From Steve Forbes:

This hysterical belief in unproved theories is not new. For centuries Europeans and, later, North Americans believed in the existence of witches. In the 1970s most experts were convinced the Earth faced imminent mass famine. In the first half of the 20th century many educated people believed in eugenics--the theory that human beings could be improved if "inferior" people with low IQs were forcibly sterilized (or, in the case of the Nazis, exterminated). In the late 1920s Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes said during a case involving forced sterilization, "Three generations of imbeciles are enough."

Apparently not.

Update: One reason for hope that Global Warming hysteria may soon end is that the GW "advocates" are now so over the top that most people will probably start ignoring them. There are television ads running in California that are more like horror movie trailers than public service ads. And read this article about the IPCC report. Can anyone over the age of twelve believe this stuff? And note not a hint of skepticism on the part of the AP. Jeez.



10:22 PM

I worked on a locked psych unit for 11 years. Hysteria is something with which I'm familiar. I'm not sure whether the word best describes those who think Global Warming's a genuine threat, or those who don't. What I do know is this: Both sides seem, at least to me, to be certain they are right.

At this point in Mother Earth's history, I'm not losing sleep re global warming warnings. What I do worry about is folks who are certain.

Terry #3 and I had a conversation about this a few months ago. We were in St. Augustine, which may, or may not be under water at the end of the century.