Friday, 5 June 2015

The sinister subversives of the "Cli-Fi" genre are busy poisoning our children's minds

I don’t usually bother commenting on Climate Change alarmists and their deranged doings these days, because their self-righteous fanaticism, their missionary zeal, their evident hatred of humanity, their flagrant misrepresentation of data, their unwillingness to explain why our earth continues to refuse to warm up in the way they assured us it would, and their sheer viciousness towards anyone who questions their hysterical interpretation of the available facts would suggest they have long since exited the realm of rational discourse. You might as well try to have a reasonable discussion with an Islamic terrorist.

But, even by their standards, the alarmists’ apparently successful strategy of  brainwashing the next generation by impregnating children’s fiction with fear-inducing propaganda strikes me as horribly sinister. I had no idea that there was now a well-established genre of fiction known as “Cli-Fi”, which is reportedly “taking off in a big way”. Sarah Knapton, the Telegraph science editor, covered a discussion about Cli-Fi at the recent Haye-on-Wye literary festival (a sort of extended circle jerk for liberal-leftist writers and commentators – large swathes of North London must be like a ghost town while it’s on). You can read her article here. She reports:
David Thorpe, author of the book Stormteller, said that children were more open minded and claimed that writers could 'infect' their minds with 'seriously subversive viral ideas'.

"I like writing for children because their minds are still forming," said Mr Thorpe whose novel is set in a coastal Wales ravaged by climate change and rising sea levels.
"They are asking all sorts of questions about how the world is working. Their minds haven't been tainted by ideological bias, they are still open minded about it.
"You can try to be seriously subversive and try to infect their minds with these viral ideas that they can explore on their own to make it exciting. When I was that age I loved having my mind boggled."
I suspect Mr. Thorpe has the words “boggled” and “warped” confused, just as he seems to equate healthy scepticism with "ideological bias".

The article continues:
Saci Lloyd, author of the children’s book, The Carbon Diaries, said it was important to write engaging stories for children while keeping climate change as an underlying theme, so it was not obvious that it was a central topic.
Like all those pro-Communist sentiments slipped into Hollywood scripts by left-wing screen writers in the '30s and '40s? And those weren’t even the most sinister comments produced by the panel. How about this for sheer, unalloyed creepiness?:
George Marshall, founder of the Climate Outreach Information Network and author of Don't Even Think About It: Why our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change, also argued that it was important to appeal to people on an emotional level because they were bored by the science.
“We need to get climate change out of the rational side of our brain and into the emotional part because that is where attitudes are formed on the basis of our values,” he said.
Perhaps I’m being over-sensitive, but that last comment actually made my flesh crawl. Our brains aren't wired to ignore climate change - rather, they've evolved to the point where we question ludicrously inflated predictions and the orthodoxy that demands we automatically accept that we are entirely responsible for relatively minor climatic alterations.

I remember my son returning from school and informing us that his science class had been made to watch Al Gore’s ridiculous lie-fest, An Inconvenient Truth. I went a dangerous colour, but then our son went on to say  that his science teacher had finished the “lesson” by comprehensively rubbishing climate change as a load of hysterical nonsense.

Gore’s tawdry film was distributed to 3,500 schools under an edict issued during the recent Blair/Brown Terror. A parent objected to this flagrant example of New Labour brainwashing, and a High Court judge subsequently ruled that the film could only be shown if teachers warned their pupils that the film was biased. Unfortunately, children lapping up the sort of mendacious nonsense dished up by the Hay-on-Wye panelists – or the climate alarmist propaganda regularly pumped out by our broadcasters – won’t be so lucky. And it’s unlikely that they read the sort of online publications – Breitbart, American Thinker, Taki’s Magazine – where the deluded claims of climate change fanatics are regularly monstered. I particularly enjoyed this recent effort from John Derbyshire, in which he attacks irrational alarmist comments made by a well-known American celebrity known as Bill Nye the Science Guy. Interestingly, Derbyshire argues that we’re actually in an interglaciation stage of the latest Ice Age rather than being in a lull between full-blown Ice Ages. Apparently climate alarmists routinely confuse the concepts of "Ice Age" and "glaciation". You can read his fascinating article here.

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