Posted On: Friday - August 21st 2020 11:22AM MST
In Topics:   Music  Treehuggers  Environmental Stupidity
(Did I get that translation right, Mr. Ganderson?)
Here in America, with other hysteria taking priority, we have gotten a welcome break from the harangues and harassment of the treehuggers for half a year now. "Greta who?" Right? Occasionally the Kung Flu stupidity and the Global Climate DisruptionTM stupidity are combined into a larger, denser piece of stupidity by some enterprising, even stupider people. The hysteria from each one combine not arithmetically but as a product, i.e.
M = 1/2 h2 So / (tms - t), where
h = hysteria (usually in units - gallons of spittle per university credit hour)
So = background stupidity level
tms = time of Peak Stupidity (we will need to change our banner graph)
M = Madness
Don't forget the factor of 1/2!
This break in the Environmental Stupidity must have created some space in my mind for flashbacks to the early 1990s and the treehugger agenda at that time. The goals were much more specific back then. I don't at all condone lying about saving owls and their habitat when it's really about saving old growth forests, mind you. That's what it was. I have no problem at all with Americans trying to save the old growth forests, but a) Put your money where your mouth is, as you are destroying good jobs in the process, and b) Don't lie about it, using cute owls and lynxes as your poster boys.
However, yeah, I'd hate to see the whales gone from the oceans of the world, so, save the whales you say? Maybe I'm down with that. Tell me more. A local musician that'd play a lot on the outdoor deck at a bar nearby had a "save the whales" number in his repertoire of mostly original songs. He was not crazed radical, just a young man who could play folk guitar and wanted to pick up chicks, like everyone else. I never did get straight whether this whale tune was his song or not, because part of the lyrics were the "Oh, oh, and up she rises...", but not followed by "way down in the sea-oh", as the old song from a kid's version(?) of 20,000 Leagues under the Sea went. I had this faint memory of the music from that kids story and something about one Captain Nemo (no, not the Saving Nemo Nemo).
In the chorus though, the song went "... going out to kill the whales". Well, that's not nice! When you go back to the early 1990s though, the country was still sane enough to where not every criticism had to be about America. It was not mostly American boats still doing whaling, but Japanese ones. If they can eat sushi, I guess whale fillets would go over well there too - high in Omega-6 acids, with maybe a side of blow-hole soup, why not? The Save the Whales crowd at least had an actual, tangible piece of destruction of our ecosystem to work against, rather than lame-ass, non-workable mathematical models of the entire Earth's climate. They didn't mind criticizing the Japanese, too - I recall this.
Maybe it was just me being a lot younger, but it seemed back then that the treehuggers back in the day were just an impediment for some industries, annoying, but pretty good songwriters. The treehuggers of the present day, with their plans to change entire economies*, seem to be a threat to the very existence of America, as if we didn't have plenty others of those.
PS: I never saw an instance of this particular anti-whaling song helping our musician friend pick up chicks. Maybe that's just my failure to hang out at the bar till 3 in the morning, like some of the people there. He was a good guy though. I hope he was able to make at least a semi-living playing music.
* I gotta say, the refusal of President Trump to sign the ridiculous Paris Treaty was one of his most solid moves.