Cutting Through The Crap

Friday, November 18, 2011

Exceptionalism


Pathetic:

An episode of the BBC's Frozen Planet documentary series that looks at climate change has been scrapped in the U.S., where many are hostile to the idea of global warming.

British viewers will see all seven episodes of the multi-million-pound nature series throughout the Autumn.

But U.S. audiences will not be shown the last episode, which looks at the threat posed by man to the natural world.

It is feared a show that preaches global warming could upset viewers in the U.S., where around half of people do not believe in climate change.


Yes, it truly is an exceptional nation we're becoming: a planet-wide embarrassment. Thanks, teabaggRs.

[Update: thanks to a commenter, it's pointed out that the above report is, evidently, wrong. That is indeed good news. Unlike their brethren across the pond, it appears the British are willing to stick to facts. Wonder if it'll change any minds over here when it shows.] [Amusingly, if the commenter is correct, they might be replacing the British voiceover with an American one. Can't have that authoritative diction on a matter such as this.]

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Global Warming? Climate Change?
Never heard of em' probably cause I don't watch enough TV...

Well Sid, if you don't mind burning 5,000 + miles of irreplaceable Fossilized 5,000 year old Dinosaurs, you can watch it at my place...
Not in real time, of course, even in the Eastern Time Zone all the European Satellites are below the horizon...
But meine Tante Veronika in Potsdam sends me Old School Videotapes of these really great Deutsche Welle documentaries, Classical Music concerts, etc.
OK, all I really ask her to tape are these old "Raumfahrer Rolf" cartoons.
And I could mail em to ya, if you trust me not to send you somethin from my collection of Cambodian Porn...(Like Thai Porn, but pornier)
And while I'm sure your still rockin that 70's Beta-max, you'll need a PAL player to watch "Deborah Macht Dresden"
I mean the BBC...

Frank

popeyemoon said...

No they are going to show all 7.they are just doing a american voice over or something like that here is the link http://crooksandliars.com/susie-madrak/good-news-frozen-planet-story-was-wro

Anonymous said...

"Frozen Planet"???
I thought it was Global WARMING!?!?!?!?
or at least "Climate Change" so y'all wouldnt feel so stupid when AlGore has to leave the Global Climate Change Conference early cause the DC airports about to be closed by a Nor'Easter...
I know, it happened in December, who would think you'd have SNOW in Washington DC in December...
"Authoritative Diction"?? sounds like the Genre's at the Independent Porno Rental I used to frequent...
I think it's because when most Amuricans hear an English Accent it reminds them of an Austin Powers movie and they quickly switch chanels...

Frank

Anonymous said...

We have an Evanjesus sister in-law, and when she hears "Global Warming" she launches into: "but I hear that the scientists in the 70s were saying that the world was going to freeze; they just keep changing it!

She means, of course, per Rush, that scientists don't know what the hell they are talking about.

I got sick of hearing it so I asked her if she had, in fact, heard that from Rush, and she allowed as how she might have.

I said does "Nuclear Winter" mean anything to you

She had never heard of it.

I told her that it was a concern, supported by some scientists, in the 70’s that:

"A nuclear war between the United States and Russia might put enough dust and debris into the atmosphere to reduce solar warming to a point where it would cause a nuclear winter, with lower temperatures that would threaten the food supply for most of the planet."

She said: "Oh"

I said: "Try to remember that the next time you feel like being ignorant for Jesus!

EugeneInSanDiego

Sid Schwab said...

George Will likes to point to the 70s claims, also. To me the rejoinder is that it proves how rapidly things are changing. In the 70s the CO2 production was much less than now: no China, no India. What it shows is that scientific knowledge changes as facts change; and that climate change is increasing exponentially.

Pieter B said...

The rebuttal to the "In the 1970s they were predicting global cooling" myth is here, at skepticalscience.com. Every denialist argument is dealt with there, in both basic and more advanced language.

Frank, "Climate Change" was adopted by the Bush administration because Frank Luntz's focus groups said it sounded a lot less urgent than "global warming." It wasn't a nefarious plot by Al Gore, it was just the opposite.

When the average global temperature goes up, there's more water vapor in the atmosphere, which means that heavier winter snowfall is likely. Funny how stuff works sometimes, isn't it?

Sid Schwab said...

Thanks, Pieter, that's an excellent source. Don't know why I'd have taken George Will, of all people, at his word.

Pieter B said...

George Will has written flat-out lies about climate science in the Washington Post, and the Post's op-ed page editor doesn't seem to think it's any kind of big deal.