It used to be, everyone was entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts. But that’s not the case anymore. Facts matter not at all. Perception is everything. Stephen Colbert
Now I’m not a techno-geek, but I flinched when I heard a panelist on a televised political discussion show say, ‘yeah, force equals mass times velocity’. It was not intended as a physics lesson but rather an embellishment on a political point being made. The most basic relationship in Newtonian physics is force equals mass times acceleration (F=ma). Mass times velocity is called momentum.
It makes me wonder how much else this panelist pontificates on without having a clue. Nor is this an isolated incident. Take, for example, the unending discussion about the effect of Russian hacking on our presidential election, intending to leave the impression that Vladimir Putin preferred Trump to Hillary making him a pushover when it comes to dealing with Russia. In addition, it is intended to delegitimize his presidency.
Interference in Foreign Elections Began With Clinton in 2012
Never mentioned is Secretary of State Clinton’s role in Putin’s 2012 election bid. From a July 27, 2016 piece on nbc.com, “For a Russian leader who is considered as vain as he is ruthless, Clinton’s criticism long ago crossed over from the political into the personal. He carries a grudge against a woman who has publicly compared him to Hitler and expressed doubts that he has a soul.” Later in the article, Michael McFaul, ambassador to Russia from 2012 to2014, offered the opinion that Putin took the remarks personally.
Putin stepped down in 2008 after serving two terms as president as called for in the post-Soviet constitution. He served four years as prime minister, an office subservient to the president and in 2012 became a presidential candidate once again. His campaign was marred by wide spread protests from an electorate not satisfied with economic progress promised by Putin dominated governance since 2000.
In his Putin biography, “The New Tsar The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin”, author Steven Lee Myers reports, “Three days after the vote, speaking to organizers of his coming presidential campaign, he blamed the on-going protests on Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who had criticized the conduct of the election.” He went on to say that she had a hand in organizing the protests.
After a rocky campaign, Putin was successful in his re-election bid, but harbored deep personal resentments toward Clinton. During his rise from KGB apparatchik to president, he never let a challenge go unretaliated against. That would have been a fatal sign of weakness in Russian politics. If indeed the Russian government had a hand in hacking our 2016 election, the motive is quite obvious. It was revenge against Hillary Clinton.
And Putin Was Never in Charge of the KGB
Putin is usually referred to as a former head of the KGB. He never rose above apparatchik status with this organization. He had one foreign assignment, to East Germany shortly before the Berlin Wall fell which chased him back to Moscow. He was appointed by Yeltsin as head of its replacement, the FSB with greatly reduced scope shortly before Yeltsin designated Putin as heir to the Russian presidency.
And Then There’s Climate Change
This is where the media’s uninformed slip is showing. A talking point line that has been showing up more frequently as inauguration of a new president is narrowing down to days, which is that 99% of scientists support the bogus science of climate change. I can name five off the top of my head, peer reviewed climate scientists who do not support the popular theory and I have not heard one of these talking heads name one let alone 500 that would make my five a mere one percent. In truth, this cacophony of bogus opinions don’t know the difference between a molecule and a molar.
On the jacket of Christopher Booker’s “The Real Global Warming Disaster” ‘Future generations will wonder in bemused amazement that the early 21st century’s developed world went into hysterical panic over a globally averaged temperature increase of a few tenths of a degree, and on the basis of gross exaggerations of highly uncertain computer projections combined into implausible chains of inference, proceeded to contemplate a roll-back of the industrial age.
Professor Richard Lindzen, the world’s leading atmospheric physicist and ‘climate scientist.