Because he’s a fucking idiot. No, seriously, he has proven himself to be really, really stupid. I’m talking “should be required to have people assigned to him to keep him from eating his own feces” stupid.
It’s been a nice year since we both agreed to stop talking about politics… or anything. He broke that agreement the other day. I knew I shouldn’t have engaged him, but he just refuses to shut the fuck up and I have to be there and listen.
Among the many topics that he chose to “enlighten” me on Tuesday night was, of course, global warming. I mentioned, in passing, that I would like to see someone explain why the climate models that people seem to treat as The Word of God don’t seem to be matching with reality, as evidenced by the current 18+year pause in warming.
“That’s not true.” – he says.
“Ummmmmm, what? You do realize that it is pretty much accepted across the spectrum that we are currently experiencing a pause in global warming, right? This is not really up for debate. Perhaps the reasons why or what it means are, but the fact that it is happening is pretty much accepted as fact. By all but the most extreme environmental activists.”
“No. That’s just not true.”
Okay, so that mercifully ends. Wednesday morning, I do a quick search and find 4 articles form across the political spectrum that discuss the pause.
“A study in the journal Nature could help explain why the Earth’s average temperature hasn’t increased during the past 15 years.”
“He and a colleague asked why the average global temperature has bucked its long-term upward trend. They also set
out to explain why — even during this hiatus — there has been record melting of ice in the Arctic Ocean, and why
there have been many new summertime heat records.”
“There’s no telling how long this cool phase will persist.”
His response: “I think you printed this by mistake. It is an article against your position in general and the idea of a pause in specific.”
Pull quote: “Taking the least-squares linear-regression trend on Remote Sensing Systems’ satellite-based monthly global mean lower-troposphere temperature dataset, there has been no global warming – none at all – for at least 215 months.”
His response: “Author is a conservative politician who studied classical literature and journalism. He also has some weird views on homosexuality and aids that you might be interested in. As for the info, in the article, I can’t rebut it. I would defer to a climatologist. It might not need to be rebutted, however, as you conveniently provided the NPR article which is a rebuttal to this.”
I guess this article was too complicated for him, as his only response was “I can’t understand what this article is about, except that there is a Canadian economist who is skeptical about climate change claims.”
This one is my favorite:
I only gave this one to him because it quotes Environmental Protection Agency chief Gina McCarthy referring to the pause.
His response: “OMG, Politics again! Give me a fucking break!”
I found that response hysterically lacking in self-awareness, considering his response to the second article above.
I guess i have no greater message to offer here other than one that is already painfully obvious to most of you, that being “liberals are really stupid.” I guess the part that annoys me about them, though, is that they really do think they are smarter than everyone else. The smug, haughty, superior attitudes they display while they spout just the most ignorant nonsense is both infuriating and hilarious.
But it’s not a religion.
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