Heartland Institute Poster Fail

May 4, 2012

What the hell. It’s Friday. I’ll play.

Heartland Institute, the purveyors of climate disinformation and fine tobacco promotions, has begun a billboard campaign using the images of mass murderers and psychopaths to represent science literate citizens who understand climate change.

Lovely, right?

I couldn’t help but create my own. Rather like shooting fish in a barrel.

Kind of like eating peanuts. I could do this all day, but more important tasks beckon.


52 Responses to “Heartland Institute Poster Fail”

  1. adelady Says:

    bobchewie “so basically it prefers privatising bloody anything that moves then?”

    Not quite. These guys are strictly in the “capitalise your profits, socialise your losses” demographic.

    Why else do you think they oppose any and every health, safety and good neighbour/ common sense proposal affecting industrial and commercial activity?

  2. NevenA Says:

    Don’t forget Anders Behring Breivik.

  3. daveburton…calling mr daveburton…please report to the information desk………

    • g2-b31f1590b0e74a6d1af4639162aa7f3f Says:

      I think that he’s still trying to figure out what to do with the code and data I provided him.

      Or not.

  4. bobchewie Says:

    also on the list of speakers is: Rep Jim Sensenbrenner

    “On June 17, 2005, Sensenbrenner, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, abruptly ended a meeting where Republicans and Democrats were supposed to be debating the renewal of the USA PATRIOT Act and walked out in response to Democratic members raising issues regarding human rights violations at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay and the ongoing Iraq war. He ordered the court reporter to halt transcriptions of the proceedings, C-SPAN cameras covering the meeting be shut off, and that discussion on the issue be halted. Sensenbrenner defended his actions by claiming that the Democrats and witnesses had repeatedly violated House rules in discussing issues he believed to be unrelated to the subject of the meeting.[10] His abrupt walkout was contrary to House parliamentary procedure, which is to adjourn either on motion or without objection. Political journalist Matt Taibbi described the incident in a profile of the 109th Congress published around October 2006: “Last year, Sensenbrenner became apoplectic when Democrats who wanted to hold a hearing on the Patriot Act invoked a little-known rule that required him to let them have one. “Naturally, he scheduled it for something like 9 a.m. on a Friday when Congress wasn’t in session, hoping that no one would show,” recalls a Democratic staffer who attended the hearing. “But we got a pretty good turnout anyway.” Sensenbrenner kept trying to gavel the hearing to a close, but Democrats again pointed to the rules, which said they had a certain amount of time to examine their witnesses. When they refused to stop the proceedings, the chairman did something unprecedented: He simply picked up his gavel and walked out. “He was like a kid at the playground,” the staffer says. And just in case anyone missed the point, Sensenbrenner shut off the lights and cut the microphones on his way out of the room. Commenting on Sensenbrenner’s actions on The Daily Show, comedian Jon Stewart said, “Oh my God, he literally took his gavel and went home; we are officially being governed by children.”
    On September 8, 2005, Sensenbrenner voted against a bill to provide $50 billion in emergency aid to victims of Hurricane Katrina.[12] The bill passed and was signed into law by President George W. Bush.
    On December 16, 2005, Sensenbrenner introduced the Digital Transition Content Security Act. In 2006, it was reported that Sensenbrenner would help lead the effort to pass the Intellectual Property Protection Act of 2006, which is supported by large copyright holders and opposed by fair use activists.[13]
    Sensenbrenner receives high marks from the National Taxpayers Union, a non-profit organization that supports low taxes…

    yep he seems to have all the right credentials..

  5. Peter Mizla Says:

    All the right imagery in this cadre of right wing garbage. Except at the end- the camel is a victim.

  6. […] go on and on about just how incredibly offensive this is, but you can read about it here, here, here, and here. [UPDATE: And here, here, and […]

  7. otter17 Says:

    This is just sad. I didn’t think it was real at first.

    According to Heartland, it was an experimental 24 hour ad, but they are unapologetic. They still manage to play the victim, though, since the climate alarmists are apparently worse.


    Ugh, this tactic of playing the victim while executing ad hominem offense is getting old.

  8. […] Watts (eh sì, sebbene accusasse il primo di ipocrisia…), Tamino, Ed Brayton, Desmogblog, Climatecroks, Lucia Graves (altre parodie), Washington Post, Guardian, Media Matters […]

  9. Hey guys. I have the new official song of the Heartland Institute. It’s Dirty Deeds done dirt cheap by AC/DC. Now does anybody know their mascot?

  10. […] Another perspective on this new and baffling tactic from Heartland here and here. The Daily Beast has reaction here. Comparing climate science believers and reporters to mass […]

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