I couldn't resist. FAILBlog has the original entry, a screenshot from a forum by someone who has a plan to stop sea level rise, an outcome of global warming. Here is what the text says:
"I was watching inconvenient truth the other day and theres the bit where it shows the sea level rising really high and flooding most of the world. Well i live near the sea, and don't want to drown, so i got to thinking. Maybe if we lower the sea level a bit, when the water level rises then it won't rise high enough to flood.
Anyway, heres the plan. Everyone who can should take a bucket of sea water and pour it down the sink. If lots of people put the effort in, we could lower the sea level substantially and create a better world for our children to live"
ROTFLMAO, but seriously this is a scientist, education and media fail. If this person is to represent an average person who gets his information from TV and the internet with no scientific background, then we may as well be doomed.
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That's sarcastic. Must be. Poe's Law definitely applies here.
assume it is sarcasm. then it is not being effective. it is making fun of the seriousness of the issue, and wasting people's time. this is not a genuine contribution, and so should be faulted on that.
if it not sarcasm, then it should be criticized, as should the failures that led to it.
I don't know quite what to say.....
It can't be true, your average human being isn't that stupid.
Did you just delete the 'Farewell, Sciborg' entry from the feeds and the frontpage? It's still available at http://scienceblogs.com/deepseanews/2008/08/farewell_sciborg.php
Pepijn, - Some people are that stupid, and what really worries me is that they are allowed to vote.
pepijn, I think peter may have had a premature... um... posting. ;)
Or Craig is having, umm, separation anxiety.
Unfortunately, some people ARE that stupid! That's why Poe's Law holds. The risk of sarcasm and parody is that there will *always* be someone around who just doesn't get it.
"No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public." -- Henry Mencken