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Last updated on August 9th, 2017 at 08:11 am
Former Brisbane Lord Mayor Jim Soorley urges that we take the global warming test:
As the hot summer gets closer, I propose a simple method of solving the problems of global warming. Let all the decision-makers and people of influence who are resisting Kyoto and other environmental action spend this summer without airconditioning in their offices, boardrooms and homes. It wouldn’t take long for a reversal of policy.
Rather than cooling offices and homes, Soorley seems to suggest that we cool the entire nation via instant Kyoto magic. Considering Australia is historically hot during summer, this strikes me as opposing nature itself. May Gaia crush this climate-adjusting monster! Debra Saunders has a better idea; how about Kyoto boosters give up their Lear jets?
(Via el primo cakemaker Kae)
UPDATE. Kyda Sylvester: “I was in Aspen, winter playground of US limousine liberals, for the first time a couple of weeks ago. Aspen is ‘green’ to its core. On the way out of town, we drove past the airport. It looked like a LearJet sales lot.”
- Whatever did we do in the warm months before air conditioning was invented?Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 09 25 at 11:12 AM • permalink
- As the hot summer gets closer, I propose a simple method of solving the problem of global warming hysteria. Let all the decision-makers and people of influence who are supporting Kyoto and other environmental action spend this summer wandering in the mountains and the canyons of Afghanistan. It wouldn’t take long for them to learn how to tell the difference between a real threat and a hypothetical one.
- I got it. Someone else would have to do the actual math, seeing as how Im just an ‘idea guy’ but here’s my solution.
1. Reclassify humans as Oxy-Carbon Exchange Pumps (O-CEP).
2. Reduce the number of O-CEP at the global level by an amount equal to that subset of muslim O-CEP (mO-CEP).
With the elemination of the mO-CEP subset of O-CEP there should be plenty carbon credits banked up to allow for the continued airconditoning of the rational industrial O-CEP (riO-CEP).
So, by disposing of the mO-CEP subset of O-CEP we reduce the stress on the system and increase the comfort level.
It’s all about the enviroment.
- #4, paco:
Before air conditioning was invented, people had large dorsal protuberances – like this – to help them regulate their body temperature. But being a mere strip of a girl, no doubt you’re too young to remember.
RebeccaH, what we had before AC was
The beauty of heat rash was, you’d be so thoroughly miserable that you forgot you were hot.
1. Sleep on the roof.
2. Sleep on the fire escape.
3. Don’t live in the Southwest USA.
4. Don’t live in the southern states of the USA.
5. Live closer to the artic circle.
6. Sweat like the dickens.
7. Thank God you weren’t living in the Victorian age with it’s all wool clothing fashions that involved 30+ layers for females along with a whalebone corset strung tight enough to put the eye out of a prospective groom.Posted by memomachine on 2006 09 25 at 02:27 PM • permalink
In an off-topic note here in New Jersey, USA, we’ve got a battlefield memorial for the Battle of Monmouth. Which was singularly interesting because of the number of soldiers that died marching because of the massive New Jersey humidity, terrible summer heat and the all wool uniforms of the Revolutionary War period.
Nothing like finding out that a fast marching army could leave a string of dead men along a 10 mile march because the silly uniforms were too hot.
Then I realise, with a warm feeling from my own experiences in the USMC, that armies really haven’t changed all that much in 200+ years.Posted by memomachine on 2006 09 25 at 02:31 PM • permalink
- Typical liberal nonsense telling others how they should live their lives without first getting rid of their own A/C units, furnaces, internal combustion engines, etc. Sure, buy “carbon credits” from Russia or somewhere, they certainly won’t burn any coal when they get cold if they promised not to, right?
- I grew up in Miami in the Seventies (the 1970s you wags) in a house mostly without a/c. We had airconditioning for a little while, and then one day my father, who was part reptile, declared that the air-conditioning was “making us all sick” and he took them out. Unfortunately girls didn’t have the option of sitting around on the porch in nothing but a pair of torn shorts, so most of my life was spent in my room in front of an electric fan going full blast. Most of my schools weren’t air-conditioned either except for the auditoriums, the offices, and the teachers’ lounges.Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2006 09 25 at 06:32 PM • permalink
- Just point out to any politician ranting on about Kyoto that he should sit and consider what he is saying:
“I promise to improve the weather. The weather forecasters tell me I can”Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2006 09 25 at 06:44 PM • permalink
- Grimmy, to problems solved in one brilliant stroke.Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2006 09 25 at 06:48 PM • permalink
- I wrote recently on my blog about how to end the Middle-East crisis using air conditioners. The Israelis use the aid they’re withholding to buy air conditioning for all the buildings in Palestine. Then they bomb the Palestinian power sources.
Israel most diplomatically then offers free power for all of these air conditioners if the Palestinian Authority agrees to renounce violence and recognise Israel’s right to exist.
And if they try any smart stuff, the power goes back off.
- Can I get a kae cake by email?Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2006 09 25 at 08:07 PM • permalink
- #20 Dan – Genius
#5, 6 Hey, Paco, Grimmy, here’s the way to fix that excess mO-CEP problem.
Ahh, aircon. I grew up without it.
I have a house I want to sell. It doesn’t have aircon. It has windows, which open, and can be opened such that the breezes blow through. The shed is really close to the back of the house, it protects it from the westerlies and the summer sun’s heat in the afternoon. This arrangement freaks out the realestate agents, “What? No aircon?”
#21 Swinish, did you try it? I could give you the recipe…
- Please do kae, I’m game. My cooking hasn’t killed me yet.Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2006 09 25 at 08:23 PM • permalink
- On its way, kae. And I hate high-beamers too!Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2006 09 25 at 08:37 PM • permalink
- I will say, if I could live in a place with decent (not too cold, not too hot, and for god’s sake not constantly 90% humidity) weather, I’d forgo the a/c for most of the year. The problem is Florida gets maybe a few days of the year when it’s really comfortable to be outside. The rest of the time is humid, sticky, hot, bug-ridden (mosquitos here just go right through all screening material, those little stingers have saws on them I swear) misery. You will pry my air conditioning out of my half-rotted in the heat dead fingers.Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2006 09 25 at 08:41 PM • permalink
- Yeah yeah, I misspelld “forego.” I don’t feel like fixing it.Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2006 09 25 at 08:42 PM • permalink
- Ed—oh, come on, things have changed a lot in the Army. I mean, if you can hand a man a 150-lb rucksack and tell him he’s been classified as a “light Infantryman”, you know the officers have a sense of humor…
(or have been holding too many meetings after lunch in the O club at Benning…)Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 09 25 at 08:50 PM • permalink
- I’m betting that Sorebum has a/c in his office (now an “adviser” to idiot Gold Coast mayor Ron Clark), his home and his car- when he was Brisbane mayor the arrogant little fat prick used to be cheauffered solo around in a V8 LTD.
Classic example of a “do as I say, not what I do” hypocrite. BTW, is there anything more useless, annoying and patronising than a former Catholic priest (or nun) turned loudmouthed lefty/activist?
I’ve already been running my a/c, and it’s the first three weeks of spring, also given up on roof-down convertible mode, except at night; Soorley and his ilk can blow me (oops, I take that back, as the odious sod could take it as an invitation).
- Northern NV fall weather. 70’s in the daytime, low 40’s at night, humidity about 30%. No aircon or heater necessary right now. Town’s about 70% registered GOP so not a moonbat or Kyoto advocate in sight. Quiet except for the occasional F/A-18 taking off about 8 miles away. It ain’t perfect, but it sure is pleasant.
Soorley who?Posted by Vanguard of the Commentariat on 2006 09 25 at 10:38 PM • permalink
- I was in Aspen, winter playground of US limousine liberals, for the first time a couple of weeks ago. Aspen is “green” to its core. On the way out of town, we drove past the airport. It looked like a LearJet sales lot. We imagined what it must be like when Aspen actually is in season and couldn’t stop laughing. LearJet liberals indeed.Posted by Kyda Sylvester on 2006 09 25 at 11:00 PM • permalink
- You know, you guys can laugh, but I live in Brisbane and we had to endure years of Soorley as Mayor, spouting crap on one issue or another. After surviving that, I can’t bring myself to laugh at anything he spouts anymore. I just get a weary, headachy kind of feeling when he opens his mouth these days. In fact, in a just society it would be legal to kick guys like him in the nuts. I’m just saying…Posted by Mr Snuffalupagus on 2006 09 26 at 06:01 AM • permalink
- #31 Soorley who?
The measure of a person is how he uses power. Soorley had the typical short man syndrome and didn’t measure up. The big end of town did very well but the vulnerable was fair game to Soorley.
This is the sort of superficial, populist pap you’d expect from this man [and I use the term loosely].
Let’s stop this thread right here otherwise the turd might think that he actually matters.
- #42 Let’s stop this thread right here….
I agree but can I be last.
This bit of brilliance from the turd [apt I must say] was in his column in the News Ltd Bris Sunday tabloid, a simply dreadful paper. [No I don’t buy it – a friend who is in despair over the awful standard of the local papers insists on reading to me the worst of it as if I needed to be told how bad it is].
I often thought how Soorley and the Sunday mail suited each other – totally lacking in self respect. If the paper had any standards it wouldn’t have Soorley and if Soorley…….well we know what he’s like anyway.
NOW THAT’S THE END OF IT. OK?
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