Heartland Institute: When Is It Inappropriate To Confront Acts Of Depravity?



I haven’t written much about this because, I didn’t think this would be an enduring issue.  But, we see people still appalled by Heartland’s billboard incident.  And, quite frankly I’ve been appalled by some of the skeptics’ responses. 

The alarmist reaction was predictable, and in a beautiful example of leftist mentality, they’ve proclaimed the demise of the Heartland Institute……..  reality having no bearing on the proclamation. 

But, now that the dust is starting to settle, I think a review of the facts is in order.  Many skeptics think that Heartland’s billboard has somehow given up the moral high-ground of the skeptical position.  It has not.  Many have equivocated the billboard with the “No Pressure” video and the like. It is nowhere near the same thing.  

Alarmists wishing violence towards skeptics and inaction.

Skeptics have been subjected to the most dehumanizing of efforts, from suggestions that we be recognized and treated (re-education camps), that skeptics be tattooed, that skeptics be gassed.  

Now, look back up to the billboard picture.  Do you see a suggestion of violence towards alarmists?  That we tattoo them or place them in camps?  There is none of that.  Equivocating the billboard with these types of suggestions is dishonest and intellectually vacant. 

The billboard is a simple and truthful statement.  And, yes, the connotations are clear. And, this is, apparently, what most skeptics find objectionable.  But, again, this is a form of dishonesty, intellectual vacancy, and cowardice.  Yes, cowardice. 

From time to time, I’ve offered brief glimpses into this abyss of alarmism.  We have seen entire populations displaced and killed.  We also see this wasn’t an isolated event.  We see communities stripped of their belongings and their women raped, their homes burnt down, in a seemingly systematic war on the most helpless of populations.  And, we see that this has continued unabated in all parts of the world.  From forced sterilizations to murder, to depraved indifference to the destruction of humanity. 

And, this is why I call it cowardice.  It takes a certain bit of courage to gaze into the abyss, to understand the depths of depravity our fellow man can devolve towards.   It takes Samburu People: Samburu tribal people of Kenyacourage to do so, because, once you do, you are faced with a choice.  Once you see that the above examples aren’t simply some dark fantasy which isn’t acted upon, but rather, a small glimpse into the reality of what these people are actually doing, then you choose. 

SterilisationYou can either turn a blind eye towards this very literal dehumanizing agent call Climate Change alarmism and pretend none of this is happening, pretend that the climate discussion is simply an intellectual exercise, or, you can choose to engage with an entirely different perspective. 

These atrocities are brought to you by……. Clean Development Mechanism,  the Nature Conservancy and the African Wildlife Foundation, New Forest Company (via Kyoto protocol), Department for International Development, and many others.  But, mostly because of the advocacy of the many people mentioned and not mentioned towards this climate.

Now, some one please tell me why or how in God’s name do people believe the Heartland Billboard was somehow a dirty trick or an unfair characterization of alarmists?

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23 Responses to Heartland Institute: When Is It Inappropriate To Confront Acts Of Depravity?

  1. Latitude says:

    I think Kate says it best………..

    “Not showing up to riot” is a failed conservative policy.

    • suyts says:

      I agree. There comes a point in time when civility is an enemy of justice.

      • Or as Orwell put it:

        Pacifism. Pacifism is objectively pro-Fascist. This is elementary common sense. If you hamper the war effort of one side you automatically help that of the other. Nor is there any real way of remaining outside such a war as the present one. In practice, ‘he that is not with me is against me’. The idea that you can somehow remain aloof from and superior to the struggle, while living on food which British sailors have to risk their lives to bring you, is a bourgeois illusion bred of money and security.


      • suyts says:

        Spot on! And I think that’s what we’re seeing. Many skeptics would much rather ignore the realities rather than confront them.

  2. DirkH says:

    Conclusively argued.

  3. SOYLENT GREEN says:

    I think they could have gone further…like I did two years ago…

  4. Me says:

    Nice work here. Keep at it, because the alarmist don’t like the spotlight on them like this, they just want to do it to everyone who don’t follow their beliefs.

    • suyts says:

      Thanks Me. I think this needs to be stated over and over again. I think a lot of skeptics were squeamish about this because they’ve never really confronted the consequences of alarmist advocacy.

  5. DERise says:

    Good post, you summed up a few of the excesses of the AWG movement. That is the crux of the progressives, the hypocrisy of their actions in light of their words. They talk of nature and peace and fairness. They bring death and destruction; cronyism and ruined economies; devastated land and slashed rainforest.
    Considering all of the inflamitory statements, the “we know where you live” statements, the “no pressure” videos, all of the “good intentions” in the name of AWG that have gone bad, it is more than easy to provide poster children for a movement that is less than wholesome. Yet many of us object when a visible organization buys a billboard. They picked one of many who could be the ugly, diseased face of the green movement. I welcomed some brutal honesty for a change.
    I never forget what has been done and what is being done every day in the name of the green movement, more than can be catalogued in one post. The mining and refining of nickel, light and heavy metals for batteries, windmills, solar panels, have devastated more land than drilling or tars sands ever could. The foot print of wind power, and the material cost is mind numbing and is disasterous to wildlife and the environment.
    No, we need to point out what these people are, how the think, how they feel, and how they achieve their stated goals. We need to do it broadly, frequently, and loudly.

  6. miked1947 says:

    You got it in your comment at WUWT, Heartland did not go far enough.
    As you said and I said when this shook out the first time, true colors were displayed related to the Heartland incident.
    IMO many ruined their reputation by claiming Heartland was somehow wrong in doing the billboard ad.
    An ad comparing statements made by the leaders in the AGW movement and those of recognized terrorists would be truthful and appropriate.

    • suyts says:

      Exactly. I can’t for the life of me understand what moral ground people think was lost by Heartland with their billboard. I can’t for the life of me understand how they equivocate Heartland to “we know where you live”……

      • miked1947 says:

        As I said when that one came out: I hope so and I am waiting for you. I answer threats with a positive response. It is the Darwin way of life.

  7. G. Combs says:

    I have been sort of neutral on the heartland billboard.

    Do I think it is out of line? No I think Ted, the un-bomber, is different only by degree. We have certainly seen the violence pushed by PETA, who are on the CAGW bandwagon. I have been the recipient of that violence on more than one occasion.

    Here is PETA on Climate Change: http://www.peta.org/b/thepetafiles/archive/2011/11/14/you-ve-got-five-years-to-make-it-happen.aspx

    The only reason I am neutral is because as a small business owner I am very aware of how hard successful marketing really is and I am not sure this was good marketing. Conservatives and the Mainstream type people are for the most part polite and these are Heartlands audience. (Marketing 101 know who your audience is)

    The contrast between the Tea Party “demonstrations” and Occupy Wall Street show the fundamental difference between the two groups.
    Tea Party vs Occupy Wall Street in pictures (not for the faint of heart): http://toddkinsey.com/blog/2011/10/10/tea-party-vs-occupy-wall-street-in-pictures/

    GAG, after looking at those pictures I think good ole’ Ted was the more polite photo!

    • suyts says:

      Gail, you’re right, we prefer a more civil discourse. But, we’ll never get one from the alarmists. And, you’re right, the occupy loons clearly demonstrate the differences.

      Truly, Heartland could have marketed the point better. OTOH, I think pointing out the reality of those maniacs was needed. And I think the cries in protest were a bit of an over reaction from some alleged skeptics.

      • Jim Masterson says:

        suyts says:
        June 4, 2012 at 7:37 pm
        . . . the cries in protest were a bit of an over reaction from some alleged skeptics.

        “Alleged skeptics” as in Mr. McIntyre and Mr. Watts? However, I agree with you and think Mr. Watts reaction to HI’s billboard being over the top was in my opinion: “Slightly over the top.”

        One of Watts’ commenters, Skiphil, said, “It’s like the saying ‘wrestle with a pig and you both get muddy, but the pig likes it.'” Instead, I think the HI billboard comparison made the greenies “scream like STUCK pigs.”

        They also hate it when you accuse them of projecting–which is exactly what they usually do.


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