Episode 326 Scott Adams: China, Mass Migration, Peak Climate Change, Fusion Power, Misandry

Topics: 

  • President Trump’s tweet on Fentanyl death penalty
  • Unlimited power from fusion reactors is getting closer to reality
  • Yellow vested French workers will be out of work in 10 years
  • Countries who do and don’t control immigration in 10 years
  • Other countries are beginning to want their own President Trump
  • Populations are reaching peak tolerance for taxes
  • Climate change feels closer to resolved, rather than dire
  • Kirsten Gillibrand tweets “our future is female”
    • A Senator is allowed to say that?
    • The future is NOT equality, that ISN’T what we seek?
    • The future is men against women?
    • 48 hour rule is in effect for clarification

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Episode 314 Scott Adams: The New and Hilarious Climate Change Report, Schumer’s SCOTUS tweet

Topics: 

  • Dire report from Government on climate change…isn’t
    • Financially and science challenged CNN
  • “80 years from now” projections for economy and climate change
  • Remediating hurricanes by reforesting the Sahara
  • President Trump vs. Chief Justice Roberts
    • President says judges are politically influenced left or right
    • Justice Roberts says judges are neutral
    • Schumer tweets about partisan decisions by Justice Roberts
    • Schumer’s “cognitive blindness”, as he agrees with Trump
  • 3 components of government?
    • Reality: Supreme Court is now a component of Presidency
    • Left/Right tally pre-determines outcomes
  • Rate of 9th circuit court decisions overturned by Supreme Court 
    • Is that misleading because of “selection bias”?
    • What’s the influence of “court shopping”?
  • Hillary’s take on European immigration handling
    • Did she agree with Trump on European immigration…
    • …so she doesn’t have to agree with him on US immigration?
    • What RATE of immigration causes social unrest?
  • Chinese Muslim population (the Uyghur) internment camps
    • They’re treating Islam like a virus needing isolation
    • Are thoughts and ideas dangerous, like a virus?
  • Assimilating immigrants into your society without social unrest

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Episode 318 Scott Adams: The Steep Drop in Racism, Climate Change Reporting and Human Shields

Topics: 

  • CNN top headlines today, racism, racism, racism
  • SPLC tracks racism organizations and events…
    • …but NOT the number of racists?
    • SPLC business model incentives
  • If it wasn’t for the news…would you think racism is rising?
    • MSM is profiting from promoting racism
  • CNN using children as “human shields” for their reporting
    • Kids in cages
    • Now it’s the lady with kids and tear gas in background
  • The good news about climate report…
    • The GDP will increase 700% in 80 years, with a 10% pullback
    • Why isn’t any major news organization picking up on that?
  • Fentanyl/China leader, Xi Jinping, unable to stop Fentanyl problem?
    • China and Xi Jinping, no longer deserve respect
  • Why can’t we duplicate human intelligence in a computer?

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Episode 265 Scott Adams: Saudi Arabia, Bill Gates Solving Climate Change

Topics: 

  • Half-pinions on Saudi Arabia and Jamal Khashoggi
    • Weighing the costs as well as the benefits of our actions
  • Bill Gates innovative approach to solving climate change
    • Same approach can be used to solve healthcare costs

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Episode 261 Scott Adams: Warren’s DNA test, Khashoggi, Climate Change

Topics: 

  • Elizabeth Warren’s DNA test results
  • Khashoggi story, more and more speculation popping up
    • He may have been much more than just a journalist
  • President Trump’s 60 Minutes interview with Lesley Stahl

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Episode 251 Scott Adams: North Korea, Climate Change, Guilty Until Innocent

Topics: 

  • MSM’s presentation of global warming is fraudulent
  • President Trump’s rally comments…
    • Democrats are the party of crime
    • Democrats are bringing you Socialism-Venezuela
  • Dr. Drew on Interface app yesterday
  • Increasing postal fees from China to pay for fighting Fentanyl
  • Jordan Peterson clarified his Kavanaugh statement
  • Kanye is off Twitter
  • Was the Pete Davidson SNL skit, telling Kanye to “stay in his lane”?
  • Pompeo and Chairman Kim big smiles photo

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Episode 141: Trump Derangement Syndrome, Mind-Reading, Climate Change and Racism

Topics: 

  • Josh Rogin demonstrates TDS, mind-reading illusion and moving the goalposts
  • President Trump meeting Putin…what will happen?
  • CO2 emissions dramatically reduced by U.S.
  • Climate change sense of urgency has largely evaporated
  • Elon Musk solves problems…why are people going after him?
  • Implementing Hawk Newsome’s suggestion…
  • “I reject racism in all its forms”

 

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Episode 11: The Climate Trial, Sinclair Broadcasting, and presidential priorities

Topics:

The San Francisco Climate Trial (really just a tutorial) and how the climate alarmists are not making their case.

Sinclair Broadcasting’s promotion in which all the local stations used the same script

How President Trump is doing on the priorities versus the little stuff

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30 Winter Coats For Every Budget, Climate, and Personality

At a certain point, winter won't be coming anymore. It'll be here. And when that time comes, you'll be grateful that you made an investment in a coat or jacket that works for your personal style and the climate you live in.

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When to Trust the Experts (Climate and Otherwise)

 Our duo of hurricanes, Harvey and Irma, have elevated the perceived risks of climate change in a lot of people’s minds. Are these disasters, and the record heat in many places, a sign of climate warming already out of control?

The quick answer is maybe, but climate scientists will need a lot more data and probably a few more years to know whether we are seeing a blip or a trend. From a persuasion perspective, the fascinating thing to me is that the climate science “sides” have reversed because of the storms. And here I am only talking about non-scientists on social media. 

Last winter I saw climate skeptics (or deniers in some cases) proclaiming climate change a hoax because it was cold outside. The scientists and pro-climate-change folks mocked those poor souls for not understanding the difference between anecdotal evidence and science. You can’t determine a long term trend by looking out the window, say all scientists. And if you think you can, you’re being a big dope who doesn’t know the first thing about science.

If you don’t understand that anecdotal data in isolation is generally useless to scientists, you don’t understand anything about science. A year ago, that described a lot of climate skeptics who were looking out their windows, seeing snow, and declaring climate change a hoax.

But that was last year. This week the sides reversed. Now I keep seeing climate alarmists on social media looking at the hurricanes and declaring them strong evidence of climate change. They might be right. But if they are, it is by coincidence and not by science. Scientists say it is too early to tell. So now we have a bizarre situation in which the pro-science side is disagreeing with the scientists on their own side. That’s what confirmation bias gets you. Both sides see anecdotal evidence as real. Both sides think they respect and understand the basics of science. Both sides are wrong.

Please excuse my generalities here. Obviously there are plenty of smart people on both sides who understand that anecdotal information is not confirmation of anything. But in terms of what I see on social media, the hurricanes have turned a lot of people on the pro-science side into believers in anecdotal evidence. Here’s one example. Read from bottom up.

And this brings me to my topic of the day: How do you know when to trust experts? My hypothesis is that people who have the most experience in the real world trust experts the least. To make that point, allow me to give you a brief tour of my experience with experts.

Nutrition

When I was a kid, scientists seemed to agree on what constituted good nutrition. They even put that knowledge into a handy visual aid involving a food pyramid, and provided it to every school. We now understand the science behind it to be bunk.

Fitness

I’m old enough to have observed fitness experts revising their advice countless times. I’m no longer sure if stretching is good or bad. And the exercise experts also had the nutrition stuff wrong, along with the rest of the world, for most of my lifetime. 

Psychology

When I was a kid, Sigmund Freud was considered the leading expert on psychology even though he was dead. Now the experts in psychology considers Freud a fraud. His science wasn’t science at all.

Finance

When I was young, I assumed experts could pick stocks better than a monkey with a dart board. It turns out I was wrong. Index funds with no experts whatsoever routinely outperform the expert stock-pickers. 

I have a degree in economics and an MBA from UC Berkeley. I did financial projections for a living, first at a major bank and later at the local phone company. People considered me an expert in that narrow field. In a number of cases, I got to track how my projections compared to actual results. They were rarely close. As an expert, I deserved no credibility whatsoever. And for a good reason. My projections required human judgment on lots of variables, so the output was little more than guessing and massaging the numbers to meet my boss’s expectations.

Medical

Some of you know I lost my ability to speak for over three years because of a bizarre disorder called spasmodic dysphonia. The experts almost unanimously agreed that the source of the spasmodic dysphonia is in the brain, not the vocal cords. I ended up diagnosing myself correctly after my primary care doctor and his recommended specialists were totally stumped. (I figured it out using Google.) Once I knew the problem, I found the one surgeon in the world who claimed he could fix my problem by rewiring the nerve pathways in my neck. The operation was a success, and I recovered from an “incurable” problem. Had I listened to 99% of the experts who said the problem was in my brain, I would not have considered an operation on my neck.

I could go on like this for hours, but I think you start to see my point. At my age, and given my type of experience, I have seen experts get the big stuff wrong lots of times, even when that seemed deeply unlikely. 

That brings us to climate change. The experts are strongly aligned on one side. If you have neither the age nor the experience to know how often experts can be wrong, you probably assume the experts are credible. But if you have my type of experience, watching the fields of finance, diet, exercise, psychology, and medicine get the big stuff wrong, you start from a place of skepticism. Ideally, we would look at the details in any given situation to make our final decisions on the credibility of experts because no two cases are alike. Unfortunately, we humans are not good at using facts and reason. We tend to use our biases and then rationalize them later.

So how do we know when to trust experts and when to be skeptical? Here are the red flags you should look for in order to know how much credibility to assign to the experts.

Money Distortion

When the players have money on the line, the truth gets distorted. In climate science, money influences both sides of the debate. That’s a red flag.

Complexity with Assumptions

Whenever you see complexity, that is a red flag. Complexity is often used to deceive. And complexity invites human error. When you see complex models that claim to predict the future, stay skeptical, especially when humans are making assumptions that influence the results.

The exceptions are planetary predictions and other straightforward physics. We can predict the future location of planets without any human assumptions. That is just math and physics. But in the fields of finance and climate science, to name just two, humans are influencing the models with assumptions. That is always a red flag. I am aware of no complex prediction model populated with human assumption-tweaking that is credible, in any field. Is climate science the first exception? Maybe. But it would be unusual in my experience.

The Important Fact Left Out

When people have the facts on their side, they are quick to point it out. When a key fact is glaringly omitted, that’s a red flag.

In the world of climate science, most of you would not know the answer to this key question: Are the temperature measurements peer reviewed?

You probably assumed the temperature measurements are peer reviewed. Maybe some, or most, are. All I know for sure is that climate scientist Michael Mann says his temperature data is proprietary. He refused to release it to a Canadian court for that reason. is that a common situation, that data measurements are “secret.” I don’t know. Neither do you. That’s a red flag. It is conspicuous that you and I don’t know the answer to that basic question. Because if the raw temperature data is not peer reviewed, is it really science?

To be perfectly clear here, I don’t know the state of peer review for temperature measurements. But it is such a key question it raises a red flag as to why scientists aren’t making sure we know the raw data is clean and widely reviewed. 

Conflation of Credibility

Whenever you see someone conflate a credible thing (such as the peer review system in science) with a less-credible thing (long term prediction models), that’s a red flag. If you question the accuracy of climate models, someone will mention the gold standard of peer review, even though that doesn’t address climate models that involve human assumptions. Conflation of credibility is a red flag.

My view on climate science is that different elements have different levels of earned credibility. Like this:

Basic Science: The chemistry and physics of climate change seem solid. When you add CO2 to an environment, expect some extra heat, all other things being equal.

Temperature Measurements: The temperature measurements used by climate scientists might be solid. But the way science has so far communicated this topic does not inspire confidence. I think you have to put a lower credibility on the temperature measurements than on the basic science, simply because of the way the topic is presented to the public. If the measurements are credible, why not tell us all about the peer review process that has validated them? And why would Michael Mann even have “proprietary” data? Isn’t everyone looking at the same stuff?

Climate Models: As soon as you hear that someone has a complicated prediction model, that’s red flag. If you hear that the model involves human assumptions and “tweaking,” that’s a double red flag. If you hear there are dozens of different models, that’s a triple red flag. If you hear that the models that don’t conform to the pack are discarded, and you don’t know why, that is a quadruple red flag. And if you see people conflating climate projections with economic models to put some credibility on the latter, you have a quintuple red flag situation.

To be fair, none of the so-called flags I mentioned means the models are wrong. But they do mean you can’t put the same credibility on them as you would the basic science.

Economic Models

Have you noticed that I seem to be the only person talking about economic models when it comes to climate change? That’s because there is a tendency to assume the economic decision is so obvious no study is needed.

That’s the sort of thinking that no economist would find credible. Moreover, economists don’t believe anyone can forecast the future with long term economic models. Science might tell us we have a big problem, but economists have to tell us when to start addressing it and how hard. That part is missing.

I have seen some economic guesses of how much damage would be caused by climate change. But I have not seen one that considered opportunity cost, or the benefit of waiting for better technology. No economist would respect a prediction that ignored those two enormous variables. And those variables are deeply unpredictable by their nature. 

The One Sided Argument

When I see climate scientists in the media, they are never accompanied by skeptical scientists who can check their statements in real time. Likewise, articles by and about skeptics are usually presented without simultaneous debunking by the experts on the other side. Those are red flags. Any presentation of one side without the simultaneous fact-checking by the other is useless and almost certainly designed for persuasion, not truth. The problem here is that both sides of the climate debate are 100% persuasive when viewed without the other in attendance. If you think your side is the smart side, check out the other side. They look just as smart, at least to non-scientists such as me.

I’ll summarize by reminding readers that I am not a scientist and I don’t have the tools to evaluate the credibility of climate scientists. If you think you do have that ability as a non-scientist, my guess is that you are younger than me or you have less experience of the type I described above. 

When I present this sort of framing to climate change believers, they generally retreat to Pascal’s Wager, which says in this case that we should treat any risk of catastrophe as if it is likely, so we aggressively address the risk and eliminate it. That makes sense in a world where resources are not constrained. But our world is the opposite. Everything we do is at the expense of something else we wanted to do. And I am aware of no economic model that considers the opportunity cost of spending a trillion dollars for perhaps a half-degree temperature improvement. 

Climate change isn’t our only mortal threat. We have pandemics, terrorism, nuclear war, the singularity, asteroids, and probably a dozen more threats I don’t even know. If we could eliminate all of those threats and have money left over, I say let’s do it. But if resources are limited (and they are), I need a strong argument to put a trillion dollars into any one of the risks.

My new book, Win Bigly, is available for pre-order. It’s about persuasion in a world where facts don’t matter to our decisions. (Even when they should.)


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Maher: ‘Inconvenient Truth’ That Climate Change Deniers’ Homes Are In Irma’s Path

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Are the Hurricanes and Temperature Records Confirmation of Catastrophic Climate Change?

It wasn’t that long ago that climate scientists and their supporters mocked the critics who looked out their window, saw snow in the winter, and declared “global warming” to be a ridiculous hoax.

The climate scientists were right about that. You can’t predict the future by looking at today’s weather, even when the weather is setting records.

Likewise, my latest understanding of climate science (which is always sketchy at best, and certainly in need of updating now) is that we haven’t yet seen the “signal” of climate change in the hurricane data or the weather extremes. But that view is perhaps a year old. Has science updated its opinion to say the two super-hurricanes and our heat extremes are indeed a credible signal of the beginning of a climate catastrophe?

I watch a lot of news, continuously sampling both sides. I haven’t yet seen a climate scientist weigh in on our recent weather extremes. (Perhaps I missed a few?) So I have no idea whether we are seeing something statistically meaningful right now or not.

Let me put this in more stark terms.

If the recent hurricanes and weather extremes are meaningful in terms of climate change, we really, really, really need to know that. THAT is NEWS. In fact, no news is bigger than that news. Even the risk from North Korea is smaller than the risk of total climate catastrophe. So if the current weather extremes are statistically meaningful, and science confirms, why-the-hell isn’t that the lead story everywhere?

On the flip side, if climate scientists do NOT believe our current weather extremes are meaningful in terms of climate predictions, I’d say THAT should be the lead story too, simply because so many people believe they are seeing the beginning of the end times, climate-wise.

So why is the biggest story in the world conspicuously missing from the news? Keep in mind that climate change is still the biggest story even if the hurricanes are NOT telling us something new. The public wants to know how big the threat is. We’re scared!!!

Instead of that news, we get mostly crickets.

But why?

My working hypothesis is that science doesn’t know one way or another whether the current weather extremes are predictive of things to come. And if they are not yet sure, they would say as much. And that would be a problem for news organizations dedicated to reporting climate science risks as real and dire. If you think the world is best served by convincing the public that climate risks are real, your most socially responsible play in this case is to ignore climate scientists at the moment and let the public believe (without the benefit of scientific support, at least right now) that current temperature extremes are a clear sign of climate collapse.

Take this guy, for example. He’s typical of the what I am seeing on Twitter and even from my friends.

[If Tumblr were not broken right now, you would be seeing an image of a tweet that mocks climate critics for thinking the hurricanes are not proof of climate change. But instead you see this boring text because Tumblr won’t accept an image this morning.]

This fine gentleman believes our current hurricanes are indeed a clear signal of climate change. To be perfectly clear, he could be right. But if he is right, it is not because he is well-informed or smart. It would be a coincidence in this case. As far as I know, climate scientists are not onboard with Roger. They might confirm his gut feeling at some point soon, but for now, Roger is doing his own climate science by watching CNN.

So we have an odd situation in which news organizations can report the most “truthful” version of the reality – according to them – by NOT reporting the best thinking on the topic. Here I’m assuming the best thinking is that it is too soon to know how important recent weather extremes are to our predictions of climate change. But if that story is reported, viewers will get the wrong idea and conclude that climate change is not such a big deal even though these weather extremes are clearly a big deal.

Conversely, by not putting climate scientists on TV, and avoiding the trap of having them say, “We can’t tell yet,” which would be over-interpreted by skeptics, news organizations might be doing the most ethically defensible thing they could do. If they believe climate change is a big problem, and they want the public to agree, these hurricanes are doing a great job of persuasion without the benefit of science. It’s hard for the public to see what is happening right now as coincidence, or a normal variation in weather. It just doesn’t feel like normal. It feels like the first big signal of climate change to many observers because they have been primed for confirmation bias on that topic.

If you are a producer for CNN, and you believe climate change is an enormous problem that the public needs to understand, you would hesitate to allow any segment on the air that conflicts with that objective. For example, you would not give equal time to climate skeptics. And while all attention is on the hurricanes, you might not want a climate scientist to come on the air and say some version of “We have no idea whether these specific weather extremes mean something. We’ll need more data to know if this is a real trend or a blip.” That message would sound to skeptics like confirmation of their skepticism, even though it isn’t. Not even close. But it would be received that way by skeptics because of confirmation bias. Everyone hears what they want to hear.

So the biggest story in the world is largely ignored by news organizations because – and here I speculate – reporting any uncertainty about climate change is not as persuasive as allowing the public to look out the window and generate their own illusions of certainty while also frightened to death.

What would Sam Harris say about the ethics in this situation? Should news organizations lie by omission when they sincerely believe doing so is good for the planet? Or should they put scientists on the air to say “We don’t know yet” and give fuel to the climate skeptics whom they believe are jeopardizing the future of humanity?

I say give us the truth in this case, even if the truth is “We don’t know yet.”

You might like my books because hurricanes.

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WIRED Autocomplete Interviews – Al Gore Answers the Web’s Most Searched Questions on Climate Change

Politician and activist Al Gore answers the Internet’s most searched questions about climate change.
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How Climate Change Is Already Effecting Earth

Though the planet has only warmed by one-degree Celsius since the Industrial Revolution, climate change’s effect on earth has been anything but subtle. Here are some of the most astonishing developments over the past few years.
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Bill Maher Calls Out Rick Santorum On Climate Change

Bill Maher thinks all politicians should prioritize climate change.

In an interview with Rick Santorum on Friday night’s “Real Time With Bill Maher,” the host challenged the Republican presidential candidate about his failure to seriously consider the issue. But Santorum didn’t sway from his point of view. 

“There was a survey done of 1,800 scientists and 57 percent said they don’t buy off on the idea that CO2 is the knob that’s turning the climate,” Santorum said. “There’s hundreds of reasons the climate’s changed.”

“Rick,” Maher replied. “I don’t know what ass you’re pulling that out of.” (Some 97 percent of scientists agree that human-caused emissions are driving global warming.)

Elsewhere in the episode, Maher criticized the media’s Donald Trump coverage, and joked about stock photos of the stock market floor.

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News: Climate Change Deniers Present Graphic Description Of What Earth Must Look Like For Them To Believe

WASHINGTON—Evoking cataclysmic scenes of extreme weather and widespread drought and famine, the nation’s climate change deniers held a press conference Wednesday to describe exactly what the Earth must look like before they will begin to believe in human-induced global warming.

The group of skeptics, who said that the consensus among 97 percent of the scientific community and the documented environmental transformations already underway are simply not proof enough, laid out the precise sequence and magnitude of horrific events—including natural disasters, proliferation of infectious diseases, and resource wars—they would have to witness firsthand before they are swayed.

“For us to accept that the average surface temperature of the Earth has risen to critical levels due to mankind’s production of greenhouse gases, we’ll need to see some actual, visible evidence, including a global death toll of no less than 500 million people within a single calendar …




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Watch Obama Discuss Climate Change With Naturalist Sir David Attenborough

President Barack Obama is a major fan of Sir David Attenborough, the celebrated British naturalist and TV host who has created and narrated numerous science and nature documentaries for the BBC.

According to The Guardian, Obama invited Attenborough to the White House in May to celebrate Attenborough’s 89th birthday. While there, the two taped an interview, in which Obama turned the tables and interviewed Attenborough, telling him that he grew up watching Attenborough’s programs.

“I’ve been a huge admirer of your work for a very long time,” Obama told Attenborough. “You’ve been a great educator as well as a great naturalist.”

The two discussed climate change, and Obama lamented what he sees as slow progress toward combating the issue.

“We’re not moving as fast as we need to, and part of what I know from watching your programs, and all the great work you’ve done, is that these ecosystems are all interconnected,” Obama said. “If just one country is doing the right thing, but other countries are not, then we’re not going to solve the problem. We’re going to have to have a global solution to this.”

Obama asked Attenborough what he thinks needs to be done in the fight against climate change.

“If we find ways of generating and storing power from renewable resources, we will make the problem with oil and coal disappear because economically, we’ll wish to use these other methods,” Attenborough said. “If we do that, a huge step will be taken in solving the problems of the Earth. I think what’s required is an understanding and a gut feeling that the natural world is part of your inheritance. This is the only planet we’ve got and we’ve got to protect it. And people do feel that, deeply and instinctively, it is after all where you go in moments of celebration and in moments of grief.”

Obama also discussed during the interview how growing up in Hawaii and Indonesia gave him a greater appreciation of the environment.

Attenborough, a Cambridge-educated naturalist, has been creating and hosting science and nature-related programming since 1954. His shows have won numerous awards, and he has become a vocal environmentalist. He is known for his distinctive voice as a narrator.

The Guardian reported that despite his long career, Attenborough had never visited the White House, and he said Obama’s invitation was “a considerable surprise.” The interview will air simultaneously on BBC 1 in the United Kingdom and BBC America in the United States on Sunday.

This is not the first time Obama has turned the tables on a notable television figure he admires. In March, he interviewed David Simon, creator of HBO’s “The Wire,” about criminal justice reform, and told Simon that “The Wire” is his favorite TV show.

Watch a clip of Obama’s interview with Attenborough above.

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Infographic: Highlights Of The Pope’s Climate Change Encyclical

The Vatican released Thursday a 184-page papal encyclical by Pope Francis condemning the human behaviors causing climate change and urging global action to combat environmental degradation, marking the first time the Catholic Church has aligned itself with scientists on climate issues. Here are some highlights of the pope’s landmark climate change encyclical:

  • Establishes Catholic Church’s stance on issue 30 years too late
  • Announces new Eucharist composting program to reduce production of holy waste
  • Unveils Church’s effort to reduce energy use by merging Father, Son, Holy Spirit into one deity
  • Lays out Vatican’s plan to lead green initiatives by immediately recycling all records and documents pertaining to child abuse
  • Reveals many of the world’s poor lack access to clean drinking blood of Christ
  • Officially beatifies world’s last remaining black rhinoceros
  • 40-page recyclables sorting guide
  • Vows to immediately discontinue all Vatican-owned fracking operations
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News in Brief: Frustrated Republicans Argue Pope Should Leave Science To Scientists Who Deny Climate Change

WASHINGTON—In response to a 184-page papal encyclical that urges immediate action to address the environmental and social consequences of global warming, a coalition of frustrated Republican leaders issued statements Thursday arguing that Pope Francis should leave scientific matters to scientists who deny climate change. “Frankly, it’s not really anyone’s place to make declarations about climate science or global temperature changes unless they’re a scientific expert who has spent years rejecting the concept of climate change,” said former Florida governor Jeb Bush, who added that the pope had neither studied climate science nor ever been among the 3 percent of researchers who stand in opposition to the overwhelmingly dominant position held by the scientific community on climate change, so he had no business speaking on the subject. “Personally, I would never trust anyone as an authority on climate change unless they had done years of research and …





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Yasiin Bey On Why America’s Climate Makes It Difficult To Create

Yasiin Bey refuses to be boxed into any rigid lines his fans may unwittingly try keep him in. The artist formerly known as the Mighty Mos Def recently detailed why he left the United States. 

In an interview with Beat By Dre, Bey explained why you’ll rarely spot him back in his BK stomping grounds—and why that has helped his music.

“It’s really…America is a very challenging place for me,” he said. “Sure, there’s great business opportunities and familiarity and all of that, but given the current social, political, economic climate, it is very difficult—unnecessarily difficult—to create to the degree of fullness…the type of robust, the type of creativity that I like to have, it is very difficult for me to produce right here.”

Bey went on to say he is critical of all the governments in the world, and the corporations.

Check out the enlightening interview below. This is where we put our wish for a new Black Star album out into the universie, hoping that it someday happens.

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Bill Nye Says ‘Give A F**k’ About Climate Change Instead Of Deflategate

Bill Nye is weighing in on Deflategate again, but this time he has a few props and a message to share about something far more important.

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick claimed atmospheric conditions and temperature changes could have caused footballs to lose air pressure during the team’s AFC Championship win over the Indianapolis Colts.

On Sunday, Nye said taking that much air out of a ball would require an inflation needle. But in a new video posted on Funny or Die, The Science Guy declared that “one test is worth 1,000 expert opinions,” and put some footballs into a fridge set to 51 degrees, or the temperature at the Jan. 18 game.

That’s where the video takes a very different turn.

“While we’re all obsessed with Deflategate, let’s keep in mind that there’s something about which you should give a fuck,” Nye said. “Yes, like Tom Brady, the world is getting hotter and hotter, and you know why? Because we humans are pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.”

Nye then began listing things that contribute to climate change — including long-winded Deflategate press conferences — and followed that up with a rallying cry.

“You should vote for congressmen and senators that appreciate the threat of climate change and the rate at which the world is getting warmer, so that we can preserve the earth for humankind for generations to come,” Nye said.

Oh, and about those balls…

Nye took one out of the fridge, gave it a squeeze, pronounced it “pretty much the same,” and said “the Patriots probably bent the rules a little bit.”

Nye, who lived in Seattle for a number of years, ended the video with a message that’s bound to rankle the New England faithful: “Go Seahawks!”
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Love in a Cold Climate: Why a Pajama Suit is the Best Evening Look for Winter 2015

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Cold climates don’t particularly lend themselves to black-tie dressing. Or cocktail dressing. Or really any sort of dressing beyond the Nanook of the North style I favor once the temperature begins its downward slide. I have no idea how anyone who lives north of the Mason-Dixon line manages to go out in any sort of evening wear after the month of November. Between a city that feels like arctic tundra and my preferred hem-length (short), a long-sustained terror of sheer legwear (“hose”? It sounds like a punishment) and a desire to live out the rest of my days with all of my limbs intact (no frostbite, please), formal events looming up over the horizon have me reaching deep into my closet and coming up, well, sort of empty. Sure, I could grit my teeth and bear it, pile on the outerwear like a blogger-gone-mad— But what’s that you say? There’s something beyond flimsy frocks? Well, of course there is.



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Photo: (from left) Courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer; Photographed by Helmut Newton, Vogue, July 1973)

Photo: (from left) Courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer; Photographed by Helmut Newton, Vogue, July 1973)

Meet the pajama suit: beloved by iconic femmes from Greta Garbo (pictured above, left) to Loulou de la Falaise and, more recently by that bellwether of all things soon-to-be-on-trend Kate Moss. A sleek pair of silk, evening-intended pajamas (no flannel, no lace collars, no dancing bears or nordic patterns, please) is officially the best way to look slinky, comfortable, and utterly, entirely chic while out on the town this season. Not only are the vaguely menswear touches very au courant—just take a look at pre-fall, from Sonia Rykiel’s expertly paired printed silk suits with fluffy statement coats to the boyish glamour of Gucci’s suiting to the languid lines at The Row and the cozy cashmere separates at Ralph Lauren—there’s something undeniably fetching about showing up in expertly tailored loungewear. It’s just the right amount of not giving a damn that shows that you know what you’re talking about.



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Illustrated by W. Mury, Vogue, June 1, 1931

Illustrated by W. Mury, Vogue, June 1, 1931

My friends, nothing one-ups a party frock (or, to be more direct, telegraphs “cooler than thou,” which, let’s face it, is a large part of party dressing) like gliding into a fete in pajamas. It’s very Bianca Jagger, it’s very Mick Jagger, it’s very once-and-future-Jagger. But don’t listen to me, listen to the 1931 issue of Vogue that declared “A woman may and does wear pajamas to quite formal dinners in her own house, to other people’s dinners in town or country if you know them well, and the younger and more iconoclastic members of the female sex even wear them to the theater.” Can’t you just see it, with a pair of embroidered flats and some serious jewelry? Stay out all night, cozy up coquettishly in a banquette, host a dinner party for the ages: You’re in it for the long haul. (Curling up post-party has never been easier.) So consider me an iconoclast, my friends, because I know what I’ll be wearing out on the town this winter.

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Inside the Lima Climate Change Summit: 5 Reasons to Be Hopeful

For two weeks in December, Lima, Peru, normally a city known for its amazing Ceviche, insane traffic and great surfing, became ground zero in the fight against climate change as 10,000 government officials, UN staffers, environmentalists and others gathered to start pulling together a new global agreement to reduce greenhouse……
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