Ross complains that the global warming/climate change bandwagon has reached Jakarta.
There was a strange event in Jakarta in recent weeks. In fact most Jakarta weeks witness strange events, but this one had global significance and concerned, of course, global warming!
Scare-mongering of the Al Gore variety has long since spread here to Indonesia, abetted eagerly by the pro-Communist Jakarta Post newspaper and its hangers-on. On 18/7, the poor old JP had to trot out the nation's "leading feminist", a chick named Julia Suryakusuma, who ended a long, boring article with dire warnings of the world melting down. This gal can tell amusing tales when she puts her mind to it, but she really should lay off serious issues and stick to sex, which she loves to scribble about.
Julia Suryakusuma, climate change expert.
However, the main attraction for paranoid pinkos in the city was the big meeting, "Climate Crisis" as it was advertised slavishly by the Post a week or so back, starring a speaker named Emerald Starr.
One assumes from a name like that that it's a female, but not here. This Emerald had his photo in the press and is a baldy old man. But still a star, because he's "selected and trained specially" by Al Gore (remember, the millionaire who is so concerned for the climate that his home eats up energy like there's no tomorrow! Yes, that's him, the non-candidate who deserves top marks for his cleverness in devising the weather as a means to edge out Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in the coming Democrat selection process. Still not sure. Well, he's the man whom a leading Czech statesman described as off his rocker.)
Al Gore, climate change expert.
The ads for the rally indicate that, as in America, big money is behind the big scare. It was officially organized by the Jakarta Post, Subur, a major printing company and Equinox, the publishers, and supported by many of the international hotels in Jakarta here, notably Le Meridian, the Borobudur, the Westin, and Nikko, plus the German Centre for Trade and Industry, the World Wildlife Foundation, Aksara, the bookstore chain, the British International School, where super-rich expats and locals send their kiddies, and sundry lesser enterprises, including Bugil's CafÃ©. A motley crew indeed. Let's hope that tourists who object to their money being splurged on propaganda exercises avoid these glitzy limousine-liberal lodgings and that thinking parents who spend a fortune on their children's education take note of what they're endorsing.
Needless to say, I didn't attend the fun-night-out, but then neither did many non-rich Jakartans. Only 200 (JP report 19/7) out of between 12 and 18 million - nobody really knows.