Showing posts with label serious_or_spoof. Show all posts
Showing posts with label serious_or_spoof. Show all posts

Friday, April 25, 2008

Friends don't let friends kids go to Dartmouth

Dartmouth News - Green screen - 04/17/08
The most visible aspect of the initiative will be real-time, animated displays in the common spaces of the Rauner, Bildner, Goldstein and Thomas residence halls. The displays, broadcast on low-energy monitors, will show an animated polar bear, designed by Sonia Lei '08, at various levels of comfort or distress, depending on the amount of energy being used in the building. Low energy use equals a happy, healthy polar bear. High usage results in the bear suffering the effects of global warming. "The polar bear animations were chosen to give a simpler representation of what still seem to be far-distant effects of humans' energy consumption, and to visualize those effects on the bear while offering some level of interactivity," said Lei.

Friday, March 28, 2008

America's three most respected scientific minds get together

I actually laughed out loud when I read this one.

The Rev. Al Sharpton and Pat Robertson are sitting on a couch and in walks Al Gore.

This isn't a joke.

It's the plot of a new commercial in the former vice president's fight against global warming.
Sharpton's office referred questions about the shoot to the Alliance, which wouldn't comment. But a peek at their permit to film on the Oceanfront shows the part that went to Sharpton was originally listed for outspoken filmmaker Michael Moore.

Kelly said he heard a conflict prompted a last-minute switch and Sharpton flew down.
The article says that Gore was apparently directing the commercial.

Could he seriously think that this will help him win over an increasingly skeptical public?

Monday, March 24, 2008

Serious or spoof?

From this article:
Speed limits of just 15 miles-per-hour are to be introduced on major roads in planned new towns across the country as part of an effort to reduce global warming.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Serious or spoof?

Excerpts from this article:
Britain's finest scientific minds have turned their attention to a problem that they claim is threatening the future of the entire planet - farm animal flatulence.
The New Zealand government briefly considered taxing farmers on their herds' methane output but the proposal had to be dropped following opposition.

The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs considered introducing a system of tradable methane permits but the system was considered too complex.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Serious or spoof?

From this article:
TOKYO (AFP) — Japanese professional baseball players have vowed to shorten playing time per game as part of the national pastime's contribution to the fight against global warming.

They will aim to cut playing time by six percent, or 12 minutes, from the average of three hours and 18 minutes per game, the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) commissioners' office said.

"When a professional baseball game is staged, a huge amount of carbon dioxides, a cause of global warming, is discharged because it requires use of energy to move players and spectators, supply electricity for lighting and other purposes and dispose of food and drink waste," NPB said in a statement.

The pledge to cut playing time was set in accordance with Japan's promise to cut its emissions of greenhouse gases by six percent from 1990 levels between 2008 and 2012 under the Kyoto Protocol on climate change.
To speed up games and save time, NPB said teams will be required to change offensive and defensive sides within two minutes and 15 seconds and the pitcher can spend no longer than 15 seconds throwing a pitch after receiving the ball from the catcher when all bases are empty.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Serious or spoof?

From this page:
A carbon-light delivery of organic vegetables from a Soil Association certified farm in Berkshire will be bicycled into London in time for a star-studded charity banquet. The Feast of Albion, being held by luxury lifestyle group, Quintessentially in aid of the Soil Association. A convoy of cyclists will pedal over 50 miles from the farm in Pangbourne to London on Monday 10 March carrying over 160kg of organic vegetables with the help of trikes provided by Riverford Organic Vegetables and wearing organic t-shirts produced by T Shirt and Sons Ltd emblazoned with the slogan 'carbon-light food delivery'.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Pupils learn lessons from the Climate Cops


Like Plane Stupid, Climate Cops sounds like a spoof, yet it's evidently serious.

At the Climate Cops site, kids can print out "Climate Crime" cards that say things like:
Using the tumble dryer on a sunny day...climate cops say absolutely no way!

Leaving a mobile phone charger plugged in...come on, we all know that's a sin
A related article is here, entitled "Climate cops are fascist throwback".