Thursday, July 31, 2008

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Yeah, let's drill for more oil! That's the ticket.

Exxon Mobil 2Q profit sets US record, shares fall :

"HOUSTON - Exxon Mobil Corp. reported second-quarter earnings of $11.68 billion Thursday, the biggest quarterly profit ever by any U.S. corporation, but the results were well short of Wall Street expectations and its shares fell"

We dirty fucking hippies have, once again, been right all along.

RAND STUDY: War on Terrorism fundamentally flawed and doomed to fail:
"Today's Washington Post covers what amounts to a near complete repudiation of the Bush administration 'terrorism' policy since 9/11. The fact that the study is coming from the RAND Corporation (SourceWatch profile) is huge. RAND, while technically non-partisan, has a long history shaping a hawkish US strategic policy. (To get a flavor of just what type of organization RAND is, Donald Rumsfeld has sat on their Board of Trustees.)"

The Bush administration's terrorism-fighting strategy has not significantly undermined al-Qaeda's capabilities, according to a major new study that argues the struggle against terrorism is better waged by law enforcement agencies than by armies.

The study by the nonpartisan Rand Corp. also contends that the administration committed a fundamental error in portraying the conflict with al-Qaeda as a "war on terrorism." The phrase falsely suggests that there can be a battlefield solution to terrorism, and symbolically conveys warrior status on terrorists, it said.

"Terrorists should be perceived and described as criminals, not holy warriors," authors Seth Jones and Martin Libicki write in "How Terrorist Groups End: Lessons for Countering al-Qaeda," a 200-page volume released yesterday.


In Muslim countries in particular, there should be a "light U.S. military footprint or none at all," the report contends.

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Jez said...

Yep, and while we're angry that the gas companies aren't giving away gas, let's get pissed at Wal-Mart for not giving away clothes and food, car companies for not giving cars away, and for that matter, any company making money because their product is in demand.

I'm sure everyone was empathetic to the gas companies when they were losing their asses in the 80's and 90's. Our European counterparts were suffering from high gas prices during those decades, but then, they were also smart enough to build public transit systems, something that Americans outside of big cities (and even in big cities) refuse to sponsor. I for one, am glad that people are using less gas in the last month, which has dropped gas below $4 where I live.

Yes, I feel for those people who live in rural areas and don't get paid high wages and have to drive 30 miles one way to get to work. But if the people who didn't have to drive gas guzzling vehicles would consider their actions, then it would help out others. Cars like Expeditions and such are unheard of in Europe because no one can afford the gas for them. As Americans, we should stop feeling so entitled to things like big cars, huge homes, and start living smarter. WE are the ones to blame for this situation, not the gas companies.

And for the record, I'm not in favor of drilling offshore, nor in helping out gas companies. I am, however, in favor of capitalism, and believe that prices should be adjusted to supply and demand.

JPW said...

Hey, don't get me wrong. I'm all for 'supply and demand' and a market economy. However, we ain't talking about a PS3 here. The gas market is as fixed as they come. This is not an issue of supply and demand especially when the supply is being manipulated to the benefit of big oil.

While I agree that the consumer has to be smarter and while I am in full agreement that the high gas prices are needed to inspire the fat/lazy consumer.

Bottom line is that the system has been gamed by the oil companies, and the two oil men running the country.

We need to get off the oil teat as soon as possible and we need to tax/punish the hell of the big oil. They're a leech sucking on the public coin.

Also, I'm going to need to evidence of the gas companies 'losing their asses' in the 80's and 90's.