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Another global warming meltdown.

6:15 PM, Jun 19, 2008 • By WESLEY J. SMITH
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(AP) New research compiled by Australian scientist Dr. Tom Chalko shows that global seismic activity on Earth is now five times more energetic than it was just 20 years ago. The research proves that destructive ability of earthquakes on Earth increases alarmingly fast and that this trend is set to continue, unless the problem of "global warming" is comprehensively and urgently addressed.

Ditto MSNBC, only MSNBC went even further, linking to a Chalko article in NU Journal of Discovery, and even included his personal contact information!

The media love to repeatedly parrot the liberal meme that the Bush administration is scientifically ignorant. But the Chalko non story shows that many in the MSM are the true scientific ignoramuses--as well as true believers. Even if a story that is patently ridiculous comes across their transoms supporting their mass-think, and, better yet, purports to be based on a "scientific study," why bother with fact and source checking?

No wonder the public is fast losing faith in what the media tell them. File this debacle under Stupidity in the Media.

Wesley J. Smith is a senior fellow in bioethics at the Discovery Institute and a special consultant to the Center for Bioethics and Culture. His blog, Secondhand Smoke, can be accessed at