Good news: Treatment may become available for terrified climate activists

From the UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO comes this study that made me think that this study might very well apply to some well known climate activists, such as Bill McKibben and his followers. Here’s the issue:

Uncertain threat is unpredictable in its timing, intensity, frequency or duration and elicits a generalized feeling of apprehension and hypervigilance.

The fear of climate change is exactly that; uncertain, sometime in the future, unpredictable and based on what we’ve seen, it causes “apprehension and hypervigilance” in people that can’t quantify the reality of the actual, probable threat, but rather live in fear of worst case scenarios that are constantly being vocalized by other activists. The uncertainty and open-endedness of it all lends to bigger and bigger threat pronouncements, which then cause more anxiety. It is a vicious cycle with many who see climate change as the biggest problem in the world. It breeds the “hypervigilance” mentioned in the study.

This article suggests there may be a path to treatment.

Fear of the unknown common to many anxiety disorders

Several anxiety disorders, including panic disorder, social anxiety disorder and specific phobias, share a common underlying trait: increased sensitivity to uncertain threat, or fear of the unknown, report researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago. The finding could help steer treatment of these disorders away from diagnosis-based therapies to treating their common characteristics.

“We may, one day, open up clinics that focus on treating the underlying common neurobiology of the patient’s symptoms instead of individual diagnoses,” says Stephanie Gorka, research assistant professor of psychiatry and a clinical psychologist in the UIC College of Medicine.

“A treatment, or set of treatments, focused on sensitivity to uncertain threat could result in a more impactful and efficient way of treating a variety of anxiety disorders and symptoms.”

Uncertain threat is unpredictable in its timing, intensity, frequency or duration and elicits a generalized feeling of apprehension and hypervigilance.

“It’s what we call anticipatory anxiety,” says Gorka, who is corresponding author on the study, published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology. “It could be something like not knowing exactly when your doctor will call with test results.”

When a person is sensitive to uncertain threat, they can spend the entire day anxious and concerned that something bad could happen to them, Gorka said. Panic disorder is one example — patients are constantly anxious over the fact that they could have a panic attack at any moment, she said.

Predictable threat, on the other hand, produces a discrete fight-or-flight response that has a clear trigger, like a hungry bear coming at you, and it abates once the threat has resolved.

Previous research by Gorka and colleagues suggests that heightened sensitivity to uncertain threat may be an important factor that characterizes the fear-based internalizing psychopathologies, but most research focuses on panic disorder, so its role in the other fear-based disorders — particularly social anxiety disorder and specific phobias — remains unclear.

Gorka and her colleagues looked at data from participants who underwent a startle task in two different studies performed at UIC. The two studies, of participants ages 18 to 65, included 25 participants with major depressive disorder; 29 with generalized anxiety disorder; 41 with social anxiety disorder; and 24 with a specific phobia. Forty-one control subjects had no current or prior diagnoses of psychopathology.

The researchers measured the participants’ eye-blink responses to predictable and unpredictable mild electric shocks to the wrist. To elicit blinking during the shock-task, the participants heard short, acoustic tones via headphones.

“No matter who you are or what your mental health status, you are going to blink in response to the tone,” Gorka said. “It’s a natural reflex, so everyone does it, without exception.”

The researchers measured the strength of the blinks using an electrode under the participants’ eyes. They compared the strength of the blinks in response to tones delivered during the predictable shock to the blinks during the unpredictable shock.

They found that participants with social anxiety disorder or a specific phobia blinked much more strongly during the unpredictable shocks, when compared to participants without a mental health diagnosis or to participants with major depressive disorder or generalized anxiety disorder.

“We classify so many different mood and anxiety disorders, and each has its own set of guidelines for treatment, but if we spend time treating their shared characteristics, we might make better progress,” said Dr. K. Luan Phan, professor of psychiatry and director of the mood and anxiety disorders research program and senior author on the study. “Knowing that sensitivity to uncertain threat underlies all of the fear-based anxiety disorders also suggests that drugs that help specifically target this sensitivity could be used or developed to treat these disorders.”


Lynne Lieberman and Stewart Shankman of UIC are co-authors on the study.

This research was funded by grants R01MH101497 and R01MH098093 from the National Institute of Mental Health. Other support was provided by the UIC Center for Clinical and Translational Science award number UL1RR029879 from the National Center for Research Resources.

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Bruce Cobb
November 18, 2016 10:40 am

Yabut, the thing they fear most is the death of their CAGW cult/ideology. It’s what gives their lives meaning.

Reply to  Bruce Cobb
November 18, 2016 3:35 pm

They’re addicted to the adrenaline rush of alarmist “news.” That’s why it always has to be “worse than we thought,” to pursue the high.

Reply to  Bruce Cobb
November 18, 2016 4:29 pm

Maybe even more the exclusive gravy train where intelligent discourse may not ride along.

November 18, 2016 10:43 am

“suggests that drugs that help specifically target this sensitivity could be used or developed to treat these disorders.”
Yes, by all means, drug everyone you can.

November 18, 2016 10:43 am

Psychology may eventually become a science, but it is not quite there yet, and acting as if there was any rigor to most of the studies is errant nonsense. That considered, it is interesting that there is a market for disaster scenarios, the content of the scenario depending on the person’s life experiences. There is the evergreen “Jesus is coming back right soon now, send me money” theme in the evangelical community, and the “the environment is about to collapse right soon now, give me even more money and control over nearly everything” theme on the secular left.
The question is why there is a continuing market for that sort of thing. Some people apparently just like being scared.

November 18, 2016 10:45 am

“Knowing that sensitivity to uncertain threat underlies all of the fear-based anxiety disorders also suggests that drugs that help specifically target this sensitivity could be used or developed to treat these disorders.”

Dang … drugs to cure Chicken Little of the fear that the sky is falling and the word is boiling. Who knew? Miracles of modern chemistry.

Craig Moore
Reply to  Willis Eschenbach
November 18, 2016 11:09 am

Perhaps the tree hugging dirt worshipers will appeal for the return of “Chicken man” to smite down these criminal skeptics. http://

Pop Piasa
Reply to  Willis Eschenbach
November 18, 2016 11:26 am

Perhaps legalizing Pot would solve Illinois’ financial problems and placate the chronic worriers at the same time.

Reply to  Willis Eschenbach
November 18, 2016 1:27 pm

Actually, there is a “no fear” gene…just patch into all humanity. Fixed forever. lol

Reply to  Willis Eschenbach
November 18, 2016 6:08 pm

Veterans Affairs has started using meditation to treat some of their PTSD patients. The article I read said it had a very high success rate, calming people down, and reducing the drugs they have to take.
I think the Climate Alarmists are more paranoid than anything, but I guess meditation could help them, too. Worth a try. 🙂

Phil R
Reply to  Willis Eschenbach
November 18, 2016 7:55 pm

Probably shouldn’t say this in public (but it is late Friday and I just had steak and vino), and not saying I partook of any illicit recreational substances, but some of the…er…drugs that I might have been aware of would not cure, but induce the Chicken Little fear that the sky was falling and the world was boiling. But then, we got over it.

Samuel C Cogar
Reply to  Willis Eschenbach
November 19, 2016 8:05 am

Excerpted from above article:

….. said Dr. K. Luan Phan, professor of psychiatry and director of the mood and anxiety disorders research program and senior author on the study. “Knowing that sensitivity to uncertain threat underlies all of the fear-based anxiety disorders also suggests that drugs that help specifically target this sensitivity could be used or developed to treat these disorders.

It matters not if one has been diagnosed as suffering from one (1) of the many named “depression disorders” ……… or suffering from one (1) of the many named “fear-based anxiety disorders” …… because they are both, and/or inclusively all of them, …… rooted in the inherited/nurtured information that is stored in the neurons of the brain …… and only accessible by the subconscious mind …… and thus “depression” and “anxiety” are both self-nurtured “temporary” emotional states which cannot be treated or cured via the use of prescription drugs, which do little more than “mask the unpleasant effects” resulting from an “attack” of the aforesaid depression or anxiety.
You can’t “take a pill” to make yourself smarter or more intelligent …….. and you can’t “take a pill” to erase or re-nurture the data that is stored in your brain’s neurons and/or to “re-wire” the synaptic links that interconnect said neurons.
The person themselves has to modify or re-nurture their own brain/mind to per se “ignore” those environmental stimuli that “triggers” their depression/anxiety “attacks”.
No one else can do it for them.

K Medearis
Reply to  Samuel C Cogar
November 21, 2016 9:39 am

“One pill, makes you larger, and one pill makes you small and the one that mother gives you….”

Reply to  Willis Eschenbach
November 20, 2016 12:02 am

Hardly modern Willis. Where I come from we call it morphine. Been around centuries.

Walter Sobchak
November 18, 2016 10:55 am

A Chill Pill?

Robert Westfall
Reply to  Walter Sobchak
November 18, 2016 11:01 am


Walter Sobchak
Reply to  Robert Westfall
November 18, 2016 1:15 pm

I’ll be here all week. Try the veal, it is excellent, and don’t forget to be generous to your waiter.

George McFly......I'm your density
Reply to  Walter Sobchak
November 18, 2016 2:16 pm

very clever 🙂

November 18, 2016 10:59 am

Uncertain threat is unpredictable in its timing, intensity, frequency or duration

Hang on !
Climate change is CERTAIN. The debate is over ( before it began ) 97% of scientists agree. What uncertainty?
Unpredictable ? They have been predicting it for 30 years and have not changed their predictions apart from increasing their declared certainty.
We “know” is going to be of increasing intensity and frequency. The IPCC says so and the Guardian reminds us three times per day.
I thought it was only the mentally deranged deenyerz who were still pretending that the threat was uncertain and unpredictable .

Reply to  Greg
November 18, 2016 11:01 am

fear-based anxiety disorders

Yes, that about sums it up. At least we now get to talk about who is in need of mental heath care treatment.

Tom in Florida
Reply to  Greg
November 18, 2016 12:23 pm

Fear based anxiety disorders are almost always caused by lack of knowledge of what is being feared. That’s why kids are afraid of the dark.

Reply to  Greg
November 18, 2016 2:28 pm

absolutey correct.
fear implies ignorance.
you can’t be afraid of what you understand.
there is no pill that can cure ignorance – but hey – up the dosage enough and it won’t matter…lol

November 18, 2016 11:07 am

Climate change is a phobia , at last some help is in view.
At least this once unrecognised illness is now getting the attention it deserves.

Reply to  Greg
November 18, 2016 2:31 pm

What color should the awareness ribbons be?

Reply to  James Schrumpf
November 18, 2016 6:32 pm

The same color as the Emperor’s new clothes, naturally ; )

Pop Piasa
November 18, 2016 11:16 am

Particularly in Chicagoland, but certainly in higher ed everywhere.

Tom Judd
November 18, 2016 11:19 am

“Uncertain Threat”
Wow, would that be a great name for a movie.
‘Uncertain Threat’ opening this weekend at theaters near you. Voted this year’s best thriller by the National Academy of Serious Arts (NASA). Featuring Academy Award Winning (and Nobel Prize Winning) actor Barack Obama in his best and most menacing role yet; wielding an Assault Pen and Dictatorphone. With costars Valerie Jarrett as his intrigue laced alter ego; Miley Cyrus as the unlikely, freckle faced, blushing violet heroine; Madonna as the temptress; and John Kerry for comic relief as the botoxified klutz. Directed by Hillary Tarantino the formerly up and coming director and sister to Quentin.
Come see it this weekend if you dare. It will be closing in a couple uncertain threat laced, terror wracked, months.

Steve Borodin
Reply to  Tom Judd
November 19, 2016 3:51 am

Can DiCaprio jet in from the Antarctic for a bit part for a crown scene over the horizon?

November 18, 2016 11:20 am

A dose of reality followed by an intensive course of common sense for climate alarmists.

Reply to  phaedo
November 18, 2016 11:27 am

I was thinking they need a bottle, followed by a good nap.

Reply to  MarkW
November 18, 2016 4:37 pm

No safety pins for the diapers though, those are pointy and dangerous.

Mark from the Midwest
November 18, 2016 11:32 am

I hope it involves liberal use, (pun intended), of electro-shock and Serzone, if that fails then a lobotomy may be in order.

Reply to  Mark from the Midwest
November 18, 2016 11:39 am

I would say the lobotomy was done previously.

Rhoda R
Reply to  KenW
November 18, 2016 12:11 pm

Self lobotomized, for some.

Brad Keyes
Reply to  KenW
November 19, 2016 12:37 am

You’re thinking of their lobectomy.
Don’t worry, it’s a common conflation among non-scientists.

Reply to  Mark from the Midwest
November 18, 2016 7:27 pm

I was imagining something akin to water boarding.

Gary Pearse
November 18, 2016 11:41 am

Actually, these researchers have unwittingly, as Anthony infers, discovered that climate alarmism IS a neurotic or psychosomatic disorder. There are those who are convinced that global warming is a problem and they may be free of symptoms of disorder – how they handle a reality where they may have wasted their careers is another question. There are those, more cynical types (a fair percentage of CAGW group I suspect), who happily enrich themselves and accept adulation and acclaim and are prepared to even doctor data and results- they are sane but morally bankrupt. The vast majority who are scientifically illiterate and who have been inducted by mission-oriented education into a worldview concocted by globalization political elites are the fearful ones, the ones seen crying in news stories over election of Trump.
The “social fearfulness” is all the worse for being engineered by elites to enlist them. They bear full responsibility for the mass hysteria we see around us, mainly on global warming, but on hosts of other issues. It is their modus operandi for control.
Are there any uncorrupted (brave) social psycologists out there who would tackle climate fear as an induced neurosis?

Brad Keyes
Reply to  Gary Pearse
November 19, 2016 12:40 am

“Are there any uncorrupted (brave) social psycologists out there…”
José Duarte. Just gotta wait for him to get over his own climate fear. Anger is sure to follow.

Pop Piasa
November 18, 2016 11:50 am

I hope Gov. Rauner doesn’t see this foolishness and decide to cut more university funding. I think my former coworkers that haven’t retired from higher ed yet are probably more worried than any Chicago climate alarmists that are trying to get stronger drugs from their medicaid.

Eugene WR Gallun
November 18, 2016 12:00 pm

Just rubber room them and be done with it. — Eugene WR Gallun

Brad Keyes
Reply to  Eugene WR Gallun
November 19, 2016 12:38 am

Sure, that would be the robust solution, but there’s more to life than robur.

November 18, 2016 12:09 pm

Clinicians will do what they’ve always done when dealing with patient fears : prescribe tranquilizers and tell their patients they have a “chemical imbalance” but then prescribe therapy sessions (which is illogical in all ways except therapist’s income).

Brad Keyes
November 18, 2016 12:22 pm

This is great news, Anthony, and not a moment too soon: just when we were at risk of the dreaded ‘comedown’ after all the week’s other great news. Thank you.
I would be remiss in not mentioning some similarly optimistic research being carried out by my mate Stephan Lewandowsky. It’s currently nearing its final, so-called evidence-gathering, phase, so I’m sure he won’t mind my sharing a spoiler amongst trusted friends.
Long story short, Stephan reckons he’s developed a protocol for curing Islamophobia, a rare but embarrassing condition that causes its victims, particularly in stressful situations like combat, to withdraw in panic from the (invariably Mid-Eastern) battlefield.
The military applications are obvious: it’s been estimated that Islamophobia prevents up to 500 of our enemies from being killed per annum in the Afghan, Iraqi and Syrian theatres.
So interest in Stephan’s work has been understandably intense, causing him to retreat behind something of a siege mentality: continually checking that he’s not being tailed, dumping his cellphone after each use (the poor thing has seen the inside of more dustbins than the average piece of grey literature!), and conducting all social and family get-togethers in unlit parking garages, with a burning cigarette as the only source of illumination.
But if his theories pan out—and he’s already stated them as fact in a lengthy YouTube video, so they’d better! LOL—then the several long days and nights of stress will be well worth it.
Such is the life of a scientist and healer.

Brad Keyes
Reply to  Brad Keyes
November 18, 2016 12:44 pm

Sorry folks, just to be clear: this is strictly between us, the ten- or twenty-thousand unique daily WUWT readers and their immediate acquaintances, OK?
With science’s Night of Nights, the Nobels, only months away, the last thing Stephe (Stefan to his friends, or as I call him, Stevan) needs is premature buzz for his latest masterpiece.
Tight publicity management is a subject on which Stepho can get rather animated, and I don’t blame him. Even if a leak didn’t threaten his Prize chances, there’d still be the fact that it’s considered a bit gauche in the science game to go around confidently propounding your ideas before they’ve been scrutinized by the community, published, peer-reviewed, written up, experimentally tested, or expressed as a scientific hypothesis.
So, you know, [taps nose], say no more eh?

November 18, 2016 12:31 pm

I suggest thigh high rubber boots for the the next 100 yrs of IPPC prediction sea level raise, then a full body suit. that should handle the 2 to 3 mm rise per year. Of course we may not need that if the mini ice age occurs.
A New Little Ice Age has begun, says Russian scientist
November 17, 2016
Not at some future date, mind you, but right now. The new Little Ice Age has already started. Continue reading A New Little Ice Age has begun, says Russian scientist →

Reply to  TG
November 18, 2016 4:43 pm
Mickey Reno
Reply to  TG
November 21, 2016 8:10 am

I know one man who’s already prepared, Super Scott Mandia. With his Super Scott Mandia Super Hip Waders, he’s prepared for at least 2000 years of super high sea level rise.comment image

Stephen Greene
November 18, 2016 1:29 pm

I would love to se if children of CAGW nutcases have a heightened startle response. Addicts, PTSD and others show the same response. CAGW may well be a new DSM disorder in the near future.
I’ll bet a $1000.00 that far-left Libs elicit the same pathological response!

November 18, 2016 1:32 pm

The best cure is to stop thinking like a leftist.

Robert from oz
November 18, 2016 1:46 pm

All they need is a pacifier a blankie a quiet room and some crayons .

Reply to  Robert from oz
November 18, 2016 5:46 pm

R from oz.
say no more,
Michigan’s law school also deleted an event from its website that provided Play-Doh and coloring books to law students coping with the election results.

November 18, 2016 1:55 pm

Almost everyone suffers from the fear of the unknown. But then most grow up.

Mike the Morlock
November 18, 2016 2:12 pm

It just dawned on me. Once the general public becomes aware that CAGW is not a danger, there will be a series of class action suits to beat all C.A. suits. everyone clamoring on how they lived in overwhelming terror, were not able to eat sleep, concentrate. Well heeello sierra club , better be rising those dues. We’re going to be rich I tell you rich! (Daffy Duck moment)
Thanks to studies like this a link can be established and all of us….. oh,, wait…we’re skeptics, we don’t subscribe to CAGW. Never mind.
But jokes aside there are probably going to be a few law suits based on the fact the CAGW crowd cause a lot of people to live in fear or a threat that was nonexistant.

November 18, 2016 2:31 pm

” … apprehension and hypervigilance … fear-based internalizing psychopathologies … startle task …”
Wow. I have lost count of the number of times I have triggered a startle response from AGW/CCers, and I “don’t get out much” these days.
Blink blink blink, jaw drops, sibs (sudden intake of breath). Most realists could say the same of course. Should have made a study of it. In my case the equivalent of the “short, acoustic tone” was saying something like “My view is that [climate alarmism etc] is the biggest criminal scam that has ever been inflicted on the human race” or, to a group promoting a similar creed outside the supermarket entrance, saying “Well – you probably don’t want to talk to me. I believe [name of group] is a terrorist organisation.”
The latter produced a startle response from four or five of them simultaneously. Amazing. They scuttled in all directions. Other shoppers (too far away to hear what was said) actually showed a startle response to the startle response 🙂 Oops …

Reply to  Martin Clark
November 19, 2016 4:35 pm

Like roaches when you flip a light on.

November 18, 2016 2:33 pm

Has the occurrence of these disorders increased over the last 30yrs? If so, why? Eliminating the cause is the cure.

Reply to  Flyoverbob
November 18, 2016 3:36 pm

probably stayed about the same….just shifted from right to left
I felt this same way for the past 8 years…now I don’t

November 18, 2016 3:42 pm

In the Australian, today, Price Waterhouse Coopers was reported to be offering therapy to staff who are “worried by the by Donald Trump’s US election win”.

Albert Brand
November 18, 2016 4:38 pm

Hey TG, I could not link to Russian scientist you were referring to. Could you please clarify. Thank you.

November 18, 2016 4:43 pm

At one time I believed my children were negatively affected emotionally by climate alarmism they were subject to from teachers in their schools. Fortunately, I was able to counterbalance the teachers anxiety-inducing ideas.
I wonder if a way to end climate alarmism, and maybe the whole “global warming” crusade might be for parents to sue over the emotional damage inflicted on children by climate alarmism. There is plenty of evidence out that the science does not back global warming.
The Salem witchcraft persecutions ended when a man whose wife was accused of witchcraft sued the accusers for slander. Maybe people will be less likely to push false fear-arousing propaganda if they face liability for their reckless and unfounded views.

Phil R
Reply to  groweg
November 18, 2016 8:15 pm

Heh, I got to my kids early (one in college now and one still in high school). Not only were they not negatively affected emotionally, but I taught them that teachers are just like everybody else. there are good ones and bad ones (in capability only, not implying anything else), and just do your work and get your grades, but you don’t have to believe everything they try to teach you.

November 18, 2016 4:47 pm

The experience of doing dangerous stuff as you are growing up reduces the fear of being terrified by anything else later in life.
Think about it…

Phil R
Reply to  Yirgach
November 18, 2016 8:17 pm

That which does not kill you only makes your stronger!

Reply to  Yirgach
November 19, 2016 4:42 am

and the continual banning or fearmongering over normal activity is rising
adelaide newsonline reports more kids falling off trampolines lately
I await the banning of trampolines for home use and the age of 18 to use them in supervised centres any day now

High Treason
November 18, 2016 5:41 pm

It is just such classic scaremongering and witch hunt tactics that have been used for millennia to deceive the People in to relinquishing their freedom and wealth. I cannot fathom how gullible and trusting some people are to believe the flagrant BS that comes out of the shrill alarmists. Once people become aware that it is hollow propaganda, they rarely go back to believing it.

Reply to  High Treason
November 20, 2016 12:53 pm

How many of you wore a helmet riding bikes as a kid? No one goes out trick-or-treating in my peaceful country town. Our society has been paralyzed by irrational fear.

November 18, 2016 6:20 pm

Skeptics are actually good therapy for the climate alarmists. One technique in dealing with anxiety attacks is to desensitize patients by exposing them to what causes their anxiety attacks.
Skeptics are causing climate alarmists to have anxiety attacks, but that’s *good* for them. It will make them face their fears and snap out of their delusions.
And we don’t even charge for this service. How magnanimous is that!

bill mckibben
November 18, 2016 6:30 pm

Anthony is, in fact, right. I look at stuff like the latest total sea ice chart and I get anxious. It seems to me at least possible that that’s a healthy response. I wish, however, that I was more insouciant.

Reply to  bill mckibben
November 18, 2016 6:49 pm

Nothing to worry about. It won’t last, unfortunately, since a less icy world is a better world. Too bad we can’t return to the conditions which prevailed for most of the Holocene and Eemian, in which the Arctic was nearly ice-free during thousands of summers in both those interglacials.
This year enjoyed a long-delayed super El Niño, at last after 18 years. The warm waters which flowed eastward from the western Pacific spread north and south along the coasts of the Americas. When they reached polar regions, they delayed sea ice build-up in the Arctic and sped up melting in the Antarctic.
The lower sea ice however means that more heat will be escaping to space from polar oceans than usual.
One year of a big ENSO swing means nothing. Obviously, polar temperatures still below zero aren’t responsible for melting sea ice. Warmer water from the equator however is.
Were AGW real, then Antarctic sea ice would have melted at about the same rate during the satellite era as the Arctic, but for the vast majority of years, that hasn’t happened.
So please, relax and be happy. More CO2 is good for plants and other living things. Warmer is also better, but the human contribution to average global temperature is regrettably negligible.

Reply to  bill mckibben
November 18, 2016 7:30 pm

Just remember not to use your nappy to wipe your tears.
For the first 3/4 of the Holocene there was often ZERO Arctic sea ice in summer
Learn something, and get some REALITY into your life.comment image

Paul Courtney
Reply to  bill mckibben
November 19, 2016 7:44 am

Bill McKibben? THE Bill McKibben? Visiting WUWT? Your insouciance is well-calibrated, maybe the problem is you still see your anxiety as “healthy”, whereas the article indicates it’s not healthy. So that means you’re in d*nial, Bill. Ironic, isn’t it?

Mickey Reno
Reply to  bill mckibben
November 21, 2016 9:29 am

Bill, trigger warning, this is a bit harsh. But it’s for your own good.
How is a little less Arctic sea ice following the rapid breakup of a very warm El Nino event negatively impacting your life, really? I can’t imagine a more pathetic thing to worry about. You posted a link to Eric Holthaus’ twitter feed. He’s the former crybaby who didn’t want to bring a child into the world because of his environmental fears. Well, now he does have a child, and his priorities are totally changed, and he’s happy that he did, even if he hasn’t totally shaken off all his previous brainwashing. You need a similar change of perspective. Do something else besides incessantly whinging about imminent doom of the planet. That can’t be healthy. Nor is it healthy for my wallet or my liberty. Part of your gloom may be due to the fact that you aren’t convincing anyone new, that you’re only reaching the sheep-like people who allow themselves to be brainwashed by leftist media or quasi-maturing young people who have been mercilessly and unethically brainwashed to share your fear by the pedagogy of public education. Bill, were you, like them, surprised by the recent election? Well, now’s your chance to learn a broader lesson from it. Consider the notion that you’ve bought into your own propaganda, which is false at worst, or unproven at best. Stop pretending your propaganda is true just because you wrote it. It doesn’t matter if some sheeple (Neal DeGrasse Tyson, I’m talking about you) agree with you. You’ve all hypnotized yourselves. Now’s the time to regain your independence from the very propaganda you wrote. Do you know that I call you and your friends Climate Scientologists? Deprogram yourself. Tell the Rockefellers and the DNC and Suzuki and Soros to shove it. Fold up and get a real job. Take a pay cut, if you have to. It will be worth it for your mental health. Go back and take Geology 101. Be glad the Laurentide ice sheet is gone. We can deal with King Tides a few full moons per year along the coast. Have a little faith in the ingenuity and kindness of your fellow human beings. And hey, Al Gore just bought a beach mansion. Take a good hard look at real estate values at the beaches where you think there is so much danger. Ask yourself, why? Then stop thinking you’re smarter than everyone, at least until there is some evidence to support that contention. Consider this a big, cold fish-slap-across-the-face wake up call. If that throws you into a mid-life crisis, well, buy a Corvette with the biggest V8 they have and go cruising. I’m serious, I really don’t want you and your ilk in my wallet and in my life, so stop expecting your pathetic fear to be persuasive to me.

November 18, 2016 6:33 pm

Did anyone send this to Lew and Cookie?
Have they done any research in this area?
I’d love to hear their collective response.
Maybe the two of them could have a press conference, maybe?

Brad Keyes
Reply to  mikerestin
November 19, 2016 12:33 am

” Maybe the two of them could have a press conference, maybe?”
Lewandowsky and his mutant henchboy have press conferences all the time. You just don’t hear about them because there’s no media there.

NW sage
November 18, 2016 6:56 pm

It seems – to me – rather obvious. If one is trained (or brainwashed) to BELIEVE something bad is happening (or that something which IS happening is bad) then that real or imagined ‘thing’ is a strong source of anxiety and its related psychological effects. If that ‘something’ is false or the timetable is not accurate, stress will build until the individual finally decides not to believe any more.
Kind of like earthquake/tsunami scares on the west coast. The BIG ONE is coming but NO ONE knows when so when a news report picks it up (again) and reports a statistic like “the BIG ONE is 30 yrs overdue” as if it were predictive. the stress goes up.
The solution – learn how to recognize bad data and GET OVER IT!

November 18, 2016 7:09 pm

I’m tired of all the projections of doom that never materialize. I get all sorted and then find nothing happened!
It’s either bullshit or the experts just can’t sort the timing!
The Emperor needs some new clothes.

Bill Powers
November 18, 2016 7:50 pm

Fear and guilt are debilitating. Stress kills.

Mark T
November 18, 2016 10:23 pm


Reply to  Mark T
November 19, 2016 4:44 am

yeah..wonder what links to a pharma company the study had?

Warren Latham
November 19, 2016 4:50 am

Ref: “From the UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO comes this study that made me think that this study might very well apply to some well known climate activists, such as Bill McKibben and his followers. Here’s the issue:”
The following (video clip) seems to explain it rather neatly …

Reply to  Warren Latham
November 19, 2016 5:12 am

Extraordinary !!
Put it to all relevant websites. We can not wait 50 years to let them carry out that unnecessary, scary and immoral propaganda. Sensible scientists and activists should work first to disclose the real truth.

November 19, 2016 6:03 am

Shakespeare said it best, as usual:
“The Coward dies a Thousand Deaths, the Brave Man dies but One.”
(From Julius Caesar)

November 19, 2016 6:40 am

Found this over at
Gave me a good chuckle.
“The flood of Trump-fearing American liberals sneaking across the border into Canada has intensified in the past week.
The Republican presidential campaign is prompting an exodus among left-leaning Americans who fear they’ll soon be required to hunt, pray, pay taxes, and live according to the Constitution.
Canadian border residents say it’s not uncommon to see dozens of sociology professors, liberal arts majors, global-warming activists, and “green” energy proponents crossing their fields at night.
“I went out to milk the cows the other day, and there was a Hollywood producer huddled in the barn,” said southern Manitoba farmer Red Greenfield, whose acreage borders North Dakota. “He was cold, exhausted and hungry, and begged me for a latte and some free-range chicken. When I said I didn’t have any, he left before I even got a chance to show him my screenplay, eh?”
In an effort to stop the illegal aliens, Greenfield erected higher fences, but the liberals scaled them. He then installed loudspeakers that blared Rush Limbaugh across the fields, but they just stuck their fingers in their ears and kept coming. Officials are particularly concerned about smugglers who meet liberals just south of the border, pack them into electric cars, and drive them across the border, where they are simply left to fend for themselves after the battery dies.
“A lot of these people are not prepared for our rugged conditions,” an Alberta border patrolman said. “I found one carload without a single bottle of Perrier water, or any gemelli with shrimp and arugula. All they had was a nice little Napa Valley cabernet and some kale chips. When liberals are caught, they’re sent back across the border, often wailing that they fear persecution from Trump high-hairers.
Rumors are circulating about plans being made to build re-education camps where liberals will be forced to drink domestic beer, study the Constitution, and find jobs that actually contribute to the economy.
In recent days, liberals have turned to ingenious ways of crossing the border. Some have been disguised as senior citizens taking a bus trip to buy cheap Canadian prescription drugs. After catching a half-dozen young vegans in blue-hair wig disguises, Canadian immigration authorities began stopping buses and quizzing the supposed senior citizens about Perry Como and Rosemary Clooney to prove that they were alive in the ’50s.
“If they can’t identify the accordion player on The Lawrence Welk Show, we become very suspicious about their age,” an official said.
Canadian citizens have complained that the illegal immigrants are creating an organic-broccoli shortage, are buying up all the Barbara Streisand CD’s, and are overloading the internet while downloading jazzercise apps to their cell phones.
“I really feel sorry for American liberals, but the Canadian economy just can’t support them,” an Ottawa resident said. “After all, how many art-history majors does one country need?”
If you know who wrote this please let me know, because I’d like to give them credit.”

Gunga Din
Reply to  RAH
November 19, 2016 10:01 am

😎 Thanks for putting it up. Funny.

November 19, 2016 1:17 pm

A recent visit to my grandson’s school has caused me to be anxious because every class from Kindergarten to 8th grade had prominent displays of GlobalWarming/ Climate Change propaganda. In their presentations , nearly every grade spoke of their concern for the environment with emphasis on Climate Change!
American children have been indoctrinated since the 80’s with the Warming mantra and many of them are truly afraid that there is no future for Earth as we know it now.
Millennial, and now their children are captives of only one view, the alarmist view and the consequential angst that it engenders!

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