Filed under: Politics, Domestic Policy, History, Environment, Global Warming, Energy, Junk Science, Intelligence
Michelle Fields of PJTV walks the Washington Mall to discover the deep ignorance of the American people about climate change — and ignorant they are. But they are simply repeating what they have been taught. It is becoming a national disgrace. Reporters with microphones ask ordinary Americans simple questions that people should have learned in grade school, and they have no clue. We laugh, but it is not funny. It is a deep reflection on the state of our schools which claim to be teaching “critical thinking” but this is not the case.
A recent video showed a man-on-the-beach session with mostly young people on a lovely day. The young people did not know who George Washington was, “the second president after Lincoln?”, or “someone to do with horses.” They did not know who we fought in the Revolutionary War, “France?” The Civil War was as much a mystery, as was World War II, or who bombed Pearl Harbor. What are they learning in school — only gender, race, and political correctness?
Everything has been politicized. Speaking about the Founders, or the Revolution has become a Republican thing, to which Democrats are opposed. You have one house of Congress, the current Democrat controlled Senate, wanting to revise or repeal the First Amendment. The Citizens United decision which allows corporations to donate, under the rules, to political campaigns. Democrats’ goal is winning at all costs, control, being in charge and important, and anything that might give Republicans the slightest advantage must be stopped, especially including free speech.
The world climate is always cooling and warming. It is currently not warming, nor has it warmed at all in 17 years and 9 months. Things like hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, rainstorms are weather, not climate and are not caused by climate. Climate is a statistic of average temperatures. Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists do not agree that the “crippling consequences of climate change are urgent.” (John Kerry) The assertion that 97% of scientists believe that climate change is a man-made, urgent problem is a fiction, and is not supported by reliable research. And the polar bears are just fine.
Filed under: Domestic Policy, Intelligence, Law, Pop Culture, Regulation, Taxes | Tags: A Matter of Trust, The Decline of Civility, The United States
This little map was created by Josh Morgan using data from the National Opinion Research Center’s General Social Survey (GSS) from 1972 to 2012. The survey’s simple question each year was: “Generally speaking, would you say that most people can be trusted or that you can’t be too careful in dealing with people?”
The percentage of all respondents who said that most people can be trusted has dropped from about 46 percent in 1972 to about 32 percent in 2012. Morgan makes no attempt to draw conclusions about why we trust less, and there is no single factor that is responsible for such a big societal change, but the ubiquitous reach of television, the Internet and smart phones have caused less direct human interaction.
(h/t: Chris Cillizza)