Saturday, November 06, 2010

The Green Power of Advertising.

Well, not exactly. This arvo I wandered along to the rally to Replace Hazelwood.

So who, or what, is Hazelwood?

Well, Hazelwood is only one of our biggest electrical suppliers. They only supply around about 25% of our electical needs here in Victoria.

That's a heck of a lot of power, and currently two political parties here want to close it down.

The Greens want it shut down within a few years (if not sooner), the Socialists (well, the Socialist Alternative bit) also want it shut down, and in a brief straw poll of one of my mates down in that neck of the woods, it's 50/50 on whether the locals want Hazelwood to remain or not.

My mate reckons it's smelly and horrible and polluting, but doesn't know what to replace it with, and her daughter prefers it remain or be replaced with nuclear.

I'd be happy for it to be replaced with nuclear, but in the meantime, I'd like to ask the following questions:

What will it be replaced with?

How can the government, if it does shut down the power station, guarantee that prices won't go through the roof? (Okay, trick question, since the gov't won't do that)

What happens when hospitals, schools, kindergartens, restaurants, supermarkets and other suppliers of goods and services can no longer afford the power bills?
b)black outs?
c)power disconnections?
d)who cares?

I suspect that d) would be the answer that won't be spoken aloud. After all, you gotta break a few eggs to make an omelette.

And now for a bit of a picture of the show today.

The usual crowd of hippies and commies were out in small force.

And of course the obligatory giant papier mache head of Martin Ferguson.

So how many thousands of people went to this thing?

Apparently about 5000.

I went incognito on my own, because I wasn't too sure of what the mood of the crowd would be, and I only had a limited amount of time available.

I only went to observe, not to engage in any sort of dialogue. Not today. Since my views tend to be rather unpopular at Lefty rallies, it can get a bit confrontational and that's not a place to visit unaccompanied.

Plus I recognised an old commie from a rally a couple of years back.

Definitely not the time to engage!

Besides, quite a few people brought their kids along.

I guess that's one way to educate your child in the art of political activism.

(more pics here)


At 6:40 PM, Anonymous Matt said...

Your second picture, "Planet Before Profit" says it all. The fine print says "Socialist Alternative". Where do these clowns get off? Why do rational people listen to them? We are at present seeing the rise of the green socialist state. Don't people learn from history? What the sign really means is planet before people.

Matt from Wodonga.

At 9:29 AM, Blogger Carpe Jugulum said...

Do these peanuts even know what base load power is?

Let alone that closing Hazelwood would set the gold standard in southern Gippsland in the unemployment stakes.

At 8:44 PM, Blogger Colonel Robert Neville said...

I love a carnival of fantasist moonbats by the numbers and there they are, as per usual. My, what a classic sign: "F... Hazelwood". So er, they hate the building, the service or the mythical timber? Who knows.

Yep, I'm sure they'll all go home to wind and solar powered Fitzroy. Good grief, the leftards and Islamofascists will destroy us all. No, really. Colonel Neville.

At 6:22 PM, Blogger Nilk said...

Colonel, you know that logicland is not the realm of the moonbatty ones.

They're all about what feels right. It doesn't matter that old pensioners won't be able to afford to heat their homes in winter or cool them in summer. It doesn't matter that ICUs in hospitals will work in 3rd world conditions because of the lack of power, at least they can sleep wrapped in the warm glow of smugness.

I'm waiting for a few more of these things, although I won't go in cognito again.

I've got my Free Palestine tshirt, but I'm thinking of adding "with every burger sold" at the bottom.

At 2:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know, if the power companies didn't insist on reaping such obscence profits then I'm sure pensioners et al could enjoy lower power bills.

Btw, why do you go to demonstrations to take photo's? Do you work for ASIO, or the police?


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