Today I’m going to take a week break from the, “My Life in Russia Stories” and address the reaction to my last podcast. It seems that some were offended by parts of it, so just as the cartoon SouthPark manages to not apologize, but rather offend everyone, I thought that I would do the same this week.
The name of this week’s broadcast is: “Earth Day 1970, What a Bunch of Crap”. Earth Day was this past week so I thought I would celebrate it in a Mark in Russia manner.
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Last week my podcast was all about Subbotnik in Russia. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you can go back to that episode. I’m not going to repeat everything again. Anyhow, I think that I pissed some people off a little because it seemed more that I was making fun of the action of cleaning, rather than the person who started this holiday and to whom it was dedicated to for the years of the USSR.
Anyhow, I said that the concept of cleaning up your surroundings was a good idea, but perhaps it would seem better to rename it and rebrand it so to speak. I won’t apologize for anything I said about Lenin, he is just a POS in my opinion and for that matter, almost everyone else’s opinion elsewhere in the world.
I was thinking about pushing (as if I have the pull for this) that it be called Earth Day or Earth Week like an event practiced in the Western world since 1970. This is all about cleaning up the environment and doing it on a volunteer basis. It also happens at about the same time as Subbotnik. Then I started to think a bit about Earth Day, realized what a bunch of crap event it was and decided instead to mock the Western World for celebrating this holiday.
Just for the record, the first earth day was in 1970 and I do remember it quite well. I was 13 years old at the time and back then in my town we did not have a separate junior high and high school, but instead had just a high school which had classes 7 through 12. I was a 7th grader, but was able to witness history being made by the 11th and 12 graders that year.
The US had been going through a pretty rough patch with the war in Vietnam still going on and lots of protesters. Young people were fairly idealistic at that time. Now, I’m going to say right off the bat that the reasons were fairly good for that first earth day; pollution seemed to be everywhere and people’s habits were not too cool. Back then people thought nothing about just throwing garbage out of the car window when they were driving, although the problem was also widespread into air pollution and water pollution. Most rivers in America were pretty nasty and polluted, with major factories just dumping pollution into the water, ground and air. The 1969 Cuyahoga River fire in Cleveland, and by this I mean that the river caught fire due to all of the pollution, made it onto the cover of Time magazine and became a symbol for the new environmentalist movement and the first Earth Day.
Ok, you can just Google “Earth Day 1970” and find out lots of info, but I prefer to offer you some of my own info in a mocking tribute to the organizers of this movement. Go to almost any site about Earth day and you’ll learn that the founder was Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson and they’ll give you a whole cornucopia of reasons why he decided to do this. However, if you are diligent in looking, you’ll discover that the good Senator was a “Co-founder”. Hmmm, co-founder would apply that there were others. Well, turns out that good things come to those who wait. The fact that there was a co-founder is almost lost to history because the mainstream media, who are darlings of the environmentalists, decided to try to bury this info.
What I’d like to do now is to invite you to take a tour with me concerning the losers and weirdos who were part of this movement. The other co-founder that I mentioned is a man named, Ira Einhorn. The radical environmentalists try to pretend that he didn’t exist, kind of the same way that people disappeared from communist books when they fell out of favor. Let’s talk about Ira for a minute; a few years after his efforts to save the world, Ira had a breakup with his girlfriend, or it might be most accurate if I said that she broke up with him. He lured her back to his apartment somehow and then killed her in a crime of passion. But, being the good environmentalist, he decided to compost her body to be nice to mother earth.
It took seven months for the police to discover what had happened, the smells that his neighbors reported probably helped with that. Just days before his murder trial was set to begin, Einhorn—or as he preferred to be called, the Unicorn—fled to Europe, where he enjoyed a 17-year holiday from the law, avoiding extradition and marrying a Swede along the way. He was at last sent back to face the consequences on July 2001, and is currently serving a life term in prison without the possibility of parole. Anyhow, this was one of the founders of the first Earth Day.
As I mentioned before, I remember this event quite well and I’d like to have you listen to some of the dire predictions that were being sold as fact to people. Kind of like Global Warming today. As a matter of fact, back in 1970, we were told as a certainty that due to our pollution we would soon experience the coming ice age. There was even a big story about this in time magazine and Newsweek. Truth be told, there is a much higher probability of a coming ice age than there is for the pretty much now discredited theory of global warming. Anyhow, let’s listen to some of the dire predictions presented as fact back then:
A couple of these predictions that deserve to be repeated and also one that wasn’t on the audio file:
The following prediction wasn’t on the audio file, but deserves to be heard:
- “By the year 2000, if present trends continue, we will be using up crude oil at such a rate… that there won’t be any more crude oil. You’ll drive up to the pump and say, ‘Fill ‘er up, buddy,’ and he’ll say, ‘I am very sorry, there isn’t any.'” — Ecologist Kenneth Watt
Listen, I remember that prediction very well and the newspapers, magazines, television and radio all reported it as if it were fact. Well, we are now 13 years beyond that point and there is still plenty of oil and gas, plus new deposits are found all of the time. Additionally, whereas back in 1970 we were able to only extract about 25% of the oil when we found it, with today’s technology we can extract more than 65%, which means we are able to even reopen old closed wells.
My point is that the blind sheep media wanted to believe this all as fact and the the sheeple followed suit.
These two predictions deserve to be repeated:
- “[One] theory assumes that the earth’s cloud cover will continue to thicken as more dust, fumes, and water vapor are belched into the atmosphere by industrial smokestacks and jet planes. Screened from the sun’s heat, the planet will cool, the water vapor will fall and freeze, and a new Ice Age will be born.” — Newsweek magazine
- “The world has been chilling sharply for about twenty years. If present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but eleven degrees colder in the year 2000. This is about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age.” — Kenneth Watt
Now, what does this remind you of? Global Warning perhaps? Only the opposite was predicted. The term Global warming and Climate Change were virtually unheard of before the year 1989. Do think that suddenly this theory had been proved correct and became popular? Wrong. The theory had actually been around for more than 100 years by that time and rightfully dismissed as quack science. No, there was something in particular that happened in 1989 that required that this theory be shoved down our throats as fact. I’m not going to talk about that here today, but I do know, and so will you if you give it some thought.
So, why the hard shift towards the environment in this particular podcast? Well, as a westerner it’s easy, all too easy to question the blind and seemingly ignorant worship of Lenin, even to the point of deifying him, by the Soviet masses. It actually seems very funny until I think about the Environmentalists in the west.
Environmentalism in the west is a religion and one of their latest tenants of faith is global warming. Think of how they label those that disagree with them as “Deniers”. Think about this, this word is as close to the religious expression of heretics as one can get. The media is their prophet and the government jumps right in order to show the western masses, and yes, you have now become masses in the purest communist sense, the government needs to have an enemy that they are needed to protect you from. In this case the environment, or more specifically, global warming. You know the drill, the seas are rising, the cities near the shores will be submerged and some such crap about polar bears. This religion goes after the children, which communists have always done, knowing that they can cram these little heads full of mush and that these will be the new apostles of their religion.
So, I could go on forever about this, but not at this time. My point is to show how the pendulum is swinging the other way and that we from the west really can’t criticize those that blindly followed Lenin, Stalin and Mao as a certain loud annoying part of our population destroys the economy and the very fabric of society in what was once a great and proud nation. How far we have fallen when a lying POS like Obama can be elected not once, but twice. The old expression holds true here; “fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice shame on me”.
For many that participated in that very first Earth Day in 1970, their motives were good and pure. The desire to clean up the environment, to leave things cleaner for their children than what they had received from their parents. Unfortunately, the leaders of this movement did not have such pure motives and saw this all as a huge power grab.
So, as we make fun of and apply labels like “Cult of Lenin” or “Cult of Stalin” and even now “Cult of Putin”, in America more than 50% are not very intelligent and are members of the “Cult of Obama” and the Cult of Global Warming”. From a distance I see these changes quickly occurring and am saddened and shocked at the suddenness and severity of the changes.
George Carlin was a great American comedian who died in 2008. He was prone in his later years to make fun of the left, liberals, of which he had always been. As he grew older he was able to more clearly see the folly of their ways. He was imitated by a whole generation of comedians and was found to be number 2 out of 100 of the greatest American standup comedians.
I’d like to end this podcast by playing a little bit of George Carlin as he gives his opinion on Earth Day. I have to warn you that his language is often strong, but this is only to emphasize his message. Enjoy George and I’ll see you again next week with the Mark in Russia broadcast. Well, stick around for a minute and listen to George.