April 24, 2007

It’s a vast government conspiracy!

Posted in Environment, Humor at 3:54 pm by The Lizard Queen

A letter to the editor printed in the April 16th Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. I’m posting it more or less without comment because… wow:

You may have noticed that March of this year was particularly hot. As a matter of fact, I understand that it was the hottest March since the beginning of the last century. All of the trees were fully leafed out and legions of bugs and snakes were crawling around during a time in Arkansas when, on a normal year, we might see a snowflake or two.

This should come as no surprise to any reasonable person. As you know, Daylight Saving Time started almost a month early this year. You would think that members of Congress would have considered the warming effect that an extra hour of daylight would have on our climate. Or did they?

Perhaps this is another plot by a liberal Congress to make us believe that global warming is a real threat. Perhaps next time there should be serious studies performed before Congress passes laws with such far-reaching effects.

[h/t to Gristmill; you can see the actual newspaper clipping here]



  1. DavidD said,

    The most amazing thing about something like this is how rational the words sound if that’s all you have, just as creationism is, Scientologists on psychiatry, anyone with an ax to grind. There’s this association between a warm March and DST starting early. Yes, it could be coincidence, but connecting any two things like this has some rationale to any human mind. It sounds OK for at least an instant. It’s not jibberish. It’s just wrong.

    You actually have to do some work to see the flaw here, that there isn’t an extra hour of daylight. I wonder what neuroimaging looks like as someone does that. First they have to be paying attention. Then they have to be skeptical enough to consider the possibility of error. Then they have to figure out the error. Then they have to decide what to do with that knowledge of error. What theory shall we go with about what was going on to make this error? People can be just as simplistic and wrong in that as the author of this letter was in making the error. Then the whole process of critical listening starts over.

    It’s so much work being smart. Can’t we just shout slogans and obscenities instead?

    Then again, is there any chance this was tongue in cheek?

  2. DavidD said,

    Your last link explains that the letter’s author is an actual lawyer in Arkansas, and rebuttals appeared in the paper as if this wasn’t a joke. Ah, she’s someone experienced with arguing absolutely anything in words. If only we had to make a working model of everything we say.

  3. luaphacim said,

    I’m thinking joke. 🙂

  4. Dave Regan said,

    Wow…… Well at least she admits that global warming is actually happening.

  5. pavlov112 said,

    If it’s not a joke, then the author’s sheer stupidity makes my hair hurt.

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