After missing the cut for Darfur, will Jay the Emaciated be AGW’s first saint?
On a patch of pavement outside the Canadian Embassy, Jay McGinley is trying to starve himself to death.
After drinking nothing but water for more than 30 days, he appears close to achieving his goal. When he stands up, his dark blue sweater hangs from a wasted frame.
On the 21st day of his hunger strike, May 15, McGinley was hospitalized briefly when his kidneys almost failed. He returned to his post the next day. Wednesday would be his 36th day without food.
He demands that the United States stop using fossil fuels, particularly those harvested from tar sands deposits in Canada. He is confident that if 1,000 people were to die for his cause, the government would act.
“I need to get us from 1,000 to 999 as fast as possible,” he said. “I need to blaze that trail.”
I wonder who decided his kidneys had ‘almost failed’? Perhaps it was McGinley himself: he seems to have had experience of that sort of thing.
Update 2012-06-17: The website is down, but the LA Times apparently reports that McGinley ended his hunger strike on June 4. He now says a ‘mass strike’ would be better, presumably because it wouldn’t require him to do anything uncomfortable or embarassing.