CNN Crossfire host S.E. Cupp accused “Science Guy” Bill Nye on Tuesday of using his professional experience as a tool with which to intimidate global warming skeptics.Full stop. Nope. Nothing needs more to be said. You can sum up the entire New American Culture in those two sentences; everything about the role of the media in pitting propaganda against facts, everything about the ideological resentment of expertise, everything about the insistence that the opinions of those who have made it their life's work to study a thing be given exactly as much credence as—and no more than—someone whose opinion on the subject may be entirely uninformed but whose illiterate or innumerate or for-hire opinion may be deeply held. We will suffer droughts, and floods, and crop failures, and the little maps in the garden catalogs that show which plants will grow in your area of the country will shift colors, then shift again, but what is important is that the opinion of the prominently uninformed, or the opinion of those who have hung out their shingle, the one on which they have written will have prominent opinions for food; inquire within, be given equal weight to The Facts of how it is happening and why.
“Isn’t it a problem when science guys attempt to bully other people?” Cupp asked Nye, before coming to the aid of Heritage Foundation economist Nicholas Loris.
That, right there.
Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2009—On the wrong side of America on same-sex partnerships:
|Republicans are an old party, and their retrograde bigoted positions on equality are repulsive to younger voters. Obama won the youth vote 66-32, and nothing the Republicans have done since then have made them more palatable to those voters. In fact, by doubling down on hatred, Republicans are merely cementing the millennial generation into the (D) column for years to come.
So Michael, it's true that many Americans agree with the Republican position. In fact, per the polling, that number appears to be about 38 percent, or about 114 million Americans. That's a lot!
But that's not 50 percent, which is useless to you in elections, and it's a shrinking number as new youngsters reach voting age and the seniors pass on. Time is the bigot's worst enemy.
On today's Kagro in the Morning show, Lynn Cheney wriggles back into the "news." Greg Dworkin on the methodical dismantling of anti-ACA talking points. Calculating Gop Medicaid resistance in Benghazi units. Believe it or not, Benghazi chatter is down! And Greg's recommended tear-jerker read. Joan McCarter shared electoral news from NC & OH, pondered Dem response to the Bonkersghazi committee, notes the pointlessness of today's ACA signups hearing, and highlights the next round of fast food strikes. Is the Bonkersghazi committee an admission they've hit a wall? And a GA Republican says he'd rather have a terrorist attack than get searched by the TSA.