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As usual, Gaia mocks her followers:

More than 1000 people braved the rain in Brisbane today to join politicians and community campaigners in the annual Walk Against Warming rally.

A couple of years previously, in Montreal: “Thousands of people ignored frigid temperatures to lead a worldwide day of protest against global warming.” Warming protesters seem unusually threatened by hypothermia. Back to the Brisbane anti-warming rally:

The turnout was down on predictions of 5000 people with organisers blaming the weather [ed: it was too cold] while commenting that rain usually is associated with the Walk Against Warming.

“I’d be suggesting that premier Peter Beattie be paying us to have Walk Against Warming every month and we can the solve the water crisis,” Queensland Conservation Coordinator Toby Hutcheon said.

Try to keep up, Toby. That’s an old idea: “Global warming protests cure global warming.”

(Via Andrew Bolt, who has reader-supplied pictures of the massive crowd)

Posted by Tim B. on 08/26/2007 at 01:13 PM
    1. I’ve long believed that people who routinely attend protest rallies, etc., are people who seriously need a hobby but just aren’t clever enough to do, say, woodworking, or building model trains.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 08 26 at 02:01 PM • permalink


    1. Numbers at protest rallies that support anything anti-USA, anti-Bush, Anti-GE, anti-globalisation, anti-war, anti-business are always exaggerated.

      From my own experience there was an anti-Iraq war demo in my town and the paper printed the fact that there were over 500 people in attendance.  I counted fifty. They were mostly the same people who were at the Wellington march the next week, when a thousand were claimed but again, I counted way less than a hundred.

      Posted by brian_smaller on 2007 08 26 at 04:15 PM • permalink


    1. I think they just extrapolated using the Lancet’s formula.

      I’d be suggesting that premier Peter Beattie be paying us to have Walk Against Warming every month and we can the solve the water crisis,” Queensland Conservation Coordinator Toby Hutcheon said.

      How? Surely they’ll be smelly after their walk, aren’t they going to shower? Water consumption in SE Qld is now less than 140L per person per day. (Recent good rain has reduced consumption to 123L/day)Target 140 more information, for any absolute idiots who have been living under a rock for the last year…
      Rain ‘could fill’ Traveston dam. Only problem is that it hasn’t been built… too many nimbys. Let them drink dust.

      Posted by kae on 2007 08 26 at 05:57 PM • permalink


    1. Channel 9 news said 500. ABC said 1,000.

      My (standard) assessment: seem more people gathered around a dead snake.

      Posted by Pickles on 2007 08 26 at 06:21 PM • permalink


    1. seen

      Posted by Pickles on 2007 08 26 at 06:21 PM • permalink


    1. Bolty news, he’s serious writer and he’s seriously good.

      Read him Today! (music …..and stop!)

      Coming up at 9 “Kerry Anne.”

      Posted by 1.618 on 2007 08 26 at 06:48 PM • permalink


    1. We need more protests in Melbourne. More! We are having a warm end to winter, and I love winter.

      Posted by TimT on 2007 08 26 at 07:31 PM • permalink


    1. Why would they schedule a “Walk against Warming” in the middle of the winter? Wouldn’t February make a lot more sense?

      (I guess it would be too hot and uncomfortable to do it then, right?)

      Posted by Steven Den Beste on 2007 08 26 at 07:43 PM • permalink


    1. Tarquin – The papers want to know how many people will be at our pwotest against warming Gwinny, what do I tell them?

      Gwinny – Hmm, tough call.  I know the vegan wimmins collective will be going, so thats at least 5 people.

      Tarquin – And the University Sensitive Mans Association Against Competitive Sport will be going, so thats another 3 people.

      Gwinny – If only we were in Melbourne, then we’d at least get the entire staff of the Age and the ABC offices.  Bwisbane is soooo pawochial.

      Tarquin – /sigh/ – did you call the mosque association for intercultural peace and understanding?

      Gwinny – yes, but they have some flag burning thing and Abdullah said something about getting stoned.  Such a rich tapestwy of diversity, shame they cant come.

      Tarquin – /scowls/ – I hope they bought carbon offsets.  Anyway, I’ll wear my Hezbollah T-shirt, so they will be there in spiwit.

      Gwinny – So what do I tell them?  I’ve got Skye over at the Couwier Mail ready to do a pwess welease for us, we have to tell them more than 10

      Tarquin – Sod it, just make it 5000 and tell them not to bwing any photogwaphers.

      Posted by bondo on 2007 08 26 at 09:08 PM • permalink


    1. The Boston Globe had a review of DiCaprio’s Gaia-porn snuff flick. I wrote this to the reviewer:

      Bravo! Your review of “The 11th Hour” was magnificent. A few lines stand out:

      “The lack of dissent is powerful and shaming, since it’s agreed that, at the very least, global warming is a real, man-made catastrophe”;

      “So, hey Earth: Things might be looking up for you after all. We won’t be around to torture you much longer”;

      “the movie says we have to get back to the garden before complacency and ignorance hasten our demise”;

      And my favorite:

      “A deep bench of environmentalists, microbiologists, activists, religious figures, government bigwigs, and one plain-old American Indian wise man make vividly clear that we’re trashing the planet.”

      An American Indian wise man! Priceless!

      This is the funniest satire of a global warming doomscreamer that I have ever read. I was in stitches. You hit the tone of shrill goofball hysteria and hairshirt self-flagellation right on the nose. Putting a picture of Leo so prominently with the review was inspired as well, since as a movie reviewer you are undoubtedly familiar with Hollywood and are aware that St. Leo of Gaia lives in a sprawling estate with the carbon footprint of Godzilla (or of Al Gore, what with his THREE estates). As Glenn Reynolds says, “I’ll start believing it’s a crisis when the people who are telling me it’s a crisis start acting like it’s a crisis.”

      It was gutsy as hell of you to do it in a movie review, since there is the danger that people might not get the joke. And in fact, you may have – unbelievable as this sounds – actually UNDERSOLD the histrionics. Now that NASA has admitted its temperature data (which formed the underpinning of global warming theory and is the most frequently cited supporting evidence) was corrupted by a Y2K bug, and that in fact half of the warmest years occurred before WWII (and we somehow survived), look for the believers to continue acting like the quasi-religious fanatics they are and ramp up the hysteria and cries of heresy even further as their faith continues to be undermined by inconvenient facts.

      I’m sure you know that for anybody who bothers to look it up, NWS temperature records show a warming trend like today’s until about the 1950s, a cold cycle from then until the early ‘70s, back to the present warm cycle which will end sometime in the next decade, all congruent with measured and predictable cyclical solar activity.  I just hope that when we look back then on this latest comical episode in mankind’s unceasing cries of apocalypse, you won’t be lumped in with the real Chicken Littles who will face the same derision heaped on doomscreamers of the ‘70s like Paul Ehrlich (“We’re all going to starve! The evidence is undeniable”) and Newsweek (“We’re all going to freeze from Global Cooling! The evidence is undeniable!”)

      Again, bravo, and thanks for the laugh!

      Posted by Dave S. on 2007 08 26 at 10:11 PM • permalink


    1. It is easy to show lack of dissent if you don’t go filming it in the first place.

      Everyone in the world thinks I’m cool.  In my movie only I am interviewed.  The lack of dissent is powerful and uplifting.


      Posted by peter m on 2007 08 26 at 10:56 PM • permalink


    1. You could pelt these people with hailstones the size of golf balls and they wouldn’t get a clue…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 08 26 at 11:04 PM • permalink


    1. …not that it isn’t worth trying anyway.

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 08 26 at 11:05 PM • permalink


    1. #10 – Aquaman couldn’t hold his breath waiting for that to be published!

      How weird that the only computer on the planet that succumbed to the Y2K bug was NASA’s weather modelling one.

      Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2007 08 27 at 12:09 AM • permalink


    1. A few hundred Brisbane folk joined their fellow Australians and braved the rainy weather to walk against global warming this afternoon [25/8/07].

      The marchers strolled from Queens Park in the CBD to the Riverstage in the City Botanic Gardens, where they were entertained by musicians and heard speakers including Senator Bob Brown and Senator Andrew Bartlett.

      A couple of bodyrolling youngsters made the most of the grassy knoll that slopes toward the riverstage, while two gigantic puppy dogs, and a huge white elephant -representing nuclear power (complete with a green poop) – created quite a stir.

      from some springhill indy media site

      Even the greenies say it was a “couple of hundred”.

      Sadly the green elephant dung didn’t make the msm reports

      sigh – such a great headline opportunity missed!

      Posted by peter m on 2007 08 27 at 12:27 AM • permalink


  1. Global warming demo frozen out by the weather. Cute.

    Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2007 08 27 at 12:25 PM • permalink