The Selective Science of Global Warming

The Selective Science of Global Warming

This past week there was a lot of a hubbub over the UN Report on Global Warming. The biggest talking point was this: “It is extremely likely that more than half of the observed increase in global average surface temperature from 1951 to 2010 was caused by the anthropogenic increase in greenhouse gas concentrations and other anthropogenic forcings together. The best estimate of the human-induced contribution to warming is similar to the observed warming over this period.” So now we know with 95% certainty that half of the increase in…

Jezebel Writer “Tweets In” Column This Week

Jezebel Writer “Tweets In” Column This Week

In the blogosphere, we need to replace the expression “phoning it in” with “tweeting it in.” That’s clearly the new way enlightened, Jezebel posters are making their money. This week Laura Beck posted an entry called Racists Are Being Hella Racist Because Miss America Isn’t White. The post contained screen caps of racist tweets from such noted scholars as  Hayley Cheyenne♡ (@CheyenneHayley)  and BIG GLUTE CURL (@pow_pow65). Because if you’re going to have a serious discussion about racism in America, its best to find a girl who spells her name with…

Grand Theft Auto Doesn’t Owe The World Diverse Characters

Grand Theft Auto Doesn’t Owe The World Diverse Characters

I usually like Molly Lambert on Grantland, but her article on Grand Theft Auto really exemplifies what is wrong with modern media.  In it she whines about there being no female playable characters on the new Grand Theft Auto game and that she’ll have to settle for playing as a female in the online version. I’m not even sure that is a first world problem. In fact, it’s really more of a virtual XBox problem within the first world. Like a mystery, wrapped in an enigma, wrapped in a spoiled…

The Trouble With The Daily Show

The Trouble With The Daily Show

The Daily Show started out as a vehicle to mock the media for being ridiculous. The scary graphics, the partisanship, the op-ed slants and overuse of rhetorical devices. But eventually the show realized the reason most media used those tactics was because it got them paid. Churches preach to the choir because its easy, and more importantly because the choir is where they get their money.  That’s why The Daily Show switched from lampooning the media to lampooning Republican candidates. There are millions of liberals in this country and the…