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  •  Examples form nature that people can (6+ / 0-)

    directly observe are a really good approach.

    THere's this crazy propaganda claiming over and over that scientists lie so they can get fat funding checks.  People at least wonder if that could be true.

    But nature doesn't lie. The trees growing farther up the mountain are not just pretending.  The yellow-headed blackbirds coming back two weeks earlier in the spring aren't trying to fool anyone.  They're just trying to stay in synch with their food source so they can raise their young.

    Examples from the familiar natural world can often get through people's resistance.

    --------------------- “These are troubling times. Corporation are treated like people. People are treated like things. …And if we ever needed to vote, we sure do need to vote now.” -- Rev. Dr. William J. Barber

    by Fiona West on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 10:56:28 AM PDT

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    •  for those "fat checks" folks (6+ / 0-)

      I often go with; " Have you noticed that federal funding for science has been cut repeatedly, while the funds from Exxonmobil are far higher and more readily available? Doesn't Exxonmobil have an incentive to play it down? Aren't they legally allowed to publish junk science under free speech, while the government is not?".
      Of course, these arguments only work with those in the real world. I'd never try this on a True Denier. They get ridicule and a promise they'll be first into the Soylent Green Machine.

      One example recently that scared the crap out of me; I've been seeing invasive pests in my garden that were never part of my Vermont experience before; cucumber beetles, brown stinkbugs; but what brought me up short was the praying mantis. Those used to be rare in Massachusetts.

      Romney/Ryan, the ENRON Ticket, is not a campaign; it's a hostile takeover bid.

      by kamarvt on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 11:09:31 AM PDT

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      •  People like you, who not only have gardens but (0+ / 0-)

        KNOW the bugs in them, are among those who really get it, both rationally and emotionally, that climate change is upon us.

        I assume it was the other bugs that scared you, not the praying mantis?  I've always thought of them as a totally positive influence in the garden, munching on pests as they do.  Though they are, no matter how often I see them, stranger-seeming than other insects.  They bring an archaic, almost alien touch to the familiar garden -- a reminder that Earth is very old, and life encompasses much more than humanity, and nature is much more than our kindly Mother.

        --------------------- “These are troubling times. Corporation are treated like people. People are treated like things. …And if we ever needed to vote, we sure do need to vote now.” -- Rev. Dr. William J. Barber

        by Fiona West on Mon Aug 27, 2012 at 03:25:16 PM PDT

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