The Smallest Minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities. - Ayn Rand
how can someone be so wrong for so long and still hold a professorship?
Answering that question will go a long way towards understanding why Bill Ayers is (still) a professor.
Ahem. Peter Singer.
I was going to add Noam Chomsky, but in all fairness Chomsky's bona fides as a linguist are not in dispute. As far as I can tell, he deserves the strong reputation he has in that area.
So maybe I'll call him the poster child for boundary violation instead. ;)
A big problem with all this hullabaloo about global warming is that it makes many so angry that they find themselves unwilling or unable to discuss the issues rationally (on both sides of the issue). There are other things to worry about besides the amount of carbon dioxide released into the air. And frankly, I find the politicians that ONLY focus on CO2 to be rather ignorant of all the facts. But there are other things that can and should be limited. The release of ACTUAL toxic materials is still very much a problem, more so in developing countries with less strict laws. So, really, what global warming dissenters should be angry about is that we're focusing on CO2 instead of the actual pollution released into the air (and water).
The planet may or may not be getting warmer (or cooler), and it may or may not be our fault (or perhaps even a bad thing). But ignoring the other, definite impacts we are having on the planet is not a valid option.