Mabye why we have endangered species is because of the 'scientists' trapping them, putting them to sleep, pushing probes up their butts. I live in the suburbs and i have Hawks, Falcons, Skunks, raccoons, deer and bear traipsing thru my yard. George is right, leave the damn planet alone. I the planet can recover from all the disasters from the past, it will recover from whatever we do. The environmentalists are more concerned with relevance and jobs than saving the planet. They built the pyramids faster than the EPA cleans up superfund sites. Enough!!!!
A guy famous for his comedy delivers the most effective 7-minute rebuttal of the last 40 years of environmental claptrap.
We miss you George, good thing Penn & Teller are here to continue your good works!
Of course, the flip side to this is that in his last years Carlin was a bitter, vicious misanthrope who celebrated disasters and mass human death. And on issues other than the environment, he was a knee-jerk leftist and militant atheist who would have probably held most of AD's readership in contempt.Posted by Aquila at April 23, 2010 8:23 AM
And then there's the item floating around the blogosphere about Ringo Starr's jaundiced view of government:
Everything the government touches turns to crap
Toss in Ted Nugent and we've got a Holy Trinity to go with the apostles like Dennis Miller, John Voight, and others.Posted by Don Rodrigo at April 23, 2010 8:51 AM
Posted by WWWebb at April 23, 2010 8:57 AM
It appears to me that people who can engage in critical thinking are an endangered species...
Thank you, thank you, thank you. I needed that detox after all those green weenies yesterday.
Turns out Benjamin Braddock's mentor was right all along: "Plastics my boy, Plastics"Posted by Dewey From Detroit at April 23, 2010 11:16 AM
If you look at a video of the movements of the earth's crust, time-lapsed, you see churning like cookie dough in an electric mixer. What used to be on the surface is now five miles under, and sea beds millions of years old now stare down at us from the tops of freeway embankments. Liberal guilt over adding a few plastic bags to the recipe is just narcissism. Gaia can, and someday no doubt will, shrug man and his puny industrial products off like an elephant dispatching a gnat.
As the t-shirts say: The earth is fine - save yourself.
Earth flows through and around challenges like water through rocks. Humans, however, can be brittle and temporary things, determined through ignorance and hubris to blight their only chance at glory.Posted by raincityjazz at April 23, 2010 11:53 AM
About that quiz, Gerard: their will (sic) be done. We'll all be done for.Posted by Jewel at April 23, 2010 12:40 PM
Really can't decide which one was funnier--the Carlin rant or the Earth Firsters going "WAAAUUUUGGHHHHH!"
Oh hell, who am I kidding. Earth Firsters. See ya. I'm going to go watch it again.Posted by J ziemba at April 23, 2010 4:26 PM
Thank you for posting this. I believe it has extended my life span by 3 years. (Written by an old lady)Posted by Gloria at April 23, 2010 5:21 PM
I'm always amused at that rant--especially when Carlin brings up the time spans involved. I always do that, whenever I get stuck in a conversation about this subject, and it always stops the enviromentalists cold.Posted by Eric Blair at April 25, 2010 11:41 AM
Laughed my ass off.Posted by mickey at April 25, 2010 9:47 PM
I was actually that particular comedy sketch to several people of Worship the Earth Day. Got some dirty looks from one or two of Gaia's more misbegotten offspring, too.Posted by physics geek at April 26, 2010 8:39 AM
If God had a heart, he´d push the RETURN button and give the EARTH he once created a new chance.