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India’s Economic Times reports:

It’s easy to poke fun at Sydney’s Earth Hour …

True, but it still requires more work than actually observing Earth Hour – especially if you’re Cate Blanchett. (Note to the Economic Times: that quote should be credited to Contrail.)

UPDATE. We used to be able to push around the Chicago Tribune. Now they laugh at us:

The latest bright idea from the country that gave us “Crocodile Dundee” is to have everyone across the globe turn off their lights for an hour at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Apparently, a bunch of neo-Luddites in Sydney did this last year and it made them feel good about themselves, so they’ve decided to give the rest of the world a chance to achieve a similar sense of self-worth.

We’ve become an international pariah.

Posted by Tim B. on 03/28/2008 at 12:32 PM
    1. It’s easy to poke fun at Sydney’s Earth Hour …

      “So easy a caveman can do it.”

      (Reference to an American insurance commercial)

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2008 03 28 at 12:38 PM • permalink


    1. And it’s so much fun when the target is so slow and bleeds so profusely.

      Posted by SSG Pooh on 2008 03 28 at 12:41 PM • permalink


    1. #1 RebeccaH

      Have you seen the commerical where the Cavemen characters mock the ill-fated TV series based on the commercials? Too funny.

      Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 03 28 at 12:42 PM • permalink


    1. reposting here because it seems appropriate

      Posted by Col. Milquetoast on 2008 03 28 at 12:51 PM • permalink


    1. BUAWHAHAHAHAHA!!!! Thanks, COL Milquetoast!

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2008 03 28 at 01:01 PM • permalink


    1. We’ve become an international pariah.

      That Rudd has acted so unilaterally! You’ve spoiled the World’s goodwill!

      Posted by Mr. Bingley on 2008 03 28 at 01:27 PM • permalink


    1. Tim, here in Canada, the usual culprits (as always, heavily centred in Toronto and Vancouver) are already crowing about the coming Hour o’ Darkness in our dear Dominion.

      For my part, out here in the decidedly “non-progressive” Ottawa Valley countryside (home to farmers, hunters, snowmobilers, ATVers and other unreconstructed real human beings who still have the necessary skills to use a rifle, a compass and an axe), I intend to do the following:

      1.  Go for a long drive around all the back roads and trails in my 4WD.

      2.  Test my back-up generator system for an hour during Earth Hour – thus not only generating power and light but also needlessly consuming precious hydrocarbons (bonus!).

      3.  Fire up my BBQ and enjoy some prime Alberta steaks accompanied by a bottle of Penfolds Cab Sauv.*

      * In honour of you and all the real ANZACs out there! Pip! Pip! For the Empire!

      Posted by JJM Ballantyne on 2008 03 28 at 01:30 PM • permalink


    1. “We’ve become an international pariah.”

      There you go, irritating your allies again!
      You must be a Republican. Or worse…

      Posted by Harry Bergeron on 2008 03 28 at 01:31 PM • permalink


    1. Funny that the Chicago Tribune should use the term ‘neo-Luddites’.  Yesterday I was asked if I was participating in Earth Hour and my response was “I’m not pandering to a bunch of neo-Luddites”.  It’s a great term to describe Gaia worshipers.

      Posted by craigo on 2008 03 28 at 02:18 PM • permalink


    1. Neo-Luds


      Posted by Mr. Bingley on 2008 03 28 at 02:27 PM • permalink


    1. Candlemaker Cate Burton …For her, it’s not really about ecology. “Earth Hour is all about stepping back from modern life and remembering the things that are important….

      Like horse and buggies, outhouses (1 page of that catalog, please), telegraphs, wood burning stoves, etc? Oh, she meant company. Glad she made that clear. But she is right that everyone looks better in candlelight.

      Posted by Deborah Leigh on 2008 03 28 at 03:03 PM • permalink


    1. #4 Guess Peta doesn’t know about this. Funny stuff, Colonel! Thanks!

      Posted by Deborah Leigh on 2008 03 28 at 03:05 PM • permalink


    1. “Pariah” …little strong….”laughing stock” perhaps.

      Posted by Rod C on 2008 03 28 at 04:57 PM • permalink


    1. #11
      Don’t forget the sani-man (search for night soil).(That’s a really interesting article. What did the Romans ever do for us?)

      Posted by kae on 2008 03 28 at 05:01 PM • permalink


    1. #11 “Candle maker” -yeah, she wouldn’t have a vested interest by any chance…….and and to the list of important pre-modern aspects we could add smallpox, huge rates of mother and child mortality, wonder drugs such as dried toads taken orally…..need one go on.  The inmates have taken over the asylum.

      Posted by Rod C on 2008 03 28 at 05:06 PM • permalink


    1. #10 Mr. Bingley, when you spot Ruddles backtrack on some wildly stupid statement or the other, remember you have the word: Neo-Ruddism

      Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2008 03 28 at 07:47 PM • permalink


    1. #14 10kae
      The Romans gave us lead plumbing.

      Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 03 28 at 08:21 PM • permalink


    1. Yeah, but it’s been improved somewhat since then.

      Pink’s disease is curable, too. Now.

      Posted by kae on 2008 03 28 at 08:22 PM • permalink


    1. It does seem strange that people in such a big country would think so small.

      Posted by Rittenhouse on 2008 03 28 at 09:55 PM • permalink


    1. OK, which one of you guys called Rush to tell him about Earth Hour?

      Posted by KC on 2008 03 28 at 10:52 PM • permalink


    1. Right. Everyone got their striped shirts and burglar-style black masks? We’re gonna CLEAN UP during Earth Hour!

      Dibs on the wide-screen TV’s!

      Posted by mojo on 2008 03 28 at 11:58 PM • permalink


    1. #7 JJM Ballantyne. Which Penfolds Cab Sauv is it you are drinking. Vintage etc. Did you buy it in Canada?

      I’m interested.

      Posted by mehaul on 2008 03 29 at 05:09 AM • permalink


    1. I would like to protest Earth Hour, but don’t live anywhere near Sydney.  Could someone who does please flick on a light for me?

      Posted by blogagog on 2008 03 29 at 06:26 AM • permalink


    1. #23 Blogagog. I kind of live near Sydney…on the Gold Coast and all my lights are on, but I just went to a switch and turned it on and off several times for you. An electrician mate once told me that turning lights on and off draws more current.

      It’s the thought that counts.

      Posted by mehaul on 2008 03 29 at 06:42 AM • permalink


  1. Mehaul, the Cab. you enquired about may very well be an Oz raised Gold Medal, 2007 San Francisco Int’l Wine Competition.  Penfolds Red Cabernet Sauvignon (Cab.-Merlot), SA, Australia, 2005. US$11. Ranked with wines 3-6 times the price.  Never found it here.

    Posted by Gerry on 2008 03 29 at 04:16 PM • permalink