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Monday, February 09, 2009

The New York Times does it again

More bullshit from the planet saving crowd.

I managed to control myself after the Times published an admiring story about people who dived in dumpsters for sustenance, despite living in one of the richest cities in the world, with marketable skills they could have easily used to earn a decent living. My mother told me that garbage was full of dirt and germs, but if they don't mind being exposed to disease, my hat's off to them.

Then there was the family who tried to live sustainably in a New York apartment eating local produce and avoiding the use of toilet paper. If concerned citizens want to eat locally grown food, they can dig up potatoes in Central Park during February--that's the only locally produced food available in Winter. I would rather have fresh fruit flown in from Chile, but that's just me. As for the toilet paper, I'm just going to draw a curtain on that one.

But I have blown a gasket over the refrigerator deniers, who are saving about $40 a year on the average by inconveniencing themselves and being sanctimonious about it.

All these folks are like the aristocrats in Louis the Fourteenth's court, dressing up as shepherdesses and playing at being poor, humble peasants. They make a mockery of human beings who live in poverty, filth and hunger because they have no choice.

The game doesn't cost them anything; they can plug in the fridge, buy food--even toilet paper--at the supermarket, even go on welfare and food stamps if they need to. Poor people in other countries don't have those choices.


airforcewife said...

Yes, it's the hypocrisy of it all that makes me hate the movement so much.

I buy Energy Star because it saves me money. I keep my heater at 65 in the winter because I'm cheap. And I don't litter (and pick up random blowing trash outside), because it's ugly and I like to live in a pretty place.

Not for some planetary ascension reason.

Anonymous said...

AFW: that's about sums up my professional attitude about "green" design and sustainable practices: as long as it is a matter of good housekeeping, a means of saving money for a client, I'm all for it. Once it becomes an article of faith, regardless the economic outcome, in hard facts and figures (like requirement to use only materials manufactured withing 500mi radius from location of the project...even if the assembly items for those same materials are coming from all over the world) - it becomes ridiculous.
My problem is to learn to keep my thoughts to myself, amid unified jubilations..

Rachel said...

I want to throttle these people.

miriam sawyer said...

I don't think they deserve notice by the Newspaper of Record.