Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Juan Cole on Denial

Louis Gohmert, caribou wingman, is, without a doubt, several nails short of a sack, and one of the Princes of Denial in the US Congress.  Juan Cole hits home with a transcript of a debate between Gohmert and Bill Nye.  Now some, maybe Eli to be sure, think that Nye is engaged in a bout of self promotion, debating on this and that about things where there is no real debate, but Cole got that covered.  Eli gives you Bill Nye vs. Louis Gohmert on Gravity
Nye pointed out that Isaac Newton discovered the law of gravity in the 17th century and it is settled science.
Gohmert challenged Nye’s certainty. “The cultists who tout science always speak as though we know for sure that scientific discoveries are true. Gravity has only been theorized for a couple hundred years. It’s too early to tell. How much money do they want us to waste on suspension bridges and other expensive technology aimed at keeping things from falling down, on the basis of a theory?”
Nye tore off his bow-tie and began chewing on it in frustration.
Go read the whole thing.

ELI RESERVING THE RIGHT TO EXPAND AND ENHANCE HIS POSTS CONTINUES:  The image is from predator haven which links to Bad Astronomy, which has a YouTube take on the debate from then Representative now Senator Markey

Mr. Chairman, I rise in opposition to a bill that overturns the scientific finding that pollution is harming our people and our planet.
However, I won’t rise physically, because I’m worried that Republicans will overturn the law of gravity, sending us floating around the room. 
I won’t call for the sunlight of additional hearings, for fear that Republicans might excommunicate the finding that the Earth revolves around the sun. 
Instead, we will embody Newton’s third law of motion and be an equal and opposing force against this attack on science and on laws that will reduce America’s importation of foreign oil. 
This bill will live in the House while simultaneously being dead in the Senate. It will be a legislative Schrödinger’s cat killed by the quantum mechanics of the legislative process!
Arbitrary rejection of scientific fact will not cause us to rise from our seats today. But with this bill, pollution levels will rise. Oil imports will rise. Temperatures will rise. 
And with that, I yield back the balance of my time. That is, unless a rejection of Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity is somewhere in the chair’s amendment pile.
Bunnies, hard as they try cannot keep up.


Jeffrey Davis said...

The David Gregory joke is too true. It shows why Gregory should be in chains somewhere.

Somewhere else.

David Appell said...

Poor dialogue. Gohmert would never use a phrase like "secular humanist theory." He just say "liberals."

Flakmeister said...

I think a senior bunny missed the sarc flag at Juan's place...

But Gohmert is indeed bat$hit crazy...

Captcha: 25525666 suggesting Mersenne primes are the work of Satan??

verytallguy said...

On the subject of denial, anybunny like to comment on the composition workshop on the APS statement on climate change incl as well as the blog author, Bill Collins, Ben Santer, Isaac Held, Richard Lindzen, and John Christy?

EliRabett said...

Basically, continuing a long tradition, the committee is a bunch of nuclear physicists.


Really, Eli, theese are carbon guys, and three alpha particles is a pretty poor excuse for a nucleus.

Susan Anderson said...

Oh glory. I love Markey, and that clip is one of my favorites. Thanks!

(proud to be from Boston)