Bill Nye and climate change

So. Let me preface this by saying that I’m a huge fan of Bill Nye.

I am. No apologies.

By now, everyone in ‘Murica has heard about climate change. There is a very small but very vocal minority who disagree with the findings that show quite conclusively that climate change is real.

When Bill Nye is brought up as a voice of reason (and he is), there’s always someone who wants to cast asparagus upon him and his education.

But, why?

I really don’t get it. Just because one does not have a degree in something does not mean that they can’t be an expert in a thing. For example, If I studied birds for, say, twenty something years. I mean in-depth study, not just hey I’m bird watching, you wouldn’t argue that I’d be an expert on birds, right?

Right?

So, When Mr. Nye says the things he’s saying, it’s because he is a man of education, and knows how to look critically on evidence put before him, and it’s fair to say he’s put the hours in on studying this particular subject.

You could say he is an expert, right?

OK.

So, let’s look at the deniers.

Generally speaking, they are wikipedia scholars at best. Now, some may well be educated, but you have to ask yourself, Who stands to gain by denying climate change?

The answer is pretty simple. Those who would suffer financially if the oil and coal industries were to decline. They’re damned well gonna fight to stay rich. (mega rich, at that) So they hire scientists to cherry pick studies, and so their own studies, which may or may not have dubious information.

So, I ask you: Why argue against a movement that wants to enrich our lives with cleaner, cheaper energy,  more jobs in this potentially world-changing field?

Why do you want us to fall behind the rest of the world? To save a few thousand coal mining jobs? To make sure that endless wars based on lies are fought in the middle east? Well solar, hydro, and wind technologies will provide a lot more jobs than that, and boost our economy, productivity, and give us a better standard of life.

Are you not interested in a better standard of life for everyone?

Even if climate change were not real, which it demonstrably is, it makes no sense to cockblock these new clean(er) energy fields.

Please tell me why. Please. I’m listening.

Homeopathy, a billion dollar sham

Let me offer this video as sort of a preparation for my inevitable rant. Firtstly who is this old guy?

It’s the Amazing Randi. He’s a conjurer. He’s not the guy who leaves things mysterious, and implies what he does is real magic. Why? Because he’s taken it on himself to debunk fraudsters and shams who would prey on the gullible (And there are a LOT of gullible people out there. If you doubt that, you might be one of them.) He’s even offered a million dollars to the first person who can prove without a shadow of a doubt the existence of supernatural powers or abilities. (He’s never had to pay, BTW)

>The Video!<<

Now my rant.

My lovely Daughter, Elyza has a cough and congestion, so I went Walmart to get something for her. After perusing the shelves, I found that nothing looked exactly¬†like what I need, so I approached the pharmacy and asked the pharmacist, about my problem. one of them said they couldn’t recommend products, but the other (there were two behind the counter) suggested that I purchase one of a variety of homeopathic quackery. I stopped her there and asked why would she suggest I buy something that does nothing? She retorts “Well some people feel that…”

I began seeing red. My daughter’s health will NEVER be determined by some gullible fools belief. Only proven and well acknowledged science.

I began berating her as a medical professional offering placebo effects in place of actual medicine. She ought to be ashamed of herself. What if a parent feeds these nonsense pills to their beloved child and expect them to get well?

What if they get worse? (I expect they might, because these sugar pills do nothing)

This is like those idiots who refuse treatment in favor of prayer.

But this is my gripe:

Walmart trains their pharmacists to peddle this shit. . Forcing medical professionals who ought to know better to peddle nostrums to people who do not know better, to take their money because they don’t actually have a medicine, but BY GOD, they’re gonna take your money one way or another.

That ought to be criminal.

In fact, it might well be.

For shame, Walmart.