, 12.11.2019 09:35 AM

Person of the Year vs. A Nobody

Maxime Bernier said Greta Thunberg was “clearly mentally unstable.” He said she was “not only autistic, but obsessive-compulsive, eating disorder, depression.”‬

Today Greta Thunberg was named TIME’s Person of the Year. She will be remembered.

Will anyone remember him?

31 Comments


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    the real Sean says:

    It is very understandable why some people are very angry with Greta Thunberg. Nothing gets people more angry than…. the truth.


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      joe says:

      So to all the people who believe in Greta; please sell your SUVs and take public transit. Stop flying on vacations.

      I suspect however, that they all want someone else to cut back.

      Me, I don’t have an SUV and don’t fly on vacation. I don’t think global warming is the end of the planet. Consider the fossil beavers and fossil trees on Ellesmere Island, carbon dated to 2 million years ago.

      Consider also how to prevent the next ice age. Now that will be climate change.


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      WestGuy says:

      While she has done a good job of raising the profile, I think she has oversimplified what is actually a very complex issue and that might have done more harm than good. I get the impression – here in Canada at least – that most people feel meaningful emissions reductions can be accomplished without adversely impacting their quality of life.


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    Paige says:

    Nothard to be a better person than Trump.But…
    Nothing that Greta has done will have any real effect on the world. It doesn`t matter how big your crowd is, standing around shouting in unison that somebody else needs to fix the system won`t fix anything. The only way to effect change is by actually changing things. As consumers we all have ultimate control. There is no business in the world that will continue to operate if no one buys their product. I know it`s hard, but if you care about where we are as a society, exercise your right as a consumer to not buy or use any products which harm your environment.


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    Ronald O'Dowd says:

    We sure will! But not necessarily the way he might think.


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    Pipes says:

    “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.”

    My head just exploded…….


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    Yet Another Calgarian says:

    Will anyone remember her is a better question.

    What Extinction rebellion is really about in one of the founders own words. Smash that heteronormative cis gendered euro centric patriarchy baby.

    Extinction Rebellion isn’t about the Climate – Extinction Rebellion – Medium

    https://medium.com/extinction-rebellion/extinction-rebellion-isnt-about-the-climate-42a0a73d9d49

    Climate is just a means to an end for this lot amd its telling that not once has this come up in media coverage of this group. Confirmation bias as usual from the media though.


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      Ted says:

      The ice is melting. Fires are raging around the world every year. The heteronormative cis gendered euro centric patriarchy is in denial. Except for the young people. God bless Greta Thunberg who is a white Swedish girl from Stockholm. I haven’t heard yet, whether she likes to kiss girls or boys or both because it has nothing to do with what she is on about. Fellow Calgarian.


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        Yet another Calgarian says:

        So you’d be okay with a bunch of white supremacists using climate change as a cover to re-engineer society via population control and mass die offs since every one else is in denial?

        Because that is in fact what Greta and company are really advocating.

        You might be comfortable with people who advocate that because it suits your biases but I certainly am not. And weaponizing a neurotic teenager to be a spokesperson is frankly repulsive no matter who or what the message is.


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    Douglas W says:

    Want to reduce pollution? Start by eliminating drive-throughs (Tim’s, McDonalds, etc.). See how well that goes over.


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    Eastern Rebellion says:

    Although I don’t doubt for a moment the sincerity of Ms. Thunberg, she reminds me of the Children’s Crusade of the early middle ages. I submit that both movements were based on naivety, and were started by persons who didn’t want to be confused by the facts, but who wanted to implicitly and completely believe in something. That it took someone like President Putin to succinctly describe Ms. Thunberg and her movement speaks volumes about how incoherent, shallow and “PC” our media and political leaders are.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CnyqLogH0Y


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      Darwin O'Connor says:

      It seems to me for a poor person in Africa they are more likely to gain the benefits of electricity by setting up a local solar power system for themselves or thier neighborhood then waiting for a coal or oil plant to be built and hooked up to a power network.

      People are saying we shouldn’t listen to her becuase she is young are the same people who didn’t listen to the old scientists either.


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      Fred from BC says:

      “I submit that both movements were based on naivety, and were started by persons who didn’t want to be confused by the facts, but who wanted to implicitly and completely believe in something. ”

      This.

      A 16-year-old girl, whether she is physically stunted and mentally challenged or not, ranting “How DARE you!” at me generates nothing but a snicker and a turn of the page (someone needs a ‘time out , I think). The fact that she is happily and willingly being used as a pawn by environmental groups turns that snicker to scorn….the same scorn I have for any political leader who shamelessly bowed to pressure and officially met with this 16 year old child (yes, child) as if she were a legitimate political figure.

      The world has gone insane.:(


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    Ted says:

    Good God she’s 16 years old. Stop burning fossil fuel is her message.

    I speak and think for myself and do not wear a tinfoil hat.


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      Fred from BC says:

      “Stop burning fossil fuel is her message. ”

      No, it’s the message written by Jessica (Jennifer?) Morgan of Greenpeace, who writes those passionate speeches that Greta makes. Don’t be fooled.


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    PAMELA LEVY says:

    I do not even want to admit that I am from Alberta. We have selfishly abused our planet and forget that Mother Nature is a serial killer. I applaud Greta Thunberg!


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      Kris says:

      If she was promoting pro-life in the same way would do you think she would be revered to the same degree?


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    Kris says:

    Here is the antithesis to Greta. Wonder who would win a debate head-on (rhetorical question)?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8dXpe1Pp6Q

    There is still hope that our youth are not all brainwashed and hypocritical.


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    Walter says:

    They couldn’t name the Hong Kong protesters as the persons of the year, because it would force them to acknowledge that Communism, and it’s close relative Socialism, are big problems in the world.


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      Fred from BC says:

      “They couldn’t name the Hong Kong protesters as the persons of the year”

      Most people expected them to be chosen, I think.

      Remember when Time Magazine was respected and influential?


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        Darwin O'Connor says:

        I remember when science was respected and influential.


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          The Doctor says:

          Good one.


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          Fred from BC says:

          “I remember when science was respected and influential.”

          You mean before those scientists, who once toiled in anonymity and were most concerned with the accuracy and integrity of their work, started to enjoy being treated like rock stars and traded their integrity for celebrity, financial security and government grants?

          Yeah, I remember that too…


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            Darwin O'Connor says:

            Back then scientists had a lot more financial security and government grants. Back then they also concluded that our greenhouse gas emissions where causing global warming.


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            Ronald O'Dowd says:

            Fred,

            It’s called the ugly side of capitalism.


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            Fred from BC says:

            “Back then they also concluded that our greenhouse gas emissions where causing global warming.”

            I said BEFORE, Darwin… BEFORE they started the CAGW bullshit. Was I unclear, or do you just have trouble following an argument that you don’t understand?


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            Darwin O'Connor says:

            “It’s called the ugly side of capitalism.”

            Yes. There many more people, both very wealthy and not, whose financial security is threatened by the need to slash fossil fuel usage then there are scientists.

            “BEFORE they started the CAGW bullshit”

            Can you give a date? CAGW started in the 1970s (derived from theories that date back to the 1890s) and became consensus in the 1980s but didn’t become popularly known until the 1990s.


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          Ronald O'Dowd says:

          Darwin,

          You’re on one hell of a roll these days! My compliments.

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