I guess exaggerated positions are usually reactions against the opposite exaggerated positions. I could never figure out why homosexualists would go on and on about homophobia - who hates gay people after all - who could be bothered to? But lo and behold some people do. Not many, but some.
And anti-semitism, who the heck hates Jews, really? But, again, there you have it, some people do...
Of course, claims of homophobia and anti-semitism are more often than not straw men, accusations meant to undermine opponents in a round-about way. Like atheists calling the Gospel of John anti-Semitic, as if they really care about Jews and Judaism.
There is also a grain of truth in environmentalism, as much as I hate to admit it. I've always detested littering. My father loved nature and passed that on to us. By no means, though, am I a 'save the rain forest' kind of guy, even though I think the rain forest sounds like a great thing. I am more of a 'save the human babies' kind of guy.
There is a grain of truth in environmentalists' accusations against the big oil companies too, and all their conspiratorial stuff. Well, I should say some of their conspiratorial stuff. I was very surprised to see how many anti-environmentalist people were here in Barry's Bay generally. It was weird, and I thought kind of un-Catholic. Then I finally got what a lot of their concern was about: environmentalism is usually anti-human, anti-life. And that explains most of their hatred.
But it doesn't explain everything. There is also a great deal of opposition to wind-power here in the Madawaska Valley, and I cannot for the life of me figure out why.The reason I am bringing up this whole topic is that I was reading over the flier of a woman who is running for town councillor here. Her name is Linda Neuman. I am not singling her out and saying she is the worst of the candidates. In fact, I haven't learned yet who the other ones are. But I can't simply turn a blind eye to this statement she makes:
SOS... Save Our Skylines!!! I do not want to look out my window or drive on the roads of our township and have to see wind turbines dotting the skyline.
To say that this is the stupidest thing I've read in a while isn't to say this is the stupidest person I've encountered in a while. Perhaps there were some typos here, she was tired, it wasn't proofread, etc.
Here's a few pictures of the kind of thing she is talking about:
|hideous how it accentuates the skyline in a repulsive Rembrantesque manner|
|I threw this in because our township is forested, |
and this is the type of carnage we can expect to our skyline
|Imagine one of these in the outskirts of Douglas. It would look so pretty against the backdrop of a dairy farm. |
And, bonus: it'd help to keep the cows warm throughout the long, cold winters.
|And this one reminds me of my mom's hometown: Saint John, New Brunswick, |
not for nothing called the "armpit of the Maritimes."
The armpit, one of the best parts of the human frame.
|This is actually kind of cool. A picture of how the Borg would run things.|
|Beijing. Coal. Smog. Lovely. No nasty windmills.|
|I love this image from NASA.|
China, you have so much to teach us.
Come out of your thick blanket of smoke and teach us your ways!
|Dare we to dream - |
Barry's Bay in twenty years if we keep those nasty windmills out.
Alright, 'nough said. You get my point.
In a nutshell. Why do people object to windmills?! Are they really being paid off by the oil barons or Northern Ontario coal mining interests? Windmills are not ugly. They produce absolutely no pollution, which is good for fish, trees, deer, children, and town councillors - all the things that the Madawaska Valley Township loves!
You will never find me talking about environmental issues again. I'm going out to kill a seal to make myself feel better...
(This is when someone tells me that Linda Neuman is their grandmother's cousin's bestfriend who saved 17 children from a burning school bus, and doanted all of her bone marrow to children with skinned-knees.)