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Punked by the BBQ story
Posted by: mcq on Thursday, April 05, 2007

Kav provides me with a link which points to the Belgian BBQ story being an April Fool prank. Interestingly it is from the same Russian news agency from which I got the story originally. They simply appended it to the original release. Apparently they were punked as well.

OK, they got me. I guess what made it so appealing was it wasn't at all out of the realm of the possible as far as I'm concerned, especially with the hyperventilating environmental crowd interested in shutting down all man-made carbon emissions.

But, bottom line, they got me. Heh ... most likely it won't be the last time. I know, I know ... confirmation bias (uh, yeah, I am biased. But I'll admit that).

Anyway thought you should know - mea culpa.
 
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I called it, 2nd comment. I’d like to thank slashdot.org for doing so many april fools jokes that I just stop reading news stories in early april.
 
Written By: ChrisB
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Dude you trusted a RUSSIAN news site’s story??? There was more truth under Brezhnev’s Pravda than under most Russian news these days....and that’s not a reference to the politics of Putin’s Russia, just a reference to the fact that, seemingly, most Russian news sites are the equivalent of News of the World, lacking only "Bat Boy."
 
Written By: Joe
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Phew, glad I had those disclaimers in there:
http://planetgore.nationalreview.com/post/?q=MGJiODM0NDJjNjI5YmM3ODVlNGZiNmQwNjI2YmZmNTE=
 
Written By: Tim Worstall
URL: http://www.timworstall.com
Isn’t there for real legislation against burning charcoal in Kalifornia?

And I can recall when the laws were passed against the traditional (up until that time) burning of the fall leave piles in New England states to improve air quality (reduce air pollution). Compost? Bah!

So....I don’t see how the whole thing was that far away from perfectly possible. Nothing is beyond the long reach of politicians with an agenda.
 
Written By: looker
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OK, they got me. I guess what made it so appealing was it wasn’t at all out of the realm of the possible as far as I’m concerned, especially with the hyperventilating environmental crowd interested in shutting down all man-made carbon emissions.
Don’t feel like the Lone Stranger. Fox News analyst Brit Hume reported the story on Special Report yesterday. Watch tody and sees what he has to say about it, if anything.
It sounded like something the environuts in Europe would do. I certainly believed it.
 
Written By: James E. Fish
URL: http://faroutfishfiles.blogspot.com/
Uh-huh. Not so fast, bucko. You have forgotten America’s #1 form of entertainment. We need more self-flagellation before you can put "BBQ-Gate" behind you. Perhaps some groveling would help? We’ll just sit back in smug satisfaction why you perform for our amusement. You may start now...

Seriously though, it got me too. It did sound remarkably like the insane idiocies one hears from a certain crowd. Heck, the other day you posted about the British Health Minister I believe whining about one of their sailors then being held by Iran for giving the children a bad example by smoking (oh...the frakken horror). You know this is used so much that whenever I hear a politician crying about how we need to do something "for the children" I cringe and am immediately hostile and suspicious. Pity really because some things "for the children" are good ideas, much of what the politicos dish out though is crap.
 
Written By: John
URL: http://averagegayjoe.blogspot.com
It sounded like something the environuts in Europe would do. I certainly believed it.
Hmmm, that sounds almost like ’fake but accurate’...
;-P

Only messing with you,

McQ, and this is why, although I sometimes disagree with what you write, I just have to respect you.
 
Written By: Kav
URL: http://livingrealworld.blogspot.com
Hmmm, that sounds almost like ’fake but accurate’...
It is.
 
Written By: James E. Fish
URL: http://faroutfishfiles.blogspot.com/
You were looking at Europe when you should have been looking in California. As far back as 1989, California was looking at banning back yard barbecues in order to reduce smog.

Reason Magazine:
Consider a recent megaplan devised by Los Angeles-area legislators. This spring the Southern California Air Quality Management District (AQMD), whose jurisdiction includes all of the greater Los Angeles area, held public hearings on a wide-ranging pollution-abatement plan. The plan includes over 140 sets of regulations, spanning 18 years, that will touch every aspect of life among South Coast residents and businesses. Leaving virtually no stone unturned, the planners would ban trivial sources of pollution—some backyard barbecues, gasoline-powered lawn mowers, and swimming-pool heaters.

 
Written By: Aldo
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You were looking at Europe when you should have been looking in California. As far back as 1989, California was looking at banning back yard barbecues in order to reduce smog.


Here in New Mexico, we are keeping a sharp eye out for Californians. Santa Fe and Taos are already lost.
 
Written By: James E. Fish
URL: http://faroutfishfiles.blogspot.com/
What made the ’joke’ so effective was that it was so utterly believable.
 
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