Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Bill Nye: Why Do They Let Him On TV?

Here's Nye on MSNBC, pontificating on the great snow storm that wasn't:
"The Cycle, 1/26/15 at 3:34 PM EST:

[Nye was on to discuss Deflategate. Shifts to global warming.]

BILL NYE: I just want to introduce the idea that this storm is connected to climate change. I want to introduce that idea. I know there will be certain viewers who will become unglued. They are throwing things at their television sets and so on. But the economic effect of storms like this is huge. You cancel half the flights out of the world's -- one of the world's busiest airports, certainly the eastern seaboard is a very busy area economically for airplane travel. And so when you start having these storms and you don't have the infrastructure to deal with it, you are costing your society a lot of money.

And we're in the developed world where we can handle this stuff. So I just want to introduce the idea that the strong winds that we had in southern California, the very strong winds that will be associated with this storm in the next couple of days, these could be connected to climate change. Now, proving any one storm is connected, especially cold-weather events is quite difficult. But I just want to present that. And both of these stories for me –

TOURE [interrupting to close the segment] Bill, I love you for bringing that in. Thank you so much, Bill."
Well, if this snow storm is indicative of the science and seriousness of "climate change", then we have nothing to worry about except for the impact of believing in radically wrong predictions, i.e. Scientismic snow jobs.


Steven Satak said...

Bill Nye is an actor with a swelled head that thinks his popularity as an actor grants him the bully pulpit to spout any kind of pseudo-scientific crap he desires.

Every time he opens his mouth, he loses credibility. I stopped paying attention to his bloviations long ago.

Robert Coble said...

I'm shocked, SHOCKED, that "these COULD be connected to climate change."

What facts, pray tell, does Mr. Science present to "connect" the WEATHER to climate change? Nada, zip, bupkis. After all, he's just a brainiac "idea guy," just floating an "idea" completely untethered to any factual reality.

Nye: "Hello, I'd like to introduce you to an idea. It's just one of those things that science guys (like me) do. No empirical data to support the idea, but it is definitely politically correct to speculate that the idea MIGHT be connected (in totally unsupported ways) to climate change. Now, Dopey, don't get your shorts in a wad. It's not like I'm really trying to demonstrate anything factual here. Just go with the idea.

Oh, and on another subject, while I'm at it. There is NO non-physical God, based on complete absence of direct, physical-based empirical data. Now I know that's going to ruin your day, Dopey, but you'll just have to take my word for it. When I introduce an idea with no empirical data that I like, that's just the facts, Jack. But when I introduce an idea I don't like, well, that's just so much religious blathering by you morons bitterly clinging to your guns and Bibles."

You know, the guy is really hard to parody. He does so much better at it all by himself.

Robert Coble said...

In answer to your title question:

Bill Nye: Why Do They Let Him On TV?

For the same reason that Al Sharpton is on TV.

They both parrot the narrative.

They both ignore any facts contrary to the narrative.

Both are perfect for MSNBC.

cameron O said...

On occasion, I used to watch "Bill Nye the Science guy" when I was around 13 or something. Or maybe that was Beikman, Beekman? I don't remember.

Anyway, I find it interesting how fast you can lose whatever respect you may have had for someone in the blink of an eye.

Is it just me or do these type of people just sound bitter in some way?

Stan said...

To me they sound desperate. They cannot stand being or appearing wrong, to be viewed as less than superior to everyone else. It is indicative of an apparent deeply felt insecurity, of suppressed knowledge that in reality they are only common or less. So it's a personal struggle for control of their own images in the eyes of others.