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Hot coyotes

Heard on the radio this morning:
News guy: "We could reach triple digits today"
Weather guy: "It could get hotter than that"
What, four digits????? If you're looking for me, I'll be in a meat locker on Baffin Island.

Music quote of the day:
I believe in coyotes
and time as an abstract

--R.E.M., "I Believe" (from Lifes Rich Pageant)

I'm not sure how my manager will take the second line, since I have a lot of deadlines this week.



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Jul. 31st, 2006 04:20 pm (UTC)
So when are we going to start lynching auto industry execs and non-green politicians, and staking them out in the sun near anthills? I'm ready now.

Take away their air conditioned offices, their air conditioned gas hog limousines, and make them work out in this global warming induced heat and humidity. Most will drop dead in a day or two, and then we can consider the next step to stop the madness. Ship the bodies up north for use as polar bear food. We may not be able to save the polar bears now, but at least they can have a nice party on the way out.
Jul. 31st, 2006 06:19 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure I can endorse that kind of violence. Not because they're not worthy, but because they may be the pushers, but there are a lot of buyers. Or at least there were before gar prices went up.
Jul. 31st, 2006 06:37 pm (UTC)
"gar prices"? What does the price of fish have to do with this? :)
Jul. 31st, 2006 06:50 pm (UTC)
I'll happily add Hummer drivers to the hit list. ;p
Jul. 31st, 2006 07:45 pm (UTC)
Not Neil Young, though. According to an interview he gave to Time Magazine in 2005 (Oct. 3, 2005 issue), he owns a Hummer that runs on biodiesel.

But of course it isn't just Hummers. It's not just SUVs and pickup trucks and minivans, even. A lot of it doesn't even have to do with transportation at all. It would help if we all zipped around in Priuses and Insights, but ... there's so much more that most everyone in America is doing that contributes to what we have now.

Although I'm still tempted by your idea on how to handle the politicians.
Jul. 31st, 2006 08:02 pm (UTC)
I'm reminded of the Reagan administration's response to the global warming theory: "Just tell people to put on sunscreen."

But far worse than the politicians (because, in effect, they own and control the politicians) are the captains of industry. US automakers have been fighting against changing their technology for generations. They fought safety standards, they fought fuel efficiency, they are still fighting against downsizing the vehicles and building hybrids. Why did the Japanese have their products in the market first? Because the US carmakers are stupid antedeluvian dinosaurs, that's why. The same is true for the entire energy cartel, which is still trying to fight against anything other than fossil fuels, and against any improvements in efficiency that might reduce their profit lines.

Joe Schmuck is going to buy whatever gets advertised on the boob tube. Unfortunately, that will always be true. It's the leadership that has to change its attitude and behaviors.
Jul. 31st, 2006 08:04 pm (UTC)
Oh, and using biodiesel in a Hummer is still not doing much for the environment. Sure, the source may be renewable, but the efficiency of the vehicle is still for shit. And the number of pounds of carbon it dumps in the atmosphere is still huge.
Jul. 31st, 2006 09:24 pm (UTC)
I don't know a lot (enough) about biodiesel, so I can't corroborate this (yet, mostly because I need to finish a book today and it'll take forever), but here's a quote of Neil in the interview: "I love it when people yell at me that about the environment... and then I tell them that I'm burning 90% cleaner than them." If I remember right, biodiesel emissions are lower than gasoline. How much lower, that I don't know. I'd be surprised if Neil Young would go to the expense and trouble to re-engineer a Hummer and then be wrong about the results. He's a nut, but he isn't stupid.
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