She says, in her own blunt way, that she has Asberger's Syndrome on the autism continuum and that it is "her superpower". Somewhat ironically, she also says that public speaking is very difficult for her and that her disability helps her focus on "having to do it".Honestly, her disability....is she somewhere on the Aspbergers continuum....it's probably doing her good. She says what she means, right in peoples face and doesn't really "get" that they might not like it. She's somewhat unable to waffle....she doesn't have have the empathy for it. So...too f'ing bad.
All the Trump supporters who just LOVE HIM supposedly because he "tells it like it is"...should ADORE Greta, because that's exactly what she does.
I'm fine with all this. But we are only at the absolute infancy of understanding our planet. Some of the consequences of our actions are obvious, sad, and we really should do better, and in some cases, have. Folks should try to take Blunted's (+Steven Pinker's) message to heart. We are bombarded by bad news. Some of it is real, and important: the invasive species history of the Great Lakes is enough to make you cry; ditto plastics, toxins, monoculture, urban intensification, species-assassination and habitat destruction, big-pharma-damage, the next big asteroid, where does it end? We have lots that we can do to continue to improve our lot ("us" from aardvark to zooplankton!) in all kinds of areas where cause and effect can be fairly closely linked, where we can have some "control", and there are lots of good people doing these good deeds.We want the science to be heard.
Italics mine, because I don't think that's the best way at this point. And the global socio-economic system might not totally crash. In fact, I think it is possible, and even likely, that massive decentralization will occur as a backlash against current centralist thinking, and the ideological, political, financial, and economic trends that have led us here. I don't hold much hope for the Euro and EU, for example, nor other centralist greats like "World Wars", central banking in general, the UN, the World Bank, the BIS, etc. China sure looks over-centralized to me, but "The Emperor is far away and the mountains steep" as the proverb goes.dorydude said:This "Climate Change" nonsense is concealing the real problem.
We are poisoning the planet with our plastic and waste and governments are unwilling to address the problems. Why?
Because every economic system we have only works with perpetual growth. Growth of population and growth of consumption. No one can fix this without crashing the system, and no government would propose restrictions on the number of children you are allowed as it would be political suicide.
Instead we are told that the planet is warming -because of us -and the best way forward is to tax us.
What in what I wrote made you write that first paragraph. If something did, I will have to be more careful in how I write.OK, Left Shift.... do you think she'd get better results if she were prettier, and came prepared with notes on what to say? If she smiled at the congressmen and congresswomen and was polite and respectful, do you think she would get better results? Would all us fat old farts on Sailing Anarchy be talking about her, and the issue, if she were all those things? Would action suddenly happen if she was less of what you don't like and more of what you do like?
See, personally, I don't care what she looks like. I don't care if she's awkward. She actually has a very simple message, she's said it a lot and I don't think she really needs notes to be able to say it again. The message is this:
There's a problem.
YOU people (congress - "adults") have the resources to work on solving this problem. Us kids, don't.
Would you get your shit together and DO SOMETHING? ...'cause you're not.
I mean, basically, that's her message. It's not terribly complicated. The other thing is, goddamn but people might hate her, they might love her. People might throw around tired words and phrases like "radical left" and "right wingers" and "circle jerk" but honestly, I for one don't care. People might make dumb jokes about kids giving up cell phones and self-absorbed millennials, and still.... WTF? Here we are, on sailing anarchy talking about Climate Change because of this 16 year old kid. Love her, hate her, she's incredibly effective. God knows HOW or WHY, but she is. You and I and everybody in this thread proves the point, not to mention the millions of kids around the world who are yelling about it, and participating.
Foreign congressional hearing in foreign language. I effing pissed my pants when I was 16 and had to make a speech in front of my class. Doubly that if it was in Swedish or English.But walking into a congressional hearing at 16 and saying "I do not have prepared remarks" and "I don't want you to listen to me" is a pretty remarkable bit of attention grabbing way of channeling her "furious"ness.
Finally, just because the US petitioned to leave PA, doesn't mean we can walk away, we have a contractual agreement through November 2020 and who knows what will happen then.
It's not often but in this case I totally agree with you.Fuck me dead Randumb. This has been a relatively good discussion, then you turn up. Firstly, no need to shout. Secondly, post a link with a brief excerpt if required. Otherwise this will get moved and turn into the standard shit throwing PA turns into these days. Or people will drift away, numbed to the bone by your boring prattle.
haha, nope - just because I don't usually agree with you doesn't mean I won't follow you and try to understand your viewpoints. random is a pita doing more harm than good. Couple that with his 9/11 inside job crap and he could go away and we would all be better off. I do my best to be an equal opportunity asshole to assholes all across the spectrum. Most posters here are interesting, it's the few turds that continually float to the top of the punch bowl that ruin the party. Every now and then I assist the flush.Hope it doesn't spoil your day.
What if problem C is the root cause for the severity of problems A & B and no one wants to talk about problem C.There are people in this thread who are convinced that no....PLASTIC IS THE PROBLEM...and people who are certain that the ~real~ issue is overpopulation. Well, those are problems. Absolutely they are huge problems that need solutions, and for sure we don't live in a world where problems aren't linked together.
It's just that the logic that says...OK, there's Problem A...but because there's also Problem B and Problem C, therefore it's wrong and bad to do anything to try to solve Problem A, is well...nuts.