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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Not Evil, Just Wrong

I just watched the premiere showing of the movie "Not Evil, Just Wrong", a movie/documentary focused on the negative consequences of radical environmentalism.

It's mostly just preaching to the choir, but they were innovative in their approach:
The film highlights the tragic consequences of the first triumph of the environmental movement, the ban on DDT, which has needlessly resulted in the deaths of more than 40 million children and adults in the developing world.
Actually, I'd say the movie more than just highlights the consequences of the DDT "ban". More than 20 minutes were devoted to it with many graphic scenes of children dying of malaria interspersed with seemingly clueless rich white environmentalists saying how important the prohibition on the use of DDT is. While powerful, the case against the environmental movement and the claim of 40 million deaths seems significantly overstated.

Continuing on, the case against Climate Change Alarmism is straight forward. It basically amounts to saying, "See the catastrophe that happened the last time the environmentalist had their way? We'd better stop them from taking action against Global Warming or really bad things will happen again!"

The choir will no doubt eat that up, but those who belong to the Church of Warming are unlikely to buy into this logic since they very likely consider the reduction in the use of DDT a huge success, even to this day.

People who have not yet made up their minds, however, may be swayed because the malaria scenes are compelling. If the Warmenists are not able to produce enough evidence or propaganda in the media to convince those still deciding that much of the movie is untrue, the movie might convert a few more people to the skeptics side.

I hope it does.


erp said...

We need more than a couple of documentaries to combat almost a hundred years of left wing propaganda. We need some good movies that tell a compelling story, not a preach-a-thon. Also, how about an interesting TV show series about life in a typical African city and how people live and cope with the things they see on TV.

We saw a documentary a couple of days ago courtesy of Netflix and Roku about life in Mongolia. The boys out there in the middle of a moonscape were wearing ghetto pants, had motorcycles, girls were taking ballet lessons and a boy who lived in an even more remote area wanted a TV to watch cartoons. Doting dad got him a satellite dish.

With better communication now, it may not take a hundred years to make our points, but we better get started soon before it's a moot question.

Harry Eagar said...

I got a book from the Amazon Vine program by a New Yorker medical writer, 'Denialism.' I'm still reading it, but he concentrates on antivaccinationists, while swallowing AGW whole.

Here's my rule: Experience shows that no ideology or religion or religio-political stance has always been correct, so none today is likely to be correct.

If all your views line up with any ideology, you're not thinking.

It is remarkable how few people split their tickets.

erp said...

Harry, do you believe childhood vaccinations to be some sort of conspiracy?

I've heard that view from some Christian fundamentalists, but after all these years, they have a proven record of effectiveness with few side effects.

The current H1N1 flue vaccine is suspect, to me, only because of the people involved. I have no faith that in anything coming this administration.

Harry Eagar said...

No, I'm a pro-vaccinationist.

The swine flu vaccine is an ordinary vaccine and I will get mine as soon as it's released, even though I hope I have some residual immunity from the '57 epidemic.

Michael Specter, the writer of 'Denialism,' is a complete saphead. But he has a big audience in the New Yorker.