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    By Paige Lavender

    Former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential hopeful Sarah Palin argued Thursday that Bill Nye is not actually a […]

    • Palin IS a wackaloon though!

    • My wife and I were in Alaska last August and quickly learned that a mention of Sarah Palin was embarrassing to any Alaskan we were talking to.

    • Frankly we need a bit of alarm about global warming.

    • Technically, she’s right; by professional training, he is a mechanical engineer. But he also has honourary doctorates from a number of universities. And he’s been a science educator/communicator for a long time; and (IIRC) the best way to learn something is to teach it to some-one else.

      Of course, no-one cares what Sarah Palin thinks, especially when it comes to science.

    • Isn’t it amazing though how the news media pick up on statements by individuals like Palin, but rarely ask for counter comments from suitably qualified scientists who would back up what Bill Nye said. After all that is what climatologists around the world are saying!

    • How many illegitimate grandchildren does this “Christian” woman’s kid have to produce to get her to slither back under the rock from whence she came? With Phyllis Schlafly, it only took one gay son to effectively shame her into disappearing from the public eye.

    • @OP **Sarah Palin Doesn’t Think Bill Nye Is A Real Scientist

      Anyway! This title contains an excess of verbiage!

      Sarah Palin Doesn’t Think, is sufficient to comprehensively cover the topic!

    • I’m surprised she’s still allowed to speak in public. And if she was paid to speak, what does that say for the sponsor….? From MarsFKA’s comment I’ll assume her speech wasn’t in Alaska…? Laughter right out of a Monty Python flick! He’s not a scientist, he’s as witch!

    • Claude: “I’m surprised she’s still allowed to speak in public”
      I’ve got an idea that will benefit the entire world. We should pay her NOT to speak?

    • Maybe Mrs Palin could have a debate with Nye. It would be over in……….two minutes……..

    • alf1200 #10
      Apr 21, 2016 at 12:53 am

      Maybe Mrs Palin could have a debate with Nye. It would be over in……….two minutes……..

      I think they would need a muzzle! – or Scold’s bridle!

      There are those who have something of merit to say – and then there are those who have overwhelming urges to say something and won’t shut up! – Any blither will do if confidently trotted out!!!!

    • I agree with Alan, the title is longer than needed. “Sarah Palin Doesn’t Think” would be more than enough,

    • Alan @ 9. Sarah Palin Doesn’t Think, is sufficient to comprehensively cover the topic!

      Darn it, you got there before me!

      I’m reminded of the title ‘God is not Great’.

    • ShadowMind #5
      Apr 19, 2016 at 6:38 pm

      He studied mechanical engineering at Cornell University (where he took an astronomy class taught by Carl Sagan)[9] and graduated with a B.S. in mechanical engineering in 1977

      Technically, she’s right; by professional training, he is a mechanical engineer. But he also has honourary doctorates from a number of universities.

      A graduate BS course in mechanical engineering (with astronomy – celestial mechanics) contains a very substantial part of physics.
      It is a science degree.

      Cornell programs in engineering and applied science lead to the degrees of bachelor of science (B.S.), master of engineering (M.Eng.), master of science (M.S.), . []

      Palin left high school as the co-head of the basket-case – err basket-ball, team!

    • I don’t recall Bill Nye ever claiming to be a scientist, in the clinical sense. So what ?

      You’re being baited into a bait & switch argument…..let it die on the vine, or run with it, not against it.

      embrace it: ok, Ms. Palin so you are arguing the following points
      – Bill Nye is not a scientist
      – you simultaneously confirm that neither are you
      – you imply that because Bill Nye is not a scientist therefore any statement he makes about climate change is false…….ok, so since you admit you are also not a scientist where does that put all your statements about climate change, according to your own logic ? According to you, we shouldn’t listen to you either. Why are you still talking ?

      You don’t argue a person is crazy by declaration. In the end it’s no more than mud slinging, and you’ll always have political correctness against you. Instead, you lead them to demonstrate it first hand for everyone else to see. Just make sure the audience does connect the dots afterwards. Sarah Palin is so generous in this regard.

      I advocate the scientific method. I am not a scientist. Bill Nye is still right. Period.

    • Over on PZ Myers’ spot, Pharyngula, there was a thread on this topic. Here is what I wrote over there. Someone commented and I had to flame them up a bit. I will not include my second post……. yet…….

      Anyone who solves problems using the scientific method is a scientist.

      A monkey in a cage sees a banana hanging from the roof on a string . It is just out of reach. He has observed the problem.
      He walks over and reaches up. He just did an experiment. He concludes that he can’t reach the banana. So, he jumps. He just did a second experiment. Conclusion? Banana or no banana. If no banana…He drags a chair over, stands on it, and gets the banana.
      A second monkey comes into the cage and a second banana is dangled. The first monkey drags the chair over and communicates his results. The monkey is a scientist!

      So, Sarah Palin is in a cage, there is a banana on a string. She starves to death.

    • It is very unlikely that much of what Sarah Palin ever says is chosen to do anything other than get her publicity regardless of its truthfulness and it’s disappointing to see this site confirm the effectiveness of that ploy. She came with a certain amount of novelty value eight years ago due to her bizarre babblings when McCain chose her as his running mate but she’s little more than yesterday’s news as far as I’m concerned. It’s been a long time since I’ve had the slightest interest in her gibberish.

    • bonnie2 #21
      Apr 21, 2016 at 2:53 pm

      Must be blind, steadfast folk if they’re willing to see her after January’s debacle (Palin’s) >

      I didn’t think the Trump speech was even that much more incoherent than most of her past gibberish. It’s just that even the nutters who have supported her for so long have realised she doesn’t make any sense.

    • We have a lot to thank Palin for though actually. I think she more or less killed McCain’s chances of beating Obama when people realised she might only be a heartbeat away from the Presidency with a guy of that age. It surely can’t have done much good for confidence in Trump’s judgement either when he dragged the loon back out of obscurity, not that he has any chance of beating Hillary.

    • The earth warms and cools.
      It is currently in a warming cycle.
      When temperature increases are measure, how significant an increase does man made C02 make?
      When I see graphs they tend to be measuring in 0.2 increments making increases seem more dramatic than they really are Is a 0.8 increase a lot when it spans a 100 years?
      C02 increases crops, giving higher yields, that is a good thing surely, allowing us to better fight hunger

    • @ ian Murray


    • Alan4
      As always your post is excellent and the information in it is unassailable.

      Let me take a crack at putting it in very very simple terms.

      There are two things in the universe. Matter and Energy. Matter is made of particles. One type of energy (temperature) is a measure of how fast things are moving around– jiggling about.

      Our atmosphere has seen a rise in the number of particles and a rise in their speed.

      This manifests as the “unprecedented” storms and systems we’ve seen. BTW, how many of these do people need to witness so that they can accommodate what scientists have been shouting for decades?

      Now, and this is crucial, even if man is not causing this trend (and we are)—– man can stop it. it is just good policy to do so.

    • bonnie2 #33
      Apr 30, 2016 at 1:03 pm

      “Marc Morano is the executive director and chief correspondent of, a project of the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT). Morano is also the Communications Director at CFACT, a conservative think-tank in Washington D.C. that has received funding from ExxonMobil, Chevron, as well as hundreds of thousands of dollars from foundations associated with Richard Mellon Scaife. According to 2011 IRS Forms, Morano was the highest paid staff member with a salary of $150,000 per year. Morano’s blog Climate Depot regularly publishes articles questioning man-made global warming.”

      The link is hot air, but this quote (above) from one of the comments on it, spells it out.
      Palinesque liars for Jesus with god delusions and theistic brain-fumblings, babble dogma, but these are just charlatans bought with oil money!
      Just another bunch of propagandist wind-bags pretending to be sceptical scientists!

    • Sarah Palin obviously wasn’t there when apastosaurrus was munching away on vegetation, and nor was I. Too bad the gal is happy being ignorant. Bill Nye at least accepts evidence , a concept apparently alien to Palin.