Climate Craziness of the Week: This looks like a job for "green helmet guy"

Climate weirding at the UN:

Here’s the whole weird story. I suppose neither the UN nor the Guardian remembers the “green helmet guy” fiasco from 2006, or they wouldn’t be using the term.

Here’s a refresher:

First the questions that frame the story. And the proof, busted.

Let’s nominate Salam Daher (nickname “GHG”) for the job, he’s a perfect fit for climate and the UN. Why I’ll bet he and Pachy could become friends. I suggest the UN’s IPCC send him to the pole as a bear emissary, I’m sure he’ll be well received.

And with the photo faking, and all that, I’m sure Tom Karl and “GHG” could share Photoshop tips.

NCDC: Photoshopping the climate change report for better impact

h/t to DB Stealey

Note: Some folks in comments objected to the satirical image (widely circulated on the Internet for years) I originally had linked as being too strong. In retrospect, perhaps it was. My intent was only to draw attention to the absurdity of the present choice of “green helmets” as it related to the controversy over the “green helmet guy” and how that phrase “green helmet” is a bad iconic choice for the UN’s already laughably bad idea. Any other conclusions about my intent are erroneous.  – Anthony

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rbateman

Green helmeted UN Climate Change troops?
Sounds a lot like the Super Bowl Green Police ad.

Ted Dooley

Hmmm…. occupied by troops driving miltary grade, Prius derived assault vehicles, shooting at deniers and polluters with Fair Trade supplied organic latex rubber powered non-lethal weapons….
Sounds like a normal day in Berkeley…..

pat

I doubt that my Lincoln Continental will immediately draw attention. But that electric hatchback that Mr Watts drives will. That is the way these creeps work. They start on the vulnerable and then move up. That hatchback is Green Bait.

Manfred

That’s why Germany should never be given a permanent seat in the security council.

FergalR

Soldiers with green helmets.
What colour will their guns be? Black?

Al Gored

“Climate change ‘threatens peace’, UN official warns
Climate change poses a major threat to future peace and security, a senior UN official has warned.
Achim Steiner from the UN Environment Programme said climate change would also “exponentially” increase the scale of natural disasters.”
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-14229237

Bob in Castlemaine

You couldn’t make this stuff up? LOL

pat

anthony –
never thought i’d ask you to remove a thread, but this one is truly shocking, especially as it relates to the killing of many children and a rescue worker. if salam daher was Hezbollah, he would have a full beard and he would be unlikely to have himself photographed. this thread may go down well in rightwing america, but it would be appalling elsewhere where the killing of children would not be seen as amusing:
2 Aug 2006: WaPo: Jefferson Morley: The Qana Conspiracy Theory
At a time when American and Israeli public opinion of the war diverge radically from the world opinion elsewhere, the emergence of a right-wing equivalent of the Sept. 11 conspiracy theories is worth noting…
Confronted with photographs of dead children, Israeli Insider’s Korvet insisted they must be something else: “The victims were non-residents who chose to shelter in the building that night,” he writes. “They were ‘too poor’ to leave the down, one resident told CNN’s [Jon] Wedeman. Who were these people?”
That question has been definitively answered in the mainstream press. Almost all of the victims belonged to two extended families, the Hashems and the Shalhoubs, who lived in the area, according to the independent accounts of The Washington Post’s Anthony Shadid and the Daily Star’s Nicholas Blanford…
As for EU Referendum’s claim that a Lebanese rescue worker seen in many photos from Qana was a “Hezbollah official,” I e-mailed co-author of the site, Richard North, to ask for his evidence.
“All I have to go on is gut instinct,” North replied.
I appreciate his candor. It confirms that he has no evidence to support the central claim of his blog posts.
North says he is just trying to “raise questions,” which is certainly a legitimate goal. My question is: What is it about the photos from Qana that made Israel’s supporters prefer fantasy to fact?
http://blog.washingtonpost.com/worldopinionroundup/2006/08/the_qana_conspiracy_theory.html
26 Aug 2006: WaPo: Deborah Howell: A War of Images and Perceptions
Two days later, Human Rights Watch ( http://www.hrw.org/ ) put the number of dead at 28, 16 of them children…
HRW, an international nonprofit organization, interviews “multiple eyewitnesses” to calculate its numbers. Bouckaert said he felt it was “not a conscious effort” on the part of the Lebanese health ministry “to inflate the death toll. It was a very confusing and traumatic day.” …
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/08/11/AR2006081101549.html
Wikipedia: Salam Daher
Salam Daher is a Lebanese civil defense worker who was the target of accusations by bloggers in the aftermath of the Israeli airstrike on Qana on July 30, 2006,[1] where widely-published photographs showed him removing dead children from the rubble of a house struck by an Israeli attack…
Daher was born in 1967 in the predominately Christian south Lebanese town of Marjayoun and began working as a civil defense volunteer at the age of 12. In 1986, during the 1982-2000 South Lebanon conflict and Lebanese civil war of 1975-1990, he joined the civil defense service of the Lebanese interior ministry as an apprentice and worked his way up the ranks…
On August 13, 2006, Daher was reported to have been lightly injured in an Israeli attack near a hospital in Tyre shortly before a United Nations-brokered ceasefire in the conflict came into effect.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salam_Daher
Wikipedia: 2006 Lebanon War photographs controversies
Salam Daher, the head of the South Lebanon civil defense organisation…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2006_Israel-Lebanon_conflict_photographs_controversies

They can help keep the peace amongst those millions of climate refugees.
/sarc

davidmhoffer

Germany said the security council needed to draw up scenarios for dealing with the affects of extreme temperatures and rising seas. How would the UN deal with climate refugees? How would it prevent conflicts in those parts of Africa and Asia which could face food shortages?>>>
How does the UN deal with “non” climate refugees? Answer: not well.
How does the UN deal with “non” climate conflicts? Answer: not well.
How does the UN deal with “non” climate food shortages? Answer: not well.
And that last line just kills me.
“Hello? Hello? Is this the UN? We need help, we’re starving here, gangs with guns are stealing what food is left, shooting each other, shooting bystanders, we’re on the bring of civil war…. what’s that? No, no, I’m not in Asia or Africa, I’m in – WTF? Hung up on me.”

“Repainting blue helmets into green might be a strong signal…”
Reminds me of a guy who comes to the mental hospital and says he is Napoleon.
Hospital staff heartily greets him: “Welcome home! We have a whole community of like-minded fellows here!”
“No, no! You don’t understand!”, the guy protests, “Those are mad, bloodthirsty people who want to be butchers, military dictators. No, I am a sweet, peaceful cake, don’t you see?”

Cassandra King

Fear & guilt = money = power = influence = control = more money = more power = more control = more influence.
Provoke enough fear and guilt in the target population and then provide a solution which is then pimped as the only solution. The only game in town for those with a dark agenda, the well used and trodden route of every despotic regime the world has ever known. Give us the power to save you from the monsters our imagination they cry, only we can save you but you must give up your critical faculties, your independence, your scepticism, just believe and obey.
A wise person said ‘you couldnt make this stuff up’ Oh but they do and they have a very good reason for making it up. Power! They want it, they need it and to gain it they must strip us of the ability to function as independent minded free thinking individuals. You can fool some of the people some of the time and all of the people some of the time but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time. The people who crave and scheme for this power are in fact the very last people who should have it. It would be like giving a chimp a flame thrower or a child a loaded revolver.

C Porter

This is an excellent idea and essential if the UN is to mean anything at all. How else are we to control those countries, such as Norway, Sweden, Canada and even the ultimate coloniser, Great Britain from trying to make a land grab as they see their territories disappearing under the advancing ice cap of the next imminent glaciation?

davidmhoffer

Planning shouldn’t be that hard should it? Can’t they take the plans from previous but similar problems and just modify them a bit? Like, they could dust off that stellar plan to prevent conflict in Rwanda….
OK, bad example. What about keeping refugees in Darfur safe instead? No, bad example again. Intervening in the conflict in Bosnia, there’s a good one! Oh wait, that was NATO. Uhm, OK, how about keeping the peace and stability in Somalia…no, bad example again. OK, what about the Iraq/Iran war…oh wait…they didn’t even try and do anything about that. OK, what about when Iraq invaded Kuwait and…darn, that was NATO again. Wait. I’ve got it.
Oil for Food! That was a UN program! Well I’m not sure how well it would look to be trading food and getting oil in return. What would they do with the oil? Burning it wouldn’t be allowed since that’s what supposedly started the problem in the first place. Maybe they could sequester the oil? Seems like a lot of work to pump it out of the ground, trade it for food, and then pump it right back into the ground again. Maybe they could trade food for NOT pumping oil out of the ground in the first place? Sorta like farmers getting paid to not grow food? Well not exactly like that, more like paying farmers to grow crops to make ethanol instead of growing food. OK, that makes no sense, let me rethink this. How about banning ethanol completely which would force farmers to grow food again? With all that extra food, maybe we could feed more people?
OK, I’m way off topic here, my point was that there ought to be UN programs like Oil for Food that can be dusted off and re-used. They could even document the bribes, the missing money, the investigation and the results showing everyone was innocent in advance. Why they could even document all the the lives they saved in advance. That would really simplify things because then, with all those people already saved by the UN, they wouldn’t have to both pumping oil, growing food, trading the oil for food, or anything, they could just transfer the money to their personal bank accounts right off the hop and get the whole thing done on the first day.
Now I know what you’re thinking. I’ve lost my marbles. There’s no way that the UN could say they saved people from starving if they didn’t send any food because the refugees would still be there, and obvious to the whole world who would of course demand that something be done for the refugees. Like say Darfur…. or Somalia…
OK, we can simplify it even more. First we’ll invent some refugees that don’t actually exist. Photoshop some thin people to make them look like a huge crowd on a sinking island, and they’re afraid to try and swim to the next island because the ocean is full of ice flows that have broken off from glaciers and floated into the tropics with hungry polar bears on them. then we could pocket the money, and photoshop pictures of the rescued polar bears in refridgerated habitats that run on solar power, and photos of the rescued people eating food handouts on the next island.
Makes total sense. If you can invent “climate change”, and get huge amounts of grant money for inventing it, one also ought to be able to invent refugees, and get huge amounts of money for inventing “saved” refugees. I think this might be one deal that the UN can actually pull off!

John A

I really think the public is bored with climate change alarmism. It feels like these people are going through the motions as well.

John R. Walker

What next? Pink helmets?

These NGOs are spreading their tentacles everywhere. Here in Britain the IPCC is investigating police corruption in the News of the World scandal.

R.S.Brown

No wonder the staff at CERN in Geneva were told this week to not speculate on
the possible political and scientific ramifications of soon-to-be-announced
results of the CLOUD experiment.
We wouldn’t want the folks at the UN Security Council meeting to be confused
as to whether their “troops” were mitigating the climate change effects from an
atmospheric CO2 increase caused by man or the from increases in solar activity
which discourage cosmic ray penetration into our atmosphere and thereby
thwarts cloud formation in some circumstances.

Mark S

This is a new low, even for you, Anthony. The deaths at Qana were dreadfully real. They had been killed accidentally in an Israeli air strike. The fact one aid worker (so-called ‘Green Helmet guy’) repeatedly held children up for the media is irrelevant. Again, you ignore a vast body of evidence and point instead to armchair bloggers.

Mike

It may sound a little odd now. But being an international force would they be able to implement rules. This may be a way of bypassing the need for agreement from soverien states, therefore implement any GHG emmissions restrictions they wish.
(Purely in the name of national security of course)

Dave N

Can’t wait for the sequel:
“Surely people are too dumb to find us out?”

Warren

Has Tuvalu finally succumbed then? It’s been 20 years now. And the Carterets? Although the Carterets are definitely going to go due to tectonic movement and sinking, plus the damage they caused when dynamite fishing.
Any other poster children atolls?

Rob MW

Fair dinkum……………..hee……..hee…….sh@%. As Clint Eastwood would say “go ahead make my day.” These morons are just as likely to cause the next major conflict rather than prevent it.

Alan the Brit

Intersting comment from Germany about the Council being premature in seeking this solution to a crisis!
As Englishman’s Castle has pointed out & I quote:- “Create a crisis, create a “police force”, then move in to “solve” crisis. Round up the dissenters. Why does that sound familiar?”
Reminiscent of Nazi Germany & any other totalitarian state, if you ask me! It would be laughable if it wasn’t so terrifying a thought that it actually could happen & these lunatics are serious! Has anyone read the Communist Manifesto of late?

Die Grüne Polizei? No thank you!

dtbronzich

Green shirt, Brown Shirt
Green Helmet, Stahlhelm………

Wucash

I’m speechless… just wow…

Chuck L

Will they use biodegradeable bullets?

davidmhoffer says:
July 21, 2011 at 1:06 am

I like admire the way your mind works — but I fear it even more!
Only one misstep: it’s ice “floes”, not “flows”. It’s the key just to the right of the one you typed.
😉 ;p

Warren says:
July 21, 2011 at 1:56 am
Has Tuvalu finally succumbed then?

Unfortunately not. It appears to be inconveniently rising. Something to do with the busybody corals it’s built on …

DirkH

So they occupy Tuvalu and the Maldives to protect them from rising sea levels while sipping Margeritas?

Olen

I recommend a straitjacket for the coat firmly secured and of course a green helmet.

R. de Haan

The BBC want to make us belief: Climate Change is causing War
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-14229237
We hadn’t seen this one on the list.

Ripper

Three cheers for the Russians.
“Russia’s Deputy Ambassador, Alexander Pankin, referred in his remarks to the Security Council to the “hypothetical nature” of the threat and “lack of empirical evidence” linking carbon emissions to droughts, rising sea levels and other extreme weather patterns. “http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-07-20/nauru-s-plea-for-un-action-on-climate-threat-goes-unheeded-1-.html
Andrew Bolt has more on this today
http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/no_julia_the_rest_of_the_world_does_not_want_to_follow/

john

I wonder if they are planning rendition flights to Hadley CRU and use “Enhanced Interrogation Techniques”…

In that movie poster, I remember that man holding the dead little boy. After an Israeli bombing several years ago, the man pick up the boy and went around to several cameras faking sadness. There are several pictures of him in different locations wailing like he is in the picture above.What an appropriate person to use for the new green helmet brigade: Someone who fakes outrage and righteousness while he himself is a hypocrite; Someone who plays the victim while he himself is really the instigator. The war may be different but the battle for minds has the same tactics. Carried out differently, of course, but the tactic is the same.

The blue helmets showing up is always a sure sign that things are about to get worse. Knowing the UN they will somehow actually making dangerous climate change actually happen. My guess is they’ll cause an ice age like in Larry Niven, Jery Pournelle, and Michael Flynn’s story Fallen Angels.

Anthony Scalzi

Warren says:
July 21, 2011 at 1:56 am
Has Tuvalu finally succumbed then? It’s been 20 years now. And the Carterets? Although the Carterets are definitely going to go due to tectonic movement and sinking, plus the damage they caused when dynamite fishing.
Any other poster children atolls?
———-
There’s the Duke of York islands in Papua New Guinea, which according to Ross Gelbspan’s book Boiling Point are seeing a sea-level rise of a foot a year. They have supposedly started evacuating 10 years ago, but I cannot find any up to date information on the islands though.

Chris Riley

“Green helmets=brown shirts”
“History repeats itself. First as tragedy, next as farce.- Karl Marx
The AGW movement is just now beginning to produce something of value, comedy.

1DandyTroll

Disregarding the Blue UN Decease troopers but wouldn’t the logistics of the Green UN Decease trooper raise the sea levels by all the emissions they would cause.
And why not go for the African Union that appear to have done more good ‘an the whole of UN has ever manage to do in its entire history.

Anthony Scalzi

Takuu Atoll too.
http://www.heatisonline.org/contentserver/objecthandlers/index.cfm?id=3585&method=full
“On Takuu, 400 people with a unique culture are in a similar plight. The inhabitants of the low-lying atoll, who have a memorised repertoire of 1,000 songs, have seen their gardens flooded and their sand dunes swept away. It could be a few months, at most five years, before the waves swallow their houses.”
That was published 10 years ago, and the island is still there and (barely) habitable.

Jeremy

Yet more nonsense from the UN trying to frighten people into believing the UN should receive more funding.
When are people going to recognize the UN as the commercial entity that it is, with the playlist and tactics of Disney?

TheFlyingOrc

Why would conflicts caused by shrinking coastlines require specialized military? Wouldn’t the ones they already have be exactly as good for the task?

chris b

Anthony Scalzi says:
July 21, 2011 at 6:53 am
Warren says:
July 21, 2011 at 1:56 am
Has Tuvalu finally succumbed then? It’s been 20 years now. And the Carterets? Although the Carterets are definitely going to go due to tectonic movement and sinking, plus the damage they caused when dynamite fishing.
Any other poster children atolls?
———-
There’s the Duke of York islands in Papua New Guinea, which according to Ross Gelbspan’s book Boiling Point are seeing a sea-level rise of a foot a year. They have supposedly started evacuating 10 years ago, but I cannot find any up to date information on the islands though.
________________________________
http://www.heatisonline.org/contentserver/objecthandlers/index.cfm?id=3585&method=full
Apparently it’s still a tourist destination in spite of being at or below sea level as of January 26, 2010.
http://pngtourismnews.blogspot.com/2010/01/duke-of-york-island-adventure.html
And flights to Port Moresby are still offered as of today.
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Flights-g1746904-Duke_of_York_Islands-Cheap_Discount_Airfares.html
Climate Fail fodder?

chris b

Anthony Scalzi says:
July 21, 2011 at 6:53 am
Warren says:
July 21, 2011 at 1:56 am
Has Tuvalu finally succumbed then? It’s been 20 years now. And the Carterets? Although the Carterets are definitely going to go due to tectonic movement and sinking, plus the damage they caused when dynamite fishing.
Any other poster children atolls?
———-
There’s the Duke of York islands in Papua New Guinea, which according to Ross Gelbspan’s book Boiling Point are seeing a sea-level rise of a foot a year. They have supposedly started evacuating 10 years ago, but I cannot find any up to date information on the islands though.
________________________________
And furthermore: http://rses.anu.edu.au/geodynamics/gps/png/DofY.html

Tom T

Does the UN have a standing committee to think up stupid things for it to do? This seems like the natural course for organizations that have out lived their usefulness, or never were useful in the first place. The UN is an example of the latter, they have never been able to do anything useful to stop real conflicts, so they have made up disasters to solve. First they created the IPCC, then they decided they needed an alien ambassador, now this.
NASA is an example of the former type of organization, after Apollo there wasn’t much for them too do, until along came Jim Hansen and created global warming. Jim Hansen and that arm of NASA feed very well into the UN and the IPCC, one organization with nothing to do complementing another organization that can’t do anything right.

Tom T

Mark S says:
July 21, 2011 at 1:40 am
“This is a new low, even for you, Anthony. The deaths at Qana were dreadfully real. They had been killed accidentally in an Israeli air strike. The fact one aid worker (so-called ‘Green Helmet guy’) repeatedly held children up for the media is irrelevant. Again, you ignore a vast body of evidence and point instead to armchair bloggers.”
============================================================== I think it is you, Mark who is missing the vastly bigger point. This post is about the UN coming up with a crazy plan to solve a non-existent problem. Even if you accept global warming, there has not been any wars fought over it at all, so at the very least the UN should wait until there are. But you miss that point entirely and instead focus on a side comment Anthony is making about phony issues. Even at that you go overboard, you call it “a new low ,even for you,” yet even you admit that it was accidental, so how is it a new low to point out the use of this guy for propaganda purposes.

kadaka (KD Knoebel)

Mark S said on July 21, 2011 at 1:40 am:

This is a new low, even for you, Anthony. The deaths at Qana were dreadfully real. They had been killed accidentally in an Israeli air strike. The fact one aid worker (so-called ‘Green Helmet guy’) repeatedly held children up for the media is irrelevant. Again, you ignore a vast body of evidence and point instead to armchair bloggers.

The truth is a new low? Surely Mr. Watts can go further than that.
Still the question does arise as to how many of the deaths at Qana were “dreadfully real.” Here is a compendium piece featuring two January 2009 pieces from Canada Free Press noting the recycling of the photos for Hamas propaganda. The second one also notes, which I find ironic, one of the Green Helmet Guy photos was recycled in a San Francisco Sentinel article “Hamas declares it will kill Israeli children anywhere” with the caption “Israeli child previously killed by Islamic terror”. The compendium also features an “Addendum by Editor” discussing assorted circulating “dead baby” pics as well as showing how previous footage was recycled into “evidence” of an Israeli “atrocity” (my word).
In that Addendum is the link to this detailed analysis which I highly recommend reading. It is quite compelling and raises many questions as to what really happened at Qana, and even goes as far as to evoke a question you may find unthinkable: Was Qana even “real”? Not only were corpses carefully presented for the cameras, there are compelling reasons to consider if the entire Qana event was “staged” for PR purposes.
Seriously, before you continue whining that mentioning the long-existing doubts and conclusions about Green Helmet Guy is “a new low,” you need to consider the callous manipulation of corpses for PR purposes, including the shocking depths mentioned in that last linked piece, as well as the ongoing practice of terrorist groups and certain dictators to place military operations and equipment in civilian areas to guarantee civilian deaths if attacked, even carefully “cleaning” the area before the press is allowed to arrive to showcase “this atrocity against unarmed innocent civilians”, to have the context to realize how “low” low can really get.

Bob Diaz

Let’s do some math here:
Assume it takes 20 feet (6,096 mm) of sea level rise to cause a problem with a given island. The current rate is 3.2mm per year, but let’s assume it is twice that, just for fun, 6.4mm per year.
6096mm rise / 6.4mm per year = 952.5 years !!!
Now I know that government bodies move VERY slowly in making decisions, but I don’t think they move that slow! So, what is the point of setting up such a group to make any decision in the next 50 years regarding sea level rise? The rise in 50 years is too small to mater.

jorgekafkazar

This is no joke, and the staged Qana photos are a distraction, not relevant in any way to the topic. There are trillions of dollars at stake here, and the UN (and other organizations) realized long ago the eventual need for an armed force to impose its will on uncooperative countries. The fact is, the establishment of this Green Force was alluded to in the early Copenhagen Draft Agreement, though in such elliptical terms as to require reading “between the lines.” Ultima ratio regum hasn’t changed. If this goose-stepping green army is created, it will be used, have no doubt.