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(Daily Mail)   Rich countries in the west are lit up brighter than Mel Gibson on a drunk dialing weekend. Third World countries are almost in complete darkness, like the way you feel after seeing an Adam Sandler comedy   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 25
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2012-07-08 12:34:27 PM
4 votes:
Tell you what. This map of "light pollution" shows me that the innovative, RICH, smart, intelligent countries have evolved to the point that they will not live in the dark, live in object poverty, live suffering the pain of heat or cold.
I wish these "scientist" would STFU and leave the rest of us alone!
These "rich" countries were not always rich. We innovated, produced, evolved to the point we don't have to use whale oil to light the night, we don't starve because we figured out how to produce safe food to eat, medicines to heal the sick. Everyone points fingers at the USA as "the evil" in the world. Well, how about the next time there is a natural disaster, some tin-horn dictator invades your country, we just sit it out and let you figure out how to fix it. Every time there is something happening in the world, most of the time the U.N. (useless nations) will come calling to Uncle Sam's piggy bank. Well, I say that we just say fix it yourself. People in the USA are about fed up with "saving the world" (WW1, WW2), and then getting spit upon.
2012-07-08 12:12:51 PM
4 votes:
Well no shiat. No one lives in the interior of Africa or the middle of South America. Look at the western US, its pretty similar. Also I bet the night sky in Africa is beautiful.
2012-07-08 12:09:23 PM
3 votes:
yeah, i've seen these maps for probably 30 years or more. Nice scoop.
2012-07-08 12:05:13 PM
3 votes:
If you're referring to early Sandler movies, shut your whore mouth. Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, etc. were awesome.

If you're referring to crap like the one he plays his sister, carry on.
2012-07-08 12:25:01 PM
2 votes:

Fade2black: We're so evil for wanting to use power to power....stuff!

It's probably all the electrical outlets used by hipsters driving their Nissan Leaf or Volt, right?

Even I enjoy pissing off someone when it comes explaining energy consumption...but come on, can't we find something better than the fact we need energy at night? THIS is what we've come down to complaining about?

Fun fact of the day: There is only 1 currently recycled product we turn in on a daily basis that not only makes money, but saves energy. The other 96% cost more money, and use more energy to recycle (but they sure do make us feel good about doing jack shiat to help the planet).

Aluminum.



Yeah, I was annoyed by TFA's logic that because we're using it, we MUST be "wasting". Well I'm not sure why moving our streetlights to the African interior would be fixing the "waste". By what measure exactly are you judging when something is wasted? We use it to keep out economy going. We light the highways so people can drive safely at night, and consequently make more money and increase the tax base. Lighting dirt roads in Africa ain't gonna make anyone a dime.

So per-sq-ft consumption seems to be the de facto criteria for wastage here. But the author didn't SAY that, because calling density of consumption a vice sounds stupid. Because it is.
2012-07-08 12:23:24 PM
2 votes:
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Seriously, this is supposed to be controversial in some way? What to I care if some desert and forrest-dwelling cultures haven't figured out the basics of the working light bulb?
2012-07-08 12:12:42 PM
2 votes:
Dark Continent indeed.
2012-07-08 07:32:35 PM
1 votes:

Nick Nostril: So, being able to see at night is now "energy waste" ? Okay then.


It's not wasted energy if I am using it.

Those people who biatch about the amount of light that can be seen from space, don't they have any real problems?
2012-07-08 04:43:01 PM
1 votes:
Nothing could ever get me to visit Africa.

//If I wanna see the Milky Way I'll go to northern Canada tyvm
2012-07-08 03:11:34 PM
1 votes:
So you're saying that power use correlates to wealth? Thank you, Ric Romero!
2012-07-08 01:23:38 PM
1 votes:
It's full of. . .civilization!
2012-07-08 01:21:14 PM
1 votes:

CruJones: Also... nice work yankees. I thought y'all were supposed to be all green and energy efficient n shiat.


So, you're okay with lots and lots of energy just so long as it's green? So am I.

Ten Bits Ranch, Running Y Ranch, Babcock Ranch, SunTanks, La Vina Ranch, etc.

And my fav ... Beaulieu Residence

The Third World is not being victimized by our electrical generating capacity. They're being victimized by their inability to get with the program and evolve into societies which can produce and innovate. Like basic civic sanitation. Basic communications and roads. Curing transmittable diseases. And most importantly, not looking to the West for money hand outs and help. That dependency alone hamstrings them as much as anything could.
2012-07-08 01:14:47 PM
1 votes:
But as these stunning images from space show, we in the West are guilty of wasting energy and polluting light on a staggering scale.


Damn, all out of farks to give.

So, instead, I'm going to leave my stereo cranked, and my computer and big screen T.V. running while I make a food / beer run in my air conditioned car. Maybe I'll find a fark to give along the way, but I doubt it.
2012-07-08 01:00:21 PM
1 votes:
Alternate headline: Third world countries lead the globe in energy conservation.

/gotta spin it positive.
2012-07-08 12:52:48 PM
1 votes:

p51d007: Tell you what. This map of "light pollution" shows me that the innovative, RICH, smart, intelligent countries have evolved to the point that they will not live in the dark, live in object poverty, live suffering the pain of heat or cold.
I wish these "scientist" would STFU and leave the rest of us alone!
These "rich" countries were not always rich. We innovated, produced, evolved to the point we don't have to use whale oil to light the night, we don't starve because we figured out how to produce safe food to eat, medicines to heal the sick. Everyone points fingers at the USA as "the evil" in the world. Well, how about the next time there is a natural disaster, some tin-horn dictator invades your country, we just sit it out and let you figure out how to fix it. Every time there is something happening in the world, most of the time the U.N. (useless nations) will come calling to Uncle Sam's piggy bank. Well, I say that we just say fix it yourself. People in the USA are about fed up with "saving the world" (WW1, WW2), and then getting spit upon.


0/10. Way too obvious. If you're going to be a decent troll you need to learn a little thing called "subtlety". This is Fark, you know, not some crappy little news link site. We have standards here.
2012-07-08 12:42:28 PM
1 votes:

Oznog: Yeah, I was annoyed by TFA's logic that because we're using it, we MUST be "wasting". Well I'm not sure why moving our streetlights to the African interior would be fixing the "waste".


It wouldn't. I think the thrust of TFA is that we should make everywhere dark, not light up anyone else. It's the "spread the virtue" theory, and by "virtue" I mean "misery".
2012-07-08 12:40:56 PM
1 votes:
Large expanses of sparsely-populated desert and jungle lack electrical infrastructure. News at eleven.
2012-07-08 12:38:43 PM
1 votes:

p51d007: Tell you what. This map of "light pollution" shows me that the innovative, RICH, smart, intelligent countries have evolved to the point that they will not live in the dark, live in object poverty, live suffering the pain of heat or cold.
I wish these "scientist" would STFU and leave the rest of us alone!
These "rich" countries were not always rich. We innovated, produced, evolved to the point we don't have to use whale oil to light the night, we don't starve because we figured out how to produce safe food to eat, medicines to heal the sick. Everyone points fingers at the USA as "the evil" in the world. Well, how about the next time there is a natural disaster, some tin-horn dictator invades your country, we just sit it out and let you figure out how to fix it. Every time there is something happening in the world, most of the time the U.N. (useless nations) will come calling to Uncle Sam's piggy bank. Well, I say that we just say fix it yourself. People in the USA are about fed up with "saving the world" (WW1, WW2), and then getting spit upon.


Shush your mouth! Captain America wouldn't be carrying on like this.

We do it because someone has to.
2012-07-08 12:25:25 PM
1 votes:
Fark needs a "No shiat" tag

Who would have thought people with infrastructure in their countries would use electricity.
2012-07-08 12:22:55 PM
1 votes:

Igor Jakovsky: Well no shiat. No one lives in the interior of Africa or the middle of South America. Look at the western US, its pretty similar. Also I bet the night sky in Africa is beautiful.


I can't vouch for Africa, but I've been to some very remote and blacked out bases in Iraq and Afghanistan. Stellarium and I became friends during my last little jaunt and I learned more about the night sky there than I ever did while in the U.S.
Here, going to where you can see any decent amount of stars is a two-hour drive. It's quite sad, actually.
2012-07-08 12:20:34 PM
1 votes:
At least National Geographic put some context behind similar images a decade ago. And their photos were better. More details (fires, fishing lights, natural gas burn-offs). And you could trust them not to blot of large swaths of continent in order to make more contrast, which I wouldn't put past The Daily Mail.
2012-07-08 12:18:30 PM
1 votes:
We're so evil for wanting to use power to power....stuff!

It's probably all the electrical outlets used by hipsters driving their Nissan Leaf or Volt, right?

Even I enjoy pissing off someone when it comes explaining energy consumption...but come on, can't we find something better than the fact we need energy at night? THIS is what we've come down to complaining about?

Fun fact of the day: There is only 1 currently recycled product we turn in on a daily basis that not only makes money, but saves energy. The other 96% cost more money, and use more energy to recycle (but they sure do make us feel good about doing jack shiat to help the planet).

Aluminum.
2012-07-08 12:17:44 PM
1 votes:
Countries with money can afford electricity- whoulda thunk?

Does this still really amaze you?
2012-07-08 12:15:27 PM
1 votes:
Is the obvious tag off for the day?
2012-07-08 12:07:06 PM
1 votes:
Adam Sandler comedy? I am unfamiliar with that combination of words. Is that like military intelligence or jumbo shrimp?
 
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