with the total confidence of a con man selling you a pyramid scheme.  Here's an example:

He reports on a NOAA study from 2013 about the relationship between extreme weather and global warming, and headlines it:
NOAA Report Destroys Global Warming Link To Extreme Weather …cherry picking such paragraphs as this:  "Adding additional emphasis to the NOAA publication’s findings, scientists r…

The Slo-Mo Trainwreck Continues

The World is Having an Extinction Event
But We Live too Fast to See It.

Permian Extinction - A quarter billion years ago.  75% of all Animal, 95% of all sea creatures and plants wiped out.  Took perhaps a two to three million years to happen.  The "big finish," the eruption of the Siberian Flats.
Even this humongous catastrophe took maybe a million years to finish the kill off.

Dinosaur Extinction - 66 million years ago.  All the dinos plus about half of plant life and sea creatures wiped out.  Took perhaps half a million years to happen.  The monster rock that hit Earth (Chicxulub Crater in the Gulf of Mexico), and some others, plus the Deccan Flats eruptions in India were the villains.


We Probably Wouldn't Have Noticed.  If there happened to be humans around (there weren't) in the middle of either of those giant extinctions, things would be changing so slowly that even if you lived to be a hundred, things would, when you died, look pretty much h…