Grind for September 19th, 2018
“An association of men who will not quarrel with one another is a thing which has never yet existed, from the greatest confederacy of nations down to a town meeting or a vestry.”
– Thomas Jefferson
Scientists criticize Al Gore’s claims about Hurricane Florence
Former Vice President Al Gore is at it again.
Speaking last week at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco, Gore claimed that Hurricane Florence and Typhoon Mangkut were effects of climate change.
“This is the first time in history that two major storms are making landfall from the Atlantic and the Pacific simultaneously,” said Gore.
“Florence is similar to Harvey in the sense that the disruption of the Northern Hemisphere jet stream is what is keeping these storms in the same place, so they drop so much water,” he continued. “Even with the cyclonic storms, we are putting so much heat into the oceans. We’re using the sky as an open sewer…trapping heat energy.”
Gore’s statements “show that he is not familiar with the history of tropical cyclone landfalls,” said meteorologist Roger Pielke.
“Al Gore just claimed without any evidence that we’ve never had hurricanes in both the Atlantic and the Pacific making landfall at the same time,” added scholar Ryan Maue of the Cato Institute.
Reports from NBC News also suggested the two storms were linked to climate change. Such reports “completely missed the mark on ongoing hurricanes and their rarity,” said Maue.
Al Gore is well known for his role in the 2016 documentary An Inconvenient Truth, in which he makes largely unverified claims about global warming and insists that humanity must act now to save the planet.
He is perhaps best known (at least online) for suggesting in a 1999 interview that he invented the Internet.
Time magazine sells out to liberal billionaire
Less than one year after Meredith Corp. purchased Time Inc., the publisher has agreed to sell Time magazine to Salesforce co-founder Marc Benioff for $190 million.
Time went on sale in March along with Meredith publications Fortune, Sports Illustrated, and Money. The deal is a blessing for Meredith, which plans to use the proceeds to pay down debt incurred as print media continues to lose readers in an increasingly digital world.
“We’re investing in a company with tremendous impact on the world, one that is also an incredibly strong business,” said Mr. Benioff, who referred to the magazine as a “treasure trove of history and culture.”
The proposed sale, which is expected to close in October, dumps one of the nation’s most famous magazines into the hands of a liberal billionaire.
Benioff won’t be involved in day-to-day operations at Time, but he and his wife Lynne have already encouraged staffers to imagine what the magazine will look like in 2040.
The sale of Time to a billionaire is also indicative of a larger trend.
In 2013, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos purchased the Washington Post. In 2017, Laurence Powell Jobs (widow of Steve Jobs) acquired a majority stake in the Atlantic magazine.
“It’s the only business model that makes sense – a billionaire swoops in and keeps it alive,” says former Time editor Josh Quittner.
But unfortunately it’s the liberal billionaires who are doing it. Benioff is not a hardcore liberal, but he will certainly help maintain a liberal brand that otherwise may have died off.
Benioff is a vocal critic of President Trump who has long supported causes including LGBTQ rights, environmentalism, and education.
“We are honored to be the caretakers of one the world’s most important media companies and iconic brands,” said Benioff. “Time has always been a trusted reflection of the state of the world, and reminds us that business is one of the greats platforms for change.”
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