Hours ago, National Geographic released the new 95-minute-long movie "Before the Flood" created by Leonardo DiCaprio on their YouTube channel:
DiCaprio is facing trouble because they caught him when he was misappropriating a rainforest fund in an international money laundering scandal so he surely hopes that this movie will help him to decriminalize himself.
It's probably the most superficial movie on the climate issue that has been released so far, beating even No Pressure 10:10, An Inconvenient Truth, The Times of the Stupid, 2055, and many other "masterpieces". DiCaprio never goes beyond the manipulative one-sentence slogans that everyone must have heard about one million of times. What is annoying is that DiCaprio isn't just a fool. He is a pompous fool and that's the kind of creatures that I simply cannot stand.
So he could afford to fly to many corners of the world including the polar regions and has befriended many famous or notorious people. But none of these things implies that he has a clue what are laws that the climate actually obeys and what's going to happen with it – a trivial fact that he implicitly tries to obfuscate all the time.
He must be right when they paid for a helicopter to go here or there, he wants millions of stupid viewers to think, and some of them will.
At the beginning, we learn a few things about DiCaprio's dad. He was a fan of Andy Warhol or whatever. Then we're shown some paintings of Adam and Eve. There are additional paintings of the characters from the Bible, a few generations after Adam and Eve.
I exploded in laughter when a picture with dozens of people from the Biblical times was described as "overpopulation". Well, if someone is terrified by the "overpopulation" 2,000 (or even 3,000+) years ago when there were just a few hundred million people in the world (the Roman Empire had about 50-60 million near the 4th century CE), the contemporary world must surely make him nuts.
But it's obvious that the Earth has no trouble to feed the 7+ billion people today and even without any new technologies, a world with tens of billions of people is easily imaginable.
We're shown various famous and notorious friends of DiCaprio's – Ban Ki-Moon, Al Gore, Bill Clinton, the Pope, Barack Obama, John Kerry, Elon Musk, Michael Mann and several others. All of them only say one or two sentences that you could absolutely predict. All skeptics are paid by the fossil fuels, of course (including all the authors of hate mail that Michael Mann has received: does Mann really believe that all the tens of millions of people who consider him a shameful deceitful scumbag are funded by Exxon?), a few degrees of warming is enough to melt the Greenland (sorry, you need more than 10 °C to melt most of the Greenland ice and something close to 50 °C to do it in the Antarctica), the dirty smoke from Chinese chimneys is the carbon dioxide that causes the global warming (sorry, CO2 is invisible, odorless, and harmless for human health so it has nothing to do with the pollutants we know from the chimneys), and so on, and so on.
Everyone with the IQ above 90 must be offended by the sheer stupidity of this film and its father.
He pretends that all the assorted pessimistic pictures are examples of the climate change. So some people in India are poor, that must be due to the climate change. (India has never been really rich.) Some street was flooded somewhere, it must be due to the global warming as well (sorry, floods like that have existed for billions of years), and there are dozens of absolutely ludicrous examples like that in the movie. A person who takes most of this stuff seriously has such a hopeless brain that I recommend him euthanasia.
I am thinking about a comparison of this film e.g. with Durkin's The Great Global Warming Swindle – and several other good introductions into the debate. (Marc Morano told me that I should get a DVD of his new film but so far, I can't tell you anything about it.) The comparison isn't really possible. They are not comparable films at all. Durkin's movie, to be specific, is an excellent piece of popularization of science which really does provide you with a review of the history of the climate, the greenhouse effect, lots of other effects that influence the climate, as well as the economics and psychology and politics of the broader political interactions that refer to the climate change.
DiCaprio's movie is a superficial kitsch that can only sell some cheap incoherently mixed scenes, emotions, and irrational associations to the most gullible of imbeciles in the world.
DiCaprio is surely self-serving and aßholes like this one are probably earning some social capital by creating outrageous movies of this kind – because of the atmosphere in their environment that basically rewards such a behavior (instead of punishing them stringently which is what should happen).
But I am sometimes trying to consider the kind hypothesis that these actors are true idealists who are doing these things purely because of their absolute stupidity. After all, they are puppets. Their very occupation assumes that you don't have your own brain that decides how to behave – you are just copying a script i.e. emulating how other people behave. We may like actors and they may star as intelligent people but it's conceivable that they are actually some of the stupid people you may find anywhere on Earth and that's what makes them good actors.
A Czech political intermezzo: jump to the next bold face title to skip it
Two days ago, I considered the hypothesis "it's all about the actors' absolute stupidity" in the context of Czech actors and their views on politics, especially after I saw this crazy video by singer Vojtěch Dyk and well-known senior actor Jiří Bartoška (the director of the film festival in Carlsbad, too).
OK, here's my political intermezzo. Months ago, Czechia and China signed an agreement – mostly a trade agreement – but it also says that the Czech political institutions will respect the territorial integrity of China. Among other things, it explicitly says that the government vows that the Dalai Lama won't be given an audience in an official building by a minister.
Well, the minister called Herman did exactly that. He met the Dalai Lama and although he could do it in private spaces, he deliberately met him in a government building to display his "courage". President Zeman knew about the plans in advance and – because Zeman counts the efforts to increase the Czech-Chinese trade as one of his achievements – he was trying to discourage Herman from such a thing. He probably told him that Herman's uncle, a Holocaust survivor and plumber named George Brady who lives in Toronto, would get a medal on October 28th if and only if Herman would avoid the violation of the Czech-Chinese treaty.
Herman ignored it – after all, he is partly a Sudetenland German so I don't think that he cares about medals for the Holocaust survivors too much – and Zeman didn't award his uncle. Instead, Brady has quickly received about 50 other medals from assorted government and scholarly institutions that are run by PC and anti-China, anti-Russia activists who wanted to show a finger to the president. Not bad for a guy (Brady) who was absolutely unknown in Czechia as well as Canada just a few days ago. (Also, the number of currently alive Holocaust survivors is 100,000 or so – obviously, if you find a random plumber in this set, he isn't too exceptional in any sense. You can actually find numerous science Nobel prize winners who are Holocaust survivors.)
And now, these two actors have recorded an emotional poetic video saying that the situation is "just like in 1989" and we need a new revolution. They urge all the citizens of Czechia for "several weeks of disobedience". Other loons from the "cultural elite" have joined it. Have they lost their mind completely? Do they really think that Zeman's giving or not giving of a damn medal to a recently unknown person is equivalent to the communist terror against the whole nation, its economy, and its morality, among other things? Or at least the police beating of lots of students during a peaceful November 17th rally? The president's algorithm – if it was what they say, a claim that Zeman himself denies – has the right to choose the laureates according to any recipe.
Needless to say, many of the same actors lent their artistic skills to the communist regime, too. Jiří Bartoška – who has recently shot many TV ads with animals promoting Moneta Bank (formerly GE Money Bank), Czechia's 4th largest bank – was one of the signatories of the artists' "Anticharter 1977" that was supporting communism and opposing dissidents like Havel. This pamphlet was the Bolsehviks' response to the Charter 77. The communist secret police documents also seem to imply that he was an active agent codenamed The Narcissus (an apt name).
And he wants to preach about the preservation of democracy? It's similar with others in these "cultural elites". Do they really want to start a Maidan-like revolution or a civil war because of these loaded interpretations of Zeman's apparent efforts to respect the Czech-Chinese treaty? Do they believe that they would have a chance in such a civil war when "their" (approximately) candidates got some 5% of 18% in the recent regional and senate elections? I am sorry but if you would start a conflict similar to the Maidan mess in Ukraine, most of you will surely get killed, dear "cultural elites". This kind of a coup is something that doesn't belong to a civilized country like ours and there are millions of people who are certain about this claim.
These artists' behavior seems malicious and immoral but it may be completely due to their absolute stupidity. These people may indeed be so stupid that they think they become better people after an arbitrarily superficial kick into Russia or China or an arbitrarily naive licking of aßes of someone in Brussels or other Western capitals. It's hard to believe but the stupidity of this staggering caliber isn't excluded by the laws of physics.
By the way, their idea that one becomes "very Western" by befriending the Dalai Lama is another weird part of this whole stupidity. Tibet is almost exactly as Eastern as the communist China. The religious traditions – including the removal of the eyeballs – have nothing to do with the Western civilization. Moreover, the Dalai Lama has been a staunch Marxist, too. How can they converge to the opinion that all politicians and maybe all citizens are "obliged" to kiss the Dalai Lama and spit on everything in the mainland China? It's just something so clearly indefensible. The sympathies vis-a-vis China and Tibet are bound to be diverse and divisive in any free country. Their persistent implicit assumption that all OK citizens must agree with their oversimplified views on these foreign matters shows their disrespect for democracy and the freedom of thought.
End of the Czech political intermezzo
OK, let me return to DiCaprio's film. A strangely long section of the film is dedicated to India and a woman who says all sort of things about the life over there. He seems to think that India will have lots of energy once it starts to fight against the global warming. Meanwhile, all the poor scenes and shallow rivers and mud in India must be due to the "climate change", too.
Didn't you attend at least a single f*cking lecture about the geography in the elementary schools, Leonardo? The stupidity of what you're saying is flabbergasting. Vast portions of India have been low-lying and muddy for a very long time. It just what the geography of the Earth's surface implies.
I forgot that there were some pictures of breaking and melting ice with some totally unscientific comments. When the ice is melting or breaking or doing other things, it simply looks what it looks like. It has always looked like that. The idea that there is some looming catastrophe just because you see similar processes for the first time in your life proves that you have the IQ of a pumpkin. And he also visited some low-lying Pacific islands. Some cottage that broke in recent 10 years is another proof of the "climate change". Sure.
His next vacation is under the sea. The life in the ocean won't die, we're generously told, but it will be some completely different life that we don't want! ;-) Holy crap. No qualitative or almost qualitative change that could be at least somewhat safely attributed to CO2 will occur in coming centuries. The change of the pH of oceans is of order 0.1 per century and almost no ocean creatures can feel such a change, let alone be existentially affected by it. And the temperature of the bulk of the ocean can't be materially affected, either.
He shows a dozen of "companies that destroy the world" – such as Burger King – again. Holy cow. It's not an accident that Burger King was visible on that screenshot because in the next scene, a nutcase tells you to save the world by killing all cows and becoming a vegan (or at least switch from beef to chickens). They convert the "evil" of one hamburger to miles of driving or something of the sort. I won't honor this absolute junk by a reaction.
They made some wrong seasonal planning and there was no longer any snow in their Northern American venue. So of course, the climate change was blamed for the alternating seasons and weather and they moved their whole movie staff and all the machines to Argentina, apparently not caring about their carbon footprint much. You just can't make it up. Snows are things of the past once again. Everything will be different in his kids' world etc. Jesus Christ. The world is changing but almost none of the change is about the climate. The humans are changing the world in many ways that are faster and more important than any ongoing "climate change" by orders of magnitude.
In the Gigafactory, DiCaprio asks Musk how the batteries will help the third world. Needless to say, the right answer is that they won't help at all. The batteries, Musk's solar panels, and Tesla cars are only being bought by overpaid, overrated, and hypocritical green clowns in places like California, not actual consumers who are rationally comparing costs and benefits (let alone those who have a hard time to survive). Instead, Musk promises to make batteries that will replace all energy sources on Earth (he forgot Mars in that particular scene).
Mankiw, a not-left-wing economist, promotes the carbon tax. Every economist may think about the numbers received from carbon taxes, weather taxes, or fart taxes (the latter is already a law in California) but that doesn't mean that any of these things is at least marginally wise. It's not.
Some fearmongering from John Kerry follows. My stomach is too irritated at this moment and I can't swallow everything that is being shown now. A view almost wants to throw up. Another scene with an academic fearmonger shows how everything will collapse when the globe warms by 2 °C. Nothing qualitative will change in the wake of modest changes like that. Just in tens of thousands of years, the global mean temperature was changing in a 10-degree window, and almost everything about the composition of life forms on Earth was exactly the same as it is today.
OK, they bury any agriculturally useful plants near the equator after 3 °C of warming. Give me a break. Soon after 3 °C, they declare a "tipping point". The ice-albedo feedback will make the Armageddon a matter of years. But the Paris Agreement may save the world, LOL. At least, DiCaprio admits that the agreement is a worthless piece of toilet paper in the U.S. Barack Obama tells Leonardo that he won't save the world right now but maybe in 20 years. All these things really look like they are making fun of themselves. But these idiots actually want you to take the scenes – and themselves – seriously.
Obama is worried that billions of people will start to move because of climate change, so it's a national security issue. This nut job could have been the key person who reprogrammed the Pentagon to fight the "climate change". Well, so far, everyone is moving because of the money, regardless of changes of the place's temperature by 10 °C and sometimes 20 °C in either direction, not because of climate considerations. There are absolutely no hints that something will change about the primary driver which is economics. Your claim that the large masses of people move because of the climate change is just self-evidently preposterous.
Some random forecasts of the regional temperatures are shown on big screens. The garden of Eden is said to be overpopulated once again. DiCaprio meets and kisses the Pope and gives him a children's book. While he pretended to build on science, now DiCaprio demands prayers. DiCaprio speaks to the U.N. as its Messenger of Peace (peace be upon this prophet). The unhinged Messenger of Peace declares the total war against all the skeptics, the fossil fuel companies, and most of the world economy.
The final minutes show captions – written instructions with duties that the viewers are obliged to fulfill. Eat this and not that, vote these and not those politicians, open these website but not those etc. Sadly, millions of brain-dead people exist who will follow the instructions.
I was pre-decided to watch the whole thing (at the doubled rate) and my patience and masochism are way above the average. So I finished watching it – but I am afraid that my decision was too bold. Please, I don't want to see this junk again.
The climate science community – and, to some extent, the whole science community – is just incredibly ill because it basically silently allows clowns like DiCaprio to pretend that they're competent to teach the mankind about the science – even though they obviously fail even in the 3rd grade science from an elementary school. Almost no one who is currently employed as a natural scientist dares to point out that DiCaprio is a full-fledged crank and why. This clique of cranks in Hollywood and elsewhere has turned itself into the supervisors of the Earth Sciences and they would love to become the supervisors of all the science and the mankind, too.