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 “Extinction Rebellion” ‘abominables’

13.10.19. Of course any demonstration by its very nature has for its prime target, attention. And that is what the media savvy Extinction Rebellion rabble have achieved. But such blanket notoriety could only have occurred with government aid—doing nothing to stop such anarchy that not a single good citizen would agree with. And, the wilted lettuce leaf judiciary! They are now forced to act as it has come to be an election loser at the moment and the Labor slanted judiciary won’t like that. C. M. Hendy writes about it in the Spectator.
Most Australians are pretty sympathetic to the whole protesting thing. After all, we’re a functioning democracy with largely robust protections for free speech and political expression, a situation that requires some base level of tolerance for activism no matter how irritating it may be 

Source: C. M. Hendy, the Spectator

Extinction Rebellion: an army of Unabombers

Besides, it can be fun in a morbid kind of way to poke a stick into the eye of the system and notice how fragile it really is – the climate strike kids had a great afternoon blocking major intersections all over the country a few weeks ago, yelling slogans and waving handmade posters mocking Scott Morrison and his (allegedly perverted) affinity for chunks of coal.
The Extinction Rebellion movement is of a different character altogether. No doubt there is some overlap between the unwashed masses that might have frequented the climate strikers, kindred spirits they must be, however the Extinction Rebellion movement has a notably harder edge. Currently encamped in that statement of nineteenth-century pride in the products of capitalism, the Carlton Gardens on the fringe of the Melbourne CBD – in addition to other locations near major cities worldwide – the movement is indulging in a week or so of intensively disruptive activism designed to increase awareness of ‘the climate emergency’.
Unlike the cute climate kids, Extinction Rebellion counts amongst its members people who are happy to be arrested in the cause of stopping climate change, as well as few who’ve stoically confessed that they’d be willing to die for the movement – as in, they love the earth so much that they’d die to save the earth, thereby removing themselves from it in the ultimate act of dedication, or some such. In any case, it was dramatic enough to lure in a few of what passes from jouralist from The Age, who faithfully noted down the officially sanctioned Extinction Rebellion talking points and turned it into some kind of weird PR infomercial/self-flagellation exercise that allegedly has news value.
Of course, the general willingness to literally become a martyr for the cause piqued my interest, and I couldn’t resist the urge to check out the official (very professionally made) Extinction Rebellion – styled XR – website.
The climate strike, endearing as it was, didn’t really have the level of fervent mortal dedication required to cut through the everyday climate apocalypse white noise, but XR, with its remarkably bold message and branding, offers the average punter something a bit more stimulating. WE ARE IN A CLIMATE EMERGENCY the website declares – below this, the demands of the movement, and a sudden realisation that this is all very silly.

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  • Deano 13/10/2019, 7:49 am

    Isn’t it lovely that XR has members prepared to get arrested for their cause. Their employers deserve a bouquet too for giving them time off while in police custody…..what’s that Sooty?…….oh.

    • Lorraine 13/10/2019, 8:57 am

      are any employed Deano,

  • Penguinite 13/10/2019, 7:50 am

    The police could arrest them and take them to distant police stations for processing before releasing them on ineffectual bail! The Courts could impose deterrent penalties! Centrelink could enforce penalties. That’s the problem, our system is too lenient.

  • Aktosplatz 13/10/2019, 8:56 am

    Soft judges and magistrates, soft police, weak governments is all that was needed to Get their Protests to be effective.

    And the Activists got it all in spades. It’s almost as if the Authorities are intimidated by them.

    Something has to give – this simply cannot go on.

    • Neville 13/10/2019, 2:06 pm

      Akto, I suspect something WILL give, sooner or later.
      I remarked here some months ago that I see signs of a backlash – either in the form of the ‘normal’ democratic methods or perhaps violently – by the ‘silent majority’, the vast bulk of Australians who are NOT noisy, brainwashed ‘useful idiots’, the ones just getting on with their lives, and creating and improving their lives, and the economy of Australia.

  • Botswana O'Hooligan 13/10/2019, 9:47 am

    Just read a comment made by a parent about our schools and it went, “By gee our schools are good these days for by the age twelve our kids know everything.”

  • Ex ADF 13/10/2019, 12:01 pm

    Rubber bullets and tear gas!!!! Only answer to these pests.

    • Albert 13/10/2019, 1:25 pm

      Can’t do that Ex ADF, they have rights you know !! (sarc)

      • Bwana Neusi 13/10/2019, 2:08 pm

        The Singapore approach has less than a 1.5% reoffend rate.

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