Hot enough for you?

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So the denier lives until he’s 75. That seems to encourage denial, which I don’t think is the point of the cartoon.

How about this to scare you:

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Right now, there are eight tropical storms happening on the planet. One is about to hit Japan and two are headed in the direction of Hawaii. Four are hurricanes (typhoons, cyclones, whatever you want to call them). Notice how they’re all around the red band? That’s because the oceans are warming and that allows the storms to build.

We are on track for the hottest year in recorded history. The coasts are going to be underwater sooner than you realize.

Just ask the people in Louisiana.

Il Douchelini floods the zone: Trump in Louisiana

The governor of Louisiana has asked all the presidential candidates to stay away from the flooded areas of his state because political photo ops get in the way of disaster relief efforts. Here it is:

[President] Obama himself is facing criticism for not cutting short his annual summer vacation to visit the flood devastation in Louisiana, but the governor, Democrat John Bel Edwards, has publicly asked Obama to stay away, citing the drain on resources that a presidential visit demands and that he would prefer to devote to flood relief.

Of course, the right wing media minions are criticizing Obama and Hillary Clinton for not screwing up disaster relief efforts by showing up for a photo op when important work has to be done.

And, of course, the douchebag in a white baseball cap who Republican voters say is the right person to lead the free world and his holier-than-though fluffer vice presidential running mate go down to the flooded areas of Louisiana for a photo op.

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Is that Play-Doh (click to enlarge because I can’t believe what I’m seeing)? You’re bringing Play-Doh as part of your photo op? Because when the water’s rising above your neck, nothing says “I need to be rescued” like Play-Doh?

I must be seeing this wrong.

Well, at least Mr. Make America Hate Again must have exerted a significant amount of time and energy as he helped unload that big truck:

On Friday morning, freshly-minted Donald Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told ABC News that Trump and running mate Mike Pence would be traveling to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to “help people on the ground” in a “decidedly nonpolitical event” with “no press allowed.”
As it turns out, though, there actually were members of the press allowed, and the candidate did use the occasion to attack his political opponent, and there were opportunities for photographs, but true to his word, Trump did “help out.” Pool cameras trailed Trump for his entire visit, and over the course of those several hours, Trump “helped out” by unloading a truckload of toys for 49 seconds, these 49 seconds.

 

Is this a parody of a presidential campaign?

Dealing with climate change isn’t about saving the Earth

The line on climate change is that we have to address it in order to save the Earth. That’s not the best argument.

The Earth is going to be around for a couple of billion more years. And there will be life on Earth for a good chunk of that time. But that doesn’t mean humans are going to be around that long.

Ask the dinosaurs. The asteroid that hit the planet 65 million years ago (no, creationists, the Earth is not 10,000 years old) threw material in the air that led to rapid, extreme prehistoric climate change. Dinosaurs disappeared and mammals evolved and took over.

Now the mammals are creating their own, extended climate change. Since we’re going to keep it up, because the danger still doesn’t seem to register with people, it will be interesting to see what life form takes over after we’ve killed ourselves.

So climate change isn’t about saving the Earth. It’s about saving humanity. And humanity sure acts like it doesn’t want to be saved.

A mind is a terrible thing to bend

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We have gotten to the point where what should be obvious comedy is considered sacrosanct by the followers of a certain party that contains the initials GOP. They’ve pretty much said everything that appears in this cartoon and no one is asking, “Do they believe this, or are they just trying to piss off liberals?”

Because if they believe it, they’re stupid. And if they’re saying it just to piss off liberals, they’re assholes. But i get the feeling they believe it AND they’re trying to piss off liberals.

Which makes them … (don’t everybody answer at once).

Man and nature

I’m a firm believer that it isn’t going to be aliens who stomp humanity. It’s going to be something we created.

Because when Skynet becomes self aware or when we get sucked into the Matrix,  someone’s going to ask the computers how do we fix the planet? The answer’s going to be, “Get rid of the humans.”

And when it comes to protecting the planet, humans keep showing they have the morality of Peter Lorre’s character in “M”.