OK, I was peacefully watching the “news loop” (that’s what I call the half dozen news channels that I load into a ‘jump loop’ where I just touch one ‘jump’ button to swap from one to the next. Usually it is CNN, CNBC / CNBCW, Fox Business, Fox News, PBS / Al Jazeera / Link TV, BBC depending on what is ‘on’ at the time. A decent spread from all Points Of View most of the time.) Landed on CNN and they were nattering on about a Global Warming topic.
That ‘bit’ was focused on a new Natural Disaster Movie being touted by the maker. It is about glacial melt, mostly, and “global warming” as catastrophe. What caught my attention was a new level of idiocy in the Stupid Meme department. The speaker (that I think was the film maker) while painting a picture (with calving glaciers in the background) of runaway weather and pending doom said “Nature isn’t Natural anymore!!!”
That is one heck of a level of unnatural stupidity, IMHO.
But expect to see it ‘coming around’ as a slogan / talking point in the AlGore “Dirty Weather” campaign.
OK, that’s all I have on it, other than a pointer to the film. From The HuffPo:
‘Chasing Ice’ Follows James Balog’s Mission To Capture Climate Change
Posted: 11/02/2012 1:38 pm EDT Updated: 11/02/2012 2:01 pm EDT
There’s an “official trailer” and then a picture of the guy who I think was the speaker on CNN. James Balog. Here’s the caption under the picture:
National Geographic photographer James Balog (left) with director Jeff Orlowski at the premiere of their film, “Chasing Ice,” at the Museum of Art and Design in New York on Oct. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Starpix, Amanda Schwab)
So a Nat Geo photographer.
Has Nat Geo gone off the deep end too, or is it just one photo guy who believes in unnatural nature?
Much of the rest of the interview was more of a ‘community organizing’ movement hype, encouraging folks to get active and telling them ‘what they can do’. The HuffPo piece has some of that too:
“Use your voice.” Standing before the audience at the New York City premiere of “Chasing Ice” in October, photographer James Balog offered this encouragement to individuals wondering what they can do in the face of global climate change.
“Chasing Ice” follows the work of Balog and his Extreme Ice Survey project, a long-term photographic study of the impact of climate change on the world’s glaciers. It focuses on the expeditions of the EIS team to install solar-powered cameras overlooking glaciers in some of the most remote regions. Time-lapse images from these cameras show the glaciers retreating at a stunning rate.
Looks like the “trailer” on Youtube has an embed code, so here it is:
An alternate POV
What interests me out of all this is that such things as movies on “dirty weather” or “unnatural nature” or whatever, have a fairly long lead time to plan and prepare. That means the “meme” has been ‘in the works’ for a while. Which further implies that the folks who were hard pushing “Global Warming” most likely NEW we were headed into a ‘regime change’ in the weather as the PDO / AMO flip happen and as “global warming” returned to the more storm prone (and colder) patterns of my youth.
The weather NOW is substantially identical to what it was in the 1950s. It is not “dirty weather”, nor is it “unnatural nature”. It is the absolutely natural and consistently historical pattern of weather prior to the warm / stable phase of the PDO that we’ve had for the last 30 years. It is a 60 year cycle, so not all that surprising that the last similar storm to hit the New York / New Jersey area was about 60 years ago. (Though that one was stronger). Similarly, it is absolutely normal that glaciers that had relentlessly ADVANCED during the Little Ice Age would turn around and retreat during the rebound to normal warmth when that Little Ice Age ended. As we are at the end of that period, the retreat would be maximum now. As we enter the next cold phase, they will again advance after the turn is well underway.
So looking at this, it is clear to me that there is a “pattern”. One that says there is an understanding of what are leading and lagging indicators. That there is planning to shift to lagging indicators when an expected cyclical turn happens, and that implies a cynical understanding that this is a ‘put up job’. No, not by all participants. Many will be “useful idiots” picking up the latest twist and turn of the narrative and parroting it, blissfully unaware of ‘yesterdays story’ and how the narrative has changed. Yet the planners must know. Due to lead time. There is a small possibility of a ‘synchronous shift’ where the ‘narrative’ is mutated in real time with the weather cycle. That depends on fairly fast cycle times on things like making movies and writing scripts. It would also depend on a certain amount of ‘opportunism’ where, for example, you film a lot of things then ‘fix it up’ in the editing. But that’s a hard way to make a film. So the more likely is a planned and coordinated shift with understanding of what the natural cycle will do.
Thus the need to redefine nature as unnatural.
Yes, that is based on a fair amount of ‘projection’. Unless you are privy to the planning meetings or ‘inside’ the tent, it is all you can do. What is clear is that nature is doing exactly what nature does: cycle. That the Global Warmers have a narrative shift in the works. That the shift had a lead time, and the results are ‘on time’. Not enough to prove anything; just enough to make me go “Hmmmmm….”