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I wonder what George Orwell would think of this (if it's really true).

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I just found this story while browsing Google. I don't know how true it is, but it is frightening if it is. Belgium wants to impose a tax on grilling to help combat global warming. Global warming is a problem, but the means they're going to use to enforce this tax is by flying over homes in helicopters with thermal cameras attached. That sounds strikingly similar to 1984. Here is the link.
 
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It's things like this that make me happy I don't live in the EU...
 
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Sounds like a headline from "The Onion" to me.

Either that or they do quite a bit of grilling, because flying a helicopter around to monitor isn't going to be cheap, and creates a bit of greenhouse gasses on it's own!
 
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Good point. I highly doubt that it's true since I could only find it from that one Russian newspaper.
 
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Google doesn't turn up anything from a major news site, just small sites and blogs that reference the same article.
 
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You beat me to it, baggss, but I spent so much time on this I'll post my results anyway.

I searched on Google for Wallonia illegal barbecue OR barbeque OR grilling.

The only places that story turns up are in bad blogs or bad "weird news" blogs — and on Rush Limbaugh's site.

Each blog that includes a link to the originator goes to the same Russian web page. The story appears nowhere else.

I searched for Wallonia as far back as 1998 at The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Toronto Star, the Boston Globe, the Guardian, the Independent, the BBC, the CBC and CTV. Then I searched The Associated Press, Reuters and UPI.

The same stories keep appearing in all of them, and in the Google and Yahoo searches, the same ads. One is for Wallonia camping grounds where the amenities include swimming pools and barbecues. Another, in French, flogs home barbecues.
 
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Sounds more like an urban legend. It's kind of like that blondes going extinct article that gets regurgitated every so often. Michael Crichton mentions it in his latest book and then explains how it isn't true. I guess I was fooled by it.
 
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If they live in Belgium, they are screwed....
 
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If it is not true it is getting good mileage because I have heard it on four major newscasts. Socialism creeps along. Wonder how the majority of affected people in Europe feel about this.
 
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Maybe it was a spill-over story from April 1st a russian paper took seriously. Again, the fact that helicopters cost thousands of dollars an hour to operate, constant surveillance is just ridiculous. I know there are some here who think of socialism the way PC users think of Macs, but people just aren't that crazy!
 
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I checked English-language Belgian papers and the International Herald Tribune. Not a word.
 
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I think that it's safe to say that the story is a myth. It is way too Orwellian to be true. We could always call the Mythbusters to make sure though.
 

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