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The Green Scare

By on 4.24.09 | 10:05AM

In homage to a "Day" and movement the related hysteria about which has been, as Chico Escuela would say, Berry Berry Good to Government Agencies!, "The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today released a new user-friendly internet tool that allows the public to view simulations of sea level rise. Released in honor of Earth Day, this program is designed to help people understand the potential impacts of climate change on sea levels."

It's called The Sea Level Affecting Marshes Model (SLAMM)-View.

What a sonorous if rather stilted, thoughtful yet of course at the same time purely coincidental acronym they have chosen. Oh to have been in the breakout committee meetings on that one.

Now, this has no grounding in science or probabilities, let alone feasibility, and therefore really offers nothing in the way of "helping people understand" anything but, yes, it is "potential", as in not impossible given that little to nothing is. It's "potential" like, say, those porcine hordes threatening to go airborne out of my tucchus.

What's going on these days makes the old Red-scare look quite tame -- what's the difference between these PlayStation stunts and "I have here in my hand a list of 205 -- a list of names that were made known to the Secretary of State as being members of the Communist Party..."? -- but particularly given their relative groundings in reality. Sadly, no, at long last they have left no sense of decency.

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