Recently I overheard some ironic subject matter that I would like to share:
The Vatican criticized the new movie, Twilight: New Moon. Not for the obvious reasons – that it turns movies about vampires and werewolves into a chick flick genre – but for being a “moral vacuum with a deviant message”. In other news, the Pope, who granted a bishop who covered up for molesting priests a promotion, just replaced a bishop who had been caught at an airport transporting child porn. That would be a good example of a moral vacuum. In pre-Constantine Rome, Christianity would have been the virtual definition of a deviant message. Whether it still is is a matter of opinion. Pope Benny also thought that Lord of the Rings was too long and there was too much salt on the popcorn. If you work at the Vatican and you are picked to be the Pope’s secret Santa, don’t give him coupons for the movies.
A female member of government for the nation of Afghanistan appeared at an anti NATO protest to speak against the ongoing military operation in Afghanistan. As soon as NATO surrenders her nation to the Taliban they will promptly kill her by stoning or lashings for having done a man’s work and for having collaborated with the invaders and their blasphemous democracy and while this may be just what she wants, many people (maybe not a majority) inside Afghanistan and in NATO countries think that losing the country to the thugs who throw acid in the faces of little school girls is not a positive thing. Oh well.
The media love whistle-blowers. They never feel so noble as when they risk jail to protect a source. When a group of Russian hackers helped a whistle-blower publish files showing climate scientists manipulating data about global warming and conspiring to not comply with FOIA requests, the media is largely refusing to report on the revelations until their lawyers can assure then that reporting on info that is publicly available on the Internet via an innocent third-party is all right. Early speculation that the exposed files might have been salted with fake e-males seem unfounded as the climate “scientists” involved have refused to discuss the issue due to their high moral stance against improperly attained information. This is the second major episode of climate science fakery in as many months but it is nice to know that the media are getting around to asking if they are allowed to talk about the issue.
Enough irony for now. Time to kill wookies online.
Update: (It’s not really an update since I have not posted this at the time of this inclusion but I don’t want to reword the draft.) It is not just the incriminating e-mails. Comments in some of the code used to generate those fancy little squiggles illustrating the apocalyptic climate trends – comments about what the code is doing and why – are far more damaging to the alarmist’s case and the field of climatology in general (via Al Fin). There is a lot of data in these files but it looks like whoever wanted to exposed it knew what to take. I suspect there is a lot more to be discovered in these files and even some of the media is starting to clue in/admit what is happening.