LET THERE BE LIGHT

The Sydney Morning Herald’s plan:

At 7.30pm on 31 March 2007, we are inviting Sydney to turn off its lights for just one hour – Earth Hour – to show that it’s possible to take action on global warming.

But what to do during that dark hour, besides mug people? Among SMH suggestions, as uncovered by J.F. Beck:

• Dine in the dark – guess the food you’re eating!

All SMH staff are invited to my place on March 31, to dine in the dark. You’ll probably guess what you’re eating after one or two bites. Meanwhile, sensible Laborites at The New City have an alternative plan:

LET THERE BE LIGHT! PROTEST GREEN HYSTERIA. SWITCH ON THE LIGHTS AT 7:30PM ON 31 MARCH.

Yes! Anyone got access to some monster searchlights?

Posted by Tim B. on 02/26/2007 at 10:55 AM
    1. All SMH staff are invited to my place on March 31, to dine in the dark. You’ll probably guess what you’re eating after one or two bites.

      If you need a caterer, let me know.  They don’t call me “Mystery Meat” for nothing!

      Posted by Mystery Meat on 2007 02 26 at 11:00 AM • permalink

 

    1. Dine in the dark – guess the food you’re eating!

      I’ve done enough of that when the lights are on, thanks.

      I hope some of our analysts here come up with the figures on what this stupid stunt is going to cost the taxpayers of Sydney.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 02 26 at 11:15 AM • permalink

 

    1. 7:30 pm in Sydney is what time Eastern (can’t remember if we’re on standard or daylight savings) Time—east coast US.

      Ah screw it, I pledge not to have any lights on at 2:30 am.  How’s that for a compromise.

      Posted by rbj1 on 2007 02 26 at 11:21 AM • permalink

 

    1. From the Earth Hour link – an event in the ‘Gong

      Coming together and taking a stand against the destruction of Mother Earth. Spending time with friends, family and meeting new people while gazing at the stars and listening to music…

      Sounds lovely but we’ll be too busy turning on all our lights to protest Green Hysteria

      Incandescent globes – every single last one of them too

      Posted by aussiemagpie on 2007 02 26 at 11:24 AM • permalink

 

    1. Well I’m on the other side of the world so good luck to you lot. I suspect at 7.30 pm Sydney time I’ll be in bed indulging in some sexual fantasy or other. Tell you what, I’ll drive pointlessly up and down the street in first gear a couple of times later in the day.

      Posted by ThinAndBritish on 2007 02 26 at 11:25 AM • permalink

 

    1. Wow, it’s sure going to suck for the poor slob that has his surgery scheduled for 7.35pm on 31 March 2007.

      Posted by Texas Bob on 2007 02 26 at 11:26 AM • permalink

 

    1. #6 Texas Bob

      Wow, it’s sure going to suck for the poor slob that has his surgery scheduled for 7.35pm on 31 March 2007

      But it will be romantic – candles lighting up the operating theatre – it’s only the lights that are out, the drills, pumps, saws, lathes, etc will still be working

      Posted by aussiemagpie on 2007 02 26 at 11:34 AM • permalink

 

    1. Dine by candlelight!  It’s better for Gaia!
      “Candles are made of paraffin, oil byproduct.”
      Use beeswax candles!
      “So you want people to enslave bees so you can have light?  Why not just use oil lamps?  You’re putting pollution in the air no matter what.”
      Don’t use lights at all!
      “That’ll work well as you’re stumbling around in the dark.”
      Shutup!

      Posted by Firehand on 2007 02 26 at 11:40 AM • permalink

 

    1. This reminds me of my college days,and those oh so intellectually deep concepts that were conducted by the more gifted pupils. Such as:

      Staging mock arrests in town to accurately portray the EEEvils of S.Africa.

      Announcing a “support for Gays, Lesbians, transgendered, confused and indeterminately equipped day” and stating that the means of showing support would be wearing blue jeans. On campus. By students. This turned out to be somewhat efective, dont’cha know.

      On another, rainy day, umbrellas were the symbol of ‘choice’.

      Standing in one of the squares and repeating slogans ad nauseum. I found that they would cheer for reunite Gondwannaland (the old name for the once unified continent)and to free the Thompson twins. They caught on when I screamed to free the Daytona 500.

      Posted by Blue Hen on 2007 02 26 at 11:45 AM • permalink

 

    1. It’s a night out for ugly people.

      Posted by rhhardin on 2007 02 26 at 11:47 AM • permalink

 

    1. #9: When I were a student, the lefties got hot under the collar about something (I forget what: probably war. Or wimmin. Or something.) Their method of protest was, wait for it…….

      Not Going To Lectures.

      Tremble, ye Mighty, and Despair.

      Posted by ThinAndBritish on 2007 02 26 at 11:49 AM • permalink

 

    1. Earth hour?

      As opposed to what? Those tricky Venusian hours?

      Morons.

      Posted by mojo on 2007 02 26 at 11:54 AM • permalink

 

    1. Anyone got access to some monster searchlights?

      Those portable spotlight thingies that run off your car cigarette lighter can be bought in million-candlepower versions. When I was a pup we used to drive down the street at night seeing how many streetlights we could knock out before the first one we knocked out came back on.

      Yeah, crazy times. We were wildmen.

      Posted by Dave S. on 2007 02 26 at 11:56 AM • permalink

 

    1. #11

      Not Going To Lectures.

      Tremble, ye Mighty, and Despair.
      If that’s the case, then I’m Ozymandias, the king of protesters.

      Posted by Blue Hen on 2007 02 26 at 12:42 PM • permalink

 

    1. #8 Let me assure you and your friends, Firehand, that for every package of PACO’s Pariffin Additive Candles for Operations sold, an off-setting carbon credit is bought through the Suzuki Foundation’s carbon bus credit porgramme to straighten things with Gaia. And I’d hasten to add that PACOs™ are fully recognized by the W.H.O. and both the A.M.A. and C.M.A. for in-theatre use.*

      *By law I am required to tell you that they’re mainly recognized as a carcinogen, but nothing’s been proven in a court of law and they are still fully available in better medical supply stores everywhere. Now in scented. PACO: for all of your romantic operations.

      Posted by andycanuck on 2007 02 26 at 12:50 PM • permalink

 

    1. Programme, too.

      Posted by andycanuck on 2007 02 26 at 12:52 PM • permalink

 

    1. Get with the program people.  Earth Hour=Opportunity Hour.

      1)  It’s the only time a lefty can get lucky.
      2)  It’s the perfect time to dispose of those mercury laden new light bulbs.

      Posted by yojimbo on 2007 02 26 at 01:03 PM • permalink

 

    1. At least for one hour of the year, at the SMH the status of the lights being off or on will finally reflect whether anyone is at home.

      Posted by Behemoth on 2007 02 26 at 02:13 PM • permalink

 

    1. I’d hasten to add that PACOs™ are fully recognized by the W.H.O. and were in fact used L.I.V.E. at L.E.E.D.S.

      Posted by triticale on 2007 02 26 at 03:08 PM • permalink

 

    1. At 7.30pm on 31 March 2007, we are inviting Sydney to turn off its lights for just one hour – Earth Hour – to show that it’s possible to take action on global warming.

      The lights will be out for a tad longer than the plan calls for. At 8:30pm, plus 2 seconds, when all flashes back on, the over loaded breakers and transformers will probably kick out…Voila…darkness.

      For those that participate, if the food never reaches your mouth, it’s a spoon.

      Posted by El Cid on 2007 02 26 at 03:37 PM • permalink

 

    1. We’ll be lighhtin’ up Tim, but we’re too far out in the bush for anyone to notice! Five 500 watt flood lights for starters and our 2.5 acre garden glows!

      Then I’ll be over to the sheds and silos and flikin’ switches there too.

      I just luuuurrrve burnin’ power!

      Posted by Gravelly on 2007 02 26 at 04:39 PM • permalink

 

    1. Well I’m certainly not turning any lights out in Sydney on 31 March. The Swannies meet the Weagles at 7.10pm that night!  A re-run of last year’s Grand Final.

      I think Earth Hour was a plan drawn up at AFL Headquarters in Melbourne.  AFL boss Andrew Demetriou and his mates couldn’t stand a third successive Grand Final with no Victorian team in it.

      Posted by ann j on 2007 02 26 at 04:45 PM • permalink

 

    1. #15 andycanuck –

      Now in scented. PACO: for all of your romantic operations.

      Oh for crying out loud.  If I begin seeing PACO brand condoms on late night infomercials, I’m going to go postal.  I refuse to wear anything on my wee wee bearing his name.  I mean geez.

      (cringes at the thought of men providing testamonials.  No, worse still, the women.  “Oh paco packs such a punch, I just went wild.  I was out of control!  I love my paco!”.)

      Posted by wronwright on 2007 02 26 at 05:13 PM • permalink

 

    1. My “Share a Shower” campaign on FEB 14th Valantine’s with someone you like is more fun thank dining in the dark.

      Tim, wanna dine in the dark with me? I make a mean chocolate strawberry cocktail.

      p.s. I miss PACO

      Posted by 1.618 on 2007 02 26 at 05:33 PM • permalink

 

    1. As the story goes, Ari Onassis used to play the “guess-the-food” game with a blind-folded Jackie. Apparently she had a very discerning palate.

      Posted by Kyda Sylvester on 2007 02 26 at 06:07 PM • permalink

 

    1. If you like mystery food, just go to Mario’s at Broadbeach.

      Fresh from the microwave, all dishes look and taste the same: that is, bland and flavourless respectively.

      Dishes are only distinguishable by their state of glugginess and number of cold spots.

      Yum.

      Posted by Henry boy on 2007 02 26 at 06:47 PM • permalink

 

    1. I’m gunna chop down some gum trees and make a huge bonfire in the backyard. Light, warmth and that beautiful aroma of CO2 belching up into the atmosphere.
      How sweet it is!

      Posted by Bonmot on 2007 02 26 at 07:09 PM • permalink

 

    1. #26 Sensible Swim
      So you own the Italian restaurant down the road do you mate?

      Posted by Bonmot on 2007 02 26 at 07:11 PM • permalink

 

    1. The nation’s leading media is striving to outdo themselves with inane green stunts …
      the most inept government in NSW history looking to be returned with more seats … merging Dancing with the Stars with the federal Labor party has proved a political masterstroke that is propelling Rudd into the Lodge … in WA, the Carpenter government easily winning a by-election in the middle of massive scandal … in Tasmania, a government that actually thought that Richard Butler would make a good governor and reeling from corruption claims is returned … an epidemic of methamphetamine addiction.

      It is the final culmination of the Whitlam legacy. Welfare funded breeding programs and an education system that spews everything but education has created a nation of super cretins.

      Posted by Contrail on 2007 02 26 at 07:12 PM • permalink

 

    1. Have a look at the crap channel 7 went on with this morning with Kochie and Mel

      Obscene link left by childish (and now banned) troll deleted by The Management.

      Posted by aaron__ on 2007 02 26 at 07:27 PM • permalink

 

    1. PACO brand condoms on late night infomercials

      No, that’s not us, #23 wronwright, you must be thinking of the Hong Kong knock-offs, the Peoples’ Assorted Condiment Condom Overlays. We’ve got nothing to do with the PACCO brand flavoured condoms you might have seen while flipping around TV at 0230 hours. Indeed, we’re currently engaged in a court battle with them over trademark infringement. Although the marketing line of “Flavoured condoms—the perfect anniverary gift for your wife,” is pretty catchy.

      Posted by andycanuck on 2007 02 26 at 07:52 PM • permalink

 

    1. We’ve got nothing to do with the PACCO brand flavoured condoms you might have seen while flipping around TV at 0230 hours.

      Not to mention the damage they’ve done by marketing those flavors under the PACO brand! I mean, come on, one of their “select” flavors is asparagus!

      Posted by Rob Crawford on 2007 02 26 at 07:53 PM • permalink

 

    1. We may even let them know that it’s spelled “anniversary” if we need to show them some ‘good faith’ during any negotiations.

      Posted by andycanuck on 2007 02 26 at 07:54 PM • permalink

 

    1. And too right, Rob.

      Posted by andycanuck on 2007 02 26 at 07:55 PM • permalink

 

    1. These morons think that the power station generating the electricty will magically stop burning coal or NG when they turn off their lights and magically restart when they turn them back on.

      I doubt they’ll crash the system, but I’ll laugh my arse off if they do.

      Posted by phil_b on 2007 02 26 at 08:25 PM • permalink

 

    1. #30 link is prOn

      Could someone please delete the link
      and ban the idiot?

      Posted by kae on 2007 02 26 at 08:45 PM • permalink

 

    1. Oh poor Kae, I hope you weren\‘t at work when you openned that link. You could get sacked for accessing that sort of material 🙂

      We’ll let him have his little last laugh, shall we? After all, it gets boring sometimes down there in Mom’s basement. The Management.

      Posted by aaron__ on 2007 02 26 at 09:02 PM • permalink

 

    1. Well, that’s about as shit-headed as shit-headed gets. You must be very proud of yourself, you cretin.

      Posted by Dave S. on 2007 02 26 at 09:35 PM • permalink

 

    1. I recommend highway flares.  Lots of light, heat, smoke and other particulate pollution…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 02 26 at 09:36 PM • permalink

 

    1. omg it is a monthly event!

      Posted by peter m on 2007 02 26 at 10:05 PM • permalink

 

    1. The SMH has been keeping us in the dark for years…

      Posted by Dan__W on 2007 02 26 at 10:07 PM • permalink

 

    1. #40:

      LOL…looks like we can look forward to some good old-fashioned lefty infighting as every two-bit organization under the sun tries to stage their own lights-out events.

      Posted by PW on 2007 02 26 at 11:33 PM • permalink

 

    1. I suggest that everyone heads out to Telstra Stadium for the Grand Final replay between Sydney & West Coast.  I don’t imagine that the game will be being played in the dark!

      Posted by macho man on 2007 02 26 at 11:34 PM • permalink

 

    1. I wonder if Paco’s eyeballs are burning because we keep posting comments about him.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 02 27 at 12:16 AM • permalink

 

    1. I won’t have time to switch my lights off as I’ll be out looting and ransacking the gaffs of idiots.

      (I fear the pickings will be pretty lean though, carbon cretins aren’t supposed to dig material possessions. Man.)

      Posted by Habib on 2007 02 27 at 12:18 AM • permalink

 

    1. Sure is going to be an exciting hour on the freeway. No headlights at 100kmh should relieve the tedium of the journey home.

      Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2007 02 27 at 12:24 AM • permalink

 

    1. Yes! Anyone got access to some monster searchlights?

      Yes! and a Batman stencil!

      Let there be Batlight!

      To the Moonbatmobile!!

      Posted by carpefraise on 2007 02 27 at 01:48 AM • permalink

 

    1. almost worth coming to sydney with a large contingent of people with torches under their chins going mwah hah hah hah hah all your lights are belong to us

      Posted by KK on 2007 02 27 at 05:49 AM • permalink

 

    1. They save a lot more power if they just turned off the SMH presses for an hour.

      Posted by mr creosote on 2007 02 27 at 07:49 AM • permalink

 

    1. #9 My university in the early nineties, was still a conservative redneck bastion at the height of leftist PC drivel (Keating era). There was a “support gays by wearing pants” day – The engineering faculty, a large, predominantly male faculty, biggest on campus, promptly responded by turing out in skirts and dresses.

      Posted by CanberraNeoCon on 2007 02 27 at 07:56 AM • permalink

 

    1. #50 That is another reason why I like engineers and engineer stories on campus. I was that oddest of creatures, a conservative Political Science and History major. I lived the Custer syndrome uring my college days. Meanwhile, mey engineer friends managed to hijack a telescope, block off the main square of the university, hide someone’s dorm room ( I kid you not) and kacked the electronic carillon so that the system was blaring rock music at three A.M.

      Posted by Blue Hen on 2007 02 27 at 10:18 AM • permalink

 

    1. Why stop at just an hour? Pikers. I say we don’t stop until the whole planet looks like North Korea

      Posted by Kyda Sylvester on 2007 02 27 at 01:07 PM • permalink

 

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