Saturday, October 16, 2010

Explaining the 10:10 Global Warming/Blowing Up Kids Video

From Forbes, at attempt to explain the mentality behind the video that showed global warming skeptics (including children) being blown to bits.
By hammering for years on the motivations, rather than the science, of skeptics, environmental leaders have built a community of supporters who believe to their core that skeptics are actively plotting to destroy the Earth. While no one would consider violence or government action against those who are arguing questions of science in a fact-based manner, it is not a very long step to advocating such extreme consequences for people one thinks are hatching a Dr. Evil-like plot to destroy the Earth.

In fact, it has not been unusual for prominent activists to publicly call for dire punishments of skeptics. In 2008, NASA’s James Hansen, a leading global warming alarmist, used a speech before Congress to argue that oil company executives should be “put on trial for high crimes against humanity and nature” for fostering doubt about global warming. Robert Kennedy, Jr. called coal companies “criminal enterprises” and said that one coal CEO “should be in jail … for all eternity” both for selling a high-carbon product and being publicly skeptical of global warming. Anonymous web posts calling for death to climate skeptics are practically routine, with one blog post (later deleted) at leftish Talking Points Memo asking “at what point do we jail or execute global warming deniers?”

And thus I think we can better understand how a group of probably well-meaning activists and film-makers could create such crazy, totalitarian vision. In many ways, the film reminds me of Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglorious Basterds,” which is a fantasy film about a group of Jewish soldiers killing Hitler and his high command. Viewers are not offended by the bloodshed and brutality, because the fantasy is so delicious. The same must have been true for those who created and screened the 10:10 video prior to its release.

Rather than an isolated aberration, then, the 10:10 video can be seen as the end result of years of ad hominem attacks meant to marginalize skeptics and make it unnecessary to actually address their concerns about the science. Perhaps this video will mark a turning point where we can finally start talking about the science rather than attacking motivations.

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4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's too late. The well has been thoroughly poisoned.

Have a look at some video:

http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=7C79DEF1EE25E880

Included:

Richard Curtis interview video near the end. (includes shocking juxtaposition with realistic violence)

Orwellsspectre's brilliant synopsis: second video

Many classic eco scare ads and shorts

parodies of the Richard Curtis Film

Pachauri talks about using children to shame adults
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Check out the Hal Lewis resignation too!

3:36 PM  
Blogger Dad29 said...

Actually, the preponderance of the EnviroWackos are pro-abortionists.

They just expanded the "kill zone" to include 12-year-olds.

8:13 AM  
Anonymous Chris said...

Let me get this straight, "had the video been part of a absurdist Monty Python sketch, I [Warren Meyer] probably would [emphasis mine] have thought it funny" but since it was part of an absurdist short that was obviously heavily influenced by Monty Python, and put out by an environmentalist group that was attempting to push the envelope so as to go viral, he doesn't find it funny.

Huh?

As for threatening to put people on trial for their views on AGW:

Lord Monckton: Shut Down the UN, Jail Al Gore

http://www.prisonplanet.com/lord-monckton-shut-down-the-un-arrest-the-warmist-criminals.html

"Appearing on The Alex Jones Show yesterday, Lord Christopher Monckton went further than ever before in his vehement opposition to the elitists running the climate change scam, calling for the UN to be shut down and for fraudulent peddlers of global warming propaganda like Al Gore to be arrested and criminally prosecuted."

The Telegraph's James Delingpole wrote that "we need a 'Global Warming' Nuremberg" targeting prominent supporters of AGW (Al Gore, George Soros, Bill Gates, Barack Obama, etc.)

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/jamesdelingpole/100055500/global-cooling-and-the-new-world-order/

Leading climate scientists who accept AGW have received hate e-mails that included death threats.

For example, Michael Mann received an e-mail that included the following:

"Six feet under with the roots is where you should be. I was hoping I would see the news that you'd committed suicide. Do it, freak."

Another climate scientist, Phil Jones, told of receiving e-mail death threats and admitted that he had contemplated suicide:

"People said I should go and kill myself," he said. "They said that they knew where I lived. They were coming from all over the world."

"Another climate scientist, who wished to remain anonymous, said he had had a dead animal dumped on his doorstep and now travels with bodyguards."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/jul/05/hate-mail-climategate

4:17 PM  
Blogger AnnoyingJoe said...

I still don't get it...

5:05 PM  

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