Thursday, February 17, 2005


Idiot protesters kicked to curb by angry oilmen

Imagine you're an oil trader at the International Petroleum Exchange in London. Your job is to go into a room and do what's called "“open outcry” trading, which basically means yelling for several hours on end. One day you've just come back from lunch, when a battalion of smelly hippies barges in and starts making as much noise as possible, hoping to disrupt your trading. What do you do?

You beat the living crap out of them.

That's right kids, Greenpeace, those anachronistic idiot throwbacks to the 70s, decided to celebrate the start of enforcement of the Kyoto Protocol with a stupid, onanistic, meaningless gesture that accomplishes nothing other than seriously annoying people! And well, it didn't work out. Angered by this intrusion, the traders, "Cockney barrow boy spivs", as one protestor called them, (Can somebody please tell me what the HELL that even means?) decided to engage in some hippy-beating. The article itself really presents things in a fashion that renders typical commentary irrelevant, so I'll paste a couple of key quotes just in case you haven't decided to go read the article yet:

[A greenpeace member said]: “I took on a Texan Swat team at Esso last year and they were angels compared with this lot.” Behind him, on the balcony of the pub opposite the IPE, a bleary-eyed trader, pint in hand, yelled: “Sod off, Swampy.”

“They followed the guys into the lobby and kept kicking and punching them there. They literally kicked them on to the pavement.”

An observation here: Nowhere does the article mention any assualt charges being filed against the people who delivered Greenpeace their well deserved beating. Rather, it looks like the only people who're getting charged are the Greenpeace members.

Look at their reason for what they're doing: they want to "call attention to climate change". They have no particular beef with the IPE, beyond it's association with "evil" oil. They simply want to cause disruption and damage to get their names in the news. And if this causes massive loss to any particular company, what's going to happen? Is the company president going to take a salary cut? I'll admit no special knowledge of the oil trading industry, but I'm going to venture that no, they're going to respond by belt-tightening and laying off workers. People could very well have lost their jobs through no fault of their own, thanks to Greenpeace's onanistic desire to strike a blow against power, whatever power it may be.

Greenpeace has had this coming for too long. For years now they've disrupted legtimate business secure in the knowledge that the most they'll get is a slap on the wrist for trespassing. Their blatant disregard for the laws of our society in the name of their wild leftist delusions should've long ago been shut down by the vigerous application of nightsticks; but since that is of course impossible and counterproductive, I'm glad to see that at least one of their victims pushed back, and I hope that at least a few Greenpeace members were injured badly enough to force a premature end to their "activist days".

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