Not the sort of sort of hockey stick they wanted

Of course, the 10:10 Splattergate video is only one in a series of horrible PR blunders made by the Greens. Read on for commentary and to see yet another shocking example of imagery about killing children in the name of climate change.

From Dr. Benny Peiser’s CCNet mailing, a collection of editorials regarding the 10:10 video:

Businesses Pull Out Of Climate Campaign After Green PR Disaster

Businesses have begun to distance themselves from the carbon-cutting campaign 10:10 over a promotional film the organisation premiered last week that depicts schoolchildren, office workers and celebrities being blown up for not taking action on climate change. Sony UK and Kyocera Mita, two corporate partners of the 10:10 campaign, both condemned the short film ‘No Pressure’, directed by Richard Curtis, today, for being “tasteless” and “shocking”. – GreenWise Business, 5 October 2010

If the goal [of the film] 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. –Andrew C Revkin, The New York Times, 4 October 2010

As often as 10:10 tried to pull the film off YouTube, their critics re-posted it. This, at least, proves what a cataclysmic misjudgement Curtis had made. When you try to satirise the critics of your campaign, and it turns out that those very critics embrace your film as demonstrating exactly what they find unbearable about the climate-obsessed eco-lobby, then you know that you have kicked the ball into your own net. Unfortunately, just as a star footballer who scores a spectacular own goal must now endure his foolishness being viewed endlessly on the internet, so Richard Curtis will have this hanging round his neck, like a stinking fish, for as long as he is successful enough to be worth mocking. –Dominic Lawson, The Independent, 5 October 2010

People who believe that humanity is heading towards destruction as a consequence of its misdeeds often take quiet pleasure in imagining the bloodshed to come. That, at least, is my explanation for Richard Curtis’s decision to make a short film for the 10:10 pressure group of climate change fanatics in which he depicted – with huge relish – children being blown to pieces. It’s important to grasp the quasi-religious nature of the 10:10 pressure group. Irrespective of where you stand on AGW, it’s clear that its pernickety commandments, most of them involving energy-saving lightbulbs, won’t make any difference to the fate of the planet. But they do have a sacred significance, as do the deaths in the Curtis snuff movie. There’s nothing like the prospect of the ritual slaughter of children to excite prophecy believers, in my experience. –Damian Thompson, The Daily Telegraph, 4 October 2010

The young don’t need religion, as the environment gives them all the certainty they need. Greenery, as a secular religion, has come to dominate not just the curriculum, but the imagination. It’s Blue Peter‘s recycled bottle tops on a grand scale: lessons on the dangers of global warming, projects on endangered species, litter-picking exercises. As any parent will testify, pester power is as often employed these days to guilt Dad into separating out the recyclables as to beg for the latest Transformer. Colleagues who have suffered their children’s eco-scorn assure me that no member of the Inquisition was ever so ruthless, ever so certain of his faith, as their tiny Torquemadas. –Robert Colvile, The Times, 6 October 2010


Meanwhile, the last remaining sponsor of the 10:10 Splattergate video, the cell phone provider “O2” seems to be softening a bit.

Richard North has the story at the EU Referendum


A bunch of people have been sending me this, and since it is getting wide play elsewhere, I suppose I’ll have to bring it up here. Last year, the Cannes film festival embraced this mentally repulsive child exploiting ugliness:


Act responsible?

Here’s the image from the upper right:


What sort of idiots would put their logo on something like this? The ones at the bottom apparently.

UPDATE: Apparently there are a few people, still so very dense, that this sort of thing does not phase their beliefs:

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What is it about the fall lately? 2009 gave us Climategate; 2010 gives us Splattergate. It used to be in Spring (Earth Day in April, for instance) when the Eco-crowd went loonier than (for them) normal.

John Lohman

For once I agree with Fuller.


So parents cave into the eco-pressure from their kids that they know is coming from the school system? Talk about surrendering to the worlds influences when raising your kids, wow. I guess I really did grow up in a “red-state” extended-family because all the adults I knew as a kid were constantly casting doubt in my mind and making me re-examine what my teachers taught me.

Jack Savage

It is time to leave this alone. The film speaks for itself and needs no more editorialising.
Perhaps we could all move on to more important things.
I, for one, am starting to feel uneasy about the further massive outpourings.

Gary says: October 6, 2010 at 12:47 pm
What is it about the fall lately?
Its all these planets , you know (Sarc-ozy)


Hmmm – sat chatting with my 15 year old daughter, she tells me they have been shown this video in class today.
She seems totally unfazed by it and says the teacher just showed it as a laugh. I can’t get the context in which it was shown out of her. Physics class, talking about renewable energy/climate change and teacher says “hey kids do you want to watch a video”.
Complain or not – that is the question – was the guy just having a laugh or preaching – I don’t know.

Jon Jermey

“What is it about the fall lately?”
Possibly the run-up to global negotiations spurs activists into thinking that now is the time for a big passionate demonstration of their faith — and cheeses everyone else off accordingly.
I don’t think we have yet established the motivation behind the Climategate leaks, but my guess is that it was some poor programmer being urged by passionate people to work long hours on something that he or she knew privately was complete crap. Nothing saps morale like catering to other people’s delusions.


Bad things happen in October, financial crashes seem to be a particular favourite, and British history has a number of battles, often lost by misjudgement, at this time of year (Hastings; Agincourt; Trafalgar) . Maybe it’s something to do with some sort of fundamental human cycle and its relationship to the weather (or do I mean climate? – and can I have a grant?)


I recently had my nephew to stay. He did question me on what I thought about Global Warming. I ran my finger along one of my bookshelves and handed him what I thought was an appropriate introductory volume: “Global Warming and Other Bollocks”, by Stanley Feldman.


I wish there were something actually TO the self-christened “creatives” other than endless onanism.
That’s why there is no real communication in their art–at least not of the kind they claim they intend.
Art uses a medium to communicate with an audience.
The modern onanists use the audience to “communicate” with themselves.


The Climate Change Child Crusade continues.

Leon Brozyna

One day the eco-loons will find their place in the larger scheme of things. Just think of the possibilities — the WWF running a chain of petting zoos or the Greenpeace nature preserves.


Nibor, it’s worth a question.
I have two highschoolers, and am frequently appalled at the sheer amount of time spent “showing video”, before I even get into the content of same.

Ed Fix

The sole remaining 10:10 corporate sponsor, O2, seems to be having trouble with their website.


The soccer club Tottenham Hotspur FC (THFC) have yet to come out against it, I received e-mail from them that said:
“We took part in the film in good faith. We appreciate that this film may offend some and that others will see it as a typical Richard Curtis tongue-in-cheek approach to raising awareness. ”
Of course, this omits to say what THFC thinks of it though I did find this earlier news article which shows they were aware of the exploding:
“Spurs Lodge was turned into a mini film set on Thursday with a crew from 10:10 at the training ground to film the lads for an ‘explosive’ feature.

Without revealing too much prior to the film being released, the production was an explosive affair with a series of small explosions managed by a expert special effects team.”


I wonder if the 10:10 crowd still think it’s funny…


It’s important to grasp the quasi-religious nature of the 10:10 pressure group.

Man-made global Warming belief bears the hallmarks of what traditionally would be recognised as a religion.
Heaven – (off-grid, wattle & daub housing)
Hell – (runaway greenhouse warming)
Indulgences – (carbon offsets)
Infidels – (warming skeptics)


Vuk etc says:
October 6, 2010 at 1:07 pm
Dear Vuk: Down here in the SH and a week before the preaching of the Prophet, we do not enjoy springtime yet. Hope the moon returning south will help.


Green policies will do its best to help you to speed up your so expected Armageddon.


“Why Climate Change Deniers Should Be Blown To Bits!”
By R.T. Jones
Wednesday, October 6th, 2010
Green Chip Stocks


Four days and counting. I wonder what will become of 10-10.


Jimbo says:
October 6, 2010 at 1:53 pm
You forgot Martyrdom, that’s the best part.
Release the lions!

Bob Diaz

I’m not sure I understand the message of this film; is it, “You will believe in Global Warming and do what we say, or we’ll kill you!!!” ?
Did Bin Laden co-produce this?

I found that my child’s Infant School was signed up to the 10:10 campaign, when I looked at the original 1st October statement.
It signed off with:
Oh Well, we live and learn… Onwards and upwards..
(how to keep digging that hole!)
I showed the Headteacher the Guardian article, and the video…
She looked unhappy after about the 1st minute of what was happening in the classroom.
‘teachers, never do that ‘single people out, etc’
It took, EXACTLY 1 minute 12 secoonds, (ie the TEACHER presses the RED BUTTON and kills the CHILDREN for her to ring up 10:10, withdraw the school from 10:10 and say to them that the school would have no further involvement…
(to their credit… Sony seems to have come to the conclusion, pretty quickly as well)
The point is, schools get to see the safe , appropriate material…
The children then go home to look at the safe people that came into their schools website (No Pressure front page 10:10 website) and what do they find……
Similarly GreenPEACE (!) ‘Angry Kid’ offical website, youtube.
or FALLING POLAR Bears video.
(my 6 year old is in the eco-team, they did a little report on polar bears, research at home on the internet..)
Yet the ‘extreme’ CAGW activists, and even the Guardain are still trying to defend it..
Many thousands of children were part of the 10:10 Campaign, many have been doubly betrayed, by the video, and by 10:10’s censorship.
It was a Joke, don’t you have a sense of humour….!
Which is of course the response of bullies, when caught out/ or being challenged.
Those 10:10 campaigning children have NOW LEARNT an IMPORTANT LESSON, that there voices can be deleted to, by the people they supported, just for critcising..
There WERE Lots of abusive comments, I am not that suprised.
10:10 they could have just ‘moderated’ them RealClimate/Guardian style, why not leave it open for the genuine supporters who were upset…
You could see this on the twitter and facebook messages,
suporters , bemused, saying “where have the comments gone, why can’t we comment….”
Of course 10:10 – Franny, et al, did not like the embarrasment, of their own suporters criticising the leaders…
That is the mindset, delete/ignore/supress/label, wish away anyother thoughts or people… Some of the 3000 plus missing now from the 10 10 apology page…
Some (now deleted) comments below..
1.Dan Woodfine
Dear 10:10
I’m a teenager who has spent the last year trying to convince my parents to be more aware of the environment, to put more effort into recycling, to save energy etc. And what’s more – it was working.
They’ve now seen your video and have been interrogating me about who I’m associating with, warning me about “eco-terrorists” and other such nonsense.
In short, with this video, you’ve completely undone everything I’ve tried to do to help my parents. You’ve made them suspicious of me, and you’ve made them downright angry.
Thanks for nothing, you bunch of idiots.
1.Carol Ann Cattell
Is that the best you can do, 10:10 leaders? Still no apology even to your supporters. Mention jokingly a “lively round on cake”, which was about 5 out of 3000 comments? Like a finishing school dormitory girls’ giggle? And your main statement still says “most” thought it funny but “some” didn’t – but the truth is, as you know, the opposite – that globally, thousands found it crass and unfunny and authoritarian and just, well, crap in promoting your cause.
You. Just. Don’t. Get. It.
And some – a handful of goodhearted souls – have loyally supported you, but not terribly well, all the time you were silent. All a bit of a laugh, was it? Going back to Mummy and Daddy and their contacts for a bit more money, now, are we?
God, you make me angry. And most of us were on your side, if you hadn’t been so blinkered. No, the eco stuff is still there and serious and needs serious consideration, proper scientific facts, and effective action. But I hope to god you lot aren’t anywhere near it. You’re toxic. You can’t even say sorry properly. You’ve no idea, have you? We’re just plebs to be sniggered at, fodder for your little wanky games. For the earth’s sake, just grow up, will you?
Yeah, I’m a smidgen cross.
1.Managing Director
Our corporate accountants alerted me this evening to the existance (sic) of this video and to remind me that we had made a financial contribution to the 10:10 campaign. Having viewed it, I find it personally repulsive in the extreme. You have had the last donation you will ever get from our business or any business with which I have any influence. What could you have been thinking?
1.Dear all at 10:10
I have supported your campaign to date, am pro-green, pro-cutting carbon emissions, and generally very environmentally conscious. I also grew up in a country where people were blown up and killed by terrorists on a daily basis. I know people who died in this way, and from this video, I imagine from this video that no one at your office, or on your creative team, has experienced this.
The mini-movie campaign indicates a total lack of sensitivity. Further, whatever the intended message might have been, it does implicitly suggest that those who disagree with you should be blown up. If this had been aimed at people who are of a different race, religion, sexuality, etc, it would have been evidently grossly unacceptable.
Sadly, the mini-movie makes me ashamed to have lent my support, and put my name to 10:10. I imagine your corporate sponsors may feel similarly. I am reluctant to continue to be associated with an organisation which can advertise its cause in this way, even if I support the underlying green cause.
This is compounded by what is somewhat obviously a non-apology. It is not a sense of humour failure (as you seem to imply) for people who may actually have seen children, friends, etc blown up, not to consider your mini-movie particularly funny.
The environmental cause will now to have to deal with the damage that you’ve managed to do it. Your supporters deserve a decent apology for the damage you have done to the general reputation of the green movement.
We will just have to continue onwards and upwards without you.
personal experince has taught me , if you see anything embarrasing, controversial, in ‘certain websites comments section… Better save it, archive it, as who knows how long it will stay there…
If it is deleted, it never happened… that is the mondset…
And of course Franny Armstrong (10:10 founder)
quoted from the LAUNCH Guardian aricle (they were excited)
“Doing nothing about climate change is still a fairly common affliction, even in this day and age. What to do with those people, who are together threatening everybody’s existence on this planet? Clearly we don’t really think they should be blown up, that’s just a joke for the mini-movie, but maybe a little amputating would be a good place to start?”
This is made out to be a joke, by the Guardain, I say it does reveal the ‘mindset’….
Sceptics are ‘afflicted’
WHAT TO DO WITH THOSE PEOPLE – Franny Armstrong – 10:10 – FOUNDER.

Julian in Wales

Can somone with the know how make a copy of the film with a rolling tag line “the following companies sponsor 10:10 and give their profits to the making of films like this….O2 ; Sony ; …..”
then put it up on youtube and other friendly blogsites and send a link to the companies concerned. They will act pretty fast to distance themselves from 10:10.
It is not enough to make a statement distancing themselves, they have to cut their links to this evil film and the people who made it and find it funny.

Oh – dear – I was thinking of making a tongue-in-cheek comment about them 10:10’s ranking catching up to WUWT, but they passed you! (Not by much.) Hmm, I don’t see an easy way to make a URL for showing both “reach” lines.

P Walker

Beck was all over this today .

Act responsible?
The child hanging add….
WWF are a PARTNER of that group…..

Thanks for the contact link to green chip stocks Sent this.
“How can you possibly endorse the 10:10 ad campaign as per RT Jones appalling comment? Of course you have a self interest here but as a history teacher for 37 years the chilling association with mass murder by zealots is all too obvious. Oh, and by the way I am calling you on the bullshit that CO2 is even remotely dangerous to mankind. And yes, I taught science as well.”

Greg, San Diego, CA

“Jack Savage says:
October 6, 2010 at 1:04 pm
It is time to leave this alone.”
NO, it is not. The MSM is not covering it and hopes, like Jack, that it goes away. It is absolutely disgusting, amoral and should be held up to all as an example of the depravity of the global warmist religion. We must continue to disseminate it and have a wider audience view the examples of the use of the death, or impending death, of children to further their twisted campaign.

How low can they go? Considering slick sick flick they flew at Copenhagen … lest anyone has forgotten see 2:12 – 6:22 in:
This includes a recycling of some of Pachauri’s more egregious claims (for good measure!) and ends with an oh so inspiring “we have the power to save the world” … and watch for one scene towards the end which almost prefigures (and might even have “inspired”) Franny & co’s button box.
And now this? One can hardly wait to see what they’ll conjure up for Cancun.
No pressure.

UK Sceptic

RichieP says:
October 6, 2010 at 1:19 pm
Bad things happen in October, financial crashes seem to be a particular favourite, and British history has a number of battles, often lost by misjudgement, at this time of year (Hastings; Agincourt; Trafalgar) . Maybe it’s something to do with some sort of fundamental human cycle and its relationship to the weather (or do I mean climate? – and can I have a grant?)
The battles of Agincourt and Trafalgar are two of the biggest victories against the French in British history. Granted, the October jinx was in operation in 1066 when we suffered a pasting at Hastings but two out of three isn’t bad.


The true meaning of “no pressure” can be seen illustrated here:


What is most interesting about the film, is what it tells you about its creators.
The school children as well as the people in the hall were shocked by the explosion of the ‘non believers’. This demonstrates that the leadership elite, and not the masses, are the ones who are making things happen. They are similar to the Bolsheviks, Pol Pot and other notables.
This is not to dissimilar to the Weather Underground

Steve R

Neo-paganistic Earth-worshipers. The new state-sanctioned religion.


UK Sceptic says:
October 6, 2010 at 3:37 pm
‘The battles of Agincourt and Trafalgar are two of the biggest victories against the French in British history.’
I didn’t in any way mean to imply these battles were losses for the English ( I am fully aware we won!), just that serious misjudgements were made by the losers, which also IMO was the case for Hastings – Harold should have bided his time.

Stephen Brown

Here in England, up until a couple of years ago, my daughters at the same school were inundated with CAGW propaganda. I explained to them that, as with every assertion, there was another side. I introduced them to various blogs, WUWT being the first, where they gained exposure to differing opinions to the ones they were being force-fed. I let them proceed at their own pace and I let them draw their own conclusions.
They became, of their own accord, ‘sceptics’.
I was approached by their headmaster at a PTA meeting and I was TOLD not to ‘corrupt’ my children by telling them that CAGW was so much garbage; my daughters were considered to be ‘disruptive elements’ in the classroom (both in different classes).
My reaction startled the headmaster somewhat!
Both of my girls are now University students and are well-able to differentiate between facts and propaganda. And they are educating others.

Thankfully, nearly all those responding to Green Chip Stocks idiot are reasonable and reasonably informed; but one is not, and I do fear how far this represents the still very young folk being exposed to science teaching as it currently stands. Here it is:

CO2 IS pollution when there is more than our world can process. Car exhaust is CO which can actually combine with additional O and create CO2. Sir “CO2+H20”, did you know that you could actually die from soaking in water too long? You can literally waterlog your body to the point of drowning in your very skin because of TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING. CO2 is no different…if there is the right balance then all is right with the world but if there is too much…well, have you ever been locked in a frdge as a kid? Did you know anyone that was? You know all those kids who die each year from being stuck in the trunk of the car? What is it that you think killed them? Lack of oxygen…yes…but in what form? CO2, that right ladies and germs…too much CO2 not enough we breath out CO2? Now, picture our atmosphere and our globe like a BIG TRUNK, or Plastic bubble, or refridgerator, whatever kindergarten level picture necessary to paint this out for you—sorry i left my fingerpaints at home, but stay with me here—if we keep pumping MORE CO2 out than the planet is capable of “expelling” through photosynthesis in plants, absorption by the ocean, etc…then it starts to get awfully stuffy in the “trunk” and eventually you run out of oxygen altogether and you fall asleep and you die…just because CPR involves breathing CO2 into someone else doesn’ mean you can breath it on a regular basis…eventually you can’t process it anymore. You suffer brain damage and delusions, which could be amusing, but mostly NOT!!! If someone is SO self absorbed that they don’t feel they should protect that which gives them life and food and breathable air, then they deserve what they get, but for the rest of us that do care and will likely have to make your effort for you—just remember who you owe your life to.

Does anyone have some reasonable overview on (a) the syllabus (b) the watermelon-factor (green-outside, red-inside) of science teachers at present, in the countries which WUWT represents? Because I strongly suspect indoctrination, though I would wish otherwise. But need evidence, not just anecdotal but statistically significant, or likely to be such.


@Greg, San Diego, CA says:
October 6, 2010 at 3:14 pm
I fully agree with you. The fight now is as much with the politics as with the science, in fact even more so now they know they are losing the scientific arguments. The apparent collapse of NIWA’s temperature fiddling is another example that has got to be fought out on the political stage. Change can only come by political means.


Richie P. & UK Skeptic,
Would seem that October was bad enough for the French….

Gerald Machnee

Is there any clarification on how many sponsors have pulled out of 10:10?

Robert Wykoff

‘The battles of Agincourt and Trafalgar are two of the biggest victories against the French in British history.’
Since when do people celbrate victories against the french. Even Mexico kicked french butt in Puebla on cinco de mayo, and they don’t celebrate it. Cinco de mayo is purely an american holiday created by corona.


Ed Fix says:
October 6, 2010 at 1:41 pm
‘The sole remaining 10:10 corporate sponsor, O2, seems to be having trouble with their website.’
O2’s now back up (00.56 BST) but doesn’t appear to have any references to 10:10. The search function delivers nothing, whilst their eco sections also seem to make no reference to 10:10.
I wonder what this means? The 10:10 website still has them listed, so who knows. Perhaps 10:10 should be checking their emails ..

“Cinco de mayo is purely an american holiday created by corona.”
Which reminds me:
Q: What do you call four Mexicans in a leaky boat?
A: Quattro cinco… ☺

I’m trying to figure out how to respond when I see some say they are calling “b******t” on people being offended. How far out of touch are they? What kind of person cannot see how the film is offensive to most people and even frightening to some??


“CO2 IS pollution when there is more than our world can process. Car exhaust is CO which can actually combine with additional O and create CO2. ”
Oh boy. I have had this discussion. This one is a step ( a very short step) ahead of some of the others, and of course the facts are true, only the numbers elude this one.

Speaking of which, I wonder what the latest is on The Gore Effect?

Hockey sticks don’t work out so good for ‘global warming’.


@Robert Wykoff:
‘Since when do people celbrate victories against the french.’
Um, you might check out some European history then. The English have fought the French, on and off, bitterly and bloodily, for a bit under 800 of the last 1000 years. The Mexican experience, to be fair, isn’t quite the same, either in degree or duration. Even our (now obscene) gesture of disdain and abuse, the V sign, is alleged to have come from the bowmen of the 100 Years War and was aimed at the French – and frequently still is when drunk English football supporters rampage around Europe (no change there then). And Napoleon was no walkover.