North Carolina, of all places, has found what can only be described as an elegant solution for rising sea levels caused by global warming. They outlawed them. Well, they didn't forbid the seas from rising per se, they are not that stupid (yet), but they effectively outlawed to use any meaningful scientific method to record or predict the levels.
Scientific America reported about it:
quote:“These rates shall only be determined using historical data, and these data shall be limited to the time period following the year 1900. Rates of seas-level rise may be extrapolated linearly. …” It goes on, but there’s the core: North Carolina legislators have decided that the way to make exponential increases in sea level rise – caused by those inconvenient feedback loops we keep hearing about from scientists – go away is to make it against the law to extrapolate exponential; we can only extrapolate along a line predicted by previous sea level rises.
Revolutionary ideas travel fast. And not even a month has passed until Virginia adapted the solution to get rid of the global warming problem all together. They took a bit less scientific approach though, and just outlawed the usage of certain terms, because:
quote:Instead of using climate change, sea level rise, and global warming, the study uses terms like “coastal resiliency” and “recurrent flooding.” Republican State Delegate Chris Stolle, who steered the legislation, cut “sea level rise” from the draft.
He said “sea level rise” is a “left-wing term” that conjures up animosities on the right.
I guess the above is going to help, but it in itself will probably not be sufficient to disperses Rex Tillerson's (CEO, ExxonMobil) fears over the demise of education and science:
quote:Tillerson blamed a public that is "illiterate" in science and math, a "lazy" press, and advocacy groups that "manufacture fear" for energy misconceptions in a speech at the Council on Foreign Relations.
But it is the end of June, and July can only bring improvement at this stage.
July 2012: (today)
After all the problems with global warming are once and for all solved, we can finally concentrate on more important matters. If, dear reader, you still have brain cells left at this stage, buckle your seatbelt, because Kansas is going bye-bye.
quote:IT sounds like a plot dreamed up by the creators of Southpark, but it's all true: schoolchildren in Louisiana are to be taught that the Loch Ness monster is real in a bid by religious educators to disprove Darwin's theory of evolution.
Erm, … why does that make any sense I hear those brain cells screaming in agony?
quote:One tenet has it that if it can be proved that dinosaurs walked the earth at the same time as man then Darwinism is fatally flawed.
And just in case you wondered what 'that' has to do with Nessie:
quote:One ACE textbook – Biology 1099, Accelerated Christian Education Inc – reads: "Are dinosaurs alive today? Scientists are becoming more convinced of their existence. Have you heard of the 'Loch Ness Monster' in Scotland? 'Nessie' for short has been recorded on sonar from a small submarine, described by eyewitnesses, and photographed by others. Nessie appears to be a plesiosaur."
Okay, so why did only Nessie survive?
quote:Jonny Scaramanga, 27, who went through the ACE programme as a child, but now campaigns against Christian fundamentalism, said the Nessie claim was presented as "evidence that evolution couldn't have happened. The reason for that is they're saying if Noah's flood only happened 4000 years ago, which they believe literally happened, then possibly a sea monster survived.
...and in case you are still a 'sceptic', it goes on like this, but read for yourself: