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Preserving the Earth, One Joke at a Time ("It's like a big bag of microwave popcorn")
NY Times ^ | 11/19/05 | MICHAEL JANOFSKY

Posted on 11/19/2005 7:36:03 AM PST by Libloather

Preserving the Earth, One Joke at a Time
By MICHAEL JANOFSKY
Published: November 19, 2005


Jeffrey Tambor performing at the comedy show "Earth to America." Isaac Brekken for The New York Times

LAS VEGAS, Nov. 18 - Ice caps are melting. Oceans are rising. Villages are disappearing. Wild animals are not quite sure what is going on.

Pretty funny stuff, eh?

Well, on Thursday night it was, as a parade of comedians and a few serious actors joined forces here at Caesars Palace for two and a half hours of environmental consciousness-raising in a live show called "Earth to America," focused on global warming. It was taped for repackaging and a two-hour nationwide broadcast at 8 p.m. Sunday on the cable channel TBS.

Climate change never had so many famous friends, and whether they were dancing (Jason Alexander), cavorting inside a giant earth (Jeffrey Tambor), strumming a banjo (Steve Martin) or simply doing stand-up (Larry David, Ben Stiller, Cedric the Entertainer and others), the presentation posed two questions critical to the future of the country:

One, should average citizens do more to harness activities that leading scientists say contribute to climate change? And, two, do comedy and global warming really mix?

The answers appeared to be: yes and for the most part.

Laurie David, the executive producer and wife of a certain "Curb Your Enthusiasm" star, is making it her life's work to draw attention to the growing risks of the earth warming through unchecked emissions of carbon dioxide. She flips the finger at people driving gas guzzlers. She holds seminars and fund-raisers in her home. She sponsors a Web-based "virtual march" on Washington (www.stopglobalwarming.org) that has drawn more than 150,000 participants. She arranged with Fox News to present a serious hourlong show on global warming earlier this week.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bag; big; earth; joke; like; ll; microwaved; one; popcorn; preserving; time
"Global warming, are we for it or against it?"

Longer summers and warmer winters? I'm a big fan.

1 posted on 11/19/2005 7:36:04 AM PST by Libloather
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To: Libloather
--as should have been realized this was a night of Republican and Bush-bashing ---
2 posted on 11/19/2005 7:40:37 AM PST by rellimpank (urbanites don' t understand the cultural deprivation of not being raised on a farm:NRABenefactor)
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To: Libloather
Longer summers and warmer winters? I'm a big fan.

Beats of 9 months of winter followed by 3 months of bad sledding.
3 posted on 11/19/2005 7:42:28 AM PST by MaryFromMichigan
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To: MaryFromMichigan

I grew up in northern Minnesota and, as we used to reply when asked about what we did in the Summer, "If it comes on a weekend, we go to the lake."

Thank you folks, you've been fabulous, let's hear it for Global Warming. (Muttering below mike: "Imbeciles".)


4 posted on 11/19/2005 7:50:54 AM PST by NaughtiusMaximus (My exit strategy is Victory.)
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To: NaughtiusMaximus
Funny stuff.....I did a lot of canoing out of Ely and I have relatives in Virginia....northern Minnesota is so beautiful but those sand flies are a real pain....
5 posted on 11/19/2005 7:54:23 AM PST by Kimmers
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To: Libloather

> Longer summers and warmer winters? I'm a big fan.

What's wrong with winter?


6 posted on 11/19/2005 7:55:06 AM PST by cloud8
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To: Libloather

I like what Drew Carrey said about the Hard Rock Casino's stupid motto "Save the Planet". Drink a beer, Save the Planet. Roll snake eyes, Save the Planet. Try to pick up a girl, Save the Planet. Get sh!t faced, Save the Planet.


7 posted on 11/19/2005 7:56:01 AM PST by Lawgvr1955 (Never draw to an inside straight.)
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To: cloud8
What's wrong with winter?

Too cold - and I'm in the south!

8 posted on 11/19/2005 7:57:52 AM PST by Libloather (Geena Davis isn't man enough to play Hillary on TV. Heck, BILL isn't man enough to play Hillary...)
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To: cloud8
What's wrong with winter.

I don't really have to answer the question do I? It must be a rhetorical question.

9 posted on 11/19/2005 8:00:24 AM PST by wita (truthspeaks@freerepublic.com)
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To: Libloather

We could also stand a few more inches of rain here in the desert. Will GW provide?


10 posted on 11/19/2005 8:03:46 AM PST by Paulus Invictus
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To: Libloather

The movies that have come out about the effects of global warming all seem to show the earth turning into an instant icecube.


11 posted on 11/19/2005 8:07:16 AM PST by P-Marlowe
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To: Libloather
..."a parade of comedians..."

sounds just like the proponents of global warning.
12 posted on 11/19/2005 8:07:34 AM PST by frankenMonkey (Name one civil liberty that was not paid for in blood)
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To: cloud8
What's wrong with winter?

Crops don't grow.

13 posted on 11/19/2005 8:10:08 AM PST by null and void (The enemy of my enemy is my tool...)
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To: Libloather

The real joke is when mainstream scientists accepted the notion that the inevitable result of life processes, emissions of carbon dioxide, should be viewed as a pollutant to the atmosphere which supports life; it's rather like saying that life is unsustainable since it eventually leads to death.

The only solution is the eradication of life, everything else is window dressing.


14 posted on 11/19/2005 8:10:13 AM PST by Old Professer (Fix the problem, not the blame!)
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To: Libloather
a parade of comedians and a few serious actors joined forces here at Caesars Palace for two and a half hours of environmental consciousness-raising in a live show called "Earth to America,"

A parade of has-beens, wannabes, and hangers-on joined forces here at the Den of Iniquity for two and a half hours of Bush-bashing and self-congratulation in a live show called "George W. Bush is a Big Poop." The evening ended with the VIPs hopping into their 10-passenger stretch limos and being driven to the airport, where chartered Lear jets waited to whisk them back to their mansions carved into the scenic Hollywood Hills.

Several "stars" were treated for separated shoulders, allegedly incurred by patting themselves on the back.

15 posted on 11/19/2005 8:43:33 AM PST by IronJack
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To: IronJack
The evening ended with the VIPs hopping into their 10-passenger stretch limos and being driven to the airport, where chartered Lear jets waited to whisk them back to their mansions carved into the scenic Hollywood Hills.

They didn't walk there - that's for damn sure...

16 posted on 11/19/2005 8:58:29 AM PST by Libloather (Geena Davis isn't man enough to play Hillary on TV. Heck, BILL isn't man enough to play Hillary...)
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To: NaughtiusMaximus
You're making me homesick...I see you're in AZ as well.

Cheers!

17 posted on 11/19/2005 9:23:23 AM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: cloud8
What's wrong with winter?

Other than shoveling snow. Dangerous road conditions creating car wreaks and death. Laying down salt and sand to eleviate dageroous road conditions only to pollute the ground water. Cracking the asphalt and creating potholes. Getting sick from the cold weather. Heating bills. Water pipes breaking. Homeless freezing to death. And slipping, falling and breaking your @ss.....nothing that I can think of!

18 posted on 11/19/2005 9:26:36 AM PST by Bommer (To Ted Kennedy - "Fat Drunk and Stupid is no way to go through life son!" - Dean Wormer)
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To: Bommer
Laying down salt and sand to eleviate dageroous road conditions only to pollute the ground water.

That same salt destroying tens of thousands of cars every year through corrosion, destroying consumer wealth and causing us to have to deplete even more of the earth's resources to build new ones.

Some pretty cool cars have been eaten by salt. I've owned a few. Makes me sick to think about it.

19 posted on 11/19/2005 10:03:20 AM PST by Hardastarboard
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To: Libloather
...the growing risks of the earth warming through unchecked emissions of carbon dioxide.

If we would all exhale half as much we could cut the emmissions considerably. If some would not exhale at all there would be much improvement all around. Hold your breath, save the planet.

Or

Waiting for the looney left to wise up..... don't hold your breath.

20 posted on 11/19/2005 11:26:49 AM PST by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all that needs to be done needs to be done by the government.)
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To: Libloather
leading scientists say contribute to climate change

Huh? Leading scientists as determined by who? Any "scientist" that is a proponent of GW is "leading". 8 weeks ago I coultn't evan spall scintist. Now I are 1.

Sir, where did you do your advanced studies on climatology? Hollywood High. Well, until I dropped out in the 11th grade when I learned all there is to know. Did my postgraduate work at Planet Hollywood. Followed by an internship at MGM.

21 posted on 11/19/2005 12:13:59 PM PST by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s......you weren't really there.)
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To: MaryFromMichigan
Beats of 9 months of winter followed by 3 months of bad sledding.

Here in Ohio it means 4 months of winter and 8 months of road repair.

22 posted on 11/19/2005 12:14:26 PM PST by yankeedame ("Oh, I can take it but I'd much rather dish it out.")
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To: Libloather

These clowns are telling jokes. They are jokes.


23 posted on 11/19/2005 12:14:33 PM PST by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s......you weren't really there.)
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To: Libloather; All

what is REALLY funny is that this is on right now and at the EXACT SAME TIME there is a history channel special showing how 100% of the science these leftwing fools are counting on is pure junk.

I saw a few minute doses of this. It is unwatchable looney leftism. These so called comedians mights as well be advocating bongo drums as a way of repelling solar eclipses.


24 posted on 11/20/2005 5:50:07 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE!)
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To: Carry_Okie

Amazing, isn't it?


25 posted on 11/20/2005 5:52:42 PM PST by sauropod ("The love that dare not speak its' name has now become the love that won't shut the hell up.")
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To: ChildOfThe60s; All

These clowns are busy ending their careers.

This is a mass career suicide.

It is a laundry list of performers to avoid.

They are joining the not a dime club.

Letterman's advertisers are off the buy list, Conan Obriens advertisers are off the list.

Who the heck is the bald guy? I have not seen this larry david before, where did he come from? the Lennin reject school?


26 posted on 11/20/2005 6:09:53 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE!)
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