Me and Mrs. Jones

 

shutterstock_154817021I have three rules in life that I seldom break, as experience has taught me that no good can come from doing so. (1) I never take myself too seriously. (2) I don’t allow myself to be a burden to other people. (3) I never, ever, read Mother Jones. I fell off the wagon on number three today. In my defense, it has been a slow couple of days for news.

Entering their website is a bit like stumbling upon the unfiltered id of the liberal psyche. All stories warn of impending disasters of a global, or at least national, scale. Warnings of “Big Food” and their corrupting influence on the nation’s dietitians are given a prominent position near an endless string of climate change alarmism stories.  These are buttressed by a never-ending series of articles that chronicle how Republicans are the cause of every one of these oncoming disasters.

This formula is rarely violated. The drum of crises fed by evil conservatives is beat day and night with astonishing fortitude. No amount of exaggeration or distortion is unjustified in the face of the palpable and callous villainy perpetrated by the right. Case in Point:

This Is What a Holy [EXPLETIVE] Moment for Global Warming Looks Like

 According to two new studies, the collapse of much of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet may now be irreversible. That could ultimately mean 10 feet of sea level rise.

Everyone pack your bags, it’s time to move to Colorado. Al Gore’s doomsday predictions have at last come to fruition. We shall all rue the day we ever voted for a Republican.

Two new scientific papers, in the journals Science and Geophysical Research Letters, report that major glaciers that are part of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet appear to have become irrevocably destabilized. The whole process may still play out on the scale of centuries, but due to the particular dynamics of this ice sheet, the collapse of these major glaciers now “appears unstoppable,” according to NASA (whose researchers are behind one of the two studies).

“The simulations indicate that early-stage collapse has begun,” notes their paper. What’s more, the Thwaites Glacier is a “linchpin” for the rest of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet; its rapid collapse would “probably spill over to adjacent catchments, undermining much of West Antarctica.” And considering that the entire West Antarctic Ice Sheet contains enough water to raise sea levels by 10 to 13 feet, that’s a really big deal.

If you have followed the story of the West Antarctic Ice sheet at all, you’ve likely noticed the repeated use of the word “collapse.” The narrative has been that the sheet is apparently “collapsing” and would not have done so if not for human greenhouse gas emissions. A pox on the house of climate denier Rubio.

But do glaciers really collapse in hundred year time frames because of minuscule temperature increases? Andrew Revkin thinks not, and the New York Times somehow allowed his skeptical comments to appear on their website.

To the public, collapse is a term applied to a heart attack victim on a street corner or a building stricken by an earthquake or bomb. To a glaciologist, it describes the transition to unavoidable loss of an ice sheet — a process that can take centuries to get into gear, and millenniums to complete.

This doesn’t sound nearly as exciting as The Day After Tomorrow promised.  

To translate a bit, that means sometime between 200 and 900 years from now the rate of ice loss from this glacier could reach a volume sufficient to raise sea levels about 4 inches (100 millimeters) a century.

If this is what a Holy [Expletive] moment for Global Warming looks like, then there are no Holy [Expletive] moments for Global Warming. But that’s no reason for Mama Jones to refrain from using the story to impugn journalists who fail to see the crisis as they do.

“The results? CNN didn’t cover the Antarctica story on air on Monday or Tuesday, while MSNBC covered it several times. Just two segments—on MSNBC and Fox—took the Antarctica news and produced it into a full story on its own terms, and that was the day after the news broke”

For events with millennium-long time scales, “breaking news” seems like a poor descriptor. 

Mother Jones’ own David Corn weighed in on Rubio on Hardball with Chris Matthews, pointing out that climate change and sea level rise is a major threat to Rubio’s home state of Florida. “It’s a big deal, as you point out,” Matthews said. PoliticsNation’s Al Sharpton also told Rubio to “go back to science class” on climate change.

You hear that, Marco? The biggest threat to your home state is a doomsday prediction a thousand years in the future. When will the voters hold you accountable for ignoring their biggest concern?

We often laugh at the left’s timetables for destruction, and note how they are rarely held to account for predictions that have proven incorrect. They seem to have found an answer: Make sure everyone is long dead before your forecast can be verified.

I think I’ll give this a try myself. If innovation hasn’t brought us a cheaper and more ecologically superior power source than fossil fuels a hundred years from now, I’ll eat my hat.

Update: I have been given four Pinocchios by the Ricochet fact-checkers for my assertion that any aspect of The Day After Tomorrow was exciting. I apologize for the error.

 

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  1. Jimmy Carter Member
    Jimmy Carter
    @JimmyCarter

    Algore’s sequal:

    The Day After An Inconvenient Millinium

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  2. Pilli Inactive
    Pilli
    @Pilli

    Not to mention that if there is some warming, it will cause more water to evaporate from the oceans causing them to recede.  The evaporated water vapor will cause more rain in places that really need it.  San Diego?  N. Mexico?  Arizona?

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  3. Vance Richards Member
    Vance Richards
    @VanceRichards

    OK, so another thousand years and then we might start to get our feet wet. But if we start driving around in little electric cars we will be good for what? 1010 years?

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  4. The King Prawn Inactive
    The King Prawn
    @TheKingPrawn

    Vance Richards: But if we start driving around in little electric cars we will be good for what? 1010 years?

    Probably less. Statistically speaking, you’re much more likely to die in the clown car during a minor fender bender than you are to live a thousand years. 

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  5. Z in MT Member
    Z in MT
    @ZinMT

    I don’t want to discuss the merits of Mother Jones’s global warming reporting, but over the past year I have read a couple Mother Jones articles after being pointed to it by a either a post on Ricochet or National Review.  I was actually surprised by the quality of the reporting.   A stopped clock is right twice a day, but it does seem that there are at least some contributors at Mother Jones that actually do try to do an honest job reporting.

    Now I have to go take a long shower, to wash this stink of defending Mother Jones off my skin.

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  6. user_240173 Contributor
    user_240173
    @FrankSoto

    Z in MT:

    I don’t want to discuss the merits of Mother Jones’s global warming reporting, but over the past year I have read a couple Mother Jones articles after being pointed to it by a either a post on Ricochet or National Review. I was actually surprised by the quality of the reporting. A stopped clock is right twice a day, but it does seem that there are at least some contributors at Mother Jones that actually do try to do an honest job reporting.

    Now I have to go take a long shower, to wash this stink of defending Mother Jones off my skin.

    Mother Jones once produced a piece that suggested that no mass shooting had ever been stopped by a civilian concealed carrying a gun.

    No one at the organization thought to themselves “huh, maybe we aren’t finding any, because we are only looking at incidents where lots of people died, because no one with a gun was there to stop them.”

    Ann Coulter destroyed the piece in entertaining fashion, producing numerous incidents where mass shooters had been stopped, often before anyone was injured.  

    This about summarizes what I encounter every time a liberal friend links to Mother Jones.

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  7. user_240173 Contributor
    user_240173
    @FrankSoto

    It also occurs to me that I may have used the wrong title.

    Is it safe to assume that Mother Jones is a single mother?

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  8. Vance Richards Member
    Vance Richards
    @VanceRichards

    Frank Soto:

    It also occurs to me that I may have used the wrong title.

    Is it safe to assume that Mother Jones is a single mother?

     I’m sure she goes by Ms.

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  9. thelonious Member
    thelonious
    @thelonious

    Frank Soto:

    It also occurs to me that I may have used the wrong title.

    Is it safe to assume that Mother Jones is a single mother?

    Isn’t Mother Jones named after a nun?  Somebody told me that once so it must be true. 

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  10. user_240173 Contributor
    user_240173
    @FrankSoto

    thelonious:

    Frank Soto:

    It also occurs to me that I may have used the wrong title.

    Is it safe to assume that Mother Jones is a single mother?

    Isn’t Mother Jones named after a nun? Somebody told me that once so it must be true.

     This shocks me.  A nun would surely want creationism to be taught in school.  Mother Jones the website would not approve.

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  11. Misthiocracy Member
    Misthiocracy
    @Misthiocracy
    1. Do not feel absolutely certain of anything.
    2. Do not think it worth while to proceed by concealing evidence, for the evidence is sure to come to light.
    3. Never try to discourage thinking for you are sure to succeed.
    4. When you meet with opposition, even if it should be from your husband or your children, endeavor to overcome it by argument and not by authority, for a victory dependent upon authority is unreal and illusory.
    5. Have no respect for the authority of others, for there are always contrary authorities to be found.
    6. Do not use power to suppress opinions you think pernicious, for if you do the opinions will suppress you.
    7. Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.
    8. Find more pleasure in intelligent dissent than in passive agreement, for, if you value intelligence as you should, the former implies a deeper agreement than the latter.
    9. Be scrupulously truthful, even if the truth is inconvenient, for it is more inconvenient when you try to conceal it.
    10. Do not feel envious of the happiness of those who live in a fool’s paradise, for only a fool will think that it is happiness.
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  12. Misthiocracy Member
    Misthiocracy
    @Misthiocracy

    Speaking of rules for living…

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  13. Retail Lawyer Member
    Retail Lawyer
    @RetailLawyer

    I once subscribed to Mother Jones.  The experience was one of the first contributors to my political evolution from standard issue recent college graduate nitwit to conservative.   The New Yorker was another.  Really!

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  14. The Mugwump Inactive
    The Mugwump
    @TheMugwump

    Frank, you need to turn up the vitriol a notch or two.  You’re starting to become predictable, buddy.

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  15. user_222359 Inactive
    user_222359
    @KirstenWeiss

    It’s interesting that no one is connecting the active volcano near the section that’s melting to the melt. Here’s an article about it in the Daily Mail. There was also something about it on HotAir or the Daily Caller this week, with a map showing the proximity of the volcano to the glaciers in question, but I can’t find it.

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  16. Misthiocracy Member
    Misthiocracy
    @Misthiocracy

    Retail Lawyer:

    I once subscribed to Mother Jones. The experience was one of the first contributors to my political evolution from standard issue recent college graduate nitwit to conservative. The New Yorker was another. Really!

    Adbusters did that for me, but it took a couple of years before I really noticed just how often they published things that were verifiably, factually incorrect.

    The clincher was when they claimed that if your “droppings” float in the toilet it means that you eat too much fat in your diet, because fat floats. [eyeroll]

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  17. Misthiocracy Member
    Misthiocracy
    @Misthiocracy

    By the way, I’m kinda surprised that nobody’s mentioned that the extent of Antarctic sea ice is currently the largest on record:

    http://dailycaller.com/2014/05/12/global-cooling-antarctic-sea-ice-coverage-continues-to-break-records/

    http://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/

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  18. Misthiocracy Member
    Misthiocracy
    @Misthiocracy

    Kirsten Weiss:

    It’s interesting that no one is connecting the active volcano near the section that’s melting to the melt. Here’s an article about it in the Daily Mail. There was also something about it on HotAir or the Daily Caller this week, with a map showing the proximity of the volcano to the glaciers in question, but I can’t find it.

    To be fair, the Daily Mail is almost as reliable as Mother Jones.

    ;-)

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  19. user_240173 Contributor
    user_240173
    @FrankSoto

    The Mugwump:

    Frank, you need to turn up the vitriol a notch or two. You’re starting to become predictable, buddy.

     I am?  What am I going to write about next?  No seriously, let me know, it will make the process easier.

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  20. Misthiocracy Member
    Misthiocracy
    @Misthiocracy

    Frank Soto:

    The Mugwump:

    Frank, you need to turn up the vitriol a notch or two. You’re starting to become predictable, buddy.

    I am? What am I going to write about next? No seriously, let me know, it will make the process easier.

    How about cartel price controls in the Quebec maple syrup industry?

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  21. user_222359 Inactive
    user_222359
    @KirstenWeiss

    Fine, make me work for it. National Geographic reported it too, a year ago, – and that it would impact the melt.

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  22. user_222359 Inactive
    user_222359
    @KirstenWeiss

    Fine, make me work for it. National Geographic reported it too, a year ago, – and that it would impact the melt. Not sure if it’s the same volcano, but it’s in the region.

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  23. Whiskey Sam Inactive
    Whiskey Sam
    @WhiskeySam

    thelonious:

    Frank Soto:

    It also occurs to me that I may have used the wrong title.

    Is it safe to assume that Mother Jones is a single mother?

    Isn’t Mother Jones named after a nun? Somebody told me that once so it must be true.

     She wasn’t a nun.  She was a widow and union/political agitator.  She constantly agitated for miners strikes and got herself locked up for conspiracy to commit murder.  Socialist “community organizer”.  Her namesake magazine does a good job of carrying on her unhinged Leftism.

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  24. Petty Boozswha Inactive
    Petty Boozswha
    @PettyBoozswha

    In my more mischievous days I enjoyed being a troll on Kevin Drum’s comments section – my moniker was “Minion of Rove.” It was as fun as tying a string of ribbons to a dog’s tail.

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  25. The Mugwump Inactive
    The Mugwump
    @TheMugwump

    Frank, you are being regularly promoted as an antidote to leftist ideology.  Kudos for the promotion.  It’s your tone that has become predictable.  Your posts are always calm and measured, logical and methodic, a step by step reduction of leftist thinking (such as it is).   But it’s the vitriol that moves people.  Something we need more of on Ricochet in general.  The outrageous should be met with outrage.  So say I for what it’s worth, but then I don’t get regularly promoted.  Just a suggestion, brother.  Prefer your old avatar as well.  Nothing substitutes for gravitas.

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  26. Arahant Member
    Arahant
    @Arahant

    Whiskey Sam: She wasn’t a nun. She was a widow and union/political agitator. She constantly agitated for miners strikes and got herself locked up for conspiracy to commit murder. Socialist “community organizer”. Her namesake magazine does a good job of carrying on her unhinged Leftism.

     The Most Dangerous Woman in America

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  27. user_536506 Member
    user_536506
    @ScottWilmot

    Frank Soto:

    This shocks me. A nun would surely want creationism to be taught in school. Mother Jones the website would not approve.

    Frank: congratulations on getting Contributor status (I assume that is what the ‘C’ is for next to your avatar – it would be nice if the editors would write a congratulatory/promotional post when they make these additions), you are a good and thought provoking writer.

    However, I want to take issue with your comment on the nun – why would she surely want creationism taught in schools? You may have meant this in jest but I hope you know that the Church doesn’t hold this position (creationism that is). She surely teaches creation, but leaves it to the faithful to determine how the world evolved, and She is certainly supportive of science in search for the truth.

    Bash the Pope all you like for his economic proclamations, but you are better than this to intimate something as you did.

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  28. user_240173 Contributor
    user_240173
    @FrankSoto

    Scott Wilmot:

    Frank Soto:

    This shocks me. A nun would surely want creationism to be taught in school. Mother Jones the website would not approve.

    Frank: congratulations on getting Contributor status (I assume that is what the ‘C’ is for next to your avatar – it would be nice if the editors would write a congratulatory/promotional post when they make these additions), you are a good and thought provoking writer.

    However, I want to take issue with your comment on the nun – why would she surely want creationism taught in schools? You may have meant this in jest but I hope you know that the Church doesn’t hold this position (creationism that is). She surely teaches creation, but leaves it to the faithful to determine how the world evolved, and She is certainly supportive of science in search for the truth.

    Bash the Pope all you like for his economic proclamations, but you are better than this to intimate something as you did.

     It was joke.  Nothing more.

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  29. user_536506 Member
    user_536506
    @ScottWilmot

    Frank Soto:

    It was joke. Nothing more.

    OK, thanks. Keep up the good writing.

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  30. user_240173 Contributor
    user_240173
    @FrankSoto

    Scott Wilmot:

    Frank Soto:

    It was joke. Nothing more.

    OK, thanks. Keep up the good writing.

     To clarify, it was specifically a joke about how hostile Mother Jones is to Christianity.  I was commenting that it was impossible for Mother Jones to have been named after a nun,

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