Friday, October 12, 2007

Al Gore wins Nobel Peace Prize.

Cranmer felt slightly nauseous when former US Vice President turned environmental campaigner Al Gore won an Academy Award for his environmental docu-fiction ‘An Inconvenient Truth'. But now, out of 181 potential candidates, he has won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. The citation for Mr Gore read: ‘His strong commitment, reflected in political activity, lectures, films and books, has strengthened the struggle against climate change… He is probably the single individual who has done most to create greater worldwide understanding of the measures that need to be adopted.’

Cranmer now feels positively sick. Rather like a peerage, this award is now devoid of prestige, completely discredited, and utterly without honour. The awarding of this prize to an unqualified charlatan is testimony to the extent that Mother Earth has become the only globally-unifying metanarrative for the postmodern age. Mr Gore said: 'We face a true planetary emergency. The climate crisis is not a political issue, it is a moral and spiritual challenge to all of humanity.' Environmentalism is the new religion - not so much incarnate as infoliate - and to question or reject this 'green' faith is to risk the ages-old accusations of narrow-mided bigotry or spiritual apostasy.

Yet only this week, a British judge ruled that schoolchildren could not see Mr Gore’s film without accompanying notes which give a balancing view to some of his claims. The Times records the abundant errors, but it seems that matters of truth are of little consequence to the Nobel selection panel. According to them, Al Gore now ranks deservedly alongside some of the greats of history: Nelson Mandela, Aung San Suu Kyi, Mikhail Gorbochev, the Dalai Lama, Elie Wiesel, Desmond Tutu, Lech Walesa, Mother Teresa, Anwar Sadat, Menachem Begin, Henry Kissinger, Martin Luther King Jnr…

Cranmer hasn’t seen the secret list of this year’s hopefuls, but is inclined to think that any of the other 180 nominees would have been rather more worthy. Not least because Mr Gore will almost certainly now use this global accolade to upset Hilary Clinton and Barak Obama, and enter the 2008 race to be the Democratic nomination for President of the United States.

Cranmer will then feel the sickest he has felt in a very long while.

17 Comments:

Anonymous Sage King said...

I note the blessed beeb dont report the finding of the judge!

12 October 2007 11:55  
Anonymous Abandon Ship! said...

As with your Grace back in the mists of Tudor England, I detect the growing sound of faggots being stacked to deal with the heretics who criticise the Church of Global Warming. Metaphorically speaking of course, since it would not be good to release greenhouse gases from burning heretics into our blessed atmosphere. Perhaps we will instead be tied to propellors at wind farms and revolved to death instead.

12 October 2007 12:41  
Anonymous Sir HM said...

Not worth bothering about.

The Nobel Prize is, like the Academy Awards, nothing more than a club for insiders where the good ol' boys - and girls - slap each others backs and say 'aren't we good'.

Pah!

12 October 2007 12:45  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

abandon ship 12:41

"Faggots being stacked..."

Times have changed since the Tudors, you can get arrested for that now.

12 October 2007 13:00  
Anonymous Ultraviolents said...

"faggots being stacked to deal with the heretics who criticise the Church of Global Warming. Metaphorically speaking of course, since it would not be good to release greenhouse gases from burning heretics into our blessed atmosphere."

Do not worry, for you are biodegradeable.

12 October 2007 13:01  
Anonymous Sir HM said...

This internal memo from the BBC, published by CCNet, explains how the BBC is going to spin it

From Roger Harrabin
BBC Environment Analyst

In any future reporting of Gore we should be careful not to suggest that
the High Court says Gore was wrong on climate.......

We might say something like: "Al Gore whose film was judged by the High
Court to have used some debatable science" or "Al Gore whose film was
judged in the High Court to be controversial in parts".

The key is to avoid suggesting that the judge disagreed with the main
climate change thesis.

I like the use of the word "debatable" to mean "clearly untrue". The suggestion that the BBC is anything other than a wholly corrupt state propaganda organisation deliberately spinning the facts is debatable - but the evidence absolutely shows that that is what it is.

From DK

http://tinyurl.com/3yxco9

12 October 2007 14:54  
Blogger Gerv said...

An analysis on the New Scientist blog of the judge's criticisms:
http://www.newscientist.com/blog/environment/2007/10/al-gores-inconvenient-truth.html

"I will let you judge for yourselves whether Gore's movie deserves the label "unscientific".

For my part, I would say that strictly speaking, Gore oversimplified certain points, made a few factual errors and, at times, chose the wrong poster child (Mount Kilimanjaro should have been replaced by any number of Alaskan or Andean glaciers, for instance). It's unfortunate, but it remains the most comprehensive popular documentary on climate change science I have seen.

Catherine Brahic, online environment reporter"

Of course, you could read the article as a balanced response which does admit faults, or as a desperate attempt to salvage some credibility. But the judge does seem to have been wrong on at least Criticism One.

12 October 2007 16:29  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Increasing looking like the lunatics are truly running the asylum...

I suspect old Alfred Nobel is spinning in his grave and having a bout of post mortem apoplexy!

12 October 2007 16:36  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you want to know just how bad science can be read this.

Diet and Fat: A Severe Case of Mistaken Consensus

By JOHN TIERNEY
Published: October 9, 2007 NYT

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/09/science/09tier.html?ex=1349668800&en=67642ef2330f51af&ei=5124&partner=permalink&exprod=permalink

I guess idealism in science died quite some time ago.

12 October 2007 19:22  
Anonymous Bert Rustle said...

anonymous 12 October 2007 19:22 That link provides a similar story structure to Global Warming - sceptics are ostracised. The comparison deserves wide publicity.

12 October 2007 20:19  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Time to apply a little of Nobel's other er legacy to the Nobel selection panel...

12 October 2007 20:21  
Blogger Snuffleupagus said...

Your Grace
I have missed you. Just popping by to say that the TES emailed to let me know that they have removed that Palestine resource from their website. So thank you for the inspiration. I am amazed they took any notice of me.

12 October 2007 22:14  
Blogger Cranmer said...

Ms Snuffleupagus,

His Grace is delighted to hear this news, and much appeciates your taking the trouble to inform him.

He had half been expecting your intervention in the education-themed posts below, but you have doubtless been busy educating your charges. You are an example to your profession.

12 October 2007 22:33  
Blogger Snuffleupagus said...

Your Grace
I know. I am only just seeing them now. Well, I did see a bit yesterday when I took a little peak, but I was at school when I stole the moment, and felt too guilty to take the time to comment.

I must make sure I set the time aside to visit you, however busy I get. Best wishes.

12 October 2007 22:45  
Blogger Dr.D said...

Sir HM got it right this time: the Nobel Peace prize is nothing more than a Good Ole Boys club where they sit around congratulating each other on how great they are. It is completely discredited and disgraced. They have made themselves a laughing stock with this absurd award.

13 October 2007 04:24  
Anonymous Curly said...

The "honour" of this prize was surely disabused the moment they gave it out to terrorist murderers like Yasser Aarafat.

14 October 2007 18:32  
Anonymous Peggy McGilligan said...

Nobel Peace Prize: NEW Global Warming Antiperspirant

AP – Al Gore has for a long time been full of hot air. He has a vivid imagination about the world around him. His strong commitment, reflected in political activity, lectures, films and books, has strengthened the struggle against climate change. Al Gore’s inherent mistrust of the seasons seems to stem from an episode of the Twilight Zone, in which the Earth gets too close to the Sun. Summers are hot & sticky, and Al is probably the single individual who has done most to create greater worldwide understanding of the measures needed to create a more effective global deodorant.

If former college roommate, Tommy Lee Jones, could save the City of Los Angeles from errant magma (Volcano), and the world entire from a giant cockroach (Men In Black), then certainly big Al Gore deserves a prize for his Global Antiperspirant Initiative to prevent global wetness, and the meltdown of Earth. The same active ingredient and trusted formula that kept our leaders dry during the Cold War – now in regular or unscented. As the planet heats up, you don’t have to! Clinton tested: guaranteed to leave no trace: http://theseedsof9-11.com

Or, How A Mediocre Political Scam Sparked The Worst Terrorist Attacks On United States Soil, And What Happened Next.

15 October 2007 21:37  

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