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March 27, 2010

Lights On! For Human Achievement Hour

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Earth Hour: No Thanks (pdf)

"Earth Hour celebrates ignorance, poverty and backwardness. By repudiating the greatest engine of liberation it is nothing more than an hour devoted to anti-humanism."

You can mark the special occasion with everyday items from around the house. All you need is a fridge...

...and a space heater.

Now, back to work everyone - we have only a few remaining hours to pile wood.

A reminder from Speedy - don't forget to set your Energy Star gasoline powered alarm clocks!

Posted by Kate at March 27, 2010 1:15 PM
Comments

From Hope BC - would like to meet this guy next time through !

Posted by: ron in kelowna ∴ at March 27, 2010 1:20 PM

Hey, there's my string of 365-24/7 window lights.

They are on steady though, the flashing would drive me nuts.

Posted by: Tony G at March 27, 2010 1:25 PM

May the Hitler Youth Wannabees of the eco-fascist movement enjoy drinking the Kool-Aid while sitting in the dark with the World Whack-Job Fund.

Posted by: Mike T at March 27, 2010 1:28 PM

Mike:

Curious how the WWF is involved in organizing the first Earth Day in 2007, is it not?

Seems to me they were the source of embellished claims by the IPCC in the recently discredited AGW propoganda.

Posted by: set you free at March 27, 2010 1:35 PM

Since it will be unseasonably warm this eve, Mrs. Gus, myself and our friends will be enjoying the first CO2 spewing bonfire of the season. But fear not fellow travelers, the kids will be enjoying the benefits of our advanced culture in the house with all of the lights, TVs, computers and other sundry appliances running. I usually follow behind them turning off everything unnecessarily left running to save a few bucks, but tonight, I celebrate!

Posted by: Gus at March 27, 2010 1:38 PM

I'm going to buy an Energy Star gasoline powered alarm clock.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100326/ap_on_bi_ge/us_energy_star_fraud

Posted by: Speedy at March 27, 2010 1:39 PM

I had the displeasure this mornign of viewing Bullfrog (bulls**t) Power running its fascist advertisement about the joys of paying for over-priced electricity.

The scary part is that eventually they will go rent-seeking and a like-minded moonbat politician will table legislation forcing us to buy it.

Posted by: Mike T at March 27, 2010 1:45 PM

Progressive Indian, great rant you had there on your blog. Thats telling them. You should run for Grand Chief and get some sanity into the system.

Posted by: Ken (Kulak) at March 27, 2010 2:00 PM

I'm going to wash out all my grubby recyclable containers that I've been saving for the past 2 weeks with the necessary hot water during whacking hour just to prove a point.

Posted by: Mr. X. at March 27, 2010 2:06 PM

The AGW Red-Green bkjgklfs would take us back to this?

Let them freeze in the dark.

...-

"The Canadian Ice Storm of 1998 - Massive Ice Storm in Canada
The ice storm of 1998 directly affected more people than any other previous weather event in Canadian history."
canadaonline.about.com/cs/weather/p/icestorm.htm

Posted by: maz2 at March 27, 2010 2:11 PM

I am going to use the self clean on the oven and turn all lights on Yes do have some space heaters I can turn on

Posted by: Marv at March 27, 2010 2:17 PM

With the Canada 150 on in Montreal, The Non-Partisan Liberal $695 per thinkfest Iam wondering if they will dim the lights?
Or are they already dim, Working so hard to come up with all those marvelous ideas for our Future.

Posted by: bryanr at March 27, 2010 2:26 PM

you guy's are lame ....i will have every power tool i have charging ,andything that uses gas will be running ....the hot water will be left running on my tub ...the fridge will be on while i hopefully can get it defrosted ...and every single peice of electronic equipment and device i owne will either be charging or on at max power consumption also i am going to trounce through the garage and hopefully i can find my space heater out side i will sit on my lawn with a fan behind the space heater all plugged into my extenal plug's while i sip a nice cold beer ...with every light on and door and window open and the heat cranked to the max...sounds about right ...i might as well also play with the lawn mower and chainsaw as well ...and yes the cars will be idling for an hour i want to compare exhaust notes from a v6 to a v8 and if my girlfriend comes over she has a nice new civic so maybe we can play hot cross buns with the cars ....naww i will just let them idle and drink a nice cold beer while being warmed by my space heater and fan combo..lol. maybe check my christmas lights for next year as well .

Paul in calgary.

Posted by: paul at March 27, 2010 2:29 PM

All of my lights will be on at 8:30 tonight. Plus I will be watching big screen TV, running four computers and roasting a chicken.

If the warmies like it, it cannot be good.

Posted by: Sylvanguy at March 27, 2010 2:34 PM

funny thing how my selfcleaning oven, always needs cleaning about this time of year! eight thirty it will be.

Posted by: Carl at March 27, 2010 2:36 PM

yep - christmas light go back on tonite for an hour too!!!

(along with every light in the house)

Posted by: Rick in MB at March 27, 2010 2:44 PM

We should start an open flickr gallery of our Human Achievement Hour celebrations!

I have some old industrial 6kw & 2.5kw xenon flash bulb boxes I'll fire up. The neighbors will probably think it's just lightning though. I better start wiring up a new 240v,50a branch now. :P

Posted by: ChrisinMB at March 27, 2010 2:47 PM

Watering my lawn with hot water. Straight from the water heater.
(looks like smoke!)

Posted by: G at March 27, 2010 2:51 PM

Henry Waxman and Barbara Boxer wanna feel better about 'Green Energy' and up Californians' electricity rates 25%.

http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/03/electric_green_waste.html

"We have seen the enemy, and it is us."

I got seven beer fridges , a load of space heaters, strings upon strings of 'old' Christmas lights, coupla fireplaces and fire pits, let the games begin.

Posted by: bruce wayne riley at March 27, 2010 2:58 PM

"Watering my lawn with hot water."

That's a great idea and it would get rid of the last of my stubborn snowdrifts.

Posted by: ChrisinMB at March 27, 2010 3:00 PM

I for one will be participating. I currently serve on our minicipal council and we passed a resolution that all civic buildings etc. will participate. It is amazing how many busuness, organizations, property management firms etc. do participate. I was in Winnipeg last year and was truly amazed at the number participating. Check out the WWF site.

Posted by: T at March 27, 2010 3:07 PM

Human achievement hour

My snowmobile was state of the art circa 1993. I will turn it on and bask in the sweet smell of 2 stroke smoke.

Celebrating the hour with a snowmobile in April.

After the neighbors complain I will ask if they have done anything to help real pollution in the third world.

Posted by: Jeff K at March 27, 2010 3:09 PM

Good for you T....just goes to show you how stupid your politicians are. It is clear that you are easily "amazed".

Posted by: John Luft at March 27, 2010 3:10 PM

It is amazing how many business, organizations, property management firms etc. don't give a $h!T

FIFY

Posted by: G at March 27, 2010 3:12 PM

Of course you will be participating T. We would expect nothing less.


This is, after all, the single most narcissistic group think idea of the 21st Century. A bunch of morons, sitting around in the dark for 0.011 precent of the year so they can feel good about themselves, all the while having absolutely zero effect.

Posted by: AtlanticJim at March 27, 2010 3:16 PM

So nice to see Right Wing "conservatives" continuing their childish response to the idea of...conservation. Well done! I look forward to seeing a YouTube video of one of you wingnuts setting a pile of money on fire. Yeah, that would all those socialist/enviromentalist losers how smart you are.

Next week there will be a "Don't slam your wang in a car door day" and I'm looking forward to a similarly suitable response.

3w.youtube.com/watch?v=DHyVXJhCIvE

Posted by: lberia at March 27, 2010 3:27 PM

I am spending the weekend in Vancouver. In celebration of earth hour I think I'll rent a Hummer H2 for the evening.

Posted by: Bigerocks at March 27, 2010 3:29 PM

Ya see lberia, the thing is, we understand the difference between posing and actual conservation. As nothing will actually be conserved during earth hour, it is, by default, posing.

Posted by: AtlanticJim at March 27, 2010 3:38 PM

Thank you for the reminder. I was just about to run the dishwasher, but will wait until "Earth Hour" to do it. I'll also do a load of wash then (whites - HOT water) and broil a nice steak.

Posted by: Donna V. at March 27, 2010 3:38 PM

I might think of participating one year, after I've seen photos of some WWF executive homes. I want to see how they live the rest of the year!

To balance the budget, I keep the thermostats turned down in my electrically heated house so I'm looking forward to throwing off the sweaters for one evening. It will be nice for this 81 yr old body to be warm for the first time since November.

Also, T, I did my part during the ice storm. Was 6 days and nights without power so I figure that's my contribution for a lifetime.

Good for you T, though. Every little (and I emphasize little) helps.


Posted by: gellen at March 27, 2010 3:43 PM

Iberia:

It sounds like you've already slammed your wang in the car door.

If Live Like a Caveman For An Hour is your idea of fun, go for it.

I'll be out celebrating CO2 Is Not A Pollutant Hour ... although my environmentalist viewpoint of a minimalist lifestyle emphasizes polluting as little as possible. Were you asleep when your junior high science teacher pointed out that CO2 is plant food.

Or, even better: AGW is Dead, You Can Keep And Enjoy Your Hard-Earned Money Hour.

Posted by: set you free at March 27, 2010 3:49 PM

I look forward to seeing a YouTube video of one of you wingnuts setting a pile of money on fire.

Nah, it's the leftists who think we have money to burn. On a day to day basis, I'm actually quite careful with lights and things, not because I weep for Gaia, but because I don't want big energy bills. But Earth Hour exists for no other reason than to make sanctimonious, pampered, and utterly conformist idiots feel like St. Francis of Assisi because they sit around in the dark for an hour. It (and you) deserve nothing but mockery.

Look up satellite photos of North Korea - a black patch on the map compared to South Korea. It's Earth Hour every hour of every day in North Korea. Quite the environmentalist, Little Kim is.

Posted by: Donna V. at March 27, 2010 3:54 PM

Jeff K and Paul in Calgary - neighbors from hell. Surely you can protest without causing grief to the neighborhood?

Posted by: terry at March 27, 2010 3:56 PM

Hey John Luft, use a smaller brush. All of us are not that stupid. Some of us actually try to do something intelligent to improve people's lives, rather than some cockamamie Luddite

syf, lol, I'll bet he slammed more than his wang in the door.

Posted by: Ken (Kulak) at March 27, 2010 4:02 PM

To quote Luke Skywalker.... Never. I'll never turn to the Dark Side.

I will make sure that every light is turned on inside and outside of both the house and garage. I have a load of dishes and a few loads of laundry waiting to go. The oven needs a self cleaning and my pick up needs to idle a while to build up some extra carbon that it will then spew out the next trip down the highway. The BBQ will be fired up baking taters and cooking steaks. I love Human Achievement Hour!

Posted by: Tim at March 27, 2010 4:02 PM

Nah, it's the leftists who think we have money to burn.
Posted by: Donna V. at March 27, 2010 3:54 PM

Nah, it's the Right Wingnut idiots that decided ALL ON THEIR OWN that they will be running cars, appliances, etc. to protest conservation awareness. Immaturity is the most charitable way to describe it.


Posted by: lberia at March 27, 2010 4:14 PM

I'm just going to live my life as usual. Earth Hour is an enormous scam and I'm not buying into it.

Posted by: Osumashi Kinyobe at March 27, 2010 4:21 PM

lberia's communist GULAG*:

"Earth Hour in North Korea a stunning success"

The WWF sponsored Earth Hour has already come and gone in the Korean time zone, and the North Korean proletariat has claimed a stunning victory over its evil capitalist neighbor, South Korea.

Oh, wait."

http://wattsupwiththat.com/
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*lberia: Shoot the kulaks.

"Lenin, Stalin, and Hitler: the age of social catastrophe - Google Books Result
Robert Gellately - 2007 - Political Science - 696 pages
They were given nothing more than a shot in the back of the head. ... carry out supplementary arrests of kulak and other anti-Soviet elements and to submit ...
books.google.ca/books?isbn=1400040051

Posted by: maz2 at March 27, 2010 4:21 PM

Right Wingnut idiots.

Way to drag the level of debate through the lowest intellectual level possible, name-calling.

Posted by: set you free at March 27, 2010 4:23 PM

The Progressive Indian is building the "Mother of all Bonfires" I like it :)

Bon-fire appetit eh :)

Posted by: Orlin from Marquette at March 27, 2010 4:24 PM

What is remarkable about the left, apart from their ignorance and immaturity and tendency to lump themselves into passive groups, is their predilection for the notion of 'Sin'.

This Earth Hour has to be one of the dumbest acts in a long time. It certainly has zilch to do with conservation of energy. Instead, it's all about 'Sin' and absolvement for Sin.

So, if you choose to participate in this fraud of Earth Hour, then, you admit that you are a Sinner.

This Hour of Repentence, akin to a few Hail Mary's or standing in the corner, is swiftly achieved.

You can then go back, happily self-assured of your new purity and superiority...and zip off in your gas-guzzling car with your cell phone, laptop all powered up..etc.

Someone from let's say, China, who doesn't operate in this very leftist and western notion of Sin-assuaged-by-standing in the corner, thinks we're crazy.

I'm putting on any and every light I can as an hour long protest against this trivial Earth Hour, a protest against the stupidity of thinking that behaving as a Repentent for one hour, will have a single effect on the earth.

Posted by: ET at March 27, 2010 4:28 PM

"conservation awareness"

Not only have I been aware of conservation my whole life, I've practiced it as well - and without any "Hey, look at how much I care" crap.

Sitting in the dark will not do one damn thing if everyone goes back to their wasteful ways at 9:30 - and go back they will. Why? Because no one will be looking at them for another year.


Posted by: Kathryn at March 27, 2010 4:28 PM

You are right Jim. 0.011 percent !

One hour out of 8760 is all it takes to make some people feel morally superior.

Posted by: ron in kelowna ∴ at March 27, 2010 4:28 PM

This picture shows where "Earth Hour" is 24/7/365
Check out the continent of "lets burn sticks and twigs" cuz we don't need no stinkin power (that's NOT what they think)
http://www.masterresource.org/category/environmental-elitism/

Posted by: G at March 27, 2010 4:28 PM

Al'sGW (AGW): Call me whatever you wan, Prince Chuck.

Just don't call me late for Old Sod Hour.
...-

"Disruptive Snow to Hit the United Kingdom

The calendar may say its the end of March, but a disruptive snowstorm will move through the United Kingdom Monday and Tuesday.

A slow-moving storm will move through the English Channel Monday through Tuesday. As cold air wraps into the storm Monday night and Tuesday, rain will mix with and change to snow across many areas of England, including London. The cold air will also help to intensify the storm, allowing the snow to fall heavily at times.

The heaviest of the snow will fall over the Midlands and North East England where several centimeters (a couple inches) of snow will likely accumulate. Several centimeters of snow will also accumulate across portions of Wales. Snow will even mix with the rain over South East England, including London, where some slippery travel can result.

Travel disruptions will occur throughout much of England and Wales as a result of the snow. Gusty winds Tuesday and Tuesday night will also cause blowing and drifting snow to occur, causing further travel delays. In addition, widespread power outages can be expected as the snow will likely lead to downed power lines."

http://www.accuweather.com/blogs/news/story/26713/disruptive-snow-to-hit-the-uni.asp

Posted by: maz2 at March 27, 2010 4:33 PM

It seems that the eco nuts haven't heard that all this AGW is actually a huge fraud. Taking part in this ludicrous exercise is perpetuating the scam. I, for one, are with the majority of the sane rational people on this site and not putting one light out.

Posted by: victor ward at March 27, 2010 4:59 PM

I'm trying to get the guys in the shop to adjust the fuel flow in the truck for tommorrow's shift.

Two long black plumes of diesel truckin' down the highway.

Belching soot from the stacks onto a Prius would be a bonus.

Posted by: Curious at March 27, 2010 5:00 PM

This just posted on CBC Pravda.
The city of Edmonton has just issued a challenge to the city of Calgary to see which one can reduce their electricity consumption more during
Earth Hour. On second read, it appears that the challenge was not made by municipal officals but by one envirowhacko group to another.
So, those of you who live in one of those two cities, I certainly hope you do your part.
If you know what I mean!

Posted by: atric at March 27, 2010 5:06 PM

Open technical question: If my thermostat only goes to 32C, and it's -3C outside, with a 9 km/h wind out of the SW, and I have 15 opening windows and 4 opening doors, and an 80,000 BTU furnace ... can I still turn my whole house into a sauna, say, between 2030 and 2130 EDT tonight?!?

Posted by: b_C at March 27, 2010 5:09 PM

Tee-hee! I'm famous!
(Pro-tip: Use a bigger refrigerator to fit more space heaters)

Posted by: rg at March 27, 2010 5:12 PM

Iberia (or perhaps that should be "I, Beria." Beria was KBG chief under Stalin. A entirely suitable nic for you, I'd say):

In your honor, I will also let my car idle during Earth Hour. I will feast on a lovely steak with all lights blazing and laugh at all you grim, utterly humorless, puritanical phoneys and kill-joys feeling oh-so-self-righteous and holy with your pathetic little candles. You're a conformist nitwit who is angry because we're making a joke out of your Holy Hour instead of being obedient little sheep like you.

ET wrote:

I'm putting on any and every light I can as an hour long protest against this trivial Earth Hour, a protest against the stupidity of thinking that behaving as a Repentent for one hour, will have a single effect on the earth.

Exactly!

Posted by: Donna V. at March 27, 2010 5:13 PM

A spectre is haunting the Liberals' UnHappy Hour: The ghost of Citoyen Dionky's Green Shift.

The Red-Green Earth Hour agenda as she is re-writ by Liberals IffyIggy/BobRae/MaoStlong/PowerCorp/Citoyen Dionky, et al:

Carbon Tax: First the chill; then, The Big Freeze.

(PET Cemetery Chorus: Zap! You're Frozen.)

The resurrection of the Spectre.

"The chill came in the afternoon, when panelists, egged on by former Toronto Star columnist David Crane, told the gathering that the most sensible way to green the Canadian economy was to impose a carbon tax."

...-

"Spectre of the carbon tax kills Liberals’ big-thinking buzz"

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/blogs/bureau-blog/spectre-of-the-carbon-tax-kills-liberals-big-thinking-buzz/article1514583/

Posted by: maz2 at March 27, 2010 5:25 PM

Were I able to I would during the acheivement hour attend a Top fuel drag race.

15000 hp in total going a qtr mile in about five seconds. 18 gallons x 2 of nitromenthane based fuel consumed. 30 gallons of motor oil used to test the engine which is then thrown out and another 30 gallons used and disposed of for the race. The engines are torn down after every race and many of the parts mad of super expensive (read lots of energy used to make them) part thrown out and replaced.

I can think of no other activity by man that uses so much energy and other resources to do such a small thing as propell a man 1350 feet.

Of course it is done by propelling the guy from zero to several hundred miles an hour in less than five seconds - the only thing that comes close would be a rocket sled.

And it is all done for the sheer hell of it.

IMO it is the greatest singular testment to the greatness of man extant. (that, and the snuggy)

(and Barack Obama, Nancy pelosi, Harry Reid and Michael ignatieff would all insist on getting a tetanus shot before thy would dream of attending a race.)

And if you have never been to one you owe it to yourself to go.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Top_Fuel?wasRedirected=true

Posted by: Gord Tulk at March 27, 2010 5:26 PM

Should see if my bike will start, it has straight pipes.

Posted by: Bernie at March 27, 2010 5:35 PM

>>Disruptive Snow to Hit the United Kingdom

maz, that's, of course, if you put any credence in weather forecasting. My past experience, here in Edmonton, is that instead of checking the long range (computer generated) weather forecast, it's more sensible simply to look out the window.

Posted by: albertaclipper at March 27, 2010 5:36 PM

Damn! Am I po'ed! I thought Earth Hour was LAST WEEK, and dutifully kept all my lights on!

Now,I've gotta do it all over again!

btw, in Vancouver several upscale restaurants announced they'll turn their lights off and customers can dine by candle light.

The fact a candle produces a much higher carbon footprint seems to have escaped everyone involved.

Posted by: dmorris at March 27, 2010 5:51 PM

Just get rid of your twisted light bulbs because they are dangerous and very hard on the environment..Put back your original light bulbs they are more friendly and not as dangerous.And you guys in Ottawa don,t forget your water rates will be going up 9 % because the water company is losing money.Seems like you conserve too much water,you don,t waste enough or use enough water,so they will punish you with a 9% increase in rates.Are you not glad now you are saving the planet for these idiots.

Posted by: BERT at March 27, 2010 5:53 PM

lberia: "So nice to see Right Wing 'conservatives' continuing their childish response to the idea of...conservation."

Stuff it, lberia. Most of us have a smaller footprint than one month of Suzuki or Gore's energy consumption, not to mention Prince Charles's.

'You think that ONE rotten hour of lights out makes any significant difference? If you do, you're the childish one.

This Earth Hour is just a feel-good panacea to make people THINK they've done something to conserve energy. At 9:30, these folks will just fire up whatever they turned off and go merrily on their way, THINKING that they've done something wonderful and FEELING really good about themselves.

This one-hour exercise is nothing but theatre -- and probably some kind of money-maker for its sponsors. There's always gotta be something in it for the Gore$ and $uzuki$, otherwise they wouldn't bother.

My lights will be on. So will my TV, computer, and oven. Sorry, paul, I don't have any power tools. ;-)

Posted by: batb at March 27, 2010 6:02 PM

Let's give it all we've got, people! Burn those lights! Rev those engines! Run those hoses! Crank up those heaters! Yell obscenities at passing greenies, or people who look like they might be greenies! Don't be slack - remember, those self-cleaning ovens aren't going to self-clean themselves!*

(I personally will be otherwise engaged, but you guys should be all over this thing.)

*I'm proud of that line, which is why I'm repeating it from last year.

Posted by: Black Mamba at March 27, 2010 6:04 PM

I'm sure that most people on here have seen the Carlin vid about saving the planet. For those who haven't, google "george carlin saving the planet" and have a good hoot. Funny, but also right on point. Iberia, you especially should watch. Please do. A mind is a terrible thing to waste.

Posted by: bob c at March 27, 2010 6:05 PM

Wouldi be keeping wit the human achievment awards if i destructive tested the piston ring's in my car by say lining up the offset's so i burn oil and then just keep burning that blue smoke for a few hours ... then drain the oil out on the sideo f the road like i have seen them do in nepal ...and china ..and just about every other THIRD world country i have been to? YUP i think i will ....as a matter fo fact i will go turn on my heat now and i will put my space heater outside with the fan and open all windows and light's and start plugging in the chargable tool 's ....man that is alot of work.....

Posted by: paul at March 27, 2010 6:11 PM

lberia at 3:27 : "Next week there will be a 'Don't slam your wang in a car door day.'"

I didn't know you liberals were so sexist. But it does help to understand your state of mind knowing you're slamming your wang in a car door 364 days a year. Looking forward to less frustrated comments from you some day next week. :)

Posted by: WalterF at March 27, 2010 6:15 PM

batb: "This one-hour exercise is nothing but theatre"

Here's some of that theatre. My recent Sears bill had a blurb about EH. "Turn off your lights and join Sears, WWF and the rest of the world..."

If Sears would shut off their lights between 2 and 3 pm on Christmas Eve, I'd believe they're serious. Making a show of turning off their lights when they're closed - and they should be off anyway - is a joke.

Posted by: Kathryn at March 27, 2010 6:15 PM

In the past, people used to stone false prophets.

Now, it seems today's false (AGW) prophets are stoned.

Posted by: set you free at March 27, 2010 6:17 PM

Let me try again.

In the past, people used to stone false prophets.

Today's false (AGW) prophets would apparently like humanity to return to the stone age.

Posted by: set you free at March 27, 2010 6:19 PM

I saw that video about Carlin saving the planet. The most he ever contributed on THAT score was by pushing up daisies.

Posted by: Michael Harkov at March 27, 2010 6:25 PM

Iberia and T: Earth hour has nothing to do with conserving energy and everything to so with conditioning and sensitizing the population to accept restrictions imposed by the state in the name of human caused climate change, despite the fact that archaeological scientific evidence has proven that the Arctic and other frozen locations in the world were once tropical or sub tropical paradises.

Obviously there were no coal burning plants or tar sand developments contributing to a rise in greenhouse gases millennial times millennial ago in the past. Perhaps the Arctic dinosaurs should have had cap and trade agreements and set limits on the amount of methane gas they discharged daily with the Chinese Dinosaurs, and whoever discharged less earned the right to discharge more methane gas.

Of course AGW proponents state that the reason these regions turned tropical is because of heating by "run-amok greenhouse gases" that came about naturally, yet fail to concede that if this is true than greenhouse gases could run-amok naturally again spontaneously. It could happen tomorrow or perhaps Tonie during Earth Hour.

http://www.worldproutassembly.org/archives/2006/06/scientists_say_1.html

Posted by: No-One at March 27, 2010 6:25 PM

My Christmas lights are still up, I will HAVE to plug them in for Human Achievement Hour. I will also be forced to take the 425 cu.in. V8 out for a victory lap. It has glass packs on it. ~:) VROOOOOM!

To quote Sarah Palin, "We are not going to sit down and shut up." Quite the opposite.

I love quoting Sarah Palin. Drives the Lefties into a frothing cranial hernia.

Posted by: The Phantom at March 27, 2010 6:26 PM

Last yr during earth hour, we had the lights ablazin, the oven a cleanin, lawnmower and motorcylce idlin in the carport and the bbq bbqin. But all the lights around the Okanagan Lake here in Peachland were off, it was dark from one end of town to the other, we expect to see the same tonight. I'll kick it up a notch this year with the stereo...and we do have about half a truckload of firewood left over from the winter too now that I think about it.

Posted by: kelly at March 27, 2010 6:29 PM

It was such a nice day today thanks to global warming or seasonal trends (your choice depending on your scientific persuasion, or lack thereof). I'm loathe to give Sask Power any extra revenue from heaters or lights I don't need, so I ate a can of beans for lunch. At 8:30 I'll chase the heifers for a quarter mile so they can belch and break wind with me.

Posted by: WalterF at March 27, 2010 6:37 PM

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Can you yell, "Lights!!!" on a darkened Earth?
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Posted by: noel at March 27, 2010 6:43 PM

Been smoking a brisket all day long. Heaven!

Posted by: Sean at March 27, 2010 6:43 PM

Tonight I will save energy tonight, like not moving my butt out of my chair (except to get another beer). Cleaning my oven sounds like too much work.

Posted by: Texas Canuck at March 27, 2010 6:48 PM

Texas Canuck...you need an oven that is self-cleaning. That way you can sit on your arse conserving valuable energy whilst the oven cleans itself. Without the self cleaning option my oven would stay dirty indefinitely!!

Posted by: kelly at March 27, 2010 6:55 PM

I live in Carolyn Bennett's riding -- a Liberal stronghold, both federally and provincially. It's amazing, man houses with Christmas lights still on every night, 3 months after Christmas ended. And quite a lot of them, too -- on verandas. wrapped aound trees. In spite of this, these homes (many with Liberal signs on their lawns every election, and some Greens too), will have their lights off to mark Earth Hour, just like they did last year.

Hypocrites doing their part.

Posted by: jon at March 27, 2010 6:58 PM

I did my part.

I drove down to the corner store, three times, and made sure that all the trash I created today goes directly into the landfill.

Posted by: ROFLMAOHAHAHEHE at March 27, 2010 7:05 PM

I just want to check I've got everything ready to go just before national oven cleaning hour: one load of laundry so I can have one load in the drier while the whites are washing on the hot cycle; dishes ready for the dishwasher; wok ready to go so I can make stir fry on the element while the oven cleans; fireplace ready to go with a gas-lit wood-burning fire to maximize CO2 output to feed the plants, big screen TV and PVR on ready to watch re-runs of Top Gear road-testing the Lamborghini Mercielago, Aston-Martin DB-9, and Pagani Zonda . . . oh, lights on and french doors open to let in some fresh air and thermostat set to 22 deg C. Oh yes, finish with a shower and turn on the patio heater for a hot chocolate on the patio before bed. Have I missed anything? -- Cozy in Calgary

Posted by: DrD at March 27, 2010 7:10 PM

I can't wait to see what meaningless gesture the CBC uses to commemorate Stone Age Hour during the hockey game.

Posted by: Waterhouse at March 27, 2010 7:11 PM

Over at Anthony's place(WUWT),they show the effects of "Earth Hour". If EVERY electrical using device in the WORLD,including power plants,and EVERY CO2 producing unit(except living)was shut down for the one hour,it would equal 30 SECONDS of China's daily output of CO2.
When ET said repentance,she nailed it,proving AGW/climate change/whatever is nothing more than a religion with its cultists totally brainwashed.

Posted by: Justthinkin at March 27, 2010 7:21 PM

My home, being near the U of A, is in the middle of Dipper Central, so I expect that the block grannies will be out in force tonight, throwing stones at windows where they see lights showing. I wonder if it would be legal or appropriate to return fire.

Posted by: albertaclipper at March 27, 2010 7:28 PM

Back in about an hour! Time to go whip around town in a shiny new sports car. Traction control off so's I can change some rubber into smoke.

Keep yerselves well lit and good and warm while I'm out.........

LMFAO

Posted by: AtlanticJim at March 27, 2010 7:29 PM

Just wondering.

Does "T" stand for tit or twat?

Posted by: Horny Toad at March 27, 2010 7:35 PM

Earth whatever it is coincides with lenin's birthday.

Hmmmmm

The Liberals are planning something (so they say) for 2017.

Co-incidentally that's also the 100th Anniversary of the October Revolution and the plunging of societies into that darkened grip of socialism.

Nawwww. It couldn't be a coincidence. Could it?

Posted by: Curious at March 27, 2010 7:38 PM

I'm turning on every light in the house inside and out(2200 sq/ft developed) not including the undeveloped basement where the lights will be on too, the inner/outer garage lights, I'll have my car idling halfway out the garage door, I've got 2X500 watt halogen work light arrays that'll be set up with one shining on the back of my home and one on the front, I'm going to have all 3 of my convection microwave ovens set on convection and cranked to the max + my regular range/oven, I'll have my 67" Samsung HDTV going, my bedroom boombox, my surround sound system with my PS3.

I'm not going to open my fridge/freezer or basement freezer chests, though, because I have too much invested in food and it wouldn't be an observable statement in our neighbourhood, but my wife says we could do a bunch of laundry and use the clothes washer and dryer during "Earth Hour".

Additionally, we have the largest home Trane air conditioning system available and we'll be running that because our next door neighbour is green oriented and the sound of the conditioner's turbine will make a decent statement.
(just thought of turning on all the fans in all the bathrooms plus I have one of the Honeywell industrial fans that painters use to speed dry a freshly painted room))

Oops, forgot the hand held hair blow dryers(x3) and the dog razors(x3) plus the small kichen appliances: Kitchen Aid mixer and Cuisinart Popcorn Maker, gotta have those going.
Will probably prop up the blow dryers safely on tempered glass cutting boards so they don't ignite anything.

Just doing my part to fight communism.

Posted by: Oz at March 27, 2010 8:04 PM

I have neighbors 2 doors away that are retired school teachers and have Dizzy May's signs on their lawn. For the past 2 years they have gone for a walk during lights out. My delight comes from having every light in the house on and as they walk by flicking the porch light. As you get older some things just excite the shit out of you, then it’s off to bed so I don’t miss my first pee at 1:15.

Posted by: Western Canadian at March 27, 2010 8:08 PM

Horny Toad, more like "T" as in "turd"

For your enjoyment:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UznxI3Z4NU8

Posted by: ROFLMAOHAHAHEHE at March 27, 2010 8:10 PM

I spent "Earth hour" trimming my hedge, trimming edges and cutting the lawn.

Now I am about to fire up the BBQ to eat some PETA (People Eating Tasty Animals) approved chicken.

While burning some propane and viewing said chicken I will have quiet beer on the back deck like a normal "Canuckle-head".

Ciao for now!


Cheers

Hans-Christian Georg Rupprecht, Commander in Chief

1st Saint Nicolaas Army
Army Group “True North"

Posted by: Hans Rupprecht at March 27, 2010 8:11 PM

Just finished consuming barbequed steaks (propane, alas – the wood grilling awaits somewhat better weather)...got the 5kW space heater going in the porch, dishwasher running, will plug in the Christmas lights (only sensible – they’re LEDs...and obvious).

Posted by: Tenebris at March 27, 2010 8:16 PM

i disconnected the fridge light(doing my part), but what a pain to fish out a beer&grub. Taping the welder handle closed solved that.

Posted by: reg dunlop at March 27, 2010 8:20 PM

Anyone else own a Black & Decker Power Monitor (or similar)? I'm going to record my personal peak Human Achievement Hour demand for posterity. It might be fun to have a friendly competition. ;)

Posted by: K Stricker at March 27, 2010 8:24 PM

"T" is likely of no more significance as a name than his favourite dinner of T-bone steak or his 12mm Magnum. If it had any real meaning it would be "tease."

Maybe I'm just in a Pollyanna world of denial thinking that nobody could actually be that uninformed, unless he/she's a Teenager from Toronto.

Posted by: WalterF at March 27, 2010 8:26 PM

Michael Harkov

I'd agree with you about a lot of the political views Carlin had in his later years. His saving the planet routine though was right on point. The notion that humans have it within our power to kill the earth is absurd and the product of an outrageous arrogance on our part. Kudos to him for saying so.

Posted by: bob c at March 27, 2010 8:28 PM

Boy its a good thing there are Conservatives in the world to use that otherwise wasted otherwise electricity. It's not like they can shut down a coal fired or nuclear powered generator for an hour.

Posted by: Joe at March 27, 2010 8:28 PM

One of the local Timmies was in power save mode, actually took me a second to figure out why it was so dim......

Of course with all that great lighting, they got my coffee wrong and had to make me another. Piping hot it is.

Other than the Tims I only saw one house in obvious EH mode. Flickering light and the fireplace just pouring out the smoke........ROFL

Posted by: AtlanticJim at March 27, 2010 8:35 PM

For dinner tonight I've boiled up a 5 gallon pot full of pork ribs.
Now that the fat has been rendered off they're slow cooking in a 12 litre CrockPot in Plum Sauce/LouisianaHotSauce with a pinch of nutmeg and 5 spice.

Will be cooking rice on the range top instead of the rice cooker(more efficient) and adding pineapple slices with red peppers.(both products flown here from far away)

Excellent comment, Joe | March 27, 2010 8:28 PM.

I think using measurable electricity and causing a user spike sends the appropriate message to the government and utility companies.

I got "Earth Hour" support messages from both Shaw internet cable and Maxsecure Spyware Detector providers and I sent both of them scorching e-mails in return telling them they are commie-symps and I am disappointed that they would inject politics into our business relationship and will look for the services they provide elsewhere.

Posted by: Oz at March 27, 2010 8:42 PM

As you had guessed:

Toronto TV providing "ongoing coverage of Earth Hour" right now, with no hint of irony.

Posted by: Kathy Shaidle at March 27, 2010 8:42 PM

Should have thought about this sooner, so I could have made this a cross-Canada event (sorry Newfies and Maritimers, but there's always next year), but it's now 8:30 in Quebec. My lights, my oven, every fan in the place, my computer (obviously), printer are officially now on. I'll have to think about what I can whip up with my mixer and blender. I'll fire up the kettle so I can have a nice soothing cup of tea, too. Make that herbal tea so I can prove what an earth godess I am. I've got some ironing to do, which I'll get to when it's 8:30 here in Saskatchewan. I'll see what I can zap in the microwave, too. Every thing goes off again When it's 9:30 in Victoria. Too bad we don't have an island out there near Hawaii.

Posted by: Louise at March 27, 2010 8:43 PM

Interesting - I live in downtown Toronto and the high rise apartments from my window were, last year, quite dark.

Now, this year, all around me, the lights are ON! People seem to be less of the dumb sheep mentality this year... I mean it ..all the lights in various high rise apartments are on.

Posted by: ET at March 27, 2010 8:47 PM

Well underway here in Montreal. Lights ablaze, washer/dryer going, and you sometimes have to cycle the heat-dry dishwasher option to make sure they all get dry.

No clear winner yet in our annual air-conditioner vs heaters/fireplace. Maybe Toronto TV could come by to give on-going coverage of that old rivalry.

Posted by: bryceman at March 27, 2010 8:47 PM

Posted by: Kathy Shaidle at March 27, 2010 8:42 PM


They may well have done the same thing here, but I would never have known about it. Have not tuned into CBC, CTV or Global for over four years now.

Posted by: AtlanticJim at March 27, 2010 8:53 PM

Lights on, washer and dryer on, dishwasher on, fireplace on (might have to open a window it's warm in here), watching a movie with the kids, the Mrs. is out driving the SUV somewhere...

The lefties were right, it does feel good to participate

Posted by: canuckjack at March 27, 2010 8:54 PM

ET, my condolences on your place of abode. I used to live downtown (~Bay and Irwin St) and found it to be a HUGE pain in the posterior.

Still, it is nice to know that the fashion has changed. Because that's all it is, fashion.

Anyway, my Christmas lights are on, my victory lap is done, and I even tossed in a bit of tire smoke. The Nailhead wanted to run, so I had to let it. ~:)

Posted by: The Phantom at March 27, 2010 8:56 PM

Electric boiler will be on max. All lights (no silly CFL bulbs in this house) will be on. Plasma TV will be on. The grill is currently cooking Alberta steak. Drinking beer imported from Australia.

Asinine ideas such as earth hour can only be laughed at.

Also, how much you do want to be that most readers of this blog how are doing similar things actually care *more* about the environment, in real ways that matter, than the hypocrites who pretend to.

Posted by: TJ at March 27, 2010 9:04 PM

"It is amazing how many busuness, organizations, property management firms etc. do participate."

That's because it's an easy way to impress eco-fascists and doesn't really significantly affect anyone else. Assuredly there would be a lot less participation if these organizations felt they could lose business by making a statement either way.

Posted by: K Stricker at March 27, 2010 9:04 PM

WOW, the snowblower started first pull!

Posted by: canuckjack at March 27, 2010 9:06 PM

This is religion folks! From Canwest:

Meanwhile, Calgary is simply looking to turn down some embarrassment from two years ago, when it was the only Canadian city to have power usage increase on the symbolic day.

The city’s bad reputation for being energy-hungry was only fuelled, pardon the pun, by the 2.1 per cent jump. “Calgary pigs out during Earth Hour,” a Maclean’s magazine headline roared.

But some blamed other priorities, namely Canada’s national pastime. A Flames- versus-Oilers hockey game took place that fateful night.

On the West Coast, some TV were expected to be tuned to the Canucks’ game in San Jose, but darkness was expected to fall at the Telus World of Science, Vancouver City Hall, the legislature buildings in Victoria, the Planetarium, Lions Gate Bridge, and Simon Fraser University.

“Earth Hour is an easy way for each and every one of us to show that we are part of a global movement to fight climate change,” said Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson. “It’s also about how everyone can cut down on energy consumption every hour.”

Posted by: TJ at March 27, 2010 9:08 PM

So many typos in my post at 9:04 PM. Sorry folks, this earth hour rubbish rattles my brain.

Posted by: TJ at March 27, 2010 9:10 PM

Posted by: canuckjack at March 27, 2010 9:06 PM

LOL!!


I think we may have a winner!

Posted by: AtlanticJim at March 27, 2010 9:18 PM

MY HOUSE IS cold ..my heater can't keep up with all the open doors and windows ..lol....anyway i also finished my laundry ...so i looked for anything else i could wash i got three tea towles now and i put them in the washer on large load and i used three regular cups of detergent as well so ..there is some more obnoxious actions to piss off the greentards LOL...brrrrr is it cold out here in calgary ...well to cold to have every door and window open and my heater cranked ..lol...the fan and the space heater are getting some odd looks buti love it ...sitting in my lawn chair in my front yard with a friken space heater and a fan going with a pile of christmas light's on all balled up in a pile ...no wood for fire though. car runnin.

Posted by: paul at March 27, 2010 9:21 PM

bryceman, excellent idea about the dishwasher!
I had forgotten about that one and we ran it earlier today. :o(
However, we have a lot of glassware and Pyrex that we've been itching to get extra clean and use one of those strange gooey little packets that get your glassware and the inside of the dishwasher super clean.

Hat's off to you.

Posted by: Oz at March 27, 2010 9:22 PM

If I'm reading this correctly, Ontario did a fab job of celebrating HAH. Good for them.

http://www.ieso.ca/imoweb/siteShared/demand_price.asp?sid=ic

Posted by: Kathryn at March 27, 2010 9:23 PM

Pretty much every light in the house on, cooking supper, oven on, dishwasher & vacuum cleaner running as well as washers and dryers, tv's, computers ... just doing my part!

Posted by: Kendall at March 27, 2010 9:27 PM

Bottom line, when the forced energy rationing is implemented it's going to be based on the lower limit that Greenies supporting "Earth Hour" can achieve in March.

Anything over that self imposed limit is going to be subject to punitive taxation whether the power plants keep burning tons of coal or not.

I LOVE Kate's relabeling Earth Hour HUMAN ACIEVEMENT HOUR because celebrating that is going to be saving the Canadian way of life, even for all those commie tool Greenies who don't know that they are contributing to it's downfall.

Celebrating HUMAN ACIEVEMENT HOUR is an act of patriotism.

Thank you Kate, for once again leading the way.

Posted by: Oz at March 27, 2010 9:31 PM

I just happened to decide on brewing a batch of beer this evening. Dual 4.5kw elements in the 40L boil keg!

Posted by: ChrisinMB at March 27, 2010 9:40 PM

I recently got home from work so I'm sitting in the computer room now, with all other lights off, and only a 14" portable TV on nearby.

As soon as 8:30 comes around, I'll do my part to keep those generators running at the Gardiner Dam and Coronach Power Plant by:
putting on the kettle,FULL of water, so I can make one cup of hot chocolate;
turn on the oven, so that I can enjoy the ambiance of the glowing coil;
turn on the big screen TV and three other old, energy unfriendly 14" portables in the house;
take a long,hot shower - and perhaps another one around 9:00 - once the water heater has recharged;
make some popcorn on the biggest stovetop element; and
do it all with every light on in and out of the house.

Normal minimal (as required only) utility usage will return at 9:30.

Posted by: rmgk at March 27, 2010 9:42 PM

I wish I still had that Black & Decker electric lawn mower.
I'd have it plugged in and running in the back yard even though the grass hasn't come up yet.

Posted by: Oz at March 27, 2010 9:44 PM

amazing! do some of you live around Selkirk or what??
I'm seeing several xmas lights suddenly pop up and a handfull of extra yard lights on across the horizon!

Posted by: ChrisinMB at March 27, 2010 9:46 PM

Warm enough that I can think about organizing the garage. Of course, first I have to warm it up with the electric heater that seems to have an output of 8 Kw (has it's own special circuit). That and a couple of loads of laundry in the electric drier should be a good start. Unfortunately got invited out tonight and so may not break last years power consumption record but should at least triple my normal power consumption during human achievement hour.

Some of my neighbors participate in "earth hour" and I've always found it strange how they can have so much more garbage to put out every week. I've been composting for years, don't read newspapers and all my paper gets recycled or shredded (paper just doesn't burn that well in my wood stove when I tried that experiment a few years back). Also, my outside lights are 1 W LED lights that are on 24 hours/day and produce a surprising amount of light when one walks around the house in what should be complete darkness (red LED lights are great to preserve night vision if one wants to do some stargazing). Like Anthony Watts I plan on switching to all LED lighting once it becomes priced competitively with incandescent bulbs.

Posted by: loki at March 27, 2010 9:49 PM

Come 8:30 I'm going to top off the batteries on my cell phones and all my battery powered tools and cameras etc.
(can't forget the Dustbusters and Swiffers)

Gee, I think my place needs to be vacuumed, can't sleep tonight thinking there might be dust and dog hair in the carpets.

Posted by: Oz at March 27, 2010 9:52 PM

The National Post had a fine lead editorial today: “Keep your lights on”. Our household did just that.

The last paragraph of the Post’s editorial is worth the price of admission: “Earth Hour has it backwards; it’s the light that saves us, not the dark.”

Amen.

Posted by: lookout at March 27, 2010 10:00 PM

lookout, link please?

Posted by: Oz at March 27, 2010 10:03 PM

kathryn @ 9:23pm....yup. Had a peak (pun intended) at that puppy. I'd say that for HAH they were above the 1000-1300 usage high at about 2030 hrs....around 16.75 GWH. Maybe there is hope.

Posted by: Justthinkin at March 27, 2010 10:10 PM

This poll at the CBC requires our participation:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/pointofview/2010/03/earth-hour-will-you-participate.html

Posted by: Ken at March 27, 2010 10:12 PM

The few houses I can see from my place are about 60% dark. This isn't odd for them, though.
However, I have noticed a lot more cars driving by than usual for a Saturday night.

Posted by: Johann at March 27, 2010 10:13 PM

National Post

http://network.nationalpost.com/NP/blogs/fullcomment/archive/2010/03/27/national-post-editorial-board-leave-your-lights-on.aspx

Posted by: Cjunk at March 27, 2010 10:16 PM

Three computers, TV, and DVD player, plus the usual lights. If I want to live without lights, I'll go camping.

Posted by: MikeM at March 27, 2010 10:17 PM

Thanks, Cjunk, for providing the link for Oz. (I actually didn't have a link as I read the editorial in the newsprint version of the NP.)

Posted by: lookout at March 27, 2010 10:23 PM

Drinking "Shot in the Dark" a fine shiraz imported all the way from Oz in honour of the Hour of Power's Godfather - Tim "Gun'er" Blair.

Kiddies ready at the switches, washer load in for drying in a bit over an hour, next load on stand-by. Dishwasher locked and loaded. Oven ready to self-clean. Remaining Christmas lights - put up by said kiddies - ready to be plugged in by six year old as he joins the festivities for the first time.

However, sadly, this is merely to épater le bourgeois of Oak Bay (who could use considerable épatering) as, in brute reality, all the electricity used will come from renewable, CO2 non-emiting, hydro-power.

Damn!

Posted by: Jay Currie at March 27, 2010 10:27 PM

Oz, here's the link to lookout's reference to the National Post piece:

http://network.nationalpost.com/NP/blogs/fpcomment/archive/2009/03/23/this-earth-hour-leave-the-lights-on.aspx

Posted by: batb at March 27, 2010 10:30 PM

Thank you for the link, folks, SDA commenters are the BEST!

Posted by: Oz at March 27, 2010 10:42 PM

7.4 kW! That's 123 60W lightbulbs turned off cancelled out. Or a metric buttload of CFLs. Not bad for a couple of loads of laundry and some baking.

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=11616989&l=0eb0f54201&id=905670452

Posted by: K Stricker at March 27, 2010 10:52 PM

Looking out my windows, it's sad how many people are still taken in by the Climate Crisis Scam.
Worse still, they don't even comprehend the stakes.

I have to chalk it up to ignorance.
Almost nobody I know knows that the world changed back again on November 20th 2009.
The message that they don't have to live in fear, that the government which couldn't even predict the present economic crash can't predict the future weather or climate.

How can we get the message out?

Posted by: Oz at March 27, 2010 11:04 PM

Saskatoon is doing a wonderful "don't give a damn". Just came back in from fueling up and a car wash. Streets are full, lights are on, bars and restaurants are hopping, and it's as if nobody even knows there is such a thing as Greenie Hour.

Lovely!

Posted by: Cjunk at March 27, 2010 11:04 PM

'Max power, Warp speed nine, Scotty!'
Aye Cap'n. I'm givin' er all she's got! She's goin
ta blow!!...

Posted by: Snagglepuss at March 27, 2010 11:09 PM

Bless you Toon town!
Thanks, Cjunk.

Posted by: Oz at March 27, 2010 11:09 PM

I went to church tonight. I forgot to leave lights on but we got home at 9:00 and turned on a few lights. To my credit I left the computer on while we were gone.

Posted by: soup at March 27, 2010 11:10 PM

Oops, I actually peaked out at 9.9kW once the dryer and oven got heating at the same time. Looks like my goal for next year will be to break 10.

Posted by: K Stricker at March 27, 2010 11:14 PM

It's ALL on. Everything. Except, whoops, the final powering up of the space heater plunged a couple of rooms into darkness. No problem -- plugged it into a different circuit, reset the breaker, and all is again bright, hot, and well!

Happy Earth Day everyone!

Posted by: NormB at March 27, 2010 11:15 PM

Earth hour ... ahem

Posted by: NormB at March 27, 2010 11:17 PM

"I was in Winnipeg last year and was truly amazed at the number participating." T

I am truly amazed at how many T's, like bugs, willfully fly into electric bug zappers.

Posted by: Sounder at March 27, 2010 11:27 PM

Thanks Cjunk for the good news. Blessings on Toon town. We actually thought of driving in to Saskatoon to get some ice cream, but decided to watch the curling semi-final. Christmas lights shining on the brown grass look great though. The dog and the cat were wondering what the Sam Hill is going on.

Oz, you must live in a Gubmint town.

Happy Human Achievement Hour to all!!

Posted by: Ken (Kulak) at March 27, 2010 11:29 PM

"I am truly amazed at how many T's, like bugs, willfully fly into electric bug zappers."
~Sounder

Yeah, I totally have to get one of those.

Posted by: Oz at March 27, 2010 11:29 PM

Well it's earth hour in my town, and what a difference from last year. Noticeably less houses are dark - my neighbors house is pitch black but they are both university professors so it's expected.

Posted by: No-One at March 27, 2010 11:32 PM

As Human Achievement Hour comes to a close here in Alberta, we are happy to continue to celebrate with our western neighbors! (waves at BC) Back to making more microwave popcorn and putting another load in the washer and dryer. Oven is still cleaning itself, dishwasher still going thanks to pot scrubbing mode! Wearing welding goggles here as I have more lights on than my eyes can handle! Gotta love halogen lighting.

Posted by: tabaker at March 27, 2010 11:33 PM

"Oz, you must live in a Gubmint town."
~Ken

I think my town had the highest vote for the Canadian Green Party last election.

The city council is totally corrupt.
No aldermanic ridings, if someone wants to bring new blood to the table they have to beat the lowest vote that any single individual on the council gets.

Not democratically responsible at all.
There is no mechanism for input to the city council for legislation.
City size about 35K and growing like a weed but better than living in Calgary, which was a city I used to love heart and soul.

Posted by: Oz at March 27, 2010 11:38 PM

Well, it was a challenge, but I think I managed to absorb a good number those electrons that were flying around because the eco-weenies weren't making good use of them.

Posted by: John Luft at March 27, 2010 11:42 PM

Thw whole point of Earth Hour and the like is to get people comfortable with deprivation. If the loony left takes over, there won't be much in material goods to go around any more due to a lack of capitalism, so they've prepared an opportunity for get used to that.

As Ayn Rand said, "The socialists used to claim that when their system took over, everybody would have shoes. When they discovered the truth, they declared that it was preferable to go barefoot."

Posted by: nv53 at March 27, 2010 11:50 PM

I forwarded the Ross McKitrick essay from WUWT to everyone on my e-mail list, but my brother wrote as follows:
"Sorry, no time to check out R.M. missive; frantically setting up more front yard lighting in addition to the multiphase 200 Amp distribution system feeding multi killowatt lighting fixtures pointing at Dixie's and my houses, including strobe lights and sequenced ropelights. I have removed the safety (chassis) ground wire from the fixtures, so if David Suzuki comes by he may well be (justifiably) incinerated.
.....Dave..
p.s., I am not kidding about the lighting........."

Posted by: catch22 at March 27, 2010 11:51 PM

Is this the truth they discovered, nv53?

http://tinyurl.com/ydhh5hl

I would wear the shoes, if need be, so that I could march against the socialists and avenge those who had worn them before me.

Have we learned anything yet?
What does it take to realize we are frogs and the water in the pot is getting uncomfortably warm?
Let us not sleep, there are miles and miles to go before we do.

Posted by: Oz at March 28, 2010 12:05 AM

as much as it drives me crazy, I did not use my clothesline today, instead my linens were thrown in the dryer. tomorrow I'm going to rewash them and hang em outside 'cause I just love the smell of bedding hung outside.

Posted by: kelly at March 28, 2010 12:06 AM

'cause I just love the smell of bedding hung outside.
~kelly

Yeah, they smell great.
But the Canada geese are returning and I'm going to have to pressure wash the outside of my house.

Posted by: Oz at March 28, 2010 12:20 AM

Hmmmmm, nobody on my street had their lights out for Earth Hour...maybe there are more rebels around here than I thought, hahaha!!

Posted by: Soccermom at March 28, 2010 12:21 AM

I didn't know SDA had a contest for the position of village idiot??

Posted by: Joe Citizen at March 28, 2010 12:40 AM

"Hmmmmm, nobody on my street had their lights out for Earth Hour...maybe there are more rebels around here than I thought, hahaha!!"
Posted by: Soccermom at March 28, 2010 12:21 AM

I wish I could say the same, I got to play spot the communist and I have a lot names to report if only McCarthy were around...

Posted by: Justme at March 28, 2010 12:45 AM

hey Oz @ 12:20 the flapping sheets/towels keeps the birds away...as an aside I'm actually not supposed to hang laundry as it's considered "unsightly" by the powers that be. I don't hang ginch, bras, jeans and shirts. Just towels and sheets. The city fathers don't me running my dryer but don't want me to use my clothesline either.

Posted by: kelly at March 28, 2010 1:30 AM

I can send you an application form if you like, Joe.

Posted by: Kate at March 28, 2010 2:08 AM

That car looks like a cross between a V.W. bug front, & a Gremlin rear. With probably the safety features of a Pinto.
JMO

Posted by: Revnant Dream at March 28, 2010 2:19 AM

opps wrong thread. My mistake.

Posted by: Revnant Dream at March 28, 2010 2:22 AM

Kate, between the the threads here and the priceless comments to the article in the NP regarding the Liberal think fest, I haven't laughed so much in months.

Posted by: Ken (Kulak) at March 28, 2010 2:42 AM

better send T one too,Kate. It's a toss-up whether Joe or T would win. Hey,maybe you could make it a dual King/Queen thingie?!?!?!?

Posted by: Justthinkin at March 28, 2010 3:14 AM

Hey now, we want to be inclusive right?

Send Iberia one as well.

Posted by: AtlanticJim at March 28, 2010 7:31 AM

SDA commenters really are the best. Absolutely hilarious.

Kate, once again, brilliant.

I was at a fundraiser last night for the Saskatoon City Hospital Foundation. $125K was raised that will go to MS research. Now that is a worthwhile cause, and not some BS wealth distribution scheme.

And not one mention of Earth Hour at any time by anyone including the organizers at the event. Proud to be from SK.

Posted by: The Greek at March 28, 2010 10:13 AM

Don't worry JC,there was no contest,you're still the champ.

Posted by: h.ryan at March 28, 2010 3:20 PM

Posted by: Oz at March 27, 2010 8:42 PM

I got "Earth Hour" support messages from both Shaw internet cable and Maxsecure Spyware Detector providers and I sent both of them scorching e-mails in return telling them they are commie-symps and I am disappointed that they would inject politics into our business relationship and will look for the services they provide elsewhere.

Oz am a little concerned that Maxsecure Spyware Detector program may be a rogue program.The reason i mention it was because i had never even heard of it on reputable security sites.Lo and behold a quick google search turned up this link from a trusted site you may want to do a little digging around.

Ya might wanna dump it sooner than that here is a link to start http://www.mywot.com/en/forum/5430-maxpcsecure-com-attack-on-mywot

Some good programs i recommend are Malwarebytes Antimalware and SuperAntiSpyware just my 2 cents worth.Take it for what is worth.

Posted by: I Luv Al Gore [ NOT ] at March 28, 2010 7:22 PM

Kate:

My nephew is a press secretary in Ottawa. Trust me when I say that your pictures of the electric heater and the old "avocado" fridge may excite your hillbilly friends from Northern Saskatchewan, (not to mention the postcard of the morons with their Xmas lights on in March,) they serve nothing but to embarass those "right wing" Conservatives who might want to see a majority government in Canada before too long.

But then I guess that part of being the village idiot is making the same error over and over again, and expecting that things will get better!

Posted by: Joe Citizen at March 29, 2010 1:11 AM

Joe Citizen, I was looking forward to your comment—until I got 29 words into your sanctimonious drivel. I thought you were going to say: “My nephew is a press secretary in Ottawa. Trust me when I say that your pictures of the electric heater and the old ‘avocado’ fridge ma”. . . de him laugh.

As I’ve got some pretty impressive Ottawa connections myself—just so you’ll know I’ve got some standing here—why don’t you and your illustrious nephew just stu . . . I mean, cool it?

Posted by: lookout at March 29, 2010 10:29 PM
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