The New York Times' Eliminationist Rhetoric

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Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

As the Weasel Zippers blog notes today, "UNREAL: NY Times Suggests Killing 'Climate Change Deniers'… Note the woman in the top right box using an icicle to stab a 'denier' in the chest." I'm embedding the entire page with the New York Times' logo on it, to make it obvious that the cartoon is appearing on their Website. Click on image above to expand. As the Zippers suggest, take a good look at the right-hand panel. Global warming has made much of the country so cold that the Times is instructing its readers to use giant icicles to bludgeon the non-believers to death.

Before declaring radical environmentalism passé by cashing out last year to Big Oil, Al Gore titled his 2008 book on his global warming obsessions The Assault on Reason -- apparently the Times is taking his advice all too literally. According to this Website, the above cartoon is part of a new series that debuts at the start of the year. In their lengthy and once-respectable history, other than reporting on the editorial cartoons of other newspapers, the New York Times has never really been known for cartoons of any sort; after this stillborn attempt at "humor," they would be advised to reconsider their current experiment.

This past week, as James Delingpole of the London Telegraph noted at the new Breitbart London site, Dr. Roy Spencer, former NASA scientist, now principal scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, has said, "Yeah, somebody pushed my button":

When politicians and scientists started calling people like me “deniers”, they crossed the line. They are still doing it.

They indirectly equate (1) the skeptics’ view that global warming is not necessarily all manmade nor a serious problem, with (2) the denial that the Nazi’s extermination of millions of Jews ever happened.

Too many of us for too long have ignored the repulsive, extremist nature of the comparison. It’s time to push back.

I’m now going to start calling these people “global warming Nazis”.

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Like the Nazis, they are anti-capitalist. They are willing to sacrifice millions of lives of poor people at the altar of radical environmentalism, advocating expensive energy policies that increase poverty. And if there is a historically demonstrable threat to humanity, it is poverty.

I’m not talking about those who think we should be working toward new forms of energy to eventually displace our dependence of fossil fuels. Even I believe in that; after all, fossil fuels are a finite resource.

I’m instead talking about the extremists. They are the ones who are sure they are right, and who are bent on forcing their views upon everyone else. Unfortunately, the extremists are usually the only ones you hear from in the media, because they scream the loudest and make the most outrageous claims.

Such as murdering those who disagree with them, in the real estate of the best-known newspaper in the world.