Pretty clearly there’s a theme emerging here: the academic-scientific complex is as corrupt as a FIFA World Cup meeting. This is ought to be regarded as a crisis, but as Horton comments, “nobody is ready to take the first step to clean up the system.” (In fact, this sounds a lot like FIFA.)
Oh, and “endemicity”? No, I don’t think I want that to catch on. Lamosity was enough of a stretch.
Via Powerline BlogThere is a law of the wingnet at play here. First a few basics about "Science" and the "world" and stuff like that.
If a "Scientist" publishes some "study" that later turns out to be "stupid," other scientists will eventually line up to point this fact out. As a matter of fact, the other "scientists" will want to be the "first" scientist to "discover" this fact and tell everyone about it. This is how "things" work in the world.
So if indeed the wingnuts are right and we hope that they are right about something (finally) and climate science turns out to be all "bogus" and everyone is safe from global warming, real "scientists" (i.e., not tobacco scientists - sorry Heartland Institute) will line up to point this out.
In fact Foxnews will probably pay some of these other "scientists" a million dollar per year to routinely appear on Foxnews and explain this to the world. In this event, numerous "Scientists" would willingly turn in their lab-coats for a sports-coat in order to sit on a couch next to a Foxnews Blonde or an "Infobabe" as Rush Limbaugh calls them and tell the world about his major "discovery." Being the first one to "discover" something is often thought of as desirable. This is how "things" work in the world or at least on "The Big Bang Theory."
In the wingnet, whenever some "research" is shown to be really "lame," wingers use this opportunity to cast doubt on all research. This, is the law of the wingnet at play here. It is an ancient law with its origins predating the first AM Radio rant.
Here is Pat Buchanan applying this "law of the wingnet" to both "evolution" and "climate change:"
With publication of “On the Origin of Species” in 1859, the hunt was on for the “missing link.” ...In 1912, success! In a gravel pit near Piltdown in East Sussex, there was found the cranium of a man with the jaw of an ape.
“Darwin Theory Proved True,” ran the banner headline. Evolution skeptics were pilloried...It wasn’t until 1953, after generations of biology students had been taught about Piltdown Man, that closer inspection discovered that the cranium belonged to a medieval Englishman ...the jaw belonged to an orangutan... The scientific discovery of the century became the hoax of the century. But Piltdown Man was not alone. There was Nebraska Man.
... if Piltdown Man and his American cousin Nebraska Man were the hoaxes of the 20th century, global warming is the great hoax of the 21st....If you are winger you are "bound" by this law. And because there was once a missing link hoax, you can use this to discredit other things that you don't like. This is how the law works and you have to follow it. Buchanan and Hayward - The Powerline Blogger - as right wingers are bound by this law much in the way that they are bound by the law of gravity. The wingnet operates on laws, after all, and being a winger makes one subject to the laws of the wingnet.
A related law of the wingnet holds that information that contradicts ideology is what is called "a lie" So if flows naturally that "research" that seems to verify the theory of evolution or anthropogenic global warming, wingers would feel compelled to attack this "research" as "false" or in Hayward's case "fraudulent." "Some other study turned out to be basically bullshit, so these other studies are probably bullshit, too" the arguments go. These laws work together. Its just how things are.
Its sad. Its predicable. But being creatures of the wingnet who are subject to the law, they simply cannot help themselves. Absent FEMA-run camps, we cannot help them either.
UPDATE: After 4 months. 2015 is on the way to being the hottest year on record. Some conspiracy is likely to blame.