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Good Gaia Day

By Steve Woodman
28 Jul 2010
 

 
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Doomed Planet

“Today’s debate about global warming is essentially a debate about freedom. The environmentalists would like to mastermind each and every possible (and impossible) aspect of our lives.”

Vaclav Klaus
Blue Planet in Green Shackles

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Sunday night, December 12

“What light is that?”

The strident voice sliced through my breast and made me jump.

 “A garden light. A solar garden light.”

“Show me.”

After a moment of careless examination my only light is tossed back. I catch it and, for a heart stopping second, juggle the pale insipid thing.

“Conditioners?”

“Only one. It’s disconnected.”

Torch beams slide across my walls, heavy boots stride by me, crow bars rip into wood, the air conditioner unit tumbles through the shadows and bounces on the floor.

“Fridge? Stove?”

“Disconnected,” I say and then recite, “no stove, no jug, no toaster,”

“Good, very good.”

“All clear,” a minion yells.

“Good Gaia Day, miss,” the squad leader bids me before stomping away.

Other green shirts, illuminated by my solar garden light, pick up the dislodged unit and carry it out. They shoulder me aside. I bite my lip and watch them go.

Outside they toss the unit onto the recycling pile where it joins my TV set. In the hour since the Earth First Brigade had descended on our neighborhood the heap has grown to quite a height. Other green shirts, shining eerily in the dazzling light of their torches, raise their axes and lay into the dumb metal boxes as if they were killing a rabid dog, quickly reducing the sleek fashionable curves into tangled metal and plastic.

Gaia Day, Gee Day, has come to the street where I live.

See the rest of one nightmarish week ruled by the green shirts:
http://www.quadrant.org.au/blogs/doomed-planet/2010/07/good-gaia-day

Thanks to Doug McIntyre for this link

 


 





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