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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth “A political film” packed with “alarmism and exaggeration”: London Judge

Don’t take it from me; take it from Mr Justice Burton of the High Court in London (h/t National Newswatch - Canada’s finest news aggregator), who has ruled that Al Gore's whackumentary “An Inconvenient Truth” is riddled with errors, alarmism, exaggerations, and inconsistencies, and may be shown in UK classroms "only if it was accompanied by new guidlines to balance the former US vice-president’s ‘one-sided’ views.”

In the judgement, Burton identifies nine particular problematic points that must be addressed in the classroom along with the presentation of the film. My favorite - debunking the Drowning Polar Bear myth, which is the favorite battering ram of Canada’s pro-Kyoto humanity-haters:

Gore: Referred to a new scientific study showing that, for the first time, polar bears were being found that had actually drowned “swimming long distances - up to 60 miles - to find the ice”.

Judge: “The only scientific study that either side before me can find is one which indicates that four polar bears have recently been found drowned because of a storm.” That was not to say there might not in future be drowning-related deaths of bears if the trend of regression of pack ice continued - “but it plainly does not support Mr Gore’s description”.

(Cross-Posted at Flaggman's Canada)

Posted by Neil Flagg on October 11, 2007 | Permalink

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Yes, and that's the way Her Heinous is running, as if it is owed to her for all her great accomplishments. Pity that I cannot think of one.

No bill in the Senate has emerged with her name on it in 8 years, and before that? She was married to a disbarred womanizer who sold state secrets to the Red Chinese.

Posted by: obc | 2007-10-13 7:06:03 PM


That's why he prefers to deal with me. I use the term Leftoid, freeing him to address that aspect of my posts while ignoring the meat of them.

Your politeness does not allow him to evade the points you make.

Posted by: obc | 2007-10-13 7:08:08 PM


OBC,

I suspect you are correct. Doing to the Lefties what they do to the innocent appears as a red cape to a bull. Acting all polite throws them off balance.

Oh, it helps if you mirror their own words back at them so they have difficulty rationalizing their own rationalizations.

Posted by: h2o273kk9 | 2007-10-13 7:14:13 PM


"it helps if you mirror their own words back at them so they have difficulty rationalizing their own rationalizations."

FLASHBACK to some show where the human tries to overcome the Robot by flooding him with information, only to elicit this response from the Robot:

"THAT DOES NOT COMPUTE!" Then seeing the automaton spin in circles with wisps of smoke rising from his head.

Posted by: obc | 2007-10-13 7:17:58 PM


obc:

Will Robinson, stop that.

Lost in Space ... what a great description for those lost in the Hollywood/pop culture fantasyland.

Posted by: set you free | 2007-10-13 7:45:07 PM


set ~

YES! Thanks for the refresher!

Posted by: obc | 2007-10-13 7:52:03 PM


h20 ~

I also find it interesting that these Leftoids assume that anyone who disagrees with them is some fundamentalist Christian - something neither of us are!

Posted by: obc | 2007-10-13 7:56:01 PM


obc,

Agreed. As I noted on the thread "Looks like Jesus isn't PC", Chimera slagged Ann Coulter for something I could have easily have written substituting atheist and christian.

While I don't agree with the christian world view, I respect their view, nonetheless. His condescension was just plain bigoted yet the Left continues to fail to recognize atheists like myself who opposed them. It's as if I don't exist.

So much for their "inclusiveness" and "diversity".

Maybe I should join Clarence Thomas on the plantation and Christina Hoff Sommers in the the kitchen like they think we atheists should be.

Oh, I only partially agree with Chris Hitchens and Dawkins is proving himself quite the intolerant ass these days, no?

So, you see, I am not in lock step with other atheists, either.

Independence! I wish Snowy would show me his.

Posted by: h2o273kk9 | 2007-10-13 8:06:51 PM


Careful, h2o!

snowy might respond automatically with his:

I'll show you mine if you show me yours! :)

Posted by: obc | 2007-10-13 8:09:19 PM


Like I said earlier, h20, he has met his match in you, and does not care to be showed up over and over and over again.

Posted by: obc | 13-Oct-07 7:02:38 PM

Yes, how he showed me, like a parrot he spoke parts of what I said left in an attempt to appear like he could form a coherent idea.

Truth to the matter is, I just don't care any longer to even try and hvae a civil discussion with most of you people, because the only thing you can bring out is:

- Sexual Orientation of the original poster
- The political leaning of the poster (regardless of what is said or written).
- Misquoting or quoting out of context and presenting this as "proof".

If you guys are what goes for the "right" and "conservatives" these days you better hope the public schoolsystem continues to fail the young (as you never tire to explain) because without it you don't have the slightest chance of ever getting what you want.

But hey, OBC it's okay. I am sure within 2 minutes both you and H2 are going to "show me again" how great you are, the amount of postings (and in what timely fashion) the two of you post here makes one believe that you guys (gals) don't have a life, how else could it be explained that you seem to constantly re-loading the page in the hope to either congratulate another one of your cohorts for their wits or launch a personal attack against your sworn enemies?

Posted by: Snowrunner | 2007-10-13 10:10:57 PM


Snowjob,

You resemble a one legged man in an ass kicking contest.

You have gone from debating your fallacious points, to the predictable personal attack.

Both make about as much sense.

Posted by: deepblue | 2007-10-14 12:06:30 AM


Snowy

"But hey, OBC it's okay. I am sure within 2 minutes both you and H2 are going to "show me again" how great you are, ..."

Wrong. It's now been about 8 hours.

" the amount of postings (and in what timely fashion) the two of you post here makes one believe that you guys (gals) don't have a life, ..."

Actually, I haven't been at this or any other blog site for several months now until last night. So wrong again.

"how else could it be explained that you seem to constantly re-loading the page in the hope to either congratulate another one of your cohorts for their wits or launch a personal attack against your sworn enemies?"

What personal attack? You make statements, I analyze your words by comparing them with other things you have said.

Unfortunately for you, it demonstrates complete and utter contradictions on your part indicating to me that perhaps you will say absolutely anything at any time (including insults) in order to appear right.

Instead of spending your time complaining about how unfair I treat you, you should perhaps confine yourself to making sense.

It's not my fault that you prefer to cite poetry and claim it represents what is in your heart and mind and then I come along and show that you that you have a personality that presents itself as quite different from that self-portrait.

Posted by: h2o273kk9 | 2007-10-14 6:41:07 AM


This poor fellow obviously can't walk & chew gum at the same time.

Most of us can! Rather than just watch Cleveland shellac Boston or the Leafs lose yet another game to an American team (What is it - 40 years now?),
we can focus our attentions in more than one direction.

It's not like we're performing brain surgery here!
It's a snap to place his kind in their place.

Yet snow-flake takes umbrage! A sure sign of a somewhat unbalanced mind. Then again, I've always maintained that Leftoids are in need of some serious mental care, seeing how angry & bitter they are in most aspects of their existence.

And their self-contradictions in their specious arguments only confirms that diagnosis - followed by the display of anger for being exposed, of course. Typical of a teenager who wants what he wants - then pouts and lashes out when he cannot get it.

I'm sure the flake is NOT a teenager. That makes mny case for arrested development that much stronger.

Okay. Back to my patient and the brain surgery.

Posted by: obc | 2007-10-14 7:48:46 AM


h20 ~

On reflection, I think I see snowflake's beef:

"Hey, guys. I'm posting on a conservative blog and these guys here can't recognize my brilliance. They are ganging up on me and refuse to see that I am right and they are wrong. They even call me names! That's not fair! We in lotus land don't behave so reprehensibly on our web sites. How dare you folks not acknowledge the truth of my superior wisdom, intellect and morality versus your ignorance, racism and religious whackery."

Posted by: obc | 2007-10-14 11:13:00 AM


You are all going to love this Gorbot quote:

"We are," warns Gore, "altering the balance of energy between our planet and the rest of the universe".

This guy is seriously disturbed - like most Leftoids.

Posted by: obc | 2007-10-14 6:20:21 PM


Now here is someone rational AND qualified to speak on the subject:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/05/AR2007100501676.html?hpid=opinionsbox1

Posted by: obc | 2007-10-14 6:22:44 PM


...on the other hand Justice Burton said "I have no doubt that Dr Stott, the Defendant's expert, is right when he says that: "Al Gore's presentation of the causes and likely effects of climate change in the film was broadly accurate." and went on to make an analogy between the climate sceptics' case and the belief the moon is made of green cheese. (Which it is ... I mean, prove that it isn't.)

Posted by: pemulwuy | 2007-10-14 6:24:41 PM


Justice Brown vs. Bjorn Lonborg (above link), an expert climatologist.

Hmmmm. Who should I trust?

Posted by: obc | 2007-10-14 6:29:06 PM


I agree. Forget the other scientists and pass the crackers, I want some of that cheese!

Posted by: pemulwuy | 2007-10-14 6:39:51 PM


(who is Justice Brown?)

Posted by: pemulwuy | 2007-10-14 6:42:08 PM


You've been cutting the cheese for some time now! That's why Globull Warming is such a problem.

Posted by: obc | 2007-10-14 6:42:08 PM


From today's Mark Styne:

A schoolkid in Ontario was complaining the other day that, whatever subject you do, you have to sit through Gore's movie: It turns up in biology class, in geography, in physics, in history, in English.

Whatever you're studying, it's all you need to know. It fulfils the same role in the schoolhouses of the guilt-ridden developed world that the Koran does in Pakistani madrassas. Gore's rise is as remorseless as those sea levels. I assumed Gore's clammy embrace would do for the environmental movement what his belated endorsement had done for Howard Dean's 2004 presidential candidacy: kill it stone dead. But governor Dean was constrained by actual humdrum prosaic vote tallies in Iowa and New Hampshire. The ecochondriacs, by contrast, seem happiest when they're most unmoored from reality.

That's where Gore comes in. No matter how you raise the stakes ("It might take another 30 Kyotos", says Jerry Mahlman of the National Centre for Atmospheric Research), Saint Al of the Ecopalypse can raise them higher. Climate change, he says, is the most important moral, ethical, spiritual and political issue humankind has ever faced. Ever. And not just humankind, but alienkind, too. "We are," warns Gore, "altering the balance of energy between our planet and the rest of the universe".

Wow. It's not just the Maldive Islands, but the balance of energy between Earth and the rest of the universe. You wouldn't happen to have the stats on that, would you? Universal "balance of energy" graphs for 1940 and 1873? Gore is the logical reductio of what the popular Australian blogger Tim Blair calls global warm-mongering: Worst-case scenario, with all the zeroes you want on the end, and then a few more for holes in the ozone layer as yet undreamt of. Anyone can, as the environmentalists advise, think globally and act locally, but only Gore thinks cosmically and acts not at all.

One can forgive youthful indiscretions, like his 1988 presidential candidacy, when he became the first and only politician in US history to hire a herd of cows for the launch of his campaign, positioning them attractively around him for the photo op at the supposed Gore "family farm". The contribution to global warming from increased methane from bovine flatulence in the Gore neighbourhood was no doubt "offset" by reduced flatulent emissions from whichever farm he'd hired the cows from: it was, in that sense, a "carbon-neutral" event.

But since then there's been a pronounced pattern of behaviour. In 2000, it was revealed that his tenant, Tracy Mayberry, has asked her distinguished landlord to fix the plumbing. The toilet overflowed and the tank was held together by bread bag ties. This was after Gore had inflicted federal toilet regulations on the rest of the country in the interest of water conservancy, yet he let his own tenant's lavatory overflow for months on end. Americans have to make do with cisterns that hold less than a supersized cup at McDonald's, but Environmental Boy had a Niagara-sized torrent running through his tenants' bathroom and down the stairs 24 hours a day. After Channel 5 in Nashville ran a story, he eventually called Tracy and invited himself to dinner so they could get to know each other. But Mayberry, a Democrat, told the vice-president he could "kiss my ass", which given the state of sanitation on the property was probably not a wise idea.

An isolated incident? Well, the average US household consumes 10,656 kilowatt-hours of electricity. In 2006, the Gores wolfed down nearly 221,000kWh.

221,000kWh? What's he doing in there? As his spokesperson explained it, his high energy usage derives from his brave calls for low energy usage. He's burning up all that electricity by sending out faxes every couple of minutes urging you wastrels to use less electricity. Insofar as he's made any contribution to global peace, it's in persuading large swaths of a narcissistic Western world to busy itself with non-solutions to pseudo-crises to such a distracting degree that al-Qa'ida may wind up imposing the global caliphate without having to fire a shot.

Posted by: obc | 2007-10-14 6:47:59 PM


... and justice Brown?

Posted by: pemulwuy | 2007-10-14 6:56:57 PM



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