Archive for July 19th, 2008

Like-ability does not equal ability

Saturday, July 19th, 2008

Jamison Fraser on why the US media’s obsession with politicians’ “like-ability” is a bad thing

Voting for president based on who seems the most likable — or, in the media’s favorite shorthand, based on who you would rather have a beer with — is a spectacularly bad idea, what with the almost total lack of similarity between talking about the Knicks over a bottle of Bud and running the world’s most powerful nation.

It requires very little judgment or analytical skills to determine that the Knicks stink. Deciding whether to send Americans off to die in a foreign land is (or should be) a little different.

(Via Media Matters for America.)

What replaces oil?

Saturday, July 19th, 2008

This is one of those questions that keeps me up at night. I don’t mean ‘what are the alternatives to oil’ but something far more puzzling…

All these billions of barrels of oil that have been sucked out of the ocean bed and deep beneath the ground must leave holes behind, right?

So what do they fill the holes with?

There… that’s stumped you, hasn’t it?