Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Oz TV advises CO2-emitting children to die early

Carbon Cult sickos are under fire for an interactive website that tells children they should die because they emit CO2.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation's "Planet Slayer" site invites young children to take a "greenhouse gas quiz", asking them "how big a pig are you?". At the end of the quiz, the pig explodes, and ABC tells children at "what age you should die at so you don't use more than your fair share of Earth's resources!"

Chris Wren responds:

It's not that hard to imagine a Logan's Run scenario in which the state sets a predetermined limit to human lifespan for the good of the planet. Or more precisely, it's not hard to imagine that there are plenty of nutjobs out there who dream of making that scenario a reality.

Again and again we're told that change starts at home, and the burden of global disaster management is hefted onto the shoulders of people whose definition of reality has been shaped by a landscape of stripmalls and (relatively) cheap gasoline. (Good luck changing the world, folks; you'll need it.)

So ultimately it's not consumers I worry about. And although Terence McKenna was largely correct when he characterized conspiracy theories as "epistemological cartoons," there really are people manning the ship . . . and they're perfectly aware that it's started to sink.


Anonymous said...

Agreed 100% Mac. I have always felt that the evironmental puzzle can never be effectively put on a path to healing until big government and big buisiness are held accountable for their models of opperation.

We "the consumers" have in a sense deluded ourselves into thinking that we are the primary cure for our environmental woes. That's not the case at all. It's the old oil dogs and their vice like grip on almost every aspect of modern energy culture who need to take action. While their pockets continue to fill it is VERY unlikely that they will change on their own.

Government oversight, legislation and heavy financial penalties could potentially drive change. Unfortunately our governments are in need of serious regime change and agency house cleaning to make that happen.

I keep a small candle burning for those on the cusp of whistle blowing. There MUST be a few good people in that rats nest. There just must be.


Justin said...

What is this "Carbon Cult" they refer to?

Mac said...


What is this "Carbon Cult" they refer to?

Environmentalists, I assume.

Justin said...

Hey, that means The Register is staffed by dicks! Oh well.

Funny stuff all around anyway.