Tragically Depressing and (literally) Hysterically Funny

March 13, 2011

I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. I occasionally just have to read comments on blogs. Probably not a good idea. But I have learned wondrous things this evening.

Apparently the Japanese will suddenly realize they are living in a tectonically dangerous place. No suggestions as to why it has taken them this long to figure it out, but now that they know, they’ll begin a mass migration. Every man, woman, and child; with cats, dogs, sheep, probably cockroaches, too; will flee their homeland and invade other countries.

This will, of course, trigger wars. Which will trigger global war. But, thank god, after all this, the US will still be on top.

It may be that they will leave because for some unknown reason, every single nuclear plant in Japan is going to melt down in the next few days. Of course, if that happened, there wouldn’t be many people alive to flee, but hey – we obviously aren’t going to let facts get in the way of our right to ideas, are we?

(oops – did I say ideas? I meant insane, ignorant fantasies)

And we all know the earthquake, like the one in Haiti, was caused by the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program  (HAARP). Those naughty little cusses. They’ve been shooting those lethal beams all over the place.

They are also causing global warming. Not sure why, but darn them, they really ought to stop playing about with them gol-dern fancy machines of theirs.

My personal theory (idiocy) is that the meteorologists have gotten fed up with being mocked for their less than stellar predictions of rain or shine, and this is their revenge.

Oh dear oh dear.

But after all, what does any of this matter, since the world is going to end in 2012 – if not this May.

This is what ignorance, agnotologic and personal; and disinformational use of the internet does to people.  Ooo! I know fancy words. That must make me an expert, right?

Funny – yes. Tragic – beyond words. We have to discriminate between reasonable uncertainty and irrational mind-games. But without any systematic instruction in critical thinking, statistics, probability – let alone any understanding of science and its methodologies, well, this is what the fundamentalists and extreme republicans, and teaparty-ists want. Much easier to manipulate people who fall for any idiocy, isn’t it? Just send out a hare and they all run barking after it while you get on with dismantling freedoms, laws for equality and environment, and any semblance of fair taxation.

Oh dear. I’ve gone serious. Time to stop before I scream. Or cry.

Just for the record – meteorologists, aka the weathermen – or women do a very good job. There is a clear sliding scale of accuracy as you extend out from the present, and you have to factor in all sorts of variables. Weather is fascinating – both in how we experience it, and in the over arching interplay of all the systems involved in its formation. And we all know that weather is NOT the same as climate, right?

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