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July 17, 2006

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fumier

Patters's written English has improved significantly since the SCuM Post started editing it. Is this an example of the SCuM Post reshaping our environment, or of them preventing Patters from reshaping it.

Argleblaster

Even if it was corporate suicide (which it patently is not), I'd have though that preferable to actual suicide, especially by a method as unpleasant and drawn-out as respiratory illness. If S.P. is so set against the idea, I might just join in the protest myself. The danger is that no-one would notice the lights going out if it's a smoggy night.

dave

I've always thought that Little Curly Simon would enjoy Pave The Earth!.

Fai Mao

My problem with this protest is that it doesn't help anything. Turning off lights for three minutes might make us feel good but will not reduce the pollution levels because the power plants will not shut down, the cars and busses will still have their motors running and the wind will still blow more in from China.

Thus, it is a waiste of time. It does send a message to the government, the power companies but it is the wrong message. The message it sends is that we are powerless and they don't have to change.

Rather than spending so much time organizing this thing why not help elect a legco member that will force CLP and Hong Kong Electric to bring their emission control up to (or is that down to?) international standards. Currently the power plants here have absolutely no pollution control devices installed. None, zipp, open smoke stacks.

This isn't rocket science. We know where the air pollution comes from and we know what will need to happen to make it better. This will not help reduce pollution.

Try advocating this.
Have legco freeze the stock of CLP and HK Electric. Give them 18 months to bring their plants up to North American or Western European standards for emission levels or the companies will be confisated by the government and resold to someone who will bring them up to standard. Inform them that they have made huge profits at the expense of the health of HK citizens they must do this without an increase in charges. We don't need a government position white paper. We don't need to study the situation. We need to simply require the two power companies to clean up their emissions. Second refuse to purchase power from polluting plants in China.

But, then what do I know. I'm just a mean, crotchty librarian. I am also not generally considered to be an environmentialist. But the situation here is one of a utility that is owned by overseas investors who do not have to beather the smog they produce. Starting a campaign to elect someone who would confiscate the assets and sell them to a more socially responsible owner would rattle the cage a bit. Three minutes in the dark will be a waiste of time.

Excuse the typos

Fai Mao

Argleblaster

The point of a protest is not to do something, it is to embarrass a government into doing something, and thus it is hardly useless. Electing a LegCo member and expecting him/her to do something, now *that* would be useless.

Bruce Callahan

Fancy seeing this turds name pop up on peoples blogs. I used to teach English with him back in 91 and we hated his guys. He would follow us out to the pubs when we clearly indicated that we did not want him around. On one occasion we actually hid under the tables at Ned Kelly's to avoid him but he sat around and waited for an hour.

Someone recently spotted him selling jewelery at flea markets in melb. He is now the owner of lindasworkshop.com

Chris

Ah yes: Simon Patkin on Facebook is a fan of Linda's workshop.

Steele

Just noticed his FB page and he's now meddling with US politics. What a goddamn loser.

Tom Crunch

This guy was one of my WORST memories of the early '90s. He used to work at a language center with me and the teachers and the female students were very wary of him.

His brother was another nutjob who worked at RTHK or Metro. I saw him at the Star Ferry a few days ago holding anti Donald Trump banners..

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