|"Fog's rollin' in ..."|
These various forms of dementia develop as symptoms of various long-term deceitful practices.
Those practices range anywhere from the realm of spin and "white lies" all the way to intensely professional propaganda which is constantly broadcast through the multi-billion dollar main stream media, which has one "home", one homogeneous origin, yes, a single purpose: to hide various facts and truths from us.
When government officials get dumb and dumber, the reality for the people is that government behavior gets more bleak as time goes on.
To begin with, when "reality" is converted into play pretend by demented officials, through "spin" or propaganda, State Crimes Against Democracy is the driving force which those deranged authoritarians call "reality":
''We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality -- judiciously, as you will -- we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.''(Karl Christian Rove). Musicians, poets, and other artists capture this demented essence sometimes, then put it into words wrapped in music that captures the reality in a memorable way:
Fog's rollin' in off the East River bank(Bleeker Street, Simon & Garfunkel, see photo above). Almost to a person the incoming Republican victors to the House of Representatives deny global climate change and global warming.
Like a shroud it covers Bleeker Street
Fills the alleys where men sleep
Hides the shepherd from the sheep
Voices leaking from a sad cafe
Smiling faces try to understand
I saw a shadow touch a shadow's hand
On Bleeker Street
Once again, however, a new study cuts off the foundation they had rested substantial portions of their skepticism on:
The troposphere, the lower part of the atmosphere closest to the Earth, is warming and this warming is broadly consistent with both theoretical expectations and climate models, according to a new scientific study that reviews the history of understanding of temperature changes and their causes in this key atmospheric layer ...(Ecocosmology Blog, emphasis added). Other recent studies debunked other facets of their jewel of denial, relentlessly promoted by T-baggers who fancy themselves the same way Karl Rove fancies himself.
In the 1990s, observations did not show the troposphere, particularly in the tropics, to be warming, even though surface temperatures were rapidly warming. This lack of tropospheric warming was used by some to question both the reality of the surface warming trend and the reliability of climate models as tools. This new paper extensively reviews the relevant scientific analyses -- 195 cited papers, model results and atmospheric data sets -- and finds that there is no longer evidence for a fundamental discrepancy and that the troposphere is warming.
They actually think that by making stuff up they thereby change the nature of the universe, basically because they think they are exceptional legends in their own mind.