For about 250 years, our species has been known as Homo sapiens, a scientific name in Latin that means “wise man.”
Given the havoc humans are wreaking on natural systems, putting ourselves and so many other living things in peril, we don’t deserve this name, contends Julian Cribb, an Australian science writer and book author. In a letter published in the Aug. 18 issue of the journal Nature, Cribb makes a proposal.
“Changing our species name might risk infringing some of the hallowed rules of nomenclature, but it would send an important signal about our present collective behavior,” he writes.
Cribb has no suggestion for a new name, “because I want humanity at large to discuss this issue — not just scientists,” he said in an email to LiveScience.com.
The needle on the loon-meter really flickered into the red zone when he cited material in Al Gore’s “Earth in the Balance” as a motivator for his effort:
Cribb’s brief proposal cites a study published in Nature in 2009 that suggests humans must avoid crossing “planetary boundaries” — thresholds set within arenas such as climate change, biodiversity loss and chemical pollution — to avoid catastrophic consequences. The authors of the study suggested that of the 10 systems represented, humans had already gone too far in three. [Earth in the Balance: 7 Crucial Tipping Points]
Whenever Al Gore is placed on any balance scale, you’ve reached a tipping point, and probably subsequent floor collapse.
Okay, a replacement for “Homo sapiens”? How about “‘Not that there’s anything wrong with that’ sapiens”?
“Al Gore Kool Aid chugging sapiens”?
“‘What the hell happened to Hope & Change’ sapiens”?
ESPN is coming down on Paul Azinger for mocking President Barack Obama on Twitter. The golf analyst tweeted Friday that the Commander-in-chief plays more golf than he does — and that Azinger has created more jobs this month than Obama has.
ESPN has ‘reminded” Azinger his venture into political punditry violates the company’s updated social network policy for on-air talent and reporters issued yesterday.
“Paul’s tweet was not consistent with our social media policy, and he has been reminded that political commentary is best left to those in that field,” spokesman Andy Hall told Game On! in a statement.
The updated policy was “issued yesterday”? It must be the first time an ESPN-compensated personality dared criticize Obama, or the rules would have been “updated” a heck of a lot sooner.
In the past, ESPN hasn’t mindedpro-Obama on air rhetoric or fawning interviews though, and I assume they’re still allowed.
Azinger has been offered a chance at a one-man stimulus: If he stops criticizing Obama, he’ll “save or create” his own job. See? Complete deference to The One works economic wonders.
And they’re demonstrating at the office of a “presidential candidate” who shows up as a hash mark in the polls? They don’t have much to worry about from McCotter as far as his being elected president goes, but this bunch might want to re-think their strategy for showing taxpayers that they’re a necessary expense if they’ve got time to protest on a Friday morning:
Plymouth Township— About 100 protesters blew whistles, waved American flags, chanted and pounded on the windows of the office of Livonia Congressman Thaddeus McCotter Friday morning, protesting the Republican presidential candidate’s support to cut 10 percent of the federal workforce.
The protesters, from We Are the People, AFL-CIO, American Federation of Government Employees and other unions, argued McCotter’s cuts would cost 2,000 jobs in his 11th district, resulting in the loss of $80 million in revenues.
Protesters held signs reading, “Don’t Destroy My Pension and the American Dream,” “More Jobs, Less Excuses,” and “You Vote for War and Cut Jobs.”
And here’s the next Obama economic advisor:
“America wants to work,” AFL-CIO member Saundra Williams said. “Just listen to what people are shouting: Good jobs! They want good jobs, better jobs. Not just jobs where the company only cares about profits and not the payroll of its employees.”
“Idiot of the Day” isn’t a high enough honor, so we’ll have to think of something else.
Jon Huntsman, the Obama administration’s former Ambassador to China and an alleged Republican who is allegedly running for president, is going to be sued by Obama for copyright infringement if he’s not careful.
Democrats already love him (and he hearts them back), but now that he’s calling for “shared sacrifice” the Dems are going to get Chris Matthews-style leg thrills:
Where have we heard that “shared sacrifice” BS before? Oh yeah, from the guy currently golfing on the Vineyard and his wife who has reportedly spent about $10 million of taxpayers money on vacations all around the world.
Brilliant timing on your parroted empty rhetoric, Huntsman.
Maybe I’d be a little less putt off by him if he didn’t give off such a mortician vibe.
Nearly one in 10 midsize or large employers expects to stop offering health coverage to workers once federal insurance exchanges start in 2014, according to a survey from a large benefits consultant.
Towers Watson also found in a survey completed last month that an additional 20% of companies are unsure about what they will do.
Another big benefits consultant, Mercer, found in a June survey of large and smaller employers that 8% are either “likely” or “very likely” to end health benefits once the exchanges start.
Employer-sponsored health insurance has long been the backbone of the nation’s health insurance system. But the studies suggest some employers, especially retailers or those paying low wages, feel they will be better off paying fines and taxes than continuing to provide benefits that eat up a growing portion of their budget every year.
The idea all along was to make it much easier and even cheaper for companies just to dump their health care plans and turn their employees over to the government.
The whole bogus pitch for Obamacare was that there were millions of uninsured that should be covered — so naturally among the first things that will happen is that people who already have coverage will lose it and be thrown into a bureaucratic sausage grinder that is the government-run system.
If the Obamacare law isn’t repealed, that 10% will rapidly climb, because the wonderful “we need to pass it to find out what’s in it” scheme is designed to do just that. Everybody (except the fat cats who supported ramming the law down our throats) will have lousy, rationed coverage. How much more fair can it get?
When the media parrots the word “unexpected,” they’re trying to be funny… right?
WASHINGTON—The number of people claiming new jobless benefits rose again last week, an unexpected gain fueled in part by a labor dispute at Verizon Communications Inc.
Initial jobless claims climbed by 5,000 to a seasonally adjusted 417,000 in the week ended Aug. 20, the Labor Department said Thursday. Claims filed in the previous week were revised up to 412,000 from an originally reported 408,000.
In other news, the Obama administration is considering “further actions to strengthen the housing market,” which can only mean more bad news for the economy on the horizon.
Also, check out this headline. The media’s doing their best, aren’t they?
Ooh, this isn’t going to sit well with the Sociali… er, I mean “progressives”… because Michele Bachmann’s using the dreaded “S” word:
U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, who won the Iowa Republican straw poll earlier in the month, took off the gloves on Wednesday and tore into President Barack Obama and U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif..
“As the stock market continues to sink deeper, unemployment lines are growing longer and the debt is increasing by millions, President Obama seems more interested in checking his own poll numbers than he is in providing any real leadership to create jobs and fix our economy,” insisted Bachmann. “And the Democratic leadership in Congress is no better. Earlier this week, Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters shouted, ‘the tea party can go straight to hell.’ The Democrats would rather attack honest, patriotic Americans than try to rein in government spending or reduce the deficit.
“President Obama’s failed leadership and Maxine Waters’ socialist policies have driven our economy into a deep financial hole. If the United States is going to get back on a path to prosperity it begins by ensuring Obama is a one-term president,” added Bachmann.
Who says Maxine Waters has Socialist designs? I mean, aside from Maxine Waters. Here’s a classic from 2008:
It’s a good thing Nancy Reagan was holding onto Sen. Marco Rubio at the Reagan Presidential Library last night. Many think Rubio is the man who will help bring the Reagan legacy back to its feet in Washington, so maybe this is somewhat symbolic:
Normally I’d say that the latest Keynesian kookery going around is too good to be true, but since it allegedly comes from the same Nobel-winning “economist” who touted the economic benefits of the government faking a space alien invasion it sounds about right.
With that said, please please tell me this is real:
From most accounts I’ve been able to find, it is a genuine quote from Krugman. But you never know. The snark was flying fast and furious yesterday.
Even if it’s fake, if that doesn’t nicely sum up liberal economic theory — which is “ruin = prosperity” — nothing does.
Did you feel the earthquake? Some people here in Michigan are reporting that they felt the ground move, but usually when that happens it turns out to be that Michael Moore fell out of his chair reaching for the KFC bucket.
In DC there hasn’t been as many people saying “did you feel that?” since the last time Congress held pickpocket practice.
The quake was felt on Martha’s Vineyard, and you’ll never guess where President Obama was at the time — or maybe you will:
The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake was half a mile deep. Shaking was felt at the White House and all over the East Coast, as far south as Chapel Hill, N.C. Parts of the Pentagon, White House and Capitol were evacuated. There were no immediate reports of injuries.
It was centered near Louisa, Va., which is northwest of Richmond and south of Washington.
Obama and many of the nation’s leaders were out of town on August vacation when the quake struck at 1:51 p.m. EDT. The shaking was felt on the Martha’s Vineyard golf course as Obama was just starting a round.