William The Coroner’s Forensic Files

Saturday, 28, March, 2009

My Lights Are On

Filed under: Natural History,Social Commentary — williamthecoroner @ 21:41

I’m a big believer in technology. Today is “Earth Hour” when one is supposed (I don’t know who came up with this idea) to turn off the lights to raise people’s consiousness about global warming. This is like a blast from the past for me. My college was very big on events to raise consiousness, but light on actually DOING anything. The event I remember the most was a protest in front of Burger King because Burger King bought environmentally unfriendly fish (or the Exxon Valdez, I forget which) and the protesters bought their lunches at Burger King.

I’ll bet they all got sneezeburgers, but it perfectly illustrated the point. I encourage mindfulness and stewardship. I pour scorn on, as a local philosopher said “I really fucking hate sanctimonious do-nothing “I CAAAAAAAARE” stunts designed to stroke egos without actually accomplishing anything or requiring effort.

I’m also in love with LabRat.


  1. Big thunderstorms rolling through here all evening. So phone was unplugged, computer and TV off to protect from surge and I had the lights off just so I could watch the show. But in honor of the event, roasted a bunch of veggies at high temperatures and ate them by spotlight on the deck after the last cell passed.

    Comment by Brigid — Saturday, 28, March, 2009 @ 21:53 | Reply

    • I enjoy severe weather, and as long as you had a good reason. My school liked pointless demonstrations. Like “Take Back The Night” rallies. Decent folks never had the night to take back. CCW does more to take back the night than any rally, but you could not say that too loudly.

      Comment by williamthecoroner — Saturday, 28, March, 2009 @ 22:10

  2. Kisses, darling. 😀

    The best protest my university ever had was female students walking around topless to protest the fact that the university branded clothing was produced in sweatshops. Effect on child labor: negligible. Effect on the social schedules of the protestors: stimulating!

    Comment by LabRat — Sunday, 29, March, 2009 @ 15:42 | Reply

    • Depending on how cold it was, I’d of really liked to see that. My undergrad was in Maine. But yes, the principle is the same. Lots of action, lots of noise, lots of sound and fury signifying nothing. People asking for a Women’s Studies major defaced all the buildings on campus, which all had to be cleaned by you guessed it, women making minimum wage.

      Comment by williamthecoroner — Sunday, 29, March, 2009 @ 15:51

  3. Undergrad was New Orleans for me, so everyone was looking quite cheerful. There was also at least one event that I never could figure out whether it was some sort of protest on behalf of the homeless or just the architecture students doing something outside for once.

    Comment by LabRat — Sunday, 29, March, 2009 @ 21:29 | Reply

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