25 March 2011

I abhor Earth Hour

"Abundant, cheap electricity has been the greatest source of human liberation in the 20th century. Every material social advance in the 20th century depended on the proliferation of inexpensive and reliable electricity."

"By repudiating the greatest engine of liberation it becomes an hour devoted to anti-humanism."

"It encourages the sanctimonious gesture of turning off trivial appliances for a trivial amount of time, in deference to some ill-defined abstraction called 'the Earth,' all the while hypocritically retaining the real benefits of continuous, reliable electricity."
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FROM THE COMMENTS:
"One of our kid's school is really into the Earth-hour spirit. They are so committed, that they have been advertising it for over a week on the illuminated sign in front of the school."


9 comments:

Anonymous said...

One of our kid's school is really into the Earth-hour spirit. They are so committed, that they have been advertising it for over a week on the illuminated sign in front of the school.

Neo Conservative said...

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much like all the celebrities jetting around the world to save the poor...

"I'm guessing the filagree on Bono's eyeglasses would feed a family of five for the better part of a year."

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JA Goneaux said...

Ah, the acrid whiff of rancid yuppie ideology: spend an hour patting yourself in the back for sitting around the candlestick, all because you feel guilty for buying an SUV to drive an overstimulated Tyler and Madison all through the "rugged" streets of Toronto for playdates with Taylor and Addison...

As for me, I'll be doing what I usually am on a Saturday during the winter: watching the hockey in a dark room, while my wife watches her TV in another dark room. We'll meet during intermission/commercial break in the kitchen, which is the only room with a light on, to nuke some popcorn. Total kilowatts used: sweet #$@#% all.

Now, where the hell is my David Suzuki Medal of Honour and decoder ring?

Bert said...

Everyone is invited to my place for a BBQ. Bring your spotlights. We will burn tires to keep warm.

Neo Conservative said...

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"ja goneaux says... the acrid whiff of rancid yuppie ideology"

or... as i mostly encounter here... the 7 stages of troll grief. you should see some of the the nonny-blithering that doesn't make it through comment moderation.

on second thought... never mind.

funny how the church of st suzuki just loses their collective hive mind over this stuff.

ps - see you over at bert's place... i'll bring more charcoal.

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JA Goneaux said...

I'll see if I can bum a ride to Bert's place because I don't own a car...as I tell the hippies, what am I supposed to do, not own TWO cars? You can imagine how metaphysical the argument can get: hell, I could turn us back into the ice age by not owning every car ever built, and not buying every car that's going to be built.

You can practically see their IQs shink...and its not just from drinking the bong water.

But if I make it, I'll bring my copies of "Entropy" and "Fate of the Earth" I was forced to read in high school back in the 80s. Burning them for fuel makes them more useful than having to come up with reasons that we, somehow, are still here...which some of my less-clued in classmates are still doing.

madmax said...

THANK YOU for posting this. Where would we be today if the innovators of yesterday shared the philosophy of today's academic moral leaders? In fricking caves, you goddamned fools, CAVES.

Every time I hear about gaia-worship at elementary schools my blood boils. It's no coincidence that the majority of socialist radicals that I've known over the years end up as K-12 teachers. They are still, despicably, fighting the cold war and our children are casualties.

Neo Conservative said...

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"madmax says... fighting the cold war and our children are casualties."

preaching to the choir, max... i'm more than a little tired of the mainstream media spotlighting all the leftbot hypocrisy.

what we need is more actual fact-based journalism...

"As most of you know, just over two years ago, my organization, the Tennessee Center for Policy Research, found that the knuckleheaded leader of the global warming alarmism movement, Al Gore, consumes 20 times more electricity in his home than the average American household."

and please, please, please... don't get me started on canada's own saint david...

"Mr. Suzuki was this year caught running his cross-country climate-change tour from a diesel-powered 'rock-star' bus, built for 54, for an eight-man entourage."

"And the CBC host has two sizeable homes, despite calling it 'disgusting' that the average Canadian's home (most have just one) is larger than that of our grandparents."


you ever notice that it's always "earth hour" and never "earth week"? hey, flower-child... you really wanna impress me... go downstairs right now and pull the main on your breaker panel... and don't turn it on for a full week.

let us know how you feel about evil electricity after not bathing or eating hot meals for 7 days.

p.s. - no using the car either... 'cos that nasty battery has to go into the trunk too.

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Kai said...

I am going to turn on all my lights, my tv, the oven, my computer, and my stereo. Then spend the hour oout on my motorcycle riding around and no where in particular. Stuff "Earth Hour".