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Ouch. And other. - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Ouch. And other.
Somewhere in my frenzy of working yesterday, I pulled a muscle in my neck or something. Ouch.

Okay, long enough on the Reagan hagiography
No, I don't mean, "Let's castigate ourselves more on this, that, or the other thing." I don't even mean, "Reagan was a bad, bad man and I'm annoyed." I just mean, enough already. It's more than a week; we're down to a time when people who knew him should, of course, be mourning, but the public mourning is a bit excessive. I don't go to snarky conservative commentary sites for hagiography; I go for the conservasnarx, kthnxbye.

Sorry, I know. Insensitive. Or something. My neck hurts.

Stupid capitalism
I'm a big fan of capitalism, and while I don't think it can solve every problem--or that it should--I do think it can solve any number of them.

Except, of course, when it's stupid capitalism. Let's take the infamous rumor that big oil companies buy up patents to prevent new resources from being developed, and car companies are in cahoots with them. I find it unlikely that they're this organized--big businesses are in competition with one another--but I could see the mentality behind it... and it's idiotic.

A smart company doesn't cut corners in research and development, especially in an area with high public interest. Right now, we have a war going on with a major oil producing area, and we have environmentalists making a big issue of fossil fuels. And of course, there's the plain fact that sooner or later, one way or the other, fossil fuel veins tend to dry up.

So how stupid is it for these companies not to be competing with one another to be the first to corner the market on a native energy source? To make the most efficient non-gasoline car, and put it into wide circulation before the competitors? Not doing so is pretty much the definition of the old phrase, "Penny wise, pound foolish." And yet, it's obvious that, for whatever reason, they aren't doing it.

Note to Chevron and Ford: Grow a brain.

I feel a bit...: sore sore

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volandum From: volandum Date: June 14th, 2004 02:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
I do agree with that, and don't really think that capitalism is more intrinsically stupid than any other option.
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From: lnevans Date: June 14th, 2004 04:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hey! Read your fics at SugarQuill (The Doll Army is one of my favorites ever) and found you while cruising LJ...anyway.

I totally agree about having had enough Ronald Reagan stuff already. I was sick of it by Wednesday or Thursday.
readerravenclaw From: readerravenclaw Date: June 14th, 2004 06:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Innovations are nearly impossible to stamp out, no matter how hard the big companies try. Specifically regarding oil - this is a bit OT, and you've probably heard of this, but just in case you haven't - there's a fairly recent technological innovation that can convert anything carbon-based (including plastic, most kinds of garbage, etc.) into oil efficiently enough that it's economically feasible. They're in the process of setting up their first big plant, but a test plant has been up and running well for quite a while now. (Type "anything into oil" in a search bar for dozens of articles.)
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