Friday, December 2, 2016

The Alt-Right, And Generally Ignorant, Support Base of Our New President

It just amazes me how, on the one hand, years of hard science establishing the effect of increased carbon dioxide emissions on the ability of our planet to radiate infrared radiation back out into space (which is the basis of rising mean temperatures) can be written off as a hoax by these people, but on the other hand, put one fake news story out; a story with absolutely no real evidence to support it, and millions of these people seize on it like a dog on a chew toy.

And then, to add insult to injury, they seem completely oblivious to the established fact that countries like Russia are now spending millions (see here, here, here and here) to put exactly these kinds of fake stories into social media for the specific purpose of causing disruption and disarray into our political process. That same country whose leader Trump now seems so enamored of.

You have to wonder which is worse, though: these idiots or the many more average Americans who allow themselves to listen to this BS without taking the time to look into things more deeply. Quite apart from whether you have serious issues with the Democratic party, or not, of which, I can guarantee you, I have taken great pains to criticise. You can't be a Libertarian Socialist and think that ordinary liberalism has much in the way of real solutions to our problems now; precisely because they are as much caught up in the general corruption of money as the Republicans are. A situation, I'm afraid, that the rich property owner who's now heading for the White House is just as much a party of.

The saga of 'Pizzagate': The fake story that shows how conspiracy theories spread