March 29, 2008

Because "Earth Day" Is All About "Raising Awareness"

Quite right. At 8pm tonight, rational Canadians will become aware of which of their neighbors live on programmed-control thought timers.

And then be aware that there are those who, while admitting their own token effort won't make any difference, think that an hour of illuminated dissent will result in "driving up your electric bill". This is less awareness raising than it is an IQ test for the candle powered.

But that's not all. Be aware when Green Party peepers come prowling your property;

Between 8 and 9 tonight, I’ll be doing what I usually do at that time:I’ll be out with my wife walking our two dogs 5km around our small town.

Tonight, however, I’ll be looking at my neighbours’ windows to see which ones are participating in Earth Hour.

And I'll be looking out mine to see which ones are skipping national Clean Your Firearms Day.

Related: Take a cue from Google - do nothing.

Earth Hour Offset Project* UPDATE! - SDA gets results!

UPDATE 2! - Be holistic in your efforts to waste. "This earth hour, think inside the box."

Posted by Kate at March 29, 2008 1:15 PM

Bring on the green patrol. Now that the geese are back,my retriever is getting a little itchy to chase down something on the property that shouldn't be there. Heh.

Posted by: Justthinkin at March 29, 2008 3:17 PM

While I will not modify my behaviour either way over this silly matter, I may let it affect my choice of what I read during that time, if it turns out I spend that time reading. For example, I may reread Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, by Charles Mackay, 1841:

Posted by: Vitruvius at March 29, 2008 3:28 PM

Language Police, Smoke Police, Garbage Police, now the Light Police.
Back to the future to Orwell's 1984.

Posted by: Ghost of Ed at March 29, 2008 3:29 PM

My neighbor just pulled up this morning with a 40ft motor home pulling a mid sized car (Chevy Malibu I think). I couldn’t help but choke on my coffee and laugh at the irony this fine earth day morning.

Posted by: Knight 99 at March 29, 2008 3:32 PM

Can't believe I'm defending greens, but I feel they've been inaccurately represented here.

The author of the quote, Jim Elve, wrote:

Tonight, however, I'll be looking at my neighbours' windows to see which ones are participating in Earth Hour. I'll be noting those houses and when the election campaign comes, I'll be knocking on those doors. I'll be armed with the knowledge that these are environmentally aware and concerned people and they are prime targets for a GPC campaign. I may knock on some of those doors even before an election.

Somebody reading Kate's assertion that creepy Greens are "prowling your property" might believe that they were being targeted for failing to properly observe earth hour. But as long as they're just keeping their eyes open for potential donors and members, I don't believe they're misbehaving.

Having said that, I'd like to assure anybody who knocks on my door to ask me why I failed to properly observe earth hour -- and I have every intention of failing to properly observe earth hour; I won't even dignify it by capitalizing it -- that they will be summarily ridiculed, verbally mistreated, and dismissed.

Posted by: Darrell at March 29, 2008 3:33 PM

WRONG: This guy is checking out his neighbors to see if they're doing his bidding! Those are police state tactics.

Posted by: Ghost of Ed at March 29, 2008 3:37 PM

Ghost of Ed,

If I hear of dissidents or sceptics or apathetics being scolded by Greens who skulked around tonight taking down addresses, I'll concede the point. I have no particular love or respect for environmental zealots.

But as long as they only do what Elve said they were going to do, which is to look for friendlies, I can't get too worked up.

Posted by: Darrell at March 29, 2008 3:41 PM

Do you really believe he won't be making note of the houses where the lights are ON?
C'mon Darrel this is Groupthink. These wackos are turning this thing into a religious festival!

Posted by: Ghost of Ed at March 29, 2008 3:45 PM

The incredible thing about lemmings, also known philosophically as Slaves, is that they've actually been programmed to accept their role.

They actually 'think' that when their Masters tell them to Turn Off the Lights, and they of course do so, that they are 'doing something about the environment'. They aren't doing a damn thing. But they are being Slaves.

They'll feel good about their Obedient Hour and then, when they are allowed to turn the lights back on, they'll continue to drive their SUVs, fling garbage and candy wrappers and etc everywhere....and expect that The Government must do something about 'the environment'. They've done their bit, you see. They've turned off their lights for one hour. And named their dog Kyoto.

TVO had a show last night (which I rapidly switched away from after the first five minutes). They had turned off the TV lights and lit their round table with...candles. That's right. Lots and lots of candles. Now, I wonder where those candles were made? China? I wonder how much smoke particles were released into the air. I wonder how...etc..

We can most certainly clean up our pollutants, (which is different from carbon emissions) but people don't seem interested in that.. Now that the snow is melting in the city, the dirt and garbage appearing that has been flung down by these people who will turn off their lights overwhelming.

Posted by: ET at March 29, 2008 3:45 PM

Ghost of Ed, if you bother to READ the site to which Kate has linked, you'll see that the author is making use of this "earth day" nonsense only as a means of identifying potential Green party voters; any "police state tactics" you might ascribe to this is, likewise, nonsense.

Posted by: SDC at March 29, 2008 3:45 PM

But isn't it interesting to see the process at it's benign stage. Walking the neighborhood to see who will self-identify as responsive to your propoganda. The next step, knock on their doors.

Meanwhile, a few weeks ago, their philosophical guru openly called for politicians who rebutted his science to be jailed - and was applauded by a university audience.

The gap between the two events is not as wide as you believe.

Posted by: Kate at March 29, 2008 3:48 PM

I posted this elswhere on Kate's site, but here it is again. Even those hypocrites at Google have gone to a black homepage. Google says, "we've turned out the lights for Earth Hour, What are you doing?"
These are the guys that helped China with its censorship program.
They want to know what I'm doing. I'm going to another search engine.

Posted by: Ghost of Ed at March 29, 2008 3:51 PM

"The next step, knock on their doors."
Exactly what I was thinking Kate. Anybody shows up at my door and I'll put his light out!

Posted by: Ghost of Ed at March 29, 2008 3:56 PM

Ugh, look at Google.

Posted by: Dave J at March 29, 2008 4:00 PM

Tonight at 8 PM, I'll be turning on all my lights and start up and idle all 3 cars in my driveway. May go out and rev em up occasionally.
Recently received a flier from my city explaining how they are embracing the GW religion. Two statements glare out from the glossy folder: 1. "The time for debate is over" and 2. "Globally, the last 11 of 12 years have been the warmest on record,".
Well; for the first one, no scientist would ever say: "the debate is over". Some people with science degrees might say that but they have usually gone over to the "Dark"/"journalist" side, because that is where the moola is.
Anyone care to comment on #2?

Posted by: Gunney99 at March 29, 2008 4:00 PM

Language Police, Smoke Police, Garbage Police, now the Light Police.
Back to the future to Orwell's 1984.

Posted by: Ghost of Ed at March 29, 2008 3:29 PM

LOL the sad part is that it's true, my town employees a person to dig through trash lest someone offends the "Garbage Nazis" and accidently places a piece of cardboard in with their regular trash.

The first time I witnessed him digging through my trash, no protection of hasmat training either, I was so stunned I couldn't respond. The second time the dog got out by accident, lord can that fella run. The left are so far out in left field they make those that ride "The little yellow bus" look like mental giants. Opps not very pc of me.

Posted by: Rose at March 29, 2008 4:09 PM

Turning your lights out for 1 hr. will not reduce GHG emissions. Coal fired plants are BASE LOAD and will continue at full production. Reductions will come in the form of hydro(water)power and wind power, known as PEAKING POWER. What does this hope to achieve??

Posted by: MJH at March 29, 2008 4:10 PM

lberia sends its greetings.

"Neighbours. Friends. Even your closest loved ones. In Stalin's Russia, everyone was an informer. And as a chilling new book reveals, one word from a resentful child was enough to send you to the firing squad." (Max Hastings Daily Mail)

Posted by: maz2 at March 29, 2008 4:12 PM

OK, Gunney99, I'll bite. My 84 year old mother can tell you when the hottest times were, that's "were" past tense. The 1930's during the Dust Bowl Years, 1938 to be exact and gosh-a-mighty, science is in agreement when you sift through all the non-oil-company-sponsored-CO2-is-gonna-kill-us-all-crap. I looked it up on the web, too.

Posted by: jt at March 29, 2008 4:13 PM

You nuts are hillarious! I'm not gonna particpate, no light where I am but I can tell you the amount of stars visible greatly increases without all the lights on a night - so if yr a starwatcher ...

You should be thinking of how you can take advantage, with all the lights out - you could dump any old oil or chemicals you have laying around in a nearby creek or kill and hide the bodies of some good for nothing layabouts.

I'll forgive you course, if you ask me nicely.

Posted by: jesus at March 29, 2008 4:16 PM

The dodge Hemi,and the suv will be idling in concert with the yard light on,for first time all year.The neighbours will bring a particularly putrid brand of homebrew (good Ukranian recipe) aptly named Bin Laden..and around a blazing woodstove,with the high-def tv showing my poor Leafs lose yet again and not one candle burning,we will toast to the fools in the dark!

Posted by: Sammy at March 29, 2008 4:16 PM

I wish that I could do more, But I am away from home on spring break. I will have to be content that our lights are set on timer to go on at 8:00 PM until 11:15. I would have liked to light up the night and even turn on the Christmas lights that my wife was bugging me to take down last week.

Posted by: Gus at March 29, 2008 4:33 PM

I think Elve's comment is great news. Four parties to split the left wing vote! This might be enough for a CPC majority.

Posted by: KevinB at March 29, 2008 4:37 PM

Save money? ok
save the earth? gimme a break

Posted by: orvict at March 29, 2008 4:37 PM

I just went digital to get Fox News, I feel more informed already.

It’ll be an Earth Hour Weekend at Bernie’s, alternating between hockey and Fox News.

Posted by: Bernie at March 29, 2008 4:39 PM

The Green Party: Official Party of Neighbourhood Snitches.

Posted by: JJM at March 29, 2008 4:39 PM

Gerry Nicholls has posted North Korea's participaation in Earth Hour through a satellite photo.

Posted by: Mé at March 29, 2008 4:52 PM

Normally on a week day evening at 8 Pm I would be tuning in to Channel 503 on Star Choice for Bill O'Reilly Factor on Fox cable.

Saturday night I would likely be watching Hockey while my wife would be watching a movie on the second TV .

The outside lights would be turned off as we have a street light just a bit off from the front of our home.

I have no desire to get caught up in an exercise that has no practical value other than a form of manipulation or brain washing, partaking in a form of world wide Kool-Aid tasting.

We will be consuming exactly what we would on any Saturday evening, in Woodstock, Ontario, Canada.

I will not crtisize any who wish to take part, but I will not.

Posted by: Joe Molnar at March 29, 2008 5:07 PM

Lights will be ON tonight, more on that usual thanks to the Green Party. Give the bastards something to look at.

I so hope one of those greenie imbeciles knocks on my door and says they noticed my lights on tonight. I really do. I'll give 'em a big, beautiful Glasgow kiss, yes I will.

Oh, and the truck's fixed. Four wheel burnouts!

Posted by: The Phantom at March 29, 2008 5:08 PM

* I understand that the CBC will be going dark tonite, from coast-to-coast-to-coast! Yeah, Earth Hour!

* Don't get me wrong. I will be observing Earth Hour tonite, but, in solidarity with my Hawaiian fellow-environmentalists, I'll be observing it with them at precisely 8 pm HST.

* During Earth Hour local time (ADT), I will attempt to honour environmentalist Al Gore by matching his home's typical electrical output.

Posted by: Richard Ball at March 29, 2008 5:08 PM

Maybe it will make us all forget all those belching, spewing coal fired plants, be it lights on or lights off, for an hour of zero net reduction.

Ah! But a good exercise for the masses and good practice I suppose. After all, the elitists want you to understand, and get used to, who will be doing all the energy saving and paying.

Posted by: Sounder at March 29, 2008 5:27 PM


Ethanol has only 2/3rds the energy per unit colume as gasoline, so if you buy 10% gasohol, with prices at $1 per litre, then you are paying an additional 3 cents, aproximately, per litre of gasoline.

Posted by: RW at March 29, 2008 5:35 PM

per unit volume


Posted by: RW at March 29, 2008 5:36 PM

My home in Canada will be well lit tonight whether or not my son is home due to our automatic lights.

But here in Copenhagen we decided to shut off our computers, light a candle, shut off the lights and look out of our short-let apartment window and see if lights-out was visible to the naked eye. Nope.

So we walked down the 72 stairs (no lift in this ancient apartment) without using the lights (since there was enough light coming in from the stairwell windows) and walked around for the hour. I saw three flats out of about 300 with only candles burning. And one deli had only candles lighting the eating area but there were lights on in the kitchen. The rest, normal.

I note from a press release Tivoli was going to shut off its lights. Not a big deal though, since the park isn't open until mid-April. You have to ask why it is burning lights when the park is closed.

We walked back up the 72 stairs (which are getting really 'old' and we've only been here a day), but this time we used the lights in the stairwell. Like all other flats we've had in Europe, there is an illuminated switch at each landing and you hit the switch when you come out of your flat and the lights turn off on their own after 5 minutes of so. An easy way to conserve.

There is a lot we can do to conserve and as a conservative, I feel I should do all I can, NOT because the environmentalists tell me to but because it is the right thing to do (and it saves me money.) For instance, for one year I've endeavoring to buy nothing new (except for food and medical supplies.) I'm 9 months into the project and can count on my fingers and toes all the new things I've bought (including Christmas presents.) And I don't feel deprived.

I see "not buying new" as a way to return to the self-reliance and make-do attitude of my father's depression-era generation. Just like tonight was a reminder that I don't need all the lights I usually have on.

The upcoming recession/depression will cut consumption and reduce GHG. It bugs me that environmentalists will take the drop in usage as a sign that their message is being accepted. I just see a business cycle. Much like the global warming, which I concede is happening, is part of a natural cycle.

This too shall pass but rather than railing against it, as the environmentalists do, I prefer to simply take action. In this case, by living simply but fully until such time as my business travel is no longer cost efficient. Then I'll find another way to make money.

Posted by: CanadianKate at March 29, 2008 5:50 PM

Being a crotchety old bastard, the lights are out by 8pm every night as it is usual past my bedtime. I constantly give the wife crap for not turning out the lights.

Tonight she wins. And because the Habs are going to beat the bejebus out of the Leafs tonight, I think I'll stay up late tonight, at least till 9pm. Ha!

I turn on the news...Lead item is "Canadians are expected..."

Posted by: john at March 29, 2008 6:03 PM

I propose a "Keep the Lights On for Tibet" for April 5th between 8pm and 9pm. LOL.

Why not?

Posted by: john at March 29, 2008 6:09 PM

Cross-posted at the SDA Earth Hour Offset Project:

I love candles, so I'll probably be burning my usual 15-20 tonight BUT, I'll be watching a DVD and plan to have all of my appliances up and running.

'Just for fun, I'd like to know how much energy Dr. Fruitfly saved in making those ABSOLUTELY DUMB ADS about saving energy in your house? In one, he actually pops his head through a hole in a young couple's living room, to admonish them about drafty cracks and corners: The Wizard of Flaws. GIVE ME A BREAK. It didn't look like he filmed by candle light.

If Sukuki doesn't take one flight this year and sells one of his houses in order to cut down on his consumption of the earth's resources, I might consider some kind of cut-back FOR ONE HOUR to show my support for energy conservation. Heck, my husband's and my carbon footprint is about the size of a sliver of a baby toe nail compared to Mr. Fruitfly Bigfoot.

Posted by: batb at March 29, 2008 6:16 PM

If a company like Google was actually serious, then why not shut down a server, or the entire site, for an hour in each country at the appropriate time? If people are seriously concerned about Earth Hour then the loss, or slower speed, of a Google query shouldn't be an issue, now should it?

Posted by: Larry Borsato at March 29, 2008 6:21 PM

Richard Ball wrote:

I understand that the CBC will be going dark tonite, from coast-to-coast-to-coast! Yeah, Earth Hour!

Yes, I'm sure they'll stop broadcasting the only show that Canadians watch on that network - Hockey Night in Canada.

I wouldn't be surprised, though, if CBC and/or CTV will have news crews pull up at 24 Sussex at 8:05 pm to see if the Prime Minister's lights are out.

They probably also have pre-arranged to film and interview Dion walking out of his darkened house with his mutt and only friend, Kyoto, at his side, doing his part to "save the planet."

Big news story on "The National"! Gotcha!

Posted by: aek at March 29, 2008 6:31 PM

Soon there will be food riots all over the world, because the Suzukis and Gores have us diverting foodstuffs to ethanol fuel. A pox on the Greens.

I like to keep myself warm in the winder under my incandescent bulb. A pox on the Greens, who would have me shiver and sicken while my blood becomes as reptilian as theirs under a flourescent bulb that is shaped like a dog turd.

Which reminds me:
What did they do before they invented the lightbulb? Answer: they had to watch TV by candlelight.

Posted by: Hyoog at March 29, 2008 6:32 PM

A quote that makes you go hmmmmmmm.

"We'll all be having candlelit dinners"

Wonder how much extra CO2 all this candle burnin' is going to add to the total?

This stuff is priceless!!

Posted by: Jim at March 29, 2008 6:33 PM

CBC is one blackout I could live with!

Posted by: Liz J at March 29, 2008 6:39 PM

Gotta go out for a while. See if they are still selling Christmas lights. And not the silly LED ones.

Posted by: hyoog at March 29, 2008 6:44 PM

fruitfag is a laugh,sticking his pumpkin thru a hole in the wall. No mention of the need for an expensive HRV if that "natural" aspirator is restricted too much.

Posted by: reg dunlop at March 29, 2008 6:44 PM

And a thought about another quote,

"Tonight, however, I'll be looking at my neighbours' windows to see which ones are participating in Earth Hour. I'll be noting those houses and when the election campaign comes, I'll be knocking on those doors. I'll be armed with the knowledge that these are environmentally aware and concerned people and they are prime targets for a GPC campaign. I may knock on some of those doors even before an election."

I wonder if the opposite will be true.

I mean, it would be worth the price of the extra go juice just to have the peace of mind in knowing none of the Fruitloop Brigade will come a knocking on my door.

Posted by: Jim at March 29, 2008 6:46 PM

It's 8pm in the Maritimes, 8:30 in Nfld!

Posted by: Richard Ball at March 29, 2008 7:01 PM

I can't do it... there is hockey at 8pm.

Montreal (#1) will give a lesson to that shitty team called the Leafs.

Posted by: atheist quebecois separatiste at March 29, 2008 7:01 PM

(Toronto Star) "On the surface, some of this seems trivial, even counterproductive. Candles produce more greenhouse gases and toxic pollutants than light bulbs, and barbecues are less efficient than most stoves. Coping with this evening's expected fluctuations might actually lead to a rise in greenhouse gas emmissions..."

You don't say.

The entire paper is an earth hour issue. Hypocritical idiots should stop cutting down trees and belching pollution from the printing plants if they're that concerned. But of course, none of it has anything to do with the environment, its all about supporting their moonbat credentials and leading the prayers at the alter of Gaia.

I normally switch lights off. Tonight, every light will be on. My place overlooks the downtown Toronto core, hopefully all the congregated moonbats will look up and see at least one AGW denier.

Posted by: irwin daisy at March 29, 2008 7:02 PM

The Green Party's Communications Chair says he's going to go outside to spy on his neighbours tonight while his dogs water the neighbourhood? (He's making a list, and checking it twice, gonna find out who's naughty or nice...)

Will Elizabeth May also sprout wings at dusk and join her fellow moon-bats "Harvesting Green Votes"?

Scarier than Halloween.

Posted by: aek at March 29, 2008 7:05 PM

Well we intend to celebrate earth "hour" all day tomorrow by actually seeing some "earth" after this 5 feet of global warming has blanketed the cottage for the last six months we will see if we can burn up a tank of gas ploughing our way into it tomorrow ...if not we will take the snowmobiles in and get rid of the old tires that have accumulated there.

Good tire fire should melt down to the earth...with some brush and kerosine to help...But for tonight I have some beef jerky slow curing in the oven and the radiant heater will be going downstairs ALL day...if we have fruit flies in the hood, I will be putting the outdoor floodlights on all evening for them to find their way to the door.....happy earth day fruit flies.

Posted by: WL Mackenzie Redux at March 29, 2008 7:27 PM

This is your intrepid cub reporter Jimmy O. reporting from Grover's Mill (Charlottetown).

Victoria Park and Government House are plunged in darkness...

This is eerie. This is like the Y2K-that-never-was.

Eight years ago, world-wide power outages were going to destroy us, now they are going to save the planet.

Now I realize what AGW is.

It's Y2K in slow-mo.

Posted by: Richard Ball at March 29, 2008 7:27 PM

The lights are out for all these green assholes anyway so really nothing changes, they produce nothing but manure so on the production side of things we see no change. I just might put up Christmas lights and turn every on every light I can find tonite, then I will sit down to watch the Flames spank the Oilers, and with any luck I won't see those pathetic ads with the great Suzuker scaring little children or the one where the trespassing little useful idiot admonishes the nutless man for his beer fridge. If I found that cbc scumbag hiding in my basement it would be end of times for bullsh*t about global warming thats for sure.

Posted by: bartinsky at March 29, 2008 7:32 PM

Hi Rose:
Yup! same thing goes on in my area. A guy going through garbage looking for contraband waste.
Well as far as those greenies are concerned they'll get no support from me. They'll only wake up when we have a 20 percent unemployment rate after they've ruined the economy.
For God's sake we all want a decent environment, but we have to ease into it when we are technologically capable of doing so.

Posted by: Ghost of Ed at March 29, 2008 7:35 PM

I'm going to turn on every light in the house - and I'm going to leave them on for the weekend.... Earth Hour my ass

Posted by: Brad at March 29, 2008 7:35 PM

And remember, most folks only have two maybe three lights on at any given time. By turning on every light in an average house, you get to offset five to eight of these members of the Fruitloop Brigade!

Posted by: Jim at March 29, 2008 7:43 PM

I been religiously separating can and bottles, newspaper, and garbage per city regulation. Now I watch as the garbage truck rolls up. EVERYTHING is dumped into the same bin, even though the truck is designed for recycling.

Paper and cardboard, I burn myself down the back corner.

Posted by: john at March 29, 2008 7:43 PM

Yup, just about as asinine as red Fridays. But if you want to see programmed thought/ group think, just pay a visit to SDA, anytime, day or night, no waiting for 8.00 pm.

Posted by: manny at March 29, 2008 7:49 PM

manny: i was thinking the very same thing as you at the very same moment i read your post -- it's almost as if it was pre-programmed. weird.

Posted by: Richard Ball at March 29, 2008 7:55 PM

This is just another situation, where the dictatorial socialist types would like to dictate to anyone that lets them, what to do. There will be many that will conform and follow. Some of genuine naïveté, many others because it is the thing to do as a mass hysteria program goes on.
Jim Elve is beside himself with cleverness of coming up with a slogan, that if he repeats it long enough, it will be seared in his mind until the end of times, or global cooling, which ever comes first.
Isn’t Jim Elve just special? Surely he deserves to be carried on the shoulders of the green masses with glean in their eyes towards dreamed up future.

Posted by: Lev at March 29, 2008 7:56 PM

Earth Day is nothing but a load of crap. Plain and simple. So no, I'm not turning off crap.

Posted by: The Trusty Tory at March 29, 2008 7:58 PM

Hockey Night in Canada had the Fruit Fly Guy on, and he introduced himself as "Don Cherry's favourite left-wing kook." At least he has that right.

I'm pretty much doing what I always do, plus running the washing machine and dryer, and seeding Fitna - getting leechers from all over the world.

Posted by: Mississauga Matt at March 29, 2008 8:02 PM

Kate: the response you got from Ghost of Ed is typical of the kind of cause you make here, which is simply described in one word: negative...

You worry that the state is about to force you to turn off your motorcycle engine and then your mouth. Ghost Of Ed agrees and if anyone comes to his door he'll put their "lights out..."

And another of your neighbours, John West; suggests the way to deal with all of this is to handle it the way we ought to handle them thar darkies over yonder down Iraq and Iran way. Kill 'em all.

I think you need to seriously consider the greatest contribution you can make to the world, Kate. Turn off small dead animals!

Posted by: John Daly at March 29, 2008 8:04 PM

Hi Johnny, you mindless wanker. Just thought I'd mention there's two TVs on, and just to make the point I turned on the porch light.

No burnouts tonight, I'm too lazy to put my coat on.

Maybe tomorrow. It'll still count.

Tell me Johnny baby, you know what a Glasgow kiss is?

Posted by: The Phantom at March 29, 2008 8:09 PM

We have just finished celebrating on the east coast. I have lived in this house for 18 years and this is the first night that every possible light was turned on.

I photographed it from all four sides.

Posted by: BL@KBIRD at March 29, 2008 8:10 PM

It's 8pm here and we've got everything on in our place - except in the kids' rooms (they're sleeping).

As I look down our street, however, I see that most of our neighbors have fallen in line with their programming. I can even see some candles. The only exceptions are a couple of families from Russia and a Chinese family.

Oh well...I live in Paul Martin's what else can you expect?

Posted by: bryceman at March 29, 2008 8:15 PM

John Daly, another programmed zombie. He and his ilk would make a great cast for the next remake of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers.”

Posted by: Ghost of Ed at March 29, 2008 8:18 PM

He Johnny.
Just looked out my window. It's like daylight out there.
Are you there? Can't see my screen, I turned it off for Zombies hour.

Posted by: Ghost of Ed at March 29, 2008 8:21 PM

check out this anti-earth hour vid:

Posted by: bobby at March 29, 2008 8:24 PM

Interesting comments thread at

Posted by: Paul2 at March 29, 2008 8:27 PM

The Greenies and other leftist fools can crawl the darkened streets as they wish. There is a better chance of them being mugged than usual. Criminals like working in the shadows.

The move for more and more control by the left is lacking in one area. The Left has a pathological fear and contempt of firearms. The rest of us don't. Perhaps that will make the difference in the end.

There is much more darkness ahead than will be created by a one hour lights out for superficial reasons promoted by the shallowest thinkers and obeyed by the weakest minds.

Posted by: John West at March 29, 2008 8:28 PM

In my most PC of neighbourhoods, I just went for a walk around four blocks: about 80% of my neighbours have turned off their lights.

I'm glad to say the restaurant I like best has not. Not so in some others: what hypocrisy. The diners are more than willing to drive out for a meal and for the kitchen to be up and running full speed, using lots of energy, but pride themselves, no doubt, on conserving energy by sitting in candlelight. On the other hand, my non-compliant husband and I are having a simple supper at home, with a few lights on.

It's against my religion, but, living in the midst of such juvenile craziness as the 21st century West has become, sometimes I have a death wish--or, at least, death doesn't look so bad!

Posted by: lookout at March 29, 2008 8:49 PM

The usual tactics of the left in pushing their power over the silent majority. They want world dominance and with their buddies in the media they want slavery from the rest of us to their every whim. Will we stand against their tyranny when the time comes or wimp out? (real conservative)

Posted by: real conservative at March 29, 2008 8:53 PM

Most of my neighbourhood (including me) has a bunch of lights on! The horror.

Where's that Klaatu guy when you need him?

Posted by: Brian M. at March 29, 2008 8:58 PM

I stay on PST all year round, so I'm not sure if I should turn all my house lights on at 20:00 PST or 19:00 PST. Hell, I'll just turn them all on now even though it's a beautiful sunny day outside now.

I'm curious how many house fires there are going to be as a result of morons switching to candles when there's a perfectly functional source of electricity present.

It's hard for me to increase my energy consumption substantially as my computers are always kept on and at last count I had 9 machines on my network. They all run seti@home most of the time, but they're also making Fitna available via BitTorrent now. I do have a massive PDP-11 in storage that would probably be good for 1.5-2 Kwatts but it's too much of a hassle to bring it out for this occasion. I do have a couple of 1.5 Kw electrical heaters, but I don't like using them as I have an aversion to using electriity to produce heat when natural gas is available (waste heat from electronic equipment is OK as at least the electricity does something in the process of producing waste heat). Will head out now to see what my electrical meter reads and will see how much power I can consume in 1 hour.

Posted by: loki at March 29, 2008 9:02 PM

Judging from the comments over at CTV I'm sure our "neighbours'" would be more than happy to make any sacrifice imaginable to save the planet........
unfriggin believable how gullible and unrealistic people can be.

Posted by: Mugs at March 29, 2008 9:04 PM

As I posted on another blog, how much ENERGY has gone into advertising to save energy by turning off your lights."

Of course I got a hate-spewing tongue lashing from one of the followers.

Posted by: Alberta Girl at March 29, 2008 9:06 PM

I am leaving all my lights on tonight.

Posted by: winston at March 29, 2008 9:10 PM

The green spys were out!
There is a comment on that identifies the street and the fact that one home on that street had all their lights on including Christmas lights.
If any commenter here lives on Merton Street in Toronto... you've been 'greened'!

Posted by: bluetech at March 29, 2008 9:27 PM

Reading the CTV comments, half the people there actually believe they are doing something to Save the Earth!!!

PT Barnum was right and Al Gore is a post-moderniest Elmer Gantry.

There are going to be a lot of people in denial by 2010 I believe.

Posted by: RW at March 29, 2008 9:27 PM

Remember when Bob Rae was elected? Very few people ever admitted they voted for him.
Now the media is hailing him as the next saviour of the country.

Posted by: Ghost of Ed at March 29, 2008 9:33 PM

I'm observing Earth Hour at 8 pm. Hawaii time, in about 4 1/2 hours.

Meanwhile, it's 10:30, I'm going to bed.

Posted by: Richard Ball at March 29, 2008 9:34 PM

Yep ... CTV site is funny. It's almost as if some of the "earth mothers" on there are about to burst into tears at the thought that people would purposefully turn lights on.

I broke my rule not to comment on CTV and did. I must be sadistic, because I enjoyed hurting their delicate little feelings.

Posted by: Paul at March 29, 2008 9:46 PM

Now this is special!
"CBC Arts
Multi-platinum Juno and Grammy Award-winner Nelly Furtado will be gracing Toronto's Earth Hour event this year with a free concert."

Posted by: Justthinkin at March 29, 2008 9:48 PM

Ummmmm..let's try this one...

Posted by: Justthinkin at March 29, 2008 9:53 PM

It'll be interesting to see if the birthrate takes a sudden spike Dec 29.

Posted by: Me No Dhimmi at March 29, 2008 10:04 PM

I commemorated Earth Hour by firing up a full dozen vibrators with Liberal logos on the side. In typical Lib fashion, I abstained.

Posted by: Hannibal Lectern at March 29, 2008 10:13 PM

Read the comments at CTV. The lefto-economo-fascists will have non-submission to the will of the elitists declared a crime any time now. Anyone not participating in earth day is a nonconformist and "a danger to the planet". Certainly quite a projection of blame from greedy business and corrupt politicians to Mr. John Doe at 100 Daisy Lane, no doubt. Guess that fits in with Suzuki's idea to arrest and jail people. So surprised.

Posted by: Sounder at March 29, 2008 10:15 PM

"The lefto-economo-fascists will have non-submission to the will of the elitists declared a crime any time now."

Dr. Peter Venkman: [steps in front of Peck] My friend, don't be a jerk!

Walter Peck: If he does that again, you can shoot him.

Police Captain: You do your job, pencil neck, don't tell me how to do mine!

Dr. Peter Venkman: Thank you, Officer.

Walter Peck: SHUT IT OFF!

Posted by: Who You Gonna Call at March 29, 2008 10:26 PM

Its earth hour and we have most of the lights on in the house. The washer and dryer are going full blast and for entertainment we have 4 computers running along with a 200 watt home theatre, tv and someone just drove up to the corner store to get slurpees.

However we are not alone the neighbour is running his car which has a V8 engine in it attempting to jumper his diesel truck. He usually has to idle the car for about 15 minutes to get enough juice in the truck batteries. I'm sure that once the truck is running he will use it to run across the street to get his daily Big Mac combo.

As it gets darker out I can't help but notice lights on in every house on the block.

Posted by: Joe at March 29, 2008 10:27 PM

I took a drive to Parliament Hill during Gaia Hour.

The building lights and external floodlights were dimmed, and about 50 worshippers were huddled around the Eternal Flame.

I wonder if they realized that CO2 is a byproduct of the natural gas combustion that produces the heat and light that they were drawn to for comfort?

The good news is that when I ventured to the Hill, it was -3C outside and now it's -4C, so I can only conclude that Gaia Hour worked!

Posted by: aek at March 29, 2008 10:27 PM

"Black Hole Eats Earth"

Read this on a posting here. Good title for an autobiography of Al Gore.Perhaps another phoney baloney climate film.

Maybe next time he will win a free trip one way to the moon. I hear there are manbearpigs their, as well.

Posted by: Revnant Dream at March 29, 2008 10:42 PM

...did my part. Fired up the Ford 150 4X4 Triton engine and let it warm up for 10 mins. Then drove to the corner store for no reason at all. Then drove downtown and cruised for greenies.

Loved the look I get from those little roachclip of a car, seeing my tires are almost as big as the pregnant roller skate, err, smart car.

Posted by: tomax7 at March 29, 2008 10:46 PM

Chester the monk seal's lights went out permanently tonight! What a good little seal he was.

Posted by: Chubby Clobber at March 29, 2008 10:47 PM

I am so disappointed. Walked around the area and nobody had any lights on,but coming back they where all on,including the street lights! Oh darn. Just realized that big,bright,warm orange thing in the sky went down about 10 minutes ago. So do we get a 1/2 hour credit??

Posted by: Justthinkin at March 29, 2008 10:48 PM

We had our lights on, getting the kids to bed and a neighbor called me to remind me it was Earth Hour. Her first thought that I must have forgotten (not that I chose not to participate of course). "All your lights are on and your house is lit up like a Christmas tree" she said very self righteously. I politely informed my neighbor that I was aware of the time and day. That we were getting the kids to bed and we have chosen not to participate. She got huffy and hung up.

Yes Da Husband did turn on a "few" extra lights to make the point clear that we are not participating in anything that simulates stone age society. This event has no real value aside from showing that society can be taught to follow anything like a herd of mindless sheep. I wonder how many of the billions of people in China or India also participated. At 9pm I walked through out the house and turned off all the lights except for one light that I needed. I wonder what she thought of that ;-)

On a different note, I loved the big, full color laser printed poster the library put up advertising the event. I wonder how much energy, papers and chemicals all the advertising for Earth Hour used up.

Posted by: Da Wife at March 29, 2008 10:53 PM

I couldn't get home in time to shut off all my lights and appliances,so I drove the last 15 minutes with my headlights off. We all have to do our part to save the planet.I will sleep well tonight.

Posted by: wallyj at March 29, 2008 10:54 PM

@Who You Gonna Call

Dr. Egon Spengler: Oh good, you're here!
Dr. Peter Venkman: Yeah, what have you got?
Dr. Egon Spengler: This is big, Peter, this is very big. There is definitely something here.
Dr. Peter Venkman: Egon, this reminds me of the time you tried to drill a hole through your head. Remember that?
Dr. Egon Spengler: That would have worked if you hadn't stopped me.

Posted by: Sounder at March 29, 2008 11:36 PM

It's storming tonight on the eastern prairies and with the porch windows completely caked over "Earth Hour" seems about as relevant as Al Gore. There won't be any Greenies snooping around here since they will be up to their yazzoos in fresh wet snow. Quite a metaphor for a world that is supposedly "on fire".

Posted by: Free Thinker at March 29, 2008 11:43 PM

8:00pm in Edmonton - it was still light outside. Not even the street lights were on yet. Nobody would have noticed if lights were turned off as it was still virtually daylight here.

Posted by: lmf at March 29, 2008 11:45 PM

Even my cat got into the act. She woke up about 30 minutes ago and then proceeded to wander outside around the house turning all the motion sensitive lights on. At 300W/unit this adds up to a fair bit of extra power and she seems to enjoy being able to turn the lights on.

Posted by: loki at March 30, 2008 12:06 AM

I am away this weekend down in Albuquerque...I was out for dinner with my friend here and one of our fave spots in the Sandia Foothills overlooking the city. The waitress came by our table just a couple minutes before 8pm to tell us they were dimming all the lights so I made a point of watching over the city to see if I could see any significant far as I can tell the people here sure did not buy into the idea.

Posted by: VanIslander at March 30, 2008 1:37 AM

It's The Day After.

AGW has been dealt a fatal blow.

The planet has been saved.

Posted by: Richard Ball at March 30, 2008 8:05 AM

With all the hype, it's a wonder God didn't turn off the sun this morning...that'd show the Global Warming A**hats...

Posted by: batb at March 30, 2008 8:43 AM

A little off thread here. But I encourage all to read the mission statement/party platform of the Greens. You have to read about half to get to the crux. They are "Communists" got that you enviroweeners? Every one who votes green is voting COMMUNIST. Elizibeth Marx. If I see her chipmunk face on the tube one more time I may need a new TV. Why does she even get to be interviewed. When they have a M.P. then give her some air time, until then...STFU.

Posted by: Tewchip at March 30, 2008 10:57 AM
With all the hype, it's a wonder God didn't turn off the sun this morning...that'd show the Global Warming A**hats.

It'd show the rest of us, too. I'm rather pleased that he decided to leave the sun on.

Posted by: Darrell at March 30, 2008 2:32 PM

" I’ll be looking at my neighbours’ windows to see which ones are participating in Earth Hour."

Oh No! Not the warmenin STASI Voyeurs?

Posted by: LaVallette at March 30, 2008 7:00 PM

didn't take note of the 8 pm earth hour in Vancouver, but I did notice all the street lights along Marine Drive were on while I was driving in bright sunshine today.

Posted by: Rick at March 30, 2008 9:53 PM

You know what's going to happen. After four or five more extra cold winters the Koyidiots are going to be dancing around rejoicing about how crap like this saved the planet.
I need a drink.

Posted by: Stan at March 31, 2008 7:51 PM

Every time a left winger makes a right winger look stupid we're kooks. Esp if we hit their guilty bone. The Tories have had to muzzle their right wing kooks to get them look like they have 1/2 a brain.

Posted by: ok4ua at April 1, 2008 12:07 AM