Daily Blog 05/30/2011
Climate ‘trutherism’: the conspiracy theory that’s no joke | Sahil Kapur | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk
First, the facts: the US and international scientific community overwhelmingly agree that carbon dioxide emissions are triggering a slate of harmful effects on the planet. “Climate change is occurring, is very likely caused primarily by the emission of greenhouse gases from human activities, and poses significant risks for a range of human and natural systems,” declared a recent report by the US National Academy of Sciences. Of course, a small percentage of scientists disagree, as is the case with, say, evolution.
Yet, unlike their counterparts, climate truthers aren’t merely an irrelevant group of rabble-rousers. On the contrary, the scientific consensus is denied by the leaders of one of America’s two great political parties, as well as the majority of its ideological base. John Boehner, the most powerful Republican in the country, considers the notion that carbon emissions are harming the planet “comical”. In recent years, this belief has become something of a GOP litmus test, and today, it’s difficult to find Republicans who accept the scientific community’s view.
The man behind the Mad Max museum – Telegraph
To the delight of thousands of Mad Max fans who flock to Silverton each year, Adrian has opened a museum to house the many pieces of Mad Max memorabilia he has amassed over the years, including vehicles from the films and a vast collection of photographs. Together they recreate the post-apocalyptic world of Mad Max, particularly the dark, original film in which the relatively unknown Mel Gibson played a disillusioned policeman who ruthlessly hunted down the gang who killed his wife and child.
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