Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Slate strikes back

For those of you who read my blog but don't read Slate, go read Slate! Start here or here and read all of the "College Week" articles--they're provocative, particularly relevant to those of us who are still in school or recent graduates, interesting, and (mostly) short. Anyone is welcome to use this post as a forum to discuss them. I'll throw down a comment or two after I get through them all.

In other news, Cheney is a well-connected man; here is a good Jonah Goldberg column about Harry Reid; and only 5 more days until Christmas.


At 2:27 PM, Blogger Jackscolon said...

I may be missing the point here, but it seems perfectly reasonable to consult four of the largest energy suppliers when attempting to determine national policy determining energy, I mean, unless the Sierra club is sitting on a large, untapped oil reserves.

At 3:22 PM, Blogger CharlesPeirce said...

You have no skepticism whatsoever about their meeting? Look, I'm not saying there's a vast conspiracy to destroy the planet so that big oil can profit--I just can't believe you don't think there was some winking and some nudging going on. My natural tendency is to be skeptical of both big government AND big business, ESPECIALLY when they get together.

At 5:58 PM, Anonymous cranky old liberal said...

"Perfectly reasonable", jackscolon? Why then is everyone being so secretive about it? Cheney won't say who was on the energy task force, the big oil companies won't admit they were there. What's the big deal if it's perfectly reasonable?

At 7:57 PM, Blogger Jackscolon said...

If I thought the point was merely skepticism then I would treat it more seriously. However, everytime oil or Halliburton comes up there is always the wink and the nod and some bizarre conspiracy theory kicked around.

Do you know what Halliburton's profit margin is in the Iraq contracts? 2.4%! They are trying to sell the contracts because they can't make money. They could make more money (eight percent more) by just taking that money and buying an index of the NYSE. For all the backroom deals, Cheney is sure doing a poor job of greasing up his big business buddies.

I'm not saying big business doesn't run government, I'm not saying politicians are above corruption when it comes to helping out their buddies, I saying that it is unlikely, no Impossible, that Cheney got together with his buddies, engineered a hurricane, disrupted the supply of gas, and then got the supply back in time for Exxon Mobile to make 10 billion dollars, which is were I see this going.

I'm just trying to balance out the unrelenting suspicion with some unearned trust...


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