I would bet that July of 2016 is the hottest month in global recorded history. That thought caused me to do a little bit of research on the Internet. It turns out that we won’t have that data tabulated for a couple of months. But, May of 2016 was the 13th consecutive month that was the hottest in history for that calendar month. 2015 was the hottest year on record, and the first 6 months of 2016 was considerably hotter than those 6 months of 2015. Whew!
Where am I going with this? For a few decades, the Republican party has been represented by politicians and spokespeople that have made a policy of denying whatever evidence, discoveries and findings come out of the scientific and data communities, as generated by people who dedicate their lives to studying and figuring out things. This is done for the benefit of those in the business, industrial, wealth and political communities that would rather not recognize a change in the status quo. In the area of global temperature, Senator Imhofe of Oklahoma has led the way with denial of global warming. When a friend, years ago, after a long sequence of yearly increases in temperature, said to me that the world had been this hot in the past, I responded that he was correct, but at that time the dinosaurs all moved their cities inland.
Such denials, repeated often and loudly enough, seem truthful. This misinformation effort to benefit vested interests, in all areas of knowledge and study, has resulted in a dumbing down of the general population. The result is a presidential candidate that knows little, doesn’t care to learn anything, and is accepted by a large portion of the population that is ignorant and proud of it. In fact, last week, Donald Trump believed that the Democratic candidate for Vice President was Tom Kean, the man he knew as Governor of New Jersey 30 years ago, when in fact it is the current Senator Tim Kaine from Virginia. I hope someone has corrected his view by now, though he probably doesn’t care. We are being led by the Simpsons.