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Amorous Badger asks: Tell us tales of people who have a high opinion of themselves. Jumped-up officials, the mad old bloke who runs the Neighbourhood Watch like it's a military operation, Colonel Blimps, pompous bastards and people stuck up their own arse.

(, Thu 24 Jan 2013, 12:22)
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Environmental Righteousness
A previous post reminds me...I was accosted after work one afternoon, on the train station platform, by a rather aggressive young bloke reeking of patchouli oil, wearing velvet pantaloons, sporting long matted dreadlocks with a “wigga” tea cosy hat...stands right in front of me; ”Mate, do you care about the environment, Do ya?”

Oh hello, he’s after money to finance the “Forestry Action Group” or some such organisation. If he was collecting for “Lady Garden Society” he might have piqued my interest, but no, sorry mate, just not into the “right on” anti-logging militant protest scene.

I don’t enjoy seeing whales getting killed, or native forests being cut down any more than the next person, but I really don’t appreciate the assumption that just because I don’t source my clothes from rubbish bins, smoke clove cigarettes and lie down in front of bulldozers that I somehow don’t qualify as an environmentally aware person. I mean, I have a dual flush toilet at home!

I’ve seen plenty of his sort at the various “workshops” that my father used to organise, Dad being a bit of an alternative guru in his own right. They talk a lot, thrive on confrontation and espouse how “everyone” should live, according to their lifestyle. Strangely, they are usually quite well educated, but opt for a semi-feral welfare existence to prove some obscure point. And they shit me to tears.

Despite my polite indifference, he pressed on; “Mate, if you really cared for the environment, you should sign up for 50 bucks a month and make a difference”.

Make a difference. This statement really irritates me. He had obviously been briefed to tap into people’s guilt and hook them in, but really, just get fucked.

Looking directly into his pin hole pupils, I smiled nicely at him, and spoke rather quietly and softly; “Well, firstly, I’m not your mate, Secondly, financing your existence will not legitimise my environmental awareness, and finally, I work for my money. I’ve earned it. You do not deserve any of it”

“Oh......ok. Um...gotta smoke you can gimme then?”

“No. Please fuck off”.
(, Tue 29 Jan 2013, 12:50, 15 replies)
Here we call them Trustafarians.
Weedy white guys with dreads, wearing lots of hemp and cotton, their existence being funded by family money while they smoke ganja and listen to Bob Marley and witter on about whatever the cause of the day is... yeah, we know them here too.
(, Tue 29 Jan 2013, 12:59, closed)
Terrible bullying of Emvee here.

(, Tue 29 Jan 2013, 13:09, closed)
Oh man...
I shouldn't laugh, but you don't miss an opportunity!
(, Tue 29 Jan 2013, 13:12, closed)
Worse. Than. Dawkins.

(, Tue 29 Jan 2013, 13:06, closed)
I fully agree with Alexei Sayle's opinion - 'Anyone who uses the term workshop and isn't involved in light engineering is a twat'.
(, Tue 29 Jan 2013, 13:23, closed)
I had to go to manager's "bootcamp" last year.
It wasn't as harsh and brutal as I expected, we had coffee and muffins and nobody shouted at anyone.
(, Tue 29 Jan 2013, 14:45, closed)

Eat those muffins! Go, go, go, come one son, only two left on the plate, you can do it. Right, coffee time, come on! Milk and suger, get it down, now back to the muffins, quick.
(, Tue 29 Jan 2013, 23:51, closed)
left off the bit about your honda accord
(, Tue 29 Jan 2013, 13:58, closed)
A hybrid Accord?

(, Tue 29 Jan 2013, 14:22, closed)
Fucking Koalas.
How is me putting money into a bucket held by some poor greebo in a sweaty koala suit supposed to aid the environment?

Same goes for Greenpeace - yeah, wah, wah the Frogs blew up your boat in New Zealand. Wah! & now you are a multi-million dollar corporate enterprise. An acquaintance used to work in their local marketing dept. He earnt a LOT of money. Enough to completely refit the Sea Shepard. Probably.

We had a party for this in one our school elections - Land Rights for Gay Whales. We didn't win.
(, Tue 29 Jan 2013, 22:20, closed)
Paying their staff a decent wage?
Why, the nerve of these people...
(, Tue 29 Jan 2013, 22:58, closed)
For an organisation
that elicits donations from the public to "Save the Environment" you've gotta ask how they afford to have such a well paid top-heavy management setup.
Don't you?
(, Tue 29 Jan 2013, 23:04, closed)
Not really, no.
I doubt they'd ever achieve much if they relied solely on volunteers!
(, Wed 30 Jan 2013, 16:33, closed)
Oh dear.
It seems we have reached an impasse. You believe what you believe & I have my own views.
I suggest that we agree that we don't share the same views on this topic and go about our business.
(, Wed 30 Jan 2013, 21:29, closed)
What if I gang up on your side?
Will that help?

Only the UK Charities Commission did a report last year, the headline for which was that many of the most popular charities have vast assets (untaxed, natch) that make them nearly as much as they get form public donations, and they pay their senior execs like they're senior corporate managers (who earn too much themselves).

And don't get me started on the self-serving aid "industry"...
(, Thu 31 Jan 2013, 16:31, closed)

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