I love the writing by this person. He's so clear and readable and interesting. As I move from an apartment where I've lived for 25 years to a new small house it's nice to take some time at my job to read what Marc writes. Also, the apartment is currently inhabited by a bunch of bugs which I hope do not follow me to my new place. Maybe they're good for me -- I don't know.
Chicken Little “scientists” will continue to push forward with the global climate change mantra. Climate change is happening - DUH! I will not pretend to go along with the new grim fairy tales that are being woven into society, all in the name of saving the earth - all in the game of saving their jobs. I appreciate an honest debate - but is anyone denying that “global change is upon us“? No, just that woman kind is responsible or that any kind can do anything to stop it. Publish your papers, make a buck. tell Al Gore to run again and enjoy your air conditioned classrooms and summer vacations.
Readers: As always, we had a lot more to say about the ADF than we could ever hope to fit into print. If you thought our findings here were interesting, we're posting "extended dance mixes" of sections of our season wrap, which delve more in depth into some of the issues that came up at the ADF this season, on Artery, the Independent's arts blog. Check 'em out! http://www.indyweek.com/artery/archives/2011/07/29/adf-2011-season-wrap-ii-extended-dance-remixwhen-the-music-takes-control-and-then-doesnt-give-it-back
Thanks, Andrea. I've added that to our events database & linked it here.
Minnie Bruce Pratt will be here in Durham, in September, 2011. She will read at 7pm in the White Lecture Hall, Duke Univ East Campus, on Friday September 23. She will also be present in the parade and on the mainstage at Triangle Pride, Saturday, September 24th.
It has been a joy to watch The Closer these all too few years, and I can't imagine what could captivate me as a substitute when the run ends after this season. Kyra Sedgwick deserves every kudo she's earned...and more.... Plus, the ensemble she's put together is also sterling. I can't imagine doing anything else at 9 p.m., Mondays.
Interesting, if you don't believe global warming is man-made you are a "right wing", but if you are a rabid supporter, you are a Democrat, not a "liberal". Let's call a spade a spade, conservative views are espoused as right wing, but the left has abandoned their liberal label, for the more acceptable "progressive" moniker. And Al Gore is one of the biggest charlatans to walk God's green earth. Why doesn't he practice what he preaches? He certainly does not live a "green" lifestyle. Cap and trade is all about control in the name of "saving the planet". Control is all about the money and power. If you are so worried and want to salve your conscience, send me $1000.00 and I'l plant a tree to offset your carbon footprint!!!
Aye, c'est moi (John Morrison)
There are people who deny that the climate is warming; they're just misinformed. Tragic, perhaps, but there's nothing new about that. There are also people who admit global warming but stick their heads in the sand because they find the concept of global warming too threatening or disruptive to accept -- or who assume that some cost-effective technology yet to be identified will bail us out. I'm not among them, but I can understand them. Lastly there are people who admit global warming but are not persuaded that the sole cause, or even the principle cause, is CO2 release from fossil fuels; they ask about other causative factors or even periodic changes in the global climate that are documented. Right or wrong, they tend to be more discriminating as to facts. I wonder if Pilkey's book speaks to them.
jason0x21: Much the same as proponents, eh?
Just the use of the word "denier" tells me something, and this article oversells its alleged point.
As someone in the academic community who lives under the constant threat of funding sources being cut off, it's important to note that our grant proposals must incorporate a sense of doom and gloom. While I'm not in climate science (artificial intelligence in pedagogical systems), we must try to push an agenda that education is failing us and that the only way we pull ourselves from the abyss is by providing our research groups with millions of dollars to fund our research assistants, equipment, etc. I'm completely convinced that many on the climate change side don't actually believe what they're proposing or writing (much as I don't), but they do it just as a way to move forward in their careers. If they become "deniers", they risk not only losing future grant money, but also potentially jeopardize their career advancement.
There is also an interesting irony in how conservatives/libertarians like myself are forced to deal with others in academia. Not unlike gays, we must sometimes remain "in the closet" about our political beliefs until we either a) graduate or b) secure tenure. Until then, we either must "keep up appearances" and pretend to agree with the neo-progressive agenda our colleagues subscribe to, or claim ignorance to politics in general. I wonder if the left will stand up for people like us just as they stand up for those in the homosexual community? :-)
What is this "Denier" crap? If I disagree with you about climate change, I have an opinion. I can't hurt the feelings of climate or disrespect its history (as you would if you denied the Holocaust). Who cares! But the problem is, some people use their opinion on climate change to push agendas to control peoples' behavior, in the name of "community" or "responsibility." The questions are, (1) Who made YOU boss? and (2) Why should I believe that YOUR solutions have any validity? Even if you prove #2, I have the right as a free person to reject your authority. Then, force comes. Look at the light bulb law. Those who pushed control were SO adamant it was important. Then, when the law is challenged in Congress, all of a sudden it's not so important. TACTICS, not facts!
The problem with climate change denialists is the same problem with all the anti-science movement. They do not believe you; not because they are inadequately educated on the facts. They do not believe you because you are _you_ and not _them_; and nothing will change that for them.
Indeed, the photo's of John Morrison, the second-place finisher.
That photo is not of Colby Bogie, fyi. I think that guys name was John. Check with Tom at the Regulator, he may know who that is.
Frank, thanks very much for the clarification. I would love to know when your committee will present to the City Council, and to cover that for the Independent or for the Indy's art blog Artery.
We received this via email:
I wanted to clarify something in Chris Vitiello's piece on public art funding. He states "nor does the Bull City have the wherewithal or resources to develop such a policy (for art in public spaces), so public art here is a crap shoot." While it is surprising that Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Cary, Charlotte, Asheville, Greensboro, Hickory, and RDU all have percent for art or other public art programs in place and Durham does not yet, there is a 9 member Public Art Committee of the Durham Cultural Advisory Board that has been working to develop such a policy and has established a temporary process for approval of proposals for public works of art on city owned property. Very soon we will present our recommendations to the City Council and I encourage everyone to contact their City Council members to urge approval of this long overdue enhancement to the cultural life of Durham.
Member Durham Public Art Committee
I saw this extremely fun show, and the singing is incredible!! This was NOT mentioned above..
Also, I'm pretty sure the prom queen gag is a joke on the audience, thanks for spoiling it for potential audience members...
The typo has been corrected, John. Thanks for the additional comments. We'll continue to report on Raleigh arts funding issues.
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