Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Bennies From Heaven

We're still in light posting mode, making the final preparations for the return-to-home by The Aunt (away, now, for 27-days, between the hospital and rehab).

However, we couldn't pass up the opportunity to heap praise on The Yes Men.

We posted about them previously, when they put out their Fake New York Times, and, there are other favorites, like "Halliburton solves global warming!"

And, their "Exxon's Climate-Victim Candles", where;

The oilmen listened to the lecture with attention, and then lit "commemorative candles" supposedly made of Vivoleum obtained from the flesh of an "Exxon janitor" who died as a result of cleaning up a toxic spill. The audience only reacted when the janitor, in a video tribute, announced that he wished to be transformed into candles after his death, and all became crystal-clear.

Yesterday, they showed-up the Ignorant Dolts at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a bigger group of Neanderthals you'd be hard-pressed to find.

From Kate Sheppard, at Mother Jones;

The Yes Men Punk the Chamber

The Chamber of Commerce stunned DC on Monday by calling a last-minute press conference to announce a dramatic about-face in its climate policy—it would not only stop opposing the Kerry-Boxer climate bill but would work with them to make it better. But the whole thing turned out to be a hoax mounted by the Yes Men, a notorious band of anti-corporate pranksters.

Reporters received a press release early Monday stating that the Chamber would be "throwing its weight behind strong climate legislation" at an event at the National Press Club in downtown Washington, DC. But when I and others showed up, we were met by a fellow dressed in a suit looking like a typical corporate PR man. This wasn't Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue. And I recognized him as Yes Man Andy Bichlbaum. (I've written about the group previously.) He soon was telling reporters, "We at the Chamber have tried to keep climate science from interfering with business. But without a stable climate, there will be no business."
Think Progress was on it, also, and has a video of the confrontation.

What better song to raise a glass to the Merry Pranksters?

None other than this gem;

Eddie Jefferson Bennies From Heaven with Richie Cole

No comments: