If I had been a kid growing up in the 90s, I'm sure I would've liked to watch "Bill Nye the Science Guy". I always loved shows that are fun and educational; I love learning about science and how the world works.
I've never seen his show except for small bits when my son was a squirt, but one description of it;
Bill Nye the Science Guy has been likened to a modern Mr. Wizard. Bill's TV person is a tall and slender scientist wearing a lab coat and a bow-tie. He mixes the serious science of everyday things with fast-paced action and humor. Each show begins with Bill walking onto the set, called "Nye Labs", which is filled with scientific visuals (including many "of science" contraptions announced dramatically, such as "The slingshots
of Science!") relevant to the topic of the show. Most episodes contain a mock song parody and music video in the "Soundtrack of Science" by "Not That Bad Records", substituting a scientific roundup of the episode for the lyrics to a popular song. Each show ends with Bill explaining his departure in a clever description of an activity on topic. The credits sometimes rolled next to a series of outtakes from the episode. Other times, outtakes are shown at the time they actually happened.
Bill Nye is not a stupid man. At some point in his life, however, it seems he was blinded by diplomas and reputation. What else to explain his being a fellow of The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, which claims its mission is "…to promote scientific inquiry, critical investigation, and the use of reason in examining controversial and extraordinary claims", but yet seeming in total ignorance of all that's been uncovered over the last year with regard to the faked science of "Global Warming".
There is one possible answer. His politics are rock solid left. As he writes in the HuffingtonPuffington;
…as Barack Obama begins his administration with his lovely family alongside, I find myself as a science educator, not just relieved, but downright, maybe upright, optimistic. All of the problems I just mentioned are, at their cores, science problems. If you want to cure a disease, feed a population, or educate and thereby raise the living standard of women in matters that are universally true and real, you need to embrace the process of science. President-elect Obama, in contrast with his predecessor, is fundamentally in favor of science. This is the best news possible, not just for niche workers like me, but for everyone.
It's not about science, it's about religion. Nye is a "Climate Change" mullah, and we unbelievers are either to convert or be destroyed.
This affiliation with craziness goes a long way to explaining his preoccupation with being "green";
But is [Ed] Begley the greenest of them all?
"There is a man down the street who is trying to keep up with the Begleys. I don't know that he's succeeding, but you decide. He's a nice man," says Begley.
That nice man is Bill Nye, the "Science Guy."
Nye is Begley's neighbor, who, Begley says, is "a very nice fellow who started this competition, I suppose, to see who could have the lowest carbon footprint."
That's right. Call it enviro-smackdown, or battle of the nerds, but Nye is taking on his neighbor.
I don't know, being environmentally responsible isn't such a bad thing. I don't much like the idea of garbage blowing into my front yard, or poop floating in the river where I'm fishing. But to take everything man touches and turn it into something evil for the sole purpose of controlling him? The very breath he exhales is deemed a pollutant, while the caribou and bears exhale the same gas and it's part of "the cycle of life".
For someone like Bill Nye, who supposedly values "critical investigation, and the use of reason in examining controversial and extraordinary claims", he seems awfully shallow in his appearance on Rachel Madcow's Maddow's show last night;
Challenging someone's patriotism is a pretty hefty charge to level in the political arena, based on the response when Barack Obama's patriotism was challenged during the 2008 election cycle.
However, there seems to be a different set of rules when it comes to questioning the authenticity of the manmade global warming argument in the wake of record-setting snowfall in the Mid-Atlantic. And this different standard applied to Bill Nye "The Science Guy," who appeared on MSNBC's Feb. 10 "Rachel Maddow Show" and aired his disapproval of manmade climate change skeptics and labeled them "unpatriotic."
First, nobody I know is saying that based on one record snowfall on the east coast, Climate Change is hereby debunked. What Nye sees is us using the snow as fodder to ridicule what we see is an already debunked science methodology that he and others are completely ignoring.
When Algore said "The science is settled", he meant settled in the minds of the mindless. Yesterday, Bill Nye officially joined that club.