Thursday, February 01, 2007

Global Warming Soapbox

Because whit found this paper in the library, we now have the knowledge necessary to save the planet!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

to be fair, the question marks often appear when you try to transfer a paper either through email or when you switch platforms, etc.
author, however, was too stupid to actually edit this paper and discover the shoddy punctuation.

who uses "think [insert example here]" in a paper? isn't that what e.g. and i.e. and for example are all for?

7:11 AM  
Blogger AHFB said...

yeah, I knew it had to be something like that. I wasn't really saying anything against the question marks (other than if she's gonna turn it in she better have fixed it). I just knew I had to at least acknowledge that they exist.

9:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She does so many things I hate:

1. Uses "one" as a pronoun. Ew, seriously.

2. Asks a questions and doesn't ever answer it.

3. Doesn't justify her margins. the funniest part of that is "Science" hanging out on the third page. And before you comment attack me, I know that this is probably a rough draft, but still, just justify the stupid thing.

4. Overgeneralizes everything. Everything.

Loved the commentary... made the paper so enjoyable :)

11:40 AM  
Blogger Joel said...

What bothers me most about papers like this (actually, several on this site) is how nobody ever has the guts to question any popular ideas. It is lazy to write a paper on Global Warming under the assumption that it is a consensus belief and thus any professor will tend to agree.

As you (ahfb) know, I am a global warming skeptic, and I won't get into my own soapbox here, but people need to write less papers like "obviously we can all agree that global warming is clearly happening and we must stop it obviously" and maybe more on the actual research that is being done. Because, face it, none of the claims here were supported with references. They are half-truths in a way.

By the way, for those interested, Penn and Teller did an intriguing "Bullshit!" episode on endangered species and the myth of the EPA's resurrection of the grey whale.

Diatribe over.

12:08 PM  
Blogger AHFB said...

"If [the glaciers] continue melting at their current rate, where will that leave 40% of the world?s population?"

She never specifies which 40% of the population she's talking about either. If she's talking about the 40% that happens to live way above sea level, the answer is that nothing will happen.

Joel: Yeah, I could have written this paper having watched like two seconds of an evening newscast. If I find an opinion paper around the fishbowl, it often has a sentence that starts something like, "We can all agree that..."

And I haven't filled out any what's-your-opinion-on-global-warming surveys recently

12:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


1:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"1. Uses 'one' as a pronoun. Ew, seriously."

So? What would you prefer people to use?

2:25 PM  
Blogger whit said...

I don't care what people use. One is just not a good pronoun in my book anon.

2:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, using "you" is considered bad form.

2:53 PM  
Blogger AHFB said...


3:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was the funniest commentary I've seen. I love your cow and Adam & Eve drawings.

5:54 PM  
Anonymous dana khan said...

Question marks ALSO appear when you've copied and pasted from the internet and the character isn't recognized by Microsoft Word. Oop!

I picture polar bears cowering in fear. They are roaring "THINK OF THE CHILDREN!"

6:24 PM  
Blogger malaria bordeaux said...

I have no idea how (almost) 5 pages were created from that. Oh wait, saying the same thing over... and over... again probably does the trick.

As usual, commentary is great. Your stick figures were beautiful.

7:22 PM  
Blogger Megan 3 said...

also, i've been expressly told not to justify my margins in at least two classes...though i hate to be fair to this one, obviously

11:33 PM  
Blogger AHFB said...

To clarify, the guy w/ the "it is a mystery tag" in today's daily isn't me, but I told him he had to do it once he came up w/ the idea and called me. Yay for goons

12:37 AM  
Blogger Katherine said...

Your commentary about this paper was one of the funniest so far. You sounded like you were in the sidelines encouraging a runner of a marathon.

A runner that was last.

And had no brain.

2:27 AM  

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