Monday, December 7, 2009

Intercourse Free (With Badges) at Copenhagen

The "bad guys" will do almost anything to defeat the "good guys," won't they? Including let them make fools of themselves in their "victory lap." The Copenhagen conference is turning out to be a bit different than we might have expected. (Emphasis marks added - Ed.)

. . . as the delegates meet, they do so under a shadow. For the first time, not just the methods but the entire purpose of the climate change agenda is being questioned. Leaked emails showing key scientists conspiring to fix data that undermined their case have boosted the sceptic lobby. Australia has voted down climate change laws. Last week's unusually strident attack by the Energy Secretary, Ed Miliband, on climate change "saboteurs" reflected real fear in government that momentum is slipping away from the cause. In Copenhagen there was a humbler note among some delegates. "If we fail, one reason could be our overconfidence," said Simron Jit Singh, of the Institute of Social Ecology. "Because we are here, talking in a group of people who probably agree with each other, we can be blinded to the challenges of the other side. We feel that we are the good guys, the selfless saviours, and they are the bad guys."

. . . The Danish government is cunningly spending a million kroner (£120,000) to give the protesters, KlimaForum, a "parallel conference" in the magnificent DGI-byen sports centre. The hope, officials admit, is that they will work off their youthful energies on the climbing wall, state-of-the-art swimming pools and bowling alley, Just in case, however, Denmark has taken delivery of its first-ever water-cannon – one of the newspapers is running a competition to suggest names for it – plus sweeping new police powers. The authorities have been proudly showing us their new temporary prison, 360 cages in a disused brewery, housing 4,000 detainees. And this being Scandinavia, even the prostitutes are doing their bit for the planet. Outraged by a council postcard urging delegates to "be sustainable, don't buy sex," the local sex workers' union – they have unions here – has announced that all its 1,400 members will give free intercourse to anyone with a climate conference delegate's pass. The term "carbon dating" just took on an entirely new meaning. At least the sex will be C02-neutral. According to the organisers, the eleven-day conference, including the participants' travel, will create a total of 41,000 tonnes of "carbon dioxide equivalent," equal to the amount produced over the same period by a city the size of Middlesbrough. The temptation, then, is to dismiss the whole thing as a ridiculous circus. Many of the participants do not really need to be here. And far from "saving the world," the world's leaders have already agreed that this conference will not produce any kind of binding deal, merely an interim statement of intent. Instead of swift and modest reductions in carbon – say, two per cent a year, starting next year – for which they could possibly be held accountable, the politicians will bandy around grandiose targets of 80-per-cent-plus by 2050, by which time few of the leaders at Copenhagen will even be alive, let alone still in office.

Alleluia? Suzan ______________________


One Fly said...

I should probably be there to see firsthand what's going on.

Lisa G. said...

Ok, that's just damned funny that the hookers have a union! You gotta love those Europeans!

Lisa G. said...

I'm so moving to Europe when the kids are out of school! It sounds like a totally cool place. I'll even brush up on my French if I have to.

Greendayman said...

Hi Suzan,

Nice post!And love Dire Wolf, one of my all time favs. Deep Elem Blues awesome as well.. perfect for a Monday Night working in the shop.

Until the waters rise over the deniers' condos... they cannot be swayed. I've tried. Mike Lester, winger cartoonist at Cagle: (4th one down) has been one of my targets for weeks but he just keeps telling me to F* myself.. They will not listen to anything outside their narrow view. Tried to get him to see the NGM pics and explanation.. no go. We have to move on without them. Someone please give Barack the memo...

Suzan said...

You check that out for us, One Fly.

Of course the hookers have a union, Lisa, EVERYBODY has a union over there, which is why we should be there AND NOT HERE! (And my French is fine. Call me and we'll make plans.)

Interestingly enough, that's also why those folks are protected from the ravenges of this deep, deep R/Depression - I have friends in Germany (and Australia and NZ) who are still going on VACATION - yes, their savings have been decimated, but they still have their safety net to depend on - FOREVER (no matter what the righties scream about the bad, bad socialists).

I'm a huge, huge Deadhead and there's something about that Dire Wolf/Deep Elem Blues piece that just calls out to my deepest, innermost, bluesiest, stirred soulness that somehow fit this moment perfectly. (And don't give up on Lester, my friend. You are his mentor.)

Thanks for your comments and references GDM. It's always a pleasure to hear from you.

And Lisa! Girl! We've gotta get out of here!

Love you,


Liberality said...

Hey, hey their the monkeys
and they hear no evil
see no evil
speak no evil
don't you know :)

Suzan said...

Tell it, L!

Tell it!!!!!!

Monkeys all.