A stoush between two lots of total idiots is reported from London. The Doom and Gloom Climate Change Wallahs versus the Greens. This throws up the interesting prospect of people fighting themselves. The Looney Left's one hand is saying we must save the planet and then the other hand cries foul when nuclear power is touted as a carbon neutral way of providing sensible amounts of power. They tell us that 'just substituting one form of technology with another form of technology is not good enough' and we should be having a paradigm shift towards sustainable forms of .......... I would really like to ask one of these dements how he would run an aluminium smelter off windmills. The Luddites were formed in 1811 but it seems the spirit is still alive and well. The 2007 versions are still thinking (sic) along the same lines. They want to halt technological advance for reasons that have nothing to do with technology but everything to do with political and social agendas. Smashing spinning jennies has been replaced by wanting to do away with everything of a technological bent that doesn't suit them. It always amused me that at the last election the Greens made great play of their minimalist approach to the world being promulgated on a CD ROM. They tell us all of the dangers of cellphone towers but I'm sure none of them would give up their Nokias. They pour scorn on my very nice stupidly overpowered motor car but still drive. Sure they ride bicycles from the Terrace to the Beehive but do they walk or take a horse when they want to go to, say, Hunterville? The bloke who founded Hunterville did - I read it on a sign at the gas station as I filled up on my way back from Wellington yesterday (driving a 4.2l intercooled diesel truck). These plonkers pick the eyes out of modern society embracing the bits they want and decry all the rest as nonsense. It's crap. They do the same with conservation of old buildings. Old (and New Zealand has nothing that is properly old) is good and should be preserved as it is culturally and/or historically important. New is bad and should be banned. Where is the dividing line? Old now is what was new when it was put up. Would the 1920 versions of Auckland City Vision Loonies be banning the construction of villas and insisting we all live in nikau whares?
These plonkers have to get themselves a big dose of pragmatism in a hurry. We are living in a modern world and the world does not stand still. If they want to live in a time warp, fine by me. Go to Great Barrier (for instance) live in a cave, smoke dope, worship native trees and snails, eat nuts and berries and just generally shut the f**k up.
Leave me on the mainland living in a market economy, driving a supercharged car with proper highspeed broadband. Oh, and I want some nuclear power and 50 foot Assegai whilst you're at it.