Check Your Sources of Information, You Cantaloupe

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cantaloupe /ˈkan(t)əˌlōp/ noun. 1. a person who promotes false information because it supports their views or ideology, especially while calling those who disagree silly, made-up names. 2. a person who accepts information that contradicts science.

Example usage:
“You’re a cantaloupe.”

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To the legions who embrace alternative facts, especially those calling the rest of us names from an alternative vernacular, i.e., snowflake, libtard, or climatard:

I want you to know that I know where you are coming from, and I understand that real facts do not concern you.

You should know that science-minded people see through the misleading articles that seem to make sense to you. When you cite opinion pieces, propaganda videos and fake-news sites in an attempt to debunk the conclusions of science, you show that you never learned a basic lesson: to consider the source and differentiate fact from opinion.

When you call me an idiot while you cite a non-scientific source, I feel like I am dealing with a 6th-grader. When you call me made-up names that resonate among your like-minded peers, I know I am dealing with a 6th-grade mentality.

When you first called me a “libtard,” I figured out what you meant. “Climatard,” got it.  “Snowflake,” however, I had to look up. But guess what – I am not liberal, and I certainly do not identify as right, left, alt-right, democrat, republican, or “entitled”.  I identify with reason, science, and facts, which, it seems, do not fit within your ideology. To you, because I comprehend science, I am a “libtard”.

By casting such labels, you have shown your cards.  I know where you get your “information”.

I know the ideology that you identify with. I also know that calling other people these names bonds you with your peers who share your views and sources of information.

You think you are onto something. There’s an endless internet full of Youtube videos and articles on Breitbart and other genuine fake-news and propaganda websites that fit your ideology, so you must be onto something.

The problem is: your sources suck.

I’d ask you to try to differentiate facts from opinions and science from propaganda, but actual scientific conclusions are of no use to you, especially if they do not fit within your ideology.  If I confront you with scientific conclusions and facts from credible sources, you’ll just call me a liberal and present alternative-facts from questionable sources.  Thus, there’s nothing more to say to you, except, “You’re a cantaloupe.”

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That said, here is a partial list of the real, credible scientific organizations that have concluded that we humans are causing climate change:

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)
NASA
US Geological Survey (USGS)
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies (GISS)
American Association of State Climatologists
American Chemical Society – (world’s largest scientific organization with over 155,000 members)
Geological Society of America
American Geophysical Union (AGU)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
American Association of State Climatologists
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
American Astronomical Society
American Institute of Physics
American Meteorological Society (AMS)
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Stratigraphy Commission – Geological Society of London – (The world’s oldest and the United Kingdom’s largest geoscience organization)
British Antarctic Survey
Australian Bureau of Meteorology and the CSIRO
Australian Coral Reef Society
Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina (Germany
Chinese Academy of Sciences
Royal Society, United Kingdom
Russian Academy of Sciences
Royal Society of Canada
Science Council of Japan
Australian Academy of Sciences
Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences and the Arts
Brazilian Academy of Sciences
Caribbean Academy of Sciences
French Academy of Sciences
German Academy of Natural Scientists
Indian National Science Academy
Indonesian Academy of Sciences
Royal Irish Academy
Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei (Italy)
Academy of Sciences Malaysia
Academy Council of the Royal Society of New Zealand
Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
Union of Concerned Scientists
The Institution of Engineers Australia
Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS)
National Research Council
Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospherice Sciences
World Meteorological Organization
State of the Canadian Cryosphere (SOCC)
International Council on Science
American Physical Society (APS)
Australian Institute of Physics (AIP
European Physical Society
European Science Foundation
Federation of Australian Scientific and Technological Societies (FASTS
Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN)
Network of African Science Academies
International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences (CAETS
European Academy of Sciences and Arts
InterAcademy Council (IAC)
International Arctic Science Committee
Arctic Council
European Federation of Geologists (EFG)
European Geosciences Union (EGU)
Federation of American Scientists
Federation of Australian Scientific and Technological Societies
Geological Society of Australia
International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics
National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT
Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society
Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society
Royal Meteorological Society (UK)
American Quaternary Association (AMQUA
American Institute of Biological Sciences
American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians (AAWV
American Society for Microbiology
Institute of Biology (UK)
Society of American Foresters (SAF)

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