Bill Nye isn’t the Master of All Sciences. That’s not a thing. He has an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University, and worked for Boeing for a while before trying to break into the comedy industry. That’s when Ross Schafer talked him into the idea of combining comedy with science education. Of course, Bill Nye: An Engineering Guy Who Fills A Pop Culture Niche isn’t as catchy a title for children’s television.
Now, we love Bill Nye as much as anyone, and on the topic of climate change, he’s absolutely right. The problem comes when the media cites him as an authority. Nye is charismatic and lovable and a whole bunch of Millennial nerds had posters of him in their rooms, but it really would be better to feature boring old real climate scientists, like Michael Mann or James Hansen.
“Who the hell are they?”
Trying to teach the world about the threat of climate change is cool and all, but it can backfire if you’re not actually an expert in that field. In 2013, MSNBC conducted an interview with Nye to explain that year’s catastrophic New England blizzard. But Nye’s amateur explanation of the mechanics of blizzards and hurricanes caught the eye of Jason Samenow, The Washington Post’s weather editor, who holds a master’s degree in atmospheric science. He wrote a devastating takedown of Nye’s interview, which was a mixture of inaccurate information and stuff that Nye may as well have picked up from Twister.
“Resist, Insist, Persist, Enlist”
~Hillary Rodham Clinton
Professional Business Women Conference
San Francisco, California
Hillary Clinton spoke at the Professional Business Women Conference in San Francisco, CA.
While she championed women’s and girls rights, she also spent time criticizing Donald Trump and his administration — without saying his name once.
“There is no place I’d rather be than here — other than the White House,” she said to laughs from the audience of almost 6,000 people.
On Trump’s Administration:
“Women’s representation in the current administration in Washington is the lowest its been in a generation.”
“Too many women, especially women of color, have a lifetime of practice taking these indignities with stride,” she said about Sean Spicer “patronizing” reporter April Ryan during the White House press briefing, as well Bill O'Reilly criticizing Rep. Maxine Waters for her hair.
“How can they not have women at the table?” she said about the now-infamous photos showing only male politicians making decisions about women’s health.
“Where some may see a future of carnage in this country, I see a shining light for creative change,” she said about Trump’s speeches that paint America in a dark light.
“I was delighted at every sign I saw quoting my speech saying: ‘Women’s rights are human rights and human rights are women’s rights,’” she said about the Women’s March.
When the GOP healthcare plan failed, “it was a victory for all Americans,” she said, adding that it was a major sign the resistance is working.
On practicing activism under Trump:
“Let me let you in on a little secret — the other side never quits…we will need to fight back twice as hard.”
“We need to reset the table so women are no longer required to accept or adapt to discrimination or sexism at work.”
“As I think about the outpouring of activism, I think about 4 words: resist, insist, persist, enlist.”
“We need to resist bias and bullying, hate, and fear.”
“We need to insist on putting people first…including making health care more affordable, creating upwardly mobile education and employment ladders.”
“We need to persist, as we saw so dramatically in the Senate when Mitch McConnell went after Elizabeth Warren and said she could not read a letter from Coretta Scott King.”
“We need to enlist. Enlist in this effort, get in the arena…That can mean many things…running for office, starting a business, championing women and girls, mentoring, standing up and speaking out…there’s something for everybody here.”
“Sure, the last few months haven’t been exactly as I envisioned. But I still know what I’m fighting for. I’m fighting for a fairer, big-hearted, inclusive America.”
“And the unfinished business of the 21st century can’t wait any longer…Now is the time to demand the progress we want to see and make it real in our own lives…in the government and the world…and I’ll be there with you every step of the way.”
NEVER FORGET: The Clintons already got to the top TWICE. They were going for ROUND 3. What other couple will achieve what they have achieved? And they would have won yet again had it not been for forces outside of their control such as Russia/FBI/James Comey. And they still won the popular vote by THREE MILLION. Never forget the popular vote victory. More Americans sided with Hillary over Trump. A huge moral victory. Long Live the Clintons!! They will forever be legends that clawed their way from the very bottom to the very top. Trump, meanwhile, inherited his success from his Father. Bill and Hillary used their natural talents to achieve success and left our country with a great economy and a surplus.