Oh, you guys.
The Yes Men are at it again, putting 100,000 fake copies of the New York Post on the streets of that city the day before a United Nations climate change summit. It's full of some very un-Post-like stories on the subject.
I'm always amused by their shenanigans: posing as business or government officials and/or creating phony websites to get their points across. My personal favorites are the fake stories about Dow Chemical and the Bhopal disaster as well as the "National Petroleum Council rep" who revealed secret plans for converting victims of any global disaster into oil ('Vivoleum'). Out of laziness, I'll just point you at their Wikipedia page --which has already been updated to reflect their latest theater.
I have to admit that I'm a sucker for pranks like this. They have more wit and panache than a treefull of your usual activists, which also guarantees at least 15 minutes of fame for each stunt.
Here's their press release and home page. The real NY Post carried an Associated Press Story quoting the company statement "Witless Spoof in Flawless Format,"
The faux Post is actually an entertaining read, and essentially factual as far as I can tell (I like the one about the carbon footprint of U-2's world tour). It just loads soooo darned slooow. Maybe their website doesn't have the bandwidth to handle as much attention as they've probably gotten.
I was about to say...
The National Snow and Ice Center tells us they think the Arctic sea ice melted about as much as it's going to this year on Sept. 12, 2009, and NASA's Earth Observatory kindly sent me this image. That's the third lowest ice coverage on record they tell us (topped by 2007 and 2008). One of the reasons I'm not a flat-earther about climate change, though I think some of the advocates get a bit extreme.
It looked like the Northwest Passage might be open (I droned on about that last year), and I was looking for stories on the subject. Somehow I got detoured on the information highway and ended up with the Yes Men.
The Northwest Passage? Didn't see anything official, though evidently a few people made it through on the less favored southern route. I'm sure NASA will remind me again next year at about this time.