This morning, by chance, the TV was set on the Weather Channel. Turning it on, I noted the phrase highlighted on the set behind the anchor was, “Climate Change”.
Interested, I upped the volume, just in time to hear the anchor state that some US university had just reported that 2012 was the warmest on record for X,000 years.
“Oh, good,” I thought, “at last the US media is beginning to recognize climate change as relevant.”
The anchor then went on to postulate that the northern hemisphere had been heading, in 2000 – 3000 years, towards another ice age. However, thanks to the increase in greenhouse gases and corporate pollution, this would not now occur.
I guess we all owe an immense debt of gratitude to our corporate leaders, for their foresight in saving us from freezing to death in 4013. Instead, we’ll all be fried by 2113.
Thank you to the owners of the Weather Channel – NBC Universal, Bain Capital, and the Blackstone Group (or, should we just call you by your real name – Lehman Bros!). Oh, no, sorry, Lehman Bros went bankrupt in 2008 due to it’s involvement in the subprime mortgage crisis which precipitated the depression from which we are only now beginning to recover.
Strange, that the two principle figures behind Lehman Bros, Peter Peterson and Stephen Schwarzman, should now be running the Blackstone group. One of their ventures is to cheaply acquire thousands of foreclosed homes and rent them to single parent families who can’t afford to buy.
Or, to put it another way, Peterson and Schwarzman are another pair of shits increasing their already vast wealth by creaming money off the poorest in society.
But, we can bow down and kiss their feet for saving us all from a life in igloos 2,000 years from now.
Moral: don’t believe a bloody thing you hear on the Weather Channel.
PS: Besides the Weather Channel, Bain Capital owns: AMC Entertainment, Aspen Education Group, Brookstone, Burger King, Burlington Coat Factory, Clear Channel Communications, Domino’s Pizza, DoubleClick, Dunkin’ Donuts, D&M Holdings, Guitar Center, Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), Sealy, The Sports Authority, Staples, Toys “R” Us, and the Warner Music Group.
Blackstone own: Tele-Denmark Communications, Equity Office Properties, Freescale Semiconductor, Michaels Stores, Nielsen Company, Travelport (Orbitz), United Biscuits, Biomet, and the Hilton Hotels Corporation.
All told, that lot should ensure we don’t freeze to death in the next two thousand years.