Self Censorship Sunday


Climate change has a long list of known human health consequences, not the least of which is a set of adverse impacts on mental health. As more and more people are directly affected by destructive floods, heat waves, drought, deadly storms and other extreme weather events – all worsened by increasing concentrations of atmospheric carbon dioxide – experts predict a steep rise in mental and social disorders: anxiety, depression, PTSD, substance abuse, increased suicide rates, and outbreaks of violence. Hardest hit will be children, the poor, the elderly, and those with existing mental health problems: collectively, this amounts to about half the US population! Worse, the consensus seems to be that the mental health profession is unprepared to handle these challenges.

Just three days after the presidential inauguration, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced in a terse email that it was cancelling a three-day conference, the “Climate and Health Summit,” that was to take place in Atlanta from February 14-16. With the “translation of science to practice” as the planned theme, scientists were to present their most recent research on the physical and mental health effects of climate change, and conferees were to explore ways to improve interagency cooperation and stakeholder engagement. Though no official reason was given, it quickly became evident that the CDC had engaged in self-censorship. President Trump has alleged that global warming is a notion invented by the Chinese in order to make US manufacturing noncompetitive and, more recently, that climate change is a hoax. This “strategic retreat,” as one scheduled speaker characterized it, was the result of a fear-based decision to shut down the event preemptively, before the new administration had a chance to shut it down for them, absent any foreknowledge or hint that they would.



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6 Responses to Self Censorship Sunday

  1. Den says:

    Air pollution + water pollution = climate change.

    Earth cannot absorb either leaving both to fester on the surface dooming all ground-based and water-based life forms.


  2. Den says:

    Finally figured out the FB page refreshing issue. Apparently some nefarious individual from his Mommies basement had hacked into my account and was manipulating my page to refresh constantly in addition to toying with me as I attempted to solve the issue by blocking access to comments and settings while the goober was online at the same time, what a PITA!

    Turns out it was my privacy settings I had set to “Public” instead of “Friends”. I had set it to public to get the DWF posts out there and inadvertently left the door open for tampering by idiots.


  3. David B. Benson says:

    The short route up B Street and down Spokane Street to the Tokyo Seoul in 24 minutes.


  4. Den says:

    Another day, another blog post…


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