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Religious Tweet of the Day

 

Courtesy of Keith Olbermann.

Olbermann has discerned signs from the current unusually mild season that escaped him during last year’s abnormally cold winter. Pleasant weather today portends imminent manmade catastrophe. If you don’t believe in climate change “you’ve decided to kill your own great grandchildren.”

Meanwhile, against the possibility of anthropogenic global warming, our fiery Obama partisan, late of MSNBC and now seen by a hardy few on Current TV, is untroubled by the certainty of stratospheric sovereign debt service bills balanced atop the shoulders of our great grandchildren.

Such faith!

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  1. Profile photo of David Williamson Member

    These people live in a different world – I wish.

    • #1
    • February 24, 2012 at 3:05 am
  2. Profile photo of Aaron Miller Member

    No winter is normal around here (Houston). We get a few days of cold here and there, punctuated by temperatures in the 70s or even 80s. Last winter was freakishly cold and sustained. It was like an actual season. I’m not sure, but we might have even gotten snow once or twice.

    This “winter” feels pretty normal. We even got some much-needed rain. Some seasons are barely noticeable in the land of evergreens and warm Gulf air.

    • #2
    • February 24, 2012 at 3:09 am
  3. Profile photo of Joseph Stanko Member
    George Savage: 

    Olbermann has discerned signs from the current unusually mild season that escaped him during last year’s abnormally cold winter.

    He covered his bases on the 2nd to last tweet: “The point being climate change means extremes.”

    So an abnormally cold winter proves his theory just as much as an abnormally warm one. It’s a non-falsifiable hypothesis.

    • #3
    • February 24, 2012 at 3:11 am
  4. Profile photo of Randy Weivoda Thatcher

    You’ve got it, Mr. Stanko. Any unpleasant or unusual weather is the fault of Republicans, it’s as simple as that.

    • #4
    • February 24, 2012 at 3:22 am
  5. Profile photo of DocJay Member

    How long do we get before climate change rapture? I don’t want to be left behind.

    • #5
    • February 24, 2012 at 3:25 am
  6. Profile photo of C. U. Douglas Thatcher

    Take the natural numbers from 1 to 100 and print each number on 100 ping pong balls and place those in a sack.

    We know that if we take all the natural numbers from 1 to 100, their average is 50 1/2.

    Pull out five ping pong balls from the sack. Is their average 50 1/2? If not, then something is seriously wrong with the sack and we have to fix this crisis immediately!

    And that, essentially, is the hand wave of the Climate Change Apologists.

    • #6
    • February 24, 2012 at 3:25 am
  7. Profile photo of DrewInWisconsin Member

    Remember how it works: if we have an abnormally cold and snowy winter “that’s just weather and has nothing to do with climate.” If we have an abnormally warm and dry winter, “DOOM! DOOM!”

    But yes, it’s a religion, and you can’t argue with a true believer.

    • #7
    • February 24, 2012 at 3:36 am
  8. Profile photo of Joseph Stanko Member
    C. U. Douglas: Take the natural numbers from 1 to 100 and print each number on 100 ping pong balls and place those in a sack.

    We know that if we take all the natural numbers from 1 to 100, their average is 50 1/2.

    Pull out five ping pong balls from the sack. Is their average 50 1/2? If not, then something is seriously wrong with the sack and we have to fix this crisis immediately!

    It’s worse than that: according to Olbermann if you pull out a 20 and an 81, the very fact that both numbers were so “extreme” proves something is seriously wrong. He expects every sample to be a 50 or a 51.

    • #8
    • February 24, 2012 at 3:38 am
  9. Profile photo of Aaron Miller Member
    DrewInWisconsin:

    But yes, it’s a religion, and you can’t argue with a true believer.

    Let’s not get sucked into the Left’s ugly distortions. Religion is not blind faith.

    But yes, AGW is often a religion. Religion is the foundation of a person’s response to life. It is the core beliefs on which all others pivot. Everyone is religious. Not every religion includes God or an immortal soul.

    • #9
    • February 24, 2012 at 3:49 am
  10. Profile photo of C. U. Douglas Thatcher
    Aaron Miller
    DrewInWisconsin:

    But yes, it’s a religion, and you can’t argue with a true believer.

    Let’s not get sucked into the Left’s ugly distortions. Religion is not blind faith.

    But yes, AGW is often a religion. Religion is the foundation of a person’s response to life. It is the core beliefs on which all others pivot. Everyone is religious. Not every religion includes God or an immortal soul. · 1 minute ago

    I almost prefer the term ‘dogma’.

    • #10
    • February 24, 2012 at 3:52 am
  11. Profile photo of Pat in Obamaland Inactive

    Wait, Olbermann is on CurrentTV?! I thought he was wearing a white jacket in Bellevue…

    • #11
    • February 24, 2012 at 3:56 am
  12. Profile photo of Joseph Stanko Member
    Aaron Miller
    DrewInWisconsin:

    But yes, it’s a religion, and you can’t argue with a true believer.

    Let’s not get sucked into the Left’s ugly distortions. Religion is not blind faith.

    Yes, I agree, this is a pet peeve of mine. You can argue about religion in a rational and civil manner. We do it here on Ricochet from time to time.

    Folks like Olbermann are far less reasonable or open to debate than any religious believers I know.

    • #12
    • February 24, 2012 at 4:00 am
  13. Profile photo of Nick Stuart Thatcher

    Oh ye of little faith, so slow to believe.

    • #13
    • February 24, 2012 at 4:02 am
  14. Profile photo of flownover Inactive

    Olbermann is working for Currentv, owner is Al Gore. Hard to believe but it appears that Al is paying Keith in kind. How are they able to swallow those horse manure tofu wraps ?

    love the religious theme you tagged this with. the secular types need something to believe in, might as well be something requires a really big leap of faith.

    • #14
    • February 24, 2012 at 4:06 am
  15. Profile photo of K T Cat Inactive

    Maybe I won’t like my great grandchildren. Given how different their popular culture will be from mine, I probably will hate their music.

    • #15
    • February 24, 2012 at 4:28 am
  16. Profile photo of C. U. Douglas Thatcher
    K T Cat: Maybe I won’t like my great grandchildren. Given how different their popular culture will be from mine, I probably will hate their music. · 3 minutes ago

    Also, they won’t get off my lawn.

    • #16
    • February 24, 2012 at 4:42 am
  17. Profile photo of DrewInWisconsin Member

    Okay, how about if I call it a “cult”? ; )

    And you know, if Al Gore wants to pay Keith Olbermann to repeat this codswallop, I suppose that’s just fine. A fool and his money . . . gang aft agley.

    • #17
    • February 24, 2012 at 4:51 am
  18. Profile photo of George Savage Admin
    George Savage Post author
    flownover: Olbermann is working for Currentv, owner is Al Gore. Edited 50 minutes ago

     The connection between Keith’s new employer and the founder of the Church of Anthropogenic Global Warming had escaped me. This strikes me as a critical observation. Many thanks for pointing this out.

    • #18
    • February 24, 2012 at 5:05 am
  19. Profile photo of Percival Thatcher

    The really offensive thing is that they are trying to dress up this blind faith they’ve developed as science, but they won’t play by the rules that the scientific method imposes.

    Yes, it’s a little offensive to call it a religion. It’s not an insult to the mess the AGW cultists believe in, but to people who are truly religious, and speaking as one of the latter, I’ve had worse.

    Monty-Python-limbless-Black-Knight.jpg

    • #19
    • February 24, 2012 at 5:08 am
  20. Profile photo of tabula rasa Member
    George Savage
    flownover: Olbermann is working for Currentv, owner is Al Gore. Edited 50 minutes ago

     The connection between Keith’s new employer and the founder of the Church of Anthropogenic Global Warming had escaped me. This strikes me as a critical observation. Many thanks for pointing this out. · 5 minutes ago

    George: You’re so cynical. I thought Keith was just dumb.

    • #20
    • February 24, 2012 at 5:19 am
  21. Profile photo of George Savage Admin
    George Savage Post author
    Percival: The really offensive thing is that they are trying to dress up this blind faith they’ve developedas science, but they won’t play by the rules that the scientific method imposes.

    Yes, it’s a little offensive to call it a religion. It’s not an insult to the mess the AGW cultists believe in, but to people who are truly religious, and speaking as one of the latter, I’ve had worse. · 38 minutes ago

    I think the religious characterization of AGW hits the mark. Science is based on testing hypotheses. If a hypothesis is non-disprovable then, whatever else it is, it is not science. Religions differ in the ease with which rational apologetics can be constructed, but core tenets are typically not disprovable by the scientific method.

    I don’t mean to insult religion or religious thought. As a belief system, AGW is pretty diffuse and inchoate; low on the internal consistency meter from my perspective. But certain core tenets–e.g., Nature is divine; Fallen Man’s depravity despoils Nature; Man must repent now or face divine retribution–come through pretty consistently. These tenets are untestable by science and therefore matters of faith.

    • #21
    • February 24, 2012 at 6:03 am
  22. Profile photo of Percival Thatcher

    George, it’s ok. Some people might not have my rhino (not RINO) hide. I made the same comparison to a friend of mine and got an earful, though.

    I should have been more clear: I don’t have any problem separating my religion from science, or vice versa. Some tools one just doesn’t need for some jobs, and some are indispensable.

    Unfalsifiable theories, as Joseph pointed out, are a big no-no in science.

    • #22
    • February 24, 2012 at 6:19 am
  23. Profile photo of Joseph Stanko Member
    George Savage

     But certain core tenets–e.g., Nature is divine; Fallen Man’s depravity despoils Nature; Man must repent now or face divine retribution–come through pretty consistently.

    And carbon offsets are the new indulgences.

    • #23
    • February 24, 2012 at 6:29 am
  24. Profile photo of George Savage Admin
    George Savage Post author
    Percival: George, it’s ok. Some people might not have my rhino (not RINO) hide. I made the same comparison to a friend of mine and got an earful, though. · 10 minutes ago

    Percival, I am also one of the “truly religious.” God is beyond scientific test.

    My chief beef with AGW enthusiasts is the persistent attempt to camouflage a supernatural belief system as science.

    • #24
    • February 24, 2012 at 6:40 am
  25. Profile photo of flownover Inactive

    “And carbon offsets are the new indulgences”…

    .and WWJD ???

    hopefully rend the altarcloth

    split the columns

    Whither the leadership ?

    ) Olbermann or Richards ?(

    • #25
    • February 24, 2012 at 7:07 am
  26. Profile photo of Sisyphus Member

    George, the Mark Levin Show aside for a moment, this is the most attention the Olbermann has received in months. 

    • #26
    • February 24, 2012 at 7:39 am
  27. Profile photo of Ross C Member

    UAH_LT_1979_thru_January_2012.png

    Joseph Stanko has nailed it above. I would add that local weather, even continental weather is not sufficient to coax out the tiny levels of warming the IPCC is talking about. I would point your attention to the attached graph and further point out the the global average temperature for Jan is below normal for the last 30 year average. And as you have no doubt heard, there has been no statistically significant warming trend since 1998. None of this means that much, because the AGW crowd will tell you they anticipate fluctuations like this, but at some point in the next decade if warming does not speed up substantially even they will drop it.

    • #27
    • February 24, 2012 at 8:18 am
  28. Profile photo of Charles Allen Member

    I do like his RT, where the author ‘DavidNSch’ claims that there is an “ice free Arctic”. This may be the propaganda that passes for public school education, but is easily disproved by this new thing called the “internet”.

    Daily Arctic Sea Ice.

    ice.jpg

    Hmmm…there seems to be an awful lot of it to me. And compared to a day in 1996 (Release date for ‘An Inconvenient Truth’) there is pretty much still….a lot. OK, perhaps it is unfair to compare a day in February to a day in May, but that is more fair than to state that Polar Bears are drowning or that there is an ‘ice free Arctic’.

    Trust the science…unless it gores (sorry…) your Golden Calf….

    • #28
    • February 24, 2012 at 9:04 am