Thousands of climate change activists led by climate alarmist group Extinction Rebellion initiated two weeks of protests around the world on Monday. They demanded drastic global reductions in carbon dioxide emissions.
Personally, I would argue that the levels of pretension and hyperbole were toxic.
They hit New York City.
Tourists and workers on Wall Street on Monday were met by a jarring spectacle: protesters, some lying in pools of fake blood outside the New York Stock Exchange, some dancing and others chanting, all to call attention to people killed by climate-related disease and disaster.
“Drowned in attic,” read one sign in the shape of a cardboard gravestone that was lying next to a protester playing dead; another read, “Couldn’t Outrun Wildfire.”
The demonstrators, led by the protest group Extinction Rebellion, were kicking off five days of civil disobedience planned across the city, the country and the rest of the world.
By disrupting several landmarks in the heart of New York’s financial district and by blocking traffic on Broadway, the group hoped to start building up its relatively small American movement with the kind of street muscle and influence it has quickly amassed in its birthplace, the United Kingdom.
The demonstrations were so “peaceful” that officers arrested 90 people.
The protesters brought London to a standstill.
Hundreds of climate protesters have blocked roads in central London to launch a two-week protest as thousands of activists are expected to descend on the British capital aiming to occupy key sites around government departments and the Houses of Parliament.
Extinction Rebellion activist groups from across the country on Monday took drums and banners to 11 sites around Westminster, besieging bridges and roads leading to the Parliament of the United Kingdom.
Across the capital, meanwhile, signs reading “Business as usual = death” popped up on bridges and trains stations.
In London, there were over 135 arrests.
The following video gives you a glimpse of the antics in London. Perhaps the most astonishing site in the clip are the red-costumed women, who look like the new millennium’s version of “Vestal Virgins” without the purity.
Though I must say, they have given me a wicked idea for this year’s Halloween costume.
#ExtinctionRebellion opening ceremony
— Lister (@marclister3k) October 6, 2019
Extinction Rebellion is now infamous for losing control of a hose spraying fake blood.
Extinction Rebellion protesters used a hose from an old fire engine to spray 1,800 litres liquid at the 100 year-old building, but they quickly lost control of the powerful water jet.
Protesters say they are “highlighting the inconsistency between the UK government’s insistence that the UK is a world leader in tackling climate breakdown, and the vast sums it pours into fossil fuel exploration”.
The Met Police said five men and three women had been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage.
Many have noted that eco-activists behave as if they are members of a religious faith. Brendan O’Neill, editor of the British on-line current events publication “spiked”, wrote that he was witnessing a death cult.
The sheer backwardness of Extinction Rebellion was captured when two of its members appeared on Sky News yesterday morning. They complained, hysterically, about modernity. One of them bemoaned all the electricity that is used in a city like London. So the very lighting up and warming of cities, the electricity that powers homes and workplaces and transport systems and life-support machines, is offensive to these hair-shirted, self-flagellating loathers of arrogant humankind. ‘Switch it all off’, is their alarmingly immoral cry.
Here is the video to which O’Neill was referring.
— Ridge on Sunday (@RidgeOnSunday) October 6, 2019
It was heartening to see that these protests got the respect they deserved from their intended audience.
Sorry, I'm *still* not convinced that trace CO2 causes bad weather.
— Tom Nelson (@tan123) October 7, 2019
Evaluating all the data, the consensus is that Extinction Rebellion is a scarlet-costumed death cult that should be mocked into oblivion.