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Wasting Vigilance's Time
Fighting The S.U.V.s
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
GROUND ZERO, New York
City, August 23--Some things appear to be the ultimate waste of human
time. Sneaking fake parking tickets on S.U.V.s appears to me
as one of those frivolous acts of protest and nothing more than restless,
misdirected Terrorist-in-Training energy.
At least that's my take on a group called
Earth on Empty. Their goal in life is put "tickets" on parked
S.U.V.'s in hopes of intimidating the owner into selling it and getting a
more fuel efficient vehicle. Or, one might simplify the mission to
be: "Practicing Terrorism!"
Earth on Empty members
stalk neighborhoods, scanning rows of cars for one whose roof
protrudes above the crowd. Spotting the fat gas guzzler, the
ambush team member sneaks up, writes out a ticket with the words
VIOLATION printed to appear as though it is a
parking ticket, slams it under the windshield wiper, and then runs quickly
so the owner will not catch him or her. The training manual for
Earth on Empty suggests such attacks take place after 10 p.m. to reduce
Text on the ticket reads in part:
"Did you get excited when you saw that ad for an S.U.V. in the remote
wilderness. Did you want to sue the manufacturer for false
advertising when you started driving it to the shopping center instead?"
More copy follows, lambasting the S.U.V. owner
for owning a gas guzzler and endangering the world through global warming.
But some flyers rather than "official tickets"
are used to Terrorize S.U.V. owners. These crude pamphlets
carry a headline--"Your car is a killer,"
referring to the weight and structural soundness of an S.U.V.
When involved in accidents, S.U.V's usually suffer little damage.
One of the reasons for an S.U.V's. appeal to consumers is safety.
One woman who received a
"VIOLATION" ticket for owning an S.U.V. fired off an email to the
North Cambridge, Mass., movement's headquarters. She related
how her child was killed in an auto accident, and that she drove an S.U.V
today to protect her other children.
S.U.V's are noted for being gas guzzlers, getting
between 10 and 13 miles per gallon in city driving. The emission
issue becomes the Achilles Heel for Earth On Empty (EOE) propaganda.
They ignore email from irate owners who tell them the large S.U.V. they
bought replaced their two-car family, and now they have one large enough
to accommodate everyone in comfort.
On more criminal tacks, a couple of S.U.V.
Terrorists recently let the air out of all the tires at a S.U.V. car
dealer's lot. They were caught and given community service sentences
of 50 hours.
EOE Terrorist strategy is "sneak-and-strike."
They do their best to avoid confrontation with owners.
Complete instructions for organizing "S.U.V." attacks are listed on the
protesters web page,
It calls for people to form "tag teams" to issue
the tickets, one to watch for angry owners and alert the "ticketer," and
another to spot S.U.V's while the other puts on the
Similar to an al-Queda Terrorist cell
structure, for only $350 you can buy a "city" pack of 9,000 tickets, and
claim yourself the local "Osama bin Laden" of issuing them to other
members you recruit. The Earth on Empty web site cites that forking
over the $350 gives you a "claim to your American State and a credit on
our website." In other words, you become a Terrorist leader in
your own hometown.
Well organized, the kit includes press releases
and instructions for forming your group, including maps of your
"territory" and suggestions on which S.U.V's to ticket. Primary
targets include Cadillac Escalade, GMC Denali, Land Range Rover, Ford
Excursion and Expedition, Toyota Land Cruiser and Sequoia, Lincoln
Navigator, Mercedes M Class, Dodge Durango, Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban,
Mercury Mountaineer and Lexus LS 470. Overzealous members have
attacked fuel efficient S.U.V's that get upwards of 20 miles per gallon.
Soon, it seems, all enemies look the same--the innocent become the guilty.
Besides the absurdity of the cause, my ire
is mostly concerned with the waste of energy expended versus rewards
gained by attacking S.U.Vs
If the world is polluted, and getting more
polluted, the least of these causes is from S.U.V's. If EOE is going
to fight something, then it ought to attack the pollution a child inhales
from breathing the fumes of Fear, Intimidation and Complacency.
I consider the pollut6ion of Terrorist Thoughts far more devastating and
important than anything exiting an S.U.V. tailpipe.
I also question the economic
motives. I see a guy selling parking tickets at $350 a whack,
and issuing "Terror Territory" as McDonald's does when it sells a
franchise. Whomever buys into EOE, "buys the right of
ownership" to lead the Terrorization of an area, to recruit members, and
to sell them the Terror Tickets he or she bought. Plus, the
"Terror Franchisee" gets his or her name plastered on the Earth On Empty
website. I wonder if any members are from Saudi Arabia?
There is little question the S.U.V. also stands
as a symbol between the "haves" and the "have nots." I wonder if the
motivation to attack S.U.V's environmentally isn't just a diaphanous
disguise to lash out against those who have the money to afford one--a
retaliation against "civilization" not unlike the Terrorists who crashed
their planes into the World Trade center as a symbolic gesture of
destroying the wealth center of the world.
We twist our thinking to fit our needs.
It is human nature. Young, militant revolutionaries idealize
their causes. They tend to look only at one side of the coin,
refusing to examine the other. Maturity often heals their
myopic view of "what's right," and tempers their quickness to indict and
condemn others on appearance.
The young man or woman who slapped a
VIOLATION ticket on the windshield of the
woman who bought the S.U.V. to protect her children from death or maiming
obviously didn't think about Vigilance, but was consumed instead with
Terroristic Thinking--"How can I create Fear, Intimidation and Complacency
in those who drive these monsters?"
A friend of mine once told me:
"Cliff, keep the main thing the main thing."
I haven't forgotten that.
The main thing today
for me is Vigilance, the development of awareness, and its constant
reinforcement that we owe it to our children, and our children's
children's children to teach them Courage in the face of Fear, Conviction
when in the shadow of Intimidation, and how to take Right Actions rather
than surrender to the Complacency or powerlessness of feeling yourself
inept or impotent to "make a difference."
Certainly, the S.U.V. Terrorists feel a
sense of glee and pride for trying to inject Fear, Intimidation and
Complacency into those who receive their violations. But the elation
of achievement must be tempered with societal priorities.
The prime enemy to world pollution
isn't exhaust fumes, it is our thoughts. How we think becomes
how we act, and how we act evolves into what we are.
Regardless of one's age, taking action in
behalf of the children and their children's children is far more
satisfying than any other goal.
The S.U.V. Terrorists can
argue until they are blue in the face that they are indeed serving the
children by attacking the S.U.V. gas guzzlers. By reducing the
emissions, they proclaim, they "save the world."
Obviously, I think this is hyperbole.
One volcanic eruption does more to pollute the earth than any millions
upon millions of vehicles coughing and spluttering. And global
warming is such a far distant, unverified issue, that one can hide behind
it with seeming immunity because no one can point a finger and say--"this
will kill you." Only history can do that, and history usually ends
up being written by acts of mother nature against the environment.
But there is a clear and present
danger that stares at us all.
It is Terrorist Thinking in a
child--the worst and most immediate pollution that left unattended, will
suffocate us all. When children think in primary terms
of their Fears, their Intimidations and their Complacencies, then our
society is truly suffering from deadly emotional toxins. Then Earth
is on Empty.
What I would love to see is all
the energy being wasted on giving S.U.V.'s tickets going to the promotion
of the Pledge of Vigilance.
If a young person wants to make an
immediate impact on the world's polluted atmosphere, he or she can start
by just looking in the mirror.
There, he or she will find a
reflection--usually dominated not by Courage, Conviction and Right
Actions, but crippled with Fear, Intimidation and Complacency.
Reviewing one's childhood, the person in
the mirror doesn't have to spend too much time thinking about what would
have happened to them if their parents had read and followed the
principles of the Pledge of Vigilance each and every day.
Would the world be better or worse--immediately, if such was the case?
I'd like to call upon all the members of
Earth On Empty to think through the idea of ticketing S.U.V.'s, and change
that thinking to promoting the Pledge of Vigilance.
If we are going to save our
planet, our "main thing" must be our Vigilant Thinking and how we view the
world. Thinking an S.U.V owner is a Terrorist trying to
snuff out the air we breathe is about as righteous as the Terrorists who
attacked America on 9.11 thinking modern civilization--the Western
World--was seeking to destroy them and their children, to conquer the
world with glitter and glamour, and a demon that had to be stopped before
it grew larger.
Vigilance is not about attacking the Terror
outside us, but rather than which lives within each of us. But
teaching a child, or urging a parent to teach a child, that Vigilance must
be at least one percent greater than Terrorism, is a true revolutionary
act. Using the Tools of Vigilance to ward off Terrorism in a
child seems far more efficient than slapping tickets on windows of
So I call for a change in thinking by EOE
members. I ask them to reconsider the priority of their
effort. I ask them to ask themselves whether slapping tickets
on S.U.V. windows is more important than guiding a child to at least one
percent more Vigilant Thinking than Terrorist Thinking.
Perhaps when a child grows up and has a
choice between a fuel efficient vehicle and a gas guzzler, he or she will
chose what is right for his or her children, rather than be subject to
Fearful, Intimidating and Complacent tactics of would-be Terrorists..
Join the team. Become a Citizen of
Vigilance today, and, if you can't give up the urge to ticket an S.U.V.,
then add to their windshield a copy of the Pledge of Vigilance.
There's no charge for them. Just download and print.
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