Posted by: magmatist | February 27, 2011

‘Mount Baker overdue for eruption’ fiasco- a comic opera.

The cartoon below pretty much says it for the Baker Baloney that has been (indeed, still is) circulating on the internet like a bad virus. Just do a web search for ‘Baker eruption overdue’ to see for yourself. See the last several posts for the story. There is even a YouTube video by some crackpot ridiculing my statement to Seattle’s KCPQ (Fox TV) that an eruption is not imminent- he thinks it is a conspiracy to ‘keep us in the dark’ about impending doom. Thanks to Melissa Park for telling me about this cartoon, and to Jorge Cham for permission to use it.

This explains perfectly the process between a sceintific observation and the sensationalism so frequently seen in the press. Jorge Cham.

This explains perfectly the process between a scientific observation and the sensationalism so frequently seen in the press. Jorge Cham.

“Piled Higher and Deeper” by Jorge Cham http://www.phdcomics.com used with permission. Click to enlarge.
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Responses

  1. Welcome to the viral news biz, Dave. The same senseless cycle is considered normal over here in the technology biz.

    The only difference is the themes are about privacy, threats to security (whatever that is) and the next killer app that will make everybody rich.

    The only real effect of the incessant cycle is that we’ve all become professional cynics.

  2. Dave, the cartoon is so too the point. I checked the YouTube video you suggested, and as a college educator I am appalled at the lack of even basic knowledge displayed by responders. For example, here’s an excerpt from one of the more “intelligent” (or at least less insulting) writers with my comments: “Mt. Baker and Rainer I’m sure are active. I used to camp around Mt. Baker & Baker lake a lot in the 80’s then about 10 yrs. later just after the turn of the century I went back and noticed they blocked off most of the camping spots [due to USFS funding cuts] and the lake being held by the dam was half drained .[that’s normal winter drawdown] It was a sad sight what they had done to it. I miss that place, but I wouldn’t want to be next to it right now.


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