Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Crude Awakening

I got a forwarded message from my grandfather (to me and to my family) about how North Americans should boycott gas bars on September 1st to show displeasure over oil prices:

IT HAS BEEN CALCULATED THAT IF NO ONE IN THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA PURCHASED A DROP OF GASOLINE FOR ONE DAY AND ALL AT THE SAME TIME, THE OIL COMPANIES WOULD CHOKE ON THEIR STOCKPILES. AT THE SAME TIME, IT WOULD HIT THE ENTIRE INDUSTRY WITH A NET LOSS OF OVER 4.6 BILLION DOLLARS WHICH AFFECTS THE BOTTOM LINES OF THE OIL COMPANIES.

THEREFORE SEPTEMBER 1st HAS BEEN FORMALLY DECLARED "STICK IT UP THEIR BEHIND" DAY AND THE PEOPLE OF THESE TWO NATIONS SHOULD NOT BUY A SINGLE DROP OF GASOLINE THAT DAY. THE ONLY WAY THIS CAN BE DONE IS IF YOU FORWARD THIS E-MAIL TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS YOU CAN AND AS QUICKLY AS YOU CAN TO GET THE WORD OUT. WAITING ON THE GOVERNMENT TO STEP IN AND CONTROL THE PRICES IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. WHAT HAPPENED TO THE REDUCTION AND CONTROL IN PRICES THAT THE ARAB NATIONS PROMISED TWO WEEKS AGO?

REMEMBER ONE THING, NOT ONLY IS THE PRICE OF GASOLINE GOING UP BUT AT THE SAME TIME AIRLINES ARE FORCED TO RAISE THEIR PRICES, TRUCKING COMPANIES ARE FORCED TO RAISE THEIR PRICES, ALL AFFECTING PRICES ON EVERYTHING THAT IS SHIPPED (THINGS LIKE FOOD, CLOTHING, BUILDING MATERIALS, MEDICAL SUPPLIES ETC.). WHO PAYS IN THE END? WE DO! WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. IF THEY DO NOT GET THE MESSAGE AFTER ONE DAY, WE WILL DO IT AGAIN AND AGAIN.

SO DO YOUR PART AND SPREAD THE WORD. FORWARD THIS EMAIL TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW. MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND MAKE SEPTEMBER 1ST A DAY THAT THE CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA SAY "ENOUGH IS ENOUGH" CHEERS ALL!!

First, writing in ALL CAPS bothers me. Second, this is foolish - denying an oil crunch is burying one's head in the sand.

So I wrote back:

Higher gas prices are a part of the new reality of the energy world (right, dad?). It we want to drive our cars as much as we do (and I drive more than any of you, guaranteed), we have to accept the fact that it will cost a $1.25 for a litre.

When the oil dries up in 40 or 50 years, we'll be begging for these prices.

So I will SPITE the September 1st spite. It's all about being spiteful.


Then dad sent me an article about the coming oil crisis - nothing groundbreaking, but it puts things into perspective.

Get the article and read it:

http://savefile.com/files/4274609

(since it's freely hosted, you'll have to fight throuh some corporate advertising)

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Bird Flu

I'll be spending more time over at my other blog from now on, but I still want to keep y'all updated on articles that I find interesting, and I still want to rant from time to time.

This is a great story on the Avian bird flu. Fascinating, and perhaps a little scary. Also, it might just be nature's way of keeping our population in check.

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Bush's new energy platform

Last week, Bush signed his energy platform into law. Effectively, it dispersed 14.5 billion dollars towards facing the challenges of providing enough juice to the world's greediest consumers of power.

About half the money will go towards incentives to developers and consumers of green technology. The other half, it appears, will subsidize big oil companies in their quest to further decrease America's dependence on foreign oil.

This means that previously protected land will now be opened up for oil exploration. The conservationist in me is upset at this fact, but yet we can all claim a small victory in that the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge was not designated an area of exploration in this bill. It will remain untouched, for now.

We shouldn't be surprised that Bush displayed this sort of nepotism. But to be frank, I have little knowledge of previous energy bills to know if this is a good one or a bad one. I do wish, however, that a greater percentage of the pie was going to sustainable energy sources.

Here's a very enviro-slanted article on the issue:
http://www.alternet.org/envirohealth/23999/

Here are two articles that are more balanced:
http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/0808/p01s01-uspo.html
http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/news/050729a.asp

Here's a great editorial from the Chronicle Herald - it's a good read:
http://www.herald.ca/stories/2005/08/13/fOpinion311.raw.html

Someone else's rant, and better than one of my own

A close friend of mine, whose anonimity I will protect, sent me this rant on religion. Enjoy:


I saw this online today and I immediately thought you might want to sink your teeth into it, via your blog. I should be up front and say that I relish any chance to add to my own disdain for religion in general and the Catholic Church specifically:

"The sins of the fathers Cardinal Ouellet doesn’t believe in punishing children for their parents’ sins—that is, unless their parents’ sin is homosexuality"

Makes me laugh these days when I here about how "open", etc., Canada is compared to the U.S. People site "same sex marriage" in Canada as a signal of this, without bothering to mention how many Canadians are against it:

"Canadians deeply split on same-sex marriage, poll suggests"

(Regarding the story of the South Korean man), you might know that Korea is probably 25% Buddhist. Anyways, I wonder if anyone's ever asked Richard Gere how he feels about his beloved Dalai Lama being rabidly anti-homosexual. Freedom for Tibet, but not for fags, I guess.

Don't get me started.

The only thing I can say that I like about my Muslim brothers is that it is against their religion to try to convert people. They are not to proselytize. Word.



Whoa, that's a good rant. If I could add anything to it, I'd just like to say that my parents used to drag me to church on Sunday mornings. I wish they sent me to see St. Mattress, instead.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Video games - the harbringer of apocolypse?

Listen,

video games can be fun. I've played more than my share of Doom. More recently, I was sorta hooked on Half Life 2. And I can recall some NHL '95 tournaments from back in high school where my friends and I almost came to blows. Mortal Kombat? Yeah, we stood in line to both play the game and see the movie.

So I can't really bad-mouth video games. They are what you make of them.

But this is a bit much: a man in South Korea died when he collapse after playing a video game for 49 hours straight. With no food and no sleep. His heart just failed.

And this dude, who mimicked Grand Theft Auto and shot three police officers, was convicted of murder and may face the death penalty. The scariest part was that he actually used his video game habits as part of his defence.

If these people want to be competitive and immersed in a game, they should get outside and play a sport, instead. That's all I'm saying.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

attack of the (dog) clones

Scientists have cloned their first dog. I really have no stance on cloning research (yet, but y'all know that I will).

I will say, however, that they couldn't have picked a more ridiculous dog to clone: