Whale Wars Season 2 Espisode 5: The Unintimidatables

Though there is good commentary in all my Whale Wars posts,  you can find my newest post on the subject here.

I have been waiting for this episode with baited breath. Finally, the Japanese are going to retaliate.  Let the LRAD begin.  Mr. Sulu set LRAD for ‘decimate!’

The show began with a ‘white powder’ being opened in an envelope while at the dock.  The ship was quarantined while anthrax tests were done.

I don’t buy this for a minute after the ‘Shooting’ at the end of last season, I don’t believe this at all.  I smell a rat.

Let me supply another possibility.  All of this generates a lot of media coverage which gets the Sea Shepherds in the news, they look like victims, and their donations go up.  And, all it costs is an envelope, a stamp and some Tide.  I’ll put my money on this.

After determining that it was not anthrax, they loaded back up, and set sail again.  They had just reached dangerous waters again, when the bucket of bolts known as the Steve Irwin lost all power, including engines, and was dead in the water.  Where is a storm when we need one?  It’s just amazing how much time and money these guys waste because all of their equipment breaks down.  I wonder how many poor whales were slaughtered while the ship was not running.  At least, the Japanese won’t starve.

I was thrilled to see that the Dutch, who for some reason allow the Sea Shepherds to fly under their flag, had ordered the Sea Shepherds to cease throwing objects from their ships at the Japanese.

The Sea Shepherds’ interpretation of this order is that they will have to throw their chemical bombs from the smaller boats instead of the Steve Irwin.  This is great because the Sea Shepherds have proven that they can barely get these boats launched at all much less attack the Japanese from them.

The first mate announced that the Japanese have LRAD.  It is clear that at least some of them see the inherent danger in being in a small boat or helicopter if LRAD is used on them.  One of the crew made the wisest statement that has ever been made on the show when he said, “Usually plans are made around worse-case scenarios.  However, we seem to be foolishly making plans around best case scenarios.”  That guy should be captain.

After being tipped off, the Sea Shepherds find the Japanese.  However, when they find the processing ship, there is also a harpoon ship.  Then, another harpoon ship comes up behind them.  The narrator refers to the fact that the Sea Shepherds are ‘very outnumbered.”  The truth is that it is the Sea Shepherds who are attacking the Japanese.  Then, to add suspense, some whales showed up also.  Drama, drama, drama.

Now, engorged with the fuel that drives all reason from their bodies, ‘passion’, the Sea Shepherds commit themselves to the attack.

Since this episode ended so anticlimactically, so will this post….

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Whale Wars Season 2 Episode 2: The Flexibility of Steel

Though there is good commentary in all my Whale Wars posts,  you can find my newest post on the subject here.

Last week, a guy with a computer and high speed internet accused me of being a “consumer vampire” on my Whale Wars post.  That was the same week the ‘green’ guy at work showed up with a new Jeep “because it was cheaper than a Prius.”  Oh, the hypocrisy.

This week started with the ship negotiating through three or four pieces of ice.  How anticlimactic. 

They quickly found a harpoon ship.  They then plotted an intercept course which put them on a collision course with the Japanese ship.  I found it very interesting that the narrator of the show credited Captain Paul Watson’s years of experience with being the reason a collision was avoided.  Years of experience?  There was a whole ocean out there that he could have used to avoid putting his ship on a collision course with the Japanese ship.  It was Watson who plotted the ‘collision course’ in the first place.  It was his responsibility therefore to make sure it did not happen.

Then they launched a chase boat that, of course, it immediately went straight off in the wrong direction in rough seas and fog.  And, of course they once again were out of communication.  I swear it is just a matter of time until some of these people die.  They are like a bunch of irresponsible children.

The finally found the chase boat again, and it was probably another overblown event for television, but I really feel it was probably more dangerous than that.  They did give a lame excuse for not answering calls from the ship when they got back.

Then they went to sleep and woke up surrounded by ice.  Attempting to get out of it, they showed the real stress on the boat as ice was ramming into the hull.  I was amazed at the idiot who informed the two people who were assigned to stay below decks that if there was a leak they were to stay there until it was stopped.  F that.  I would have quickly informed him of his option to stay there if ‘the hull were breached.’  Amazing.

My favorite quote of the night was from the guy who said, “This would not be a good place to sink.”  Really?  The Antarctic is not a good place to sink?

I find myself reacting to these people like I do when I see someone driving very recklessly down a crowded highway.  I just hope they do not cause harm to someone else when they finally plow into something.

Google Crawls into Bed with Al Gore (Yuck!)

Thank goodness for Google!

It seems Google has teamed up with Algore to make the world safe for everyone.  They have decided to add the ocean floor and Mars to Google Earth.  That’s cool.  I’ll probably poke around a little and try to learn something from this.

But wait!  What was Algore  doing there?  Oh yeah, he was there to show his support for their new ‘Global Warming Add-on’ feature.  It seems they will use mounds and mounds of satellite data (sometimes dating back as far as a decade) to us how we are destroying the Earth.  This is a new low in the shallow-data scientific propaganda that is the favorite weapon of the Greenies.  Maybe, they drove up and down my street last week to get updated maps of how Global Warming was effecting the ice from the storm we had last Wednesday.  I do live in Texas so the effects of Global Warming were pretty apparent the next day on that ice.

They intend to focus on ‘evidence’ that will support their view.  For instance, they will show the melt off of the biggest glacier in Glacier National Park over the last decade.  They probably will not focus on the glaciers that are growing in Norway, the Himalayas, on Mount Logan in Canada, on Mount Shasta and other places.  This would not be good for their agenda.  Just in case, however, people are not able to interpret disaster from the images, Google will provide videos ‘contributed by scientists and organizations around the world.’   By doing so, they will explain how the images support their Global Warming contentions.

I find it irresponsible and disingenuous for Google and a group of people who claim to be scientists (Al Gore and Jimmy Buffett are definitely not scientists) to put this out as if it will educate people about global warming.  There cannot be enough data at Google’s disposal, at this point, to allow anyone, even a scientist to draw a conclusion about Global Warming, Earth warming trends or the possible effects of either.

The clincher was at the end of the FoxNews article where Google CEO Eric Schmidt said, “What it really is… is a platform for science and research and literally understanding the future of the world.”  Isn’t that statement a little much?  I buy that having this data as a repository for future study could be beneficial down the road, but a good scientist does not draw a conclusion, or ‘predict the future’ when only 1% of the data is available to study.  Truly, you might as well use the melt off from my lawn last week to predict the future.

Obama’s Short Honeymoon

Today’s inauguration went off with pomp and circumstance which has not been seen in the world since the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana.  Just as when these two were married, the sky seems to be the limit.  How could anything ever go wrong?  Everyone, it seems, is smashing themselves together with the sole aim of showing their support for a new messiah…, I mean president.

I, as most good Americans that voted for someone other then Obama (I am not saying you are a bad American I you voted for Obama), will support him as the elected leader of our country, and hope that he leads us well as a nation.  I am struck with the fear that he will appoint several young, liberal Supreme Court justices in his first year, and then follow in Clinton’s footsteps and expand the use of executive orders, thus legislating from the desk (oval office).

As far as the honeymoon goes, I hope Obama is ready.  Of course, the Republicans in Congress will be looking for anything and everything to criticize.  I look back on Clinton’s presidency and remember how ashamed I was when Republicans refused to support the use of force to stop the genocide that was happening in Bosnia.  If Obama looks to the right for support, he will get none.  This, I think, is expected.

What will be unexpected will be that the first shots will come from his own supporters.  In a few months, as he begins to face the reality of what withdrawal from an instable Iraq means to international peace, he will stall the withdrawal, and former supporters like Cindy Sheehan will draw first blood.  This, however, will only be the beginning.

Guantanamo will be another place where former supporters will turn on him.  It cannot be shut down.  Even if we decide to put all the detainees on trial, it will take years perhaps even a decade to hear them all.

The environmental movement will be even worse.  These people have lived their lives blaming the U.S. and lack of government intervention for every problem that they can conceive (and I do mean conceive).  The point is that in these economic times, it will not benefit Obama to hop on board with a bunch of wealth sapping green ideas, and he won’t.  Their expectations will be through the roof, and he will be able to deliver even less than he probably wants to.

Eventually, all of these and other special interest groups will realize that they are getting little more with Obama than they had with Bush, and then they will re-arm themselves with the only real weapon that they have, blame.  Unfortunately, for Obama, the there will be no one else to blame but him.

Let it Mellow?

I was appalled a couple of months ago while watching Battleground Earth.  The only reason I watched any of it in the first place was to hate on the green-loving global warming crowd, and I was given richly rewarded with ample amounts of fodder in this context.

In this program, whenever they would come backfrom a break, there would be a mini-PSA which included a celebrity giving an ‘informative’ suggestion for helping to stay ‘green.’  It was during one these bits that I became shocked and appalled.  A rock group (I think it was the Black Crows) suggested, most offensively, “Remember, when you go to the restroom, ‘if it’s yellow, let it mellow’, but ‘if it’s brown, flush it down.'”  Now, it is possible that I am naive or sheltered, but I had never heard this before.  However, I understood immediately what they were suggesting and felt revulsion.

So, now the green-Nazis not only tell you how to live your life, and how to be buried, they follow you into the restroom and leave you with a nice smell of rank ammonia.  For me, any of this is too much.  I will not take part.  Most unfortunately, however, it appears that someone that I work with watched the same episode of Battleground Earth, and took it to heart.  It seems every time I go to the restroom at work, some nice greenie has left their smelly yellow behind and neglected to flush.  So, the first thing I do is cancel their green vote by flushing the contents, and de-fouling the air a little.  Then, I make my own contribution, and flush again to make sure that the water is effectively wasted.  Besides, I am sure the Bible has something in it somewhere that forbids a righteous man from mixing his pee with that of an unrighteous man.

My Faith is Shaken

The fact that Marcus Eriksen and Joel Paschal have survived affects my faith, and it is, at the same time an argument against Darwin’s law of natural selection.  Usually, when you get a group of people who do something extremely dangerous for a cause, you can count on emergency personnel being called at the least or, more probably a call to the coroner.  Somehow, these two numbskulls survived their ordeal.

Even though we are frequently presented stories where people do not respect nature, I am surprised each time I see another.  The past few years have brought us the stories of Timothy Treadwell (the Grizzly Man), Christopher McCandless (Into the Wild), and Carl McCunn who each paid the ultimate price for their lack of respect for nature.

So, today I was surprised when I read the story of the two guys who made it to Hawaii from California in a makeshift raft that had pontoons filled with empty plastic water bottles.  This is amazing, because the ocean is one of the most dangerous places on the Earth.  A person should never get out in the ocean in a ‘makeshift’ anything, and if you do, you are most likely to die.  Unfortunately, these guys made it, and I say ‘unfortunately’ because undoubtedly this will inspire more young people to make these foolish decisions. 

These guys are going to even get more publicity for their irresponsible activities because they have tied their trip to the green movement.  You see, they used the plastic bottles in an attempt bring awareness to the problems presented by too many wasted plastic bottles.  And, we all know that in the green movement intent is everything, whether it ends up hurting the planet (or actual people) or not.  A good example of this is the green movement’s continued support for biofuels even after it has been shown that they are impractical and will cause real damage to the world (in the form of destruction of habitat to provide land to grow enough corn) and people (through starvation caused by lack of sufficient grain sources and higher prices) if they are accepted.  Moreover, these guys have provided themselves a place in the lore of all green people for performing a quest based in the highest of all green motivations, Awareness.

Honestly, it is best for all if people who take part in these foolish schemes meet a bad fate, that way the rest of us are reminded that nature is something to be respected and sometimes feared.  This healthy respect keeps the rest of us safer and gives us good examples that we can use to teach our kids.

As a parting shot, here is a picture of the load of garbage that these two guys left on the islands that the rest of us call paradise.

I hope they get a ticket for littering.

 

Battlegroud Earth Episode One

I watched the new terrible Planet Green Series Battleground Earth last night.   I began keeping score last night, and so far I could not find a winner, or a person even in the lead, but there were losers.  Oh yes, there were losers, and the main loser was the Earth itself.  The program began with Ludacris in a recording studio, and oddly enough, I did not see one tree in the room with him.  There was, however, a lot of recording equipment that looked very high-tech, and not one solar panel to be seen.  As he and Tommy Lee both hopped on large jets and made their respective ways to New Orleans, I began to wonder if they were using Big Blue to calculate the amount of carbon offsets that were going to be required to save the Earth from the damage that this show alone was doing to the environment.  But hey, it was OK, they were destroying the Earth in order to save it, get it?

They proceeded to all pile into minivans and drive all over town (lost) on some sort of scavenger hunt.  As they circled the city with fumes belching from the vans, I think I saw them pass a teary eyed Indian four or five times.

When they final made it to the oddly named Battleground Baptist Church, they were instructed to build “Life Pods” which were basically metal closets with solar panels on top of them.  The owner of the company was there to explain to us how these “Life Pods” were going to revolutionize the third world by being used as homes, schools and hospitals run solely on solar power.  As he said this about these closets, I saw the scene from Zoolander in my mind where he brushes the model of the school off the table and exclaims, “What is this, a school for ants?”  I went to the website for these “Lifepods” and the solar panels on top of them, and I could not find any pictures of any third world person using one of these products.  In fact, the closets, I mean “Lifepods” were depicted as pool houses next to mansions that must have been worth millions.  I tried to find pricing for them, but there is no mention of cost anywhere on the web.  The solar panels, of which there were a dozen for each closet, I mean Lifepod, go for about a grand ($1000) a piece.  I’m sure that African goat herders are ratting back every cent right now trying to get enough money to buy one of these ‘houses.’

Later, as the Life Pods were being constructed, a question was brought up to the owner of the company about how they would work if it was cloudy.  I almost laughed as he said (and I paraphrase), “Well, there will still be electricity.  It is just a case of how much.”  That’s great.  I guess if you are heading to a Lifepod hospital on a cloudy day, you don’t want to be having a heart attack and need a Defibrillator.

Tommy Lee’s friend Nina later took an old work truck that was definitely not a hybrid to get a group of guys to do their work for them so that they could drink (oh, the sacrifices these guys make).  The show lingered on for a full hour, and Tommy Lee’s team won the episode.  As the show wound down, the participants were stuffing their faces at another party (let’s see, that is three concerts, two parties, and all the three camera shoots.  Big Blue may finish that Pi calculation before he finishes calculating all these offsets).  Tommy Lee hopped the ‘Red Eye’ (a flight that is generally more wasteful because there are fewer people onboard) to the next destination.  When the aptly named Ludacris saw this, he called a friend and had a G-5 private jet sent to get him (no joke).  I give props to the green supporter who left this comment on the Battleground Earth forum: “In the end Ludacris calls for a private jet to come pick them up so they can beat the other team to wherever they were going next? Well now I am impressed that they have taken the green message to heart. Did they eat some baby seal meat with ivory chop sticks on the ride?”

There were other things to hate about this show.  Among them was the constant sexist objectification of women, but that’s OK if you are saving the Earth.  There were at least three shots and references to Rick’s Cabaret, and Tommy Lee’s fellow competitor Nina felt the need to remind him that he, and his friends were not to try and stick their hands down her pants (If that is all Tommy Lee tries stick down her pants, she will be lucky).  Another thing to hate were the frequent drug references as if this were acceptable or cute.  But again, were are saving the planet here so that makes it good.  Similarly, drinking was also glorified in the episode.

Early on we were introduced to Debbie Levin, who I will refer to from now on as the Devil.  She is producing this pile of tripe, and runs an organization called the Environmental Media Association.  She literally took credit for getting “all the stars being involved in environmentalism” by encouraging a few to start driving Hybrids.  She told Ludacris and Tommy Lee that in the same way that other stars followed the lead of people like Leonardo DiCaprio, their fans would adopt the green lifestyles exhibited by Tommy and Ludacris (beware, oh Earth).  I found her attitude high-handed, and self aggrandizing while showing little respect to ‘the fans’ of these people for being persons who could make up their own minds.  On top of that, if these people are so easily influenced, perhaps it would be better to show Ludacris and Tommy Lee reading books or exercising rather than drinking, and acting sexist.

In the end, this program is simply another example of the fact that the supporters of the green movement have no boundaries.  They have created a new religion.  One in which any means justifies the end (saving the planet), and blind fervor is idealized.  This has occurred throughout history.  One great example is the Crusades, a period of time in which people in their religious fervor would volunteer to go and kill other people (and maybe get killed themselves) due to the religious zeal of the time in which they lived.  It is only a matter of time until the people of this movement also turn violent, but until that happens we will have to be content with watching the visual-violence that they have brought to television that is known as Battleground Earth.