CNN’s dumbest news question, evar

And we thought this one was bad:  CNN talking empty head (Feyerick) asks Bill Nye if approaching Meteor was a result of global warming….

OK that set the stage, what could be dumber than that? Now study the picture below, and ask yourself, what’s wrong with this picture? Note the plane, a Boeing 777.

black_holes_777_CNN

And here is what was said: 

CNN’s Don Lemon has been entertaining all sorts of theories about the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, including the chance something “supernatural” happened, but on Wednesday night, he actually asked panelists about the possibility a black hole was involved.

Lemon brought this up along with other “conspiracy theories” people have been floating on Twitter, including people noting the eerie parallels to Lost and The Twilight Zone, and wondered, “is it preposterous” to consider a black hole as a possibility?

Source: Mediaite (click for video)

I wonder how many B.S. detectors went off globally at that moment.

Now, I’ve seen everything. Remember this the next time one of these idiots discusses the science of global warming.

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135 thoughts on “CNN’s dumbest news question, evar

  1. Oh. My. Word. I think I finally believe that the human race deserves extinction. The movie Idiocracy just became reality.

  2. Why would someone steal a new plane; forget the passengers?

    Where is the most feasible place to land it?

    The person who stole it is more knowledgeable than the trained pilots.

    No ship sightings during theft.

    Leaves one to simply look for an old airbase and lots of nature canopy and camouflage.

    Best bet by me.

  3. As an occassional trainer at work, I have always had the attitude that the only stupid question was the one that was not asked.

    Journalists continue to prove me wrong …

  4. I’ve been through most of the postings on the PPRUNE website (professional pilot’s rumor and news) on this subject over the past week … the journo’s seem to read that site owing to the wide range of technical types who drop by with a technical tidbit or two … one has to learn to ‘read’ between the lines of the wheat the chaff though …

    Almost 7,000 posts and 10 million views so far on that one thread.

  5. EU committee rejects deal to exempt foreign flights from CO2 charges
    LONDON, March 19 (Reuters) – The European Parliament’s Environment Committee (ENVI) voted on Wednesday to reject a deal to exempt long-haul flights from paying for carbon emissions until the end of 2016, aiming to prevent the European Union from bowing to foreign pressure…

    https://www.pointcarbon.com/news/reutersnews/1.4546149

    19 March: NYT: Coral Davenport: Obama Turns to Web to Illustrate the Effects of a Changing Climate
    As part of an effort to make the public see global warming as a tangible and immediate problem, the White House on Wednesday inaugurated a website, climate.data.gov, aimed at turning scientific data about projected droughts and wildfires and the rise in sea levels into eye-catching digital presentations that can be mapped using simple software apps.
    The project is the brainchild of Mr. Obama’s counselor, John D. Podesta, and the White House science adviser, John P. Holdren…
    The effort comes as Mr. Obama prepares to announce a set of aggressive climate change regulations aimed at limiting emissions from coal-fired plants. Although a poll by the Pew Research Center last October found that 67 percent of Americans believe that global warming is happening, a Pew poll in January showed that Americans ranked global warming as 19th on a list of 20 issues for Congress and the president…
    Some major software and mapping companies have already expressed interest in using the climate data. Chief among them are Google and Esri, a Redlands, Calif., company that supplies mapping and geographic information systems software to federal agencies, including the C.I.A., and city and local governments. Company executives say they anticipate a strong interest in the data. “There’s a market for this,” said Jack Dangermond, Esri’s chief executive, who joined Mr. Podesta and Mr. Holdren at the White House. “We’re excited to use it. Reading climate data in real time is unusual.”…
    “What if we could make information about sea-level rise, extreme heat and drought as simple to digest and interactive as using Google Maps to get directions?” said Rebecca Moore, the engineering manager of Google Earth, who was also at the White House. “That is not possible, but we think it’s possible to get a lot closer. There’s the possibility to create a living, breathing dashboard in a way people can understand and relate to.”…

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/20/us/politics/white-house-to-introduce-climate-data-website.html?_r=0

  6. 13 mins 25 secs: 19 March: Southern California Public Radio: Airtalk with Larry Mantle: What will make Americans care about climate change?
    Guests:
    Bjorn Lomborg, (Ph.D. in Political Science), adjunct professor at the Copenhagen Business School and director of the Copenhagen Consensus Center (a think tank that specializes in development spending); Lomborg was named on Foreign Policy magazine’s Top 100 Global Thinkers
    John Abraham, Professor of Thermal Sciences at the University of St Thomas, St Paul Minnesota

    http://www.scpr.org/programs/airtalk/2014/03/19/36560/what-will-make-americans-care-about-climate-change/

  7. “CNN’s dumbest news question, evar” looks a little dumb too when a simple word like “ever’ is misspelled. Having said that, I agree that canvassing Twilight Zone scenarios for missing MH370 flight is really weird, and is really “creating something from nothing” i.e. the longer the plane is missing, the more outrageous the scenarios for its loss become, based on similar information to that which was available within a day or two of the disappearance. It now seems satellite imagery has picked up possible wreckage in the Southern Ocean towards Heard Island from Australian mainland.

    REPLY: Evar http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=evar
    -Anthony

  8. He was reading many twitter theories.
    He did not say “is it preposterous to consider a black hole as a possibility?” (Watch the video)
    Hate to defend him, but the “quote” is misleading & not accurate. Watched most of that segment, and the reading of many of the tweet theories – some were outrageous but some were plausible.

  9. The only thing that matters is that the plane is no longer flying. But the Australian PM has just announced one of our Orion RAAF aircraft has spotted debris. But they are not certain yet and more planes are going to the area to investigate. Don’t know where the debris is. If it is and the black boxes are received then we might have some way of knowing what happened.

  10. I still think you have to go a long way to beat that “meteor caused by global warming” question. That is the single dumbest thing ever. Even asking if the meteor came out of black hole is less dumb.

  11. btw John Abraham claims that the evidence that all extreme weather events are human-induced is so convincing, it’s time for those who don’t believe in CAGW to be told they must prove their case.

  12. Sorry, pat, probably beating you to it on this:

    “Missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370: PM Tony Abbott says satellite images could be wreckage of crashed plane”

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/missing-malaysia-airlines-flight-mh370-pm-tony-abbott-says-satellite-images-could-be-wreckage-of-crashed-plane-20140320-354ij.html#ixzz2wTUn0PSd

    The Australian-led search for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight has had an apparent breakthrough, with satellite images showing two objects in waters off Perth.

    Prime Minister Tony Abbott told Parliament on Thursday afternoon that an Australian P-3 Orion aircraft had been diverted to check out the objects and would be followed by other planes.
    Prime Minister Tony Abbott announces that satellite images could should debris from the missing Malaysian Airlines flight.

    Prime Minister Tony Abbott announces that satellite images show objects in the waters off Perth that could be debris from the missing Malaysian Airlines flight. Photo: Andrew Meares

    The first Orion was due to arrive on the scene about 2pm, he said.

    – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    Good luck, guys.

  13. That right thar is why the US has become the global laughing-stock among much of the remainder 6.9 billion people on earth.

    And watch, not one person will get fired for gross incompetence and stupidity.

    Reward the epically dumb and then wonder why credence and loyalty are GONE.

    MSM101: First, take brain out, remove heart and balls, obviate emotional center to full extension, set to attack-of-the-zombie-clones. And you’re good to go Bryant!

    “Look out! Run away! They eat your brains and testicals and turn you into spineless slack-jaw couch SNAGS!”

  14. Yup yup and aliens and crystals and the bermuda triangle (temporarily shifted to the Indian Ocean) and voodoo and don’t forget the zombie apocalypse!

  15. PS. If this is the plane then we should know more about why it changed direction. It would be very sad that the pilots where in someways incapacitated and the plane was on auto pilot and just kept flying until it was out of fuel.

  16. No one got the quote from Mary Schiavo? The Former Inspector General U.S. Department of Defense!

    “A small black hole would suck in our entire universe. So we know it’s not that.”

    Phew! I was worried there for a second. LOL

  17. This is so upsetting at so many levels. I am afraid we must let the ignorant suffer their self constructed prison.

    We have no means to help these people.

  18. Personally, I wait for the NTSB report which usually takes ~ 1 year to be released.
    Then again, if it was sucked into a black hole, it would/could/might explain the radio silence.
    So there is that.

    It is either in the hands of its captors, or in the ocean.
    Lots of families ……..

  19. Hmmm …

    Crew on @USNavy P-8 spotter tell @WrightUps “significant radar returns” coming from site where possible #MH370 objects spotted.

  20. Paul Westhaver says:
    March 19, 2014 at 9:57 pm
    This is so upsetting at so many levels. I am afraid we must let the ignorant suffer their self constructed prison. We have no means to help these people.
    >>>

    Oh the Humanity!

    A lifetime of deep propagandizing will do that to ya though.

  21. Jim B says:…….

    Quite so.

    The lady is a little confused.

    This universe is a naked singularity, there may be others but if so we know nothing of them. As we know nothing about the elsewhere whence our universe came.

    We do know that our universe had a beginning and will end but not how it will do so.

    We do know that black holes are singularities within our universe and therefore are subject to the arrow of time, in effect they obey the second law of thermodynamics. They too have a lifetime and a shorter one than the universe itself in which they exist.

    So fear not and indeed LOL.

    Kindest Regards

    .

  22. American ignorance of geography beyond the confines of the United States has now been joined by a competitor… American ignorance of basic Science opr even Common Sense.

  23. Now, I’ve seen everything. Remember this the next time one of these idiots discusses the science of global warming.

    Is it preposterous to wonder about the black hole and the whereabouts of Dr. Trenberth’s missing heat?

  24. Didn’t Disney make a movie about something like this? Maybe back in the ’70s? Can’t remember all the details….

    This country is degenerating into a mass of low-double-digit IQ idiots.

  25. Jim –
    i was tempted to post the latest on the plane, but got caught up in the John Abraham interview on public radio, so u beat me to it. hope the mystery is resolved, for better or worse, soon.

    meanwhile –

    20 March: Guardian: Posted by Dana Nuccitelli: A remarkably accurate global warming prediction, made in 1972
    A paper published in Nature in 1972 accurately predicted the next 30 years of global warming
    John Stanley (J.S.) Sawyer was a British meteorologist born in 1916. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1962, and was also a Fellow of the Meteorological Society and the organization’s president from 1963 to 1965.
    A paper authored by Sawyer and published in the journal Nature in 1972 reveals how much climate scientists knew about the fundamental workings of the global climate over 40 years ago…
    Sawyer’s paper was followed by similarly accurate global warming predictions by Wallace Broecker in 1975 and James Hansen in 1981.
    This research illustrates that climate scientists have understood the main climate control knobs for over four decades. Perhaps it’s about time that we start listening to them…

    http://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2014/mar/19/global-warming-accurate-prediction-1972

  26. 20 March: Engadget: Timothy J. Seppala: Google and Microsoft are using the cloud to track climate change
    The raw data comes from the likes of the Department of Defense, NASA and the US Geological Society, but probably isn’t easy to grok for the average person. To help with that, Google and Microsoft have stepped in. Mountain View is donating 50 million hours of its Earth Engine’s computing power — the Global Forest Watch’s backbone — and is partnering with academics in the western US to produce a near real-time drought map and monitoring system.
    Redmond, on the other hand, has developed a tool (dubbed FetchClimate) that can both recall historical climate data and forecast future weather trends based on the stockpiles of information stored in Microsoft’s Azure back-end. For example, the software giant says that this could allow state planners to predict extreme rainfall, preventing flood damage to infrastructure and transit lines as a result. These are still early days for the Initiative, but, as times goes on, more applications using its wealth of info will surely surface. For now, though, it’s nice to see tech companies exploit government data instead of the other way around…

    http://www.engadget.com/2014/03/20/google-microsoft-data-gov-climate-change/

  27. Why such a valuable piece of property as Boeing 777 (not to mention human lives) couldn’t be equipped with a coordinates-transmitting device that cannot be switched off from inside? In the case of a black hole, of course, even that wouldn’t help…

  28. if there were no mobile phone calls from passengers to me that suggest sudden catastrophe rather than hours of flights.

  29. Alexander Feht says: Why a 777… couldn’t be equipped with a coordinates-transmitting device that cannot be switched off from inside?

    Everything electrical on an airplane (even your house or car) has to have circuit breaker. Basic safety. Circuit breakers are mandatory safety items. The AICARS modem (the INMARSAT data system) circuit breaker was behind a cockpit panel that the pilots don’t normally have access to, but would know it’s location anyway from tech manuals and training. That is how it is believed it was turned-off, via a circuit breaker, the data modem to the transmitter was killed but the transmitter itself was actually put in a standby state, pinging the satellite but not transmitting a/c data).

  30. jauntycyclist wrote: if there were no mobile phone calls from passengers to me that suggest sudden catastrophe rather than hours of flights.

    You really, really should learn how cell phones work (radio range, cell tower antenna coverage patterns, etc) before you make another comment like that on a blogsite with a bunch of techno-geeks. Unless one of those passengers had a Iridium handset, a phone call was impossible. Also the pilot probably anticipated resistance from the cabin occupants, so he depressurized the plane and climbed to 45Kft, while he was on a pressure O2 mask, which would quickly incapacitate and killed the cabin occupants as the little passenger emergency dixie cup O2 masks don’t work at 45K. And the flt attendants’ walk around O2 bottle would only last about 3-5 minutes at 45Kft.

  31. My guess–the pilot ran amok because of the conviction of his favored candidate. The voice recorder will confirm or falsify.

  32. As a convinced “d-e-n-i-e-r”, I naturally prefer the conspiracy explanation. The black hole was of course provided by the aliens.

    (/sarc, if you really hadn’t realised)

  33. It does seem sad that anyone can make light entertainment out of the real suffering of the families.
    As journalists CNN know when to reject an unsubstatiated story. They went with this for the giggles.
    But the families aren’t giggling.

  34. You think that’s bad, I just saw the headline to the following and I got a knot in the pit of my stomach as thoughts of my beloved Microsoft circling the turlet danced in my head:

    Three of the technology industry’s largest companies today harnessed their resources to some Big Problems.
    Google and Microsoft have both signed up to US president Barack Obama’s new Climate Data Initiative, an effort aimed at “bringing together extensive open government data and design competitions with commitments from the private and philanthropic sectors to develop data-driven planning and resilience tools for local communities.”
    Google’s donated a petabyte of cloud storage and 50 million hours of runtime on its Google Earth Engine. Microsoft has launched a competition to find 40 relevant research projects, each of which will receive Azure access to the tune of 20 terabytes of storage and 180,000 hours of runtime. Esri is also helping out, with help to create maps for 12 US cities.
    Co-incidentally, the White House’s announcement took place on the same day IBM has unveiled a plan to cure cancer. Or at least get some way towards that goal by pressing its Watson supercomputers into service to figure out how treatments can be tailored to individual patients.
    IBM will start by helping the New York Cancer Centre to analyse glioblastoma, a malignant and very aggressive brain cancer that carries off 13,000 people each year in the USA alone. IBM hopes to match genome data from patients with clinical data to hasten development of treatments, with Watson helping this along by “identifying patterns in genome sequencing and medical data to unlock insights that will help clinicians bring the promise of genomic medicine to their patients.” ®

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/03/20/google_microsoft_tackle_climate_change_as_ibm_seeks_cancer_cure/

  35. @rogerknights

    I would shy away from attributing to the pilots without solid evidence. Note the tie in with politics in Malaysia which means a tie-in could be real or it could deliberately be spun as such.

  36. This clip is just one of the reasons I’ve totally cut myself off from the MSM. When one thinks the MSM has plumbed the depths of stupidity, it just keeps on digging. CNN is one obnoxious station that I make a significant effort to avoid but Atlanta airport seems to have all of its multiple TV’s tuned to CNN only and at a loud volume. Just one of the reasons I hate long waits between flights in Atlanta.
    From online sources I’ve learned that CNN seems to be covering this missing plane story to the exclusion of just about anything else; WWIII potentially starting in the near future yet what bills itself as a news source seems transfixed with a single missing airliner which was likely hijacked by the pilot. Considering that the pilot was highly skilled, had his own 777 simulator at home combined with significant developments in Malaysian politics occurring the day of the flight, one probably has a terrestial explanation for the disappearance.
    I must admit that I didn’t watch the full video as the idiotic answer by the first woman to reply that a black hole would have swallowed the universe was a signal that I had watched enough. Obviously she hadn’t read much of physics since the 1920’s. Someone with a modicum of physics knowledge would have answered that, yes, a microscopic black hole could certainly have downed the airliner, but the radiation signature of the black hole as it sucked up air molecules and spewed out gamma rays during its travels through the atmosphere would have created a radiation signature which would have set off alarm bells on all of the radiation monitoring satellites which are designed to detect nuclear tests on earth. Given the absence of such a signal one would have to rule out the tiny black hole hypothesis. Of course, the black hole theorists would likely counter that there’s an international conspiracy to suppress such data which can be checked out easily; if there’s a sudden upsurge in international interest in constructing human habitations on the moon or at Lagrangian points, then governments must be aware of a black hole at the center of the earthy greedily ingesting the earths core. A meteorite hitting the aircraft is a far more likely possibility than a black hole, but then we’re dealing with individuals who have basically zero knowledge of science and an audience who has lost the ability for critical thought. The scary thing is that Putin might be forwarded this clip as part of an assessment regarding the US’s ability to counter his moves which would likely make him overconfident.
    My personal, albeit non-scientific surveys, of individuals demonstrate an inverse correlation between the amount of TV that people watch and their scientific knowledge. Such individuals may possess detailed knowledge of some area gleaned from one of the “scientific” programs that appear on some cable TV channels, but most often they have no framework within to place that datum. The longer I go with absolutely no exposure to the MSM, the more difficult I find it to engage in non-medical conversations with patients as many of them will ask me about show x and character y neither of which I have ever heard of. People make analogies between behavior of character z and some event and I have to inform the patient that I haven’t a clue what they’re talking about. Similarly, I bring up material I’ve seen on WUWT and other reputable climate sites and these seem to be just as foreign to patients. It appears that we’re rapidly becoming a society of the ignorant who are totally unaware of their degree of ignorance and a diminishing number of the population who have a good basic knowledge of the sciences. Given that school is now primarily about “self esteem” and science has been so dumbed down that it’s unrecognizable, the future would seem to lie with those countries who still believe in a rigorous science education for everyone.

  37. I see that the BBC is claiming that ‘Climate Change’ causes more deaths from lightening strikes…

    …Lightning appears to be killing and injuring increasing numbers of people in developing countries, meteorologists and experts say.

    The total casualties could even be higher than other weather-related disasters like floods, landslides and droughts.

    “The frequency of lightning has somehow increased from what it used to be,” says Michael Nkalubo, commissioner at Meteorological Department of Uganda, a country where lightning storms are common.
    “I cannot say that a study has been carried out on this but I am saying this on the basis of my general observation.
    There may be more people killed or injured by lightning than most other natural hazards”

    Prof Colin Price
    Tel Aviv University
    “It is something increasing every year and we think this is a manifestation of climate change but we also need to establish whether deforestation has also contributed.”

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-26554974 refers

  38. I believe he means a Donnie Darko style worm hole, which in the film did involve a commercial jet airliner having a major structural incident. Have there been any reports of bunny eared freaks in the search area? CNN will be the first to report.

  39. Ladies and Gentlemen,

    CNN have just had their, Jump The Shark, moment.

    Forever more, Black Holes will be the reason for all things non understandable:

    – Why has there been no global warming? Because Black Holes sucked all the warm air away.
    – Why doesn’t Obamacare work? Because Black Holes keep ruining the economics of it.
    – Where did all the Bitcoin money go from Mt Gox? Black Holes swallowed them up.
    – Why are CNN ratings so poor? Because a Black Hole’s gravity is keeping them down.
    – Why are Democrates so stupid? Because they each have a Black Hole instead of a brain.
    – Why are Republicans so ignorant? Because gravitational lensing effects of Black Holes keep distorting reality.
    – Why can’t Congress do anything right? Because the thermodynamics of so many Black Holes close together are still yet not understood, so we have to wait for more stupid theories of Black Holes to be created, thus Congress, sits around just looking at all the Black Holes in the room.

    And here’s the Big One! Since Black Holes are just theoretical, and that is, NO ONE, has ever photographed or discovered a Black Hole, and that we still don’t know if they exist. Kind of like the stupid nonsense of Global Warming. Once again, we take theoretical concepts, computer simulations, and Hollywood SFX, and make them fact.

    I thought science was all about the Scientific Method.

    Very interesting how people selectively choose when to use the Scientific Method, and when to not choose it. Like deGrasse Tyson’s ridiculous Cosmos fantasy and science-fiction vacuous sojourn, go unnotice and cause more harm to Science than anything a complete blubbering imbecile on CNN can do.

    Nice to see once again, how wattsupwiththat.com has its priorities right again.

    So my question is where are the real Black Holes?

  40. I don’t think I’m being too cynical to suggest that if it improves ratings, they will probably think it worthwhile. A certain fraction of viewers will swallow questions like that (which puts black holes in perspective).

  41. I only believe what the National Enquirer publishes. Until it’s in NE, I’m not believing anything.

  42. I’ve been waiting for a global warming or carbon dioxide pitch to be the cause of the disappearance of the a/c. The black hole theory was a new one on me.

    I wanted to add to the possible theories presented so far in various forums and the press yet I must admit that I can’t figure a way that Moby Dick could be responsible, but I’m working on it.

  43. I suppose that if there is a popular rumour that the plane was swallowed up in a black hole it is reasonable for the presenter and experts to stage the question in order to cap the rumour from spreading? That would be a reason for deliberately asking a dumb question…if one were kind.

  44. I see the word ‘evar’ was used in the headline, correctly I might ad. But I prefer the word ‘evah’, it sounds just a bit more mocking in some obscure way.

  45. garymount says:
    March 20, 2014 at 1:08 am
    You think that’s bad, I just saw the headline to the following and I got a knot in the pit of my stomach as thoughts of my beloved Microsoft circling the turlet danced in my head:

    ——————-

    Wait for it; soon they’ll be claiming that Google can and should plan the entire economy, including what you want to buy, where you should live, what you should eat, and what your job is.

  46. The AP is reporting Interpol is now tracing the travels of John Lock based on a model developed by the IPCC and peer reviewed with 99% of climate scientists projecting the plane will reappear in Los Angeles on noon, Dec 31, 2099 just in time for the both polls to melt.

  47. With regards to the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, on the news tonight here in Australia there was a report that commercial satellites have been retasked and have resolved objects a small as 5m in length floating in the sea ~2500km south east of Perth in the area thought to be where the plane crashed. Sad loss of life indeed! But it got me thinking, and might be slightly OT, if a satellite can resolve something that small floating on the sea surface then, surely, would they not be able to resolve the supposed island of plastic rubbish “the size of Texas” floating in the mid Pacific ocean?

    That video was too funny! The MSM really are a waste of space!

  48. CNN is enjoying a momentary resurgence on this issue, so they will milk it for all they can. The sad part is they look exactly like a broadcast version of “The Globe” or some other hysterical rag. I guess they found their niche. The National Enquirer of broadcast TV.

  49. Right, it was a black hole spawned by anthropogenic CO₂ pollution. Natural CO₂ of the benign kind could never have done such a thing.

    Mary Schiavo, a former Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Transportation, said, “A small black hole would suck in our entire universe, so we know it’s not that.”

    Oh, my, “suck in our entire universe”. She can certainly raise the stakes higher. The stupid, it burns.

  50. We know that our news sources have reached rock bottom, when they post twitter comments as part of their newscast. I don’t give a flying fig what someone on Twitter thinks.

  51. Maybe the CIA is so P.O.ed about the Pale Horse’s foreign “policies” that they intentionally let their broadcasting arm spew BS now. Sort of a strike.

  52. You wake up lost , in an empty town
    Wondering why no one else is around
    Look up to see a giant boy
    You’ve just become his brand new toy

  53. Not fair, Watts. Lemon is simply taking questions from the audience and asking them to the guests. This is not Lemon’s own question.

    REPLY: Tell it to Mediaite, who created the story, and Lemon did ask ““is it preposterous”? while the topic was black holes and the missing 777. The topic never should have been raised. -Anthony

  54. “Remember this the next time one of these idiots discusses the science of global warming.”

    Just remember it! GGaaawwwdddd! When ever they talk about anything!?!?

  55. I think people don’t really realize that news isn’t really news, it’s entertainment. They throw in the word “black hole” because the general public is sufficiently ignorant and rather than immediately jumping at the stupidity of the statement, instead finds it a little curious.

    Always remember that
    “News is something somebody doesn’t want printed; all else is advertising”

    The entire climate change hoopla is based upon the above quote.

  56. jauntycyclist says:
    March 20, 2014 at 12:31 am
    if there were no mobile phone calls from passengers to me that suggest sudden catastrophe rather than hours of flights.

    Why would any of the passengers call you? ;-)

    /Mr Lynn

  57. J. Philip Peterson says:
    March 19, 2014 at 9:35 pm
    “He was reading many twitter theories.
    He did not say “is it preposterous to consider a black hole as a possibility?” (Watch the video)
    Hate to defend him, but the “quote” is misleading & not accurate. Watched most of that segment, and the reading of many of the tweet theories – some were outrageous but some were plausible.”
    ————————————————————————————————————————
    Yes he was reading tweets but he did actually ask the question.

    I happen to agree with Julian in Wales (March 20, 2014 at 2:55 am) who says:
    “I suppose that if there is a popular rumour that the plane was swallowed up in a black hole it is reasonable for the presenter and experts to stage the question in order to cap the rumour from spreading? That would be a reason for deliberately asking a dumb question…if one were kind.”

    However the response was even dumber by Mary Schiavo, a former Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Transportation, who said, “A small black hole would suck in our entire universe….”

    I now watch AM local news as my morning comedy show, it is actually funny to see how many dumb remarks are made by the hosts or other people in the news. Just yesterday a story about the cafe at MOSI in Tampa Fl revealed it was shut down for infestations of coach roaches and rat droppings. A spokes person for the cafe told health officials that they were “taking aggressive measurements” to quickly rectify the problem.

  58. If nothing else, at least we now have a benchmark for global warming. if hurricanes start spinning the other way around then the agw believers are correct otherwise they are not.

    /sarc

  59. It’sa all right, Mr. Lemon. You are not totally useless. You can always serve as a bad example.

  60. Ahhh…the stupid, it burns, it burns…

    Just remember folks, the reason the regular news is way better than bloggers is all those layers upon layers of fact checking and professionalism…or so they keep telling us. Sheesh.

  61. Sadly, not the first such silliness. The History Channel (!) had a show a while back “The Bermuda Triangle: Earth’s Black Hole?” that spent a whole hour (minus time for commercials, natch) comparing the Bermuda triangle to a black hole.

  62. Not sure how many ppl were actually watching when CNN made the black hole comment….but it was a viewer tweet ppl!! The panel of experts of course said that no this is not a possible scenario, that a black hole would have sucked in the entire planet not just a plane. And as for bashing the journalists, is it not his/their job to exhaust every single theory…no mater how crazy or unrealistic. Especially when there are no clues as to what happened for 13 days. I know if I were those families of the souls on board that plane I would want them to investigate every single possible theory.

  63. My theory is that it landed on a remote island runway. I understand that a satellite company is at this very moment scanning images of ‘unused’ runways. The missing plane is truly baffling to say the least as we now know it was deliberately taken off course. What do you do with all those people? If it was a hijack then why remain silent for so long?

  64. I think we can now safely assume that CNN does not use any of those “racially invalid” IQ tests whenever they select their on-air talent.

  65. COs is truly the magical gas. Is there anything it cannot do? Alfred Lorentz, Einstein and Max Planck were pikers. They totally missed out on the cosmic qualities of CO2.

  66. Ah, they must have read my comment on the CNN blog following an article on this. I postulated space aliens, who hit the ship with an EMP pulse to completely fry all internal electronics and then beamed up all of the crew.

    Sadly, I didn’t think of a black hole, but it makes perfect sense, doesn’t it? And just think — if they are right, there is a reasonable chance that we will all get sucked in as soon as it grows to where the rate at which it eats the planet becomes visible.

    There is actually SF book, BTW, that postulates exactly this. A small black hole, slowed to where it oscillates back and forth inside of the Earth, would bounce around, slowly growing, emitting more and more radiation until it reaches a “critical” size compared to its speed eating its way through the mantle, at which point part of the core implodes into it while the rest is blown away by the intense energy released by the infalling matter. The Earth kind of evaporates, leaving behind a black hole more or less quiescently orbiting the sun and a certain amount of glowing ex-Earth gas.

    Damn, I also forgot the possibility that the jet ran into a pterodactyl that crushed the cockpit. I did put down a meteor (because that, actually, isn’t that unlikely) and a superbolt of lightning hitting the plane body that generated an EMP sufficient to fry all of the unwired electronics, leaving only the built in wired servos in the jets themselves to keep the plane stable until it went down.

    I suppose it is possible that God smote the ship and its passengers for being godless heathens, mostly. Or that gremlins snuck aboard and rewired the autopilot to the coffee maker. We cannot rule out quantum tunnelling, or that an interdimensional space warp opened so that they are all now “lost” on an island in another Universe somewhere. Or — wait for it — it could have been lost because of global warming. Somehow.

    Damn you, CNN — why aren’t you following up on all of these possibilities? Do I have to think of everything?

    rgb

  67. Admit it. As a nation, we are becoming more and more ignorant with each decade. Yes, I realize that “every generation always thinks that the younger generations are uneducated,” but we need to remember that sometimes, yes, the upcoming generations really are uneducated. We live in such times. http://www.fredoneverything.net/SchoolsBrooklyn.shtml
    The author of the article linked to is not an exception. I went to schools in both the North and the South, graduated high school in 1970, and had pretty much the same experience with the level of education. A Bachelors Degree today is probably no better than a high school education of 40 years ago. http://professorconfess.blogspot.com/

    There is a reason why Scientific American magazine completely dumbed down their content.

    An ignorant population will believe anything — even CAGW, or even mobile bio-weapons labs with canvas sides.

  68. rogerknights says:
    March 20, 2014 at 12:51 am
    My guess–the pilot ran amok because of the conviction of his favored candidate. The voice recorder will confirm or falsify.

    That’s been my guess from the moment I learned the pilot (supposedly) attended the trial just the day before he took off in the plane. I suspect he either overcame or more likely locked out the co-pilot and disabled the passengers and crew, perhaps permanently.

    Then I think he likely intended to use the plane against the Malaysian authorities who had angered him, thus turned back toward Malaysia, flying in a way to avoid detection. At some point, he might have realized the magnitude of what he’d already done, much less of what he was still intending to do, and dumped the plane in the deep ocean in a suicide move.

    I have yet to see a single piece of evidence that rules this out, and to me it’s the simplest explanation for everything that’s been revealed thus far, including the debris off Australia. No pre-planning, hence no evidence of pre-planning has surfaced.

    Of course it’s all speculation on my part.

    Question: If they never find the plane will CNN evah return to whatever they consider normal programming? After all, many liberals have been without their daily talking points for going on two weeks now. They must be running short of conversational topics they can engage properly.

  69. “is it preposterous” to consider a black hole as a possibility?

    Not if we are talking about Don Lemon’s head.

  70. “A small black hole would suck in our entire universe.”
    And thus performing the incredible feat of disappearing up its own backside.

  71. Honestly, the CNN guys is playing devil’s advocate here. He is simply trying to represent a segment of the population that thow out wild fantasy ideas, then lets the pundits answer the “concern of the public”

    IMO, this post is not a good one as it throws Lemon under the bus and is a more rally the troops junk that I hate when I see it on alarmist sites. I am actually disappointed to see this here.

  72. Reasonable Guy says:
    March 20, 2014 at 7:59 am
    Honestly, the CNN guys is playing devil’s advocate here.

    You don’t play devil’s advocate with a black hole for ammunition. Some things need to be laughed at loud enough and long enough that the people considering them stop doing so.

    And yes, I realize that that is exactly the treatment accorded many who make a scientific discovery, but still, some things really are too ridiculous to consider.

  73. I don’t know what’s more preposterous – the idea of a black hole swallowing the 777 or CNN asking the question. Maybe Bill Nye can give hiis trademark answer he uses when he’s totally clueless, which is 99 perent of the time: “It’s a mystery….

  74. CNN has been circling the toilet for years. When they chose to protect Bill Clinton at all cost they chose to become a joke. They chose sides and lost credibility. Credibility is like virginity, once gone its not coming back.

  75. “I wonder how many B.S. detectors went off globally at that moment.”

    Judging by CNN’s ratings, a few dozen at most.

  76. Yancey Ward says:
    March 20, 2014 at 9:19 am

    Personally, I think the plane was swallowed whole by a mutant seagull.
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    Pelicanzilla

  77. C’mon now people. Don’t you know anything? Isn’t it patently obvious by now that the missing Malaysian Boeing 777 was abducted by a massive UFO? No doubt the passengers, pilots and crew are having an absolutely wonderful time on the aliens’ home planet right now.

    Wake up people. Sheeesh. /sarc.

  78. hunter says:
    March 20, 2014 at 1:54 am

    CNN has decided to be to news reporting what MTV is to music.
    **************************************
    CNN is to news reporting as MTV is to…er… well, news reporting.

  79. andy says:
    March 20, 2014 at 4:16 am

    Maybe a black hole ate our global warming too

    I encourage people to cite my revolutionary global warming theories but with attribution, please.

    If a black hole sucks the “missing heat” out of atoms as I suggested and leaves them freezing and abandoned somewhere near its apparent horizon then we may be able to pinpoint its location and I will claim my talking head spot on CNN. Why should Hawkins get all the press?

    I expect Kevin Trenberth would start inviting me to his house parties.

  80. Kenny says:
    March 20, 2014 at 4:46 am

    You wake up lost , in an empty town
    Wondering why no one else is around
    Look up to see a giant boy
    You’ve just become his brand new toy

    ###

    I agree. We have entered the Twilight Zone!

  81. Paul Pierett says:
    March 19, 2014 at 9:18 pm
    1) Why would someone steal a new plane; forget the passengers?

    2) Where is the most feasible place to land it?

    3) The person who stole it is more knowledgeable than the trained pilots.

    4) No ship sightings during theft.

    Leaves one to simply look for an old airbase and lots of nature canopy and camouflage.

    Best bet by me.

    1) Why would someone steal a new plane?
    Remember 911?
    2) Most feasible place to land it?
    Don’t forget, 2 passengers were Iranian traveling with suspicious passports.
    The plane could certainly have made it to Iran

    Quote WIKI”On April 2, 1997, a Malaysia Airlines -200ER named “Super Ranger” broke the great circle “distance without landing” record for an airliner by flying eastward from Boeing Field, Seattle to Kuala Lumpur, a distance of 10,823 nautical miles (20,044 km), in 21 hours and 23 minutes.”

    3) Is the person who stole it more knowledgeable?
    Doesn’t have to be, if it were the Pilot, Co Pilot and the other two
    4) No ship sightings.
    Don’t forget, the ocean is a vast place, and so is the world for that matter. A plane flying “Under the Radar” would have a very narrow track of visibility

  82. Jimbo says:
    March 20, 2014 at 7:05 am
    My theory is that it landed on a remote island runway. I understand that a satellite company is at this very moment scanning images of ‘unused’ runways. The missing plane is truly baffling to say the least as we now know it was deliberately taken off course. What do you do with all those people? If it was a hijack then why remain silent for so long?
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  83. Surprised this one didn’t make the roster although there was a posting about fire in the cockpit.
    http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2014-03/19/mh370-electrical-fire seasoned pilot indicates the actions and activity would be consistent with fighting a fire but they ran out of time and the plane flew until it ran out of altitude or fuel. An interesting read – not nearly as awe inspiring as the stupidity of the panel but checks a lot of boxes.

  84. If it WAS a Hijack, the reason for remaining silent is that the purpose for the Jet has yet to be fulfilled
    Load it with Nukes and take it to your least favorite country

  85. “asked panelists about the possibility a black hole was involved”

    Prompting a new psychological study of AGW disbelievers…
    As expected, those who stated they disagreed with global climate consensus of AGW – were found to believe it extremely unlikely Flight 370 was pulled into a black hole. Upon further questioning, study found vast majority of this group did not believe in settled science of Transwarp conduits, Stargates, or FTL drives.

  86. Reasonable Guy says: “He is simply trying to represent a segment of the population that thow out wild fantasy ideas, then lets the pundits answer the “concern of the public”

    Going by AGW crowd’s beliefs; he should have asked the pundits – If the plane had enough fuel after making the slow programmed turn to have gone on and flown off the edge of earth.
    ;)

  87. “CNN talking empty head (Feyerick) asks Bill Nye if approaching Meteor was a result of global warming….”

    It was pretty clear to me that she was being facetious.

  88. Maybe it is the beginning of the perp walk to The Hague and all the passengers were skeptics and have been dealt with. Lewandowski, Romm, Torcello, Ginger Baker, etc. are the panel of your fate.

    Are you on the next flight?

  89. Wait for it……
    Next we’ll be hearing a question on CNN “Did Global Warming cause the Black Hole that caused the Malaysian airplane to disappear?

    Afterall, if its bad, its somehow caused by glabal warming.

  90. Anthony,

    Consider the number of tv shows related to the supernatural and hunting ghosts. Add in all the one’s involving vampires, werewolves, and other make believe creatures. Makes such a question not as dumb as it seems.

    OK, it’s still a really dumb question. But I’m not surprised by it.

    PS – I’ve never watched any of the ghost shows, but love watching Grimm. But then I’m both a fan of Sci-Fi and live in Portland, some I’m a bit biased.

  91. Could the missing plane be hit by a large piece of space junk? It would be very unlucky at 35,000 feet. The comments by a rejected illegal asylum seeker televised last week, suggested, “..remember 9/ll, kill Tony Abbott. ” They are totally off the air, to think we will take economic refugees. Unfortunately many conspiracies surround the missing plane, and with all our spy satellites etc., we can’t pick up anything? It seems we are doomed to more if this recent spotting of possible wreckage turns out to be nothing. The ‘roaring forties’ were mentioned by my grandfather who was on a part sail and steam ship in the late 1990s. The wind was beneficial to sails but the currents converging in the area are violent. It annoys me when Malaysian authorities suggest they are still searching for survivors! Those poor relatives in limbo, who are hanging on to a slim chance their loved ones are still alive. In someways I hope the plane has been hijacked and the passengers are still alive. But other than that scenario, what hope can we give for their survival after all this time?

  92. Hi,I’m from Malaysia maybe it got to do with the photo I took 3 years ago.I suspect it is a huge UFO mother.

  93. The huge mother spaceship is transparent but accidentally caught on camera.I estimated it kilometers wide.

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