Monday, February 05, 2007

The yo-yo

Between despair and hope.

On the one hand we have

Scientists offered cash to dispute climate study

Wherein scientists are offered cash ($10k) to attack the findings of the Global Ecology conference in Paris recently which determined that Man probably has been negatively affecting our climate. So we hear from the crowd who doesn't care if they trash the planet as long as their profit margins are safe.

"They are White House surrogates in the last throes of their campaign of climate change denial. They lost on the science; they lost on the moral case for action. All they've got left is a suitcase full of cash."

Now granted it's a guy from Greenpeace saying this (about as far left as you can get without blowing up buildings), but he has a point!

To counterbalance that we have

World Changing: A User's Guide to the 21st Century

About a book which gives you reactions and causes for your actions. Things as simple as which t-shirt you buy and how it can affect the environment and our world. I think I'm going to pick this book up.

Now the whole "bomb scare" thing in Boston that had people up in arms has spawned a lot of emotion (as well as a lot of drek). But the widgets were put up in the daylight so it likely would have been impossible during morning traffic to see the blinking light pattern which would reveal they were a gimmick. They had wires and circuit boards sticking out. They were put on t-stops, train stations, overpasses and bridges. Sure, the campaign took place in a number of other cities but Boston was the only one who panicked. But in none of the other cities did the widgets get put in those places. And do you really want to be the one making the decision that these are harmless the one time they're not and bunches of people are killed?

But this

They Are Not Heroes.

Attacks the artists for a whole different reason. With a certain amount of validity I think.

And to end on a truly depressing note, we have

Criminalizing the Victim: Rape and Police Brutality

For an outstanding example of stupidity! (this'll get Yvonne riled up)


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