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hatrack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 09:03 PM
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NASA Bans Comment On Upcoming Disaster Movie, Then Relents - NYT
"Urgent: HQ Direction," began a message e-mailed on April 1 to dozens of scientists and officials at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. It was not an alert about an incoming asteroid, a problem with the space station or a solar storm. It was a warning about a movie.

In "The Day After Tomorrow," a $125 million disaster film that is to open on May 28, global warming from accumulating smokestack and tailpipe gases sets off an instant ice age. Few climate experts think such a prospect is likely, especially in the near future. But the prospect that moviegoers will be alarmed enough to blame the Bush administration for inattention to climate change has stirred alarm at the space agency, scientists there say.

"No one from NASA is to do interviews or otherwise comment on anything having to do with" the film, said the April 1 message, which was sent by Goddard's top press officer. "Any news media wanting to discuss science fiction vs. science fact about climate change will need to seek comment from individuals or organizations not associated with NASA." Copies of the message, and the one from NASA headquarters to which it referred, were provided to The New York Times by a senior NASA scientist who said he resented attempts to muzzle researchers dealing with climate change.

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"The Day After Tomorrow," from 20th Century Fox, is directed by Roland Emmerich, whose "Independence Day" in 1996 depicted an alien invasion of earth and included such memorable special effects as the White House exploding in flames. The new movie's script contains a host of politically uncomfortable situations: the president's motorcade is flash frozen; the vice president, who scoffs at warnings even as chaos erupts, resembles Dick Cheney; the humbled United States has to plead with Mexico to allow masses of American refugees fleeing the ice to cross the border."

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http://www.nytimes.com/2004/04/25/national/25MOVI.html
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 09:07 PM
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1. May 28, you say? Looking forward to the commotion.
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Renew Deal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 11:48 PM
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6. I can't wait to see it.
The trailers look awesome, but that's not why. It's about time someone took the subject on head first. There are many scientists that believe another ice age is possible. Some of them even soon.
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DAGDA56 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 09:10 PM
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2. It looks like THE Summer movie...
...came across the site on Counterspin... http://www.thedayaftertomorrowmovie.com/
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BlueEyedSon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 09:39 PM
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3. Endless Summer movie, you mean....
Haw haw haw.
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DAGDA56 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 09:40 PM
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4. Zing! Touche! and all that kind of thing...
nt
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Kool Kitty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-25-04 12:25 AM
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5. Art Bell and Whitley Streiber are talking about this
right now on Art's show.
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Soloflecks Donating Member (518 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-26-04 01:04 PM
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7. Ha, the joke's on them!
I'm sure if a real ice age actually has plans of encroaching on the cabal's territory, it will be politically correct enough to do it the creeping way with plenty of advance notice just like the science books say! :evilgrin:
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