08 December 2008

Praying for Cars

Photo: Fabrizio Costantini for The New York Times
I don't really know what to say about this. It's bloody hilarious and horribly sad at the same time.

Detroit churches praying for 'God's Bailout'. Praying that the Big Three carmakers will get their money from Washington. I've been sitting here trying to think about something witty to write about this and I realised that it can't get any funnier.

The New York Times has the article here. Beneath the god crap there is a worry that the companies will go under and people will lose their jobs. I realise that and I understand it.

A couple of days ago, my dad sent me this link to a film about Ford's massive car factory in Brazil. They can't build factories like that in America and they never will be able to. So there is a need to be worried. But praying that god will make the politicians pay up?

Living in a largely secular country this story is odd. Only 7% of Copenhageners go to a church and no politician would dream of mentioning god in their work. As a humanist I prefer to place my hope firmly in the lap of Homo Sapiens. Oh... and in the bicycle.

There is a qualified workforce in the [fading] automobile industry who could switch to making wind turbines and solar energy and other sustainable products. A pipe dream? Perhaps.

Thanks to the ever-vigilant Jack for the link.