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Old 07-24-2010, 12:28 AM
Location: New Orleans, United States
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Originally Posted by Pook77 View Post
Here's a rant because I can't stand it. Hate me if you will:

While I agree with environmentalists to some extent, most protests are annoying, clogging up the streets, and aren't accomplishing anything. There's not a thing wrong with doing something to save the environment, but screaming loudly and not acting are another story which most of these lovely groups subscribe to. Example: the group who did the loud, ineffective, granola march against BP in the French Quarter a month or so ago. I'm sorry, but all it consisted of was embarrassing hippies marching with Jason Mraz. What good does that do? Lobby. Get educated and talk to people that matter. Meaningless protests get you laughed at by those of us not walking around in Birkenstocks. I'm sorry if anyone here marched and actually acted but I'm willing to bet (just from experience) that most marched for the media coverage and either went back to their cushy homes or went home to the West Coast.

Causes are not a bad thing. Saving 100 year old oak trees is not a bad thing. I know first hand that many of the people in these lovely, elitist "movements" WILL give you crap for not being green when "green" is actually flipping expensive! Have you shopped at Whole Foods lately? The green movement has a higher profit margin than they want most to believe and, frankly, it's disgusting. It's absolute BULL to suggest that the people screaming the loudest about saving the environment won't berate you for not buying (LITERALLY) their cause. Wanna save the environment? Go talk to the people in China and tell them to quit destroying the ozone.

I don't think anyone here doesn't care about the environment. What I don't care about are inconsiderate, rich yuppies and ex-hippies from the 1960's that think berating people and yelling loudly is doing the world any good.

I identify with liberals. Proud to say so. But I'm embarrassed to be grouped with the people that Melissa spoke about. Yes, I spoke out against Melissa until she explained, but I get it now. I've lived in too many areas of the world to even begin to identify with the selfish propaganda of the population she was referring to; it's a waste of time and energy. Get involved, donate your time and money, but don't clog things up with useless protesting or belittling your fellow man because you make enough money to "go green."

I'm not saying don't go get involved; I donate a ton of my time to a local environmental cause. I'm saying the elitist enviromental movement is out of control and, while I don't know the situation in Austin, that sounds exactly like what it is. This crap has to stop. Again, 100 year old oaks are a great thing to save, but holding mind numbing, useless "sit-ins" or the like is good, eye-rolling propaganda meant solely for the news cameras. Do something other than complaining like a 2 year old.

Okay, I can be banned now. This post was worth speaking my mind about.
I agree. I do feel like the word needs to be put out on a lot of things (as long as it's done considerably/respectfully), but putting it out there won't do any good if no one acts on it. Touching an oak tree in South Louisiana may get you hurt though.
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Old 07-24-2010, 12:33 PM
Location: New Orleans, LA
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Originally Posted by WestbankNOLA View Post
Touching an oak tree in South Louisiana may get you hurt though.
Hahaha! Thanks for making me not regret my last post as much. I was feeling bad about going out to get the soapbox last night.

You are right: Anyone who tries to harm an old live oak would be mauled by just about everyone down here, not just a group of protesters.

Moving on...
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Old 07-24-2010, 10:22 PM
Location: los angeles/florida
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Originally Posted by WestbankNOLA View Post
Touch a 100-year-old oak tree in NOLA and it won't be pretty. I can guarantee that. NOLA has it's share of Anthropologie-shopping, Wholes Food-moseying Uptowners as well. I don't know how they compare in Austin, but I think that I see a lot of what he/she's describing everyday.

EXACTLY! This is why I can't see the OP fitting into NOLA very well. And why I think I would. Oh, and for the record, I can't stand "environmentalists" who try to live a green lifestyle because they see celebrities doing it, or because they think it is stylish. I'm talking about the people who really, really care about the environment and have for years - before it became a fad.
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Old 07-27-2010, 03:59 AM
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The Banana Republic redefines political corruption.

Nobody move here. It sucks. (sssshhhhh!!!! don't tell anyone how great it is here!!)
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Old 07-29-2010, 03:28 PM
Location: New Orleans - French Quarter
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I lived in Austin and now live in NO. I can tell Melissa that you will find the same type of people (Birkenstocks, hip vintage shirt, eats a lot of hummus, etc.) here as in Austin. The big difference is quantity. But there's also a cynicism here that isn't there in Austin. It's too hot, to much crime, to much corruption, etc. to take extreme hippie-environazis seriously. The city somehow works, if not perfectly. My biggest fear is a bunch of do-gooders from the Northeast or California moving in to turn our city into a smoothly-oiled, cookie-cutter machine. I like our laissez-faire--or should I say lazy-faire--approach to life.

I remember when Austin was a nice sleepy libertarian-hippie college town where nobody took themselves to seriously and houses were dirt cheap. Those were the days.
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