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Whoa! Sorry I’m late, but that pile of tyres in the yard just would not ignite. Let’s see what’s happening on Channel Ten’s Cool Aid shame-a-thon …
UPDATE. Host Sandra Sully: “A carbon catastrophe! Who wants to be called that?” ME!
UPDATE II. The gruelling carbon test to which our celebrities are subject appears to have been designed by a vegan named Caitlin.
UPDATE III. Correction. It’s not a carbon test; it’s a carbon audit. You know, like the audits run by Scientologists.
UPDATE IV. The intro music after an ad break features these lyrics: “Look out, look out, the sky is falling.” Seriously.
UPDATE V. Toni Collette drives a hybrid! Of course. She became a fan after hiring one while she was in LA …
UPDATE VI. Now Dr Karl Kruzzlewizzle is on. They should ask what he drives: it’s a V8 Monaro. Dr Karl is a petrolhead.
UPDATE VII. Sully: “We’ve seen how loaded with carbon morning showers can be …” Try using water, Sandra.
UPDATE VIII. Appropriately ill-lit, Malcolm Turnbull is carrying on about energy-efficient lightbulbs. Live from an outside broadcast at Tamworth, someone called Felicity just mentioned that bulb-changing volunteers had celebrated with a sausage sizzle – but a few minutes earlier, Caitlin had explained that meat-eating was BAD.
UPDATE IX. Big Al is a “greenhouse guru” who asks that we “don’t be part of the problem. Be part of the solution.”
UPDATE X. Moon-tanned Caitlin admonishes the band Evermore for drinking imported beer. Take that, Habib!
UPDATE XI. Footage (from LA!) of a hydrogen car revealed that head restraints had been removed so talent could be filmed from the rear seat. Unsafe! Reckless!
UPDATE XII. That Corinne Grant sure is a polished TV performer.
UPDATE XIII. Scary footage of Port Adelaide being swamped by a projected water rise of six metres. Well, scary if you live in Port Adelaide. The rest of Australia would be delighted.
UPDATE XIV. Now Sandra’s in Tokyo interviewing monster-consumer Al Gore. Al: “This climate crisis is completely different to anything we’ver faced before.” Yep; it’s fictitious. Sandra (admiringly): “Your family is carbon neutral.”
UPDATE XV. Al wants Australia to sign on to Kyoto. He’s MEDDLING IN DOMESTIC POLITICS!
UPDATE XVI. Peter Garrett is on … and he’s wearing the saggy blue shirt of legend. Can’t afford new clothes, Pete?
UPDATE XVII. Did wild-eyed Tim Flannery just say there’d be no polar ice-caps within five to fifteen years?? Not sure I heard that correctly. This is accurate, however: “It’s likely to be too late for the polar bear.” Better tell that to the indigenous communities who hunt them every year, Flumbo. Another line from Dr Gloom: “It’s just so depressing at the moment.” A great TV moment: the Doc points at a snow leopard and says: “The snow leopard needs snow to live.” Except for that snow leopard, apparently. It’s doing fine in Sydney’s zoo.
UPDATE XVIII. Toni Collette: “You can’t afford to be ignorant.” That’s never stopped Toni.
UPDATE XIX. Having flown to Tokyo for five minutes face-time with Gore, Sandra presents the next carbon-audit question: “How much do you fly?” Also, people who eat red meat every day score three bad-carbonation points.
UPDATE XX. Whippy: “Heyyyy….Dr.Karl Schnitzelgruben just pointed out that if you turn appliances off…they use NO POWER. Amazing.”
UPDATE XXI. Musical interlude from Evermore. It’s the Global Warming Variety Show.
UPDATE XXII. Habib: “Why does Labcoat Lulu seem to have hickies all over her scrawny neck? Or are they Global Warming blisters!”
UPDATE XXIII. Pretty Erin goes to a book launch, accompanied by carbon harridan Caitlin. Meat is condemned, again.
UPDATE XXIV. It costs $22 to see a Toni Collette show? Jesus. By the way, it turns out Toni is the performer of that “sky is falling” crap.
UPDATE XXV. Quote of the night, from Carbon Cait: “People are a lot better off going to Toni’s gig than buying products they don’t really need.”
UPDATE XXVI. Sandra demands that even if you’re a minimal carbon producer, there’s always room for improvement. OK, babe: no more Channel Ten for me.
UPDATE XXVII. Now Port Melbourne is being swamped.
UPDATE XXVIII. Flannery – a tilter – in that priestly garb he’s so fond of: “My nightmare scenario would be in 20-30 years, vastly rising sea levels would cause thousands of people to be displaced … we are causing the problem … vote for someone who cares about this.” Another Great TV Moment – Flannery gestures to the sky and mentions “this pollution”. None is evident.
UPDATE XXIX. Sandra: “By 2050, this is what a six metre storm surge could do to Sydney. Yes, Sydney is underwater.” Could be worse, says Sandra; some scenarios predict a 30 metre rise!
UPDATE XXX. Dr Karl dismisses warming sceptics because none of them are climatologists.
UPDATE XXXI. Nilkarf: “ I can’t wait to make enough money to get a farking huge gaia-raping monster. I’ve been quite happy tootling around in little 4 cylinder toys, but enough is enough. If our planet is dying, then I’m going out in style. Time to piss off the zealots the way they are pissing me off.” YOU GO, GIRL!
UPDATE XXXII. Readers report impressively high carbon scores. Well done.
UPDATE XXXIII. Asked if Ten had any old polluty computers lying around, Sandra answers: “There are none.” Ha! She’s such a kidder.
UPDATE XXXIV. Garrett takes us on a tour of Parliament. His presentation style would be suited to a kids’ educational TV show. For very young kids. At least Malcolm Turnbull is pitching his lines to an audience aged around, say, 14.
UPDATE XXXV. Caitlin (in a fetching off-the-shoulder black number) rates the celebs and their output: Toni Collette is second-worst of all.
UPDATE XXXVI. To get Toni off the hook, a second audit is presented – with carbon outputs from flights removed. Hey presto! Toni is now the cleanest and bestest! Sandra: “Toni’s been green for a long time.”
UPDATE XXXVII. Sandra hypes Toni, whose ghastly overall carbon output has immediately been forgotten: “A woman who takes her climate change seriously … she actually has a hybrid car.” Toni: “I love nature and I love life … I have a pretty green lifestyle.” No, she doesn’t; we just saw the damn numbers. She’s a hog.
UPDATE XXXVIII. Toni performs her little song (not acoustic, as it happens): “Look out, look out, the sky is falling … people laughing in the face of danger [that would be us – ed]… the streets are bleeding, the rivers flooding, and the boats are sinking, the lights are fading … we can’t sleep, we can only weep.”
UPDATE XXXVIV. The whole sickening farce is over. My air-con has been running all this time. And the wine I’m drinking comes from far, far away. Tomorrow: must seek out an earth-chomping second car, something colossal.
- Oh, Sandra’s really laying on the guilt thick. So I promptly lit the fireplace and took off my sweater. Gotta keep warm somehow.Posted by Ash_ on 2007 03 04 at 05:48 AM • permalink
- Isn’t it great when the global warming fundies (fundamentalists) can’t avoid tripping over their own language.
Surely to Christ they had someone with some memory of the mass suicide at Jonestown in the 1970’s where cult leader Jim Jones had his followers ingest a powdered drink called Kool Aid that’d been laced with cyanide.
Perhaps they’ve been drinking too much “Cool Aid” themselves to notice the pun.Posted by ausdiplomad on 2007 03 04 at 05:51 AM • permalink
- Waaahh!! Up here in the Deep North, we’re not cottoning on to that radical, way out daylight saving, so we’ve gotta wait an hour ‘til we get spanked by Sandy!
I want my tongue-lashing now!!
I’ve extra naughty this weekend as well, seasoning a new aquarium and washing gravel- I must have wasted a gigalitre or more, to set up something that introduces non-native species to an artificially lit and heated environment (extra heating needed due to near freezing airconditioning), keeping them in cruel captivity instead of introducing them to their natural marine environment, where they could be scarfed on by barracouda or scooped up by a deep trawl.
I’m such a naughty, wasteful, consumerist cad- Sandy, I need to be chastised!!
I took Tim Flannery’s name in vain! I’ve worshiped graven images (or at least pixilated ones- Clint Eastwood marathon yesterday, with a case of Tuborg, shipped at huge carbon cost halfway ‘round the world)!!
I’ve covetted my neighbours SUV!!
I’ve blasphemed- I said Al Gore was a brilliant capitalist- after all he’s making a bomb out of an idea so daffy it wouldn’t normally be believed by Scientologists!!
Whip me! Beat me!! Tie me up and call me names!!!
- “A carbon catastrophe! Who wants to be called that?”
Every Ted Rall cartoon ever.Posted by Jim Treacher on 2007 03 04 at 06:06 AM • permalink
- Janice, didn’t the Greens in 2004 have as part of their platform reduction of Australia’s population from 20 mil to 12-14 mil. I wonder how they planned on doing that?Posted by Matthew Lawrence on 2007 03 04 at 06:12 AM • permalink
- Just on this thing about Al Gore being the Anti-Christ. I want it known that I predicted Hilary Clinton to be the AC months ago, way before some Monsignor Johnny come lately started making predictions.
I will concede though that Big Al is shaping up as a contender. Perhaps the 3.5 years of tribulation are the consequences of living green?
- Note that Sandra Sully looked like she was dressed up for a trip to regions with sub-zero temperatures when she was in Tokyo to talk about global warming.Posted by Matthew Lawrence on 2007 03 04 at 06:39 AM • permalink
- Malcolm Turnbull on Kyoto: “Its not good enough. It doesn’t go far enough.”
Jesus, get your hand off it. You’ve decided that companies ought not to lose a cent, so just say that!Posted by Wolves Evolve on 2007 03 04 at 06:41 AM • permalink
- What’s with all this paranoia about nuclear reactors…Homer Simpson has a lot to answer for.Posted by Matthew Lawrence on 2007 03 04 at 06:41 AM • permalink
- To get in the spirit of things:
Father Al, it has been some time since my last confession. After running the air-con and leaving the computer on all day, I put a few steaks on the BBQ for dinner.
Forgive me Gaia, for I have sinned…Posted by Art Vandelay on 2007 03 04 at 06:42 AM • permalink
- And why should they, Wolfy, to placate fruitcakes?
Companies generally are in business to make money, not hand it over to scammers, flimflam artistsand bunko artists.
Hey Caitlin, I drink imported beer, no make that guzzle- all the time!!
You and Sandy had better pop over and discipline me licketty-split!
- Wolves, if you did some research before shooting your mouth off, you’d know that plenty of companies, consumers and taxpayers are already paying for this government’s policies on goebbels warming.
I suggest you start here.Posted by Art Vandelay on 2007 03 04 at 06:48 AM • permalink
- Why does Labcoat Lulu seem to have hickies all over her scrawny neck?
Or are they Global Warming blisters! Yikes, they’re right!! Isn’t tinfoil a good heat reflector? We need a coat as well as hats!
#15- This a buckethead who hosts such illuminating exercises as Who’s Our Smartest Soap Opera Bit Player ?
Strangley enough all the ads so far have been flogging assorted hippy power scams, carbon credit diddles and oddly enough beer, cable TV and video games- three products that enough couch potatoes to remain on the couch, burning carbon, emitting methane and not plant trees.
- I thought it was physics. I’ll just go and check…according to wiki B Science in physics and maths, masters in astrophysics, bachelor of medicine…no PHD, i guess the B Medicine makes him a doctorPosted by Matthew Lawrence on 2007 03 04 at 07:02 AM • permalink
- Just to restore my faith in humanity the missus sent me a post from one of those “pink girly” chat boards.
One of the ladies did a big post on that “save the earth by switching off the power for an hour” scam.
Not one reply.
Sank to the bottom of the page and dissapered without a trace.
When this crap hits reality and self interest I think I know which to bet on…Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2007 03 04 at 07:08 AM • permalink
- #42- he’s a GP with a good publicist. He’s diddled around a bit in physics and maths, no actual quals as far as I know.
Just had a an outside broadcast piece on:- Airhead on camera flibbertygibbet:- “The people of Tamworth have spoken!”
F/X:- Crickets chirp……
What should have followed this spray was:-
“And what did they say?”
“Hoooeee!! Squeel, piggy! SQUEEEELL!!”
- Mike, you just made a cardinal mistake…nobody calls them koala bearsPosted by Matthew Lawrence on 2007 03 04 at 07:09 AM • permalink
- Telling people they can’t have beer and meat…haven’t sports grounds been doing that for a while now?Posted by Matthew Lawrence on 2007 03 04 at 07:27 AM • permalink
- Considering how much wine we export i don’t think Australia really wants to get on the “imported beer/wine/coca cola etc is bad” bandwagon.
But as we are a very geographically isolated continent, adopting that anti-import stuff from the Europeans (which is really just their typical protectionist stance dressed up as environmental concern) would seem to be lunacy of the highest order.
- I am so glad I missed this nauseating claptrap. Well, all but the last 10 minutes or so.
I am so sick to death of being preached at, I can’t wait to make enough money to get a farking huge gaia-raping monster. I’ve been quite happy tootling around in little 4 cylinder toys, but enough is enough.
If our planet is dying, then I’m going out in style.
Time to piss off the zealots the way they are pissing me off.Posted by Nilknarf Arbed on 2007 03 04 at 07:31 AM • permalink
- #57. FOr you.
Can someone send me some rusty razorblades, please? I just realised it’s still going on.Posted by Nilknarf Arbed on 2007 03 04 at 07:33 AM • permalink
People are a lot better off going to Toni’s gig than buying products they don’t really need
You mean like sending an SMS to the TV network with your ‘test results’?
Meanwhile, Channel Ten’s Cool-Aid website is a monument to not spending money, with a list of (mostly minor) celebrities appearing on the show, and this postscript: “With more names to come…” Uhh… The show’s just been and gone. I’m sure they’ll issue an update tomorrow.
Meanwhile www.coolaid.com is chilling.
- Honda’s just on, shilling it’s hydrogen car- a bit late, you procrastinators!
Joh Bjelke Petersen and Steven Horvath had one on the go before Al Gore invented the internet!
MT Head on now, spruiking that the Feds support this suspect scare show. Nothing like a good scare campaign to justify a big increase in government.
Garrett just on saying we have a lot of gas- speak for yourself, you bald-headed fart.
- #84, maybe they’re all busy working out ways to escape the Burke curse.Posted by Matthew Lawrence on 2007 03 04 at 07:51 AM • permalink
- ohh, the Cool Aid site has a forum.Posted by Art Vandelay on 2007 03 04 at 07:53 AM • permalink
- #85, so am I, now that I’ve found alternative ways to watch NCIS.Posted by Matthew Lawrence on 2007 03 04 at 07:53 AM • permalink
- #90, that should be #86Posted by Matthew Lawrence on 2007 03 04 at 07:54 AM • permalink
- Hey, Toni Collette promised to make herself green and carbon neutral if John Howard won the last election– we’re still waiting, Tones.
Do it for Gaiea, and you’d no longer have to get a travel discount to be a C+ in CO2.
- Updates 35-37, isn’t fudging/ignoring numbers what climate change scaremongering is all about?Posted by Matthew Lawrence on 2007 03 04 at 08:05 AM • permalink
- Hang on, I have the answer!
Global Warming = BAD, right?
Remember back in the 80s all that panic about ‘Nuclear Winter’ after the inevitable nuclear war?
Stick with me here, I’m going somewhere with this – its obvious, all we need is a nuclear war! we could start with a small one (say Syria) and if that doesn’t balance the Global Warming enough, we whack Iran, we can keep Nth Korea up the sleeve just in case we need a bit more Nuclear Wintery goodness and then its just a matter of running down the ‘whos been a bad boy’ list and mallet them until we have a pleasant temperature again.Posted by Harry Buttle on 2007 03 04 at 08:10 AM • permalink
- Metting of the minds just on- Merrick and Rosso chat to their mate Tim Flannery, while a quizzical giraffe looks on, an expression on it’s dial that seems to indicate it thinking “who are these retards? Give me another carrot, you tossers.”
Sandra Sully now on, sucking up to crap MOTR Kiwi band Evermore, who apparently are going to convert their Tarago to pedal power. Coincidentally they have just released a new single, with a film clip on the Coolaid website. Apparently the single is to be pressed on recycled organic free-range hemp, so the audio quality will be somewhat muffled, a real bonus for music lovers.
- If I refuse to give up red meat, but promise to eat Caitlin, do I win anything?Posted by AlburyShifton on 2007 03 04 at 08:18 AM • permalink
- $105. Get Caitlin over to your place to witness your output.Posted by Hank Reardon on 2007 03 04 at 08:26 AM • permalink
I got 94.8 – only upset I didn’t make 100.
Still, busy year coming up and lots of air travel – might just get me there. Also only installed my airconditioning in December so I’ve got all those lovely warmening winter months to use it before the end of the year.
With 14.92 being the Australia average, I’m pleased Sandra was able to confirm what I long suspected – I’m more than 6.3 times better than my neighbours!!Posted by Vincent Gerome on 2007 03 04 at 08:32 AM • permalink
- Now some ratbag who was the first imbecile to ski across the Antarctic, now heading to Greenland to annoy the wildlife and pester the locals.
Must be going to take a while to get there by the only suitable carbon neutral method available.
- Didn’t bother totting up a score, but I’m sure I flambe‘ enough fossil fuel to cause a collective conniption fit among this gathering of gormless green goons and gargoyles.
Bit peeved though that my power bill is down by a 3rd from last year at this time, as I’ve had to throttle back the aircons due to the lack of blistering heat, and I swapped to inverters, which just don’t seem to be able to munch megawatts like the old buggers I binned (but at least we let the ozone depleting R12 loose into the atmosphere, where it could roam free and improve the tans of Emperor penguins.
- My considered response to cool aid and the climate zombies. No doubt the effect was made worse by Tonis imitation of an akward suicidal 13 year old reciting bad poetry to music.
- Has there ever been a greater inanity presented as science/information on Australian TV?
I may well have early onset Alzheimers but I can’t think of anything.Posted by Jack Lacton on 2007 03 04 at 09:06 AM • permalink
- Thank god that bullshit is over.
My favourite part was when Toni Collette came in second worst of the group. Then Channel 10 decide to make Toni feel better by running a new scenario without flights.Posted by Hank Reardon on 2007 03 04 at 09:16 AM • permalink
- Does anyone remember a glitzy apocolyptic TV special that aired in Australian in the late 80s, early 90s that told us to stop using the dishwasher, turn off lights etc – followed a family around and told us how good or bad they were depending on their actions?
My favourite bit was the show castigating those “dumb” people who refused to believe the claims – invariably they were having bbqs, driving their v8 commodores etc, not turning off their lights.
I’d love to see a copy of this today because there were a whole lot of wacko predictions made about what would happen by the year 2000 if we didn’t all change our terrible ways.
I’m sure one of them was Sydney being swamped by rising sea levels.Posted by Vincent Gerome on 2007 03 04 at 09:20 AM • permalink
- Too bad the cars Hugh Grant and Eddie Murphy were in didn’t have head restraints! BTW, a busy Monday morning is it, Tim? (Or a busy Sunday night liveblogging?)Posted by andycanuck on 2007 03 04 at 10:07 AM • permalink
- toni collete has out-luvvied all the thespians that have ever lived. meanwhile, back at the ranch, am cogitating over how to upgrade the hovel’s carbon churning potential. am considering installing a pizza oven to enable the cooking of sucking pigs & haunches of beef. and taking out the clothesline, which, let’s face it, is fairly unaesthetic, & using the dryer all the time instead. a tv wall would be nice for watching 15 different shows at once. plus perhaps a nice powerful electric pump to raise bore water so the garden never need be thirsty again. along with an outdoor hot tub kept permanently hot & bubbling. if i had a licence, i’d get one the only two genuine factory built GT40s ever imported to australia (the one used in the petrol ad decades ago, not the one that’s been crashed a lot) & burn a lot of oil & fuel driving it very slowly round & round the block – guaranteed to deliver satisfying amounts of smoke & unburnt fuel to the gaiasphere
You know, like the audits run by Scientologists.
Hey, those psychic powers Tom Cruise promised me are going to kick in ANY DAY NOW and then all youse Evil Thetans is gonna be sorry, boy!
“It’s likely to be too late for the polar bear.”
That’s it! It’s time to organize the Planetary Arctic Critter Organbank. With careful management we can keep the Chinese bear liver market afloat for decades yet!
As an alternative, let’s get the evil GM scientists to leave our vegetables alone and start implanting polar bear DNA in koalas. The polar bear may be doomed but the Drop Bear may yet live!Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 03 04 at 11:39 AM • permalink
- THURSDAY 08 MARCH
The Great Global Warming Swindle
9:00pm – 10:35pm
The Great Global Warmin Swindle
In a polemical and thought-provoking documentary, film-maker Martin Durkin argues that the theory of man-made global warming has become such a powerful political force that other explanations for climate change are not being properly aired.
The film brings together the arguments of leading scientists who disagree with the prevailing consensus that a ‘greenhouse effect’ of carbon dioxide released by human activity is the cause of rising global temperatures.
Instead the documentary highlights recent research that the effect of the sun’s radiation on the atmosphere may be a better explanation for the regular swings of climate from ice ages to warm interglacial periods and back again.
The film argues that the earth’s climate is always changing, and that rapid warmings and coolings took place long before the burning of fossil fuels. It argues that the present single-minded focus on reducing carbon emissions not only may have little impact on climate change, it may also have the unintended consequence of stifling development in the third world, prolonging endemic poverty and disease.
The film features an impressive roll-call of experts, including nine professors – experts in climatology, oceanography, meteorology, environmental science, biogeography and paleoclimatology – from such reputable institutions as MIT, NASA, the International Arctic Research Centre, the Institut Pasteur, the Danish National Space Center and the Universities of London, Ottawa, Jerusalem, Winnipeg, Alabama and Virginia.
The film hears from scientists who dispute the link between carbon dioxide levels and global temperatures.
- I’ve got the TV on, while listening to CD’s, surfing the Internet on my laptop, and leaving the hot plate and coffee maker running.
Hey, it’s a small apartment, best I can do…Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 03 04 at 01:50 PM • permalink
- Somebody needs to start an Australian version of Hot Air. I want to see these dummies!Posted by Jim Treacher on 2007 03 04 at 01:58 PM • permalink
- Concluded Cool Aid was actually just a very longwinded blonde joke.
However think I have got it. Gran with her 3 incandescent light globes and her 10 year old car is destroying the planet.
Gore and his ilk with their fluorescently flood lit mansions and their hybrids in which they pop down to the boutiques, (always use a limo to the airport, parking would be such a bore) are saving the planet.
Idiot woman, don’t feel too guilty, just a few changes and you can save the planet.
Underlying this c**p is one of the worst cases in my life of the middle and upper classes screwing the poor. That is aside from the poor in Africa whose food crops don’t count for carbon credit while the cash crops of the Europeans planted in their place do. Catch a ferry to work, or a train, maybe even, oh horror a bus. That would be good if you didn’t live in the outer western suburbs of Sydney, where there is virtually no public transport. Catch a ferry, oh what a hardship that is.
1. Snow leopards don’t actually, you know, *eat* snow. They live on small to medium game. Game which generally depend on grasses and other plants to survive. Which generally depend on sun and warmth to grow.
So if there’s more sun and more warmth, then there’ll be more plants. Which in turn will supply more small to medium game for the Snow Leopard to hunt.
2. You don’t suppose lefties think polar bears actually eat ice do you?Posted by memomachine on 2007 03 04 at 05:23 PM • permalink
- On the 18th of November 1978,deep in the pristine South American jungle,an earlier version of Al conned 912 of his followers into drinking a deadly concoction of Kool-Aid,cyanide,sedatives and tranquilizers.This happy event(for his dedicated flock) became known as the Jonestown Massacre.Yes I know the name of the potion being delivered by CH.10 is spelled differently but I still think they could have chosen a title for their crusade that didn’t revive memories of previous occasion when the deluded led by the demented went blindly to oblivion.
- Somebody call Richard Branson, a guy named Mike over at the Cool Aid forum has the answer. Responding to the question “won’t Australians loose their job”:
This whole thing about job losses is a complete furphy. Who cares if we all lose our jobs? Why do we work? Mostly, because we’re in debt. Then to have a roof over our heads (a debt) and food on the table.
We need to change absolutely EVERYTHING we do. Period.
All debts should be cancelled and banks closed. Everyone in a house should own it, no questions asked.
We can pretty well all grow our food (I do).
If we ALL stopped driving to work and spending money we don’t have on useless stuff we don’t need to impress people we don’t even like/know, the entire problem would be solved. Just like that.
People in satisfying jobs like doctors and nurses can be fed by those of us they treat. ditto firemen and ambos.
My footprint is virtually ZERO without a car. Add our small car, and it’s 8.9 planets! Change the car to a hybrid, and it’s 5.9 planets! How sustainable is that? How can ANYONE believe we can reach sustainability with ANY kind of Business as Usual?
Way to go, Mike!Posted by Kyda Sylvester on 2007 03 04 at 07:21 PM • permalink
- Fr Flannery has forgotten that the old style religious apocalypse promises ever-lasting life on the other side. Impending doom works because the punters are suppose to flock to church to seek redemption and a ticket into here-after. But Fr Flannery promises no such after-life, just smouldering cities and 2000 metre high waves, and it’s going to happen TOMORROW!!! No time to switch off the TV and the lights, I’m flying by private jet to Canada with a bazooka to fix those fucking polar bears once and for all.
- I actually thought Dr Karl’s stint on Cool Aid was quite thought-provoking. A couple of the more obvious questions:
If Dr. Karl says we should ignore warming skeptics who aren’t climatologists, does that mean we should aslo ignore him (a trained physicist)?
If CO2 is directly responsible for global warming, why did the peaks and troughs of Dr Karl’s CO2 vs. Temperature chart not coincide, and more importantly why was the mean temperature change over the last decade dead flat?
Dr Karl admits climate variation is a natural phenomenon, but that the problem is the growing human population and its apparant affinity for beach front property. Surely this suggests the problem is not how much carbon we emit, but that we are simply living in the wrong place. Should we not, therefore, direct our efforts to relocating to higher ground rather than fighting Gaia’s natural rhythms?
- Ha! I’ve got a ‘72, when they really became steroidal, with the engine balooning out to 500ci (or 8.4 litres in Frogspeak). The steering automatically veers off the road whenever it senses the presence of motor spitir, to feed it’s bottomless, ravenous hunger.
And it’s the pimpiest thing they ever built, I think they came with a leopardskin brimmed felt panama, a fur coat and platform shoes with fish swimming in the heels as standard. And some beotches and hos. Word, mofos.
- Okay, so we are going to get 20 meter storm surges now?
Hmm, was thinking about this today….
A Cat 5 which is catastrophic (hey it’s the in word) can cause a surge up to 5 meters ergo a storm which causes 20 meter surge would have to be 4 times the force?
I accept here that there is some mathematic calculation that will so it’s not quite that much but my point is still the same and that is…
A cat 5 which causes 5 meter storm surges is 250 MPH winds so 4 times that is 1000MPH winds!
If this is the case and you are living in Sydney and there is a storm coming which is strong enough to cause a 20 meter storm surge, you will not have to worry about the surge because you would have been blown to Calcutta by 1000 MPH winds long before the surge arrives.
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