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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Kennedy privilege at the New York Times

Tatiana Schlossberg is Jack Kennedy's grand-daughter. She is a reporter covering climate change and the environment for the Science section of the New York Times. The job helps her push windmills and the like, just not at Cape Cod. She is a Kennedy, after all.

Mainly, she pushes junk science.

From JFK's grand-daughter on August 3, 2016:
How Lowering Crime Could Contribute to Global Warming
It sounds simple: If something has a big carbon footprint and you get rid of it, you eliminate those carbon dioxide emissions. Right?
But it’s not always that easy. In a recent study published in The Journal of Industrial Ecology, researchers at the Center for Environmental Strategy at the University of Surrey in England estimated the annual carbon footprint of crime in England and Wales, and found that reducing crime could actually cause society’s overall carbon footprint of society to increase.
The findings illustrated the rebound effect, which describes how reducing the emissions of greenhouse gases in one area can lead to more emissions in the aggregate, because of direct or indirect effects. It’s something that policy makers have often been encouraged to consider when they set out to reduce emissions.
Crime is one example where a rebound in carbon emissions could be an issue, according to this study. While there is an energy cost to operating prisons, the study notes, inmates generally consume less than an average citizen in the country, so fewer prisoners might mean higher overall energy consumption.
Another way of putting that is shorter sentences increase carbon dioxide emissions.

Wait, that screws up the no-one-goes-to-jail narrative.

From JFK's grand-daughter on December 15, 2016:
Feeling a Chill? Blame the Polar Vortex. And Global Warming.
On Thursday, temperatures on the East Coast are expected to plummet, and some people — fellow journalists and weather broadcasters, we’re looking at you — may start talking about a “polar vortex.”
We thought you might want to know what the polar vortex is, and what it’s not.
(And we wanted to pre-empt the inevitable chatter about climate change that usually crops up when the thermometer drops — “It’s bone-shakingly cold, how could the Earth be warming?” We’ll tell you how.)
She offered a pedestrian Libsplainin of weather, which included: "Some studies suggest that climate change could actually make these frigid waves of Arctic air more common, a result of shrinking sea ice. However, other scientists remain skeptical of this theory."

From JFK's grand-daughter on April 4, 2016:
The scientists found, perhaps not surprisingly, that human sacrifice contributed to creating and preserving social hierarchies, and that it increased the chances that societies would have more fixed strata, which were inherited positions, and less mobility. It also generally helped prevent loss of social divisions once they existed.
Despite its barbaric nature, human sacrifice was a useful tool for rulers, elites, and religious figures to maintain or cement their power, or even to proclaim their own divinity. In these cultures, human sacrifice — usually of slaves or others with low status — was sometimes called for in response to several events, including the breaking of taboos or customs, the funerals of important people, or the consecration of a new house or boat, according to the authors.
The Kennedys called theirs Vietnam.

From JFK's grand-daughter on June 17, 2016:
12,000 Years Ago, Humans and Climate Change Made a Deadly Team
Climate change, habitat destruction, extinctions — the Earth has seen it all before, thousands of years ago. And humans may have been partly to blame for many of those changes in nature, too.
A new study published Friday in Science Advances shows that the arrival of humans in Patagonia, combined with a changing climate, led to the extinction of many species of megafauna about 12,000 years ago in the southern portion of what is now South America. The research offers a significant moment in the natural history of the continent: a definitive date of the mass extinction of megafauna — large or giant animals, like mammoths and giant sloths — in this part of the world. It also suggests a potential relationship between threatened species and climate change in our own time.
Ah the good old days when Cape Cod was a mile under ice, and windmills were impossible to build. Curse you, Neanderthals, and your climate-changing fire!

Seriously. She ended the story:
He paused before asking, “What is it about warming that amplifies humans’ destructive instinct?”
Yes, bring back the mastodon.

What her stories reveal is how ill-equipped journalists are to cover science. She is an expert on prisons one day, a meteorologist on another, an anthropologist on another, and an expert on the last ice age the next. She goes up against credentialed people seeking grants through publicity, and she never challenges their goofball ideas. She just accepts what they say at face value no matter how silly it is because her education is paper thin in every area. Mile wide, inch deep, as the saying goes.

That she got her job because she is a Kennedy would not bother me if she used her Kennedy connections properly to get the gossip right. Instead, like her cousin RFK Jr., she pushes this vapid environmental nonsense, much to the chagrin of science.

John Stossel wrote about JFK's grand-daughter's effort on May 13, 2017: "In another reversal of Obama administration policy, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday that it had settled a lawsuit over a mine on Alaska’s Bristol Bay, one of the world’s most productive salmon fisheries."

Stossel pointed out the proposed mine is 100 miles from Bristol Bay.

Ah, Kennedy Science. Crime prevents climate change. Human sacrifice helps society. And anything within 100 miles of the sea is coastal, baby.

Hmm. Maybe I can sell JFK's grand-daughter some oceanfront property here in West Virginia.

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    1. Everybody know penises cause global warming. Vaginas never do wrong, but blaming penis is a full tume job

    2. Not to brag, but Poca's average temperature has climbed 5 degrees since I moved here....

    3. +5 degrees? Keep it up, Don.

  2. "Some studies suggest..." To me that reads, "Some studies refute..." The watermelons always give just one side of an issue - their side. I wonder how this airhead got a job as a Science reporter? Oh, NYT. - Elric

    1. Chelsea wouldn't do the job?

  3. Tatiana is to The New York Times what Chelsea Clinton was to NBC News.

    What an embarrassment to journalism, if that's even possible anymore.

  4. But all liberal journalists are experts in the dismal science (economics) every day.

  5. I was taught, back in junior high or senior high, that the state I grew up in was half-glaciated some 15,000 years ago, and then it warmed up and melted the glaciers. There were no factories, no SUVs, no cars, no trucks, no industry; it just WARMED UP. All by itself, with some help from the sun.

  6. Hmm. Tatiana. Tatiana??? Or is it "Татьяна?" More evidence of Russkie infiltration of the Democratic Party through the Nazi sympathizing Kennedy clan. Wait -- Kennedy CLAN???!! You mean all this time we've been trying to promote Klan people? (Well, they ARE democrat party people, so they should feel right at home in the Klan.)

  7. "Tatiana Schlossberg"...?

    Sounds as if the stork was shot down over the Russian Front.

  8. The Kennedys called theirs Vietnam.

    Did you forget about Mary Jo, Marilyn, and Martha?