Uncle George (Takei) starts an environmental discussion…

https://www.facebook.com/georgehtakei/?hc_ref=NEWSFEED&fref=nf

I think he was just posting another funny, wonderful thing on his already wonderful facebook page… but…

http://rare.us/story/just-when-you-think-youve-seen-it-all-man-gets-absurd-ticket-for-warming-up-his-car-in-the-driveway/?utm_content=inf_10_3427_2&utm_source=socialedge&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=Influencer&tse_id=INF_d9d707e0ddeb11e6a03c354c456e1db2

Some guy gets a fine for idling his car in his driveway for ten minutes…

Nevermind the flame war that ensued between him and the cops.

WHAT HE DID WAS STUPID!

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaas, shouting.

Really loud.

OHFERGAWDSAKES PUT SOME FRIGGIN WINTER CLOTHES ON ALREADY AND DRIVE. (I almost added moron, sorry)(not sorry).

Let me ‘splain something here; in Sweden, according to a Swedish person who posted on the comments section, you are not allowed to idle your car longer than (I think it was a minute or two).

That is because the descendants of the awesome Vikings are apparently smarter than us with their environmental laws.

If your car is encased in a block of ice, and you really don’t want to spend 6 hours chipping away at it, or risk breaking stuff with hot water or a flamethrower, idling can be useful to thaw it out to the point where you can use the ice scraper effectively (some of us live in places where it gets icy, and we do not have a garage to put the car in).

OTHERWISE GET IN THE FRIGGIN CAR AND DRIVE.

You are wasting natural resources because you are a weather weenie, and adding to the already stupid pollution issue.

I cannot say how many times I’ve seen kids and adults wearing shorts and flip flops in the dead of January… in Pennsylvania.

If your car died, you’d die of hypothermia because you don’t know how to live in the real world.

Why this is beyond an irritation for me, not just a cute quirk of some of the more clueless members of our population, is because it demonstrates a total lack of connection with the real world, real weather, real nature. And if you have no connection, you don’t care. And if you don’t care, you don’t protect.

And no, I don’t like winter. I was born in August, and would prefer hanging out on a tropical beach with plenty of clear water and dive gear (despite the fact that I own a dogsled). BUT I KNOW HOW TO DRESS FOR IT.

Somewhere in Europe there’s a school where kids spend most of their day outside. There is no bad weather, just bad clothing.

Meh.

Rant over.

(laughs maniacally) please enact more laws like this. Not to stop random morons from stealing your car, but to stop random morons from committing acts of stupidity toward Nature.

Ugh.

But hey, there’s this…

http://hechingerreport.org/outdoor-nature-preschool-a-growing-trend/

…places where kids really are learning to connect with the real world.

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and this…

http://richardlouv.com/books/last-child/

 

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