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"Change.org" is just more of the same - Mark Atwood
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"Change.org" is just more of the same
A few days ago I got a political action email from "the Change.org Team in support of Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund" asking me to write to the Discovery Channel to "express my disappointment and to urge them to drop Sarah Palen's new show".

How typical.

The tactic for political engagement of trying to prevent an opponent to be heard is utterly loathsome.

I can easily hypothesize an opposite case, say that doctrinaire fundy religionists where urging the cancellation of shows that favored some favored 'progressive' viewpoints and people. I am absolutely sure that the folks at Change.org would be outraged.

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elfs From: elfs Date: April 4th, 2010 08:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
You are too old to not appreciate that this is a golden opportunity for The Discovery Channel to get the word out to Sarah's anti-fans. PASWO (Point At Something With Outrage) generates advertising dollars the same way starbursts do.

You are also to old to believe that a complaint not backed up with the potential for violence is anything other than whining.
bemused_leftist From: bemused_leftist Date: April 4th, 2010 09:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Palin grew up hunting for meat for her family (rural schoolteachers). Hunting is important to the food supply of many Alaskans, especially Native Americans in rural villages (like her husband's).

Thus it's in her interest to preserve game for sustainable hunting -- which means preserving habitat for a whole range of species.

It's ridiculous to paint her as some sort of anti-environmentalist villain. (Tho she did post an anti-CRU article on Facebook recently.)
awfief From: awfief Date: April 5th, 2010 03:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree with you on principle -- however, the idea isn't "don't let Sarah Palin on the airwaves!"

The idea is that it's not appropriate for the Discovery Channel, which people view as scientific, and Sarah Palin has repeatedly shown she has no understanding of a lot of basics.

If Sarah Palin wanted to have a talk show on CNN or something, there'd be less outrage (I'm sure some people would still want to shut her up).

Just because Al Gore is a scientific politician doesn't mean Sarah Palin is, and she's just grabbing this opportunity. I don't think it's right and I wouldn't want any of the people I know tuning in to the Discovery Channel and trusting what they see when Sarah Palin is on the air. She's just not scientific.
jatg From: jatg Date: April 10th, 2010 01:23 am (UTC) (Link)
I wouldn't want any of the people I know tuning in to the Discovery Channel and trusting what they see when Sarah Palin is on the air. She's just not scientific.

That's probably one of the more idiotic things I've heard about Sarah Palin. She gets the environment and being a good steward of it more than most "environmentalists" I know. Unlike the "greener than thou" environmentalists who pride themselves on their Priuses and shopping at Whole Foods and the Farmer's Market once a week this woman was governor of a state that is almost half the mass of the regular continental US.

She has deal with environmental problems >
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<b>I wouldn't want any of the people I know tuning in to the Discovery Channel and trusting what they see when Sarah Palin is on the air. She's just not scientific.</b>

That's probably one of the more idiotic things I've heard about Sarah Palin. She gets the environment and being a good steward of it more than most "environmentalists" I know. Unlike the "greener than thou" environmentalists who pride themselves on their Priuses and shopping at Whole Foods and the Farmer's Market once a week this woman was governor of a state that is almost <b>half the mass</b> of the regular continental US.

She has deal with environmental problems ><i(she fought the oil companies for years trying to get them to pony up the settlements from the Exxon Valdez spill)</i> she has had to deal with fisheries and making sure that the oceans weren't over fished, her husband worked on the oil slope...she's very, very aware of conditions on the ground there.

Alaskans go hunting and fishing, not for fun but for sustainance. Alaskans work on oil fields, maintain pipelines and explore new avenues of energy. Alaskans race sled dogs and snow machines across the terrain and are crucially aware of the raw tremendous beauty of Alaska and certainly don't want to see it despoiled.

If Sarah Palin wants to work with the Discovery Channel to show off the magnificence of Alaksa why the hell not? Nobody forces you to watch. Give me a frakking break.

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