It requires a certain age to summon memories of the original Three Stooges.
The premise of this skit is that the repetition of certain words -- Niagara Falls -- triggers a memory that ends up with Moe knocking down Curlie. Inadvertently, Curlie repeats the trigger words, causing the beating all over again.
So why did this remind me of the Miami Herald and climate change?
Even before we started this blog in 2007, the unwillingness of Herald top executives to grasp the import of climate change for readers turned my attention again and again, like Niagara Falls, to the squandered potential of the Herald to be a force for positive change.
Instead, overtly and sometimes through omission, the Herald was the cheerleader for the Great Destroyers.
Apparently, the struggle within the Herald is resolving in favor of intractable evidence of climate change: Alton Road flooding on ordinary high tides, for example.
That said, we still wait for the Herald to level its attention on climate-change-denier US Senator Marco Rubio who still refuses to meet with scientists. "Niagara Falls, step by step, slowly I turn ..."
And so far as solutions including building sea walls and putting sand on beaches ("short term solutions")? Good luck with that. Does the Herald have the institutional courage to confront FPL on its reckless scheme for new nuclear at sea level? Niagara Falls ...