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(Huffington Post)   The GOP appoints climate change denier to head the Science Committee's environment subcommittee, which is just par for the world's dumbest course   (huffingtonpost.com) divider line 88
    More: Stupid, global warming controversy, GOP, transatlantic flight, Antarctic ice sheet, climate change deniers, Republicans, Attribution of recent climate change, David Schweikert  
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2014-01-17 11:44:14 AM  
What's next, an all male panel on women's reproductive rights?
 
2014-01-17 11:58:07 AM  

mrshowrules: What's next, an all male panel on women's reproductive rights?


*rimshot*
 
2014-01-17 11:59:43 AM  
All the more reason to get out and vote and remove these science denying morons and hopefully get someone that understands climate science, or at least understands what scientific consensus means.
 
2014-01-17 12:11:35 PM  
christ, next they'll put michele bachmann on the house intelligence committee!
 
2014-01-17 12:56:11 PM  
"Too often, this Administration has tried to bypass Congress and impose its will on the American people through regulatory fiat," Schweikert said

So you're going to save us, you worthless piece of bought and paid for excrement?
 
2014-01-17 01:25:58 PM  

Trivia Jockey: mrshowrules: What's next, an all male panel on women's reproductive rights?

*rimshot*


Mansplaining them lady-parts
 
2014-01-17 01:26:01 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2014-01-17 01:28:47 PM  
sullydish.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-01-17 01:30:19 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2014-01-17 01:31:14 PM  
Party of creationism, literal interpretation of the bible, anti-intellectualism, anti-education, anti-fancypantsbooklernin, and anti-science based reality continues to act as such. I'm shocked.
 
2014-01-17 01:32:55 PM  
FTA:who is on the record questioning

Aren't we supposed to like asking questions, especially before we make policy?  Heretic!  Burn him!

"Understanding what part of climate change is part of a natural cycle and what part has human components is the first step," he said as a candidate in 2008. "Our elected officials must be careful to react to facts and not folklore."

Well, yes.  That would not seem unreasonable.  Who are you to challenge us?  Shut up and do our bidding!
 
2014-01-17 01:33:45 PM  

Snapper Carr: [i.imgur.com image 791x549]


Yoink.  I'm keeping this one handy.
 
2014-01-17 01:36:14 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: "Too often, this Administration has tried to bypass Congress and impose its will on the American people through regulatory fiat," Schweikert said

So you're going to save us, you worthless piece of bought and paid for excrement?


My God you people really hate it when somebody with a different point of view comes around. I know you'd prefer  Democratic shills for the administration be in charge of everything, but the GOP won the House because the American people wisely decided some balance was needed, and here it is. Remember when your guy said, "I won"? So did the GOP. Deal with it.
 
2014-01-17 01:37:12 PM  

Doktor_Zhivago: Party of creationism, literal interpretation of the bible, anti-intellectualism, anti-education, anti-fancypantsbooklernin, and anti-science based reality continues to act as such. I'm shocked.


I know several people who believe the bible is the literal word of God, and am closely related to some.  I couldn't possibly disagree with them any more on that point, but what's interesting is that they are, on balance, significantly more open minded and less certain that they are right on all things political than most liberal zealots that I encounter.  And if your post is any indication, you'd be counted among that not-so-illustrious group.
 
2014-01-17 01:37:39 PM  

mrshowrules: Snapper Carr: [i.imgur.com image 791x549]

Yoink.  I'm keeping this one handy.


I'm naming it "Carl Sagan Predicts the Tea Party.jpg"
 
2014-01-17 01:37:55 PM  
No scientific education whatsoever - Check
Signed idiotic pledges - Check
Pro-life - Check
Pro-MIC - Check
Drill, baby, drill - Check
The "asshole factor" - Check

That's just some of the highlight about this guy. I could go on. BTW, he also serves on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. Obviously, it was that first check mark that made him the ideal Republican for that job as well as this one.
 
2014-01-17 01:40:31 PM  

yukichigai: mrshowrules: Snapper Carr: [i.imgur.com image 791x549]

Yoink.  I'm keeping this one handy.

I'm naming it "Carl Sagan Predicts the Tea Party.jpg"


I post this one about twice a day on average.

www.ethannonsequitur.com
 
2014-01-17 01:46:53 PM  

Garet Garrett: Doktor_Zhivago: Party of creationism, literal interpretation of the bible, anti-intellectualism, anti-education, anti-fancypantsbooklernin, and anti-science based reality continues to act as such. I'm shocked.

I know several people who believe the bible is the literal word of God, and am closely related to some.  I couldn't possibly disagree with them any more on that point, but what's interesting is that they are, on balance, significantly more open minded and less certain that they are right on all things political than most liberal zealots that I encounter.  And if your post is any indication, you'd be counted among that not-so-illustrious group.


hahaohwaityourserious.jpg
 
2014-01-17 01:50:35 PM  
Screw you and your anti-science crusade, Republicans.

www.slate.com
 
2014-01-17 01:50:44 PM  
This is why we cant have nice things.
 
2014-01-17 01:50:55 PM  
Here's his plans for drought relief out west

static.fjcdn.com
 
2014-01-17 01:50:58 PM  

yukichigai: mrshowrules: Snapper Carr: [i.imgur.com image 791x549]

Yoink.  I'm keeping this one handy.

I'm naming it "Carl Sagan Predicts the Tea PartyFark.jpg"


FTFY.
 
2014-01-17 01:55:21 PM  

jjorsett: Marcus Aurelius: "Too often, this Administration has tried to bypass Congress and impose its will on the American people through regulatory fiat," Schweikert said

So you're going to save us, you worthless piece of bought and paid for excrement?

My God you people really hate it when somebody with a different point of view comes around. I know you'd prefer  Democratic shills for the administration be in charge of everything, but the GOP won the House because the American people wisely decided some balance was needed, and here it is. Remember when your guy said, "I won"? So did the GOP. Deal with it.


Gerry somebody..
 
2014-01-17 01:56:03 PM  
Tell you what.  If you believe that your faith-based fantasy is just as valid as my understanding of empirical science, try running this experiment.  Hold a bowling ball two meters above your foot.  Release the ball, and believe really hard that gravity is only a theory.  Let me know the results of your experiment.

/To be real science, the results have to be repeatedly tested.  Good luck.
 
2014-01-17 01:59:50 PM  

StopLurkListen: Screw you and your anti-science crusade, Republicans.

[www.slate.com image 590x164]


My God, we are in trouble here.
imagizer.imageshack.us
 
2014-01-17 02:00:31 PM  

jjorsett: My God you people really hate it when somebody with a different point of view comes around. I know you'd prefer Democratic shills for the administration be in charge of everything, but the GOP won the House because the American people wisely decided some balance was needed, and here it is. Remember when your guy said, "I won"? So did the GOP. Deal with it.


It's science - you can't 'decide balance is needed'.
 
2014-01-17 02:00:34 PM  
Not surprised. They also made someone without foresight chair of the Oversight Committee.
 
2014-01-17 02:02:37 PM  

thurstonxhowell: BTW, he also serves on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.


If Public Enemy were still together, their next big hit would be "The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology is a Joke".
 
2014-01-17 02:06:23 PM  

jjorsett: Marcus Aurelius: "Too often, this Administration has tried to bypass Congress and impose its will on the American people through regulatory fiat," Schweikert said

So you're going to save us, you worthless piece of bought and paid for excrement?

My God you people really hate it when somebody with a different point of view comes around. I know you'd prefer  Democratic shills for the administration be in charge of everything, but the GOP won the House because the American people wisely decided some balance was needed, and here it is. Remember when your guy said, "I won"? So did the GOP. Deal with it.


In case you missed my previous post on this topic, 9,136 scientists co-wrote peer-reviewed articles relating to the climate over the last year plus some months. Only one of those scientists rejected anthropogenic global warming. It's certainly possible that this guy is a modern-day Galileo. It's far more likely that he's just plain wrong. That doesn't mean we hate him though.
 
2014-01-17 02:08:48 PM  
Dude forgot to use the Republican Asterisk

FTFA
"We have a responsibility to provide a check-and-balance to ensure there is fairness and openness in the process and that taxpayers are not being subjected to onerous and unnecessarily burdensome rules and regulations."  *

 * Does not apply to gay people or women because fark them
 
2014-01-17 02:08:50 PM  

Trivia Jockey: thurstonxhowell: BTW, he also serves on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

If Public Enemy were still together, their next big hit would be "The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology is a Joke".


Michelle Bachmann is on the House Intelligence Committee. There are some in DC who feel is essential to have all sides represented in a debate even when some of those opinions hold about as much empirical basis as Noah's Ark.
 
2014-01-17 02:10:52 PM  

monoski: There are some in DC who feel is essential to have all sides represented in a debate


Denying climate chance or evolution isn't a "side" in any science debate and does not deserve representation.
 
2014-01-17 02:11:37 PM  

SquiggsIN: No, the GOP won the house because voters don't vote for their own interests, they vote for the party that promises them whatever they want to hear not a black guy.

 
2014-01-17 02:16:10 PM  

tinyarena: StopLurkListen: Screw you and your anti-science crusade, Republicans.

[www.slate.com image 590x164]

My God, we are in trouble here.


Seems as though people who don't understand how plurals work are idiots.
 
2014-01-17 02:16:15 PM  
You can't deny science. It's not the Holocaust.
 
2014-01-17 02:20:24 PM  
FTA:

Schweikert will have good company in Science Committee leadership. Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) is.

Obligatory:

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2014-01-17 02:23:48 PM  
They hate us for our freezoms.
 
2014-01-17 02:24:21 PM  

Evil High Priest: jjorsett: Marcus Aurelius: "Too often, this Administration has tried to bypass Congress and impose its will on the American people through regulatory fiat," Schweikert said

So you're going to save us, you worthless piece of bought and paid for excrement?

My God you people really hate it when somebody with a different point of view comes around. I know you'd prefer  Democratic shills for the administration be in charge of everything, but the GOP won the House because the American people wisely decided some balance was needed, and here it is. Remember when your guy said, "I won"? So did the GOP. Deal with it.

Gerry somebody..


^This. In addition, the fact that Congressional elections take place every two years favors Republicans, whose voters turn out more in "off year" elections.

Nobody goes into the voting booth and says "I'm usually a Democratic voter, but I think some balance is needed." Ever. Believing otherwise is just another example of believing what makes you feel better, not what the facts insist upon.
 
2014-01-17 02:25:04 PM  

BMFPitt: tinyarena: StopLurkListen: Screw you and your anti-science crusade, Republicans.

[www.slate.com image 590x164]

My God, we are in trouble here.

Seems as though people who don't understand how plurals work are idiots.


Second suggestion for "scientist is":  "scientist is singular or plural".
 
2014-01-17 02:25:36 PM  

jjorsett: My God you people really hate it when somebody with a different point of view comes around. I know you'd prefer Democratic shills for the administration be in charge of everything, but the GOP won the House because the American people wisely decided some balance was needed, and here it is. Remember when your guy said, "I won"? So did the GOP. Deal with it.


When one group is arguing 2+2=4 and another group is arguing that 2+2=5, striking a "balance" that assumes the 2 arguments are equally valid doesn't work.
 
2014-01-17 02:27:21 PM  

SquiggsIN: jjorsett: My God you people really hate it when somebody with a different point of view comes around. I know you'd prefer  Democratic shills for the administration be in charge of everything, but the GOP won the House because the American people wisely decided some balance was needed, and here it is. Remember when your guy said, "I won"? So did the GOP. Deal with it.

Personally, i'm disgusted with all of you who think R or D either one are better than the other.  It's a carefully designed good cop/bad cop ruse and the only difference is a person's perception on which side is good and which side is bad.

That said, while I don't support the Democrats any further than I could throw them, at least their side isn't full of science-deniers who want to push mythology in public schools and turn this country into the American equivalent of Taliban rule


So. . . both sides are bad?
 
2014-01-17 02:28:24 PM  

Ambitwistor: BMFPitt: tinyarena: StopLurkListen: Screw you and your anti-science crusade, Republicans.

[www.slate.com image 590x164]

My God, we are in trouble here.

Seems as though people who don't understand how plurals work are idiots.

Second suggestion for "scientist is":  "scientist is singular or plural".


Wow.
 
2014-01-17 02:29:58 PM  
"Understanding what part of climate change is part of a natural cycle and what part has human components is the first step," he said as a candidate in 2008. "Our elected officials must be careful to react to facts and not folklore."

This is what I find so frustrating about climate change deniers.

Scientists: Humans are creating an unstable climate and that's really bad for us humans.

Deniers: I don't believe any of that. You just want to be millionaire researchers.

Scientists: Humans are creating an unstable climate and that's really bad for us humans.

Deniers: Okay, maybe I believe the climate is changing but that's just cycles of the earth and sunspots. Humans have nothing to do with it.

Scientists: Humans are creating an unstable climate and that's really bad for us humans.

Deniers: Sure, of course humans are changing the environment but how much of that climate change is because of humans and how much is volcanoes and what have you.

It's annoying because it isn't like they're basing this shift on amazing new breakthroughs in climate science. Scientists have been saying this for decades and they've just been too damned stupid to listen. So, now, we're at the point where you've conceded almost everything, you still haven't realized that your method of dealing with the issue is stupid and want to ask questions like "but how much do humans contribute to climate change?" like this hasn't been extensively studied and even put into easy to read charts for your dumb ass. Just accept that on this issue you are clueless and should listen to the experts.
 
2014-01-17 02:31:09 PM  

markfara: SquiggsIN: jjorsett: My God you people really hate it when somebody with a different point of view comes around. I know you'd prefer  Democratic shills for the administration be in charge of everything, but the GOP won the House because the American people wisely decided some balance was needed, and here it is. Remember when your guy said, "I won"? So did the GOP. Deal with it.

Personally, i'm disgusted with all of you who think R or D either one are better than the other.  It's a carefully designed good cop/bad cop ruse and the only difference is a person's perception on which side is good and which side is bad.

That said, while I don't support the Democrats any further than I could throw them, at least their side isn't full of science-deniers who want to push mythology in public schools and turn this country into the American equivalent of Taliban rule

So. . . both sides are bad?


On the upside, he's extremely open-minded. Just ask him.
 
2014-01-17 02:35:00 PM  

odinsposse: Just accept that on this issue you are clueless and should listen to the experts.


But being told I don't understand something makes me feel like there is someone smarter than me, and I can't handle the idea that I might not be as awesome as I think I am.
 
2014-01-17 02:37:53 PM  

Serious Black: [sullydish.files.wordpress.com image 850x570]


Yeah, and they laughed at Plato when he said the Earth goes round the Sun.
 
2014-01-17 02:52:56 PM  

Wyalt Derp: Serious Black: [sullydish.files.wordpress.com image 850x570]

Yeah, and they laughed at Plato when he said the Earth goes round the Sun.


Are you saying Plato was a flat Earth denier?

The definition of climate change denier has been bastardized to rediculous extremes by people on this very site.  I was branded one for acknowlegding that temps are going up, but recognizing that an erroneous article somebody else was referring to existed. So, just simple awareness of the arguments of the other side makes you a denier.
 
2014-01-17 02:54:39 PM  

GlenninSac: FTA:

Schweikert will have good company in Science Committee leadership. Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) is.

Obligatory:

[www.kgbclothing.co.uk image 300x300][www.g63t-shirts.co.uk image 300x300]


www.shlomifish.org
 
2014-01-17 02:55:38 PM  

Wyalt Derp: Serious Black: [sullydish.files.wordpress.com image 850x570]

Yeah, and they laughed at Plato when he said the Earth goes round the Sun.


Yes, I made that point with regards to Galileo earlier in the thread. But without real solid evidence that this one guy is Plato/Galileo, he's just a blowhard.

Luckily, somebody has looked at what that paper says. The author works for a state university in Russia. On the first page of the article, the author writes "The switch of world powers first to decreasing the use of fossil fuel and then to carbon-free energy within the framework of the Kyoto Protocol may lead to economic collapse for Russia as a consequence of the reduction and, probably, even loss of the possibility to sell oil and natural gas on the world market." If that doesn't sound like a major conflict of interest to you, you need to recalibrate your conflict of interest detector.

If you want, you can pay the $40 required to download his paper and read it for yourself. I'm not going to.
 
2014-01-17 02:59:40 PM  

Tricky Chicken: The definition of climate change denier has been bastardized to rediculous extremes by people on this very site.  I was branded one for acknowlegding that temps are going up, but recognizing that an erroneous article somebody else was referring to existed. So, just simple awareness of the arguments of the other side makes you a denier.


Thing is, there is no "argument" on the other side.  It is purely a rejection of objective reality.
 
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