'Flash Mob' Plays Dead for Climate Bill

"With a flurry of whistles and a text-message command -- 'Go!' -- about 100 people dropped to the ground at Salt Lake City's Gallivan Center, playing dead to make a point about global climate change.

At that moment, 8:17 p.m. Thursday, a 30-foot-square red banner unfurled from the nearby Walker Center parking garage, flashing a message to the thousands gathered to hear reggae legends Toots and the Maytals: 'CLIMATE CHANGE KILLS.'

The protest was an example of a 'flash mob,' a phenomenon in which people seem to gather together out of nowhere to create an instant event -- and then melt back into the crowd when it's over."

Sean P. Means reports for the Salt Lake Tribune August 14, 2009.

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"Greenpeace's 'Astroturf' Photo Op Against Big Oil" (Business Insider)

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Source: Salt Lake Tribune, 08/21/2009