Skip to comments.Al Gore's Live Earth: Has Global Warming Hysteria 'Jumped the Shark'
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.
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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?”
in the show Happy Days, fonzi jumped a shark in the latter shows.
it was stupid and the show died shortly after that.
sorry, I should have read first and asked questions later.
thanks; that site is great
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.
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.
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.
I knew there was a reason why I liked Dylan. He’s much smarter than some give him credit for. :)
It was mentioned in another thread that at one venue — maybe Hamburg Germany — there were problems selling tickets Presumably promoters were giving them away. :)
Algore is such a Potsie!
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.
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.
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