Modern journalism meets a lion of a man

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While sceptics learn to laugh at themselves

A Harley biker is visiting Taronga Park Zoo, Sydney, when he sees a little girl leaning into the lions’ cage.

Suddenly, a lion grabs her by the jacket and tries to pull her inside, in full view of her terrified, screaming parents.

The biker jumps off his Harley, runs to the cage and hits the lion square on the nose with a powerful punch.

Whimpering, the lion releases the girl and recoils, and the biker returns her to her terrified parents who thank him again and again.

A reporter has watched the whole event. Addressing the Harley rider, he says: “Sir, that was the bravest thing I’ve seen a man do in all my life.”

The Harley rider replies, “Why, it was nothing, really. The lion was behind bars. I just saw this little kid in danger and did the right thing.”

The reporter says, “Well, I’ll make sure it won’t go unnoticed. I’m a journalist, and tomorrow’s paper will have this story on the front page. So, what do you do for a living and what political affiliation do you have?”

The biker replies, “I’m an SAS soldier just returned from Afghanistan and I’m against the political global warming nonsense.”

The journalist takes his leave.

The following morning the biker buys the paper to see news of his actions, and reads on the front page:

SAS soldier assaults African immigrant and steals his lunch


And that, my friends, pretty much sums up the mainstream media’s attitude to those who question the global warming orthodoxy — h/t Ross Muir.

 

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Gary

I watched an interesting Nat Geo programme last night, tracking down the rumour that a grizzly had breed with a polar bear.
Sure enough they did find one and got photos, yep definitely got grizzly features, but has a white coat.
Even more amazing this bear was larger than a polar or Grizzly, but apparently that’s what happens when 2 similar species inter breed. (Lion and tiger produce larger off spring than parents)
All credibility was lost however at the end when the scientists concerned gave the reason for this hybrid bear was climate change.
I guess its these particular scientists speak for we don’t know why.

Andy

Jamie Whyte writes in the Wall Street Journal and has a dig at NZ Greens
http://online.wsj.com/articles/jamie-whyte-political-virtue-as-a-fashion-accessory-1405456084

I’d like to read that, Andy, but it’s behind a paywall. If you could find a copy I could post it here and save $25 a month. But it’s not essential.

Andy

Adults should put on their own oxygen masks before helping children with theirs. That’s what they tell you on the airplane safety videos as you taxi out for take-off. If something went wrong in-flight and oxygen masks dropped from the overhead lockers, a parent might naturally look after her child first. But that may well result in both the adult and the child passing out and dying. Better for the adult to sort herself out first and then look after her child. Both will be better off. Imagine that, having understood this logic, an airline nevertheless recommended that adults make sure children had their masks on first—not because it would do any good but because it would be a nice gesture of concern for children. Looking after children first is the morally correct thing to do. You could only conclude that the airline had confused morality with moral exhibitionism. Doing something that, at first sight, appears caring but is known to be harmful is wicked. It puts a higher value on the appearance of your own virtue than on the real consequences for people. In the airline industry, such morally self-indulgent posturing is… Read more »

Thanks, Andy!

“you get to the article unpaywalled” – not for me, unfortunately. Perhaps you were still logged in.

But it’s a great piece of writing.

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