Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Damn The Jobs, Save The Polar Bears

This is a relatively mundane article about global warming. It contains the usual "give up all technology or we're doomed" blather.

This line caught my eye though:

In a world without air conditioning, a warmer, more flexible, more relaxed workplace helps make summer a time to slow down again. Three-digit temperatures prompt siestas. Code-orange days mean offices are closed. Shorter summer business hours and month-long closings -- common in pre-air-conditioned America -- return.

This sound like a good idea given the current economic picture? Should we mandate that companies become less efficient so that we can shed some more of those troublesome jobs?

We cannot have the welfare state the Obamites envision with all of these people working.

Added benefit, we can create more unemployed so that we can increase unemployment payouts. This, according to the esteemed economist Nancy Pelosi, stimulates the economy.

So what do you think, get rid of our AC?


Always On Watch said...

I read that silly article in the WaPo.

Just who is actually willing to give up their air conditioning? In fact, my liberal neighbor built a brand new house, in part so that he and his family could have central AC.

Now, I lived for decades here in the D.C. area without air conditioning.

But once one becomes acclimated to air conditioning, going back to sweating bullets can actually jeopardize one's health. The body thermostat must reset or something when AC has been the norm.

Always On Watch said...

Addendum: I don't have central AC; I have window units.

Because of the high cost of running those window units, I turn on my AC only when necessary. In the recent heat wave here in the D.C. area, even with all my window units running 24/7, the temperature here in my living room was still 80+.

Chuck said...

AOW, people with lung disease, etc. It's an idiotic idea

Mustang said...

The question is interesting because it potentially opens the door to nudity in the work place, or two-hour long siestas, which enable Mexicans to work until 9 p.m. every night. In either case, our economy would thrive because if you combine nudity and siestas, hotel room rentals would increase the flow of money in our society that—even though the service industries don’t really add to our wealth, could still be a good thing.

The downside to this is that some people weren’t meant to appear nude—even in private. Damn it. And you say this is all the polar bears’ fault? Crap.

Z said...

All this idiocy is aimed toward bringing us to Third World Status....picture Americans leaning in front of bldgs, sound asleep, at 3:00?
This admin just can't STAND American success.....especially if anybody MAKES A PROFIT!!!

Anonymous said...


We the Association and Special Society for the Worldwide and International Protection of Energetic Denizens (ASSWIPED) like, seriously repudiate your intolerably insolent blog post. While you sit around in air-conditioned comfort, global warming and climate change phenomenon due to a dramatic increase in carbon credits are threatening the lives of polar bears. The concomitant increase in temperature directly related to the operations of small businesses (the government should shut down anyway because they never asked for a part of the stimulus money that was free) threatens the very survival of this species of bear.

We particularly don’t appreciate the jocularity by which some of your patrons view this problem. It is time you people learned that polar bears have feelings too. And they have children —children that may never be able experience the joy of ripping out the throat of a seal, or killing an unsuspecting hunter in the wilds of … wherever polar bears live. And when polar bears find themselves sitting in the middle of the ocean on a small ice cube with killer sharks circling around, well … we hope you’ll feel satisfied that you, Mr. Chuck Thinks Right, contributed to their demise.

Sir, you have exactly 24-hours to retract this racist article or we will sue you because of your defamation of polar bears and their babies. You can avoid this lawsuit by sending us lots of money, or a heartfelt apology. Well, I suppose we prefer the money. But do not think we don’t know where you live. Remember, I invented the internet.

Sincerely yours,

Al Gore
Almost President of the United States

Chuck said...

Mustang, you got where I was going to go - there are people I just don't need to see nude.

I get confused over the role of the polar bears. It has something to do with their population numbers increasing and Al Gore and his mistress, Rielle Hunter, are mad about it. Or something like that.

Z, it is amusing they used the siesta as imagery considering they are trying to turn us into a 3rd world banana republic

Now I have Al Gore here. He invented the internet so he is everywhere. Now the fecal matter is going to hit the oscillating device.

shoprat said...

I'll think about it after he and his cronies give up theirs first.

cube said...

Shoprat beat me to it. I'll give up my A/C when algore gives up his... or releases his second chakra, whichever occurs first ;-)

MK said...

Sounds like another one of those leftist fantasy worlds, pot-induced probably. We'd all like shorter hours, but it won't happen because we'd all be turfed out of a job by those more serious than us.

Leslie said...

Now you have gone and done it, Chuck --made the polar bears and Al Gore mad. I'm afraid the only reversal of this event is to trash your AC, adopt a baby polar bear, and give Al Gore an all expenses paid trip to the North Pole.

Or you can tell them all to stuff it, get real jobs, and stop wrecking our country.

Karen Howes said...

Damn, we'll be like the French. They work about 3 hours a day, have like 3 months off a year, and retire at 35.

Okay, I'm exaggerating, but not by much.

Chuck said...

Shoprat and Cube, like my friend Al Gore?

MK, that is the catch isn't it? Companies will just hire people who actually want to work

Leslie, I would pay for a trip for Algore but it would considerably further south than the north pole

Karen, no most of them are working 4 hour days now. Plus we have to be nice to the French, they're manning up and banning the burka.

Z said...

and, don't forget..Al Gore is now living in a house on the No. California coast RIGHT on the water...doesn't he listen to himself preach about how our oceans will be covering the coastlines due to warming very soon? "Hold your nose, Gore, you're GOING IN!"