Blow Me Up, Blow Me Down

Screencap from 10:10's "No Pressure" video 10/1/10. Click to watch a version with comments from around the web

Guest post by Thomas Fuller

Well, with the calming passage of 24 hours, let’s take another look at the 10:10 video showing the splatterfest of gore as skeptics play the more volatile roles from the worst portions of the movie ‘Scanners.’

It’s still disgusting.

I spent four years in the Navy and have seen a lot. The film did not upset me physically or emotionally. My reaction was mental (Cue Michael Tobis: “See? Fuller’s going mental…”)

What disgusts me first is its target. The video is meant for the young. Young people get blown up by a calm and engaged teacher in the first scene, and music and sports and film figures appealing to the young are both victims and perpetrators throughout.

Our reaction is irrelevant. They are not talking to us. They are talking to our children.

What are they saying? That it’s okay to ostracize, bully and dismiss those who don’t agree that climate change is uber alles (Oops! Godwin alert, Godwin alert) and that skeptics or the children of skeptics are fair game for… whatever.

As there is no real attempt at humour in the video, there’s no point in pretending it’s a parody. It’s instructional. It’s not even aimed at helping children work towards reducing emissions. It’s about helping children take aim at those who do not.

This is worse than Orwellian, although Eric Blair would certainly understand the meaning behind this message. And I don’t want to (and internet traditions would forbid me in any case) link this to the propaganda tactics of World War II. So somewhere in between those two, there is a special place in hell reserved for those whose intent it is to legitimize the cruelty of children towards each other based on what has evidently become a religious belief. And I hope that none of the film’s makers reaches that special place ahead of their allotted timespan–but I hope they get there.

Joe Romm and Bill McKibben have already announced they are ‘Shocked! Shocked!’ that gambling is going on in their casino and that their perpetual campaign of invective and calumny has produced people who actually believe them and hate skeptics. So I guess it’s no harm, no foul. Just as it was not their fault when a disturbed environmentalist took hostages at the Discover Channel headquarters, just as when the WWF made an ad showing planes flying into New York skyscrapers, just as when a Greenpeace blogger told skeptics the world over that ‘we know where you live.’ And as Anthony Watts knows full well, they also know where you work. But none of this is the fault of those who whip up the frenzy and the furor of those stupid enough to believe their hyperbole, enough to do something vicious, cruel, stupid or illegal.

So I guess I can’t blame hysterics like Romm and McKibben, who spend their days babbling about hell and high water and related mystical miseries, for any of the troubles we’ve seen. Except for the kids who will be downloading that video tonight. Both William Golding (Lord of the Flies) and J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan) knew full well that children need no help in being cruel.  But this gives them license and legitimacy. And for that, Joe and Bill, I do hold  you responsible. You sent the message first–it took years for 10:10 to make it explicit.

Thomas Fuller http://www.redbubble.com/people/hfuller

Blow Me Up, Blow Me Down

Thomas Fuller
Well, with the calming passage of 24 hours, let’s take another look at the 10:10 video showing the splatterfest of gore as skeptics play the more volatile roles from the worst portions of the movie ‘Scanners.’
It’s still disgusting.
I spent four years in the Navy and have seen a lot. The film did not upset me physically or emotionally. My reaction was mental (Cue Michael Tobis: “See? Fuller’s going mental…”)
What disgusts me first is its target. The video is meant for the young. Young people get blown up by a calm and engaged teacher in the first scene, and music and sports and film figures appealing to the young are both victims and perpetrators throughout.
Our reaction is irrelevant. They are not talking to us. They are talking to our children.
What are they saying? That it’s okay to ostracize, bully and dismiss those who don’t agree that climate change is uber alles (Oops! Godwin alert, Godwin alert) and that skeptics or the children of skeptics are fair game for… whatever.
As there is no real attempt at humour in the video, there’s no point in pretending it’s a parody. It’s instructional. It’s not even aimed at helping children work towards reducing emissions. It’s about helping children take aim at those who do not.
This is worse than Orwellian, although Eric Blair would certainly understand the meaning behind this message. And I don’t want to (and internet traditions would forbid me in any case) link this to the propaganda tactics of World War II. So somewhere in between those two, there is a special place in hell reserved for those whose intent it is to legitimize the cruelty of children towards each other based on what has evidently become a religious belief. And I hope that none of the film’s makers reaches that special place ahead of their allotted timespan–but I hope they get there.
Joe Romm and Bill McKibben have already announced they are ‘Shocked! Shocked!’ that gambling is going on in their casino and that their perpetual campaign of invective and calumny has produced people who actually believe them and hate skeptics. So I guess it’s no harm, no foul. Just as it was not their fault when a disturbed environmentalist took hostages at the Discover Channel headquarters, just as when the WWF made an ad showing planes flying into New York skyscrapers, just as when a Greenpeace blogger told skeptics the world over that ‘we know where you live.’ And as Anthony Watts knows full well, they also know where you work. But none of this is the fault of those who whip up the frenzy and the furor of those stupid enough to believe their hyperbole, enough to do something vicious, cruel, stupid or illegal.
So I guess I can’t blame hysterics like Romm and McKibben, who spend their days babbling about hell and high water and related mystical miseries, for any of the troubles we’ve seen. Except for the kids who will be downloading that video tonight. Both William Golding (Lord of the Flies) and J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan) knew full well that children need no help in being cruel.  But this gives them license and legitimacy. And for that, Joe and Bill, I do hold  you responsible. You sent the message first–it took years for 10:10 to make it explicit.
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I’ve just finished posting my own 24-hours-later thoughts. My concluding remarks are pretty much in sync with Tom’s:
If We Are Not Free to Disagree, We Are Not Free

I don’t see this as something directed at kids, I see it as form of self expression, a fantasy of what people at 10:10, 350.org, etc. would like to do with the skeptical community – simply make us disappear with no concern, no regrets, and an unstated appreciation that we will have made a 100% cut in our carbon footprint.
That, and their complete comfort at lying to people who disagree with them.

jeremy of W.A.

Go and view Monty Python and the holy Grail. Look up Satire in the dictionary. Then take a course in being British (N.B. work very hard on the Irony / Sarcasm section)
Finally review the video again and posit a new opinion.
I’m not in the least surprised that the majority of Warmists who have a problem with this are American, as are the majority of Climate Realists.
It’s a cultural thing.

I too have come to similar conclusions about this video here. Using young children AND having young children blown up in front of other young children by an authority figure is really well beyond what anybody could classify as acceptable – regardless of the cause.
Interesting though was the fact that in the related videos (4th or 5th) was ‘CO2 Regulation: The Essence of Immorality’ – maybe Google takes into account the content of comments as well when working out what is related. Either that or reality itself has a bone to pick with the 10:10 crowd..

Cassandra King

I see this disgusting film as a direct and stark warning for all normal people whatever camp they belong to, sceptics and alarmists both have a direct stake in coming down hard on on this hate product and stating clearly together that it has no place in our civilisation.
Its time to put our differences aside and fight this kind of sickness together because if we do not the consequences for all of us could be disastrous, the legitimization of cruelty and casual violence toward those thought to be different must be squashed ASAP, once children have that blood lust within them it is almost impossible to remove it.
The world saw the ugly results in the 30s and we very nearly succumbed to a dark age.
This was not comedy, this was never meant to be funny and the claim should be exposed for the lie it is. There is nothing funny about the training our our young to despise and hate the untermenschen. I urge any doubters to watch a film called ‘the eternal Jew’ it shows what goes through the mind of a film maker with a political message of hate to peddle.

David Walton

Our reaction is irrelevant. They are not talking to us. They are talking to our children.
Precisely. But no pressure.

Jeff Wiita

They say that the video has been taken down at URL

but I still find it at URL

The organization’s name, 10:10, and their push to reduce carbon emissions by 10%, coupled with the slaughtering of a few dissenters in every scene (roughly 10%?), reminded me of the Roman disciplinary practice of decimation.
Decimation was a punishment imposed on Roman military units for failure, cowardice, or mutiny in which one in ten (10% of) soldiers were selected by lot to be slaughtered by their comrades. Only the decimated victims in 10:10′s video are chosen for this ultimate punishment by their failure to make the “right” choice. No pressure. Decimating the global population sure is one way to reduce carbon emissions by 10%…
For more on my take on this video, see my blogpost: 10:10′s Decimate the Global Population Campaign.

April E. Coggins

I am still trying to decide if the video was made to desensitize their base or alarm us. Or both. This was clearly a propaganda video made by a master of film. What is the message he is trying to send? Strange as it sounds, I wonder if the film maker didn’t intentially expose this group, all the while the lefty group-thinkers were so eager to get along that they dared not question him for fear of being exploded, socially.

jeremy of W.A
I’m half American and half English (by geography not birth.) The Holy Grail is one of my favorite movies and I have watched most Black Adders.
This piece of crap is not comparable for many reasons. It is a hate piece targeted at children.

Evan Jones

Go and view Monty Python and the holy Grail. Look up Satire in the dictionary. Then take a course in being British (N.B. work very hard on the Irony / Sarcasm section)
Finally review the video again and posit a new opinion.

But no pressure!

wayne

You are right Thomas, this was no out-of-this-real-world sci fi film that even kids can separate from reality. Many people might think people commenting are upset is because the film upset them. Contraire. I’m old enough to see through it without damage. People are commenting and are upset with what it will do to millions or more innocent minds out there include all of the world’s children and grandchildren. It either teaches them 1) lifelong fear or worse 2) the feeling that another’s life is worth nothing that doesn’t agree with them.
Where the hell is the FBI and Interpol who have the responsibility to protect citizens and their children from such blatant filth. This is a mass-murderer maker. As I understand it this film is now being passed out privately and underground and out of the public’s scrutiny. Is it going to make it’s way into schools and colleges?
This is nothing but terror at it’s core. Plain and simple. They d–ned well better be thankful I do not have any real power over their futures and the futures of the people who caused them to feel they needed to make such a film.

Evan Jones

P.S., if this were Monty Python, Monty Python wouldn’t be Monty Python.

Al Gore targets youth too:

ImranCan

The video shouldn’t be called 10:10. It could have been 7/7. A group of people decide they don’t like the opinions or way of life of another group so they do exactly what was shown in this video … they push a little red button and blow them all to pieces.
London Underground, July 7th, 2007 …… 50 dead. Countless more scarred for life.
What was the bloody difference between that and the this 10:10 video ?

jeremy of W.A.

Steve Goddard says This piece of crap is not comparable for many reasons. It is a hate piece targeted at children.
Well, looking at the first scene I see a number of stereotypes being developed. The goody-goody two shoes cycling girl, the ‘honest’ suggester of sensible ideas, and finally the malcontents.
As I remember my childhood at that age, the first two were of very low repute while the malcontents were generally popular.
That the malcontents were blown up was – and still is – uber cool. Hono(u)r to them.
I showed my kids the clip and all they could do was laugh.
I’m starting to suspect the script-writer was acting as a double agent

Evan Jones

All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
And parts is parts.
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTzLVIc-O5E&fs=1&hl=en_US]

Andrew W

The last two paragraphs could easily be rewritten to point the other way; it’s the sceptics like you and Anthony who’re ‘Shocked! Shocked!’ that gambling is going on in their casino and that their perpetual campaign of invective and calumny has produced people who actually believe them and hate warmists! And given that those two paragraphs immediately follow a sentence in which you say you hope the films makers go to hell . . . . well, don’t you realize how one eyed (I’m playing nice) that makes you?

Arthur King of the Britains

Jeremy, I know the Black Knight and David Ginola is no Black Knight.

Kan

Jeremy of W.A
I thought at first it was just over the top British humor as well. Then I read the interviews of the cast, and the producers.
Still looking for the wink, not seeing it.

Rick Bradford

You know that this particular bunch of AGW clowns have made a mistake when even Joe Romm feels obliged to trash them: “The video is beyond tasteless and should be widely condemned.”

jeremy of W.A. says:
October 1, 2010 at 9:26 pm
Go and view Monty Python
Monty Python had a different feel to it. What they did was intended to be funny. This 10:10 video is shocking and sickening. People who persist in saying it is funny to those who are shocked by it may need to do some soul searching. Even the makers of the film aren’t defending it to those who are offended by it.
Monty Python’s “Tennis Anyone? Monty Python’s “Sam Peckinpa’s Salad Days.” ” may be one of the skits you are referring to, jeremy of W.A., when comparing this horrible 10:10 video to Monty Python. But that skit was funny and obviously meant to be funny.
I think to call the 10:10 video funny may partly be due to passive aggression in some people.

This Jon Stewart segment takes a while to get going, dances around the subject, contains crude language and concepts, and is sure to rile some people up, but the parallels are there, so here it is:
http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-february-2-2010/story-hole—children-s-cartoons-from-hamas

savethesharks

I agree with the previous posters that this was aimed at children.
Indeed, listen to the comments of two of the child actors in the film, from the now youtube banned “behind the scenes” video:
One young chap of about age 10 who was blown up in the first scene says something to the effect:
“I am very up…to getting blown up…to save the world.”
Then a young teenage teen actor, says, with a smile on his blood and guts covered face:
“Hi my name is Drew Barnard and I think it is fun to explode children…for a good cause.”
!!!!!
Now I am sure what these kids are saying, are with a wink.
We all have the fascination with the blood and guts and halloween and horror. I get that.
This video is not that.
There is an extremely sinister undercurrent here.
It is pure evil….and the producers now realize their error…and now they have retracted.
Good for them. Nice to see some semblance of consciences remain.
But what about the many minds of children you USED and influenced here?
How are you going to retract that?
-Chris
Norfolk, VA, USA

TomRude

They showed who they really are much more graphically than we ever could. So thanks for their honesty… it saved us lots of work.

BFL

The push by the climate groups in the last few decades to gain political and economic control which can so severely affect living standards has added an extra layer of believability in the fascist message of this kind of video. England and most of Europe have already had green energy and carbon initiatives involuntarily forced on them. In the US we are expecting this to happen shortly with the EPA’s forcible and involuntary regulation of CO2 and removal of incandescent bulbs. This may play well with the climate control groups but it is not going to go over easily at all in the US where individual freedom to decide a course of action or to have a choice in desired products tends to be sacrosanct. Considering the kinds of things already in the climate control pipeline, why would anyone not think that this video would back up anti-climate fears at a personal level.

Peter Wilson

This is clearly a major stuff up by the warmists, but I’m beginning to wonder about Richard Curtis. Is it not conceivable than he is actually on our side, and has produced this vile piece of trash to illustrate just what obscene lengths the eco-totalitarians will tolerate.
Surely he was wanting to see how far he could go for just one person to say “hey, you can’t do this, this makes us look like the Khymer Rouge”. But no, these eco-warriors sat through the pitch, the mock ups, the rushes and the previews, and they all thought it was a great idea.
Very revealing as to the mindset involved, I suggest. Thanks Richard, you really showed them up!

a jones

Tom
Like you I am a ex tar: different navy of course.
I simply don’t know what to make of this.
As a sort of second career I have been writing scripts all my life and even directing films and I still don’t what this is about.
Technically they must have spent a fortune which could have been done for a fraction of the price.
But what is it they are trying to say? Apart from an addiction to SFX instead of a proper storyline. Even bad propaganda, sorry when I worked for the BBC they were called information films, need a storyline not some kind of Awful Warning like this.
That is for sandwich board men: the End is Nigh and such like.
Frankly I cannot get terribly upset about exploding people even children on screen, it is fantasy even if it is in appallingly bad taste. Lots of people will attack me for that no doubt: think of the children etc. But within limits, which this exceeds, children do love gruesome tales. So do adults: let the flesh creep. Provided good wins over evil in the end of course.
So in this where is the good?
I can also understand, being British and having written many scripts for UK comedy shows, why these people might have thought it was funny.
It isn’t of course, correctly handled it could have been both funny and driven home a point. As it is does neither and offends many people, and I find the apology for doing this incredibly and pompously self righteous.
So call me baffled, bemused and ready for a home for the bewildered.
Kindest Regards

Doug in Dunedin

jeremy of W.A. says: October 1, 2010 at 9:26 pm
Go and view Monty Python and the holy Grail. Look up Satire in the dictionary. Then take a course in being British (N.B. work very hard on the Irony / Sarcasm section)Finally review the video again and posit a new opinion.I’m not in the least surprised that the majority of Warmists who have a problem with this are American, as are the majority of Climate Realists.It’s a cultural thing.
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Well Jeremy of W.A. I am not so sure about the cultural thing. I enjoy (and understand) the ironic humour of British comedy – watched and enjoyed only last night a re-run of Blackadder – the final of the WW1 series when Darling was forced by the general to join Blackadder and Baldric in ‘going over the top’. This video is completely different. If this was a serious attempt to persuade people to cut co2 emissions, forget the comedic connection. Even if you are British.
The key point reiterated in all three segments was that the perpetrators exonerated themselves from responsibility for their actions knowing full well that they could eliminate the dissenters at a touch of a button – ‘no pressure – your choice’ and then went on to push the button and continue the discourse as though nothing of any moment had happened. Nothing like (say) the general who genuinely believed that Darling wanted to do his duty above all else an go over the top with Blackadder even though the general excused himself from doing the same on the grounds of his advanced years. (Bl—dy old bluff and gormless hypocrite that he was!
You can’t get away from the message in this video. And I have to conclude that the message was genuine. But it backfired. The video should assist the sceptic’s cause – hugely!
Doug

pat

They are crazy. This is, of course, wishful thinking.
Humor would have a far different tone to normal people.

Jimash

Well said Thomas.
This stuff is aimed at children. And echoing Steve it IS hate speech.

Billy Sol Hurock

I think it may be time for Franny Armstrong to appear on ” Farm Films -Celebrity Blow-Up!”

C,mon Franny! Get your voice even more shrill! C’mon Franny, you can do it!
YEEE HA! She blowed up! She blowed up REAL GOOD!
Until next time,
may the good Lord take a likin’ to ya and blow ya up REAL GOOD!

savethesharks

a jones says:
October 1, 2010 at 10:28 pm
It isn’t of course, correctly handled it could have been both funny and driven home a point. As it is does neither and offends many people, and I find the apology for doing this incredibly and pompously self righteous.
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It is none of the above. It is crap. No matter how you label it.
Yah there is some artistic integrity with the production and the special effects.
But it ends there.
There is an Orwellian sickening undercurrent below it all.
And THAT is the reason so many reasonable people are up at arms.
I can not tell you how angry and defensive this video makes me. Good thing I will not meet up with any of the production staff any time soon LOL.
-Chris
Norfolk, VA, USA

Bernie

This has no redeeming value. It is certainly no Monty Python – which are funny when they are (a) understandable and (b) don’t go on too long.
This piece of propaganda reflects the intolerant attitudes of those who are intent on telling us what to do. In this regard, it is the mirror image of what goes on at Climate Progress courtesy of Joe Romm.

Doug S

Whether or not the clip was aimed at children, the potential for this kind of propaganda to be forced on our kids and grand kids is very serious. I believe our public schools are vulnerable to political progressives and their distorted views. The way I suggest we fight back is to support homeschooling and other forms of educational alternatives that reduce central control over public education. Somehow we’ve allowed the progressives to infiltrate the US public education establishment and our children are being fed this kind of garbage on a regular basis. In the end, I think these bas***ds will fail because their views are far outside the sphere of common sense that God gave human beings. Perhaps in time genetic engineering will allow simians to read and write and the progressives can force feed the monkeys their drivel.

jeremy of W.A.

Kan says
I thought at first it was just over the top British humor as well. Then I read the interviews of the cast, and the producers.
Actually I’m very interested in the cast interviews. Unfortunately It’s been blocked on Youtube. Do you have a free link I can view?
Did they interview the script writer as well? If so, what comments were made?

SSam

Well, look at the bright side, now people can know how they really feel about dissenting opinion. In a nutshell, “Obey or die.”
Elsewhere, a fitting example of the UHI effect on steroids. The Vdara “Death Ray” Hotel.
Melts plastic, drives people away from the pool, can probably even cook pop corn if you set it up right.
http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/las-vegas-hotel-pool-sunlight-swimming-tourists/story?id=11739234

rbateman

evanmjones says:
October 1, 2010 at 10:09 pm
Yup, parts is parts.
As Popeye would say “Well, blow me down”.

Tangential to my prior post, the last time I saw Jon Stewart curse so much was in his Climategate segment:
http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-december-1-2009/scientists-hide-global-warming-data

Evan Jones

Go and view Monty Python and the holy Grail. Look up Satire in the dictionary. Then take a course in being British (N.B. work very hard on the Irony / Sarcasm section)
Finally review the video again and posit a new opinion.

I’m averting my eyes, O Lord.

I can only agree with Thomas Fuller. This is not satire, it is shameless hate propaganda. To even suggest it has any artistic or humorous value, demeans the hundreds of fine satirical works of literature, right back to Aristophanes. It is not the violence per say, it is the underlying message of permission to attack those who disagree with you or are different from you, that is offensive to me. To use children in this way is simply non sexual child pornography. (Someone else came up with that in another thread. I have shameless stolen it.)

AndyW

Oh spare me these fake prudish Victorian attitudes that have suddenly appeared due to it coming from “the other side” and seems to be a stick to beat them with.
Andy

DeNihilist

just showed it to my 18 yr old son, slightly amused, but thought it was sick. Whereas I found it humourous.
And no, it does not show the “real” plans of the left, just like Delingpole does not show the “real” plans of the right.

TGSG

funny, yeah… when I see children blown to bloody bits in a classroom the first thing I do is giggle like a little schoolgirl.
no shame, or no children. sick
that one’s for you David G. commenting on the Aussie dime.
still pissed

ianl8888

It is satire – very poorly done, but satire none-the-less
I also bet that most young kids love it, like “Sean of the Undead” or similar. My children laughed themselves stupid, without believing one single syllable of it
Yankeeland is also known as an irony-free zone, with some justification. I have quite a few US colleagues – knowledgeable, clever, sharp but with their humour I always feel there is a bit missing (or as we Aussies say, a few bricks short of a full load). There is definitely a dead zone in there, a vaguely uncomfortable feeling. And so it is with the obtuse reactions shown in most of the above posts
Ask children if the old and brilliant Bugs Bunny cartoon series ever induced them to go on a murderous rampage, or if they just laughed themselves silly. This is not conceptually different – how many young children have any control over, or even care, how much CO2 they poop?

TGSG

Oh spare me these fake prudish Victorian attitudes that have suddenly appeared due to it coming from “the other side” and seems to be a stick to beat them with.
Andy
Hey Andy (if that is your real name) show me a comparison piece from the skeptic side and I’ll listen. Until you do you’re no different than the people who put out this crap. Sick

Toto

The Killing Fields, Rwanda, Kristallnacht, KKK lynchings, Ireland, Bosnia, Spanish Civil War, American Civil War, etc etc etc. Not all “wars” are fought between countries. You *really* do not want to start down this path. There are evils which lurk within that must not be provoked.

“Nearly all children nowadays were horrible. What was worst of all was that by means of such organizations as the Spies they were systematically turned into ungovernable little savages, and yet this produced in them no tendency whatever to rebel against the discipline of the Party. On the contrary, they adored the Party and everything connected with it… All their ferocity was turned outwards, against the enemies of the State, against foreigners, traitors, saboteurs, thought-criminals. It was almost normal for people over thirty to be frightened of their own children.”
George Orwell – 1984
And this video says, join the party, become a member. As said before, 1984 is a warning, not a manual.

SSam

So… what exactly is prudish about detesting what is essentially a vicarious snuff flick?