Doug’s Darkworld Banned in France, Martian SUVs, and My Favourite Cultists
Good news everyone. If I read this link correctly, my blog could become illegal in France if a law limiting the actions of citizen journalists is enacted. Yes, this law will make it illegal for anyone other than professional journalists to film or broadcast acts of violence. Can this possibly be true? Will I be arrested in Paris on my next grocery run for publishing images like this? Unfortunately, no, the world will have to wait for YouTube images of Doug going down amid a phalanx of baton wielding gendarmes, bloodied and broken baguettes flying everywhere. Probably for the best, the world probably isn’t ready for that, and frankly neither am I.
No, the law is intended to ban such violent images used for fun, IE kids filming bullying and passing around the images and other such things. Still, it is censorship, and I find censorship deeply troubling. Especially in the west, where so many insist on the right to publish things that are deeply offensive to Muslims…while at the same time banning things that are offensive to Jews. Clearly a double standard there, nu? In any event, readers won’t be seeing any images on Doug’s Darkworld of Mohammed or holocaust denials, because I don’t wish to offend my Muslim and Jewish friends. If every Christian had more Muslim and Jewish friends I think the world would be a better place.
And after finding the image of the gendarmes above, maybe being arrested by the French authorities wouldn’t be so bad. Moving right along, some random tidbits in the news that are amusing or disturbing or both depending on one’s perspective and current medications. OK, only one random tidbit when it came right down to it, a perpetual favourite, global warming:
Global Warming on Mars! Yes, many people, including the esteemed Drudge Report are now claiming that global warming on Mars proves that global warming on Earth is caused by the sun, and not SUVs, because of course there are only two SUVs on Mars. Well, that settles it then. Millions of SUVs on Earth, two SUVs on Mars, what more proof could one possibly need that tens of thousands of scientists and decades of research are completely utterly wrong?
(And no, my lawyers have also assured me that I am not liable for eyestrain injuries causing by excessive rolling of the eyes upwards, so don’t even ask.)
Before moving on to generalities, a few specifics. Compared to Earth, we basically know nothing about the climate of Mars. There was supposed to be a Mars Climate Orbiter, but alas since the USA is so terrified of foreign anything it’s the only country on Earth that hasn’t adopted the metric system, a billion dollars worth of weather satellite is now lost in space. (Yes, I will be blogging on why Americans are the laughing stock of the world because we are apparently too stupid to know the difference between a mile and a kilometre at some point, trust me.) So basically we know little or nothing about the climate on Mars*. So how is it that the very same people who claim we don’t know enough about Earth to conclude that global warming is man made, are willing to completely and uncritically accept evidence on a planet about which we know basically nothing to bolster their case?
I’ll say how. It’s because global warming deniers are rapidly moving into the realm of 911 conspiracists, evolution deniers, and imminent rapturists. There’s a fascinating social mechanism where people who hold an unpopular opinion get together and convince themselves that they have special knowledge, that they are a persecuted minority, and that the truth will be revealed soon. The manifest similarity between such groups pretty much speaks for itself, unless of course one is a hard-core member of such a group, in which case this blog is further proof that you are in a persecuted and misunderstood minority.
Sigh. And now that I have offended my few remaining friends and just about everyone else on the planet (ain’t freedom of speech grand?) let me conclude with the codicil that I could be wrong. Maybe security videos of Dick Cheney planting explosives in the Two Towers will hit CNN tomorrow. Maybe someone will discover that Darwin faked his research and evolution was just a big hoax after all. Maybe I will walk outside this morning and see my neighbours ascending bodily to heaven. Maybe all of the above, in which case I will skip work for the day and keep blogging.
However, until such proof is offered, I’m sticking to my guns. So what I am really trying to say is: if a person cannot admit the possibility that their view may be in error, they have simply become a cultist reciting dogma.
* We do know that Mars has a far more eccentric orbit than Earth and thus is more affected by the Sun than Earth as its distance from the Sun varies. And the news about Mars may allow us to further refine our understanding of how much the sun is affecting the earth’s climate. The sun is most certainly part of the cause of global warming, just the evidence so far indicates it’s a relatively minor part of the problem.
(The above image is claimed as Fair Use under US copyright law. It is not being used for profit, it is sort of vaguely central to the subject of the post, and I’m a straight male and thus am biologically compelled to occasionally post tasteful pictures of women.)