Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Great Immensity: NSF-funded AGW theater play

A musical that revolutionizes statistics, climatology, $697,177 – approved

I just received an e-mail from Barack Obama. It seems that he wants to promote his latest scientific project so let me quote:
Dear Luboš,

I noticed that you are interested in science. You have pointed out that William Keck, the founder of Superior Oil Company (now a part of ExxonMobil), established his W.M. Keck Foundation which initially funded the BICEP experiment that recently discovered the primordial gravitational waves.

So I believe that you might also be interested in the newest scientific project of my foundation, the National Science Foundation, which is actually 7 times larger than the W.M. Keck Foundation. It (NSF) has funded a $0.7 million theater play called "The Great Immensity" with songs by Michael Friedman, written and directed by Steven Cosson. The play received a Work-In-Progress showing on April 17, 2010 at the Berlind Theatre at the McCarter Theatre Center at Princeton University.

The implications of the play are far-reaching. For example, I attach the song "Margin of Error" that could be helpful in particle physics, too.

Your weblog may attract some viewers to the April 11th, 2014 premiere in Manhattan (Kansas City saw it today, on Saturday. Along with ObamaCare, this is one of the two most beloved projects of my tenure as the U.S. president. I hope that you will agree that the taxpayer money managed by an enlightened president is capable of producing equally sensible scientific projects as the Big Oil.

Truly Yours
Barack H. Obama
So I thought it would make the sender happy if I mentioned this NSF scientific project.

The song that revolutionizes the scientists' methods to deal with the error margins looks like this:

You may see that the percentage of numbers of the people who endorse the climate panic may be variable and confusing; but this fact didn't prevent the filmmakers from producing a wonderful song.

You may want to know something about the plot. Beware of spoilers:
In a thrilling and timely production, presented in association with The Public Theater, THE GREAT IMMENSITY is a continent-hopping thriller following a woman, Phyllis, as she pursues her husband Karl who disappeared from a tropical island while on an assignment for a nature show.

Through her search, Phyllis uncovers a mysterious plot surrounding the upcoming international climate summit that takes places either in Paris or in Auckland. As the days count down to the summit, Phyllis must decipher the plan and possibly stop it in time. With arresting projected film and video and a wide-ranging score of songs, THE GREAT IMMENSITY is a highly theatrical look into one of the most vital questions of our time: how can we change ourselves and our society in time to solve the enormous environmental challenges that confront us?
You see it's exciting yet firmly rooted in cutting-edge science. Phyllis' husband disappears in the Bermuda Triangle or another triangle so she has to uncover the conspiracy that wants to make the next IPCC summit in Paris or Auckland ineffective, in order to save the world.

You may want to see the web page about the play at the server of the Civilians, the artists and civil scientists who turned this play into reality, the theater play's own web domain, a report on the Broadway World, and various right-wing critics who praise Barack Obama for the first truly meaningful investment of the taxpayer money: The Daily Mail, The Daily Caller, Front Page Magazine, I Own the World, Tammy Bruce.

Because you liked "Margin of Error" so much, I added another song above, "The Next Forever". A monkey is singing about her being the last human being on Earth. The monkey statistically determined that in the next 50 or 100 years or forever, the bacteria will still be around but she doesn't want to be the last human, anyway. The song is highly scientific: the word "statistics" appears about 10 times, along with "contingency" and other proofs of the sophistication of the filmmakers. Dozens of additional videos from the play are available.

BICEP2 was kind of amusing but this project is groundbreaking. Congratulations to Barack Obama and the National Science Foundation for this scientific breakthrough. I am sure that between 2014 and 2016, billions and not just millions will be spent for similar projects that the NSF was created for.

More seriously, I would humiliate a skeptical musical about the claim funded by the NSF, too – not that it is likely to materialize anytime soon. These subsidies for people favoring the same ideologies as the officials who have the power to approve grant proposals are just wrong. The Civilians are not doing science; they are arguably not doing a top-quality art, either. They have gotten their money purely for the promotion of a predecided "right" policy, regardless of the quality of their arguments or arts. And that's just wrong. I find it troubling if someone on any side of the climate or other debates disagrees with me.

The Minnesotans for Global Warming have arguably recorded more catchy and clever songs about the climate. Instead of getting a $0.7 grant, their YouTube channel "M4GW" was just deleted along with all of their videos. (Update: the disappearance was temporary.) It seems clear to me that it was because of the message of the videos, not about any violation of impartial rules of anything. Scary on both sides.


  1. The salutation

    "I noticed that you are interested in science"

    gives the impression of a "real" scientist responding to a curious layperson (yes Lumo is slightly interested in science, LOL), so to me there seems to be some kind of a sign or permutation error ...?

    I suspect he does not really know who Lumo is, and TRF as a blog that mentions the topics the new project is about at times (but not with the "politically correct" sign though, LOL) might just look from afar like a good enough channel to try to promote the theater play anyway ...

  2. Otter (ClimateOtter /Twitter)Mar 30, 2014, 11:55:00 AM

    Good morning!
    This sounds very much like a reverse take on Michael Chrichton's 'State of Fear.'
    Does it bother anyone else that the US government is funding what boils down to conspiracy theory?

  3. Maybe they were inspired by State of Fear a little bit. I think he would be happy that this theme influences the culture in this way...

  4. I’ve been seeing pro-ObamaCare commercials for at least a couple of weeks. The idea of legalizing propagandizing Americans seems to be to buy Obama a legacy with our tax dollars.

    I wonder how how much FDR spent on selling Social Security and his federal jobs programs. Gee, selling Medicare and Head Start must have cost taxpayers a bundle, too. I wonder how much in taxpayer dollars Eisenhower had to plop down to sell the National Defense Education Act.

    Conclusion: If you have something called Affordable Care Act and you have to pay money to sell it to the public, it’s a hose job that belies its name.

  5. When I had read that far I thought oh this is a joke. I wondered whether Lumo was setting up an April fools joke.
    That someone got a grant for this is unfortunate. That it would be touted by the President is awful. That he would allow such emails under his name is unbelievable.

  6. Yes, and Lumo can certainly check where the mail really comes from (?) ...

  7. It appears that our host has written the Obama letter. Both the content and the superfluous article in the last sentence are dead giveaways. April fool!

  8. LOL, nope, sorry, I didn't get any announcement from the creators this time. That was the "prank" part of the blog post. The musical and the grant are serious, however.

  9. No movie yet? But the wait won't be long, B. Hussein Obama will play a lead role, the movie will get two Oscars, and B.H.O. a second Nobel Peace Prize.

  10. This is all a hoax, right?

  11. "I wonder how much in taxpayer dollars Eisenhower had to plop down to sell the National Defense Education Act" Hey...Uncle Al is 1958 NDEA product. Some PS 208/Brooklyn ankle biters hauled five sigma IQs. Tilden High School had two home rooms with average SAT scores over 1300. Thems were us.

    Diversity, qualification by proven disability,has been elevating the smartless since "Landslide Lyndon" Johnson's 1965 Great Society. Obamunism is its triumph of swill.

  12. It is not the Fool's day yet but when I started reading this I double checked the date just to be absolutely sure...

  13. Ok I must be time travelling. I won't go on TRF before 1st April.

  14. I don't know why the minus votes disappeared.

    I'm thinking conspiracy. How I can tell? Because the minus votes were disappeared from some newspaper outlets as a test, then on mass across the whole internet all in one gush.

    I consider it part and parcel with the movement to silence critics of the AGW religion.

  15. As a grantee, my attitude is that while I may think this is a dumb project, we all need to stick together to fight the republicans who would probably defund the NSF altogether if they could. You'll notice that the Rep Smith, who made an issue out of this, also mentioned several actual science projects that he also thought were examples of waste. I don't know if they were good projects or not, but I know I don't want a congressman deciding.

  16. In the past I have just exercised the options - but hey - that is a high quality problem. chicken coop plans

  17. kashyap vasavadaApr 1, 2014, 4:31:00 PM

    @Giotis: Thanks. I will wait until the dust settles!!

  18. SteveBrooklineMAApr 1, 2014, 7:22:00 PM

    Having President Obama refer to the NSF as "my foundation" is comedy gold Lubos. Well done.

  19. Thank you for another blog post!

  20. Was there a Czech physicist named Lubos Moti? A WUWT piece has this as a failed climate prediction:

    98. 1969, Lubos Moti, Czech physicist: “It is now pretty clearly agreed that CO2 content [in the atmosphere] will rise 25% by 2000. This could increase the average temperature near the earth’s surface by 7 degrees Fahrenheit. This in turn could raise the level of the sea by 10 feet. Goodbye New York. Goodbye Washington, for that matter.”

  21. I have never made a wrong prediction about the climate, especially not 4 years before I was born. ;-) As ScottR over there mentions, the quote probably belongs to Daniel Patrick Moynihan,

  22. Just now it is reported that Obama is rebranding global warming and climate change as global climate disruption. This because it was felt that the other euphemisms were not frightening enough.
    Luboš nailed it about the theatre but even he was not absurd in his letter from Obama as Obama now is in it's rebranding. Certainly wants the people to know he "yes we can" scare people because ice is melting.

  23. Dear Rehbock, I've read it but don't forget that the White House - in particular Obama aide John Holden - promoted "global climate disruption" at least since September 2010

    so it's not new in any way.

  24. Wow. Holdren from 2007 on has been trying to install "disruption".

  25. You're right, it was from a Nov 2007 talk

    There's also lots of poor PR here. It must be clear to them that if no one began to use it in 7 years, no one will do so now. Even the normal alarmists realize that this terminology has gotten too pornographic and too visibly pornographic, even for them.