And the Danish cartoons and the cartoons drawn in Garland.
You can call me Islamaphobic, but that doesn't mean there aren't muslims willing to kill me over a cartoon.
It would be nice if we stopped painting entire organizations, professions, states and countries every time a story like this comes out. In the discussion of this story, the role call of villains includes the USA or 'murica, Texas, the city of Irving, Republicans, Teachers, Police and most of all White People. At most there was a handful of people involved and a free press with an activist citizenry turned the whole thing around.
This kid has gone from oppressed to a likely poster child in about 6 hours. Good for him. I hope he makes the most of this opportunity.
As far as politics is concerned, it is just as likely that a cop and a teacher are registered Democrat as Republican. They both belong to a union, not that there is anything wrong with that. As far as immigration is concerned, I don't see how this applies. Republicans want technical people to legally immigrate and immigrants in general to not burden our welfare system or behave criminally.
Dictionary would come in handy, I'm thinking.
Other words you might want to look up:
"Even if you ignore the facts. Ask anyone over the age of 40 about the heat this summer."
Pretty mild summer here. I heard it is hot in Mumbai.
Slashdot editors, not so much. Still, the linked article is an interesting read.
About 1/3 of all CO2 produced by humans in all of history has occurred in the last 18 years and yet there is no statistical warming during that time. CO2 is logarithmically challenged, as discovered by Arrehnius, the demi-god of the AGW movement who first proposed that CO2 is a greenhouse gas. It's funny that the AGW crowd only ever cites his first paper on the subject and its ridiculous sensitivity. It is tragic that after all these years of doom and gloom from the AGW crowd that they are finally bringing down that sensitivity to the levels that Arrehnius determined in his follow up work.
Most so-called deniers only deny that there is a run-away effect, that all feedbacks are positive, that you can retroactively alter the temperature records to compensate for time of day and siting issues, that you can splice one proxy temperature record with another and put it on the cover of an official IPCC document and that you can continue to cite models and studies based on those models when CO2 is following the worst case scenario and the actual temperature is below the best case scenario.
Finally, quoting the 97% consensus is just plain stupid. It's either made up from whole cloth or based on a severely flawed study. You can't scream anti-science at people and ignore the mountains of bad science published in the name of AGW every year.
Mars is a great big, dry gravity well. We as a species are better off learning how to live in space. There are more resources between the Earth and Jupiter then we have access too currently.
Even with advanced propulsion, humans will have to learn to live in space. We are a long way from colonizing mars, it's such a pipe dream.
If there is a fire in a crowded theatre, you should yell "Fire!". That is why all of these people speaking out against the 'Draw Mohammed' contests as shouting fire in a crowded theatre are wrong. Radical Islamists, including those that would kill to prevent or avenge cartoons of their prophet, is a real issue, as proven in Garland, Texas.
Some teachers unions have negotiated that a first offence is not fireable. There are 100s of teachers in the LA school district who are on the payroll but are not allowed to teach. Some for drug crimes, some for sex crimes.
Can't be in a bigger position of authority than POTUS.
This is a new thing that pseudo-scientists and fellow travelers are using, the meta-meta-study. It's either taking a bunch of studies and using them to paper over the problems with your own pet theory. Or it is death by a thousand paper cuts, with more and more 'me too' studies and rolling them together to support your own pet theory.
This is how we get memes like 97%, which is either some survey of some small group on an email list or a bunch of grad students picking, and more importantly excluding, papers that match a word search for global warming. Whether that is scary run away global warming or just noticing that we are coming out of an ice age doesn't seem to make a distinction for these people. Pointing that out gets a response that implies you are directly responsible for all of the carbon pollution in the world.
The upside is that they will probably block you if you dare mention that the greenhouse effect is logarithmically challenged.
Old programmers never die, they just branch to a new address.