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“The judge identified nine aspects of An Inconvenient Truth, nine core errors, where Al Gore either misstated the IPCC or prejudicially exaggerated what they found.” John Day is the lawyer for a British parent who sued the British Department
of Education when they tried to distribute An Inconvenient Truth to schools.
James Cameron—Hypocrite
Written by Kristin McMurray   
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 22:53
Ann and Phelim released a two minute documentary that exposed James Cameron's eco-hypocrisy for donating $1 million to fight California Proposition 23.  It's received significant coverage, including an article in the UK's Independent, which wrote:

Mr Cameron is hardly the only prominent celebrity to oppose the ballot measure. Other high-profile individuals campaigning against it include David Arquette, Benjamin Bratt, and California's Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger – a prime candidate for a similar attack advert, since he drives an SUV and commutes to Sacramento from his home in Los Angeles by private jet.

In the current economic climate, knocking the lifestyles of the rich and famous is likely to strike a chord. And given the brouhaha that greeted revelations about Al Gore's carbon footprint, the makers of "James Cameron – Hypocrite", who in 2009 produced a contentious documentary disputing climate change called Not Evil Just Wrong, may be tapping a rich rhetorical vein.



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The Playboy of the Green Hypocrisy
Written by Ann McElhinney   
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 22:51
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I am constantly amazed by the double standards that characterize the environmental/liberal movement.

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Billionaires are bad…unless they are called Oprah, Spielberg, or Soros.

Flying is bad too because of the emissions it produces is bad for the environment, or so environmentalists tell us. But it seems it is only other people flying that is damaging.

Al Gore, Leonardo DiCaprio, Rajendra Pachauri, and the tens of thousands of IPCC fellow travelers spend their lives on planes and receive no criticism from their hypocritical environmental cheerleaders.

And the hypocrisy continues with their coverage of California’s Prop23, which aims to suspend Global Warming legislation that will increase energy bills and drive businesses and jobs out of the state.

Environmentalists, and their enabling environmental “correspondents” who work for establishment newspapers and blogs, cannot wait to let us know that much of the money supporting Prop23 is coming from “out of state oil companies.”

This is true, except these companies also employ thousands of people in California in real jobs.

But perhaps more importantly, it ignores reality.

Extreme environmentalists opposing Prop23 have raised twice as much money as those supporting it, and from billionaire venture capitalists who have a vested interest in ensuring the proposition does not pass.

I have already written on BigGovernment about Thomas Stryer, the venture capitalist, who donated $5m to opposing Prop23 and stands to make hundreds of millions if it fails.

But it would be remiss of me to ignore billionaire investor Nicolas Berggruen who has contributed $250,000 to the opposition. Berggruen is an investor in wind farms, and wind energy will be state subsidized if Prop 23 is defeated. Simply put, it will be a state guaranteed investment. But Berggruen does not have a “vested interest.”

Berggruen’s lifestyle says a lot about him, he estimated to be worth $2.2bln and has sold all his houses and cars because “possessing things is not interesting.” Fawning profiles often refer to him as the “homeless billionaire.”

But Berggruen is not living in a cardboard box in Central Park. He lives in various hotels as he travels across the globe growing his investment business. Oh, and he didn’t give away all his worldly goods—he still has a very, very impressive art collection valued at hundreds of millions.

And Berggruen, who opposes fossil fuels and pushes for renewables, shouldn’t use so much fossil fuel himself. He should live the dream of a carbon-free world himself.

Before “Green” became a fashionable cover story people such as Berggruen, who fly around the world staying in elite hotels whilst adding to an expensive art collection, were known as playboys.

Now they are green heroes, who tell the rest of us we have to live more simply and pay more for our energy.

 

Originally posted on Big Government.

 
Hollywood Feminism: Eat Pray Love … Vomit Rinse Repeat
Written by Ann McElhinney   
Tuesday, 21 September 2010 23:22
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I saw Eat Pray Love over the weekend. I can’t remember the last film I walked out of but I certainly wanted to walk out of this one. I stayed because I want to know what is going in the world. I know now and it’s not good.

The cinema was half full, almost all were women.

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The film is deeply depressing. I recently saw Precious, I had avoided it because I thought it would be predictable and depressing. It’s not, even with its subject matter.

However nothing in the cinema this decade has depressed me as much as Eat Pray Love’s hymn to vacuous selfishness. There are 16 year olds who have more profound insights. Talking of 16 year olds, the journey of enlightenment taken by Liz Gilbert (Julia Roberts) in the film is very reminiscent of 16 year old’s experiences; girl meets a boy, falls in love with him, gets bored, chants a bit and meets another boy, bliss.

Back to the story, Eat Pray Love is criminally dull.

In brief, a very rich 40 something woman who has EVERYTHING including the love of everyone she ever meets and a good husband and a home in the country as well as a place in Manhattan and a terrific writing career, feels sad, feels there is something missing. She sets off on a quest to find food (Italy), God (India) and Love (Indonesia) or more simply she goes off on a self indulgent holiday around the world for A YEAR.

SPOILER ALERT: She finds a new man, problem solved.

Everything about the film is superficial, from the emotional range of actress Julia Roberts’ Liz Gilbert, either a too toothful smile or tearful doe eyes, to the superficial travel brochure version of the places she visits. I worked in Italy for a wonderful year a long time ago, the Italians love food, they understand it and are very generous about it and their food is sensual. I had hoped to find some of that in EPL, it’s not there. Instead all the joys and pleasures of Italian food are reduced to heaped plates of Italian cliches, giant mounds spaghetti and pizza. The food photography is better in the Costco catalogue – unforgivable.

She journeys to India in search of God, apparently God can’t be contacted in America. That journey irritated me a lot too — it seemed so dated, so 60s, so Beatles. While she is there she be-friends a smart but terrified teenage Indian girl who is about to be married off in an arranged marriage and because this film is free from anything so mundane as a value, Ms. Gilbert offers no hope or escape for the poor girl. Cut to Ms. Gilbert resplendent in her sari attending the wedding and using the occasion to ruminate about her own wedding to someone she freely chose and who loved her dearly … I think they call that multiculturalism.

However, in Indonesia Ms. Gilbert befriends a single mother with financial issues. Bizarrely this case inspires Ms. Gilbert to intervene, she sends an email to her friends and instantly gets 18,000 dollars in the post, its so nice to be rich.

Amazing that neither the fate of the child in the arranged marriage nor the appalling poverty of India inspired any act of charity from Ms. Gilbert, but I forgot she was obsessing so much about herself she didn’t see anyone else.

One of the qualities of art and literature that make it miraculous is its ability to make us feel connected to lives lived in other times and other places. True art raises us up, inspires and ultimately makes us better people. Eat Pray Love offers none of this. Leaving the film on Saturday I felt just as disconnected from Liz Gilbert as I did from the teary-eyed Santa Monica women leaving the cinema with me.

I think I’m in trouble.

Originally posted on Big Hollywood

 
Darker Side of Green in Hollywood
Written by Kristin McMurray   
Wednesday, 28 July 2010 22:12
The New York Times highlighted the "Darker Side of Green" debate series was back saying,

The comedians Tracy Morgan, Andy Samberg and Jamie Kennedy, and the singer Mark McGrath probably aren’t the first names that come to mind when you think of the vanguards of environmentalism. But each will moderate a debate in a series covering four major cities and organized by Lexus to promote its new compact hybrid, the CT 200h, which goes on sale early next year.

The first debate happened in Hollywood with Phelim squaring off against climate alarmist Simran Sethi.

The debate went well and favored Phelim. 

Variety wrote, "The inconvenient truth now is that the environmental movement is deeply fractured," says Trevor Neilson, president of the Global Philanthropy Group, which advises celebrity clients on activism and giving.

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Ann at Right Online
Written by Kristin McMurray   
Wednesday, 28 July 2010 21:53
Ann spoke at Right Online and received a rave review from Red State's Caleb Howe:

But the one video I absolutely insist that you watch features the incomparable Ann McElhinney, director of Not Evil Just Wrong. Unfortunately it is still not online and I really can’t wait any longer to post my post-game. McElhinney is an amazing speaker and she absolutely destroys leftist tropes in just a few hilarious remarks. Since I couldn’t get the Right Online video, click on Read More to see her CPAC speech.


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The speech was also announced on C-SPAN and also received positive endorsements from the following:

 
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