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Night Falls on Civilization
Sultan Knish ^ | 23 Mar 2013 | Daniel Greenfield

Posted on 03/24/2013 5:15:22 AM PDT by expat1000

Forget the World's Fair, we now have a new way to celebrate human accomplishment. Instead of seeing a vision of the future, we turn off the lights and sit in the dark for an hour.

Earth Hour shows how far we have come from celebrating human accomplishment to celebrating the lack of accomplishment as an accomplishment. For all the pretense of activism, environmentalism celebrates inaction. Don't build, don't create and don't do-- are its mandates. Turn off the lights and feel good about how much you aren't doing right now.

Environmentalism has degenerated into a conviction that all human activity is destructive because the species of man is the greatest threat to the planet and all life on it. Each death, each act of undoing and unmaking, each darkness that is brought about by the cessation of humanity becomes a profoundly environmentalist activity.

Kill yourself and save the planet. Put out the lights, tear down the city and let the earth revert to some imaginary primeval paradise free of all pollution; whether it is the carbon breath of men, dogs and cows or the light pollution of their cities.

Embrace the darkness.

While we take electric light for granted-- being able to read and write after dark is a technological achievement that transformed our civilization. Animals are governed by day and night cycles. Artificial light made it possible for us to work independently of the day and night cycle.

During the recent extended blackout after Hurricane Sandy, some of us had a brief period of reverting to a pre-technological civilization in which work was governed by day and night cycles. And that was a reminder that there is no way to measure the increase in knowledge gained from the conquest of the darkness. There is no better measure of the unthinking contempt of the environmentalist movement for that achievement than a call to turn off the lights and sit in the dark.

Like all environmental gimmicks, Earth Hour is perverse and hypocritical. Far more energy is consumed promoting it, then is saved by practicing it.

Websites switch to black, even though displaying black on television sets or monitors consumes more energy. Turning off electricity to entire buildings after working hours and then turning it on costs more than letting it run. And getting 90 million people across the country to turn their power on and off at a scheduled time is an energy savings disaster. And since power companies draw down on their more expensive 'green' generators first, Earth Hour actually shuts down 'green' power.

But its sponsors don't claim that Earth Hour saves energy or prevents us from polluting the globe. Like every environmentalist stunt from flying rock stars around the world on jet planes to carving thousands of statues made of ice and then leaving them to melt in a public square, Earth Hour is meant to spread awareness.

Spreading awareness is the sole purpose of most environmental activism. Awareness spreading doesn't make anything better, but makes people feel guilty, outraged, hopeful or some combination of the appropriate political sentiments in the face of an imminent armageddon that can only be fought by convincing everyone to be deeply concerned by it and disdainful of everyone who stands outside their Chicken Little consensus.

The WWF, Earth Hour's godmother, has learned that shrill attention seeking is a reliable fundraising method. One of the WWF's more memorable fundraising methods was an ad that showed hundreds of planes headed toward the World Trade Center, to highlight just how much more important their work is than fighting terrorism. Franny Armstrong of Age of Stupid, which was promoted by the WWF, ran a 10:10 campaign in the UK, whose ads featured environmentalists murdering dissenters, including a group of schoolchildren. The ads are just ads, but London's leftist former mayor, Ken Livingstone had said of Age of Stupid, "Every single person in the country should be forcibly sat down on a chair and made to watch this film."

That is the dark side of environmentalism. The most active non-Muslim domestic terrorist group is environmental. The undercurrent of violence finds easy purchase in environmentalism's creed that the only real problem with the world is people. No amount of turning off the lights is enough. Eventually you come around to having to turn off the people.

The Nazis were among the most enthusiastic environmentalists of their day, even the term 'Ecology' was coined by Ernst Haeckel, whose racial views served as precursors to Nazi eugenics. But while Nazi environmentalist believed that we were all animals, they insisted that some animals were better than others. Modern environmentalists believe that we are all worse than animals. In their view we are both natural and unnatural. Natural because we come from the ape and unnatural because we are intelligent. We live on the planet, but our intelligence excludes us from ever belonging to it.

The incompatibility of productive man with the natural world is a fundamental tenet of the environmental movement. Everything we do is destructive, because of what we are. We are tool builders, inventors and producers. And the environmentalist movement is aimed at convincing us to stop being these things. To turn off the lights, make do with less and march back to the caves with a few clever ad campaigns and a catchy tune.

Zero Population campaigns and calls for mandatory one-child families are the eugenics of environmentalism. The old eugenicists were concerned with improving the human breed by promoting the reproduction of some, and preventing the reproduction of others. Environmental eugenics treats all of mankind as an inferior race. We all must die.

Not only mankind must go, but all the animals that man has domesticated and bred-- cows, dogs and cats. That is why PETA kills thousands of dogs and cats a year, promotes the euthanasia of wild cats and pet spaying and its staffers have even been known to kidnap animals and then kill them. It is why the Global Warming crowd has made cow emissions into their whipping bovine.

It's not enough to kill man, tear down his cities and put out his lights. His cats and dogs and his cows and sheep must also die.

Environmentalism is not motivated by a love for all creatures, but by preference for a prehuman world of natural wilderness uncultivated by man. The political leftist romanticizes the noble savage over the civilized man and its environmentalist arm romanticizes the jungle over the thousand acre farm. It prefers the the swamp to the garden, the wolf to the dog, and the tiger to the house cat.

This preference is not scientific, it is emotional, rooted in an antipathy to industrialization and human development. It wraps itself in the cloak of science, but it is a reactionary longing for a romanticized past that never existed.

In the environmental bible-- man is the source of all evil. The transition from the nomadic to the domestic, the village to the city, and the craftsman to the factory, is its version of original sin.

The environmentalist began with a distaste for human civilization and the fetishization of the rural farm life of the peasant. The champions of this "naturalism" were invariably urban artists and writers from the upper classes who were enthusiastic about being in touch with nature. After them came the "Nature Fakers" crafting myths about the high moral standards of wild animals. Domestic animals in such stories were always wicked and dumb, while wild animals lived deep and spiritual lives out in the woods. And so the animal kingdom was subdivided into the noble savage and the uncle tom.

The world was divided into two polar opposites, the green and the gray, in an apocalyptic struggle. Either man would drown the world in industry, or he would return to a natural way of life through a lethal virus (Mary Shelley, The Last Man, 1826), a devastating war (H.G. Wells), oppressive social policies (Edward Bellamy) or eco-terrorism (The Monkey Wrench Gang). The more civilization grew, the more apocalyptic the scenarios became culminating in the two great environmental myths; nuclear winter and global warming. These apocalyptic myths have served the same purpose for environmentalists as apocalypses do for all religions. They predict a time when the sinful order is overturned and the earth is renewed to make way for the faithful.

Man is the environmentalist's devil. He must be beaten, broken and subjugated. Even the animals he has bred, who are the spark of his genius, must be taken out and killed. Take away his food and his power. Blame him for the natural cycles of the planet and the inevitable extinction of species that goes on whether he is there or not. Take away his technology and his inventions. Tell him that the humblest bacteria is better than him, for it is dumb and follows its natural instincts, while he insists on using his mind. Take away his primacy and his learning. And then leave him in the dark.

The environmental movement is tenacious, fanatical and deceptive. Its creed is the undoing of all human progress. There is money to be made from that, as there is in all revolutions, but beneath the inconveniences of living under an environmental regime, from dirty clothes to high taxes, while being forced to listen to the hypocrisies and false pieties of the Gorean clergy of environmentalist activists heating their mansions while the poor freeze in energy poverty, is the darker reality that environmentalism is an anti-human movement with a vicious hostility toward man and the civilization he has built. Whatever he has built, it must destroy.

The gap between darkness and light is a profound symbol in every civilization. The light of knowledge pitted against the shadowy dark of ignorance. The light reveals, but the darkness hides.

Civilization and the moral code exist in the light of awareness, but the darkness is home to unthinking bestial things. To call for a return to the darkness is a profound act of symbolism. A civilization that celebrates a return to the darkness for even a single hour is longing for a return to a deeper state of darkness. A darkness of the soul. Daniel Greenfield is a New York City based writer and blogger and a Shillman Journalism Fellow of the David Horowitz Freedom Center.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: civilization; danielgreenfield; darkness; earthhour; greenfield; tm; wwf

1 posted on 03/24/2013 5:15:22 AM PDT by expat1000
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2 posted on 03/24/2013 5:16:22 AM PDT by expat1000
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To: expat1000
"We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.
Plato
3 posted on 03/24/2013 5:22:35 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: expat1000

Radical environmentalism is nothing more than modern earth worshiping pagan idolatry. Trading the Creator for the creation. The Giver for the gifts.


4 posted on 03/24/2013 5:23:39 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: expat1000

Outstanding article....bump


5 posted on 03/24/2013 5:28:09 AM PDT by Popman
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To: expat1000

BUMP


6 posted on 03/24/2013 5:30:09 AM PDT by Fzob (In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Jefferson)
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To: expat1000

You point this out to liberal environmentalists and they deny, deny, deny....because they don’t you to see the truth.

Makes me want to bust one in the chops. But I won’t. That’d be wrong.

*smile*


7 posted on 03/24/2013 5:31:03 AM PDT by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: hoagy62

...don’t WANT you to see the truth....

Posting before coffee. Needs to be illegal.


8 posted on 03/24/2013 5:31:54 AM PDT by hoagy62 ("Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered..."-Thomas Paine. 1776)
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To: expat1000


President Ronald Reagan:

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.
We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream.
It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same,
or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children
and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.
"

9 posted on 03/24/2013 5:33:39 AM PDT by Diogenesis (De Oppresso Liber)
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To: hoagy62; Admin Moderator; Yo-Yo; Professional Engineer

Sorry, but I have to report you to the mods though not illegal posting before your morning cup of coffee is strictly against FR posting rules. ;-)


10 posted on 03/24/2013 5:35:58 AM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: expat1000

Ever notice how all the envirowhackos are wusses? They couldn’t survive a week of their utopia.


11 posted on 03/24/2013 5:43:45 AM PDT by Blue Collar Christian (One "bitter clinger" praying for revival. <BCC><)
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To: expat1000

Earth Hour ?


12 posted on 03/24/2013 5:46:27 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: expat1000
Domestic animals in such stories were always wicked and dumb, while wild animals lived deep and spiritual lives out in the woods. And so the animal kingdom was subdivided into the noble savage and the uncle tom.

Yesterday Fox News had on a couple who were promoting their new book about "The Hidden Lives of Wolves"...

At one point they commented on the fact that wild wolves were "compassionate"...

Anthropomorphism gone amok...

13 posted on 03/24/2013 5:53:45 AM PDT by Popman
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To: expat1000
And....Day by day, conservatives and Christians send their children into the government schools where they are preached this religion of evironmentalism.

A few Sunday's ago my husband and I were teaching the 5 year old Sunday School class. We asked the children, if they knew what a Commandment was. Their answer: Recycle! Reuse! Reduce!

These children are barely out of babyhood, and in just a few months of government kindergarten they already are learning the government sponsored and Marxist driven religion of environmentalism.

14 posted on 03/24/2013 6:00:40 AM PDT by wintertime
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To: wintertime

Thew enviro-nuts are truly insane. May they sit in darkness through their worthless existence.


15 posted on 03/24/2013 6:03:33 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: circlecity

Radical environmentalism is nothing more than modern earth worshiping pagan idolatry. Trading the Creator for the creation. The Giver for the gifts.
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Please read my post #14.

This is the officially sponsored government religion taught in the godless government schools every day, and taxpayers are under police threat to pay for it.


16 posted on 03/24/2013 6:03:52 AM PDT by wintertime
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To: expat1000

Amazing article. I have shared it with everyone on my list.


17 posted on 03/24/2013 6:06:29 AM PDT by left that other site (Worry is the darkroom that developes negatives.)
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To: Popman; mickie; flaglady47
Daniel Greenfield is the most astute as well as the most talented blogger on the internet today. It's almost uncanny how he has his finger on the conservative pulse and articulates accordingly.

This is THE ping list to be on.

Leni

18 posted on 03/24/2013 6:14:45 AM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: expat1000

BTT!


19 posted on 03/24/2013 6:15:38 AM PDT by spankalib (The downside of liberty is the need to tolerate those who despise it.)
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To: expat1000

When I was a kid, I remember finding the story of the Israelites making the golden calf at the base of Mt. Sinai ridiculous. What a bunch of rubes these guys must have been to so quickly need to make a god for themselves when they lost faith in the God of their fathers.
Environmentalism is just another in a long line of golden calves.


20 posted on 03/24/2013 6:20:57 AM PDT by Ouchthatonehurt ("When you're going through hell, keep going." - Sir Winston Churchill)
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To: hal ogen
Thew enviro-nuts are truly insane. May they sit in darkness through their worthless existence.

In my perfect scenario I visualize these lactose-free, gluten-free, earth-shoe types turning off all the lights in their house for an hour, and then when they go to turn them back on... nothing. Click-click. No light. They check with their neighbors. No light. No heat. After about a day, panic would set in. This would make a good sic-fi short story.

Libs like to play games of "let's feel good about ourselves", but they don't and can't live with the consequences of their actions.

21 posted on 03/24/2013 6:22:50 AM PDT by Flick Lives (We're going to be just like the old Soviet Union, but with free cell phones!)
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To: expat1000

My first clue that this year’s ‘earth hour’ was an even more pathetic bust than last year was when a quick scan of the usual news sources made absolutely no mention of it. This of course raised suspicions and sure enough, a quick scan of the electrical system operator’s website showed that at almost exactly 8:30 pm last night, the demand took a sudden increase….. eyeballing it looks like it went about 15% above the predicted demand curve. It looks like I wasn’t the only one doing my annual electrical stress test during this timeframe!


22 posted on 03/24/2013 6:58:14 AM PDT by hecticskeptic
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23 posted on 03/24/2013 7:00:53 AM PDT by narses
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To: expat1000

Heck, even the word sabotage comes from “activists” throwing their shoes into the machinery.


24 posted on 03/24/2013 7:05:47 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: expat1000
Many of these environmentalists are also dissemblers of first rank. I have a cousin who is a bleeding heart leftist (every family has one) and among other affiliations, a member of the Sierra Club. She has harangued members of the family unceasingly about issues near and dear to the Left since adulthood, especially waxing on the evils of big oil and gas- how they are ruining the pristine planet and consumed by greed. I don't believe she is animated by hostility toward humans per se; I think she would like to keep nature and humanity separate, believing good stewarship is incompatible with capitalistic inetrests.

But wait! Our Grandfather acquired thousands of acres of rural land in the 1930’s for timber. Last year after signing her mineral rights lease agreement with Big oil for her share of the property she retired. She is now a former anesthesiologist and current insufferable hypocrite and “artist”. Oh, and she lived and practiced in Detroit but since has relocated to state-tax-free Texas. When it comes down to brass tacks, people, even professed "liberals," act in their own self-interest. Push and prod any one of them and I think you'll see their true colors.

25 posted on 03/24/2013 7:26:16 AM PDT by Dysart ( Democracy is the road to socialism-- Karl Marx)
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To: wintertime

Cursed are those public school indoctrinators. Millstone. Neck. Deep blue sea.


26 posted on 03/24/2013 7:26:25 AM PDT by Fred Hayek (The Democratic Party is now the operational arm of the CPUSA)
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To: Fred Hayek

It’s pervasive, like a cancer this leftist dispensational.


27 posted on 03/24/2013 7:30:31 AM PDT by Dysart ( Democracy is the road to socialism-- Karl Marx)
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To: expat1000
No amount of turning off the lights is enough. Eventually you come around to having to turn off the people.

It's funny how every wrong ideology boils down to "Kill people."

28 posted on 03/24/2013 7:42:27 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Stand in the corner and scream with me!)
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To: All

I have a farm, sheep, chickens, etc, and hate the watermelon useful idiots that control and screw up almost everything. They wouldn’t last three days in the woods before one of their sweet gaia predators ate them. If Commies take my farm, they’ll starve in six months. When their cities die, they will flee like parasites from a dead rat and all the metro-sexuals can kiss my grass; but, all ya’ll Constitution, Bible and gun huggers are welcome at my table anytime.


29 posted on 03/24/2013 8:03:51 AM PDT by RHS Jr (Pity the banksters when Jesus comes)
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To: Popman; expat1000

“Outstanding article....bump”

BUMP THAT!


30 posted on 03/24/2013 8:11:37 AM PDT by shove_it (Long ago Huxley, Orwell and Rand warned us about 0banana's USA.)
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To: expat1000
Brilliant article.


31 posted on 03/24/2013 8:21:53 AM PDT by Cinnamontea
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To: expat1000

             

32 posted on 03/24/2013 8:24:56 AM PDT by tomkat
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To: expat1000

In regards to eco-fascists, I find it interesting, that if humans are so bad for the earth why don’t the eco-fascists kill themselves to protect “mother earth”, i.e. practice what they preach.

Recommended books on the subject:

Eco-Fascists: How Radical Environmentalists are Destroying our National Heritage by Elizabeth Nickson

Merchants of Despair: Radical Environmentalists, Criminal Psuedo-Scientists and the Fatal Cult of Anti-Humanism by Robert Zurbin


33 posted on 03/24/2013 8:29:23 AM PDT by CharlesMartelsGhost
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To: expat1000

The hour without lights was nothing more than symbolism. A way of making people feel guilty for not helping the environment.


34 posted on 03/24/2013 8:36:28 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Pi$$ed off yet?)
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To: expat1000

Great ways to celebrate Earth Hour:

Have a BBQ.

Have a BBQ of old car tires.


35 posted on 03/24/2013 9:03:06 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: expat1000
According to the WUWT blog, the picture below shows a satellite view at night of North Korea, the winner for Earth Hour in every year since 2003. Odds favor them to be the winner again this year. Earth Hour has been such a stunning success in North Korea, that it’s “always Earth Hour there”, according to Alan Caruba, who comments that “electricity is truly a gift of the gods. It is the difference between the Dark Ages and the present age.”

northkoreaatnight

 

Source-American Enterprise Institute

36 posted on 03/24/2013 9:05:59 AM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: circlecity

Gaea worship is idolatry for the 21’st century.


37 posted on 03/24/2013 9:16:37 AM PDT by varmintman
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To: expat1000
Like all environmental gimmicks, Earth Hour is perverse and hypocritical. Far more energy is consumed promoting it, then is saved by practicing it.

LOL - God, I love this guy...

38 posted on 03/24/2013 12:20:34 PM PDT by GOPJ (DHS HAS secured: 1.6 BILLION bullets - 2.700 tanks and 35,000 drones ...to use on American soil...)
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To: expat1000
John 3:17-21 King James Version (KJV)
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=john%203:17-21&version=KJV
39 posted on 03/24/2013 5:24:34 PM PDT by man_in_tx (Islam is a Hate Crime. (Blowback: Faithfully farting towards Mecca five times daily!))
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To: Tax-chick
It's funny how every wrong ideology boils down to "Kill people."
My nomination for "Quote of the Week!"
40 posted on 03/24/2013 5:26:26 PM PDT by man_in_tx (Islam is a Hate Crime. (Blowback: Faithfully farting towards Mecca five times daily!))
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To: man_in_tx

Thank you!


41 posted on 03/24/2013 5:58:00 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Stand in the corner and scream with me!)
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To: expat1000

Standing Ovation Daniel!


42 posted on 03/24/2013 6:20:52 PM PDT by Awgie (truth is always stranger than fiction)
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To: Awgie
Standing Ovation Daniel!


43 posted on 03/24/2013 9:54:32 PM PDT by expat1000
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To: Tax-chick
"It's funny how every wrong ideology boils down to "Kill people.""

2 Corinthians 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not...

John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy...

44 posted on 03/24/2013 10:16:14 PM PDT by mitch5501 ("make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things ye shall never fall")
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To: Flick Lives
when they go to turn them back on... nothing

good idea. Might be worth sneaking into a few houses during "Earth Hour" and throwing the main breaker. See how long it takes for them to figure it out. :-)

The *good* thing about "Earth Hour" is that it's relatively benign. Useless, energy wasting, and annoying, but benign.

If environmentalists ever figure out that lighting (something that's handy, but not critical to survival) doesn't use a fraction of the energy that stuff like refrigeration, heating, and AC uses ....then we're in trouble.

I can see "Sweat Days". Instead of heating your house in the winter, Enviros will suggest that you put on a sweater, get up, and do 100 jumping jacks to stay warm. And so on.

45 posted on 03/25/2013 5:48:17 AM PDT by wbill
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To: Dysart
evils of big oil and gas

wonder how she relocated from Detroit to TX?

That's a long bike ride. Even a longer walk.

46 posted on 03/25/2013 5:49:47 AM PDT by wbill
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wonder how she relocated from Detroit to TX?
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47 posted on 03/25/2013 5:56:36 AM PDT by Dysart ( Democracy is the road to socialism-- Karl Marx)
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hee hee hee. good one.


48 posted on 03/25/2013 6:01:48 AM PDT by wbill
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