Miscalibrated Internet Receptor Stalks
Miscalibrated Internet Receptor Stalks
Illustration for article titled Annoying Relatives and Climate Change Denial

Anyone who also reads the Groupthink, will be aware of the saga of my annoying Inlaws. (In short, they are miserly hoarders who treat other people like crap, and then can't understand when bad things happen to them.)

Today's irritation from one of them is on a science topic, so I thought I would share it here.


My Annoying Brother in Law (ABiL )posted the following to Facebook:

"I wonder what David Suzuki would have to say about our cold summer? I saw people in winter coats today."

I replied

"He would say that local weather and global climate are two very different things. When we were shivering under the polar vortex, Australians were experiencing record heat, for example."


His response:

"That's ok, I saw some fruit flies yesterday..."

Grrrrr! For those of you unfamiliar with Dr. David Suzuki (he's the buff gentleman in the image) before he became a Science journalist and environmentalist he was a geneticist who worked with fruit flies. My FiL delights in dismissing Dr. Suzuki on these grounds, and apparently ABiL has picked up the same.


Drives me nuts. Doesn't really matter what Dr. Suzuki studied in University. He's not presenting original research on climate change. He did however, use the critical thinking skills he learned while becoming a geneticist to evaluate the data of other scientists and come to the conclusion that he finds their work valid.

Meanwhile, ABiL just flunked out of a program that would have let him upgrade his registered practical nurse diploma to a bachelor of nursing, so I don't think he's in any position to throw stones at people with Doctorates.


And as an aside, people were wearing winter coats today? The low today was 12 C. If they needed winter coats for that, what are they going to wear when winter comes? Spacesuits? This is southern Ontario. We are on the same latitude as Portland, Oregon.

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