OpenMarket » Film reviewer @ CHUD.com goes foaming at the mouth over global warming

Tuesday, November 21, 2006
OpenMarket » Film reviewer @ CHUD.com goes foaming at the mouth over global warming: "It never ceases to amaze me how some people go apoplectic when it comes to global warming. I emailed out a press release this morning on today’s DVD release of Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth.” CEI Senior Fellow Marlo Lewis offered some point-by-point refutations of some of Gore’s claims in the documentary. Legitimate, science-based critiques. Nothing hateful or ad hominem about it. Yet the site manager of CHUD.com, a movie review site, went all rabid about it, hurling invective and hateful comments at me. You’d think I poisoned his dog or something. Since when do legitimate policy disputes merit that sort of response?"


Of course, the answer is that this isn't a "legitimate policy dispute" in the eyes of the people who want to silence "global waming deniers."

By the way, here's one of the CHUD.com responses, and not the harshest one:

Sorry, I get rude about receiving flat out bullshit and nonsense in my email. Fuck you and all the people like you who are in any way, shape or form involved in disinformation campaigns that will ruin the lives of generations to come. Non-partisan my ass.

Get cancer.

24 comments:

Buddy Larsen said...

Well, Al Gore is certainly scaring the kiddies. He ought to make a movie about what an enormous mis-application of resources he himself is.

Buddy Larsen said...

It's all in the "power of suggestion". For an example of that power, smell these roses.

chuck said...

About a year ago a highschool friend of mine working in Silicon Valley called. It turned out that he had been spending time between jobs working with a global warming group. When he discovered I was a skeptic he became nervous and uncomfortable and soon said goodbye. For context, I mention that this fellow was also a big believer in Paul Erlich and The Population Bomb and he was sure Julian Simon had made a losing bet.

Global Warming is far more than a climate hypothesis to these people, it is a measure of one's morality. I find it all as mystifying as BDS. It's probably some combination of displacement and pointless lives. Pointless lives being a product of the destruction of the traditional family and religion and the displacement being triggered by 9/11. We live in crazy times.

I might mention that my friend is very bright and mathematically talented. But as far as I can tell he has never had an original thought about history or the nature of man and when liberal pieties are involved his critical faculties lie down and stay like a good dog.

Buddy Larsen said...

It's a congregational, therapeutic approach to coping with all those vague, flitting doom-images in the back of the mind, back there in the dark scary places. BDS, 911 Conspiracy, Man-Manipulable Global Warming, thousands of cattle in Montana surgically eviscerated by the light of the full moon. Ghost Dancing for the return of the Good Times. Global-warming fanatics are terrified people.

Skookumchuk said...

buddy:

Global-warming fanatics are terrified people.

Bingo. There is a definite post-Christian apocalyptic cast to all this, probably more prevalent in Protestant (or post-Protestant) societies than in Catholic ones. Just a guess, but the parallels are strong.

David Thomson said...

"I might mention that my friend is very bright and mathematically talented."

Trust me, I take this for granted. I refer to such people as Google.com kids. They possess a very high IQ and often dominate the hard sciences. The problem is that these immature individuals spend little time on the liberal arts. This allows them to be easily swayed by left wing ideologues. The late Allan Bloom dealt with this phenomenon in his Closing of the American Mind.

Syl said...

Hey, it's easy.

Kyoto came before 9/11 so it takes precedence.

:)

Buddy Larsen said...

They must figure, maybe subconsciously, that the ultimate controlling legal authority that will be needed to control our atmosphere, will also take away all their fears of uncertainty. They want to return to the womb, and get terribly angry--like infants--when thwarted.

Bostonian said...

And they are thwarted very, very often.

chuck said...

...will also take away all their fears of uncertainty.

I figure that everyone likes a good crusade. Heck, what are the Islamists engaged in? Yep, a crusade. Promises of glory and fighting the good fight attract young men. I suppose the ultimate prize is women, either in the afterlife, acquired through rape and pillage, or as the just reward of the righteous. So Mohammed got it right with those seventy virgins.

The real guestion is, what's in it for the old farts. Influence and power, I suppose. And trophy wives.

Buddy Larsen said...

uhh, "relevance"? (*sob*)

David Thomson said...

“They want to return to the womb, and get terribly angry--like infants--when thwarted.”

The Google.com kids instinctively gravitate towards a safety blanket sort of existence. Their world has been one of privilege. They are similar to gifted athletes. Everyone around them essentially bowed down to their every whim. Life has been relatively easy and stress free. Few ever worked a minimum wage job during their teen years. Most likely, these individuals earned a minimum of $50,000 annually as soon as they graduated from college. The very idea that they may be called upon to sacrifice their life for a cause greater than themselves is perceived as utterly bizarre.

Buddy Larsen said...

They already live in the One World.

terrye said...

I wonder if they will outgrow this silliness?

the thing that pisses me off about most of these people is that they live the lifestyle they are so eager to criticize. Their goal in life seems to be to make sure that the people in the third world go on living in pristine poverty while they themselves are not unduly inconvenienced.

I read State of Fear by Chrichton and while he might be writing fiction he has the personalities down pretty well.

Loons, get cancer, that is nice.

loner said...

Pointless lives being a product of the destruction of the traditional family and religion and the displacement being triggered by 9/11.

Really? I thought it the product of having internet access.

Buddy Larsen said...

and cellphones. don't forget the cellphones.

Bostonian said...

Pointless lives being a product of the destruction of the traditional family and religion and the displacement being triggered by 9/11.

Really? I thought it the product of having internet access.


Me, I can stop at any time.

Skookumchuk said...

Chuck:

The zealotry is painful to watch and sometimes very exasperating.

Aw, let 'em freeze in the dark. They can crawl in to caves and huddle together and paint on the walls by torchlight.

Oh, no. I take that last part back. Torches are technology. Technology evil.

Buddy Larsen said...

me too--like Mark Twain with tobacco, I quit all the time--

Skookumchuk said...

The larger question of course is how this anti-industrial religion can last in the absence of a healthy industrial society.

If they had to get up at 4AM to start making a cook fire with a fire drill and spend half the morning chipping flint spear points, then kill a few deer in the early afternoon, somehow I think their whole ethos might change a wee bit.

Barry Dauphin said...

Also, at its heart the global warming hysteria involves the premise that not only is humanity causing this via its luxurious and wasteful ways, but humans can also control the weather too. In its most histrionic forms, it is the worship of "ME"--"I" am the center of the universe. It is the techno combination of communism with narcissism--an odd couple to be sure.

Skookumchuk said...

barry:

not only is humanity causing this via its luxurious and wasteful ways, but humans can also control the weather too.

Very insightful. They aren't really Rousseauists in the least. They just want to terraform the planet more to their liking, that's all.

Buddy Larsen said...

odd, and "stupid".

terrye said...

When I bought my farm I got it for next to nothing in large part because the old house on it had been abandond. No water or elec, none of that.


I got up at the crack of dawn and stoked the fires. My husband cut only knows how much wood so that we would not freeze to death. We even had a cook stove and yes I used it. We had a spring and a pump and an outhouse for awhile.

I defy any of these prissy little global warming people to live through a couple of good old North American winters like that and still spout this crap.