Not right now, of course, they're at Peet's. But in general. Which is sort of why I'm in exile.
This and some other things have me thinking about right-wing nut jobs (hereafter RWNJ's) -- my breakfast encounter during last week's exile, stuff that pops up on my Facebook feed (I don't have any RWNJs in my friends list, but my friends do, so I get a light sampling of crazy). This one struck my fancy:
A standard line with Climate Deniers is "back in the 1970s, scientists thought there was Global Cooling!" And, yes, the rapid rise in atmospheric temperatures that went on from 1900 to 1940 did stall for 40 years, and a few scientists posited that things were going to chill. Most scientists didn't think that, but a few reporters talked to the minority-opinion guys, and RWNJs have been flogging one Newsweek article ever since. So this is where the Time cover is from, right?
Nope. It's a fake.
Which means somebody went to the trouble to mock up a magazine cover and spread it around in the Wingnutosphere, where it seems to have been accepted uncritically. I can see the acceptance; it's easy to buy into things that support what you want to be true, that's human nature, whatever wing you're on. But the person who made the mockup was deliberately lying. She (or he) knew that it was a lie... but was happy to spread it anyway. Now, that seems to me a very Right Wing, Fox News thing -- knowing that you're spreading a lie, but feeling ratified if it's believed.
Or it was a hoaxter who was just having fun. Yeah, that explanation lets me think better of people in general, so I'll go with that.