The rule of sevens

Many years ago I read a book, at 881 pages a tome, called The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power (1990), by Daniel Yergin, a high-powered author. I was very impressed by the book, which is why I have it sitting in front of me right now. (I usually get rid of books after they have gathered enough dust, only keeping those that I think were really worth reading. Often times I will read something really bad, and rather than passing it along, merely throw it away. I have no problem with book burning either. Some books need to be burned.) (Why did the words “Atlas Shrugged” just cross my mind?)

When I read The Prize, I was not aware that tracts like that are heavily censored – that is, it is the official history of the oil industry, not the real one, which is secret.  Another book I still have on hand, Tragedy and Hope by Carroll Quigley, is similar in that we are told it is an uncensored history of Europe and the U.S. It was heavily censored, but allowed to go on sale behind the illusion that powerful people objected to it. That way, people are more inclined to believe in it.

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Climate science and the myth of renewable energy

Below the fold here is a 45-minute video supplied by Gaia that I watched a couple of times. The speaker is Steve Goreham of a group called Friends of Science. It is the first I have heard of either, and kind of chuckled at the name “Goreham” as this guy is smooth, very very smooth, even more so than Al Gore.

The data behind the presentation is impressive. As a non-scientist, I can only say that I was moved but not qualified to pass judgment on this other than to ask for your views.

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Links restored

On suggestion, and because I thought it was a good idea, I have restored Josh’s Cutting Through the Fog and Vexman’s Thoughts to the blogroll below (or to the side, depending on your tool). Throughout the controversy that swept us over with publication of Kevin Starr’s genealogy on Miles Mathis (since taken down) and Bob Zherunkel’s  insightful piece on the unlikelihood of a Newton-style genius operating in the shadows of Taos, New Mexico, I have, oddly, never felt any animosity towards any of the players.

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My Sunday morning … wasted efforts and ramblings

Martin Sheen flipped

A reader suggested that I take a look at Charlie Sheen as being a Matt Damon Batch member, and I didn’t have to look long. There are certain characteristics that immediately jump out at me, among them the part on the left side of the head, the square jaw, and what has to be considered ruggedly handsome features of leading man quality.

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A Fan’s Notes-

Inspired by Mark’s valiant struggle with a second division pathology.

(This started, once again, as a comment that got out of hand)

My beloved Oakland A’s left such a significant imprint in my youth with their early 70’s title run that I can never quite abandoned them.

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A revealing article from a sports journalist

I am a sort-of baseball fan, one who used to be a real fan. The team I chose to brand on was the Cincinnati Reds. They are falling off the map. If the Major Leagues were formed today, that  city would have, at best, a AAA franchise.

The Atlanta Braves inspired a bumper sticker years ago that said “Bring professional baseball to Atlanta.” Cincinnati now inspires such a sentiment.  Its teams have been moribund, dreadful, boring, its managers uninspired and behind the times. The reason, I am told, or at least assume, is that this is a small market team doing all it can afford to do.

So this article by Steve Mancuso opened my eyes. Starting with the assumption that the Reds have to trade some viable young prospects in lieu of paying outright for proven talent, Mancuso took me on a ride.

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Jason Batchman

I cannot believe that I have watched this guy over the years and only now realized he is a Bokanovsky Brat – Jason Bateman. It is late and I don’t want to go through the whole process of making a Gif, so maybe just a face chop will do it. It is not precise, as the others have been, but the thing that grabs me, as always, is the hairline.


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