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Live 8 versus VH1

So last weekend I watched the rerun of the Live 8 concert on VH1. I’ve been reading quite a bit about the ONE Campaign lately, particularly regarding the ongoing battle against HIV/AIDS, and I have to say that most of this movement makes me smile. It’s great to bring attention to important global issues, even if it takes a couple dozen celebrities to do it. However, the snide pessimist part of me won’t shut up about a couple of things.. Continue reading Live 8 versus VH1

Sing a Sad Song for Karl Rove

It must be hard for poor Karl Rove to keep all the dirty little lies he tells separate. You would think that after a while they would all run together into one big lie. Who knows what he tells himself to be able to sleep at night. But it seems lately as if his empire of fibs is about to come crashing down. Bad things about the Bush administration are leaking out left and right. With the republicans in congress voting against his social security bill, and democrats blocking Bolton’s nomination for U.N. ambassador, old Rovey poo must be having a fit.

Glass Half Full

So I am an optimistic kind of guy. When things are going really bad I try to find that silver lining that will make them slightly less horrible. That is why I was so happy to see this. I am an avid cyclist; I love to ride my bike. With gas around here at $2.50 ridding my bike to work is not just fun, it saves me a lot of money.
my bike
To continue on the theme of making lemon aid out of lemons, hurricane Dennis is causing havoc. To most people this is a bad thing and I too believe this to be bad for the people that live in that area. However just because Dennis is the strongest hurricane on record for this early in the season doesn’t mean we should all freak out about global warming killing us all off (or maybe we should). So the silver lining, in all this destruction…its called watching the oil market go crazy and laughing your ass off.
Before the storm oil prices went up because of fear of the storm hitting oilrigs, and then after the storm prices went down. The reason why this is so funny is that because of the lack of supply, and the over abundance of demand, this is only the first in a series of funny events that are sure to come. Just wait, one day some translator will make a mistake for some OPEC guy and oil prices will shoot up ten dollars a barrel. Or an Exxon CEO gets caught in a sex scandal and oil prices will shoot up a dollar and a half.
So you might be asking yourself, “Shane why is this funny?” The reason its funny is because it displays a principle known as hydro-despotism. That is, “they that controls the water makes the rules.” It was practiced in certain tyrannical desert countries. But now the water is replaced with oil. We are all SO dependant on oil for EVERTHING that any little glitch in the system sends the whole mess out of whack. So in essence its not funny at all, but because the only thing you can do to keep from crying is laugh…its funny.
The only way to lessen this tragic comedy is to kick the oil habit. Ride your bike to work if you can. If you cant ride the bus, or car pool. You might think the bus is a slow stinky uncomfortable option right now, but when gas costs 8 dollars a gallon you might change your mind.

London Bombings

So England is now the unlucky recipient of a terrorist attack. After the horror of the attack wears off England is going to have to ask itself how it will respond. Will Tony Blair respond the way Bush did, by locking down freedoms and turning the U.K. into another America… I sure hope not. The English people should be asked to do more than “keep shopping”. They have an opportunity now to show the world that just because some crazy people plant some bombs they, the English people, are not going to degenerate into an Orwellian police state. Continue reading London Bombings