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Flash! Global warming no longer a danger: North Carolina finds solution!

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It’s really simple, once you think of it: make global warming against the law! There! Job done. Man, that was ever so much easier than things proposed by those pointy-headed, needle-necked scientist fellers.

Here’s the story, thanks to TYD.

You really have to read it. Are North Carolina legislators really so boneheaded stupid as that? I had assumed that the majority would have at least a high-school education. Apparently not.

UPDATE: It occurred to me that this is another example of bending the needle—basically, denying reality and substituting for it a construct that is more in line with what we want. Another example is Obama’s decision that every adult male our drones kill is by definition a terrorist: that bends the needle in the direction of making the US look better to itself, but if the reality is that innocent people are killed—and that indeed seems to happen—the people who know them are enraged, and thus we facilitate, to some degree, Al Qaeda’s recruiting efforts.

Written by LeisureGuy

30 May 2012 at 4:42 pm

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  1. And it’s only been a mere thousand years since King Knut went to the seashore to show that this kind of thing doesn’t work?

    The Eldest

    31 May 2012 at 6:07 am

  2. LOL. Exactly! These guys are the courtiers and flatterers who in olden days told King Knut he could order the tides stopped.

    LeisureGuy

    31 May 2012 at 6:24 am

  3. I think “Bending the Needle” would be a great title for a blog on bullshit and deception.

    Steve

    31 May 2012 at 6:42 am

  4. Bending the needle occasionally involves self-deception (“if I don’t look at it, it will go away”, or (as cats seem to believe) “if I don’t look at it, it can’t see me”), but generally is (as you say) deception: covering up a problem so no one will know. Reality has a way of breaking through, though, so the end result is generally much worse than if they had heeded the warning instead of burying it. Denial is, however, a basic and fundamental response: the first option, I would say. When people get bad news, the first response seems universally to be “No!”

    LeisureGuy

    31 May 2012 at 6:49 am


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