Stargate Atlantis and “The Cause”

Many if not most readers will be familiar with the short, rather unscientific phrase, “the cause” repeated in multiple Climategate emails. “The Cause” for want of a better definition was to push the theory of potentially catastrophic global warming against any and all academic or political dissension.

Here are some examples.

<3115> By the way, when is Tom C going to formally publish his roughly 1500 year reconstruction??? It would help the cause to be able to refer to that reconstruction as confirming Mann and Jones, etc.

<3940> They will (see below) allow us to provide some discussion of the synthetic example, referring to the J. Cimate paper (which should be finally accepted upon submission of the revised final draft), so that should help the cause a bit.

<0810> I gave up on Judith Curry a while ago. I don’t know what she think’s she’s doing, but its not helping the cause

Almost exactly a year before the first Climategate email story broke on this website, the science fiction series Stargate Atlantis aired an episode called “Brain Storm”, season 5, episode 16. Guest starring in this episode were two well known Climate Change activist experts in everything

Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye.

Bill Nye was even presented as competent.

Harry Anderson Dave Foley plays the part of the overconfident global savior.

But here is the interesting part. In the introduction to this episode, Tunney (Harry Anderson Dave Foley), has a conversation with his funder about the safety of the project and its goal, being “The Cause”, more than a year before the Climategate emails were revealed to the public. Take a look.

Now with Nye and Tyson on the set, both buddies of recent Inconvenient Truth Academy Award winner Al Gore, it is curious how this particular phrase got into the script. What was the connection of Hollywood, Gore, and our lovely Climategate crew?

I’m sure we will never know, but it is curious.

Remember those days of yesteryear were there still a smidgeon of self-awareness left?

I miss those days.

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Gilbert K. Arnold
December 29, 2020 6:46 pm

The actor is not Harry Anderson (of Night Court), but Richard Dean Anderson (aka MacGyver)

Joel O'Bryan
December 29, 2020 7:02 pm

Jewel Stait, a BC’er, …… the few episodes she wore black leather outfits…. wow.

Robert of Texas
December 29, 2020 7:29 pm

I remember this episode. It stunned me that anyone thought these two guys were “leading experts” in their fields. I guess if the field is defined as entertainment, Neil deGrasse Tyson is at least fun to listen to – I can’t say as much about Bill Nye. I guess many people look to entertainers for truth because its too hard to think about it oneself.

Sometimes it seems Hollywood just cannot help itself in trying to indoctrinate the stupids.

Joel O'Bryan
Reply to  Robert of Texas
December 29, 2020 7:52 pm

Wormhole “Stargate-like” travel and the Climate Scam are both just science fiction wrapped around an interesting story.

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
December 29, 2020 8:33 pm

Joel
I think that “science fantasy” would be a better choice or words.

Gunga Din
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
December 29, 2020 9:13 pm

At least Stargate never took itself seriously.
Check out the 100th and 200th episodes of Stargate SG-1. They made fun of themselves.

Last edited 4 months ago by Gunga Din
beng135
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
December 30, 2020 7:34 am

Stargate was indeed entertaining, the Climate Scam, tho, is immensely boring.

jorgekafkazar
Reply to  Robert of Texas
December 30, 2020 12:11 pm

A cringe-fest.

commieBob
December 29, 2020 8:19 pm

It seemed to me like I’d been hearing about the cause in different contexts for my entire sentient life. Yep. It’s just the way some people talk about some things. When I did a web search, the example that blew my mind was the American Revolution, but it really shouldn’t have.

beng135
Reply to  commieBob
December 30, 2020 7:36 am

“The Cause”, in this case, sounds like cult-member rhetoric.

Chris Hanley
December 29, 2020 8:57 pm

The dictionary definition of ’cause’: a principle, aim, or movement to which one is committed and which one is prepared to defend or advocate.
Synonyms: ideal, belief (in), conviction, tenet; object, end, objective, purpose, interest; movement, enterprise, undertaking, charity.
I think in this case ideal, tenet, charity are inapplicable and interest or enterprise would apply only in the pecuniary sense.
It’s a puzzle what these scientists practitioners thought they were up to:
… So, if we could reduce the ocean blip by, say, 0.15 degC, then this would be significant for the global mean — but we’d still have to explain the land blip …
Even if they genuinely thought they were engaged in a noble cause, there was something missing from their tertiary or postgraduate science education IMO.

noaaprogrammer
Reply to  Chris Hanley
December 29, 2020 9:56 pm

Noble Cause Corruption: Where people use unethical or illegal means to reach a goal which they think is for the greater good of humanity.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Chris Hanley
December 30, 2020 6:06 am

“Even if they genuinely thought they were engaged in a noble cause, there was something missing from their tertiary or postgraduate science education IMO.”

No! They were not genuinely engaged in anything. They all had the regional surface temperature charts available to them. All the regional surface temperature charts show that it was just as warm in the Early Twentieth Century as it is today.

This regional surface temperature profile does not fit with Human-caused Climate Change/Global Warming because if it’s not any warmer today than in the Early Twentieth Century then that means that CO2 is not a major factor in the Earth’s temperatures, since less CO2 was in the air during the Early Twentieth Century than there is today, yet it is no warmer today than then.

You can’t tell me that the creation of the modern-era Hockey Stick chart is anything but a fraud on the people of the world.

The Climategate Charlatans used a computer to generate a completely different temperature profile for the globe than what the regional charts showed, that fit right in with their Human-caused Climate Change scam. They cooled the Early Twentieth Century to the point of insignificance and made it appear that temperatures have been steadily rising for decade after decade and the world is now at the warmest period in human history. THAT is the lie they promote.

All regional, unbastardized surface temperature charts from around the world show that it was just as warm in the recent past, as it is today. This means there is no unprecedented warming today, which means CO2 is nothing to worry about.

None of the regional surface temperature charts resemble the “hotter and hotter” temperature profile of the bogus Hockey Stick chart. None.

The Bogus Hockey Stick chart is not evidence of Human-caused Climate Change, rather, it is evidence of deliberate fraud on the part of those who created this travesty, and the great pain that followed, and is still ongoing.

The creators of the bogus Hockey Stick should go to jail.

Below is a comparison of a regional surface temperature chart (Hansen 1999, US chart) on the left of the webpage, with a bogus, bastardized Hockey Stick chart.

All regional surface temperature charts from around the world resemble the profile of the US chart. None of the regional surface temperature charts resemble the temperature profile of the bogus Hockey Stick chart. The Hockey Stick chart was created for one reason: To defraud the people of the world. They’ve been pretty successful so far.

http://www.giss.nasa.gov/research/briefs/hansen_07/

PCman999
Reply to  Tom Abbott
December 30, 2020 12:02 pm

Interesting how, in the linked article, Hansen shows the US and ‘world’ graphs side by side, but doesn’t mention that the ranges are different or offer an explanation. The US had much better coverage than the rest of the ‘world’ so why were it’s temps more erratic (spanning a 2.5° C range) while the world graph only spanned barely a degree and obviously didn’t have good data for most of the world (Africa, Asia, Antarctica, etc). Looks like the world graph was highly massaged or really represents a small area likely to be moderated by the sea – like the UK. But in the end it’s the same result as today – 1 or 2 degrees C over a century? Who cares!? Thank God it’s not in the other direction!

Gunga Din
December 29, 2020 9:07 pm

Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye as climate experts.
Only in the world of Science Fiction.

Reply to  Gunga Din
December 29, 2020 10:04 pm

I object! Science fiction is fiction written to a science background, like Asimov. What Hollywood does is science rape. Seeing as SciFi is a great many kids’ first introduction to the wonders of science, technology and philosophy, the Bolsheviks use it to distort their dyseducation from day one. I hate them for it. when I hear deGras’ voice, I reach for the remote, even if I have to run in from another room. Maybe it’s just “systemic racism”? They don’t want no white man spouting that particular grade of shite?

Reply to  paranoid goy
December 29, 2020 11:22 pm

Exactly, Every hollywood disaster movie either portrays Natural Calamity and Brave lone Individual combattng it, or corporate scientific screw up destroying the world while Left Wing Saviours Bravely Combat Them.
It’s not about science, its straight from 1960s agitProp.

Some science fiction is done OK – ‘Gravity’ is not too unscientific but Avatar of course is more hippy dippy ecocrap than actual science fiction.

Gunga Din
Reply to  Leo Smith
December 30, 2020 6:44 am

This is copied from a couple of old comments.
(The “movie” mentioned is The Day After Tomorrow.)
What struck me from the “Captain’s Log” is they come right out and admit the reason why that Star Trek episode was written.

Sure the movie was all messed up. But why was it made? To plant an idea? It’s cold because it’s warm? It was science fiction so nothing had to proved. (But did give a Al Gore a great shot of a calving glacier made out of styrofoam.8-) 

Did you ever see Star Trek the Next Generation episode 161, “Force of Nature”? (The working title was originally called “Limits”.) It was from the last season. The basic story was that warp drive was tearing the fabric of space so had to be limited.

Jeri Taylor (one of the big wigs) said, “It was a wonderful environmental premise that something we take for granted is doing damage to the space around us. It was the metaphor which most closely evoked our present situation.” (In 1993 that would be the ozone hole.) “At the beginning of the seventh year, I sent Naran” (Shankar, who wrote the episode) “and Brannon to a big breakfast meeting of an environmental watchdog group that we have here in Hollywood and they came back inspired. Naren was so galvanized. he said, ‘I want to take a crack at “Limits”. I want to do this. This is important.’ I agreed. It was a story I really wanted to do and i think it does make an important statement.”

(The quote is from “Captains’ Logs: The Unauthorized Complete Trek Voyages.”)

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Gunga Din

 January 22, 2014 5:15 pm

Last night I typed all that from the book. Today I came across this. It has all that I quoted plus a bit more about the episode itself.

http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Force_of_Nature_%28episode%29

(Scroll down to the Background Information)

jorgekafkazar
Reply to  Gunga Din
December 30, 2020 12:50 pm

Some quotes from the BG info link immediately above:

I think this is the worst show I collaborated on this season.

“[T]he finished episode was ‘not one of my finer moments.’

“When you limit warp drive, the rug is being pulled out from under Star Trek

The Star Trek writers were seduced by the Hollywood “watchdog group” into making a teachy-preachy episode that became Star Dreck and at the same time attacked one of the underlying premises of the entire franchise. What is there about Hollywood that makes them destroy their best work, as they did with Star Wars, too? Is Art never again to be free from the destructive tendencies of politics? Infamy! Infamy!

Tom Abbott
Reply to  jorgekafkazar
December 31, 2020 5:42 am

“When you limit warp drive, the rug is being pulled out from under Star Trek

I would think so!

I didn’t know they renamed past episodes. Why would they do that? It doesn’t make much sense to me.

Leftists always want to “plant an idea” in people’s minds. Usually bad ideas.

Gunga Din
Reply to  Tom Abbott
January 1, 2021 9:11 am

The past episode wasn’t renamed.
They had the outline of a story, working title was “Limits”.
It was in writing it up for production or, maybe, after filming but before airing that it was called Force of Nature”.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Leo Smith
December 30, 2020 6:54 am

I still like to watch the “Forbidden Planet”. An oldie, but goodie. 🙂

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forbidden_Planet

Anne Francis added a lot to the movie. 🙂

beng135
Reply to  Tom Abbott
December 30, 2020 7:44 am

It’s said much of the basics of the Star Trek general plot came from the Forbidden Planet.

jorgekafkazar
Reply to  Tom Abbott
December 30, 2020 1:02 pm

One of my all-time favorite flicks. The “monsters from the id” was its major theme, and that and the resulting animation showed up in other S-F films of that era. If we knew what is lurking in our brains, we should be a little afraid of it. Carl Jung once said, “…The question arises: ‘Has the Unconscious consciousness of its own?’”

Pat from kerbob
Reply to  Leo Smith
December 30, 2020 1:42 pm

Speak for yourself, my unobtanium is working just fine

Philo
Reply to  Gunga Din
December 31, 2020 6:29 am

Science Phantasy is probably a better term for Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye, whatever the setting.
Tyson is a smooth presenter but often counterfactual. Nye tried to build a career on shakey science.

Tom Abbott
December 30, 2020 5:44 am

From the article: “Bill Nye was even presented as competent.”

That *is* science fiction!

Kpar
Reply to  Tom Abbott
December 30, 2020 9:08 am

I don’t know about science, but it sure is fiction.

DonM
Reply to  Tom Abbott
December 30, 2020 5:57 pm

As stated by someone else … Science Fantasy.

Nye, as competent, is more fantasy than fiction.

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Mumbles McGuirck
December 30, 2020 5:53 am

I know that I’ve posted this before but it bears repeating. Most people get their understanding of scientific issues not from journals and scholarly works but from movies, TV, and the news media (all fictional sources). The limited formal education they’d received in school leaves them without the logical tools they need to evaluate claims and story lines. Because of “Waterworld” and similar claptrap, many folks believe that if the polar ice caps were to melt the whole world would be underwater! And that this could happen in a matter of months not millennia. Don’t get me started on the plethora of misconceptions fostered by “The Day After Tomorrow”.
This is what we are battling. We talk a lot on this website about this or that scientific study, but none of that reaches the general public the way one sitcom does.
Just a note of irony. The premise of “Snowpiercer” is that fear of global warming pushes scientists to accidentally freeze the planet. Bill Gates, you’ve been warned! /sarc

Kpar
Reply to  Mumbles McGuirck
December 30, 2020 9:13 am

So true. You will find that most Hollywood types (writers as well as actors) have only a high school education (and that, I note, is highly compromised these days).

And the antipathy Hollywood shows to capitalism? Look at how the “talent” was treated under the likes of the studio bosses- hardly an ethical bunch. If that is your only (or primary) exposure to capitalism, then some of it is understandable, but it sure skews perspective.

Pat from kerbob
Reply to  Mumbles McGuirck
December 30, 2020 1:46 pm

I think the same people learned economics and politics from multiple viewing of Wall-E

Bill Powers
December 30, 2020 8:13 am

Let us not confuse cause and effect. The Cause is control over the great unwashed masses. Said control being exercised by the 1%ers by wielding the bureaucratic state over the willing.

The effect is menacingly horrible hobgoblins such as Climate Change, COVID and yes 2nd Hand Smoke for all you non-smokers who gladly gave the bureaucratic state a hear hear! and a helping hand to ban smoking everywhere because it was so annoying. Yet the pretense was ill effects foisted upon the non smokers. We are convinced to sacrifice individual liberty under the rubric that we are preventing 2nd hand harm to innocents.

Here in the U.S. all they need do is subliminally implant the notion, with the help of the propaganda press, on a voting majority that the CAG (Central Authoritarian Government) can save everyone from the horrible hobgoblins and they gain CONTROL..

If you study you history closer, this is why takeover of higher education and the Media were number 1 and 2 Prime Objectives of the Progressive Movement by the Wilsonian’s a century ago. .

Olen
December 30, 2020 8:18 am

The good news is the hero got the girl. And they returned to home in a jet aircraft. And probably went to the airport in an SUV.

Kpar
December 30, 2020 8:58 am

I absolutely LOVED Jewel Staite as Kaylee in “Firefly”.

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