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June 26, 2010

OilCane: We're Going to Need Bigger Paper Towels

It just keeps getting BETTER! The First OilCane? What Happens if a Hurricane Rides over the Oil Spill

Should a major hurricane push the spill towards the gulf coast there will be nothing that can be done to stop it. No amount of planning or engineering will help. No number of visits to the gulf by the president or any other official will stop the inevitable. The storm surge will drive the water and the oil miles inland. Everything in its path will be coated in a greasy bath of crude. Even the wind may have oil in it. In New England, I have seen hurricanes and tropical storms that have blown salt spray many miles inland from the coast. The leaves of the trees eventually turn brown and fall off. In the case of the gulf it will be oil that will spray the trees, buildings and everything else in the way.

But there's a silver lining!:
"Should, heaven forbid, the world's first Oilcane wreak havoc in the Southeast, one man will have to shoulder substantial blame. One man's legacy will be utter economic and environmental ruin. One man's unsuitability for the highest office in the land will be crystal clear even to the most obtuse observer." -- Ross

Posted by Vanderleun at June 26, 2010 2:26 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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"One man's legacy will be utter economic and environmental ruin. One man's unsuitability for the highest office in the land will be crystal clear even to the most obtuse observer."

Not a chance. Remember:

"Be careful. People like to be told what they already know. Remember that. They get uncomfortable when you tell them new things. New things…well, new things aren’t what they expect. They like to know that, say, a dog will bite a man. That is what dogs do. They don’t want to know that man bites a dog, because the world is not supposed to happen like that. In short, what people think they want is news, but what they really crave is olds…Not news but olds, telling people that what they think they already know is true.”

Thus, those who currently chant "Blame Bush!" will only scream it all the louder as the catastrophe grows.

You know, I don't think I ever had a single history course where the professor, when discussing the "dark ages", forgot to point out how the Church's "monopoly" on information ended with the Renaissance, and only then was humanity able to start thinking logically and scientifically and to man's benefit and all that.

Well, heck. Here we are in the Age of Freaking Wonders where even the poorest s.o.b. has access to a wealth of information beyond the dreams of those poor Renaissance slobs, and where culture - geek-culture, at the very least - enjoys a new renaissance every other minute.

And it's just too much. It's all noise, now. Information is background static, and I think we civilized types don't do any more or any deeper kind of thinking now then the poor, benighted peasants of the dark ages did.

Now if you'll excuse me, I need to update my blog, start my Twitter account, round up some more random images for my Tumblr account, read (well, quickly scan) my way through the 200 links posted today at Instapundit, Hot Air, American Digest, and Pajamas Media, check my Facebook page, then my e-mail, and then, if there's time, check out the other 50 links that were posted in the time it took me to catch up on my Internet chores.

I can think later.

Posted by: Cameron at June 26, 2010 3:59 PM

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