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Al Gore's Live Earth: Has Global Warming Hysteria 'Jumped the Shark'
The American Thinker ^ | July 6, 2007 | John Berlau

Posted on 07/06/2007 3:02:03 PM PDT by Eric Blair 2084

This weekend, rock stars will jet around the world, cars and buses will clog traffic, and elaborate sound stages will be set up to burn massive amounts of fuel to send the message to fans at home that they had better conserve their energy or face the allegedly dire threat of global warming.

The Live Earth concerts, which start this Saturday, July 7, are also one last chance for Baby Boomers to relive the "flower power" activism of the '60s. In a recent interview in Rolling Stone, former Vice President Al Gore invoked music icon Bob Dylan to promote the importance of these concerts. Citing Dylan's '60 anthem "The Times They Are A-Changin'". Gore rambled: "What's the old Bob Dylan line? 'Come senators, congressmen, please heed the call/Rattle your windows' - what's the rest of it? - 'for the times they are a-changin'."

But there's just one problem with invoking Dylan to hype the global warming scare. And that is that Dylan himself has expressed skepticism -- to the same magazine -- at the notion that global warming is a catastrophe. When he was asked by Rolling Stone founder and publisher Jann Wenner in the magazine's 40th anniversary issue if he worried about global warming, Dylan replied with an unexpected rejoinder. He asked Wenner, "Where's the global warming? It's freezing here." Wenner, who has blanketed Rolling Stone and his other magazine Men's Journal with doom-and gloom climate change stories (that often bash my organization, the Competitive Enterprise Institute), quickly moved on to other topics after he received his comeuppance.

Yet Dylan's latest statement may signal that in the global warming debate, the times are changing. Even independent-minded celebrities are now questioning the establishment media orthodoxy that the debate over global warming and its effects are all but over.

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


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1 posted on 07/06/2007 3:02:07 PM PDT by Eric Blair 2084
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To: Eric Blair 2084

please help me understand what “jump the shark” means I’ve never gotten it? How does it differ from “getting a tiger by the tail?”


2 posted on 07/06/2007 3:05:49 PM PDT by gusopol3
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To: gusopol3

in the show Happy Days, fonzi jumped a shark in the latter shows.

it was stupid and the show died shortly after that.


3 posted on 07/06/2007 3:07:55 PM PDT by postaldave (republicans need spending rehab before trying to control congress again.)
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To: Eric Blair 2084

sorry, I should have read first and asked questions later.


4 posted on 07/06/2007 3:08:10 PM PDT by gusopol3
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To: gusopol3
This may help.

5 posted on 07/06/2007 3:10:38 PM PDT by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: gusopol3; postaldave
postal beat me to it. There is a website called Jumptheshark.com They essentially debate the exact moment that your favorite TV show, celebrity, politician, band, singer "jumped the shark" like Fonzie on Happy Days. At that point, it's all downhill.
6 posted on 07/06/2007 3:14:48 PM PDT by Eric Blair 2084 (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms shouldn't be a federal agency...it should be a convenience store.)
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To: I see my hands; postaldave

thanks; that site is great


7 posted on 07/06/2007 3:15:17 PM PDT by gusopol3
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To: gusopol3

It’s a term from tv series rises and falls. It came from a moment on Happy Days when Fonzie was water skiing and he ski jumps over a shark. Because it was so ridiculous it became a signpost that Happy Days was about to enter a tailspin to its inevitable cancellation from network tv. It’s now a generalized term for any onging thing when it is no longer on the rise in popularity but now on a downward death spiral.


8 posted on 07/06/2007 3:16:08 PM PDT by xp38
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To: gusopol3

Its a reference to the TV series “Happy Days”. There was an episode where Fonzie jumped a shark. It now means a show or idea that has reached the end.


9 posted on 07/06/2007 3:16:37 PM PDT by art_rocks
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To: I see my hands

10 posted on 07/06/2007 3:17:43 PM PDT by postaldave (republicans need spending rehab before trying to control congress again.)
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To: postaldave

I like their theory that Sesame Street jumped the shark when Elmo came on board.

Up until then all of the characters had an edge to them...Oscar the Grouch, Cookie Monster, the Count...then they brought in this loveable little cuddly furball.

In todays PC world, the Cookie Monster is no longer the cookie monster...childhood obesity and all.


11 posted on 07/06/2007 3:17:55 PM PDT by Eric Blair 2084 (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms shouldn't be a federal agency...it should be a convenience store.)
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12 posted on 07/06/2007 3:26:31 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Will I be suspended again for this remark?)
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To: Eric Blair 2084

I knew there was a reason why I liked Dylan. He’s much smarter than some give him credit for. :)


13 posted on 07/06/2007 3:26:33 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: Eric Blair 2084
At a website that I run, ad banners for this event have been running for the past month or so. No one is clicking on these banners, so my unscientific take on this is that there is little interest in these concerts.
14 posted on 07/06/2007 3:28:30 PM PDT by Major Matt Mason (Learning the Mexican Hat Dance.)
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To: Major Matt Mason

It was mentioned in another thread that at one venue — maybe Hamburg Germany — there were problems selling tickets Presumably promoters were giving them away. :)


15 posted on 07/06/2007 3:31:30 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: Eric Blair 2084
Click here to see the video

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16 posted on 07/06/2007 3:32:23 PM PDT by Bon mots
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To: gusopol3
what “jump the shark” means

Algore is such a Potsie!

17 posted on 07/06/2007 3:32:48 PM PDT by golas1964 (www.imwithfred.com)
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To: fatnotlazy

I’ve never figured Dylan out. Actually, I’ve never really tried. Is he a leftist hippie loon or what. I’m too lazy to find out for myself so I’ll just go with your Reader’s Digest version that saves me time.


18 posted on 07/06/2007 3:35:51 PM PDT by Eric Blair 2084 (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms shouldn't be a federal agency...it should be a convenience store.)
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To: Major Matt Mason

What are those banners or google ads on these sites? Do you just sell them to Google and they can put whatever they want on there?

I’ve seen ads for bizarre stuff that flies in the face of the purpose of the particular website.


19 posted on 07/06/2007 3:38:17 PM PDT by Eric Blair 2084 (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms shouldn't be a federal agency...it should be a convenience store.)
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To: Eric Blair 2084

Kool-Aid anyone......


20 posted on 07/06/2007 3:38:39 PM PDT by thinking
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To: Eric Blair 2084

Arctic Monkeys sit out Live Earth

07/05/2007 7:00 PM, Yahoo! Music
Dotmusic http://music.yahoo.com/read/news/44959710

Arctic Monkeys believe it would be “hypocritical” to play at this weekend’s Live Earth concerts, they have revealed.

The Sheffield sensations are not involved in the high-profile shows, which take place simultaneously across the globe on Saturday.

In a new interview, they explained that the heavyweight production involved in touring precludes them from getting involved in climate change events.

Drummer Matt Helders said: “We’re using enough power for 10 houses just for lighting. It’d be a bit hypocritical.”

Meanwhile, bass player Nick O’Malley agreed, commenting: “And we’re always jetting off on aeroplanes.”

Arctic Monkeys release a new single, “Fluorescent Adolescent,” on Monday in Britain.


21 posted on 07/06/2007 3:40:19 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay (John Edwards -- " War on Terror : A Bumper Sticker")
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To: Eric Blair 2084

Algore and warming — jumped.

The world needs something new to get fussed up about.

What would be a good replacement?


22 posted on 07/06/2007 3:40:28 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault ("..this administration is planning a 'Right Wing Assault' on values and ideals.." - John Kerry)
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To: Eric Blair 2084
Al Gore to hypnotize chickens at concert

23 posted on 07/06/2007 3:42:47 PM PDT by Wolverine (A Concerned Citizen)
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To: Right Wing Assault

Algore is so fat, the only way he could jump a shark is with a rocket up his a**.


24 posted on 07/06/2007 3:43:11 PM PDT by Wacka
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

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25 posted on 07/06/2007 3:44:15 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay (John Edwards -- " War on Terror : A Bumper Sticker")
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To: Eric Blair 2084
"I use to have it all...Hollywood chix, Euro chix, carbon offset scams, then the frikin' oceans started to cool... ^%$#%^&!... keep'em coming tarbender..."


26 posted on 07/06/2007 3:50:51 PM PDT by avacado
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To: Right Wing Assault
What would be a good replacement?

How about Global Cooling? Wait a minute, my advisors are whispering something in my ear...uh, huh, oh, it has, when?, really?!...

Never mind, it seems as though that idea was already tried a few decades ago.

27 posted on 07/06/2007 3:53:59 PM PDT by Eric Blair 2084 (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms shouldn't be a federal agency...it should be a convenience store.)
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To: Eric Blair 2084

I don’t know about the rest of you folk, but when I think Rock-and-roll and must-see show, Al Gore is the first thing that pops in my head.


28 posted on 07/06/2007 3:58:03 PM PDT by Spruce
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To: fatnotlazy; golas1964; All
This is predictable. We all what the next story is going to be on Monday...

Just like this NewsBusters story from May. Parking Lot at Al Gore Event in Northern California Filled With Gas-Guzzling SUVs

Headline on Monday:

Parking Lot at Live Earth concert Filled With Gas Guzzling SUVs


29 posted on 07/06/2007 4:02:02 PM PDT by Eric Blair 2084 (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms shouldn't be a federal agency...it should be a convenience store.)
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To: Spruce
I don’t know about the rest of you folk, but when I think Rock-and-roll and must-see show, Al Gore is the first thing that pops in my head.

I'm with you. Just like when one thinks of "public health" the first name that pops into your head is Ted Kennedy.


30 posted on 07/06/2007 4:04:04 PM PDT by Eric Blair 2084 (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms shouldn't be a federal agency...it should be a convenience store.)
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To: Wacka
Algore is so fat, the only way he could jump a shark is with a rocket up his a**.

I agree. Unlike Fonzie, I'd bet that Algore doesn't actually make it over the shark. He'll land in the shark tank and be devoured by them.


31 posted on 07/06/2007 4:13:57 PM PDT by Eric Blair 2084 (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms shouldn't be a federal agency...it should be a convenience store.)
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To: Eric Blair 2084
Please remember that any time mentioning the climate, the word CRISIS must be used.

I can tell any time someone is officially plugging the Live Earth shindig. They must mention Climate Crisis.

32 posted on 07/06/2007 4:26:28 PM PDT by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: Eric Blair 2084

Dylan is Dylan...he transcends the labels that define those of us who aren’t Dylan..... or in the case of AlGore, even a smidgen Dylanesque


33 posted on 07/06/2007 4:29:50 PM PDT by Skip Ripley
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To: gusopol3

“Jumping the Shark” as the article points out is from an episode of an aged “Happy Days” when Fonzie on water skis jumps a shark. It was the tipping point for the series and signaled its decline. They were grasping for story lines.

I remember that episode. I remember thinking it was sort of silly.


34 posted on 07/06/2007 4:41:51 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain And Proud of It! Those who support the troops will pray for them to WIN!)
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To: gusopol3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MpraJYnbVtE


35 posted on 07/06/2007 4:41:52 PM PDT by Ladysmith ((NRA, SAS) 9/11: Many of us REFUSE to Forget!!)
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To: Eric Blair 2084
That Sports Illustrated cover was the "Jump the Shark" moment IMO.


36 posted on 07/06/2007 4:42:24 PM PDT by Donald Rumsfeld Fan (NY Times: "fake but accurate")
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To: Eric Blair 2084
What's the old Bob Dylan line? 'Come senators, congressmen, please heed the call/Rattle your windows' - what's the rest of it? - 'for the times they are a-changin'."

Gore's such a freaking bouchedag. If he were a true fan of Bob Dylan, nee Bobby Zimmerman; he'd know that the lyrica are, "Senators, Congressmen, please heed the call. Don't stand in the doorway. Don't block up the hall".

I have a sneaking suspicion that this fiasco is going to be nothing more than a fart in a snowstorm. Majorly hyped. Tons of $$$ thrown its way.

Like any other "group consciousness raising" event made even more desperate by trying to un-earth and revitalize the whole "Woodstock schlock". This too will also prove embarrassingly, hypocritically insignificant.


Jack.
37 posted on 07/06/2007 4:56:37 PM PDT by Jack Deth (Knight Errant and Resident FReeper Kitty Poem /Haiku Guy)
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To: Jack Deth; don-o

Dylan reference ping!


38 posted on 07/06/2007 5:00:01 PM PDT by RobFromGa (FDT/TBD in 2008!)
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To: Eric Blair 2084

Gullible warming nutjobs will be out in droves tomorrow.


39 posted on 07/06/2007 5:16:10 PM PDT by syriacus (If the US troops had remained in S. Korea in 1949, there would have been no Korean War (1950-53).)
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To: RobFromGa; Recovering_Democrat; Clara Lou; Skooz; Kenny Bunkport; rhombus; Liberty Valance; ...
In The Rolling Stone interview with Dylan, Jann Wenner was baiting him about the very subject and Bob replied with something like, "What global warming? It's freezing in here."

Times they are a-changing? Well, duh.

Bob said in the same interview that politicians ain't gonna solve nobody's problems.

The longer I live, the more I believe that's about right. Choice comes down to who will "mess" things up less.

40 posted on 07/06/2007 5:21:28 PM PDT by don-o (End Freepathons forever. Do the RIGHT thing. Become a monthly donor)
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To: Eric Blair 2084
We work with various ad networks that serve banners to the site. Some of them make sense for the content provided (or at least for that demographic), while other banners don't make much sense. In the case of these concerts, I'm sure these ads are appearing all over the internet, so I don't think the content of the site is taken into account. Clearly, though, our readers have little interest in these concerts.
41 posted on 07/06/2007 5:25:34 PM PDT by Major Matt Mason (Learning the Mexican Hat Dance.)
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To: fatnotlazy
Yep, if you want more proof of Bob’s good sense look up the lyrics to his song Neighborhood Bully. I believe it’s on the Infidel album. Also, when Joan Baez and the rest of the anti-war 60s crowd tried to get him to jump on their bandwagon, he basically said, “You go your way, I’ll go mine.”
42 posted on 07/06/2007 5:26:12 PM PDT by mngalt (In a sane world the answer to energy shortages would be more electricity and oil.)
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To: Eric Blair 2084

Of course it has jumped the shark. I heard a commerical foa a light bulb company that had supposed men on the street comments. A woman actually said, “Our climate is broken.”


43 posted on 07/06/2007 5:33:27 PM PDT by doug from upland (Stopping Hillary should be a FreeRepublic Manhattan Project)
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To: Eric Blair 2084

That issue was clearly when SI jumped the shark...


44 posted on 07/06/2007 5:47:47 PM PDT by Ogie Oglethorpe (2nd Amendment - the reboot button on the U.S. Constitution)
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To: potlatch; PhilDragoo; ntnychik; dixiechick2000; Eric Blair 2084

45 posted on 07/06/2007 6:02:44 PM PDT by devolve ( _Illegal_Aliens_Killed_25_Americans_Each_Day _A_Mex_Illegal_Alien_Sold_911_Terrorists_IDs_)
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To: devolve

Good graphic!


46 posted on 07/06/2007 6:06:33 PM PDT by potlatch (MIZARU_ooo_()_ooo_MIKAZARU_ooo_()_ooo_MAZARU_ooo_()_ooo_))
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To: golas1964
  Algore is such a Potsie!

That is SO unfair to Potsie.
47 posted on 07/06/2007 6:13:48 PM PDT by Mike-o-Matic
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To: Eric Blair 2084
Bob Dylan Bump

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

48 posted on 07/06/2007 6:19:10 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Mike-o-Matic

LOL - Algore: Sit on it!!!


49 posted on 07/06/2007 6:34:41 PM PDT by golas1964 (www.imwithfred.com)
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To: golas1964

Oh, and make sure you use only one square afterwards...


50 posted on 07/06/2007 6:35:43 PM PDT by golas1964 (www.imwithfred.com)
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