A rumor somehow got started yesterday that one of the pipelines bringing in the precious life blood of the Valley of the Sun had ruptured, potentially leading to a repeat of this summer’s complete cluster f**k. While it’s not yet known how the rumor got started, the friendly afternoon crew of 101.5 KZON apparently poured gasoline on the flames by making jokes about a gas shortage.
(101.5 is one of the stations I have programmed in my car; they play a decent top 40 alternative mix. However, I absolutely can not stand their afternoon crew. Seldom has a more vacuous bunch of idiots been allowed to pollute the airways.)
The governor’s office and Kinder Morgan attempted damage control by getting the word out to as many news outlets as possible that the pipeline was indeed fine, but a lot of people chose to not believe them.
A repeat of the insanity this August would indeed be terrible, and it is scary just how fragile our infrastructure really is, but seriously, people. You almost get a feeling that people want things to go to hell in a hand basket for some perverted reason so they can queue and hoard and in general go all Mad Max.
It also shows the credit some people put to anything coming from official sources. “If the governor’s office and the company responsible both say that everything is fine, that must mean they’re all lying and it’s a conspiracy to make sure that They can get their gas. Hmm. Yeah. That’s the ticket. It’s They again. Damn liberals.”
I shudder to even think about what must have been going on on the rant and rave radio talk shows yesterday. Probably much better for my blood pressure to not know.
Music: “Relax” by Frankie Goes To Hollywood
Posted Friday, 09 January, 2004 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.