And ausgerechnet (of all times) now? Right before the G8 summit? Five minutes before twelve, so-to-speak? Completely flabbergasted by the fact that someone with credentials and influence could even mention the possibility that mass hysteria may not be the only possible course of action we could take when it comes to dealing with the global warming phenomenon, NASA administrator Michael Griffin has got all of Germany up in arms (and practically everybody else on the planet, for that matter) about comments he made downplaying the urgency of the matter.

Enraged by the sacrilegious lines “I have no doubt that a trend of global warming exists. I am not sure that it is fair to say that it is a problem we must wrestle with,” and “I would ask which human beings are to be accorded the privilege of deciding that this particular climate we have right now here today is the best climate for all other human beings. I think that’s a rather arrogant position for people to take,” German newspapers have decided to give the people what they want and to begun a not-so-secret campaign to see who can print the dopiest picture of Griffin.

The Focus photo above is leading at the moment, but the Süddeutsche is gaining ground fast (hell, that NPR shot wasn’t bad, either). Numerous other German dailies and weeklies (and even monthlies if they have any) have now joined the fierce competition, having been assured by their staff photographers that a sheer inexhaustible supply of dopey Griffin photos does and always will exist.

Meanwhile, over 250,000 Germans not currently participating in the competition decided to do something more intelligent and productive with their time yesterday and personally fight off more global warming by wrestling their bicycles in an urgent Sternfahrt (rally) to Berlin’s midtown Großer Stern, blocking automobile traffic for hours everywhere, the countless honking, idling vehicles creating a giant cloud of filthy CO2 over the city the likes of which had never been seen up until then.

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