Snail Appeal

June 17, 2015

The Morning Heresy is your daily digest of news and links relevant to the secular and skeptic communities.      

Ah, Trump. You're going to make things so much more fun. Anyhoo, Ryan Koronowski at ClimateProgress rounded up all of Trump's crazy it's-cold-so-climate-change-is-fake tweets, such as "The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive." Wheeeeee!

As the world trembles in anticipation of the pope's climate change encyclical, the contents of which are already known [shrug], Pew looks at the attitudes of Catholics and the public at large toward climate science. 

Oh by the way we're running out of water on Earth, no big deal:

Twenty-one of the world’s 37 largest aquifers — in locations from India and China to the United States and France — have passed their sustainability tipping points, meaning more water was removed than replaced during the decade-long study period. 

David Brooks is very concerned about the character and integrity of an increasingly secularized America. Pedant, school thyself

FFRF principal founder, the late Anne Nicol Gaylor, is remembered in the New York Times.  

Danny Akin of the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary gets admonished by one member of the flock for supporting the Openly Secular campaign, but holds his ground.

Religious extremism, Buddhists killing Muslims, a mass exodus, and David Scott Mathieson says things will only get worse in Myanmar.

Slate's Atlas Obscura looks at Ape Canyon in Washington state, the site of alleged sasquatch attacks in the 1920s.

Author David George Gordon sees the whole Bigfoot phenomenon as a chance to teach some actual science: "If I wrote a book about a citizen science project looking at snails, for example—which is actually a subject I’m interested in as well—I don’t think it would have the same immediate appeal."

Philosopher Peter Singer is disinvited from a conference in Germany for his views on severely disabled infants. (This article is in German from the amazingly titled outlet Deutschlandfunk -- and dig the crazy old picture of him they used!) Singer was recently a guest on Point of Inquiry.

Nick Wing and Julie Craven at HuffPo round up some depressing lurches toward theocracy throughout state governments. 

NYT covers the folks behind the bad-science monitoring website Retraction Watch.  

Quote of the Day:

An unfinished newspaper obit section:

Deaths are coming.

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#1 gray1 on Wednesday June 17, 2015 at 8:02pm

At least the Presidential election will not be too boring.  Ridiculous perhaps, but not boring.

As to the PRC, it was quite likely one of their inside agents (IMHO) who leaked the e-mails at University of East Anglia resulting in the “Climategate” scandal whereby global warming was rather successfully portrayed as a U.N. based, and thus by some reports a “New World Order” agenda scientific conspiracy.  (They have agents behind every tree, those Chinese.)

Why, you ask… Economic reasons.  China least of all wanted any continuing pressure to comply with the Kyoto Protocol, already being heavily dependent upon coal for their ever increasing energy needs even though they were already suffering massive air pollution, global warming notwithstanding. The resulting scandal provided and continues to provide enough doubt to keep Kyoto measures somewhat at bay. 

So as you can see, Trump is way off base on this.  It was actually the Chinese who stuck a pin in the global hot air balloon and derailed it, allowing time for ever more data collection as opposed to ever more carbon tax collection.

#2 gray1 on Wednesday June 17, 2015 at 8:06pm

P.S.  The PRC never has to do anything “to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive”.  Our own government does that just fine without any help at all.

#3 Randy on Saturday June 20, 2015 at 6:58am

“we’re running out of [fresh] water on Earth”

Just imagine the money and energy we’re going to waste on desalination and waste-water-recycling.

I wonder what percentage of the new population increase will be accident babies, and what percentage will be actually planned to add to the problem.

Straight people, you lectured us in the ‘80s when our community was hit with HIV.  Well, now is your chance to show us how it’s done.  Stop f—-ing for a few years save us all.  It’s nothing more than you ask of us, just to donate blood to save one person.

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