Monday, November 29, 2010

Fiction: "Record Breaking Snow Coming This Winter"

On October 12, 2010, at Socyberty, "Ulsterman" published an article titled "Record Breaking Snow Coming This Winter". This is an excerpt:
With much of North America now facing a strong La Nina event that will likely remain well into 2011, regions such as the Midwest will be particularly hit hard. "I have been making the call for a few months now," said James Meaks, a longtime member of the weather sciences division at WCS. "The 2010-2011 winter patterns that have been forming for North America show us experiencing a colder than normal winter weather cycle, with substantially more snowfall in areas such as the Midwest, Atlantic coast, and Pacific Northwest. I won’t go so far as to say the winter temps will prove as unprecedented as has been the call for parts of the European continent, we are going to experience a pretty tough winter this year in the States."

There is no identifiable "James Meaks" with any weather-related organization. Nor is there any identifiable weather-related organization using the acronym "WCS," an abbreviation that "Ulsterman" oddly chooses not to explain to his reader. The quotes "Ulsterman" provides appear nowhere else on the web apart from his own article.

Once again, "Ulsterman" manufactured a fake "interview" with a completely fictitious person, and passed it off as real news.

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