International Journal of Inactivism (now supplanted by Decoding SwiftHack)


4th I‘C’CC: pay no attention to the exhibitors

cite as: F. Bi. 2009. 4th I‘C’CC: pay no attention to the exhibitors. Intl. J. Inact., 2:87

From the web site of the climate inactivist Heartland Institute’s Fourth International ‘Conference’ on Climate Change: [cached]

We are pleased to offer 14 table-top exhibit spaces [at the conference] in a prime location at this year’s host hotel, the Marriott Magnificent Mile, Chicago. […]

Booth fee of $1,000 includes:

  • 2 full conference registrations (includes all meals and sessions)
  • 1 six-foot table
  • 2 chairs
  • 1 wastebasket

Meanwhile, event “co-sponsors” do not need to fork out any cash; they just need to provide speakers and an audience. Which means the exhibitors are co-sponsors, while the “co-sponsors” are attendees. Or perhaps the exhibitors are actually “Cosponsor Exhibitors” [cached], while the “co-sponsors” are, I don’t know, co-sponsoring co-sponsors. Or something.



  1. One of my coworkers asked about their “3rd conference” in the spring, “Didn’t they just have their first one last year???” I said, “Yup. Note they don’t say ‘annual.’ If you want to sound credible, just have lots of conferences and number them sequentially.”

    Comment by TheGreenMiles — 2009/09/17 @ 12:31 | Reply

  2. TheGreenMiles:

    Speaking of credibility, Heartland says that the coming 4th ‘conference’ will have an “expected attendance of more than 500”. I’m not sure if Heartland’s saying that this is good, given that the 2nd ‘conference’ was originally touted to have 1,000 attendees, then it became 800, then 600…

    Credibility via the Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations?

    Comment by frankbi — 2009/09/17 @ 16:11 | Reply

  3. Clearly, reasonably accurate attendance projections are the Hollerith cards of Liberal Fascism.

    Comment by Brian D — 2009/09/22 @ 22:54 | Reply

  4. Brian D:

    Hah. By the way, has the LGF blog abandoned their “anti-idiotarianism”, or am I just missing something?

    Comment by frankbi — 2009/09/25 @ 18:34 | Reply

  5. Doesn’t look like it, but I don’t follow LGF. I’d only heard about this fiasco due to Deltoid.

    Comment by Brian D — 2009/09/25 @ 21:10 | Reply

  6. I blogged on the astounding number of “sponsors” of ICCC #1, on my Green Herring blog, as
    How many sponsors does one conference need?

    Comment by Jim Prall — 2009/10/05 @ 22:48 | Reply

  7. Jim Prall:

    I think that was ICCC #2. They had a lot of, um, co-sponsors, but I forgot to note down how many exhibitors they had… 🙂

    Comment by frankbi — 2009/10/07 @ 12:58 | Reply

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