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STILLWELL: Al Gore's Apocalyptic Environmentalism
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 6/14/6 | Cinnamon Stillwell

Posted on 06/14/2006 7:32:51 AM PDT by SmithL

By far, the most terrifying film you'll ever see.

It will shake you to your core.

A film that has shocked audiences everywhere they've seen it.

There's nothing scarier. …

If these lines from a movie trailer make you think you're about to see the next big summer horror blockbuster, then you're in for a surprise. For it turns out that the most terrifying movie of the summer -- the film that has audiences on the edge of their seats, gripping their popcorn tubs in panic and grabbing on to their dates -- is a documentary on the perils of global warming.

Directed by David Guggenheim, "An Inconvenient Truth" is the brainchild of former Vice President and presidential candidate Al Gore. Gore figures prominently in the film as narrator and lecturer, gallivanting all over the world to speak to adoring audiences about climate change. The film is largely in homage to Gore himself, with his many personal tragedies, including losing the 2000 presidential election, as backdrop to his newfound role as prophet of doom. Gore warns us that humankind has only 10 years on its current path before we're all toast.

But despite Gore's dire predictions and the over-the-top trailer, which promises scenes of death and destruction, the film itself is a dull affair. Most of it consists of Gore giving lectures with infantile visual aids, including cartoons that seem designed for 2-year-olds. Now and then he throws in an inspiring quote, providing some touchy-feely, Dr. Phil-like moments.

Then there are the scenes of Gore staring pensively out his limousine window as his gloomy narrative drones on in the background. Much like his nostalgic reveries for his idyllic childhood on an estate/farm, Gore seems to want to hearken back to a simpler time before modern technology came

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 1notesally; algore; chickenlittle; dull; dunce; gorebot; inconvenienttruth; moviereview; ozoneman; thedullster; thefilmitselfisdull; wierdal

1 posted on 06/14/2006 7:32:53 AM PDT by SmithL
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To: Cool Guy; CounterCounterCulture; Arkat Kingtroll; bayareablues; pbear8; Jerez2; SunStar; ...
Cinnamon Stillwell Seen the Light Ping

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2 posted on 06/14/2006 7:34:17 AM PDT by SmithL (If they can't find Hoffa, it proves he never existed.)
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To: SmithL
Those educated believe Al Gores movie is a joke. There is nothing "science" about it.

http://www.canadafreepress.com/2006/harris061206.htm
3 posted on 06/14/2006 7:34:49 AM PDT by edcoil (Reality doesn't say much - doesn't need too)
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To: SmithL
Gore warns us that humankind has only 10 years on its current path before we're all toast.
Like a homeless person, mind gone from alcohol, drugs or mental illness, wandering the streets, muttering to himself. But this one gets and audience. (Of course, it's an audience of equally feeble-minded droolers.)
4 posted on 06/14/2006 7:36:14 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: SmithL

Last time I "grabbed my popcorn tub in panic" was when I thought Algore might become President of the United States.

Wheeeew!


5 posted on 06/14/2006 7:36:14 AM PDT by Redbob
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To: edcoil

From your linked article:

'Carter does not pull his punches about Gore's activism, "The man is an embarrassment to US science and its many fine practitioners, a lot of whom know (but feel unable to state publicly) that his propaganda crusade is mostly based on junk science."'

Hilarious! Wonder if Katie Couric will report this on the CBS Evening News? That his whole stupid movie is junk.


6 posted on 06/14/2006 7:38:15 AM PDT by GianniV
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To: SmithL
Despite his claims to the contrary, Gore's film is hardly apolitical.

Exactly, it's all political, just a vehicle for his run for the top in 2008.

7 posted on 06/14/2006 7:38:35 AM PDT by 1066AD
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To: SmithL
CORRECTION:Al Gore's Apoplectic Environmentalism
8 posted on 06/14/2006 7:38:51 AM PDT by Red Badger (Liberals ignore criminal behavior, reward sloth and revere incompetence...........)
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To: edcoil

I think I am becoming glad that Gore made this film. His claims are being criticized and scrutinized like never before now. I doubt he will make any new converts, I think it will be far more likely the opposite will be true as many respected scientst question his claims.


9 posted on 06/14/2006 7:39:01 AM PDT by Names Ash Housewares
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To: SmithL
his nostalgic reveries for his idyllic childhood on an estate/farm

Sorry, but the B.S. meter just pegged...

10 posted on 06/14/2006 7:39:42 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: SmithL
The Ice Age Scare of 1975
11 posted on 06/14/2006 7:40:54 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: SmithL

Algor is the Ralph Nader of the 21st Century.


12 posted on 06/14/2006 7:44:11 AM PDT by RoadTest (“Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil” –Thomas Mann)
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To: SmithL

"Gore warns us that humankind has only 10 years on its current path before we're all toast."


Sounds so familiar . . . http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1568495870/103-1015620-5651813?v=glance&n=283155


13 posted on 06/14/2006 7:44:20 AM PDT by BenLurkin ("The entire remedy is with the people." - W. H. Harrison)
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To: SmithL
Ten years to go.

Hmmm, two to the next election, then two presidential terms.

Wonder why Algor picked ten years?

I bet the right president for eight of those ten years could save us all, if we were willing to embrace a radical change in the way the US views such things as economics, property rights, and free speech.

But who could tackle such a task? Who would you pick to be the one to save us? Who is it who has the insight, the correct knowledge, and a deep understanding of the way Earth works? Who has personally measured the thickness of the Arctic icepack from a nuclear submarine?
14 posted on 06/14/2006 7:45:05 AM PDT by DBrow
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To: DBrow

Imagine being lectured by Algore for 90 minutes?


15 posted on 06/14/2006 7:47:04 AM PDT by massgopguy (massgopguy)
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To: Izzy Dunne
Gore spent his childhood as the privileged progeny of a wealthy U.S. Senator. Algore grew up in the luxurious confines of a Washington DC hotel.


16 posted on 06/14/2006 7:47:21 AM PDT by BenLurkin ("The entire remedy is with the people." - W. H. Harrison)
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To: Izzy Dunne

...his black nanny... 'cussin him for getting grass-stains on his jodpers.


17 posted on 06/14/2006 7:53:49 AM PDT by johnny7 (“And what's Fonzie like? Come on Yolanda... what's Fonzie like?!”)
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To: SmithL

Yeah it is pretty shocking seeing ALGORE slepping his bags from hotel to hotel. I understand that is in the film.


18 posted on 06/14/2006 8:01:52 AM PDT by rod1
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To: SmithL
Most of it consists of Gore giving lectures with infantile visual aids, including cartoons that seem designed for 2-year-olds.

Which is consistent with his target audience. Only a fool or mental deficient would take him seriously (as the author claims that Gore takes himself seriously).

19 posted on 06/14/2006 8:02:03 AM PDT by trebb ("I am the way... no one comes to the Father, but by me..." - Jesus in John 14:6 (RSV))
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To: SmithL
Gore warns us that humankind has only 10 years on its current path before we're all toast.

Sounds like Ted Danson.

20 posted on 06/14/2006 8:04:40 AM PDT by siunevada (If we learn nothing from history, what's the point of having one? - Peggy Hill)
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To: SmithL
There's nothing scarier...

Look into my eyes and say that.

21 posted on 06/14/2006 8:09:38 AM PDT by siunevada (If we learn nothing from history, what's the point of having one? - Peggy Hill)
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To: SmithL

Another great article by Cinnamon Stillwell. It must be lonely for her as a conservative at the San Francisco Chronicle.

When I clicked through, the first ad attached to the article by Google was:

Reappearance of Christ
He is physically in the world now & will soon be heard & seen by all!
[URL omitted]

How much of Google does AlGore own?


22 posted on 06/14/2006 8:11:25 AM PDT by AZLiberty (America is the hope of all men who believe in the principle of freedom and justice. - A. Einstein)
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To: SmithL
Condescending arguments bereft of evidence. No mention even of how satellites have confirmed that surface temperature variation tracks with cyclical solar radiance almost perfectly.

A vacuous assertion of opinion.

23 posted on 06/14/2006 8:38:01 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (There are people in power who are truly evil.)
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To: SmithL
"Gore warns us that humankind has only 10 years on its current path before we're all toast."

Just a reminder to everyone... Ted Danson was saying the same thing about 12 years ago!!!

24 posted on 06/14/2006 8:41:50 AM PDT by SierraWasp (California is MEXIFORNIA , MANANA!!! The European settlers suffer from GANG-GREEN, TODAY!!!)
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To: SmithL
Editor Scientific American

Sir:

Michael Shermer should rename his colum The Credulous Inquirer. To rely on Professor Al Gore, whose PhDs in chemistry and physics, along with his world-famous expertise in climatology, make him the preeminent authority on global warming, to flip ones opinion certainly ranks right up there in the world class of credulity.

Mr. Shermer forgets the fact that 30 years of satellite measurements--corroborated by weather-balloon data--fail to reveal any warming whatever. Worse, he ignores the brevity of human lifetimes. Climate moves on geological timescales. A true skeptic would reply to Mr. Gore's fatuous maunderings, "show me 10,000 years [or better yet 100,000 years] of anchored satellite data, and then we can begin to discuss the question of whether human-caused global warming is taking place."

As for Mr. Sachs' companion piece, "sustainable" is one of those words which should cause a sane man to reach for his six-gun. Both global-warming doomsayers and "sustainability" salesmen are pursuing hidden agendas. The "solutions" to the "problems" they advertise always include bigger government, less freedom, higher taxes, more regulation, and more and bigger bureaucracies. They are attempting to panic governments into taking actions which would never succeed if subjected to a popular vote.

--Boris

25 posted on 06/14/2006 10:29:42 AM PDT by boris (The deadliest weapon of mass destruction in history is a leftist with a word processor.)
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To: boris

</b>oops</b>.


26 posted on 06/14/2006 10:30:24 AM PDT by boris (The deadliest weapon of mass destruction in history is a leftist with a word processor.)
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To: boris
"The "solutions" to the "problems" they advertise always include bigger government, less freedom, higher taxes, more regulation, and more and bigger bureaucracies. They are attempting to panic governments into taking actions which would never succeed if subjected to a popular vote."

Astute, profound and extremely relevant!!! He's still "reinventing/re-engineering government!" He's the leading GovernMental EnvironMentalist of the era and a whacko of the new world order!!!

27 posted on 06/14/2006 10:40:41 AM PDT by SierraWasp (California is MEXIFORNIA , MANANA!!! The European settlers suffer from GANG-GREEN, TODAY!!!)
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To: BenLurkin

Gore apparently spent summers on the estate, er, farm. Tough childhood ;-)


28 posted on 06/14/2006 10:46:58 AM PDT by Femperialist
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To: SmithL

There's nothing scarier. …manbearpig.


29 posted on 06/14/2006 12:30:33 PM PDT by The Great RJ ("Mir wölle bleiwen wat mir sin" or "We want to remain what we are." ..Luxembourg motto)
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To: SmithL

30 posted on 06/14/2006 12:32:26 PM PDT by Quilla
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To: samtheman
"The Ice Age Scare of 1975":

Counterpoint: Was an imminent Ice Age predicted in the '70's? No

31 posted on 06/14/2006 12:38:26 PM PDT by cogitator
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To: boris
Hey Boris: just one note about your letter. The lowest warming trend from the satellites is 0.13 C /decade. Other groups analyzing the same data find 0.2-0.24 C per decade. The claim that the satellite data doesn't show warming is about four years outdated.

You should have said something about the hockey stick from Mann et al. 1998. Most skeptics are using that now.

32 posted on 06/14/2006 12:43:30 PM PDT by cogitator
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To: cogitator

The ice-age scare was there. It wasn't as well-orchestrated as this global warming scare is, but only because the enviros had other fish to fry, so to speak, specifically, massive global famine. The Club of Rome had us all starving (according to their scientific models) by sometime in the late 80s. And then there was the Nuclear Freeze mania, with its doom and gloom of nuclear winter. So yes, the ice-age scare got pushed into the back pages, but it was trotted out for awhile before the other Big Scarey Reasons To Hate America And Capitalism trumped it.

Today, many "scientists" are much more blantantly political and have thrown in with the left and the left has put all its eggs into the global warming basket because (as many freepers have pointed out) it's a perfect doomsday scenario. There's no time-limit. The left can go on predicting it until the next ice age actually does begin.


33 posted on 06/14/2006 12:46:05 PM PDT by samtheman
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To: samtheman
The ice-age scare was there.

It was largely unsupported by any scientific data or conclusions, which is the point of the Web site for which I provided the link.

The current global warming trend, both causes and implications, has a much better established scientific foundation.

34 posted on 06/14/2006 12:52:29 PM PDT by cogitator
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To: DBrow

I seem to remember an Ayn Rand essay from around 1969 that said they always chose 10 years. Close enough to be scary, long enough so that if doom fails to materialize, most people won't remember anyone said it would.


35 posted on 06/14/2006 6:23:15 PM PDT by wizardoz
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To: cogitator

Yes, you're right. The attempted ice-age-scare was merely one of many attempts; the enviros getting warmed up, as it were. Their Big One in the 80s was Nuclear Freeze. They succeeding in convincing a large number of suckers around the world that the only way to stave off nuclear war was the Freeze, and here in the US, they shut down nuke-power. So they moved on from ice-age-scare to nuke-freeze and now to global warming, which is the ultimate scare-tactic because you can prove it with any set of data you want. Getting warm? That's global warming. Getting cool? That's an effect of global warming. Too much rain? Warming. Too little rain? Warming.

It's the perfect socialist ploy.

"Better established foundation"? Really?


36 posted on 06/15/2006 4:03:33 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: SmithL
Sounds great. If the movie ever makes it to these northern climes, I think I'll go and laugh out loud all the way through it just to aggravate the dweebs in attendance.
37 posted on 06/15/2006 4:17:03 AM PDT by metesky ("Brethren, leave us go amongst them." Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond- The Searchers)
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To: samtheman
and now to global warming, which is the ultimate scare-tactic because you can prove it with any set of data you want. Getting warm? That's global warming. Getting cool? That's an effect of global warming. Too much rain? Warming. Too little rain? Warming.

Your characterization above is a generalization that overlooks specific effects which are predicted in a warming Earth. For example, one effect is that warming should lead to more coastal precipitation and less precipitation in the continental interiors. So yes, "too much rain" and "too little rain" are both predicted, but with a specific pattern. The opposite pattern is not predicted.

The other scenario, a cooling which could be fairly drastic and abrupt, is predicated on shifts in the oceanic thermohaline circulation which could happen but which are still deemed unlikely. If that shift doesn't happen, a regular warming trend is predicted (albeit with normal variability year-to-year).

"Better established foundation"? Really?

Yes, I think that's a reasonable statement.

38 posted on 06/19/2006 12:16:38 PM PDT by cogitator
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