This is why TV news is unwatchable

Especially CNN:

I absolutely despise television news. I refuse to watch it and when people turn it on, I tune it out. CNN pretends to be balanced by putting liars on with people who know what they’re talking about. That’s not balance. That’s feeding stupidity.

At least Fox News is consistent in its mendacity.

To everyone who’s ever told me that Alex Jones speaks the truth

You know who you are. From the Austin-American Statesman:

At a recent pretrial hearing, attorney Randall Wilhite told state District Judge Orlinda Naranjo that using his client Alex Jones’ on-air Infowars persona to evaluate Alex Jones as a father would be like judging Jack Nicholson in a custody dispute based on his performance as the Joker in “Batman.”

“He’s playing a character,” Wilhite said of Jones. “He is a performance artist.”

But in emotional testimony at the hearing, Kelly Jones, who is seeking to gain sole or joint custody of her three children with Alex Jones, portrayed the volcanic public figure as the real Alex Jones.

Three things:

  1. Alex Jones is an unstable volcanic public figure.
  2. Alex Jones is a performance artist. It’s all for show.
  3. The Joker made more sense than Alex Jones.

Here’s Alex Jones:

Here’s the Joker:

Tell me. Who makes more sense? (And yes, Heath Ledger is the only Joker who counts.)

The most important difference: The pump truppets put a guy in the White House who believes what Alex Jones says.

Remember that drought in California?

From Gizmodo:

California governor Jerry Brown recently declared an end to the state of emergency brought on by his state’s historically terrible drought. It’s a mid-level miracle, assisted by record rainfall earlier this year.

The stark contrast between peak drought conditions of 2014 and the relative normalcy of 2017 means that marinas that were veritable deserts just a few seasons ago are now lush lakefronts. Rivers that had shrunk to a trickle now fill the valleys they once carved out of the Earth. Heck, even crispy brown fields of thirsty grass have become majestic green hills. That means the risk of wildfires is down, and Californians can lighten up about water usage.

Let’s compare 2014 to today:

For more before and after images, click here.

Life in the solar system

From Gizmodo:

Saturn’s moon Enceladus features a warm subterranean ocean covered in ice. In an extraordinary new finding, scientists have confirmed the existence of a chemical energy source within this moon’s water that’s capable of sustaining living organisms here on Earth. Enceladus is now officially the best place beyond Earth to look for life.

Molecular hydrogen is being produced in the ocean of Enceladus, according to a new study published today in Science. The most plausible source of this hydrogen is hydrothermal reactions between hot rocks and water in the ocean beneath the moon’s icy surface. So in addition to warm water, organic molecules, and certain minerals, this moon is also producing an accessible source of energy that could conceivably support alien microbes.

Indeed, hydrothermal processes near volcanic vents are known to sustain complex ecosystems here on Earth. The new study marks an important development in our ability to assess the habitability of distant celestial objects, while setting the stage for future missions.

Hopefully, we are going to do future missions. But the way things are going, the “we” is a global “we” instead of an American “we”, since there’s an anti-science pathology in the pigmy fingered pinhead’s administration.