O’Reily Shows His Ignorance on Climate Change

On pretty much any subject, Bill O’Reilly can be counted on to spout opinions that are based entirely on ignorance, but always with an almost supernatural self-confidence that is never warranted. And if it can be made to make Obama look bad, all’s the better. To wit:

Speaking in Connecticut yesterday, Obama said that climate change is a serious threat to global security.

“I’m here today to say that climate change constitutes a serious threat to global security, an immediate risk to our national security, and – make no mistake – it will impact how our military defends our country,” Obama said.

O’Reilly said that the president believes that events such as the drought in Nigeria “create instability” and makes it easier for groups like Boko Haram to gain support.

“If folks don’t have enough water or food they become disenchanted and may turn to harmful groups that promise change,” O’Reilly stated. “That’s what Mr. Obama believes.”

Mr. Obama is right. And you’re full of shit.

O’Reilly stated that all presidents should deal with problems in the here and now.

“I mean it’s fine to want a cleaner planet. I do. And it’s good to explore ways to eliminate harmful emissions. Every sane person supports that,” he said. “But to tell a group of military graduates that climate change is a defense priority borders on delusion.”

O’Reilly stated that most Americans understand that Obama has an “aversion to using U.S. power to right wrongs in the world.”

“Yes, he gave the order to get Bin Laden and he uses drones to kill terror leaders. I give him credit for that,” O’Reilly said. “But the Middle East is aflame, yet there’s the president is urging the Coast Guard and other military branches to contemplate climate change.”

Right. Because obviously the entire country can only think about an act on one thing at a time. And the military should never, ever think about future threats that must be prepared for. Because that would really protect the country, wouldn’t it?

And Obama is absolutely right about this. The Pentagon has acknowledged this for years, since before Obama took office, and the Coast Guard will especially need to adapt to the changing climate. Rising sea levels may make many coastal bases for the Navy and the Coast Guard unusable in the next few decades. Shifting food patterns will cause mass starvation and refugee crises that will destabilize countries and entire regions. The military knows this and is rightly preparing for new realities that will require adaptation, shifts in resources and a lot of advanced planning. Ignorant know-nothings like O’Reilly are baffled by that, but this is a man who is baffled by the tides so that should hardly be a shock.

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  • colnago80

    Right. Because obviously the entire country can only think about an act on one thing at a time.

    What else can one expect from from someone like Billo the clown who can’t walk and chew gum at the same time.

  • caseloweraz

    “If folks don’t have enough water or food they become disenchanted and may turn to harmful groups that promise change,” O’Reilly stated. “That’s what Mr. Obama believes.”

    As Ed noted, the president is correct to believe this. It also applies when folks have too much water — as in flooding. Over the past two days, the news has been full of reports about the flooding in Oklahoma and Texas. The intensity of the rainfall has been described as historically unprecedented. That’s just what our understanding of climate change leads us to expect.

    Of course, in this situation it is groups that promise no change (i.e. business as usual) that are harmful. I doubt the flooding will have much impact on the representatives of such groups in Texas and Oklahoma.

  • wreck

    Wait until Bill-O finds out what climate change will do to the global supply of felafel, then he’ll be concerned!

  • StevoR

    I wonder if Bill O’Reilly has ever heard of Admiral David Titley, the Chief Oceanographer and Navigator of the US Navy, and what he has to say about this here then?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBBEyJVj5MY&list=PL029130BFDC78FA33&index=35

    From back in March 2011 so not exactly new but still.. Especially even really.

  • Michael Heath

    Bill O’Reilly states:

    “If folks don’t have enough water or food they become disenchanted and may turn to harmful groups that promise change,” O’Reilly stated. “That’s what Mr. Obama believes.”

    This sort of rhetoric plays well with conservative Christians because it diminishes facts as mere beliefs, equivalent to their religious beliefs that are bereft of both facts and logic.

    Such fallacies are needed in this context because I’m confident many of O’Reilly fans, at least in non-politiclaly charged contexts, are aware that history teaches us that a population in trouble has more of an appetite for an authoritarian ‘strong man’. So they need a trigger to get their thinking out of their prefrontal cortex where they know this is true and into their amygdala where they’ll get a buzz hatin’ on the president by avoiding the fact they too agree with Obama regarding this lesson of history.

    I’ve also found such rhetoric revealing and ironic, that the believer’s faith is so frequently and unconsciously acknowledged as something that’s not worth squat even to themself. So they strawman their opponents’ arguments to be no better than their own in order to avoid the cognitive dissonance of their own beliefs coupled to the supportive facts presented to them by the despised ‘other’. In this case an uppity black president merely reporting what science understands and how the Defense Dept. has long reacted to the science is reduced to mere belief.

    This is another illustration of why I think skeptics should abandon the word belief when describing their own thinking. That conservative Christians have successfully coopted this word to the point we can’t accurately convey our own thinking using other definitions assigned to the term.

    From this perspective I conclude that O’Reilly’s use of the term belief is a purposeful and disingenuous lie when it comes to his description of Obama’s thinking. He’s provided cover because there’s multiple definitions, where O’Reilly intends to have his audience believe Obama’s position is a lone or unpopular position based on few facts. But O’Reilly maintains rhetorical cover in the future by claiming his use of the term was a benign one where he could have just as easily referred to that belief as a conclusion or position.

    The best way to respond would be for Obama to point out that O’Reilly misrepresented his position as mere belief and then provided the facts similar to what Ed did. That Obama should both disparage and distance himself from the type of defective thinking O’Reilly does and projects onto this targets, which O’Reilly calls belief.

  • StevoR

    “But the Middle East is aflame, yet there’s the president is urging the Coast Guard and other military branches to contemplate climate change.”- O’Reilly

    So .. O’Reilly thinks the right people to deal with the Middle east being “aflame” are the US coast Coast? Isn’t that kinda restricted to United States waters and more the jurisdiction of the US navy? A navy being Global and , could be mistaken but a coast guard national and local instead and all.

    (Yeah, he said and other military branches too I know but he stressed the Coast Guard first. Odd ain’t it?)

    Oh and Global Overheating (“warming’ sounds misleadingly mild) being kinda a global problem (hint in the name there Bill!) which will affect everyone. Including coast guards. Best theyjust ignore tahtand pretend it won’t happen because ..??

  • colnago80

    Since Billo the clown mentioned the Middle East, it should be noted that it is widely concluded that the trouble in Syria began during a severe years long drought which drove many farmers off the land into the cities, where they found no employment. This in addition to causing severe food shortages. Climate scientists have concluded that at least one of the causes of the drought was AGW.

  • caseloweraz

    The same was concluded about the strife in Darfur after an extended drought, as reported by Stephan Faris in his book Forecast (Henry Holt & Co., 2009).

  • frankgturner

    If we could just make Mars or the moon inhabitable and let the conservatives move there. Let them destroy their own planet.

  • k_machine

    “aversion to using U.S. power to right wrongs in the world.”

    Let’s see:

    Armenian Genocide – US did nothing, never even declared war on the Turks

    Holomodor – US did nothing

    Holocaust – US twiddled its thumbs while the world burned

    Great Leap Forward – US did nothing

    Year Zero – US did nothing

    It’s almost like the US doesn’t care about “wrongs” in the world.

  • StevoR

    @ ^ k_machine : Add right now the Rohinga genocide too :

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2015/05/07/u-s-holocaust-museum-says-this-muslim-minority-could-face-genocide/

    Also on going right now the genocides against the West Papuans , Tibetans in Xinjiang, etc ..

    Never again? Didn’t I read and hear that once or thrice or more?

  • StevoR

    Meanwhile in other news in the real world :

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-05-25/india-heatwave-kills-more-than-430/6496314

    ‘India heatwave kills more than 500 as temperatures near 50 degrees Celcius’

    2015 is currently on track for a new world record hottest year (see item on Greg Laden’s blog) and Arctic sea ice looks like vanishing and NASA and so many others around the world have the info that shows the overwhelming consensus of climate experts is sadly for all of us correct. (Again and still) Perhaps even underestimated and overly conservative.

    Its a matter of literally morbid curiousity as to how much longer the deniers can seriously deny and who will be the last to accept reality.

  • tbp1

    O’Reily Shows His Ignorance on Climate Change Just About Everything

  • raven

    1. Who is going to get hit hardest by climate change are the world’s poor people. The rich developed nations have the money and skills to adapt.

    2. And their problems will to some extent end up being our problems. Already the world is swamped with refugees moving north into Europe and the USA for various reasons i.e the Africans sinking in the Mediterranean.

    In a few decades you could multiply that by 10 or a 100.

  • John Pieret

    “If folks don’t have enough water or food they become disenchanted and may turn to harmful groups that promise change,” O’Reilly stated. “That’s what Mr. Obama believes.”

    Which is what everyone with an IQ north of 50 concludes from the entirety of human history.

    O’Reilly stated that all presidents should deal with problems in the here and now.

    Oh, right! There should be no such thing as strategic thinking! Oh, let’s see the last time we had one of those kinds of presidents … cut taxes for the wealthy, then start not one but two wars to run up deficits and “suddenly” he was “blindsided” by the Great Recession! There was no need to think about the “here and now” until our economy already laid in ruins!

  • John Pieret

    raven:

    Who is going to get hit hardest by climate change are the world’s poor people.

    156+ million Bangladeshis live mostly in areas less that 10 meters above present sea levels. Can India and other surrounding nations absorb all the refugees that will result 50 years from now when some super typhoon hits after more sea level rises?

    Oh! Were only supposed to think in the here and now!

  • magistramarla

    caseloweraz @2

    Yeah, and now the climate change deniers around here are really insufferable because they are pointing at the deluges that we’re getting and saying that the earth is just moving into a new cycle of plenty of rain – no climate change to worry about.

    The sad thing is that there are even meteorologists here who are climate change deniers.

    The chief meteorologist at KENS 5 was once named one of the top 25 climate change denying meteorologists in the country.

    It’s almost impossible to argue with the idiots in Texas.

  • D. C. Sessions

    But the USA does right wrongs in the world — we’re even proactive about keeping pissant little countries from nationalizing United Fruit plantations, or American-owned oil fields. We’ve been doing that longer than anyone now alive.

    Sometimes we don’t, though, and look at the trouble that causes. Bacardi, for instance, or all of the landowning refugees from Cuba. And now Obama is even making it harder for them to recover their properties in places like Iran and Cuba.

  • Al Dente

    StevoR @6

    (Yeah, he said and other military branches too I know but he stressed the Coast Guard first. Odd ain’t it?)

    Not odd at all if you think about it. The Coast Guard are the people who’ll have to deal with coastal climate change effects in the US. If a hurricane sinks Miami Beach, the Coast Guard will have to handle the evacuation. If the Carolina barrier islands disappear, the Coast Guard will handle that evacuation.

    Incidentally, the city of Miami is putting check valves in storm sewers to keep sea water from backing up into the city. One of the organizations who had to sign off on that was the Coast Guard. One of southeast Florida’s problems is the underlying rock is limestone, about as porous as swiss cheese. Regardless of how many seawalls and dikes are build, as the seas rise, the water will just seep in through the ground. Blocking the storm sewers may slow it down some, but it’s going to come regardless.

  • felidae

    As long as Billious generates revenue for FOX, it will not matter how much ignorance or outright lies he spouts as long as the ad dollars roll in, but when he becomes too unhinged and the ratings drop, well…. See: Beck, Glenn (who, unfortunately, has created a lucrative market for his asinine rants on the internet) Rupert is first and foremost a businessman and does what is best for his bottom line by employing O’Rielly, Hannity et al.

  • theDukedog7 .

    I’m trying to prepare as best I can for the Global Warming Apocalypse, although I’m still in my basement waiting for the Eugenic Apocalypse, the DDT Apocalypse, the Overpopulation Apocalypse, the Global Cooling Apocalypse, the Alar on Apples Apocalypse, the Heterosexual AIDS in America Apocalypse, and the Rainforest Depletion Apocalypse.

    At least we’re lucky to have rational scientists predicting the end of the world, instead of all these religious nuts who just predict serial apocalypses to drum up attention and money.

  • theDukedog7 .

    … The Acid Rain Apocalypse, The Ozone Hole Apocalypse, the Toxic Waste Apocalypse, the Ocean Acidification Apocalypse, The Mass Species Extinction Apocalypse…

  • StevoR

    @ ^ Duke Dogshit : You? Cowering and trolling away from your basement in fear of imaginary boogeymen? Why am I not surprised!

  • StevoR

    @21. DukedogShit :

    “At least we’re lucky to have rational scientists predicting the end of the world doing actual science on actual real problems showing with evidence, calculation and reason what’s happening and why it might be worrying and need changing, instead of as opposed to all these religious nuts who just predict serial apocalypses based on Biblical bullshit and interpretations of bullshit that’s already repeatedly failed to come true to drum up attention and money.

    Fixed it for you.

  • StevoR

    @19. Al Dente :

    StevoR @6 (“Yeah, he said and other military branches too I know but he stressed the Coast Guard first. Odd ain’t it?”)

    Not odd at all if you think about it. The Coast Guard are the people who’ll have to deal with coastal climate change effects in the US. If a hurricane sinks Miami Beach, the Coast Guard will have to handle the evacuation.

    Okay, I’d have imagined that all branches of the military would be working on that with most people evacuating inland via land not being shifted by sea so that surprises me but I’m certainly not an expert on what plans there are for that eventuality.

  • StevoR

    @16. John Pieret :

    156+ million Bangladeshis live mostly in areas less that 10 meters above present sea levels. Can India and other surrounding nations absorb all the refugees that will result 50 years from now when some super typhoon hits after more sea level rises? Oh! Were only supposed to think in the here and now!

    We’re struggling to cope with exaggerated hype and needless fears over the current relative trickle of refugees from Burma and Bangladesh right now here in Oz. Not sure whether its made the news in the States but we’ve just had boatloads of Rohinga and Bangladeshi refugees drifting at sea in horrendously miserable and desperate conditions with many dying and briefly being kept out of Malaysia, Indonesia and I think other lands too. My nation sad to say has set an appalling example by mistreating and imprisoning “boatpeople” for many years now. It seems Indonesian fishermen have ignored their government and rescued a lot of these refugees and now changed that nations policy to a more humanitarian one but it is already a growing problem – and one that’s bound to keep getting worse.

  • Kermit Sansoo

    theDukedog7 . says: I’m trying to prepare as best I can for the Global Warming Apocalypse, although I’m still in my basement waiting for the Eugenic Apocalypse, the DDT Apocalypse, the Overpopulation Apocalypse, the Global Cooling Apocalypse, the Alar on Apples Apocalypse, the Heterosexual AIDS in America Apocalypse, and the Rainforest Depletion Apocalypse.

    .

    Eugenics has been out of fashion for some time. Nobody said that DDT would destroy civilization, only that it would be bad biologically. It very nearly led to the extinction of the American bald eagle, for example, and works its way up the food chain (e.g. humans). Luckily, folks listened to the scientists and that particular problem was stopped.

    .

    Overpopulation is a serious problem; we are using resources faster than nature can replenish them (e.g. potassium and phosphates for fertilizer). Overpopulation makes everything worse. But the Four Horsemen will soon be called out of retirement to deal with that.

    .

    AIDS is still a serious problem. Nobody ever suggested that it would destroy civilization. As for the rainforest, the forests all over the world are in deep trouble. The Amazon Rainforest is well on its way to being the Amazon Desert.

    .

    At least we’re lucky to have rational scientists predicting the end of the world, instead of all these religious nuts who just predict serial apocalypses to drum up attention and money.

    Yes. The difference is, scientists are right (their knowledge is based on verifiable evidence), and they aren’t doing this for money.

  • zenlike

    DDT, Acid Rain, Ozone Hole, all of these were real issues, which were mostly tackled after scientists warned for them and luckily politics stepped up the plate and took measures mitigating these.

    Overpopulation, AIDS, Rainforest Depletion, Toxic Waste, all of these remain huge issues. In some African countries, more than half the population is younger than 15! Please tell me you understand this is a huge non-sustainable situation.

    Ocean Acidification is a real thing, and is linked to global warming. The effect of this is not entirely clear yet, but the different scenario’s don’t look good.

    Mass Species Extinction: well, that’s currently ongoing. The amount of species going extinct the last couple of hundred years as astonishing, and there is no sign it is slowing down.

    theDukedog7, not only wrong about creationism, the constitution and religion anymore!

  • theDukedog7 .

    Run! Run! Run!

    The only way you can save the world is to give scientists and government unprecedented money and power.

    Hurry! The world is ending!

  • theDukedog7 .

    It’s all for your own good! It won’t hurt a bit! Act now while supplies of world-saving scientists last! They take credit cards!

  • theDukedog7 .

    Peak Oil Apocalypse! Second Hand Smoke Apocalypse! Saturated Fat Apocalypse!

    Global Warming Apocalypse Ad Slogan: “This time we’re not just making it up!”

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/01/19/great-moments-in-failed-predictions/

  • zenlike

    So theDukedog7, you actually have not read my comment have you?

  • zenlike

    Really theDukedog7, linking to AGW denier and general hack Anthony Watts? You truly are a joke.

  • theDukedog7 .

    @32:

    I’m too scared! And I have to keep going to the supermarket to buy canned goods…

    I was wondering: why hasn’t there been any global warming for 18 years?

  • theDukedog7 .

    You publicly-funded prophets of doom have made scads of predictions of Apocalypses since Malthus. Not one has come true. Several of your predictions caused crimes against humanity and murdered millions of people.

    Malthusian science influenced the British government to withhold food aid to Ireland in the late 1840’s and to withhold food aid to India in 1876. Millions starved to death because the British thought that overpopulation was inevitable and the “scientific” thing was to not interfere.

    Eugenic scientists predicted the deterioration of the human genetic stock due to overbreeding of the lower classes. 60,000 were sterilized involuntarily in the US, and Nazi eugenicists murdered millions.

    The banning of DDT and other pesticides caused a radical increase in malaria in the Third World beginning in the 1970’s (malaria had almost been wiped out by the 1960’s) 60 million people in poor countries have died unnecessarily from malaria and other pest-related diseases due to the pesticide bans.

    The Overpopulation Hoax (remember Erhlich’s “Population Bomb”?) led to totalitarian policies in China (forced contraception and abortion and ubiquitous infanticide) and policies in India that have killed hundreds of millions of innocents. There are not 100 million missing women in Asia–100 million fewer women than men–as a result of sex-selective abortions and infanticide caused by anti-natalist policies inspired by overpopulation “science”.

    Science Apocalypses kill people. You need to account for the hundreds of millions of people your batshit “science” has killed already before you can sell us the current iteration of batshit science.

  • zenlike

    Wow Egnor, I already knew you were a creationist biology-denier, but know you come right out as a denier of everything science-related. You truly are a joke. A scary, scary, joke.

  • colnago80

    Re Egnorance & 34

    Egnorance repeats the same big lie that there has been no increase in global temperatures in 18 years. Isn’t it interesting that the liars like Egnorance always go back to 1998. They’ll be going back to 1998 for the nest 50 years. Just for the information of Egnorance, not that he gives a shit because he has no interest in the facts, 1998 was an outlier due to there being the strongest El Nino in recorded history that year. Remove 1998 from the database and average temperatures have increased, albeit somewhat more slowly.

    Re Egnorance & #35

    Egnorance repeats the same lie about DDT that right wing fucktards have been prattling on about for 50 years. The fact is that DDT was becoming ineffective in controlling mosquitoes at about the time that its use was greatly restricted because they were becoming immune to it, evolution you know. But of course, Egnorance rejects evolution.

    Egnorance also rejects the notion of overpopulation, just like the Raping Children Church does in their campaign to get birth control medicines and devices banned.

    Tell me Egnorance, is their any scientific theory that you don’t reject. How about Relativity and Quantum Mechanics? How about the big bang theory (first proposed by a Catholic priest)?

    Re zenlike @ #33

    I always get a kick when fucktards like Egnorance link to Anthony Watts. Several years ago when UC Berkeley physics professor Richard Muller, generally considered to be an AGW skeptic at the time, was proposing to conduct a study to be partially funded by the Koch brothers to evaluate the data on climate, Watts loudly proclaimed that he would accept any result the Muller came up with. Well, Muller duly conducted his study, assisted by several of his colleagues at Berkeley, including physics Professor Art Rosenfeld, and, guess what, their conclusion was that the climate scientists were right after all. Imagine that. Did Watts then change his tune? Not a bit of it, he loudly condemned Muller, claiming that he wasn’t really a skeptic at all but a wolf in sheep’s clothing, a closeted supporter of AGW all along. Watts is the textbook example of the phoney, in the same category as relativity deniers like Andy Schlafly and and Tom Bethel.

    By the way, Prof. Rosenfeld taught the first physics course I took as an undergraduate at Berkeley, so I was acquainted with him. Watts is no Art Rosenfeld.

  • Kermit Sansoo

    theDukedog7 . says: I’m too scared! And I have to keep going to the supermarket to buy canned goods…

    .

    I was wondering: why hasn’t there been any global warming for 18 years?

    .

    Whoever told you that was lying. 2005, 2007, 2010 were as warm or warmer than 1998. Last year set the record (again!) and this year, so far, is warmer still. Also, those were surface temps. Most of the heat has been going into the ocean and also into melting ice – it takes much heat to melt ice, which happens without changing its temperature.

    .

    http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/05/22/3662117/2015-hottest-year-record-so-far/

  • theDukedog7 .
  • colnago80

    Re Egnorance @ #39

    The Daily Caller. One would be hard put to find a less reliable source of information then that. Maybe Pravda and Isvestia during the reign of the Soviet Union. Or maybe today’s Stormfront. Ole Egnorance will have to do better then that.

  • colnago80

    Re Egnorance @ #39

    How about Newsmax?

  • scienceavenger

    Egnorance repeats the same big lie that there has been no increase in global temperatures in 18 years. Isn’t it interesting that the liars like Egnorance always go back to 1998.

    Indeed, this is textbook cherrypicking. Tell us Dukedog, why did you pick 1998? Why not 1997 or 1999? Because it gave you the answer you wanted, that’s why, and that’s partisan hackery, not science.

  • zenlike

    If you really want to laugh out loud at the stupidity of Watt (and his followers like Egnor here):

    Watt’s website in April 2014: No global warming for 17 years 8 months [1]

    Watt’s website in October 2014: It’s official: no global warming for 18 years 1 month

    Weird how the starting point never seems to shift, but the timeframe does. What a fucking dishonest hack.

    (NB: the last one is written by Monckton, maybe an even bigger idiot and hack than Watt)

    [1] http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/04/05/no-global-warming-for-17-years-8-months/

    [2] http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/10/02/its-official-no-global-warming-for-18-years-1-month/

  • theDukedog7 .

    @junkscienceavenger

    [Tell us Dukedog, why did you pick 1998? Why not 1997 or 1999?]

    Man goes to doctor. “Doc” he says, “I’ve lost 50 pounds in the last month. I think I’m sick”.

    Doctor looks at patient’s weight history. He was gaining 10 pounds each year for the past 20 years, until the past month.

    “You weight-gain denier”, the doctor says “get out of my office. There’s nothing wrong with you.”

    “But doc, why do you call me a denier.”

    “Because you cherry-picked the interval. If we go back 20 years, you’ve gained 150 pounds. If we go back 10 years, you’ve gained 50 pounds. If we go back 5 years, your weight is perfectly stable.”

    “Doc, for any sufficiently long interval over which a variable changes, you can pick an interval that makes the variable increase, decrease, or stay the same. That’s as true of you as it is of me. But each interval, regardless of the change, warrants explanation. The simple fact is that for the interval I’ve selected–the past month–there has been a 50 pound weight loss. It warrants explanation, and merely appealing to different intervals doesn’t mean that that explanation is no longer needed. Oh–by the way doc, what did you major in in college?”

    “Climate science, you denier.”

  • colnago80

    Re Egnorance @ #44

    But each interval, regardless of the change, warrants explanation.

    The explanation as to why your choice of the starting point of the interval is invalid is well understood by climate scientists as being due to the strongest El Nino condition in history up to that point. Your rejection of that explanation shows that you don’t know your fuckken ass from a fuckken hole in the fuckken ground.

    I do have one prediction, namely that if 2015 turns out to be significantly hotter then 1998 because of an equally strong El Nino condition, fucktards like Watts will then henceforth replace 1998 with 2015 as their starting point.

  • colnago80

    Re Zenlike @ #43

    Ole Anthony’s 180 relative to his opinion of Prof. Mueller tells anyone who has an open mind everything he/she want’s to know about the former.

  • http://www.facebook.com/eo.raptor.3 eoraptor

    I’ve read most of dukeDogshit’s belligerent ignorance on FtB for the past several weeks. It has all been pretty much the same, fact-free, condescending twerp-twaddle, most of his ilk excrete on a second-by-second basis. Nevertheless, I diligently read through his screeds, so that I would know what the opposition thinks, and would be aware of any ideas, facts, or logic that might be meaningful in an open and honest debate about AGW. Unsurprisingly, I’ve found nothing in dukeDog’s ragings that would be of any benefit even to his own position on the issue. Pretty much everything he’s said is irrelevant, wrong, or both.

    So, now I’m simply tired of wasting my time reading through his shit, and trying to validate his alleged facts. Is there any way for me to block his posts from appearing on my computer? I don’t mean a ban from the site, that’s not my place, just the ability to filter him out of my feed?

    Help would be greatly appreciated.

  • scienceavenger

    Man goes to doctor. “Doc” he says, “I’ve lost 50 pounds in the last month. I think I’m sick”.

    Doctor looks at patient’s weight history. He was gaining 10 pounds each year for the past 20 years, until the past month.

    Jesus, you can’t even make a good analogy:

    1) The contention is that temperature has remained steady, not that it has dropped, much less dropped substantially.

    2) A 50 pound change in a person’s weight is a far more significant change than that observed in the climate record, where the changes are measured in tenths of a degree. Your analagous patient would be talking about about a half pound of change, not 50 pounds.

    3) Human years are not earth years. That this needs explaining pretty much speaks for itself.

    And to think people let this guy poke around in their brains. He sounds like he’s operated on himself.

  • zenlike

    eoraptor,

    Agreed. Just look at Duke’s fail analogy @44, which clearly shows he doesn’t understand anything about science or statistics.

    And that’s why I have no trouble believing he truly is Egnor: as someone much smarter then me once said: “Egnorance. (n) The egotistical combination of ignorance and arrogance.”

  • theDukedog7 .

    @eoraptor:

    [Is there any way for me to block his posts from appearing on my computer?]

    Try this:

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/sully_aka__wstera2/2251155626

  • theDukedog7 .

    Science Apocalypse timeline:

    Template:

    Date: The ______ Apocalypse is looming. You must cede control of _______ to the government supervised by scientists.

    1910: The Eugenic Apocalypse is looming. You must cede control of fertility to the government supervised by scientists.

    1968: The DDT Apocalypse is looming. You must cede control of pesticides to the government supervised by scientists.

    1973: The Overpopulation Apocalypse is looming. You must cede control of reproduction to the government supervised by scientists.

    2010: The Global Warming Crisis is looming. You must cede control of hydrocarbons to the government supervised by scientists.

    2015: (Me) “F*ck you. “

  • theDukedog7 .

    @colgnago88:

    [“… well understood by climate scientists as being due to the strongest El Nino condition in history up to that point.”]

    New policy by the EPA:

    All explanations for the 18 year global warming cessation must comply with the template:

    “Geeze! ________________ ate my global warming.”

    Followed by a number designating the reason that ate the warming. We are at reason #52 as of 4:12 pm EST today.

    Updated post by colgnago88:

    “Geeze! El Nino ate my global warming. #53”

  • Richard Smith

    The DogDookie apocalypse is approaching, at which point the total amount of crap spewed will reach critical mass and destroy humanity!

  • scienceavenger

    Dukedog can’t be Egnor. The content and tenor of his posts clearly indicates a mind of about 17 years.

  • zenlike

    scienceavenger says

    Dukedog can’t be Egnor. The content and tenor of his posts clearly indicates a mind of about 17 years.

    And the content and tenor of Egnor’s writing on evolution don’t? Really, I don’t see the difference.

  • colnago80

    Re Egnorance @ #52

    But not understood by noodlebrains like Egnorance. Hey Egnorance, here’s a couple of medical related questions for ya: do you accept HIV as a cause of AIDS? Do you accept vaccinations as a preventative measure for many bacterial diseases such as polio? Inquiring minds want to know.

    Re scienceavenger @ #54

    I would say that 10 years old would be more accurate. Comparing Egnorance to a 17 year old is an insult to your average 17 year old. He’s just a fucken poopyhead trolling for attention, and succeeding.