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Clearwater - Riffs and Licks
Photo_061806_001.jpg A particularly excellent bumper sticker from the Clearwater Festival yesterday. I'll be posting more photos at the end of the week, but in the meantime, a few thoughts.

A crowd like that at the festival -- crunchy natural-fiber-wearing left-leaning SHUT-DOWN-GUANTANAMO activist Green-Party-voting indigenous-culture-loving types -- are in some ways much more pleasant than the folks at, say, the San Gennaro festival on Staten Island. No fights broke out, very little in the way of shouted profanity, no inquiries as to whether someone is looking at someone else, no blasting stereos. But rudeness of a different type proliferated: that of overprivileged, over-entitled people who behave in shockingly rude ways, then take sweetly indignant offense when asked to please wait in line for the bathroom, or to please not sit in the walkways, or when told the shuttle bus will not be making any special stops for them. The best one was the cranky woman who sat next to me at the closing ceremony, bitching out the volunteers, whose confusion and contradictory directions resulted in us getting up and moving a total of four times. She complained, she asked who was in charge, she mocked them, she had apparently never seen such a bunch of idiots in her life. And five minutes later she was singing "We Shall Overcome" along with Pete Seeger. Not sure what she was overcoming.

The Clearwater organization was the moving force behind the cleanup of the Hudson over the past quarter-century and as such they have a demonstrated track record of doing practical, useful, non-Utopian things that earns them tremendous respect from me. Their big priority at this festival was gathering signatures for the closing of the Indian Point nuclear power plant. I thought about it, but I did not sign. It didn't square with the "Kick the oil habit" shirts they were selling, and the concern for the safety of New Yorkers and the environmental effect on the river seems to be missing some corresponding concerns for the safety of miners and oilfield workers and the environmental effect on poorer, far-away communities. Not that uranium mining and waste disposal don't have equally awful effects. But with General Motors subsidizing gas for their obscene SUVs, it seems to me there are more important targets out there.

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doodlegoat From: doodlegoat Date: June 20th, 2006 02:35 am (UTC) (Link)

bumper sticker

I can't see it.
steelbrassnwood From: steelbrassnwood Date: June 20th, 2006 02:55 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: bumper sticker

Now you can.
navhistfan From: navhistfan Date: July 24th, 2006 09:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's funny you should mention the disconnect between the "Shut down Indian Point" message. It's almost as if they're carrying petitions around to feel good, rather than actually having a plan!

I read an article online the other day (Can't remember the source, however) that looked at the sales figures for the Toyota Prius Vs. the Honda Civic hybrid. Toyota is way ahead of Honda, and the author figured it this way: The Prius body style is based on a totally new design, so it looks completely different from anything else on the road, while the Civic hybrid looks like every other conventionally powered Civic. Are the drivers of the Prius saying... "Look at me, I'm environmentally conscious", and do they want everyone to know it?

Personally, I'm looking into the Ford Escape hybrid.
steelbrassnwood From: steelbrassnwood Date: July 24th, 2006 09:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's not completely ridiculous -- one guy there did make some interesting points about the cost/effort to mine, refine and transport nuclear fuel, and the countries that could provide it cheaply. But I doubt many of those people were thinking about it that much.

I debated buying a hybrid, and decided against it. I don't like any of the models currently on the market and as long as Ford is still producing the Expedition and the Excursion and the Navigator, I won't buy anything they make. In any case, buying a hybrid feels a bit like ordering an extra-large pizza with everything and a diet soda.

I don't recognize your LJ name, by the way -- do we know each other? Welcome, if not.
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