Monday, April 16, 2018

A Tragedy; But Also a Sign of Where Fanaticism Takes You

A nationally known advocate for gay rights and the environment died Saturday in a fiery Prospect Park suicide, with his self-immolation meant as a wake-up call to save the planet.
The charred remains of David Buckel, 60, were discovered shortly after sunrise when firefighters responded to a 6:40 a.m. blaze in the southwest corner of the sprawling Brooklyn park.
“I am David Buckel and I just killed myself by fire as a protest suicide,” read a hand-written suicide note left near the blackened circle of burned grass. “I apologize to you for the mess.”
A second, longer note — left with the first inside an envelope marked “For the police” — said Buckel doused himself in “fossil fuel” before starting the fatal fire as a metaphor for the destruction of the planet.
“My early death by fossil fuel reflects what we are doing to ourselves,” he wrote. “A lifetime of service may best be preserved by giving a life . . . Honorable purpose in life invites honorable purchase in death.
So he used a fossil fuel?  That's not very carbon neutral along with being pointless.  No biodiesel available?


  1. Would be great if more ecoloonies followed his inspiring example.

  2. Bio Diesel would not ignite with a match at room pressure.

  3. John: prefer they did not reproduce.

  4. John: prefer they did not reproduce.