Truth: melting faster than Antarctica

    Greetings from the Ridge.
    I was standing at the visitor’s center just outside Juneau, Alaska, at the foot of the great Mendenhall Glacier. The National Parks Service had assembled a fascinating series of photographs showing the retreat of this great mass of ice, and we stood in awe as we witnessed this natural wonder melting year by year by mile. We’d just arrived from Glacier Bay where the effects of global warming were even more pronounced, and as I stood there shaking my head in dismay, a parka-clad gentleman leaned over and said, “You know this is all fake, don’t you?” Fake? The ice is fake? “This whole global warming thing. Those pictures are faked.” I told him that I’d stood at that very spot ten years ago and that I could well remember when the Mendenhall stretched further into the bay. He immediately sized me up as a bleeding-heart-liberal-glacier-hugger and walked away. I was sad to see that one of the great wonders of the world wouldn’t be around for our grandchildren to see, but it was an even gloomier prospect to see the simple concept of truth melting at an even more alarming rate. I wondered whether there’d be any facts left for them to view and consider.

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In the last few years, the phrase “fake news” has worked its way into our vocabulary. It is a phrase used to describe information that is accepted as fact by some but disbelieved by others.