All the discussion this week about peak oil, energy subsidies, Exxon profits and more has drawn me to one of my favorite meta-theories. Revenge effects. The concept, which is brilliantly articulated in Edward Tenner's Why Things Bite Back, underscores my conviction that human beings are not nearly smart enough to anticipate the mid- and long-term consequences of their actions.

Dole and Hayes need to Show Up - Phillip Gilfus Nails it in the FayO

I woke up this morning to read one of the best editorials I've read in a long time. It is well-reasoned and well-written with the author taking a friendly tone and style. The author is our friend and co-hort, Phillip Gilfus.

I'll give you some morsels, but go give the piece a read at the FayO and think of all those conservatives in Cumberland County waking up on a Sunday morning reading the truth about the Republicans they have helped send to Washington.

So what do you think? Do ElectriCities need to continue to pay these lobbyist?

So what do you think? Do ElectriCities need to continue to pay these lobbyist?

ElectriCities, the nonprofit group that provides guidance to the North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency, has five full-time staff positions that focus on lobbying the legislature when it is in session. When session is out, the employees embark upon "grassroots interaction" with city officials. ElectriCities also pays lobbyists $190,000 a year to lobby the N.C. General Assembly on behalf of the power company and $80,000 a year for a federal lobbyist.

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ElectriCities Spinning Fast and Loose with the Truth?

I just received an email from Teresa and rather than spin her words, I will quote it. I have to say I have received information previously that was almost similar so I think she makes good points.

An email from Teresa says

I draw the line at plain old lying or misleading, whichever it may be.

McCain suggests military-style invasion modeled on the surge to control inner city crime

Today, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) spoke to the National Urban League, a group “devoted to empowering African Americans to enter the economic and social mainstream.” When an audience member asked him how he planned to reduce urban crime, McCain praised Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s efforts in New York Cirty before invoking the military’s tactics in Iraq as the model for crime-fighting:

MCCAIN: And some of those tactics — you mention the war in Iraq — are like that we use in the military. You go into neighborhoods, you clamp down, you provide a secure environment for the people that live there, and you make sure that the known criminals are kept under control. And you provide them with a stable environment and then they cooperate with law enforcement, etc, etc.* Madman or Dictator

On Peak Oil and Gas Prices: Parsing the Rhetoric

This will come as no surprise to those of you reading this, unless you're three years old and playing around with mommy and/or daddy's computer, in which case you need to a) stop leaning on the keyboard because it's expensive, b) get down from the chair before it rolls back and you bang your head on something, and c) move out smartly because you're about to get caught doing something you know you're not supposed to.

Back to the big people reading this: we are smack in the middle of an Energy Crisis, but most of us don't really understand why. We think we do, because we've been conditioned over the years to respond to rhetoric, but that needs to change.


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