I’m reblogging this satirical piece from Paul Duncan’s The Out And Abouter. It’s satire, but it’s awfully close to the mark. It’s a great read. Warning: those of you who didn’t spend your career in an engineering building as I did might find the language a bit strong (but entirely appropriate in the circumstances).
“It’s almost as if advanced computer modelling has the ability to warn us of imminent threats,” says Dr. Foch-Ensseireos, a climatologist who – like many of his colleagues – has spent his entire adult life creating advanced climate change models that warn of an imminent threat, and which have so far been largely ignored by most of the world’s leaders.
“Almost,” he repeats grimly, as around-the-clock coverage of a pandemic of unprecedented, but not unforeseen, proportions plays on a screen in the corner of his office.
As the world grapples with whether to follow the science on preventing the spread of the coronavirus, or just make shit up as we go along until millions of people who didn’t need to die right now go ahead and lay down their lives because we were too stupid, too lazy, or too fucking craven to act like a functioning fucking species and protect the fucking herd, climatologists say they aren’t surprised that so far we are seeing a great deal more of the latter response.
“If anyone knows what it’s like to provide clear direction on a massive approaching crisis, only to be told this isn’t a good time right now as everyone is in the middle of making large amounts of illusory money, it’s us,” says a team of climatologists from Britain’s Oxford University, speaking via video conference as they self-isolate in the middle of the UK’s hesitant response to the coronavirus. […]
Read the remainder of the piece at: Climatologists Grimly Watch As People Who Ignore Science Suffer Real And Immediate Consequences — The Out And Abouter