The other day we had to go to a town a bit far away because Purple had an appointment there. Littletree had a friend over, so while we were waiting I took them to play in the park. As it turned out, there was a rally that day to protest a Rally (car race) that will be held in the valley. Somehow the irony of holding a rally to protest a Rally was lost on the hippies.
I don't really have much opinion about the Rally itself. It seemed that the main arguments against it were:
-That lots of wildlife will be killed by the high-speed cars. True, but I'm not sure just how much wildlife will be killed, yes, the Rally cars will go faster than regular cars, but the number of cars on the road will be greatly reduced on the day. This one doesn't seem to be based in any solid evidence
-That the government is spending $6million of taxpayers money to host this event. Good argument, but otoh, the government claims that the Rally will bring $30million to the area. Again, solid evidence on either side is lacking.
For me, the one argument that makes real sense is the moral objection to motor sports in general, though no one at the rally brought that up. To quote Purple: Cars are polluting, but we drive them because we need to get places and for the most part there isn't much in the way of alternatives; it's driving for practical necessity. Car races are driving - and therefore polluting - for fun, and that is what I'm opposed to.
I did get the impression that a lot of the people there were just general "protest anything mainstream" bandwagoners (and heaven forfend any of the local crew should read this and find out I'm not a *real* anti-everything hippy LOL), but at least I snapped some nice photos of the event
(thanks to my stupid broken camera that I've discovered will sometimes work *if* you open the battery cover to push on the battery when you turn it on, while spinning three times widdershins and tapping your nose. But only if the moon is in the seventh house and Jupiter's aligned with Mars)