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Panic buying in UK as proles forced to use mercury filled, seizure causing, flawed “low energy” alternative

EU Launches 1984 Style Crackdown On Light Bulbs 070109top

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet.com
Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Panic buying of 100 watt incandescent light bulbs has surged in the UK after shops stopped stocking the item in anticipation of an EU ban on all traditional light bulbs to be enforced in Britain by 2012.

While parts of the UK shivered under Arctic temperatures of -12 degrees, the EU and the Labour Party furthered its agenda to outlaw one of man’s greatest ever inventions all in the name of preventing global warming.

British citizens will be forced to completely switch over to so-called “low energy” bulbs, or CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps) in three years, despite the fact that CFL’s cause illnesses such as skin rashes, eyestrain, migraine, headaches and even seizures in those who suffer from epilepsy.

The EU is even flouting its own regulations to mandate the changeover – the “low energy” bulbs contain mercury which is banned as a toxic substance by the EU, leading to problems with disposal.

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Indeed, even if one were to accept the premise that changing light bulbs can save the earth when humans have no control over a gargantuan radiation-spewing fireball that comprises 99.8% of the Solar System’s mass called the Sun, CFL bulbs are notorious in the UK for the fact that they routinely break and are too weak to illuminate a room properly. People will simply use more lamps to offset the bad lighting, thereby completely defeating the object of “low energy” lighting in the first place.

CFL’s also fail to work inside ovens, refrigerators, or inside enclosed fittings, such as garages or patios and they are also incompatible with dimmer switches.

But the real agenda behind the farce has nothing to do with saving the planet and everything to do with exploiting people’s legitimate concerns about the environment to enforce regulation of behavior as a curtain raiser for more taxation and control over our personal lives.

A startling parallel can be drawn from George Orwell’s dystopian classic, 1984, in which a black market for sharp razor blades emerged after The Party ensured that shops only provided blunt ones to prevent the proles from slashing their wrists. Now the proles of 2009 Airstrip One are busy buying up the remaining stock of the traditional light bulb.

From the book,

Everyone kept asking you for razor blades. Actually he had two unused ones which he was hoarding up. There had been a famine of them for months past. At any given moment there was some necessary article which the Party shops were unable to supply. Sometimes it was buttons, sometimes it was darning wool, sometimes it was shoelaces; at present it was razor blades. You could only get hold of them, if at all, by scrounging more or less furtively on the ‘free’ market.

‘I wanted to ask you whether you’d got any razor blades,’ he said. ‘Not one!’ said Winston with a sort of guilty haste. ‘I’ve tried all over the place. They don’t exist any longer.’

100 watt light bulbs will cease to exist on the open market in the UK within weeks and they will be followed by all incandescent light bulbs within three years as the genius of Thomas Edison 140 years ago that marked one of mankind’s greatest achievements is made obsolete by world government regulation.

When are we going to put a stop to this? If they can ban the humble light bulb with barely a whimper of dissent then what is stopping them from banning books, free speech, and anything else they deem a threat to the wider society?

As Christopher Brooker writes in today’s Daily Mail, “A knee-jerk decision taken by a bunch of sanctimonious, ignorant politicians once again bring home to us what it means to have handed over the power to run our country to this crazily undemocratic form of government known as the European Union.”

“It is destined in one way or another to cause most of us considerable inconvenience and aggravation – all to achieve virtually no practical benefit at all.”

The “benefit” from all this will be an energy saving equivalent to the output of a single small coal-fired power station, even if one accepts the increasingly discredited notion that CO2 emissions cause global warming and as Britain itself freezes under Arctic temperatures and the world experiences its coldest year this decade in anticipation of what many are predicting is the onset of a new ice age.

But the enforcers simply don’t give a damn and will continue to claim that global cooling is a part of global warming and that even if hell itself freezes over, our personal lives and behavior must be regulated, outlawed and taxed in order to save the world from the chicken little scenario of man-made climate change while the real environmental problems continue to be shunned.

This article was posted: Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at 10:11 am





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