Monday, May 18, 2009

My tiny infraction of Godwin's Law: Singer's Downfall parody

The Hitler-throws-a-fit scene upon realizing he's the lost the war in the German movie Downfall (excellent movie, by the way) has inspired a lot of viral video parodies. Below is a parody I worked up for the worst of the climate denialists and a few others:

(If the subtitles don't show up, click on an upward-pointing triangle in the bottom-right corner, and then click on the letters "CC" that should pop up.)

A few links:

Fred Singer: a discredited former scientist who plays on what's left of his reputation to defend tobacco companies and whatever else floats his political boat. After denying warming was happening at all, he now claims it's a natural 1500 year cycle.

Richard Lindzen: not as bad as Singer but still deceptive and slippery. An example about Lindzen that I should probably bring up: he claims to be a Holocaust survivor. In fact, he was born in the US in 1940 and wasn't in Germany during the war and Holocaust. His Jewish parents emigrated from Germany in the 1930s before it started. He meets no generally accepted definition of a Holocaust survivor, and this gives a general indication of his trustworthiness.

Marc Morano, Pat Michaels, and Tim Ball: two-bit denialists, but loud ones. I'll raise my estimate of them if they ever put their money where their mouths are and bet over climate change. Michaels sometimes says things that are accurate, but usually doesn't.

Koch Industries: a shadowy, private corporation that funds all kinds of anti-environmental efforts.

Chris Monckton: some denialist secretary or viscount or something. Much more info here and a nice story here.

Roy Spencer: one of the scientists who screwed up the satellite data for years to deny global warming, until someone finally fixed their mess. His awesome science skillz has also led him to conclude that evolution is bogus and that Intelligent Design/creation models rock.

I'll probably add a few more notes over time. If anyone feels like doing something similar, the tools are out there for adding your own captions. Most didn't work for me, but this one did. I did have to hand-edit afterward, and I used a repair site too that might have helped. Accurate subtitles for this clip are here, and the clip with no subtitles here.

Go here to see this version on Youtube.

Part of me feels slightly bad for my Godwin violation. On the other hand, it's a joke, and it's nothing compared to the bad faith they use when approaching the science.

UPDATE: fleshed out some details, and new links. Will probably do some more over time.

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