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"Climate Hustle" goes to Washington: Skeptical film to premiere on Capitol Hill; Riveting panel with Gov. Sarah Palin and other guestsIf you've never experienced cognitive dissonance before, now you know what it feels like. The word "riveting" in the same sentence as "Gov. Sarah Palin" must be making you squirm in discomfort. Of course it might have provoked a guffaw and memories of Tina Fey. Or you might have wondered if Sarah Palin has started reading any newspapers yet (or if she still can't remember the name of even one news source).
The number of people at WUWT who've called this a promotional disaster vastly outnumber the Palin fans. What they haven't commented on are two of the other people listed, who if you look them up are equally nincompoop-ish. That is, Lamar Smith who thinks that there's a vast climate conspiracy at NOAA except he can't find it. That of course means the conspiracy is very deep. It's hidden from him. The other person is Brent Bozell, who I'd never heard of. He's described on RationalWiki as:
...a conservative Christian hatemonger and self-styled "media watchdog". The nephew of leading conservative pundit William F. Buckley, he makes his uncle look like a revolutionary socialist by comparison.
The other thing that only one person commented on (that I saw) was a mention of a "special video appearance by Emmy Award-winning educator Bill Nye the Science Guy". This was clearly meant to imply the opposite of what would be the case. Bill Nye would never in a zillion years endorse a film that is targeted at climate conspiracy nutters of the wacky kind.
There's more bad news. Apparently the theatre only has a few seats so almost no-one will get to see it, unless the climate hustlers can persuade someone at Fox to show bits and pieces.
If you thought that science deniers are on a downhill slide passing through obscurity to self immolation and oblivion, you're probably right. There have been a couple of articles at WUWT lately that pointed this out. Denial is a bitch.
(Time is limited and so is the notebook's battery - so this is short and oh so sweet. I might come back later if there's time and give you a taste of the "thoughts". Meanwhile you can read them here.)
Post script: The Climate Hustle Conspiracy
The advertisement for the film, as shown on WUWT, is evidence of the target audience (if Palin wasn't enough of a guide). First of all the name is "Climate Hustle" meaning it's for people who already think that climate science is a hoax. The next line confirms that the intended audience is the rabid conspiracy theorist. It is "Are they trying to control the climate... or you?".
"They" is the word for whatever demon the conspiracy theorist imagines. It could be scientists, if the conspiracy theorist is an Illiterati, or it could be the government, if the conspiracy theorist is a Right Wing Authoritarian follower. It could be Lizard Men if the conspiracy theorist is a David Icke fan. It could be Jews if the conspiracy theorist is a Tim Ball fan. Each conspiracy theorist probably thinks that all the other conspiracy theorists have the same conspiracy theory as he or she. Since all the conspiracy theorists have two things in common - a pervading sense of paranoia and an inability to use rational judgement, they can easily imagine that they have 'right" on their side. And no-one whose opinion they value is about to set them straight. If any tried, they'd be viewed as one of the "enemy". (Just read the criticisms of the people who have criticised the choice of Palin and you'll see what I mean.)
The word "control" feeds the deepest darkest fear of the paranoid conspiracy theorist. That he or she will be "controlled" by some ogre, whether it's a Jewish banking family or the government or scientific knowledge or Lizard Men.
That CFACT and Marc Morano (and Lamar Smith) and Anthony Watts have all signed on to the framing of science as a hoax says something about them, but I'm not sure what. Are any of them sitting back laughing at the deniers? The one who probably is more aware than the rest is Marc Morano, who I figure knows just what he's doing at some level at least. He doesn't care, as long as he gets paid.
Added by Sou around mid-day here, having just gained an hour.