Pot, Ferguson and oil…clearing off my desk
Just days now before I head down to spend the Christmas season with my grandchildren we of course have a ‘winter storm’ hitting. Not anything akin to what was seen in Buffalo, but a mere 6” to 12” enough to make shoveling my driveway and the 60+ mile drive to Fairbanks a royal pain. In between packing and trying to make sure everything is secure I daily face the ‘desktop’ on my computer with a few half started articles for my blog. So why not once again take these random thoughts and mix them together like the plethora of vegetables in a good stew and serve them to you as my last posting from Alaska for 2014.
This first one personifies the word ‘Irony’. One cannot go a day without hearing on the radio, seeing on television or in the newspaper some public service ad for how harmful smoking is to your health. I also believe every state has a ‘quit smoking’ hotline with access to free medication and counseling, so with this nation wide driving force to stop us from smoking why are people celebrating the passage of the legalization of pot smoking? Is smoking marijuana that much less harmful than smoking a cigarette? Yes I can hear the refrain that pot does not have all the added cancer causing chemicals in it that cigarettes have, but have any of you looked at the medical studies that show that merely by smoking anything you are harming your lungs. Add to that you do not know what the growers of the pot have used on their plants to keep them healthy, and I say that your actions are very ‘ironic’!
Isn’t it ironic that it rhymes with moronic?
While listening to the ‘Joe Pags’ radio show the other day he said something that made a lot of sense about the people who were rioting in Ferguson. When reporters interviewed the protesters they repeated the refrain of how they could not understand the jury verdict, because they see the verdict, literally, in black and white. A dead black teenager and a white cop that shot him. They repeat the testimony of witnesses who said Mr Brown was surrendering when shot, but they do not repeat the testimony of the many more witnesses who said he was attacking the police officer. In either case it definitely was not a reason to destroy peoples business and burn police cars. Mr Pags wondered if those interviewed would ‘be honest’ and say that they were rioting because of the frustration over decades of oppression and prejudice that it would be a more valued reason for their actions then basing them on the untruths of some witnesses.
In the light of day
truth is the only reason to support action.
Life seems a little brighter now that it costs me only $26 to drive to Fairbanks instead of the $37 it used to, and one can hope this drop in fuel prices will continue. But this is how I personally feel about the falling cost of oil thanks to OPEC’s continuing overproduction of that oil. It has taken many years but OPEC is now afraid of the US and its continuing expansion of oil production. The US is witness to an oil boom unseen since the first oil wells in Pennsylvania and Texas. We recently have become the world leader in oil production and OPEC is doing something about it by continuing to flood the market with their oil and dropping the per gallon price of crude. While this is good for you and me it is very bad for all those new and old companies drilling throughout the United States. It is also very bad for the state of Alaska because our very survival is based on oil revenue to fuel our state treasury.
One result I would expect from the falling oil revenue
would be a cut in the states budget
but then I still hope to find that one big gold nugget.