I'm reading Rolling Stone's Climate Crisis issue, which features an interview with Al Gore. My favorite Q&A:
Are you at least glad that Bush now refers to our "addiction to foreign oil"?As for my personal politics, I was recently inspired to make a switch by a commenter who accused me of writing a "silly blog." And since New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently announced his switch to being an independent, following his switch to being a Republican, before which he was a Democrat, I'm following in his footsteps.
I don't like the addiction metaphor, because it carries with it a sense of powerlessness. But there are some aspects of the metaphor that are accurate in ways that Bush doesn't intend. The spiral of increasingly self-destructive behavior - spending more and more for supplies of a substance that is harder and harder to get - is just bizarre. I caused a stir in Alberta, Canada, recently when someone asked me about the advisability of trying to extract oil by processing the tar sands they have up there. I said, "Well, junkies find veins in their toes" [laughs]. The then-premier of Alberta lost it - and hasn't recovered since.
That's right I'm switching my affiliation from independent who wishes the Democrats would make global warming a top priority and hopes the Greens will get their act together ... to the Silly Party:
I'll be voting Tarquin Fin Tim Lim Bim Lim Bim Whin Bim Lin Bus Stop Ftang Ftang Olay Biscuit Barrel for General Assembly this fall. Maybe doing some campaigning for him in an orange wig with my arms tucked inside my pants.