David Buckel, prominent gay rights lawyer, burns himself to death in New York to protest global warming

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David Buckel, prominent gay rights lawyer, burns himself to death in New York to protest global warming

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A “green” activist who was a pioneering lawyer for gay and transgender rights — including in the notorious “Boys Don’t Cry” rape murder case — committed suicide by setting himself on fire Saturday morning in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park in a grisly act of protest against the ecological destruction of the Earth.

David Buckel, 60, left behind a charred corpse and a typed suicide note that said he was burning himself to death using “fossil fuel” to reflect how mankind was likewise killing itself, police sources said.

He left the note in a manila envelope marked “To The Police,” recovered from inside a black metal pushcart he discarded at the scene.

“Most humans on the planet now breathe air made unhealthy by fossil fuels, and many die early deaths as a result,” Buckel wrote in his note, which he also sent to the New York Times.

“My early death by fossil fuel reflects what we are doing to ourselves.”

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/04/15/david-buckel-prominent-gay-rights-lawyer-burns-himself-to-death-in-new-york-to-protest-global-warming.html

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badfish hαηd ⊕ƒ †hε Ωuεεη
1  badfish hαηd ⊕ƒ †hε Ωuεεη    5 months ago

Scientist are all in agreement, becoming a fossil fuel solves global warming.

 
 
Farnsworth Horatio Clapstonestacker III
1.1  Farnsworth Horatio Clapstonestacker III  replied to  badfish hαηd ⊕ƒ †hε Ωuεεη @1    5 months ago

We need a handle on this thing - it seems too many people can buy gasoline on any corner.

 
 
Ed-NavDoc
1.1.1  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  Farnsworth Horatio Clapstonestacker III @1.1    5 months ago

Just another idiot nut case with a death wish!

 
 
Greg Jones
1.2  Greg Jones  replied to  badfish hαηd ⊕ƒ †hε Ωuεεη @1    5 months ago

*Warning Sweeping generalizations [ph]

 
 
badfish hαηd ⊕ƒ †hε Ωuεεη
1.2.1  badfish hαηd ⊕ƒ †hε Ωuεεη  replied to  Greg Jones @1.2    5 months ago

Wait, when did sweeping generalizations become a problem...Those happen daily here? what made this one different?

Unmask that comment!

 
 
Rmando
2  Rmando    5 months ago

What a senseless and pointless act. If anybody is moved to do anything about climate change it won't be because of self destructive foolishness like this.

 
 
Freefaller
2.1  Freefaller  replied to  Rmando @2    5 months ago

Agreed, but small positive unlike some others in this day and age at least he chose to take himself out without killing or harming innocents.

 
 
Jasper2529
2.1.1  Jasper2529  replied to  Freefaller @2.1    5 months ago
at least he chose to take himself out without killing or harming innocents.

Not really.

David Buckel, 60, left behind a charred corpse and a typed suicide note that said he was burning himself to death using “fossil fuel” to reflect how mankind was likewise killing itself, police sources said.

He committed suicide using the very source he was "protesting" and it went into the air we breathe.

 
 
katrix
2.1.2  katrix  replied to  Jasper2529 @2.1.1    5 months ago

Exactly.  It's like me protesting the plastic trash in the oceans by encasing myself in plastic and jumping in the ocean.  

 
 
Freefaller
2.1.3  Freefaller  replied to  Jasper2529 @2.1.1    5 months ago
Not really. David Buckel, 60, left behind a charred corpse and a typed suicide note that said he was burning himself to death using “fossil fuel” to reflect how mankind was likewise killing itself, police sources said.He committed suicide using the very source he was "protesting" and it went into the air we breathe.

Seems a little overly pedantic interpretation of my comment. But ok I apologize and amend my statement to read he did not directly kill or directly physically harm anyone else.

 
 
Jasper2529
2.1.4  Jasper2529  replied to  Freefaller @2.1.3    5 months ago

You combined my words and those in the article to make it seem like I said everything you block quoted. No problem. I know what I posted, and so does everyone else. thumbs up

 
 
Freefaller
2.1.5  Freefaller  replied to  Jasper2529 @2.1.4    5 months ago

Cool

 
 
Dean Moriarty
3  Dean Moriarty    5 months ago

I see opportunity building a motor powered by this new renewable energy source. 

 
 
badfish hαηd ⊕ƒ †hε Ωuεεη
3.1  badfish hαηd ⊕ƒ †hε Ωuεεη  replied to  Dean Moriarty @3    5 months ago

It also solves traffic and noise pollution.

 
 
Rmando
4  Rmando    5 months ago

I've heard of flaming gay guys but this is ridiculous.

 
 
katrix
5  katrix    5 months ago

I'm pretty sure that smoke isn't good for the environment.  He probably should have come up with a different idea.

 
 
Trout Giggles
5.1  Trout Giggles  replied to  katrix @5    5 months ago

he could have used a gun but then the gun grabbers would have been upset

 
 
Kathleen/Butterfie
6  Kathleen/Butterfie    5 months ago

So what did that accomplish? Nothing. Just that it probably devastated his family and friends, not to mention upset adults and children that saw that. 

 
 
lennylynx
6.1  lennylynx  replied to  Kathleen/Butterfie @6    5 months ago

Well, for one thing, he died the hottest guy in the world!  Happy

 
 
Kathleen/Butterfie
6.1.1  Kathleen/Butterfie  replied to  lennylynx @6.1    5 months ago

Bad way to go.....

 
 
Trout Giggles
6.1.2  Trout Giggles  replied to  Kathleen/Butterfie @6.1.1    5 months ago

Kind of one of the worst, if you ask me....

 
 
Kathleen/Butterfie
6.1.3  Kathleen/Butterfie  replied to  Trout Giggles @6.1.2    5 months ago

eekYep... It has to be one of the most painful.

 
 
Drakkonis
7  Drakkonis    5 months ago

There is nothing funny about this. This was a human being. My guess is he was feeling suicidal already and chose this method. 

 
 
TiG
7.1  TiG  replied to  Drakkonis @7    5 months ago

Agreed.   It is difficult to imagine an emotionally stable person purposely setting oneself on fire to 'send a message'.   

 
 
katrix
7.1.1  katrix  replied to  TiG @7.1    5 months ago

Of all the ways I can think of dying, being on fire is one of the last I'd ever choose.  

Still, it is ironic that his death contributed to the very cause he's so against, so you can't be that surprised by the comments.  

 
 
TiG
7.1.2  TiG  replied to  katrix @7.1.1    5 months ago

I had the same thought.   Seems like one of the worst ways to die.

 
 
Gordy327
7.2  Gordy327  replied to  Drakkonis @7    5 months ago

Perhaps he took inspiration from Thích Quảng Đức, the Tibetan monk who self immolated as a protest to the Vietnamese persecution of Buddhists?

 
 
IceMan
8  IceMan    5 months ago

I wonder if he's going be cremated.

 
 
Rmando
8.1  Rmando  replied to  IceMan @8    5 months ago

I'd hope no place would charge much for it.

 
 
magnoliaave
8.2  magnoliaave  replied to  IceMan @8    5 months ago

Funny.

 
 
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