Mt Everest and tantrum-tossing talk junkies

Mt Everest

The world has been rather ugly of late, hasn't it? From man-made horrors in Turkey as the government sprays its people with agent orange to Syria's unending conflict to Mother Nature's wrath in Oklahoma--more trouble every day as the Mothers sang in 1966. So when I saw an article on Mt. Everest, the highest place on the planet (outside of Burning Man, of course), I figured it might be a heartwarming look at mountaineering. Oh how wrong I was.

Anecdotally and via computer model, Mt Everest and much of the Himalayas have become ground zero for a warming earth. With a snow line rising almost 600 feet and glacier fed rivers drying up, the world's summit is like a rocky measuring stick for the damage fossil fuels are doing. In fact, the Sherpas--the locals that haul climbers up and down the mountain for a living--are saying that the climb is becoming much more dangerous, as what was once frozen is now thawed and loose and falling. 

Not like this is really any surprise to legitimate science, which by 97% believes climate change is happening and man made. Nor is it any surprise to deniers of same that will contort themselves into pretzel shapes trying to defend their paymasters, the oil, natural gas and coal companies. But at this point, given that predictions of more severe climate have come to pass, how can anyone anywhere say this isn't so (Joe)?

The reason is the same as it's always been, at least in the US. An enormous segment of the population feels put upon and offended at the idea that their God-derived right to squander resources is being impacted. The fact that said segment considers itself "conservative" is one of the cruelest and most insane semantic games extent--cherishing the privilege to waste as an almost constitutionally-mandated right is the polar opposite of conservation.

These are, after all, the same foolish people that blew a headgasket over energy-saving lightbulbs. That so many of them live proximitous to beaches and continue to act so capriously when their own property may resemble a structure in an aquarium in 30 years matters not--why is this?

Because at heart, the American reactionary is a tantrum-throwing five year old. Exercising their power by screaming and throwing themselves on the ground when they don't get their way 100% of the time is how a kid makes their unhappiness felt by an adult. That these are adults, at least by age, is flummoxing. By making the rest of the world suffer from their fit throwing is ultimately gratifying to people who have no real say in anything--best of all, it "pisses off the libs", which translated into English means "anyone smarter and saner than I am who I resent for that". Oy.

Any San Franciscan that goes along with this ugly strain of arrested development has a slow death wish. Rising seas mean a flooded Marina and Mission frequently as opposed to rarely. They mean Treasure Island disappears sooner rather than later. But because the sheer, puerile joy of giving the raspberry to those tweedy know it alls from Berkeley is too much fun, they'll happily see lower Market Street into a Venetian canal.

As Ray Davies sang, ''they're conditioned that way". Too bad the rest of us have to suffer physically because these fools refuse to face reality even as it drowns, floods or draughts them to death.




This used to be a politics blog. Now it's a blog with an obit for Jean Stapleton and an article about Mt. Everest being emblematic of global warming.

Posted by The Commish on Jun. 03, 2013 @ 11:39 am

"stream of consciousness" diatribes that are unencumbered by any rational thought process.

Tim and Steven have to pay lip service to face-checking and other journalistic due diligence procedures even though, of course, they still manage to be 100% wrong 100% of the time.

Given so low a bar, JAW figures he'll just skip all the research, analysis, interviewing, background checking and validation of sources and stories, and just engage in off-the-cuff verbal diarrhea.

Oh, why not?

Posted by Guest on Jun. 03, 2013 @ 11:59 am

This one offers not a whit of rebuttal. 

These are OpEd's. Their sources are all in hyper-links.

You have an issue with the facts, speak to that without the whining tone that the piece speaks of among you and your ilk.

Have a nice day! 

Posted by JohnnyW on Jun. 03, 2013 @ 12:06 pm

But I had no idea you were so sensitive to criticism.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 03, 2013 @ 12:13 pm

And Sarah Palin being identical to casino acts grinding out their repertoire.

Write Redmond a long and angry screed, he loves those.  

Posted by JohnnyW on Jun. 03, 2013 @ 11:57 am

No thanks. I think I'll just visit the blog less frequently. I'm sure declining readership and less website hits are exactly what you're going for.

Posted by The Commish on Jun. 03, 2013 @ 12:08 pm

And we both know it.

You're more strung out than a lab rat on this website. Otherwise, you'd just disappear and if history is an indicator, that is about as likely to happen as the Raiders winning the Super Bowl next year.

Can't "con a con", kid. 

Posted by JohnnyW on Jun. 03, 2013 @ 12:13 pm

Nobody can resist commenting on dreamy Johnny's blog posts!

And if you don't, Johnny has an army of sock puppets waiting to replace you!

Posted by Mitch on Jun. 03, 2013 @ 1:46 pm

I am fairly sure that isn't in his job description, and certainly does not connote journalistic professionalism and objectivity.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 03, 2013 @ 2:03 pm

Tim Redmond would celebrate a flooded Marina. It would mean fewer "yuppie capitalist pigs" in SF

Posted by Schlepileptic on Jun. 03, 2013 @ 12:23 pm

hills and the poorer folks live in the flatlands.

Was the same back in the day, when the white folks lived on the hills and the blacks lived on the low land, hence the nickname "muddies".

Posted by Guest on Jun. 03, 2013 @ 12:59 pm

The Marina never had a large black population

Posted by Deus Delenda Est on Jun. 03, 2013 @ 4:47 pm

Oakland is a good example too.

Hills: white people, not much crime

Flatlands: blacks and hispanics

Posted by Guest on Jun. 03, 2013 @ 5:23 pm

How is a discussion of climate change not appropriate for a political blog?

The same people who believe that dinosaurs disappeared because Noah couldn't fit two of each on board his ark have a loud and destructive political voice in this country.

Posted by Cybesq on Jun. 03, 2013 @ 12:32 pm

It's not science, and so it's not political science either.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 03, 2013 @ 1:00 pm

So when every major respected scientific organization in the world says that it is science and it is real, you know better? Love to see you post your qualifications.

Posted by Cybesq on Jun. 03, 2013 @ 2:46 pm

believe in climate change, at least in the way it is presented to achieve political goals.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 03, 2013 @ 3:37 pm

Let's start with the 34 different countries whose national science academies have made formal declarations regarding anthropogenic climate change. This includes every one of the G8 nations as well as Brazil, China and India.

If you want to stick to the U.S.:

The U.S. National Academy of Sciences
American Institute of Biological Sciences
American Chemical Society
American Institute of Physics
American Geophysical Union
The American Meteorological Society
The American Medical Association

Why don't you show me some respected scientific organization anywhere in the world that has taken a position contrary. Just give me your best one actually. Let's start with one.

How do you Foxtards even get through the day?

Posted by Cybesq on Jun. 03, 2013 @ 5:09 pm
Posted by Guest on Jun. 03, 2013 @ 5:24 pm

HAHAHAHA....So the world's leading scientists (people who have actually made science their life calling) are all taken in by the "myth". Not you. You would think you could find one stalwart organization who could step up and support the "myth" theory.

Here is Richard Muller, University of California, once a leading climate change denier:

"Last year, following an intensive research effort involving a dozen scientists, I concluded that global warming was real and that the prior estimates of the rate of warming were correct. I'm now going a step further: Humans are almost entirely the cause".

Come on, at least give me a Glenn Beck quote so we can all laugh at you a little harder.

Posted by Cybesq on Jun. 03, 2013 @ 6:19 pm

More and more the radical right are bearing out the old axiom: The truth hurts. Hence they squeal like stuck pigs when confronted with factual info that undermines their opinions.

Posted by SteveH on Jun. 03, 2013 @ 12:46 pm

Do you really need 10 of them to demonstrate that the sky is falling and it's all the fault of your battalion of straw men?

Posted by Chromefields on Jun. 03, 2013 @ 12:46 pm

"Straw men"? Why is it that pretty much all right-wing pundits and spokesman not only dismiss climate change, they ridicule it? It is the right who reject science when it presents, politically, an "inconvenient truth".

Posted by SteveH on Jun. 03, 2013 @ 1:16 pm

It's fake science.

It used to be called global warming but then, when it turned out the world had gotten colder not warmer, the name of the myth was changed to "climate change".

Guess what? The climate has always been changing and it always will.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 03, 2013 @ 2:01 pm

Of course there's science behind it. Data collected shows that the earth, over all and over time samples, is getting warmer. We're seeing this happen. Scientists believe that CO2 in the atmosphere from industrial and auto exhaust is a cause.

If a big womping majority of scientists have drawn this conclusion based on data, why would you challenge it?

Posted by SteveH on Jun. 03, 2013 @ 3:07 pm

Can't happen, according to you,.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 03, 2013 @ 3:38 pm

And Britain just had its coldest spring since 1891.

However, remember the rules, Comrades!

1) Unusually warm weather is proof of global warming!

2) Unusually cool weather is also proof of global warming!

3) Unusually mild weather is additional proof of global warming!

Posted by Rob on Jun. 03, 2013 @ 3:52 pm
Posted by Guest on Jun. 03, 2013 @ 4:08 pm

For crying out loud..., don't be so damn stupid. The phenomenon is called "global warming", not "British warming". The world, on the whole, is getting warmer. One of the anticipated effects is that the gulf stream, which warms Europe, will be impacted.

Posted by SteveH on Jun. 04, 2013 @ 6:34 am

How convenient for conspiracy theorists everywhere.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 04, 2013 @ 6:56 am

"So the world is getting warmer except where it's not?"

Actually, that's not a new argument for the Gaia worshippers.

They've had to explain away the "Medieval Warming Period" (when farming was possible in Greenland, which it still isn't today) - the official excuse of the Gaia worshippers was that the medieval warming occurred only in the few places where weather records were being kept, while staying cold everywhere else on the planet.

Posted by Rob on Jun. 04, 2013 @ 7:37 am

Because at heart, the American reactionary is a tantrum-throwing five year old. exercising their power by screaming

Great prose, as usual. The American reactionary is exercising their power.

Johnny Angel is a truth-teller who makes the reactionaries squeal.

Good job, Johnny Angel. I say: a job well done

Posted by Paul on Jun. 03, 2013 @ 5:11 pm

While Tim and Steven are just little hillocks.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 03, 2013 @ 5:25 pm

He then turned into a tiger and is now stalking around my house.

THAT'S how powerful Johnny's writing is. It can cure the blind - heal the sick. It can transform meek cats into powerful tigers.

Posted by Sam on Jun. 03, 2013 @ 6:15 pm

Sam is exaggerating just a little.

But not by much!

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