random quotes ... to amuse, inspire, enrage:
  I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. As a result of the war, corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed. I feel at this moment more anxiety for the safety of my country than ever before, even in the midst of war. God grant that my suspicions may prove groundless.

tagged: war, corporations, corruption, capitalism
  —Abraham Lincoln, Attributed to Abraham Lincoln, Letter to William Elkins, Nov 21 1864; the letter was probably a forgery..

Gulf Oil Spill math

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

One of the best articles I’ve read on the math used to estimate Gulf Oil Spill quantities: Jenn Kepka’s “Putting the Gulf oil spill in perspective”, Salon.com, 5/28.

right-wing oil fantasies

Monday, August 18th, 2008

Peter Dizikes writes about a number of right-wing myths about oil in today’s Salon.com. Unbelievably enough, there are people who believe: # There’s more oil in Alaska than in the Middle East # The Chinese are about to start drilling — or are already drilling — off the coast of Florida (the Cuba/China menace — […]


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