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CNN Journalist’s Dystopian Worldview

April 28, 2020

By Paul Homewood

 

 

OK, when you get to be a dad it’s a pretty emotional thing, and you say some silly things. But this guy really has to be wacko! (Anyone naming his son River has got to be a bit sad, but when your surname is Weir it really takes the biscuit!)

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Against all odds you were conceived in a lighthouse, born during a pandemic and will taste just enough of Life as We Knew It to resent us when it’s gone.

I’m sorry.

I’m sorry we broke your sea and your sky and shortened the wings of the nightingale.

I’m sorry that the Great Barrier Reef is no longer great, that we value Amazon™ more than the Amazon and that the waterfront neighborhood where you burble in my arms could be condemned by rising seas before you’re old enough for a mortgage.

The scent of your downy crown makes my heart explode. The curl in your Tic Tac toes fills me with enough love to power New York City.

If only.

Instead, the milk in your bottle was warmed by dirty, ancient fuels and as a result, you will learn to walk on a planet that has never been this hot for humans.

We are just now wrestling with the implications of this but as your Pop, the most poignant evidence was seeing your mother give you your first kiss through a P100 mask that smelled faintly of smoke. I’m sorry my boy, but we were warned.

See, for decades, scientists told us that if we weren’t careful, humans would unleash an invisible enemy out of the jungle and into our lungs. But that was a story few wanted to believe.

So we kept cutting down jungles — and prairies and mangroves and the last few the places where the wild things are — to pave and plow, develop and devour everything inside.

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/04/25/weather/climate-change-bill-weir-letter-to-son/index.html

It goes on and on and on in that fashion. And remember this guy is CNN’s Chief Climate Correspondent!

His repeated attempts to blame the coronavirus on industrialisation are particularly delusional, but his claims that poor River Weir is going to grow up in some sort of industrialised apocalypse makes you wonder where his father has parked his brains.

According to Weir, the problems began long ago, in the 19thC. He writes how Eunice Foote’s experiments in 1856 proved the greenhouse theory, and how we all carried on burning fossil fuels anyway – to build a rich, glorious and comfortable world.

And of course this is the nub. Weir bemoans the coronavirus pandemic, what sort of world would his son be growing up in, if Eunice Foot’s warnings had been heeded?

Cholera, for instance, was endemic in 19thC America, killing tens of thousands at a time in wave after wave. In one outbreak in Chicago in 1854, cholera killed 5% of the population.

As historian  William Beardslee wrote:

Disease has become a largely individual experience for Americans in the last third of the twentieth century. American communities no longer need react collectively to the threat to re-create the anxiety with which Americans, early in 1832 awaited a possible outbreak of cholera. As abruptly as the 1832 Second Cholera Pandemic appeared in New York, it dissipated and disappeared by December of the same year. It is unclear why it ended so abruptly. Perhaps it was the dispersal of people as they fled from New York, Buffalo, or Utica; or maybe it was a subtle change in New York’s summer climate that changed the disease’s life cycle. Some have suggested that despite the confusion propounded by the Miasmatics, the Contagionists and their "obsolete" quarantine theories were actually able to affect the disease’s movement. The answer is unknown. A similar epidemic, the Third Cholera Pandemic, returned to the United States in 1849. It is believed that over 150,000 Americans died during the two pandemics. Another 50,000 died in the Fourth Pandemic of 1866.

 

Then there were Yellow Fever, Smallpox, Typhoid, Scarlet Fever and a host of other goodies.

Which world would he rather his son grew up in?

26 Comments
  1. matelot65 permalink
    April 28, 2020 2:41 pm

    On”Was it all worth it”, the ungrateful little swine would rather live in the 15th Century. Sad really,,,

  2. JimW permalink
    April 28, 2020 2:41 pm

    It used to be called Science Fantasy ( not Fiction, that was always losely based on scientific principles) . Now its called Journalism.

  3. Jonathan Scott permalink
    April 28, 2020 2:56 pm

    Is he mentally stable enough to be allowed children? I worry for the child’s mental state in years to come.

    • David Allan permalink
      April 28, 2020 4:50 pm

      Yes, the lunatics are running the asylum.

    • April 28, 2020 8:15 pm

      My first thought was that the man should be certified – and his son taken for adoption to someone sane.

  4. Harry Passfield permalink
    April 28, 2020 3:07 pm

    Words fail me – so I won’t bother to critique the fool. Unfortunately, words seem also to have failed Weir. Sadly, unlike me, he fell to the temptation of the intoxication of his own verbosity. (ht: WSC)

  5. Mack permalink
    April 28, 2020 3:31 pm

    Jesus wept. If I was a sincerely devout man I could only believe that this man was created by God to test our faith in him. Poor child.

    • April 28, 2020 4:00 pm

      P.s. “I’m sorry that you may grow up to be a Sunderland supporter”.

      Creepy Dad x

  6. MrGrimNasty permalink
    April 28, 2020 3:52 pm

    Climate Scientist : Children look like burnt paper. Black. Not moving. And then the blast wave hits them. And then they fly apart like leaves.
    Sceptic : Dreams of cataclysm, the end of the world are very common.
    Climate Scientist : It’s not a dream, you moron. It’s real. I know the date it happens.
    Sceptic: I’m sure it feels real to you.
    Climate Scientist : On Date=[Today + 30 years], it’s gonna feel pretty fucking real to you too! Anybody not wearing two-million sunblock is gonna have a bad day. Get it?

  7. Chaswarnertoo permalink
    April 28, 2020 3:54 pm

    River Weir? 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😆. Poor kid.

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      April 28, 2020 4:36 pm

      I thought: ‘River Weir – Doh’

      • Derek Reynolds permalink
        April 29, 2020 8:13 am

        What’s the odds he’ll get called ‘Weird river’ in school.

  8. April 28, 2020 4:13 pm

    One can only feel the deepest sadness for poor little Weir, who has done zip to get a father so pathetically out of touch with reality, that is hard to see how he might be able to grow up anything like normal.

  9. April 28, 2020 5:10 pm

    “I’m sorry.
    I’m sorry we broke your sea and your sky and shortened the wings of the nightingale.
    I’m sorry that the Great Barrier Reef is no longer great …. AND MOST OF ALL I AM SORRY THAT YOU WERE BORN TO A MORON

  10. mikewaite permalink
    April 28, 2020 5:14 pm

    Been checking up on some family history during the house arrest, in particular parish records of ancestors living in the Thames Valley (not inner city slums) during early 19th cent.
    It is rather sad to read in one year the birth of a son and daughter and turn to the burials page and see the same infant’s name just a year or less later. .Time and again. It’s amazing that enough of my anxcestors made it through to adulthood to enable me to exist. And idiots earning staggering salaries want to return to those conditions – unbelievable. .

    • Nancy & John Hultquist permalink
      April 28, 2020 5:31 pm

      mike wrote “It is rather sad to read” . . .
      My grandmother had twins that died young — 1901 or ’02.
      There is a small stone with names and dates in an old cemetery.
      A few years later another set — including my father — lived.

      • April 29, 2020 12:02 pm

        My daddy had an older brother who died of meningitis at ca. age 4. Daddy was born in 1901. He survived the flu while a college student at Allegheny.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      April 29, 2020 1:05 pm

      I don’t think ‘earning’ is the correct term. Being ‘paid’ is more like it. The best quote I have seen so far this week in relation to one of the NHS retards is – ‘One wonders though what it is about obviously intelligent men (and women) that turns their brains to jelly when they achieve high executive office.’ This was in response to their incomprehensible belief that the Nightingale hospitals are for additional capacity as opposed to their true use as isolation centres.

      Ancestry research can be absorbing and I also found children who had died in the 1800s and who had their lives in between the census years such that they do not appear. Somebody somewhere out in the world had posted some records for a small chapel – since gone – in S Yorkshire where these children were recorded. As next year brings up 100 years since the 1921 census, I wonder what they are going to do about releasing it since there is not trigger for it to become public unlike all previous ones.

  11. Jackington permalink
    April 28, 2020 6:02 pm

    Paul, you really must put warnings BEFORE posting saying readers may find some of the contents upsetting. I mean this one is revolting and sick making.

  12. April 28, 2020 7:04 pm

    So the baby is being fed from a bottle that used fossil fuels to heat it. Why isn’t it being breast fed then? Comes out ready warmed. No need for fossil fuels.

  13. April 28, 2020 8:40 pm

    This proves beyond any shadow of a doubt (if any proof were needed) that journalism, like ‘science’, is now populated by the most unsuitable characters ever imaginable. It also proves the level of intellect of anybody who would even consider employing such ignorant and deluded employees.

  14. mjr permalink
    April 29, 2020 10:29 am

    OMG what an absolute t*sser. and journalism is now the thicko degree for those students who shouldnt really go to university. in my day it was sociology.

    • C Lynch permalink
      April 29, 2020 12:29 pm

      You’re spot on – the Journalism department of my local university is peopled by socially inadequate and limited intellect types most of whom are Sociology graduates and all of whom espouse a far left world view.

  15. April 29, 2020 12:25 pm

    My daddy, born in 1901, survived the Spanish flu while a college student. He was just too young for WWI. My parents survived the Great Depression with 2 young boys, born in 1930 and 1933. Bill had just been born when daddy lost his job teaching chemistry at WVU–they moved back to the farm in Meadville, PA and daddy taught for a year at his undergraduate alma mater, Allegheny College. WVU hired him back. Then there was WWII. I remember mother talking about keeping my brothers in shoes as leather was rationed. Gas and tires were also rationed. Sugar was rationed, everything was rationed. My earliest memory is ca. 1948 when I would have been 4, going to the attic with mother. She opened the large wooden storage box daddy had made and there were a couple of 25 lb. bags of sugar in the bottom. Rationing was still on the mind.

    And this guy’s problem is??????? I would recommend he read some accounts of General George Washington and troops’ 1777-1778 winter at Valley Forge. If that is too close to home for the CNN pantywaist, perhaps he should pick up a book on the London Blitz, 1940-41. Both give a picture of what real hardship is and that real people endured. You have to wonder what, if any, credentials he has to be anything, let alone a “climate correspondent” for fake news CNN.

    I hope this child has a productive life in spite of the best efforts of loony parents who see themselves as perpetual victims and virtue-signalers.

  16. April 29, 2020 12:31 pm

    Sic non transit gloria.

  17. Angusmac permalink
    April 29, 2020 12:57 pm

    Two comments.
    At university I had a friend from Zambia called Mabaussa Ritchie.
    Today, I still have a fiend called Wayne Kerr.

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