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Monday, June 16, 2008

Skid Marks Against Climate Change

posted by on June 16 at 18:36 PM


Someone stapled flyers to all the bikes locked up around our offices—I’m assuming this is happening all over town—inviting one and all to participate in the 2008 Cyclos Nudistas, a.k.a. the World Naked Bike Ride. Somehow riding nude, or as “bare as you dare,” around Gas Works Park on July 12 and/or Denny Blaine Park on August 17 will “SAVE the CLIMATE!” Nude cycling will allow us to “protest oil dependency and celebrate the power and individuality of our bodies,” according to the flyer, and by experiencing “the liberation and simplicity of human-powered transport” we will somehow or other save the planet.

I’m not buying it.

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Obama/Gore - The only ticket that can save the planet. Did you SEE that speech Gore just gave?!?!?!? DAMN!!! Where was that passion in 2000??

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | June 16, 2008 6:43 PM

Bikes are cool and all but you're missing the big one:

Posted by Bob | June 16, 2008 6:43 PM

You of all people should know that drawing attention to oneself in public is what changes the world. Protesters throwing tantrums turned AIDS into a survivable condition. It was protesters blocking the streets who cured polio and brought down Hitler.

Posted by Luke Baggins | June 16, 2008 7:27 PM

I agree, you really need to get with the program.

And, remember, the nude PAINTED ARTISTIC bicyclists at the Fremont Solstice Parade have ZILCH to do with the 99.99 percent of the parade that the Fremont Arts Council puts on but the lame media never show pics of.

Yes, I mean you're obsessed with nude bicyclists.

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 16, 2008 7:29 PM

Oh, come one Dan... naked bicycling is so much easier than actually doing something about the problem.

(I jest, I jest... everybody knows giant papier-mâché puppets are the only real way to solve impending global catastrophes)

Posted by meh | June 16, 2008 7:39 PM

Noooooooooo! Please don't ride your bike naked! If everyone rode their bike naked I would be turned from a bicyclist hater to a bicyclist looooover!!!!!!

I beg you all to keep this awesome power to transform my beliefs concealed, down below, under wraps. In your pants, as it were.

(If I can't dissuade you from this heinous act of socio-political mind control, at least let me provide you with a list of who I would most like to see riding her bike naked. Although. What about riding in a skirt? With one of those tight cotton blouse things? In the rain? Well, if it comes to that, we an talk. But for now, lets leave it at not utterly trasmorgifiying my entire thought structure with this powerful bike protest message empowerment statement thingy.)

Posted by elenchos | June 16, 2008 7:41 PM

The nudists need to get their fix somehow now that the brush has been cut back at Howell Park.

Posted by Anon | June 16, 2008 8:37 PM

Would Humvees Nudistas celebrate the simplicity of big assed internal combustion engine powered transport? How does doing something nude demonstrate it's simplicity?

Posted by kinaidos | June 16, 2008 8:42 PM

Hey don't knock demonstrations.

Look how they stopped the war in Iraq.

And the world trade.

Obviously, the more outrageous the participants are, the more the media will cover the real issues and the more the average American will relate.

So if lots r nude here, then NBC will spend an extra 4 minutes explaining carbon footprints and cap 'n' trade!

Posted by PC | June 16, 2008 8:53 PM

I'll give ECB $500 to ride her bike naked.

Posted by rb | June 16, 2008 8:53 PM

Nude ice hockey, anyone?

Posted by Deveined | June 16, 2008 8:53 PM


So, PC, I gather that instead of demonstrations, your preferred method of achieving your goals is inventing scandals and spreading false rumors? How's that worked out?

Posted by elenchos | June 16, 2008 9:02 PM

The #1 thing that continues to interfere with my political development from right to left is how the left manages to sustain the banjanxed gumption that excusable degrading behavior somehow expresses diversity in another language without judgement.

"There is no shame."

Yes, there is. And one of these days I'll wake up, and having an "open/tolerant/free mind" won't mean accepting every bunch of freakshows as my own. And by that, I most certainly mean having a bunch of freakshows stapled to my lifestyle as if we're the same.

Posted by Mr. Poe | June 16, 2008 10:06 PM

*were. Le fuck.

Posted by Mr. Poe | June 16, 2008 10:12 PM

"ehhh... burn that seat" --Krusty the Clown

Posted by eclexia | June 16, 2008 10:12 PM

What about Ari and Kelly O? Are they buying it?

Posted by Chris in Tampa | June 16, 2008 10:18 PM

Dan, this is about baby steps. We create the world we want to live in by displaying the prototype. Some people want to live in a world where nudity, bicycling and nude bicycling is considered normal, everyday behaviour. By pushing the boundaries of behaviour the 2008 Cyclos Nudistas, if successful, will shift the current normal in their direction.

Posted by Mrs. Jarvie | June 16, 2008 10:23 PM

Wait, I was totally right to begin with. That correction is so FUCKED even Savage has fucked it. Goddammit.

Posted by Mr. Poe | June 16, 2008 10:24 PM

omgaw dont you no that all i vant to do is be stupa stupid and hm gross totally fuck bitches and be sacred scary want to maybe do some children but hey my digs my digs omgaw why don the libs let me be who i am jus want to cut up bitches in tubs filled with acid'n go freach out in street crazy whatev to whatev jus want to fukc shit up do illegal stuff break law thatz what libism is all bout fuck po-lice charles mud is my hero knows all mothafuckaz nigga whu whu?

Posted by un-ts! | June 16, 2008 10:29 PM

A lot of fossil fuels go into making all that nylon bicycling crap. The nudists are just doing their part.

Posted by keshmeshi | June 16, 2008 10:31 PM

one word for most of you - prudes

as Aussies say, "we were lucky, we got the criminals, America got the Puritans."

Dan is pee shy too

Posted by Adam | June 16, 2008 11:00 PM

That looks like a big brown dick dangling in the top right of the photo. Are they riding naked already?

Posted by Hoof Hearted | June 17, 2008 5:13 AM

You have already bought it by posting it. It's tongue in cheek, free publicity. Guaranteed to have the networks and gawkers out. Lots of participants will get laid. A little silly but silliness is not the worst way to build community. Maybe next they can ride around the pentagon a la the Yippees.

Posted by former editor | June 17, 2008 6:28 AM

dan i completely agree with you. nude biking actually makes me want to ignore whatever they're protesting. they should bring attention to their issues in a more appropriate/beneficial fashion.

Posted by tiffany | June 17, 2008 8:19 AM

@23, exactly.

Dan, you are being a sourpuss and it's clouding your mind.

Posted by sam hill | June 17, 2008 8:20 AM

A friend of mine has a theory that to do something naked in public requires more skill than to do it clothed in private. In this situation, I'm hoping that means that these folks are associating their demonstration of naked bike riding skill with our shared potential for climate-saving skill. Perhaps...

Posted by Lara | June 17, 2008 8:40 AM

gays are behind this

Posted by i no | June 17, 2008 8:43 AM

That top handlebar looks like a deformed penis when you scroll past it.

Posted by Mr. Poe | June 17, 2008 9:07 AM

elenchos why do you keep linking to sites that refer to Michelle Obama calling people names.

if you want to attack Obama I would suggest looking at what is happening to the Senators that received below market mortages and now may be put in front of ethics.

you'll have use your own imagination to figure how this could impact the O

Posted by ouch | June 17, 2008 9:07 AM

Oh no, I might see a penis, or a droopy boob! My precious worldview will be shattered forever if there's a naked old peson near me! Somebody do something!

Posted by Ben | June 17, 2008 9:15 AM

Exactly the attitude I'd expect from a man who doesn't use the locker room at his gym to change clothes...

Nude prude.

Posted by michael strangeways | June 17, 2008 9:15 AM

@12 any link to that site wasn't ever me, nor did I ever, ever say anything about this Michelle saying whitey rumor, someone impersonated me a bit, apparently someone calling themselves PCSusan? Not sure I didn't read it.

As to social change some protests work and some don't on this one everyone around the world is accepting of climate change so big yawn.

Riding nude isn't going to do anything except reinforce the enviros-are-weirdos message.

Real change would come from listening to me about how Obama can sweep and not just win narrowly I suggest many ideas and have discussed both with HRC and VP and without such as why isn't Obama running bus loads of Seattleites to Nevada every weekend starting NOW so you and me can go register voters where it counts?

OR from IL to MO?

WE need to not just win presidency but 60 senators and huge majority in house to actually slap oil cos. around and get climate change bills passed.

We are way beyond dthe need for protests and note that MLK told people to dress up not go naked.

It's narcissist like too many things the left does. And like you. You don't even respond to the idea ("it is dumb to use protests or nude protests in this case") and resort to ad hominem false attacks. MEans you got nothing, nada zip to say on the merits of what I said. How juvenile.

Ok tell us the list of ude and wacy protests that brought social change:

We r waiting for you to fill out this form. I am sure there are at least some sometime in world history, right?

Posted by PC | June 17, 2008 9:16 AM
Real change would come from listening to me

Ah, the battle cry of Internet ranters everywhere.

Posted by tsm | June 17, 2008 9:19 AM

All I ask, is that if you post any pictures of the event, please put them after the jump. At least the NSFW ones.

Posted by Mike of Renton | June 17, 2008 9:56 AM

i saw these guys in SF like two weekends ago.
snapped some pics

NSFW unless you're like me and work for a gay personals website.

Posted by cpt. tim | June 17, 2008 10:11 AM

Fucking hippies.

Posted by Jason Josephes | June 17, 2008 11:31 AM

That poster just lowered my IQ.

Posted by Mike | June 17, 2008 12:48 PM

Seriously, though, those naked bike riders should knock it off and start doing any of the other things that have gotten us out of Iraq or stopped global warming.

Posted by Ben | June 17, 2008 4:10 PM

I don't know if riding naked is going to solve or save anything, but it sure is entertaining. I just witnessed the 1000(?) naked riders in Portland on Saturday and it was fucking AMAZING!!!!!!!

Posted by mike | June 17, 2008 4:57 PM

San Francisco had it's big (literally, ha! Err... sorry) naked bike ride a few weeks ago. These "WORLD Naked Bike Day" people need to get on the ball (there, I did it again! HA! ...sigh. Again, sorry.).

Never mind.

Posted by Dougsf | June 17, 2008 5:11 PM

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