The following is an excerpt from OpinionJournal’s “Best of the Web” at WSJ written by the editor, James Taranto.
Question and Answer
News of the Tautological
What Would We Do Without Experts?
“Expert Says Meteor Could Wipe Out Earth Next Week Despite Nasa’s Reassurance That We’re Safe”—headline, Daily Mirror (London), Sept. 16
Bottom Story of the Day
“George Pataki, Lindsey Graham Performed Least Poorly in CNN Undercard Debate”—headline, Washington Examiner, Sept. 16
Save the Skeeters!
“Global warming is already underway, taking a toll on the Arctic sea ice and various wildlife populations such as the polar bears, but mosquitoes are thriving,” reports the Christian Science Monitor:
As temperatures warm in the Arctic, mosquitoes are not only able to emerge earlier from their ponds, but also to grow faster and survive even longer—and in higher numbers, according to a new study.
The researchers focused their study on Western Greenland and were expecting to find a decrease in the number of Arctic mosquitoes, which would have triggered conservation efforts.
This encapsulates why “climate change” is bunk. The researchers had expected to find that the mosquito population had declined, which would be evidence of global warming. Instead, they found that the mosquito population had increased—which is evidence of global warming! That is known as begging the question.
The story also raises a question, to wit: Why in the world would anyone want to conserve mosquitoes?
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