Sunday, October 14, 2007

    Of Nobel Lies And Propaganda

    It was no surprise to me that Al Gore was awarded half a Nobel prize (the other half went to an arm of the scandal-ridden UN), after all, the Norwegian Nobel Committee is about as socialist as they come and it's in their best interest to propagate such deception and outright lies. Some candidates are trying desperately to ride the Gore wave by linking this fallacy to the national security of the United States.

    The National Post put the real question up-front:
    Should children become tools of propagandists, their schools able to serve as indoctrination centres that teach students to parrot the views of the powers-that-be rather than think for themselves?
    The article is about schools in the U.K. where standards are more stringent than in North America (where public schools are government indoctrination centers). Last week the British High Court ruled that such partisan works cannot be presented in schools without identifying them for what they are.
    Teachers who mislead their pupils into thinking that Gore's film accurately represents the science of global warming are in violation of the "Political indoctrination" section of the country's Education Act of 1996, which explicitly requires that: "The local education authority, governing body and head teacher shall forbid ... the promotion of partisan political views in the teaching of any subject in the school."
    Wow - somewhere a government that makes sure students aren't used as vessels of political indoctrination! (Such a law against indoctrination in the public schools would never be passed by our increasingly liberal government which relies on such propaganda.) The High Court found 11 hard-core lies that Gore fabricated:
    1. The film claims that melting snows on Mount Kilimanjaro demonstrate global warming. The government's expert was forced to concede that this is not correct.
    2. The film suggests that evidence from ice cores proves that rising CO2 caused temperature increases over 650,000 years. The court found that the film was misleading: Over that period, the rises in CO2 lagged behind the temperature rises by 800 to 2,000 years.
    3. The film uses emotive images of Hurricane Katrina, which it suggests was caused by global warming. The government's expert had to accept that it was "not possible" to attribute one-off events to global warming.
    4. The film attributes the drying up of Lake Chad to global warming. The government's expert had to accept that this was not the case.
    5. The film claims that a study showed that polar bears had drowned due to disappearing Arctic ice. It turned out that Gore had misread the study: In fact, four polar bears drowned because of a particularly violent storm.
    6. The film threatens that global warming could stop the Gulf Stream, throwing Europe into an ice age. The claimant's evidence was that this was a scientific impossibility.
    7. The film blames global warming for species losses, including coral reef bleaching. The government could not find any evidence to support this claim.
    8. The film suggests that the Greenland ice covering could melt, causing sea levels to rise dangerously. The evidence is that Greenland will not melt for millennia.
    9. The film suggests that the Antarctic ice covering is melting. The evidence was that it is in fact increasing.
    10. The film suggests that sea levels could rise by seven metres, causing the displacement of millions of people. In fact, the evidence is that sea levels are expected to rise by about 40 centimetres over the next 100 years, and that there is no such threat of massive migration.
    11. The film claims that rising sea levels have caused the evacuation of certain Pacific islands to New Zealand. The government was unable to substantiate this claim and the court observed that this appears to be a false claim.
    Upon receiving the award, the former vice president announced that the winnings from it ($750,000) would be donated to the Alliance for Climate Protection. This non-profit organization founded by - yep - Al Gore.

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