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Could the era of hyperbolic Science-denial, be drawing to a close?

If the blacklash now happening against the Climate Change-denial Heartland Institute, is any leading indicator -- it just might be.

Unabomber billboard continues to hurt Heartland Institute

by Dean Kuipers LATimes -- May 9, 2012

State Farm is ending its association with the Heartland Institute. This is because of a recent billboard campaign launched by the Institute,” said the entirety of the statement, which ran on the State Farm Facebook page.

Also, just announced Wednesday, the United Services Automobile Association, an insurance and financial services company for military families, has also withdrawn its support for Heartland.

The withdrawals are part of what has become a small-scale defection from the institute since it launched what it called an “experiment” in the form of a Maywood, Ill., billboard featuring a photo of convicted “Unabomber” Ted Kaczynski and the words, “I still believe in global warming. Do you?

According to the Heartland Institute’s own press release explaining the billboard, the Unabomber image was only the first in a series to also feature Osama bin Laden, Charles Manson, Fidel Castro, James J. Lee (who took hostages at the Discovery Channel headquarters in 2010 and was slain by police) and “other global warming alarmists.”

Perhaps run-of-the-mill Corporate-enablers have gotten the Consumer-memo, with regards to standing behind the ALEC-type agendas?  (Especially if they want to stay in business ...)

Maybe they decided it's better to pick the side of the Reality-based community, instead of the deception tactics of Right Wing anti-science clowns ... ?

Could be.

Stay classy Heartland, while your business associates continue to abandon your sinking ship.

... It's about time.

Heartland called it an “experiment” ...

(Pssst ... Heartland, that makes you Scientists  ... SO, what are your conclusions, Agenda-dudes?

Now just keep trying to repeat those results ...  we dare ya. )

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