Okay, really obscure reference in the title there. Anyone old enough to know it?
The 10:10 video has certainly publicised their cause. Blowing up people who disagree and calling it 'funny' has gone down a storm in America and in Russia, where they have also experienced real-life blowing up of people who didn't agree with some other people who believed they had the Only True Way. In fact, most of the world has experienced something similar. I wonder how it's received in Madrid or Baghdad? I'd like to dare Richard Curtis to travel to anywhere that's been bombed in living memory and declare that callously blowing up people who don't agree with him is 'funny'. Not even Bin Laden, who has made a name for himself doing the same thing, would call it 'funny'.
The whole world is now thinking 'So that's what these greenies are really like. Nastier, colder and more vicious than any terrorist group'. What a PR coup for Green October, the latest and most unremittingly evil terror to stalk the world since a young Vlad the Impaler had an argument with his neighbour over the positioning of his runner-bean canes.
You'd think that other greenie gangs would look at the result and think 'Hmm, threatening to kill them and their children is not a good approach. They don't seem to like that idea at all, for some reason.' You'd think they'd go away and consider an entirely different approach, wouldn't you?
And yet it is a recurring theme. It seems it's the only approach they have.
Climate change is now a massive gravy train for a lot of people. It's changed all right. It used to be 'the new ice age', then it was 'global warming' and when that didn't happen it became the much more generic 'climate change'. That way they can switch between warming and cooling in line with the earth's natural cycles and claim both effects are caused by the same thing. All of them target children because children haven't yet become cynical enough to realise that not every earnest nutcase is working for their good.
There are a lot of people making a lot of money out of the impressionable youth and out of a lot of gullible adults too. Those people will fight to keep their easy income and their personal empire of acolytes and adoring fans. In the process they have made science into a joke and glorified terrorism but none of that matters to them. They just want their own Lear jet. Their acolytes never question the huge houses and flight patterns of their masters. Never.
When you look closely at the measures involved you'll find they make no sense. Take the eco-bulbs, which are full of mercury vapour and release this toxic vapour if broken. A few years back, mercury thermometers were withdrawn from laboratories in case they broke. A little of the mercury might vapourise and it would be almost as bad as having fillings in your teeth. In an eco-bulb, it's all vapour, and it's all in the air as soon as it breaks. One is banned and the other encouraged.
Unlike the glass-and-metal filament bulbs, these eco-bulbs consist of a huge hunk of additional plastic (which is made from oil, eco-kids) containing the starter circuitry. Sure, they use less electricity, but their production and disposal blasts any 'carbon savings' from that right out of the water. While filament bulbs could be made without using oil, the eco-bulbs are made of oil. Without oil there can be no eco-bulbs, but there could still be filament bulbs. They aren't about saving the planet. They are about making money for eco-bulb producers and those they sponsor.
They don't really last as long as advertised either. They might still produce some light after a few years but the light output declines to the point where the bulb is worthless long before the day it fails to light at all. You'll throw them out before they're finished but you can't call in that 'ten year guarantee' because they haven't failed to light.
Oh, and getting rid of them isn't so easy. They are far too dangerous to be put in the bin. Rather like those who promote their use. With the old bulbs, the metal would rot back into oxides and the glass would be gradually worn down naturally into the sand it came from, releasing nothing toxic on the way. The new eco-bulbs have the potential to devastate an ecosystem with plastic and mercury. Very green, eh, eco-kids?
Those solar cells would have been utterly useless here for the entire summer. Even the solar-powered lights in my garden have barely lit up this year. There hasn't been a cloudless or rainless day since early June.
The windmills are anchored with a huge block of concrete, they are made of steel, they contain motors and circuitry that have to be built and maintained and they cannot work in either no-wind or too-much-wind. Oh, and if it's sunny and still, they have to be rotated so the blades don't warp - which means they use power. They will never recoup the carbon emissions produced in their own creation and maintenance, never mind offsetting anything else. They are expensive and worthless lawn ornaments. In the future, the phrase 'white elephant' will be replaced with 'white windmill' and it will be even more relevant.
Yet children are taught to simply believe it all. Anyone disagreeing is taught that 'deniers' are equivalent to that filthiest of society's lepers, the smoker. Using exactly the same methods. Now they are told that if they disagree (not actively fight back, merely disagree), Green Jihad will blow them into mince and the Greens will laugh about it. Why would they resort to that?
Are the children, like the adults, looking out at the coldest wettest summer I can remember in my fifty years and starting to think 'hang on a minute...'?
If so, it could get interesting.