Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Les Degonfles on the warpath

Enviroman says: "Hip, hip, hurray." Enviroman is of the opinion that for best results, one should use things for purposes which they were designed for. And four-wheel-drives were definately not designed for town use and guzzle precious petrol unnecessarily.

A group of about 20 people who called themself Les Degonfles (The Deflated) has declared war on SUVs (Sports Utility Vehicles) in Paris, saying they belong to the countrysides and have no place in Paris. Under cover of darkness, Sous-Adjudant Marrant (Sub-Warrant Officer Joker) and his troops deflate tires without damaging them, smear doors with mud and paste handbills on windshields proclaiming that the vehicles are dangerous, polluting behemoths that do not belong in the city.

Marrant said: "We use mud to say that if the owners will not take the four-wheel-drives to the countryside, we will bring the countryside to the four-wheel-drives."

Marrant and his activists plan to take his anti-SUV operations on Saturday, this time in daylight, to France, Britain, Canada and Australia. He is also writing a children's song as an anthem for the cause and hopes to record a dance-mix version before Saturday.

SUV Drivers in Paris Get Wind Knocked Out of Them



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Jackson B said...

oh I hate spammers.

You should turn the image protection thingy on.

You can find it in the dashboard.

Keep up the good work, enviroman!

Lisa said...

Let me see if I understand this. Vandalizing SUVs is ok because they use gasoline and are generally bad for the environment. Is that your argument? I don't have an SUV myself, but I don't think there is a legitimate moral argument for doing what those people were doing.

In addition to that, I don't think they will end up changing the behavior of the SUV drivers. The vandals should be arrested, because they had no right to trash the cars.

Morgan said...

You might try acting locally and clean up your blog comments.

There's no excuse to mess with someone else's property, period. Those sorry asses would never accept similar behavior directed at them, or people forcing their beliefs on them.

On the other hand, I totally agree on your reuse before recycle stance. You might think about keeping two arrows, though, the reduce isn't bad either.

Peter said...

Points taken

Daedalus said...

Groups like this just hurt the cause, not help it. They should be focusing there efforts on advocating taxing the hell out of SUV drivers in the city to the point where they can't afford to have one in the city. Call it the "price of stupidity," if you will.

One of the reasons the environmental movement has never gone mainstream, and indeed is moving backwards, is the tactics employed by environmental groups such as this. There are so many other routes to go that don't turn our countries into enviro-fascist states. People have to be given a reason NOT to buy these damn things. They don't think far enough into the future to be able to decide on their own.

Believe me, I am 100% pro-environment. But I am very much against this type of behavior. It's time for environmentalists to get creative and abuse the system that allows environmental abuse to go on.


Peter said...

You put it very well daedalus

The Phoenix said...

How does vandelizing people's property help?

Doesn't it just send more waves of negativity directed at ALL environmental groups? Just creates more fodder for those already critical of those fighting for the environment.

George said...

Inevitably this always catches up with you and usually at the worst possible time calculation . calculation