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Scarriest Halloween Costume Yet

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   I've decided not to dress up when I go to a Halloween get-together tonight. Instead I'm going as someone someone who just doesn't care. And that may be the scariest costume at the event. It is certainly more worthy of discussion that whether or not someone looks like Fred Flintstone.

It's a little sociological experiment. I'm sure there will be calls for conformity as some will believe I should have dressed up and no doubt some people will take the bait and we'll discuss the merits of political disengagement versus activism.

    Last year I went as the eternal protester. I had a list of grievances a mile-long written on placards. A few people thought I was serious but most were entertained as they read the exhaustive list of what society hasn't done for me. I really played it up and used lots of catch phrases just like I hear on television and radio soundbites. There was even a protest song which I authored for the occasion.

  This year's shenanigans is not likely to be as entertaining but it should lead to some fine discussion.

                I'll post the results of this experiment.

    It was largely a flop. Loud music and alcohol were in good supply. Most of the men didn't dress up. Half of the women went as Tinkerbell or other faries. One was agressively friendly and I listened to her yap for an hour. Nice enough girl but she smelled of ciggarettes so we won't be getting married.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------      There's another more important survey\study that I've been conducting concerning widespread acceptance of Green Building.

       Turns out some people don't want to allow the construction of homes that are better, cheaper, longer lasting and environmentally benign.  Their reasons are not that they believe these homes to be inferior.

   They're afraid that an influx of better designed, low cost,energy efficient homes would make their own homes obsolete and that this would hurt their property value.Further to this, they believe that current homeowners property value should be a major considderation when government looks at making building code changes. So effectively we should avoid any positive innovation and perpetuate rent slavery to protect those who own wasteful residential dinosaurs.

    I'm still in the middle of this one and will post the full results in a few weeks. Demographically, mostly older and wealthier people have been the ones citing these concerns.But one guy in his 30s was insistant that If positive changes were made to the code,then he should recieve some sort of bailout to help him with his $600,000.00 mortgage.  We should all pitch in. Even people who can't get a $50,000.00 mortgage should be taxed to make up for a decision that he made. He believes this!   

     Most people I talk to about this are all in favour of change until I introduce the idea of obsolescence and where that might lead. At that point there is a demographic split along economic lines.

    My little survey isn't so much about Green Building as it is about the lenghts people will go to maintain the status quo when they feel threatened.

    Green Building techniques pose a much greater risk to industry, so it is they who stoke the fires of fear whenever it is suggested that their products are unwanted.

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