Having Enough Sense to Come in Out of the Rain


Reading about Rhode Island’s obligatory branch of the “March for Science,” I couldn’t help but think of this scene from the classic philosophical work, Big Trouble in Little China.

A brave man (or a left-wing ideologue) may like the feel of nature on his face, but there’s something humorous about the idea of people with saturated political signs standing in the rain for an hour and a half listening to speeches about the importance of learning the lessons of science.  Jacqueline Tempera’s credulous reporting for the Providence Journal only adds to the humor:

After about an hour and a half of speeches, Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott from the Rhode Island Department of Health ended the program with a strong message.

“This is more than bad policy,” she said. “This is a profound environmental injustice that will have the biggest impact on our most vulnerable brothers and sisters.”

Before the reader can even get to wondering whether Tempera believes “strong message” is an objective phrase or is just cheering on her political allies, the absolute absence of context for the “strong statement” — from a state employee making an overtly political statement — captures the event to perfection.

What is “more than bad policy”?  We don’t know, and one suspects the Puddle-Jumpers for Science don’t either.

  • BasicCaruso

    “What is ‘more than bad policy’? We don’t know…”

    Justin may not know. For the rest of us, well, this comes to mind.

    Rhode Islanders woke up to a monster storm on Tuesday that brought near-hurricane force winds, heavy downpours and widespread damage caused by falling trees.

    Crews across the state this morning are responding to a rash of fires, downed power lines, crashes caused by inoperable traffic signals and more.

    Many people woke up to loud thunder and powerful lightning strikes. In some areas, especially in Providence and Kent County, the incredible power of the storm sent people scrambling into basements to seek shelter.

    National Grid Spokesman David Graves said that more than 100,000 electricity customers are without power and all customers could be waiting until the evening hours before the power is restored. Crews from outside the state are expected to be mobilized to help fix the damage.

    The morning commute has crawled at a snail’s pace because of the lack of traffic signals and large trees blocking dozens of roads and even blocking lanes on major highways, like Route 37.

  • Mike678
    • BasicCaruso

      True that. Recommend swimming lessons as we become more Ocean and less State.

      A stitch in time saves nine. A cat has nine lives. Baseball legend Ted Williams wore No. 9. Unfortunately for Rhode Island, nine is also the new number for the feet of projected sea-level rise.

      Just a few years ago, the upper estimate for sea-level rise was 3 feet. More recently, it was 6.6 feet. But a recent assessment by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) projects sea-level rise to increase in Rhode Island by 9 feet, 10 inches by 2100.

      “To put in perspective we’ve had 10 inches (of sea-level rise) during the last 90 years. We’re about to have 10 feet in the next 80 years,” said Grover Fugate, executive director of Rhode Island’s Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC).