July 25, 2009

Y2Kyoto: Now Is The Time At SDA When We Juxtapose!

New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman - "...this bill’s goal of reducing U.S. carbon emissions to 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020 is nowhere near what science tells us we need to mitigate climate change. But it also contains significant provisions to prevent new buildings from becoming energy hogs, to make our appliances the most energy efficient in the world and to help preserve forests in places like the Amazon."

New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman's house.


Posted by Kate at July 25, 2009 10:02 AM

As Instapundit always says - "When the people who say its a problem start acting like its a problem then maybe I'll believe its a problem."

Posted by: Fritz at July 25, 2009 10:13 AM

Perfect juxtaposition.

Posted by: ET at July 25, 2009 10:14 AM

An un-beh-ef-fin-leave-a-bull hypocrite !!

Just like Al Gore and David Suzuki.

Posted by: ron in kelowna at July 25, 2009 10:15 AM

All of these frauds need to be exposed.

Posted by: Eskimo at July 25, 2009 10:23 AM

My computer must be screwing up.I couldn't see his house through all the trees. I agree with Instapundit.

Posted by: Justthinkin at July 25, 2009 10:25 AM

On a 1-10 scale of hypocrisy, Friedman scores a clean 11.

Posted by: Fred at July 25, 2009 10:29 AM

ONE of their columnists?! No wonder the NYT is in financial trouble! (Referring to what the guy must be making, not his pov....actually, that ALSO might be the problem.)

Posted by: DaninVan at July 25, 2009 10:32 AM

Soooooooo, communist,errr columnist for the NYT is a hobby for him I guess? I mean, unless the NYT is paying their scribes 8 figure salaries.

Posted by: AtlanticJim at July 25, 2009 10:34 AM

Is that a dacha along the Volga, for party apparatchiks?

Seems like a tree or two was harmed in the making of that monument

Posted by: billypaintbrush at July 25, 2009 10:40 AM

Oh please, don't be so hard on him! He's walking the talk!

You can't see the 10x12 bank of solar panels in the back, the windmill in the woods. He probably has an electric car, and only turns the air conditioning down to 73!!

Posted by: rick at July 25, 2009 10:47 AM

You should never wrap dead fish in the NY Times, It makes them smell bad.

Posted by: Largs at July 25, 2009 11:09 AM

Have a feeling he's on a bail out list somewhere in the vast volume of unread cash give-aways, er - stimulus for the democrats pockets.

How obscene this man appears.
So when leftie start raving on and on 'that it's the evil rich white people who are the scourge of the earth', is the above named fat-cat, er person, included? Or only wealthier white people who vote concerative?

Posted by: ldd at July 25, 2009 11:21 AM

"ONE of their columnists?! No wonder the NYT is in financial trouble!"

In fairness, Friedman is a successful writer in his own right.

That said, it's still very annoying to be lectured by some tedious twit who lives in house and private compound bigger than many suburbs...

Posted by: JJM at July 25, 2009 11:25 AM

So, do journalists take a hypocritic oath when they enter the profession.

Posted by: Woodporter at July 25, 2009 11:27 AM

"When the people who say its a problem start acting like its a problem then maybe I'll believe its a problem."

I agree with this. When Al Gore's electricity consumption drops down to the same level as mine, then - and only then - will I be prepared to think about reducing it further for "Gaia".

Posted by: JJM at July 25, 2009 11:29 AM


I used to read and sometimes agree with his opinions but not for at least five years now. I think fame ruined his objectivity and he now panders to the liberal elites.

Posted by: Gord Tulk at July 25, 2009 11:34 AM

"........... to help preserve forests in places like the Amazon."

Sure buddy .................

Posted by: OMMAG at July 25, 2009 11:41 AM

It is interesting (and ironic) to note while the Gorical and Suzuster were howling about footprints.....their footprints were spun away meanwhile the lefty MSM continued their non-stop attacks on GW.....
I had a link about GW's house in Crawford lawn....indiginous flora surrounding it...built in water stuff...

Posted by: sasquatch at July 25, 2009 12:16 PM

Posted by: sasquatch at July 25, 2009 12:18 PM

Google sat shots to follow? The whole neighbourhood must be energy neutral and run on methane from you know what. The septic units must be huge.

Ah, the sweet life of a member in good standing at the carbon extermination division, Nomenklatura HQ.

Posted by: Sgt Lejaune at July 25, 2009 12:26 PM

wow!! that's almost as big a crib as the fruit fly's pad...

Posted by: john begley at July 25, 2009 12:44 PM

It gets better. From Wikipedia:

Friedman's wife, Ann, is a graduate of Stanford University and the London School of Economics. Her father, Matthew Bucksbaum, was the chairman of the board of General Growth Properties, a real estate development group. As of 2007, Forbes estimated the Bucksbaum family's assets at $4.1 billion, including about 18.6 million square meters of mall space, but the firm's value later plummeted. The family's trust declined in value from $3.6 billion to $25 million. On April 16 2009, the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, after failing to reach a deal with its creditors. The GGP collapse marked the largest real estate bankruptcy in U.S. history. General Growth Properties (Pink Sheets: GGWPQ) is a publicly traded real estate investment trust in the United States. It is based in Chicago, Illinois.
There is a shock!

The company's problems have already forced the ouster of CEO John Bucksbaum, though he remains chairman of the board. John is the son of company co-founder, Matthew Bucksbaum. The GGP board called for John's resignation after it learned that the family trust violated company policy by providing loans to company officers without notifying the board

Ann and Thomas Friedman live in Bethesda, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C. The July 2006 issue of Washingtonian reported that they own "a palatial 11,400-square-foot (1,060 m2) house, currently valued at $9.3 million, on a 7½-acre parcel just blocks from I-495 and Bethesda Country Club." Friedman is paid $75,000 per speaking engagement.

Posted by: john at July 25, 2009 12:45 PM

Down Bradley blvd (191) over the beltway at Oak Forrest Lane. Looks much nicer on Google now. Hard to make out if the roof has any solar panels but that super huge lawn is in beautiful condition.

For some reason the little goggle man can't seem to get walking around that area.

Posted by: Sgt Lejaune at July 25, 2009 1:01 PM

My burning question: 'But...does he drive his 'smart' car'?

Posted by: Jema54 at July 25, 2009 1:07 PM

Would it be possible to post a shot of Dr. Fruitfly's Pacific oceanside estate?

Posted by: Martin at July 25, 2009 1:14 PM

The Science of the gangster economist... Money for the taking... Science tells Gore to

Posted by: Slap Shot at July 25, 2009 1:40 PM

"Would it be possible to post a shot of Dr. Fruitfly's Pacific oceanside estate?"

You get me that, I'll devote a whole new blogsite to it.

Posted by: Kate at July 25, 2009 1:52 PM

These Limousine Liberals are all the same. No better than those who wielded power in the former Soviet Union.

Posted by: Colin from Mission B.C. at July 25, 2009 1:58 PM

What is Dr F's addy ?

Posted by: ron in kelowna at July 25, 2009 2:06 PM

Which one of his houses, Ron? The one by the beach in Kitsilano in Vancouver or the one in the Gulf Islands?

Posted by: EBD at July 25, 2009 2:41 PM

What frosts my cake is that clowns like Friedman talk like the world is some Dickensian hellhole. Sorry, pal, but the clean places are where the capitalism is. Where the dictators thrive, the environment doesn't.

Posted by: billypaintbrush at July 25, 2009 2:52 PM

AND he works for a company that murders trees by the millions every year, AND spews all kinds of greenhouse gases and other pollutants while distributing the murdered trees on *gasp* trucks, that burn gasoline, which is why the execrable redneck Christians in America voted for Bush, who bombed brown people to steal their oil.

Posted by: Shaken at July 25, 2009 3:24 PM

I thought Suzuki had more than one place. It would be great if that could be identified.

Posted by: Chris in the Bridge at July 25, 2009 3:57 PM

That picture says it all. It's the equivalent of a televangelist getting caught with his pants around his knees, a prostitute on the bed and a briefcase full of money.

The difference being that the media would be milking that one for everthing it was worth.

Posted by: Arty at July 25, 2009 5:41 PM

Nice one Kate.

Posted by: Revnant Dream at July 25, 2009 6:04 PM

I think those telling us to be frugal and poor are rich and do not give an EFF about those things they tell us about, those reasons for being frugal and poor.

They elitist rich MF snobs who should be taken out behind the woodshed and given a good spankin'.

Posted by: RW at July 25, 2009 6:48 PM

And people like Friedman are always denouncing the rich. Well, they know the rich better than I do, so maybe they have a point. In fact, some of them actually are the rich - so when they call the rich greedy, wasteful, polluting pigs, who are we to argue?

Posted by: Donna V. at July 25, 2009 7:51 PM

I've sent the following email to Mr. Friedman:


Enclosed with this email is a URL that will take you to a photograph of a house said to be yours. Is that indeed YOUR HOUSE? It seems a rather large dwelling for someone who has called for buildings that are not, in the words of your June 30th column, "energy hogs".

Please say something that will dispel the impression of hypocrisy that this picture creates. Perhaps you've purchased carbon credits from Al Gore. Or maybe there's a wind farm off to the right that the photograph unfortunately misses. Anything you can say that mitigates the impression created by this picture will be deeply appreciated.

Your devoted reader,

Posted by: RSP at July 25, 2009 11:16 PM

Colin from Mission said: "These Limousine Liberals are all the same. No better than those who wielded power in the former Soviet Union."

Absolutely. I'm just reading David Horowitz's book 'Radical Son' in which he details the lives of the Tom Haydens and Jerry Rubins of the 60's.

Even then, the editor of Ramparts magazine, the flagship magazine of the New Left, would travel first class, stay in the best of hotesl and enjoy fine dining.

Why? Because they could - someone else was paying the tab and the self-inflated importance of their position in their minds, resulted in entitlement. They simply ignored the hypocrisy of enjoying the fruits of capitalism, while at the same time, condemning it as elitist and oppressive.

That's always been the conundrum for me. How can the high and mighty, the rich and famous, the influential and powerful, who most benefit from the capitalist system, be so disdainful - especially in their tacit support of their nations enemies? They discount the fact that they are able, in complete safety and in fact often to the acclaim of others, criticise their government and the system that makes their lives so comfortable.

At the same time, they ignore or dismiss the fact that in those countries that they hold up as a model of leftist idealism, such criticism would result in jail or perhaps even death.

How they square this circle is a mystery to me.

Posted by: No Guff at July 26, 2009 2:39 AM

I'll start to believe when Dr. Fruitfly's Pacific oceanside estate go up for sale at a bargain basement price.

Posted by: FREE at July 26, 2009 10:25 AM

With a little research I found this as his home address. David Suzuki 2477 Point Grey Road Vancouver BC V6K 1A1

Posted by: FREE at July 26, 2009 11:03 AM

My comment from the "Gulf dead zone" failed computer model bears repeating here:

On the subject of journalists, I saw the most wonderful flick over at my buddy Jon's last night, "Nothing Sacred"; what stayed with me was a quote I knew instinctively that I'd be able to use here today:

"You're a newspaperman, aren't you? I can smell 'em. Here, let me open some know what I think of newspapermen? The Hand of God couldn't reach down into the mire and elevate them to the depths of degradation, not by a million miles!"

By the way, I consider Dr. Fruitfly a journalist in every sense of the word. he gave up science decades ago from the far more profitable career of documentary talking head.

Posted by: Michael H Anderson at July 26, 2009 1:49 PM

As long as you have enough money to pay for carbon credits, you can do whatever the heck you want. As for the rest of you peons, you better turn the lights off and the heat down and don't go anywhere.

Posted by: Pandora at July 27, 2009 10:26 AM

That condescending, hypocritical reprobate. I can at least say that his columns always seemed smug and biased so haven't read him for years.

Sgt: LOL!!!

Posted by: Mazzuchelli at July 27, 2009 3:05 PM