A Pathetic Defense of Global Warming
The critique where I first heard about it is here, and the original essay in the NY Times is here. The author in question claims there was a long drought around the year 1200 BC. Therefore, he argues, we ought to accept the possibility of climate change. This is a weak argument, to say the least. In fact, it’s one of the tenets of some of the true believers in global warming that our climate has been static until now, that there was no medieval warming period followed by a little ice age. I don’t know what these same people say about 1200 BC, but if they deny the historical evidence for the later events, why wouldn’t they also deny it for the earlier period? Their goal is to show that we humans are screwing up our environment, and acknowledging climate change that cannot be blamed on humans tends to wreck their thesis.
Incidentally, if this business about 1200 BC sounds familiar, it’s because I discussed the author’s book just a few weeks ago here. I enjoyed his book, but the events he discusses really aren’t relevant to the global-warming debate.
Is Anyone Surprised by This?
Fidel Castro is very wealthy and lives a life of luxury. See here. This is according to a former bodyguard, though the information seems to have leaked out in the past because the article says that Forbes magazine knew about it a few years ago. Naturally, this may all be a hoax, but the problem is that given the conditions in Cuba – that it is not an open society and doesn’t have a free press – it is impossible to know that it is false.
Pomo Professor Hates Students and Dislikes His Job
Here. The professor in question, Slavoy Zizek, has even told his students that he will give them an A if they don’t turn in papers. (See here for the Wikipedia article on him.) The first comment in the first link says it all: “Will nobody have mercy on this man and his students, and fire him?” Alas, that is not likely to happen, not given his superstar status in academia, though it says something about the nature of academia that he has become a superstar in the first place