Sunday, July 13, 2008

Zing! Spoon - A Utensil for Flinging Food.

Every once in a while the perfect product comes along. You can buy them here.

A Man of Seasonal Principles.

You'll notice Barack Obama is now wearing a flag pin. Again. During the primary campaign, he refused to, explaining that he'd worn one after Sept. 11 but then stopped because it "became a substitute for, I think, true patriotism." So why is he back to sporting pseudo-patriotism on his chest? Need you ask? The primaries are over. While seducing the hard-core MoveOn Democrats that delivered him the caucuses -- hence, the Democratic nomination -- Obama not only disdained the pin. He disparaged it. Now that he's running in a general election against John McCain, and in dire need of the gun-and-God-clinging working-class votes he could not win against Hillary Clinton, the pin is back. His country 'tis of thee.

Time to get serious about Oil shale.

The United States and Canada sit on top of the bulk of the world's oil shale. These are solids that can be converted into conventional oil through chemical processes.

To date the Democrats have blocked development of of U.S. oil shale on essentially two grounds:

1) That it's uneconomical. That may have been true when oil traded at $10.00 per barrel but at $140.00 lemme tell ya it makes a lot more sense than hoping pixie dust will make solar workable on a large scale. Estimates vary as to a what price shale becomes economically viable but if one takes into account economies of scale and so forth it's probably doable at roughly half the current market price.

2) That it won't solve the problem. Well I guess that depends on which problem your talking about. If the problem is $4.00 a gallon gas... I guarantee it'll help. If the problem is Arab oil wealth funding'll help even more. If on the other hand the "problem" is fueling modernity by burning carbon, then no it won't help...but neither will doing nothing. Whether you like it or not, for the foreseeable future, civilization will be run on oil. The only question is who we pay for it. Americans (and Canadians) or Middle Eastern Despots who fund terrorism.

Thanks Theo!

Theo Spark whose blog Last of the Few is always worth visiting (though sometimes not entirely safe for work), took pity on my incredibly lame photo editing skills and cleaned up our new banner for me. Thanks Theo, you're a gentleman and a scholar.