Thursday, August 24, 2006

Mark Twain--on the Enviro-Wackies

Didn't think Twain had anything to say about them, eh?

Well, he actually didn't; but this satirical excerpt applies, mutatis mutandis:

In the space of one hundred and seventy six years the Lower Mississippi has shortened itself two hundred and forty-two miles. That is an average of a trifle over a mile and a third per year. Therefore, any calm person, who is not blind or idiotic, can see that in the Old O├Âlitic Silurian Period, just a million years ago next November, the Lower Mississippi was upwards of one million three hundred thousand miles long, and stuck out over the Gulf of Mexico like a fishing-pole. And by the same token any person can see that seven hundred and forty-two years from now the Lower Mississippi will be only a mile and three-quarters long, and Cairo [Illinois] and New Orleans will have joined their streets together and be plodding comfortably along under a single mayor and a mutual board of aldermen. There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact.

The rest of the blog entry (linked below) is a demonstration of blind belief in ONE answer to a question which may actually have TWO answers, or elements of both.

HT: Clay Cramer

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