Alarming News: I like Morgan Freeberg. A lot.
Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler: We were following a trackback and thinking "hmmm... this is a bloody excellent post!", and then we realized that it was just part III of, well, three...Damn. I wish I'd written those.
Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler: ...I just remembered that I found a new blog a short while ago, House of Eratosthenes, that I really like. I like his common sense approach and his curiosity when it comes to why people believe what they believe rather than just what they believe.
Brutally Honest: Morgan Freeberg is an intriguing guy...[he] asks great questions and answers others with style, flair, reason and wit. On the blogroll he goes. Make him a part of your regular blogospheric reading. I certainly will.
Brutally Honest: Morgan Freeberg is brilliant.
Common Sense Junction: Misha @ Anti-Idiotarian never ceases to amaze me. He keeps finding other good blogs. I went over to A.I. this morning for my daily Misha fix and he had found this guy named Morgan Freeberg in Fair Oaks, California, that has a blog, House of Eratosthenes. Freeberg says its "The Blog That Nobody Reads" but it may now become the blog that everybody reads.
Jaded Haven: Good God, Morgan, you cover a topic from front to back with a screwy thoroughness I find mind boggling. I'm in awe of your thought proccesses, my friend, you're an exceptional talent. You start by throwing in the kitchen sink, tie in someone's syphilitic uncle, bend around a rip tide of brilliance and bring it all home in a neat, diamond dripping package of an exceptionally readable moment of damn fine wordsmithing. I love reading you.
Mein Blogovault: Make "the Blog that No One Reads" one of your daily reads.
Philmon: When Morgan meanders, stick with him - he's got a point and it'll be worth it in the end. He's not a hit-and-run snarky quip kind of guy. The pieces all fall into place like tumblers in a lock and bang! He's opened a cognative door for you.
Rightlinx: Morgan at House of Eratosthenes is one of the best writers out there. I read him nearly every day because he manages to provide an interesting perspective, even though I don't always agree.
Poetic Justice: Cletus! Ah gots a laiv one fer yew...
Earth in the Balance? II
Earlier this month I commented about the whole Al Gore and Global Warming thingy.
It is lost to me, forever I fear, where I heard this. God forbid it was on Rush’s show, which I fear is the case, because digging into those archives and playing them back at double-speed is so time-consuming and tedious it’s out of the question. But it was a brilliant point.
It’s brilliant because all other attempts to address MMGW (our acronym here for the dubious concept of “man made global warming”) are met with what could best be described as existentialism: I can’t prove my stuff, you can’t prove yours, so let’s get in a shouting match about who should be awarded the benefit of the doubt. And, of course, it’s better to act as if the sky is falling when it isn’t, than the other way around, so game-set-match the watermelons win.
(Watermelon: Someone green on the outside and red on the inside.)
Enter the caller, who had a great question.
Since according to Mr. Gore the earth is definitely heating up and lives are hanging in the balance, and one of the things that’s supposed to happen is that the sea levels are going to rise — what is he doing to get everyone who lives within fifty miles of the coastlines, to relocate like yesterday? Since it’s definitely going to happen, someone should be on top of this right?
Yeeowch…that had to have hurt.
Update 5/25/06: In a world that is so crammed up to the rafters with moose feces, it really bugs me when someone says something sensible and doesn’t get credit for it. So I went ahead and sifted through the archives, which I can do as a Rush 24/7 subscriber. I found it at Hour #2 on Tuesday, 5/23. The caller is Cheryl and I’m going to make an assumption on how to spell her name. Her call begins at time index 20:58, without the commercials.
Mark Belling, substitute host: To Latrobe, Pennsylvania, it’s Cheryl; Cheryl, it’s your turn on E.I.B.
Cheryl from Latrobe, PA: Oh hi Mark, nice to speak with you. Hey Mark, I question the courage of Al “Google” Gore’s convictions. If he really believes what he’s claiming, you know, that the water’s going to come up on all coastlines, all over the earth — well, why isn’t he calling for all coastline states to vacate, immediately, all people and buildings, at least fifty miles inland? Why isn’t he calling for that? If this is really happening, and we can’t be sure it’s humans, but he’s sure it’s happening…
I’ve got an idea about how to make this even better. Since there is a whole lot of time, aggravation, money and trouble involved in relocating people away from coastlines, and even identifying them could cause a political backlash — what’s wrong with discussing this class in aggregate form? You know, like we do with the homeless; we don’t say “Bob’s homeless and Joe’s homeless and Frank is homeless,” what we do is estimate there are one point five million homeless people. Media outlets just love to do that. Three million people with AIDS, forty-seven thousand high school students who can’t pass their exit exams. Oh, the sensationalism-sans-responsibility, that goes with quoting numbers without citing specific cases. They just can’t get enough of it.
Why do I not know, and why can I not find out, how many thousands of people in my country live in daily fear of waking up to seawater in their living rooms, because of the looming danger of global warming? Why does this seem to be the one subject where the number-floating-game suddenly loses any appeal? The very least you could say about it, is that it’s a worthwhile question.
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