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Vice News and How They Feel about Donald Trump

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Vice is a print magazine and website based in Montreal, Canada that is focused on arts, culture, and news topics. I have followed Vice for a few years now because their media is entertaining  and because they typically focus on under-reported topics. They have a reputation for being politically-incorrect and can be provocative with their headlines.

This article that I reviewed was titled, “Where the Fuck Is Trump’s Infrastructure Plan? He promised one within 100 days if taking office. It’s now day 322.” Immediately upon reading the title, you can already determine that this article will be extremely critical of the current President of the United States, Donald Trump.

From the time that I’ve spent following Vice, I have a feeling they are on the liberal side of the political spectrum. They have been bashing Trump even before taking office and the language in the article reflects their feeling towards him. “By now, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Trump would hype up plans that don’t exist or propose timelines he can’t keep.” There is no attempt to have a objective neutral position and the author wants the audience to know how they really feel.

To tell you the truth, I’d rather have publications say write there honest opinions about topics rather than focusing on always trying to please the public. But it should be rooted in truth with factual information to back up claims.

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Self-Preservation Anyone?

In an upcoming report from a United Nations panel about the science of climate change, scientists reiterate that human activity is one of the causes of climate change. For some, the report underscores a message they have been saying for decades: climate change is happening and we need to do something about it.

The report isn’t an isolated discussion of the issue. In a recent HBO / VICE  documentary: The World is Sinking ,  for instance, director Shane Smith and the VICE team looked at some of the problems resulting from climate change.

Sir. Robert Watson, a professor of environmental sciences at Tyndall College at the University of East Anglia and the former Senior Scientific Adviser to the World Bank, discussed the range of consequences with the filmmakers.

“We’re clearly seeing changes in temperature. We’re clearly seeing changes in precipitation patterns with more droughts and more floods, ” he said. ” We are seeing sea level rise. Once you get to half a meter, one meter, one and a half meters; then these are quiet serious events for many parts of the world, potentially displacing large numbers of people in coastal areas, low-laying deltaic areas, small island states, etc. Small island states are really quite threatened.”

The findings of the upcoming U.N. report lend support Sir Watson’s claims. In fact, the consensus of  the mainstream science of climate change agrees on a troubling formula ” If the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere doubles, which is well on its way to happening, the long-term rise in the temperature of the earth will be at least 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, but more likely above 5 degrees.”

It’s important to note that the drafters of this report also had data from outlier science which claimed that “[t]he rise (in temperature) could come in well below 3 degrees.” After reviewing the data, drafters of this report chose to treat the outlier science conclusion as not very credible.

Whatever the case, one thing is certain: climate change is happening. In the interest of self-preservation, humanity better start addressing the issue as soon as possible.

Source:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MX78GPAuOik

www.nytimes.com/2013/09/10/science/a-climate-alarm-too-muted-for-some.html?_r=0

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/20/science/earth/extremely-likely-that-human-activity-is-driving-climate-change-panel-finds.html?pagewanted=all

http://tyndall.ac.uk/people/robert-watson