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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-07-08 15:33
Subject: [politics] The global warming clown car
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Here’s a squib I just heard on NPR, and then picked up on that bastion of pinko liberalism, The Washington Post: Cheney Aides Altered CDC Testimony, Agency Official Says. That would specifically be testimony on “the health threats posed by global warming.”

We know from prior episodes that there was wholesale censorship at NASA of climate change information, even in press releases. So just to be clear — my conservative friends tell me global warming is a myth, not supported by scientific evidence. Meanwhile, our conservative administration censors that scientific evidence, bolstering the conservative view on global warming. How tidy.

Nice work if you can get it, but supremely unsurprising for the intellectually bankrupt amoralists who compromise the contemporary Republican party. Here’s the punchline, though, what had me laughing out loud in the car:

According to NPR (not cited in the WaPo story), Cheney’s office has stated the edits were made because the testimony was contradicted by the findings of UN scientists.

This would be the same UN Republicans have loathed with a passion for the past half-century and worked actively to undermine for the past quarter-century? The same UN that was so wrong on Saddam’s WMDs that Cheney’s office had to establish the Iraq Study Group to end run around the UN as well as the vast majority of the US intelligence community? The UN which is simultaneously the laughingstock and bugaboo of conservative cranks from coast to coast?

I don’t know about you, but I’m not irredeemably stupid. In this context, that is the most bizarre political explanation I can imagine, especially coming from Cheney’s office. It doesn’t even begin to pass the giggle test.

But hey, no scientific evidence, right? The UN says so, it must be true. Nothing to see here, please move along citizens or we’ll move you.

Originally published at jlake.com. You can comment here or there.

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Danny Adams
User: madwriter
Date: 2008-07-08 23:02 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That's an awful lotta' censorship and evidence-tampering for something that doesn't exist.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2008-07-08 23:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm pretty sure the censorship and evidence tampering is a liberal myth, too, coz, you know, it was reported in the liberal media.
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Ruthanne Reid
User: ruthannereid
Date: 2008-07-08 23:15 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
*gapes* You know...I guess I should be expecting madness like that, given that it comes in the wake of THIS little tidbit:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/weblogs/aviation-security/2008/Jul/01/want-some-torture-with-your-peanuts/#again

From the Washington Times: "safety bracelets" for airline passengers. Safety bracelets that track your movements and can be used to stun you for several minutes.

I really, really hope this isn't serious. Wouldn't it be something if those speculative-fiction writers who talked about us all being chipped and/or collared like dogs and criminals were right?
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User: vee_ecks
Date: 2008-07-09 00:32 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
The Washington Times is only slightly more reliable than the Weekly World News, and that's only because the Weekly World News went out of business. That story's total crap, and an old Internet meme, besides.
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Ruthanne Reid
User: ruthannereid
Date: 2008-07-09 01:12 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Now THAT is some good news.

I tried to chase this information around the internet. I wasn't able to find anything decrying it (aside from random "hey, that's not true" without any kind of evidence). Wish I'd seen that meme - this stupid article wouldn't have spooked me.

So the Washington Times is lousy? (And btw, love the little doggy in your icon!)
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User: vee_ecks
Date: 2008-07-09 01:23 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That's Ramona.

Yeah, the Washington Times is pretty worthless - it's owned and run by the Moonies and pretty much just acts as the newspaper equivalent of right wing talk radio - more shrill than informative. If a story *only* runs in the Times, you can safely bet it's complete bullshit.

Somebody from the TSA, BTW, followed up to that story and spelled out exactly what's nonsense about it. It's the first post after the piece.
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Ruthanne Reid
User: ruthannereid
Date: 2008-07-09 01:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Ramona makes me miss having pets SO badly. :)

Definitely good to know. And I see that comment now - I'm rather glad whoever that was decided to comment.

Of course, now you've got me researching the Washington Times. Moonies, indeed! I had no idea that paper was behind some of the weird rumors that have gone bouncing around the interwebs.

Thanks for the heads up!
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User: vee_ecks
Date: 2008-07-09 02:14 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
"Thanks for the heads up!"

No problem. I kind of assume *everybody* knows the Washington Times isn't a real newspaper, so I apologize if I sounded snotty or anything.

And Ramona appreciates the love.
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Ruthanne Reid
User: ruthannereid
Date: 2008-07-09 02:18 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
*laughs* No offense taken, I promise! Those of us who don't (or didn't) know aren't going to learn unless someone says something, right?

I do have to say that the product video is frightening: http://www.lamperdlesslethal.com/video_gallery.asp?video=http://www.lamperdlesslethal.com/video/EMDsafetybracelet.flv&title=

But also, it's happily very dated. The video mentions things being in place "by 2003." I guess they haven't felt the need to update it for the past half-decade. Oi, vey.
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User: vee_ecks
Date: 2008-07-09 02:27 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yeah, there's a bunch of stuff in that video that hasn't actually happened, and according to the anonymous TSA responder, anyway, LLL was never in talks with any government to provide any kind of airline safety equipment, and were basically talking through their asses.
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Ruthanne Reid
User: ruthannereid
Date: 2008-07-09 02:31 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Seems like a hobby of theres. ~_^

Well, again, thank you (and Ramona)!
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User: vee_ecks
Date: 2008-07-09 00:27 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
It's always nice to see hatred of Big Government in action.
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steve_buchheit
User: steve_buchheit
Date: 2008-07-09 16:40 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You forgot "the same UN Report we held our breath on until they changed it to meet our political needs"?
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farmgirl1146
User: farmgirl1146
Date: 2008-07-09 19:56 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
They will say anything. Malfeasance? Misfeasance? Combo-pack?
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