Saturday, August 31, 2002

To quote Tex , some things come pre-Fisked. A particularly fragrant example waddles my way via Damien Penny
Environmentalist Laments Introduction of Electricity
You know you’re in for a ride when it starts out this way.
"There is a lot of quality to be had in poverty," and the introduction of electricity is "destroying" the cultures of the world's poor, according to a U.S. environmentalist,

Words fail to encapsulate what I think of this person, but the image of V.I. Lenin making omelettes goes part of the way there. It’s almost comforting to hope this is a troll job.
Smith decried the introduction of electricity to the poor residents of the developing world.

"I don't think a lot of electricity is a good thing. It is the fuel that powers a lot of multi-national imagery," Smith said.

So it’s better for African children to die young, choking on burning buffalo shit fumes, than be subjected to the horrors of Nike ads. Because we in the West know the only thing that electricity delivers is crass commercialism. Certainly not power to run a medical steriliser, or a remote education program, or even reading lights. Yes, far better off without it. Run along back to your short, but so very authentic lives.
Smith lamented that "people who used to spend their days and evenings in the streets playing music on their own instruments and sewing clothing for their neighbours on foot peddle powered sewing machines" lost their culture with the advent of electricity.

Yes indeed. I’ll sit here and type in my comfortable home in my nice stable country, leading the charge to chain you, your children, and your children’s children to a bloody foot-treadle sewing machine, that has nothing to do with your culture, but I think it’s darling.
Smith challenged Americans to give up their own modern conveniences.
"The real question is what personal conveniences and self indulgences are you willing to give up in order to stop destroying the planet?" he asked rhetorically.

Let’s just check what this wingding does for a living:
Gar Smith, editor of the Earth Island Institute's online magazine The Edge,

And on this little revelation, The Good Lady Wife raises a subtle, yet intriguing point: how much does this smug bastard depend on his protectees not being able to find out what he’s up to? Is he worried that they might get wind of all his good work on their behalf? Even worse, they might let the rest of the world know just what they think of his efforts.

I do love the way that woman’s mind works.

There is a moment of sanity from Patrick Moore, head of the environmental advocacy group Greenspirit.
"What a terrible thing to say. It's just so obviously stupid -- this romanticization of poverty, where people can't afford to fix their teeth, can't afford decent nutrition, can't afford proper health care, can't afford education," stated Moore.

"What does he think -- that some illiterate with her teeth falling out in the mountains is a good thing?"

Hear, hear! Sound, that man.
Moore now views the environmental movement as having lost its original mission of ecological protection and is now occupied with encouraging class envy and anti-capitalist rhetoric.

"The environmentalists try to inject guilt into people for consuming, as if consuming by itself causes destruction to the environment. There is no truth to that. You have the wealthiest countries on earth with the best looked after environment" he explained.

This is explains why Greenpeace wants to hunt Moore for sport.

Know what I’d like to do? I’d like to round up a bunch of 100 or so locals from Uganda. Show them all a video of how this arsehole Smith lives, eats, works and gets his health care. Then stake the sonofabitch out in the village green, along with Arundhati Roy, so he can explain to the mothers and fathers what a favour he is doing them by denying them even the choice of a better life. Then we can watch while a few of the colourful natives explain reality to him, in a culturally appropriate way. Involving sharp sticks.

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