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Tom Friedman dabbles in self-parody

How many of his columns have started with “So”? Always a bad sign. So:

So I am attending the Energy and Resources Institute climate conference in New Delhi, and during the afternoon session two young American women — along with one of their mothers — proposition me.

That pornstache really works! Soon, Tom and the ladies are off on a sightseeing trip in, natch, their “plug-in electric car that is also powered by rooftop solar panels.”

The U.S. Embassy and the Chinese Embassy are both located on Panchsheel, directly across from each other. They asked me to check out the rooftops of each embassy. What do I notice? Let’s see … The U.S. Embassy’s roof is loaded with antennae and listening gear. The Chinese Embassy’s roof is loaded with … new Chinese-made solar hot-water heaters.

You couldn’t make this up.

No, you couldn’t. But Matt Taibbi probably could. Based on this, I’d go to the U.S. Embassy if I needed intelligence about India’s nuclear program and possible activity by terror cells, and I’d go to the Chinese Embassy if I needed a hot shower.

“Why did this tour happen?” asked Ringwald. “Why this mad, insane plan to travel across India in a caravan of solar electric cars and jatropha trucks with solar music, art, dance and a potent message for climate solutions? Well … the world needs crazy ideas to change things, because the conventional way of thinking is not working anymore.”

Right about that. The conventional way of thinking doesn’t work anymore. Fortunately, a caravan of solar electric cars and jatropha trucks with solar music, art, dance and a potent message for climate solutions still does.

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