Rush Limbaugh earned his Idiot of the Week award more than a year ago on August 12th, 2016. It was one of the most well-deserved awards, and this week he has proven my theory that idiots do not ever outgrow or overcome their idiocy.
Mr. Limbaugh does not deal in facts, and mocks those of us who do, hence his disdain for the mainstream media, scientists, and just about anybody who bases decisions upon research and hard data. I always find these people a bit humorous, though annoying and pompous. But you almost have to laugh when a man who dropped out of college after two semesters, has no degree in anything, let alone science in any form, says …
“… when it comes to a hurricane bearing down on south Florida, I’m the go-to guy.”
Mr. Limbaugh, with his lack of formal education, the ‘go-to guy’, has determined through some process of imagination, that Hurricane Irma, which is expected to make landfall in south Florida this weekend, is faux news. Oh he believes there is a hurricane, but … well, I will let him tell you in his own words …
“Now, in the official meteorological circles, you have an abundance of people who believe that man-made climate change is real. And they believe that AL Gore is correct when he has written — and he couldn’t be more wrong — that climate change is creating more hurricanes and stronger hurricanes. And, of course, when Harvey hit, it was the first hurricane that had hit in 12 years1. There haven’t been more hurricanes and no more dangerous than any others in previous years.
So there is a desire to advance this climate change agenda, and hurricanes are one of the fastest and best ways to do it. You can accomplish a lot just by creating fear and panic. You don’t need a hurricane to hit anywhere. All you need is to create the fear and panic accompanied by talk that climate change is causing hurricanes to become more frequent and bigger and more dangerous, and you create the panic, and it’s mission accomplished, agenda advanced.”
At this point, it is interesting to note that Mr. Limbaugh lives in Palm Beach, Florida … south Florida!
He then goes on to expound on the ways in which this is also a plot by the media and retailers to get people’s money …
“TV stations begin reporting this and the panic begins to increase. And then people end up going to various stores to stock up on water and whatever they might need for home repairs and batteries and all this that they’re advised to get, and a vicious circle is created. You have these various retail outlets who spend a lot of advertising dollars with the local media.
The local media, in turn, reports in such a way as to create the panic way far out, which sends people into these stores to fill up with water and to fill up with batteries, and it becomes a never-ending repeated cycle. And the two coexist. So the media benefits with the panic with increased eyeballs, and the retailers benefit from the panic with increased sales, and the TV companies benefit because they’re getting advertising dollars from the businesses that are seeing all this attention from customers.”
And then Mr. Limbaugh shares his vast knowledge of meteorology with us …
“Cloud top temperature is what those colors mean. Bright red means coldest temperatures at the top of the clouds. It has nothing to do with precip. But people don’t know this, and they look at these giant graphics of these hurricanes, it’s moving up, it looks bigger than Cuba. When in fact the eye of the storm, any hurricane on average the real damage occurs in the 20- to 30-mile radius, circle around the eye. That’s where when you hear Category 5, that’s where the Category 5 winds are. They’re not throughout the whole thing. They’re not throughout the giant, big blog.
Another thing I’ve found, folks, these storms, once they actually hit, are never as strong as they’re reported. If you look at graphics, the data you can find from sea buoys and on the ground in spots in the Caribbean where hurricanes hit before they get here, it’s amazing that the actual wind speeds are never or very rarely as high as what they would be if it’s genuinely Category 4, Category 5.”
There is more, if you care to read the transcript or watch the program. Be forewarned if you decide to watch, stay arms-length from your computer, lest you be tempted to punch him in the nose and break your screen.
Mr. Limbaugh would be laughable but for the fact that his ignorance is dangerous to people watching his program who might actually believe his ‘theories’ and fail to take adequate precautions. He is encouraging listeners who might be in Irma’s path not to take seriously the official guidance disseminated through the media.
Alex Jones of InfoWars fame, (remember Pizzagate?) has for years promoted the notion that the U.S. government possesses the power to conjure and control weather events. Just last week, as Hurricane Harvey battered Texas, Jones devoted part of his show to questioning why the government didn’t “use the technologies to kill [the storm] out in the gulf.”
C’mon guys … leave the weather forecasting and climatology to the scientists … men with an education and the common sense to know how to use it!
I have to wonder … when he is being rescued by some good Samaritan in a boat, and he sees the water up to the roof of his $35 million home, if he will still think Hurricane Irma was a conspiracy by scientists, retailers, liberals and the mainstream media?
1 Harvey was by no means the first hurricane to hit in 12 years. Has he forgotten Katrina? And Rita, Wilma, Charley and Ivan to name a few.