Thursday, June 26, 2008

Blogging matters

By Libby

Since Fogg has been covering the breaking news here with his usual articulate awesomeness, I've spent some time catching up on my blogging duties at Detroit News this afternoon. The debate I started two weeks ago on oil is still raging, with my co-blogger Mako having taken up the issue, so I added some fuel to that fire with a new post on oil corporations as related to the recent SCOTUS Exxon Vladez decision, which was really an abomination and also within the context of the new no-bid contracts the Iraqi puppet government awarded to the big four mega-corps.

I'm also thinking it's well past time to make McCain's age an issue. The prevailing media narrative seems to be it's impolite to bring it up and Goddess knows as an old person myself, I certainly don't want to promote ageism but really, this isn't a job at Walmart we're talking about. It's the most demanding job in the world and it's a legitimate concern in my book.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read your article over at DP but I'll comment here. I agree that the only way to control big oil is to cut down on its use. But alternative energy is not the only answer and certainly not the quickest or easiest.
I think people in the US could save a great deal on their energy use, including oil, if they would simply stop wasting so much of it. It truly is a testament to the arrogance of Americans that, despite all of the problems there are and have been with oil dependence, they continue to not only buy gas guzzling cars, they continue to allow them to be sold!
There is not one family in America that needs an SUV and the proof of that is simply the fact that larger families existed for decades without them. And that is just one example. The world's enormous dependence on all things plastic is another. Here is a petroleum based product that in many cases is designed to be thrown away! How crazy is that?

Dependence on foreign oil is not the problem. Dependence on any oil is. But as long as the US, the worlds biggest consumer by far, continues with their ultra convenience mentality and maniacal consumerism, this problem has no solution. And your oil prices at the pump are going to contine to rise and rise.

4:58:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Good points Brian and all true but the readership at DetNews is different and not amenable to too much information at once. I find the memes penetrate better if I stick to one or two points at once.

5:36:00 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

I agree with you about McCain's age being a concern. I read somewhere today that he's been taking off every weekend during the campaign to catch up on some R&R. I couldn't help but wonder if its because he's exhausted and needs the break for his health.

As you pointed out, the job is physically demanding, and proof of just how demanding is easy to see if we just look at the president the day he's sworn in and the day he leaves office. Bush looks awful, and he didn't have the work ethics of Bill Clinton, who didn't look so great himself.

7:16:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Exactly the point Kathy. Nobody wants to talk about it but I think it's really material.

9:08:00 PM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

I wouldn't vote for McCain if he were 35. What bothers me far more than fatigue is the confusion he exhibits when asked a question he hasn't researched. His wit is quick enough that I'm quite sure he isn't demented -- I just think he's dumb and not well informed.

9:54:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

I think you're right. Not stupid, just lazy. I've seen him ask his handlers what his position is during press conferences. It's rarely reported.

3:03:00 PM  

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