Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Whatchoo Talkin' About?

Why, in the name of all that is holy, won't Sarah Palin shut up? Here's what fell out of her mouth hole last week: “It’s something our candidates should be talking about and giving us their view on and hopefully acknowledging that it needs to become, in the science community, less political. Otherwise, it leads us to believe that so many things coming from perhaps the scientists could be bogus. If this is bogus, you know, what else are they trying to tell us and trying to control us around if they can’t get this one right?” The former vice presidential candidate was speaking about something she knows a little about: Climate change. She doesn't think that it should be politicized, and she further fretted that public figures are "controlling the narrative" and keeping parents from teaching their children to question global warming. This line of logic makes approximately as much sense as most everything else that the one-time Alaskan governor has ever said on this or any other subject. 
And why would this public figure declare that we should stop listening to public figures on the topic of greenhouse gasses and the like? It probably has something to do with Bill Nye's recent suggestion that he is open to jail time for climate change deniers. Bill was responding to a comment made initially by environmental activist Robert Kennedy Jr. that those who insist that nothing strange is happening with the weather should be locked up like war criminals. You might recognize Mister Kennedy's name from his radio show and his family's dabbling in politics over they years. Bill Nye? He was just agreeing with the guy on the radio. 
Ms. Palin doesn't think it's responsible, especially since she believes that Bill Nye "is as much a scientist as I am." Pretty tough words from the former hockey mom and former sportscaster and former, well, you know. The thing is, Bill has a degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell, where he regularly returns as a guest lecturer. He worked for Boeing, where he developed a hydraulic pressure resonance suppressor. He has been an aeronautics consultant. He never got to be an astronaut, even though he applied to NASA several times. But not because he was as much of a scientist as Sarah Palin. Maybe it's because they both had their own TV shows. Bill's ran for one hundred episodes. Sarah's didn't. So, I figure it's okay if we all agree that Bill Nye, the "scientist" stops running his mouth about climate change, as long as Sarah Palin never speaks about anything again. Ever.

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