Toles slams the anti-science disinformation campaign

Another great climate cartoon, “Fall Weather,” from Tom Toles — along with his super-snarky thoughts on the disinformation campaign and the sorry state of science literacy and education:


Contrary to rumors fostered by Tom himself,  it looks like we haven’t seen Toles’ “last rant about the climate”.  Toles writes:

Way to go!

The economy of the 21st century will be based on an educated workforce. This will entail a familiarity with science and technology and the ability to recognize that peer-reviewed scientific work is a conspiracy. Employers will be looking for people to compete against foreign workers by having the skills to look online and find a Web site that tells them that entire fields of science are a hoax.

The United States is still, even in this era of budget cuts, able to turn out millions of adults ready and willing to cite obscure e-mails to prove that all scientists want is to control their lives. Adults able to seek out and find television and radio programming that gives them CLEAR, CONSISTENT misinformation that they can use to elect politicians who will turn that misinformation into policy.

And parenting is key. If you are one of the fortunate millions who have had these opportunities to arm yourself with a delusional worldview, be sure to PASS THAT ON to your children. This will equip them for a productive life in the global dust bin. This is how the U.S. will position itself for leadership in a world that is changing, in more ways than one. –Tom Toles

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14 Responses to Toles slams the anti-science disinformation campaign

  1. lizardo says:

    What a hoot! Thanks! Such education was a key requirement for getting corporate cash for your election campaign in 2010, and as we see, political office is a really secure job (not).

  2. Bill Maddox says:

    Love it!

  3. catman306 says:

    Toles is like chocolate. Some is excellent, some is just good. None is bad. (Or if some is bad we never see or taste it.} Toles and chocolate tasters: Live long and prosper.

  4. Esop says:

    Most splendid!

  5. Toles may be more correct than he thinks. When honest jobs are in short supply, a career as a part-time astroturfer, a temporary rioter, or a freelance hack writer starts to look very attractive, at least for now.


  6. Mike Roddy says:

    Good summary from TT, but we need a better phrase than “anti- scientific disinformers”. “Flat Earthers” doesn’t quite have the right ring, either. “Suckers”- referring to gas and oil devotees and Rush followers- works for me, but probably not for most. Ideas?

  7. TomG says:

    How about fools?

  8. Ideas TomG

    How about ‘faux thinkers’?

  9. Nick says:

    Are those with the ‘THERE IS NO ABYSS’ sign safe? (Their $$$ will allow them to adapt to what’s coming…)

  10. Gord says:

    Hahahahaha … ROTFLMAO!!!

    Indeed prepare for the future where truth is politically charged opinion.

    Sorta gives the term ‘Political Science’ a whole new meaning eh?

  11. Ziyu says:

    It would’ve made more sense if the one holding the “there is no abyss” sign had already jumped off the cliff and nearing the bottom with the person in the middle halfway to the bottom.

  12. “Maybe he’ll fall only halfway.”


  13. Bob F says:

    in real life, we all fall into the abyss