Since there are no longer criminal penalties all of those pesky constitutional guarantees fall to the wayside.
Except for the one that says we're not supposed to deprived of property without due process... that applies whether it's "civil" or not. And of course, if the fine's over $20 you could ask for a jury trial. Gee, maybe the founders were on to something there... oh yeah, they tried to pull crap like this back in the 18th century too.
Number one, there is a controversy. I know you think only famous cosmologists, mechanical engineers who used to host science shows for kids, and the fossil fuel companies count. But there are actual CLIMATE SCIENTISTS who have doubts, not to mention a large potion of the public.
Second, unless you're a fan of damnatio memorae, controversies should be mentioned even if they were wrong. You know, like aether theories, eugenics, phrenology, bloodletting...
because I really am not interested in seeing "champagne champagne baboons-"
You've personally bombed someone?
Because we're talking about people who have. And no, I'm not going to pretend that there is moral equivalence between people who have might have ironically Nobel Peace prize-winning leaders, yet are peacefully going about their lives, and people who directly attack the innocent and defenseless.
Because there isn't moral equivalence. And while, as a Christian, I'm painfully aware that 100% of us have done evil and deserve death, I'm not going to excuse violent actions in some idiotic attempt to build political cachet.
This is why alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine are legal despite being extremely addictive and bad for one's health.
That's a bit of a blanket statement. Alcohol and caffeine are not addictive, by the scientific definition of the word, and alcohol is not bad for your health in small quantities. Actually, none of those is bad for you in small quantities.
This restaurant was advertising breakfast any time. So I ordered french toast in the renaissance. - Steven Wright, comedian