Monday, September 21, 2009

The NEW New York Post

The New York Post seems to have changed hands over the weekend. It's no longer a print version of wing-nut TeeVee. Get a look at today's special issue. It's hot!!

Or, have The Yes Men struck again? We remark, you declaim.

Early this morning, nearly a million New Yorkers were stunned by the appearance of a "special edition" New York Post blaring headlines that their city could face deadly heat waves, extreme flooding, and other lethal effects of global warming within the next few decades. The most alarming thing about it: the news came from an official City report.

Distributed by over 2000 volunteers throughout New York City, the paper has been created by The Yes Men and a coalition of activists as a wake-up call to action on climate change. It appears one day before a UN summit where Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon will push 100 world leaders to make serious commitments to reduce carbon emissions in the lead-up to the Copenhagen climate conference in December. Ban has said that the world has "less than 10 years to halt (the) global rise in greenhouse gas emissions if we are to avoid catastrophic consequences for people and the planet," adding that Copenhagen is a "once-in-a-generation opportunity."

Although the 32-page New York Post is a fake, everything in it is 100% true, with all facts carefully checked by a team of editors and climate change experts.

"This could be, and should be, a real New York Post," said Andy Bichlbaum of the Yes Men. "Climate change is the biggest threat civilization has ever faced, and it should be in the headlines of every paper, every day until we solve the problem."
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The paper includes original investigative reporting as well. One article ("Carbon counter counts New Yorkers as fools") reveals that Deutsche Bank - which erected a seven-story "carbon counter" in central Manhattan - not only invests heavily in coal-mining companies worldwide, but has recently entered the business of coal trading itself.

The paper has the world's gloomiest weather page, covering the next 70 years rather than just 7 days.


ross said...

That Ban character and Al Gore must be pen pals or something because in 1990 Gore said we only have 10 years left until we all burn up.

I heard today that the global temps have actually been going down for the last decade.

And that the main man that used to be a proponent of that whole man-made-global-warming notion for the UN has flipped and is saying that, things are getting cooler instead.

Now how about we spend some time solving real problems at the UN, like what other country they can move their little despots and dictators club to.

Anonymous said...

Kind of like you and Inhofe, I guess.