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Saturday, March 29, 2008
My house will be lit up bright
Anyway, I plan to have every incandescent light bulb in my house lit tonight, so that when aliens peer down on the planet tonight between 8 and 9 PM, they will know at least one human didn't succumb to group think.
Posted by Gerry Nicholls on March 29, 2008 | Permalink
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That's what Suzuki, Gore and others have in store for us. Not just turning the lights off, but the intense police state, prison camps, and no freedom at all that go along with it. Imagine large pictures of Suzuki all across the country. Desecrating his image will be a crime. Come to think of it, lose the facial hair and dye his hair black, Suzuki looks a bit like Kim Jong Il. All we need him to do is sing "Ronery! So sad and ronery!"
Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2008-03-29 3:09:07 PM
"Anyway, I plan to have every incandescent light bulb in my house lit tonight, so that when aliens peer down on the planet tonight between 8 and 9 PM, they will know at least one human didn't succumb to group think. "
I, on the other hand, will just carry on as usual not joining either the dim bulb side or the other side who turns on all their lights in an attempt to avoid group think, thereby succumbing to group think of a different kind...the spiteful kind.
Who's playing the Sens?
Posted by: h2o273kk9 | 2008-03-29 3:58:54 PM
"Who's playing the Sens?"
Posted by: h2o273kk9 | 2008-03-29 4:26:48 PM
Damnit, Gerry - I was just working on a post along the same lines.
Mine's better though - mine has pictures.
Posted by: Adam Yoshida | 2008-03-29 4:27:41 PM
Lights ON for Liberty! :)
Posted by: JC | 2008-03-29 5:24:25 PM
Sorry Gerry, you won't be the only light in the darkness and incandescent is the only way to go.
Posted by: Liz J | 2008-03-29 6:00:43 PM
What a reasonable response. Congratulations on being the only adult in the room.
Posted by: truewest | 2008-03-29 6:13:28 PM
"Congratulations on being the only adult in the room."
Posted by: h2o273kk9 | 2008-03-29 6:29:10 PM
I'm not in the room. I'm standing outside, shooting in.
Posted by: truewest | 2008-03-29 7:17:51 PM
Alwasy on the outside looking in while shooting blanks.
Posted by: h2o273kk9 | 2008-03-29 7:26:52 PM
Given the sort of company one typically finds in the room, I'm quite content to stand outside. btw, learn to take a compliment. I suspect it's rare enough that you get one.
Posted by: truewest | 2008-03-29 7:49:35 PM
"learn to take a compliment."
I have high standards.
Posted by: h2o273kk9 | 2008-03-29 7:53:46 PM
This reminds me of a trip I took to Castro's Cuba,not the resort areas,the progressives in the socialist paradise had an earth hour almost every day. Sometimes the water would be shut down for a few hours also.
Posted by: wallyj | 2008-03-29 9:36:51 PM
I have a Romanian friend and he tells me about the days when Nicolae Ceaucescu ruled his country. He tells me that Jimmy Carter was the only US president to visit while Ceaucescu was in power. But when my friend Mircea grew up he had to put with the times they shut off the electricity and the gas. Pierre Trudeau made Albertans freeze in the dark and Ceaucescu did the same for the Romanians.
Posted by: Allan Hopkins | 2008-03-30 1:13:02 AM
I am particularly surprised at Gerry Nicholls being in this particular crowd of people who are willing to fork their money over to the hydro company by turning on every single light in the house, instead of participating in Earth Hour. Nicholls should be ashamed of himself. How can he possibly square his attitude with his alleged commitment to fiscal conservatism?
Conservatism is also about conservation – something that clearly went way over Gerry's head -- no, it doesn't have anything to do with global warming or, heaven forbid, climate change; it's merely common sense. Consuming energy (or anything, for that matter) responsibly makes perfect (and conservative) sense – but not, apparently, to old Gerry.
In fact, we should all draw lessons from today's Earth Hour. No, no one is saying that you should sit in the dark for an hour everyday (that'll happen naturally in some places, such as Ontario, once rolling blackouts become a daily occurrence), but turning off lights in rooms you don't use would be a good start.
Of course, "conservatives" like Gerry will have every light on, every appliance turned on (Gerry probably has his washer and dryer going around the clock, just so he can prove a "point"). That's fine by me, though, because fools like that will pay the kind of money to the hydro company that I will save by being a responsible citizen.
Gerry, the "brilliant" political and economic "thinker" may not realize this (in fact, I know he doesn't), but the joke's on him and the rest of his irresponsible and childish ilk.
If Stephen Harper loses the next election, it'll be due to, in large part, "supporters" like Gerry Nicholls -- i.e., the kind of conservatives who will even make conservatives think twice about voting conservative.
Posted by: Werner Patels | 2008-03-30 1:51:59 AM
Nasty post there Werner P. I don't always agree with Gerry either but on this he is right IMO. I resent being called childish and irresponsible for failing to answer the CALL. We conserve power every day in our house as do most people who get a hydro bill on a regular basis. I'll wager most who bucked this call for lights out are the same.
If you wish to bring politics into it I've no doubt all the Lefties were enjoying the hour in darkness which is where they spend most of their time, far from reality.
Perhaps Gerry isn't ready to admit Canadians can't be taken off the Liberal gravy train whole hog, it's a weaning process. Harper knows that.
Posted by: Liz J | 2008-03-30 6:47:09 AM
It is Gerry's right, as well as anyone else's in a free democracy, to choose to turn whatever light and appliance he wants to, and is willing to pay for.
How he chooses to spend his money is his decision, and his alone, and is no business of yours.
Who is smarter, Gerry for sending his money to the hydro company, or the idiot who freely sends his money to the Suzuki/Gore ponzi schemes?
And who is the smarter voter, the one who supports government hell bent on imposing draconian "green taxes", or the likes of Harper who at least tries to bring some common sense to the issue.
If Harper loses the next election it will be because of idiots like you who have bought into the leftist propaganda machine, and who somehow truly believe turning the lights off for an hour is somehow going to save the world.
The abstract insanity, and total disconnect from reality in regards to that kind of thinking is truly stunning.
But hey, this is Canada, I have seen governments chosen for equally stupid reasons.
Any country who chooses its leadership for the most vapid of reasons, and the biggest scam ever hoisted on the sheep they call Canadians, get the government they deserve.
Personally I would like to see Harper be the one of the first western leaders to stand up and say enough is enough and try and begin the long road back to sanity on this entire issue.
The tide is turning as real science is beginning to be heard, every day there is new and reliable evidence to back up what most of us have known for a long time, man made global warming simply is a hoax, plain and simple.
Posted by: deepblue | 2008-03-30 8:07:35 AM
the post above was directed at Werner P.
Don't know why it cut that off.
Posted by: deepblue | 2008-03-30 8:09:40 AM
Of course, it's Gerry's right to act like a two-year old. I am not denying him his right.
By participating in Earth Hour, I only kept some money from the hydro company, and there was no money going to Suzuki as a result. So your logic, deepblue, is flawed.
Turning off your lights when they're not needed doesn't automatically trigger a bank-transfer to Suzuki.
As I said, Stephen Harper will be very "pleased" with you people after the next election, because he'll be able to relax and live a normal life again outside of 24 Sussex Drive.
Posted by: Werner Patels | 2008-03-30 9:50:26 AM
We all need to conserve if we plan to last. This Earth Hour was obviously done with good intentions. I didn't participate because I feel I'm capable of deciding when and where to conserve. If others need stimulus to get on the right track, then maybe a special event is a good thing. It probably didn't do any harm.
On the other hand, intentionally wasting energy to prove a point could be considered childish. Most of us waste plenty at the best of times. I'm not proud of it. It's just a bad habit that I should try harder to break.
I work in the oilpatch, so I hear some pretty crazy opinions on this subject. Last week I had a conversation with a landowner who has both oilwells, and windmills on his land. He seemed fairly well informed. When I commented that the oilwells would eventually run dry, he responded "that's okay, there are 2 more layers of oil underneath this one". Until we realize that we're dealing with a finite resourse, we'll never have the attitude we need to replace our present system.
My brother once said he'd like to be the guy who shoots the last Grizzly Bear. I guess I'd like to be the guy who pumps the last tank of premium unleaded into my '69 Chevelle. At least I'll get some cheap thrills out of it. Leaving the lights on while I'm not in the room doesn't really turn my crank.
Posted by: dp | 2008-03-30 10:54:20 AM
"Of course, it's Gerry's right to act like a two-year old."
Yes you elitist asshole, it is Gerry's right to do whatever he likes without you heaping scorn on him or passing any judgment on him at all.
Or me for that matter.
Just as it is your right as a leftist whack job to vote in a government who promises to bring in draconian taxes, which will certainly have a negative impact on our economy, which in turn will have absolutely no impact on the weather around the world.
If you need to turn your lights off to feel good about yourself, and to help your low self esteem and feed your victim mentality, you just go right ahead.
Stamping your feet and snorting because clear thinking people are exercising their rights in a free country, only shows your idiocy and your fascist tendencies.
As I said, I have lived in Canada and have seen first hand the almost childlike thought process (much like your own) that goes into electing leftist/fascist governments here.
Posted by: deepblue | 2008-03-30 11:22:40 AM
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