Merry Griftmas from Al Gore

As if Al Gore doesn’t already have enough money after selling his failed CURRENT TV channel to the dupes at Al Jazeera for a cool half billion dollars, only to have the viewer numbers crash down so low that Nielsen won’t even rate them anymore, we have this shameless pitch from him in my inbox this morning.

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Well, at least he managed to squeeze in “Happy Holidays”.

UPDATE: Yesterday we had the ludicrous warmist claim that skeptics are funded by ‘dark money’, “up to 1 billion dollars worth” as pitched by Guardian slime-ette Suzanne Goldenberg (which had to be fixed later) but in this pitch, donations to Al Gore are matched by an ‘anonymous’ donor.

The hypocrisy of these people is breathtaking.

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84 Responses to Merry Griftmas from Al Gore

  1. Latimer Alder says:

    The gooey sentiment makes me want to puke.

    But maybe British stomachs are less attuned to transparent insincerity. Was there a picture of a kitten/teddy bear/puppy/Santa as well?

    I retch.

  2. Well I do my bit to spread the truth about climate change. It’s not what the scientifically-challenged Al Gore has in mind though.

  3. Jimmy Haigh says:

    The word that came to mind was “obscene”.

  4. Sweet Old Bob says:

    Well…it is Christmas..and I am sure he is wearing green…
    whether he is Oscar or the Grinch….or both?

  5. Rob says:

    Climate Reality Project, does that refer to altering reality?

  6. omnologos says:

    It’s like they’re admitting global warming is so inconsequential, people have to be told about it.

  7. Robertvd says:

    Should not all holidays be happy ? Merry Christmas.

  8. Jim Watson says:

    If I send a lump of coal, will it be matched by a lump of coal?

  9. George Lawson says:

    Why can’t he use his own fortune that he has made from the Global Warming scam instead of robbing innocent members of the public? he man should be put in prison.

  10. Mr Lynn says:

    “Together, we’re training Climate Reality Leaders to go out into the world and spread the truth about global warming.”

    This is the language of a messianic, proselytizing religious cult. Clearly as far as The Goracle is concerned, there is no longer any need to maintain the pretense of “Climate Science.” His followers must go out and preach the Gospel of Global Warming to the deluded Deniers, and by converting them “Add new voices to our movement.”

    Are there any real scientists who are still taken in by this snake-oil salesman and charlatan?

    /Mr Lynn

  11. PaulH says:

    Yeah, there’s about a foot and a half of global warming in my back yard today.

    I have to wonder about the identity of this “very generous supporter” that AG praises. (No clickable link in the PNG image, thankfully.) Is it an Middle Eastern nation state with deep pockets? It might make sense since AG has financial ties with an OPEC dictatorship via his Al Jazeera transactions.

  12. CD (@CD153) says:

    I for one can’t help but wonder if Gore realizes how irrational it is to be both anti-nuclear AND anti-fossil fuels. The so-called “green” energy alternatives can’t (at least at present) meet our energy needs at current consumption rates. I suspect being dependent entirely on those green alternatives would cause our economy to collapse and send the country into social chaos. Not to mention the fact he has the climate change issue totally wrong.

    This guy is either totally disconnected from reality or totally devoid of any scruples. Or both. To think he quite nearly became our president some years back is enough to make me cringe. President You-Can-Keep-Your-Health-Care-Plan Obama unfortunately isn’t any better — they are both living in a climate and energy fantasy world of which only they are their ilk can comprehend.
    They both deserve to be characters in their own comic book. But I guess that’s what we have Josh for, isn’t it.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.

  13. Grey Lensman says:

    Its not a holiday, Its Christmas. Do you wish people “happy holidays” in the summer?

    The Idea of Christmas is to give freely not ask

  14. Rob Dawg says:

    The BigGov as Big Brother and Nanny State memes are alive in this missive. I particularly retched at the “we are smarter and need to educate others” presumption.

  15. davidmhoffer says:

    Somewhat ironic. The previous thread was about a story accusing skeptics of being paid to recite a script. Followed by a thread about an attempt to raise money to train warmists to recite a script.

  16. Greg says:

    Who’s the “dark money” doner behind that double your money offer? Does he say?

  17. p.g.sharrow says:

    Just another effort by middle eastern empire builders to destroy the west so they can take over the world.
    They use our money and politicians to subvert us.
    They are too late, the tide of opinion is turning against them. The weather is also turning with wide spread snow in the middle east. The hordes of Muslim warriors, that they have created to attack us, are falling on each other.
    Al Gore and his band have lost all respect as he has enriched himself with this foolishness.
    Marry Christmas to all, and have an interesting New Year. pg

  18. Greg says:

    Jeez, the guy is such a used-car salesman. This outfit is now starting to sound like Scientology.

    The climate reality is a cult.

  19. Grey Lensman says:

    Merry Christmas everybody, Santa has landed here and alls well but no snow.

    Have a great day and dont let Al get you down.

  20. Greg says:

    “Santa has landed here ”

    Oh yeah? What’s doing , having test run to make sure he reindeer are firing on all six before the big run tomorrow?

  21. ozspeaksup says:

    I’d also love to know who the moneymatcher is..
    betcha its anonymous..and the records wont be made public.
    the mans deluded and dangerous,
    and so are the ecoloons that follow him.

    Merry Christmas to all:-)

  22. SAMURAI says:

    Well, there goes my appetite for Christmas Turkey…..

    What sickening drivel from a hypocrite who made his fortune from selling his Global Warming advocacy TV network to an oil monopoly….

  23. Speed says:

    1. Who is supplying the match? Why don’t they say?
    2. The goal is $100,000 by December 31, 2013 — pretty small potatoes these days.
    3. The address is a building across the street from the FBI headquarters. Meaningless but mildly interesting.

  24. JohnWho says:

    “…because truth is on our side.”

    Well, is it “truth” when it isn’t based on data, observation, science, or reality?

    Perhaps at CRP (pronounced to rhyme with “trap”).

    :)

  25. Ed Caryl says:

    Speed, they won’t need to walk far to investigate. (But we know that won’t happen.)

  26. Paul Pierett says:

    Can’t beat Uncle Al in tenacity, political use of low information populace and the continued disruption of science research processes. He would make a great used car salesman in his home state of Tennessee. I can picture him on Saturday TV during Big Time Wrestling conning the best of them to buy a Studebaker without an engine.

  27. Bob Weber says:

    Gore is another old narcissistic dog incapable of learning about the real power source of weather and climate “changes”. He and fellow narcissistics are simply upping the ante of abuse onto those who do understand where that power comes from and how that power creates “climate change”.

    He and the dwindling legion of fellow travelers with a narcissistic personality disorder like obutthead will abuse anyone who challenges them or gets in their way. The people here don’t need to imitate that behaviour. The facts are going against Gore in spite of his assertions to the contrary. Al – it is sunspots and solar activity – and the only BS is coming from you.

  28. Frank K. says:

    “Dear Climate Champion”?????!!

    How did we, as a society, ever devolve to this level of complete idiocy? [sigh]

    Well, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all… :-)

  29. scott says:

    “Together we are training Climate Reality Leaders to go out in the world and spread the truth about global warming.”. This doesn’t seem very efficient, don’t they usually round up the deniers and send them to the reeducation camps? Al is rounding up the believers and sending them to the reeducation camp. This makes no sense, I guess he can’t even stand the least bit of dissent in his reeducation camp.

  30. rogerknights says:

    How I’m looking forward to the Coming Cosmic Custard Pie-in-the-Face from the climate gods on Olympus!

  31. Werner Brozek says:

    I know we can do this because truth is on our side. Truth has power.

    It would help Al Gore’s credibility if he were to convince a certain judge in Britain of this fact first.

    See:
    http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/monckton/goreerrors.html

    “The judge stated clearly that he was not attempting to perform an analysis of the scientific questions in his ruling.” He did not need to. Each of the nine “errors” which he identified had been admitted by the UK Government to be inconsistent with the mainstream of scientific opinion.

  32. BradProp1 says:

    They don’t have to “educate” me on the effects. I see it everyday. Them stealing my tax dollars and causing energy costs to go up to support their hypocritical high and mighty life styles. All on the backs of the poor and middle class.

  33. Alan Robertson says:

    What a clever way to line your pockets, Mr. Al Gore.

  34. timg56 says:

    Yesterday I came across one of those satirical Motivational posters. Showed a polar bear taking a dump on the snow, with this title – “The Poll Results Are In!” 9 out of 10 polar bears surveyed think Al Gore is full of crap.

    Not that he cares, seeing how his bank account is full of dollars. I could almost admire the guy for his entrepreneurship if it wasn’t for the fact he is benefiting from causing economic harm to others.

  35. Reed Coray says:

    It sticks in my throat to wish ManBearPig and his ilk a Merry Christmas, but in the spirit of the times I will. However, to my fellow skeptics: “Merry Christmas to all, and keep up the fight.”

  36. leon0112 says:

    Al Gore: The Jim Jones of Climate

  37. Tom O says:

    You are missing the point when you say he is deluded if he is anti-fossil and anti-nuclear. You have to first understand that to him and his “kind,” alternative energy systems CAN power the world of the, say, 700 million or so humans that they believe have a right to serve the noble Gore and friends. With a 10% population, alternatives would be just fine, as will be the narrow strip of land that will avoid being buried by the possible ice age that is luming on the horizon. He is not as stupid as people think since he is gaming the world so as to allow “Mother Nature” to do the depopulating.

  38. gregole says:

    Truth be told, just about anything Big Al and his silly propaganda machine does will backfire.

    Item 1: What catastrophic man-made global warming is referred to here?
    Item 2: What catastrophic sea-level rise is referred to here?
    Item 3: What catastrophic ice-loss is referred to here?

    All are occurring well within historic margins. All are clearly cyclical. The minute margin of CO2 added by Mankind may be having an effect. Whether it is, or not, should be the providence of a few specialists that can stick to the facts and the science.

    It will backfire because if the marginally misinformed average Joe actually troubles himself to even superficially investigate Catastrophic Man-Made-Global-Warming, he will become a fire-breathing skeptic if he has even half a brain. That’s my story – didn’t pay much attention to AGW until 2009 and Climategate.

    Time and the arguments are not on the side of the warmista.

  39. He sounds like one of your patronising TV evangelists, which we fortunately do not have on our side of the Atlantic. His “Happy Holidays” is in keeping with the loony left wing town councils which unfortunately we do have on this side of the Atlantic that do not want to offend non-Christians by having “Winter and Spring Festivals”; normal people of any religion can discuss Christmas and Easter! Likewise in Newcastle upon Tyne Civic Centre you cannot ask for black or white coffee because it can be construed as being racist. These buffoons do not realise that normal people don’t consider it racist even when they are told it is!
    The whole patronising, sanctamonius, we know best, creed of the left wing, sickens me.
    What part of “there has been no global warming for 17 years and 3 months” does Gore not understand?
    PS This must be a record, your US spell-checker has picked up five “mistakes” in my UK spelling!
    PPS A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2014 to all at WUWT, and all the contributors to this amazing website!

  40. Steve Oregon says:

    When one has no integrity and no limits on behavior or tactics this is what one does.

    History is full of criminals who roamed wild & free for a long time only to inevitably meet Karma, their demise, and their maker.

    All of the global warming scoundrels have an appointment with destiny that will not treat them well.

    Their only hope is that as long as they do not admit to anything enough time will pass for them to escape payment.

  41. Jimbo says:

    We can reach people everywhere and help them understand how global warming is affecting their lives,….

    What global warming? I thought it went into the deep oceans. Oh well.

    Why do you need to tell people how ‘global warming’ “is affecting their lives,…”?

  42. SasjaL says:

    Greg on December 24, 2013 at 8:04 am

    In some countries, Santa is delivering on the 24th, in others on the 25th.

    It’s a matter of priority. ;-)

    Merry Christmas!

  43. Colorado Wellington says:

    George Lawson says:
    December 24, 2013 at 7:27 am

    Why can’t he use his own fortune that he has made from the Global Warming scam instead of robbing innocent members of the public?

    There is nothing innocent about arrogant self-righteous stupidity.

  44. Bryan A says:

    I might be tempted to donate…IF…Al baby changes the project name to the
    Climate Reality Awareness Project
    So it can have a more fitting acronym

    I think that awareness is crutial to his endeavor

  45. Can you say Jimmy Swaggart : http://www.rotten.com/library/bio/religion/televangelists/jimmy-swaggart/

    Merry Christmas and shutting the computer off till the New Year. Have a great 2014.

  46. JimS says:

    Gore’s southern accent does remind me of a televangelist whenever I see him in a video. But that message of his is definitely in the order of the evangelical.

  47. Louis says:

    Why do you need to tell people how ‘global warming’ “is affecting their lives,…”?

    So they will donate money that will be used to spread the word and get even more people to donate money.

    There was one reference to using the money for something other than “spreading the truth,” educating people about climate change, or asking for donations. It was in the following sentence:

    “Together, we can and will put a market price on carbon and a political price on denial.”

    It sounds like Al wants to bring back the selling of indulgences for the faithful and the Spanish Inquisition for those who deny the faith. (Either that or he wants to corner the market on diamonds, since he doesn’t define what he means by “carbon.”)

  48. Zaphod says:

    Lacking expertise, I read avidly but seldom comment here.

    But even someone who reads only the MSM for info, would surely recognize that as the work of a slippery con-man! I think he’s overstepped the mark by a long way. Is he desperate? Has he lost it? We don’t have the tele-evangelists here in the UK, but this sounded like a parody of one!

    Grateful thanks for all the team’s work, and Merry Christmas, from a confirmed atheist! :-)
    Zaphod

  49. CRS, DrPH says:

    Greg says:
    December 24, 2013 at 8:01 am
    Jeez, the guy is such a used-car salesman. This outfit is now starting to sound like Scientology.

    The climate reality is a cult.

    Precisely what Prof. Richard Lindzen has been saying for years!

    Lindzen compares global warming to past politicized scientific movements: the eugenics movement in the early 20th Century and Lysenkoism in the Soviet Union under Stalin. However, the MIT professor argues that global warming goes even beyond what these past movements in terms of twisting science.
    “Global Warming has become a religion,” writes Lindzen. “A surprisingly large number of people seem to have concluded that all that gives meaning to their lives is the belief that they are saving the planet by paying attention to their carbon footprint.”
    “There may be a growing realization that this may not add all that much meaning to one’s life, but, outside the pages of the Wall Street Journal, this has not been widely promulgated, and people with no other source of meaning will defend their religion with jihadist zeal,” he added.

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/08/29/mit-professor-global-warming-is-a-religion/#ixzz2oQ1xXKOB

  50. Gunga Din says:

    UPDATE: Yesterday we had the ludicrous warmist claim that skeptics are funded by ‘dark money’, “up to 1 billion dollars worth” as pitched by Guardian slime-ette Suzanne Goldenberg (which had to be fixed later) but in this pitch, donations to Al Gore are matched by an ‘anonymous’ donor.

    The hypocrisy of these people is breathtaking.

    ====================================================================
    But theirs is “dark-green money”. That’s OK.
    (“Ends” and “means” and all that.)

  51. John Mason says:

    The term “Useful Idiots” comes to mind as the perfect people being asked to donate.

    Believing the hockey stick graph of Gore’s film inconvenient truth rather than actually being aware of the paleo climate facts about the meaningless minor uptick in temps as but a pause as we continue our inevitable end to this current interglacial, they will happily fund out of a sense of guilt or even panic to save our planet to support a cause that further enriches the source of the email as his hooks to investment firms that fund green ventures in crony capitalism are public knowledge.

    Useful and Idiots indeed!

  52. denniswingo says:

    Interesting parallel with a televangelist. Gore is a failed seminary student from Vanderbilt University.

    Just saying…

  53. David Vivian says:

    Does’nt Gore realise that Crichton had seen through his scam many years ago

  54. Amber says:

    What a sad little man.At least he reconfirmed it is a global warming cult.

  55. alexwade says:

    “Together we are training Climate Reality Leaders to go out in the world and spread the truth about global warming.”

    Well, then, if the truth and facts are on your side, then you might mind debating someone who doesn’t agree with you. After all, you are right and so a debate with someone who doesn’t believe what you do will only further prove how right you are. And true science requires debate. So, I eagerly wait for your debate.

    But, of course, if you don’t debate, it means you have something to hide. So which is it? Do you have the truth or something to hide? You can shut me and others like me up with an open, honest debate.

  56. Peter Miller says:

    I went onto the Climate Reality website for the first time, it is like looking at an insidious and malignant form of Jehovah’s Witness, with the twin missions of seeking converts and extracting donations.

    As most of us are sceptics, you might like to know what you are in the eyes of Gore’s Climate Reality – these Climate Reality people really are bad dudes to publicly spew out this unadulterated BS. After all, there are some people out there, who are gullible enough to believe it.

    “For most people facing the impacts of climate change, including the majority of Americans, this reality is not controversial. But special interests, with exorbitant funding and support from Dirty Energy companies, have spent decades on well-coordinated campaigns to mislead and deceive us. They carefully planted the seeds of doubt and cynicism into the conversation … so they could slow down or stop the actions we need to solve this problem.

    Climate deniers are following the exact same playbook as the tobacco companies that once denied that smoking causes cancer. They’re doing all they can to make this confusing for us. But 97 percent of climate scientists understand that climate change is a reality. The scientists are not confused. And we shouldn’t be either.”

    But what is the sceptic’s motive to be a sceptic? It certainly is not money, as is the case for most alarmists, The answer it is the truth and trying to avoid self-inflicted economic Armageddon.

  57. Chad Wozniak says:

    Bloody Mess’s piece is another bit of patent evidence that in the mind of the political left, there is no such thing as “true or false” and no such thing as “right or wrong”. There is only the ideology, and nothing else exists, let alone ought to be heard. He and his deluded followers will insist that the globe is continuing to warm at an alarming rate even when the present cooling trend deepens, as expected by rational scientists who have not forsaken their integrity, to the point of the Little Ice Age – or maybe even the next Big Ice Age.

    I’d love to see how he reacts when his tobacco crop is killed by summer frost.

  58. Gail Combs says:

    ozspeaksup says: @ December 24, 2013 at 8:05 am

    I’d also love to know who the moneymatcher is..
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    And who is to say there even IS a Moneymatcher?

    We already know Al lies every time he opens his mouth so why should we expect the truth about a mysterious money matcher… Unless of course it is Shell Oil or BP.

  59. Lewis P Buckingham says:

    In the ‘season to be jolly’ there is nothing freeing or happy about this appeal for money.
    Just to pick some terms used ‘fight of a generation, destructive, mobilize millions, movement, unstoppable momentum, lights a fire, climate crisis.’
    This is the rhetoric of violence and war, not universal peace and love, ‘unlooked for in your highness’ mouth’, as the Bard may have commented.
    Merry Christmas and a Happy new year to you and yours.

  60. Gail Combs says:

    Tom O says: @ December 24, 2013 at 9:21 am

    You are missing the point…. You have to first understand that to him and his “kind,” alternative energy systems CAN power the world of the, say, 700 million or so humans that they believe have a right to serve the noble Gore and friends. With a 10% population, alternatives would be just fine, as will be the narrow strip of land that will avoid being buried by the possible ice age that is luming on the horizon. He is not as stupid as people think since he is gaming the world so as to allow “Mother Nature” to do the depopulating.
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    I have often wondered if that was the actual mission, especially since the CIA investigated the “Looming Ice Age” way back in the 1970’s when Maurice Strong and the UN started the ball rolling on CAGW.

    The CIA and Club of Rome back then were also worried about the ‘Population Explosion and the Eugenics movement was still alive and well. Now factor in Max Planck’s assertion that science advances one funeral at a time. The same can be said about political ideology that has even more of a tendency to become cast in concrete.

  61. john robertson says:

    @Peter Miller 11:49
    You go further than I would,your visit probably counts as 1 million hits by project CR P ‘s count.
    However thanks for your delving deeper, note the projection of Al and crew,they inadvertently tell the truth thro their lies, carefully describing the behaviour of themselves and fellow film flam artists, but then blaming all who doubt their honesty and message, as the villains.

  62. schitzree says:

    Here’s a deal for you, WUWT’ers. For every dollar you give me before New Years, I’ll match it by giving myself a second dollar. It’s like you gave me 2 dollars but it only cost you 1. What a deal!

  63. Kaboom says:

    I think it is safe to say that it won’t be Al’s dollars that match the contributions. He likes his greenbacks too much to waste them on greenie nonsense. He’d rather have another mansion.

  64. Max Hugoson says:

    Since he consider’s himself a PROPHET…can we get him to visit Jerusalem? I understand some noted historical figure made some comment about what happens to PROPHETS in Jerusalem. It would be an interesting test to see if it is still true.

  65. Mike Maguire says:

    If Hitler were reincarnated and brainwashing for this particular cause, his strategy would not be much different than that of the alarmists/warmists.

    The convincing sounding propaganda is there. The education system from first grade through college is now teaching global warming/climate change religion.

    Many of our young people have been fully indoctrinated into the movement and are hypnotized in a way. Their minds are incapable of seeing the truth as everything is interpreted under the assumptions conditioned into them by the brainwash/hypnosis.

    This is no exaggeration. I am chess coach at 4 schools(and have a grandchild in 2nd grade) and know what they teach in science class. Same thing at the college level in courses like environmental science.

    The books, teachers, instructors/professors are just conduits being used to transfer the belief system into young people in a way that gets stored as knowledge in their brains.

    They hear things we say and it registers in their brains like somebody stating the sun revolves around the earth.

    As long as empirical data of key measures on our planet continue to show a booming biosphere, explosive vegetative health, increasing world food production and stalled warming that was probably beneficial when was happening, then the truth that the clinically psychopathic Al Gore speaks of will cause history to look back at him as one of the most diabolical leaders of this generation.

  66. charles nelson says:

    The USA was only a few ‘hanging chads’ away from having Al Gore as its President.
    I reckon Stephen King should write a novel about that.

  67. rabbit says:

    Climate Reality Leaders.

    Wow. I mean … wow.

    Now I’m seeing Big Al as the next L. Ron Hubbard.

  68. bw says:

    Gore is a politician/evangelist. His sole is dependent on having listeners, that’s the basis of insecurity.
    In the real world, no one listens to politicians, there is nothing of substance behind the words.
    It would be nice to ignore him, but there is a danger. As in the saying that evil may prevail if good men do nothing.
    Some day will be written the history of Gore. He will end up in the same place as Goebbels

  69. Lew Skannen says:

    My respect for Al Gore is actually going up. At first I thought he was a deranged religious zealot but now I realise he is just an effective conman dispassionately doing his 9-5 workaday job.

  70. SasjaL says:

    charles nelson on December 24, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    That would be a mix of Misery, Dreamcatcher, It, The Shining and a couple of other …

  71. A.D. Everard says:

    I reckon fossil fuels must be looking pretty good to people right now. It’s becoming more obvious that mining and drilling are much smaller and far cleaner operations than anything the “sustainable” crowd can come up with.

    I’m beginning to think of all academia as being the scourge of civilization. Yes, I realize that is probably not fair, but it all seems very left-leaning and hateful of human endeavour. Haven’t they occupied their seat-of-power for long enough? Isn’t it time to scrape them off and give Engineers their place? Say, for the next 500 years? At least we’ll get ideas that won’t fall down.

  72. Gail Combs says:

    rabbit says: @ December 24, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Climate Reality Leaders.

    Wow. I mean … wow.

    Now I’m seeing Big Al as the next L. Ron Hubbard.
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    Don’t insult L. Ron, at least he could write science fiction.

    Has Big Al EVER done anything useful in his entire life?

  73. Gail Combs says:

    A.D. Everard says: @ December 24, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    ….I’m beginning to think of all academia as being the scourge of civilization. Yes, I realize that is probably not fair, but it all seems very left-leaning and hateful of human endeavour. Haven’t they occupied their seat-of-power for long enough? Isn’t it time to scrape them off and give Engineers their place? …
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    I am afraid I have to agree. Our Grand parents did quite nicely with a grammar school or high school education. Of course that was a classical education which is now only seen in private schools.

    This is the eighth-grade final exam from 1895 in Salina , Kansas , USA . It was taken from the original document on file at the Smokey Valley Genealogical Society and Library in Salina , KS , and reprinted by the Salina Journal…..

    Case Western Reserve’s Ted Gup, in the April 11, 2008 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education, writes about how little his students know:

    “Nearly half of a recent class could not name a single country that bordered Israel. In an introductory journalism class, 11 of 18 students could not name what country Kabul was in, although we have been at war there for half a decade. Last fall only one in 21 students could name the U.S. secretary of defense. Given a list of four countries – China, Cuba, India, and Japan – not one of those same 21 students could identify India and Japan as democracies. Their grasp of history was little better. The question of when the Civil War was fought invited an array of responses – half a dozen were off by a decade or more. Some students thought that Islam was the principal religion of South America, that Roe v. Wade was about slavery, that 50 justices sit on the U.S. Supreme Court, that the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima in 1975.”

    A study by the National Center for Education Statistics found that only 31 percent of college graduates could read a ”complex book and extrapolate from it.” Furthermore, the study found that far fewer college graduates are leaving school with ”the skills needed to comprehend routine data, such as reading a table about the relationship between blood pressure and physical activity.”
    http://www.mindingthecampus.com/forum/2008/04/then_and_now.html

    Is it any wonder that a snake oil salesman like Al Gore gets away with his lies? The voters are brain washed or brain dead. Remember 50% of voters have an I.Q below 100 and the NGOs make sure they get them to vote, (along with the occupants of the local cemetery of course.)

  74. Peter Yates says:

    ‘Climate Reality Project’?? ..
    I reject your cultic ‘reality’ and substitute the real reality!!

  75. High Treason says:

    Al Gore is displaying the classic behavior of an habitual liar. The ever more desperate bits of “evidence” and the pleas for us to act are just to hide the fact the whole lot is a massive scam. The truth is the mortal enemy of such liars. We all know them. We have all had to deal with them. The whole cAGW scene is a fraud of epic proportions founded on an ocean of lies.

  76. Dr Burns says:

    Wow ! A mind blowing target of a contribution of 0.03 cents per American! It shows that people really do care, don’t they.

  77. Go HOme says:

    Charles,
    I am giving thanks this year for the few hundred “chads” that decided to hang in there to the end. Bless them.

  78. Txomin says:

    The pitch cannot be just about money. I mean, sure, they will swindle some folk but this has to be peanuts compared to the funding they get from every elsewhere. And, besides, more money is not going to make their impact on politics any more effective. They have oodles already and they are still sinking. I reckon this is a soft recruitment campaign.

  79. Crispin in Waterloo says:

    I am not sure that comparisons to Ron L Hubbard or Jim Jones are the most appropriate in the case above. it reminded me most of Jimmy Swaggart in his later years.

  80. Peter Miller says:

    Just for the record on ‘Climate Reality Project’.

    Revenue in 2011: $18.6 million
    Surplus in 2011: $. 5.3 million.

    Donor disclosure policy: total secrecy.

    Conclusion: Total hypocrisy.

  81. Grant says:

    The chad- Divine Intervention

  82. TheLastDemocrat says:

    Here are a couple reminders.
    1 Gore was in a masters in divinity program. From adherents.com:
    ” ‘I am a Christian. I am a Protestant. I am a Baptist,’ told Newsweek in an interview in 2002. ”

    Unless he has changed religion, we ought to expect him to wish the world “Merry Christmas.”
    From us Christians, a generally acceptable wish at this time of year is, “Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.”

    “Happy Holidays” doe not cut it.

    2 Gore is one of two leaders of “Generation Investment Management, Ltd.” They manage green investments for VERY large investors. Check them out. Bottom line: Gore makes tons of money as the broker/manager of these huge investment funds. Many are govt retirement funds.

    So, the game is this: get govts to believe in the global warming, get them to commit to paying for various carbon-footprint-reduction schemes, and at the same time, ‘get in on the ground floor” and invest in these schemes.
    Everyone involved makes money off the back of you and me, whether the global warming is real or not.

  83. Just remember that with the left results don’t matter just the intent. Al Gore intends to save the World so all is good. Hypocrisy is just for those that expect results.

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