The 10:10 Splattergate goes “sploot” – a roundup

From cartoonist Marc Roberts, via Andy Revkin:

We await Josh.

A new apology today from 10:10′s director, to replace the half-witted first one. [Game show buzzer sounds] too little, too late.

Statement by Eugenie Harvey, Director of 10:10 UK

Last week, 10:10 made available a short film. Following the initial reaction to the film we removed it from our website and issued an apology on Friday 2 October.

Subsequently there has been negative comment about the film, particularly on blogs, and concern from others working hard to build support for action on climate change. We are very sorry if this has distracted from their efforts.

We are also sorry to our corporate sponsors, delivery partners and board members, who have been implicated in this situation despite having no involvement in the film’s production or release.

We will learn from this mistake. Today I have written to supporters and stakeholders explaining that we will review processes and procedures to make sure it cannot happen again. Responsibility for this process is being taken by the 10:10 board.

The media coverage of the film was not the kind of publicity we wanted for 10:10, nor for the wider movement to reduce carbon emissions.

If people have been in touch with us personally about the film, we will be replying to individual emails over the next few days. Meanwhile our thanks go out to all those who support 10:10 and who work to combat the threat of climate change.

Eugenie Harvey
Director, 10:10 UK
hello@1010uk.org

NYT’s Andrew Revkin says:

If the goal had been to convince people that environmental campaigners have lost their minds and to provide red meat (literally) to shock radio hosts and  pundits fighting curbs on greenhouse gases, it worked like a charm. Of course the goal might have been buzz more than efficacy. Too often these days, that’s the online norm. They succeeded on that front. I, among many others, am forced to write about it. Congratulations.

I’d like to see the group’s sponsors, including Sony, figure out an upside to this effort. They should either state why they continue to provide support or pull out.

Ask and ye shall receive, WUWT commenter Katabasis notes:

Official response from Sony:

“Thank you for your email concerning the video released by the 10:10 climate change campaign group. Sony has supported the 10:10 climate change campaign because we share its objective to reduce carbon emissions. However, we strongly condemn the “No Pressure” video which was conceived, produced and released by 10:10 entirely without the knowledge or involvement of Sony. The company considers the video to be ill-conceived and in extremely bad taste. We also believe the video risks undermining the work of the many thousands of members of the public, schools and universities, local authorities and many businesses, of which Sony is one, who support the long-term aims of the 10:10 movement and who are actively working towards the reduction of carbon emissions.

As a result we have taken the decision to disassociate ourselves from 10:10 at this time.

In our press statement we will be posting tomorrow morning we reaffirm our ongoing commitment to the reduction of global carbon emissions as part of our ‘Road to Zero’ environmental plan.”

First seen here:

http://ktwop.wordpress.com/2010/10/04/sony-disassociate-themselves-from-1010/

Paul Chesser at the American Spectator writes:

It looks like Sony and Kyocera Mita have demanded their removal from all associations with the extremist climate group 10:10.org, which produced that exploding schoolchildren video last week. The corporations’ names have been removed from the list of partners, and a lengthy post by Sony’s point-person on climate change, Naomi Climer, has been deleted from the 10:10 site.

Not only that, but a huge U.S. environmentalist promoter and partner, 350.org (headed by Bill McKibben), is no longer listed as an organizational partner. Both 10:10 and 350 have been heavily promoting an October 10 (10/10/10) “global workday” to supposedly bring fresh attention to the global warming threat. The message from 350.org’s press shop:

We respect 10:10′s previous work to encourage companies, schools, and churches to voluntarily cut their carbon emissions 10%. Upon seeing the video, however, we have informed 10:10 that we can no longer remain partners on 10/10/10 or any other initiative. 350.org maintains an absolute commitment to nonviolence in word and deed.

Ow, that’s gotta hurt.

More from NYT:

 

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This from the article suggests that the 10:10 blunder has sucked all the online oxygen out of the environmental movement:

A YouTube repost (of the 10:10 video) by a third party Thursday got more than 149,000 views over the weekend and elicited more than 2,300 comments. Several other versions have topped 100,000 views, as well.

A Sierra Club video featuring a National Football League player warning that coal ash is a health threat to children got 95 YouTube views during the same interval.

And speaking of oxygen, the list of sponsors dwindles, and then there was one:

O2 is the only sponsor holdout thus far, we’ll see how long that lasts.

Post your updates and latest tips below, and I’ll include important ones here in the body of the post.

====================================================

1. Oh, and I should add this for Mr. Gareth Renowden, of “Hot Topic” New Zealand, the purported leading global warming website of New Zealand

Well Gareth, looks like your wrongheaded opinion of “sense of humour failure” has been falsified. Time to come clean and admit you’ve boobed.

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113 Responses to The 10:10 Splattergate goes “sploot” – a roundup

  1. James Sexton says:

    Sony, that’s one. So Kyocera backed out, too? Still, that’s sweet! WTG everybody!

  2. James Sexton says:

    Just a thought…….corporate sponsors do things because they believe money is to be gained. If Sony pulls out of this, it’s because they understand how much clout the skeptic community has…………..the skeptics ROCK!!!!

  3. reggieman says:

    Interesting to see how many sponsors have deserted them so quickly. When this garbage first surfaced I went to their website and was amazed at the amount of high-end sponsorships they had. Now, there’s just one! Love it!

  4. Henry chance says:

    We can e-mail sponsors. Again, no pressure.
    The clip was an overdose of honesty and transparency.
    Romm told us it was about messaging. Didn’t the 70 year old hippies like Hansen and Romm come out of the peace movement?

  5. Smokey says:

    Why is it so easy to turn crackpot ideas into legislation in the UK?

  6. Mark says:

    And of course the spoofers have been at work!

    Why not cut right to the chase?

  7. Paul Coppin says:
  8. Ian B says:

    Smokey- because our Parliament constitutionally has absolute power. It wields power “on behalf of the monarch”. There are no limits. And because we and the USA are the Progressive heartlands, is the other reason. Get rid of us (blow us up, perhaps, with a press of a button) and Progressivism- the whole package; PC, Green, etc etc, would just vanish from the face of the Earth.

    Back with the video, I must admit how heartening this is that it has become such a major scandal with hardly any MSM involvement at all. Tepid articles in a couple of newspapers, including a ludicrous apologetic in the Telegraph implying that the outrage is a publicity coup, but basically silence. And yet 10:10 appear to be in meltdown. It looks like the blogosphere really does have teeth. Arguably the measure of the significance of the media is the ability to bring down the mighty. If that is so, then the blogosphere has achieved significant significance.

    I keep thinking about Franny and Lizzie and Eugenie and all the other girls in the dorm laughing like drains at their creation a few days ago, so blissfully unaware of what they had done. It is chilling that they made it, but it is gratifying that (as it appears) they have paid the price for it. Only a few days before their big “day of doing” and the campaign is in tatters.

  9. Konrad says:

    It appears that the 10:10 organisation has acquired 20:20 hindsight. Now all they need is a mop and bucket to clean up the rest of the putrescent splatter they have created by flogging the dead (stalking) horse.

  10. Roger Dandy says:

    Here’s the viral profile for what the 10:10 grant-hippies and Three-Home Curtis thought would happen with their oh-so postmodern effort:

    Shown in schools and cinemas, the kids would pick up first on the Big Red Button device, going on to use a mimed BRB in a similar way to a “talk to the hand” gesture against anyone telling them something they don’t like. Meanwhile, the stinking “message” floats into their uncritical minds as a Fact of Life, i.e. “Deniers are too lazy or selfish to act for the benefit of the Many, so we would all be better-off without them”.

    How clever they thought they were.

    And how richly deserved the outcome for them now.

  11. Political Junkie says:

    Open letter to Eugenie:

    1. “We will learn from this mistake.”
    Please tell us why it was a mistake. It is clear that you individually and collectively thought it was a brilliant idea; otherwise you wouldn’t have put a great deal of effort and resources into it.
    The fact that it was met with revulsion from supporters and foes alike simply illustrates that you are out of touch with the world. However, the commercials are totally consistent with your philosophy. They weren’t a “mistake” at all.

    2. “Today I have written to supporters and stakeholders explaining that we will review processes and procedures to make sure it cannot happen again.”
    It is not your “processes and procedures” that are faulty, it is your view of the world that needs to change.

    3. “Responsibility for this process is being taken by the 10:10 board”
    This is a MAJOR screw-up. I trust you will keep us posted on the firings and resignations that must inevitably happen if your board is truly responsible in dealing with a calamity that has put your organization’s viability at risk.

  12. Curiousgeorge says:

    Quite a train wreck the Environmental Illuminati got themselves into. I wonder how this is going down with the current US Administration plans to focus on Environmental legislation this coming year. And gotta wonder if it will be screened in Cancun ( or if there will be anyone in Cancun to watch it ) .

  13. Jimash says:

    “a lengthy post by Sony’s point-person on climate change, Naomi Climer, has been deleted from the 10:10 site.”

    I would have liked to have seen that one !

  14. Logos says:

    Surely this is a hate crime under legislation that has been introduced in Australia and many other countries. Shouldn’t official complaints be made and prosecution insisted on.

  15. Olaf Koenders says:

    As many of us predicted, the video did more harm than good to their “cause”.

    “..we will review processes and procedures to make sure it cannot happen again”

    How? Through the use of REAL science to discover that CO2 ain’t the villain? Doubt it..!

  16. Max Hugo says:

    Note on the “eco-splatter film”… You Tube has put it behind a “member only” wall. I believe that you have to be above a certain age, to become a “member”.

    Now I know, I know a lot of our “friends” will say, “You Tube is running”. But actually, by policy, they should have done this RIGHT AWAY.

    They are “behind” in their responsibility, but they HAVE done the right thing.

    Of course, had they done that IMMEDIATELY, maybe 10:10 would have gotten the message.

    Nah, wishful thinking that.

  17. Max Hugoson says:

    P.S. Just noticed I’ve been using a Name fill in that dropped the “son” from my name. (Actually a friend Emailed me and noted the problem.)

  18. Steve in SC says:

    Well, it seems that my decision to boycott Sony (for other reasons) was fairly wise since they were involved with these halfwits in the first place. I am also cheered by the fact that their profits have been suffering as well.

  19. rbateman says:

    Red Meat message, can’t say I’ve heard that one before.
    I guess you learn a new phrase now & then. Just didn’t expect to see one.
    The board members might have been thinking about how to get a really shocking message out.
    Borrowing from the past?
    Cause overboard.

  20. People have what seems to me a very odd trait: we follow popularity.

    We care what actors think. A movie becomes popular because it is well written, well produced, well advertised, well edited, well cast, and well acted. We as a group only seem to give accolades to the actor/actress and make them a “star” and subsequently give more value to their opinions, even though they didn’t do more for the film than the other professionals involved. They were cast for a well written part which was directed and marketed well, yet we elevate only them to worship status.

    We care what sports stars think. The opinions of people born with the genetic predisposition for athleticism who are coached well and work hard are afforded more credibility than the opinions of others.

    Actors/actresses and athletes can “sell” a message. It’s really odd to me that this is the case. Most of us just seem geared to unquestionably following those who appear prominent to us.

    We collectively don’t seem able to differentiate between the expertise someone has and doesn’t have.

    Case in point: using Julian Anderson as the skeptic in this tasteless video. The marketers knew the message they were selling: Agent Scully was the skeptic and it turns out she was wrong, Moulder was right all along, and “bam!” she gets blown up for being a skeptic. She has become a message, an advertisement simply because we’ve seen her on TV.

    Why should we care what Julian Anderson thinks about CO2? Obviously she supports the AGW scare or she wouldn’t be in the video, but why should we care? I would wager that a far smaller proportion of actors/actresses and athletes have a considered opinion on AGW than the common person. I’ve seen enough Leno/Letterman/Stewart interviews to recognize that “stars” probably didn’t pay much attention in school as they were simply seeking attention instead.

    I understand that arguing from the specific to the general is illogical, and I’m not doing that with the Scully reference above. I’m simply illustrating an example of how so many seem to follow beliefs/individuals simply because they are known and popular, instead of because of what they do, who they are, or the merits of the belief.

    We need Steve McIntyre and Anthony Watts billboards across the country.

    I am not hopeful for our societies’ ability to properly reason its way past the marketing message of AGW. I cannot recall the last time a high schooler in a cashier position was able to make change without assistance from the register. There’s no way those kiddos who can’t count to/subtract from 100 will reason through the AGW hype, and they collectively out number, and therefore will out vote, us.

    Most people just simply do not stop and think. So many computer viruses/worms are spread by simply sending an email or a tweet saying “look what So-And-So has done now”.

    We seem geared to following popularity, and I don’t get it. Unfortunately, AGW is popular.

  21. Gurgeh says:

    I sent this to Ms. Harvey a few minutes ago:

    Dear Ms. Harvey,

    Your organisation needs to be radically overhauled. Whoever commissioned this appalling video needs to be fired. Producing such an evil and extreme video, then attempting to blame the negative reaction on “sense of humour failures” by people who objected is the lowest of the low. This video directly threatened children; tow the line on CO2 or get killed. What sort of organisation are you to put out such a horrific message. The UK Police should be looking at prosecuting you for incitement to violence.

    I live in the Philippines, a third world country, and work for an educational charity. All around me I see the effects of rampant growth without thought, the destruction of natural habitats, the appalling poverty in which the majority live, the systemic corruption. I have taught my children that conservation and recycling are essential. Organisations such as yours, funded by the taxpayers and large corporations should focus on education about all conservation issues, not just an unproven causality that CO2 causes global warming.

    In disgust,

    Chris Boughton

  22. pat says:

    when will the Managers of Tottenham Hotspurs, who must have arranged for the footballers’ participation, and the Administrators of Camden School for Girls disassociate themselves?

    10:10′s Franny Armstrong sent the following out to 10:10 listees before the scandal broke:

    alisonlowndes’s posterous: Blowing up footballers + 3 weeks till 10:10:10
    From: Franny Armstrong
    Dearest listees,
    What a fantastically bonkers time we had on the film shoot for our very own Richard Curtis-penned mini-movie last week. First we dressed up a load of friendly 10:10 volunteers as office workers and blew them up in West London. Then we took over Camden School for Girls (see article in local rag) and blew up some schoolchildren. Then we headed down to Tottenham Hotspurs’ training ground and blew up some footballers (including even-taller-in-real-life Peter Crouch). And finally we went to a sound studio in Soho and blew up Gillian Anderson. With that kind of effort, surely we’ll have sorted out this climate change thing by Christmas?* And when I say “we”, I mean our 35-person full-on grown-up film crew, complete with lighting trucks, portaloos, paramedics and catering vans. Honestly, it was enough to get a girl completely hooked on making movies again – not to mention having to wipe away a surreptitious tear when producer/blagmeister supreme Matthew Fone explained that £400,000 pounds worth of crew, equipment and costumes had been donated by people who love 10:10. Aw…
    Our next innocent lambs are Peter Crouch, Ledley King and two others (sorry, I’m an Arsenal fan). I felt bad for the one who didn’t speak a word of English for whom Director Dougal’s perfectly straightforward instructions – “on action, face the coach and listen to him as though you’re really interested. then when I shout “bang”, jump out of your skins, look towards each other in confusion and then run off in different directions” – went straight over his head.
    http://alisonlowndes.posterous.com/blowing-up-footballers-3-weeks-till-101010

    10:10 have removed O’Donovan’s post below from their website, but here is the cached version:

    Lights, camera and carbon cutting action
    On set at 10:10′s mini movie shoot
    posted by Cian O’Donovan
    Standing at the back of a classroom set watching a master-craftsman go about his trade is truly a privilege, despite the muscle ache. Dougal Wilson, director behind that incredible John Lewis ad and a whole host of zany arty music videos is in his element. Being on-set is akin to standing under the Sistine Chapel as Michelangelo ponders whether those two fingers are going to touch or not…
    The shoot itself took place in Camden School for Girls, a perfect location considering how important 10:10 schools have been for the campaign over the year. And the school itself was beyond generous in their assistance. All totalled, Jamie and company have put together a film that should have cost over £400,000 for virtually nothing….
    http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:OhFPWO56NRsJ:www.1010global.org/2010/09/lights-camera-and-carbon-cutting-action+%22Camden+School+for+Girls%22+10:10&cd=3&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=au

  23. Paul Coppin says:

    QOTW? From Dr. Richard North,

    “With LBJ and the Vietnam War in mind, though, we could perhaps stand outside their office [10:10] chanting: “Hey! Hey! Ten-ten day, how many kids did you blow away?

    But that would be a bit below the belt … wouldn’t it?”

    http://eureferendum.blogspot.com/2010/10/epic-win.html

  24. Konrad says:
    October 4, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    It appears that the 10:10 organisation has acquired 20:20 hindsight.

    =============================================

    Nice one!

  25. John Whitman says:

    Entering the Parody Zone:

    The Early 21st Century Classics in Ideological Environmentalism Humor.

    Episode #2 – From old Eugenie, Franny, Daniel, Lizzie and the whole 10:10 team

    Welcome everyone, sorry our first episode blew up on us, but onward and upward.

    Today, we are excited to present how we promote brownies in a way that actually reduces the carbon footprint of the planet. Yummy and good for the planet.

    Step one – buy 2 lbs of powdered cocoa unsweetened, the quality is irrelevant since we are just going to bury it in the ground. There, doesn’t that make us feel good already? Ohhhhhhh, tingly feeling.

    Step two – About the milk and butter for the brownies, take your crossbow out to your neighbor’s dairy farm (don’t use guns, the ammunition is sooooo carbon rich) and shoot a dairy cow. Yep, you got it. Just bury it in the ground. Tingly, tingly feeling.

    Step three – well, you can see the general process . . . . repeat with the normal brownie ingredients in any old recipe.

    Step four – go the 10:10 website and start a program with a high quality local brownie baking shop. Get them to donate free brownies with a contribution for making a promotional film about the brownie carbon footprint reduction program. Ohhhhh, how clever we are. The kiddies will love it sooooo much.

    Step five – eat the brownies, yummy.

    See, wasn’t that fun. And we sure hope this video turns out better than that last one; probably have Walt Disney Productions do it instead of that edgy Curtis dude.

    Exiting the Parody Zone.

    John

  26. evanmjones says:

    We are also sorry to our corporate sponsors, delivery partners and board members, who have been implicated in this situation despite having no involvement in the film’s production or release.

    We will learn from this mistake. Today I have written to supporters and stakeholders explaining that we will review processes and procedures to make sure it cannot happen again. Responsibility for this process is being taken by the 10:10 board.

  27. Roger Dandy says:

    The Sony Timer claims another victim.

  28. Michael in Sydney says:

    As a long term Sony customer I immediately emailed Sony Australia and complained about their sponsorship of this organization. Good to see Sony take immediate action when the true nature of this organisation became clear.

    Cheers

    Michael

  29. Scott Basinger says:

    This is just criminal and cowardly. I can’t believe they’re using a propagandist strategy of frightening children into compliance now their fear tactics no longer work on adults.

    Sickening. They should be ashamed of themselves.

  30. tom s says:

    carbon emissions?….CARBON EMISSIONS? IT’S CARBON DIOXIDE! Can we call it what it is instead of what it isn’t? In the mind of the unassuming public, Carbon=black=dirty=bad for you . Carbon dioxide=colorless, odorless, harmless. The warmers have bastardized the language once again.

  31. Bill Illis says:

    October 10, 2010 (delayed from the earlier planned date of October 8, 2010):

    The Swedish Academy announced today that the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to the 10:10.org for promoting nightmares in young children and for blowing-up children in the noble cause of reducing CO2 emissions by a miniscule amount. The Academy also congratulated the 10:10 team on providing an immoral video to the new world of the Internet (understanding that such bizarre immoral violent videos go viral on the Internet today even when pulled 24 hours after release).

    For promoting the killing of 10 year olds that do not support coercing their parents into wasting their efforts through reducing 1 gram of CO2 for one day, the Nobel Peace Prize goes to 10:10.org.

    —————

    Don’t laugh. It has happened before.

  32. Please, 10:10 there is one lesson still to learn. The most important lesson of all.

    FREE THE DEBATE.

    Skeptics would love to have opportunities, not for equal MSM time, but for fair interactive debate concerning the science, and the proper handling of science, with those who believe in manmade global warming. Al Gore has had a standing invitation for several years but has not responded so far.

  33. artwest says:

    tom s. “In the mind of the unassuming public, (…) Carbon dioxide=colorless, odorless, harmless. ”

    Sadly, I wouldn’t bet on it. Wait around long enough on some message boards and a hysterical warmist will play their trump card. “If carbon dioxide is so harmless why don’t you stand in a garage with the doors closed and your car engine running!”

    This erroneous impression isn’t helped by the government ads which concentrate on images like exhaust fumes. I am sure the potential for misleading isn’t unwelcome to some.

  34. atmoaggie says:

    Sony can try, but I’ll not be buying. Maybe others will think of conducting a psychological examination before getting in bed with the insane.

    (Not that hard, really, Sony products are junk, IMHO.)

  35. Daniel M says:

    Eugenie Harvey’s apology was to those “working hard to build support for action on climate change”, “corporate sponsors, delivery partners and board members”. Conspicuously absent from this apology were those who should have felt the most threatened by this video: those who have not yet accepted her group’s outlook as well as those who will likely never accept it. Even more reprehensible is the weasel wording that makes the offense a fault of those receiving the message – apologies to those who were “distracted from their efforts” or “have been implicated in this situation”.

    Either way, the whole thing sounds like someone who still believes in the message of this video but is sorry that so many people just don’t understand it. Perhaps they truly wish they could just blow up those people, thus removing their problem.

  36. James Sexton says:

    Lucy Skywalker says:
    October 4, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    Please, 10:10 there is one lesson still to learn. The most important lesson of all.

    FREE THE DEBATE.
    ========================================================
    Nice to hope for, but I’m not sure they’re there, yet. Neither do I believe they’ll ever get there. Even when this debate gets put to rest, they’ll simply shrink to the shadows only to show themselves again under a different guise. If this 10:10 video did nothing else, it exposed many of the alarmists for what they are. The argument for these people has nothing to do with humanity and everything to do with control over humanity. Spin control will engage, and if necessary, and apparently it is, they will throw the 10:10 organization under the bus.

    Let’s not forget, this group was well funded by both corporations and government. They enlisted mainstream celebrity. The video is of good quality(content excepted). Is it really possible that the majority of the world has no sense of humor and that the benefactors had no knowledge of the humorless video at the same time? I’m a flexible guy, but I just can’t stretch that far.

  37. pat says:

    10:10 features in Black’s Blog – and it seems to have sucked all the CAGW life out of him and many of the commenters:

    BBC: Richard Black Blog: Campaigning explodes as climate process risks disintegration
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereporters/richardblack/2010/10/this_week_marks_a_first.html

  38. I wonder how many people would disassociate themselves from James Hansen if the general population became aware of his activism? And of his heated 1988 testimony room?

  39. Amino Acids in Meteorites says:

    October 4, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    and his view of coal trains as trains of death?

  40. …even more horrific “remixes” of the video that are now being propagated….

    probably the most—don’t watch if your squeamish

    [snip let's leave well enough alone ~mod]

  41. James Sexton says:

    Amino Acids in Meteorites says:
    October 4, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    “I wonder how many people would disassociate themselves from James Hansen if the general population became aware of his activism?…..”
    ========================================================
    They were told, they just compartmentalize. Hansen, to them, is a useful idiot. He’s consider fringe by his actions, yet scientific by his position and education. While I’m sure later, this video will be viewed as a production by the extreme and fringe, we should hold this in complete remembrance. Funded by Sony, Kyocera, the U.K. government, O2 and more. Written by a world famous movie writer. Actors and actresses from the X-files, radiohead, etc…. This was well funded, well staged, embraced and employed of world famous people. Well concerted in every way imaginable.

  42. Gilbert K. Arnold says:

    @ artwest: Standing in a closed garage with a car idling will kill you by Carbon MONOXIDE poisoning before the CO2 does. Let’s get our gasses correct! Hmmm?

  43. April E. Coggins says:

    “Meanwhile our thanks go out to all those who support 10:10 and who work to combat the threat of [man made]climate change.”

    Their violent words and thoughts continue. They haven’t learned a thing, but they will be more careful in who they trust and how they present their message. But they still consider this a war against man. They haven’t apologized for that, yet.

  44. Rule number one: Never and I mean never, embarrass your boss! Those sponsors are your boss. The message is not the point, your work, good, bad or indifferent is not the point. Embarrassing your boss is the point. My free advice, and worth every penny, look for a new job in some other line of work.

  45. James Sexton,

    I’m meaning the general population. The general population doesn’t know who James Hansen is and where he works. They don’t know he’s “the grandfather of global warming”.

  46. Walter Dnes says:

    It’s not even original…

    Does it mean that skeptics == Martians who hate country music? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MhgnMX73Pw&feature=related

    Or are the warmers trying to convince us of “The Importance of Not Being Seen… to be a Skeptic” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifmRgQX82O4

  47. James Sexton says:

    Amino Acids in Meteorites says:
    October 4, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    James Sexton,

    “I’m meaning the general population. The general population doesn’t know who James Hansen is and where he works. They don’t know he’s “the grandfather of global warming”.
    ======================================================

    Sad, but probably true. Were it not for CA and WUWT, there are times when I would think I was the only one watching this horrific event unfold. Even still, it is unimaginable to me to let an avowed activist as the keeper of the keys. We can’t be the only ones that know this!

  48. Russ Hatch says:

    Somebody in the USA didn’t get the message. http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/The_Civilians_Receive_700000_Grant_from_National_Science_Foundation_20101004.

    REPLY: Too late, story on WUWT earlier today. Always check the main page first, but thanks. -Anthony

  49. wws says:

    “Today I have written to supporters and stakeholders explaining that we will review processes and procedures to make sure it cannot happen again.”

    That’s simple: as I heard an old Cajun say once, “Pull dat head out dat ass, boy!”

  50. old engineer says:

    artwest says:
    October 4, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    “If carbon dioxide is so harmless why don’t you stand in a garage with the doors closed and your car engine running!”
    ========================================================

    Note that it was the carbon MONoxide, not CO2, in the auto exhaust that killed people. I say “was” because there was a Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) paper a fews years ago (SAE Paper 922335″ Unanticipated Benefits of Automotive Emission Control: Reduction of Fatalities by Motor Vehicle Exhaust) that showed it was getting harder and harder to kill yourself using a modern car running in closed garage. So to the warmist you reply “It is carbon monoxide that kills, not CO2.”

  51. April E. Coggins says:

    James Sexton says:
    October 4, 2010 at 8:24 pm
    “We can’t be the only ones that know this!”

    We aren’t the only ones. Sadly, many people in power are being influenced/bought in order to sell this crap. The media included. Expected corruption is the first indication of a fascist government. We would all be doomed if it wasn’t for the internet that allows for a relatively free exchange. Imagine the world if there had been the internet before Hitler or the Soviets. (Godwins law be damned, sometimes it fits.)

  52. Mauibrad says:

    Nice coverage of “Splattergate,” Anthony.

  53. April E. Coggins says:

    How does this work?

    http://www.1010global.org/donate
    “Cutting our carbon 10% a year, starting in 2010.” What happens after year ten?

    What happens to Sony after year 2050, when they have achieved their goal of “Road to Zero”? If it’s so good, why don’t they cut now?

  54. James Sexton says:

    April E. Coggins says:
    October 4, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    Imagine the world if there had been the internet before Hitler or the Soviets. (Godwins law be damned, sometimes it fits.)
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    In this instance, it fits quite well. The parallels to the dehumanizing propaganda are very alarming. I always felt the use of the D word was a bit of projection, now, thanks to 10:10, I see that my instincts were quite correct.

    A thought, was it 10% of the people shown blown to bits? I haven’t done a head count.

  55. dkkraft says:

    Dug out the dog eared Northrop Frye. Looks like what we have here in terms of plot is 6th phase satire characterised by, well, unrelieved horror. In terms of genre it is of course drama, but in a very ancient form – the satyr play. This reminds me of my favourite quote from Fryes Anatomy of Criticism:
    “Perhaps we could make more dramatic sense out of Titus Andronicus if we could see it as an unharrowed hell, a satyr- play of obscene and gibbering demons.”

    Apparently Franny and her crew see Western Society as something like “an unharrowed hell, a satyr- play of obscene and gibbering demons”

    http://northropfrye-theanatomyofcriticism.blogspot.com/2009/02/fourth-essay-rhetorical-criticism.html

  56. hro001 says:

    Anthony wrote:

    “A new apology today from 10:10′s director, to replace the half-witted first one. [Game show buzzer sounds] too little, too late.”

    Oh, but there’s more … what you have seen (so far!) is “Sorry One” (circa Oct. 1) and “Sorry Two – Take 1″ (undated). Eugenie Harvey has now provided “Sorry Two – Take 2″ (Oct. 4).

    But somehow, I cannot imagine that any number of sorries will succeed in wiping the stain of Franny’s Oct. 1 E-mail to all 10:10-ers:

    “It’s a fairly simple and to-the-point premise, I’m sure you’ll agree: we celebrate everybody who is actively tackling climate change… by blowing up those who aren’t.”

    Love (of ‘no pressure’) is forever having to say you’re sorry

  57. April E. Coggins says:

    James Sexton says: A thought, was it 10% of the people shown blown to bits? I haven’t done a head count.

    Bits of exploding heads are hard to count.

  58. edmh says:

    Now we know exactly how they think, never forget that this 10:10 group amongst many others is also funded by UK Government agencies including the Carbon Trust and the Energy Saving Trust. If these Quangos, (Quasi-autonomous non-governmental organisations), have managements that think like this and have let this outrage happen, they should all be terminated by a government who is trying to save money
    This is especially so when one considers the futility of Man-made Climate Control by the reduction of CO2 emissions.
    See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wy0_SNSM8kg

    10:10 supporters on their website aer:
    SPONSORS
    O2
    is the UK’s leading provider of mobile phones, broadband and SIMs. O2 is partnering with 10:10 as part of its Think Big initiative and will be selling 10:10 Tags in its shops across the UK
    Note that Sony and Kyocero have already been withdrawn as sponsors

    FUNDERS
    The Ashden Trust
    Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
    Wates Foundation
    The GD Charitable Trust
    Jam Today
    The Funding Network
    The Funding Network website

    MEDIA PARTNERS
    The Guardian
    Guardian website
    National Magazine Company

    DELIVERY PARTNERS
    ActionAid: Leading over 1,000 schools on the way to 10%

    Campaign for greener healthcare: Indefatigable decarbonisers of care, and coordinators of the 10:10 Health programme
    Carbon Trust: The last word in organisational carbon reduction
    Degrees Cooler: Supporting 10:10 universities and colleges
    Energy Saving Trust: Purveyors of peerless carbon-cutting advice for individuals and families
    The Great British Refurb: Helping you live in a low-energy home that’s more comfortable, cheaper to run, and massively reduces your carbon emissions
    Green TV: The broadband channel for environmental films
    Olswang LLP: Keeping us out of jail, free
    People and Planet: Keeping 10:10 students ticking over
    Public Interest Research Centre: Climate policy superheroes whose work inspired our 10% target and the Lighter Later campaign
    Pure360: The email marketing geniuses powering our supporter mailouts

  59. TomFP says:

    OK Anthony, I’m ready to concede that underneath Curtis’ carefully-crafted appearance of being a blithering warmist idiot lurks, not a sceptic who has perpetrated the journalistic equivalent of the Norsk Hydro raid on the CAGW movement but – unless he’s playing a very hard game indeed – a blithering warmist idiot.

    But let’s not forget what Curtis has done for us:

    He has perfectly portrayed the coercive, intolerant mindset of the warmies with a clarity they will find extremely difficult to efface, either literally (their “decision” not to seek its removal from Youtube. etc., was merely a bow to the inevitable) or rhetorically.

    He has jogged a lot of “social warmies” into questioning their allegiances;

    His revelation that warmies can be very nasty people gives many people the social “permission” they may need to become sceptical;

    He has added “No Pressure” to the lexicon, as a shorthand for sanctimonious warm-mongering.

  60. Bill Illis says:
    October 4, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    October 10, 2010 (delayed from the earlier planned date of October 8, 2010):

    The Swedish Academy announced today that the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to the 10:10.org for promoting nightmares in young children and for blowing-up children in the noble cause of reducing CO2 emissions by a miniscule amount.
    —————

    Don’t laugh. It has happened before.

    Please be fair with the Swedish Academy. The Swedes award Nobel prizes to real scientists.

    It is the Norwegian Nobel Committee that is responsible for awarding the Nobel Peace prize to Al Gore and IPCC/Pachauri.

  61. Sue Smith says:

    “Subsequently there has been negative comment about the film, particularly on blogs, and concern from others working hard to build support for action on climate change. We are very sorry if this has distracted from their efforts.

    We are also sorry to our corporate sponsors…”

    So they are only sorry for the effect this has had. They aren’t actually sorry about the content – presumably they can still see no issue with that.

    And I see the Grauniad is still in their list as a medai partner.

  62. papertiger says:

    Sony is one, who support the long-term aims of the 10:10 movement and who are actively working towards the reduction of carbon emissions.
    As a result we have taken the decision to disassociate ourselves from 10:10 at this time.
    In our press statement we will be posting tomorrow morning we reaffirm our ongoing commitment to the reduction of global carbon emissions as part of our ‘Road to Zero’ environmental plan.”

    Why are we accepting this? Sony is reaffirming their fealty to a government con game.

    We have the clout to stop this. Keep sending those letter telling them in no uncertain terms that dissassociating themselves from one sub-group doesn’t excuse their active participation in the greater con.

  63. Allen says:

    It just gets better and better. Climategate was vindication for those of the view that climate science was being tainted by an agenda of advocacy. Splattergate is all about the politics of extremist ideology and how the extremists are marginalizing their cause by their own actions.

    I can only hope that the end of the latest “we’re all going to die” scam is nigh.

  64. jaymam says:

    Jimash: October 4, 2010 at 6:06 pm
    “a lengthy post by Sony’s point-person on climate change, Naomi Climer, has been deleted from the 10:10 site.”

    Here it is. I knew it would be deleted so I saved it as soon as I saw it.
    Note that Sony has removed their support for 10:10 which is good. However Sony still have an “ongoing commitment to the reduction of global carbon emissions”, which is bad, because it’s nonsense. Sustainability=Good, Carbon reduction=Nonsense.

    [the following URL no longer works]
    http://www.1010global.org/uk/2010/09/1010-sponsor-sony-prepares-their-101010

    Naomi Climer, chair of Sony’s sustainability leadership group on their plans for 10 October

    I’m really excited about Sony partnering with 10.10 and the global Day of Doing because I know how engaging 10:10 is for staff and the public alike.

    We decided to get more involved with 10:10 because it helps bridge the gap between long-term corporate targets (for us that’s our ongoing ‘Road to Zero’ programme) and shorter term, individual action and it’s a great opportunity for us to take some fun and practical actions to cut our carbon at work and at home.

    We decided to get more involved with 10:10 because it helps bridge the gap between long-term corporate targets and shorter-term individual action

    Since we first signed up to 10.10 we’ve made good progress in getting to grips with our energy consumption and have initiated a number of things such as low-carbon food options, new policies to reduce business travel and encouraging lower carbon commuting options for employees. In the run-up to October 10 we have a wonderfully energetic and committed bunch of volunteers planning loads of engaging and hopefully inspiring activities at our Weybridge, Basingstoke and Paris offices.

    We’re putting a cool videoconferencing and communicator training pod in the office foyers to demonstrate how easy it is to have effective meetings without jumping on a plane. And we’re using our swipe card system to reward people for low carbon travel with a free low carbon lunch in the cafeteria. Staff are even joining a two-hour bike trip round Paris to promote 10:10 and our commitment to reducing Sony’s emissions.

    And finally, I can’t wait to see what the giant 10:10 Tags will look like on the front of the office buildings!

  65. Jeef says:

    viral marketing at it’s finest, this one. 10:10 looks to me like an expendable organisation set up to produce something that will be talked about all over the web – there’s no such thing as bad publicity.

  66. David Snell says:

    Remind me how Alfred(?) Nobel made his money?

  67. Ralph says:

    .

    Official apology from Kyocera.


    From: Tracey Rawling Church
    Subject: 10:10 video
    Date: 5 October 2010 08:09:37 CEST
    To: r******@******

    Dear Sir,

    Thank you for your email, just received. I totally understand your reaction to this video, which was very similar to my own.

    Kyocera Mita UK has supported the 10:10 campaign because we share its ambition to reduce carbon emissions. However, we don’t support the “No Pressure” video and are dismayed by the suggestion that we might have been knowing partners in its production; in fact, we had no knowledge of its content until it appeared online. We consider that 10:10 made a grave error of judgement in its choice of creative approach, which is totally at odds with the inclusive and positive attitude that has been the hallmark of its other activities. We understand that 10:10 has acknowledged its mistake, withdrawn the video and issued an apology.

    I assure you that we are taking this issue extremely seriously. A formal statement will be issued in due course.

    Kind regards
    Tracey

    Tracey Rawling Church
    Director of Brand and Reputation

    —————————————————————————
    KYOCERA MITA (UK) Limited

    8 Beacontree Plaza, Gillette Way, Reading, RG2 0BS, England
    Tel: +44 (0) 118 923 0665 Fax: +44 (0) 118 931 1108 Mobile: +44 (0) 7785 316612
    mailto:Tracey.Rawling.Church@kyoceramita.co.uk
    http://www.kyoceramita.co.uk

  68. Tim says:

    Their will very probably now be a namechange for 10:10 and it may go unnoticed and unreported. They can work through surrogate organisation titles as other outfits have done when under publicity stress. It needs monitoring by a vigilant public.

  69. Ralph says:

    This was the only O2 contact I could find.
    https://www.o2.co.uk/apps/help/help

    .

  70. James Sexton says: October 4, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    Lucy Skywalker says:…FREE THE DEBATE.
    ========================================================
    Nice to hope for, but I’m not sure they’re there, yet. Neither do I believe they’ll ever get there… If this 10:10 video did nothing else, it exposed many of the alarmists for what they are… Spin control will engage, and if necessary, and apparently it is, they will throw the 10:10 organization under the bus.

    James, I agree with you a lot. I see very plainly the unconscious nastiness as well as the “noble cause”. I met Franny while still a warmist. I see the “we trust the science” attitude that cannot believe in the betrayal of Science that has happened. Franny may not hear me but some may and I still want my call (Mosher’s call too) out there, just for the record.

    FREE THE DEBATE

    Here are the main science issues (IMHO) again:
    * The inflation of warming due to a whole basketful of factors like UHI, corrupting the data and insufficiently or improperly accounted-for.
    * The artificial depression of past temperature records due to the very nature of the calibration of proxies, that cannot help but mine for hockey sticks.
    *The artificial depression of past CO2 levels due to a whole basketful of factors including the reasons for CO2′s partial escape from ice cores before measurement.
    * The city-dwellers’ failure to comprehend the vast mass of the oceans, compared with the tiny mass of the atmosphere, and the oceans’ capacity, following Henry’s Law, to outgas CO2 far in excess of all our emissions, at the tiniest global temperature increase.
    * Reluctance to look at what is staring everyone in the face: the Sun and astrophysics: because the measured solar effects, still very inadequately understood, are not large enough to cause the measured temperature changes – although there is correlation.
    * The unstated, unrecognized abandonment of Scientific Method, and adoption of models rather than data, again for a whole basketful of reasons.

  71. AdderW says:

    Jimash says:
    October 4, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    “a lengthy post by Sony’s point-person on climate change, Naomi Climer, has been deleted from the 10:10 site.”

    I would have liked to have seen that one !

    Of course I do not know if this is the blog comment you are looking for, but this is what I found.

    http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:sh8fdHcV048J:www.1010global.org/uk/2010/09/1010-sponsor-sony-prepares-their-101010+www.1010global.org+Naomi+Climer&hl=sv&client=firefox-a&gl=se&strip=1

    posted by Naomi Climer
    Sony prepares for the day of doing

    Naomi Climer, chair of Sony’s sustainability leadership group on their plans for 10 October

    29 Sep 10

    I’m really excited about Sony partnering with 10.10 and the global Day of Doing because I know how engaging 10:10 is for staff and the public alike.

    We decided to get more involved with 10:10 because it helps bridge the gap between long-term corporate targets (for us that’s our ongoing ‘Road to Zero’ programme) and shorter term, individual action and it’s a great opportunity for us to take some fun and practical actions to cut our carbon at work and at home.

    We decided to get more involved with 10:10 because it helps bridge the gap between long-term corporate targets and shorter-term individual action

    Since we first signed up to 10.10 we’ve made good progress in getting to grips with our energy consumption and have initiated a number of things such as low-carbon food options, new policies to reduce business travel and encouraging lower carbon commuting options for employees. In the run-up to October 10 we have a wonderfully energetic and committed bunch of volunteers planning loads of engaging and hopefully inspiring activities at our Weybridge, Basingstoke and Paris offices.

    We’re putting a cool videoconferencing and communicator training pod in the office foyers to demonstrate how easy it is to have effective meetings without jumping on a plane. And we’re using our swipe card system to reward people for low carbon travel with a free low carbon lunch in the cafeteria. Staff are even joining a two-hour bike trip round Paris to promote 10:10 and our commitment to reducing Sony’s emissions.

    And finally, I can’t wait to see what the giant 10:10 Tags will look like on the front of the office buildings!

  72. Latimer Alder says:

    One more in case it hasn’t been noticed here already. Sensitive viewers may need to look away. Hilarious.

    http://www.metacafe.com/watch/5291308/10_10_no_pressure_downfall/

  73. Golf Charley says:

    They had a group think and thought it would be funny. When they pulled the video, they still thought that it was funny, because they all thought so. The rest of the world was wrong.

    Franny and co, wise up. If you asked a load of convicted child sex molestors for their “groupthink” view, they would say they had done nothing wrong and they enjoyed it. The rest of the world is wrong to judge them.

    Who is more deluded?

    At least child abusers go to prison for the emotional and physical harm they do

  74. Golf Charley says:

    When peer review becomes pal review, becomes consensus and groupthink, mutual back slapping may become mutual back stabbing.

  75. Golf Charley says:

    Latimer Adler@2.07

    BRILLIANT

  76. Robert Morris says:

    Hahaha.

    Its worse than they thought.

  77. Latimer Alder says:

    @golf charley

    On reflection, I found it Hitlarious.

    (Sorry NA guys – too much Goons, ISIRTA and Monty Python in my depraved British upbringing…..)

  78. Paul Coppin says:

    “Staff are even joining a two-hour bike trip round Paris to promote 10:10 and our commitment to reducing Sony’s emissions.”

    This is too funny… Me too! I’ll come! Send me a ticket – I’ll even buy a bicycle when I get there and donate it to some less fortunate Parisiennewho can only bicycle around Paris every day! We will spare no expense getting to Paris to show our commitment!

  79. chu says:

    You have to watch this one.

    Warning extremely graphic.

    http://t.co/PmvhOcv

  80. John Silver says:

    Eugenic Harvest, Frani Riefenstahl and Dick.
    How inappropriate!

  81. Wolfgang Flamme says:

    Btw noticed this sponsor?

    “Olswang LLP – Keeping us out of jail, free” :-)

    W/ italics mine:
    “Olswang is a leading business law firm with a distinctive approach. Our pioneering and problem-solving ethos has established a commanding reputation in the technology, media and real estate sectors, as well as a wide range of other industries.”

    Finally there’s the humour and the irony we’ve been missing. Lots of.

  82. George Lawson says:

    It would be nice to think that the hitherto financial backers of 10/10 including Sony, Kyocera, O2 and the UK Government might use this fiasco with which they are associated to open their minds to the whole AGW debate, and not base their conclusions and corporate decisions on the corrupted science that has been so heavily promoted on the back of huge financial donations of the kind made by these organisations. The 10/10 video fiasco seems to have provided the opportunity for these organisations (at least some) to withdraw their support for what is increasingly seen as a flawed message being put out by the AGW fanatics against an increasingly sceptical public, a public who cannot understand why the warmists will not enter into an open scientific debate against respected scientists who are capable of putting forward lucid and logical arguments against the discredited, but heavily promoted, AGW science.

    Come on Sony et al why don’t you finance and organise an open scientific debate on AGW in the UK or the US without taking a pre-conceived position on the subject. I believe such a debate would bring infinitely more goodwill to the organising company, providing of course that the sceptic side was allowed to choose their own speakers.

  83. RockyRoad says:

    This despicable ad was aired by Glenn Beck last night, and so a huge segment of the population has seen it that otherwise wouldn’t have seen it. Glenn’s commentary was spot on, too–lambasting the very idea of such a horrible piece. I’m sure those responsible for this ad wish they had never even thought up the idea; it will probably be held forever more as the iconic example of idiocy and perversion.

    (I’m worried about the psychological health of the children that took part in the production of this gorry mess–how many nightmares will they have?)

  84. Steve says:

    10:10 (i.e. SpannerFilms) are now trying to get YouTube to remove the parodies, using copyright…. this was the Muslim one:
    http://www.youtube.com/?v=5IrtItfWn1E

    This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Spanner Films Ltd.

  85. Cold Englishman says:

    video which was conceived, produced and released by 10:10 entirely without the knowledge or involvement of Sony.

    No chums you don’t get away with that. Your involvement is absolute because you give them money, yes Mun Knee, dough, dosh. If you give funds to idiots, expect to see idiocy, so I have a message for those nice folks at Sony trying to distance themselves from this. Sorry no pressure. I have many Sony items in my home – there will be no more. Neither will I do business with O2. Others might care to join me, so that a strong message is sent to corporations, to beware of those you befriend.

    [ Fixed tags. end with "/letter" not the "letter /" you had. -mmod]

  86. Golf Charley says:

    Steve at 4:52

    Where are Spanner Films getting the legal funding from to do this? It wouldn’t be more UK taxpayers money?

  87. John Whitman says:

    UK gov’t & funding the NP video?

    There is something rotten in the state of Denmark UK.

    John

  88. John from CA says:

  89. Jeremy says:

    Josh has a new cartoon up on this.

    http://cartoonsbyjosh.com/Gore_extra.jpg

  90. The relationship between big corporations and the global warming crusade provide powerful tests of explanations of how capitalism works. People on the left tend to assume that oil companies, for example, would fund skeptics – they don’t think of testing their theory by looking at evidence that BP gave millions to research global warming (it’s in the UEA emails) or that leading skeptic Steve McIntyre depended on his readers for donations in order to attend a debate in London this summer.

    Companies usually behave neither like the heroic capitalists of Ayn Rand’s fiction, nor the evil ones of Karl Marx’s. They are highly sensitive to public perception, and as a result, surprisingly liberal. As a result, many of them have scrambled to board the Titanic of climate change science, believing that the icebergs have all melted. As the tide of faith ebbs, they are jumping ship.

  91. Keith says:

    I just dropped an email to the O2 press office asking for their position on the video; their response:

    “Thank you for your email to the O2 press office.

    Along with 100,000 members of the public, leading businesses, schools and universities, local authorities and NHS Trusts, O2 supports the aims of the 10:10 campaign. We acknowledge our responsibility to the environment and are committed to reducing our carbon emissions both as an organisation and in society as a whole. 10:10 is an independent organisation and we don’t ask for editorial control over the content of its campaigns.”

    Fair enough, but not having editorial control or awareness at least does not preclude the effects of negative PR from this. Or rather how did they allow themselves to put in such a position in the first place? For most big businesses protecting their investment in their brand and market position is of utmost importance (anybody remember Gerard Ratner and the quote that their earrings were “cheaper than an M&S prawn sandwich but probably wouldn’t last as long”, that business went under quicker than the Titanic).

    Seems rather odd for such a large business to take such a “Laissez-faire” approach to who they associate their brand with.

  92. Richard Sharpe says:

    AdderW says on October 5, 2010 at 2:01 am in response to someone else:

    Of course I do not know if this is the blog comment you are looking for, but this is what I found.

    http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:sh8fdHcV048J:www.1010global.org/uk/2010/09/1010-sponsor-sony-prepares-their-101010+www.1010global.org+Naomi+Climer&hl=sv&client=firefox-a&gl=se&strip=1

    posted by Naomi Climer
    Sony prepares for the day of doing

    Naomi Climer, chair of Sony’s sustainability leadership group on their plans for 10 October

    29 Sep 10

    I’m really excited about Sony partnering with 10.10 and the global Day of Doing because I know how engaging 10:10 is for staff and the public alike.

    We decided to get more involved with 10:10 because it helps bridge the gap between long-term corporate targets (for us that’s our ongoing ‘Road to Zero’ programme) and shorter term, individual action and it’s a great opportunity for us to take some fun and practical actions to cut our carbon at work and at home.

    We decided to get more involved with 10:10 because it helps bridge the gap between long-term corporate targets and shorter-term individual action

    Since we first signed up to 10.10 we’ve made good progress in getting to grips with our energy consumption and have initiated a number of things such as low-carbon food options, new policies to reduce business travel and encouraging lower carbon commuting options for employees. In the run-up to October 10 we have a wonderfully energetic and committed bunch of volunteers planning loads of engaging and hopefully inspiring activities at our Weybridge, Basingstoke and Paris offices.

    We’re putting a cool videoconferencing and communicator training pod in the office foyers to demonstrate how easy it is to have effective meetings without jumping on a plane. And we’re using our swipe card system to reward people for low carbon travel with a free low carbon lunch in the cafeteria. Staff are even joining a two-hour bike trip round Paris to promote 10:10 and our commitment to reducing Sony’s emissions.

    And finally, I can’t wait to see what the giant 10:10 Tags will look like on the front of the office buildings!

    Email Sony and let them know that we remember their involvement with that disgusting 10:10 organization … and that we can vote with our money.

    I am doing so.

  93. Richard Sharpe says:

    Follow this link and let them know that their brand has now become entwined with the disgusting 10:10 organization!

    http://news.sel.sony.com/en/corporate_information/emailcontact.php?extname=John_Dolak

    Reached from here: http://news.sel.sony.com/en/corporate_information/contact_us

  94. DaveF says:

    Keith Oct 5 8:15 am:
    Hallo, Keith. I got the exact same reply from O2 as you did. I wonder how many they had to send? I wonder if they’re still feeling as defiant now they’re on their own?

  95. Keith says:

    Hi DaveF.

    I told them they were on their own and provided links as proof – seems a stock answer to give them some wiggle room either way until they make a decision.

    BTW the youtube views are up beyond 450,000 now on the main copy…

    Keith

  96. DirkH says:

    Let Sony and Kyocera off the hook. They reacted quickly and will be careful to avoid another fiasco like this.
    Far more important is the government sponsorship of 10:10. Might be a remnant of Nu Labor, but IMHO the Brits have a word to say to their new government. Didn’t they want to cut expenses anyway? Good opportunity.

  97. TJS says:

    Serves Sony right for their sell-out to the greenies. This alerts us all that some greenies are sick, twisted, evil people.

  98. hro001 says:

    RockyRoad says:
    October 5, 2010 at 4:44 am

    “(I’m worried about the psychological health of the children that took part in the production of this gorry mess–how many nightmares will they have?)”
    ======

    And speaking of the kids … consider the words of the child-actor, Jamie Glover, who (according to the Guardian) is reported to have said:

    “I was very happy to get blown up to save the world.”

    I shudder to think how many potential eco-jihadists he might be “inspiring”. What’s Gaia promising them … 72 trees on the other side?

  99. Latimer Alder says:

    Sony’s European Head Office in Weybridge is about 1 mile from here.

    Any amusing/seditious/ace wizzbang ideas of a stunt I could pull outside on 10/10? Just a thought……

  100. Andy says:

    I’m a teacher and I live down the road from Camden School for Girls. I will be contacting the headteacher very soon to make them aware of the general public revulsion about this film (although I’m sure they may be aware already).
    BTW I emailed O2 to register my disgust (I’m a customer of their’s). ‘Sarah’ from the press office told me they don’t sponsor 10:10. Oh dear – I think I’ll just have to send her the link to 10:10′s sponsor web-page!

  101. MikeP says:

    Latimer Alder,

    I suppose you could pop some tomato juice filled balloons, or have a red dye filled water balloon fight. If people were wearing mostly white clothing, it could be an impressive photo op and probably fun also (as long as you didn’t care much about needing to wash your clothes after).

  102. peter maddock says:

    I got a slightly different reply from O2 yesterday ……. at 4 October 2010 10:23:42 AM GMT+01:00 from sarah.taylor@o2.com ……. saying they do not sponsor 10:10 !!

    “Hi Peter,

    Thank you for your email to [the O2 press office].

    O2 is not a sponsor of 10:10. Along with 100,000 members of the public, leading businesses, schools and universities, local authorities and NHS Trusts, O2 supports the aims of the 10:10 campaign. We acknowledge our responsibility to the environment and are committed to reducing our carbon emissions both as an organisation and in society as a whole. 10:10 is an independent organisation and we don’t ask for editorial control over the content of its campaigns.

    Kind regards

    Sarah”

  103. andy says:

    Peter Maddock,

    Having received the same reply that from O2 that you did, I decided to send them the following e-mail:

    ‘As a customer of O2, I recently sent an e-mail to you regarding your support of the 10:10 campaign. I wrote to express my disgust at the violent and vindictive ‘No Pressure’ film that was made by the 10:10 group, and suggested that you may want to withdraw your sponsorship of such a group. A member of your team called Sarah replied to my e-mail with the following message (my emphasis):

    “O2 is not a sponsor of 10:10. Along with 100,000 members of the public, leading businesses, schools and universities, local authorities and NHS Trusts, O2 supports the aims of the 10:10 campaign. We acknowledge our responsibility to the environment and are committed to reducing our carbon emissions both as an organisation and in society as a whole. 10:10 is an independent organisation and we don’t ask for editorial control over the content of its campaigns”

    As you can see from the above, Sarah clearly stated that O2 did sponsor the 10:10 group or their campaign. However on 10:10′s website I found a picture of one of your shop windows clearly displaying the 10:10 logo:

    I also found the following on 10:10′s site:
    “SPONSORS
    O2
    O2 is the UK’s leading provider of mobile phones, broadband and SIMs. O2 is partnering with 10:10 as part of its Think Biginitiative and will be selling 10:10 Tags in its shops across the UK”

    The link can be found here:
    http://www.1010global.org/uk/partners

    Either your employee, Sarah, was lying to me or she is unaware of the major campaigns your company is involved in. I presume it is the latter.

    Would you please confirm to me as to whether or not you will be withdrawing your sponsorship of the 10:10 organisation, who have created a film that encourages violence towards people (especially children) merely because they hold a different view to other people regarding an un-proven theory such as AGW.

    (Please note, that other major sponsors of 10:10, such as Sony, have publicly withdrawn their sponsorship of 10:10)

    Regards,

    Andrew Wilkins’

  104. andy says:

    Whoops,
    For some reason in my last post, the copy of my e-mail failed to show my added emphasis of ‘O2 is not a sponsor of 10:10′
    Seems the bold function decided not to work when I copied the e-mail to my post.

    It also didn’t show the picture of the shop window that I’d included in the e-mail.
    Never mind, I’m sure you got the drift of my e-mail!

  105. Keith says:

    BTW Had a look at the Ashden Trust website, see here

    10:10 video “No Pressure”

    The Ashden Trust shares the concern that has been expressed about the 10:10 video, “No Pressure”. We are pleased to see that 10:10 has withdrawn the video and apologised publicly for any offence caused. As the apology makes clear, those who have supported 10:10 had “no involvement in the film’s production or release”. The Trust remains committed to the stated goals of the 10:10 campaign, which is to encourage the reduction of CO2 emissions by 10% by the end of 2010.

    Again, the weak excuse of we had no editorial control, therefore not our problem is used.

    Note: This trust is part of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts – i.e Sainsbury Supermarkets… anyone for shopping at Tesco or M&S instead?

  106. Paul Nevins says:

    If Mr Harvey was really sorry he could use some of the money they are getting from the government and their sponsors to train himself and everyone involved in this project in scientific method. Raising awarenes about how scientific method works and it’s requirement of, for example, experimental reproducibility would be so much more valuable to everyone than this piece of filth they produced.

    Of course if you understand scientific method at all it is pretty darn hard to believe in CAGW.

  107. Robert says:

    One has to wonder if the intention of Curtis, et al, was to ramp up the militancy among the eco-nuts. Don’t get me wrong – I’m an environmentalist – but I’m not swayed by green politics or by the rantings of militant ecoism.

    The offending video is the eco equivalent of other militant groups, whether they be those in Northern Ireland or in the Middle East: Agree with us, be one of us, or we’ll kill you.

    Maybe Curtis did intend it as a spoof; a Pythonesque parody that went horribly wrong.

    But, imho, the worst aspect of it is that it’s likely to encourage the militants and ignorant politicians to increase the amount of idiotic legislation and moronic court decisions (Kingsnorth vandals) that now seem the norm in the UK.

  108. Bruce Cobb says:

    They are sorry that they miscalculated and that, thanks to the internet, and some bloggers raising a stink about it, creating a tsunami of protests and they had to take it down. They are sorry for the damage it has done to their organization, groups that supported them, and the CAGW/CC/CD cause in general.
    We, on the other hand should be grateful to them for this unexpected gift, providing a disturbing look into the blackened soul of an entire movement based on a lie. So, thank you Franny, Eugenie, and all your friends. And I mean that with all sincerity.

  109. David A. Evans says:

    Well here’s my email to O2

    To whom it may concern.

    When are you going to back away from & withdraw support for the 10:10 group who produced the vile video “No pressure”?

    These particular activists are out of control and even 350.org have backed away from them.

    Regards.

    An O2 customer.

    For now. (No pressure)

    They will know that I represent more than one account as they have my email on record

    DaveE.

  110. @pat (October 4, 2010 at 6:22 pm) – you’re sorry for being an Arsenal fan? Well how do you think I feel? I’m Spurs and a skeptic!?! :-(

  111. John Smith says:

    Good to see Sony take immediate action when the true nature of this organisation became clear.

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