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(Digression) With all due respect, Kerry Emanuel, I think America is doomed

This via Climate Progress:

Prominent MIT researcher Kerry Emanuel has been receiving an unprecedented "frenzy of hate" after a video featuring an interview with him was published recently by Climate Desk.

Emails contained "veiled threats against my wife," and other "tangible threats," Emanuel, a highly-regarded atmospheric scientist and director of MIT’s Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate program, said in an interview. [...]

Emanuel decided not to alert police. [...]

"[...] I've never ever encountered in direct contact with the public any behavior that I thought was bad or threatening or vile or anything like that. So I don't have any trouble communicating directly with the public. I think it's the distortions that occur sometimes in certain formats that are the root of the problem."

Um, "distortions that occur sometimes in certain formats"? That's a very serious understatement.

An understatement with serious national security implications, one might say.

When there’s nothing short of wholesale corruption of all three branches of the US government, it takes a special kind of political ignorance to think that anti-science hate mail is merely due to "distortions that occur sometimes in certain formats".

And that's why I think -- with all due respect -- that your beloved America is doomed.