Regrettably, I recently “upgraded” to Windows 10. Since then, I’ve been subjected to MSN’s homepage newsfeed- brainwashing. This morning I followed their link to try to learn a little more about global warming’s connection to monster hurricane Patricia coming off the Pacific to treat Mexico to 20” of rain and 200+ mph winds.
Although there was nothing in their article about climate change or its role in making weather events like hurricanes harder for life on Earth these days, there was some heady, potentially depressing news to be had.
But not to worry, the right-hand column of the article (as is growing more commonplace with today’s befuddling hyperbolic media) was rife with links to divert your concern away from anything too upsetting or significant.
Before reaching the end of the short article, the reader could be led astray by diversionary, unrelated stories about comical-yet-evil politicians like Donald Trump or Paul Ryan, or imaginary millionaires Lovie and Mr. Howell.
Readers wanting to know just how many millions Mr. Howell is said to have amassed may find the answer by clicking on the deflecting link educating them on “15 Fateful Facts about Gilligan’s Island.”
Hopefully as people in Puerto Vallarta start dying in droves, readers will lose interest in the plight of the famous TV sitcom castaways.
Make no mistake; hurricanes like this are not just the result of naturally-occurring, cyclic “El Nino” events. The oceans have been warming ominously for several years now. The climate is changing fast, folks—we’re treading uncharted waters here.
Now, if I can just get that damn Gilligan’s Island theme song outta my head…