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  •  I totally agree (4+ / 0-)

    It is something I comment on often; meaning in conversation or talking back at the TV, not quite so often here online.  I wonder about saying "I believe in science", too, though I'm not sure quite how else one could put it.

    I trust evidence, facts &c.  We're dealing with people who decidedly do NOT.  It's hard to know how to debate that.  I suppose the answer is similar to engaging with someone you don't agree with within the confines of Daily Kos:  Think about the audience, people who read what's written.  Work on convincing them, rather than changing the mind of the person you're arguing with.

    Sometimes it matters who says something, too.  The Pentagon and the insurance industry are both on board with climate change.  Citing them can be useful.

    Another factual area:  Gradually, a few at a time, low-lying islands, especially out in the Pacific, are being abandoned to the sea.  It's also affecting parts of Britain, where a triage approach has led to letting some areas become salt marsh, while others get the Netherlands treatment.  And Bangladesh!  What a world of hurt there!!

    Sad truth is that we're better at reacting to emergencies, rather than being proactive about preventing them.  Kind of like "hitting a bottom" to get serious about AA.  In aggregate, we humans aren't there yet.  Too bad there wasn't even half the concern there is for the largely ginned-up problem of budget deficits.

    What do we make of the contrast between heroic teachers who stand up to a gunman and craven, feckless politicians who won’t stand up to the N.R.A.? -- Nicholas Kristof, NYT --

    by Land of Enchantment on Mon Jan 14, 2013 at 05:57:17 AM PST

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