Response to the following article, typical of today's "journalism" backed by the super rich that control the media. No facts to support the author's brief and dismissive claims. A short "sound bit" which consists of name calling "junk science", to a fact, global warming, that has been proven without a shadow of a doubt by hard core scientists, top researchers from a vast variety of disciplines throughout the world. Mr. Holt depends on the general public's lack of intellectual curiosity and pathetic knowledge of science and it's resent history to allow his outrageous claims to go unchallenged. Marshal McCluhan was correct when he predicted TV would make us mentally ill and specifically loose our ability to choose what is important in life AND compromise greatly our ability to do critical thinking. This too was proven by cutting edge neurophysiologists to be true from the genetic level to the level of the intrasynaptic cleft where neurons exchange information, by c. 2003. Sadly by the most recent census data in 2011 the number of hours of TV watched per capita in the US is still rising. Literally the "heroin" of the masses, still believed by the masses to be harmless entertainment, just as they believed when TV was introduced in the '50's. And as McCuhan pointed out in the title of his most prophetic work, "The Medium is the Message". Translation: whether you watch the "history channel" or "porn" or even
Rush Limbaugh, the results are the same. The heroin like addictive behavior and the lose of important social brain functions still occur. McCluhan died in 1980, and there is good reason to believe he would be shocked to learn that television was the Pandora's Box that caused the unraveling of every one of America's social institutions, including Government, in a single generation.
This is a disgusting article. Calling Global Climate change "junk science" sounds like something coming out of the mouth of Rick Perry, the Governor of Texas. Perry, during his 13 years as Governor has disassembled all human services in the State. For example he has cut the funding for mental health care every year, even in years when the State had an excess of funds. In the mid 90's the State's Mental health care system was considered a model for the country in its progressive and well funded Mental Health care system. I know the results of the funding cuts, because I worked as a physician providing general medical care to the mentally ill at the largest of the State's Mental hospitals, the North Texas State Hospital (which also is responsible for the administration of the States Forensic unit in Vernon), from 2002 to 2010. Our care declined steadily due to the constant budget cuts, but mostly because the State's once extensive outpatient clinics which helped discharged patients reintegrate into the community, provided access to their necessary medications, and had a psychiatrist available to see them on a regular basis and monitor their progress. By 2009, those clinics were gone, and the hospital morale took a nose dive, because we started seeing the same patients return again and again a few weeks after discharge, because without the outpatient clinics, the quickly relapsed because they could not get their medication. We called this group, mostly schizophrenics, "frequent fliers".
Perry, has openly stated publicly and frequently that he does not believe in: global warming (proven without a shadow of a doubt by hard nosed scientists), Global Climate Change (which has also been proven by accurate maps of the global climate of the planet in the past---whether are not we are now in a period of global climate change cannot be said simply cannot be determined with certainty because the period of unusually bad weather, only 10 years, is too short to say with certainty that we are in the beginning of a long term change. What do the people that call Global Climate Change "junk science" think the" ice ages" were??? That phenomena was well known in the '50's, because I was taught about it in school. I was born in 1948. The ice ages were simply one aspect of Global Climate Change that we now know about to a vastly greater scope and our knowledge covers a vastly greater period of time. For example we now know that the Ice Ages were just one aspect of even greater and broader climate change patterns. For example there were periods of global drought and global warming. The interaction of an almost unimaginable number of factors contributed to these drastic changes that occurred of hundreds of thousands of years, or even million year cycles. Only the modern super computer, the state of the art Cray computers, made it possible to calculate probable events from the massive amount of data collected by scientists of many disciplines all over the world over the past couple of centuries. That we have recently been able to make sense of all this data, is a scientific achievement on a par with the success of the Human Genome Project. The writer of this junk jounalism should never be allowed to publish again. But, it is now common knowledge, that super rich tyrants like Rupert Murdoch, do not want "the public" to know the truth about anything, so writers of this sensational and unsupported by any evidence is just what they want. It is a continuation of last year's election, when Mitt Romney, a member of the "super rich" club and is every bit as much of a scoundrel as Murdock, was able to rattle off a continuous series of lies about Obama, nary a one support with any facts or evidence---he didn't even bother to offer it, he just went on to the next lie. The media never called him on any of false accusations, just like there was never any investigation into his off shore bank accounts which exist for only one reason: to hid illegal money from the IRS or the FBI (arms and drug trading), or his "blood oath" committment to the Mormon Mission, which is to take over the Government of the US, dispense with the constitution, convert the nation to a Mormon theocracy, and then use the US Military to conquer the rest of the world because like so many delusional sociopaths in history, Romney believes the Mormon's are God's "chosen people" to take over a sinful world and convert them to the only "true religion". History has demonstrated over and over when you hear the words "chosen people", bloodshed will follow and after a few conquests, the rest of the world units to crush the "chosen people". We almost had our own Hitler, and a civil war would have erupted. For the first time in my life I realized that the NRA and the second amendment were correct. The populous needs to be as well armed as the military in case such a maniacal leader ever came into power. The wisdom of the Founding Fathers became even more astonishing. I could continue for another 1000 pages, but I think I have made my point about this "junk" journalism. But one more thing, the Governor of Texas belief that the drought "represents no threat" to the State Capitol, that his non-management of our water recourses is going to soon, a matter of weeks run completely out of water, anarchy will ensue, thousands of deaths will result and the magnificent city of Austin Texas will be destroyed as 80%+ of the population will leave. Who wants to live in a "city" without power and water???