Did Al Gore get the Miss Rhode Island Idea from Woody Allen's "Bananas"?

Joe Bastardi writes in regarding this WUWT story about Miss Rhode Island talking about sea level rise on Gore’s Climate Reality Project

Check this out, (its hilarious)  though it has some PG parts,  pay attention to the last minute and Miss America’s testimony:

I got to thinking that maybe Al Gore got his idea to bring Miss Rhode Island in  from this scene.  Then again, he may have been  busy creating Love Story, which was  at about the same time, so one cannot tell.

What is kind of scary is this:  Pay attention to what Miss America says in  satire, and think about the silencing efforts going on in this debate today.  I never grow tired of the movie Bananas,  but its ironic that this scene which is  arguably  one of the funniest scenes in movies,  is a reminder of what is going on with the attempts at squishing dissent.

Okay fun’s  over,  back to  work

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Coalsoffire
September 15, 2011 10:15 pm

Okay then, got back to work, but please be sure not to get bogged down in the metrics.

Editor
September 15, 2011 10:18 pm

And all this time I though Al Gore simply liked attractive women. Are you trying to say he’s gone bananas?

Ray
September 15, 2011 11:01 pm

He trained her personally… it’s true! So, this explains a lot of the disinformation she knows. I bet if you ask her what is the temperature of the center of the earth she will answer millions of degrees.

Roger Knights
September 15, 2011 11:01 pm

I thought maybe he was inspired by Bunny.

Goldie
September 15, 2011 11:21 pm

The sad thing is that these people actually get to influence other people. Whilst they fiddle and we chortle the World is going bankrupt and an awful lot of people are starving to death on the Horn of Africa. Both events eminently predictable even with our limited knoweldge, but neither prepared for.

bob
September 16, 2011 12:07 am

‘Embedding disabled by request’ ‘Watch on Youtube’
Who has ‘requested’ that a WUWT youtube embed be denied? Why?

David Falkner
September 16, 2011 12:15 am

The first post was after the conclusion of Gore-a-thon was about Miss Rhode Island? Who cares about Miss Rhode Island? Are you playing the warmist card that she can’t speak because she’s not a scientist? Why not a summation of the skeptic rebuttals? Excuse the grumpy attitude, but this just wasn’t that funny. That and it’s late. I’m sure you guys need a nap or two also, given you’ve been up that whole time. Props to the mods for keeping up. Still, I’d like to reiterate my point that a 24 point rebuttal would be more effective than laughing at Miss Rhode Island. Especially since she is used to it, since all the other states laugh at Rhode Island.

September 16, 2011 12:30 am

This Miss of the U.S. state thinks that only some maths should be taught at schools. Addition, not… uhm… times.

People shouldn’t learn just numbers but also smells, colors, and vibrations. Numbers are everywhere. On houses. On cars. On… uhm… microwaves.

Brian H
September 16, 2011 12:50 am

WUWT, home of “subversive mothers”!
Or at least a place to hang, and revel in our subversiveness.
🙂

DavidS
September 16, 2011 1:35 am

Talking of Sea Level, when should we expect the Sea Level graphs to update? Does Miss Rhode Island know?

Mike McMillan
September 16, 2011 1:46 am

bob says:
‘Embedding disabled by request’ ‘Watch on Youtube’
Who has ‘requested’ that a WUWT youtube embed be denied? Why?

It was Mr Gore. He trades embedding credits over on the YouTube .PayPerClick exchange.

September 16, 2011 1:49 am

Dear David Falkner, you wrote:
“Props to the mods for keeping up. Still, I’d like to reiterate my point that a 24 point rebuttal would be more effective than laughing at Miss Rhode Island.”
I respectfully disagree. I haven’t watched for 24 hours, of course, but because I considered it a part of my duties, I watched – with just a few interruptions – for 3 hours or so and I know that this wasn’t a 24-hour stream with arguments. It was a 1-hour talk repeated 24 times in different languages and there were no serious arguments in the show – serious from the viewpoint of regular WUWT readers who are at a pretty high level.
So talking about Miss Rhode Island is about the appropriate reaction to this not so important 24-hour event. I am almost certain that Anthony agrees that we – he as well as myself and others – heavily overestimated the impact and richness of the content of the Climate Reality Project and it was probably a mistake to promote this non-event to our “event of the day”. Dozens of random people just repeated on a random server on the Internet, without any evidence, that a couple of floods, droughts etc. were totally due to CO2 (and that tobacco companies are paying for denial or whatever), which is just preposterous and deserves no further reaction.
The whole program of Climate Parody Day was composed of similar Misses Rhode Island who just parroted some irrational superstitions linking human activity to weather, speculations that were invented by non-scientists and no scientist, not even on the alarmist side, would endorse them. It was a very cheap sort of climate porn and it was presented by unspectacular people. Miss RI was exceptionally bright among the other people. Lucy Lawless was the only other attractive presenter but her speech was stopped at the beginning because her satellite connection was powered by a wind turbine and wind over New Zealand quickly stopped…
Again, I think that you are being unfair if you suggest that Anthony may produce lots of (or even 24 hours of) quality science that would be a response to Gore’s new slide show. There was no actual science or arguments in the new slide show so it’s hard to see how science or meaningful content could appear in a “rebuttal”. Moreover, Gore’s new slide show was a 1-hour talk, not a 24-hour talk. It was just repeated 24 times. Some people think that repetition makes statements true and some people, apparently including you, are buying that.
My impressions from the day:
http://motls.blogspot.com/2011/09/al-gore-has-depleted-all-of-his.html

September 16, 2011 1:53 am

Mods – do not know if you can help here, but in Australia when we click on videos like the above there is no action and a message “Disabled by Request. Please view on YouTube.”
[Reply: Try clicking on the YouTube link and view it there. ~dbs, mod.]

Richard
September 16, 2011 3:01 am

This has to be a parody. Right? Please? Nobody capable of standing on their hind legs is that thick. And they’re not talking about mathematics. They’re talking about basic arithmetic. It starts to be mathematics when otherwise intelligent people don’t understand anything you’re talking about. I started to have difficulties when it got to partial differential equations of the third degree. It might be interesting to ask those girls about algebra 🙂
Richard.

Jessie
September 16, 2011 3:36 am

Lubos Motl says:
September 16, 2011 at 12:30 am

Classic clip, thanks
1.25-1.35 “…. you know, there are numbers everywhere, on phones, on houses, on [uh, uh, uh] microwaves…’
And the price tags that designate continuous variable attributes pinned to lingerie, bras, panties etc. Cosmetics as required & applied 2D and 3D for effect. Math[s] is important!

Nuke Nemesis
September 16, 2011 4:23 am

Did he get the idea from Bill Clinton?

JPeden
September 16, 2011 5:36 am

“all the other States laugh at Rhode Island”? You wish – just the Kounty alone here is 2 1/2 RI’s in area! [different alphabet though]

Nuke Nemesis
September 16, 2011 5:55 am

Quotes from Woody Allen’s bananas: (Please excuse the formatting
Why me?
– Because the men respect you. You always loved our cause.
Besides, compared to these men, you are educated.
What is this with my education?
l had two days of college.
l need three years and [??] days to get a degree.
– This is a country of peasants. At least you can read.
l don’t want to be president. You’re making a big mistake.
You gotta be smart to be a president. Let me be vice-president. That’s a real idiot’s job.
http://www.script-o-rama.com/movie_scripts/b/bananas-script-transcript-woody-allen.html

navytech
September 16, 2011 6:16 am

“Disabled by Request. Please view on YouTube.” is most likely caused by the computer setting you are using. Look at “block sites using peer requested” under “global settings” for Flash playback.

Joe Bastardi
September 16, 2011 6:28 am

Geez, I was just trying to inject a little levity into all this. Guess thats not possible

September 16, 2011 6:57 am

Lubos Motl says September 16, 2011 at 12:30 am quoting one of the on-screen ‘personalities’:
“People shouldn’t learn just numbers but also smells, colors, and vibrations. Numbers are everywhere. On houses. On cars. On… uhm… microwaves.”
A Debbie Washerwoman-Schultz (current DNC chair) look alike?
A closer match than this, sans mayonnaise even?
http://moonbattery.com/?p=2280
.

Kevin Kilty
September 16, 2011 7:30 am

Ray says:
September 15, 2011 at 11:01 pm
He trained her personally… it’s true! So, this explains a lot of the disinformation she knows. I bet if you ask her what is the temperature of the center of the earth she will answer millions of degrees.

Oh, no, no, no. It was millions of degrees only a few kilometers beneath the surface…unless he thinks the Earth has a radius of only a few kilometers…

wws
September 16, 2011 8:39 am

Is Rhode Island still a state? That’s a mistake.
why one mediocre city that’s crumbling gets 2 senators all to itself is beyond me.

JEM
September 16, 2011 8:43 am

My random snooping of Gore’s pitch is that if the citizens of the West are stupid enough to be convinced by that trash then we’ve failed as a society and deserve to be reduced to solar-cooker-baked rats and bamboo bicycles.

Greg, Spokane WA
September 16, 2011 9:44 am

Joe Bastardi says:
September 16, 2011 at 6:28 am
Geez, I was just trying to inject a little levity into all this. Guess thats not possible
===================
It’s possible and it was certainly funny. While Miss America’s part was funny, I thought the readback of the testimony was funnier.
It’s just the subject is simultaneously silly and very serious.

Drew
September 16, 2011 9:47 am

Richard says:
September 16, 2011 at 3:01 am
It was satirical, as in not real. You couldn’t tell?

Dave
September 16, 2011 10:28 am

Al Gore’s TV marathon
It’s even worse than we thought!

Andrew
September 16, 2011 10:47 am

Andrew
September 16, 2011 10:48 am

Well I tried, watch on YouTube then, is that supposed to deter people?

eyesonu
September 16, 2011 12:33 pm

Patrick Kennedy is an elected member of the U. S. House of Representitives for Rhode Island.
Anything else?

David Falkner
September 16, 2011 7:16 pm

Lubos Motl says:
September 16, 2011 at 1:49 am
After watching and learning more about this (which, admittedly, I blew off) I agree with your view point here and I apologize if anyone thought my comment was unfairly skewed. It’s just too easy to ignore Al Gore. 🙂

Brian H
September 18, 2011 9:02 am

Often the “Disabled” message is country-dependent. In Canada, often get versions of it for material from the US and UK.

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