Happy Earth Mirth Day

Today is Earth Day, and there will be assorted celebrations with “feelings” all over mother Gaia. Most notably is the March for (or against, depending on your viewpoint) Science.

Josh has his take on it, using inspiration from the Red Team/Blue Team article.

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48 thoughts on “Happy Earth Mirth Day

    • I put my lights on for mankind too!

      Someone who puts the lights out is supporting darkness, cold, disease, starvation, junk science, ignorance and human misery.
      Someone who puts the lights on is supporting light, warmth, abundant and cheap energy, abundant food, a greening Earth and human wellbeing.
      I also put my lights on to celebrate the Enlightenment, which is under attack more than ever before.
      Chris

  1. Perfect does not describe this Cartoon well enough.
    Poster Perfect
    + Points to Josh
    How many posters could dear Josh sell if Josh could sell posters?
    about 20 inches by16 inches? or thereof somewhere?

  2. Every Labor Day weekend the hippy cultists/new-agers have a Burning Man festival on a dry lake bed in Nevada.

    Now, we also have on April 22 a Burning Straw Mann festival attended by different set of cultists.
    These cultists claim to be scientists, led by a fake scientist no less, are actually protesting that their tax-payer gravy train may end.

  3. Mother Earth? Nobody calls his bike or the bricks of his home “mother” .
    the earth is our lumberyard. There is no choice: to live means to exploit the earth.
    To ignore this fact may cause unnecessary guilt.

  4. The thing that blows my mind is that there are many genuine and eminent experts among the alarmists.

    Experts are error-prone, over-confident and prey to a host of motivational and contextual biases.

    They can have high status, they can be very experienced, they can appear credible and be spectacularly wrong. link

    Not only that but:

    And there are certain experts who, not only is their advice very resonant, but they themselves are very resonant. Some experts project tremendous confidence. They have marvelous credentials. They can be very charismatic — sometimes their voice just projects it. Some experts get very, very good at this stuff. And what do you know? It really sort of lulls us into accepting what they say. It can take a while to actually think about it and realize their advice makes no sense at all. link

    The big problem is that the educated class can’t imagine that experts, which is what they think they are, could possibly be wrong.

    The problem of the educated class is that their education is a mere shadow of what it should be. Grade inflation means that all these out-of-touch entitled idiot college grads think they are actually capable of thinking. It’s an illusion.

    Education is broken. Colleges have been taken over by administrators who aren’t much different from Stalinist autocrats. They hate liberal education, critical thinking, and freedom. link The big problem may be to drain the swamp that we call higher education.

  5. “Some ideas are so stupid that only intellectuals believe them.” ― George Orwell

    “Fake problems are kind of comforting, aren’t they? They’re entirely within your control. After all, you invented them. You get to be the hero of a dramatic struggle with absolutely no risk of failure or setback, because, well, it’s all a f*cking joke in the first place.”

    “Those who have the most ego invested in the skill of repeating what Teacher has told them are naturally going to be very averse to suggesting the heresy that Teacher might be wrong.”

    • PP,
      Some ideas are so stupid ….”
      We are drowning in them
      Acupuncture, organic gardening, alternative medicines, female cosmetics, miscellaneous diets, dangers of fats in diets, anti-oxidants in foods, plant growth factors in seaweed extracts, toxicity levels of human-ingested lead, dose of radioactivity causing harm …. these are just some that I have researched enough to be personally satisfied about stupidity.
      But, like the hydra with 7 heads, chop off one and 7 more appear.
      The human appetite for stupid ideas appears to approach infinity.
      Geoff

  6. I think I’m gonna need to change all my light bulbs for CFLs – that’s Candles For Lighting.

  7. I wonder if those genius’ who attend the “Burning Man” festival have any concept of its history.
    Julius Caesar described the festival in his chronicles detailing his invasion of Britain.
    Ie: a huge structure was built, into which was placed trussed humans who had somehow offended the mob. At the end of the festivities this strucure was ignited and the prisoners were burned alive. Their screams were much enjoyed by the party goers.
    All of this was done under the supervision of the Druids.
    So the current variant of this is entirely consistent with its historical origins.
    Destroy those who disagree with you, all supervised by the high priests; and party on.
    Maybe they actually do know the festival’s origins; society has not progressed much since the days of Big Julie.

    • Will,
      “Geniuses” is OK. Pedants might push “Genii”. “Genius’ ” in this this context not OK, because it implies possession by several of them. To make it easier, try some synonyms for the creatures in mind, like “Wanker” gives “Wankers” but not “Wankers’ “.
      Did you pick up the wrong “Genius’ ” from a sign at this march? That’s a fertile place to find it, among a congregation of non-scientific poseurs.
      Geoff.

      • OK! OK! I stand humbled and corrected!
        Next time I will just refer to them as either a$$holes or Democrats.
        Either should cover it.

  8. Today in honor of Earth Day (aka Lenin’s Birthday) I took a completely unnecessary 200 mile drive so I could recharge my cell phone. I drove my wife to a history day competition across the state yesterday and forgot to plug my phone in. So when I dropped her off from the hotel this morning and had 8 hours to kill, I drove 100 miles out and back so my phone could go from 2% charge to 100%. Mostly I did it in honor of Earth day as the plants really need that added CO2 to feed the poor in the developing countries.

  9. I think the real reason these people are having a fit is because someone is finally telling them NO. The President is cutting NIH funding by 30%. A PHD candidate is receiving NIH funding while pursuing a study in childhood cancer She is afraid the money will stop. . I doubt it. But given the actions by government during the last shutdown, maybe she is right. Remember, cut essential services but allow the rest to continue. And also remember that the bureaucrats at NIH were hired during the previous admin.

  10. Did M. Mann use taxpayer funds for transport to/from this demonstration?
    If so, is that a valid use for a recipient?
    Does a swamp have a petty cash tin?
    (We suspect attendance is not a valid use by a scientist).
    Geoff

  11. My neighbors and I celebrated earth day here in rural west IL by planting corn in 55F cloudy weather. Yes, it’s GMO and we burned the weeds down with glyphosate instead of plowing them under, so we could prevent erosion and increase our yield. Thank a farmer on earth day.

  12. Drove the motorhome to Zion NP. Why? It is what the wife wanted. Friday night was spent at a nice almost free, first come, no reservation BLM campground. I explained that I could not get reservations at the national park I do not like arriving at such places when I have to find campsite after dark or park at Walmart.

    We have not been to Zion in many years, since the boys were little. It was among our favorite out of the way places in southern Utah. Now there is an earth day festival and entrance to the park is free. OMG what a zoo. It was like church on Easter Sunday. No place to park let alone park an RV.

    I headed for the campground knowing I could turn around at the dump station using the ploy with the park ranger that I was checking to see if there was cancellation. No! As I was coming back from the dump station, the ranger flagged me down. A spot had opened up. Then a spot opened up for today.

    I talked to the park ranger. Apparently someone did a documentary. While everyday is not like earth day, Zion has become very popular. The narrow canyon road has been closed and now free shuttle buses takes folks around. This is perfect for us. While I can take motorhome anyplace a tour bus can go that does not stop the wife from going oh, oh, oh on curves with tour buses going by.

  13. I was too busy burning hydrocarbons on my way to South Carolina in the ol’ SUV (for my 1-2 times/year fishing and R&R trip with Mrs. H.R.) to recall that it was Earth Day.

    Maybe I’m guilty of trying to anthropomorphize the trees I saw on the drive down, but they sure looked extremely happy for the CO2 I was providing.

    Happy trees! Happy trees! Nothing but happy trees all the way to South Carolina!
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    OT, but those brownies someone gave me for the trip tasted kinda funny ;o)

  14. Here in the UK, a television channel called Film4 marked Earth Day by showing, inevitably, ‘The Day After Tomorrow’. I pressed the ‘guide’ button at one stage, and noticed that it was described as ‘science fiction’. How true.

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