Now I Know We're Doomed!
Colour me speechless.....
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?
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.
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?
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
Cashing In On Che.
What I think about Che.
In a timely bit of convergence (I have no idea what that means either, but it sounds good), the boyz at Hillbuzz
discussed young people who are all about Che without knowing anything about him.
It's tiresome, and offensive that ignorant people think something looks good, so therefore they have to have it on a tshirt and advertise their coolness.
As my friend the Colonel
likes to ask those he sees sporting tshirts with Che's "iconic" picture on it, "So, you support killing children and firing squads, do you?"
It's entertaining, yet squirm-inducing, when he starts this line of interrogation.
Especially because so many do not understand what it is they're wearing.
Kind of like the young teen skater a decade ago who was wearing a tshirt with Jim Jones on it. When I asked him what it was about, he replied that Jones was some guy who killed a lot of people and was cool.
At least that
youngster had a vague idea of what Jones was, but so many have no clue about Che.
He took one nice photo in his life, murdered many others
, and cried like a little girl when he was captured
by the Bolivian Army.
He's a money-spinner. He's a hero of the revolution, whatever that means. Heck, I'm still trying to figure out the Great Reformation, when the Catholic Church is still standing and we've got Pope Benedict up there. Remind me again what was actually reformed?
Same here with the idea of "revolution."
So often, it's an excuse for someone to get up and take command, to unleash their basest impulses and murder and extort.
Hello, Stalin, Lenin, Mao, Pol Pot, and how's our mate Rob in Zimbabwe going with his little bit of revolutionary heaven?
I really do wish people would do a bit of study. In the meantime, though, we have unions who are supposed to be supporting our workers supporting dictators
installed by revolutionaries instead.