Friday, September 28, 2007

OK, I lied. I do have something political to say. Or at least, quote someone else with something political to say.

"As someone who lived under communism for most of his life, I feel obliged to say that I see the biggest threat to freedom, democracy, the market economy and prosperity now in ambitious environmentalism, not in communism. This ideology wants to replace the free and spontaneous evolution of mankind by a sort of central (now global) planning."

Czech President, Vaclav Klaus

Read the whole article on Al Gore's refusal to answer his skeptics here.

The issue of global warming, and it's correlating fear tactics are enough to make me scream.

Also, do you wonder if the producers of Kid Nation ever read the book _Lord of the Flies_?

Do you really wonder what on earth their parents could be thinking? I wouldn't let my children spend one day unattended in that sort of setting. Let alone over night! And the youngest is 8?

Tisk Tisk.


Susan in Elk Grove, CA said...

I know....I saw a trailer for "Kid Nation" on a video monitor in WalMart and immediately though of that book. What is WITH these people?????

Mrs. Darling said...

Um Ive never watched Kid nation or have I ever read Lord Of The Flies.

Okay Im bowing out.

You have a way of making me wonder where Ive been all my life.

Amy said...

We're watching the show. ;) I personally would never let my kids do it but it is amazing to see what the parents have taught the kids. Some of the boys are lazy and others are really hard workers.

Marbel said...

I thought of Lord of the Flies too. Are these kids being monitored in any way? I mean in real time, not via watching it on tv. Wait for the lawsuit. You know something is bound to happen. Or is it all fake and staged anyway?

I don't know, the idea of reality tv bothers me. I can see this whole new career path opening up - just go be on reality tv, maybe become rich and famous (a celebrity!) without much effort and without producing anything. I think it was reality tv that really launched Paris Hilton into our consciousness, wasn't it?

I'll go check out your global warming links. Wish I could remember the name of a book I just saw reviewed - a fond look at how the earth will recover after humans are all gone. Guess it is supposed to make mass suicide look like a good option. No, I'm sorry, I mean the best option.

Thanks for getting me cranked up this morning!

kerri @ gladoil said...

Mrs. Darling-That's OK, you aren't missing anything. I would imagine if you weren't allowed to read Treasure Island you would NEVER have been allowed Lord of the Flies. But they made us read it in Jr. High.

The whole idea of reality TV bugs me too. I've only watched a couple episodes of Super Nanny though, so I can't say I'm well versed. But it always looks staged to me too. I can just imagine them telling the kids "OK, now go rip up that couch with a butcher knife. That's a good boy." I mean, how do they have a camera in the right place at the right time and all that? And my kids would be so interested in all the TV crew they would probably forget to misbehave! I just don't believe it.

You know they MUST have some adults there, at least a TV crew. But it really bugs me when adults give the impression to children that they have some "innocent inner wisdom" that they are going to do better than those "Dull unenlightened grown-ups." It's kind of a wierd child cult we have going going back to a Rousseauian view of the "noble savage" and such that the trappings of society somehow conflicts with our inner goodness...