Climate craziness of the week

“Art” is in the eye of the beholder. Global warming “art” is often lodged in another place in the body.

From AOL News:, this artistic project is described as: “…off London’s Millennium Bridge. Taiwanese artist Vincent Huang used two glass penguins and a stuffed toy polar bear for the eye-catching project, which aims to raise awareness over climate change.”

From AOL News - Marco Secchi, Getty Images

Never mind that polar bears and penguins don’t share the same icecap, it’s “art”.

Read the story behind this at AOL News.

Also, the idea of suicidal animals to raise awareness on global warming is not new, it was used last year in this video below from an outfit called Quercus in Portugal. The “artistic rendition” above is simply a low budget copycat.

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115 thoughts on “Climate craziness of the week

  1. Just a quick note from way down under. We cruised through Gurlach Straight and Paradise Bay, Antarctica during the past 4 days, after visiting the King Penguin colony on the Falklands. Every Falklander we spoke with talked of how the colony has been steadily INCREASING for several years now, and they believe a second colony is now forming in another area of the island.
    Oh…the ice is all still there, too, at least what we could see of it 🙂 In spite of all that, there’s no shortage of talk about AGW on the ship I’m on, which has a very international mix to the population.
    More later,
    JimB, live, on the scene…

  2. After I took my daughter and 6 other kids to see Happy Feet when it was at the theatre, she told me she didn’t want to eat fish anymore because it would make the penguins starve
    I’m still pissed

  3. Roberto Calvi, ‘God’s Banker’. He was murdered (hanged) in a manner overflowing with symbolism and yet this was all ‘missed’ at the time.Now,with the ‘right’ taxable topic,we are supposed to marvel at childish stunts.

  4. My, that’s a really convincing scientific argument, isn’t it. These arty types are clueless as to how ridiculous they are.

  5. The art a person admires allows us to see the person’s essential values and shows his/her view of life and reality.
    This is info, even though it is repulsive. It can be used as a basis for strategy discussion on developing a more positive attitude toward climate science.
    John

  6. I think this piece of “art” would go down well with the Turner Prize judges. They seem to be able to pick out the worst piece of inconsequensial, conceptually vacuous tat and give the perpetrator, sorry winner, a £50,000 wad.

  7. Is this fellow deranged? Why would anybody want to symbolically hang a poor innocent Polar Bear & a couple of Penguins? Surely he should show them being happy that the ice is back up north, & even more down south, not exhibit them as though they appear to have been tried, sentenced, & executed for some mysterious crime, poor things! Must be a denier I expect.
    On a more serious note, I bet the British Arts Council funded this crappy stunt along with money from the Peoples Democratic Republic of the European Union! Hide the decline, commrades! We’re all very happy here in Britishtan, we all work very hard for our Beautiful Leader who is a god, & looks after all the people! We love the freezing cold, the expensive heating fuel, the high prices, the clean hopsitals, the great schools, the streets paved with gold, the economy is booming he said so, (but we only need a small amount of it to satisfy ourselves, whereas our wonderful, noble, loyal, honest politicians need lots of it because they do such an important job) the lack of freedom, being told what to think, what to say, how to behave. Pig, snout, trough, spring to mind. It’s nice being screwed but not quite how I imagined it to be. Now, where is that little red book of mine? Snip away, mod, it’s coffee time!

  8. Erm, it`s hanging under a bridge. How the hell are people supposed to have their awareness raised when they won`t see the stupid thing?

  9. “The artist cleverly makes reference to Roberto Calvi, the Vatican Banker who was found hanging under Blackfriars Bridge in 1982, to draw comparisons between the failure of quality control and simple moral courage that gave us both the Credit Crunch and Climategate.
    Remembering that the death of Calvi was initially stated to be suicide; this installation is a particularly damning indictment of the moral failings of climate scientists.
    It is particularly ironic that the chosen bridge was opened with such fanfare as a technological marvel and then promptly closed to pedestrians because of resonance problems. Only after extensive re-engineering could it be opened to the public. ”
    Well, that’s what this art critic thinks.

  10. We need a large three-sided object the size of a locomotive. Label one side ‘endangered things’, one ‘common sense” and the third “science.” Each month it could be moved to one of the world’s high bridges and dangle in the wind. Makes better sense.
    I find it pathetic that such great artists could not find something that is actually currently endangered to showcase. But, of course, the things that are endangered follow from mostly solvable issues (making farms from forests, for example) and seem to go undetected by these brilliant minds.

  11. Even more craziness. Yesterday was a typical summer day, and it was warm overnight…in fact at about 10:30pm, it was still 31c. Not unusual for Sydney inner west and summer and westerly winds. But today we get more climate garbage;
    http://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/sydney-sweats-through-hottest-night-in-13-years-20100223-p07b.html
    Notice the airport is mentioned.
    Followed by;
    http://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/start-preparing-sydney-warming-is-inevitable-20100222-orrf.html
    More alarmist rubbish!

  12. Sorry for the length of this – I can’t vouch that it is authentic, but it resonates with aspects of carbon trading schemes.
    …………………….
    Rt Hon David Miliband MP
    Secretary of State.
    Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA),
    Nobel House, 17 Smith Square, London
    16 July 2009
    Dear Secretary of State,
    My friend, who is in farming at the moment, recently received a cheque for £3,000 from the Rural Payments Agency for not rearing pigs. I would now like to join the “not rearing pigs” business.
    In your opinion, what is the best kind of farm not to rear pigs on, and which is the best breed of pigs not to rear? I want to be sure I approach this endeavour in keeping with all government policies, as dictated by the EU under the Common Agricultural Policy.
    As I see it, the hardest part of this programme will be keeping an accurate record of how many pigs I haven’t reared. Are there any Government or Local Authority courses on this?
    My friend is very satisfied with this business. He has been rearing pigs for forty years or so, and the best he ever made on them was £1,422 in 1968. That is – until this year, when he received a cheque for not rearing any.
    If I get £3,000 for not rearing 50 pigs, will I get £6,000 for not rearing 100? I plan to operate on a small scale at first, holding
    myself down to about 4,000 pigs not raised, which will mean about £240,000 for the first year. As I become more expert in not rearing pigs, I plan to be more ambitious, perhaps increasing to, say, 40,000 pigs not reared in my second year, for which I should expect about £2.4 million from your department. Incidentally, I wonder if I would be eligible to receive tradable carbon credits for all these pigs not producing harmful and polluting methane gases?
    Another point: These pigs that I plan not to rear will not eat 2,000 tonnes of cereals. I understand that you also pay farmers for not growing crops. Will I qualify for payments for not growing cereals to not feed the pigs I don’t rear?
    I am also considering the “not milking cows” business, so please send any information you have on that too. Please could you also include the current Defra advice on set aside fields? Can this be done on an e-commerce basis with virtual fields (of which I seem to have several thousand hectares)?
    In view of the above you will realise that I will be totally unemployed, and will therefore qualify for unemployment benefits. I shall of course be voting for your party at the next general election.
    Yours faithfully,
    (Name supplied)

  13. Isn’t art often disturbing? I can thing of plenty that is. I can also think of plenty of artists once ridiculed who are now much more respected.
    REPLY: Climate skepticsim has followed the same path. -A

  14. It doesnt make sense to pity polar bears AND penguins.They tell us polar bears need MORE ice (to avoid drowning!) and penguins need LESS ice as the young one have to waddle many hazardous miles to reach the ocean after they hatch (as they have to be hatched on land.) So, what is good for polar bears is bad for penguins and vice versa.

  15. The agw crowd want reduction of the human population… why don’t they emulate the animals in the commercial?

  16. Hmm, God’s banker was murdered as a high-finance message! Maybe the penguins and the polar bears have been messing with high finance and someone is sending a warning?? You know like horse’s heads in the bed?

  17. I have a better idea, 3 scientists dangling off ropes, Newton, Galileo and Einstein. Each with a toppled chair under their dangling feet labelled IPCC.
    Anyone good at drawing toons?

  18. Art?
    Thoughtless arguments are turned iconic and allegoric. Using the power of images works, it is the misused language of the soul. Images catch compassion. That’s why the Copenhagen Conference got started with the promotional film „Please Help!“.
    “The art a person admires allows us to see the person’s essential values and shows his/her view of life and reality.” (John, 00:48:41) How true. Look at this video showing how to treat “climate change deniers”: SNOWMAGEDDON ETIQUETTE – at work

    Shockingly brutalized and brutalizing images reveal a view of life and tell about the psychic atmosphere of their provenance.
    Reinhold

  19. OK let’s stop global warming. How? Declare war on China and India to stop them increasing their CO2 emissions far more than any western country can reduce them? Even if all western countries decided to shut down all their industries thus destroying all businesses and creating the mother of all depression, the climate will not be altered much. Look the only “let’s play it safe” solution is to switch to nuclear energy immediately, which by the way China and India are doing on a massive scale that would make the US look like a third world country. Of course, the AGW is a hoax and a fraud so all this doesn’t matter anyway.

  20. Such far-out photos and videos are signs of desperation typical of someone losing the debate. They are also offensive and I’m almost sure in some western countries such material would be cause for criminal action by way of a court order to be placed on the makers, with the expectation of being heavily fined, if not put behind bars.

  21. JimB, it’s a fact that the Kangaroo population in Australia has been steadily increasing over the past 25 years. This is in spite of the commercial harvest throughout that period and the recent ‘worst drought in history’! Yes, we and others around the world now eat Kangaroo meat, and it’s becoming more popular.
    http://www.kangaroo-industry.asn.au/morinfo/BACKGR1.HTM

  22. By giving this crap blog space you are playing into Huang’s hands – ignore it and he might just get fed up and go away…

  23. Presumably since catastrophic global warming isn’t a government sponsored fraud the government would be equally happy to see me expressing my artistic opinions by hanging various politicians in effigy from public buildings for some genuine actions.
    OPr not as the case may be.

  24. OTT, once more, by the eco-fantasists………………….but this is GOOD because it simply doesn’t work as either art or a scare.
    What ordinary people glean from such efforts is that the protagonists or artists are simply NUTTERS.
    Lets have more, not less, of such incompetent attempts to brainwash the masses.

  25. Suicidal animals? I don’t think so.
    If evolution teaches us anything, it’s that life not only goes on, but is re-invigorated by stress. Every one of the great extinction events cleared the way from an explosion of new species.
    Animals go on an on. It’s only stupid humans that give up.

  26. Can’t the police actually catch the environmentalist and prove that it was him who has hanged the innocent animals? It’s like one of the stories in South Park where the green activist planned to kill one of those children heroes to prove that second-hand smoking was harmful, or something like that.
    They’re talking about dying animals and people but so far it has only been them who has been killing them – via DDT bans and other things.

  27. A year ago they were the last, best hope of the world, a shining band of brothers (and sisters) who were saving the planet and taming the excesses of self-destructive capitalist greed. The Force was with them and the world lay at their feet. They were going to be greeted as liberators by a grateful world desperate to be saved.

    I think Al Gore failed the climate change movement and that his negligence and blindness has done it irreparable harm. If the skeptics are right and the world isn’t warming — or if natural causes are responsible for climate change – it doesn’t matter much. But if Al Gore and the climate change people are even half right about what is happening to our world, the cost of Mr. Gore’s failures are incalculably great. He was the one world leader who had the standing inside the climate change movement to lead it onto a more sustainable path and, as far as we can tell from the facts now before us, he didn’t really try.

    Too funny .. liberators

  28. The penguins are made of glass. Wouldn’t want to be under one of those if it falls off onto a passing boat. Could kill someone.
    cheers David

  29. The only shocking thing is that there are still people who believe that being sensitive will save the world.
    Being sensitive is the last thing the world needs. Would all sensitive people please take their precious little sensitive feelings and go take a reality check.
    Sensitivity will not save the world nor the environment. Sensitivity just gets in the way. Sensitivity just makes everything a mush of confusion and ignorance.

  30. Patrick Davis (01:21:21) :
    Even more craziness. Yesterday was a typical summer day, and it was warm overnight…in fact at about 10:30pm, it was still 31c. Not unusual for Sydney inner west and summer and westerly winds. But today we get more climate garbage;
    Ahhh, summer warmth…
    If your approaching winter is anything like the one over here, you’re truly lucky, at least you have a few months to prepare instead of being blindsided.

  31. Antonia (00:41:12) :
    My, that’s a really convincing scientific argument, isn’t it. These arty types are clueless as to how ridiculous they are.
    Not all of us ‘arty types’ are quite so abysmal. When one of them asked what would be the next fashion after ‘conceptual art,’ I suggested ‘contraceptual art.’ They were not amused. Looks like I got another prophecy right (must become a shaman – seems my totem animal is a whale).
    Peter Hearnden (01:43:18) :
    Isn’t art often disturbing? I can thing of plenty that is. I can also think of plenty of artists once ridiculed who are now much more respected.
    …and plenty of artists once respected who are now much more ridiculed. Perhaps you’ve had too big a dose of Adorno and the Frunkfart School (deliberate error; no insult to the city).

  32. Ahh, tax season, the joy of having 30% of my hard earned cash confiscated. This year, can I specifically request for not sending my dollar to NASA?

  33. Suicidal roos and emus are rather common, and warming has buckleys to do with it.
    theres five cars in town with panels smashed and it wasn’t drunk driving:-)
    the Feral Camels caused accidents by licking dew off the Ghan Train lines..
    as to the artists rendition of symbology, I,d prefer he hung there, a much more vaild statement..
    dying for ones art? or similar..
    re syndey warmist hype, I am using a wheat bag to keep warm in Feb? in aus.
    A lousy 3 nights when it was no covers…sure some hot days, but not that many.
    and Autumn will be here all too soon.

  34. Mark (01:11:10) :
    > Erm, it’s hanging under a bridge. How the hell are people supposed to have their awareness raised when they won’t see the stupid thing?
    I saw it a few minutes ago from New Hampshire.
    > [anthony] Never mind that polar bears and penguins don’t share the same icecap, it’s “art”.
    Check the photo – they’re separated by an equator.

  35. I think I can see the population of the world splitting in two (literally) – on one side the climate realists and on the other side the true believers of AGW.
    One side (the climate realists) will be prosperous, free-thinking, and open to debate, forward looking, democratic and mainly at ease with itself. On the other (believers of AGW) will be a totalitarian dictatorship, bereft of ideas, bankrupt, scientifically illiterate, constrained by dogma and profoundly unhappy.
    I think I will go with the former.

  36. All this ‘raising awareness’ that’s been going on for the past two decades has really reaped dividends, hasn’t it?
    The masses – who I presume are the target audience whose ‘awareness’ needs to be ‘raised’ – are becoming ever more skeptical.
    I guess they’re smarter than they’re given credit for, and are seeing ‘raising awareness’ for what it really is: propaganda.

  37. Here are some more guys in trouble:
    http://news.aol.co.uk/fewer-great-whites-than-tigers/article/20100219013151025995897
    “Speaking at the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s annual meeting in San Diego, he told how the discovery was made by colleagues from the Census of Marine Life.
    He said: “I recently heard a report from the team that’s been tagging great white sharks. The estimated total population of great white sharks in the world’s oceans is actually less than the number of tigers.”
    That’s the first I ever heard that tigers were shark predators….and I thought cats didn’t like water.
    There are no comments on the survival rates of the team tagging Great Whites.

  38. r (04:36:20) :
    Have you seen this?
    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/02/100222140619.htm
    Someone is doing research to study how to bash climate skeptics in the mass media.

    That fits. Guess where it originates, The University of Colorado at Boulder.
    Ever noticed how most of climate science seems to flows from The University of Colorado at Boulder, in one way or the other? Why is it the world center? Climate searches on it return fractions of a million.

  39. re Peter Hearnden (01:43:18):
    What you describe is a (post-) modern disease – some people apparently feel very much “superior” through pretending to find deep meaning in ridiculous things. For once we are lucky in that the general public, despite a hundred years of campaigning, has largely stuck to their common sense: programming Arnold Schoenberg or Free Jazz is still a guarantee for half-empty concert-halls except in places where the Rich and Clueless are thick on the ground…

  40. Darn it, Anthony! First you hit us with more of the philosophy-of-science issues, and now this artsy-fartsy stuff today. My brain is hurting from all this thinking you’re making me do.
    Art stunts such as this one are the reason I have not kept up with the contemporary art scene. I stopped paying attention about the time that Julian Schnabel’s plates began falling off his canvasses. One can only épater la bourgeoisie just so many times before even it responds with a great big yawn.

  41. “JB (05:01:30) :
    I think I can see the population of the world splitting in two (literally) – on one side the climate realists and on the other side the true believers of AGW.”
    I often use the example from Jonathan Swift’s ‘Gullivers Travels’ to illustrate where AGW sides are headed;
    “…Gulliver is a source of fear and awe to them, and participates somewhat helpfully in the Lilliputian war against Blefuscu, a lengthy conflict that has arisen between the big-enders and little-enders (depending upon which side of a boiled egg one must crack in order to eat it).”
    http://litmed.med.nyu.edu/Annotation?action=view&annid=12611
    cheers David

  42. This reminds me of the four American civilian contractors who were hanged from a bridge in Fallujah, Iraq, back in 2004. It appears that all terrorists (including eco-terrorist artists) think alike.
    Jim

  43. Allen ‘M’, Chris’Z’
    I didn’t actually say I like it as art, I don’t much, just that people might see it differently in the future.
    I think you’re entilted to your view and I think I am to mine. OK?

  44. Don’t worry folks, those aren’t real animals,
    It’s just Al Gore, Pachauri and James Hansen dressed up in Polar bear and Penguin suits.

  45. You know what’s really scary
    It’s sitting at a red light and seeing a Toyota Prius coming up behind you.!

  46. Trust Me, I’m A Journalist: Trust In The Media Promotes Health

    ScienceDaily (Jan. 26, 2009) — Trust in the media promotes health. A study of people from 29 Asian countries has shown that individuals with high levels of trust in the mass media tend to be healthier.

  47. What is that? Junk made in China hanging off a bridge?
    If you don’t like the fact that junk is made in China, don’t buy it in the first place.

  48. I’m always bemused by the claim “aims to raise awareness over climate change.”
    Exactly how many people do they think who see this spectacle aren’t aware of climate change?

  49. Al Gore’s Holy Hologram (05:13:41) : “Your world has now been Disneyfied. Start singing with your cat.”
    It’s a world of laughter, A world of tears. It’s a world of hopes, And a world of fears. There’s so much that we share, That it’s time we’re aware, It’s a small world after all.
    It’s a small world after all. It’s a small world after all. It’s a small world after all. It’s a small, small world.
    There is just one moon, And one golden sun. And a smile means, Friendship to every one. Though the mountains divide, And the oceans are wide, It’s a small world after all.
    It’s a small world after all. It’s a small world after all. It’s a small world after all. It’s a small, small world.
    [And I now apologize profusely, and slink off to my corner]

  50. “Under the Indecent Displays (Control) Act 1981, s. 1 it is an offence to
    make, cause or permit a public display of indecent matter. The test for
    what is indecent is wider than the OPA test for obscenity. It is generally
    thought to be matter which is shocking, disgusting or offensive –
    something that may cause offence or embarrassment to the public.
    In determining whether a display is indecent any part of the matter which
    is not exposed to view shall be disregarded. “Matter” includes anything
    capable of being displayed, except the human body. There is also no
    public good defence.”

  51. Funny write-up on “Raising Awareness
    All of the world’s problems can be solved through “awareness.” Meaning the process of making other people aware of problems, and then magically someone else like the government will fix it. This belief allows them to feel that sweet self-satisfaction without actually having to solve anything or face any difficult challenges
    And for the record, that is a humor site and not meant to be taken seriously.

  52. I’ve heard it said all my life that “art” is in the eye of the beholder. (Some say that’s true of “beauty” too.) I think there’s definitely something wrong Anthony, I can’t see a thing.
    Much that passes for “art” is simply garbage and/or zillions of fecal coliforms in the street. I understand that in the Middle Ages they had “art” everywhere. I believe it often brought tears to the eyes (until they started to put it in pipes and dump it into the nearby river that everyone drank from –that’s another side of art, it can make you so sick it kills you).
    To the “artist” and his/her Patron, “It” is “Art” -sometimes. To the rest of the world, “it” is whatever they say it is -always.
    Sorry Anthony, it’s probably on my end.
    I still can’t see anything:-)

  53. All I see is three animals that just discovered they weren’t getting free health care.
    I guess the meaning of art is in the eye of the beholder.

  54. mrpkw (05:36:50) :
    johnh (00:52:57) :
    And someone paid for that !!!!!
    It’s much worse then that: “Someone is GETTING paid for that”!!!

    Climate Change jobs are all the rage:
    http://jobview.usajobs.gov/GetJob.aspx?JobID=86193488&JobTitle=Senior+Advisor%2c+Climate+Change+Adaptation&brd=3876&vw=b&FedEmp=N&pg=1&q=Climate+Change&re=0&AVSDM=2010-02-09+14%3a39%3a00
    Senior Advisor, Climate Change Adaptation. 119,544.00 – 165,300.00 USD /year
    Or just go to http://www.usajobs.gov/ and perform a search on ‘climate change’.
    I’m not sure at what point my moral compass can be purchased, but I’m sure there is some sum of dollars which will make me an AGW advocate, if not necessarily a believer.

  55. A couple of months ago my girl friend gave me this picture to hang in my home-office. I guess she got tired of my rather continuous chortling at the latest antics of the Hockey Team.

  56. NickB. (07:58:27) :
    Funny write-up on “Raising Awareness”
    All of the world’s problems can be solved through “awareness.” Meaning the process of making other people aware of problems, and then magically someone else like the government will fix it. This belief allows them to feel that sweet self-satisfaction without actually having to solve anything or face any difficult challenges
    And for the record, that is a humor site and not meant to be taken seriously.

    There is truth in humor, however. This is a root cause of the (societal) situation we are in at the moment.
    When faced with an issue we may feel ‘something’ about, the easy way out is the Bake Sale, or when that proves to be too taxing a few dollars of fluff from our pockets. Our government style has given as an even more useful mechanism: the ability to throw other peoples money at a problem that we perceive.
    This is a triple benefit whammy for simply raising awareness while we don’t need to do much; when we do it’s usually something we’d do anyway (bike ride, bake a cake, watch TV…). The benefits are that it costs us next to nothing, someone else is responsible for enacting it, and it punishes those we don’t like.

  57. This is not “art-naive”, this is as dangerous as dog hanging by communist revolutionaries; there is fanaticism behind.

  58. ‘Geoff Sherrington (01:36:16) :
    Sorry for the length of this – I can’t vouch that it is authentic, but it resonates with aspects of carbon trading schemes.’
    Geoff probably didn’t get an answer. David Miliband is the Foreign Secretary. His brother Ed is at DEFRA. He probably ducked out as well because the letter wasn’t for him.
    Charlie

  59. Kate (02:16:22) : “For all our Swedish readers, Dagens Nyheter is reporting that due to a breakthrough in fusion research in the U.S., we may have controlled fusion in two years.”
    What Isaac Asimov called “My Built-In Doubter” tells me not to hold my breath.

  60. Google ad I got at the top of the page.

    No More Tar Sands Oil
    Help End Dirtiest Project on Earth Tell Obama No More Pipelines
    foe.org

    Supplying the energy to keep civilization going is a dirty business?

  61. We need to produce an opposing “parody” video showing animals shivering in a frozen, ice encrusted landscape. Polar bears, penguins, and the chimp would work just fine. Then pan out and up into the sky with the focal point remaining on the spot where the zoom-out started (like zooming out in Google Earth). And, what is revealed is the original focal point being on the equater in South America, and the entire earth is frozen over. A caption materializes that says: “What if they have it wrong? . . . this, happened in the past . . . and more than once”.

  62. Joe Crawford – leave your girl friend immediately! She’s got appalling taste in pictures. 😉
    On the “art”,London sees enough awful modern installation pieces for people not to think twice about checking out some fibreglass models dangling under a badly made bridge.

  63. Whoops. I should point out that I don’t think the “art” as shown is offensive
    (just in poor taste and lacking sensitivity), but people in London won’t
    get that view: what they’ll get is a distant view of three bodies; apparently
    one adult and two infants hanging off the bridge. That, I think, is likely to
    be upsetting to people.

  64. Anthony: Please re-post that hilarious cartoon of the pompous naked emperor walking along under a shade held up by four 18th century flunkies and labeled “IPCC”. It’s so perfect, now more than ever. I’ve searched the site but can’t find it.
    (If someone else posted it from a picture site like Flickr, please repost it.)

  65. @Dirty Dan (12:34:19)
    I like it! Nice creative stuff to put the other pov.
    Maybe a starving child in Africa asking Mommy why its so cold… and then your pan-out idea, encompassing frozen wildlife, frozen lakes, dead crops….
    Gee, if only we could tap into all that Big-Oil funding that we keep hearing about!

  66. Luboš Motl (03:30:38) : “It’s like one of the stories in South Park where the green activist planned to kill one of those children heroes to prove that second-hand smoking was harmful, or something like that.”
    Season 7, Episode 13, “Butt Out”. Anti-smoking activist Rob Reiner tries to poison Cartman and claim he died of lung cancer.
    http://southparkzone.info/south_park_zone_s7e13_butt_out.php
    I’m waiting for the boys to cover the film “Avatar” the way they did “The Day After Tomorrow”.

  67. Blatant propaganda. Yet, there are environmental wackos imagining they are fighting big oil and corporations. AGW suffers all the symptoms of propaganda, its acceptance is forced, from the top down to the masses. This stunt is an example of how ridiculous reality has become.

  68. r (06:49:00) :
    If you don’t like the fact that junk is made in China, don’t buy it in the first place.
    China the only place to buy junk. Also only place can get sails made fo’ same.

  69. My daughter, in country Victoria, had to put extra blankets on the bed last night; Australia in high summer?

  70. Typical! “Taiwanese” artist Vincent Huang hangs them off a London Bridge! Where were our home grown artists! Better still, why does Vincent Huang not try it off of one of the many bridges in Taiwan or even China?
    O/T I know but if “A” will allow me, Bill Tuttle (00:28:17) : and r (06:49:00)….. Care to flip over your keyboard or check out your computer/laptop? I would hazard a guess that you are using excellent Chinese products just to log onto the site. Ever given a thought that it is importers in your own country that buy junk cheap without quality control and then sell it to people dumb enough to think cheap = quality?

  71. Hah. Time for some entertainment!
    List, in order of preference, who you would rather see hanged in effigy off of that bridge.
    My preferences are as follows:
    – Al Gore
    – Jim Hansen
    – Choo Choo Pachauri
    – Ivo da Bore
    forget it too many to list

  72. Oh. And Ben Santer. I had to mention Ben Santer.
    In fact I would be happy to see ten Ben Santer models hanging from there

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