OPTIMISM….Lindsay Beyerstein passes along the following anecdote about what the word optimist means when the subject is global warming:

My friend Ryan’s dad is a famous polar zoologist. Several years ago, I asked Ryan what his dad thought about “the whole global warming thing.”

“Well, my dad’s an optimist about global warming,” Ryan said….”My dad just thinks that global warming is going to kill off all the indigenous peoples and most of the wildlife in the arctic.”

That’s the lead-in to a pretty good review of An Inconvenient Truth. The whole thing is worth reading.