Deconstructing NPR – 8/21/16

— An In-Depth Exploration of Leftist Jackassery in the Media —

In this post here, we announced that we might “deconstructNational Public Radio’s (NPR) content. The point: to show how easy it is to debunk what NPR calls “news” and to show it for what it is: rank propaganda. Here’s our first shot at this:

  • The NPR feature is here: As July’s Record Heat Builds Through August, Arctic Ice Keeps Melting
  • Background: The feature first ran on NPR’s fake evening news program hilariously called “All Things Considered” on August 19th. NPR then published the transcript of that feature at the above link.
  • We’ll take the feature one paragraph, or section, at a time, and show what they put in, or leave out, in order to turn the feature into propaganda. Our comments will be in blue, under each section on which we comment.

Deconstructing NPR – 8/21/16

When scientists tallied the temperature readings from around the world last month, this is what they discovered:

Our comment: Whoa! When NPR introduces a feature like this, it’s a blatant attempt to inject legitimacy into a feature by indicating that what they are about to tell us comes from “scientists.”

“July, 2016 was the warmest month we have observed in our period of record that dates back to 1880,” says Jake Crouch, a climate scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Our comment: Wow! That’s 136 years of observations! Or … less than a blink in real historical terms. To put that into perspective, if you were to represent, say, 10 million years as one day, those 136 years would represent: a tad more than one half of a second. Guess what: that 10 million years itself represents just a tad more than … one five-hundredth of the entire time the earth has been around.

One hundred thirty-six years of observations is … completely meaningless. Because the size of the sampled data is meaningless, then, by definition, any observations based on that time period are meaningless too. Hence, you can just toss the “warmest month we have observed…” flapdoodle. It doesn’t mean anything. NPR is constantly doing this kind of thing: quoting meaningless statistics without the context needed to show them for what they really are.

One more important thing: One of the “scientists” has a name: Jake Crouch. He works at NOAA. If you google “Jake Crouch NOAA,” as I did, you learn that Mr. Crouch is a celebrity scientist. That means, of course, that Crouch toes the environmentalist party line. Those are the only scientists allowed to become celebrities in extreme leftist pop culture America.

And July wasn’t a freak occurrence, he notes. The past 10 years have seen numerous high temperature records.

Our Comment: Yuh. And numerous low temperature records as well. As we do each year, since we’ve been observing temperature readings … for a piddly 136 years.

The temperature record for July is an average for the planet, Crouch explains. Some places were a bit cooler than normal — Siberia, for example. But other places were incredibly hot.

Our Comment: “Other places were incredibly hot” means nothing without explaining what “incredibly hot” actually means. “Incredibly hot” is editorial content.

“A temperature in Kuwait on July 22 reached 126.5 degrees Fahrenheit according to an observation taken by the United States Air Force,” Crouch says.

Our Comment: Yep. That’s hot. A friend of mine who served in Kuwait says they see that kind of temperature all the time.

July’s average temperature was only a tiny bit higher than the previous record, but a big jump from what was typical in the 20th century. And the U.S. has sizzled, by and large, along with the rest of the world.

Our Comment: Another important point: Actual scientists say that something called “The Little Ice Age” occurred from about 1300 AD to 1870 AD. If we’re still coming out of it now, then we would expect to see gradually rising temperatures. Needless to say, these rising temps would have little to do with “carbon footprints” and all that nonsense.

“We can see that almost the entire contiguous U.S. was warmer than average for 2016 so far,” Crouch says, “with a lot of that warmth situated over the northern tier and the West.”

Our comment: This is a meaningless throwaway line that can be said of about half of all years. In other words: approximately half of all years measure warmer than average, and half are cooler. In all parts of the globe. Since “Global Warming” all but disappeared about 20 years ago, each year is, of course, either warmer or cooler than the average.

Scientists at NOAA and NASA agree that climate change is only part of the reason for the extra heat. Much of the world also experienced an El Niño this year — an occasional weather pattern that starts in the Pacific and spreads warm air over large parts of the world.

Our comment: Another meaningless snippet. Of course “Climate Change” is entirely responsible for … changes in the climate. Duh!

The term “Climate Change” is perfectly meaningless. A nonsense term. The climate does nothing but change. The effort by environmentalists — as at NPR — to turn the only thing the climate does into some kind of strange, aberrant behavior, shows the fraudulence of the environmental movement itself. Remember: environmentalism has nothing to do with science; it’s a left-wing political movement.

Since the climate does nothing but change, then by definition, “Climate Change” is 100% natural. Furthermore, everything causes “Climate Change.” Wiggle your little finger. There: you just changed the climate. See that leaf falling from that tree over there? It changed the climate. Oops! Did that little ant nudge that grain of sand? The scoundrel! It just changed the climate! Now, you go ahead and try to measure how much each of the quadrillions upon quadrillions of things that happen each second changes the freakin’ climate. Put it this way: you  can’t. Not with any credibility, or any confidence whatsoever in your accuracy.

But El Niño’s contribution to this year’s heat was pretty much over in June, and the high heat is not waning.

Our comment: This is the kind of irresponsible nonsense that so-called “news” organizations do all the time: they say obviously false things. The effect of El Niño is never over. It does its bit to make permanent changes to the climate, as do all things that happen. What this paragraph is really trying to say is that El Niño is no longer changing the climate in a way environmentalists can measure. And that’s because our ability to estimate the effect of any given phenomenon on the  climate is, at this point, basically non-existent. Of course we can make measurements, but we haven’t the slightest prayer of being able to understand what those measurements mean at the climate level.

Scientists and environmentalists are doing nothing more than wild guesses. Gee, I wonder whether they might guess in such a way as to suggest that more funding is necessary for their ever so crucial research. What do you think?

Crouch says weather data predict continued record temperatures. This year, he says, “is very likely to be the warmest year on record for the globe.”

Our comment: Yep. Record highs and record lows… as in every year since we’ve been measuring temperatures … for a piddly 136 years.

All that heat has worsened the drought in California and the Southwest. NOAA scientists also note that parts of the Northeast are now suffering from serious drought.

Our comment: And some places are coming out of drought. Drought and warmer temperatures are, indeed, expected, observed, longer-term effects of El Niño. The climate changes. That’s what it does. That’s all it does. It doesn’t always change for what we would conclude is the better. Sorry.

The dry conditions have caused a busy wildfire season in the West, with the peak time for Western fires — September — still to come. And even without fire, the high temperatures draw moisture out of the ground, and that’s damaging and killing trees in the West.

Our comment: From here on in, the feature is filled with assertions like this one. Perfectly natural things being presented as hyper-dangerous aberrations caused by your driving, and my use of an air conditioner and the like.

But no place is cooking like the Arctic, which has been warming at twice the rate of the rest of the world. Walt Meier, of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, says conditions in the Arctic have changed drastically over the past 20 years — especially sea ice.

Our comment: This was a funny one. Some years back, people started to investigate some of the sky-is-falling claims of the environmentalist movement. It turned out that, for example, that the vast majority of Global Warming, was happening in the Antarctic, where temperatures were coming up from way, way, way below zero to a tiny bit less below zero. That “warming” has since disappeared. Coincidentally, that happened when the rest of the scientific community began to scrutinize the methods of the environmental movement. Since then, “Global Warming” has all but disappeared from the language of the leftist environmentalist movement(2), replaced by the meaningless term: “Climate Change.” The assertion that “conditions in the Arctic have changed drastically over the past 20 years — especially sea ice” reflects nothing more than a simple reality: “conditions in the Arctic do nothing but change drastically from year to year — especially sea ice.”

“It’s melting earlier,” Meier says. “The ice is thinner, so it gets pushed around by the wind more. It’s more broken up. It used to be more of a big sheet of ice, and now [we’re seeing] chunks of ice.”

It’s like going from “a big ice cube,” he says, to “crushed ice.”

Our comment: Yep. That’s what it does. All the time. Waxing and waning as various perfectly natural climatic cycles, mega-cycles and giga-cycles continue on their merry way.

The Arctic ice this year has shrunk almost as much as it did in 2012 — a year that saw the most severe melting to date. This has serious consequences. Without sea ice in the summer to reflect sunlight back into space, scientists explain, the Arctic Ocean heats up. That melts yet more ice, in a loop of heating and melting that feeds on itself.

Our comment: Yep. That’s what it does. All the time. Until it stops doing it, by virtue of the other things that all this melting does, which is to ramp up  the processes that contribute to bringing the temperatures back down. Example: with all the water being freed up, much of it goes into the atmosphere, causing a cooling effect.

The terrain of Arctic sea ice changes during the summer months, as ridges and melt ponds form and ice floes break apart. A new NASA satellite called ICESat-2, expected to launch in 2018, will measure the height of sea ice year-round.

Oceanographers say it won’t be long before Earth experiences an ice-free Arctic Ocean in the summer — it could happen in our lifetime. And that could affect the way currents circulate water around the Atlantic Ocean. The process of thermohaline circulation that brings warm water from the South Atlantic to the north, and transfers cold water toward the south, is influenced by how much sea ice it meets at high latitudes. That circulation is what keeps northern Europe warmer than it would be otherwise.

Our comment: This blizzard of speculation about what “could” happen is useless. The climate is way, way, way too complex for anyone to predict long-term what will happen globally. All such predictions are at best, wild speculation. At worst, they’re lies and fraud. You can be sure of one thing, though: The oceanographers predicting the ice-free Arctic, and the supposedly dire consequences therefrom, are probably the very same oceanographers whose funding is running low. 

And a warmer Arctic also affects Earth’s atmosphere in a way that influences the weather of the United States.

Our comment: Sigh! Let’s restate this more accurately: “Absolutely everything affects Earth’s atmosphere in a way that influences the weather of the United States. At all times. It all affects weather everywhere else as well. Always.”

“There’s emerging evidence that the warming in the Arctic related to the loss of sea ice [as well as atmospheric warming] is causing a loopier, kinkier jet stream,” says Meier. That’s the jet stream that carries air and moisture from the Pacific regions into the U.S. A warmer Arctic makes the jet stream’s path less predictable.

Our comment: Oh? What’s that “emerging evidence?” And why is it credible while everything else that has come out of environmentalism has been a hot mess of lies, fraud and corrupt manipulation? 

Let’s also restate the last sentence to make it accurate: “Anything that changes the climate — which is everything that happens — makes the jet stream’s path less predictable.”

In short, Meier says, the Arctic is the Northern Hemisphere’s refrigerator. And someone, it appears, has left the door open.

Our comment: NPR always has to finish on a light, breezy, mildly funny closing line. That’s what this last paragraph is.

Bottom Line: With all its errors of commission and of omission, this breathlessly “reported” feature is obviously not supposed to give you and me more information, but rather to alarm us into turning over money and power to environmentalists.

You could restate that last in a more general way, to have a perfect rendering of NPR’s “Prime Directive,” like this: With all their errors of commission and of omission, NPR is not trying to give you and me more information, but rather to alarm us into turning over money and power to the American left.

— xPraetorius


(1) Here’s a snippet from the government (here):

The Great Ice Age, a recent chapter in the Earth’s history, was a period of recurring widespread glaciations. During the Pleistocene Epoch of the geologic time scale, which began about a million or more years ago, mountain glaciers formed on all continents, the icecaps of Antarctica and Greenland were more extensive and thicker than today, and vast glaciers, in places as much as several thousand feet thick, spread across northern North America and Eurasia. So extensive were these glaciers that almost a third of the present land surface of the Earth was intermittently covered by ice. Even today remnants of the great glaciers cover almost a tenth of the Blue Glacier, Olympic National Park, Washington. land, indicating that conditions somewhat similar to those which produced the Great Ice Age are still operating in polar and subpolar climates

(2) “Global Warming” has all but disappeared from the vocabulary of the left, except, of course, at the hopelessly reactionary NPR, who are still flogging that poor, long-deceased horse.

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