Measured Against Reality

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Politicians for Saving Bigfoot!

This is probably the stupidest thing you will hear all week:

Canadian MP Mike Lake... has called for Bigfoot to be protected under Canada's species at risk act, alongside Whooping Cranes, Blue Whales, and Red Mulberry trees.

"The debate over their (Bigfoot's) existence is moot in the circumstance of their tenuous hold on merely existing," reads a petition presented by Lake to parliament in March and due to be discussed next week. "Therefore, the petitioners request the House of Commons to establish immediate, comprehensive legislation to affect immediate protection of Bigfoot," says the petition signed by almost 500 of Lake's constituents in Edmonton, Alberta.

There is no debate over whether he exists. There's no evidence for it (at least that couldn't have been easily faked and/or misinterpreted). I suppose in all fairness it's possible, but really freaking unlikely. Calls to preserve a population that we don't even know exists is, well, insane.

Although I'd rather have politicians who want to preserve nonexistent species than most of the ones we have.

[Via Reason]

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  • "This is probably the stupidest thing you will hear all week"

    I just heard the following:
    "The current trends in CO2 concentrations are similar to the trends before the past ice ages. We should therefore expect the Earth to enter an ice age in the next 100 years."

    "The Earth is cooler today than 100 years ago."

    "The reason CO2 is a greenhouse gas is because it makes the atmosphere thicker, which means it absorbs more ultraviolet radiation."

    I also watched Glenn Beck's 'report' on climate change last night, which is by far the stupidest thing I've seen this year. I don't remember any specifics (thank god!), but he routinely used Tim Ball as a talking head.

    I think these qualify as more stupid than the Bigfoot thing - but maybe I'm biased. Other opinions?

    By Anonymous N. Johnson, at 11:33 AM, May 03, 2007  

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