Five trillion is a red line. Cross it and the environment crashes.

Summary: Here are three stories about environmental destruction, all featuring "five trillion" as the horrific number. Scary stories. Are they accurate? To understand a trillion, look at it in cash (1) Five trillion tons of ice has melted! "5 Trillion Tons of Ice Lost Since 2002" by climate propagandist Phil Plait at Slate. "…land ice … Continue reading Five trillion is a red line. Cross it and the environment crashes.

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New research: Social scientists look for climate denial – and find it

Summary: The social science literature about climate change includes many oddities. A new hot paper about climate denial adds to that list, and illustrates why the climate policy debate has become gridlocked. Another social science study of climate deniers makes waves on the Left: "Text-mining the signals of climate change doubt" by Constantine Boussalis and … Continue reading New research: Social scientists look for climate denial – and find it

Daniel Davies’ insights about predictions can unlock the climate change debate

Summary: Here are three powerful insights by Daniel Davies about predictions by experts. He used them to predict the outcome of the Iraq War. This post applies them to the public policy debate about climate change; you can use them to provide insights on other intractable problems.  This is another in a series about validating … Continue reading Daniel Davies’ insights about predictions can unlock the climate change debate

Are we “choking the ocean with plastic”? Tracing creation of a myth.

Summary: Many of the scary stories of our time result from interactions between actual science, activist scientists, and clickbait-seeking journalists. “We're choking the ocean with plastic” is one such tale, showing how real problems become masked by myths. This leaves us divided and unable to respond to our problems, as neither Left nor Right clearly see … Continue reading Are we “choking the ocean with plastic”? Tracing creation of a myth.

Martin van Creveld looks at the propaganda fog that covers modern war

Summary: Today Martin van Creveld discusses the difficulty of finding the truth amidst the sea of propaganda that surrounds us. It's an essential skill Americans seem to have lost. He concludes by examining the stories about the Israel Defense Forces in Gaza.   The Facts of the Case By Martin van Creveld From his website, … Continue reading Martin van Creveld looks at the propaganda fog that covers modern war

Russia’s Propaganda Trolls become a power in cyberspace

Summary: Cyberspace is not just a means to steal information and wreck systems, but also a means to touch people's minds and change how they see the world. The tech is new, but the methods are old. Russia has a long history of playing this game well. Here Emilio Iasiello explains how they have aggressively … Continue reading Russia’s Propaganda Trolls become a power in cyberspace

The Big List of Lies by our Leaders. Post it everywhere to change America.

Summary: Here's the big list of lies by our leaders. It's one of the most important posts among the 3,300 on the FM website. It should be posted in every home. America will change when enough Americans no longer accept leaders who lie -- even those of their own party. This goes up as a reference … Continue reading The Big List of Lies by our Leaders. Post it everywhere to change America.