Wednesday, September 07, 2005
It's been a busy week of not-blogging here at Chez Pterodactyl. here are a few of the things I've been not-blogging about.
Do you have one of those office-mates who forwards mass emails? I do:
::IT HAS BEEN CALCULATED THAT IF EVERYONE IN THE UNITED STATES DID NOT PURCHASE 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 GAS " DAY AND THE PEOPLE OF THIS NATION SHOULD NOT BUY A SINGLE DROP OF GASOLINE THAT DAY.
I'm not sure how this was 'calculated,' or by whom. As it happens, I didn't need gas that day anyway.
And I got the email on August 31. I don't think it made it all the way around the country in time.
::The Des Moines Register likes to run dueling opinion pieces on Sundays. Last week was a pair of essays titled 'What Should We Do Next in Iraq?' [Sorry, the DMR didn't provide links, and at this late date I can't be bothered to look for them.] One essay stated that we're only doing harm and should get out now. The other, that we've got to stay the course and hope for the best. Both writers, however, agreed that Bush lied to get us there in the first place.
::Then there's this guy. Guillermo Gonzales, an Iowa State U astronomy professor who wrote a book, "The Privileged Planet," arguing that there's just a couple too many coincidences in our existence to explain without intelligent design.
To his credit, he doesn't sound like a nut. He says that ID isn't ready for prime time, and he won't teach it until it is and he's gained the support of his colleagues. He does come across as a bit of a victimologist, though; a group of ISU scientists circulated a petition against the idea that ID is science, something he calls a "level of intense hostility, just knee-jerk emotional response from people." [On the other hand, the article doesn't say whether there's been more going on than just a petition.]
I'll give the book a whirl. When I can find some time out of all this not-blogging.
ONE MORE THING: [update] you mean to tell me that there's not a rule somewhere that says you have to be on the Court before you can be nominated Chief Justice?
I bet his initiation is gonna be brutal.
Those "don't buy gas on day X" emails have been circulating for years... have you ever seen any shred of evidence that they ever accomplished anything, lol?
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