Part Two Of Greg’s Delusion

Greg believes that 100 degree days occur more often now in Missouri, when in fact the exact opposite is true.

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August 28, 2015 at 4:07 pm

One hundred degree days occur about half as often as they did in the 19th century, and the hottest summer Greg experienced was his very first one, in 1954.

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Greg has demonstrated how mass brainwashing through suggestion works.

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7 Responses to Part Two Of Greg’s Delusion

  1. jon2009 says:

    It looks like it’s a conflation of current thinking [mass media] and historical experience except this personal history starts at 2000 AD which is the start of an upward trend.
    His memory cherry-picks from the early 1980s too, confirming his belief.
    Nothing sinister, just how we work, which says wonders for the scientific vs consensus approach!

  2. John F. Hultquist says:

    I grew up in western Pennsylvania. I seem to be roughly 10 years older than Greg B. who says:
    … don’t remember any 100 degree days …

    About the mid-1950s I spent a week with my uncle’s family and remember I also looked forward to this. What I remember of one week is the intense heat. So hot we had trouble sleeping. During the day, no one felt like moving. Still, the cows and pigs had to be cared for, and so on. Did we know what the temperature was? Probably not!
    We young’ens found relief in the water-filled coal-cuts not far from the house.

    The summer I remember is likely Greg’s first one. I imagine that if it was hot in Jefferson City it would have been hot where we were (60 miles NNE of Pittsburgh).

  3. An Inquirer says:

    Recognizing the reliability issues of one’s own memory over 60 years, I will share my viewpoint. First, the summers have gotten milder. Days over 100 degrees were common place. I remember reading the thermometer several days as being over 100. Our livestock suffered much in those temperatures. Now, it has been decades since we have had a day over 100. Second, the winters have gotten milder. It has been decades since we have been 30 below. Being isolated in winter blizzards was an annual occurrence; now it is rare that a blizzard keeps us home. Third extreme weather has tapered off. We used to go to the basement a number of times when threatening weather approached, we did have several tornadoes in our area. Now it has been decades since we have been to the basement.

  4. Greg is remembering his childhood on a farm in rural Missoura and comparing it with his current life. He fails to mention that in his current life, he’s pushing shopping carts in a Walmart parking lot in Tucson.

  5. rah says:

    The following is an article from http://www.strategypage.com/htmw/htmurph/articles/20150827.aspx
    Though it isn’t about climate or weather or science I’m sure that if you read it you will see the parallels to what the roots of the real battle skeptics face in the climate wars and where the negative and pessimistic attitudes of folks like Greg come from. . BTW Strategy Page is where I have gotten a few of the photos, including the one posted today of the Seawolf at the North Pole.

    “Murphy’s Law: Good News Not Wanted Here

    August 27, 2015: One of the ironies of the post-Cold War world is that most people get the impression that things are getting worse and worse while for the majority of people on the planet life is getting better. Worldwide poverty and death rates are plummeting while income and reported (via opinion surveys) satisfaction are way up. Many major diseases (like tetanus and polio) have nearly been eliminated and malaria, the disease that has killed more people than any other throughout history, is in decline because of medical advances. War related deaths have been declining since World War II ended in 1945 and that decline continued after the Cold War eliminated most communist governments in 1991. Why do most people think otherwise? You can blame the mass media and their most effective marketing tool; FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt).

    Mass media first appeared in the mid-19th century with the development of the steam press, which made cheap-enough-to-reach-a-mass-audience newspapers possible. Editors quickly learned that FUD sells best. Politicians, rebels, and even advertisers found that FUD was a very effective tool to grab attention and change attitudes. Put another way, excitement sells, and the best way to excite readers is to scare them.

    Modern terrorism, based on using murderous mass attacks on the public to trigger a flurry of media coverage, came out of this. The 19th century anarchists, followed by the Bolsheviks (communists), several fascist movements (like the Nazis), and many others, all used this media proclivity to jump on terrorist acts in order to scare readers into buying more newspapers, or supporting some extremist cause or another. The terrorists got the publicity and attention they wanted, which sometimes led to acquiring political power as well.

    Radio appeared in the 1930s and this made it even easier to reach literate as well as illiterate populations. Combining radio and FUD allowed communism and fascism to spread far and fast in the 1930s. The sad fact is that this situation is not unknown among journalists. Many of them have been complaining about it for over a century. No one has been able to come up with a solution. Good news doesn’t sell. And the pursuit of scary headlines that do has created a race to the bottom.

    It’s probably not much consolation but it wasn’t always as bad as it is today. For example, see what happens when you report a great historical American military victory, like the 1942 naval Battle of Midway, in the style of today’s journalism. Pretty sad compared to how it was reported in the 1940s. There are similar “comic” bits like that (on the web) covering other World War II victories. At the time, those victories were reported quite differently. Journalism has changed a lot since the 1940s. But in many ways journalism has not changed. Editors and reporters still know that they have to either be good at scaring people or find another line of work. Fear sells but over the generations even scarier stories have to be invented because so many people have built up an immunity to what scared their grand-parents.

    The FUD problem is one reason why is terrorism so widely effective these days. Terrorists and rebel movements have become more common and deadly in the last few decades and this is partly because mass media has, since the Internet arrived, become a lot cheaper. Getting the message out was always a problem for those trying to overthrow an unpopular government or even a popular one. For thousands of years most people were illiterate and the only way you could persuade them to join your cause was via person-to-person contact and creating some impressive word-of-mouth. Over the last two centuries there has been a huge explosion in literacy. Until quite recently (the 18th century) only a few percent of the global population was literate. What communications did exist were controlled by governments. But once ten percent, then twenty, then more than half of populations became literate, it was easier to spread your message. Those who could read could pass on what your printed, or even hand written, letters and pamphlets had to say.

    The result is that now more people know about bad news than good news, despite the fact that they suffer relatively little from the threats constantly covered by the media, Meanwhile more and more people live longer and happier lives because of all the improvements that are, well, not news.”

    If Greg doubts that the first paragraph does not represent the facts then he should watch this:

  6. sfx2020 says:

    It’s easy enough to check this, and almost anything else in the US, using the NOW data. The more people learn about how to fact check these things, the less nonsense will stand.

  7. AndyG55 says:

    Hey, Where is Greg to thank SG for fixing his failed memories?

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